Whoopie cushions to wall street?

Real Estate Sales Representative with Royal LePage West Real Estate Services v54590

Finally I have had an opportunity to put my new "identity" out in the "rain".   I have been part of activerain for a few months now with my home staging business, but am happy and proud to say I've officially started phase two of my plan to re-educate and re-invent myself as a REALTOR.   I really feel like the two skills compliment each other so well.  

 I realize this isn't the hottest real estate market, but am continually told by more experienced realtors that this is actually a good time to get into the business, as it will force me to focus on the quality of my skills, knowlege and abilities to meet the challenges of today's market.

It is such an exciting time to get into a new type of business - there is such a vast wealth of technologies available to make me more productive and efficient.   As a former small business owner, I feel like I have a real team behind me with Royal LePage in Coquitlam  - the administration backup in my office is more than phenomenal, and the other team members have been really good to me.  

Although there are elements I miss about having a toystore - the special customers & the fun of "playing" for a living - I feel at this stage in the game I'm ready to move up from 99 cent whoopie cushion transactions to something a bit more substantial - so get ready world - here I come - singin' in the "rain" in beautiful British Columbia!

Comments (11)

Yvette Gardner
Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC - Spartanburg, SC

Welcome to the Active Rain community. This is a great site with lots of information.  Have fun with it and hope to see more of your blogs soon!  We have a team of four outstanding full time agents to assist your buyers and sellers in Spartanburg/Greenville, SC.  Again, welcome to AR!!

Nov 08, 2008 10:03 PM
Marcy Fedalei
Keller Williams Realty - Spartanburg, SC

Great start on ActiveRain! Welcome and thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas.

Nov 08, 2008 10:25 PM
Dan Magstadt
Paramount Residential Mortgage Group, Inc - Lake City, FL

Congrats on your first post - Welcome to ActiveRain!!


Nov 09, 2008 04:41 AM
Kevin Sandridge
Signature Home Funding - Winter Haven, FL
Winter Haven Mortgage Broker

Kevin Sandridge's Facebook profileHey Angela, Welcome to the Rain!

Kevin Sandridge, here.  I joined the Active Rain community not too long ago myself and wanted to drop a line to share some of the good vibes and welcome wishes I have received already.

I'm very excited about this community - basically because folks seem so willing to help out, provide industry insight, and share their good news and experiences!

A few things: 

One:  Be sure to include a good amount of information on your profile page.  Check out the profiles on other Realtor's sites here on Active Rain who are listed as "Featured" or "Tops" in their area (look for high point totals).  You'll find that this will seriously boost your presence on ActiveRain - via the added points. 

Two: I urge you to keep blogging on this site!  You will be AMAZED at the awesome feedback you receive very soon after they hit the network!  I use Google Reader to subscribe to blogs that provide me with ideas about what I'd like to comment on - both industry wise and just for fun!  Check it out I am more than willing to step you through the site and to help you get a few more blog posts generated if you wish - as a way of adding some value and paying forward some good networking vibes!  :)

Three: Be sure to add in a good number of posts about what you think and consider pertinent regarding your area of expertise!  You'll notice that many if not all of the Featured posting bloggers here on AR do this.

Lastly, I do quite a lot of work via social networks, email campaigns, and relationship building.  If I can ever be of any assistance, don't hesitate to ask.

Looking forward to what you'll share with us all here on Active Rain!  :)


Kevin Sandridge

Winter Haven, FL

Nov 09, 2008 07:21 AM
Jean Terry
Keller Williams Realty Spartanburg, S.C. - Spartanburg, SC

Hi and welcome to Active Rain, a great site to network, share, learn, and have fun. Good Luck.

Nov 09, 2008 11:12 AM
Nance Burdette
Keller Williams Realty Partners - Spartanburg, SC

Welcome and congrats on signing as a member of ActiveRain. Being a new member myself for only a couple months, I truly see the awesome advantage that blogging can be, (and it's fun). I am pleased to see the quantity of abundant professionals sharing their knowledge and ideas. Everyone has been so very kind. And so much to read!!! I hope to continue "reading" your blogs in the future.   Best of Luck,  Nance

Nov 09, 2008 11:42 AM
Lorena Westervelt
Van West Realty - Greenville, SC

Hello, welcome to Active Rain! This seems like a wonderful environment to network as well as learn from others. I hope you enjoy yourself and participate often in the Active Rain environment!

Nov 09, 2008 12:28 PM
Keith Elliott Jr
KEIRE Realty Group - Manassas, VA
Principal Broker/Owner

Hello Angela,

Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first post! The opportunities to learn and network are incredible here. Best of luck to you!


Nov 09, 2008 01:35 PM
David Stevens
Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty, Victoria BC Canada - Victoria, BC
Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty

Hi Angela,

Welcome to Active Rain - your home staging and customer service in your own business will undoubtedly come in handy now that you are a Realtor. Good luck and all the best!

David (in not so rainy Victoria)!

Nov 19, 2008 02:02 PM
The Trumm Team Omaha Homes for Sale, Real Estate
Keller Williams Greater Omaha - Omaha, NE

Welcome to ActiveRain!

If you would like a few tips on getting the most out of ActiveRain, please visit my blog Welcome to Active Rain.  It has a few simple steps of what to do now that you have joined.

If you ever have any questions, just let me know.

Troy Trumm

Nov 29, 2008 12:28 AM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Welcome to Active Rain and good luck with the new direction. Here's some tips on how the Active Rain system works and working the system for all it's worth: http://activerain.com/blogsview/771296/Providing-FREE-HELP-to-Active-Rain-newbies

Dec 05, 2008 05:38 PM