Online Social Networks? To use or not to use....That is the question..

Real Estate Agent with Kiefer Realty SL3166265

  Okay, so I have been online for many years. It is actually a funny story, in 2000 I was given the opportunity to purchase a computer, which back then was around $1,000. As a Mother of 3 at the time, all of my children under the age of 7, I was very skeptical about "Wasting" that much money on electronics. I actually put up a pretty good fight about it and just about "Won".

Thankfully, I did not win that argument! I relented and we purchased a HP. It had Windows 98, there was a CDRW and it had one of those huge 19 inch monitors. It was barely faster then a snail and could not run too many programs all at once or it would freeze up horribly. I was in HEAVEN.

I never knew how much I could learn just from being online. We subscribed to AOL which to this day I join in with everyone and call it a "Virus" but could not get rid of if my life depended on it..LOL (I think the AOL people have some how made their program like any drug, once you are hooked, you have withdrawals...LOL)

So for the first few years I used the Internet and my computer to keep in touch with family and friends out of state and out of the Country. I was part of a Military Family, therefore it was very useful.

Fast forward to 2005, after being a stay at home Mother for about 8 years, I was back in the Work force. I was scared! What skills did I have? I hadn't worked in 8 years and my Last job was as an answering service Operator. I had no schooling other then High School and the only intellectual conversations I had in the last 8 years were with toddlers. (Yes, Toddlers do have intellectual conversations..LOL)

So, I soon found out that I did have skills. It turns out that the 5 years I had been working on my computer for social reasons added to my technical abilities. See, I am a sponge when it comes to learning. If I do something over and over I tend to increase the challenge and make myself learn something more. I ended up teaching myself how to be an expert operator of Microsoft Office. All programs. That came in handy when I applied for a job at a local Real Estate company.

Slowly, I moved my way up until I am now a Realtor, working for myself. Now, the reason for this blog, during my years online I have joined many social networking sites.

I am a Member of several Real Estate groups on On their main page, click on groups and then do a search for your Area Real Estate. (Example: Ocala Real Estate) You should find several for your area if it is large enough. You will also be able to find many for your State.

MySpace  - what can I say about except that everyone has their own space and can really show off your own identity. I have a couple MySpace pages, I use one for personal use and I use one for Business. There is so much you can customize on that site. You can change your themes, you can add music, You can add photos and you can even blog on there.

Facebook - I have a new Profile on I am not yet convinced about this site, I have been getting some response to it and will keep it going until I figure out if I like it or not.

ActiveRain - I have been on for a couple years now and I can honestly say this is the Networking site I tell the most people about. This is the site I mainly blog and interact on. I guess you could say I am hooked on the Rain ;o)

Blogger - I have a Blog on I like the templates that come with the site. I also like the little widgets you can add to your Blog. So far I like it as well.  

Craigslist - This one is an interesting site, and that is being very conservative in my description. Go to search for your State and then search for your city or the closest City to you. The Interesting thing about this site is the variety of people you can interact with on it. I have to warn you that there is a wide range of things on Craigslist. I post my listings on there under the header "Real Estate Offered - By Broker" I have gotten quite a bit of activity from there. If you do not want to see posts that will offend you, then you might want to stay away from the personals section.

Wanna Network - This is another Real Estate networking site.

Zolve - Another Real Estate Networking site.

Okay, I am sure I can find at least a dozen more but that would make my blog way too long. If anyone has a great one that should not be left out of this blog, please send it to me and I will add it.


Posted by

Monica Hubert

Hook & Ladder Realty, Inc

Ocala, Florida 34471

(352)362-0564 mobile

"The bend in the road is not the end of

the road unless you refuse to take the turn."

Comments (8)

Robert Smith
Preview Properties, PC - - Brighton, MI
SRES, Search for Homes Brighton-Howell-SE Michigan

I tried facebook and myspace but they had (IMO) very limited value - plus I seemed to get spammed a lot there, too. Fdacebook, especially, generated a high number of what I would call 'phishing' attempts, mostly from logged profiles of young women. I guess we 50+ guys finally found a way to get our egos stroked!

I have found good value in, making new contacts and strenghtening existing relationships.

AR has been very good at the local level, both for professional relationships and in generating consumer inquiries.

Craigslist, to me, is interesting to occasionally browse but has never generated a quality lead. I have heard from investors that it is a great venue for finding tenants, though. If I had a hard item to sell, I might give that a try, but no luck for me on the service angle. I'm sure others have had more luck than I, but I'll put my time and energy elsewhere for now.

I had a blog on blogspot long before AR was around and I occasionally get comments/inquiries from that venue.

Dec 11, 2008 11:35 PM
Robert Lani
Keller Williams - Seattle, WA

Although many people still don't know about online social networking, I believe that it will become an increasingly relevant tool for the real estate industry. I have had good results with Linkedin, AR, and Trulia.  In particular, I have received excellent advise from more seasoned real estate agents on Trulia.  I am also somewhat new to Biznik, which is big here in Seattle, and find it promising.

Dec 18, 2008 10:17 AM
Ron Spanton
RE/MAX Real Estate Associates - Gilbertsville, KY
Kentucky Lake Area

Well, I've been on FB for awhile and I think it's fine for connecting on a personal level but haven't seen much on a professional level. I'm new to AR, Linkedin, Trulia, Twitter, Flickr and Picnik. OMG, what a learning curve! Now I have to go check out Biznik...thanks a lot!! LOL

Dec 18, 2008 10:41 AM
Robert Lani
Keller Williams - Seattle, WA


what is Picnik.  I have never heard of this site and I agree that FB is more of a personal connection site.

Dec 18, 2008 10:54 AM
Greg Wilson
1st Cornerstone Realty - Schaumburg, IL

I have a few social networks that I use.  But they are not for real estate or mortgages.

Dec 19, 2008 12:19 PM
Tony Sena
Shelter Realty, Inc - Henderson, NV
Broker/Property Manager

There are so many social networks to choose from and it really doesnt hurt to have a profile on all of them directing everyone to your main website.

Dec 19, 2008 01:22 PM
Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

I was one of the early computer guy, I bought my first PC in 1984. (The commodore 64) Then my first one with internet in 1994. Had the largest hard drive you could get at the time. (40MB) But, I too learned that your online friends could be your lifeblood. (1-22)

It too has translated well to real estate and especially blogging. Thanks for our story and congratulations on your 2nd anniversary of joining Activerain.

Dec 27, 2008 12:19 AM
Suzanne Gallegos
Equity Real Estate - Advantage - Salt Lake City, UT
Realtor - Salt Lake City, Utah Homes

I have tried to put my name on as many as possible (that's what I was told I should do?) The only ones that I've found any value in have been AR and Facebook....although Facebook is mostly for personal use.

Jan 06, 2009 03:58 PM