Facebook and Active Rain. It's 'The Bomb'!!!!

Real Estate Agent with Prudential Georgia Realty - Rabun County, Ga.

2009 is the year of Internet networking. 

Until recently I had no real presence on Active Rain and must admit, I thought FaceBook was only for teenagers.

Wow!  Was I wrong!!!!!!!

During the past three weeks, I have made contact with real estate professionals all over the world through Active Rain.

In only one week on FaceBook, I have been able to connect with 130 'friends'.  Some are from childhood, some from college.  Most are professionals who are valuable networking sources.

It seems to be more difficult for us babyboomers to put ourselves 'out there' on the Internet.  One of my friends actually told me last week that she didn't want to accept my invitation to join FaceBook because she had 'heard' there are 17,000 child predators on the site.  I told her that at our age, that isn't something she needs to be worried about - personally.

If you aren't already using facebook as another source of networking opportunites, sign up today!  There is no charge for any of the services and it is amazing how many 'friends' you'll find.

So, quit reading this post and go make some friends!

Mark R. Westpfahl REALTOR Broker
Vexillum Realty - Eagan, St. Paul, Minneapolis and suburbs - Eagan, MN
e-PRO® CNE® REALTOR® Minnesota Real Estate Broker

I thought that facebook was for teenagers too. When I signed up, I sure found a lot of my friends that I hadn't seen since I was a teenager waaay back in the 80s.   I still need to learn to use facebook more effectively though.

May 25, 2010 07:08 AM
Ryan Smith
Keller Williams Energy Real Estate Brokerage - Pickering, ON

50% of facebook users are now over the age of 35!

Jul 07, 2010 04:13 AM
LaNita Cates
REMAX of Joliet - Joliet, IL

I just don't have that much time! AR keeps me busy as well as my real estate, life, kids.  Honestly I think some people blog TOO MUCH and maybe there isn't that much of a payoff.

Jul 10, 2010 11:49 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Ok Lynda -- I will go right over and do just that!  I have enjoyed my experience at AR and on FB. 

Jul 16, 2010 08:47 AM
Adam Benedict
Saint Paul, MN

I have a personal FB page and a "fan" page. I do have some business information on the personal page but I keep in "clean" in case clients or potential clients want to view it. However, people will be able to get an idea of what kind of person I am and what my personality is like.  Then I use my fan page for business only. I keep all my current listings on it and have all my contact info posted as well as links to my website. Many people have found success using FB, but I haven't gotten any leads or contacts from it yet. Hopefully having my information out there will keep me in mind if anyone decides to buy or sell a home!

Nov 26, 2010 06:49 AM
Donald Reich
Madison Specs - New Rochelle, NY
Cost Segregation Specialist

Facebook is a GREAT way to stay connected with your customers, network with other Realtors, and keep in touch with friends, who are always a potential source of business and referrals. My childhood friends who I reconnected with, will eventually have to do SOMETHING with Real Estate. Facebook encourages them to keep me in mind

Mar 21, 2011 12:42 PM
Giuseppe "Joe" Pistone
JWC Florida Realty - Pembroke Pines, FL

I just started a Facebook page and already have 43 friends.  I think that Facebook is a great marketing tool as well as a great way to connect to old and new friends.  I look forward to being able to network and keep in touch.

Apr 11, 2011 11:26 AM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

I had three closings this month... all from Face Book.

Apr 29, 2011 01:54 PM
Delores Campbell
Keller Williams Realty - Chesterfield - Wildwood, MO
Your St. Louis Real Estate Resource

I am on FAcebook and AR. Have not gotten any business yet but I am certainly not giving up!

May 16, 2011 07:28 AM
Giuseppe "Joe" Pistone
JWC Florida Realty - Pembroke Pines, FL

I'm on facebook, activerain and linkedin.  Certainly, any exposure and opportunity to get our names out there couldn't hurt.  I just started really being more commited to blogging.  It works.  People read these things.

Jun 02, 2011 10:28 AM
Jay Sykes
Market Leader - Kirkland, WA

I am on facebook, Linkedin, AR, Twitter and who knows what else. But nothing has given me as much feedback as AR

Jul 08, 2011 09:03 AM
Paul Eastwood
More Loans 4U - Denver, CO

It is definitely an important part of marketing to be in as many places as possible, whether that includes Facebook, LinkedIn, ActiveRain, Twitter, etc - The more the merrier.

All of those combined with a great blogging strategy can do wonders!

Jan 04, 2012 09:52 AM
Robert Stolze
PCS, LLC - Buford, GA

If you are a residential agent, focus on Facebook -- Facebook is the #1 Business-to-Consumer (B2C) platform.  But if you are a commercial agent, focus on LinkedIn which is the #1 Business-to-Business (B2B) platform.  I hope this tip helps some of you save time trying to figure out what platform to focus on.

BTW, I just wrote a blog post on this very topic -- comparing the many internet marketing platforms. Hope it helps! Here it is:

Jun 29, 2012 03:21 AM
Donald Reich
Madison Specs - New Rochelle, NY
Cost Segregation Specialist

Facebook is an important part of residential marketing, but so is Linked In, especially if you are selling higher end homes.

Pinterest is the latest social networking tool, and its focus on pictures is ideal for residential real estate.

Jun 29, 2012 04:32 AM
Dylan Taft
Dylan Taft Broker/Owner Taft Street Realty, Inc. - Woodstock, NY
Ulster County Area Consultant

FB, AR, and the other popular social media sites are going to be very important over the next 5 years.   Agents need to start now when it comes to branding themselves online.  If not now then it could be too late!

Jul 29, 2012 11:02 PM
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Lynda, I've made some incredible friends using Facebook. The Group function is awesome, too. Love keeping up with some agents from around the country.

Sep 08, 2012 05:40 AM
Sam Kulathunga
Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Marketer and service Provider

LinkedIn is also a great option to build a good network.But what really matter is building a great connection with home buyers.there is a new System called IREM which will help you to enhance your online visibility.I think you should need to watch this video

Jan 31, 2014 11:03 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

I agree that Facebook is a great place to build your connections. It is amazing the connections I have made in one week.

Glad it works for others also.

Feb 02, 2014 05:51 AM
Bryan Beckstead, KOmKards, Care-Connect-Communicate, on auto pilot, 24/7.
Start MAXIMIZING the Internet.... - Priceville, ON
Become a KOmKard owner today,

I agree with Dylan, branding ourselves is crucial, we need to get our story, message who we are out " there ", its a noisy place out there, anything we can do to cut through the noise is a must. 

Apr 16, 2014 10:36 PM
Tim Ventura
Digital Marketing Consultant - Blaine, WA
Digital marketing & technology consultant

Great post!

Mar 25, 2021 08:28 PM