Okay, so my husband can't understand how I have so many "close, personal friends" whom I have never met in person. It's the community here at Active Rain. From reblogging and doing the "social media thing" to help a friend avoid foreclosure, to praying for a family who has lost a few family members in a short amount of time, to upholding people with cancer... and of course there's the laughter.
I have learned so very much from reading blogs; from social media tips, to law changes and business practices. It is a wealth of new knowledge for keeping up with the times and back to the basics oldies.
That being said, Mimi Foster is an amazing person with a wealth of knowledge. I have sent her clients and she drove them around for a weekend when they were considering relocating there. They couldn't say enough good things about her. And all this from being a member on Active Rain. So read her blog for more info and comment on her post. She deserves all the credit and even more!
Just a little over two years ago, I wasn't really sure what it meant to be a blogger. It certainly wasn't something that I aspired to. I was way too busy with my work to have to deal with another learning curve, and what did I possibly have to say anyway?
Over two-plus decades of real estate, I have developed my own unique systems, and unless something is going to revolutionize the way I do business, I long-ago stopped chasing 'the next best thing.' So when I had an insistent friend who kept telling me that I needed to be on ActiveRain, I reluctantly agreed to give it a try.
Since my first few weeks, I was almost embarrassed at the intensity and closeness of the relationships that started to develop with people that I was meeting in the Rain ~ people who, to this day, I consider to be some of my closest friends.
Then I started reading things that intrigued me, having me rethink how I do business, and I started getting great ideas of just little things that I could add to my daily repertoire to make me a better Agent. After a little while, old habits were being replaced by new streamlined, technology-driven practices that were giving me more time to do what I do best, build relationships with clients and potential clients.
It was exciting to me to share and have an outpouring of responses from people who had never thought about some of the things that I was doing, and how I was helping them to change THEIR business for the better because we were sharing and interacting.
One of the things that I have learned from this Community is to streamline and be virtually paperless. However, until I get to the end of a transaction, there is, of necessity, some paperwork that accumulates, so I keep temporary files on all of my active clients until the transaction is completed. But here is MY bottom line about why you need to be on ActiveRain.
When I looked at the files yesterday of the ten active clients that I am currently working with, I had an AHA moment that solidified my thoughts of being in the Rain ~ six of those clients are direct referrals from other people in ActiveRain with, just from these six, an income potential of more than $80,000.
While I haven't been around lately nearly as much as I would like to be, I wouldn't trade the experience that I have had in ActiveRain. Like anything else in life, you get out of it what you put into it, but if you are sitting on the fence in considering whether or not you should or you shouldn't, I would encourage you to J U M P.
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