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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

My original reason was to generate business. Now that I have retired, it is more like social networking and I need to reduce my activity and focus on other areas of interest.

Dec 12, 2015 12:18 AM
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

LOVE the community here. Also a good place to re-affirm what you are already doing, learn new ideas, get feedback and input, and the camaraderie is great too!

Dec 11, 2015 11:24 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

This question results in a multifaceted answer. 

  1. Expanded knowledge
  2. Camaraderie
  3. Expanded referral base
  4. Friends

Not necessarily in that order.

Dec 12, 2015 08:27 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

It helps to know you're not the only one!

Stuff happens. Things fall apart. And sometimes the party is on my street.

Knowing it happens to others who are willing to share their experience...... helps lift the load and it becomes easier for all of us.

Dec 12, 2015 12:05 AM
Toronto, ON

There are many reasons.  Juice, community, learning, giving back and more.

Dec 12, 2015 12:04 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Originally it was a place for business and while that remains true -- the added benefits of education, entertainment and camaraderie make this a most unique social media forum.   

Dec 11, 2015 11:39 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Anything I can learn from others in this business is appreciated. I'm here for the community, the learning curve, any extra SEO,  and the referrals are a nice bonus!

Dec 11, 2015 11:34 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Community, knowledge and SEO! 

Dec 12, 2015 12:57 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Google juice at first then learning from others, now everything, great people on here and lots of friends


Dec 12, 2015 12:51 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Two of my natural passions are fed nutrition here, creating a perk.

1. I love to write / blog.

2. I enjoy interacting with & networking with people; I take an interest in their story & philosophy.

3. The Perk: I learn here, I grow here, I make money here through referrals.

Dec 12, 2015 12:24 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Tony and Suzanne,

When I first started out in real estate in late 2009 I turned to AR to get some great information on the real estate world of foreclosures and short sales as there was very little help in our brokerage.

I was fortunate to get to know some great people and AR is really my Facebook and place to have some fun, as I work from home.  I miss teaching high school and the give and take with the students and AR is my way to stay engaged and have some fun while learning from other real estate professionals.

Dec 12, 2015 12:09 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Tony and Suzanne,

I enjoy the community, and I love meeting many face to face as we travel for our work.  I am also learning a lot from many that give me an insider's view of the state of the real estate community.  A

Dec 12, 2015 12:06 AM
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

To learn from others. Possibly a referral at some point. Mostly for additional SEO juice to help the public find my client's listings that I post/blog about and get them sold.

Dec 11, 2015 11:53 PM
Michael Scruggs
UTR Texas-Realtors - Houston, TX

I love interacting with other real estate professionals and giving and revceiving informaiton that is useful in our real estate business.

Dec 11, 2015 11:38 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

I am here for the tid bits of information here and there, the camaraderie of the members and how the market fares in other areas compared to here.

Dec 11, 2015 11:26 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

As some of you are aware, we have been on an 18 month “time out” from real estate to deal with “life issues” (see The Day I ALMOST Died if you want to know more).

When we were on Active Rain in the very early days - late 2006, early 2007 - at one point we occupied the numero uno position currently occupied by Patricia Kennedy , and we did get calls from the general public looking for our help.

Then the market crashed, and we switched to Short Sales, and had several Short Sale sellers find us in the ‘Rain.

As AR grew, and we drifted away and back several times, this being the longest reappearance since the early days, calls from prospects - not so much.

Primarily we are here now for the “community”, to ask (and answer) questions that interest us, and to decide whether we will re-launch on January 4, 2016 - or not.


We really appreciate those of you who have seen fit to respond to our questions, and comment on our blog posts, as well as those of you who have remained silent but nevertheless have read our humble offerings.


That’s why we are here.


How about you?


Dec 11, 2015 11:22 PM
Val Evans
Scottsdale, AZ

Mining for gold. There's enough gold here to make everyone millionaires. 

Dec 11, 2015 11:36 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Tony and Suzanne - To continually learn, meet new people, and hopefully generate a little business along the way.

Dec 14, 2015 03:29 PM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I enjoy the community and the friends I've made in the Rain. From a purely business perspective, it's another way to expand my social reach and visibility in the marketplace.

Dec 12, 2015 09:27 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Michael Jacobs nailed this one.

Dec 12, 2015 09:22 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

It's the friends I have made. Some I have actually met and some are on my list to meet. Without AR I would not have ever known most!

Dec 12, 2015 09:00 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I learn from other experienced agents. After years in this business I never stop learning.

Dec 12, 2015 04:38 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers initially, to learn about blogging, then to teach about blogging on how easy it is - and now....addiction!

Dec 12, 2015 03:49 PM
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

It is fun and I find good advice and also people to refer business to.

Dec 12, 2015 12:37 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I started out participating just for business reasons and to increase my business. Now I do it for the social aspect and for referrals to and from other members. I have successfully sent out several referrals this year. I just visited an AR member when I was in the Denver area. I've made some great friends across the country because of AR. I love this site.

Dec 12, 2015 10:43 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Tony and Suzanne,
I’m late to answer this one but almost all the answers apply to me. AR is a great resource on all fronts.

Dec 12, 2015 09:07 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties
  1. To learn from others
  2. To help others
  3. To network
  4. For "100% Google Juice" (minimal pulp, never frozen and not from concentrate)
Dec 12, 2015 08:39 AM
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

Learning something new everyday and try to share some of my knowledge to help people improve their business.

Dec 12, 2015 04:26 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I am here to market my real estate services to buyers and my listings . I am also here to network with other agents.

Dec 12, 2015 03:56 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It's a great place to learn as well as a great forum for posts.

Dec 12, 2015 02:53 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

to increase the volume of my business and for the enjoyment of networking....

Dec 12, 2015 02:36 AM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

To create an online presence. I'm hoping to connect with the public and RE professionals across the country.

Sep 05, 2016 01:05 AM
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, REALTOR®

Tony and Suzanne,

Fun, Educational, Networking and Listing Active and Sold information.

Dec 18, 2015 01:19 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

In short, I am on Active Rain each and every day to not just attract new business, but learn, to smile, to teach and be entertained all within the Active Rain family. I start every day by writing my blog, checking out my favorite blogs and coming back as time allows through out the day.

Dec 12, 2015 10:40 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good morning Tony and Suzanne. Originally, it was to see if I could drum up business. Now it is to see how much I can learn.

Dec 12, 2015 05:14 PM
LuxurySoCalRealty Compass San Diego
Compass - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Partner - The Private Client Network

 i agree with Patricia Kennedy regarding the points 

Dec 12, 2015 01:57 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

It was for self promotion in the beginning but not it is also for the great friends I have met.

Dec 12, 2015 12:27 PM
Patricia Kennedy
Redfin - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I'm addicted to the points.  What can I say?

Dec 12, 2015 12:04 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

It started out as a pursuit of SEO, but has morphed into something more.

Dec 12, 2015 07:14 AM
Richard L. McKinney P.A.
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
For Results that MOVE you on the Treasure Coast!

Learning, exploring for myself, assisting and helping others expand their knowledge of real estate and of course the free booze, delicious appetizers and beautiful women.....

Dec 12, 2015 06:05 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Internet visibility

Dec 12, 2015 05:51 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Since I started in 2007 I guess habit would be one reason. 

Dec 12, 2015 02:52 AM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

Business first and then friendship

Dec 12, 2015 02:41 AM
Richard L. Sanderson
Richard L. Sanderson Consulting - Portland, OR
helping improve local property tax systems

Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers - As a real estate valuation specialist I have a never-ending desire to understand the ever-changing real estate market. As a property tax adviser I also curate and monitor activities on wide variety of social media sites, like ActiveRain. Mention real estate taxes and I'm most likely listening.

Dec 12, 2015 02:09 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Easy. Top of mind presence.

Dec 12, 2015 02:01 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I originally joined because I'm learning based . But I quickly saw a way to replace ineffective & costly print media thru launching blog posts, and also moving them around social media .

Dec 12, 2015 01:00 AM