Joe Tunney, Real Estate agent serving Seattle's Eastside (Keller Williams Realty Eastside)

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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

You'd be amazed at who reads your blogs.  Comments don't equal readers!  I had a Buyer walk into my office and shared that, on a cross country train, he read  He felt like he already knew me and trusted me.    And, I hear this over and over.  People check us out long before they reach out.   Don't be afraid to get personal.  This isn't a business only platform.  When I share recipes, I also talk about my listings with great kitchens.  People like to read about the local restaurants I visit - gives them a sense of the community.   Pet people love to read animal stories . . .   it is endless what we can share and connect with the world.  Have fun with it and you'll be surprised how people reach out to you and your business!

Jan 12, 2016 12:13 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Joe, I'd suggest reading Bob Stewart's post on niche blogging.  Finding the right niche and concentrating your posts might be the quickest way to blogging results.

Jan 11, 2016 11:19 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Blog!  Local blogs, topical blogs.  This site ranks well on Google (not as great as before, but it still provides great SEO).  Be active on ActiveRain!

Jan 11, 2016 02:23 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Getting more home buyers and seller sign on AR.

I was surprised to find most the heaviest hitter blogs* do not often show up during internet search, especially the neighborhood home trends.  If you can be found on "Kirland, WA realtor" or "top agents". That is a result of hit hard with blogs or real estate info.  Then your phone will start ringing.

 Hitter= Url links. I have 100s of clicks internally on AR. But few people

can find me when they type in Silicon Valley Realtors, or San jose, CA real estate trends.  We are here to get our name out on the www.

Hope that helps,


 Kirkland, WA 

Jan 11, 2016 11:52 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Posting blogs!  Answering questions?  Commenting on other peoples' posts?

Jan 11, 2016 11:12 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow not sure if I can add anything more to these great recommendations and advice. My take is write consistently from your heart it shows if you are real or not and recognize that just because you might get only a few comments you could have a huge readership outside of Active Rain and that could make the difference of getting additional business or not....Endre

Jan 17, 2016 05:41 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Blog, comment, network, market, promote, participate in the life of the community. 

Jan 15, 2016 05:17 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Writing good content will get your business from the public. Developing relationships creates future business with other members. There are a lot of referrals sent through Activerain.

Jan 14, 2016 12:31 PM
Michele Connors
The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County - Greenville, NC
Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor

bringing your personality into your writing allows the audience and peers know more about you than a print ad can deliver. 

Jan 12, 2016 05:05 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Old school.

Develop familiarity by posting blogs, acknowledging comments, answering questions.  But that only qualifies you.

Then create reason to pick up the phone and CALL one AR member a day. When a number appears in that flag next to your name at the top of the AR screen, an AR member is saying 'I'm home.' What a great way to start your day. By the way, the FLAG is also the REASON.

I do not believe I need to list all the benefits to you and the AR member for going old school and adding people touches to your networking..

Jan 11, 2016 10:23 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Liz and Bill Spear suggested the perfect reading for you! Best to make a decision on your niche when making your business plan for 2016. You're starting in real estate at a perfect time..the beginning of a year and 2016 is going to be a great year in real estate!

Jan 11, 2016 08:13 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Writing posts that speak to their avatars and drive them to their landing pages.

Jan 11, 2016 11:40 AM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

by posting blogs, they try to increase their SEO ranking, get techniques from others to do more business, get leads and ref's. , make friends, its quite a complete package actually. ps... (just dont critisize the point system :) )

Jan 11, 2016 11:06 AM
Cheri Long
Metro Brokers/Priority Properties, Inc. - Centennial, CO
Metro Denver Realtor- Your Home is my PRIORITY

Such great answers from the AR experts.  Thanks for posting such a sincere question!

Jan 14, 2016 03:35 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Get out there and know other agents in other parts of the country.

Jan 13, 2016 10:53 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Check ActiveRain University for webinars & posts.  Read, read and read.  You will learn so much from fellow members.

Jan 13, 2016 04:04 AM
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

be active, use key words,  Long tail type and see what happens.  all content need to be relevant.  

Jan 12, 2016 07:42 AM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

The best way that I've found to use Active Rain for business is to blog on this platform, and share it on all of the others (FB, Twitter, G+, and our website).  People read and then people call.  Good luck!  

Jan 12, 2016 01:26 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Blogging about your niche and building referral relationships are smart moves.

Jan 12, 2016 12:16 AM
Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS
Panorama R.E. Limited - Toronto, ON
Selling Your Home as if it were My Own!

Lots of great answers here. You need to be known online and offline. Interaction with others in both "worlds" will get your name out there.

Jan 11, 2016 11:13 PM
Vera Gonzalez
RE/MAX Suburban, Inc. - Sterling Heights, MI
Gonzo For Real Estate

One of my friends/clients just  sent me a link for a local post about a neighborhood. It happened to be from a person on ActiveRain. 

Jan 11, 2016 10:13 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

By writing local posts.

Jan 11, 2016 10:10 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Just networking! Did 2 refferrals last year and they turned out excellent! One was a listing referral and it sold immendiately. The other was a buyer referral and the buyer was under contract in under 10 days! Have a list of qualified agents for all pars of Florida and other areas!

Jan 11, 2016 09:56 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Post.  Consistently and with content that brings contacts.     

Jan 11, 2016 09:44 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Lots of blog posts; Neighborhood blogs, market reports, how to by and sell articles, etc.


Jan 11, 2016 09:22 PM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski
Coldwell Banker Realty - Woodbridge, VA
Helping agents live an exceptional life!

Great question, as I was wondering the same! I'll take all this advice, too!


Jan 11, 2016 09:22 PM
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

For me, it's mainly through blogging/SEO and then secondarily from local agents.  (I'm not a real estate agent).

Jan 11, 2016 07:55 PM
Compass - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Partner - The Private Client Network

Hi Joe interacting and posting authentic useful content. I received a call today from a lender in Orange County looking for her client for oceanfronts. She's been seeing me on Active Rain.

Jan 11, 2016 07:20 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I have found localism posts generated some following for me among the public.

Jan 11, 2016 05:23 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Joe. Blog like crazy, on AR and other sites as well. Become an expert in your area.

Jan 11, 2016 05:18 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Right now, I'm working on doing some niche blogging on this platform as well as my WordPress blog.

Jan 11, 2016 05:11 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Joe Tunney - Localism Posts can generate business for many broker/agents here. And so is true for some market reports, too.

Jan 11, 2016 03:48 PM
Bruce Brockmeier
Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS® - Yorba Linda, CA
Coached By Crouch

You already have received a bunch of good answers.  One more avenue, for some agents, is getting more referrals.  Get to know people here, and provide good information about your market.  Referrals could follow.


Edit.  Get a Rainmaker account.

Jan 11, 2016 02:51 PM
Leanne Carpenter
RE/MAX Realty Professionals - Mobile, AL

I believe networking is a huge way agents and brokers create new business on activerain. 

Feb 02, 2016 02:24 AM
Dina Braun
Charlotte, NC

I feel like as Realtors, you have to be a "Jack of all trades", blogging (being a good writer), research, technology, community, networking, volunteering (for a cause you love) and that's not to mention being schooled and contracts.  I have a hard time getting it all in.

Jan 24, 2016 08:56 AM
Anna Hatridge
R Gilliam Real Estate LLC - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with R Gilliam Real Estate LLC

Writing quality content and a variety of information.  Not everyone is looking for the same thing all the time.  Sometimes we need light humor and sometimes serious market studies.  

Jan 23, 2016 04:18 AM
Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

This was such a great question!  I'm sorry I missed it the first time, but I'm glad to have a chance to catch up.

Jan 21, 2016 12:06 PM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Sorry Joe Tunney i hit the wrong button & think I reported this as was on my small device.

Wanted to share with you that you NEVER post from web site to AR...that is a huge no-no.  You write first on your web site & then do a modified change post on AR... You want to always direct traffic to your web site.  Blogging on condo complexes & neighborhoods will bring you videos too & post on YTube.  Comment on otheres blog with good comments too.

Jan 17, 2016 06:43 AM
Linda Guess
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Branson, MO - Branson, MO
Branson area real estate sales.

Wow.  You really have received a lot of answers on this.  That was a good and direct question.

Jan 16, 2016 01:23 PM