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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I think your reading and commenting on this site will give you a flavor of how "like-minded people" work together and complement each other's efforts.... 

Nov 06, 2016 04:55 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

ActiveRain has an incredible membership of real estate and real estate-related professionals who have hands on experience and are very willing to share.

Of course, the questions that many of the students ask in this section are often repetitive and often without relevance to the actual practice of real estate.   You can break that mold...

Good luck.  

Nov 06, 2016 06:00 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

To you?

To us?

Or, to your Professor?

Nov 06, 2016 05:24 AM
Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com

Active Rain is a welcoming place to pull up a chair, and read the perspectives of various real estate professionals and share your own.  
I look forward to seeing you out in the rain!

Nov 06, 2016 05:43 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

It is important because there are a ton of really smart people in the Rain. There are a few smart-asses too (me being one of them) and we like to have fun too. AR is a very helpful community.  I see it as a home for top professionals in their respective field ... (agents, lenders, staggers, etc.).

Nov 06, 2016 06:58 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

This site will not substitute for real personal experiences that you alone can only weather.

Nov 06, 2016 05:18 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

because there is so much knowledge here and the people are so willing to share. Having said that - we do wish that he would assign questions that are not found in your book or those that do not involve Utah State law - we are generally speaking not licensed in UTAH here

Nov 06, 2016 05:17 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Michael Jacobs and Barbara Todaro offer you the best advice! Good luck!!

Nov 06, 2016 10:04 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I think the Activerain membership has grown very weary of the same questions being asked over and over again and the real estate school is doing you a disservice by suggesting you get your prelicensing education this way. If they are collecting the fee to teach the material, then they should be teaching you.

Nov 06, 2016 02:25 PM
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

I guess they're smart enough to know that not all learning comes from textbooks. The people on Active Rain are out there doing it everyday. That's the best learning experience you can get.

Nov 06, 2016 09:23 AM
Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

If you love learn then you will love the site. You get to learn what other areas are doing and how others handle things. Plus you get some great ideas!

Nov 06, 2016 09:13 AM
John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

Wealth of knowledge, information and free advice you can't get anywhere.

Nov 06, 2016 08:37 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

ActiveRain is the largest platform of real estate professionals on Earth.  It is an amazing brain trust.  We share our knowledge with the public and each other... and learn from each other.  

Nov 06, 2016 08:26 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Right Now I believe it is a benefit for your professor.

After you get your license you will be able to network on this site.

Nov 06, 2016 07:50 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

It's important for a lot of reasons. Start reading posts here, and you will learn so much about the real estate business. We have answered a lot of questions from students. I don't mind doing it, but some members get a bit snippy. Just ignore them. Others will answer them for you. Welcome. 

Nov 06, 2016 07:46 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Deni Abplanalp I've taught the real estate principles course for several years. It's the instructor's job to answer your questions and to thoroughly explain so you understand in order to pass the test.

Posting questions here will give you a real-world answer from experienced agents.

Nov 06, 2016 06:54 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Being engaged in the AR community provides access to some of the best minds in the real estate business!

Nov 06, 2016 06:50 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What Susan Emo said! 

Nov 06, 2016 06:29 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I think that Barbara Todaro  said it perfectly.  A

Nov 06, 2016 06:19 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  The people on AR are real-world practitioners.  They are not trying to sell you leads, or sell you a system.

Nov 06, 2016 05:56 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Are they based in Utah?

I don't know why they recommend AR other than it's a great real estate site.

Nov 06, 2016 05:12 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I think you should be doing research anywhere you can find where good information is spread around.

Dec 06, 2016 12:05 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

To understand social media, and does help bring you business once you get your license.

Nov 08, 2016 06:33 AM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

You can learn a lot through your interaction with other professionals.

Nov 08, 2016 05:58 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

You will get some great imput in the rain.

Nov 07, 2016 07:56 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I think that is a great idea, but you guys and girls use the same Qs and posts and that is simply junking a good place. Try to come up with questions that you really want to learn about. Do not copy/paste. 

Nov 07, 2016 04:07 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties


Welcome.  The Rain is a great wealth of knowledge and has a great ability to help you in your career and with your marketing.


We get a lot of generic questions from students about water rights, why we got involved, red flags and stuff that really should be in the books.  Please break that mold.  :-)

Nov 07, 2016 01:53 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Why do you think this is important?

Those who make a living in real estate sales are predominately those who are not inclined to work and play well with others. So they go the independent route, they want to be the masters of their destiny, to create their financial Independence and perhaps create a legacy.

The nature of this business surrounds agents with people but few friends. Isolation and loneliness, while swimming in a sea of smiley faces, is a chronic reality.

Engaging with others who share a common experience confirms you are not going crazy, but that what you are going through is not God's punishment but that which is common to those who walk in this way of life.

Active Rain is a much therapeutic as it is informational.

The advise you have been provided is worthy of your pursuit. But, just like this response to your question, it is up to you to sort the gold from the 'what you want to hear' comments.

At the end of the race you will realize you are the only one accountable for the choices you make. Every question will receive both a YES and NO. Sometimes it is the quite voice that contains the hope.

And like others have said, some of us want to have fun. Before reacting, understand those who are here are elements of a vast mosaic that represents lives that endured life's greatest challenges and lives just beginning it's journey. Each voice has equal representation in this two dimensional space, and it is up to the reader to exercise their wisdom.

Nov 06, 2016 10:46 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The simple answer?     To get your Real Estate feet wet....enjoy Deni!

Nov 06, 2016 10:20 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Look around the website, read and decide for yourself.

Nov 06, 2016 10:16 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It i important for a couple of reasons, one by starting to build relationships in real estate and second to learn from those already in the business. You will find agents here happy to help with anything you ask. 

Nov 06, 2016 10:10 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Kathleen Daniels nailed this one!

Nov 06, 2016 09:36 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Barbara gave you a great answer.  You need to follow her and listen to what she says.

Nov 06, 2016 09:14 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Barbara has answered.

Nov 06, 2016 07:51 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

Deni Abplanalp - I'd say, both!

Nov 06, 2016 02:55 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

What Barbara Todaro said!

Nov 06, 2016 01:51 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I've had my license for going on 19 years and I learn something new every day on ActiveRain...

Nov 06, 2016 12:15 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Deni Abplanalp 

100% of questions posted have been asked or answered 100 x.... 

If you want to know the answered are in search button.  

Many of the questions were formulated around 30 or 40 years ago and are not applicable anymore.  I suspect your schools bought the study guide from retired brokers. I doubt they will ask some of them..... Only a few who started these schools actually came back told us they passed the test.... Nothing beats in person classroom teaching.....

Nov 06, 2016 11:51 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Blogging can be a great marketing tool.  You also pick up writing skills that most Realtors lack and that will come in handy in your new line of work.

Nov 06, 2016 11:34 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Active Rain is a great site and you may learn many valuable things here, not so sure about what you will learn with agent professor though.

Nov 06, 2016 10:29 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Deni Abplanalp Real Estate classes teach you how to pass the Real Estate exam. Active Rain teaches you how to function in the Real Estate world.

Nov 06, 2016 09:26 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Writing blogs and building your network is more important than asking questions.

Nov 06, 2016 08:24 AM
Toronto, ON

Is it a required part of your curriculum?

Nov 06, 2016 07:58 AM