Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)

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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I was told about it by a keynote speaker at our Realtors convention in 2009, and went out and signed up for it along with several other social media sites.  Then I ignored it until 2012 when gaining some seo became a priority.

Sep 11, 2015 04:31 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I thought it was another "come-on" to sell agents more stuff, quite frankly.

Sep 11, 2015 11:32 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Pat Kennedy suggested I should join - talk about being invited by the Master! I had no idea how great it would be. Thanks Patricia Kennedy 

Sep 11, 2015 09:55 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Larry, in 2008 and 2009 I joined several online real estate communities, some disappeared, I quit some others, but I liked ActiveRain and stayed on.

Sep 11, 2015 02:12 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I was told it was a blogging site and real estate based so a good place to start blogging. I had no other opinion about it.

Sep 11, 2015 12:45 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I was very active on Trulia when their site was actually a force in Real Estate. When it started going down hill there was a mass Exodus and Active Rain was referred to those of us looking for a place to be active where they site actually cared about the agents using it. 

Sep 11, 2015 10:48 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Larry. I was told, you have to sign up, I'm not really sure how long he was on my case. That was in June of 2011, I have never forgiven Eric Boucher, only kidding.

Make it a great weekend!


Sep 11, 2015 07:29 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Larry Johnston I do not recollect any such things - I just created my account in 2007 and never used it for years, I'd say.

Then I wanted to 'teach' about blogging some agents (without blogging myself!) and there was no better place than ActiveRain! I never felt there is a competition and always liked what I learned here.

Sep 11, 2015 02:35 PM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

I found it on my own as a way to post blogs pretty much in the beginning of AR then Barbara Jo from Clearwater asked me why I wasn't more involved.

Sep 11, 2015 02:17 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I found it from a member back in 2008 including a link to her profile on an email.  That email was spam and I deleted it. (she's no longer here), but I consider it fate.

Sep 11, 2015 01:57 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Good question Larry.  I thought it was just someone looking to up their status/points by getting me to join yet another RE money sucker.  As one would hear in Get Smart .  "Missed it by that much Chief..."

Sep 11, 2015 01:30 PM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

i stumbled onto it as well, i dont know what i first thought i would get, but i remember being welcomed in nicely . i dont think there are 350k. i think more like 400. :) but i am grateful for those (mostly) lol

Sep 11, 2015 01:23 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I wasn't told about AR. I stumbled upon it and joined and didn't do anything with my membership for quite a while after that. 

Sep 11, 2015 01:02 PM
The Woodland Team of Texas
The Woodland Companies - Austin, TX
Land Specialists

Bob bugged me into doing this.

Jan 22, 2019 07:26 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I do not even recall how I learned about ActiveRain when I joined in 2007.

Sep 11, 2015 11:55 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

They called us a couple times.  After thinking about it we joined and the rest is history.

Sep 11, 2015 11:29 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Larry Johnston I came across ActiveRain when surfing for some real estate information. There were less than 100,000 members then - February 2007.

Sep 11, 2015 11:23 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

First thought? Why spend time here?

First action - wait until 'Old gaurd' left allowing better exchange of ideas.

Finally - posted a blog.

Would I tell anyone about AR? Only if I felt they were capable of following meaningful instruction.

Sep 11, 2015 11:04 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I joined in 2007.  A friend at the office introduced me to AR.  

Sep 11, 2015 10:04 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I was very intimidated about posting my first blog post....6 years ago.... Lenn Harley gave me great advice.... she said write what you know....and I haven't stopped writing since that first day on September 30 2009.... and everyone should take advantage of this platform.... 

Sep 11, 2015 09:17 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good Saturday morning Larry. At first I was reluctant to join. Now I am glad I did.

Sep 11, 2015 06:56 PM
ReadySetLoan Team
ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC - South Windsor, CT
Residential, Commercial & Condo Financing Experts

I jumped at the opportunity.  I had been writing political blogs on a few sites and my Realtor-friend Brian said "if you like to write, you should join ActiveRain."  He went on to describe the SEO potential and it worked.  Many of my early articles placed on page one of Google and brought in business as a direct result.

Sep 16, 2015 04:06 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Trulia blogger site was shut down in 2014 Xmas. It was free and I get leads directly.    Now I am starting from scratch. 

Sep 12, 2015 11:47 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Yea yea yea..its a cult following were my first thoughts. I mean you dont join a club when you Real Estate. Now, you do

Sep 12, 2015 07:27 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

I think I found AR on my own actually just searching around the web in 2009 I believe, did not become really active until this year though.

Sep 12, 2015 06:43 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I didn't know what to think back in 2006, but I was curious enough to give it a try.

Sep 12, 2015 04:21 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I first started finding posts and wondered what those "rainmakers" were...

Sep 12, 2015 04:14 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

My first memory of seeing anything about AR was in an internet article or search. I wondered why a real estate forum chose that name. 

My second thought was it might be a good resource for information.

Sep 12, 2015 03:59 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

I was worried it would be a distraction rather than actual work.

Sep 12, 2015 02:43 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I was not told a lot....I had to find out for myself

Sep 12, 2015 12:44 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

My first thought --  what is blogging?   I had no clue.   

Sep 12, 2015 12:41 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I think I was taking an e-Pro class, but was so long ago, have no idea what I was thinking.

Sep 12, 2015 12:00 AM