Kerrie's Blog: Success in the Rain

Success in the Rain

Fresh off the plane from Charlotte RainCamp and let me tell you....what an amazing time we had.  The very best part of my job is getting to travel and meet the members of this AWESOME Community!  You warm my heart and and I love to hear how ActiveRain has helped you in your careers and even outside of the business aspect.  Many of you, including myself, have made deep connections with one another and RainCamps bring us all together.

OK....enough of the sappy stuff.  Let's talk about some success baby!

If you have yet to write your own success story, I urge you to do so.  Simply go to your profile page and click "edit" located next to My Profile (edit). Scroll down until you see the spot designated for your ActiveRain Success Story.  Keep in mind this will not show on your AR profile but will be available to view on the ActiveRain Success Stories link located on our home page.  Not only are all the cool kids doing it but you'll be awarded 500 points!!!

If you would like to view more stories please visit ActiveRain Success Stories

Chris Fisher (Your Virtual Assistant): Virtual Assistant in Concord, CA Chris Fisher (Your Virtual Assistant)
"One of my favorite things about the Active Rain Network is that my "Active Rain" email folder is now gone... these people go directly to my "Friends and Family" folder. I have met so many wonderful people here!"



Mary Douglas, REALTOR ®, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty): Real Estate Agent in Red Feather Lakes, CO Mary Douglas (United Country Ponderosa Realty)
"A person in my community saw my blog and invited me to join his Community Network! Without my ActiveRain blog I never would have had that opportunity to meet new people in my own community! I've also had the pleasure of meeting many real estate professionals across the country! I truly love Colorado, the Real Estate business, and ActiveRain!"


Melissa Kulikoff (Texas Loan Officer): Loan Officer in San Antonio, TX Melissa Kulikoff (Residential Lending Services)
"I have enjoyed being a member of Active Rain because of the members. Posts are positive, usually highly informative and the replies from others are positive and helpful. I look forward to working with other Active Rain members in the future."



DeAndrea "Dee Dee" Jones The Hampton Roads Real Estate Lady! (Wainwright Real Estate): Real Estate Agent in Norfolk, VA DeAndrea "Dee Dee" Jones (Wainwright)
"...I have found many tools on AR to help me with my branding. Now many people in Hampton Roads recognize and remember me. AR referrals are the best. I have given and received many referrals that have turned into successful transactions. It has allowed me to network with some great agents around the country making my relocation base more powerful. Not a day goes by that I do not learn something new on AR. The marketing ideas, blogging tips, SEO advice all are great and when I implement the ideas great things continue to happen."

Tiffany Saunders (RE/Max ): Real Estate Agent in Kansas City, MO Tiffany Saunders (RE/Max )
"I have been contacted by 4 new clients due to the updates I've recently added to this fabulous site! I've always said the internet was the first place folks go when buying or selling real estate~ and I was RIGHT! Thank you, AR!! xoxo"



Brendan Winans -- Previews International (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage): Real Estate Agent in Malibu, CA Brendan Winans (Coldwell Banker)
"Active Rain has not only proven to be a very effective marketing tool for listings and such. It has also directly contributed to my business. I received a referral via Active Rain a few months ago. The agent placed the referral, and I announced my interest in helping her. The next thing you know, I was out showing homes to one of the nicest couples I've ever had the pleasure to meet. The entire deal went incredibly smooth. Because of active rain, I've established a business relationship in Arizona, and two very wonderful people are now settled into a very wonderful home."

Let it Rain my friends....Let it Rain!

Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comment balloon 47 commentsKerrie La Guardia • October 29 2010 06:38PM


Kerrie~ It was nice to meet you in person! The amount of information that the team provides is GREAT, I have already started to share what I learned in my blog. I cant wait to come back!!

Posted by Melissa McKinney, Realtor, (McKinney Realty Group) over 8 years ago

On to New Orleans ----

Posted by Miriam Bernstein, CRS over 8 years ago

Thank you for the reminder.  and the examples. 

Posted by Melanie Ross, Benicia CA & Vallejo CA Real Estate, 707-319-2828 (Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific) over 8 years ago

I just love your Success in the Rain series Kerrie. It's such a happy blog! And, it just goes to prove that AR is the place to be!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 8 years ago

Kerrie, Your weekly Success post is the highlight of my week. I am now inspired again...

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 8 years ago

Kerrie - It was so good to see you this week.  I look forward to seeing you again soon.  West Coast next time?

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 8 years ago

WooHoo Kerrie, No jet lag for you. Get right back and get out the hooray for me blog, and we thoroughly enjoy it. 

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 8 years ago

OK.  Somebody help me here.  I'm a 3 hour drive from New Orleans.  Gotta make the trip in one day and be back by 6:00PM.  I'm not seeing anything in the schedule that tells me much.  I want to learn but that's a LONG day with 6 hours of driving!

Posted by John Ricks (RE/MAX of Gulf Shores @ The Peninsula) over 8 years ago


You are such a positive person .  .  .  it oozes out of these Success in the Rain posts but in all of your comments, in conversations that I've had with you on the phone and at the Dallas Raincamp when I met you in person.

Active Rain has recruited the right kind of staff members!

Posted by 1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 8 years ago

Kerrie - I find new people and connect with them occationally too because of your Success in the Rain blogs. Thanks!

Posted by Todd & Devona Garrigus, Broker / REALTORS® (Garrigus Real Estate) over 8 years ago

John Ricks # 8 ,

I had to leave Dalls RainCamp at 3 pm because I had the same situation.

It was still worth the trip to be there until that time.

The only thing I regret is that I never did find anything on what was covered during that last 2 hours.. :)

Posted by 1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 8 years ago

Kerrie - it was so great to meet you in person... I'm so glad that I was there... "oh, wait a minute... I wasn't there...I just felt like I was there, 'cause of all the posts aI've read about it".

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) over 8 years ago

Great post!  Love the success stories!!!!    They sure keep us inspired!

Posted by Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady! (Keller Williams Realty Boise) over 8 years ago

Kerrie... some more good success stories... thanks for sharing... ps.. I like your new photo...


Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) over 8 years ago

Keep these success stories coming, they are inspirational. :)

Posted by Gail C. Harris, Reach the BEACH with Gail C. Harris (cell: 703.868 (Resource Network, LLC SFR, AHWD, ACRE, SMAR Board Director) over 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie... Thanks for the success stories and the success of RainCamp Charlotte this week!  It was GREAT spending some time together!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 8 years ago

You had one of the first iPADS I had ever seen at the DC Rain Camp. I got my very own cool work tool yesterday. I cannot wait to start using it.

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge over 8 years ago

I like the new hair and I love the wallpaper. Just had to chime in. 

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) over 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie - Glad you had a great time at RainCamp in Charlotte, North Carolina.  More great success stories that you have uncovered.

Posted by FN LN over 8 years ago

I really wanted to go to raincamp just couldn't make it.  Hope to come to Nashville area soon.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 8 years ago

Kerrie, Looking forward to seeing you in New Orleans :)  Yay!!!

Posted by Elizabeth Cooper-Golden, Huntsville AL MLS (Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group)) over 8 years ago

I subscribed to your blog JUST so I could read the success series! :O) Thanks!

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties) over 8 years ago

HEY BAAABY!  Great new success stories!  I always LOVE seeing these--the cheerleader in me comes out!  And the success of RainCamp was SO much because of you and Kelly--you girls did a fabulous job (and, of course, the guys helped out alot too!!!)!  So glad you chose the Queen City--I've heard NOTHING but, RAVE reviews!

Counting down the days--the only problem with seeing you in NOLA is that it will probably be a long time before I get to see you again so, I'm going to have MAJOR withdrawals when I leave!!!  LOL  In the meantime, we're going to have a BLAST!  Sis is going to be there...Missy is going to be there...Jeff Dowler is too!  LOTS of cool AR members will be there too!!

'Til Wednesday...

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 8 years ago

Love, love, loved RainCamp Charlotte! Have a great time in the Big Easy!

Posted by Debbe Perry, 828.439.3084 Morganton/Lake James NC (Real Living Carolina Property ) over 8 years ago

Loooking forward to seeing you and meeting you in NOLA.

Shall we have coffee and baquets ? Can't wait, haven't been to NOLA in years.


Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 8 years ago

Thank you for sharing the success stories, gives us all a little motivation to continue to read and learn and post here. Thanks

Posted by Timothy Mattingly, Louisville Homes for Sale (Louisville Homes Team Louisville KY over 8 years ago

I'm looking forward to the next one in the West Coast and can't wait to share a success story...

Posted by Maria Marriott, Realtor - (Executive Properties) over 8 years ago

Kerrie...the Queen of Merry.....

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 8 years ago

Love the new pic Kerrie, looks very "successful!"  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) over 8 years ago

Kerrie, When will you being heading a little closer to Denver? I know the Rain Camp was here before but that was almost a year ago! (Or so it seems!) We need to see a calendar of scheduled stops so we can figure out what time and date is best to fly to... so we can get our "Rain Fix"!

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

Loved ActiveRain and meeting you! Thanks for all you do!

Posted by Debbe Perry, 828.439.3084 Morganton/Lake James NC (Real Living Carolina Property ) over 8 years ago

Activerain Charlotte was well worth the long trip.  I came home with PAGES of notes and great ideas to jump start my business into next year!

Posted by Kate Wheeler, CCIM - Murphy NC Real Estate for Sale (Country Homes and Land Murphy NC Realtor ) over 8 years ago

I love your success stories posts.  Nice Picture by the way.

Posted by Lesley Wagstaff, For Real Estate and Mortgages (Re/Max Results Realty in Vancouver, BC) over 8 years ago

Wow, Kerrie, thank you for including me in your success stories series!  I love the people I've met at Active Rain and have made some very close new friends.  I'm glad that Rain Camp is such a success, it's fun to meet our online friends in person.


Posted by Chris Fisher (Your Virtual Assistant) over 8 years ago

'Love reading all these success stories!  'Bet you couldn't have imagined this when you went to that first job interview at Activerain.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Kerrie - I love all of the success stories!   It's always inspiring to read all of these.   Rain Camp in NYC?  or better yet, outside of the city, so it's easier to get to....

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) over 8 years ago

It was a great event, and I learned so much.  I'm inspired to put what I learned into practice.  I've already started!

Posted by Dawn Crawley, Find Pinehurst Homes (Dawn Crawley Realty) over 8 years ago

Any idea when you'll be in the Northeast?  NYC or Philadelphia areas?  Would love to attend another Raincamp!

Posted by Kathy Kenney, Realtor - Princeton & Central NJ Homes for Sale (Keller Williams, Princeton, NJ) over 8 years ago

Kerrie, I always watch for your posts.  I want to attend a camp...BAD!

Posted by Barbara Hensley, Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas (RE/MAX Properties) over 8 years ago

Dear Kerrie,

Do not recall meeting you at the one I went to. Do you go to all camps?

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) over 8 years ago

These are great!  Thank you!

Posted by Denny and Denise Rockwell, Real Estate Professionals, Staging & Design (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties) over 8 years ago

This was my first RainCamp. You guys under promised and over delivered! So much valuable information and so little time to implement. I went back over my notes as soon as I got home to pick out a few things that I want to work on right away. The agent panel definitely convinced me that I need to start blogging on a regular basis and they gave some great blogging ideas. I walked away with a new attitude and a positive outlook on Real Estate.  Thank you AR!

Posted by Petra Thomas, Broker - Raleigh, NC Real Estate (Family Real Estate Brokers) over 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie, Thank you for including me in your post.  I was really excited that day as you tell by all the exclamation points! LOL  I have had a lot more successes with Active Rain, it's a wonderful place to be.

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) over 8 years ago

Kerrie -Thanks for the inspiring stories! Good to meet you at Orlando RainCamp! :)

Posted by Coleen DeGroff, Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL (eXp Realty) over 8 years ago

I really wish I could have made it. Maybe I'll try for Virginia.

Posted by Jean-Paul Peron, Carova Beach - Living & Working in 4-Wheel Drive (The Outer Banks Real Estate Copmpany) over 8 years ago

Melissa - You inspired ME!  Thank you to your husband as well as he was so patient as we finished our chat :)

Miriam - See you later this week!  I.  Can't.  Wait!!!!

Craig - You simply rock!

Christine - Next time I go to LA to visit my girl, I'll stop by!  Hope the boy's bday was fun!

Ed - We missed you in Charlotte...

John - RainCamp is definitely worth it.  See what past attendees have said.

Judi - You are my ray of sunshine!

Alan - You were missed!!!  I can only imagine you and Craig in the same room!

Jeff - Thank you!

Steve - Thanks for being YOU!

Cheryl - I'm glad you got one, you will love it!

JPF - Thanks!

Tammie - Amen!  I heart Nashville!

Elizabeth - You, Debe and I at it again! 

Joni - Yay!  I hope they keep you inspired.

Debe - I must have done something right as I get to see you twice in 2 weeks!  Lucky me!

Missy - I look forward to finally meeting you!

Brad - Awwww, schucks!

Ruth - You never know....keep your eyes posted to the RainCamp tab for new announcements.

Lesley - Thanks so much!

Margaret - I have found my dream job.....I feel very, very lucky!

Dagny - I have a special spot in my heart for NY....I agree we need to come back :)

Dawn - Music to my ears!  Do it girl!

Kathy - Funny you should ask....Philadelphia RainCamp is November 30th!  See you there!

Barbara - Get here!  You won't be sorry!

Petra - Your comment is awesome! 

Mary - You bet!

Coleen - It was my pleasure meeting you!  Let it Rain!

Jean-Paul - We'll get you one of these days!


Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 8 years ago

Because of AR my business is in the front page of Google search.

Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) over 8 years ago