Kerrie's Blog: Success in the Rain

Success in the Rain

Have you ever had one of those days where it all just came apart?  From morning to noon to night it feels like the world is against you.  They are few and far between but occasionally they do happen. 

We are all learning as we go, aren't we?  I strongly believe you can turn a bad situation into a good one....or at least a better one.  If you look at the situation, disect it, and learn from it then you've done your due diligence in trying to do just that.  Don't forget to embrace the lesson for this is how you will be the celebrated being you are capable of.

Yesterday was then and today is now.....and today Rocks!

I encourage you all to push yourselves, get out of your comfort zone and see what you are capable of!  Check out this week's rockstars....I bet they've had bad days once in awhile too :)

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

Larry Johnston (Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC): Real Estate Agent in Elkhart, IN Larry Johnston (Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)
"The proof that Active Rain is a great tool is shown in a phone call I received the other day. It was a lady from another state that has her house paid for and wants to move into my area and pay cash for a new house. I not only was given the opportunity of selling her a house, but also getting a referral on selling her house. I asked her how she found me and she said she found my active rain profile on the internet. Thank you Active Rain!!!"

Steve Combs (Academy Mortgage Corp): Loan Officer in California, MD Steve Combs (Academy Mortgage)
"ActiveRain Success Story? Let me count the ways... 1) My regular Webinar attendance is up 125% 2) Out of state home owners have contacted me for refinance of multiple investment properties. 3) I have forged terrific new professional relationships. 4) I have strengthened existing professional relationships. 5) My ActiveRain profile page is on page 1 of Google when you search for me. 6) Past Clients (while I was at a former company) have found and contacted me on ActiveRain. 7) I've been able to assist my Realtor partners by promoting the "real" affordability of their listings. 8) Through my blog, I have a platform to provide insight and helpful information to my colleagues and prospective clients. 9) I've learned about the needs and circumstances of my referral sources through their blogs and have adapted my business to support those needs. 10) I have made more money already from ActiveRain!"

EXIT REALTY NEXUS Minneapolis MN: Real Estate Brokerage in Coon Rapids, MN Frank D'Angelo (Exit Realty Nexus)
"Since joining Active Rain as a broker, I've been able to not only improve our companies presence online, our clients have had significantly more visual tour traffic. Buyer are utilizing our resources through active rain as well our inventory has much better exposure. Bottom line... Our Buyers and Sellers are happy we're online with Active Rain..."


Arleen Montford /Tracey McMackin Selling  Homes in Pace/Milton/Pensacola fl (Exit Realty Advantage): Real Estate Agent in Milton, FL Arleen Montford /Tracey McMackin (Exit Realty Advantage)
"I am not a technical type person. I did not understand anything about technology and I am still learning about the computer. My broker is always encouraging us to get on the cutting edge. He believes in Active Rain and so I thought I would start there. It turned out that was the best decision I could have made. When I got stuck I made one call and not only did I get all my questions answer, but they pointed me to Active Rain University. Steven Graham, the trainer was able to explain everything on my level. He promise us all if we did what he was going to show us we would be on the first page of Google by the next day. The next day, we were on the front page. Thank you Steven!"

Joseph Houghton (Real Living, Main Street Realty): Real Estate Sales Person in Minneapolis, MN Joseph Houghton (Main Street Realty)
"I have found active rain to be an extremely effective way to dialogue with people around the community and throughout the country about the residential real estate market. It has been a great way to get other peoples opinions and advice as well as help other people answer their questions and deal with their real estate concerns."


Danielle "Dee" Baldwin (Fort Collins Realtor @ ERA Herman Group Real Estate): Real Estate Agent in Fort Collins, CO Danielle "Dee" Baldwin (Infinity Group Realty)
"ActiveRain has been a fantastic resource for me as I grow my business. I have had a wonderful referral from an agent here on ActiveRain and enjoyed referring out to an agent who I came to trust based on her contributions to AR. I'm confident that I will be able to expand on this section for many years to come!"


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

Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comment balloon 45 commentsKerrie La Guardia • December 03 2010 06:43PM


Great success stories!  I though I was the only one that had those kind of days where EVERYTHING goes wrong, thank  you for sharing.

Posted by Catherine Ulrey, Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist (Keller Williams Capital City) over 8 years ago

Kerrie, Keep up the good work. I featured you in my last post...
Your friend in Tacoma

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

Hi Kerrie...great post.  I agree that there are opportunities even in oppostion.  Love the success stories...I am too new to offer one yet.  I do believe that it will happen.  Have a great week-end!

Posted by Judith Parker, CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC (ProStead Realty) over 8 years ago

Always like reading these. thanks!

Posted by Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI) over 8 years ago

Kerrie, I truly believe that "you" and "bad day" have to be very rare confluence of the stars.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie - Enjoying your success in the rain series as always.


Posted by FN LN over 8 years ago

Kerrie - thanks for the wise words of advice; you are right, the only way to succeed is to go outside your comfort zone.

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie -- It's great to see how even non-techie types can prosper on AR! What a POWERFUL statement and one that I think needs to be emphasized to new members or even prospective members.  I bet it would encourage more people willing to give this platform a try.

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) over 8 years ago

Wow! Lots of sunshine in the Rain!

Posted by Jen Edwards, Broker Associate (RE/MAX Unlimited) over 8 years ago

Catherine - You are not alone! :)

Paul - Thanks for the shout out! 

Judith - It not give up!

Eric - I'm so proud of you and your first was so good!

Charles - True, true....hope you enjoy Mr. Squirrel :)

Marc - Hey you!  Hope all is well in Canada!

Barbara-Jo - Yes it is.  BTW, your email today CRACKED me up....thanks for that!

Chris - I tell the newbies all the time that if I can do it they can do it.  Sometimes we all need a little push to get out of our comfort zone.

Jen - Sunshine through the Rain!

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


Thanks for the reminder. Sometimes we forget to update the AR profile! ActiveRain is working great for me!


Posted by Ingrid Laine, Sr. Loan Officer, Manager (Embrace Home Loans) over 8 years ago

Oh yes, some days do really stink, others make up for the ones that stink.  You just gotta hold your nose and get through it.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 8 years ago

Kerrie...great to hear the success stories.  I am working on another one for myselgf...9 months in the making. Not all stories are over night.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 8 years ago

great story

yes I have


haven't we all?


Thanks for the share

Posted by Vince McEveety (Gilleran Griffin Realty) over 8 years ago

Kerrie, my dear, so many great stories to be told, but the one that I really thought would be here didn't make it? Maybe a do over?

Kim Carpenter-Lake has probably the best blogging story that may ever get written on ActiveRain

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

Nice to read these. I invited my home inspector to join; he did, but hasn't been active --- yet. Today, at an inspection, he said he's gotten one job already from Active Rain. I need to encourage him to start writing!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 8 years ago

Kerrie, with your sunny disposition, how could you have a bad day? I know it wasn't because of anything on your part! lol Love reading these success stories. Reminds me why I love being here :)

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 8 years ago

I've given up a bit on Active Rain lately, wondering if it would ever pay off and I see from above that a little patience will go a long way so I'm going to hang in here and keep fighting the good fight!!

Posted by Angela Bond, Los Angeles Real Estate | 310 666 5052 (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

Out of our comfort zones,,,,,you mean like eating unidentified white fish in Old town Philly?

Have fun in Atlanta and Houston

Posted by Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida (Glasswork Media Arts) over 8 years ago

Thanks for pointing out a way to promote a positive forum...



Posted by Terry Thorpe (Horizon Realty International) over 8 years ago

Love these success stories! We have a lot of techie diversity here and something for everyone!

Posted by Dawn Maloney, 330-990-4236 Hudson & Northeastern Ohio (RE/MAX Trinity Northeast Ohio Real Estate Specialist) over 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie... thanks for all you do to help all of us achieve our own "Success in the Rain!"  :-)

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 8 years ago

All good stuff!  I can't wait to post my own Active Rain success of these days!  :-)

Posted by Alex Morris - Austin Real Estate Agent over 8 years ago

Seen you do it today, Kerrie.  Much respect and admiration.

Posted by James Locklear, Social Media Training , Virtual Services, Search Engine Optimization Lattitude - SEOL (Online Marketing Advertising Consultant) over 8 years ago

Kerri - Thanks for the reminder... always looking to improve the profile!!

Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) over 8 years ago

I  enjoyed reading what you have to say here. I think this is good advice for all. Happy holidays.

Posted by Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes (Waves Realty) over 8 years ago


I have not thought to do this. But, the stories you have provided area good inspiration.  I do have a story to write.  And, who am I to pass up 500 points?



Posted by Claudette Millette, Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass (The Buyers' Counsel) over 8 years ago

Active Rain has indeed created something that benefits so many people, with knowledge, friendship and business!

Cindy in Indy

Posted by Cindy Marchant, "Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate (Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 over 8 years ago

Kerrie are the BEST ..I will be posting my Sucess story shortly..Although i have many 1 this is my favorite!


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 8 years ago

Growing through Active Rain is a part of my daily life and I enjoy the friendships and knowledge. Thanks Kerrie!

Posted by Surprise Arizona Realtor Jim Braun Sun City Grand Active Adult Communities, Surprise AZ real estate Phoenix West Valley (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Jim Braun Sun City Grand Az ) over 8 years ago

I had that day yesterday. Trying to pick up the pieces this morning. Your message was the first thing I are like my guardian angel :-). Thanks for the lift!

Posted by Linda Humphrey, CRS, Broker/Owner HHC Realty (Humphrey Home Connections Realty, Reno, Nevada) over 8 years ago

Kerrie... keep rickin on.. some more good success stories..  so, what did u screw up the other day?  lol  <teasing>  But you are so correct, take each day one day at a time and if one day goes bad, make the next day better ... keep that head up..  ps.. hey, when did you change your background pic?

jeff belonger

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

Oh I hate those days, but they come and they go. So....Happy Saturday to you! K

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 8 years ago

Even the worst day soon becomes ancient history--live and learn along the way.  Success stories are a great way to keep hopes high and inspire everyone to keep the faith.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 8 years ago

Those stories and opportunities are inspirational and helpful.

Posted by Michael Emerson (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

What a profound statement Norma my pal in #34 cubicle makes...thank you and thank you Kerrie for the post

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 8 years ago
We should push ourselves and drive ourselves EVERY SINGLE DAY! Congrats to all the featured members and good luck realizing what you're capable of!
Posted by Todd & Devona Garrigus, Broker / REALTORS® (Garrigus Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Everyday above ground is a good day...Somedays I have to repeat this over and over to myself, because some days are harder than others.

I have not had a "success" story yet, but I'm sure I'll get one soon.  I am going to Rain Camp in Atlanta to learn how to do it in the Rain, so my success story is on the way.

Thanks for the inspiration, and the chance for 500 points.

Posted by Karen Steed, Associate Broker Haralson Realty (Tallapoosa, Bremen, Waco, Buchanan, Temple, Carrollton) over 8 years ago

Karen - I look forward to meeting you on Wednesday.  I'd love to help you get a profile pic up too if you'd like.  See you then!

Hoping everyone is having a fabulous weekend!!!

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

Thanks for the inspiration. Great post.

Posted by Dennis & Terri Neal, Your Home Sold in 45 Days or We Se (RE/MAX, Big Bear) over 8 years ago

Yes, we all have one of those days. I had one today. I called a Listing Agent on a rental property and asked as many questions as I could before I showed it.

I spent my time showing it and I spent a good amount of time preparing the Lease for Presentation. I presented the Lease and an hour after it was accepted I got a call from the Listing Agecny, very sheepishly that the Seller has decided not to Lease the property.

Now, in my primary MLS if you present a full price contract that meets all the criteria specified and you present all proper documentation and the Landlord or Seller does not accept it, this could be a violation of Discrimination.

However, who has time for this stuff! Lift yourself up and move on. Yes, I was caused to waste my precious time, however Real Estate is a lot of time expended for the results we get. The name of the business.

The Landlord has suddenly determined that he can't make ends meet if he rents this property. The property was listed for a long time (unusual for rentals) and yesterday and the day before and the month before he knew he could not make ends meet.

The Listing Agent was embarrased. I was miffed! However. do I want to take the time it takes to make an issue of this? I'm movin' on! Just another example of the stress level people are under today.

However, in closing I will be watching that listing closely. If it is not removed within a few days or lo and behold if it appears "settled" at that price, the hammer will fall!

All of you with aggravation, have a wonderful day.

Posted by Kate Reilly Lund (RE/MAX Diamond, Realtors) over 8 years ago

Dear Kerrie,

Without some rain once in a while, we forget to appreciate the sun. I hope you have better days ahead.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) over 8 years ago
Kerrie, We all have good days and bad days....part of life's ebb and flow. Coming to Active Rain to share one another's successes and frustrations is one of the greatest gifts this community provides. Thanks for continuing to share these success stories with us!
Posted by Coleen DeGroff, Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL (eXp Realty) over 8 years ago

Kerrie I hope you are having a better week!  Thanks for the visit to my blog and for the great posts you put out every week!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 8 years ago

Kerrie - I have a suggestion/request that I think would benefit many of us here in the Rain. There are so many different contests going on and often many of us hear of them when they are about to end. How about a special button on the top of the page (next to search and RainCamp) that says 'contests'? that would make it so much easier to stay on top of these.

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 8 years ago