Kerrie's Blog: Great time had at the Exit Convention in Nashville

Great time had at the Exit Convention in Nashville

What a blast it is getting to talk with members face-to-face and also educating newbies on the power of ActiveRain.  There is a ton of fresh meat here in the 'Rain so please welcome them when you see them posting and commenting.

We stayed at Gaylord Opryland and let me tell you....each time I ventured from my room to the hall or the gym or the party I got lost.  Once I even ended up in this beautiful garden full of fountains and lights which I later found out was the Garden Conservatory.  A huge, beautiful bio dome that makes you feel like you're outside when you're not.  I didn't go outside for 3 days but wouldn't have known.  Such a cool spot for a convention indeed.

The #1 excuse I heard for not blogging was time.  I know life gets busy and sometimes it may feel as though there aren't enough hours in the day but come have time to surf the net, watch the game and eat so BLOG!  It's the simplest tool you can use to build your business and market yourself where otherwise you would be without a presence.  My greatest joy was talking to a new agent or broker and trying to explain the benefits and then having a seasoned member come up and sing our praises.  You can't pay for that kind of advertising!!

There are quite a few that will be joining us for the next Boot Camp series kicking off November 8th.  I hope to be at more and more of these conventions because there is nothing better than hanging out with our members!




Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comment balloon 24 commentsKerrie La Guardia • October 29 2012 01:41PM



         Sounds like a success and I would love to attend one of these conventions! Blogging is so important my hubby got another sale this past weekend because of A/R!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert over 6 years ago

Kerrie, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park would be a terrific place for a RAIN CAMP.  Sounds like you keep energized by the interaction...I get that! BTW, saw your A/R youtube're like a movie star ;-D

Posted by Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate. (MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC) over 6 years ago

Kerrie ~  These type of gatherings are always so rewarding.  Glad you had a great time and that you met so many folks.  We will keep an eye out for the newbies.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, I went to I believe one of the first rain camps in Charlotte NC and met Debbie Maxwell.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) over 6 years ago

Kerrie ~> We would so love to attend a Rain Camp!! Missed out on that and wish you guys would do it again!! Looks like the time excuse isn't only our excuse. Whew, now we feel better!! (It's the #1 excuse)

Posted by Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses... (Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, road trips can be so tiring, but also so much fun. Those smiles on the Rain Crew tell a story. BTW who was dressed in the trench coat???

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 6 years ago

Ed - That was Bob....all Bob's idea!  :)

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 6 years ago

Oh my is that a Bob clone flashing the convention?  I know what you mean about the Opryland hotel.  You need comfortable shoes to get around.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, I wanted so badly to meet up with you all there but Friday was my busiest day of the month and I just couldn't add one thing to it. Glad it turned out to be a good event. Are you all going to the NAR Convention?

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 6 years ago

Debbie - ActiveRain won't be at NAR this year, hope you have a fun time though!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, ActiveRain has changed my world in unfathomable ways. I was just speaking today with a seller who wanted me to "sell" him on my marketing strategies...and how I'm able to reach out to people all over the internet--well, I gotta tell ya--before I really got serious with AR, I didn't know anything about linking, SEO, Google Juice, OR the incredible friendships I would be establishing while continuing to finetune my craft. AR has been the catalyst, the instrument for education as well as the welcome avenue that allows me to tap into my more creative self that's always fighting to get out!

My only regret?  Not getting to meet face-to-face all of the lovely people I've come to adore through this amazing social and educational network of professionals.

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, Sorry to hear that but I guess your can't do all things. I think you said you are starting a new Boot Camp then.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 6 years ago

I too would love to have a meet up with other AR people. It is amazing how many Realtor's I ask it they blog post and they always says the same things, don't have time, can't write anything like that, and goes on and on.... I think it was just a tiny bit hard in the beginning but gets so much easier as time goes on. And blogging does work! it would be so nice to visit with some Realtors who did post!

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) over 6 years ago

Love the photos, hopefully you guys will come back to NYC soon? 

Posted by Eileen Hsu, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 6 years ago
So, you're coming to Louisville soon, right? *chuckle* I'm glad you had a great time! I agree with Mona above that the Smoky Mountains would be a great place for a convention.
Posted by Lynda White, Admin. Mgr., Keller Williams Realty (Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How) over 6 years ago
Kerrie, Wow Gaylord Opryland sounds absolutely awesome. I always wanted to stay in a bio dome atmosphere now I am sure of it. I think your feedback is accurate and time is the one thing we don't have an overstock of. Blogging is so important in today's marketing especially for those in the real estate related industries.
Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) over 6 years ago

Kerrie- Glad to see you guys were getting the word out about ActiveRain and it looks like you had a lot of fun.  I think Bob should have a Give-a-Way for that raincoat!!!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 6 years ago

It is indeed a powerful tool and when combined with craigslist can quickly build a new agents database with leads. 

Posted by Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage, Keller Williams Land Division Specialist (Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona) over 6 years ago


It sounds and looks like a great time!   One of these days I'll hopefully make it.  There doesn't seem to be enough time in the day but can't imagine not blogging!

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) over 6 years ago

Thanks for sending the fresh meat Kerrie.  :)  I'm sure they will be welcomed by all.

It sounds like you had a great time at the event.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 6 years ago

Hi Kerrie.  #1 excuse is no time.  It is all about priorities.  Are you ever coming back to Boston?

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 6 years ago


Sounds like a great event. Hope you have a fantastic week in the Rain. 

Posted by Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin (Austin Texas Homes) over 6 years ago

Kerrie ...I wish I had known about this one ...I would have driven down! I've been so busy I guess I just missed the info!

Maybe next time!

Have a great night!

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) over 6 years ago

Kerrie, Looks like fun.  Maybe someday ~ my travels will cross with one of these events. I would to attend and meet more AR members.  Thanks for sharing your pictures including the guy in trench coat, Bob, uh?

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 6 years ago