Kerrie's Blog: The Rain Bucket - 3.20.14

The Rain Bucket - 3.20.14

Happy Spring!  I'm still rocking my winter coat but the weather man says it's spring so lah dee dah!  

MeetUps are kicking off next week with 48 groups getting together around the country.  Oh yeah!!

We have some big numbers and big names to share with you today.  Let's dive in and see who shined this week:


Jill Sackler and Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi were quoted in the LA Times this week.  You may want to get their autographs now before they begin jet-setting around the world!

Marte Cliff, Renee White & Anita Clark were recommended reading by Inman this week.  Congrats to you three ladies!  Click the picture to be taken to the page to check out these three aces and their blogs.

We had 10, yes 10, Rainers syndicated on Trulia last week.  The posts that came in regarding Advice for Homebuying Couples were loved by the staff and have generated more than 17K consumer clicks!  Big, big deal and those pieces are getting pushed to the big dogs (think Huff Post, Forbes, MSN).  If you want to get in on this action, check the Trulia Contributor Program for this week's topic on Investing.

Congratulations to Belinda Spillman, Shannon Milligan, Marti Steele Kilby, MaryKay Shumway, Jody Siano, Kathleen Daniels, Debbie Reynolds, Tg Glazer, Lenn Harley & Allison Stewart!


Gabrielle Jeans' post on Spam or Email Marketing was listed on  It was written in July of 2012.  Way to go Gabrielle!


 Let it Rain!!

Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comment balloon 55 commentsKerrie La Guardia • March 20 2014 11:22AM


Very cool!  Thanks Kerrie!

Posted by Marti Steele Kilby, CRS, Broker/Owner, San Diego, CA (Steele Group Realty) almost 6 years ago

Awesome!  I love seeing my name in lights!!!!  Thanks Kerrie.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) almost 6 years ago

Kerrie ~ Rain Bucket news and famous Rainers all in one! Helps to get out there and blog!! Go Yankees beat Red Sox tonight on ESPN!!

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

Way cool.  And congratulations to all of the rainers making headlines across the country.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 6 years ago

Really cool! I forwarded the articles to my kids and put it on Facebook. Guess I also need to put it in a few more places. REALLY AWESOME, thanks ActiveRain!!! (Glad I gave Bob all 3 of those votes  :-)   ).

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) almost 6 years ago

You are all such true professionals! Congrats to you all!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Prado Real Estate South) almost 6 years ago

Sounds like a pretty impressive week in ActiveRain Kerrie - Well done!

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) almost 6 years ago

Kerrie, Another excellent week for the Rainers!  (But of course why wouldn't it be??)

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 almost 6 years ago

I must say this is a real surprise.  I certainly never expected to be a chosen one. Very cool ... very cool indeed.  Thanks!

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) almost 6 years ago

Wow, what an awesome week indeed.  So many great placements.  - Debbie

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) almost 6 years ago

Love the rain and love the added benes and exposureyou guys do to help all who participate grow and extend their reach!

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) almost 6 years ago

I read all three articles recommended by Inmannews. Great information ladies! I especially liked Anita Clarks post on infographics. I like the idea and have put it on my list of things to research when I get some free time :) The list of infographics Anita recommends is research in and of itself. 

Posted by Mike Ortiz, I Aim To Please almost 6 years ago

Thank  you for the suggestion.  My entry has been submitted.  

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

Thank you Kerri - and thank you for letting me know! Now I'm off to read the others.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) almost 6 years ago

That is an awesome group Kerrie.  Thanks for the heads up.

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

Happy Spring to you Kerrie-I hope you get to take that winter coat off soon!

Posted by Marco Giancola, Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida (Beachfront Realty) almost 6 years ago

Good morning Kerrie,

Maybe you can shed your winter coat soon and enjoy some spring weather. Thanks for the impressive run down of all those rainers shining in the news!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) almost 6 years ago

Kerrie Good stuff thanks for sharing Happy Spring!

Posted by Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty) almost 6 years ago

Thanks Kerrie for sharing the good things in the AR community. I will now check them out.


Posted by John Wiley, Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA almost 6 years ago

Kerrie- I am going to make some phone calls on Monday and see if I can get some people to join the meet up in my area- I have not head from anyone yet saying that they are coming- now I will do personal invitations!

Posted by Shanna Hall, I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311 (Real Estate Solutions) almost 6 years ago

Happy Spring!  On Tuesday we had a blizzard...on Wednesday it all melted...on Thursday I watched a double overtime high school soccer game in a short sleeve shirt that got over with at 7:15pm.  Crazy weather we have in Nebraska!! 

Posted by Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker, Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940 (Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska) almost 6 years ago

Kerrie: It was a pleasant surprise to get an email from Inman about the syndication. I am very thankful for inclusion.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) almost 6 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

It's really great to see fellow 'Rainers making the papers.  Thanks for posting!

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Samsel & Associates) almost 6 years ago

Kerrie, I love your weekly summaries. Congrats to the movers and shakers amongst us.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 6 years ago

Appreciate your sharing all this great news, Kerrie.  Definitely a "carrot" for the rest of us in the future too ...


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) almost 6 years ago

Greetings Kerrie - This looks like it's working well. Will be trying hard to join those that have already written winning articles. By the way, it's going to be 80 degrees, with blue skies and sunshine to day. No winter coates for us.

Also my ability to load photo's from my computer is still not working. All I get is "Responsive filemanager" It's a problem for us as it creates a lot of additional work/time for a work around just to post a photo. Would sure like to get this fixed. Talk to Mary about this several days ago. Still not working. 


Posted by Jane & Jeff Daley, PhD, Scottsdale Real Estate Arizona (Luxury Valley Homes Scottsdale) almost 6 years ago

ZAPPPP - AR is gaining some Muscle! CONGRATULATIONS to those who were  mentioned.

Posted by Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker, email: / cell: 334-494-7846 (iXL Real Estate-Wiregrasss\) almost 6 years ago

Kerrie- great news for AR and for those Rainers.  As their fame grows we'll be able to say: "I knew them when...".  I've mentioned before, and I'll mention again that your Rain Buckets posts motivate Rainers to write good, interesting content.  Good work, girl.

Posted by Lloyd Binen, Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411 (Certified Realty Services) almost 6 years ago

Hello Kerrie .. LA Times, "Great News" and if you really want to shake that coat fly down to Vegas! Every other day the sun is cooking the temps up to around 80 degrees.

VB ;o)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) almost 6 years ago

So cool to see Rainers getting some big time endorsement and readership!!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) almost 6 years ago

There are some celebrities in the Rain for sure. Such talent abounds! Happy weekend to all you at AR Headquarters.

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

Good job getting us out there.  Thanks for the post and keeping us updated.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

So cool to hear who is getting noticed and where. I think the Trulia program is going to be a big deal

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) almost 6 years ago

This is all great news and more reason why we should all continue to contribute to Active Rain.  Congratulations to all who's postings were picked up by other on-line real estate news sites!

Posted by Trent Dalrymple (248) 854-0625, Allowing Mortgage Professionals to Lend Nationwide (Texana Bank) almost 6 years ago

I always knew I was amongst some very extraordinary individuals.  Congratulations to you all!!!

Posted by Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor (Realty One Group) almost 6 years ago

I plan on attending a Meet Up in Altamonte Springs instead of hosting one next week!  It's always a pleasure to meet Rainers!

Posted by Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro (Innovative Realty Solutions Group) almost 6 years ago

Wow Kerrie, my absence didn't alert me to all this great stuff. Will be paying better attention!

Posted by Karen Crowson, Your Agent for Change (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 6 years ago

Kerrie, thanks for scoop on upcoming Meet-ups and recognition of AR members.  Unfortunately the closest Meet-up is a four hour drive, but I will enjoy the follow-up posts.

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

Kerrie, that's awesome news for these members!  Have a great weekend.

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) almost 6 years ago

Congratulations to everyone on the lists!  The work pays off.

Posted by Marge Draper, REALTOR, Keller Williams Realty, Menlo Park CA (Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto) almost 6 years ago

Wonderful update and put that winter coat back on the coat rack!  We're HOT in here!

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) almost 6 years ago

Kerrie, this is not small stuff - very impressive and kudos to ActiveRain for helping so many budding bloggers who have taken off for the stars!

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) almost 6 years ago

Give it two weeks and the sun will probably be beating down on us! :)


Love and light,


Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 6 years ago

ActiveRain is full of stars - congratulations to all 'real winners'!

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) almost 6 years ago

Lots to be happy with including Spring, MeetUps and congratulations to all who received notoriety from the big guys.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 6 years ago

Getting the exposure for individual members will ultimately benefit the rest of us as well. Well done

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

I cannot complain here on the Space has been beautiful...summer is a bit

Posted by Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes (Waves Realty) almost 6 years ago

Kerrie from reading the various posts, it looks like the meet ups are in full swing. Congratulations to those who made the headlines.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA almost 6 years ago

See you soon! And thanks for featuring me on my birthday. Very sweet of you. Let it rain!

Posted by Paul McFadden, Pest Control, Seattle, WA. (Paratex) almost 6 years ago

Multiple Talents are out and about and leaving their marks and signatures. Bravo

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) almost 6 years ago

It's amazing how much talent there is here in the Rain.  Congrats to all of those that are getting the national attention they deserve!

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) almost 6 years ago

Maybe some day I'll do something important and wind up here,  but most of what I say can't be "quoted" on a public forum Gorgeous!

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 6 years ago

Thank you for the inspiration. I hope to contribute some articles to Trulia.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 6 years ago

How exciting this is...I am excited to watch where this takes these Rainers!

Posted by Stacey Williams, Experienced Metro Atlanta Real Estate Agent almost 6 years ago

Kerrie~ Thank you for sharing the excitement of the Rain as it spills to overflowing!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) almost 6 years ago