Kerrie's Blog: Today Is Beautiful & So Are You

Today Is Beautiful & So Are You

I've had one of the hardest weeks of my career.  Seeing some of the faces that used to pump me up every day gone is no easy task.  But guess what, as a result of the recent changes I am back in the 'Rain 100% and couldn't be more excited!

ActiveRain is THE BEST and MOST AMAZING community of people I have ever worked with.  The unconditional love and support that comes from you never ceases to amaze.  You have careers, families, ailing parents, lovers, pets and you still take the time to care for each other.  It makes me very emotional to think about.

Many changes have gone on and I know our team is always anxious to hear what you think about it all. Kris Neese has done a fabulous job keeping this wheel going and keeping you updated on the changes coming.  He and I work so well together that having us back as a team again full-time will only make the 'Rain better.

I am here to champion your success, listen to your frustrations and be an advocate for the ActiveRain community. 

Let's get back to our roots; have fun, be more connected and highlight everyone in new and creative ways. I'm full of new ideas that I'd like to bring into AR.  

From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for your support and love of our community.  I know I say it all the time but if it weren't for you we wouldn't be here. 

Big hugs to you all, stay beautiful!

Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comment balloon 85 commentsKerrie La Guardia • February 20 2015 10:03AM


I can't tell you how thrilled I am have to you back full-time pouring love out on the community! You bring more heart to the job than any person I ever met.

Posted by Kris Neese, Mr. Behind the Scenes at ActiveRain (ActiveRain) over 5 years ago

Hi Kerrie... I'm not sure what happened... but I'm glad you're back and I pray all is well...

PS:  You are beautiful

Posted by Beth and Richard Witt, Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940 (Long Island Cash Home Buyer) over 5 years ago

Welcome back.

Posted by Marla Yost, The Marla Yost Team (Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty) over 5 years ago

Thank you Kerrie and Kris Neese and all the AR staff behind the scenes. This place is something special and would not be replicated again I do not believe. It is a real community to learn and support each other. Sorry to see lots of complaining lately when things have gone a little south when all you guys are doing is trying to make things even better. Thanks for your responsiveness to listening and making adjustments when something isn't as popular as hoped! :) Thanks for keeping the AR wheels running!

Posted by Craig Daniels, Technology Instructor/Project Consultant (Tech Training for You!) over 5 years ago

Kris is telling the big truth. YOU are now the backbone of the community and we all love love love you!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 5 years ago


I had no idea you were not working full time.  We are delighted you are back, and appreciative of the feelings you expressed in this post.  I also appreciate that Kris Neese is staying in touch with the community.  Wishing you all the very best always. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 5 years ago

Aw, I'm happy you're back and doing well. Best wishes to you!

Posted by Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA, #ChandlerRealEstateAgent (Liz Harris Realty) over 5 years ago

Kerrie...Glad to see you back...I was wondering what was going on.   Back to our roots!  If we could get back to about 3 years ago it would be great.  We have lost the camaraderie we once had.  Oh, there is a small amount but not like it was.

I am skeptical but will watch and see.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, You KNOW how I feel about this community, it's a great place and great people.  It has changed, it will continue to change, and about 99% of the time I'm going to be okay with the change because I understand the WHY of it.  And I think that specifically has been one of the best changes that AR has made recently.  There's a lot more communication in advance of WHAT is changing, and WHY it's changing.  We're not going to make everyone happy, that's the nature of this community.

But my phone continues to ring from posts that I've ONLY placed on AR, so blogging continues to work here.  The teachers have done their jobs and given us the tools we needed to succeed.  Thank you!!  Bill

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 over 5 years ago

Kerrie good to see you all pumped up.  Let's hope the changes going forward are positive, and not deflating as a few have been recently.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, I know I'm not alone in saying if it weren't for YOU, many of us wouldn't be here, or at least not in the same capacity.  You're very brave with the 'listen to your frustrations' offer after the past few weeks ; )

Glad you're back, glad you're pumped, and I'm sure we're all ready to help in any way we can.

Posted by John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,) over 5 years ago

Kerrie,  Once the turmoil of change works its way through a system or business the results are often an improvement on what was.

Glad you're back full-time if that's what you want, and I've always recognized you as one of the true leaders of this community.  You set a tone of kindness and appreciation by your leadership style, and that benefits everyone.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 5 years ago

Kerrie La Guardia - AR is not AR - without you......

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 5 years ago

Kerrie La Guardia ~ I hate to hear about your tough week, but knowing you "it only makes you stronger" Your spirit is unstoppable, your talents are endless, and not only are WE" soooooo lucky to have you in our corner, but also AR is even luckier... Here's to making it RAIN with style, class, and integrity

Posted by Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker (Kolsky Realty & Management) over 5 years ago

I am so excited by your excitement!  Having more fun and being more connected are great goals for all of us!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) over 5 years ago

Hey Kerrie...I know you re-iped your team in our Fantasy Baseball league.  Anyone in the office interested...we lost a couple of teams this year

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 5 years ago

Hi Kerrie - I know it's difficult times for you, but just remember that you're an important part of this community to all of us, and that caring and concern you note is part of your world too. You'll always have our support.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 5 years ago

Great to see you back in action Kerrie, you are such a positive being! 

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 5 years ago

Hi Kerrie -- big hugs right back at you!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, we have missed your regular participation here. So happy to see you back. You have been the one constant for us and we'd hate to see that go away.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, thank you for your heartfelt note. Things wouldn't be the same without you around here. Remember, you've got a lot of friends here. Thousands!

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, life is a continuing evolution as you are experiencing from within.  Whether you are front and center or behind we can always feel you around

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 5 years ago

Kerrie  glad you are back.  Thanks for all you do to make this community such a great experience.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, yeah YOU are back! YOU are an integral person to us.  We know we can count on you to get things done and to champion our causes.Thank you!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Kerrie - You know we love you!  I'm glad there has been at least one positive in your tough week.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 5 years ago

Yep... Lets HOPE we dont get sold or disassembled all together as that would 

be bad

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) over 5 years ago

This IS an outstanding group of people.....and let's hope that recogntion of

the human factor keeps or gets this site back on track.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 5 years ago

Great to see you back, Kerrie and enthusiastic about the future. Obviously, we are all following events at Active Rain very closely right now.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) over 5 years ago

Good morning Kerrie. You are so right about the AR community, but we only see it from this side, you can see it from both. Looking forward to a lot more years.

Make it a great weekend!

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, I didn't know that you weren't there all the time, but I did know something was wrong. I didn't get any points for attending the winter meetup. You would never let something like that happen.

Glad you are back.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Glad to have you back!  I am not aware of what the changes are going on behind the scenes, but I would suspect it has something to do with Trulia.  Trulia, from what I have seen, always seems to ruin a good thing.  I hope that this won't be the case for ActiveRain and I also hope I am just wrong about Trulia.  My experience with them and their main website has not been very good at all.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) over 5 years ago

Kerrie we love you!  And I can only imagine how challenging it has been for you this past few weeks.  AR is an amazing community packed full of some to the top professionals in the real estate industry.  We will prevail with You and Kris on our side!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) over 5 years ago

Kerrie- you know that I think the world of you and I just can't imagine you ever being not here!!!   You have our support, and your cheer and positive spirit are the dose of medicine we need.  

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 5 years ago

Glad they are keeping you around! I couldn't imagine it without you! :-)

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, I worried you would be replaced, and all of us would say YOU CANNOT be replaced!     This merger has made us all nervous!   We love you!  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 5 years ago

Hi Kerrie, I agree, this is the best news we could hope for, you are staying with us!  

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 5 years ago

glad you are back and Bob says hi.  

Posted by Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage, Keller Williams Land Luxury Division Specialist (Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, I have been thinking about you every day and ca't even imagine what you have been through. I am thrilled to hear that you are back 100%.  I'm with you 100%!  Happy Sunday.

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) over 5 years ago

And a big hug to you too Kerrie, we really do appreciate all that you do and all of your love and support.

Thank You!



Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) over 5 years ago

Kerrie ~ Hugs from Maryland! Your words brought tears to my eyes. We are always faced with challenges and with all you have been through,  I'm thankful you are here cheering us on. You are a bright and cheerful energy I hope to emulate.

Posted by Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD (Frankly Real Estate Inc.) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, You are the "best" always reaching out to help and answer questions.  There are a lot of amazing participants on the Rain!

Posted by Christine O'Shea (Christine E O'Shea Broker) over 5 years ago

Kerrie La Guardia  That has to be tough! We are so glad you are back full time, AR has NOT been the same without you and Bob. Keep fighting for the rain! 

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 5 years ago

We send you a big hug and tons of support Kerrie! I have been through something similar to what you are experiencing. Glad to see you staying focused on the good in your work. Have a great day and wonderful week!

Posted by Victoria Ray Henderson, Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge (Buyer's Edge Company Inc) over 5 years ago

Kerrie - sunshine from HHI! we all - as you can see - missed you too!!!! It has been a difficult transition since I know I really looked forward to your smiling face on the side of my screen, your encouragement, knowing that when I entered contest you'd be there to watch over my posts. I miss those same people that you were privileged to see every day and I take their words and encouragement with me but am so happy that you're baaaaccckkk! At least we know that SOME things are going to be the same!

Posted by Susan Jacobsen, 20 Years Providing WOW Real Estate Service (The Alliance Group Realty) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, Thanks for all you do for us here on Active Rain. I appreciate you and I know the community does as well. 

Posted by Frank Rubi, (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) over 5 years ago

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, I didn't know you were gone, but glad you are back. I can only imagine it was a tough week. Like Frank, ditto; Thank you for all you do on ActiveRain. I have appreciated what you have done over the years. Wish you continued success,

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) over 5 years ago

What a wonderful thing to hear. I know the strain hasn't been easy on you and the other staff. We do recognize that you care and want the best for AR. Can't wait to hear what some of those new ideas are and see them take shape.

Happy Monday and so glad you are back full time. If you just weren't so talented they wouldn't have pulled you away. LOL 

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 5 years ago

Interesting to see the changes that are happening, both inside and outside of the merger.  Everything eventually changes, we just need to continue moving forward.

Posted by Steven Pahl, Real Estate Consultant Tampa, FL 813-319-6423 (Keller Williams Tampa Properties) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, Glad that you are back, my fellow cheerleader and hope everything here in the Rain continues in a positive line. Wishing you the very best, you deserve it!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Corporate's job is to not screw up a good thing. Let's hope they let you defend what's working right.

Posted by Dave Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert (Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827) over 5 years ago

We Love you back, if you ever leave I will think twice if I decide to stay.....

Posted by Bob Ratliff, "Sold with Bob" (Robert Ratliff Realty) over 5 years ago

I am so glad that you are still here with us! You have our support.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 5 years ago

Kerrie I have been anxiously awaiting this post.  I can't imagine how tough it has been and so glad that you are still a shining light for all of us here in the Rain!  We could not do without you too!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 5 years ago

When I was reading the synopsis of the Newsletter, I was afraid of getting bad news. Miracles do happen after all. I hope all is well, sweetie! 

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) over 5 years ago

As far as I'm concerned, you are the face of Active Rain. It would be very foolish for the powers that be to not see that. We love you, Kerrie!

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA over 5 years ago

I look forward to seeing your A/R posts kerrie. I'm sure there are a lot of people that miss you in your area.. Make it a great day!

Posted by Doyle Davison, 30 years as your Concierge services listing broker (Hawaiian Beaches Hawaii - 714-968-6767) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, so glad that your effects are now back in the Rain 100%. I cannot imagine this place without you. 

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 5 years ago

As a "newbie" to the community, it's all good for me!  I am glad whatever happened is in the past and you are happy to be back.

Posted by Marilyn O'Donoghue (Long & Foster Avalon) over 5 years ago

What a beautiful post - we're all glad you're back Kerrie! You really are at the heart of this wonderful community of giving souls. 

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 5 years ago

Change is never easy, however every experience both good and bad offers a Growth Opportunity. Somehow we benefit from both. Don't you agree? Great to see you. I Love Active Rain!

Posted by Debra B Albert, PA - Keyes Realty, Ron and Debbie 772.708.3292 (Keyes Realty Treasure Coast, 34986) over 5 years ago

Kerrie you are a big reason many of us enjoy activerain so much. I am sure after the dust settles things will continue to be great

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros ( over 5 years ago


Years ago I recognized your value and commented quite clearly that you should be utilized more...You made a good first impression and kept the point of sale...healthy and vibrant...Let it rain and...... let it Kerrie!

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 5 years ago

I know there has been changes...Bob Stewart leaving and if you were going...I was as well. Glad you are back and hugs back to you.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) over 5 years ago

No change comes without discomfort. We're all feeling it but keeping what's good about AR is essential, and so are you.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 5 years ago

Beautifully said Kerrie La Guardia . Glad to see you're back and in full AR mode again. The Rain is not, and could never be, the Rain without you.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 5 years ago

I was wondering where you had gone - WE MISSED YOU! So glad you are back and I hope you are doing better! You are definitely appreciated! :)

Posted by Edith Schreiber, Dallas Area Real Estate (Luxury Homes, Move Up Buyers, 1st Time Homebuyers, New Construction) over 5 years ago

Thank you all for the very kind and supportive words.  I can't tell you enough how much it means to me.

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, This is good news being you are back full time working AR. It is always difficult when these corp mergers take place and some folks lose their jobs.

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 5 years ago

Glad some things are not changing.  We will all look forward to your posts.

Posted by Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY (Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ) over 5 years ago

Thank you Kerrie! We love your support - so right back atcha!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, You are an absolute bright spot! Let it Rain.

Posted by Kathleen Frawley, South County Sacramento, 916 730 4404 (Keller Williams 916 730-4404 Elk Grove, Wilton, Folsom, Sacramento) over 5 years ago

i think it's starting to rain again, isn't it?

Posted by Kimo Jarrett, Pro Lifestyle Solutions (WikiWiki Realty) over 5 years ago

Kerrie - so glad you are still with us - you are the glue like a mother to her family!

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Kerrie you're terrific. You've been the glue and the anchor that's kept me in the rain albeit I live in sunny SoCal. LOL! I love your positive attitude and upwardly mobile spirit. Don't ever lose it. I know there's been a lot of extreme changes that have triggered some extreme cognitive dissonance in many/all of us in the past couple of years.

But I can't help but think that Z knows what they have in AR and will only do the things that will bring out the best in this platform. If we all stay the course and realize that this is not the center of our universe but moreover just another spoke in our wheel all will be well.

I think the AR platform will only get bigger and better and the folks who stay the course will only grow evermore with with huge success brought about by the huge exposure, SEO and website presence that Z offers social media. 


Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) over 5 years ago

Never let the turkeys keep you from flying like an eagle, Kerrie. Together, we are the wind beneath our wings.

Posted by Nora Sims, helping folks like you since 1978! (Northern Shadows Realty, Inc.) over 5 years ago


 I am soooooooooo glad you are back! It is hard when people we are used to are gone it is not an easy feat to deal with! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert over 5 years ago

We wouldn't know what to do without you.  As for change, we must face it and move on.  

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 5 years ago

My family is One of the more important things in my life and I just roll out and go with the flow there

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 5 years ago

@ccan I party to one or one!?

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 5 years ago

Sorry for any typos I'll try to go back and fix them later, nothing too bad though I guess would be the phrase.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 5 years ago

Kerrie, you are one special lady here and I am always happy to see your face, get an email from you. I don't know what was going on, just glad to hear it has turned around. Keeping so many real estate agents happy is one tough order.... LOL. I know how we can be... 

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 5 years ago

Hello Kerrie ... and thanks for calling us beautiful, maybe handsome might be better for me ;o/

i sure wish you would join a couple of my groups and post to them ;o)


Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz about 5 years ago

Welcome back bigger and better than ever! You have been missed.


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 5 years ago

You are our little Ray of Sunshine! We all love you, Sunshine Girl!

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) about 5 years ago