Kerrie's Blog: 6 Years in the 'Rain

6 Years in the 'Rain

Last month brought me to my my sixth year working for ActiveRain.  I use the word "working" loosely because you all feel more like family than work these days.  So much has happened in those six years I don't even know where to begin.

I was first brought on as a sales rep selling IDX sites to Rainers.  What the hell is an IDX and what is a Rainer??  I had just left the world of Countrywide where I was a loan officer so I knew a bit about real estate but nothing compared to today.

One of my first calls was to Alan May, his profile picture at the time was Elvis so that nickname kind of stuck.  He didn't bite on my sales pitch but he was such a nugget (this is a good thing) to talk to.  As I made more and more phone calls and opened with "This is Kerrie from ActiveRain" I could hear smiles light up at the other end of the line.  This was back in 2009.  We were in a tiny, tiny room in the basement of the Market Leader building and nobody had an office but the office manager, Claire.  When Jon, Bob, Jeff and Jorgen would come in, they'd grab a seat in the middle of the room and just work amongst the rest of us.  

I'd never worked for such a small company before.  Countrywide, AT&T and others had filled my resume before ActiveRain.  I enjoyed the fact that there was no HR department (I'm best at expressing myself with expletives), no rules or corporate bullshit to deal with.  We were all a part of something and that passion grew with every interaction.  Lunch was brought in EVERY SINGLE DAY.  From sushi to teriyaki to salads we ate together.  This was a perk of being a small company.  

When Jon found a new office space in the up & coming South Lake Union area I was not looking forward to working downtown.  My commute at the time was literally 4 minutes.  But after seeing the building, I was in.  Our office was a big brand new urban loft with exposed piping and we were on the ground floor surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows.  I could people watch all day long.  One of the more entertaining guys in the office would superglue quarters to the sidewalk  outside our office.  Business men and women (we were right next to Amazon so I'm assuming most of these people made about a million dollars a year) would walk by, spot something shiny and bend down to pick up the quarter.  This particular guy would then yell CHEEEAAAAPPPP out the window which always brought smiles to their faces and ours.  It sounds mean now that I type it but it was so much fun.  Nobody got hurt and the passerbys always smiled and laughed too.

By this point I had been off sales for a while and was focusing on community management.  And then it was RainCamp time.  We hit up almost 30 cities between 2009 and 2011.  We started in Seattle in Oct 2009 and ended in Seattle in June 2011.  I attended EVERY SINGLE RainCamp except for the very first one as I was in NY visiting family during that time.  From Boston, to Charlotte, to Houston...Chicago, Philly, Atlanta....it was the most formative times of my tenure here.  I met so many of you.  I felt a sincere outpouring of love for AR, its staff and community.  I knew the 'Rain was powerful I knew it was something special but it wasn't until I got on the road and heard it straight from your mouths, and felt your arms around me that I truly "got it".  And I've never been able to really fully explain the power of the 'Rain to an outsider.  I try, I get red in the face and my east coast accent comes out and my arms swing and my eyes get big....but I know they don't fully 'get it'.  You just can't unless you're a part of it.  Unless you've had someone drive 670 miles out of their way to meet you for lunch, or gotten that "hang in there sunshine I know today has been a hard one" email from a loving member, or a blog post written about you on your bday or members coming together to help another Rainer out when a loved one has passed or they might be going through a difficult time in their life. You guys built this place and I'm just lucky to live in it.

The MeetUps always pump me up and make me believe in this community that much more.  I love seeing the faces, smiles and surprise guests that show up.  I can't tell you how many times I've heard Charles Buell order breakfast.  He doesn't look at a menu just tells the waitress "a couple of eggs, home fries...", that is 'old school cool' in my eyes.

ActiveRain has now been through 3 acquisitions.. quite a ride.  And each time I get in a room and tell the new management about AR and its members and how they have each others back and can move mountains and say what they want to say.....they look scared.  As they should be!  You guys are not to be messed with!!!

Some members have moved on, some have unfortunately passed.  It's never easy to hear about one of our own passing.

And now I sit here on the 31st floor of the Zillow building overlooking this gorgeous Seattle skyline. My wife whom I met because of this job will be waiting outside for me soon and she'll carry my bags as we walk to catch the bus home.  9 1/2 months pregnant with our first child, this ActiveRain ride has brought me SO many blessings and they just keep coming.  I love each and everyone of you.  I really do, if it weren't for you, there is no way I'd of been here this long.  I can't tag and mention every one of you because this post would be never-ending.  You know who you are, I respect, admire and love you xoxo

 

LET IT RAIN!!

 

Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager
ActiveRain

   

Comment balloon 103 commentsKerrie La Guardia • May 06 2015 02:25PM

Comments

This has been quite a ride Kerrie, but clearly along an upwards trajectory.  So happy for you and your wife - look forward to meeting your baby!  Wishing you luck and love!

Posted by Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes (Fresh Eyes For Your Home) over 3 years ago

Oh, Kerrie...You've brought tears to my eyes. I'm so glad you are enjoying the ride, and I hope it stays fun for you for as long as you want. Thanks so much for all you've done. It's been a pleasure getting to know you. 

I know what you mean about not really being able to describe this community. It truly is something you have to experience.

Of course you know we are all waiting to see baby pictures so don't hold back. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) over 3 years ago

Hi Kerrie-Congrats on 6 yrs in the rain. No place else like it anywhere. 

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 3 years ago

Thank you all you do for all of us. I remember speaking to you early on when I joined AR four years ago.  Really appreciate your sharing this post with all of us and I know your wonderful words are the way we feel about you as well.

Not sure what you are feeding your unborn baby, but the message should have been give that term is 9 months not the extra half month. We all want to see photos and in advance congratulations to you and your wife!

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 3 years ago

Kerrie,

 I started this platform to increase my business but I stay because of the platform and who were are! So, happy for you Kerrie this is an exciting time in your life! This was a wonderful heartfelt post and we love it!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert over 3 years ago

Kerrie, congratulations on six great years in the rain, thank you for all you do for this community. I wish you, your wife and your precious baby whom you'll be meeting soon best of the best!

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) over 3 years ago

Kerrie OK first of all I expect to see baby pictures the second the baby is born!!!

Second, I am the type of person things have to be stated very simply for, as you can tell from my blogs.  Is this good-by or maternity leave for a couple of months?

I will wait for your response before I make my next statement.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 3 years ago

Kerrie La Guardia I'm glad you have made this journey with Active Rain. Congrats on the baby as well. 

Posted by Frank Rubi, FrankRubiRealEstate.com (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) over 3 years ago

Kerrie,

 You are fast and I forgot to mention congratulations! Bob and I hope to get to Seattle next year! Would love to meet you and the family!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert over 3 years ago

Beautiful tribute to 6 fun filled years.

Posted by Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty ( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida) over 3 years ago

I never realized that I was one of your first calls... I'm honoured!   Who could help but "smile" when talking to you?

Elv!s nugget.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) over 3 years ago

Good evening Kerrie,

Words cannot express the gratitude and assistance you give us each day.

Congratulations and keep up the good work.

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 3 years ago

George Souto maternity leave!!  And then I can just strap him in the baby bjorn and blog away, nobody will ever know the difference ;)

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 3 years ago

Awww Kerrie you've got me all teary with your fun and lovely post. Wow - it's baby time!  And I can't wait to see baby pics. We all love you Kerrie and look forward to you being back with baby in tow!! Take care Sweetie!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 3 years ago

What a killer post, its should be featured lol

yeah love the rain and everyone here makes it special just like you do to!!!

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) over 3 years ago

How sweet - it's cool, isn't it, to start on the ground floor and see all the changes happen.  And for the most part, the changes have been good and have not gotten in the way of what we do.

I went to one Rain Camp and I remember talking to Bob Stewart - where were you?  I missed out!

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) over 3 years ago

We love you, too, Kerrie.  How does it feel to be an old-timer now, with Jon, Bob, et al having moved on?  Can't wait to share the next stage of your life, as you become a mom... I hope you'll still be with us at Activerain!

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 3 years ago

Kerrie La Guardia  I remember those Rain Camps and how much fun they were and you running up the Art Museum Steps like Rocky (like to see you do it now) ha ha  and when Patricia Kennedy  gave you Gucci shoes that fit perfect like Cinderella .. You are the Best I love you my sweet

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 3 years ago

Kerrie, you have had a difficult job of trying to keep our spirits up with each acquisition. I hope this isn't good-bye but I'll see you again soon.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 3 years ago

Know that we will miss you in "the rain" but treasure those early days with your child--they. are. priceless.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 3 years ago

Hello Kerrie, you are so special to all of us here in the rain more ways then one. 

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) over 3 years ago

You made me all teary-eyed, too.  So glad you are part of this wonderful community and so glad I got to meet you in person (and speak on the phone several times).  Good for you making it through all the turmoil and keeping a positive spirit.  And, wow...I thought you were only around 9 months pregnant.  So I guess any day now. Congrats to both of you.

 

And, we will miss you during this time.  But, I know you'll be back at least once to post all your beautiful pictures.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 3 years ago

Hi Kerrie and congratulations. Tell me about 9 and a half months......don't inducements happen at this point?

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 3 years ago

You have sure seen quite a change. I wish I would have found Ar earlier, one thing we share i was very Active in Trulia when they changed from Agent Friendly to Anti Agent. Alan May sent me tio Active Rain and the rest is history. It did take a couple of months to find my way. Now it is part of my day every day,. 

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) over 3 years ago

Hi Kerrie La Guardia 

Great post and I am sure you know that we love you too. We are getting so excited about the new baby that will be here soon. Activerain would never be the same without you.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) over 3 years ago

Kerrie thank you for making that clear.  I have been here through all the changes in personal, I would not have been ready for this one.

I am sure this baby will be gorgeous, and sleeping through the night inside of a week :)

OK at least the first part is right.  You will be missed during your very short time off, and good to know you will be back soon cracking the wipe again!

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 3 years ago

Kerrie, You have so much to be excited about.  Congratulations on your 6th Active Rain anniversary and your featured post. Plus a precious baby arriving soon.  Life can't get any better than that.  

Posted by Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist (RE/MAX Select) over 3 years ago

Great story... kickin destination ! Glad you are part of this platform!  !

 

Looking forward to those baby pics !

Posted by Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor (The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County) over 3 years ago

Hi Kerrie - What a cool celebration of your journey...and ours, which you have been an integral and important part of. Thanks for everything, kiddo.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 3 years ago

What a great celebration of your 6 years, Kerrie.  Thank you so much for all that you do, and looking forward to following along in your next HUGE adventure, mommyhood!

Posted by John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,) over 3 years ago

Kerrie, I remember the first time I met you in person ... in San Francisco.  I threw my arms around you and hugged you. AR has changed the lives of most of us who have "rained" here for so many years. You are the AR angel.  I cannot imagine it without you.  Love ....

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 3 years ago

Sounds like a GREAT ride Kerrie La Guardia . Thanks for the history.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Bob Timm, Project Coordinator for Tivoli Homes (Tivoli Custom Homes) over 3 years ago

Kerrie, I've always looked at you as the glue that keeps all of us together. I do appreciate all that you do. Enjoy the mommy-hood.

Posted by Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 3 years ago

I would imagine that if you are 91/2 months pregnant that the baby is going to be here any minute. Last blog prebaby is what I"m thinking. Your nesting for sure and making sure that we all know how much you care for the community. Ah those hormones do facilitate the teary episodes now and again.

Be well Kerrie and how cool that your sixth anniversary is the beginning of a major new chapter in your life! Welcome to motherhood Kerrie!

Posted by Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson (Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ) over 3 years ago

Gosh Kerrie, I thought you had always been here.  I hadn't realized you came after me!

CONGRATULATIONS on the milestone!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 3 years ago

Kerrie La Guardia 

What a great story! I guess I had forgotten some of this history, and other stuff I simply wasn't aware of. We really have gone through the some changes in the 8 1/2 years I have been here, and it's become a big company - I miss some of the old times.

It's been such fun getting to know you, to see you grow and change over the years, and most of all for everything you bring to the community, and have for all these years. And best of all I've met you  in the flesh multiple times! Sending long distance hugs to you now. Wishing you the best with your new little one - hope that all goes well. Your lives will never be the same...and you will LOVE it

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 3 years ago

Kerrie. YOu have to love what you do.  Have a great day and Congratulations..

 

Posted by Ginger Harper, Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County! (Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage) over 3 years ago

And we love you right back Kerrie.  I can't wait until you post pictures of your little one.  I can see you doing that from the delivery room like Sheldon Neal did with his little one back in the day.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 3 years ago

It has been special.  There was DC, and Philadelphia, Boston and AC, and I got hugged at all of them.  Now 9 1/2 months won't get you anything more special, so let it out

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 3 years ago

I remember the RainCamp I missed in DC was my 40th birthday and my husband had made plans.  I was so bummed to not be able to attend and met you and Bob.

This a great community because of you and the trickle down sunshine you bring.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 3 years ago

Kerrie, you are one of our treasures here on AR...I wish you and your wife such success with the babe...it is such an exciting and amazing time.  Enjoy it all!!  Thank you for everything here...I met you at the almost last RC in Atlantic City which I will never forget how wonderful it was.

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Aloha Kerrie,

Mahalo for sharing your journey in the Rain, so many perspectives and one supportive umbrella. Ho'omaika'i ana, congrats on 6 years.

a hui hou,

Posted by Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i (HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 ) over 3 years ago

The Real Estate Farmer aka "The Gucci Man" loves you too. Congratulations to you and your wife by the way. With the amount of love you have showed us,I have no doubt that your child with be showered with an abundance of love,joy and blessing. 

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) over 3 years ago

Congrats on the years aniversary.   Kids will change your lives in ways you have yet to fathom.

 

Good luck and hope you stay with us.

 

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 3 years ago

Hi Kerrie La Guardia   

time flies.  Thanks for all you do and enjoy your new addition to the family.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 3 years ago

Great read . . . and my gosh Kerrie DROP already!  

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) over 3 years ago

Wow Kerrie La Guardia - what a story! 

For me, you are still the bundle of energy when I met you 3 years ago at KW Family Reunion!

I just can't wait to hear a good news from you - I know you'll disappear to take care of the baby - please make sure you share the news with us in 'Rain with a big smile....

Love you so much...and hope to meet you again - soon!

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 3 years ago

Congratuations Kerrie La Guardia ,  Thanks for being there when we need someone to go to in troubled times.

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) over 3 years ago

Happy Anniversary, Kerrie! I remember meeting you at Rain Camp in Orlando - how many years ago was that?

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 3 years ago

Congrats on six years, Kerrie! And for new Rainers who might not know, that graphic at the top of this post is made up of hundreds (maybe thousands) of AR profile pics.

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 3 years ago

All's I can say is that you have long been the face of ActiveRain Kerrie La Guardia and we do appreciate you. Happy Anniversary!

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 3 years ago

Kerrie - You know we love you too!  I'm glad it has been such a great ride so far, and now you are about to embark on a grand new venture.  

 

David still remembers the day you set up his blog for him in Seattle.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 3 years ago

Kerrie, congratulations on your active rain anniversary. Thank you for all you do for us.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 3 years ago

What a beautiful post!  I laughed at the super glued quarters story.

Now have that baby already!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) over 3 years ago

Kerrie, Very cool to get the insight into the early years of AR!  Next thing we want to hear for you is "here's the baby!" :)

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) over 3 years ago

Kerrie -- not having been around for the early years, I loved reading some of the history from your perspective. Without a doubt, you are a true treasure for this community! Congratulations on your six years... and here's to at least six more years of continued success in the Rain!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC) over 3 years ago

I know you love the Rain Kerrie and it shows. It couldn't have been easy when you saw our world threatened but you stood up and rallied and heralded the value of the community each time. It wouldn't be what is without you. Never go away (except for a little precious time to be with your family). Life is getting ready to change for you forever. Love every minute. We love you.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 3 years ago

Kerrie La Guardia Wow! Time sure does fly. Congratulations, you're doing a great job in the Rain.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 3 years ago

I have taken a sabbatical from the rain and active blogging but your service as I follow along has been great. Thank you for your hard work. 

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 3 years ago

Beautiful Kerrie, I met you originally many years ago in NoLo at a Rain Camp while attending the NAR convention.    Sure miss those Rain Camps.   You have been our shining star all these years and one we could always count on.   We have seen LOTS of changes over the years and sure to see more.    Will be EXCITED to see your baby on Facebook, and best of luck on delivery.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 3 years ago

I too have become more of a 'lurker'---but your post managed to get a few tears here!  Best wishes to you and your expanding family!  This is one lucky baby!

Posted by Pat Haddad, ABR, CRS, ePRO, GRI, Carmel, Fishers, Westfield IN Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Indianapolis Metro NE) over 3 years ago

Interesting & enjoyable read - - now go have that baby already!!! Nine and a half month - Good Grief!

Posted by Keith Whited (RE/MAX Gateway) over 3 years ago

From someone who was late 3x, any minute now for sure. I loved the trip down memory lane. I'm here 5 years and I remember my earliest conversation with you. You mentioned being from New York, Bay Shore, if I'm not mistaken and you were so proud.  Along the way, there were so many changes, that I lost a little of that loving feeling but there still are many members of the original core group and when I see their posts pop up, I smile. I also remember the ones who have left us and wonder how they're doing.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 3 years ago

Kerrie... making merry, babies, rain, and memories add up to ACTIVE-KERRIE

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 3 years ago

Really enjoyed your 6 year story - Congratulations and Happy 6th Anniversary.  I'm still working on my "first year" but I've enjoyed the many interesting stories, blogs and conversations and challenges!  We are a community unlike any other I've been a part of, and for that I'm honored!  Looking forward to growing in the Rain along with  you.

Posted by Diana Dahlberg, Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563 (1 Month Realty) over 3 years ago

Hi Kerrie, Will you be back after the baby is born? I sure hope so.

Have a happy summer.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) over 3 years ago

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Congratulations on 6 years with ActiveRain.

Posted by Jerry Lucas, Mobile Notary Colorado Springs, CO Notary Training (ABC Legal Docs LLC) over 3 years ago

What a beautiful post, Kerrie!  Happy Anniversary and Happy Baby!! 

Posted by Christi Farrington, ~ Your representative in Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate - Norwalk, CT) over 3 years ago

Kerrie La Guardia ~ wow.... I did not know about your beginnings here and I love reading about it. I also am so happy for you and your wife, bringing a child into this world is a life changing event, and you will really know what I mean on the drive home from the hospital with your baby in the car.

The Rain has shaped and changed your life and I am so happy for you. I wish you happiness, prosperity and nothing but best.  But knowing what I know about the new owners of ML and the Rain, I can't help but have a grim outlook about the future here... I hope I am wrong and the future is bright for Rainers. Like you mention Rainers are strong and shouldn't be messed with.... Anyway, I am glad you like your new office and more importantly I wish you all the happiness in the world

Posted by Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker (Kolsky Realty & Management) over 3 years ago

You are the heart of this community, Kerrie.

Posted by Kris Neese, Mr. Behind the Scenes at ActiveRain (ActiveRain) over 3 years ago

Kerrie is the heart and soul,           ................        

and brain ........

 

Met you at New York, and saw you again at Philly, AC, and New York again - loved every one!

 

Thank you so much for everything everything everything, Kerrie - you will be sorely missed!

 

Love and hugs galore,

Dagny

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Very nice, Kerrie. You have coma a long way. I remember meeting you years ago at an Orlando Rain Camp (a long time ago).  Glad you are supporting us and good luck with that baby!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 3 years ago

Great blog Kerrie La Guardia , congratulations on your anniversary and so many more milestones. 

I have been here 8 I think, I will have to look to see if I can find out my start date? 

Posted by LUVA Real Estate Lance Owens (RS), Getting transactions done, when nobody else can! (LUVA Real Estate ) over 3 years ago

Beautiful post Kerrie, I am pretty new here but I can see some of the things you say about everyone here on AR already.  It is a great community and I am happy to be a member.  Thanks for sharing....

Posted by Adele Langdon, Exclusive Realty Inc. over 3 years ago

What an exciting time in your life Kerrie!  So happy to always know you are a consistent force here in the Rain, I was almost worried when I read the title of your post that you were leaving us.

Posted by Annette Thor, Residential & Commercial Real Estate Broker in CT (Connecticut Homes and Commercial Fairfield Cty,CT reinct.com) over 3 years ago

Congratulations Kerrie La Guardia and wish you the best in whatever you do. Sounds like we will see you after maternity leave!

p.s. I didn't know you worked at CountryWide -- and all the mean things I've been saying about them all these years. Bob Crane told me you are the nicest person and are always cheerful no matter what. Thank you for all that you do. 

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) over 3 years ago

Great post Kerrie & you're a genuine asset.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 3 years ago

Congratulations Kerrie!!
I'm so glad Sharon tagged my name in a comment so I didn't miss this post, so great reading about your history with Ar for the record you make active rain what it is!

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) over 3 years ago

You are the heart of our AR community Kerrie!  Enjoy every minute of your baby birth journey.  Happy Anniversary Madame Community Manager....we will miss you during your leave and will look forward to all your snapshots from time to time.  All the best 

Posted by Eileen Burns, FL Probate Agent, Hotel & Land Specialist (Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach) over 3 years ago

Thanks a hundred times over, Kerrie La Guardia 

Love ya!

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Congratulations for your time here.  Sounds like you truly love your job.  It makes it worth going each day to know someone, somewhere appreciates you.

Posted by Rose Mary Justice, Synergy Realty Pros (Synergy Realty Pros) over 3 years ago

Congrats Kerrie!

Posted by Chris Lima, Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you. (Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise) over 3 years ago

Congratulations on 6 years. Long time in the corporate world. Thanks for all your help. Really Appreciated!

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max Southern Realty) over 3 years ago

Kerrie La Guardia  I agree with George Souto we can wait for you for the short maternity leave until you are back rocky that baby . Because you ROCK

LET It Rain

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 3 years ago

We are lucky to have you amongst us.  You listen to us, work for us, work with us and get things done.  You are indeed our lifeblood to whomever has purchased this huge living and breathing thing.

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) over 3 years ago

I was afraid to finish reading this post. I kept chanting "please don't tell us you're leaving, please don't tell us you're leaving". What a warm, wonderful heartfelt message, loved it! Can't wait to see oodles of baby photos ... hint hint.

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA (Safe Haven Realty) over 3 years ago

Kerrie, I'm excited about the baby and look forward to seeing photos.  91/2 months is a long time! My daughter was two weeks late.  You are an amazing lady who gives so much to all of us.  We're glad you're here.

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) over 3 years ago

This is a wonderful post, Kerrie.  You have effectively captured what makes AR so special and a huge part of it is you.  Great fortunes with your baby.  I can't see you as being anything but a wonderful Mom.

Posted by ReadySetLoan Condo Approval Team, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Specialists (ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC) over 3 years ago

Congrats Kerrie on another anniversary-keep up the great "work"!

Posted by Marco Giancola, Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida (Beachfront Realty) over 3 years ago

Kerrie - thanks for sharing your story.  I really love the meetups and wish I had been around for Rain Camp.  Thanks for having our back.  Everything I know about blogging I learned from Bob's webinars along with all of the other awesome members.

 

I hope you are returning after your child is born

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 3 years ago

6 years?  That's almost a lifetime of adventure in a very short time.

I'm also smiling at the 9 1/2 months pregnant.  I'd think you'd have preferred the 8 1/2 month option.

Posted by Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life (Real Living | At Home) over 3 years ago

This post is incredible. Thank you for all that you do and congratulations on the milestone! Reading this makes me even more excited to join such a tight-knit community.

Posted by Hillary Cochin, Personalized and Local Mortgage Finance (First Home Mortgage) over 3 years ago

You're really the heart and soul of this community, I'm sure it's been said in the comments before me, but it's true. I think you are "our daughter, sister, etc," and you are obviously well-loved. Regardless of the Rain, your joy in marrying your gorgeous wife was celebrating by us all. Now, the impending birth of a your beautiful little boy brings tears to my eyes. We anxiously await the news. Much love to you Kerrie - we can't wait for your return - and all of the baby photos. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 3 years ago

Amazing   hard to believe it has been 6 years!  You are a priceless asset to this community.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 3 years ago

I'm sorry happy for you and yours... we met in Boston at an active Rain - RainCamp...and this past February was the begining of my 7 th year on the AR platform...I'll be sticking around. Best to you Kerrie

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) over 3 years ago

thats what I call a long term commitment these days. the view from the skyline sounds amazing.

Posted by Doyle Lee Austin Davison Iv, 28+ years serving Investors/Banks/Buyers/sellers (Surf City Realty 714-968-6767) over 3 years ago

Kerrie - congrats on your super grateful attitude about being in the Rain for so long.  It's always great when we can be grateful for our time with whatever we're doing. You have brought countless joy to those of us in the rain and I have nothing but thanks to offer.  Whatever you do,  know that you are thought of with a smile :) 

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) over 3 years ago

 You are super. Time goes fast when you are having fun.......

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) over 3 years ago

Good morning Kerrie,

Hard to believe it's been 6 years..I remember meeting you in Rain Camp in Houston..congrats on your new family and we'll be here waiting for you when you get back!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) over 3 years ago

I remeber when AR came to Galveston for a meet up of all the Texas Realtors. I can't remember what the meet up is called because I have not slept in two days. I degrees... I was already posting on AR and became a paying member that day.  I won a jacket at that meeting! I was so proud and still wear that jacket to this day.

I am not sure when I started posting and now I am curious as to when I actually did start on AR. I love Active Rain.

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) over 3 years ago

What a great story!  And congratulations on your new baby!  I hope you get to enjoy some time off so you can bond.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 3 years ago

Yesterday they announced Ben Kinney bought AR and Bob Stewart is coming back.  This is all such exciting news and you Kerrie La Guardia have been mysteriously quiet since you left.  Please let us know you are coming back when your maternity leave is up.  You are integral to our happiness and we can't totally be happy without you.  Please say you are coming back! Right?

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) over 3 years ago

kerrie, we all appreciate you and all of your hard work. I hope you are enjoying your maternity leave. Take care.. 

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 3 years ago

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