Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery Counties Real Estate. Tips for home buyers, home sellers by Gita Bantwal,Realtor at Re/Max Centre Realtors.: Mistakes I first made on Active Rain.

Mistakes I first made on Active Rain.

I joined Active Rain in 2007.

When I first joined I posted a couple of listings and then posted infrequently. I used to read a few posts and comment on them.

If someone commented on my post I did not acknowledge it and neither did I reciprocate. I only commented on posts that I found interesting. After a few months I learned that I have to do both and it was fun to see comments on my posts regularly because there were many who responded to my posts when I commented on their posts.I did not care about points .I did not know that a comment ahd to have certain number of words so as to receive 25 points. I wondered why some comments did not qualify for points.I wrote a short post once and there were no points. later I saw a post by someone mentioning that a post has to have 50 words inorder to receive points.

I quickly learned about points and it was exciting to try to reach the 100,000 point mark.

 If someone has taken the time to comment on my post I should acknowledge the comment as well as comment on one of their posts.

I now have a nice group of friends on Active Rain and I comment on their listings and market reports and posts with just a photo eg speechless Sundays. I also read the featured posts but may not comment if I do not have time. I choose to reciprocate comments first.

If I have to refer someone to an agent in other parts of the country I know agents in most major markets. I do not have to search the CRS directory or Re/Max directory for agents.

Active Rain members are here for different reasons . Some are here for google so that clients will find them, these poeople may not comment on otehr posts and just post about their listings and themselves.  Some are here to learn from posts and webinars , these will just read posts and not comment.

Some are here to network with other agents as well as to be found by consumers.

Newbies have the advantage that we did not have as there are tutorials and webinars to learn from.

I have leared a lot on AR .







When you read about events please check the year for the event as some people find information a year later and think it is for that year. . The posts remain online even after the event.

Gita Bantwal is a Realtor with RE/MAX Centre Realtors in Bucks County, a Northern suburb of Philadelphia. You can view 1000s of listings on her web site


She can be reached at 215-343-8200x124 or direct 215-275-8491 or via email


 Gita specializes in Active adult communities and is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist. She holds the ABR designation (Accredited Buyers Representative) and specializes in selling to first time buyers as well as move up buyers.Gita also hold the CRS designation , Certified Residential Specialist and the CDPE designation as well. Information about real estate market is deemed to be correct but is subject to errors and omissions and should be verified independently.. Opinion expressed by me or others  in my post and comments is not to be construed to be  legal advice.I am licensed in Pa. Check real estate laws in your state as they may be different than in Pa.



Comment balloon 16 commentsGita Bantwal • July 29 2013 04:38AM


Gita, I joined Active Rain fairly early, but it did take some years to become a regular.  I have also learned a lot here, and still have a lot more to learn.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 5 years ago

Hi Gita,

Active Rain is a real learning curve for anyone who joins. Looking back I get a chuckle at the way I had posted in the past.

I try and return comments as much as possible. But when we get a featured post an over a hundred comments. There is not enough time in the day to return all the comments.

That would be three hundred comments. That's just way too many to have to comment on.

Have a great day and keep up the great work you do for the Rain and for the Bucks County home buyers.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) about 5 years ago

So nice to read about your beginnings on A/R. I know Gita that if I ever have a referral for your area, I would definitely recommend you!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) about 5 years ago

Good morning Gita,

It takes awhile to grasp the full value of Active Rain and it sounds like you have come full circle. Thanks for telling us about your experience with Active Rain! We know who to call if we have someone coming your way!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) about 5 years ago

Gita, good post. I will celebrate my 1 year anniversary on AR this week. I look back at where I started to where I am now. I still have a long way to go, but like many have said it takes awhile to learn about AR.

Posted by Heidi Kelley, Your Rhode Island Real Estate Connection (Keller Williams Realty Leading Edge) about 5 years ago

Gita, I think we all made that mistake at the beginning.

Posted by Kathy Sheehan, Senior Loan Officer (Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021) about 5 years ago

Gita, I think I am among your AR friends/commenters :=) And I always appreciate your comments too :-)

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) about 5 years ago

Gita: I echo your comments that it takes awhile to figure ActiveRain out in terms of what we want from the community, how it can help us, and how we can support others.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) about 5 years ago

Hi Gita.  1,515,124 Points says it all.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) about 5 years ago

Gabe, I learn something new every day .

Clint, It is difficult to respond to comments for featured posts.

Larry and Sheila, Thank you. I would do the same for you.You are the local experts.

Dorie, Thank you.

Heidi, Happy Anniversary.

Kathy, We learn from our own experience.

Kristin, Yes you are among my friends on AR. I even remember your anniversary.

Anita, It is easier for the newbies because there are tutorials now.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 5 years ago

Conrad, Thank you. I did not realize it.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 5 years ago
Gita, thanks for sharing your personal experience since joining ActiveRain in 2007. You are someone that I have always looked up.
Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) about 5 years ago

Mary, Thank you. I appreciate the comments as you are a real estate expert in Pa.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 5 years ago

Hi Gita, it seems like you caught onto what works for you. Slow and steady makes those points mount up but interacting and making friends is the best part. There is so much to learn by reading others posts.

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

Good morning, Gita -- it's interesting to read the journeys different AR members take as we each discover what will work best for us.  This community offers so much whether it is on a personal level for some, professional for others or a combination of the two.    

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 5 years ago

Michael, I have a learned a lot on AR.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 5 years ago