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 www.GitaBantwal.com
She can be reached at 215-343-8200x124 or direct 215-275-8491 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.