Occasionally I will read an Active Rain post where the writer seems on a rant... maintaining that Active Rain is a "real estate" site... and all posts written and submitted to it... should be strictly "real estate" related.
My opinion... is that to keep posts ONLY to real estate... would rob Active Rain of so much of it's potential.
Here's what I mean:
I think real estate in particular, and life in general, is all about "relationships. It is the "back and forth'ness..." the "give and take'ness" between people... that is important to me. As far as real estate is concerned... it is also what brings me to choose who I would prefer to deal with... when conducting my business... and sending referrals.
Sure... professionalism and real estate knowledge are important. But... when you can combine the two of those qualities with dealing with "really cool and caring people"... that's what "does it" for me.
Years ago I worked in the real estate world of Greater Cleveland. I was born and raised in Cleveland, went to school there... taught school there... and worked as a Realtor for ten years there before I found it necessary to leave for the warmer climes of what I jokingly refer to as "The People's Republic of Texas."
Back to Active Rain. Being from Cleveland, I really feel that in many ways I have never left. And... I have continued to "keep tabs" on the Cleveland market, and to pretty much whatever was going on in Cleveland. It is kinda-sorta like having "dual citizenship."
Through Active Rain... and through some of the non-real estate posts... I have come to know... and come to be acquainted... as well as one can by blogging and reading... with some really cool people.
There are many, many I could name... but here, I choose to mention three of my favorites.
The first is Barb Szabo . She is a Realtor in Brecksville, Ohio with RE/MAX Trinity. Both the professionalism she exudes, and just the way she shares herself, and comes across... impresses me. I very much just know that if I were ever to return to Cleveland, she would be someone I would seek out.
Another Cleveland Rainer... or pair of Rainers... are Dan and Amy Schuman with Keller Williams. They are in the Solon, Ohio market area. I have read their blog posts for quite a while now, and they really impress me as well. Very, very professional, and they seem like, again, what I would call "very cool people."
A third Cleveland Rainer who I noticed some time ago... is Svetlana Stolyarova with Local-n-Global Realty. Svetlana works the Mayfield Heights, Richmond Heights, and occasionally Lake County, Ohio areas.
Svetlana seems like a real "sweetie." When I comment on her posts, or when she comments on mine... she is ALWAYS such a positive person... and always makes me smile.
Sure... it is always great to read about real estate stuff on Active Rain. BUT... it is primarily because I have been able to read posts about "other stuff..." about Barb, Dan and Amy, and Svetlana... that have allowed me to know WHO I would send either buyer or seller referrals to... the next time I have a customer or client for anyone in these market areas in Greater Cleveland.
Sooo... those of you who "insist" that Active Rain is ONLY for "real estate stuff"... and that other, more "personal" stuff belongs elsewhere... I think you are missing out.
Barb, Dan and Amy, and Svetlana... thanks for sharing yourself with me, and with all of your many blog readers. It's nice to "meet" you.