William's Places: Before ActiveRain and Now - It's A Whole New World

Before ActiveRain and Now - It's A Whole New World

Before ActiveRain and Now: It’s A Whole New World


Looking at a new horizon


I am still kicking myself for not having jumped into the Rain sooner. I had joined ActiveRain in August of 2007, not really knowing what to expect or even what it was about. And, just like so many others here now, I did not become actively involved right away – I did not write a blog post, read other blogs, or comment at all. When I finally did jump into the Rain in January of 2009, it opened up a whole new world for me, a world that had been passing me by. Now, I have to play catch up!


It was the difference between being stuck in a rut and actually knowing there was a way out. I had made up my mind that 2009 was not going to be like 2008 – empty and void, full of disappointments, obstacles and no business. Of course, my zeal to change and get things done became, through my participation in the Rain, tempered and honed into a quest to systematically learn as much as I could about the power of blogging and what it could do for me both personally and professionally. I had no idea ten months ago that ActiveRain would become such an integral part of my life the way that it has.


I now have more support for my business as an agent that I could have possibly imagined. Before ActiveRain, yes, I was encouraged…but only to do business the only way that the people around me knew how. Today, because of what I have learned here in the Rain, I have a multitude of diversified activities in which I can engage in to bring business to myself – some traditional, and many others not so traditional, and when I see something that is working for someone else in another area, I am free to adapt it to my own area and use it to the fullest, and the comments that fellow Rainers, both veteran and newbie alike, have helped to sustain my continuation in those techniques when it seems like I’ve engaged in another exercise in futility…


I now have become more knowledgeable about my area. Before ActiveRain, a market report, to me, was just a boring compilation of meaningless statistics. Today, after the past 8 months of writing them on-line, and an initial push in the beginning of the year to publish a print version, I have narrowed my focus on servicing single-family homes in my market area and can use the facts and statistics about any of the towns in my area to justify price ranges and secure listings.


I now have more realistic expectations of myself as an agent. At the beginning of the year, when I became active in the Rain, I had set a really unrealistic expectation of myself, given the nature of being both a teacher and a real estate agent. Because of what I have learned here in the Rain from so many others who are either in the same situation as I am, or even from those who are “full time” and are facing difficulties and have shared them, I know now not to take the failures as personal faults, but to use them as stepping stones to help me become a better realtor.


I now have tools at my disposal that I don’t have to pay a dime for. Or, if I do, I only have to pay at such a minimal cost. Virtual tours? Thanks to ActiveRain, I was able to get a virtual tour package that doesn’t cost me anything and I can post it to Realtor.com and other places, including my MLS, without paying one red cent . If I want to engage in some really cool photo editing? I learned about Piknik through ActiveRain, thanks to Margaret Woda. If I want to write a blog in color, or change the font so that things are more appealing to my readers? I have Katerina Gasset and Michael Thornton to thank for those tips…right here on ActiveRain. There are som many other things that I have picked up here that are either free or of minimal cost, I just can’t name them all…but I have my being here in the Rain, and being active in the Rain, to thank for that.


Now that I have been in the Rain, and as a result of the things that I have learned here, I expect for ActiveRain to be the foundation for the continued growth of my business as an agent. I am looking forward to the days when people will call me and say, “I want you to sell my house…I’ve been reading your blog on ActiveRain”, or they will e-mail me a message “I was looking for a house in Prospect …”, and when I ask them how they found me, they’ll respond “Oh, we found you on ActiveRain…”


ActiveRain has opened up a whole new world for me…it can only get better from here!

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Comment balloon 25 commentsWilliam James Walton Sr. • October 21 2009 10:48PM


Good for you William.  We have all had our eyes opened by AR!

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, The Blessed Realtor - ABR, CRS (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 10 years ago

I love when contacts tell me they read my blog...it's proof it works :)

Thanks so much for entering your post William....and your contribution in the rain!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 10 years ago

Hello William, This was wonderful and I am so pleased that you have found yourself here in the Rain and what a great attitude and "Can Do" perspective. You are well on your way and you have found your great voice and it is a real pleasure to know that AR is making such a measurable difference in your life and your business. All the best wishes for continued success. A very nice post William.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) over 10 years ago

James, we are so glad you are here. What a beautiful post you have written on your journey.

Good luck in the contest... no regrets...you are here now.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 10 years ago

I'm bookmarking this post, so I can show it to others when I try to explain the value of Active Rain.  Thanks!

Posted by Cheryl Johnson over 10 years ago

Great inspiring post James!! WTG.  Make it a great day!!!

Posted by Inez Meehan (Keller Williams ) over 10 years ago

Morning James, your post has summed up AR perfectly. There is wealth of information here at our fingertips if one takes the time to find it's treasures and that includes the people such as yourself James!

I know you will make it a great day for yourself :)

Posted by Cynthia Bartch over 10 years ago

Wonderful post and expressed well. I am where you were at the beginning of the year. Searching and finding everything out so I can definitely relate. Best of Luck to you.

Posted by Dianne Hicks (Realty ONE Group) over 10 years ago

Great post.

Posted by Ben Giordano (RE/MAX Sun & Sea) over 10 years ago

Hi William,

As someone just slightly past where you were at the beginning of the year, I am encouraged by your post. Thank you so much for the ideas about how to get to where to where I want to go!

Posted by Diane Loveridge (Keller Williams) over 10 years ago

Thanks for sharing your story. There are many of us, like Diane, #10 above, who are a few steps behind you, enjoying and benefiting from all we're learning here. It makes life so much more fun and exciting.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 10 years ago

I have seen more things on Active Rain than I have had time to use or apply.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Very well said, William. I, too have been bitten by the Active Rain bug. Since becoming a member, my knowledge has increased tenfold on what is going on in our industry. Just starting to hit my blogging stride, Good luck to you.

Boulder City Steve


Posted by Steve Andrascik (Lake Mead Area Realty) over 10 years ago

Melinda - eyes wide open, and enjoying the view every day!

Sally - I think I'll have to compose myself when that does happen, handle the business, and then jump and shout for joy.

William - Thanks. I knew I had a voice, I just didn't realize how potent it could be, and it's getting better and better every time I write.

Missy - I'm glad to be here, too. The only regret I have is that I didn't start this journey sooner...

Cheryl - that's what I feel the most important aspect of this place is, the willingness to share and help others. It tends to be contagious. I'm glad you found what I've written worthy enough to share with others.

Inez - Thank you. It's always great to see someone with my grandmother's name. BTW, what does WTG mean?

Cynthia - me, a treasure? I would more likely include Missy, yourself, Jon Zolsky, Lenn, Todd C., and Richard W. in that group before counting myself among the number. I'm just here learning from everyone else.

Dianne - trust me, you'll catch on and up sooner than you think, if you just keep at it!

Ben - thanks for stopping by.

Diane - thanks...now I feel as if I was somewhat inadequate in my post...I might need to go back and add some links to my former writings, or those of others who have helped me so much...no, wait...that would be a whole blog post of its own...

Lottie - I love the fact that my life is so much more fun and exciting, just because I am here in the Rain. It's an experience that I wouldn't trade for anything in the world.

Posted by William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate (WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group) over 10 years ago

Good for you.  I am just starting out and wished I had done it sooner myself.

Posted by Jirius Isaac, Real Estate & loans in Kenmore, WA (Isaac Real Estate &TriStar Mortgage) over 10 years ago

William - This is such a beautifully written post. You have a gift of writing, beautifully putting words together. use that to your advantage. Although I havent read much of your posts, I've decided to subscribe today because every time I write your stuff, I've always smittened.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) over 10 years ago

Great post William.  Summarizes the bennefits of AR beautifully.  I wish I'd have found it sooner too!!!!

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) over 10 years ago

Great post, congrats on your feature in the newsletter. Keep those market updates coming!

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) over 10 years ago

William, well said, the post typifies how mighty the pen/keyboard can be. As for a listing in Prospect, the guards have orders not to let you in.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 10 years ago

Great post, William. Which leaves me only six more things to say:

  1. ActiveRain rocks!
  2. ActiveRain rolls!
  3. ActiveRain rules!
  4. William rocks!
  5. William rolls!
  6. William rules!
Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) over 10 years ago

I'm with you William. I've learned much here on Active Rain. I do a better job now.

Posted by Wayne B. Pruner, Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI (Oregon First) over 10 years ago

Good Morning James, Yes I do love the Active Rain network!  I have learned so very much on here, that would have taken me a long time to learn, otherwise. Congratulations on your success!

Posted by Ginger Moore (Wilkinson & Associates Realty) over 10 years ago

You can never learn too much - and AR has such a wealth of info and knowledge. 

Posted by Ed Vogt, Grandville, MI Midwest Properties (Midwest Properties of Michigan) over 10 years ago

Glad to see that you are now onboard with the rest of us. We look forward to hearing from you more often William

Posted by Mark Velasco, Top Producing COMMERCIAL Team 30+ years experience (Sharpstone Commercial) over 10 years ago

A very postive post and encouragement to all the newbies.

Posted by Mike Henderson, HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848 (Your complete source for buying HUD homes) over 10 years ago