ActiveRain.com is a new “social network” for real estate professionals. (It’s also going to be a darn fine way to locate real estate professionals).
Social networks are getting a lot of buzz lately. ActiveRain may be the best implementation of a social network I’ve seen yet, and they claim (and I believe it) that they are the first one for real estate professionals. It hasn’t been up long, but it’s already picking up steam. You can upload a VERY detailed profile, link to other professionals, etc. The owner/CEO/head geek is also very responsive to input and feedback. The guy actually answers email (if you’re reading this Matt, get AR going in Canada! I’ve got agents there ready to join!)
Blogs for members are coming soon. I see little (yet significant) changes to the site on almost a daily basis.
So if you are a real estate professional (and that means agent, lender, inspector, title company, builder or coach) you really ought to register on Active Rain. It’s free. Here’s your chance to get in on the ground floor of something that could be huge…
What do you have to lose? Do it…. do it here!
From their press release:
Bellevue, WA June 14, 2006: Real estate B2B services company ActiveRain Corp., has launched the real estate industry’s first online networking resource for real estate professionals. The ActiveRain Real Estate Network is helping real estate professionals to grow their businesses with simple and effective tools.
The Network’s free services help real estate agents, mortgage brokers, builders, and others in the industry to quickly and simply increase their network of contacts, and to expand their web presence. Members can set up a profile in under 5 minutes. One RE/MAX agent tells others “it’s easy to do and the price is right.”
Members are using the network to connect with each other. Clients are also catching on. A John L. Scott agent wrote that “Within 1 week of posting my profile . . . I have already had a client call me and begin working with me.”
CEO Matt Heaton, founder of the project sees the site as a way for real estate professionals to develop their own online network where they can easily connect with each other and with their clients. “It’s been exciting to see how active the members have been at growing the network to this point. It’s their network and their doing their part to build it.”
The company will continually add tools to help develop the social network. The community of members is helping to design the site. Their input has helped to add an associate’s list, enabling users to grow a referral network. Coming is a personalized blogging system to help draw more visibility to member profiles.
The community is quickly becoming a simple and effective tool for real estate professionals to network and grow their businesses.