Lynn B. Friedman - Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty: "Blog and Grow Rich", on Active Rain!

"Blog and Grow Rich", on Active Rain!

Dear Readers -

In this post, Larry Johnston  from Elkhart, IN, shares his professional development plan with us in this post. He explains what ActiveRain has to offer each of us and what he, personally, chose to enhance his career.

Larry's Blog is full of wonderful posts to read about real estate and Best Practices. He also writes about his area. I have enjoyed learning about that part of the country.

 Have a successful day -

PS -- If I haven't thanked you personally for following my writings, please accept my gratitude now. Your views and comments mean a lot to me.  L.

"Blog and Grow Rich" on Active Rain!


I became a Real Estate agent on July 1, 2009 and thanks to my wifeEvelyn Johnston , I became a member of Active Rain within 3 weeks and shortly afterwords, became a Rainmaker.  No, I hadn't reached 500,000 points yet. I subscribed to AR until I reached that goal. I don't know of any place else, where you no longer have to subscribe and pay money to be a member. It was FREE to join and participate.


There is a lot to learn here and at whatever pace you choose to take.

I started out Blogging about local subdivisions in the County, but did not comment or read the other members blogs for a while.  If I had it to do over, I would have started reading the blogs immediately.

After reading other members blogs, I started learning names and where they lived. I learned about what the Real Estate market was doing in other areas, as compared to mine. As I started commenting on other blogs and clicking on the "Like" button, I started getting points awarded for my efforts.

The Points Rankings became fun , as it showed my progress and how I ranked with other members of my State and even the whole AR platform.  Many of us are competitive in this business, so it became another way that was fun.

That is not all Active Rain had to offer.  There were Contests every month that were geared to teach us various techniques in Real Estate, such as blogging, phone calling, making videos, and other fun things.

Active Rain University is a great resources, as I was able to choose topics in Real Estate that I was unfamiliar with and was able to listen to the information at my leisure and access it over and over.

Then along came the Q & A section, where I could ask a question and it gave a chance for all the members to respond with an answer, suggestion, or even a similar experience that they had.

Now, after almost 7 years, I have become friends with people from all over the country, some by blogging, some from phone calls and others, from AR meetups in our area while enjoying dinner and great conversation.

In conclusion, I now have over a million points, Thousands of Friends and have written almost 2000 blogs........ and because of Active Rain, I am not one of the statistics that we learned about, where most of the new agents drop out of the business within the first 3 years.  

I don't know anywhere that I could have gone,

to get the education that Active Rain has.... at My Fingertips.


"Blog and Grow Rich in Knowledge"


If you know someone who wants to Buy or Sell a Home in Elkhart County, St Joseph County,

 or surrounding areas, have them call me:

Larry Johnston, 574-304-7577

Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC, Elkhart, Indiana,

or email   

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Comment balloon 8 commentsLynn B. Friedman • April 13 2016 10:08PM


Great post. Now you are 1.2 millionaire and still grow stronger every day.

Sam Shueh

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) about 3 years ago

It is a great choice to reblog! 

I love the topic, he just nailed it:) 

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) about 3 years ago

Great topic, I just started to reblog a few weeks ago, I dint know that we were allowed to do it.


Posted by JM Padron, CCIM, MRICS, CCIM, MRICS, Serving Mexico-USA Border (INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ASSOCIATES) about 3 years ago

Lynn, there are definitely advantages if you spend some time around AR to network.    Great post to re-blog!  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 3 years ago

Lynn - this is a great choice for re blog.  I follow Larry and love his blogs about the history of painting.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 3 years ago

Lynn B. Friedman ... you chose a fantastic post to share.  It speaks to the many varied benefits of being a member and blogging on AR ... not only for our businesses, but personally too.  Sure wish that many more would take @Larry's word to heart and join us.  The more the merrier ...


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) about 3 years ago

I loved Larry's post. I need to make sure I tell him too.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 3 years ago

Good afternoon Lynn B. Friedman ,  You are a Gem!  Thank you for taking the time to read and reblog my post.  Have a great weekend!

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) about 3 years ago