Monthly Archives: October 2008

ActiveRain Helps Develop Real Friendships! My Lunch with Paul Slaybaugh (and our families)

Tweet When I started on ActiveRain almost 16 months ago, I was surprised to find so many like-minded souls here.  One of the first friends I made was Paul Slaybaugh, and although we never met in person before this past week, I had already come to consider him one of my best friends.      He’s…

This is Texas weather, right?

Tweet I have to admit that the fall came on a bit quicker than usual this year.  In fact, we sometimes seem to skip fall altogether in this area.  I have lived in Texas my entire life (born and raised in Dallas, lived in Austin for 20+ years now), and I’ve seen years that transition…

Meeting Some ActiveRain Friends in Person for the First Time! – My Day at RE Barcamp (Houston)

Tweet As soon as I heard that RE Barcamp was coming to Houston, I was looking forward to attending.  In case you haven’t heard of Barcamp before (which I hadn’t), it is essentially a real estate and social media conference.  Actually, I heard it referred to as an “unconference“, which is probably a better description.  In…

Activerain Contest- How Are You Using Your Outside Blog to Create Business?

Tweet Jeremy Blanton, C Tann Starr, and I are serving as judges for a very cool new contest.  Jeremy’s post about it is below, in case you missed it: Via Jeremy Blanton Myrtle Beach Real Estate: It is Contest Time!!!  A few months ago, Activerain launched the ability to have an outside domain name feed…

How to Feed Your ActiveRain Blog Directly to Facebook and Twitter – Get More Exposure for the Same Effort!

Tweet I have been out of town for several days, having attended the RE Barcamp in Houston.  Before I left, I wrote a post about leads that I have garnered from AR along with other social media sites: How I Managed to Receive Leads from ActiveRain, Twitter and Facebook! I told my wife jokingly that…

How I Managed to Receive Leads from ActiveRain, Twitter and Facebook!

Tweet I don’t consider myself to be a social marketing guru (yet), but I do spend a little time each week on all of the top social media sites that I know about.  Sometimes, it’s just a few minutes per week.  Obviously, I spend the majority of my online time right here on ActiveRain, but…

HousingPredictor.com names Austin #6 on its “Top 25 Markets” List

Tweet A good friend of mine in California emailed this story to me today.  In yet another vote of confidence for the Austin, Texas real estate market, HousingPredictor.com has ranked Austin #6 on its list of Top 25 Appreciating Markets! I hadn’t actually heard of this site before, but here’s the description I found there…

How to Syndicate Your Blog – Meet My Two Most Important Subscribers

Tweet A couple of weeks ago, I added Feedburner to the sidebar of my ActiveRain blog.  If you aren’t familiar with this service, it allows you to syndicate your blog via email without the requirement of a specific feed reader.  In other words (simpler words), someone can sign up and receive all of your new…

Austin Home Buying – A Few Tips to Consider when Checking Neighborhoods

Tweet I had to run some errands earlier this evening and I went by to see a friend of mine briefly.  He lives in a neighborhood that inspired this post, truth be known.  When you are looking to buy a home, there are a few items which may not come to mind immediately, so I…

ACTIVERAIN MEMBERS: Headed to Austin? I have a special offer for you!

Tweet Recently, I read a post by Robert Swetz that reminded me of a previous marketing campaign that my team and I had conducted via email and “snail mail” years ago. It’s simple, really.  We offered to take any potential clients to lunch or dinner if they were traveling to Austin.  We even included a…