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ActiveRain - The Very First Video Explaining the ActiveRain RE Network

Remember that question "What Is ActiveRain?" At some point, we all had it! Although not so popular any longer, this question was answered by the creators and founders of ActiveRain back in 2007. Not too much has changed since then... or has it? It was sure fun to find and watch this video again, I hope you'll Enjoy it too!

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Yesteryear - we've sure come a long way....



"Learn More. Get More. Do More. Be More."

Comment balloon 50 commentsBrad Andersohn • February 21 2010 11:17AM


Brad - THERE'S a bit of history. That WAS fun. My how we have grown and changed, but in some fundamental ways we haven't. Jeff
Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) over 10 years ago


Thanks for posting that video.

Geee, I think there were 13,000 members when I joined AR, and I felt like I had missed the bus!

Posted by Mike Jaquish, 919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate (Realty Arts) over 10 years ago

I wasn't around in the early days so that was a lot of fun to watch.

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 10 years ago

Hi Brad... WOW!  I never saw this one as it pre-dates my involvement with AR, yet it all still rings true... except the number of members!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 10 years ago

Brad, Being a newbie, it is great to see the first steps!  Thank you all at AR for creating this great format.  Thanks for sharing the video, Brad.

Posted by Marcia Hawken, Naples Luxury Specialist (WILLIAM RAVEIS ) over 10 years ago

Niiicce!  I never saw that one before!  Yep!  It still is relevant!  Even today!  Thanks Brad!

Posted by Nyssa Smith, REALTOR, State College Area Real Estate (Keller Williams Advantage Realty) over 10 years ago

Same foundation and vision, but boy has that membership grown!

Posted by Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS, Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA (Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA and Copperhill TN) over 10 years ago

Brad, I LOVED watching that!  When I signed on there were a little over 6,000 members and I thought it was huge then.....I would have never, EVER imagined all the benefits from AR both personally and professionally or the way this incredible place has grown! 

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 10 years ago to see a little background history. ~Doug

Posted by Cari Anderson over 10 years ago

Hi Brad, I never seen that video - might be from right before I joined - nice to see Jon and Matt's bright shiny faces at the beginning of something HUGE.  AR has exceeded their expectations, hasn't it?

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 10 years ago

Thanks for posting this  Brad , Great Video.


Posted by Bill Jones, Realtor (403-701-1739) Airdrie & Calgary Area Homes and Condos (Discovery Real Estate Ltd. - "Homes By Jones") over 10 years ago

Umm.... oops? No video here. Just code. But there were about 34,000 members when I joined. We've definitely come a long way. Can't wait to see the video...  >.>

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) over 10 years ago

Brad - It's very interesting to see video from ActiveRain in its early days.

Posted by FN LN over 10 years ago

Brad, interesting nostalgia.  We've come a long way!

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 10 years ago
Nice video, old school!
Posted by Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345 (Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz) about 10 years ago

Very cool video Brad. Wow.. 2007 and 36K members. Look at you now!

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 about 10 years ago


Very enjoyable to see what Jon and Mat were creating in the early days.  TX =)

Posted by Angela Carosi, Realtor (631) 827-0815, Long Island Suffolk County (Keller Williams Realty Homes and Estates, Smithtown/Hauppauge) about 10 years ago


Very enjoyable to see what Jon and Mat were creating in the early days.  TX =)

Posted by Angela Carosi, Realtor (631) 827-0815, Long Island Suffolk County (Keller Williams Realty Homes and Estates, Smithtown/Hauppauge) about 10 years ago

Brad ~ I tried, just moved and speaker's aren't; hooked up and I pull up on my Palm. I will try back tomorrow.

Posted by Monique Combs, Royal Shell Real Estate - Monique Combs (Royal Shell Real Estate ) about 10 years ago

Hi Brad, That was fun.  Active Rain has sure grown and evolved since then.  I'll bet they didn't even know they'd be adding some of the features that we take for granted just a couple of years later.

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) about 10 years ago

Very cool!  I had not watched that ever before... We've come a long way baby!

Posted by Don Wixom, "Looking out for your next move..."tm (RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID) about 10 years ago

This is the very first comment I have made and very first post I have read on Active Rain.  How fitting eh!  It is like joining a bunch of same sames.  One could lose themselves inside a new family. Wow!!!  PS:  I changed offices to my home basement now- I love the switch!  I see my kids more often and I realize how dead beat I am/was if I don't stop to take 'unofficial' time with them, so as they know I love them.  Really, I did before, it is just different and bettter.  Active Rain, here I come community!

Posted by Brian Habel (HomeSmart Advantage) about 10 years ago

Thanks for the video Brad.. Don't think I have ever seen this one before.

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) about 10 years ago

I don't believe I have ever seen that before.  Isn't it amazing how much ActiveRain has grown?  I gotta watch that again,

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) about 10 years ago

Fun to see and a blast from the past for sure.

Posted by Teresa Boardman (Boardman Realty) about 10 years ago

Brad although I've only been around a year and a half, this video is just as valid and informative as it was when produced. Great explanation do what this place is really all about! I am going to send the link to every agent and broker in my office to help them understand what I've been talking about when urging them to JOIN!!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Brad, thank you for posting the video. It is exciting to see how AR has grown over the short few years and what a wonderful platform it has become.

Posted by Mark Montross, Listing and Buyer Specialist (Catamount Realty Group) about 10 years ago

I think I may do this.  I'm excited....

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) about 10 years ago

Brad that was really an excellent video. This is a great summary when trying to explain some of the benefits the platform brings.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 10 years ago

Fantastic Brad!!  Thanks to Matt and Jon for the foresight they had.  Love the video and the history.  Wow from 36,000 to well over 175k!  Pretty amazing when you stop to think about it...  But when somethings good it explodes!  Way to go Active Rain...

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) about 10 years ago

Brad, I'm a recent enrollee and appreciate the history. Over the past two months I see some great benefits to being here to both increase my knowledge of the industry and to make new contacts with both agents and clients. Thanks.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) about 10 years ago
Hi Brad, Thank you for helping me fit the pieces together. Good things are starting to happen for me through ActiveRain. Cassie
Posted by Cassie Harrison (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate) about 10 years ago

I'm a relative newbie joining Jan 2009, so this was interesting. I would've signed up sooner if I'd have heard about AR sooner - I signed up the day I heard about it in a C21 meeting at my office.

Posted by Pam Turner, REALTOR®, e-PRO®, SFR (Century 21 Belk Realtors Dalton GA) about 10 years ago

Very nice little summary !

... quick question, was that a half-caf-one-pump-classic-mocha-latte that Matt was clinging to in his interview !! lol   ... coffee is essential !

Great video guys !

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) about 10 years ago

Great blast from the past... glad I joined!

Posted by Mark VanBuskirk, PA REALTOR Specializing in Carbon & Monroe County (Cassidon Realty ) about 10 years ago

Those were the days my friend...we thought they'd never end...and guess what?  They haven't.  As you know, I'm a newer member of the tribe.  One day I'll be saying "I remember when there were only 175,000 folks on Active Rain...

Posted by Evelyn Zebro, Asheville NC Real Estate Broker (Beverly-Hanks & Associates) about 10 years ago

Wow, what a lot of fun to watch.  Perhaps a sequel on how far the platform has come, morphed, etc.

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) about 10 years ago

Funny at this point in time the video seems so now, and yet so from another age. Nice clip, neat to hear the original intent from the creators. Thanks for posting.

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) about 10 years ago

There were around 80,000 members when I started.  Seems the growth has really picked up steam.  Loved getting to see this.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 10 years ago

Hi Brad. I love Active Rain though I was not here during the early days. I really like that it is Seattle based. Well I noticed that Toby Barnett's last post at Active Rain was in November 2009 and Ardel DellaLoggia last posted in 12/2009.

Posted by Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker, Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i (Aloha Kai Real Estate) about 10 years ago
This is great Brad...excellent even for those of us AR vets
Posted by Chris and Maria Jeantet, Redding CA Real Estate Couple (Coldwell Banker C&C Properties) about 10 years ago

Brad - Ahhh the good old days... I remember about 15,000 members when we first started as well... Seems like yesterday... Good to see this again... thanks

Posted by Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) about 10 years ago

Brad, Thanks for the video.  It's nice to see where we started and I'm anxious to see where it goes from here! 

Posted by Brian Burke, Your Realtor & Foreclosure Expert (Coldwell Banker) about 10 years ago
Brad, Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Though a newby, this was a hoot!
Posted by Linda Powers, On the Outer Banks (Resort Realty - Duck) about 10 years ago

Brad: I can't believe it!---I  thought this thing had been around for a century when i joined---it was like some scary, big, well established web site that I was so intimidated by!!! I was so nervous when I joined and started to blog...I could just see me failing terribly at the writing thing!...NOW  I FIND OUT THAT YOU GUYS WERE ONLY A FEW MONTHS OLD WHEN I JOINED---WHAT A BLUFF. I TOTALLY GOT TAKEN IN....:) (There were like 75,000 members when I joined in late 2007!!)

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...A Local Expert in all The Hamptons (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Brad, hadn't seen that before.  I'm so happy I was introduced to AR.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) about 10 years ago

I remember finding and seeing this video a few years back, and after watching it, I only dreamed that I'd get to work for and with a great site like this one day!!  :-O

Lana - just goes to show that blogging can build business, they're probably out harvesting the crops from all the seeds and watering they've done here in the rain.  Busy selling Real Estate is typically the goal of every Real Estate agent here on AR, at least that's what I'm thinking...

Paula- no bluffs, regardless, glad you joined and "got taken in" to the "rain" puddle here! :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 10 years ago
Brad, Thank you for sharing the video with us. I would like thanks Active Rain and the people who are managing the site, you are doing a great job! I do not visit my personal website as often as I login-in into active rain, soon there will be no need to have a website. Thanks
Posted by Mayra Espinosa Realtor San Mateo Pacifica Homes, Pacifica -San Mateo,CA Real Estate agent, Buy,sell (Sequoia Real Estate| Call 650-996-8961) about 10 years ago

Brad-Loved watching the video.  So far in such a short time!  Pretty soon AR will be crossing the 200,000 member mark!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) about 10 years ago

Brad - thanks for this original video, in the beginning it said 36,000 members - my how we have grown!

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) about 10 years ago