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ActiveRain Headquarters - The Heart and Transmission of ActiveRain

Next month is my one year anniversary working for one of the greatest companies I have ever been privileged to be part of and employed with.  The funny thing is, I have been working here all this time and have never been to our Corporate Headquarters located in Washington State.  Today, I am sitting in our main office with the rest of the ActiveRain Staff, and while they are all working hard to keep things up and running, working smooth and efficiently, I'm hiding in the conference room writing this post!  Hey, I'm working hard too... lol~ 

             

Bob Stewart has asked that I disclose that these photo's above are not of the entire ActiveRain Office, just the building where we are located.  If you look close behind the handicapped parking sign, you'll see Bob waving from the window of our little section of this gorgeous structure.

It was very exciting to walk into the office for the very first time.  My first impression was WOW, there really is an ActiveRain Office!  Within moments, a very surreal feeling came over me...  this is the place where the heart and transmission of the entire network is housed and controlled.  These are the people who make it all happen on ActiveRain.  I'm actually here now with the staff TEAM who have not only built the most powerful Real Estate Network in the Country, but soon I'll be having lunch, answering phones, and working right along side with them.  Up until today, I have only spoke to them on the phone or via email.  It's a great feeling here of being "home away from home."

              

Today they are letting me pick where we'll be having lunch.  This is an ActiveRain tradition in the office.  Each week, someone gets to select the lunch menu and chooses where they'll be dining for that day.  Since I am here, I get the honors.  Tomorrow, some of us will be heading over to the REBarCamp at Zillow's Headquarters.  It's going to be a great event packed information, experience and ideas from some of the greatest folks in the Industry.  Did I mention it's FREE?   If you're in the area or within 1000 miles, I recommend you come join us.

I'll be flying back home on Valentine's Day to be with my sweetheart, and it will be a Happy/Sad Day.  Why?  Happy for obvious reasons, and sad because I have already become attached to our office here in Washington.  The Big Screen in the conference room, lunches with the staff, the synergy in the air, and the fun and laughter that is shared along with the hard work these guys (and gal) deliver daily.

       Claire Cruver          Jeff Corbett

       Mike Judge     Bob Stewart     Jorgen Hahn

I have come to appreciate this Network not only as my place of employment, but as a place where PEOPLE with HEART makeup the environment that we have all come to know and love.  It is one of the greatest experiences in my life to be part of this team of dynamic, creative, and down to earth people.  If you ever get the chance to visit the ActiveRain Main Office, you'll know exactly what I mean. 

I hope you ALL know how hard these guys work to make your experience on ActiveRain an enjoyable one.

 

     

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

Comment balloon 78 commentsBrad Andersohn • February 12 2009 03:46PM

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Rich - love to see the "inside" scoop of AR. Hey I can come work there - I see my workspace too... the couch :) ~Rita

Posted by Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate (Kenna Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Brad, what a very heartfelt post about the main office at Active Rain.  You need someone to take a picture of you in the office -- so we know you were actually there!

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) over 10 years ago

Hi Brad-That is an awesome building, but what makes it truly awesome is the fine folks who make up this incredible network. I'm very proud and feel privileged to be a part of this place. It doesn't get any better than Active Rain and all the people that make this possible. Have a blessed day. Enjoy your Valentines with your wife and kids. :-)

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 10 years ago

One of the images look like drive thru...what did you have?

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 10 years ago

Thanks for the post Brad. I bet the AR office is always full of energy, congratulations.

Posted by Lance Sonka (New Home Marketing) over 10 years ago

That place buries my office...Are you hiring?? LOL!

Posted by Clint Miller (Real Estate Pipeline, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Thanks for being the first to comment Sally...   (wink wink)  :-))

Brian - how do I know this is really you???  lol~

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

I wouldn't have believed it if you told me, but now I know there really issuch a thing as "TalkingRain!"  Got this from the kitchen just now.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

WOW, I love that MEE CHIGAN...........shirt on Bob!!

What an office but gee those desks are way to clean. Have fun, wish I was there.

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

Congratulations (a little early) on your anniversary.  It is kind of cool to put some faces behind the AR name.  Call if you open an office in or around Charlotte, NC   HaHa

Posted by Wendy Welborne-Kimery (Keller Williams-Lake Norman Mooresville,NC) over 10 years ago

Brad - With your child-like sense of wonder and excitement....I'm pretty sure they enjoyed having you visit as much as you enjoyed being at HQ.  I'm with Missy, those desks are way too clean...was that for real or for photo-op ;-) 

Posted by Gail MacMillan over 10 years ago

TalkingRain?  Must be a Seattle thing!  :)

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier, Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) over 10 years ago

The lady in the upper left hand corner is my kind of gal:  Post It notes on her desk :-)  

Ditto on the MICHIGAN shirt that Bob is wearing!   So glad you got a chance to visit the main office and share it with all of us.

Posted by Kris Wales over 10 years ago

Looks like a great place to work. Congratulations Brad. Keep up the good work.

Posted by Everard Korthals, Mountain Realty (---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors---) over 10 years ago

Brad,

What an incredible environment...beautiful.  And you make up part of the incredible TEAM that you speak of so highly.  Thanks for opening the door so that we're able to see how awesome it is.  Love Washington State!  Olga

Posted by Olga Diaz, Potter, Mng Broker, CRS, ASP, ePRO, ABR (COLDWELL BANKER TOMLINSON) over 10 years ago

Brad- We need to get the scoop from Claire.  Are the guys always this neat or is it just that these are still fairly neww offices for them?

Posted by Marilyn Katz, ABR, e-PRO - WestportCTProperties.com (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 10 years ago

If you don't love what you do, then why bother doing it all!  Good for you that you like who you work with and what you do for a living.  Have a great time in WA and travel home safely!

Posted by Jason Neumann, Realtor - www.KelownaRealEstateNews.com (Century 21 Assurance Realty Ltd.) over 10 years ago

It's nice to know that activerain has a real address, not just a url. It looks like a great place to work.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 10 years ago

Brad, Very nice pics...nice to put a "face' to the AR name!

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

Hey Brad,  Thanks for giving us a peek inside the home office !  Very cool.

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) over 10 years ago

First time I have seen or heard of Talking Rain. What flavors are there?

Posted by Susan Trombley, Broker/Realtor, Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Youngs (Trombley Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Brad - what fun to finally get to see the HQ, for you AND for us. Having worked in field offices before when I was in corporate I know what that feels like It is such a great group of people and neat to where they hang out. Thanks for sharing, and have a blast at REBarCamp Seattle.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 10 years ago

Brad, There really is a brick and mortar office...amazing! Where is the chaos? Well hidden I assume.

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Brad: Thanks for posting the pictures of the A|R headquarters, that was neat for all of us to see. It looks like a great place to work.

Have a great day,

Anne Rains

P.S. I've never heard of Talking Rain before, is that a Washington thing?

Posted by The Rains Team, A higher standard in real estate (Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners) over 10 years ago

Brad, It is a small percentage, unfortunately, of people who actually enjoy their work, the people they work with, and the whole package. I am happy for all of you and congratulate you on your first of what will be many years at Active Rain! Thanks for all you do! Happy Valentine's day!

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) over 10 years ago

Hey Brad - Thanks for sharing these photos of the Active Rain headquarter, and wow, everyone seem so young in there! Those are some serious computer geniuses!

Posted by Eileen Hsu, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Brad - Some day, just some day I might!!! I'm excited about your opportunity to visit the office.

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

Strangely, the clean desks are TOTALLY for real...except mine.  If you notice the pic Brad got of the backside of my head, I have stickynotes all over the desk and piles of paperwork.  I'm sure it irks Jon EVERY day ;)

Brad - who said we were letting you leave?  You only THINK I made you return reservations, but little do you know, muwahahahahahaha....  Your wife is going to be SO mad at me when she finds out that I've absconded with you.

Posted by Claire C. (ActiveRain Corporation) over 10 years ago

Great pics Brad. I bet you never thought in a million years that this is where you would be today. From title work to your dream job. Good for you.

Claire it actually looks like you are the only one really WORKING!!!! But we knew that:)

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) over 10 years ago

Missy and Kris,

I only wore that Michigan shirt because I was at the end of my laundry cycle......HAHAHAAA!!!

Brad,

Go home already! hahahahahaha

Posted by Bob Stewart, ActiveRain Ambassador (ActiveRain) over 10 years ago

Bryant - Lol, I assure you, these guys work their tails off.  I wouldn't be associated with them otherwise! ;)

Posted by Claire C. (ActiveRain Corporation) over 10 years ago

Brad,

Thanks for sharing. I always love to see the behind the scenes of some of my favorite places.

Posted by Shuki Haiminis (Lofts.com) over 10 years ago

Brad- thanks for sharing those awesome photos, they are just too humble those guys:) I would have been showing off these photos long ago:)

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 10 years ago

Brad thanks for sharing this its nice to see photos of who is running things....peace zane 

Posted by Zane Coffin, (Geneva Ohio Real Estate Agent) (Century-21 Homestar) over 10 years ago

Brad, thanks! Now you'll want to go more often. Happy Valentine's Day

Posted by Valorie Stover, Realtor for Casta del Sol, Mission Viejo,CA, Active Adult Community! (Casta del Sol Real Estate / HomeSmart Everygreen Realty) over 10 years ago

Brad - Thanks for a look into the inner sanctum of all things ActiveRain.  Its always nice to see where it all happens.  Maybe some day I'll swing by and demand a tour.

Posted by Matt Stigliano (Kimberly Howell Properties (210) 646-HOME) over 10 years ago

Brad, I didn't know ActiveRain has an office:) Is it in Washington state? If yes, I'll be there very soon:)

 

Posted by Olena Osipov over 10 years ago

Guess I will have to send Bob an Ohio State shirt for some equal time. I know Missy was thrilled to see her "colors". Good job, Brad! Nice to see HQ!

 

Posted by David M. Childress, I would love to be your Realtor® in Akron Ohio! (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 10 years ago

Hey Brad,  Very cool!  Can't believe that we have never seen a picture of the building before...not that it's a big deal...but AR...Pictures...  you know.  We go picture crazy on here.  :0)  LOL

Hope all of you have an awesome time tomorrow at BarCamp!!!  Give everyone a hug for me!  (and one for you too)  :)

Posted by Stephanie Edwards-Musa, knitwit at thred UP (thredUP.com) over 10 years ago

Thanks for all you do Brad and Team!

Passion Rules!

Tom Ferry

Posted by Anonymous over 10 years ago

Well Brad....I guess you'll just have to move to our great state to be close the the team!!!  See you tomorrow!

Posted by Sandy Noll, Real Estate Team From Mill Creek to Mercer Island ((RSVP Real Estate) 425.890.0878) over 10 years ago

You are certainly blessed, my friend.  I'm glad you are getting the opportunity to experience AR "Washing style" just so you have something to compare to.

Happy Valentine's day to you and Debra!

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) over 10 years ago

Awww....I loved reading this Brad. Maybe you'll need to make some regular trips out there every few weeks...or open up a satellite office in your area & have all the monitors & webcams set up and "import" those guys...I bet some of those guys have never been to Fairfield...It's fun to see the pics...and unbelieveable to see hardly anything covering those desks...was that staged? ...and where do they hide the Wii Station???

Posted by Mara Hawks, Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL (First Realty Auburn ) over 10 years ago

Brad, Happy Anniversary to you!  I'd be every bit as excited as you were to see that awesome place.  The Activerain support staff  TEAM have made this a wonderful place to be for everyone.  I always thank you for all the help and support you've given me and so many others.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 10 years ago

Brad I am glad you posted pictures of the AR offices.  At times I think of this place as just a website but it is so much more than that...

Posted by Zilkia Olmeda-Martins, GRI, Realtor, San Antonio Texas Luxury Homes (RE/MAX North - San Antonio) over 10 years ago

That sure is an interesting layout with no walls, just a bunch of desks.  No privacy, but I guess it makes for a more friendly atmosphere.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 10 years ago

Yeah, so it is official, Jorgen is definitely Mcconaugheys brother!

Brad, what was for lunch?  Lemme guess, sushi!

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) over 10 years ago

I have always wondered what the physical AR was like, so thanks for sharing.  You can easily sense it's not your typical type of company and it shows from everyone on AR's side.

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) over 10 years ago
Sorry I haven't been back to comment, went to Unchained in Seattle and then ended up at the Twestival (tweetup) that's being held in over 150 cities simultaneously. Thank goodness the AR iPhone browser app has been upgraded again allowing me to comment while mobile. Off to see the Huskies game, be back in a bit. Thanks for all your great comments. :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Brad!  How cool is this post--I know that others, like me, have had a mind's eye view of your office and it looked nothing like this!  What a great way to show us the inside scoop!

One thing that stood out to me is Claire's sticky notes--isn't it funny that we girls are still the ones taking notes?! ;-)

Debe in Charlotte

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 10 years ago

Hi Brad!
I LOVE picturing where people are working...even did a post on it, with very little success.  Anyway, thanks for giving us some insight into the physical AR!

Posted by Paula Swayne, Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga (Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715) over 10 years ago

Thanks for tour of the headquarters -- appreciate seeing the space. All the best.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 10 years ago

We've come a long way baby ...lol....   Well, just think...you're the cali guy ...former hawaii guy. You guys need to come here...just once...and pacify us over here.  Bob speaking on the other island was no fun... there has got to be something besides ...work. How about just a vacation...get a bungalow on North Shore or something  and invite us for a bbq (we don't drink :)

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

Brad, thanks for sharing. How cool is that? I'd pictured them working out of a garage! ;-) NOT!!!

Pepper

 

Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) over 10 years ago

WoW Brad... Seems like just a few months ago when Bob made tha anouncement... And you have not worked in the office.. who would have known.... Happy Anniversary

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

Not sure how you call what you do work... sounds like you have too much fun doing what you do.  Everyone should enjoy their work and coworkers the way you do.  You are a lucky guy.  Keep having fun.

Posted by Josef Katz, {Marketing Maestro} (Digital and Direct Response Marketing) over 10 years ago

Congratulations on your one year anniversary!  Those look like great offices!  Thanks for all you and the entire staff at AR do!

Posted by Bruce & Mary Smith, REALTORS, Savannah Lakes Village McCormick SC (Savannah Lakes Homes) over 10 years ago

Brad

I'm glad you shared these photos.  I always wanted a glimpse of the inner sanctum.

Posted by Ed Rybczynski, Your Source for Local Real Estate (Integrity Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Hmm. Thanks for the pics. I've wondered if they were still in a garage down some crack-house alley-way. They've moved up.

Posted by Karen Luke, Henry County Real Estate (South Metro Property Management, LLC) over 10 years ago

Looks like a real fun environment to work in...you have a job for me - LOL

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

Too cool!  And congrats on your year with AR, as part of the main team, that is :)

Posted by Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate (Brand Name Real Estate) over 10 years ago
Brad: awesome post! It's great seeing pictures of A/R corp.
Posted by Maria Mastrolonardo, Realtor, Naperville, IL Real Estate (RE/MAX of Naperville) over 10 years ago

Thanks for showing us that there really are live people behind Active Rain.

Posted by Maureen Megowan, Palos Verdes Real Estate Blog (Remax Estate Properties - ) over 10 years ago

Brad,

     Awesome post!  Thanks for sharing.  What a great looking structure.  Wish I was within 1000 miles, ha!  Let us know all the great info you are filled with at the zillow REBarCamp!  Hope you have a great weekend.

Posted by Joshua & Kathy Schmidt (ERA Henley Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Brad, very cool.  I have wondered (without asking) what that place looks like or if you all work out of your home.  :-)  Very nice building.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) over 10 years ago

I'm looking at snow and you're looking at a sunny day?

I'm envious.

Posted by Loan Survivor Real Estate Financing Expert (Purchases, First Time Buyers, Pre-Approvals, Refinance) over 10 years ago

What a blast it was getting to visit our office and spend time with these folks.  It was really nice to finally meet them in person, see the office, and visit the Seattle, Bellevue, and Kirkland areas of Washington.  I'm looking forward to doing it again real soon, and more often in the future. 

I made it back home in time to be with my wife for Valentine's Day, what a grand finale to an awesome trip. 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Brad!  WOW, I can't believe ActiveRain has an office.  For some reason, I thought this giant was totally virtual.  I suppose somebody had to be sitting down at a computer somewhere, but never thought of the "where"?  Nice to see pics.  Love Washington too!  Yeah, for the Pacific Northwest! 

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) over 10 years ago

Brad- thanks for sharing the photos of the building and mostly the people there at Active Rain headquarters!  I enjoyed your thoughts... hope you had a phenomenal Valentine's Day!

Posted by JB Brookman, High School Senior Portrait Photographer (JB Brookman Photography) over 10 years ago

I'm going to have to make it out there.  I'd show you guys my office, but I can't have more than one person in there at a time and you have to jump over the welder. 

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) over 10 years ago

Wow. Certainly does not look like a real estate office.  The desks are free of papers and no big phones on the desks. 

Posted by Maureen Francis & Dmitry Koublitsky, Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel (Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel) over 10 years ago

Don't be fooled Maureen, we know some really great stagers here on AR.  :-))))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Don't be fooled Maureen, we know some really great stagers here on AR.

Aha!  I should have suspected something was going on.

Besides, you know that old saying.  "A clean desk is a sign of a sick mind".  :)

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier, Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) over 10 years ago

Thanks for sharing the pictures of AR - looks like a fun place to work!

Posted by Monica Bourgeau, Business Coaching (New Phase Business Coaching) over 10 years ago

Brad - What a great post !  Awesome photos and a great place !  Is cool when one has the opportunity to be part of such a great team.  Very very very cool : )

Posted by The Somers Team, Real People. Real Dreams. Real Estate. (The Somers Team at RE/MAX Access) over 10 years ago

Hi Brad, this is incrediable! It's nice to see what the REAL office looks like! Thanks for sharing!! Take care!  

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) over 10 years ago

... Nice offices filled with smart people.  How do I get a job there ;)

Posted by Maya Thomas, Broker, Please see my client recommendations. over 10 years ago

Nice pics, thanks, Brad, but it looks like Claire is doing all of the work.

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

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