ActiveRain Success Stories

Signature Homes & Estates, "Our Performance Will Move You!" (Signature Homes & Estates): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Gilroy, CA Signature Homes & Estates, "Our Performance Will Move You!" (Signature Homes & Estates) said about 1 year ago,
"An old college classmate of mine found me on ActiveRain. He was being transferred from NY and the reason he was looking for me is that he wanted information on SIlicon Valley, as he remembered I was from here. He was surprised to find me selleing real estate... Anyway, he became a client. From that, I have also been working with one of his coworkers who is also being transferred."
Brian Gibbons, Creative Financing Coach All 50 States (REISkills.com): Education & Training in Los Angeles, CA Brian Gibbons, Creative Financing Coach All 50 States (REISkills.com) said about 1 year ago,
"I love ActiveRain, and I treasure my AR blog."
Eagle Ridge Realty, "Our Performance Will Move You!" (Eagle Ridge Realty): Managing Real Estate Broker in Gilroy, CA Eagle Ridge Realty, "Our Performance Will Move You!" (Eagle Ridge Realty) said about 1 year ago,
"I had a guy call me a few months ago. He found my information on ActiveRain. He was about to close on his house here in the Eagle Ridge Golf Community, an area I specialize in. He had asked his agent for information regarding what utility companies are used, and contact information for them. She did not know, and suggested that he "Look it up on the internet", which is what he did, and he found me! He actually called me after he closed, and thanked me for posting all of the utility information on a blog post, along with the respective links to the various utility companies. He further told me that he thought it was rather odd that his agent did not have this information available. He further mentioned that he wish he had found me earlier, and didn't really have 100% confidence in his agent, who really did not seem to know much about the area, which is probably true, as the agent is from another town, about 30 miles away. So, he said that after his brother visited him, his brother wants to move into the community, and he emailed his brother my website and contact information. I am currently working with the brother. As luck would have it, I am caught in a friendly sibling rivalry, meaning the brother has to buy a bigger and better house (read: more expensive) than what his brother bought... Still working with him, and the perfect property should be on the market soon... Indirectly, I got a client who never knew about ActiveRain, but came about it second hand."
Nancy Frimann, REALTOR and California Broker (Eagle Ridge Realty/Signature Homes & Estates): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Gilroy, CA Nancy Frimann, REALTOR and California Broker (Eagle Ridge Realty/Signature Homes & Estates) said about 1 year ago,
"I was holding an Open House about three weeks ago. I usually pull in the flyers I have in the sign post box, as this forces people to actually come into the house to get information, rather than just grabbing a flyer and driving off. Occassionally, when I greet them and hand them information about the house, they may have a printout of the house from Trulia or Zillow. When I went to hand a person information, the already had a flyer in their hand. It was a printout of my listing from ActiveRain! I combine my use of RealBird to make a listing post of my open houses using the code from RealBird, which is quite easy to do, and it looks neat and professional. This is the person who we received an offer from her agent! There are so many ways to advertise a listing, and this woman apparently found me on the 'Rain. Good for her, good for me. We close in about 3 weeks."
Keith Kropp, Keeping The Focus On You. (J Wood Realty): Real Estate Agent in Sarasota, FL Keith Kropp, Keeping The Focus On You. (J Wood Realty) said about 1 year ago,
"1. An out of state seller found me on Active Rain, called me to list his second home in Florida which successfully sold and closed! For cash!
2. I referred a good friend in VA to Lenn Harley on AR. They are writing a contract today, in less than a week since the referral!
3. I referred a client in AZ to Amy Jones on AR. Amy listed and sold their home in a week!"
Bob Marsh, Broker,480-529-2936, Warm Weather Real Estate (Warm Weather Real Estate): Real Estate Agent in Mesa, AZ Bob Marsh, Broker,480-529-2936, Warm Weather Real Estate (Warm Weather Real Estate) said about 1 year ago,
"Since joining ActiveRain in 2005, I have constantly used AR as a search tool for significant developments in the world of real estate brokerage, technology, marketing, ethics, and law. Without fail, AR has always, somewhere stored in its archives or search, the answers to my most pleading questions. Thank you ActiveRain and all subscribers for your contributions to the success and welfare of fellow real estate practitioners. WOW!!"
Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.928.8000 (Keller Williams Realty): Real Estate Agent in Middletown, NY Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.928.8000 (Keller Williams Realty) said about 1 year ago,
"I have been part of Active Rain for over a year now and thanks to their guidance, friendship and experience in the blogging world I find my pages turning up on page 1 of Google-What is better for your business than that? I get leads on a regular basis and in this economy where everyone is cutting corners in their marketing I am expanding with my blogging. Thank you Active Rain!"
Rob Spinosa, Marin Mortgage Broker (RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA): Mortgage and Lending in Mill Valley, CA Rob Spinosa, Marin Mortgage Broker (RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA) said about 1 year ago,
"Since the implementation of the SAFE Act, many of us in mortgage lending found it difficult, if not impossible, to originate home loans in all 50 states. This may not have entirely been a bad thing, as I agree that it's important to know the practices and customs in any area --- for me, that area is California. Yet how do we handle inquiries from those in states in which we do not lend? How do we help our past clients who may now be in a location we don't serve? For me, the answer has been Active Rain. Through a focused effort, I have built relationships on this platform with associates who do what I do, but who have no overlap in geography. These individuals think like I do and uphold the same service standard. We help each other. We cross refer and everyone wins. To me, one of the best things about Active Rain is that I rarely, if ever, have to say to a customer anymore, "Sorry, I can't help you.""
Navona Hart, Real Estate Agent, Farmville Virginia Homes & Land (Real Living Cornerstone): Real Estate Agent in Farmville, VA Navona Hart, Real Estate Agent, Farmville Virginia Homes & Land (Real Living Cornerstone) said about 1 year ago,
"The most phone calls are people who have read a blog post and want to know more! I love hearing from the consumers who want to know about the area, a listing, or an event coming up in the market. Please pick up the phone and give me a call! I look forward to helping you with anything related to Central Virginia."
Doug Rogers, Your Pineville Louisiana Agent (Bayou Properties Realty): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Pineville, LA Doug Rogers, Your Pineville Louisiana Agent (Bayou Properties Realty) said about 1 year ago,
"Thanks to activerain, I have been able to network with agents from across the country. This quarter I have been able to refer out two clients, and am working on a third! What a great tool!!"
Gwynn Teal, Carpenter-Broker, Home and Hearth Realty (512)467- (Gwynn Teal Carpenter-Broker: Home and Hearth Realty (Austin)): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Austin, TX Gwynn Teal, Carpenter-Broker, Home and Hearth Realty (512)467- (Gwynn Teal Carpenter-Broker: Home and Hearth Realty (Austin)) said about 1 year ago,
"Active Rain Referral Success Story for Gwynn Teal Carpenter, Broker of Home and Hearth Realty, Inc (Austin Texas)

Aug. 3, 2010..... after doing research on Active Rain to find a Realtor in Duluth, Ga that I felt would meet the needs of mine client, I sent an email to John Michelena of Homes of Atlanta Real Estate. John responded and after a phone call to verify his existence, I sent a referral to him.

Lag time.... put my client's home on the market, went under contract - contract terminated, waited and waited and waited until finally we had a solid contract that closed June 17, 2011.

John was patient keeping in contact with my client and her boyfriend the entire time....once they began the search in Duluth it was a quick process - find the house, close the house, receive the referral check!

All this from the profile that John posted on Active Rain.....and then here is the result from their Aug. 29, 2011 closing:"
Kevin Henry (Henry Realty): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Fort Wayne, IN Kevin Henry (Henry Realty) said about 1 year ago,
"Had a young couple from Michigan that found me through Active rain looking for a home in Angola. After feeling them out I suggested they build a home for the money they were spending and what their criteria was. They are very happy with my suggestion and moved into their new home in July. His parents are now wanting to move to that same area and also build a new home.Thanks for the repeat business."
Lauren Selinsky Perez, REO -CEO - CDPE - SHORT SALES - Woman Owned (CA Coastal Estates- Monarch Bay Real Estate DP): Real Estate Agent in Laguna Hills, CA Lauren Selinsky Perez, REO -CEO - CDPE - SHORT SALES - Woman Owned (CA Coastal Estates- Monarch Bay Real Estate DP) said about 1 year ago,
"I recently had a buyer/investor contact me from reading a cached blog for a report I did for my area market. That blog over a year ago provided me with an amazing new client that I have set for the rest of the year in goals and then some. Dancing in the rain!!"
Lynn LeGlaire (Keller Williams): Real Estate Agent in Beverly Hills, CA Lynn LeGlaire (Keller Williams) said about 1 year ago,
"After the first month of joining Active Rain, I had a call from a lawyer in San Francisco who was looking for a Realtor in Beverly Hills. After our first phone conversation, he hired me to sell two great properties in Beverly Hills. It was exciting!"
Craig Hatcher (Georgia Residential Realty, LLC): Managing Real Estate Broker in Smyrna, GA Craig Hatcher (Georgia Residential Realty, LLC) said about 1 year ago,
"How can I list all the success I've had from just being an active rain member. I can't so I'll just state the facts. My daily cup of coffee has been replaced by sitting and soaking in the rain. All the soaking has paid off..In the past 45 days I've closed 5 homes and listed 7 properties."
DeAndrea "Dee Dee" Jones, The Northern VA Real Estate Lady (Home Buyers Marketing II, Inc.): Real Estate Agent in Manassas Park, VA DeAndrea "Dee Dee" Jones, The Northern VA Real Estate Lady (Home Buyers Marketing II, Inc.) said about 1 year ago,
"Branding is more important now then ever. A slogan a color scheme something of value to set you a part from every one else. I have found many tools on AR to help me with my branding. Now many people in recognize and remember me.

AR referrals are the best. I have given and received many referrals that have turned into successful transactions. It has allowed me to network with some great agents around the country making my relocation base more powerful.
Not a day goes by that I do not learn something new on AR. The marketing ideas, blogging tips, SEO advice all are great and when I implement the ideas great things continue to happen."
Eric Salonga, Your Key to the Central Valley (The Salonga Brothers at Reed Realty): Real Estate Agent in Ceres, CA Eric Salonga, Your Key to the Central Valley (The Salonga Brothers at Reed Realty) said about 1 year ago,
"It's great to be a part of this community. As a Real Estate Agent we all need good resources to succeed and input from other seasoned veterans."
MaryKay  Shumway, Door County WI Property Consultant (Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group Door County): Real Estate Agent in Sister Bay, WI MaryKay Shumway, Door County WI Property Consultant (Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group Door County) said about 1 year ago,
"Three listings and four sales in 12 months as a direct result of Active Rain. I'm a believer!"
Mary Wilcox CDPE, SFR, ASD, ABR, Mary Wilcox CDPE, ASD, SFR, ABR (Reece & Nichols-Mary Wilcox): Real Estate Agent in Kansas City, MO Mary Wilcox CDPE, SFR, ASD, ABR, Mary Wilcox CDPE, ASD, SFR, ABR (Reece & Nichols-Mary Wilcox) said about 1 year ago,
"Since being a part of ActiveRain. I've met many new people and expanded my network in business. Thank you ActiveRain."
Linda Coffey, Your Haymarket & Gainesville Area Expert (Long & Foster): Real Estate Agent in Haymarket, VA Linda Coffey, Your Haymarket & Gainesville Area Expert (Long & Foster) said about 1 year ago,
"Since I have been actively blogging about my Selling Community and experiences I have seen a increase in my web site traffic and increase in great clients and hasn't added to my marketing costs!"