ActiveRain Success Stories

Troy Funk, Realtor - CDPE, SFR, Sarasota Short Sales & Foreclosures (Allison James Estates & Homes, Sarasota  941-957-3737): Real Estate Agent in Sarasota, FL Troy Funk, Realtor - CDPE, SFR, Sarasota Short Sales & Foreclosures (Allison James Estates & Homes, Sarasota 941-957-3737) said about 1 year ago,
"Yes, I have had many success stories with Active Rain. My best one would probably be the Million Dollar property we sold in less than a few days, from someone that read one of articles on Active Rain. Thank you Active Rain!"
Terry Miller, Miller Homes Group and Tyler Apartment Locator (Miller Homes Group): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Tyler, TX Terry Miller, Miller Homes Group and Tyler Apartment Locator (Miller Homes Group) said about 1 year ago,
"AR is an amzing tool for all Real Estate Agents and customers alike..... From the very start they have helped us grow. Thanks!"
Bob & Leilani Souza, Placer County, CA: Foreclosures, Auctions, Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Loomis, Granite Bay, Penryn, Newcastle, Auburn, Meadow Vista (California)): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Roseville, CA Bob & Leilani Souza, Placer County, CA: Foreclosures, Auctions, Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Loomis, Granite Bay, Penryn, Newcastle, Auburn, Meadow Vista (California)) said about 1 year ago,
"After taking one of ActiveRain's webinars for newbies with Jeremy Blanton, I made a couple of my blog posts public and posted them to Localism. These blog posts were about a local community called "Ruby Hill Vineyard Estates" and thanks to Sensei ("teacher" in Japanese) Jeremy, he Googled my community and discovered that my blog posts made it to the #1 and #2 spots on Google...just 10 hours later! WOO-HOO!!! Thank you, ActiveRain, for the potent shots of Google Juice you've given me as a new Rainmaker! :)"
Tony  Scardina, Tony Scardina  (Security Title Agency): Title Insurance in Peoria, AZ Tony Scardina, Tony Scardina (Security Title Agency) said about 1 year ago,
"Active Rain has expanded my exposure and increased my business tremendously! I have been in the technology field for many years and I can still remember a time when very few agents and lenders had a web presence. Going forward 13 years and, now being a member of the Active Rain community makes me both proud and happy to see how we have all grown, shared, and expanded our life skills."
John Goldsborough, CIPS, CDPE, CIAS, TRC, SFR, SRES, BPOR, RSPS (Keller Williams Realty at the Lakes): Real Estate Agent in Saint Cloud, FL John Goldsborough, CIPS, CDPE, CIAS, TRC, SFR, SRES, BPOR, RSPS (Keller Williams Realty at the Lakes) said about 1 year ago,
"I have always lived by the desire to "Live Life With Passion" and as one famous entertainer so eloquently stated, "The Best Revenge is Massive Success". Approaching life every day with a positive attitude towards helping others achieve their goals and dreams is what motivates me and drives me every day! My determination and relentless pursuit has allowed me to help many people fulfill the dream of homeownership. Give me the opportunity and trust to help YOU!

Thank you again for your outstanding service and professionalism! I was very impressed with your knowledge, expertise, and integrity when you helped me in buying my first home. You seemed to understand immediately what I was seeking in a home and you helped me find the perfect place without wasting my time by showing me homes that did not fit my personality or what I did not want in a home. Your attention to detail and impeccable follow-up were OUTSTANDING!
Diane McKain - Saint Cloud, FL´╗┐"
Eagle Ridge Real Estate Agents, Representing Buyers and Sellers in Eagle Ridge (Eagle Ridge Realty): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Gilroy, CA Eagle Ridge Real Estate Agents, Representing Buyers and Sellers in Eagle Ridge (Eagle Ridge Realty) said about 1 year ago,
"About a month into a listing, I was talking to my seller, and she revealed to me that one of the reasons she called me to sell her house was because she had found me on some website (it was ActiveRain), and thought she was calling the developer of the community. I explained that I sold pre-owned homes, and gave her the phone number for the developer. Her best friend/neighbor/real estate agent from where she was moving thought "it was nice" that I had done that. She said she admired my honesty and helpfullness and never forgot it. It was a nice compliment, I was flattered, and I got the listing. It all started two years prior. One never knows where the business will eventually come from. It's all about paying your dues."
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!"