ActiveRain Success Stories

John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449   http://TexasLoanGuy.com): Mortgage and Lending in Frisco, TX John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) said over 1 year ago,
"I'm not sure I can pick just ONE success story as a result of my time on Activerain. I started blogging back in 2008. Since that time, I've met and worked with several Real Estate Agents. Even more impressive is that I was able to attract buyers, homeowners looking to refinance, and of course some other business partners such as Insurance Agents, Credit Repair Consultants, and other like-minded Mortgage Professionals.

More than 70% of my income has come from blogging on Activerain. You never know which post will get the attention. I've seen it come from business and even some of the more personal posts. I'm SUPER happy that I was introduced to Activerain by a local agent and even more happy that I stuck with it to see my business continue to grow.

Thank you Activerain - its members, and its staff."
Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring (Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT): Home Builder in White Plains, NY Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring (Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT) said over 1 year ago,
"I have learned so much on this site and met some really great people. In addition, within one month, my website traffic improved 20% and leads +38%. Month 2 has been growing 20% beyond that and typically during summer months leads and traffic decrease.

I also got 3 leads from one of the realtors here. We closed and installed one of those jobs last week and have appointments set for the others.

Looking forward to meeting more people on here - both virtually and live."
Beth Larsen, Sedona Arizona (RE/MAX Sedona): Real Estate Agent in Sedona, AZ Beth Larsen, Sedona Arizona (RE/MAX Sedona) said over 1 year ago,
"I received a listing referral from a Los Angeles agent who had tried to assist a client in obtaining a loan modification on his home in Sedona (he had to move for LA for work), but was turned down by the bank. We were able to list the Seller's Sedona home and help him complete a successful short sale. Thanks Active Rain, for helping us connect!"
Sheri Moritz, Wake Co. NC REALTOR Apex to Raleigh to Wake Forest (Next Home Team): Real Estate Agent in Morrisville, NC Sheri Moritz, Wake Co. NC REALTOR Apex to Raleigh to Wake Forest (Next Home Team) said over 1 year ago,
"I love this site for reaching out to other agents around the country that are interested in helping the real estate consumer gain valueable information"
Ken Barker Realtor® GRI, E-Pro Certified (Dilbeck Real Estate): Real Estate Agent in Burbank, CA Ken Barker Realtor® GRI, E-Pro Certified (Dilbeck Real Estate) said over 1 year ago,
"We are here in AR for a lot of things but one major component we are here for is to receive and give referrals. I started back with AR in May of 2010, after joining in 2008. When I found the referral forum I placed my information in the blocks and set off on my blogging awaiting an opportunity to give or receive a referral.
Although my first referral did not complete my second has closed and a commission check was received as well as a referral check sent out.
In October of 2010, an AR member in Palos Verdes, Norma Toering, contacted a popular AR member, an MLO Donne Knudsen, to see if she knew of a good Listing Agent in the Simi Valley area. Since Donne and I have closed many deals successfully she referred my name out to Norma. So this is a referral from an AR member to an AR member through another AR member.
Thank you Active Rain I am on my way to meet more and more in the community to have much more success."
Karen Johnson, "Bucks County PA Homes" (Weichert, Realtors): Real Estate Agent in Doylestown, PA Karen Johnson, "Bucks County PA Homes" (Weichert, Realtors) said over 1 year ago,
"I am proud to say that ActiveRain was my first real estate social network that I had joined when I became a Realtor. In addition, ActiveRain was the website where I wrote my first blog and posted my first comment on a blog. They made it very easy to join and to participate in the community!"
Jackie Grant (Professional Home Staging By Gina): Home Stager in Clermont, FL Jackie Grant (Professional Home Staging By Gina) said over 1 year ago,
"I have been successful and have met wonderful people working in the CHM field and I enjoy doing what i do best. It has helped my family and I have a good life and a comfortable life, as a single mom. Thank you for your time,
Regina Jackie Grant"
Sean Thorson, Corpus Christi, TX Realtor, Sean Thorson, Realtor Corpus Christi, TX (myCorpusHome.com/Keller Williams Coastal Bend): Real Estate Agent in Corpus Christi, TX Sean Thorson, Corpus Christi, TX Realtor, Sean Thorson, Realtor Corpus Christi, TX (myCorpusHome.com/Keller Williams Coastal Bend) said over 1 year ago,
"I have used active rain now and then over the last year and a half as a mortgage banker. Now focusing my energies as a full time Realtor I hope to have a great success story soon. If you have any tips to maximize my Activerain experience I would love to hear them. More coming soon, Thank you for visiting my Blog."
Johnny Davis, Broker/Owner (Platinum International Realty Group LLC): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Clermont, FL Johnny Davis, Broker/Owner (Platinum International Realty Group LLC) said over 1 year ago,
"I am pleased to say that the Discovery Channel contacted me regarding one of my blogs. If the Discovery Channel can find me, what do you think I can do with your house?"
Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley. (Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843): Real Estate Agent in Fort Wayne, IN Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley. (Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843) said over 1 year ago,
"A few weeks ago we went to a listing appointment. The sellers said they found us online and read our Active Rain blog. We got the listing before we even walked in the door. Thanks Active Rain!!

I (Jared) got a call from a buyer that was looking for a home in NW Fort Wayne. Once we knew he was pre-approved I went out to a home to meet him. He told me that he felt like he knew me because he read our blog on Active Rain."
Waynette Hoover Araj (RE/MAX Central Realty): Real Estate Agent in Asheboro, NC Waynette Hoover Araj (RE/MAX Central Realty) said over 1 year ago,
"Active Rain is a daily part of my business routine. All the questions that I might have as a real estate professional are answered right here. From blogging, marketing, SEO, photography, and politics, and everything in between, AR has everything I need."
Annie Fleeting, Annie Fleeting (Beach Time Realty Group LLC): Real Estate Agent in Saint Pete Beach, FL Annie Fleeting, Annie Fleeting (Beach Time Realty Group LLC) said over 1 year ago,
"In 2007 when the housing's burst bubble busted me, I had a bunch of lemons and no really good recipe for lemonade! What to do? I reinvented myself! Unsold condos we had I turned into Vacation Homes and with that income we weathered the storm. In 2010, I decided to expand the Vacation Rental business and with my Broker and friend, Michael Gaskin, we opened Vacation Rental Heaven, a boutique brokerage that served to help others, who like us, needed income from their empty condo to pay the mortgage! From there the business blossomed and in 2012, I hired a wonderful Assistant, Max Martinez, to help me handle our burgeoning business of Vacation Rentals. More than a million dollars later in rental income, with hundreds of satisfied customers - many of whom have become friends, I think back on the beginning of that venture. Thank you to Kim Caliendo, a local broker and friend that guided me on this road. It is not an easy path! But it has led to our opening two offices and morphed Vacation Rental Heaven into Beach Time Realty Group in 2013. And so, a new journey begins as we branch out to expand what started as a small rental program into a full service property sales and management enterprise!"
Alan Adamo, Your Huntington Beach REALTOR® (Westline Real Estate): Real Estate Agent in Huntington Beach, CA Alan Adamo, Your Huntington Beach REALTOR® (Westline Real Estate) said over 1 year ago,
"At first I wasn't really sure what ActiveRain was all about. I have found it to be the most informative and exciting forum for real estate related issues, I have learned a great deal from other real estate professional's experience and perspectives. I highly recommened using ActiveRain regularly."
Patti Irwin, No Pressure, No Sales Pitch, Just Expert Advice! (HomeSmart Premier-Fountain Hills AZ Real Estate): Real Estate Agent in Fountain Hills, AZ Patti Irwin, No Pressure, No Sales Pitch, Just Expert Advice! (HomeSmart Premier-Fountain Hills AZ Real Estate) said over 1 year ago,
"I have worked with many agent referrals who have found me through Active Rain"
Jean Hanley, Specializing in Folks Who Want To Buy/Sell Homes (Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters): Real Estate Agent in Hemet, CA Jean Hanley, Specializing in Folks Who Want To Buy/Sell Homes (Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters) said over 1 year ago,
"I have not only given out referrals on ActiveRain, but I have also received a few. I really love the fact that we can be viewed by our peers on the Rain and work together on referrals to a successful closing."
Ava  Anderson, REALTOR-Dedicated to Superior Service (Solid Source Realty Inc): Real Estate Agent in Snellville, GA Ava Anderson, REALTOR-Dedicated to Superior Service (Solid Source Realty Inc) said over 1 year ago,
"Client saw my profile on Active Rain called me and I got her pre-approved. Then we looked for the house and had it under contract within 3 weeks and 3 weeks later she closed just in time for New Years 2012.

My newest client found me as a result of a blog posted in 2007 about the local aquatic center and called me up. I contacted my lender got him pre-approved and now we are working on finding him and his family their new home.

Client found me as a result of a blog post written here on Active Rain, I was headed out of town on vacation but I told her I would call her as soon as I arrived back from my trip. When I got back a week later I called her and we scheduled our first appointment. One year letter she found the home over her dreams and we made it through closing successfully."
Rick Obst, Regional Marketing Mgr in Eugene, OR: Industry Observer in Eugene, OR Rick Obst, Regional Marketing Mgr in Eugene, OR said over 1 year ago,
"The ActiveRain community is a daily source of fresh knowledge and ideas to incorporate into systems and projects for current and future business clients."
Jim McCormack, Nashville Short Sale REALTOR - Stop Foreclosure (Reliant Realty - Nashville Short Sale & Foreclosure Help): Real Estate Agent in Murfreesboro, TN Jim McCormack, Nashville Short Sale REALTOR - Stop Foreclosure (Reliant Realty - Nashville Short Sale & Foreclosure Help) said over 1 year ago,
"My ActiveRain Blog is an integral part of my overall internet presence that I use to establish myself as a premier short sale agent in the Nashville Tennessee area."
Jack Tenold,  Reverse Mortgage Specialist  Washington | Oregon | California - refinance & purchase, Reverse Mortgage Specialist  (First Priority Financial NMLS 3257  ): Mortgage and Lending in Spokane, WA Jack Tenold, Reverse Mortgage Specialist Washington | Oregon | California - refinance & purchase, Reverse Mortgage Specialist (First Priority Financial NMLS 3257 ) said over 1 year ago,
"ActiveRain has been a good link to real estate professionals in the Spokane area. Although the complete list of AR members in Spokane is not a lengthy one, I subscribe to the quality over quantity theory. Over time, I have met several of the real estate agents who are members and in particular, BethAnn Long, of Coldwell Banker. Fortunately I was available when she needed a mortgage broker and I am pleased that she gave me the opportunity to work with her referral.
Since then, I have sent her some prospective clients and the business circle is complete. Because so much of what we do is internet and phone based, I have gotten to know her more through her excellent blogs. Even though my ActiveRain success story isn’t “over the top” exciting, I think it reflects the nuts and bolts of ActiveRain’s existence. I am happy to be working with BethAnn come rain or shine and I look forward to working with additional members of AR’s community.
I should also give a shout out to my friend, Nevin Williams of Raleigh and San Diego, who introduced me to ActiveRain in 2010 and then generously gave of his time to teach me how to blog. (Which I am still learning to do!)"
Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Grand Rapids, MI Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) said over 1 year ago,
"I started blogging on the Active Rain network in December of 2006. I would probably have stopped blogging had it not been for the folks I met on this site. Many inspired me with their wit and wisdom and even more encouraged me to write and 'find my voice.' It would be hard to quantify the impact that this process has had in my business. Apart from the education and opportunity to meet and network with individuals across the nation, Active Rain has opened up opportunities to speak to different organizations, create and teach Continuing Education courses for the State of Michigan and numerous referrals and opportunities to serve clients. So thankful that our paths crossed. :)"