ActiveRain Success Stories

Jeanne & Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Brokers, Selling Durango CO homes to good people like you! (The Durango Home Team ): Real Estate Agent in Durango, CO Jeanne & Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Brokers, Selling Durango CO homes to good people like you! (The Durango Home Team ) said over 1 year ago,
"OK..... Here we are already! This morning our time we put up a post about Tomball and It's Advantages around 10:45AM CST and just for grins at 11:05 I did a Google search for Tomball and It's Advantages and it's in the 3rd position on page one in Google. I am astounded. You can rest assured that we're going to be working diligently on our writing and crafting skills. I think amazed just may be the understatement of the week. WOW!"
Crystal   De Raffele, NYS Lic. Real Estate Salesperson (www.MyDutchessRealtor.com): Real Estate Agent in Beacon, NY Crystal De Raffele, NYS Lic. Real Estate Salesperson (www.MyDutchessRealtor.com) said over 1 year ago,
"Meeting with a Westchester Realtor from Active Rain, asking me to help a friend of hers' that works in Westchester, but needed to sell her home in Dutchess County....I was extremely happy to make 2 new friends, having an agent refer me is an extremely wonderful feeling, and having a happy seller in the end, even moreso."
Lee Davenport, Our Business Is Your Success! 404.444.5777: Education & Training in Sandy Springs, GA Lee Davenport, Our Business Is Your Success! 404.444.5777 said over 1 year ago,
"Thanks to exposure from ActiveRain, I have been featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution News and Realtor Magazine."
Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale (RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 ): Real Estate Agent in Marion, AR Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale (RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 ) said over 1 year ago,
"If it is not because of Active Rain, my daughter couldn't pick me to put in her project! (edit/delete)

It is just a proud mama story, if you don't like to read heart warming proud parents story, you may want to move on to the next post, haha.

My daughter is in the 8th grade, she has to write a book about herself, it is called The Me Story or something like that. One thing about it is she can only do it at school, can't bring it home. She has to use the school's computer to do this project, with limited websites they are allowed to use. One of the topic of this book is write about the person she admires the most.

Guess who she picks? ME! Her mom! Aww, that's sweet of her, lol. BUT, she needs a picture of me to put in that book that she can find on a website and can't upload any pictures from Facebook or personal file. Then her light bulb comes on. She Googles me.........she puts Rita Fong in the search box, and voila, I am the first of page 1 under


Rita Fong (RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY) - Real Estate Agent - Marion, AR





ActiveRain real estate profile for Rita Fong (RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY) a Real Estate Agent in Marion, AR.
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And of course she finds my picture on the profile, so she can use it in her project and make it a slide show.

Thanks Active Rain!! If it is not because of you, my daughter couldn't pick me to put in her project!






















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Marnie Matarese, Showing you the best of Sarasota! (J Wood Realty): Real Estate Agent in Sarasota, FL Marnie Matarese, Showing you the best of Sarasota! (J Wood Realty) said over 1 year ago,
"I received an email from a mortgage broker who saw my profile and thought I would work well with a client of his who had recently moved to Sarasota. I phoned the client the same day and met to talk about his real estate needs. Because my profile has alot of my background prior to being a realtor, the mortgage broker was able to tell that my interests and past life experiences would serve his client well. It turned out that we had many things in common, likes and dislikes and I now have someone who will most likely end up as a friend as well as a buyer. Thanks Active Rain for the opportunity to have exposure to the kinds of people who will recognize my strengths and refer me."
Gijs Van Breugel, TERRA FRANCE | International Estate Agents (TERRA FRANCE | International Estate Agents for France): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Gijs Van Breugel, TERRA FRANCE | International Estate Agents (TERRA FRANCE | International Estate Agents for France) said over 1 year ago,
"As a french estate agent I am learning a lot from the approach of my overseas colleagues - especially here at Active Rain. As we work in the international buyers market we are always trying to be steps further ahead than our local competition and that means looking over the borders and not sticking to archaic approaches in "please let us not change"-France.
- I would be eager to share my experiences from France with you ..."
Kim Mulligan, Selling Homes for the 21st Century (Cooper Jacobs Real Estate): Real Estate Sales Representative in Seattle, WA Kim Mulligan, Selling Homes for the 21st Century (Cooper Jacobs Real Estate) said over 1 year ago,
"Active Rain is a wonderful place for clients, looky-loos, and professionals to find the most current information about their markets. There is so information to be gathered here! A little something for everybody."
Justin Messer, Residential Loan Officer, USDA Rural Housing Loan (Supreme Lending USDA, FHA, and Conventional Loans): Mortgage and Lending in Peachtree City, GA Justin Messer, Residential Loan Officer, USDA Rural Housing Loan (Supreme Lending USDA, FHA, and Conventional Loans) said over 1 year ago,
"When I joined ActiveRain, I was certainly hesitant and skeptical about writing a blog. I had know idea how powerful a blog could really be. After receiving months of training from the ActiveRain experts, my eyes were opened and I never looked back. In 2008, I became an ActiveRain Confirmed Loan Officer. This title enables me to teach others everything that I have learned. I offer free training to anyone that is willing to learn. You will learn how to blog, how to blog efficently and effectively. You will learn how to boost your page ranking for all of your websites. The web is the first place a consumer goes to purchase a home. With today's economy and housing crisis, we as real estate professionals must separate ourselves from the rest of the pack. If you do not learn how to maximize your web presence, then you are destined to fail. The social media revolution has already begun and isn't taking any prisoners! So, have YOU blogged today?

Email me at Justin.Messer@SupremeLending.com and let me know if you are ready to learn or if you have any questions!"
Thomas D (TMD Technology): Services for Real Estate Pros in Delray Beach, FL Thomas D (TMD Technology) said over 1 year ago,
"ActiveRain Continues to give us a great opportunity to network with local realtors and share great local events.."
Barb Christensen, Associate Broker WA & ID (Coldwell Banker Tomlinson): Real Estate Agent in Spokane, WA Barb Christensen, Associate Broker WA & ID (Coldwell Banker Tomlinson) said over 1 year ago,
"Wow well my story is that my family comes first, my Customers come second, and my networking with my Ninja associates and ActiveRain comes 3rd. Having said that when I read your blogs it always helps me and when I write the few that have written I get a response that tells me I also help you. It's all good there are no limits!"
Barbara Raley, When you think of Real Estate, think of me! (The McNelis Group,LLC): Real Estate Sales Representative in Solomons, MD Barbara Raley, When you think of Real Estate, think of me! (The McNelis Group,LLC) said over 1 year ago,
"This is my first Active Rain buyer in Southern Maryland. I was in Ocean City at the Real Estate convention when I received a call. The caller said she wanted me to help her find a waterfront home in Deale, Shady Side. or lower Southern Maryland . After talking with her for a while, I asked her how she found me, her responce was YOUR BLOG. I couldn't not believe it. We haven't found the perfect one yet, but we haven't given up. P.S. I just got my first waterfront listing, so that makes two from Active Rain. YEA!!!!! I just know there will be more. Thank you Active Rain."
Jennifer Wehner, Top 1% AZ Realtor (Re/Max Fine Properties): Real Estate Agent in Scottsdale, AZ Jennifer Wehner, Top 1% AZ Realtor (Re/Max Fine Properties) said over 1 year ago,
"In June of 2010, I received a referral alert on ActiveRain from John Keene, an agent in Denver CO. John was looking for an agent here in Phoenix to help his sister sell and buy a new home. I was happy to take on the challenge! I spoke with Jodie and Albert before our appointment, and we spoke about the market conditions, tips on staging her home to sell, and their goals and expectations. Although they were homeowners, they had bought their first home (which I was selling) from their mom, and really were first-time sellers and buyers. They had a lot of questions, especially in a market with high foreclosures and short sales.

Jodie and Albert's home showed beautifully, and stood out among the short sales and foreclosures in the area. We were able to secure a good offer within the first 2 weeks, and the process went pretty smooth from there. Jodie and Albert wanted to take their time in picking out their new home, and were open to traditional sales, short sales, and foreclosures. We had quite the adventure looking at homes in the summer, many vacant with no AC, and I was 5 months pregnant! We even had a furry friend jump out from its nest in a bank-owned home as we tried to get out to the balcony! After a thorough search, Jodie and Albert finally found their dream home. A 3000 sf home in North Phoenix in great condition, with an entertainers backyard--pool, spa, BBQ, grassy area. It was a traditional sale priced at $289,900, which we negotiated down to $265,000 with some furnishings included. The sellers on the home were very helpful, and it was again a smooth transaction.

It was great getting to know Jodie and Albert and their family, and I am grateful for the opportunity to help them as my clients and look forward to a future friendship. Thank you John Keene and ActiveRain!"
James L. Katz (Katz Realty Group): Real Estate Agent in Aventura, FL James L. Katz (Katz Realty Group) said over 1 year ago,
"Since being a member of ActiveRain, I have sent out more than $65,000 in referral fees to fellow members. Thank you fellow ActiveRainers and keep those referrals coming!"
Andrew Capelli (Fidelity National Title): Title Insurance in Troy, MI Andrew Capelli (Fidelity National Title) said over 1 year ago,
"In following the rankings on ActiveRain, I struck up a friendly competition with David Sullivan, a credit repair expert and fellow blogger. Dave and I began corresponding, and he introduced me to the Michigan Mortgage Lenders Association. I have enrolled, joined the membership committee, and have met a lot of great professionals in the local real estate/lending industry. Taking advantage of the community aspect of ActiveRain is what led me to make those wonderful connections."
Bernadine Hunter, SFR, ACRE, "Finding Solution to Your Real Estate Needs" (Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty): Real Estate Agent in Columbus, OH Bernadine Hunter, SFR, ACRE, "Finding Solution to Your Real Estate Needs" (Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty) said over 1 year ago,
"Mine is not the typical Active Rain success story. I cannot yet say that I have closed a certain dollar amount in deals because of my Active Rain membership. What I can say is because of my AR membership and outside blog, I've been able to receive so much excellent information and encouragement about my business. This, in turn, has increased my confidence 100% to the point where I am actively blogging and getting feedback on my blogs. It is just a matter of time when I will be able to say that I actually got a viable lead or referral based on my AR participation."
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"