ActiveRain Success Stories

Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369 (Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management): Real Estate Agent in Lynchburg, VA Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369 (Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management) said 29 days ago,
"I joined Activerain in October of 2006 and it was the wisest decision I could have made for my Real Estate career. My AR membership is the foundation of my success as a Realtor. I have learned so much from the Activerain members who generously share their experiences, I've learned more about online marketing, trends in real estate and the latest technology. I haven't kept Activerain a secret either- I've invited countless people and 29 have joined.

I am contacted several times a week from someone who has read my blog and wants more information on real estate in the Lynchburg area. Activerain has let me help my local community - my blog has sent clients to the small businesses I've profiled and I receive calls because of something I've written for localism. I've given and received numerous referrals and have made connections with top agents, home inspectors and lenders and best of all I've formed great relationships. Thank YOU Activerain for MY Success Story!"
Anna Hatridge, Missouri Realtor with Goodson Realty (Goodson Realty): Real Estate Agent in Bonne Terre, MO Anna Hatridge, Missouri Realtor with Goodson Realty (Goodson Realty) said about 1 month ago,
"(✿◠‿◠) I have made so many new friends with ActiveRain. I love learning and ActiveRain is great avenue to achieve that goal every day."
Lisa Hammerstein,  Pascack Valley NJ Real Estate - Bergen County (Keller Williams Valley Realty): Real Estate Agent in River Vale, NJ Lisa Hammerstein, Pascack Valley NJ Real Estate - Bergen County (Keller Williams Valley Realty) said about 1 month ago,
"The Summer Season is here and the weather and market is hot hot hot! We love the Summer Season this year and it's keeping us very busy. This Season that brings family celebrations and the magnificent Summertime outdoor shows to all. Inventory is climbing as we get ready for the fall temps. We Love this Place! Active Rain has been like a shining light in the real estate world across the country. We joined at the end of 2006 and have made hundreds of friends and networked with so many. It's like one big happy family for us. This site Rocks! Now going forward towards 2014 we are excited at all of the new innovations that Active Rain had added to the site. Awesome job guys/girls. In addition to the great networking opportunities, blogging has helped us move up in the search engines allowing customers to find us. Active Rain has become an integral part of our business plan and we feel it should be a part of each real estate professional's plans too. 2014 is looking like it's going to be a great year as well and thanks to Active Rain I know it will be."
Robert & Lisa Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty): Real Estate Agent in Hillsdale, NJ Robert & Lisa Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) said about 1 month ago,
"We Love Active Rain! This is why we are here after all! Active Rain has become an integral part of our business plan since joining in October 2006’. The Summer Selling/Buying Season is here and we are all looking forward to the many selling/buying market. The home sellers and buyers are gearing up for a very busy Summer season. The Heat is On! The Heat is also in the market here in NJ. There is an abundance of acitivity in our area. Inventory is still low but climbing. The Spring season had been very busy. We are excited about this years market. The weather has gotten warmer lately and activity is increasing along with the excitement of the hotter temps to come. And now they have arrived finally. Bergen County is buzzing with activity. It has brought out many buyers now it seems. The market has heated up again for what we like to call the early beginnings of the summer season here in NJ. The buyers are becoming more active as the season has been changing slowly to warmer temps here. Active Rain is helping us get out in front of our customers on a local basis. We are seeing many buyers coming out in this season here in the northeast. The first time homebuyer credit is long gone but the interests rates are still historically low and continue to stay historically low. The market is getting hotter. Localism is my playground and has brought me Google juice galore. It’s so much more than just a Social Network or a place to go to find comfort from friends. This network offers all the news on the latest technology and ways to apply that technology to your business. We’ve found groups to join to share ideas with colleagues and that has been fun as well as extremely helpful. Active Rain is the first place we go to find agents across the country when we need referral contacts. The search engines love Active Rain and that really helps to boost us so the public can find us. It offers a platform for us to post market reports, local information about our area and tips for buyers and sellers. What did we do before Active Rain?! I guess we'll never know the answer to that one.... We love this place!"
Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty): Real Estate Agent in Hillsdale, NJ Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) said about 1 month ago,
"Let's hear it for the Summer Selling and Buying Season! Yay! Now that Summer is here, we look forward to the good times ahead. The Summer buying season has begun. The warmer temps are here and the market is showing it. There are many buyers are out and looking for houses now with a renewed fervor as new listings are coming on the market everyday. The inventory has been climbing steadily as buyers realize that this is the time to buy. We need your listings. We have been showing many homes recently. Buyers are coming out in droves in search of bargains. Many new homes that are priced appropriately are moving quickly as well. Price is key in this market. The Pascack Valley and Bergen County areas are booming. It looks to be a better year in New Jersey for Real Estate. Interest rates are still historically very low and continue to stay very low. I have passed my fourth year anniversary here in the Rain and approaching my fifth year anniversary. I am gaining visibility in the search engines. This is priceless! This is why I love this place! I've had been here since February of 09 and am having the time of my life. This is the best Real Estate Community alive! I have been a member with my wife Lisa since October 2006 and have never delved into the blogging platform except to help out my wife with the HammersTeam Blog site. I have loved every minute here as I have learned so much since starting up my own blog. Since we have been involved with this site we have met so many incredibly talented people who are so nice and helpful. People that are willing to share knowledge and build this community to where it is now and continue it's progressive climb up. The Active Rain Community is so invigorating and helpful that I don't know what I would do without it now. This is the reason I have started up my own blog. I am so grateful to this site! Thanks Active Rain. Bob Hammerstein"
RALPH RICHARD GUERTIN, Mortgage GO TO GUY (Bayburg Financial and Regency Realty Services): Mortgage and Lending in Boca Raton, FL RALPH RICHARD GUERTIN, Mortgage GO TO GUY (Bayburg Financial and Regency Realty Services) said about 1 month ago,
"1)To Whom it May Concern. Ralph Guertin helped us secure a great mortgage on our new home in Delray Beach, Florida. My wife and I were very pleased with his services and found him to be fast, efficient and very knowledgable. He was also very easy to work with. Nadia and Steve Feldman
2)Thanks Ralph,everything is wonderful so far and thank you very much for all your help. I will definitely recommend your services to all my friends, family and peers at work.sincerely,Vivian CruzOrlando Florida
3) Ralph,I would be happy to recommend you and will keep you posted as the opportunity presents itself.DK Boca Raton
4) Hi Ralph,Thank you for all the extra things you did to secure my mortgage. I appreciate not only the low rate you obtained, but you attending the closing. If you had not been there I probably would still sitting in Fort 'Lauderdale waiting for the agent to get final approval If and when I have the opportunity I would surely recommend your services,Sincerely,Anne Walner Boynton BeachSent from my iPhone
5) Hi Ralph!I will most certainly refer you to my friends and family. You provided excellent customer service and answered all of our questions! I LOVE my house and very happy you were there every step of the way!Sherry SanRomanOrlando Florida
6) Classification: UNCLASSIFIEDCaveats: NONEHey Ralph:I wanted to drop you a note to express my thanks for helping me secure amortgage for our retirement home. I was thrilled that you were able to workaround all my issues that came up during this purchase process.I will recommend my family and friends who are shopping for homes to you,but perhaps a better way for me to repay you would be to offer to help youwith any issues you may have in the Orlando area. I can give surety that not only I found a great broker but I also haveanother friend.Again, thanks for your help BATTLEBUDDY (military compound word for friendsuntil the end).Sincerely,Julio1SG Julio C. LinaresOrlando Florida
7) Ralph and Becca - Just want to take a second to thank you for all that you did to help us secure a home loan. While it wasn't easy to get there, nothing worthwhile should be, and that is certainly true in this case. We are very, very happy with our new home. We want to begin making payments immediately, but have yet to receive any information on whom to make the payments to. We also want to set up a payment schedule so that we make 26 bi-weekly payments, plus an additional payment of $2,500 a year which we're ready to make now. Can you point us in the right direction by letting us know whom we should be contacting to set up the mortgage payments?Many thanks, Sean and Sherry SanRoman"
Joyce  Marsh, Realtor - Daytona Beach FL Real Estate, Daytona Beach Homes For Sale (Illustrated Properties Daytona Fl 386.299.8291 ): Real Estate Agent in Daytona Beach, FL Joyce Marsh, Realtor - Daytona Beach FL Real Estate, Daytona Beach Homes For Sale (Illustrated Properties Daytona Fl 386.299.8291 ) said about 1 month ago,
"Networking on active rain is one of the best ways to reach other professionals in the real estate community throughout the country. Sharing ideas, regional trends, referrals and opportunities with other active rain members has been very beneficial to my business as well as additional exposure for my listings.

I recently attended RainCamp here in Orlando and it was definitely an awesome experience! A day full of new ideas and networking opportunities.

I recently attended the Orlando RainCamp which was awesome. This was a day filled with non-stop educational information which far exceeed my expectations. The content was extremely valuable and I plan on implementing new strategies, and methods immediately into my business. If you have a chance to attend a RainCamp near you, definitely take advantage of the opportunity.

Having the ability to network with other ActiveRain members and share ideas and business opportunities is one of the greatest benefits of membership in ActiveRain."
Darren Copeland, Darren Copeland (Leader One Financial): Mortgage and Lending in Lee's Summit, MO Darren Copeland, Darren Copeland (Leader One Financial) said about 1 month ago,
"Once I made the decision to jump to 'rainmaker' status I saw immediate changes in the traffic that my blogs and even my website were getting. Especially after I took advantage of the Active Rain University classes, which were great for teaching simple and easy to use SEO tips for blogging! Now when I do a Google search for my blog topics I am seeing them consistently on the first page of Google, and we all know what that means - it means that more people are seeing my name associated with mortgages and being ranked high on google means more traffic to my website, and that means more traffic in my front door! I can't tell you the number of clients who have said to me - I found your blog (either my active rain or my outside blog provided by Active Rain) and figured you were the local expert on home loans! Thank you Active Rain!"
Diana Eklund: Real Estate Agent in Goodyear, AZ Diana Eklund said about 2 months ago,
"Using Activerain to assist me in Virtually Touring my new listings to real estate professionals nationwide has been an asset to my business. My sellers love the fact that I am able to provide this service to them and Activerain helps me achieve the goal. Thank you Activerain!"
June Stark, Las Vegas Condos & Luxury Homes Expert (Elite Realty-Luxury Homes & Condos On & Off the Strip): Real Estate Agent in Las Vegas, NV June Stark, Las Vegas Condos & Luxury Homes Expert (Elite Realty-Luxury Homes & Condos On & Off the Strip) said about 2 months ago,
"Activerain has enabled us to easily blog about the latest happenings in our great city. With its easy platform, we ave been able to publish our listings, and market info to a wide audience. Connecting with other agents and reading industry tips and tidbits on blogging, seo optimization, etc. has helped keep The Stark Team at the top of the search engines which works to our clients' advantage as well as ours. THANK YOU ACTIVERAIN!!"
Risa Myers (RE/MAX Estate Properties): Real Estate Agent in Redondo Beach, CA Risa Myers (RE/MAX Estate Properties) said about 2 months ago,
"Lots of hard work resulted in a happy seller and a happy buyer... just the way we like it!"
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Jonathan  Arnold Team Grand Rapids, Consistent, on time, under budget , no surprises!: Mortgage and Lending in East Grand Rapids, MI Jonathan Arnold Team Grand Rapids, Consistent, on time, under budget , no surprises! said about 2 months ago,
"ActiveRain is an incredible place to share your knowledge, meet others in the industry and connect with potential clients as well as referral sources. Thank you to everyone who I have connected with through the years!"
David Shamansky, Creative, Aggresive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtgs (US Mortgages - David Shamansky): Mortgage and Lending in Highlands Ranch, CO David Shamansky, Creative, Aggresive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtgs (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) said 2 months ago,
"Without question Active Rain has provided me with an incredible tool unlike any other I have found. I have made friendships, relationships, contacts, business referrals from both AR members and consumers directly.
I have gained much knowledge in areas I knew relatively little from the Real Estate / Realtor point of view as well as other ancillary industry like home inspectors and other service providers.
I am a big fan and believer and promoter of Active Rain.
I cracked the 600k milestone and looking forward to 750k then 1M and beyond!"
Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730): Real Estate Agent in Clarksville, TN Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730) said 2 months ago,
"I am an active blogger through ActiveRain offering the public good information that will help them avoid pitfalls and focus on current market trends and information. All you have to do is subscribe to my blog so as to not miss any of the lastest in real estate tips and news from " The Real Debbie Reynolds of Clarksville TN".

After writing some neighborhood posts on ActiveRain, I got a call from a buyer searching for a new real estate area. She said she found me on Google when searching for information on the Farmington Subdivision. I know the neighborhood well, about the schools and the builders. She may be interested in new construction and I wil be able to help her and her family get the home just the way they want it. Thanks ActiveRain.

I just when through a tough situation at a closing and blogged about it to my AR peers. Their ideas were great and gave me the push to see it through to the end. Thanks Rainmakers.

Having just completed my first big contest in ActiveRain, I found it to be exciting and challenging at the same time. Doing 10 FAQ posts to help my clients with the information they ask most often has given me a lot of satisfaction knowing that I will be helping them in the future. The purpose, of course, is to get the word out that I am the expert to contact in Clarksville TN about real estate. I can't wait to hear from some of my yet to meet "new friends and clients".

Just this week I decided to start a new group in ActiveRain called ActiveRain Anonymous. There are many of us that have confessed to being addicted to blogging and a little therapy is in order. So I formed the new group to support one another and lift each other up. Several have sign up and we look forward to many more joining us.

I got an email contact this week from a writer for a national Realtor's magazine. He had seen my blog about changing to a Mac computer and wanted to interview me for an article he is writing. Blogging works people find you! I will let you know how it turns out. 9-01-12

Blogging never ceases to amaze me. I wrote one post the other day about my tag line, The Real Debbie Reynolds and its origin. I got an email the very next day from another Debbie Reynolds who experiences similar questions with her name. She wants to meet when she comes to town to see her boyfriend's sister who lives in my town. You never know where your business may come from. September 2012

Developing realationships- I was working on a transaction with a fellow local real estate agent.She was quite cordial and although the transaction did not work out it was a pleaasure working with her on it. She said she had seen my blogs on ActiveRain and that she had just joined. She said that she enjoyed reading them. It enabled her to get to know me better and make it easier to work together. All of this is due to ActiveRain.

I transitioned to MacBook Pro this summer and blogged about it on ActiveRain. Shortly thereafter I received a call from a writer for Realtor Magazine, their on-line edition. He wanted to interview me for the October edition for an article about computers and printers and what agents were choosing. I got my name mentioned and here is the link to the article. Just copy and paste into your browser to see the article. ActiveRAin has Google power. http://realtormag.realtor.org/buyers-guide/computers-and-printers/2012/10/2012-computers-what-your-peers-use

I just got an invitation to be a part of another blogging network that appeals to the lending side of the business. They saw my blog on ActiveRain and realized I was an active blogger. Not only will this produce more organic leads for me, but it will offer me a chance to talk about some of my lending issues and how I can help people. Be looking for my blogs on Lender411.com.

4/2/13 I got 4 calls today because of my blogging. Each one of the callers had found information that I posted on my Activerain blog. Two were inquiring about neighborhoods and the others called because I posted information on the local area. I know this trend will continue and look forward to being able to help more and more people.

I had a client that needed real estate services in two other states. I went to Activerain first to learn about the agents in the area. I found help from two agents and now my client is in good hands. No more worries.

09/03/13- There is so much talk as to whether blogging works and if people find us because of it. I can attest that it does work. I got a call from a new buyer last week. I asked how he got my name and this is what he said. He was driving down the Road and saw the sign for my company Prudential PenFed Realty. He Googled it and said my name came up all over the first page. This is the result of a year and a half of steady posting on ActiveRain. I am being found and my posts will live forever.

02/14- Because of ActiveRain I am being recognized by other agents as the expert in certain neighborhoods. In fact I received a call from an agent in another company and she said "Debbie I understand you are the expert in the Farmington neighborhood." The only way she would know that is by Googling the neighborhood and seeing my name pop up. Thanks ActiveRain. If agents are seeing it, I know the public is too.

05/15/14- Who says blogging doesn't work? I got a call from a seller listed with another broker that had found one of my videos and wanted me to help her sell her home. Although she was in a listing agreement with a very reputable agent, I was able to reassure her that she just needed more market time and to be patient. She said she would remember me. And she found me through ActiveRain. Next time maybe I will be found first.

6/19/14- How many leads come in each month from blogging? I can't quite say but would say maybe 4-5 leads through my website or calls from neighborhood posts. It is easy to keep up regular blogging when business is being generated. Spreading it throughout social media channels it part of the secret to getting the word out."
Cindy Montgomery (National interior designer and Owner, Stage by Design, LLC: Designing owner-occupied properties for sale or for living ): Home Stager in Manhattan, NY Cindy Montgomery (National interior designer and Owner, Stage by Design, LLC: Designing owner-occupied properties for sale or for living ) said 2 months ago,
"When we saw our home after you had furnished and staged it, we couldn't believe it. Everything is so beautiful. We felt like we had stepped into a 5-Star Hotel. This is the second time Stage by Design, llc has helped us sell a new home, and we are so happy with the strong results. Thank you!
Mike - builder - sold his home VERY fast and they moved to Florida with his new building company"
Brady Howard, Managing Broker, Mega Agent, KW Recruiter! (Keller Williams West Sound): Real Estate Agent in Gig Harbor, WA Brady Howard, Managing Broker, Mega Agent, KW Recruiter! (Keller Williams West Sound) said 2 months ago,
"I have primarily used Active Rain for Referrals and have had great success. I have met some really great Realtors out there who are very active and forward thinking. I look forward to 2014 as my best year ever!"
Yeimy Huertas: Services for Real Estate Pros in Miami, FL Yeimy Huertas said 2 months ago,
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Holly Weatherwax, Keller Williams Realty, Dulles  (The Momentum Group, Northern Virginia ): Real Estate Agent in Reston, VA Holly Weatherwax, Keller Williams Realty, Dulles (The Momentum Group, Northern Virginia ) said 2 months ago,
"When I first started on Active Rain, I did not know exactly what to expect. I dabbled in blogging, occasionally left comments and checked it when I remembered. Little by little, my time on Active Rain began to be the best way to start my day. As my participation has gained momentum, I have made referrals and received calls from my blogs. As someone who works primarily from home, Active Rain has provided me with colleagues and companionship that I sometimes miss by not going into the office. I can't emphasize enough how much there is to learn and share on Active Rain. It is like having one big, world-wide office! Thanks, ActiveRain!"
Alyson Titcomb, Serving Arizona HomeOwners with Style (REMAX Alliance Group): Real Estate Agent in Gilbert, AZ Alyson Titcomb, Serving Arizona HomeOwners with Style (REMAX Alliance Group) said 2 months ago,
"Alyson Titcomb, Realtor in Arizona serving the Gilbert area, uses her Activerain blog to communicate with other real estate professionals, nationwide.

Thank you!"