ActiveRain Success Stories

Dinah Lee Griffey, Managing Broker Windermere Peninsula Properties (Windermere Peninsula Properties): Real Estate Broker in Allyn, WA Dinah Lee Griffey, Managing Broker Windermere Peninsula Properties (Windermere Peninsula Properties) said about 2 months ago,
"First off Active Rain has taught me how to connect to anyone and everyone. I have had clients google me and then read my Active Rain posts. They feel that they know me before we even meet. One of the greatest aspects of Active Rain is LOCALISM. It has been a wonderful tool to introduce clients moving here to our area. I have been able to post valuable resources and help them connect to just what they are looking for. Our local Chamber of commerce has even gotten involved and has started a site with similar features to connect the local business people and get us networking together. One of the most impressive things that Active Rain has done for me, is to connect me to long lost family. Through my activity on Active Rain a cousin was able to find me that otherwise I may never have met. We are going to be getting together next Wednesday and I owe it all to Active Rain. Connecting people is where it is at."
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 Broker 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."
Belinda Spillman, Your Real Estate Resource For Life! (Aspen Lane Real Estate LLC): Real Estate Broker Owner in Aurora, CO Belinda Spillman, Your Real Estate Resource For Life! (Aspen Lane Real Estate LLC) said 2 months ago,
"After making a splash in ActiveRain, I have formed relationships with many great people across the country. I have been lucky enough to receive referrals from agents in other states which turned into closed real estate transactions. I value the bonds I have made in ActiveRain and hope to be a valuable contributor on a daily basis."
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 2 months ago,
"Let's hear it for the Spring Selling and Buying Season! Yay! Now that Winter is coming to a close here, we look forward to the good times ahead. The Spring buying season has begun. The cooler temps are still here but the market has not cooled off. 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 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"
Paula Stone: Real Estate Assistant in Saint George Island, FL Paula Stone said 2 months ago,
"ActiveRain is a great networking site for Real Estate Agent referrals. I hope to help our company Beach Pros Realty in St. George Island to get more buyers."
Barbara Altieri, REALTOR - Fairfield County CT Real Estate (RealtyQuest, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Homes for Sale and Real Estate): Real Estate Agent in Shelton, CT Barbara Altieri, REALTOR - Fairfield County CT Real Estate (RealtyQuest, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Homes for Sale and Real Estate) said 2 months ago,
"When I asked a new buyer client where she found my number to call me, she responded that it was someplace having to do with 'rain'. I chuckled but of course immediately knew it was Activerain. She had been looking up condo complexes and said she found more information that was mine than any other site. Blogging about condos and neighborhoods really works as those long tail searches lead directly to our posts."
Buddy Pope, THE POPE OF REALTY (BEAN GROUP): Real Estate Agent in Amherst, NH Buddy Pope, THE POPE OF REALTY (BEAN GROUP) said 3 months ago,
"ActiveRain is instrumental to getting great SEO results and search engine placement for my clients. To buyers this translates into getting informative data to assist them when making a home purchase. On the listing end of my real estate business, I can think of no better site than ActiveRain to get my listings promoted and to share my local knowledge base about the towns where my listing properties are located. To sellers this translates into a SOLD property. The major search engines seem to like ActiveRain as they have rewarded me with very decent placement for my blog articles as long as they are rich in content. Yes, I use other sites too for my blogging, but one would be amiss in not blogging and sharing video clips on ActiveRain."
Todd  Gurley, Licensed Professional// Mortgage Loan Consultant (Anchor Mortgage, LLC): Mortgage Banker in High Point, NC Todd Gurley, Licensed Professional// Mortgage Loan Consultant (Anchor Mortgage, LLC) said 3 months ago,
"I recently began using Active Rain again, I have been absent from using this channels for a few years. The website has definitely changed and for the better. I have began to have recent success with making contacts and began to develop a following. I expect with consistently adding value for other members, my success will only increase as time passes."
Steve Hoffacker, New Home Sales Trainer/Coach,  Sales Books Author (Hoffacker Associates LLC): Education & Training in West Palm Beach, FL Steve Hoffacker, New Home Sales Trainer/Coach, Sales Books Author (Hoffacker Associates LLC) said 3 months ago,
"I have met and connected with so many great professionals from all across North America. Some of the interaction has been online, and some has been by phone. Business relationships for today and in the future are being developed and cultivated. One of the most interesting occurrences is that my blogs have been picked up and republished in a variety of other blogs and newsletters across the world - usually unknown to me until after I see them in print."
The Niche  Agent, Your Niche Is Our Niche (The Niche Agent): Education & Training in The Niche Agent, Your Niche Is Our Niche (The Niche Agent) said 3 months ago,
"Been able to connect already with some highly motivated and intelligent agents who "Get" niche marketing. What a great active community."
Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore (Success! Real Estate): Real Estate Agent in Duxbury, MA Brad MacKenzie, Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore (Success! Real Estate) said 3 months ago,
"I am aiming to have a featured blog every 20 blog posts. It seems to me that providing interesting and useful information to my fellow 'Rainers is the best way to help them, and those are the posts that I write, anyway, that garner features. I did it again here recently with the interest rate change post, which doesn't seem like it's all about how I'm helping 'Rainers, but it is a tidbit that can really help agents close transactions with their clients. So I'm proud of that one."
Bridget McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068 (Corridor Mortgage Group 410-960-2061): Mortgage Banker in Baltimore, MD Bridget McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068 (Corridor Mortgage Group 410-960-2061) said 3 months ago,
"I am looking forward to a fabulous year in the mortgage business. In a time when so many lenders are leaving the business or trying to figure out what to do to get more business, we are thriving! Blogging on Active Rain has introduced me to a whole new class of Real Estate Agents. The level of expertise is sometimes almost overwhelming. I learn something new every day. Meeting amazing people who happen to be realtors who blog has been the best part of this forum. Getting out to Margaret Rome's Active Rain open house several years ago, was the catalyst to some amazing friendship and fabulous partnerships that I know will continue to grow. I will be forever indebted to Ed R. who invited me to join Active Rain and the caring professionals who continue to encourage me to learn and grow every day!"
Gabe Libutti, Lending as it should be! (McLean Mortgage Corporation): Mortgage Banker in Charlotte, NC Gabe Libutti, Lending as it should be! (McLean Mortgage Corporation) said 3 months ago,
"The Active Rain Community Has been Wonderful to me. 10% of my business in 2013 Thank you Active Rain!"
Ben Wismer (Coldwell Banker Burnet): Real Estate Agent in Minneapolis, MN Ben Wismer (Coldwell Banker Burnet) said 3 months ago,
"ActiveRain has been an effective platform in promoting the Real Estate services The Ben Wismer Group offers home buyers and sellers in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Twin Cities suburbs. It has helped make this top-producing real estate group even more visible particularly in areas of specialty around the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, Southwest Minneapolis, the Downtown Condo market, Golden Valley, St. Louis Park and Edina."
Mike  Montague, "Who Moves You?" (sales representative : Keller Williams Experience Realty): Real Estate Agent in Barrie, ON Mike Montague, "Who Moves You?" (sales representative : Keller Williams Experience Realty) said 4 months ago,
"Active Rain has proved to be a great networking tool as well as a source for knowledge and first hand accounts on the latest technologies available to our industry. It has also been the seed for new clients over the years."
Highland Beach Condos David Serle, Boca Raton Agent David Serle (RE/MAX Services): Real Estate Agent in Highland Beach, FL Highland Beach Condos David Serle, Boca Raton Agent David Serle (RE/MAX Services) said 4 months ago,
"I have been on this forum for almost 7 years, and I have learned so much from my fellow bloggers. Thank you Active Rain for a wonderful forum, and truly helping me close 15 closings and counting. I have sold over 2 million each of the last 2 years since being a member of active rain. I have closed almost 11 million in sales in those years. Most of the success comes from finding my blog and sending me an inquiry and my online profile. I really believe in active rain and the forum. It is kind of the facebook for real estate. Although it is different in the sense that it contributes to the overall success of its members. I am glad to say I am a member of Active Rain. Thank you active rain"
Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate): Real Estate Agent in Johnson City, TN Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) said 4 months ago,
"Yesterday I blogged about market reports and foreclosure activity in the Tri-cities area. I specifically reported on Kingsport Tennessee and it's role in foreclosures, ocally and countrywide. 3 hours later I got a call from a writer for the Kingsport Newspaper who wants to team up with me for future articles for the paper. He found me through Google alerts, via Active Rain. That to me is a HUGE success story! I'm very excited. I just sold a home to a soldier getting back from Iraq. We did all our shopping over the internet-he came back on a Friday and found him a home on Sunday. Closing was a breeze and he is in his happy home. He found me on active rain. Thanks Activerain! I have met so many wonderful agents on active rain and have personally met with many of them in different states along my travels. The education I have received through out my journey is amazing. I just recived two listing leads via active rain! I love Active rain! Thank you JoAnn! Yes, Cindy Edwards deserves 5 Stars plus for the way she handled the listing, marketing and closing of my home. Let's face it, internet presence is the key to selling homes in today's real estate market. Cindy's approach sells houses. In fact, my buyer said the staging and photography of my home sold him and his wife in SC on the property before they set foot in it. Her creative approach minimized the unease factor of my driveway by a creative comparison video of its accessibility compared to other driveways. My buyer also mentioned that as a factor in the purchase. Cindy did her homework and priced my house to sell, which it did in less than 2 months. No small feat in today's market. During the time Cindy had my MLS listing, my husband unexpectedly died. Cindy said she'd have my back and take care of everything. She did. And did it well. It was the first real estate closing I attended without my husband, but Cindy was there for me. It's a level or professionalism rare today. Like I said before: Cindy is a 5 Star realtor. You can't go wrong calling her! Service provided Listed and sold a home or lot/land Street address 186 Sunny Slopes Jonesborough TN 37659 Year 2013"
Jackie Stewart, Homes, Land & Rural Property Sales Specialist (The Miller Realty Company): Real Estate Agent in Geneva, OH Jackie Stewart, Homes, Land & Rural Property Sales Specialist (The Miller Realty Company) said 4 months ago,
"Active Rain helps me keep people updated not only about listings and sales in the area, but also helps me keep you up to date on current happenings in and around Ashtabula and surrounding areas Its a fabulous tool for my business. It helps you find my website and makes contacting me much easier. There's only one right choice in Northeastern Ohio for all your Real Estate needs!"
Bahman Davani, CM Broker/REALTOR at  Texas Five Star Realty, Plano, TX (214) 457-7055, Homes for Sale in Plano, Frisco, Prosper, Allen TX (Texas Five Star Realty, Plano Texas): Real Estate Broker Owner in Frisco, TX Bahman Davani, CM Broker/REALTOR at Texas Five Star Realty, Plano, TX (214) 457-7055, Homes for Sale in Plano, Frisco, Prosper, Allen TX (Texas Five Star Realty, Plano Texas) said 4 months ago,
"In 12 months or so, I ranked # 6 in Frisco, TX from being below 50 last year. I have written about 160 blogs that I think it is a lot in a 12 months period."