ActiveRain Success Stories

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 1 month 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 about 1 month 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 about 1 month 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 about 1 month 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 about 1 month 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 about 1 month ago,
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Holly Weatherwax, Keller Williams Realty, Northern Virginia (The Momentum Group ): Real Estate Agent in Reston, VA Holly Weatherwax, Keller Williams Realty, Northern Virginia (The Momentum Group ) said about 1 month 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 about 1 month ago,
"Alyson Titcomb, Realtor in Arizona serving the Gilbert area, uses her Activerain blog to communicate with other real estate professionals, nationwide.

Thank you!"
Sarah  Oswald, Broker, Realtor, CDPE, CIAS, SFR , Investor (Eastvale Team Realty & Property Mgmt): Real Estate Agent in Corona, CA Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor, CDPE, CIAS, SFR , Investor (Eastvale Team Realty & Property Mgmt) said about 2 months ago,
"Pastor Mary 2014-06-12

What an amazing realtor Sarah is. Through out the whole process, from beginning to end. My husband and I were always treated with the utmost respect, courteous of our time by working with our schedule and always looked out for what was best in our interest. Both she and Les were there helping us to prepare the property we were selling during the time I was very ill and then going what I thought was far above and beyond to help us purchase the new property. I would and indeed already have highly recommended Eastvale Realty. If anyone needs to sell or buy property. ..you won't be disappointed. They really care, that's the difference. Pastor Mary"
Thomas Neveau, First-Time Home Buyers! (Handy Real Estate LLC): Real Estate Agent in Rochester Hills, MI Thomas Neveau, First-Time Home Buyers! (Handy Real Estate LLC) said about 2 months ago,
"Very helpful with invest properties. All real estate is an investment. Make sure its the right type opf investment so when your ready to sell, you can get out quickly."
edward ziobro: Real Estate Agent in North Springfield, VA edward ziobro said 2 months ago,
"Clients attest, "The cash Back program is quite substantial and is a great help at settlement""
Kari McCoy, CRS (Lyon Real Estate): Real Estate Agent in El Dorado Hills, CA Kari McCoy, CRS (Lyon Real Estate) said 2 months ago,
"I have worked in real estate for over 30 years. Starting out in the bay area and currently I work in El Dorado Hills, CA"
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (Lyon Real Estate): Real Estate Agent in Sacramento, CA Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (Lyon Real Estate) said 2 months ago,
"I have been blogging on Active Rain since 2006."
Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager): Services for Real Estate Pros in Kirkland, WA Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) said 3 months ago,
"ActiveRain has opened up a whole new world of beautiful, caring and wise people. I am grateful to be among such amazing company doing what I do. Our community is strong and filled with forward-thinking members. LET IT RAIN!"
Christy Ruschel, Realtor - Global Property Specialist (John R Wood Properties): Real Estate Agent in Naples, FL Christy Ruschel, Realtor - Global Property Specialist (John R Wood Properties) said 3 months ago,
"Welcome Naples Global Property Specialist brings a Wealth of Knowledge and Expertise about Buying and Selling Real Estate here in the SW Florida Area as well as Globally. Real Estate is not the same everywhere, So you need a Team working for you that you can trust for up-to-date information. We are Eager to Serve you. Here are some of the things that we can do for you, your family, friends or anyone you may know that is looking to Buy or Sell Real Estate Virtually anywhere Locally or Globally:


"Not Just your Ordinary Real Estate Team!"

Specialties: Waterview and Waterfront Property Specialist from Estero to Marco Island including lots, homes, and condos. Your one stop source for all of your real estate needs. Look no further than my website located at www.WelcomeNaples.com

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Paul Henderson, I always put my clients first in any transaction! (RE/MAX Professionals.): Real Estate Agent in Tacoma, WA Paul Henderson, I always put my clients first in any transaction! (RE/MAX Professionals.) said 3 months ago,
"ActiveRain has done wonders for my online marketing of my listings! I learned something after I posted my first property that I hope will be of use to all reading this.

I learned how important it is to keep the listing up to date! Duh, you say.

If you have a price reduction, do a blog post!
If the listing goes pending, do a blog post!
New Pictures, do a blog post!
And most important! If you sell the listing, make sure, you do a blog post!
I never realized that people were finding my listings online, using the address. When the listing comes up on the search, so does the blog post. I failed to do the sold function on my first listing I posted here on ActiveRain and I was still getting calls on the property a month later. These Buyers were only using the city or Zip code and were still finding my property thinking it was still Active for sale. When you brag blog about the sale you are able to tell;

How many days your listing took to sell
What it sold for
And of course what percentage of the list price it sold
This is very good for acquiring that next listing...
Make sure you close the package!

I have sold several listing by blogging this way on ActiveRain; Its not a secret, it's a dividend!"
Allison Bernard, Real Estate Salesperson 401-533-6916 (Keller Williams Central Rhode Island): Real Estate Agent in East Greenwich, RI Allison Bernard, Real Estate Salesperson 401-533-6916 (Keller Williams Central Rhode Island) said 3 months ago,
"Starting off at a small family brokerage before recently moving to Keller Williams, I was inspired by ActiveRain because it was the resource I needed to grow my career with my own style. In fact, the first day I signed up for the free account I received a telephone call from a guy who gave me the the lowdown on AR and told me what to do to get the most out of the site. His name escapes me...a man who worked in Hawaii and now is in South America?? I wonder if he realizes a 10 minute phonecall to a stranger made a little spark. I wish I remembered his name!

Anyway, I took his advice, completed my profile to get the extra points and spent the next few days searching every real estate question I had on Active Rain. At that point I did not care to even know consumers could find me through this site with a paid subscription. I needed a CRM so I searched in google :" CRM site:activerain.com ", I needed a wide angle camera so I searched in google :" wide angle camera site:activerain.com ", I needed to know how to get a house ready to list so I searched in google :" home staging site:activerain.com ", I needed to know how to do an open house so I searched in google :" open house site:activerain.com ", etc. Who needed the internet when you had ActiveRain. ActiveRain was my source. I know there were other sites out there but none had the raw information and grass roots feel like AR. This was right before the Market Leader and Trulia drama.

And that is how I started reading different bloggers posts. And then I started to read certain people over and over again. YES! I was hooked.

I took some of the webinars and knew what I had to do. I still would not say I have implemented everything but I will say I became inspired by certain Rainmakers so I did get a subscription. And did find that consumers can find my local posts. I only have a few local posts out there but I have found success with it. Once you go incognito in Chrome after posting a RainMaker post see for yourself. And if you have no idea what I am talking about, search in Google " chrome incognito post site:activerain.com ".

I moved to Keller Williams to better serve my clients. Hey, Get With The Times, right? Since I had invested so much time into getting on board with ActiveRain, I decided to "go with" the Active Rain and Market Leader as if they are peanut butter and jelly. Why get too creative off the bat, right? And the first post was a success.

Take the blogging bootcamp series and implement it. Kerry LaGuardia and Bob Stewart are great at harnessing the best talent out there. And I found Katrina Benton a great example of dedication in implementation.

Cheers......see you in the rain."
Lance Owens (RS), Luxury Real Estate and Vacation Property sales (LUVA Real Estate ): Real Estate Agent in Kailua-Kona, HI Lance Owens (RS), Luxury Real Estate and Vacation Property sales (LUVA Real Estate ) said 3 months ago,
"ActiveRain is by far the largest contributor to my success when compared to print advertising and social media. I almost don't want to say to much here, because it has been so good to me. But when you get down to it, ActiveRain is about networking with other professionals around the country, we all help each other succeed, so if you need some advice, go ahead and feel free to ask me.
Aloha and Mahalo
Lance Owens (RS)"