ActiveRain Success Stories

Annett T. Block- Florida Connects, YOUR Global Connection To Florida Real Estate (Florida Connects Inc.): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Fort Lauderdale, FL Annett T. Block- Florida Connects, YOUR Global Connection To Florida Real Estate (Florida Connects Inc.) said 5 months ago,
"Annett was a real treat, very professional, yet very friendly. We had some specific requests for our home search, and she zeroed in on exactly the perfect properties. I can't say enough about her work ethic, she always returned our calls and emails immediately. We have worked with many realtors around the country, and she was truly my favorite. I would definitely recommend Annett to anyone, buyer or seller! Mr. & Ms. Chapin - 04/28/2014


Annett was amazing throughout our whole journey of buying a house. We were first time home buyers and she always took the time to explain things to us that we were a little confused about. She really fought for us and had our back when it came to the sellers bank (short sale) and I honestly don't think that we would have closed on the house if it wasn't for her!! Highly recommend. Mr. & Ms. Torres - 12-18-2013"
Randy Landis, Overseas Retirement Consultant  (Retired in Samar): Industry Observer in Tupelo, MS Randy Landis, Overseas Retirement Consultant (Retired in Samar) said 5 months ago,
"I was invited to join Active Rain in early 2007 by Agentopolis.com engineer, Ken Horst. As a member of this forum now for over 8 years, I can't begin to convey the respect and admiration I have accumulated for the thousands of professionals who participate and share their time and knowledge with this community. The information these selfless contributors choose to share with each other is irreplaceable and is an invaluable asset to anyone and everyone in this business. I used AR information on a daily basis and it not only helped me to stay better informed, but enabled me to run my business more efficiently and effectively. The quantity and quality of the information stream provided here is better defined as a river, deep and wide, and if you are going to succeed in real estate, this is definitely the place to swim. Come on in, the water's fine. It feels good in The Rain!"
Eddie Hilliard, The Loan Arranger (Mortgage Acceptance Corp of Jax): Mortgage and Lending in Jacksonville, FL Eddie Hilliard, The Loan Arranger (Mortgage Acceptance Corp of Jax) said 5 months ago,
"Stephanie Robinson -
stephanie.sanger@gmail.com
I am in the mortgage industry myself was referred to Eddie by another fellow mortgage professional because they knew he could close the tough deals. I needed the FHA 'Back to Work' program and not many mortgage professionals can say they have closed one. Eddie has closed multiple including mine just the other week. He never stopped fighting for our deal. We would not be in our new house today were it not for Eddie and his fabulous processor Renata. I would HIGHLY recommend Mr. Hilliard for your mortgage needs."
Steve Vondran, Real Estate Lawyer (The Law Offices of Steven C. Vondran, P.C.): Services for Real Estate Pros in Newport Beach, CA Steve Vondran, Real Estate Lawyer (The Law Offices of Steven C. Vondran, P.C.) said 5 months ago,
"Active rain has been a great place to network, share information, and stay connected on the latest in real estate! I have had many clients find me on ActiveRain and the social networking with other professionals has been a huge help to my business. I hope that others have found my Attorney Steve real estate blogs to be helpful and useful in their businesses as well."
Todd & Devona - Garrigus Real Estate, Southern California REALTORS® (Coldwell Banker Kivett-Teeters): Real Estate Agent in Beaumont, CA Todd & Devona - Garrigus Real Estate, Southern California REALTORS® (Coldwell Banker Kivett-Teeters) said 5 months ago,
"We first found ActiveRain in early 2008. Honestly, we didn't, or couldn't, see the value in ActiveRain or blogging. Our first sentiment was the website was more of a Myspace for Realtors. We are interested in making money, not socializing with other agents. We did sign up, but didn't take it serious for a while. Our first blog wasn't until January 2009. Even then we were not very active until about May of '09. Once we started posting our blogs, and staying active on AR, our business saw a very measurable increase! Now, we blog frequently, and use ActiveRain's Hit Router. 2010 is promising to be a great year for us!

Our focus has been on standard sales and short sales and ActiveRain has enabled us to focus like a laser! We have used AR for quality links, blogging, sharing knowledge with other members and now the new and IMPROVED local pages!

Will we continue with ActiveRain? NOTHING could keep us from it!

Since our last update the new local pages have progressed and optimized. ActiveRain has done a great job with the Local Pages, and they listened to the concerns of members regarding the Leaderboard. We now have a Leaderboard with links from out member home page straight to the rankings and points. In short, the new Leaderboard is very slick!

ActiveRain has also implemented new Community Pages. The future outlook is for the Community Pages, which are sponsorable, and yes I've sponsored mine, is to replace the Localism Pages, although I believe AR is still optimizing the Community Pages.

We get activity all day, every day from ActiveRain, because ActiveRain works hard towards that goal!!!

Here's an update to my ActiveRain Success Story:
ActiveRain has provided every aspect in my real estate success so far! For example, the community and support ActiveRain provides is second to none! I read blogs everyday written by agents and other professionals facing the same problems and challenges I do. Not to mention the traffic that reads my blog! I am a better agent because of ActiveRain and its members! Thank you, ActiveRain!"
Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books, on LIFE and LOVE plus Real Estate too! (People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Riverside, CA Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books, on LIFE and LOVE plus Real Estate too! (People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca) said 5 months ago,
"I was raised to believe to come in out of the "RAIN" and that people who didn't, did not have enough sense...remember? Well, I am here to tell you to go toward the "Rain"...ActiveRain that is. When you do, be prepared to receive good fortune, adventure, fun, and educational opportunities. I have benefited in multiple ways. First, I got my blogging wings. Second, I attracted leads that quickly turned into dollars $$$. Third, I was able to launch another career to run concurrent with my Real Estate brokering duties and write and release the popular "PEARLS SERIES" of books. As a bonus; I made some valuable contacts and friends. So, ActiveRain in my case is Active Gain and even Active Fame...Now I ask you....Why would I get out of the "RAIN" when I get so much being in it....Umbrellas....? You can have mine...thank you"
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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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."
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 5 months 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, Daytona Beach Coastal Homes and Lifestyles (Illustrated Properties Daytona Fl 386.299.8291 ): Real Estate Agent in Port Orange, FL Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Coastal Homes and Lifestyles (Illustrated Properties Daytona Fl 386.299.8291 ) said 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky): Mortgage and Lending in Highlands Ranch, CO David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) said 6 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!"
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 6 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"