ActiveRain Success Stories

Nicole Kraus (Signature Realty & Associates): Real Estate Agent in Dover, FL Nicole Kraus (Signature Realty & Associates) said 4 months ago,
"I received a lead through Active Rain to help a couple out on a short sale. Though the couple had been taken advantage by one of those "we will help you with your short sale for XX amount of dollars upfront" I took the listing over with no fees upfront "of course" and was able to turn this negative situation around for them which resulted in a successful listing that I later was able to get the home sold. These couples are now clients for life, better yet though this wonderful pair not only has continued to use me as their REALTOR, and have referred more business, but have also become my friends."
Vanessa Saunders MBA MIMC CIPS FIABCI, From Manhattan to the Catskills of New York (Global Property Systems Real Estate): Real Estate Broker Owner in Nyack, NY Vanessa Saunders MBA MIMC CIPS FIABCI, From Manhattan to the Catskills of New York (Global Property Systems Real Estate) said 4 months ago,
"My Active Rain membership has given me so much, from knowledge, to referrals and most important new friendships across the country. This is a place to share, to know that you can cry on the collective community's shoulder, and to ask advice. It's the best sounding board for a new idea, with feedback from the industry's leaders. For new agents it's a MUST and for those of us that have been around the block a few times, it's a place to keep us current with technology and trends."
Bob Crane,  Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663 (Woodland Management Service): Real Estate Services in Stevens Point, WI Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663 (Woodland Management Service) said 4 months ago,
"Fantastic SEO results on my neighborhood forestry and wildlife blog posts, near the top of page one of Google for each county! I got a call a few days ago about one of our rental homes and after scheduling an appointment, and getting her name and other info, she asked what my name was. When I told her, Bob Crane, she immediatley and excitedly replied, I know you... From Active Rain. So the next day when I met with her, I had my first Active Rain Meetup, and a very nice conversation about blogging and active rain. Active Rain success stories When I type in may name, Bob Crane, I used to get Colonel Hogan, regardless of what I would ad to it. Now Bob Crane Wisconsin, yields 1. Active rain profile, 2. my twitter (with a link to all of my AR blogs) Bob Crane, Forester" yields 1. my linkedIn profile 2. my twitter (again, with my AR blog links). Bob Crane, Woodland" and you will find 9 out of 10 pages leading to me with my Active Rain profile right at the Top Yes, blogging for a year on Active Rain has had an impact, and blogging as a Rainmaker for a few weeks has had a Super Impact on my SEO. I have met hundreds of quality Real estate professionals throughout the nation with diverse locations and diverse real estate practices. These contacts and the many blog posts on Active Rain have broadened my knowledge of the Real estate profession and what it takes to be a small business person and what it takes to be a successful real estate investor. Woodland Management Service has assisted numerous clients over the years in evaluating forestlands of all sizes from the small 10 acre woodlot to Million acre corporate forestland properties. These evaluations can vary from simple timber volumes to full scale inventories including timber values, wildlife habitat, wildlife populations, future value of timber, and other cultural and resource assets. When working with one of our foresters or wildlife specialists an active rain real estate professional can expect to have the knowledge to fully represent their clients who are buying or selling forestland of any size and purpose. Give me a call and we can meet to discuss your clients forestland property needs and how we can help them to meet their forestland goals. Our foresters specialize in: ¨ Timber Sale Administration:We select, mark and measure each tree to be sold. Our knowledge of markets assure you of the highest possible price for your timber ¨ Management Plans- including Certified MFL Plan Writers:Whether the goals for your property include timber production or wildlife, a properly managed forest can provide multiple benefits for years to come. ¨ Appraisals: Planing on buying our selling your property, having an appraisal done will help you get a clear idea of the true value of the land. ¨ Thinning and Timber Stand Improvement: Forest Management increases the productivity and future value of your timber. The needs of any given woodlot will vary and can include planting, pruning and thinning. ¨ Tree Planting ¨ Many Other Specialty Services:"
Peggy  James, REALTOR servicing Lake Ridge Virginia Area (Twins Selling Real Estate Team): Real Estate Agent in Lake Ridge, VA Peggy James, REALTOR servicing Lake Ridge Virginia Area (Twins Selling Real Estate Team) said 5 months ago,
"I joined Active Rain in June of 2008. At first I was scared, not knowing what to write about. It didn't take long for me to figure everything out. I committed myself to studying Active Rain daily starting at 6am to 7:30am and learning as much as I could each day. The information here is better than any Boot Camp or Training Course any real estate company can offer you. The sharing of knowledge and relationships that you can form here are beyond priceless. Active Rain is changing the real estate industry. In two short months once I got the hang of things, the phone started ringing. Prospective buyers were already bonded to me when they called and sellers wanted my marketing. The news reporters started to call, the newspaper reporters all wanted information from me who appeared to be deep in the trenches of what was really happening in our Real Estate Market. That's when the light bulb came on . If the media is seeing my Active Rain Blog then consumers were as well. I decided right then and there I needed to decide who I wanted to write my blog for. Did I want to do Localism Posts to attract relocating buyers or did I want to work with Sellers, Buyers. I didn't know. What I did know is I did not want to be a roving reported hunting down the newest restaurant, the newest place of business. I'm a Realtor, that's what I know. So I write about Real Estate. I use my clients experiences and questions as inspiration for my next post. And guess what happened. MAGIC! People are finding me weekly now! For 17 years I've been a team mate under a team leader. No sales volume goes in my name and I was always what we call a Secret Agent. Not anymore..the Active Rain platform helped me find my voice and my confidence and help me brand myself within our company! I was also asked by my Broker to teach an ongoing Blog Class.( I love it!) It doesn't end there. Both my business partner and I write AR Blogs. Last year our closed volume was 6 Million Dollars and we track where the leads come from. Over half of our closed business was directly from the AR Blog/Internet Leads. Plus in the month of December we had added 122 Buyer Leads to our database. The phone rings constantly now, that was not happening before ACTIVE RAIN! 2009 is off to an amazing start. If you haven't joined Active Rain or you just haven't committed to it daily. Fast forward to 2011 and 2102. My Active Rain and Outside Blog titled Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate News helped me become the top producer in my EXIT CHOICE Realty office here in Woodbridge Virginia. While other agents struggle with the change from old school marketing to the social media age. I found success continued with my real estate blog. People in the local are were finding me online and calling asking for my help. 2013 is ROCKING! JUST DO IT!"
Katrina Benton, Internet Marketing Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Alaska Group): Real Estate Agent in Anchorage, AK Katrina Benton, Internet Marketing Specialist (Keller Williams Realty Alaska Group) said 5 months ago,
"I started blogging in March of 2014 after being inspired at KW Family Reunion. I have specialized in internet marketing for the last four years and I already had a lot of traffic to my site. Craigslist was always the #1 referral source to my site. Last month (November 2013) my Activerain blog sent more traffic to my site an any other referral source and surpassed Craigslist! My team has sold millions of dollars of real estate this year as a direct result of my Activerain blog."
Tom Burris, Texas Mortgage Dallas Mortgage FHA (Service First Mortgage NMLS# 335055): Mortgage Banker in Dallas, TX Tom Burris, Texas Mortgage Dallas Mortgage FHA (Service First Mortgage NMLS# 335055) said 5 months ago,
"Since joining activerain in 2006.... The DallasLoanGuy has developed many relationships with clients and realtors alike. activerain has made my website SOAR to unimaginable heights with the powerful SEO(search engine optimization) tools provided by the community. I consistently get phone calls and emails from 3+ year old blog articles. And I am loving the income I make from my association with activerain."
Ingrid Laine, Sr. Loan Officer, North End, Virginia Beach (C&F Mortgage): Real Estate Mortgage Broker in Virginia Beach, VA Ingrid Laine, Sr. Loan Officer, North End, Virginia Beach (C&F Mortgage) said 5 months ago,
"I have been an Active Rain User for 3 years now. I have received regular phone calls and referrals that have resulted in paychecks almost from the start of using this site. I believe Active Rain has successfully promoted my local business for next to no money at all. I am a Rainmaker, I do pay for an Active Rain Outside Blog, which is also working. —Thank you Active Rain... you are making life easier for me and my team to earn money."
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"...Active Rain 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, Active Rain 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"
Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers, Associate Broker Realtor Arizona Golf Communities (Long Realty West Valley Sun City Grand Surprise Arizona): Real Estate Agent in Surprise, AZ Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers, Associate Broker Realtor Arizona Golf Communities (Long Realty West Valley Sun City Grand Surprise Arizona) said 5 months ago,
"ActiveRain blogging platform provides buyers and sellers ability to obtain real estate market updates and general information."
Kela Caspillo, Kela Caspillo (Kauai Dreams Realty): Real Estate Agent in Kapaa, HI Kela Caspillo, Kela Caspillo (Kauai Dreams Realty) said 6 months ago,
"With my short time with Active rain (member since 4/12/2013) I have already experienced my first Active rain success story! A couple months after joining and writing a few posts I got a referral from another Active rain Realtor in Oregon. A month or so after that I met with the family that was vacationing on Kauai and they found acreage that they liked. The land happened to be less then a mile away from my residence on Kauai and shortly after we closed escrow! It was probably one of the smoothest transactions that I have and will ever experience."
Nicky Dou, TOP LOCAL REALTOR in Northwest Arkansas (kw | Keller Williams Market Pro Realty): Real Estate Agent in Rogers, AR Nicky Dou, TOP LOCAL REALTOR in Northwest Arkansas (kw | Keller Williams Market Pro Realty) said 6 months ago,
"ActiveRain has helped me, Nicky Dou, STAND OUT in the Northwest Arkansas Real Estate community. I LOVE ActiveRain! I have gained valuable information, skills and feel ActiveRain gives me a great online presence in Arkansas Real Estate! Nicky Dou | Keller Williams Market Pro Realty"
Patrick Wilson (Mainsail Realty Company): Real Estate Agent in Sandestin, FL Patrick Wilson (Mainsail Realty Company) said 6 months ago,
"Active Rain Has Been Great for me ! Lots of Great info for new Agents. I Really Like to Ability to Ask Questions and get Answers ! Active Rain has been great for Web Traffic as Well!! ActiveRain is the Best Online Real Estate Tool that there is"
Coldwell Banker, More homes sold faster for more money than anyone (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage): Real Estate Agent in Duxbury, MA Coldwell Banker, More homes sold faster for more money than anyone (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) said 6 months ago,
"Several people have recommended that we join this network. While we aren't sure how we'll participate, we are sure that being part of an online community can only be a good thing in this age of electronic communication. Let's see what happens!"
Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker): Real Estate Broker in Evanston, IL Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) said 6 months ago,
"The friendships I have made from Active Rain are wonderful. I have learned so much about how to be a better Realtor and a better person in general and to serve my clients needs in the best way possible. The community has given me knowledge that has helped me learn new techniques for building my business and helping people find the home of their dreams."
Frank Laisch, "The Insurance Guy" (Stewart Title Company ): Title Company in Tampa, FL Frank Laisch, "The Insurance Guy" (Stewart Title Company ) said 6 months ago,
"I have met and worked with some fabulous people here on Active Rain. Many clients have found me thru activeRain, This is a great source of business referrals. I have helped many home buyers find great Insurance rates for their new homes and also have helped prevent a few closing delays. I feel they are all Success Stories. Thank you AR members for all your support!"
Vick Pacheco / Luxury Homes & Lifestyles, REALTOR, VickTheRealtor@gmail.com (Charles Rutenberg Realty / Luxury Homes & Lifestyles): Real Estate Sales Representative in Orlando, FL Vick Pacheco / Luxury Homes & Lifestyles, REALTOR, VickTheRealtor@gmail.com (Charles Rutenberg Realty / Luxury Homes & Lifestyles) said 6 months ago,
"Well, on a quick note the interaction with other agents is far more then any other experience. ActiveRain is by far the wave of the future in networking and agent referral. I must say in short time I have been with ActiveRain it surely has taken things in my business to an entire new level! I would like to give all the ACTIVERAIN STAFF, A THANK YOU! GREAT JOB! Well, on a quick note the interaction with other agents is far more then any other experience. ActiveRain is by far the wave of the future in networking and agent referral. I must say in short time I have been with ActiveRain it surely has taken things in my business to an entire new level!"
Michael Mahoney, Remax Way | 617.980.9025 | Serving all of Boston (Remax Boston Mass Realtor - Sendoutcards Distributor): Real Estate Agent in Milton, MA Michael Mahoney, Remax Way | 617.980.9025 | Serving all of Boston (Remax Boston Mass Realtor - Sendoutcards Distributor) said 7 months ago,
"Activerain is completely awesome. It lets me connect to other Boston Remax Real Estate Agents."
Stacey Mayer, EdmondsShoreline.com (EdmondsShoreline.com): Real Estate Services in Everett, WA Stacey Mayer, EdmondsShoreline.com (EdmondsShoreline.com) said 7 months ago,
"My blogs are now featured on SiteProNews.com, VisionWeb.com, and LeadersWest.com, because of what I've learned from ActiveRain.com; let me share my expertise with you. RainCamp Bellingham, 2010, alumnus. It was great to meet so many like-minded individuals who understand what I do. Telling most people that my portal site gets over 1 million page views a month, (awhitehorse.com,) they just blankly nod and say, "that's nice." At RainCamp, the reaction was, "WOW! How did you do that?" It's terrific to be appreciated and understood, and to know the presenters were folks with real insights into this changing specialty."
Nikitas Kouimanis, New York's Mortgage EXPERT 516 469 6262 (Reliant Bank Mortgage ): Real Estate Mortgage Broker in Nanuet, NY Nikitas Kouimanis, New York's Mortgage EXPERT 516 469 6262 (Reliant Bank Mortgage ) said 7 months ago,
"ActiveRain has helped me build not only a realtor data base but also gain new client relationships off of their site. That is not the only thing that I have accomplished by being on here I have became a lot better at blogging and a lot better of a networker and for that I would like to thank ActiveRain."