ActiveRain Success Stories

Graziella Bruner, Broker/Owner (BRUNER REALTY LLC): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Wayne, MI Graziella Bruner, Broker/Owner (BRUNER REALTY LLC) said 3 months ago,
"The greatest thing about being part of Active Rain is getting to know other professionals in the real estate field as well as those in our related fields and gleaning from their expertise and even learning from others mistakes.
Active Rain is a great place to meet and make new friends. I love the fact that there's an Active Rain University to help you brush up on old tricks of the trade and learning how to market yourself, your business, and your listings.
It's a great way to build relationships, your business and even get referrals.
So far while being part of active rain I have received numerous referrals, not all referrals pan out but it's the fact that they are coming in. I truly appreciate everyone and what they contribute to Active Rain.
Thank you to all those who are helping others achieve great success in their businesses.
If each one of us help just one person at a time this would be a better place and more people would glean and learn from what we do.
Everyone out here in the Rain can have great success just by associating with all those involved in Active Rain.
Wishing everyone much success! There's nothing like being out in the RAIN!"
Patty Blackwelder, Local REALTOR Serving Woodbridge, Virginia (Twins Selling Real Estate): Real Estate Agent in Woodbridge, VA Patty Blackwelder, Local REALTOR Serving Woodbridge, Virginia (Twins Selling Real Estate) said 3 months ago,
"Blog Caller equals $12,000 in commission in 60 days!

Active Rain Is Officially Part Of My Business Plan

I had the pleasure of joining my Identical Twin in business for 2014. My sister Peggy James is a great blogger and uses Active Rain faithfully for the past several years. I can remember many years ago showing her Active Rain and trying to push her to do her first post. She did not think she could write anything that people would be interested in.

Boy was she wrong!

Peggy's Blog LakeridgeVARealEstateNews.com is folksy and informative, she writes as if she is speaking directly to the seller or buyer she is looking to attract. When sellers and buyers read her blog her passion and knowledge come through and they feel as if she is talking to them.

What she writes about she brings about.

I answered an incoming call on her cell phone in early January my first full month as her partner. On the phone was a homeowner who had been following Peggy's blog for the past two years. She said she has seen Peggy sell homes in her community fast and for the highest price. I told the caller Peggy was unavailable and I was her partner Patty. She knew my name and said you are her twin sister! She acted as if she knew both of us from following Peggy on line. As the homeowner talked I learned she would be relocating and wanted to list her home. I set an appointment for us to go see her home on Wednesday and assumed we would get the listing. I told her to prepare for the appointment to please have two keys available for our appointment day and also to pull out her mortgage statement. Finally I asked if she knew her payoff amount and we discussed her ideal move date.

Next I confirmed the appointment via email , we checked the comps and prepared for the appointment. Peggy told me blog callers are her best appointments.They know what to expect if they have been following her as this caller had. She said the appointment should take about an hour and half and typically the home is not ready for photos that day but we will go prepared with camera and listing agreement and sign.

Peggy got up early that morning and wrote a blog post about the very appointment and community she was going on in a few hours. She did not name the community or the person but the homeowner ask while we were talking is that story you wrote this morning about my community? Peggy laughed and said yes it is you will notice I did not mention this community but you know it because it interest you. I like to attract the folks who are looking for what I will be listing!

The seller loved it :-)

The appointment was fun and easy the home owner greeted us as if we had known each other for years. She even knew my husbands name from following Peggy's blog...WOW!

The home was in perfect condition and showing ready it is what we call a 1 in 100 home!



Nothing I mean needed to be done!

The listing was signed and photos and video were taken at the listing appointment. I was amazed at how easy the appointment went and have no doubt if Peggy's was not blogging on Active Rain she would not be listing this home. I have learned a lot already in the first couple of weeks of working with Peggy but one thing I am committing to is blogging consistently to achieve the same results. The home sold in a few weeks for the highest sales price in the community and goes to settlement next week! The Seller was estatic and we have another caller today who saw the SOLD sign and is ready to sell and wants us to just come list them they do not need to interview anyone else!

Blog callers can be as warm as referrals!

Active Rain works for us!





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Kate McQueen, SRS, Houston Bay Area Real Estate (KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY CLEAR LAKE NASA): Real Estate Agent in League City, TX Kate McQueen, SRS, Houston Bay Area Real Estate (KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY CLEAR LAKE NASA) said 3 months ago,
"In 2013, a couple that had been trying to sell their home for nearly nine months with another agent, contacted me after reading my blog post concerning a buyer's inspection report. I listed their home and it was under contract within TWO DAYS! They were VERY happy and only disappointed that they hadn't contacted me sooner. Active Rain is a valuable resourced to my business, and I work to provide needed information to home buyers and sellers.

Let me know what I can do to help you meet your real estate goals!"
Nancy Sillers, ALC, Epro, ABR,TAHS ((Keller Williams Burleson,Crowley,Joshua,Ft Worth, TX)): Real Estate Agent in Burleson, TX Nancy Sillers, ALC, Epro, ABR,TAHS ((Keller Williams Burleson,Crowley,Joshua,Ft Worth, TX)) said 3 months ago,
"Real Estate in Burleson, TX. 76028
The news tells people that Real Estate is down.
I am here to tell you that Real Estate in my area is doing great! 2010 has been the best year that I have had in 5 to 6 years. I have looked at many reasons why I am doing better now than in a long time.

Some Reasons I improved:
Treating my Clients well in the past has brought me referrals that continue to grow.
The low interest rates should have helped everyone!
Working with Keller Williams has opened my eyes to the need to continue to grow in my technology skills.
Keep working and the closings will come!
Answer your phone and return phone calls to everyone even if it is by email.
Take time when working with your Clients. They deserve good service.

I am looking forward to 2010 with high hopes for my daughter now taking her Real Estate Classes.
I do need the help! LOL

Update for 2012: My daughter is now one of the top agents in Keller Williams Johnson County and I couldn't be prouder of her.

2013 is on the horizon and it is looking very promising.

2013 was my most productive year so far in my career. Keller Williams is the place to hang your Real Estate License. If you want more information concerning getting into Real Estate or Keller Williams, just contact me!!"
William "Bill" and Karen Farragher, SFR (EXIT Blue Water Realty, Matawan, NJ 07747): Real Estate Agent in Matawan, NJ William "Bill" and Karen Farragher, SFR (EXIT Blue Water Realty, Matawan, NJ 07747) said 4 months ago,
"ActiveRain has helped our business grow more than we can count. We also learn quite a lot of information from everyone who posts."
Saul Mendoza, Real Estate Agent, Investor & Marketing Rockstar: Real Estate Agent in Phoenix, AZ Saul Mendoza, Real Estate Agent, Investor & Marketing Rockstar said 4 months ago,
"My Objective is about creating wealth with passive investments secured by real estate for a safe and very attractive return. Most people try to generate a retirement income by following conventional wisdom and letting other people control their money, and make decisions for them."
Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 (Phoenix Property Shoppe): Real Estate Agent in Phoenix, AZ Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 (Phoenix Property Shoppe) said 4 months ago,
"Active Rain became a big part of my business building model in 2008. Little did I know when I first began blogging on Active Rain that I would learn at such a rapid rate on how to blog and market real estate on the Internet. "THE" top experts in the real estate industry were supporting and coaching me along the way - what a deal! I felt very lucky to have found the amazing resource of ActiveRain.

Active Rain is one of the BEST business decisions I've made in my 25 years in the profession. As I write this update it is now 2014 and I'm thriving and more passionate then ever about being a REALTOR® and being a member of ActiveRain. I am grateful for the countless people in Active Rain Community that have helped and supported me this past 6 years. And - I'm having a blast teaching and training all those agents that are just beginning their Internet Road Trip.

See you on the Internet! Come on - Jump in the Rain Today!"
David & Jeanean Gendron, Marketing and Technology Consultants (Trillium Real Estate Services): Services for Real Estate Pros in Redding, CA David & Jeanean Gendron, Marketing and Technology Consultants (Trillium Real Estate Services) said 4 months ago,
"We have always used ActiveRain as an anchor point for all the work we do to build an effective and productive marketing system of interconnected marketing. For all our clients we recommend and know first hand just how effective AR is in terms of SEO. Our more valued reason, however is that it a beautiful place to learn and grow with Social Media and SEO. Everything you need to know is here and searchable....don't pay consultants when you can get it free here at ActiveRain. We have learned so much in the RAIN and it remains an anchor in our business."
Jeanean and David Gendron, Specializing in Selling Unique Properties (Real Living, Real Estate Professionals): Real Estate Agent in Redding, CA Jeanean and David Gendron, Specializing in Selling Unique Properties (Real Living, Real Estate Professionals) said 5 months ago,
"I have been away for a while selling HUD Homes. We have had the HUD contract with Pemco for the last almost 3 years (May 2014). There were not enough hours in a day to do the work and no time for blogging or being in the RAIN. I've missed it very much and very glad to be transitioning back into a normal real estate business. I've been busy updating my profile and getting to know the new RAIN system. It's funny.....I'm a newbie all over again. I posted on FB about that fact and while posting....just remember back over all the growth I've experienced here in the RAIN. I have to give credit to ActiveRain for my growth as a writer and blogger. My exposure here in the forum has offered me so many opportunities and increased my learning curve exponentially beyond measure. Giving it up for the RAIN with a GREAT BIG THANK YOU! It's good to be back."
Elaine Stewart, Palm Springs Real Estate  (Remax Consultants - #1 Agent 2013,2012, 2011,2010): Real Estate Agent in Palm Springs, CA Elaine Stewart, Palm Springs Real Estate (Remax Consultants - #1 Agent 2013,2012, 2011,2010) said 5 months ago,
"I have connected with many Home Buyers on Active Rain and was successful at helping buyers in finding their dream homes. I have sold a total of 7 homes from my Active Rain Profile and Blog. This blog platform is the best out there for Real Estate Agents, the leads have been really great and there is so much info shared by other Realtors to learn about. I am so glad to have found Active Rain and recommend it highly for Realtors. Update:
I just sold a home that was a referral from another Active Rain member!

I have just sold another home to a Active Rain client, making it 8 sales all together. This has been a fantastic lead source for our business.

I have also received several great referrals from Active Rain Members.

Update: 9th home sold from leads on Active Rain!

Update: 10th home sold from leads on Active Rain!"
René  Fabre, New Media Marketing (First American Title): Title Insurance in Seattle, WA René Fabre, New Media Marketing (First American Title) said 5 months ago,
"I've been blogging on Activerain since November 2008. I'd say my greatest success here is the many friendships I've made and continue to make. These friendships have grown and so has my business.

If the real estate industry is your profession and you've discovered the power of blogging as a viable tool to build your business, then this is the community to hone your skills. There's an amazing number of talented people here with a wide array of interests and talents. Take a look around, learn from the best, and join in the conversation."
Robert Fowler - 55CommunityGuide.com, 55+, Active Adult and Retirement Communities (President of Retirement Media Inc.): Services for Real Estate Pros in Johns Creek, GA Robert Fowler - 55CommunityGuide.com, 55+, Active Adult and Retirement Communities (President of Retirement Media Inc.) said 5 months ago,
"Well since joining AR, I have been introduced to the advanced world of blogging. The AR University courses are wonderful and worth the membership in itself. The people on AR are easy to relate to and share the kindred spirit of our common interest in real estate and technology."
Dave Johnson, Daves Alaska Homes (Re/Max Dynamic of the Valley): Real Estate Agent in Wasilla, AK Dave Johnson, Daves Alaska Homes (Re/Max Dynamic of the Valley) said 5 months ago,
"It's a pleasure to use a platform in order to connect with buyers and sellers and be able to share pertinent real estate news with Wasilla, Palmer and all of the Mat-Su Valley."
Dinah Lee Griffey, Managing Broker Windermere Peninsula Properties (Windermere Peninsula Properties): Real Estate Agent in Allyn, WA Dinah Lee Griffey, Managing Broker Windermere Peninsula Properties (Windermere Peninsula Properties) said 5 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."
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 5 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."
Paula Stone: Services for Real Estate Pros in Saint George Island, FL Paula Stone said 5 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 6 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."