ActiveRain Success Stories

Phil Slezak, Amera Realty (Amera Realty): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Raleigh, NC Phil Slezak, Amera Realty (Amera Realty) said over 1 year ago,
"Attractive, affordable housing is possible and I’m out to prove it with ValuHomes, Inc and Amera Realty.

ValuHomes formed a joint venture with Amera Realty that approached us to build affordable housing for working families. In today's market, new construction has made it almost impossible for hard working families from becoming home owner's due to the price range of homes, as they are left to rent. This is where ValuHomes has begun a new approach to today's market. When you purchase a home with ValuHomes, you are purchasing a home that is much more than affordable, as we are constructing homes that are Energy Efficient which helps you in the long term in regard to your utility bills and resale value.

ValuHomes mission "Building Quality Homes at Affordable Pricing"

New development is called The Vineyards at Tuscan and home prices with garage will sell between $149,900 to $234,900 and 1,430 sq ft to 2,157 sq ft. www.thevineyardsattuscan.com

ValuHomes has teamed up with Infinity Homes to build 50 houses in Sanford at Cameron Woods with homes priced from $134,900 to $169,900 and only minutes to the military base. www.cameronwoods.info

Please check back soon for our with development soon to begin right outside Oxford. Go to www.ValuHomes.net for info on our neighborhoods."
Richard Warden (Suffolk NY Home Inspections): Home Inspector in Southampton, NY Richard Warden (Suffolk NY Home Inspections) said over 1 year ago,
"Through Active Rain I have received referrals from Internet searches and, with its powerful presence on the Internet, Active Rain offers an excellent advantage for online business exposure."
Danielle Purcell, Danielle Purcell Broker/Owner Team Laguna (Team Laguna): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Laguna Beach, CA Danielle Purcell, Danielle Purcell Broker/Owner Team Laguna (Team Laguna) said over 1 year ago,
"I love helping clients and I am very good at what I do. If you are looking for the best service possible please give me a call. Dani"
Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access): Real Estate Agent in Schertz, TX Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!! (RE/MAX Access) said over 1 year ago,
"More Happy Cibolo TX Home Buyers with Brenda Mullen Realtor® RE/MAX Access

Today I get to brag a little about some more Happy Cibolo TX Home Buyers who just bought a brand new DR Horton home in the new Subdivision of Turning Stone in Cibolo TX.

These Cibolo TX Home Buyers are actually going to make my first Active Rain success story as well. Why? Well, my buyers happened to find me online from a vlog (video blog) I did on the Wynnbrook neighborhood umpteen ages ago, here on Active Rain, (the video not the client). When she started her home search, she actually (like most home buyers) began looking online and that's where she happened upon good ole Brenda Mullen, Cibolo TX Realtor®!

We began our home buying adventure approximately 4 1/2 to 5 months ago when she found out she would be reassigned here to Randolph Air Force Base. After seeing pre-owned Cibolo TX homes for sale, my clients decided they would be happier buying New Construction homes for sale in Cibolo TX and found THE one in Turning Stone. I am so very happy that she and her family chose me to assist them in their home buying journey.

Finding her and her family a home in Cibolo TX has had its challenges, because of outside influences, however through it all we had a terrific experience! She and her family will forever be some of my favorite clients and I know they will be happy in their Cibolo TX home!"
Wim Berndsen (Sunshine International Realty Florida): Real Estate Agent in Hernando, FL Wim Berndsen (Sunshine International Realty Florida) said over 1 year ago,
"Just Ask!"
Jane Becker, CRS,ASP,ABR,CBR,CDPE,LMC,E-PRO,GRI (Keller Williams Home Team AdvantEdge ): Real Estate Agent in Worcester, MA Jane Becker, CRS,ASP,ABR,CBR,CDPE,LMC,E-PRO,GRI (Keller Williams Home Team AdvantEdge ) said over 1 year ago,
"will fill this in soon"
Eddie  Brown (Eddie Brown ~ FM Realty a Long & Foster Company/ Raleigh NC): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Raleigh, NC Eddie Brown (Eddie Brown ~ FM Realty a Long & Foster Company/ Raleigh NC) said over 1 year ago,
"My Associates have commented on how much they enjoy AR and the great information they receive here!"
Roger DiRuscio, R E REALTY EXPERTS (R.E. Realty Experts): Real Estate Agent in Fremont, CA Roger DiRuscio, R E REALTY EXPERTS (R.E. Realty Experts) said over 1 year ago,
"none yet"
Kim Delia, Realty Delia Group (Remax Professional Associates): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Charlton, MA Kim Delia, Realty Delia Group (Remax Professional Associates) said over 1 year ago,
"I had a past client find my via Active Rain. We short saled their home, and they are rebuilding their credit! Thank you Active Rain, for helping my clients find me!"
Debi Braulik, Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale (www.roundrealestate.com): Real Estate Agent in Maple Valley, WA Debi Braulik, Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale (www.roundrealestate.com) said over 1 year ago,
"I have had several seller leads in Edgewood contact me and two first time home buyers contact me through ActiveRain. The first time home buyers closed on their homes in Tacoma and SeaTac."
Debbie Tuttle,ABR,CRS,GRI,SFR,CSP,CDRS,CDPE, Dedicated to Customer Service for our Clients (Keller Williams Realty): Real Estate Agent in Las Vegas, NV Debbie Tuttle,ABR,CRS,GRI,SFR,CSP,CDRS,CDPE, Dedicated to Customer Service for our Clients (Keller Williams Realty) said over 1 year ago,
"I took a Short sale listing back in September of 2010. Nice property, popular part of town and the home showed extremely well. Got an offer immediately and began the short sale process of working with the banks. After months of work I got the approvals from both banks and moved toward closing with the buyer. The buyer was a first time home-buyer and very new to the process, with a less than helpful lender in place. Suffice to say the buyer’s journey was a long one, and eventually his lender failed to get the loan closed. During the course of this I convinced the banks attorneys not to foreclose of this file 4 times! Then the lender finally denied the buyers loan, but not until November 2010!
Starting over, I went through two more buyer offers, and massive time spent persuading the bank not to foreclose, and getting yet out 5th postponement on the foreclosure. Again, buyer's lender delays prevailed, and the close of escrow ebbed closer with the lender again was not prepared for closing. Even though I was told absolutely, no more postponements were possible from the banks; I went after them again.
Finally the property is closing this month, May 2011. It will be a happy day for both my Seller and the Buyers, who have waited anxiously for this day to come. Suffice to say, if it is the first, or the tenth time that they tell you "No’; try again. Tenacity and perseverance works, success will come."
Terry McCarley, REALTOR, SRES, CDPE - Cape Coral, FL (Right Choice Realty - Cape Coral & Fort Myers, FL): Real Estate Agent in Cape Coral, FL Terry McCarley, REALTOR, SRES, CDPE - Cape Coral, FL (Right Choice Realty - Cape Coral & Fort Myers, FL) said over 1 year ago,
"ActiveRain has connected me to so many wonderful real estate agents all across the country and I have learned a great deal from reading the blogs. I now have a new buyer coming to Cape Coral next week which was a referral I never would have received if I were not a member of the ActiveRain family.

Last week I received another referral from a Realtor I met on ActiveRain that has a buyer interested in purchasing property in Cape Coral, FL. ActiveRain is the best web-site for Realtors to network...let it rain, let it rain, let it rain!!!"
Jane Herron, Salt Lake City Townhouse |Attached Garage |$198k (Realtor®): Education & Training in Salt Lake City, UT Jane Herron, Salt Lake City Townhouse |Attached Garage |$198k (Realtor®) said over 1 year ago,
"I love Active Rain. I have met the best people coast to coast who have given me great advice."
Chuck Wartman Colorado Springs Realtor RE/MAX Properties, Colorado Springs Realtor (719) 231-5525 RE/MAX  (RE/MAX Properties, Inc. 719-231-5525): Real Estate Agent in Colorado Springs, CO Chuck Wartman Colorado Springs Realtor RE/MAX Properties, Colorado Springs Realtor (719) 231-5525 RE/MAX (RE/MAX Properties, Inc. 719-231-5525) said over 1 year ago,
"I have received listings from potential clients searching for Short Sale information in the Colorado Springs area. The exposure to the public is great!

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'We recently went through a short-sale, and had selected Chuck to assist us. He was honest with us, did not oversell himself with a marketing blitz, and we were comfortable that he would do the work and not pass it off to others. He walked us through the necessary steps involved from beginning to end, was always available to answer our questions or meet with us, and was upfront with us in outlining the potential time frame of the short-sale process. We highly recommend using Chuck to guide you through this process.'

And providing him with a venti mocha from Starbucks will help. :)

our best,

Keith & Michelle

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Thank you so much for all of your help in this process! You truly made it easy and seamless. I will definitely send anyone in the Springs your way if the opportunity presents itself.

Thanks again!!

Shannon"
Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Charlottesville, VA Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) said over 1 year ago,
"One of my favorite "Active Rain Success stories" was last summer. My family and I were hiking up in the Blue Ridge Mountains when we passed another family.... The woman stopped and turned and said "Hey are you Charles McDonald?" I responded "yes"....
She then said "I read your blog everyday"..... The rest is history!"
Dave Roberts (Healdsburg Sotheby's International  Realty): Real Estate Agent in Healdsburg, CA Dave Roberts (Healdsburg Sotheby's International Realty) said over 1 year ago,
"ActiveRain has been a great tool, particularly for getting Google to pay attention to my other sites. In particular, I run several sites dedicated to REO listings in my area. Writing an AR blog post is a sure way to make Google update references to the work I am doing on those sites. I was having a lot of success bringing in clients for myself, but I also generated quite a number of leads in an area that was just too far away for me to cover effectively.

That's where ActiveRain helped me hit a home run. I used the search tools here to find an agent in the area I was interested in and was able to study profiles, read blog posts, and see who was an active agent on this site. It worked far better than asking friends or acquaintances for a referral since I was able to study her writing to get an insight about how she does business. It's exactly the same process a regular home buyer would go through to choose the agent that best fits their needs.

I started sending referrals to Melanie Ross and we have done three transactions together this year. She's an absolutely great agent for the Vallejo and Benicia area, and I wouldn't have been able to find her without ActiveRain."
Bobette Ackerman, Bobette (Visions by Bobette): Home Stager in Fort Worth, TX Bobette Ackerman, Bobette (Visions by Bobette) said over 1 year ago,
"My first staging job was for my 33 year old bachelor son. After staging his home about 70% of what I wanted to do, he had two contracts within the first week. I still wonder what his ROI would have been if he had given me full rein."
Bridget Day, ABR, PBD, SFR (Sibcy Cline Realtors): Real Estate Agent in Florence, KY Bridget Day, ABR, PBD, SFR (Sibcy Cline Realtors) said over 1 year ago,
"I have helped several buyers and sellers with their real estate needs. I have staged several homes that sold with 24 hours to a few weeks. I am passionate about helping people and love helping make dreams come true!"
Sajy Mathew, Making your real estate dreams become a reality! (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage): Real Estate Agent in Lancaster, PA Sajy Mathew, Making your real estate dreams become a reality! (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) said over 1 year ago,
"This is a great opportunity to discuss and learn so many different topics. This site is a wealth of knowledge for me. I appreciate all the comments to my blog's as well as reading the experiences others are having in the industry as well. It really helps to see what others are going through and how they handle different situations."