ActiveRain Success Stories

Toni Anderson, Top Realtor (Century 21 Lois Lauer): Real Estate Agent in Beaumont, CA Toni Anderson, Top Realtor (Century 21 Lois Lauer) said over 6 years ago,
"I have referrals from Colorado, Virginia, Texas, Arizona, Canada, and even Ireland, that I have recieved and assisted in their Real Estate needs thru the Active Rain Networking."
Rob Dandrea  Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, Oldsmar, Future Home Realty (Future Home Realty-Tarpon Springs, FL): Real Estate Agent in Tarpon Springs, FL Rob Dandrea Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, Oldsmar, Future Home Realty (Future Home Realty-Tarpon Springs, FL) said over 6 years ago,
"Active rain is one of the best learning tool I've found and have recommened it to several agents in the industry. The advice here is always awesome and with no strings attached. I learn so much from networking with other agents as well as learning from their experience. It puts a positive spin on the market and in todays market we need all the help we can get."
Bette Gottwald, "Bet"on Central PA Real Estate! (UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA): Real Estate Agent in Mechanicsburg, PA Bette Gottwald, "Bet"on Central PA Real Estate! (UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA) said over 6 years ago,
"Recently I posted a blog about Military Spouse Appreciation Day. I was contacted by out of town people (former military who migrated to the South) and are ready to move back to the cooler weather in the North. While visiting last week, they googled "Military Spouse Appreciation Day" in the hopes of finding some local activities -- my blog appeared! They were impressed a realtor was posting a blog about the subject, called me and have asked me to help them find a home when they return to the area in the early Fall!"
Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL (RE/MAX Professionals): Real Estate Agent in Gainesville, FL Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL (RE/MAX Professionals) said over 6 years ago,
"ActiveRain has been the BEST business decision I have ever made for my real estate business. ActiveRain provides an endless flow of knowledge on all topics for real estate, new technologies, new this - new that....it's a source for anything you may want to know about in the Real Estate business. I personally enjoy my BLOG and my business has increased because the consumers (home sellers and home buyers) are finding me ON-LINE. The ActiveRain network of professionals has transformed into my new friends, and professional colleagues that I REFER my clients to help them when they are moving away. Other ActiveRain members have sent me REFERRALS for their clients heading my way. Everything I have learned about SEO, Web Sites, Blog Sites, Video, Webinars, Industry news, etc...has all come from my ACTIVE membership at ActiveRain !!"
Scott Fields, Scott Fields, REALTORĀ®, ABR, CRS, SRES (FieldsGossett Realty, Inc.): Real Estate Agent in Pell City, AL Scott Fields, Scott Fields, REALTORĀ®, ABR, CRS, SRES (FieldsGossett Realty, Inc.) said over 6 years ago,
"I am in charge of our REO department, as well as a new agent trainer. My forte is introducing marketing on many platforms that will entice buyers to view the property. I also list waterfront & non-waterfront homes in addition to lots and large tracts of acreage. One of my favorite aspect is helping new home buyers thru the steps to finally owning their first home.
Company Awards: Selling & Listing Agent of the month awards; Rookie of the Month; Rookie of the Year, & Highest Grossing Rookie of the Year; Multi-Million Dollar Producer. Military Awards: National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Coast Guard Unit Commendation Ribbon, Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Team Commendation Ribbon, Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbon, Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, Coast Guard Marksman Rifle Ribbon, Coast Guard Marksman Pistol Ribbon, Secretary of Defense Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon with Gold Frame, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and Honorable Discharge."
Jay Oku (Academy Mortgage Corporation): Mortgage and Lending in Ewa Beach, HI Jay Oku (Academy Mortgage Corporation) said over 6 years ago,
"Active Rain is a Community that I was fortunate enough to find from my friends David Kucic and the late Bruce Bourgault. I have made some irreplacable connections from this user friendly and effective site. Mahalo for your Kokua Active Rain!"
Coco Tan, Coco Tan (Coldwell Banker): Real Estate Agent in San Jose, CA Coco Tan, Coco Tan (Coldwell Banker) said over 6 years ago,
"I have had many inquiries from potential leads that say that they saw my profile on ActiveRain."
Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections): Home Builder in Claremont, NH Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) said over 6 years ago,
"I've been getting a whole lot of E-Mails from folks from all around the Country because they find the blog posts all over the net which I post on my blog!

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire"
Dr. Nicole Jones, Office, Medical, Industrial, Land - Huntsville, AL (Nicole Jones Commercial Real Estate): Commercial Real Estate Agent in Huntsville, AL Dr. Nicole Jones, Office, Medical, Industrial, Land - Huntsville, AL (Nicole Jones Commercial Real Estate) said over 6 years ago,
"For all commercial real estate listings, please visit www.nicolejonesdevelopment.com and click "ERA Ben Porter-Commercial." If you would like to find an alternative space, I can help you as well."
Adam R. Cohn, We actually get mortgages closed FAST! (STANDARD MORTGAGE CO.): Mortgage and Lending in Delray Beach, FL Adam R. Cohn, We actually get mortgages closed FAST! (STANDARD MORTGAGE CO.) said over 6 years ago,
"Active Rain has allowed me to make many new connections with some really awesome Real Estate agents. Those realtionships have really grown my business over the last 2 years."
Jennifer Coon, jencan (Investment Lots LLC): Real Estate Agent in Fairfield Glade, TN Jennifer Coon, jencan (Investment Lots LLC) said over 6 years ago,
"I do not have one yet...I am sure it is coming soon. I LOVE the site. I am not very knowledgable about networking, so I think that is why I have not hit a home run yet."
Jill   Nelson, Interior Design  (Jill Nelson Design Services): Services for Real Estate Pros in Palmdale, CA Jill Nelson, Interior Design (Jill Nelson Design Services) said over 6 years ago,
"Thanks to Active Rain my presence in Palmdale and Lancaster is at the top when searching for home staging. The calls I get are directly from my Active Rain page, love it!"
Andrew Texidor Valley Neighborhood Specialists, Team Texidor Neighborhood Specialists for you! (Valleywide neighborhood specialists): Real Estate Agent in Glendale, AZ Andrew Texidor Valley Neighborhood Specialists, Team Texidor Neighborhood Specialists for you! (Valleywide neighborhood specialists) said over 6 years ago,
"After discovering social media marketing and internet marketing and how real estate professionals who aren't online are basically out of business, I found Active Rain to harness so much power when combined with the other social media marketing and other marketing strategies we were using."
Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition): Real Estate Agent in Cary, NC Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) said over 6 years ago,
"Wooops! I did it again!
Today I closed on a vacant lot that came to me as a result of a referral from yet another ActiveRain member! And, they didn't even want a referral fee! I can't wait to repay the favor when I have someone moving in to their area. Let it Rain! Let it Rain! Let it Rain!


And the success just keeps on coming here in the Rain:

Just a week into 2011 and two of my outgoing referrals (one from New York and one from Greensboro, NC) closed on the properties that I referred them to! Waiting for me at my office are the 2 checks they sent me to kick off the new year on a good note! Thank you ActiveRain!

Here is my latest ActiveRain success story:

Not too long ago an ActiveRain member asked if I would help her niece find a rental here in the Raleigh area. Now I normally don't handle rentals, but this member has become a loyal subscriber to my blog and, more importantly, a good friend. So, I told her I would be happy to help. A few weeks later, my AR buddy came on down for a visit. She fell in love with the Raleigh area and asked me take her to look at some homes. One of the places we visited met all of her very particular needs! We wrote an offer, it was accepted that day, and just the other day we closed on the home!
Not only did I make a friend here in the Rain, I also made a neighbor!
The power of the Rain never ceases to amaze me!

Not too long ago, I had buyers who needed a good agent to list their home in the Greensboro, NC area. One of my ActiveRain buddies immediately came to mind. Well, he got the listing and, a week or so later, he called me back. His opening statement to me was , "It's time to return the favor!".
He put me in touch with an asset management company who had two new construction foreclosures that needed to be sold. I listed them both and within a month's time we closed on both of them!
Once again, the power of the Rain shines brightly on its members! Thank you ActiveRain!

The referrals just keep coming in! Another ActiveRain Success Story....

Recently an ActiveRain member was looking for an agent in the Raleigh area who would be interested in listing a home for his client. He found me by reading one of my blog posts. According to him, when he got done laughing and was able to compose himself (my blogs tend to be on the silly side!) he called me. We hit it off right away and the next thing I knew the referral form was in my mailbox! The home I listed was absolutely gorgeous and within 3 weeks we had an accepted offer!
Once again, the power of ActiveRain can not be denied!

Keep up the great work guys!
And thank you for providing a forum for us to network with our peers so well.

All the best,

Craig"
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County  &  Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395): Real Estate Agent in Mission Viejo, CA Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) said over 6 years ago,
"Active Rain is a great tool for both agents ands and consumers. I have used this resource to learn new tools and avenues available for me on the web. As a result of my work on this site, I have learned how to find and use some of the most popular web tools for marketing and have numerous new clients that I can directly trace back to my membership here. In the one year I've been a member of Active Rain I can trace 5 referral sales and 7 direct contact clients and many, many more due to the knowledge I have gained. I can't imagine my business plan without Active Rain."
Julie Ferenzi, Julie Ferenzi (john greene Realtor): Real Estate Agent in Plainfield, IL Julie Ferenzi, Julie Ferenzi (john greene Realtor) said over 6 years ago,
"Within 4 months of blogging on Active Rain I had closed my first buyer in June of 2007. I worked with a couple that were first time buyers that did a search for "foreclosed homes" on the Internet. They ended up buying the first home they saw after looking at about 5 more later that week.

I've also been contacted several times by the Chicago Tribune, the Wall Street journal and our local paper as a direct result of the content that I've written on AR. Blogging and the power of Active Rain work if you stick to it! It's not only a great tool to attract clients, it can be a great form of free advertising in the newspaper. There is real power in the influence of Active Rain and the Internet!"
Jim and Karen/Detroit Area/ Clarkston/Realtors, Rochester, Mi. Moreen/Real Estate/ Realtor/48346, Real Estate Detroit/MI/buying/selling/48346/48348/ (Karen, Jim Moreen,Morgan Milzow/Real Estate/MBA-Deg-Agent-48346): Real Estate Agent in Clarkston, MI Jim and Karen/Detroit Area/ Clarkston/Realtors, Rochester, Mi. Moreen/Real Estate/ Realtor/48346, Real Estate Detroit/MI/buying/selling/48346/48348/ (Karen, Jim Moreen,Morgan Milzow/Real Estate/MBA-Deg-Agent-48346) said over 6 years ago,
"I have been a successful Realtor in Mi for many years, and have helped many people sell and buy properties. I have represented many families, we have remained friends because of TRUST HONESTY, and COMMITMENT. Active Rain has helped me sell homes with quality marketing in Michigan. karen 248 622 9498"
Steve  Hula, All Star Real Estate - Team Hula (All Star Real Estate): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Clarksville, AR Steve Hula, All Star Real Estate - Team Hula (All Star Real Estate) said over 6 years ago,
"Business is booming! We are located in the Arkansas River Valley of North Western Arkansas, at the foothills of the Ozark National Forest. Low property taxes, mild winters and great fishing and hunting! Serving Johnson, Logan, Franklin, Crawford, Sebastian and Newton and Pope Counties in Arkansas and east central Oklahoma.

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Jane Heiss-Armitage,  Selling Homes in the Great Lakes Bay Region (Ayre/Rhinehart Realtors (Midland County, Bay County,Saginaw County, Mi.)): Real Estate Agent in Midland, MI Jane Heiss-Armitage, Selling Homes in the Great Lakes Bay Region (Ayre/Rhinehart Realtors (Midland County, Bay County,Saginaw County, Mi.)) said over 6 years ago,
"I have been moving up on the Michigan site, I'm # 1 on the Midland County site, and I feel grateful for all the help to get me to blog and get on facebook. I hope to keep going and all of this has made my personal website be more useful to clients."
Stanley Stepak, Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake,  (Howard Hanna - Avon Lake, OH): Real Estate Agent in Avon Lake, OH Stanley Stepak, Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake, (Howard Hanna - Avon Lake, OH) said over 6 years ago,
"My favorite has to be following a blog I wrote about safety in Ohio winters. And the article was about walking like a duck on the ice. I had a person call me the next morning. She stated not only did she get to her office safely thanks to my advice but also two of her friends she shared the story with. One of those friends called and asked if I list their house. I thought. "Wow, a little good advice has it's rewards.""