ActiveRain Success Stories

Melissa McKinney, Realtor, www.LivingFayetteville.com (McKinney Realty Group): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Fayetteville, NC Melissa McKinney, Realtor, www.LivingFayetteville.com (McKinney Realty Group) said over 6 years ago,
"I have been a member of Active Rain for a couple of years but have not been active until the last month. It is amazing how much I have learned in such a short amount of time. Being around so many positive people has motivated me to take my business to the next level. I have stepped out of my box and tried some new things and it has been fun learning. I am already convinced that it is the right place to be.... I love it in the Rain!"
Lee Fruchter, Your Sherman Oaks CA Agent (Pinnacle Estate Properties Inc.): Real Estate Agent in Sherman Oaks, CA Lee Fruchter, Your Sherman Oaks CA Agent (Pinnacle Estate Properties Inc.) said over 6 years ago,
"I got a client an amazing property that was in probate. No other bidders. A lot of luck that day. I almost dropped to the floor realizing what a great deal my buyers got. Sometimes this business has amazing surprises."
Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA (Winston Realty, Inc.): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Atlantis, FL Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA (Winston Realty, Inc.) said over 6 years ago,
"I have had many success stories over my 29 year career in Real Estate, but this one was great just a couple of months ago. I recently had taken the CDPE course after I took the CIAS course offered by the same organization. This comes from a little time off to reorganize my career and focus solely on Real Estate. During the last several years I have another business as a licensed Public Insurance Adjuster, handling damage claims. Anyhow, I finished up the class for the CDPE and signed up for the advanced membership for $99.00 a month. We were told in class by doing so you are placed at the top of the list in your immediate area close to your office. By being at the top of the list, banks like Chase, would call until they find one that answered the phone. Of course I’m thinking to myself, this may or may not happen, and if it does you are just plain lucky.

About 2 or 3 weeks go by, and while in another class (GRI-1), I get a call and it’s Chase on the line. The kicker is I just happen to be breaking for lunch to answer the phone. They precede to conference me in with the seller which wants to short sale their home. I make the appointment, get the address and think to myself the rest of the afternoon, this is just too good to be true. A solid listing falls right into my lap. During the same break I do a preliminary search on my trusted smart phone, and learn from Zillow that the value is around 1.35 million. How’s that for beginners luck? Now to fast forward, I have an offer and we hope to move forward with the sale. By the way it was an acre waterfront estate directly on the Intracoastal."
Bill Pohl (Tetra Homes, Inc.): Services for Real Estate Pros in Loveland, OH Bill Pohl (Tetra Homes, Inc.) said over 6 years ago,
"Currently, the best ActiveRain success story that I have is all of the positive comments I have received from other RE professionals. Looking forward to hearing from others and I will do my best to reciprocate."
Teresa Cooper, SC Lowcountry  - Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley (Home Solution Real Estate Services): Real Estate Broker/Owner in North Charleston, SC Teresa Cooper, SC Lowcountry - Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley (Home Solution Real Estate Services) said over 6 years ago,
"AR is a great place to learn and share information. I've done lots of short sales, and blogged about the process and pitfalls, the mountains and the valleys of working short sales! Several months ago, I received a call from a real estate agent in a nearby town, who had some questions about a short sale she was currently working through. That's where I first learned about Bank of America's Equator on-line system, and am now using it to process a couple of short sales. It has saved me HOURS of time on the phone, on hold, waiting for information and updates. Thank you, Active Rain community."
Patti J Dundas, Committment That Delivers! (Landmark of Billings,Inc): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Billings, MT Patti J Dundas, Committment That Delivers! (Landmark of Billings,Inc) said over 6 years ago,
"I had a client that was a customer find me on active rain. I couldn't believe it. I met with the perspective client and asked them how they found me and they said active rain. I than listed their home and sold i"
John Fletcher, LeFletch (Evergreen Home Loans): Mortgage and Lending in Silverdale, WA John Fletcher, LeFletch (Evergreen Home Loans) said over 6 years ago,
"I'm new to ActiveRain... not new in the mortgage business."
Linda De Fusco, The Arizona Rainmaker (The De Fusco TEAM Keller Williams Arizona Realty): Real Estate Agent in Scottsdale, AZ Linda De Fusco, The Arizona Rainmaker (The De Fusco TEAM Keller Williams Arizona Realty) said over 6 years ago,
"The longer I work through ActiveRain, the better I understand the power it offers. I am a novice at this, but I continue to dig into the little threads that lead to a new tool discovered. I am meeting those that have gone before me and are willing to share their successes. These efforts will show me how to make ActiveRain a fantastic business resource for a very long time."
Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals (Keller Williams Realty Professionals): Real Estate Agent in Baxter, MN Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals (Keller Williams Realty Professionals) said over 6 years ago,
"After having spent many years preparing property to be sold, starting my own company Re$ale Design & Home Staging was the thrill of a lifetime. Then I got involved with Active Rain. A whole new world opened up to me and I decided that I would get my real estate license and both stage and sell homes. Having mentored many newbie and hopeful home stagers through the years - I wanted to take my expertise all the way to the top of a new field. Active Rain has give me the tools I needed in starting out in the real estate field as an agent. Now I stage homes, then list them, then sell them. They show wonderfully and sell fast. I get compliments from other agents who show and then sell my listings. They know my listings will be very appealing, so they make a point to show them. Active Rain has helped me connect with virtual tour providers, advertising, site builders and new friends. I contribute to Active Rain and Active Rain gives back to me. It is a win-win situation.
You can further your real estate career by becoming a contributing member of Active Rain. The key is to come from a position of contribution, which is where you should be as an agent, stager, lender. Add me as an associate!"
Ken Jones: Industry Observer in Toms River, NJ Ken Jones said over 6 years ago,
"My ActiveRain Success Story is probably typical for other AR folks. Anyway, as a semi-experienced blogger, I was having a problem getting a good Google Search rank of my blogs. But, after taking AR's 3-webinar series on blogging, I can say I'm seeing some positive results with many of my subsequent posts.

I strongly recommend this webinar series to anyone who wants to improve their blog presence in Google (and other search engines).

Thanks, ActiveRain."
Jeremy Wrenn, C.O.O., Winslow Homes (Winslow Homes): Home Builder in Youngsville, NC Jeremy Wrenn, C.O.O., Winslow Homes (Winslow Homes) said over 6 years ago,
"We've had two very successful jobs from listing on ActiveRain recently: one was some front porch repairs, where we replaced rotted with with PVC boards. This was directly related to the blog posts of PVC material that we have.

The second was a bathroom subfloor repairs in both bathrooms in a local house. This was from a Google search of "Bathroom subfloor repairs Wake Forest, NC" in which our bathroom subfloor repair blog post showed up. We got a call because of the blog post and locality to the job, and won both repairs!"
Justin Ashley, Radon Checker (Radon Checker): Home Inspector in Columbus, OH Justin Ashley, Radon Checker (Radon Checker) said over 6 years ago,
"Full Loop Inspections have made some great contacts here on active rain. We would recommend any individual in the real estate business to create an account and become active."
Steve Mattison, Vietnam Veteran: Industry Observer in Canyon de Chelly National Mo, AZ Steve Mattison, Vietnam Veteran said over 6 years ago,
"Becoming a rainmaker has changed my way of doing business and connected me with the latest info and best referral network in the USA."
REVStaffing PREVA (REVStaffing): Services for Real Estate Pros in Daytona Beach, FL REVStaffing PREVA (REVStaffing) said over 6 years ago,
"ActiveRain has brought attention to REVStaffing and our services, targeting the specific niche we support. It has spread our name and recognition and brought us new clients."
Rich Antonino, Charter Captain and Fishing Show Producer (Black Rose Fishing Charters and CastNCrew Fishing Show): Mortgage and Lending in Plymouth, MA Rich Antonino, Charter Captain and Fishing Show Producer (Black Rose Fishing Charters and CastNCrew Fishing Show) said over 6 years ago,
"This is a great way to interact with other professionals; everyone has good advice to give and people here lift you up instead of trying to step on you to get ahead."
Mary Johnson, Metroplex Home Staging & Redesig (Metroplex Home Staging & Redesign): Home Stager in Arlington, TX Mary Johnson, Metroplex Home Staging & Redesig (Metroplex Home Staging & Redesign) said over 6 years ago,
"I look forward to my new carreer as a Home Stager I love helping people my biggest satisfaction is that the homes I stage will sell quick. I look forward to working with the Real Estate Agents to make sure that the clients attain the highest return of their investment from the sale of their home. As I stage the home to be sold Real Estate Agents are in good hands with me and it will allow you to focus on marketing the home for sale."
Diana Zaccaro, "The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida (Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp): Real Estate Agent in Cocoa Beach, FL Diana Zaccaro, "The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida (Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp) said over 6 years ago,
"My Active Rain Success Story

It feels so strange to type those words…never thought I would have an Active Rain Success Story to tell so no one is more surprised than I am!

A couple weeks ago I posted about the annual Toys for Tots drive and my call to action was simple – if you cannot donate cash or a toy, volunteer and donate your time. There were only a few comments so I pretty much forgot about that post.

Fast forward to last night when I received a message on my contact form through Active Rain from someone who lives locally and read my post. They wanted to volunteer their time and help the Toys for Tots campaign but did not know how to go about it so they contacted me for details.

It was exciting to know that not only did someone find my blog and read it, they liked what they read and contacted me for more information! Since it was too late to call last night, I sent a quick response thanking them for their inquiry and promised I would call today with details.

We talked briefly this afternoon and I gave them the information they needed to volunteer for the program. They are looking forward to being involved with such a good cause and I am thrilled to have played a small part in bringing them together with the Toys for Tots program.

This may not be your “typical” Active Rain success story since it did not result in any income producing real estate business for me but there is more to success than dollars and cents.

To me, this is what the spirit of the holiday season is all about…bringing together people who have a need with those who can help fill that need means success for everyone."
Kevin A. Guttman-Author, ReverseMortgageSpecialist, 877-251-9709 (NMLS #384936): Mortgage and Lending in Colorado Springs, CO Kevin A. Guttman-Author, ReverseMortgageSpecialist, 877-251-9709 (NMLS #384936) said over 6 years ago,
"There have been so many people find me through Active Rain! This is such a great community of professionals to be a part of! Learn more here about me and the services I offer, click here: http://kevinguttman.brandyourself.com/ also at www.HomeAndLoanExperts.com"
Richard Goates, Broker 01251781 (Apex California Realty): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Redding, CA Richard Goates, Broker 01251781 (Apex California Realty) said over 6 years ago,
"I have had some good success in people finding my regular website through the Active Rain network. It's great to see that people come to our website as a result of all the blogging that I do!There have been many positive comments and much learning that has taken place as a result of my relationship with AR!"
Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida (Glasswork Media Arts): Education & Training in Gettysburg, PA Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida (Glasswork Media Arts) said over 6 years ago,
"My success in both the real estate industry and now with Studmuffin Media is a direct result of my being a part of Active Rain. Active Rain showed me what was possible, and gave me the tools to far exceed my goals. Without the wonderful community, excellent training, and connections here at Active Rain I would have never had the courage to go out on my own with Studmuffin Media. Thanks all...."