ActiveRain Success Stories

Kathy Sheehan, Senior Loan Officer (Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021): Mortgage and Lending in Atlanta, GA Kathy Sheehan, Senior Loan Officer (Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021) said over 6 years ago,
"I joined ActiveRain in January of this year. It has been an amazing learning experience for me. I have struggled with social media, web presence, SEO, etc. as part of my business marketing plan. Since joining here, I have made friends and have learned so much from others that have mastered the art of social media. This year, I can specifically attribute 4 closed deals to social media. Thank you ActiveRain!"
David O'Doherty, Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC (Raleigh Realty Inc): Real Estate Agent in Clayton, NC David O'Doherty, Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC (Raleigh Realty Inc) said over 6 years ago,
"I have two so far, the first was an email I got from a friend I grew up with in Ireland, who I haven't spoken to in fifteen years... it was sent through ActiveRain, that's when I became a Rainmaker. The next was when I wrote a blog about "homes for sale in Clayton NC for under $165,000" and obviously if you put that in a search it will come up but just "homes for sale in Clayton NC was bringing it up on ActiveRain, on Localism, on my outside blog. It was really exciting and if I ever figure out how to do it consistently I'll be rich."
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com): Real Estate Agent in Chandler, AZ Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com) said over 6 years ago,
"I recently met a client here in AZ and found out he had a home that needed to be sold in North Carolina. Well, thanks to my relationships here on Active Rain, I was able to connect him with a local agent in North Carolina and receive a referral commission. The best part about this story is that my client had his home on the market for over a year with another agent. When he told me his agent was getting out of the business and he needed someone to list his home, I was able to refer him to another Active Rainer. He had an offer within the first week, and his home sold within 30 days."
David M. Childress, I would love to be your Realtor® in Akron Ohio! (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services): Real Estate Agent in Akron, OH David M. Childress, I would love to be your Realtor® in Akron Ohio! (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) said over 6 years ago,
"I listed a nice home in Akron, Ohio today. The gentleman called me last Monday from Sacramento, CA. He needed to move his elderly aunt out of Akron to relatives for her care. As usual, I asked how he found me. He said he googled Akron Ohio Real Estate Agents and I was near the top on something involving "Rain". Well, it was one of my blog posts on Akron Ohio Homes! This is not my first listing from AR, but I forgot this section was on my profile. I will post my new listing later as I usually do on ActiveRain. Thank you for the google love and all that you do for us AR!"
Julie Baldino, Opening Doors to New Chapters... (Front Door Realty): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Vancouver, WA Julie Baldino, Opening Doors to New Chapters... (Front Door Realty) said over 6 years ago,
"Driving home one night a few months ago, I received a call from a distressed seller who had googled their city and short sales... guess who popped up! I listed the $600,000 home the next day, and was able to gain an approval on their short sale in 43 days!

Since then, I have also received 2 referrals via my active rain blog, as well as several calls from other agents and consumers alike, needing assistance and advice. I had no idea how deeply Active Rain could affect my business positively, but am very thankful!"
Liz Hill (YOUR CHOICE REALTY CORP BROKERAGE): Real Estate Sales Representative in Barrie, ON Liz Hill (YOUR CHOICE REALTY CORP BROKERAGE) said over 6 years ago,
"What my clients say:

It was great working with you. You were extremely diligent and quick always to get back and follow up on anything that was asked. You did a great job with managing the sale when the offers came in. The photographer was great that you arranged with. THANK YOU!!!

J.C.



You did an amazing job selling our house and I am very happy that we chose you to be our agent. You went above and beyond to make it easy and stress free for us. I will definitely recommend you.
C.B."
Frank D'Angelo, Helping people is my business in Real Estate (EXIT REALTY NEXUS Minneapolis & St. Paul MN): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Coon Rapids, MN Frank D'Angelo, Helping people is my business in Real Estate (EXIT REALTY NEXUS Minneapolis & St. Paul MN) said over 6 years ago,
"Since joining Active Rain as a broker, I've been able to not only improve our companies presence online, our clients have had significantly more visual tour traffic. Buyer are utilizing our resources through active rain as well our inventory has much better exposure. Bottom line... Our Buyers and Sellers are happy we're online with Active Rain.
Key online search areas supported involve Anoka County Real Estate, Hennepin County Real Estate, Washington County Real Estate, Wright County Real Estate, Benton County Real Estate, Scott County Real Estate

Thanks AR,
Frank D'Angelo Broker
EXIT REALTY NEXUS
Minneapolis, MN"
Jennifer Crawford (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty): Real Estate Agent in Jacksonville, FL Jennifer Crawford (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty) said over 6 years ago,
"Help people by serving their needs in fulfilling their goals and dreams in real estate. Strive to be the consummate professional, well educated about the processes of real estate. I take situations that can be stressful and insert an element of fun enabling my customer to enjoy the experience! I find Active Rain is a great platform to enable this between other Realtors and our customers."
Sarah Becker, Northern CA REO & HUD Home Sales (SJB Real Estate & Management): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Browns Valley, CA Sarah Becker, Northern CA REO & HUD Home Sales (SJB Real Estate & Management) said over 6 years ago,
"Active rain helped take my website to the next level and I increased traffic by triple my former visits. Active rain was origially reccomended to me by a freind from out of state and I cant thank him enough for the refferal. I ranked in the top of the search engines with in months of becoming a rainmaker and blogging and my listings get far more exposure than my competitors. I have been singing in the rain since the discovery! singing in the rain! Im signing in the rain!
-sarah becker"
Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you. (YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles Unlimited®): Real Estate Agent in Newton, MA Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you. (YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles Unlimited®) said over 6 years ago,
"Beginning my second year as an Ambassador here in Active Rain I consider the time I spend here to be well worth the moments. Learning from a wealth of successful people and being able to share my story as well as to hear yours. Active Rain has to be the premier networking and informational portal for real estate professionals to engage in the topics of our industry and share best practices. Thank you Active Rain. Spring 2013 Westwood, MA"
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer  (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.): Property Manager in Charlottesville, VA Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) said over 6 years ago,
"Unfortunately, few property managers think that blogging will assist them in enhancing their business * and this is unfortunate. I have chosen to make it a part of my business model. I elected to blog and ceased my quarterly (expensive) 8 page property management newsletter 2 years ago. I have gained so much knowledge and enjoyment from my participation on ActiveRain that my first 100,000 points came 2 months earlier than I had anticipated AND I am posting more than 10 comments per day and the 10 blog per week limit is no longer a concern."
marco ehrenberg, Pisces Group Cabo  (pisces group cabo): Real Estate Broker/Owner in International, IT marco ehrenberg, Pisces Group Cabo (pisces group cabo) said over 6 years ago,
"Born and raised in Mexico City, he found his love for Baja California Sur in the late 70’s when he arrived in La Paz to work as a bellboy at one of the first hotels in the area. After a while he decided to travel and went to Europe.
He then returned to Baja helping in the management of three fishing boats with his father and brother; who had started the business in La Paz around the late 70’s and later moved the operation to Cabo in 1984. Pisces Sport fishing Fleet is now successfully managed by his wife Tracy.
Once in Cabo his entrepreneurial spirit kicked in with the opening of El Squid Roe and other ventures in the late 80’s. The Real Estate business came to be in 1989 when he founded Pisces Real Estate as a small and professional team of associates, with local knowledge and expertise.
The Pisces Real Estate team has gone on to sell more than 300 million dollars in the last two decades. He has also developed Rancho Paraiso Estates a 45 acre residential community in Cabo San Lucas. Marco recently completed building El Cielito a complex of 22 villas within Rancho Paraiso. In 2011-2012 alone, Marco has successfully accomplished over $20 million dollars in sales to date with 7 sales alone specializing in the Hacienda Beach Club & Residences property located on Medano Beach in Cabo San Lucas.
His accomplishments over the last twenty years have made Marco a trusted name in Cabo, let his experience, knowledge and ability help you in your Real Estate endeavors!
For over 30 years Los Cabos has been our home. It is truly paradise for my family and I… the Cabo lifestyle investment is the way to live and wouldnt change it for anything in the world"
Quantane Higginbotham, RealtorQ (EXIT Landmark Realty): Real Estate Agent in White Plains, MD Quantane Higginbotham, RealtorQ (EXIT Landmark Realty) said over 6 years ago,
"Active Rain has allowed me to connect with many resources."
Ron Cooks, Texas Real Estate, Ft Hood/Killeen Homes for Sale (The Real Estate Marketplace): Real Estate Agent in Killeen, TX Ron Cooks, Texas Real Estate, Ft Hood/Killeen Homes for Sale (The Real Estate Marketplace) said over 6 years ago,
"I received a card from Brenda Mullen thanking me for a deal we worked together. I met Brenda through her ActiveRain blog, which led me to ActiveRain as well. The return on investment working in the Rain is huge, but pales to the knowledge and friendships garnered here - I can't see conducting business without AR!!!"
Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty): Real Estate Agent in Hopkinton, MA Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) said over 6 years ago,
"Active Rain has brought me tremendous success since I joined in July of 2007. I regularly receive many consumer inquiries from my blog giving the clients I represent outstanding online exposure. I have learned a great deal from my time and experience at Active Rain about social media marketing and the web 2.0."
Tamala  Prickett (Prickett Properties Vacation Rentals and Real Estate): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Orange Beach, AL Tamala Prickett (Prickett Properties Vacation Rentals and Real Estate) said over 6 years ago,
"We have received a lot of leads from Active Rain for real estate sales and vacation rentals. This is a great place to start a real estate blog! I get a lot of Active Rain inquiries through my email and I rented the Laguna Key Taj Mahal in Gulf Shores directly from an active rain email inquiry."
Mott Marvin Kornicki, Waterway Realtors, Notary Public 786-229-7999 (Waterway Realtors® • South East Florida • Real Estate Brokers): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Miami Beach, FL Mott Marvin Kornicki, Waterway Realtors, Notary Public 786-229-7999 (Waterway Realtors® • South East Florida • Real Estate Brokers) said over 6 years ago,
"ActiveRain is The ONLY Network anyone in the Real Estate and Related Industry needs! The ActiveRain Network is The Most Powerful Tool available."
Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group): Real Estate Agent in Parker, CO Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) said over 6 years ago,
"The one thing I value most about ActiveRain are the many relationships that I've formed. This "family" of Real Estate professionals is a valuable "tool" in my real estate business. I'm constantly learning new things about successful selling. Topics include tools of the trade, technology, marketing and advertising, best practices. I also have a network of people that I can contact when I need to refer a friend or client to another part of the country or Canada. I have had many successes in my career and ActiveRain is one that is close to my heart. I wish I had joined earlier!"
Kevin Cordell, Kevin Cordell (Madison Management Services, LLC): Services for Real Estate Pros in Succasunna, NJ Kevin Cordell, Kevin Cordell (Madison Management Services, LLC) said over 6 years ago,
"We have been able to get in contact with about 90% of borrowers within 30 days of sending out the required RESPA notices and have about 80% of those people on a payment plan or payoff their loan within 90 days."
Tim Carpenter, Your Creative Direct Lender (CalPacific Team, Bay Equity Home Loans): Mortgage and Lending in San Diego, CA Tim Carpenter, Your Creative Direct Lender (CalPacific Team, Bay Equity Home Loans) said over 6 years ago,
"I love helping first-time buyers achieve thier American Dream. And ActiveRain helped connect an investor with me whom I helped close 4 simultaneous investor purchase-loans at one time. Experience makes the difference!"