ActiveRain Success Stories

Living Spaces, Interiors, Local Support, Global Concerns: Home Stager in Kelowna, BC Living Spaces, Interiors, Local Support, Global Concerns said about 12 years ago,
"Active Rain has not only brought business leads my way. I have been thoroughly thrilled to be sought after as a public speaker for conferences, including a BC Engineers conference. Active Rain also is a terrific venue for supporting local businesses, and my website.

My Pal Al, (Einstein, that is) said, "Try not to become a (person) of success but rather to become a (person) of value.""
Todd Leonard (Leonard & Leonard, P.A.): Services for Real Estate Pros in Morristown, NJ Todd Leonard (Leonard & Leonard, P.A.) said about 12 years ago,
"Handle all types of personal injury claims, including wrongful death, automobile negligence, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, premises liability, roadway defects, public entities, Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) & work-related injuries"
Nancy Schweitzer, Five Star Professional Award (Homesmart International): Real Estate Agent in Venice, FL Nancy Schweitzer, Five Star Professional Award (Homesmart International) said about 12 years ago,
"***Helping Buyers move into their dream home, finding the right property by staying on top of new homes that are entering the market daily that might suit your needs, guiding you through the financing process and negotiating a transaction that is exactly what you wanted! My return business is what I count on, I am your Realtor® and I want you to send your friends and family to me when the need arises.
***Helping Sellers gain worldwide exposure of their home, offering Free Professional Photography and Virtual Tour with each listing to market your home most professionally and effectively! Homes with poor photography usually sit longer on the market. I use a creative marketing campaign to get your home sold! From tips on getting your home ready for sale, to holding open houses and putting your home in front of thousands of active real estate agents who are working with Buyers each day. The photography and all marketing is my investment, so you can be sure that I am serious about working to get it sold! Call or email for $$$$ Special Offer!
***Helping Veterans - My husband, Ken Schweitzer, works together with me as an assistant. He is a 22 year Military Veteran. Together we can open doors for you that you might have thought were not possible. Many veterans do not realize what benefits they have available to them and are not taking advantage of them. Ken is also fluent in Spanish.
First Time HomeBuyers (if you haven't owned a home in 3 years) call me to find out how you might purchase a home with $0. out of pocket!!
So contact us, don't trust this huge transaction to someone inexperienced or a part time Realtor®. We take your business very seriously and adhere to a strict code of ethics. Many years of experience is vital to a smoothe and successful real estate transaction.
$$ Sellers: Call or email now for a $$pecial Offer
Apointments available 7 days per week for your convenience."
Pacific One Lending And Pacific One Real Estate (Pacific One lending and Real Estate): Mortgage and Lending in Huntington Beach, CA Pacific One Lending And Pacific One Real Estate (Pacific One lending and Real Estate) said about 12 years ago,
"Recent Reviews:

"We just got out of terrible loan and into a new one with pacific one they were so helpful; and got us away from our old loan and now we can have sanity back in our life again for the first time in a long time!!"

"Earlier this last year we had gotten a refinance done with Pacific 1 Lending and we have been so happy with the results that we actually went back tothem in order to refinance our other mortgage....We are beginning the process very soon to take careof our second mortgage payment. They are just the greatest company to deal with home financial needs they are able to help us with anything that we ask them about...!!!"

"We live in a wonderful one story home but ouir monthly payment was out of the sky too high! We were paying an uhnbelievable 5,000 a month and now we are down to just under 4,000 which is still high but more manageable for now!!!!! We will be refinancing again in near future with Pacific 1"

"They are very nice here at this company and did an outstanding job getting us a great deal for our refinance! We had actuallly been referred by a close long time friend and then happened to hear them on their radio show! We are gla d we chose to check them out! They have treated us better than our bank ever has!!!"

"We had a smooth experience working on our refinancing situation for our home...there was not a single thing to complain about! They really got us out of a big mess that we were in...we are so grateful for all their help at Pacific 1 Lending!"

"I just started saving 500 bucks a month on my mortgage! I have other properties that I am going to also take to this company as well if they can do this for my home mortgage cant wait to see what ele they can do to help me!"

"The savings that i got from doing the refinance i did with pac one ...was just incredible there is no other way to put it..i was going to have to leave my home and they said not to give up but that they could do something to keep my house...i spent months and months worrying about losing my house an it only took them a short time to get me all fixed up and back in the game!"

"The staff at Pacific One Lending has graciously asked me if I would mind telling about my experience with getting a refinance done with them. I was so pleased with my results and new rate change that I told them I would be glad to do it!!! Hopefully this helps someone else to get the great savings that we are receiving now!!!!!! They are so helpful and were willing to walk us through everything we were so ready to lowere our payments but hadn't refied in over 10 years we were very fearful of trusting anyone to help us with our loan...But we were continually pleased each step ot the way with this company and we will continue to enjoy the savings of our new loan for a very long time!!! They are so great I hope you find them and let them help you too!!!!!"

"Our neighbors actually ran into me at the beach and referred me to Pacific One Lending mortgage company. My wife and I needed to refi desperately as we have been helping out many of our family members and still trying to afford to pay our taxes. Anyways, we went in person to their building since it is so close to our home. They are on Beach and Ellis the heart of HB. The building is very cool. While we were there we noticed a Yoga studio and even a Chiropracters office that does massage and facials right next door. Basically, great people everytime we go in there we leave happy. Pacific one is leaving us with more money in our pockets that we have had in years!"

"Hello friends...I need to tell you about how great this company is that rescued me when no one else could...I was turned down by a few other lending companies because I was upside down and had low equity and I was going to give up altogether until I talked with someone at Pacific One. The loan officer was so helpful and gave me hope. He spent as much time with me as I needed and was able to get me into a program to help me get a better loan with a lower rate. They even helped me improve my credit! I am now able to save money and I no longer worry abouit paying my mortgage every month! If you need help and are struggling like I will not be let down when you call Pacific One Lending for help. They did everything they could to help me and they will do the same for you!"

"We have worked with Rochelle from Pacific One since 2001. During this time she has helped us with at lease six loans which have included purchasing and refinancing our primary residence, vacation homes and rental properties. Each and every deal has been wonderful. In today's market having more than seven loans can be a burden. We have had other lenders refuse our applications or have not been able to perform because of this, however Rochelle has always been able to make it happen while putting us at ease every time . Our last purchase in 2010, on our primary residence, was the easiest loan experience to date. We were ready to close on time and it was Rochelle who coordinated the closing with all parties to get us our wonderful home! Professionalism at it's best, is the best way to describe working with Rochelle. Shawn & Alisa I."

"Finding the mortgage/lending company Pacific One Lending was a complete answer to our prayers! We were in desperate need of saving money to help stabilize our financial situation. Pacific One was able to lower our monthly payments on our mortgage by a ton. We are now saving $800 a month! This is the best I have felt in a long time. I am now able to put money aside into savings and also towards paying off other bills. Our family is forever thankful for this great company. They worked hard to help us get this huge savings. The whole process was handled in a period of only a few short months and went smoothly and painlessly throughout the entire experience. I only wish that all of my friends and loved ones could benefit from this awesome company as well!"

"This is a great company, I would recomend this comapny to anyone that is sick and tired of dealing with big banks. they took care of me and made me believe that the lending and real estate world still has good people. thanks pac1 for restoring my confidence""
Vet Depot (VetDepot): Real Estate Agent in Encinitas, CA Vet Depot (VetDepot) said about 12 years ago,
"VetDepot is a leading supplier of petmeds, pet supplies and pet products including flea control products, pet supplements, and pet meds. Vet Depot is US based and carries all leading brands including Frontline Plus, K9 Advantix, Cosequin and Capstar.
543 Encinitas Blvd., #107
Encinitas, CA 92024
Geoffrey Olufemi, D.D., * 'Must-Have' Resources for the Real Estate Pro! (Olufemi Business Enterprises (OlufemiBiz)): Services for Real Estate Pros in Abbottstown, NJ Geoffrey Olufemi, D.D., * 'Must-Have' Resources for the Real Estate Pro! (Olufemi Business Enterprises (OlufemiBiz)) said about 12 years ago,
"We are seeking Major Funding which shall exponentially expand our Commercial & Residential (Bulk REO Portfolios, Apartments, REO's, Foreclosures, Pre-Foreclosures, Short-Sales, Etc.) Wholesale Real Estate Investment going forward."
Bill Blair, Covington Georgia Realtor Covington Living Homes (Coldwell Banker Realty): Real Estate Agent in Covington, GA Bill Blair, Covington Georgia Realtor Covington Living Homes (Coldwell Banker Realty) said about 12 years ago,
"Many of our success stories are from "newbies," as well they should be. If you're new to the Rain and have no success story, you're doing something wrong. I've been here too long to be a Newbie. But, I'm here every day, and there's never been a day I logged in when I didn't learn something new. Thanks, Active Rain, for the best "continuing education" anywhere. Plus, thanks for getting me on Page 1 of Google!"
Beth Brittenbach ( Schutjer Realty, Inc.): Real Estate Agent in Vallejo, CA Beth Brittenbach ( Schutjer Realty, Inc.) said about 12 years ago,
"ActiveRain is a great resource!! I have had several clients as a result of my presence here but the best was that a former client, who had lost my contact information (even though I send her greetings twice a year) found me again through ActiveRain when she was ready to buy after being out of the market for several years."
Jay O'Brien, Kansas City Real Estate (RE/MAX Revolution): Real Estate Agent in Kansas City, MO Jay O'Brien, Kansas City Real Estate (RE/MAX Revolution) said about 12 years ago,
"Just had a buyer come walk into my open house because he saw my ad for the home on Craigslist, which he followed the link to the YouTube tour I made of the home. Then he went to my website to see more photos and saw that the home was going to be open that day, so he and his wife jumped in the car and came to see me! I told him that he's my new "poster child" for Social Media in Real Estate and how effective it can be!"
Linda Hansen (Cornerstone Professional Real Estate): Real Estate Agent in Preston, ID Linda Hansen (Cornerstone Professional Real Estate) said about 12 years ago,
"I Love Active Rain.I learn so much from networking with other agents and learning from their experience. It has a positive spin on the market. Motivates and inspires."
Jason Beattie (Professional Realty Group): Real Estate Agent in Edmonton, AB Jason Beattie (Professional Realty Group) said about 12 years ago,
"I had taken a listing in a new neighbourhood in Edmonton. Did all the usual marketing as well as posting the listing to my blog. ActiveRain hit the search engines so quick that within 2 hours I had somebody drive by the sign and google the address. They were able to find the info on the property and wanted to view it that night. I was able to show them the home and they wrote an offer right away. The home firmed up in 7 days and I am greatful to ActiveRain for leading those clients to me so quickly. Thanks ActiveRain."
Harvey Collier, Sales Assistant Michal Bander Team (Guaranteed Rate): Mortgage and Lending in Coral Springs, FL Harvey Collier, Sales Assistant Michal Bander Team (Guaranteed Rate) said about 12 years ago,
"I've recently reactivated my membership with Active Rain after a one year hiatus. What compelled me to come back was the continued flow of leads I still receive from my previous Active Rain blog posts. Some of these posts are over 2 years old. Today alone I received 2 new prospects that found me from my previous blog posts. What a powerful tool to help with lead generation."
Saundra Allman, Making a meaningful difference each property sold! (LEGACY REAL ESTATE AND ASSOCIATES): Real Estate Agent in Fremont, CA Saundra Allman, Making a meaningful difference each property sold! (LEGACY REAL ESTATE AND ASSOCIATES) said about 12 years ago,
"I am so excited! I have mentioned it before! Active rain is so exciting, it is worth mentioning again!
I am so excited to participate with Active Rain! A very valuable resource!
I just want to express my gratitude to be able to reach out to the many brokers and licensed agent members of 49 different Realtor Association Boards...and that will probably grow too! This is a wonderful way to stay connected, interact, be professionally informed, grow with knowledge to share, and increase my business with referrals recieved and outsourced! This is a wonderful way to stay connected to my professional colleagues!
I look forward to growing and learning with Active Rain to provide the very best possible service I can to my clients.
When you think about it, my social web site with Facebook has curently 60,000,000 members and growing! They expect to reach 200,000,000 by year end!
When you think about it, my social web site with Linked In has currently 40,000,000 members and growing!
My Twitter is Twittering and connecting me to people also globally and universally! Some Followers have different interesst, but I am catching their attention! some followers have like minded interests and we are connected!
Trulia is reaching out to our professional colleagues and linked to our many syndicated sites as well as our property selected websites and reaching consumers too. With our questions and answers, and blogging we are connecting daily to more like minded individuals and in volumes way more than we can attract in many of our other real estate tasks we do to socially interact and prospect at one time. It is mind boggling how many people I am connecting to at one time with all my social networks and professional networking sites! Today we are so fortunate to have such opportunity. I am truly greatful I can work my real estate business in this way and continue to grow with the growing trends and needs of today real estate economy and market. I love what I do with Passionate Commitment! I am enjoying the opportunity to participate with Active Rain and experience the rain. I always welcome rain! I Love the Rain! I love to sing in the rain too! I love the song...I am singing in the rain, Da, Da, Da, Da, Da, Da, Da, Daaa, Da, Da, Daaaaa, Daaaaah, Daaah...Da, Da, Da, Da, Da, Da Daaaah, uh uhmmmmmmm, Da, Da, Da....I love that song! I will enjoy this! I will make great use of all this opportunity to serve my clients interests with the best integrity, skills, resources, and mentoring! Thank you Active Rain!"
Elizabeth Baklaich (Virtual Assistant to Steve Baklaich RE/MAX Realty Source MN): Services for Real Estate Pros in Saint Cloud, MN Elizabeth Baklaich (Virtual Assistant to Steve Baklaich RE/MAX Realty Source MN) said about 12 years ago,
"A very nice person called me from the ActiveRain network and asked if I was willing to do virtual assisting for other agents. I said yes and I now have a new client! Thank you AR!"
Renee L. Norton: Real Estate Agent in Birmingham, AL Renee L. Norton said about 12 years ago,
"AR is a great community. I got my first buyer client through an Active Rain member (mortgage rep) about 6-8 months after joining AR!"
Wicker Paradise (Wicker Furniture by Wicker Paradise): Real Estate Agent in New Rochelle, NY Wicker Paradise (Wicker Furniture by Wicker Paradise) said about 12 years ago,
"Since 1982, we have provided the finest quality in wicker and rattan furniture at discounted prices. Shop with confidence; Wicker Paradise is proud of the superior service rating that we have
604 Main Street
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Lesley Burton-Dallas, Environmental Consultant (Turtle Clan Global): Services for Real Estate Pros in Stratford, CT Lesley Burton-Dallas, Environmental Consultant (Turtle Clan Global) said about 12 years ago,
"I have been on the Active Rain site for a little over a month, and already have a huge web presense. We couldn't be found anywhere before...This is an unbelievable tool that puts you right with all the people you are associated with throughout the various industries. I had spent a fortune in other SEO, to no avail. In one month on AR I've had more action online than I have in 7 years!
Below is a featured blog I wrote to celebrate the success I have had with Active Rain...

Re-blogged by 6 agents

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THE DIGIORGIO GROUP / Gary DiGiorgio (303) 898 - GARY


Over the past year, I have spent over 30K in updated website design and SEO companies claiming

they could get me 1st page Google for 'this' much per month...

...Yea right! Little did I know!!!

This is where one of my very expensive learning curves began....

The very day my new website went up, my phone literally stopped ringing!

it was like radio silence...

I chalked it up to recession woes etc, but at the same time realized we had literally disappeared from site online as well!!!

Don't need to tell anyone I was FREAKING OUT!!!!

Not being computer savvy in any way shape or form...I was easy prey for the SEO companies that promised me they could FIX my problem and get me first page Google search etc....

I'm so embarrassed how easy I was to dupe!

Fast forward to October of this year...

We have this fabulous brilliant person begin working for us, who also happens to have a friend named Fred Light who does video tours for Realtors, home buyers and sellers in New Hampshire and who belongs to this incredible social networking site called Active Rain...

He also happened to speak ‘web-design' and when I asked him to look into what was going on, noticed that my website had been constructed using 8 year old technology called 'Frames' which was apparently a popular way of doing things before search engines like Google, Yahoo etc were born.

But by today's standards, I was completely invisible to the Google Spyders

... who ONLY recognize CONTENT!!!!

Google was filing my company as an ERROR!

Finally I was getting some answers! I felt like finally, I was starting to get it...

So apart from having to redesign my entire site, Fred told me that I needed to get involved in this thing called "SOCIAL NETWORKING"...

On NO I thought!!

Not Twitter and Facebook and Myspace!!! I had been fighting these forever thinking they were dumbing us down AGAIN by decreasing our conversation by allowing only so many characters... but that's another story!

Was I ever wrong!!

He told me I needed to join Active Rain, and really give it a shot.

So, having nothing else to lose and really feeling like I was starting to ‘get it',

I joined Active Rain in October 2009, and in less than 2 months, our company is on the FIRST page of EVERY search engine including Google, Yahoo, etc...

.... For next to nothing!

... My company finally had its' web presence restored...

So do I believe in Social Networking????? Absolutely!!

Is Active Rain the best business tool I have ever used???? Absolutely!

Did ACTIVE RAIN save my company's life??? ABSOLUTELY!!!


I am singing in the rain!

Posted by Lesley Burton-Dallas on 12/09/2009 10:59 AM Comments (85) Active Rain Success in the ActiveRain Channel active rain, social networking, google, active rain success Edit Delete

Thanks ActiveRain!"
David Peck (RE/MAX Realty Group  ): Real Estate Sales Representative in Bozeman, MT David Peck (RE/MAX Realty Group ) said about 12 years ago,
"An old aquaintance from Illinois found me while surfing ActiveRain. As a consequence, he engaged me as his buyers agent and we are currently searching for his Montana getaway."
Michael Wall (Woodridge Custom Builders LLC): Home Builder in Scottsdale, AZ Michael Wall (Woodridge Custom Builders LLC) said about 12 years ago,
"Thanks to Bill Risser and Paut Guenther for introducing us to Active Rain. We already post web logs at our website and this will be a great addition to our online strategy."
Chad Suarez, Realtor, ABR, AHWD, RSPS, TRC (True Real Estate): Real Estate Agent in Longboat Key, FL Chad Suarez, Realtor, ABR, AHWD, RSPS, TRC (True Real Estate) said about 12 years ago,
"Active Rain seems like a very helpful tool for real estate agents trying to stay informed. I have found it to be something I will be using more of in the future. Thanks again! Chad."