ActiveRain Success Stories

Barbara Le Pine, Your agent for the Central Oregon Coast! (ADVANTAGE REAL ESTATE, serving Lincoln County): Real Estate Agent in Newport, OR Barbara Le Pine, Your agent for the Central Oregon Coast! (ADVANTAGE REAL ESTATE, serving Lincoln County) said almost 11 years ago,
"Active Rain is so much more than just a blog! I have made contacts all over the US and increased my awareness of how other agents manage time, clients and contracts. It is like having an endless supply of friends to "talk shop" with that inspire you to greatness and lift you up when you need it most. Reading about other agents experiences helps me to enjoy real estate more every day. I would like to thank all of my AR friends who leave comments for me, they are much appreciated. (One day I will meet a few of you at a future Rain Camp, I promise!!) Of special note: I had a referral from AR turn into a sale in 2011. I also won a sales award from S & W Real Estate for top producer. Thanks go to Active Rain for helping me reach my sales goals."
Neal Swanson, CCIM - Dealmakerpreneur (Fairhaven Commercial, Inc. - Puget Sound CRE): Commercial Real Estate Agent in Seattle, WA Neal Swanson, CCIM - Dealmakerpreneur (Fairhaven Commercial, Inc. - Puget Sound CRE) said almost 11 years ago,
"Within minutes of my first blog post on Active Rain, I was contacted by an individual with questions about leasing retail space in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, WA. We have since set up a tour to look at available retail properties that match this individual's needs and I look forward to another closed transaction due to Active Rain!"
Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F (Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.): Real Estate Agent in Altamonte Springs, FL Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F (Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.) said almost 11 years ago,
"ActiveRain is an awesome medium for networking and blogging. Not only have I met many new friends and colleagues, but I consistently get new buyer and seller leads from ActiveRain. Social media is new revolution in internet exposure of this decade. Active Rain is well worth the cost."
Vicki King, CRS (Sea Coast Exclusive Properties): Real Estate Agent in , CA Vicki King, CRS (Sea Coast Exclusive Properties) said almost 11 years ago,
"Client read one of my blogs through ActiveRain, clicked on my website, saw that we did Commercial and Business Brokerage as well and called. We got a listing that was residential with a commercial zoning. Good stuff!"
Jennifer Grant (Select Homes & Services): Real Estate Agent in Pawleys Island, SC Jennifer Grant (Select Homes & Services) said almost 11 years ago,
"All you business professionals in the Real Estate, Home Staging, Interior Design, Mortgage, Attorneys and many more, join ActiveRain. I am so please with the Search Engine success and exposure directly related back to my Activerains blogs has been incredible! I have soared to top rankings in just a couple of weeks. I still have alot to learn, but joining Activerain has already paid for itself. Couldn't be more pleased, keep up the good work!"
Jason Buck (Re/Max Palos Verdes): Real Estate Agent in Palos Verdes Estates, CA Jason Buck (Re/Max Palos Verdes) said almost 11 years ago,
"In September of 2011 I received an email from a person looking for a home in Palos Verdes. He said he was looking for a large safe home in a good school district with a pool and ocean view. I sent him 17 listings around the $3.4 million mark. My client liked a home however it sold. I mentioned a larger home down the street which was more expensive yet had more features the client desired. I went and shot video of the home walking with the camera and describing what I saw. He bought the home after watching the video I made for him. I personalized the video for him explaining the attributes I liked, the flow and floor plan, and some of the parts that need work. My client is extremely satisfied, and we have a great relationship that started at my website. The selling price was $3,850,000 and made my year and highest sale ever.
I have really enjoyed working on the new technology and have a live streaming webcam of Palos Verdes at www.PalosVerdesWebcam.com
Here is a link to the newest home video http://youtu.be/dI5lQQKuclg"
Gina Washington (Coldwell Banker): Real Estate Sales Representative in East Brunswick, NJ Gina Washington (Coldwell Banker) said almost 11 years ago,
"This well-visited site has afforded me the opportunity to meet and serve buyers and sellers throughout the State of New Jersey. Thank you very much! Gina Washington"
Sheldon Neal, That British Agent  Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited): Real Estate Agent in Maywood, NJ Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) said almost 11 years ago,
"Before I joined ActiveRain I was not that easily found yet on the web....HOWEVER !!! ... since I have started blogging about my services and local posts about my service territory, my blogs have started to appear on Page 1 of Google Searches ! PAGE 1 !! How much is that worth in actual dollars ??? ... and I am just scratching the surface of where I intend to go, and ActiveRain will be my vehicle for that continued success !!"
Julie Press-Raese, LLC, Realtor, ARB, CRS, GRI (Century 21-Affiliated): Real Estate Agent in Janesville, WI Julie Press-Raese, LLC, Realtor, ARB, CRS, GRI (Century 21-Affiliated) said almost 11 years ago,
"I really love blogging on ActiveRain! It's a way to get information out to the world! The number of people on Active Rain is just amazing!"
Bill Somerset, ABR, e-PRO - Realtor - NH Real Estate Agent (Re/Max Realty Group): Real Estate Agent in Dover, NH Bill Somerset, ABR, e-PRO - Realtor - NH Real Estate Agent (Re/Max Realty Group) said almost 11 years ago,
"I posted a blog on 6/24/11 about a great home for sale in Rochester New Hampshire, this was my "deal of the week" post. On Saturday the 25th, I was contacted by a gentleman, who later became my client. He had seen my blog post while searching for a home.
We made a appointment to see the home I had blogged about on Monday the 27th. That particular house was not the one he was searching for, but after a appointment in my office, a buyer agency agreement, and a pre-qaulification from a lender, we found the house of his dreams. We were under agreement on July 20th and the house just closed this morning, Wednesday, Aug. 31st."
Michael Thompson, Professional, trustworthy service (Law Offices of Michael Thompson): Real Estate Attorney in Ann Arbor, MI Michael Thompson, Professional, trustworthy service (Law Offices of Michael Thompson) said almost 11 years ago,
"We receive a lot of web traffic via ActiveRain as well as the ability to gain valuable information from other Realtors throughout the US."
Not a real person: Home Inspector in San Diego, CA Not a real person said almost 11 years ago,
"ActiveRain sucks."
Eddie Mendez, Eddie Mendez (Smith-Mederos Realty): Real Estate Agent in Tulare, CA Eddie Mendez, Eddie Mendez (Smith-Mederos Realty) said almost 11 years ago,
"Thank you!
Eddie for selling our Exeter home so fast...
And getting us the amount you said it would get.....
Mr and Mrs Phillips"
Barbara "Barb" Bodnar, Licensed Associate RE Broker, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage): Real Estate Agent in Yorktown, NY Barbara "Barb" Bodnar, Licensed Associate RE Broker, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) said almost 11 years ago,
"Meeting new friends and colleagues is such an important part of the activerain community. I am so pleased to have met Debbie Gartner and forged a new relationship both personally and professionally."
Lisa VonBargen, Estes Park Real Estate Photographer (Photography7522): Real Estate Agent in Estes Park, CO Lisa VonBargen, Estes Park Real Estate Photographer (Photography7522) said almost 11 years ago,
"In the last few months, not only have I received e-mails from new customers who found me on ActiveRain, but a blog from Mary Douglas helped me navigate through well ownership transfer in Colorado, Pacita Dimacali sent me her aggressive marketing plan, Kelly Kilpatrick sent instructions on how to set up and use Twitter, and Mark Gordon gave local info from Vail for my little snowboarders. I love ActiveRain!"
000 Reichert: Real Estate Agent in Binghamton, NY 000 Reichert said almost 11 years ago,
"I'm Muriel M. Reichert, during the day I like to talk about and help people with link building services and other best link building related issues."
Sharon Lancaster, SRES, Realty Executives Okanagan (Sage Executive Group Real Estate): Real Estate Sales Representative in Kelowna, BC Sharon Lancaster, SRES, Realty Executives Okanagan (Sage Executive Group Real Estate) said almost 11 years ago,
"A Cow Story.
I often read about the wonders of connectivity, networking, uniting, and referring. How being a Rain Maker can change your profitability in the Real Estate Market. Lots of success stories, remarkable, and true. Exciting stuff! My Active Rain story is slightly different. It is a story about a cow.
And a Rain Maker and good friend Robert Twaron. I am not sure how we found each other, or if he found me, or I found him first - but somewhere, somehow Robert and I connected and started reading and commenting on each others writings. A prolific blogger and creative writer, I was drawn into Robert's stories of Texas, homesteads, relocations and yes - his cows. Not just any cows, but special Kobee Beef Wagu cows.
It was around about this time that my 4 year old daughter called me from Thompson Manitoba to declare she had started Lariat practicing, and was wanting to someday have a pet cow.
"But what would you do with a pet cow, Abby?" Gramma Sharon politely asked. Abby paused, momentarily, then declared in the self righteous, proud voice that only an innocent child can muster "I'm gonna lasso him, hog tie him, tattoo him and deworm him, Gramma." "Every day, Abby?" I responded incredulously. "No, gramma!" Abby scolded "just when I am practising!! Mostly I will just play cow with him."
And that is how my friendship with Robert and my Active Rain success story took flight. An email, a phone call, an excited declaration - and a promise. That in the spring of 2012, a Wagu cow will be born, and at 3 months of age, when it is around 60 lbs, he will put him/her in a dog kennel, buy a plane ticket to Manitoba - and Abby, my grand daughter will have her pet cow."
Jim Pomposelli (Chicago Bancorp): Mortgage and Lending in Chicago, IL Jim Pomposelli (Chicago Bancorp) said almost 11 years ago,
"I met a woman whose husband had been waiting for his green card for nine years. Because he was not legal in this country, we could only use the woman's income. A year prior, this woman had to sell her home in a short sale. Somehow she managed to keep current in her mortgage payments until her short sale was complete. She was not delinquent once despite her financial hardship. This woman wanted nothing more than to regain her home. She was already told by two mortgage bankers that she did not qualify. I did a bit of research and found one FHA program out of a dozen that would approve a mortgage for someone with a short sale who was not deliquent without a waiting period. The woman was so desperate to get her home that she became to panic at every stage of the transaction. Somedays, I would speak with her 4-5 times a day to reassure her that we would get a mortgage for her home. She would call me late at night, weekends and early in the morning for updates. We had one little bump in the transaction and she became hysterical. My job was to display the calm, optimism and empathy that she so badly needed. She got her mortgage and seeing her with her home was one of the most satisfactory moments in my twenty year career."
Dan Norwood (Dan Norwood): Mortgage and Lending in Orange, CA Dan Norwood (Dan Norwood) said almost 11 years ago,
"Funded SBA transaction (Bank actually funded the loan) to a Travel Agency. Loan was approved on projections. LTV 85% on a purchase money 1st SBA guaranteed loan - occupancy 51% and owner leased out remaining 49% of building."
Former Agent (None): Real Estate Agent in Adak, AK Former Agent (None) said almost 11 years ago,
"I recently watched Bob Stewart's video tutorials on linking and SEO. Thank you Bob!!! I finally feel like I understand (a little) something about blinging out my SEO. It will take time, but I now feel like I am on my way! Thank you Bob and thank you ActiveRain."