ActiveRain Success Stories

Dr. Shab Kavandi (American Select Funding, Inc.): Mortgage and Lending in Orange, CA Dr. Shab Kavandi (American Select Funding, Inc.) said almost 11 years ago,
"Reduced the interest rates of lots of home owners in the past even though there were no equity in their home and they were upside down with their home value in utilizing the different loan programs available in the market and save their home"
Dale Barrett (Sutton Group Heritgage Realty Inc): Real Estate Agent in Toronto, ON Dale Barrett (Sutton Group Heritgage Realty Inc) said almost 11 years ago,
"Years ago there was no Blogging.... people had a point of view and you would read articles in newsprint or in newsletters that were written and printed and mailed.. and hopefully read. I think so many of us love the ease and immediacy of Blogging... to the point.. educating and inspiring! in my case I find humour is the best way to convey thoughts and ideas.. that people will enjoy. clients have provided you in the past? Be sure to add them here. I do believe the best way to get information is to sometimes give your thoughts and ideas. Love that Active rain can do just that. Thanks for the opportunity to share!"
JP Piccinini (JP and Associates REALTORS): Real Estate Agent in Frisco, TX JP Piccinini (JP and Associates REALTORS) said almost 11 years ago,
"Active Rain has given us the extra exposure we need to compete in today's market. It is a critical part of our internet marketing campaign and we look forward to promoting JPHOMESFORSALE.COM and JP and Associates REALTORS and our family business! JP Piccinini"
Brendan Winans, Professional Real Estate Services (Winans & Associates): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Bakersfield, CA Brendan Winans, Professional Real Estate Services (Winans & Associates) said almost 11 years ago,
"Active Rain has not only proven to be a very effective marketing tool for listings and such. It has also directly contributed to my business. I received a referral via Active Rain a few months ago. The agent placed the referral, and I announced my interest in helping her. The next thing you know, I was out showing homes to one of the nicest couples I've ever had the pleasure to meet. The entire deal went incredibly smooth. Because of active rain, I've established a business relationship in Arizona, and two very wonderful people are now settled into a very wonderful home."
Chad Bahnsen (Mortgage Network, Inc.): Mortgage and Lending in Drexel Hill, PA Chad Bahnsen (Mortgage Network, Inc.) said almost 11 years ago,
"I've just started using Active Rain and am looking forward to building quality relationships with agents and clients through Active Rain."
Aileen Murstein (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage): Real Estate Agent in Old Westbury, NY Aileen Murstein (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) said almost 11 years ago,
"I am working on second generation home owneres and it is quite amazing."
Kevin McLemore (Hometown Real Estate Pros): Real Estate Agent in Matthews, NC Kevin McLemore (Hometown Real Estate Pros) said almost 11 years ago,
"I specialize in buyer and seller representation in Mecklenburg and Union Counties. I also have extensive knowledge of the new home market and currently represent local builders and developers in the greater Charlotte region."
Kathy Denworth, Realtor in the Florida Keys, Islamorada, Key Largo (BHHS Keys Real Estate): Real Estate Agent in Islamorada, FL Kathy Denworth, Realtor in the Florida Keys, Islamorada, Key Largo (BHHS Keys Real Estate) said almost 11 years ago,
"This is a great place to get ideas and inspiration. In a market like our current one, we all needs motivation and a boost. There are always great ideas and thoughts because these are the best of the best!"
Janet Laluk (Innovative Mortgage Solutions): Mortgage and Lending in Maple Ridge, BC Janet Laluk (Innovative Mortgage Solutions) said almost 11 years ago,
"Recently obtained financing for customers with sloppy credit getting the best rates available. Provided interalia financing for clients who were purchasing without selling their home. Provided a second mortgage for a client just finalizing a discharge from bankruptcy. Got an end take out mortgage for builders who have yet to sell and home built speculatively at best rates."
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Barb Van Stensel: Real Estate Agent in Chicago, IL Barb Van Stensel said almost 11 years ago,
"Active Rain has allowed me to express myself in writing as it has been hard for me to talk for the last 15 years as I have been legally deaf. Yet, through my writing, while it has been a struggle, I have learned to be able to open up and communicate more effectively. I began posting about the love of redesigning homes and bringing them back to life for my clients here in Chicago. Those writings have been read by a woman here in Chicago who reached out to me this past week because she wants to deconvert her two flat into a Single Family Home. One of the things I learned this week while listening to Ben Kinney and Bob Stewart on 37 Stupid Things Not to Do in Real Estate was to respond right away. I did reach out to this consumer and thanked her for her compliments as well as wanting more information. She replied within 30 minutes and expressed her amazement at such a fast response and thanked me for willing to share my "band of merry men" with her for her deconversion job. Then, she turned around and said in another email that "Thank you" wasn't enough and referred a buyer to me in gratitude for lending my insight into deconverting and rehabbing properties.

The biggest thrill I have received was a referral from an agent in Arizona for an awesome couple here in Illinois who were not receiving any attention or traffic on their property that was on the market. I interviewed with this couple and got the listing. This seller read my profile on Active Rain and found out that I can't do brownies for the life of me and in our first meeting she baked from scratch, the most awesome rich brownies with chocolate chips and small nuts. A referral that has turned into a friendship and a soon to be sale.

My success has come from those who write on Active Rain and share their experience, their joys, their frustrations, the latest in technology, in short sales, and just everyday life. I have become a more well rounded person because of my inability to hear well, to be able to read and learn from those who can hear, which makes my world a better place because of Active Rain and all involved."
Paul Gapski, 619-504-8999,#1 Resource SD Relo (Berkshire Hathaway / Prudential Ca Realty): Real Estate Agent in El Cajon, CA Paul Gapski, 619-504-8999,#1 Resource SD Relo (Berkshire Hathaway / Prudential Ca Realty) said almost 11 years ago,
"I just signed up as a Rainmaker a few weeks ago and with out me even trying I'm getting business referrals. I meet so many nice individuals willing to give me their candid advice and wanting to help me. Rusell Ray just called me today giving me advice on even a non real estate question I had for him. What a Family ActiveRain Is!"
Charles Byrd (Charles Byrd Real Estate Team): Real Estate Agent in Myrtle Beach, SC Charles Byrd (Charles Byrd Real Estate Team) said almost 11 years ago,
"Active Rain has benefited me in many ways. Primarily though, it has allowed me to reach out to other agents around the country and learn how new and inovative ways to help me grow my business!"
Steve Lincoln, GRI,SFR (Lincoln Realty Group): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Carlsbad, CA Steve Lincoln, GRI,SFR (Lincoln Realty Group) said almost 11 years ago,
"Recently I met a family that had fallen on hard times and had been under the threat of a foreclosure for some time. Upon further discovery I found that a company had solicited them to assist with a loan modification. Upon further investigation it was discovered that this company had collected up-front money for those services and had initiated a contract for payments starting in March of 2011. I informed the family that the practice of collecting up front fees for distressed homeowners had been banned as of Oct 2009 and that the company that had been collecting these fees was breaking the law. I also notified this family that the company had not been submitting the necessary documents to their lender in order for their loan modification to be reviewed. I suggested that the family contact this individual to demand a refund of the monies they had illegally collected. The next day the family contacted the representative from the company in question, a licensed Real Estate agent and Realtor, demanding a full refund of monies collected and to no surprise, the representative refused to do so. The next day the family contacted me with the news of this companies unwillingness to cooperate in making restitution. I then asked the families' permission to take act on their behalf, which they agreed to. I then contacted the companies' representative (REALTOR) who claimed he was doing nothing wrong in fact he went on to say he was trying to refinance their home for them. I informed him that his actions were illegal, unethical and that the monies collected from the family should be returned immediately. The family received a FED-EX package containing a certified check in the amount of $900, (the amount that had been collected thus far in their contract) constituting a full refund within 48 hours of my phone call. I am now communicating with their bank in an effort to help them keep their home. I believe they have restored faith in the world REALTOR."
Matthew Coates, Chandler Real Estate Agent (West USA Realty Revelation): Real Estate Agent in Chandler, AZ Matthew Coates, Chandler Real Estate Agent (West USA Realty Revelation) said almost 11 years ago,
"Have received 3 referrals to date, what else is there to say?"
Israel Rothman - upLog.org (SocialMediaSystems.com): Services for Real Estate Pros in Boerne, TX Israel Rothman - upLog.org (SocialMediaSystems.com) said almost 11 years ago,
"I have sold over $1,000,000.00 in products and services that I invented as a direct results of leads generated from blogging on Active Rain. It targets my market exactly (real estate professionals of all disciplines); and the AR team does a wonderful job of policing and moderating."
Thomas R. Martin Broker/Owner ICPM, Property Management the way it SHOULD be. (Investors Choice Property Management): Property Manager in Sacramento, CA Thomas R. Martin Broker/Owner ICPM, Property Management the way it SHOULD be. (Investors Choice Property Management) said almost 11 years ago,
"ActiveRain has been an unexpected and welcome addition to our marketing efforts, which values consistency and gradual growth through word-of-mouth referrals rather than bloated advertising campaigns. We find a great value in the level playing field offered by ActiveRain, where consistent effort spread out over time has measurable rewards. Our Landlord's Learning Center Blog has been getting good positive feedback from the ActiveRain community, and we look forward to developing more solid relationships and referral networks with like-minded professionals."
Roxanne Stevens, Moving you forward (Keller Williams Keystone Realty): Real Estate Agent in York, PA Roxanne Stevens, Moving you forward (Keller Williams Keystone Realty) said almost 11 years ago,
"Well...I am very new to the business. So I am using as many resources as possible to learn everything I can to better help my clients. So although I don't have a huge success story ( though I am pretty excited that my first listing sold in 7 days) I think my real success so far is that I became a Realtor and joined AR. It is such a great resource to us, thank you."