ActiveRain Success Stories

Sarah Taylor, Realtor - Port St. Lucie, Florida (RE/MAX Masterpiece): Real Estate Agent in Port St Lucie, FL Sarah Taylor, Realtor - Port St. Lucie, Florida (RE/MAX Masterpiece) said over 11 years ago,
"I became a REALTOR in 2009. I spent 6 months prior reading blog posts and articles on Active Rain so that I could hit the ground running. I attribute a lot of my success as a REALTOR to AR becauseof the AR members taking the time to share their knowledge."
Robert Savage, Bakersfield Short Sales, Property Management, Cash (Bakersfield Property Solutions): Real Estate Agent in Bakersfield, CA Robert Savage, Bakersfield Short Sales, Property Management, Cash (Bakersfield Property Solutions) said over 11 years ago,
"Last year I was contacted by a bank representative who found me via my Activerain account. This contact turned in to two listings both of which I was able to double end."
David Gullifer (Keller Williams Realty): Real Estate Agent in San Diego, CA David Gullifer (Keller Williams Realty) said over 11 years ago,
"Thank you for voting me a San Diego 2010 Five Star Real Estate Agent!

As less than 5% of all San Diego Real Estate Agents receive this distinction I am very flattered that you selected me. The selection was based on an Independent Customer Satisfaction Survey sent to our clients, buyers and sellers of San Diego homes last year."
Debbie Rumsey, Realtor, Green, SFR (HomeSmart Realty West, Carlsbad, CA): Real Estate Agent in Encinitas, CA Debbie Rumsey, Realtor, Green, SFR (HomeSmart Realty West, Carlsbad, CA) said over 11 years ago,
"Since joining Active Rain I have enjoyed reading so many great blogs from across the country from people in the real estate business. Some are informative, some funny, some sad and let's just say....some just venting. Probably the biggest success is the access to many agents to refer clients to that are out of your areas. I have received referrals and closed deals solely from Active Rain! Thank you Active Rain Community!"
Charlie Emmanuel (Allen Tate): Real Estate Agent in Charlotte, NC Charlie Emmanuel (Allen Tate) said over 11 years ago,
"I received three referals in only a week! I love activerain!"
Leah Henderson (Asset Realty, Inc): Real Estate Agent in Columbia, SC Leah Henderson (Asset Realty, Inc) said over 11 years ago,
"I have meet many nice Realtors and professionals."
Marty Ingram (PhillyJunk.com): Home Builder in Philadelphia, PA Marty Ingram (PhillyJunk.com) said over 11 years ago,
"ActiveRain has helped put me in touch with local property owners and property managers who need cleanout services, REO cleanouts, tenant move-out cleaning, and general junk hauling and removal services."
Shane Bowlby, NMLS 210119 • UTDRE 8593749 • 480-686-6392 (Amerifirst Financial, Inc): Mortgage and Lending in Gilbert, AZ Shane Bowlby, NMLS 210119 • UTDRE 8593749 • 480-686-6392 (Amerifirst Financial, Inc) said over 11 years ago,
"Activerain and SEO marketing through using this service has helped me work with more referral partners than I could have ever imagined. Amerifirst Financial has given me the opportunity to learn a system where Activerain is the main component - AND IT WORKS!"
Shane Hollenback (The Veracity Team at Academy Mortgage Corporation): Mortgage and Lending in Phoenix, AZ Shane Hollenback (The Veracity Team at Academy Mortgage Corporation) said over 11 years ago,
"While attending an ActiveRain how-to session that was put on by Bill Risser of Chicago Title - Gilbert, I had the opportunity to work with and connect with some great Real Estate Professionals. We now get to put our heads together, learn together, and grow together in this new world of Social Media."
Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager (Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging): Home Stager in Novato, CA Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager (Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging) said over 11 years ago,
"I cannot thank you enough ActiveRain! When I first started AR I really didn't know anything about blogging so it took me over a year to really dive in and get started. It wasn't until the 31 days of December and January challenge that I really came on board and started posting and commenting. I met some of the greatest people in those two challenges... friends that are very dear to me and I feel will always be.
I am so grateful to AR for offering these challenges because each time I take a challenge I learn more and get to know more wonderful Rainer's. The 31 days of May challenge turned out to be the best one ever. One of the rules for the challenge was to post at least one post about your local area and post it to your local area. I had not really done this before so I decided to try it... after several post's to my local area my phone start ringing and ringing and ringing. I received so much business... more than I had ever had in one month and after 5 1/2 years of business.... and I owe it all to ActiveRain. So I would like to say thank you AR you are the Best!!!"
Ana Connell, Burbank Real Estate Agent (G & C Properties): Real Estate Agent in Burbank, CA Ana Connell, Burbank Real Estate Agent (G & C Properties) said over 11 years ago,
"I have had tremendous success as a Burbank Realtor utilizing the many resources on Activerain."
Denis Opoku: Services for Real Estate Pros in New Brunswick, NJ Denis Opoku said over 11 years ago,
"I pray that I can influence all 200,000 members to conserve! We all need to work to save our planet!"
Laura Maser (Century 21 The Realty Group): Real Estate Agent in Greenville, NC Laura Maser (Century 21 The Realty Group) said over 11 years ago,
"I am thrilled to be a member of the Active Rain community. The knowledge and resources among the members are truly amazing, and I can say that I enjoy the willingness of the members to help each other in our industry."
Ed & Cindy Knight (Rooms Realty): Real Estate Agent in Shelby Township, MI Ed & Cindy Knight (Rooms Realty) said over 11 years ago,
"Just about every post I make ranks well in Google and helps my website. Just yesterday I made a post about Rent to Own - today #2 in google for Rent to Own Macomb.

However, I would say my success comes from the ability to learn tons from everyone else's blog. Just about anything I need to know can be found by searching Active Rain."
Blake Phillips (Global World Event Planners): Services for Real Estate Pros in Grand Rapids, MI Blake Phillips (Global World Event Planners) said over 11 years ago,
"Thank you for the opportunity to serve you."
John Squier (Keller Williams Classic Realty): Real Estate Agent in Coon Rapids, MN John Squier (Keller Williams Classic Realty) said over 11 years ago,
"As an Internet Marketing Specialist I definately appreciate the welcomed exposure ActiveRain provides my business."
Gene Fennelly (Allison James Estates & Homes - Gene Fennelly & Associates): Real Estate Agent in Nashua, NH Gene Fennelly (Allison James Estates & Homes - Gene Fennelly & Associates) said over 11 years ago,
"ActiveRain provides us an avenue for achieving great success for our national real estate agent recruitment program and the broadening of our local client-base."
Daniel A. Dailey, Real Estate Broker/Agent (John L Scott Citywide): Real Estate Agent in Spokane, WA Daniel A. Dailey, Real Estate Broker/Agent (John L Scott Citywide) said over 11 years ago,
"Active Rain has been a consistent source of information and has provided a superb forum for informing agents about www.LocateMyAgent.com. We've had more agents contact us from the Active Rain community than any other."
Debbie Atwood, Real Estate Broker (Century 21 Real Estate Center Everett, WA): Real Estate Agent in Everett, WA Debbie Atwood, Real Estate Broker (Century 21 Real Estate Center Everett, WA) said over 11 years ago,
"I have been with Active Rain for a while now but had no idea how to really use it to benefit my business. That is until I attended the very FIRST Rain camp in Seattle! That was MY new beginning. I gradually studied and soaked up all the information I could. I have attended some of the trainings via webinars and have learned more than I could imagine. I received a call from a couple in Oregon that had a condo property in Everett and they asked me if I would sell it for them. While talking with her on the phone she said, "I found you online and have been reading your blog." I listed their condo. I would say Active rain has been a great success for me and I'm looking forward to much much more! Thank you Activerain!"
Kim Dean, Simply Texas Real Estate - Broker/Owner (www.GoSimplyTexas.com): Real Estate Broker/Owner in McKinney, TX Kim Dean, Simply Texas Real Estate - Broker/Owner (www.GoSimplyTexas.com) said over 11 years ago,
"SOMEONE'S HAVING THE BEST WEEK EVER! ME!

I must apologize up front - I normally hate when people use all caps - but this post simply wouldn't be the same without it.

I JUST MADE PAGE ONE OF GOOGLE FOR THE SEARCH TERM "MCKINNEY REAL ESTATE AGENT"!

This. Is. HUGE!

My market is FULL of top producing agents, and as I did my "Google Check" on my favorite search terms for McKinney, TX I nearly had a heart attack when my name appeared - #7 - on page 1. I quickly scrolled to the bottom of the page, ready to hit "page 2" hoping I might have squeezed onto p.2, when what to my eyes did appear but MOI! It was my Active Rain profile page! BINGO! Yet another reason to have a good profile page, right?

This is the gigantic cherry-on-top of my first month-plus in 2009. If I may, I'd like to brag a little bit - I'm sure Active Rain won't mind:

* I finally have my #1 spot back for McKinney, TX (although I've got my eye on those who are on my heels. Thank you for the boost of competition I need to excel!)
* I finally had my first featured AR post - not just one either, TWO in the same week!
* I was asked to be a guest blogger to the Christianity and Real Estate blog - I felt like I had been handed an Academy Award!
* I have been contacted by many asking to use my information in their newsletters, online blogs and asking to add me to their referral database. ME!
* I signed up for an outside blog - www.McKinneyHomesBlog.com
* My blog subscribership has doubled - not many - but still, doubled!
* AND - finally - Page 1 of GOOGLE!

...and all of this in the first month on Active Rain

...all of this within the day I wrote down my Active Rain goals, my 2009 Business Plan, and have been working the plan.

I don't know what you are putting into that Google Juice, Active Rain, but keep it coming!

And as if this weren't great enough, I'm fortunate enough to have closed 3 deals as a result of consumers finding me on ActiveRain.

And a note to those of you not yet "getting it": Active Rain is the best FREE place of real estate knowledge, information, advice, referrals and SEO you're ever going to get! Thank you!"