ActiveRain Success Stories

Teddy Castro, Helping Families Achieve Wealth with Real Estate (NeXGen Real Estate): Real Estate Agent in Litchfield Park, AZ Teddy Castro, Helping Families Achieve Wealth with Real Estate (NeXGen Real Estate) said over 11 years ago,
"I have had current and past clients look for a highly qualified real estate agent through active rain and decidedd to utilize my expertise and hire me to work with them on listing and selling homes."
Chrissy Harrison (Referral Only Realty): Real Estate Agent in Longmont, CO Chrissy Harrison (Referral Only Realty) said over 11 years ago,
"I appreciate the network of ActiveRain so very much. I am continually learning from other professionals in the field. I have closed sales as a direct link from my blogging efforts. One was a consumer who found my Localism posts on the area she wished to move, another was a fellow Realtor referral from an agent who found me on ActiveRain. I have even co-listed a property with an agent I met on ActiveRain who has also become a good friend. I've been a member since there were only 18,000 members and I can hardly believe how it's grown!"
Jennine Scott (Century 21 ALL-SERVICE): Real Estate Agent in Amherst, VA Jennine Scott (Century 21 ALL-SERVICE) said over 11 years ago,
"Active Rain has allowed me to connect with real estate agents everywhere which opens the door to referrals to and from me. It is my responsibility to stay on top of real estate news and Actice Rain gives me that opportunity."
Kevin Stroud (Colony Ttle Group, Ltd.): Title Insurance in Annapolis, MD Kevin Stroud (Colony Ttle Group, Ltd.) said over 11 years ago,
"No need to tell success stories but I have had the greatest learning experiences reading and interacting with Active Rainers. They are knowledgable and by and far nice people."
Karla  Childers (Vacant Home SolutionsArizona ): Real Estate Agent in Phoenix, AZ Karla Childers (Vacant Home SolutionsArizona ) said over 11 years ago,
"Since starting Az Vacant Home Solutions:
* We took a vacant home for sale that had no offers for 6 months and it was sold and closed in 30 days after our home manager staged it beautifully and made it look like a home.
* One home manager caught a hot water heater leak in a home that was coming from under the garage wall into a bedroom and starting to mold. The issue was solved before major damage occured, at minimal costs to the owner.
*Our home managers have kept numerous home owners insurance compliant by keeping the home 'occupied'. Vacant home insurance is usually costly with less coverage, and must be in place when the home is vacant for 30 days or more.
* Home managers have kept homes H.O.A. compliant, by making sure there are no violations.
* Home owner's holding costs are reduced significantly because the home manager pays all utilities and Az Vacant Home Solutions takes care of the pool and yard services.
* To date, 3 of our home managers have made offers on the homes they were managing! These are high-quality professional people, many of them are in our program while they are looking for a home to buy."
Steve Blair: Real Estate Agent in Vista, CA Steve Blair said over 11 years ago,
"#1 Real Estate Agent Living & Working in Shadowridge, Selling more homes in Shadowridge than any other agent living & Working in Shadowridge."
Marlene Shelton-Giles, RE/MAX 1st Olympic ("Above The Crowd"): Real Estate Sales Representative in Lynchburg, VA Marlene Shelton-Giles, RE/MAX 1st Olympic ("Above The Crowd") said over 11 years ago,
"Active Rain has certainly been an assett in my business.. It's like having a chat with many of the top agents from all over.. I have grabbed so many great tech tools, ideas, and ways to improve my business, while also making agent friends and referrals.. Thanks Active Rain..."
Cindy Logan (Mark 1 Real Estate Advisors): Real Estate Agent in Huntington Beach, CA Cindy Logan (Mark 1 Real Estate Advisors) said over 11 years ago,
"Although I haven't seen a monetary benefit yet, the classes ActiveRain provides to introduce Blogging have been INVALUABLE. And, when I was confused, I wrote a blog about it and, within 15 minutes, had 12 posts from Rainmakers to give me encouragement and support."
Tracie Stephens, Broker, Certified Residential Specialist, ePro (McWaters & Associates Realtors): Real Estate Agent in Bartlett, TN Tracie Stephens, Broker, Certified Residential Specialist, ePro (McWaters & Associates Realtors) said over 11 years ago,
"I was referred a client who was coming here for medical school and needed to buy a house in less than a month. Oh, and did I mention she was in Japan and would not be able to come over before her move? She was referred to me by an agent in Ohio who was originally looking for a house near the medical school there. She handed her over to me and gave me as much information as I needed to start the process in my market. I took plenty of pictures, video and had lots of late night phone calls to Japan to make it all come together in less than a month. The client was thrilled (when she finally got to come over and see in person what she purchased) and the referring agent was happy as well. Her work was not all in vain, as she promptly received a referral check from me. Thanks Active Rain!"
Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA (Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Eureka, CA Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA (Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA) said over 11 years ago,
"Since becoming a member of Active Rain, I have been contacted by several new clients who have read my blogs and then contacted me thru the Active Rain site. The effort is worth the reward."
Mike Medsker, Producing Branch Manager (Supreme Lending): Mortgage and Lending in Raymore, MO Mike Medsker, Producing Branch Manager (Supreme Lending) said over 11 years ago,
"I receive a lot of great response from clients through ActiveRain."
Chris Brown (Keller Williams Realty): Real Estate Agent in Knoxville, TN Chris Brown (Keller Williams Realty) said over 11 years ago,
"I first discovered ActiveRain over a year ago. I piddled with it, got busy with something else, and eventually forgot about it. I recently heard ActiveRain mentioned in a talk on social media and thought that I might take another look at it. I realized the power of it this evening.

About two weeks ago I did a listing presentation for a nice couple in a very nice neighborhood. I have been trying to get into this area for quite awhile. I pulled out all the stops, I really worked to get this listing. It went well but they said that they didn't really think now was a good time to sell, that they should wait until the spring. I had a few objection handlers that I used but they didn't really do the trick. I got the dreaded, "My husband and I want to talk about it first". I know what that means, but I still followed up with them. After three or four messages and one caught-them-at-walmart-and-I-will-call-you-back, I decided I would do something a little different.

I decided to poll my fellow agent friends to get some ideas. I put the best thoughts together and wrote an ActiveRain blog post. I also put it on Facebook, my outside blog, and my website. I figured if I am going to write it I should share it with others in the hopes that it will help someone else with a similar problem. I also like the idea of writing something once and then syndicating it to as many places as possible. In addition, I emailed links to my blog post to all of my current sellers, past clients, and specifically to this hesitant seller.

Tonight I get an email from her saying that she felt my blog post was "compelling" and they wanted me to drop off the listing papers tomorrow! If that is not Givers' Gain, I don't know what is. This is just the beginning of my ActiveRain Success Story."
Bill Engelhardt: Real Estate Agent in Maltersville, IN Bill Engelhardt said over 11 years ago,
"I love activerain because it helps me make money."
Theresa Kim, Associate Broker, VA and DC  (RE/MAX Allegiance): Real Estate Agent in McLean, VA Theresa Kim, Associate Broker, VA and DC (RE/MAX Allegiance) said over 11 years ago,
"Many individuals have found my blogs helpful and have asked me to help them become owners /sellers and renters in the various neighborhoods which I blog about! I love helping people reach their finacial and real estate goals!"
Joe Woutersz (HUNT Real Estate ERA): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Queensbury, NY Joe Woutersz (HUNT Real Estate ERA) said over 11 years ago,
"I must admit I was on the verge of giving this AR up and then I went to the Raincamp at Atlantic City. I had been cofused , to put it mildly as to how everythng worked - were internal memberships SEO'd? Why do some people not have outside blogs? They were highly successful, what was going on? I had taken Steven's classes , but everything was muddy and then I went to Raincamp - little by little as the day went on I began to understand, finally I was seeing the big picture, the picture I needed to see and understand. I now feel I have a clear course to follow and I am looking forward to a great future of blogging on AR."
Dave Jezierski, Northern Virginia Realtor (The Nova Home Seller - an Avery-Hess Realtor): Real Estate Agent in Ashburn, VA Dave Jezierski, Northern Virginia Realtor (The Nova Home Seller - an Avery-Hess Realtor) said over 11 years ago,
"I have used ActiveRain for years, when I need to find a referral for a client outside of my area, I always look for the agents with good posts, profiles filled out, I contact them, and I have always found a good agent for my client."
Dana Voelzke, Loan Officer/ First time home buyer specialist (loanDepot (203) 733-9408): Mortgage and Lending in Bethel, CT Dana Voelzke, Loan Officer/ First time home buyer specialist (loanDepot (203) 733-9408) said over 11 years ago,
"ActiveRain is a tremendous resource for consumers to learn about real estate and also to network with agents from across the country. I frequently rely on the resources provided via other members blogs and seek to share my own experiences & areas of specific expertise. It has been a huge benefit to me!"
marty skele (Firness): Real Estate Agent in Chipley, FL marty skele (Firness) said over 11 years ago,
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michael king (bess realty ): Real Estate Agent in Atlanta, GA michael king (bess realty ) said over 11 years ago,
"Myself and my wife- who is also a real estate agent(20+ yrs) ;sucessfully survived "the greatrealestate crash of 2008" and rode out the storm while also putting 2 children thru college (both of whom were out of state and living off campus).GO GATORS/HAMPTON UNIV!!!!!!"
Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack,  British Columbia - Realtor : Real Estate Agent in Chilliwack, BC Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor said over 11 years ago,
"Well finally it happened to me too! I was starting to feel that everyone was getting A/R leads, referrals, sales etc. except me! And then all of a sudden out of the deep blue yonder I got this message Friday Morning!

"Hi Liz,
My family and I are in town to buy a house. We want to find a realtor who specializes in Chilliwack and specifically in the promotory area. I found you on the internet this morning - I like your website and your
testimonials. As I was reading your blog, I find a connection to you as well. I'm a mom too...I like the importance you put on family....

My husband is with the RCMP as a dog handler...and we've just been
transferred to the area. We have sold our home in Nelson B.C. and are ready to move. We need to find a GREAT realtor who can wholeheartedly dedicate the next few days to us. We need someone who can really listen to our needs and place those above and beyond everything else. And we think you're the one!

Could you please contact me ASAP (it's 6:31am on August 8th) and we want
to get started as soon as we can. We want to get into as many homes that meet our criteria asap."

So 5 months almost to the day I got my first Active Rain Sale!

I have to say, these people were magnificant....You read about how people can connect with you via your blog.......they feel like they get to know you on a personal level..........but now I really know because it happened to me! And out here in Western Canada....where really I didn't think anyone local was every reading my stuff!

I didn't have to compete, convince, or even really build rappore........it was like meeting a kindred spirit.........the flow was beautiful........so thank you A/R........and thank you all out there for your support and comments..........because thats whats kept me blogging!

They found their dream home below - in less then 36 hours.........This deal was pure Icing! :-) So thats my testimony - Don't give up! :-)"