ActiveRain Success Stories

Ruth  Vogt, 719-592-0855 www.ReverseLoansInColorado.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.): Mortgage and Lending in Colorado Springs, CO Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 www.ReverseLoansInColorado.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) said over 11 years ago,
"ActiveRain is to blogging what Cash Flow 101 is to real estate. The members are supportive; the lessons are easy; the rewards are plentiful. It's not about developing leads, rather it's about developing relationships. I have no idea what I used to do with my time that I now spend blogging, but I'm certain it wasn't nearly as rewarding!"
Rich Sellers, Realtor DRE#01148405 (Rich Sellers Lake Arrowhead, CA (Coldwell Banker)): Real Estate Agent in Lake Arrowhead, CA Rich Sellers, Realtor DRE#01148405 (Rich Sellers Lake Arrowhead, CA (Coldwell Banker)) said over 11 years ago,
"Active Rain has been a great networking resource and was the catalyst in meeting my mate so I guess it's good for more than just business!"
Wendy Casey (A-List Home Staging & Decor): Home Stager in Surrey, BC Wendy Casey (A-List Home Staging & Decor) said over 11 years ago,
"I have met and connected with the most talented stagers and real estate professionals here on Activerain!"
Diane Rice, SFR, SRES, CNC ( Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Lansing, IL Diane Rice, SFR, SRES, CNC ( Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL) said over 11 years ago,
"The bonding to many kindred souls discovered here in Active Rain has been a most rewarding addition to my life.... and it continues! (More to report later)"
Rene Cosby & Celeste Barbier (California Home Conveyance Services): Mortgage and Lending in Oceanside, CA Rene Cosby & Celeste Barbier (California Home Conveyance Services) said over 11 years ago,
"We've landed some of our biggest clients through the use of ActiveRain that helped us start our company and continue to thrive!"
Mark Robison   Dave Rangasan (Stonebrook Real Estate): Real Estate Agent in Salt Lake City, UT Mark Robison Dave Rangasan (Stonebrook Real Estate) said over 11 years ago,
"I am new to active rain i have seen how it services and helps other people in the business."
Angelina Clarke (Builder Services Realty, LLC): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Tampa Palms, FL Angelina Clarke (Builder Services Realty, LLC) said over 11 years ago,
"Flash back to summer 2009. 11XXX BridgeCreek Dr in Riverview was listed for sale (short sale). The owner could no longer afford to live there, so he moved his family to the panhandle, and left his home in the care of the listing Realtor. The home was empty, the power was off, and the pool started to resemble more of a swamp then an oasis. As the year dragged on, the house sat lonely and empty, no showings, no offers, and the price kept being reduced to try and force a sale. When the listing expired, savvy Keller Williams Realtor, Tim Terpening took on the challenge of selling the home for the owner and won the listing in July 2010. That was when he called Angelina Ogle-Clarke of Bank Real Estate Solutions Inc. for help. Her company cleaned the house & pool, furnished and decorated the house, all with ZERO cost to the Homeowner OR the Realtor! Now Tim had a real HOME to market, not an abandoned, vacant, unkept listing with no utilities running to hopefully sell. That was 27 days ago. TODAY, 9/16/2010 a FULL PRICE offer came in (at the open house)!"
April Diehl, Local Expertise National Strength (Caliber Home Loans): Mortgage and Lending in Fernley, NV April Diehl, Local Expertise National Strength (Caliber Home Loans) said over 11 years ago,
"A first time home buyer looking for USDA financing in Reno NV found me using a google search. His search brought him to my ActiveRain blog!"
Elsie Scalia (Keller Williams Real Estate): Real Estate Agent in Clinton, NJ Elsie Scalia (Keller Williams Real Estate) said over 11 years ago,
"On Sunday, April 9, 2011, I held an open house and met some wonderful buyers. The last of the buyers loved the house tremendously and wanted to compare it to one up the street. I was prepared with the other listing and made an appointment for right after I closed the house I had open. We saw the other house and they knew immediately that the first house was the one for them. I sent them comparable sales in the area to help them make an informed decision on the offer price. Monday morning, they called and said they were prepared to make an offer. In the evening, I met them at their home to sign the contract. After some negotiating, we came to a price that both seller and buyer were comfortable in accepting. It proved to me once again, that Open Houses do work and going the extra mile for a client will get you successful results."
Bukka Levy, REALTOR - San Francisco North Bay (Keller Williams Realty): Real Estate Agent in Petaluma, CA Bukka Levy, REALTOR - San Francisco North Bay (Keller Williams Realty) said over 11 years ago,
"ActiveRain has helped me become involved in the bigger real estate community! This community has encouraged me, has been supportive, has offered advice when asked, and has helped me stay on top of my game. Simply being encouraged to know my stuff in invaluable!

Not only do I have access to the entire ActiveRain community, but the local community is valuable as well, in person! ActiveRain brings up topics and we'll discuss them here live; Ways to better our community and ways to share our results with the rest of the AR gang.

Thanks for all your support, ActiveRain Community!"
Kurt & Rocio Duty, Finding Your Home Is Our Duty (The Duty Group @ Keller Williams Realty): Real Estate Agent in Burke, VA Kurt & Rocio Duty, Finding Your Home Is Our Duty (The Duty Group @ Keller Williams Realty) said over 11 years ago,
"ActiveRain has helped my business help home buyer's and seller's in Burke, Virginia."
The Walsh  Team, Named a "Best Agent in America" for 2013 (William Raveis Real Estate): Real Estate Agent in Wellesley, MA The Walsh Team, Named a "Best Agent in America" for 2013 (William Raveis Real Estate) said over 11 years ago,
"So far so good!"
Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown): Real Estate Agent in Mantua, NJ Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown) said over 11 years ago,
"It has been a true joy ever since I stumbled upon Active Rain. In a constant effort to properly educate the public on issues like credit scoring, first time home buyer programs and grants, reverse mortgages and more, Active Rain has allowed me a fantastic location to share the truth about mortgages and real estate. I used to think that not many people cared about my opinion, until I started putting my opinions out there for the world to see. Now I am meeting people that truly have a need, and I am ready and able to help them fill that need. It is a win-win situation. Oh and the amount of leads I get should be criminal. Thank you Active Rain."
Dona Reynolds, St. Joseph MO (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Stein Summers): Real Estate Agent in Saint Joseph, MO Dona Reynolds, St. Joseph MO (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Stein Summers) said over 11 years ago,
"My success stories on Active Rain are many! The friendships and acquaintances made here have been one of the best. Since joining a little over a year ago, I have had clients/customers call to list their homes, others wishing to buy a property and even have received referrals from other agents on Active Rain. The knowledge is unlimited on what others are sharing/helping here on the Rain. The SEO and Technical learning experience is one of the best that can be found at any cost. Blogging about St Joseph has been a lot of fun and connects our city with the rest of the world on the internet."
Rachel Benjenk, White Plains, Eastchester, Hartsdale, Scarsdale NY 10583 (Coldwell Banker Scarsdale NY 10583): Real Estate Agent in Scarsdale, NY Rachel Benjenk, White Plains, Eastchester, Hartsdale, Scarsdale NY 10583 (Coldwell Banker Scarsdale NY 10583) said over 11 years ago,
"I am very excited to start using ActiveRain that my colleague Dagny Eason introduced me to. I am looking forward to sharing great information with the ActiveRain community on the way to adding more success to my business."
Matthew Weinstein (Morris Real Estate Marketing Group): Services for Real Estate Pros in Toronto, ON Matthew Weinstein (Morris Real Estate Marketing Group) said over 11 years ago,
"Just starting out on ActiveRain. Success Story (or Stories) to follow...hopefully soon ; ). Looking forward to reading and learning, and sharing my own experiences."
Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty): Real Estate Broker/Owner in North Myrtle Beach, SC Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) said over 11 years ago,
"I have too many stories to tell about my success due to Active Rain. I’ve garnered over 50 clients from Active Rain in the year and a half I’ve been active here.

Although this has literally saved my business during these trying times, my most important achievement from Active Rain has been the education garnered here, which has been invaluable.

My many friends here continue to brighten up my world and delight me with their input and their generosity. There is no doubt about it: I LOVE ACTIVE RAIN!"
Ron Lee, Ron Lee (Ron Lee Real Estate): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Salem, OR Ron Lee, Ron Lee (Ron Lee Real Estate) said over 11 years ago,
"I have received numerous referrals from active rain and believe in the value of this professional network!"
Nyles Courchesne, Massachusetts Real Estate Attorney (Peskin, Courchesne and Allen, P.C.): Services for Real Estate Pros in Springfield, MA Nyles Courchesne, Massachusetts Real Estate Attorney (Peskin, Courchesne and Allen, P.C.) said over 11 years ago,
"I have been blogging with Active Rain for a few years and at first I did not see any reward for my efforts. However, as time went by and as I spent more time reading and interacting, I found that my posts were getting the attention of search engines and readers. Some of these readers have turned in to clients. Recently a Seller that was experiencing some distress found me on Active Rain. She was able to discover that one of my specialties is short sales. After three months of very hard work, the short sale went through and we closed. That is one client that never would have found me except for Active Rain.

I find that when I am actively blogging, I begin to get "hits" from the internet in a field (real estate law) where that is a rarity. Blog On !"
Mick Reese (Audio Video Innovation, llc): Home Builder in Louisville, KY Mick Reese (Audio Video Innovation, llc) said over 11 years ago,
"Saved a Family $700 by pre-wiring their home for future potential upgrades before the drywall was installed!"