ActiveRain Success Stories

Christine Willard, Professional food blogger and photographer (http://www.Internationalfoodblog.com): Home Builder in Greensboro, NC Christine Willard, Professional food blogger and photographer (http://www.Internationalfoodblog.com) said over 11 years ago,
"Only a few weeks after joining Active Rain I listed a house for an out-of-town seller who found me on Active Rain. We emailed the papers, the seller sent the key and faxed the papers back. The listing was in the Triad MLS with 9 photos (max), a virtual tour and a professional description in the remarks section AND on Realtor.com with photos, a virtual tour and a video - all within 24 hours plus posted on several websites. 24 hours!! The seller was thrilled. The house sold in a week and the house had been listed with two realtors before we got the listing. Seller thrilled again!! One of my best fans. Thanks Active Rain."
Zabella Home (Zabella Homes LLC.): Home Builder in Waldorf, MD Zabella Home (Zabella Homes LLC.) said over 11 years ago,
"ActiveRain, seems to be a great tool to share real estate issues and solutions."
Darrell Swope (RE/MAX Towne Square): Real Estate Agent in Winder, GA Darrell Swope (RE/MAX Towne Square) said over 11 years ago,
"The useful information that I receive from other people within the real estate industry which I try to incorporate into my real estate and appraisal business."
Laura  Nakatani (Sell-EZ-1 Realty): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Aiea, HI Laura Nakatani (Sell-EZ-1 Realty) said over 11 years ago,
"One of my agents has had several referrals from active rain that has turned into transactions. Great networking and educational forum. If you are serious about real estate, you have come to the right place."
Charles Perkins (Charles G. Perkins, CPA): Services for Real Estate Pros in Burien, WA Charles Perkins (Charles G. Perkins, CPA) said over 11 years ago,
"I am new to Active Rain, but I am discovering a wealth of information here that can help real estate professionals and consumers alike. Active Rain seems to have many active members this makes it easier to get to know people which is part of what networking is all about.

As I continue to use Active Rain, I am making some very useful contacts and building a support team of real estae professionals."
Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me, Utah Homes (Utah Homes): Real Estate Agent in Alpine, UT Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me, Utah Homes (Utah Homes) said over 11 years ago,
"I've used ActiveRain to blog about the topics that I feel will be most helpful to my potential readers. I've earned many new clients this way. These are people I may not have met through any other means. I have shared several success stories in this past year... they all have a common theme. Someone contacted me- we found what they were looking for... and in several cases they've introduced me to their friends who also have needs. It has been a very rewarding experience for all of us."
Korina Hilding Bross, Mortgage lender for home purchases and refinances (First Centennial Mortgage): Mortgage and Lending in Naperville, IL Korina Hilding Bross, Mortgage lender for home purchases and refinances (First Centennial Mortgage) said over 11 years ago,
"Active Rain has helped boost my appearance on the Web & site searches & has connected me with a number of great professionals in the industry. I love Active Rain!!!"
Carrie Strom (Precious Homes Realty): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Tucson, AZ Carrie Strom (Precious Homes Realty) said over 11 years ago,
"Active Rain's Arizona Ambassador, Mike in Tucson, introduced me to this wonderful network of caring, supportive professionals. I have another business, Gabriel's Collection, and Mike buys client gifts from my shop.
My introduction to the Active Rain Real Estate Community has opened doors of opportunity, and I'm grateful for that!"
Blah Blah: Real Estate Agent in Saint Augustine, FL Blah Blah said over 11 years ago,
"I have learned so many valuable things from reading the blogs here on ActiveRain. I find it is a wonderful networking tool. I get to share my experiences as well as read others. Also found some awesome recipes that I just can't wait to try out. Thanks for keeping me connected!!!"
Farima Tabrizi (Farima Tabrizi, Broker, GRI (FT Realty & Management)): Real Estate Broker/Owner in San Diego, CA Farima Tabrizi (Farima Tabrizi, Broker, GRI (FT Realty & Management)) said over 11 years ago,
"Since I became an ActiveRain member, I learnt ( still learning!) many new things for my Business, which I think it would take me years... to learn and have access to them. Thank you to ActiveRain and its members to share and teach!"
David Peterson (Martin Jurisch& Associates): Real Estate Agent in Rapid City, SD David Peterson (Martin Jurisch& Associates) said over 11 years ago,
"ActiveRain provides excellent exposure for our properties"
Gina Zimmerman, Fort Wayne Real Estate (North Eastern Group Realty): Real Estate Agent in Fort Wayne, IN Gina Zimmerman, Fort Wayne Real Estate (North Eastern Group Realty) said over 11 years ago,
"I received a call out of the blue several months ago from a young woman by the name of Janet. She had been chatting on "Ask Yahoo" and had asked for a recommendation on a good agent in Fort Wayne, Indiana. An AR member from across the country in Newport Beach, California, saw the post and recommended me based on my AR profile. I was thrilled to receive my first AR connection and closed on Janet's house last month. So publically and enthusiastically I want to say "THANKS" to Sandra Carlisle with Coastal Orange County Real Estate. This community WORKS because of great people like you!! Gina"
Mark Waldhoff, GRI, CRS - Champaign/Urbana, IL (Keller Williams Realty): Real Estate Agent in Champaign, IL Mark Waldhoff, GRI, CRS - Champaign/Urbana, IL (Keller Williams Realty) said over 11 years ago,
"I made a great contact with a Realtor From Indiana who found my blog and website through ActiveRain. She called, we talked, I listed her family members house, it sold, everyone was happy! I wouldn't have made that contact without AR."
Glenn Samuel: Real Estate Agent in Hackensack, NJ Glenn Samuel said over 11 years ago,
"I love activerain because it let me connect with some of the only true professionals in this industry across the country. I was able to close referrals I may not have otherwise."
Sylvie Conde, Broker, Toronto Real Estate (Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage): Real Estate Agent in Toronto, ON Sylvie Conde, Broker, Toronto Real Estate (Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage) said over 11 years ago,
"I was introduced to Active Rain by an instructor/facilitator of a course I was taking.
He told me it was a great place to network with real estate professionals, etc.
I checked out his profile, and he has never posted a blog, so I wondered how great it could be.

I watched and learned for a few days, and then started to make some comments and ask some questions.
It didn't take long before I was getting emails/questions and soon was sent information about a potential client (who I'm still working with)..... it all happened quickly and I've been working at this thing ever since.

The most amazing thing that has happened to me through Active Rain so far, was 'meeting' Liz Moras.
She offered to help me with 'blogging' almost from the beginning, because I'm so (not) technical.
I have learned a few things from her, but I'm waiting to meet her in person, to get a real lesson. :)

She's become a great friend, and I miss her.
I miss the chats we used to have on a regular basis, before she changed jobs.
I went through that interview process with her, as if I was the one applying for that job.
We spoke almost every day, for a long, long time.
I was worried sick about her, for the longest time.
I don't know how that was possible - with someone I'd never met before ... but it was ...
We were both going through a tough time, and we both helped each other cope/deal with it.

She landed her new job, and she's a much happier person.
I'm so thrilled she's doing what she's always wanted to do.
How many people have a chance to do what they love to do? Liz is doing it.

I'm so happy I met her on Active Rain, and I'm looking forward to a meeting face to face, if not sooner, then in October, when I will be going to Vancouver, for my birthday, to spend with my adopted sister. :)

I love you, Liz. You may even get some referrals from me. ;-)"
Terri Onigkeit, GRI (Keller Williams of Northern Colorado): Real Estate Agent in Fort Collins, CO Terri Onigkeit, GRI (Keller Williams of Northern Colorado) said over 11 years ago,
"In one week I have earned over two thousand points, and am in the top twenty five in Larimer County."
Barb  Mihalik (RE/MAX Elite): Real Estate Agent in Suntree, FL Barb Mihalik (RE/MAX Elite) said over 11 years ago,
"I have received two referrals thanks to Active Rain."
Seraina Aguayo, Realtor/Broker, GRI (Respect Realty, LLC): Real Estate Agent in Milwaukie, OR Seraina Aguayo, Realtor/Broker, GRI (Respect Realty, LLC) said over 11 years ago,
"Thank you ActiveRain for my first contract as a result of Blogging and also making a reconnect with a long lost friend!

For about two years my good friend Todd Clark has been urging me to blog blog blog on ActiveRain. So I put a blog in here and a blog in there with (I admit) some half-hearted effort. He kept telling me what a wonderful reward it is and what an excellent learning opportunity it is. While I never doubted Todd for a moment it always seemed that I had "other" things that trumped blogging. Well, two years later the reality of Todd's claims has smacked me in the face because a wonderful girl who I lost contact with for three years just called me two days ago to tell me that she had some real estate needs and she thought of me. She didn't have any of my contact information so she googled me and low and behold, she found my Localism blogs and gave me a call. I was so excited to hear her voice on my answering machine and so thrilled that she thought of me for her Real Estate transaction that I couldn't contain the butterflies in my stomache when I called her up! Even though I may have lost contact with a few people I am confident that if they look me up they will see that I am active as a real estate professional by reading my blogs. OK TODD, I GET IT! ActiveRain is a necessary tool for my business success and another step in achieving my real estate goals! Thank you ActiveRain for the business and thank you as well for the reconnection!"
David Maio Williams (DMaio Creative Services): Home Stager in Kennett Square, PA David Maio Williams (DMaio Creative Services) said over 11 years ago,
"I have to say that my Active Rain success story is quite wonderful. My colleague and friend Janice Roosevelt did some complimentary blogging about me and I got a call in less than 24 hours.

Technology is wonderful and I'm blessed in many ways with lots of supportive friends and family."
Matthew Hart (WPI Sea to Sky Realty): Real Estate Agent in Melville, NY Matthew Hart (WPI Sea to Sky Realty) said over 11 years ago,
"My ActiveRain Success Story"