ActiveRain Success Stories

Derek McClintock (C2 Financial): Mortgage and Lending in San Diego, CA Derek McClintock (C2 Financial) said over 7 years ago,
"I have only been bloggging for about 2 months, but thanks to all of the wonderful webinars and recorded classes by Active Rain, I am slowly figuring out what I am doing. My success story is that I now have got 2 clients as a direct result of my blogging on Active Rain. Both clients are refinance clients for the HARP 2.0 refinance program, of which I wrote a couple different blogs about. When I asked then how they found me, both of them said that they had read an article I had written online and decided to contact me. Pretty freakin cool!"
Dax Dickson, Your Trusted Finance (Your Trusted Finance): Real Estate Agent in Saint Paul, MN Dax Dickson, Your Trusted Finance (Your Trusted Finance) said over 7 years ago,
"I have met so many great people in the business, both piers and clients!"
The Trumm Team Omaha Homes for Sale, Real Estate (Keller Williams Greater Omaha): Real Estate Agent in Omaha, NE The Trumm Team Omaha Homes for Sale, Real Estate (Keller Williams Greater Omaha) said over 7 years ago,
"I met with a homeowner who had previously listed his house with another agent. After six months the home had not sold. I asked how he got my name and he mentioned that he had read my blog on ActiveRain. I listed the house and six days later we accepted an offer."
Heather Fitzgerald, REALTOR Greenwood Indiana Real Estate (REALTY WORLD-Harbert Company, Inc.): Real Estate Sales Representative in Greenwood, IN Heather Fitzgerald, REALTOR Greenwood Indiana Real Estate (REALTY WORLD-Harbert Company, Inc.) said over 7 years ago,
"The amount of knowledge that I have gained from this website is incredible, as well as how it is evolving my business and building nationwide real estate contacts and friendships!!!!

I learn every time I log in to this site. The amount of information and help that is accessible thru this site is amazing!

When you blog diligently the leads will come! I have gotten 2-3 listings in the time that I was focusing diligently on blogging."
Yuri  Ramirez-Villanueva, Sacramento Realtor, (Hablo Español)  (Exp Realty of CA): Real Estate Agent in Elk Grove, CA Yuri Ramirez-Villanueva, Sacramento Realtor, (Hablo Español) (Exp Realty of CA) said over 7 years ago,
"The number of clients who say they have found me through ACTIVE RAIN is incredible! This is a great site, with so many great professionals. Everyone in real estate should have a profile here!"
Mike Sibbald, Broker/Owner Elevations Real Estate, LLC (Elevations Real Estate, LLC): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Fort Collins, CO Mike Sibbald, Broker/Owner Elevations Real Estate, LLC (Elevations Real Estate, LLC) said over 7 years ago,
"None yet but looking forward to them!!!"
Kelley Weimer, Preble County Ohio Real Estate & beyond (Better Homes and Gardens Big Hill): Real Estate Agent in Eaton, OH Kelley Weimer, Preble County Ohio Real Estate & beyond (Better Homes and Gardens Big Hill) said over 7 years ago,
"Wow! What can I say about ActiveRain? Simply pivotal. I have met so many folks from around the country that I now can call friends. I have told of my highs and lows, and had such a tremendous outpouring of care shown by wonderful professionals. The icing on the cake has been great clients that I have met thru doing my active rain blog. Its wonderful. My only word of warning? QUITE addictive! :)"
Lillianne Echevarria, DFWHomesGal (Your Pad | Real Estate Services): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Roanoke, TX Lillianne Echevarria, DFWHomesGal (Your Pad | Real Estate Services) said over 7 years ago,
"Real Estate caught my attention at a very young age. I was still in high school when I purchased my first home. I remember that at closing, the closer informed me that my parents had to sign the documents even though I was married and about to have my first daughter. I couldn’t believe it!!

When I purchased my second home five years later, little did I know that a few years later I would be at the verge of foreclosure when my 9 month old baby had renal surgery and I had to take care of her because the kid's dad and I had just split. After speaking to my lender and a HUD counselor, I was able to remain a homeowner through a forbearance agreement HUD coordinated with my lender and was given the gift to be able to continue providing my children with a stable environment. Even though at the time it seemed that our situation would never improve - it did after a while andwhen the home sold a few years later it was a profitable transaction (and no, he didn't get any of it!). It was then when I began helping a local broker market her listings and Real Estate won my heart.

After relocating to Dallas in the summer of 2000 my education to become a Realtor began shortly thereafter. I was a single mom raising children, working full time and pursuing my degree and I not only made the Vice President's Honor Roll but was also nominated to receive an award for 'Academic Excellence in Real Estate' by my professors. In 2003, I passed the licensing exam and continued my studies to become a broker, which was accomplished two years later.

By the time my brokerage opened in 2005, short sales where an integral part of my service mix to assist families facing life-altering situations retain ownership by renegotiating their loan terms or selling property via a traditional or a short sale. Lender representation became another service offered by listing and managing VA foreclosures and REO's and performing Broker Price Opinions for servicers.

During the course of a failed marriage and few property issues later, I experienced first-hand situations that gave me a deep understanding of home ownership; the do's and don’ts and what's important to consider when buying or selling a home, among others. I can say that the most impactful situation I've personally experienced was facing foreclosure for a second time while experiencing a sudden and rocky divorce and at the same time, being able to negotiate a loan modification on the home I had acquired when I first moved to Dallas, was a big blessing for me and my children. I learned a lot in the process and can say I have firsthand experience, understand the frustrations and learned what needs to be done and how to present your case. I also completed my CDPE Designation and Five Star REO Certification to complement my experiences with formal classroom education.

I'm motivated to help my customers accomplish their home ownership dreams for different reasons: First and foremost; I want to be an example to my five children, who are my most precious gift. Second, I love what I do and want to make a difference in people's lives and promote home ownership and retention; and third; I enjoy using the tools and talent I've gained through my personal experiences and education to help others.

Most of my customers are more than friends, they have become a very important part of my life and I enjoy being part of their lives as well."
Jane Wemyss, CRS (Compass): Real Estate Agent in Dover, MA Jane Wemyss, CRS (Compass) said over 7 years ago,
"Received an email via my ActiveRain contact information. Small world because I actually ended up knowing one of the clients relocating from New Jersey."
Doug Anderson, Bay Area Real Estate Views (Tucker Associates Real Estate Services): Real Estate Agent in Danville, CA Doug Anderson, Bay Area Real Estate Views (Tucker Associates Real Estate Services) said over 7 years ago,
"A little over a year ago I was contacted by a couple interested in relocating to the Bay Area from the East Coast. The source of the referral was my ActiveRain Blog which of course made me happy since I was spending a lot of time gathering information and blogging about local real estate conditions in the 680 Corridor. We spent time together previewing properties on three separate occasions over the past year and on March 22nd we closed on a home that will bring them closer to their family and friends!"
Liz Gallagher, Montreal Quebec  RESA member (LG Home Harmony - Home Stagers & Organizers ): Home Stager in Montreal, QC Liz Gallagher, Montreal Quebec RESA member (LG Home Harmony - Home Stagers & Organizers ) said over 7 years ago,
"Our most recent project was directly due to our page on Activerain.

This new client found us because of the visibility Activerain gives us in search engines...thanks so much for giving us the opportunity to make another contact and convert him to a Happy HOME HARMONY user!"
Yvette Chisholm, Associate Broker - Rockville, MD  301-758-9500 (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.): Real Estate Agent in Rockville, MD Yvette Chisholm, Associate Broker - Rockville, MD 301-758-9500 (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) said over 7 years ago,
"Active Rain has allowed me to connect with people while learning and teaching. I was talking to a client today about listing a home I sold him several years ago. We talked about a mutual friend and I mentioned that I read her blog occasionally. Then, he remarked, yes we've noticed you've been blogging recently and we are reading your blog too! Every day is an adventure.

I find active rain a great way to send referrals - I was able to send a successful referral out to Ohio!"
June Tassillo, Let me help you with the next phase of your life! (Owner/Broker RE/MAX Elite Realty): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Franklin, NC June Tassillo, Let me help you with the next phase of your life! (Owner/Broker RE/MAX Elite Realty) said over 7 years ago,
"Since I have been on Active Rain I have received much more than just another social site to be a member of, I have a host of new friends. I have gained more knowledge in such a short period of time that its just priceless. It can not be bought or taught anywhere else. If I need anything the people here are just a few clicks away and someone is always willing to help. I am blessed to have such a network of friends associates in my life and business who are willing to share their experience & strengths. Thanks Active Rain and all the Great people here!"
Linda K. Mayer, Realtor, SRES, SoCAL, A REALTOR YOU CAN TRUST (License # 01767321): Real Estate Agent in La Verne, CA Linda K. Mayer, Realtor, SRES, SoCAL, A REALTOR YOU CAN TRUST (License # 01767321) said over 7 years ago,
"Okay, so WOW! Personally I count it successful to make and sustain good, no strike that, FANTASTIC relationships. I've made some good friends here who have turned into amazing ones even outside of AR. But, I've also learned quite a bit about the changes in laws, etc. Bloggin was/is not my strong-suit, but check this out - when you Google Linda K Mayer at any given time I have been the top five listings! And I think one of my favorite things about AR is that when I don't know the answer I have a go-to person here in the rain who already has had that experience or has the knowledge and doesn't mind sharing. What a FANTASTIC PLACE to be!!!"
Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax (Keller Williams Select Realty): Real Estate Agent in Bedford, NS Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax (Keller Williams Select Realty) said over 7 years ago,
"I love the connections and "family" I've discovered in the groups I joined here. I've learned from everyone and hope I contribute as much knowledge, experience and ideas as I have received. I highly recommend ActiveRain to everyone I meet in the Real Estate industry."
Marianne Bandy, CRS, GRI, Certified Negotiation Expert (Bandy Homes): Real Estate Agent in Parker, CO Marianne Bandy, CRS, GRI, Certified Negotiation Expert (Bandy Homes) said over 7 years ago,
"I have been blogging about Denver real estate on Active Rain for several years, but really got into it in the Fall of 2008. I blog once or twice per week and have seen my leads go up due to organic search results getting better and better. I've even gotten a few referrals for home buyers in Denver from other AR agents."
Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners): Real Estate Agent in Andover, MA Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) said over 7 years ago,
"I must share this. About 4 days ago, I blogged about a motivational/inspirational video on ActiveRain. I uploaded this video in my YouTube channel - where I have video of couple of my listings ,too. There are more than 2000 views of this video in my channel - unbelievable, because I never expected this.

And as of today, 4 days later, Google search for the phrase 'This is how WINNERS are made' (title of the video), still shows on page 1 - along with couple of re-blogs from Karen and Gail!"
Guillermo Fernandez, Miami Dade County Short Sale Specialist (Xcellence Realty Inc): Real Estate Agent in Miami, FL Guillermo Fernandez, Miami Dade County Short Sale Specialist (Xcellence Realty Inc) said over 7 years ago,
"I joined the Active Rain network to hone my skills and knowledge and to share my expertise with other profesionals in the field."
Catherine Ulrey, Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist  (Keller Williams Capital City): Real Estate Agent in Salem, OR Catherine Ulrey, Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist (Keller Williams Capital City) said over 7 years ago,
"I recently received an email from fellow AR member Trisha Bush. She was selling a house for a nice retired couple in Washington and they were looking to move to Salem Oregon ASAP! Trisha gave them my name & number. They called and we chatted about what they were looking for. They planned on arriving in town later that week and only had 2 days to find a house. They did not have internet, so I had to adjust how I work, but we did it! We found a great, brand new house, wrote the offer and they headed back to Washington to wrap up the closing of their house. Trisha was wonderful to allow the buyers to receive faxes from me (since they didn't email!) so we could complete the purchase of their new house on this end. Thank you Trisha!"
H Trimmer, DRE# 0112985: Property Manager in Healdsburg, CA H Trimmer, DRE# 0112985 said over 7 years ago,
"My ActiveRain clients are informed and have been a great source of new referrals for me. Please join them and become a new client of mine."