ActiveRain Success Stories

John MacArthur, Licensed Maryland/DC Realtor, Metro DC Homes (Century 21 Redwood): Real Estate Agent in Washington, DC John MacArthur, Licensed Maryland/DC Realtor, Metro DC Homes (Century 21 Redwood) said over 7 years ago,
"After several years of submitting blogs and participating in the Active Rain community, we now have a regular featured article in the Examiner. It can be reached by copying and pasting this link http://www.examiner.com/real-estate-in-washington-dc/john-macarthur into your web browser. If you contact us, we will gladly share the stories of clients that have contacted us via Active Rain that are now home owners."
Frank Cotter, Frank Cotter (Hilltop Realty INC.): Real Estate Agent in Buda, TX Frank Cotter, Frank Cotter (Hilltop Realty INC.) said over 7 years ago,
""I'm all about resale", this is what I tell all my clients.
This was never truer than when my university athletic administrator client was offered a new position in De. She just bought her home 10 months before. We looked at over 30 homes while I helped her “clean-up” her credit. Then we bought her dream home which was a great home at an even greater price.

She had to sell.
Explained to her there might be a financial hit because she had been in the home such a short time.
We had 3 offers after being on the market for 1 week. We were able to sell her home with a 10 % increase in value. This enabled her to be able to accept a new higher level position while paying closing out of her modest relo package.
RESELL MATTERS even if it's the client's "forever" home.!"
Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL  (Cam Realty and Property Management): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Clermont, FL Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) said over 7 years ago,
"After actively blogging on ActiveRain in less than a month, I received my first lead who had been reading my posts and called me to list her house. It was just up hill after that! I'm currently working with 8 different families looking to buy homes in Clermont area and chose me based on my posts they have seen via ActiveRain."
Julie Dumaine-Russell (RE/MAX Alliance): Real Estate Agent in Branford, CT Julie Dumaine-Russell (RE/MAX Alliance) said over 7 years ago,
"Active Rain has been a great source of success for me both personally and professionally. My most recent real estate success story was getting a short sale listing last month as a direct result of the comments from my colleagues on posts I had written about short sales. The seller felt that after reading my short sale posts and reading all of the glowing comments from my colleagues that I would be the best agent to work on behalf of him and his wife to list their home. He said "it was like having Alex Rodriguez going to bat for him." That listing is now under contract and awaiting short sale approval. On the personal side the friendships I've made and the knowledge that others are so willing and open to share is what makes Active Rain a very special place that I call my second family!"
James Muhammad, RE/MAX Vision (RE/MAX Champions): Real Estate Agent in Upland, CA James Muhammad, RE/MAX Vision (RE/MAX Champions) said over 7 years ago,
"My ActiveRain success story..

I have actively been back on ActiveRain after taking a two (2) year hiatus for about Two (2)-Three (3) months now. I have, been Blogging everyday and learning a lot of useful tips from, the ActiveRain University. Recently a past/old client from a few years ago said they Google’ed me, to find me, to see if I was still In the Real estate business, so I could help them with a Short Sale.

All I can say is Wow! If it wasn’t for me being back on ActiveRain It would have been very hard, if not impossible for them to have found me and I would have lost a New Listing.

Thank you! ActiveRain.."
Fabian Amarillo (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage): Real Estate Agent in Layton, UT Fabian Amarillo (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) said over 7 years ago,
"As first time home buyers we were excited, nervous, and a little naive. Fabian was referred to us as someone who was honest, which was the most important thing we were looking for in a Realtor. We soon found that Fabian was not only honest; but he genuinely wanted us to be happy and most importantly, we could trust him to protect our interests. Fabian was knowledgeable, friendly, and helped us get into our dream home in a tough economy. He referred us to great financial people to help with the loan. Through the home buying process we feel like he is a friend and we would highly recommend him to anyone as their Real Estate Agent.

Tyler and Lucci Hoch"
Kathleen Frawley, South County Sacramento, 916 730 4404 (Keller Williams  916 730-4404 Elk Grove, Wilton, Folsom, Sacramento): Real Estate Agent in Wilton, CA Kathleen Frawley, South County Sacramento, 916 730 4404 (Keller Williams 916 730-4404 Elk Grove, Wilton, Folsom, Sacramento) said over 7 years ago,
"Are you kidding? I just joined yesterday, I've already made great connections, discovered a wealth of information, and feel completely confident that any problem I can dream up will be answered...now that is what I call SUCCESS!"
Joe Bourland, Joe Bourland, REALTOR, CRS, ABR, CDPE, QSC (RE/MAX Professionals): Real Estate Agent in Avondale, AZ Joe Bourland, Joe Bourland, REALTOR, CRS, ABR, CDPE, QSC (RE/MAX Professionals) said over 7 years ago,
"Summer of 2009- John and Debbie read my posts on Active Rain about short sales. Because of the level of expertise shown in the posts, they decide I was a competent agent and the one they already felt comfortable hiring. I was the 4th real estate agent they had worked with. Sure enough a few weeks later the all cash deal closed and they have been enjoying their house happily ever after!"
David Lee ~ Orange County, Ca ~ Cash Flow Specialist (United Realty): Real Estate Agent in Garden Grove, CA David Lee ~ Orange County, Ca ~ Cash Flow Specialist (United Realty) said over 7 years ago,
"Hello ActiveRain Community!

I would like to begin this post by saying that I love Activerain, SEO, the internet, and the leads I received from AR!! I began blogging about 3 months ago and to be honest, I wasn't completely sure if I was able to receive leads from only blogging, but oh boy, let me tell you, I did!

I have been focusing on short sales in my posts and not too long ago I received a solid lead, which I'm currently working on right now and just TODAY I received another lead as well. Activerain is serving me well, wouldn't you agree?

I wrote about being consistent and persistent when I first began writing and it surely surely has paid off. More importantly, I believed in myself. If I didn't, who else would you know? I've attended Activerain Camp and it was more than beneficial to me because I learned how to write effective posts on my blog for maximum exposure. I followed the guidelines and provided good content for consumers to read and bam, it worked! You know what's more exciting, this is only the beginning!

I want to encourage those who haven't received a solid lead because I was in your shoes not too long ago! I know how to feels when you keep on writing great posts and don't get anything. Keep on writing, believing, and persist your way through because one day you will receive that lead.

Thank you ActiveRain and AR Community for sharing priceless knowledge with me.

David"
Joy Daniels (Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.): Real Estate Agent in Harrisburg, PA Joy Daniels (Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.) said over 7 years ago,
"As a new business owner/broker, I feel blessed to have found many articles that I use personally and/or that I can share with my buyer agents and administrative team. The amount of information that is available on Active Rain is almost limitless.

http://activerain.com/blogsview/2520171/active-rain-works- ACTIVE RAIN WORKS! I didn't post anything when my points went over the $100,000 mark. . . I thought I would just continue to enjoy reading the blogs and posting my own from time to time because I enjoyed it.

About a month ago I was asked by an area publication for an interview about something I had posted about. . . they didn't mention my post, so I thought it was coincidence. Just a few days ago I was contacted by our local newspaper for an interview on an article. The woman I spoke to from the paper said they called me because of a blog I wrote on the subject. The subject was yard sales! I posted about a yard sale that was happening in one of the communities I represent! It was a very simple post . . . but they found it and called me for an interview for their article.

BEFORE I called to be interviewed I used the "Search" button on Active Rain and searched for "yard sale tips" and found many blogs that enabled me to sound like a professional when I was being interviewed. :)

THANK YOU ACTIVE RAINERS (is that a word?)!!! It's becoming obvious that you do have SEO power!"
Julie  Boyd-Elrod, Realtor®,          Broker Associate, and Investor  (Keller Williams Realty): Real Estate Agent in Orlando, FL Julie Boyd-Elrod, Realtor®, Broker Associate, and Investor (Keller Williams Realty) said over 7 years ago,
"I took a listing back in December of 2010 which was a short sale. The owners had lost a job and several other mishaps put them behind on their payments and their house was definitely upside down due to THREE mortgages and, of course, declining values. Fast forward to November 30, 2012. After several contracts that fell through because of three mortgage liens where the lenders couldn't agree (imagine that), we have successfully closed this transaction and the Sellers are able to start fresh. And, we have earned an enjoyable client for life!"
Edward moloney, Loan Officer Providing 5 STAR SERVICE (Edward Moloney Loan Officer GMH Mortgage Services): Mortgage and Lending in Holliston, MA Edward moloney, Loan Officer Providing 5 STAR SERVICE (Edward Moloney Loan Officer GMH Mortgage Services) said over 7 years ago,
"I have had many past clients be able to find me through this site. It is a great way to keep your thoughts flowing and to learn from others"
Tim Stephens, Omaha Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Ambassador Real Estate): Real Estate Agent in Omaha, NE Tim Stephens, Omaha Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Ambassador Real Estate) said over 7 years ago,
"Active Rain has given me some incredible "Google Juice" in the short time I have been using it.

I am new to Real Estate, but not to sales.

The forum here with Top Agents and the interactions are the thing I am really appreciate.

I like to learn from the top agents...not the ones whining about how bad things are.

I am happy to be here!

Tim Stephens"
Richard Daskam, Your Real Estate Consultant (eXp Realty): Managing Real Estate Broker in Signal Hill, CA Richard Daskam, Your Real Estate Consultant (eXp Realty) said over 7 years ago,
"Finally became a Rainmaker! Now lets really get serious!"
Brett Furniss, Charlotte Property Manager (BDF Realty, Inc.): Services for Real Estate Pros in Charlotte, NC Brett Furniss, Charlotte Property Manager (BDF Realty, Inc.) said over 7 years ago,
"AR has been a great sounding board for BDF Realty to gauge and improve the creative buying and selling techniques (rent-to-own, rent-to-sell, etc.) we implement for our clients."
Dasaret Cefa, Earn 10% on your money.  I acquire and manage rent (Edgestone Realty, Alba First Coast Management ): Services for Real Estate Pros in San Marino, CA Dasaret Cefa, Earn 10% on your money. I acquire and manage rent (Edgestone Realty, Alba First Coast Management ) said over 7 years ago,
"I bought 2 REO properties through an agent I met here on Active Rain. I fixed and flipped those properties and made a profit."
Curtis Target, Target: Real Estate Agent in Houston, TX Curtis Target, Target said over 7 years ago,
"I'm Curtis, I'm an audio engineer looking to get my foot in the door at a good studio and build my career."
Nick Libert (Exit Realty--I'd love to service your Chicagoland referrals): Real Estate Agent in Chicago, IL Nick Libert (Exit Realty--I'd love to service your Chicagoland referrals) said over 7 years ago,
"I have greatly appreciated the industry insight, sharing, and support as well as the tremendous connections and networking ActiveRain has brought to my business since becoming an active member in October 2008. It really is THE place for Real Estate professionals to learn and network in a neutral, unbiased environment!"
Meredith Klemm, Meredith Klemm, Real Estate Associate Broker (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage): Real Estate Agent in Valparaiso, IN Meredith Klemm, Meredith Klemm, Real Estate Associate Broker (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) said over 7 years ago,
"For a timely sale and the best price, hire me, Meredith Klemm, and my circle of real estate professionals. Please call today for a free personal consltation of your home."
Rich Sadler: Real Estate Agent in Parma, ID Rich Sadler said over 7 years ago,
"Rich Sadler providing the best in Training the Trainer and Training for Trainers techniques plus how to Market and Advertise Your Business for Professional Speaking Learn more here: http://www.profitrichseminars.com/blog"