ActiveRain Success Stories

Bill Johnson, Bill Johnson (Keller Williams Realty Group): Real Estate Sales Representative in Pottstown, PA Bill Johnson, Bill Johnson (Keller Williams Realty Group) said over 7 years ago,
"I have been in Real Estate serving Chester, Montgomery, Berks and Delaware Counties for 27+ Years! I have had all the Buyer Broker training and love showing Buyers the Perfect Home once working with them. I enjoy serving Sellers because I utilize using the Top Technologies available! I owned my own Real Estate Franchise but learned I am better servicing Sellers & Buyers than being an Administrator. I now serve 55+ Developers. Let me be your Realtor for Life!"
Ingrid Pasco, Realtor, CDPE, SFR (FrenchNoteRealty): Real Estate Agent in Encinitas, CA Ingrid Pasco, Realtor, CDPE, SFR (FrenchNoteRealty) said over 7 years ago,
"This is the happy ending story of a homeowner that I truly helped keep his home by handling on his behalf a loan modification. We were 3 weeks away from the auction date while the bank continued to ask for new proof of evidence of his social security benefits, retirement letter and more. I called to obtain copies of those documents. The bank finally stopped the auction count down. After a 3 months trial period, B. Y just received his official accepted loan modification with an excellent principal reduction."
Lee Bothast, CRS, 2nd Generation Pasadena Area Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage): Real Estate Agent in South Pasadena, CA Lee Bothast, CRS, 2nd Generation Pasadena Area Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) said over 7 years ago,
"I posted a referral that I needed on the other side of the country and within 12 hours I had 10 agents to chose from!! So many qualified people and good responses that it was difficult to make a decision. I would highly recommend the Referral Network within ActiveRain - it works!"
Lisa Southern, Lisa Southern Real Estate (Lisa Southern Real Estate): Real Estate Agent in Raleigh, NC Lisa Southern, Lisa Southern Real Estate (Lisa Southern Real Estate) said over 7 years ago,
"I started Active Rain in 2008 but got busy and put my blogging on the back burner. I have recently gotten back into the swing of things and I'm so surprised that people on Active Rain have read my posts, commented on my absence and have welcomed me back. What a great community of people that shares such great information that helps me in my business!"
Linda Saavedra, , Home Staging Expert (Showhomes Tampa): Home Stager in Tampa, FL Linda Saavedra, , Home Staging Expert (Showhomes Tampa) said over 7 years ago,
"Where do I start?? We've had soooo many success stories. My favorite Success Story was a favor we did for a family that was in dire need of some help. Their home had sold, they had purchased another and moved away only to learn just days before the closing, the buyer turned out to be a scam artist and their deal fell through. A spouses lost job and inability to replace it was already a huge challenge. They had exhausted all their funds (and those of family and friends) to relocate. Their realtor called, an amazing lady who we LOVE and a great fan of ours, and asked if there was anything we could do. it was a smaller, older, dated home with lovely green carpet! Could we help? ABSOUTELY!! We immediately staged it gratis, transformed the home, and it sold within the next week!! I might add the sellers didn't believe in staging before we staged. After, they almost wept with joy as believers! (There are so many more amazing success stories it's hard to choose just one!)"
Rosemary Brooks, The Mother & Daughter Realty Team (BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706): Real Estate Agent in Stockton, CA Rosemary Brooks, The Mother & Daughter Realty Team (BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706) said over 7 years ago,
"I enjoy ActiveRain and have received numerous phone calls from all over the U.S. asking questions or seeking help with Short Sales and how to manage Bank Owned Properties. This is my main reason for being on AR - help others as much as possible.

Thank you ActiveRain!"
Beryl Gosney,  Broker, Veterans Real Estate & Short Sale Expert (PNW Towns & Sound (Puget Sound Realty Group)): Real Estate Agent in Lakewood, WA Beryl Gosney, Broker, Veterans Real Estate & Short Sale Expert (PNW Towns & Sound (Puget Sound Realty Group)) said over 7 years ago,
"I have a 95% Short Sale Success rate since 2007. I hold the Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designation
along designations as a Certified Short Sale Negotiator (CSSN), Short Sale and Forclosure Resource (SFR).

I partner with the top legal teams in the State of Washington to add legal leverage to short sale negotiations."
Phil Leng, Phil Leng - Retired (Retired): Industry Observer in Kirkland, WA Phil Leng, Phil Leng - Retired (Retired) said over 7 years ago,
"PROLOGUE
My wife and I are a part of the fastest growing and most dynamic religion in the history of the world - historic Christianity. We happily attend the Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, and have been involved there since 1990. I try to live out Christ's blueprint for living both at home and at work, including, "Do unto others what you would have them do unto you."
Once again, thanks for reading this. If we choose to do business together, I trust the experience will be good for both of us and the outcome will be positive.


I Feel Like a Real Agent Again

My phone is ringing.
I am showing buyers.
Our team has 9 listings.
And today my Active Rain went from $39.00 a month to $29.00 a month.
When I went back into real estate sales at the bottom of our market in early 2009, I set some very ambitious goals.

Then I read the “Red Book” by Gary Keller. I made my goals bigger. Not long after, I joined our local Keller Williams office.
This organization is bursting with ideas, training, technology and energy!

I met my interim goal of one transaction closed per week early this year.

Another interim goal was to reach 200,000 points on Active Rain.

Now, on to my bigger goals!

Thank you, Active Rain, for your part in this."
Jane & Garry Smith, ABR, GRI, Realtors - Portland, ME - (207) 253-3195 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage): Real Estate Agent in Portland, ME Jane & Garry Smith, ABR, GRI, Realtors - Portland, ME - (207) 253-3195 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) said over 7 years ago,
"Active Rain has kept us on the cutting edge of changes in the real estate industry! Though personal service is what we specialize in, it's vital to our clients to present their properties in the appropriate arena. Exposure through a wide net is essential to success. We grasp ideas, tools and the networking power Active Rain offers and love having a powerful sounding board on our side. Thank you, Active Rain!"
Philip H. Losey Junior (Home Towne Realty and Auction): Real Estate Agent in Somerset, KY Philip H. Losey Junior (Home Towne Realty and Auction) said over 7 years ago,
"Active Rain has allowed myself Phil Losey Junior to reach out to new customers and reconnect with past clients."
Keyur Amin: Real Estate Agent in Camanche Lake, CA Keyur Amin said over 7 years ago,
"You did a great job! It was finished way before the advertised 90 days. The main two of the five keywords I sent are now comfortably sitting on page one for some time now. It's a pretty heavy competition term and the main keyword is only one word (usually, and in this case, harder to rank). In all fairness, my site already ranked on page 2 for a very long time, but I couldn't get it to page one before I tried this service"
Dan Derito (Success! Real Estate): Real Estate Agent in Brockton, MA Dan Derito (Success! Real Estate) said over 7 years ago,
"Active Rain has proven to be a valuable tool in so many ways. It's like having a team of advisors at my beck and call any time I need, or want, to know the answer to a question. Experts on financing, short sales, blogging tips, what to look for in phones or cameras are all just a few clicks away. I'll take the blame for a lousy year of production, but feel that I learned from every mistake. This year, with help from the 'Rain', I will be blogging with more confidence and building a better referral business, in addition to basic business building. Count me in."
Ben Huynh, Ben Huynh_832-607-1679. BenHuynhHouston@gmail.com. (Champions Real Estate Group. ): Real Estate Agent in Houston, TX Ben Huynh, Ben Huynh_832-607-1679. BenHuynhHouston@gmail.com. (Champions Real Estate Group. ) said over 7 years ago,
"Recommendations:

* Duc H Nguyen (client) Duc hired you as a Real Estate Agent in 1997 and hired you more than once. Top qualities: Expert, On Time, High Integrity.

“In your live, when facing important time to pick or sell your house, choosing the right agent can save you time, effort and aggravation in finding the perfect home at a price you can afford or selling your home quickly for top dollar. Owning property is very important, and when you deal with someone who is going to help you buy or sell a piece of property, you'd better find someone that knows what they're doing. I recommend you that Ben is the one. He help us to buy both old and new houses also sold my old house with his professional manner. Thank you Ben.” February 20, 2013.

* Lori Carper, Director of Meetings/International, Houston Association of REALTORS.

I have known Ben for over 10 years through HAR and AAREA and he has always been the consummate professional. HAR appreciates his willingness to assist clients and ensure they have the best real estate transaction experience possible.” February 22, 2013.

* Nancy Furst, CIPS, Director/Officer, Houston Association of REALTORS.

I have worked with Ben on several committees through the Houston Association of Realtors, and find him to be a person of integrity and character. If Ben tells you he will do a project, you can take it to the Bank, it will get done. It is a pleasure and honor to recommend Ben.” February 20, 2013.

* Gloria Amezcua, Area Manager, BPG Home Warranty.

“Ben Huynh ha demonstrated all the traits of a very informed and competent Realtor. I have worked on the AAREA Board with Ben for several years and his work ethics are outstanding. He also has mastered the ever-changing social media markets. He is a Realtor that focuses on his clients.” June 27, 2012.

* Tita Horrell, Business Development, Chicago Title - Sugar Land.

“Ben is extremely professional realtor with the knowledge it takes to help his clients buy or sell residental or commercial properties.” February 20, 2013.

* Moe Sarakbi Branch Manager at Rana Motors.

"Prior to becoming a fellow board member at AAREA with Ben, we partnered on many occasions since I was with Savings of America. For 12 years, Ben and I worked in helping first time buyers obtain homes using Bond programs, Grant assistance and so on. Not only Ben has catered to such buyers, but he also is well versed with Foreign buyers as well as High end purchases all over Houston, Sugar Land and Katy. Ben is a caring wonderful realtor and having hims as a friend and a partner has been a pleasure and a blessing." February 25, 2013.

* Leigh Duong (client) Leigh hired you as a Real Estate Agent in 2012 and hired you more than once. Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity.

“In working with Ben Huynh that I was always impressed by his integrity, commitment, sensitivity, positive attitude and problem solving ability. We have worked together on several Homes sales and he has been there even on his days off with true meaning of "Sales Consultant". I believe he is highly motivated and qualified to be considered a "trusted Real Estate Agent". Therefore, I would reccomend you to take a tour with Ben Huynh at one of his home Sites and you will experience the highest and best integrity. His knowledge and service will be to your benefit!” February 20, 2013.

* Sam Merchant, Vice President, Reliance Business Solutions.

“Ben is a leader & a well known real-estate professional. I highly recommend anyone wanting to use his services-to do so with complete confidence & knowing that they are working with one of the best.” September 7, 2009.

* Yvette J Wright, Realtor, Champions Real Estate Group.

“Ben is a warm and inviting individual. He is a hard worker and very diligent concerning his business and his clients. He is a pleasure to work with.” August 5, 2009

* Tasha Tran, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty.

“Ben is great to work with, he is very professional, honest, detailed oriented. He is a man of few words but have lots of integrity.” April 12, 2009.

* Diana Poon, Commercial Investment Advisor, Champions Real Estate Group.

“Ben is a professional in his trade. Very helpful to fellow professionals and collegues. Knowledgeable and very up to date.” May 13, 2011.
Marie Petrou, Marketing, Fidelity Worldwide Investment. “Ben is knowlegealbe on the Houston Real Estate market and has many years of experience. He is customer service oriented individual. Receives high loyalty scores from his customers. I highly recomend Ben for level of service he provides and expertise.” February 20, 2013.

* CHESTER SWANSON SR., RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, FARM & RANCH REALTOR, KELLER WILLIAMS SW.

“Ben is a detail-oriented person, as well as a Top Realtor in the real state business, specializing in commercial and residential properties. Meanwhile he is a good person to know in the tough real estate market.” February 22, 2013."
Paul Anyanwu, CRS, SFR, Broker-Salesperson, Sales West Orange,NJ (RE/MAX SOLUTIONS): Real Estate Agent in West Orange, NJ Paul Anyanwu, CRS, SFR, Broker-Salesperson, Sales West Orange,NJ (RE/MAX SOLUTIONS) said over 7 years ago,
"SINCE JOINING ACTIVE RAIN I HAVE CLOSED TEN REFERRALS FROM FELLOW ACTIVE RAINERS THAT IS AWESOME AND A GREAT TESTIMONIAL FOR MY FELLOW AGENTS TO KNOW.KEEP IT COMING AND GETTING PAID 25% IN RETURN THAT IS A GREAT WAY TO MAKE A NICE INCOME.
THANKS FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT. BEST REGARDS, PAUL."
Wendy Betts, South Delta & S. Surrey Realtor (RE/MAX PROGROUP - SOUTH DELTA /SOUTH SURREY & WHITE ROCK): Real Estate Agent in Tsawwassen, BC Wendy Betts, South Delta & S. Surrey Realtor (RE/MAX PROGROUP - SOUTH DELTA /SOUTH SURREY & WHITE ROCK) said over 7 years ago,
"First Active Rain referral less that 30 days afer joining - and the home successfully SOLD in less than a week - with a fast completion date! Now, how good is that!!!"
David Stevens, Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty (Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty, Victoria BC Canada): Real Estate Agent in Victoria, BC David Stevens, Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty (Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty, Victoria BC Canada) said over 7 years ago,
"What a great collection of people and stories I have found on Active Rain!

I've been a happy Active Rain'er' now for over 5 years. When I first started my Real Estate career I was pointed to the AR website by a few of my real estate colleagues in my office, and have enjoyed the experience ever since.

I find the most amazing helpful articles on here, especially those explaining not only the computer-related stories of "how to do what" with regard to my AR site, but also how to connect to prospective clients via the internet.
My business has also profited, with referrals and via various search engine results showing my Active Rain website, thus leading back to my own website.

Lastly, where else can you connect with so many agents within the same business-related areas? In all, l I have learned so much from the people and stories on Active Rain that would otherwise not have been available to me, so I'm grateful that I was pointed in the right direction right from the start!!"
Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Salt Spring Island, BC Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) said over 7 years ago,
"Active Rain is an important discovery tool for realtors and associated businesses (mortgage brokers, stagers, building inspectors, etc.). With excellent information to enable realtors to adjust to the post-internet world, which has totally changed business into a consumer-centric model, it's an invaluable aid to success in real estate sales, today.
Whether it's rain camp, or active rain university webinars, or blogging and commenting with peers, this is a blueprint for information that is really a necessity. I have learned so much from Active Rain!"
Erica Brooks (The Swan Agency Sotheby's International Realty): Real Estate Agent in Bar Harbor, ME Erica Brooks (The Swan Agency Sotheby's International Realty) said over 7 years ago,
"ActiveRain is a great time saving tool - I love as a RainMaker that my outside Blog is linked to my ActiveRain blog and posts automatically. As a Realtor, anything that saves me time is a great tool, and ActiveRain meets that need for me."
Jacob Rodrigues, GRI, CDPE (Peabody & Plum Realtors): Real Estate Agent in Atascadero, CA Jacob Rodrigues, GRI, CDPE (Peabody & Plum Realtors) said over 7 years ago,
"So it begins today.."
Christine Cumming SeaRealEstate.com, Real Estate Santa Cruz and beyond 831.588.7767 (Real Estate Capitola, Aptos, Scotts Valley, Watsonville): Real Estate Agent in Santa Cruz, CA Christine Cumming SeaRealEstate.com, Real Estate Santa Cruz and beyond 831.588.7767 (Real Estate Capitola, Aptos, Scotts Valley, Watsonville) said over 7 years ago,
"With only one University viewing, I've had the confidence to write and launch my very first Blog. I was intimidated by the thought, but overcame it with ActiveRain education. In less than one day, I've had over 25 clicks. I'm on my way to perfecting my Blog skills and reaching out to more buyers and sellers as well as connecting to more Realtors."