ActiveRain Success Stories

Scott W. Johnson, Insurance Broker-Agent (Marindependent Insurance Services LLC): Services for Real Estate Pros in Mill Valley, CA Scott W. Johnson, Insurance Broker-Agent (Marindependent Insurance Services LLC) said almost 9 years ago,
"Show me a better tool to connect with local Marin, Sonoma, and San Francisco agents online? Active Rain is great."
Michel Cleark: Home Stager in Bay Harbor Islands, FL Michel Cleark said almost 9 years ago,
"I am an optimist person."
Tom Smith, Your Top Real Estate Agent In Fredericksburg, VA (Fredericksburg Realty LLC): Real Estate Agent in Fredericksburg, VA Tom Smith, Your Top Real Estate Agent In Fredericksburg, VA (Fredericksburg Realty LLC) said almost 9 years ago,
"I love the Active Rain Network. No other place on this planet is better organized with the vast number of real estate professionals as Active Rain. My website, www.fredericksburgagent.com, has gained a higher placement upon all major search engines since I've joined this network. THANKS."
Saimon Hafizali: Home Builder in Discovery Island, BC Saimon Hafizali said almost 9 years ago,
"Jewellery may be made from a wide range of materials, but gemstones, precious metals, beads and shells have been widely used. Depending on the culture and times jewellery may be appreciated as a status symbol, for its material properties, its patterns, or for meaningful symbols. Jewellery has been made to adorn nearly every body part, from hairpins to toe rin gs.

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Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale): Real Estate Agent in Mesquite, NV Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) said almost 9 years ago,
"The result of my Active Rain involvement is success. The true success is that I have evolved from a person who had no knowledge of technology to promote her business, to a successful internet marketing pioneer. This incredible journey started with reading a Realtor blog on Active Rain and thinking, "She sounds like me - maybe I can do that, too." I read, I learned, I experimented, I asked questions. The answers to any question I had were right here on Active Rain - in blogs, in comments, in emails and phone calls from members who replied to my direct questions. In emails and phone calls from Active Rain staff. I have learned about internet marketing, real estate laws, loans, ethics, business practices, and people. I am a better real estate agent and take better care of my buyers and sellers."
Dale Samples, REALTOR   -Homes for Sale Charleston, West Virgini (304.741.4705 • www.dalesamples.com ): Real Estate Agent in Charleston, WV Dale Samples, REALTOR -Homes for Sale Charleston, West Virgini (304.741.4705 • www.dalesamples.com ) said almost 9 years ago,
"ActiveRain has been a great source to me as a new agent to learn and compare new strategies. My blogging is also working. A friend recently came up and mentioned she was searching something on google and found an advertisement for me! That was a Localism post! I am convinced it will only be a matter of time before I start receiving new buyers or sellers from ActiveRain."
Scott Allan (Weichert Realtors): Real Estate Sales Representative in Hoboken, NJ Scott Allan (Weichert Realtors) said almost 9 years ago,
"I had a single mother of 3 children in dire straits and in distress. She did not want to file bankruptcy because of private matters and repercussions. She was upside down in her home by over $200,000. I was able to secure the short sale of her home for nothing out of her pocket, no deficiency judgment, and had her mortgage company incentivize her with a $3,000 credit at closing to assist in her moving costs."
Carol Cei (ReMax Action Realty): Real Estate Agent in Maple Glen, PA Carol Cei (ReMax Action Realty) said almost 9 years ago,
"Five Star Professional
ReMax Hall of Fame
ReMax Platinum Club
ReMax 100% Club
Rookie of the Year"
Mary Lou Skowronski, Newport Beach CA Homes Realtor (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Realty): Real Estate Agent in Newport Beach, CA Mary Lou Skowronski, Newport Beach CA Homes Realtor (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Realty) said almost 9 years ago,
"Baby Steps… Active Rain taught me how to eat an elephant one bite at a time.

My fear of actively engaging with Social Media Marketing became bigger than life. It was something that I knew had to be addressed and yet I kept putting it on the back burner.

And then, one fateful day, I was introduced to SMM Camp and ActiveRain weekly instructions which gave me the knowledge needed to get involved. It was there, that I was introduced to RainMaker Boot Camp where you get paired off into small teams of other eager learners who become your support team.

Being a visual person and taking most everything literally, I remember the vision I had when I received confirmation that I was invited to the Boot Camp “Team RED” group on the ActiveRain Real Estate Network. Say no more – I was instantly committed to getting ready to tackle Social Media!

With my red boots on, I was ready to drink from the fire hose knowing I had my Team Leader and red team members available to lend support. All it took was one baby step to go forward to become a rainmaker."
Christopher Watters, Austin Realtor (512-829-8000) (Watters International Realty): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Austin, TX Christopher Watters, Austin Realtor (512-829-8000) (Watters International Realty) said almost 9 years ago,
"Figuring out this whole blogging thing took awhile. I read success stories on Active Rain with disbelief. I just kept blogging and blogging and commenting and waiting.. and waiting.. I attended Rain Camp Dallas Texas. Listened to the Active Rain webinars. Then it happened! All of the pieces finally fell into place, I finally began understanding how to reach out to consumers online. Not to mention getting my first sale from blogging, which ultimately helped encourage me to continue.

A prospect found my blog on ActiveRain. I met with her back in April. She has thus far purchased four properties. I also just recently sold her personal residence. In addition, she referred me to a doctor who wants me to sell four of his duplexes worth over $500k!

With persistance and perseverance you will find success on ActiveRain.

Thank you ActiveRain!"
Cindy Harrelson: Education & Training in Alpharetta, GA Cindy Harrelson said almost 9 years ago,
"Cynthia Grainger Harrelson arrested for DUI.

1st Arrest: 2006-08-05
Charges:
D40-6-391 *dui
D40-6-48 Driving On Hwy Laned For Traffic
D40-6-253 Open Container While Driving
D40-6-15 Susp Registration

2nd Arrest: 09-13-2007
Charges:
40-6-391 * DUI"
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES): Real Estate Agent in Flower Mound, TX Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) said almost 9 years ago,
"Although new to ActiveRain Blog, I'm not new to Real Estate. REALTORS® meet the most amazing people, including other REALTORS®. I met Lorrie Semler, an Addison Real Estate Specialist who invited me to join the ActiveRain Real Estate Network, a free and thriving online community for real estate professionals. I'm thrilled that Lorrie shared this valuable BLOG with me so that I can get started to help others, as she helped me. We are ALL created to help one another. The Texas Association of Realtors is a not-for-profit association comprised of more than 90,000 members representing all aspects of real estate in Texas. We advocate on behalf of Texas REALTORS®. I am always willing to help others and equally willing to learn. To learn more about how Texas REALTORS® are advocating for homeowners during the 81st session of the Texas Legislature, visit TexasRealtors.com to view the organization's Legislative Priorities. Staying abreast of issues that impact property taxes, transportation, property appraisal reform, eminent domain and other hot buttons demonstrates to the people we serve that REALTORS® are committed to issues that are important to homeowners. Here's my story, I created life, raised my children, put myself through school graduating from The College of Lake County in Illinois with 173 credits achieving an Associates Degree and three certificates, went on to get a Certificate from the University of Kansas, continued 13 months to achieve a Bachelors Degree with National Louis University, relocated to Dallas in 1997, almost immediately enrolled and graduated from the University of Dallas with a Masters in Business Administration, left Corporate America and became a licensed REALTOR®. From there, I went on to become a Paralegal and never had any doubts that being a Texas REALTOR® is exactly what I was destined to be and really, really wanted to do. I provide you with my educational background not to boast, but to tell you, with all that education behind me, nothing could have prepared me for what life would be like as a REALTOR®. I know now that all those other courses and education was just stepping stones to master the skill of doing it all - serving the people, marketing, advertising, creating a budget, consulting and building relationships, understanding finances, dealing with emotional grief, joy, despair, and happiness. Challenging myself to become technologically savy without depending on others but knowing exactly where to go when I needed help and how to get my needs and other people's needs met. Negotiating, understanding diversity, communicating clearly, speaking and more importantly listening to understand, reading a MAPSCO, programming a GPS, learning about texting, MLS, Short Sales, Foreclosures, First Time Home Buyer Programs, working with relos and Relocation Companies, paying attention to the weather, knowing how to dress professionally and respecting the time and money by supporting people with all different types of needs has taught me the art of PATIENCE. Patience is the key to helping others achieve their goals but you do that with fortitude, honesty and integrity. Setting goals and helping others to achieve their goals is what life is all about. I am PROUD to be a Texas REALTOR®. If there's anything I can do for you, just ask. I'm the Little Realtor that Could."
Judy Chapman (Referral Network of Illinois LLC): Real Estate Agent in Chicago, IL Judy Chapman (Referral Network of Illinois LLC) said almost 9 years ago,
"Within 3 months of blogging on ActiveRain, I received my first ActiveRain lead. After that, they came pouring in. More than half of my leads come from the Web, and of those, at least three-quarters are directly attributable to ActiveRain, probably more. Even more rewarding, I recently closed on 2 listings that were the direct result of blogging about Short Sales on ActiveRain. That’s 2 families saved from foreclosure, all because of ActiveRain. I spell that S-U-C-C-E-S-S."
Donna Phibbs (Hybrid Real Estate): Real Estate Agent in Creswell, OR Donna Phibbs (Hybrid Real Estate) said almost 9 years ago,
"Residential real estate is a tough business to be in right now. I regularly read the many posts in ActiveRain to find fresh ideas to apply in my business. This helps me to stand out from my competition and make my business successful."
Dr Johan Holmes (Dr John Holmes): Real Estate Agent in Beaumont, AB Dr Johan Holmes (Dr John Holmes) said almost 9 years ago,
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Kelvin Wilson (YorWil Inc): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Minneapolis, MN Kelvin Wilson (YorWil Inc) said almost 9 years ago,
"I have help others that was in need, buying there home when they was in foreclosure, helping to make sure that they had finances to start a new life. Our average deal put $10-$20,000 in owners pocket. Let us help you."
Rick Bowers (Kansas City Homes): Real Estate Agent in Overland Park, KS Rick Bowers (Kansas City Homes) said almost 9 years ago,
"I have had many Success Stories over the 36 years I have been in the Real Estate Business and will be glad to share them with you, like the time I sold someone a house that wasn't even looking for a house just by describing the house to someone else. She never even looked at the house but wanted to buy it from my description! I am looking forward to my first ActiveRain Success Story."
Kris Wyatt (Solutions Real Estate): Real Estate Agent in Gilbert, AZ Kris Wyatt (Solutions Real Estate) said almost 9 years ago,
"When I am able to make an impact on clients to where they state I have made a difference in their lives by just simply doing the right thing in a real estate transaction, that surely makes me proud! Making clients happy and providing them with outstanding customer service will always be my goal and mission. As my slogan states, "Helping Means So Much More Than Receiving!""
Michelle  Drum (Gustave White Sotheby's International Realty): Real Estate Agent in Newport, RI Michelle Drum (Gustave White Sotheby's International Realty) said almost 9 years ago,
"Carol and Joe referred me to Chris Scheck and I recently sold his family homestead in Newport and helped him buy another house at a great value."
Adrien Bryant, Realtor® & Lifestyle Consultant (Carrington Real Estate Services Inc.): Real Estate Agent in Atlanta, GA Adrien Bryant, Realtor® & Lifestyle Consultant (Carrington Real Estate Services Inc.) said almost 9 years ago,
"Active Rain has shot me straight to the top!"