ActiveRain Success Stories

Jim McCormack, Nashville Short Sale REALTOR - Stop Foreclosure (Accelerate Realty Group, LLC - Nashville Short Sales & Foreclosure Help): Real Estate Agent in Murfreesboro, TN Jim McCormack, Nashville Short Sale REALTOR - Stop Foreclosure (Accelerate Realty Group, LLC - Nashville Short Sales & Foreclosure Help) said about 2 years ago,
"My ActiveRain Blog is an integral part of my overall internet presence that I use to establish myself as a premier short sale agent in the Nashville Tennessee area."
Jack Tenold, NMLS 10261 Reverse Mortgage Specialist  Washington | Oregon | California - refinance & purchase, Reverse Mortgage Specialist  (First Priority Financial NMLS 3257  ): Mortgage and Lending in Spokane, WA Jack Tenold, NMLS 10261 Reverse Mortgage Specialist Washington | Oregon | California - refinance & purchase, Reverse Mortgage Specialist (First Priority Financial NMLS 3257 ) said about 2 years ago,
"ActiveRain has been a good link to real estate professionals in the Spokane area. Although the complete list of AR members in Spokane is not a lengthy one, I subscribe to the quality over quantity theory. Over time, I have met several of the real estate agents who are members and in particular, BethAnn Long, of Coldwell Banker. Fortunately I was available when she needed a mortgage broker and I am pleased that she gave me the opportunity to work with her referral.
Since then, I have sent her some prospective clients and the business circle is complete. Because so much of what we do is internet and phone based, I have gotten to know her more through her excellent blogs. Even though my ActiveRain success story isn’t “over the top” exciting, I think it reflects the nuts and bolts of ActiveRain’s existence. I am happy to be working with BethAnn come rain or shine and I look forward to working with additional members of AR’s community.
I should also give a shout out to my friend, Nevin Williams of Raleigh and San Diego, who introduced me to ActiveRain in 2010 and then generously gave of his time to teach me how to blog. (Which I am still learning to do!)"
Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Grand Rapids, MI Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) said about 2 years ago,
"I started blogging on the Active Rain network in December of 2006. I would probably have stopped blogging had it not been for the folks I met on this site. Many inspired me with their wit and wisdom and even more encouraged me to write and 'find my voice.' It would be hard to quantify the impact that this process has had in my business. Apart from the education and opportunity to meet and network with individuals across the nation, Active Rain has opened up opportunities to speak to different organizations, create and teach Continuing Education courses for the State of Michigan and numerous referrals and opportunities to serve clients. So thankful that our paths crossed. :)"
Surprise Arizona Realtor Jim Braun  Sun City Grand Active Adult Communities, Surprise AZ real estate Phoenix West Valley (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Jim Braun Sun City Grand Az  ): Real Estate Agent in Surprise, AZ Surprise Arizona Realtor Jim Braun Sun City Grand Active Adult Communities, Surprise AZ real estate Phoenix West Valley (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Jim Braun Sun City Grand Az ) said about 2 years ago,
"Well after many struggles, trials and errors I have managed to accomplish a milestone with Active Rain. My first 200,000 pts and it has been a great journey. Now what? Am I going to be like a Roadrunner and scamper into the bushes to hide? Hardly! The next milestone is 200,000 and learning on a daily basis from other Active Rain members as I feel I have only touched the tip of the iceberg. So off I go to work on my next 200,000 finding friends, clients and associates through the world of Active Rain. A little word of advice to all the new Active Rain members. Don't be afraid to put it out there as the more you write the easier it will come to you."
Phil Stevenson, CRMP, Reverse Mortgage Expert in Miami and Florida (PS Financial Services 305-791-4874 or 888-845-6630): Mortgage and Lending in Miami, FL Phil Stevenson, CRMP, Reverse Mortgage Expert in Miami and Florida (PS Financial Services 305-791-4874 or 888-845-6630) said about 2 years ago,
"I have been on Active Rain for a few years, but only began to blog a few months ago. It is Sept 2010 right now, and I have received several referrals and potential clients who have found me online via Active Rain and my blogs. Most people don't qualify right now because of value or other factors, but I am seeing the power of AR and blgging. Now nothing will stop me from pushing as far as I can go!"
Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets! (Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty): Real Estate Agent in Larchmont, NY Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets! (Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty) said about 2 years ago,
"On Wednesday , December 9th, I was contacted by a local radio show host, Robert Cox, who also has the blog-site "Talk of the Sound" in New Rochelle. He reaches 35,000 readers each month, and he asked me to link my blogs to his site. This will undoubtedly help my business and I am excited about proceeding forward!"
John M. Acaron, BSME, CMI - Master Home Inspector (HOME INSPECTOR USA): Home Inspector in Gainesville, FL John M. Acaron, BSME, CMI - Master Home Inspector (HOME INSPECTOR USA) said about 2 years ago,
"Since we joined ActiveRain back several years ago we were able to expand our business to several other counties in Florida with great success. The Localism has been very instrumental in maintaining a great visibility in areas that otherwise we could not possible be present. We thank ActiveRain community for giving us this great opportunity."
Ann Sabbagh, President, Sr. Loan Officer (Seacoast Mortgage Corporation, RI (20021119LB & 20031576LL), MA (MC2107)  & CT): Mortgage and Lending in Pawtucket, RI Ann Sabbagh, President, Sr. Loan Officer (Seacoast Mortgage Corporation, RI (20021119LB & 20031576LL), MA (MC2107) & CT) said about 2 years ago,
"So many success stories! Learning about different marketing strategies and finding others in this industry who have a similar passion for the business: now that's a success story!

A consumer was frustrated with the loan process at their local bank. They came onto Active Rain to find a company who could succesfully accomplish a FHA streamline refinance. They located my Active Rain page and contacted me via Active Rain!"
Mike  Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro (Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc): Managing Real Estate Broker in Winchester, VA Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro (Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc) said about 2 years ago,
"I always wanted to believe that blogging really had an end result that was quantifiable. Recently I was contacted by another agent from a neighboring community. She works for a different company, but she had read one of my blogs online and decided that I'd be the ideal person to work with her on a property in my community. We formed an interesting partnership on a listing and are in the process of selling it together. It's a unique situation with a lot of intricate details, but suffice to say it has been an AR success story.

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Mike,

Thank you very much for all of your hard work. Without your relentless pursuit of answers from the lenders' customer service representatives, there is no way this short sale would have been negotiated. You succeeded where I could not, and managed with a cheerful attitude and prompt responses, keeping me informed of all the action (or inaction) on the negotiations. I feel as though this sale actually having closed yesterday is a miracle, and I appreciate everything you did to make certain it happened.

I would certainly recommend your services to anyone in the same situation.

Thanks again,
C Murphy

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Mike,

Someone may never know the impact they have on another's life, unless we tell them. When you shared your story about your friend Rhonda, it helped me make the final decision to focus on health issues. Your dedication to physical fitness is a silent witness to others--without lecturing. About a week and a half ago, Rxxx and I began a program I obtained from my chiropractor--it is a food cleansing program and so far, Rxxx has lost 17 pounds! Me, not as much, but that is to be expected because of the demands of his job.

So glad your influence is in our lives--YOU make a difference, and I just thought you should know.

And you thought you were only our Realtor!

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I was very pleased with my experience with Mr. Cooper. I was working under a pressure deadline and Mike made everything so easy and worry free! I can not even imagine how stressful it could have been without his expertise and compassion for my situation. I would HIGHLY recommend Mike - he made me feel like I was his most important client! Thank you Mike! TU

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Mike kept showing me property that was in my price range and hit all of my requirements until I finally found one that I liked. He put together a team that made closing smooth and painless. What could have been an overwhelming process was enjoyable because of his patience, expertise, and tenancity. I would definitely recommend Mike Cooper for a smooth real estate experience. EM

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Mike's experience and knowledge of the real estate market helped us to sell our home in record time. His honesty and integrity promotes a respectful work ethic that is truly hard to fine. His positive approach helps to create a stress free experience. We highly recommend Mike for any real estate transactions. NJC

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We found Mr. Mike Cooper to be knowledgable, friendly, easy to work with, and a get the job done kind of guy. We most respect his being a man of integrity. He has expertise in electrical engineering a well as real estate. He has the ability to work with a diverse number of people to close a deal. He will give you his best and deliver a straightforward, honest, and best approach to getting your house sold. He performed well in a tough market and my wife and I most enjoyed working alongside Mike. In short, we highly recommend him across the board to be your realtor and we would certainly use him again. D & S"
Mary Richards, Mary Richards (Reece & Nichols Realtors): Real Estate Agent in Kansas City, MO Mary Richards, Mary Richards (Reece & Nichols Realtors) said about 2 years ago,
"I received a call and an e-mail from a home seller who found me through Active Rain. She needed a new listing agent and was looking for someone who was tech saavy. I listed their home and sold it myself!"
Jay Beckingham, "I love first time homebuyers" (Premier Nationwide Lending): Mortgage and Lending in Port St Lucie, FL Jay Beckingham, "I love first time homebuyers" (Premier Nationwide Lending) said about 2 years ago,
"The Internet exposure, due to "the Rain" is out of this world. If you've never googled yourself, do so right now. If you can't find much information about you, or your business start doing some serious blogging, and try the google thing again in 2-3 weeks. The results should be phenomenal!"
Troy Funk, Realtor - CDPE, SFR, Sarasota Short Sales & Foreclosures (Allison James Estates & Homes, Sarasota  941-957-3737): Real Estate Agent in Sarasota, FL Troy Funk, Realtor - CDPE, SFR, Sarasota Short Sales & Foreclosures (Allison James Estates & Homes, Sarasota 941-957-3737) said about 2 years ago,
"Yes, I have had many success stories with Active Rain. My best one would probably be the Million Dollar property we sold in less than a few days, from someone that read one of articles on Active Rain. Thank you Active Rain!"
Terry Miller, Miller Homes Group and Tyler Apartment Locator (Miller Homes Group): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Tyler, TX Terry Miller, Miller Homes Group and Tyler Apartment Locator (Miller Homes Group) said about 2 years ago,
"AR is an amzing tool for all Real Estate Agents and customers alike..... From the very start they have helped us grow. Thanks!"
Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California, Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer County, CA)): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Roseville, CA Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California, Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer County, CA)) said about 2 years ago,
"After taking one of ActiveRain's webinars for newbies with Jeremy Blanton, I made a couple of my blog posts public and posted them to Localism. These blog posts were about a local community called "Ruby Hill Vineyard Estates" and thanks to Sensei ("teacher" in Japanese) Jeremy, he Googled my community and discovered that my blog posts made it to the #1 and #2 spots on Google...just 10 hours later! WOO-HOO!!! Thank you, ActiveRain, for the potent shots of Google Juice you've given me as a new Rainmaker! :)"
Tony  Scardina, Tony Scardina  (Security Title Agency): Title Insurance in Peoria, AZ Tony Scardina, Tony Scardina (Security Title Agency) said about 2 years ago,
"Active Rain has expanded my exposure and increased my business tremendously! I have been in the technology field for many years and I can still remember a time when very few agents and lenders had a web presence. Going forward 13 years and, now being a member of the Active Rain community makes me both proud and happy to see how we have all grown, shared, and expanded our life skills."
John Goldsborough, CIPS, CDPE, CIAS, TRC, SFR, SRES, BPOR, RSPS, SRS (Keller Williams Realty at the Lakes): Real Estate Agent in Saint Cloud, FL John Goldsborough, CIPS, CDPE, CIAS, TRC, SFR, SRES, BPOR, RSPS, SRS (Keller Williams Realty at the Lakes) said about 2 years ago,
"I have always lived by the desire to "Live Life With Passion" and as one famous entertainer so eloquently stated, "The Best Revenge is Massive Success". Approaching life every day with a positive attitude towards helping others achieve their goals and dreams is what motivates me and drives me every day! My determination and relentless pursuit has allowed me to help many people fulfill the dream of homeownership. Give me the opportunity and trust to help YOU!

Thank you again for your outstanding service and professionalism! I was very impressed with your knowledge, expertise, and integrity when you helped me in buying my first home. You seemed to understand immediately what I was seeking in a home and you helped me find the perfect place without wasting my time by showing me homes that did not fit my personality or what I did not want in a home. Your attention to detail and impeccable follow-up were OUTSTANDING!
Diane McKain - Saint Cloud, FL"
Eagle Ridge Real Estate Agents, Representing Buyers and Sellers in Eagle Ridge (Eagle Ridge Realty): Real Estate Broker/Owner in Gilroy, CA Eagle Ridge Real Estate Agents, Representing Buyers and Sellers in Eagle Ridge (Eagle Ridge Realty) said about 2 years ago,
"About a month into a listing, I was talking to my seller, and she revealed to me that one of the reasons she called me to sell her house was because she had found me on some website (it was ActiveRain), and thought she was calling the developer of the community. I explained that I sold pre-owned homes, and gave her the phone number for the developer. Her best friend/neighbor/real estate agent from where she was moving thought "it was nice" that I had done that. She said she admired my honesty and helpfullness and never forgot it. It was a nice compliment, I was flattered, and I got the listing. It all started two years prior. One never knows where the business will eventually come from. It's all about paying your dues."
Signature Homes  & Estates, "Our Performance Will Move You!" (Signature Homes & Estates): Managing Real Estate Broker in Gilroy, CA Signature Homes & Estates, "Our Performance Will Move You!" (Signature Homes & Estates) said about 2 years ago,
"An old college classmate of mine found me on ActiveRain. He was being transferred from NY and the reason he was looking for me is that he wanted information on SIlicon Valley, as he remembered I was from here. He was surprised to find me selleing real estate... Anyway, he became a client. From that, I have also been working with one of his coworkers who is also being transferred."
Brian Gibbons, Creative Financing Coach All 50 States (REISkills.com): Education & Training in Los Angeles, CA Brian Gibbons, Creative Financing Coach All 50 States (REISkills.com) said about 2 years ago,
"I love ActiveRain, and I treasure my AR blog."
Eagle Ridge Realty, "Our Performance Will Move You!" (Eagle Ridge Realty): Managing Real Estate Broker in Gilroy, CA Eagle Ridge Realty, "Our Performance Will Move You!" (Eagle Ridge Realty) said about 2 years ago,
"I had a guy call me a few months ago. He found my information on ActiveRain. He was about to close on his house here in the Eagle Ridge Golf Community, an area I specialize in. He had asked his agent for information regarding what utility companies are used, and contact information for them. She did not know, and suggested that he "Look it up on the internet", which is what he did, and he found me! He actually called me after he closed, and thanked me for posting all of the utility information on a blog post, along with the respective links to the various utility companies. He further told me that he thought it was rather odd that his agent did not have this information available. He further mentioned that he wish he had found me earlier, and didn't really have 100% confidence in his agent, who really did not seem to know much about the area, which is probably true, as the agent is from another town, about 30 miles away. So, he said that after his brother visited him, his brother wants to move into the community, and he emailed his brother my website and contact information. I am currently working with the brother. As luck would have it, I am caught in a friendly sibling rivalry, meaning the brother has to buy a bigger and better house (read: more expensive) than what his brother bought... Still working with him, and the perfect property should be on the market soon... Indirectly, I got a client who never knew about ActiveRain, but came about it second hand."