The Magic of Active Rain

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker 475.140531

Active Rain works if you let it and networking gives you a huge advantage.Could along the sunset

I got a call about a year ago from a woman asking me to discuss the possibility of selling a single family home and a two flat in Evanston. The property belonged to her sister who had passed away suddenly and it was now an estate sale.

The seller, the sister had read some reviews of my work in Evanston IL and wanted to talk to me about me listing both of these properties. I gave her a market analysis and she said she felt that they were in line with what she wanted to get for the home and also the 2-flat. This was a savvy woman who had experience in Real Estate sales as a seller and buyer.

The job was done and the client was happy with what I did and we had multiple offers on both properties and got the job done quickly. I thought that was the end of the story but this person called me a few times to shoot the breeze and we are friendly.

Months passed and this client called me and said that her mother had passed away. During the time I was selling her late sister's property we had conversations about how hard it was because her mother was in hospice care and fading.

She told me that she did not know what do do with her mothers house that was located in another state and did I have any suggestions. Just by the magic of Active Rain I had a relationship with a Realtor in this exact area. This person had become more than a commenting friend on Active Rain, we were real friends and had spoken quite a few times for fun. This Active Rain member had helped me with a project I was doing and I was grateful.

I refereed the sale on to this person and it was sold in a very short time and turned out to be a great deal for all involved. The woman was very happy.

I got a call and the client told me she was amazed that I had these connections all over the country. She had gone to the location and met the Active Rain friend I refereed her too and was extremely impressed with what they had done and the service received.

There is no need to mention who the person was unless they want to comment on this great situation.

The reason I am writing this blog post is to say that you can be a more powerful Realtor if you have contacts and friends in other places.

If you have any doubt then this should end those feelings.


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George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Noah the Rain is an excellent site to make the kind of special connect you made with this Realtor.

Feb 16, 2017 05:25 PM #39
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

Although I'm not an agent and so don't have many contacts with people moving out of the area, I've been able to send a couple of referrals to folks I've met here. It feels good on all counts - I help a friend find a top agent, and I help an Active Rain friend gain a new client.

Feb 16, 2017 05:34 PM #40
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Noah Seidenberg 
I can testify to this as well. Activerain is a DREAM for connections.

Teamed up with Toni Weidman in Florida and Bruce Hicks in Hawaii and -- for two deals -- with Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 on Long Island. Funny -- we say "in" for states and "on" for islands even though they are "inn" also --- enough!
All the best - Lynn

Feb 16, 2017 06:06 PM #41
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Great things happen on ActiveRain.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Feb 16, 2017 06:36 PM #42
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Thanks friends.

Feb 16, 2017 07:23 PM #43
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Noah, indeed the 'magic of AR' works and I have given or attempted to give referrals over the years and at times it turns out perfect other times not so...Endre

Feb 16, 2017 09:45 PM #44
Melissa Jackson
United Country Real Estate FW - Fort Worth, TX
REALTOR® Matching Buyers & Sellers

Thanks for sharing!  Doesn't surprise me.  Active Rain is a great place!

Feb 16, 2017 10:23 PM #45
Praful Thakkar
Keller Williams Realty - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Noah Seidenberg - I know people consider ActiveRain as a blogging platform. For me, it is an International Network of 'friends'! Indeed it is a MAGIC!

Feb 16, 2017 11:17 PM #46
Sham Reddy
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Profound, thanks for sharing!!!

You can be a more powerful Realtor if you have contacts and friends in other places.


Feb 17, 2017 04:07 AM #47
Debbie Reynolds
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

It is always good to hear stories like this and know that people are reading and connecting with us. Congrats on the feature, Noah.

Feb 17, 2017 07:31 AM #48
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

This is so true, Noah. I often refer clients to other members of Active Rain, and it's a triple delight when it's an agent I've known for years through this community. There's that additional assurance your referral will be treated to top-notch service, like you've discovered.

Feb 17, 2017 09:46 AM #49
Kasey & John Boles and the team at Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC, Boise ID - Boise, ID
Boise, Meridian, Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I agree. While I do blog some, the value that active rain has provided me more than anything else is a networking and referral source.-Kasey

Feb 17, 2017 10:22 AM #50
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORs® in Clark County, WA

Yes, it's an amazing network. I saw this via Debbie Reynolds' reblog and am thrilled to see it was featured. 

Feb 17, 2017 11:29 AM #51
Trish Cole
Veterans United Home Loans of Puget Sound - Puyallup, WA

We have locations throughout the US and serve many online clients.  Active Rain is a good source for me to if I have buyers relocating to another state.  I work with a lot of military families and individuals, where relocation is a part of thier lives.  It is important to have good, solid relationships in various Real Estate Markets.  I am happy to serve any clients moving to WA state and as a lender who works by referral, customer service and commuication are the most important aspects of my business.

Feb 17, 2017 11:35 AM #52
Rebecca Gaujot, the Go To Realtor®
RE/MAX Vision Quest - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County

Congratulations to all three on a job well done. AR works if we work it!!

Feb 17, 2017 06:17 PM #53
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Well done Noah.  This is one of the great things about being active here in 'the rain'.

Feb 18, 2017 05:38 AM #54
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Noah, what a great story, and we do know REALTORS to refer to when we get that question.  I contacted a fellow AR member earlier this week for a referral also.  KUDOS, great job!  

Feb 18, 2017 06:01 AM #55
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Thanks friends.

Feb 18, 2017 09:40 AM #56
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905
Vernonia Realty - Vernonia, OR
"Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon

Noah, there are so MANY plusses that we get to indulge in here in the Rain! Remember all of those who supported you when you were having consternation about your dental work? We are there for each other time and time again. 

I had a wonderful woman who became a seller of mine and she had a property in Central Oregon that I could not help her with directly, so I went into our AR members and found a terrific local expert who got her somewhat odd piece of property sold and my seller was extremely happy. I got hers in Vernonia sold in a week, too! Happy endings, aren't they the best?

Feb 18, 2017 10:50 AM #57
Anne Corbin
Fritz Realty LLC - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

We never know where somebody is going to need an agent, right? It is great to have a forum like this to refer to when searching for an out of area agent for a special client.

Feb 19, 2017 06:57 PM #58
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