Successful September: Active Rain Success Stories of September 2008

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President

Financial bailout.  Lehman Brothers bankrupt.  Partisan battles in the house.  Home sales down.

Does the media gloom & doom and the uncertainty of our economy have you feeling less than your best lately?  Then it's time for you to read Successful September: Active Rain Success Stories of September 2008 as posted in the Active Rain Block Party group.  One of my favorite things here (besides experiencing my own success) is to read about the success of others and learn from their efforts.

There's no better place than the Active Rain Block Party group to read about the success that people are experiencing and which you too can experience with consistent blogging efforts.  This group was established as a repository for the success stories.  It's a great place for new members to come and read testimonials from other members and learn that Active Rain is indeed generating business and putting real dollars in peoples' pockets.

Here then are the best success stories from September 2008:

Elaine Stewart



Active Rain Success Story
Elaine Stewart
is reaping the benefits of her time here on Active Rain.





Lizette Fitzpatrick



A Reluctant Reblogger Success Story
Lizette Fitzpatrick
discusses one of the newer Active Rain tools -- reblogging and how it can lead to success.




Pat Kennedy


The Perfect Settlement!
Patricia Kennedy
writes about the Perfect Settlement. Isn't that what we all want?



Todd Clark



What a great weekend – Thank you Activerain!
Todd Clark
knows the meaning of success.  Everyone yearns for a weekend like that.





Pippa MACPippa MAC had so much success this month, it was hard to choose just one post, so here's a hatrick:

How Blogging is the ULTIMATE advertising and SEO to 10,000 people ~ Amazing Results! #1 Google

Blogging Success Story ~ YOU are their friend before you ever meet them!!!

National Recognition w/ Localism! Remax Network used my AR Blog to Raise Funds to 107,093 people



Candace Robinson



Link Building: The Basics and Beyond - AZ Blogging Network Meeting September 2008
Candace Robinson
spearheaded the formation of a local group of blogging knowhow -- the AZ Blogging Network.  Here she reports on their monthly meeting.




Debbie Malone


My Localism Success Story- Just This Week!
Debbie Malone
is enjoying success in September.




Cindy Jones



Kudos To Fellow AR Member Stacy Magid for a Terrific Transaction
Cindy Jones
details her experience working on a transaction with another Rainer.




Katerina & Nestor Gasset



300000 Points+300000 Steps+300000 Plus Endless Possibilities In The Rain.
Nestor & Katerina Gasset keep on rolling along with their success and leading by example.  As a mainstay of the Active Rain community, they've now surpassed 300,000 points and offer a look back.



Castellum Realty



The Greatest 25 Active Rain bloggers (based on Points) from CANADA.
Castellum Realty (master list builder) compiled some of our great bloggers from up North.  While Active Rain may not be truly international yet, we do have many great Canadian bloggers.  Take a look.



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Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

Thanks for including me in your weekly wrap-up. I can say I did enjoy that weekend, now if I can just convince the real estate gods to make every weekend to be like that!

Todd Clark, Helping Families Home -

Oct 02, 2008 08:35 AM #6
Brian Block
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President - McLean, VA
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate

PIPPA:  My pleasure and congratulations on having 3 posts in this month's wrap-up.  I love hearing about the success too.  I usually have a post to include in the compilation for myself but didn't have one worthy of inclusion this month, though it was quite a successful month.

Oct 02, 2008 11:07 AM #7
Brian Block
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President - McLean, VA
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate

TODD:  You're welcome.  A couple weekends like that and you could take some time off.

Oct 02, 2008 11:08 AM #8
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes -

Hi Brian! Wow! I'm honored to be mentioned in your post! There are some stories here that I missed. Thanks!

Oct 02, 2008 11:17 AM #9
Donna Bigda
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT
Greater New Haven CT Real Estate

Brian - Thanks for giving me the nudge to start reading the posts in this group again.  It's a great pick-me-up to read all the wonderful successes of other members.

Oct 02, 2008 02:44 PM #10
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Brian-thanks for including me in the wrap-up.  I thought the fall might bring a slow down but business is as brisk as ever.  So much for buyers sitting on the fence!

Oct 02, 2008 03:54 PM #11
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

Brian... it's good to see these kinds of stories. Just proof that Active Rain and blogging actually works... thanks

jeff belonger

Oct 02, 2008 04:43 PM #12
DJ Swanepoel
Real Estate Wiki - Los Angeles, CA

Its always inspiring to hear about these myriad success stories; thanks for compiling this excellent post:)

Oct 02, 2008 04:55 PM #13
Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

I love to hear AR success stories. I will have to read those posts. Thanks.

Oct 02, 2008 04:55 PM #14
Neal Bloom
eXp Realty - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate


Thanks for putting together another great group of people and thanks for your contributions to the community as well:)

Oct 02, 2008 11:25 PM #15
Greg Gorman
John R Wood Properties - Naples, FL
Naples Florida Real Estate

Thanks for inviting us to the party Brian! Promoting success is positive and inspirational! Greetings from Paradise.

Realtor Greg Gorman & Team Paradise Logo

Oct 02, 2008 11:40 PM #16
Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC - Hilton Head Island, SC

Love those success stories AND the best thing is those Google Page # 1 results.

Oct 03, 2008 12:23 AM #17
Michael Sahlman - Keller Williams Realty - Miami Beach, FL
e-PRO - Miami Beach Florida Luxury Homes

may have to join the block party...inspiring success stories sure beats the heck out of the doom and gloom media. Rock on! oops sorry this music video has got me in a rock n' roll mood. Take care.

Oct 03, 2008 01:30 AM #18
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Brian, I'm glad I read this. I needed the inspiration today and I joined the group. I'm afraid I had thought it would be a "time waster" and had never checked it out. My bad.

Oct 03, 2008 01:44 AM #19
Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645

In a changing market with all the negatives you hear, it is great to read other members success stories.  It keeps me motivated.


PS.  I am having a very good year and Active Rain has been a strong part of that.

Oct 03, 2008 03:36 AM #20
Winter Baserva
Seasons Realty Group of Solid Source Realty, Inc. - Atlanta, GA
Realtor -Homes For Sale, Atlanta, GA

Thanks for putting together all the success stories. It's very encouraging.

Oct 03, 2008 11:29 AM #21
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

I am always happy to read about Active Rain Success stories. Hopefully one day I am going to be one of those people. Have a great weekend. Great post.

Oct 03, 2008 01:09 PM #22
Arizona Real Estate Associate Broker
MR Realty - Mesa, AZ

Brian - Thank you for including my September AZREBN group and event! This blogging network not only has been a success but the success goes to those that so freely volunteer their time to coach, instruct and sponsor this monthly event! I am honored to have been mentioned with other such successful rainers! Thank you for including me (us)!

Oct 03, 2008 05:25 PM #23
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Brian- Thank you for mentioning our 300,000 point milestone post. I love to hear about Active Rain successes! It is so great for the newbies to read these posts so they can understand that this can be their success as well.

Oct 03, 2008 07:44 PM #24
Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate
Realtor / Owner - RE/MAX Access - Philadelphia, PA


Thank you for sharing the sucess stories.   We love those - we find them inspirational !  The group looks great so just joined the group and subscribed to your blog as well !  I used to live in NOVA and miss it sometimes : )

Oct 04, 2008 01:30 AM #25
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