My Active Rain Success Story...I was found thanks to Active Rain!

By
Real Estate Agent with Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc.

I received a call yesterday afternoon from a past friend & co-worker (when I was in the corporate world). What astonished me, is that we had not kept in touch over the years and it has been about 15 years since we last spoke.

She remembered I do not spell my first name with an "h" in it, as I used to yell at her (good naturedly) for misspelling my name. She needed to locate a realtor for a friend of hers who is looking to sell their home. She went onto the internet and typed my name in...low and behold, the first thing that pops up is my Active Rain blog!

I have been on Active Rain since 2007. And while I took a little time off, I made sure to at least post my listings. It was this activity that brought us back together after all these years and I am more than happy to obtain a listing referral from a friend. She stated that this would be the first of several to come over the next few months and I am extremely grateful to her. She has the trust in me knowing that I will do a good job for her friends that she will be referring.

To those who do not see the benefit of blogging, I can tell you that this is not the first time I have been found due to my Active Rain blog. Even if you post a listing at the very least, you will be found when someone you know types in your name when they need to locate a realtor and remember you're in the business! So if you are new, keep blogging as your day will come and it is truly a great feeling! You just might reconnect with that old friend!

Thank you Active Rain and now I have to go back to work.

Comments (19)

Eric Villaverde
DoubleTree Home Inspection Services L.L.C. - Phoenix, AZ

Thanks for sharing your post with me this morning. Keep up the great blogging

Jun 13, 2009 01:50 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Cris--I love hearing success stories.  Thanks.  I will come visit again.

Jun 13, 2009 01:57 AM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Cris:  Sometimes it takes a while to see some of the benefits of being on Active Rain.  I am so glad your friend found you.  How cool !

Jun 13, 2009 01:59 AM
Katiejo Franks
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Scottsdale, AZ

I enjoyed reading your post over a cup of coffee on this fine Saturday morning. Do enjoy the weekend

Jun 13, 2009 02:00 AM
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

Very cool Cris!  It's always fun to hear from old friends out of the blue.

Jun 13, 2009 02:11 AM
Cris Burlew
Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc. - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Broker ~ St Pete Beach FL Real Estate

Eric - you're welcome. I will definitely be keeping it up.

Jun 13, 2009 02:18 AM
Cris Burlew
Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc. - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Broker ~ St Pete Beach FL Real Estate

Mary - I like hearing about success stories also, so I was glad to share mine.

Karen - It was cool. This is the second time I've been found, the other time was a direct customer.

Katiejo - I will definitely enjoy the weekend. Have a great weekend and have a cup of coffee for me (it's one thing I don't drink, but love the smell of it!)

Jun 13, 2009 02:22 AM
Cris Burlew
Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc. - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Broker ~ St Pete Beach FL Real Estate

Dedra - Thanks and I'm glad you enjoyed it. I love the beach myself also. It's a whole different world and life on the barrier islands.

Ann - You are so right about it being fun to hear from old friends. I'm looking forward to working with her friends. Have a great weekend.

Jun 13, 2009 02:25 AM
Mary Strang
Viroqua, WI

Helps to have an unusual spelling too, but blogging will get you noticed and found. Good Luck with the listing.

Jun 13, 2009 02:25 AM
Cris Burlew
Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc. - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Broker ~ St Pete Beach FL Real Estate

Mary - I have to be different :) But, you are correct, it's the blogging that gets us noticed. Thanks.

Jun 13, 2009 02:33 AM
Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions" - Grand Rapids, MI
Real Estate Services You can Trust!

Hi Cris, Congratulations!  Thanks for sharing your great success story with us.  Keep up the good work.  Have a great weekend.

Jun 13, 2009 02:58 AM
Cris Burlew
Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc. - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Broker ~ St Pete Beach FL Real Estate

Thanks Gary - I will certainly keep up the good work and you also have a great weekend!

Jun 13, 2009 03:17 AM
BLR Guy
BLRGUY(Beach & Luxury Realty Inc) - Saint Pete Beach, FL

Hey Cris,I did a post on this story last night....now you see why I push AR to everyone in the company...it is nice to see these success stories!

Jun 13, 2009 03:44 AM
Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate

Good for you.  This is a good testament as t the real benefit of actively blogging.  Hope you impress her friends as much as you did her :)

Jun 13, 2009 05:14 AM
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

It is always good to hear that kind of story.  I think we are all waiting to type our own type of "we were found" story.  Thanks for sharing!

  

Jun 13, 2009 09:33 AM
Cris Burlew
Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc. - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Broker ~ St Pete Beach FL Real Estate

Rick - I know you push this to everyone, it just boggles my mind why they don't utilize something as valuable as this. (It would help if I were logged in)

Jun 13, 2009 09:34 AM
Cris Burlew
Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc. - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Broker ~ St Pete Beach FL Real Estate

Jim - it sure does speak of the benefit, it ashame others just don't see it. I meet with the first one on Sunday and I'm sure it will be fine.

Jun 13, 2009 09:36 AM
Cris Burlew
Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc. - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Broker ~ St Pete Beach FL Real Estate

Debra you're welcome...I think we all need to hear these stories, especially with the market the way it is. These things will happen. I had read these similar stories wondering when it was going to happen to me, so now, I am all too happy to share this with everyone...it gives us all hope!

Jun 13, 2009 09:39 AM
Stephanie Anson
Anson Properties - Gainesville, FL
Estates | Homes | Land | Investments

Chris that is great news!  Keep the Rain coming!  I did not realize the power of Active Rain until this past several months and now I am absolutely dedicated to it!  Good luck with your relationship building here on the network.

Sep 05, 2011 04:52 AM