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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors BK3216615

Guess what???


I got my first buyer lead EVER from my website today!!


She's a student moving to the area.  She called me up, wanting to know if I was the one who wrote about Gainesville short sales. (WOW, so people DO read these things!!)


After picking my jaw up off the floor, I said Yes, Yes I was.

She told me that her mom has been pre-approved, and she wanted to know if I could help them.

She seemed surprised when I told her I could, and had a bit of an edge to her voice.

"I've talked to quite a few agents and none of them will help me.  I don't think they think I'm serious. But I'm going to go to school there, and my mom is going to buy a place for me, and she's been preapproved, and I need a place to live, and I want to know if you'll help me."



So we're getting together on Wednesday, and have already had quite a few back and forth emails today......


So YIPPEE for me!  And THANK YOU Active Rain!  I'm SO excited!!!!  :)


Coleen DeGroff, MBA
Your Gainesville, FL REALTOR
Gator Nation Relocation - Specializing in drama-free realty for the hassle-averse
Coldwell Banker M. M. Parrish, Realtors
Gainesville, FL 32606


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Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

Turns out it's not What You Know or Who You Know but Who Knows What You Know.

Way to go.

Jun 29, 2009 05:34 PM #9
C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

That is awesome!

Jun 29, 2009 06:11 PM #10
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Coleen, Way Cool!  Let's hope that it is just the first of Many!!!!

Jun 29, 2009 07:46 PM #11
Vanna Siackhasone
Real Estate Brokers of Alaska 907-720-4663 - Anchorage, AK
Anchorage Real Estate 907-720-4663

Congrats Colleen! Hope all goes well.

Jun 29, 2009 08:14 PM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Congratulations. Keep up the Localisms and you will get lots of calls.

Jun 29, 2009 09:36 PM #13
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Good for you. The effort paid off and you are living proof. Keep producing those on line insertions about your property, your area!

Jun 29, 2009 10:17 PM #14
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

You have enthusiasm and it shows. . .that buyer is lucky to have found you. congrats

Jun 29, 2009 10:47 PM #15
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate


That makes the blogging effort worthwhile. After all, it's about trying to attract new customers.


Jun 29, 2009 10:51 PM #16
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Great to see that all of that money you spent for exposure on AR has finally paid off. What was I thinking, this is AR, there is no cost. How could anybody possibly see an advantage to being active with an Internet blog, not paying hundreds a month for leads, and getting free business? Great job, now blog again because the next buyer is waiting.

Jun 29, 2009 11:40 PM #17
Judy Schneider
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA


Congratulations! Many agents are overlooking young buyers! How wonderful for you! I had a simular client last year. He told me his Dad was buying him a place and paying cash so he didn't need to be preapproved! Many agents don't believe this and wont spend thier time showing Properties. I was patient and showed him many. He ended up closing in two weeks and is still happy with his choice! 

Way to Go!


Jun 30, 2009 12:04 AM #18
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Coleen, congratulations on your first lead from ActiveRain. I hope it works out for you and your client. Way to go!

Jun 30, 2009 12:45 AM #19
Tom Boos
Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living - Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
Providing the very best of service to Sellers and

Congrats on snagging what appears to be a good buyer.  Hope your AR involvement continues to drive clients in the future.

Jun 30, 2009 01:04 AM #20
Scott Carlton
San Diego, CA


I hope this is just the first of many.

Jun 30, 2009 01:52 AM #21
Irene Tron
Valparaiso, IN

Congratulations!  Isn't it great to know that your blogging is paying off.

Jun 30, 2009 03:17 AM #22
Christine Bohn
RE/MAX Professionals - Gainesville, FL
The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL

Excellent!!   Active Rain works!  Blogging will bring you business!

Jun 30, 2009 09:07 AM #23
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Hi everyone!

Thanks so much for responding and sharing in my joy!

Robert - Whoda thunk it?  "I found you on the Internet"!  I thought this sort of thing only happened in movies! 

Lloyd - This whole thing is so COOL!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  :)

Markelle - Thank you! And I know....I'm ALREADY addicted!

Carla - Congrats right back atcha for your first email inquiry!  I wouldn't worry too much about reader not identifying themselves w/their full name....something tells me "C" will be back for more!  Good luck!

Lisa - Thanks for the good wishes!  Choose my words carefully, you say?  Does that mean I should cease & desist with my "butt" updates?  :)

Vickie - Glad to hear it!  Your words give me hope this will continue! 

Matt - Thanks! It's good to know hard work does pay off.....because sometimes I wonder! 

Jim - Thanks for the good wishes.  I LOVE your quote....thanks for sharing!

Ralph -  I love the whole blogging thing.  Thanks for your encouragement!

C T-S: Thanks, girlfriend! That means a lot coming from you! :)

Tony & Darcy - Thank you! I hope you're right.....right back atcha!

Vanna - Thank you!

Roy - Thanks.....believe me, I will!

Andrew - Thanks for the encouragement!

Fernando - Awwww.....thank you!

Richard - It sure does!

Ed - I'm one of the paying Rainers....but believe me, it's worth every penny and THEN some!

Judy - Thanks!  Everyone is a first-time buyer at some point....and if I do my job right, when they become a second-time buyer they'll give me a buzz.  :)

Michael - Thank you! I hope so too!

Tom - Thank you!

Scott - Thanks for the good wishes!

Irene - Thanks! And yes....yes it is!

Christine - Thanks!  I love Active Rain!! I look forward to meeting you in person one of these days....take care!

Jun 30, 2009 11:05 AM #24
Barb Szabo, CRS
RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio - Cleveland, OH
E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes

Coleen, Congrats..that is so exciting. Just today I received 2 calls from my website, one to buy and the other was a referral from another ReMax agent who found me through my website. AR rocks! Good luck with your new client!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jun 30, 2009 02:46 PM #25
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Barb - Thanks so much!  Good luck to you as well!

Jun 30, 2009 02:51 PM #26
Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh
Century 21 New Millennium - Upper Marlboro, MD
A doctor who makes house calls.

Congratulations.  I hope it goes well.  Keep up the work and hopefully many more leads will come your way.

Jul 02, 2009 11:51 AM #27
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Thanks, Stacey-Ann! I hope so too!!  :)

Jul 27, 2009 03:21 AM #28
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