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What's Better than a Referral Form from Active Rain? Part II

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What's Better than a Referral Form from Active Rain?  Its being able to notify the Active Rain member that provided you with that referral that you now have a ratified contract.  Yes, that's right.

About two weeks ago I received a referral from none other than Lenn Harley (Part I).  Within a short time I was in contact with the customer and made arrangements to meet with her and her husband the following Saturday.  We looked at two houses.*  Yes, that's right...two houses.  They went home to think about it and called me the next evening to tell me they wanted to write a contract.  Within a couple of days we had the contract written, signed off by my clients, and an earnest money check was sent over-night to my office.

Ratification took longer than usual because the Seller was traveling to India and back but it did get done.  We accomplished that today and an e-mail was sent to Lenn this evening to give her an update.

Yes, I know we still have a ways to go before settlement (scheduled for October 9th) but I wanted to share the good news now.  Closing or not, in fact contract or not, Active Rain provided me with an opportunity to become known by another REALTORwho wanted to refer a prospect to an agent at Lake Anna.  Fortunately, Lenn made her selection through Active Rain and I was the lucky recipient.

If you have ever received a referral as a result of your presence on Active Rain you will know how great you feel when that happens.  It has happened for me a couple of times before.  This is my first success story.

If you have never received a referral hang in there.  It will happen.  It may not happen as quickly as you would like it to but when it does you will feel great. 

Don't forget to think about Active Rain if you should ever need to send out a referral.  You will find a member here that will do you proud!


* The reason we only looked at two houses is because there were only two waterfront houses in their price range.  We were unable to find anything at Lake Anna in that range but found two over at Lake Louisa, in Blue Ridge Shores, that met their requirements.  They are very happy and that's what counts!


Welcome to Lake Anna, VA - Photo by Kate ElimIf you or someone you know is thinking of buying or selling property at or near Lake Anna, Virginia please contact Kathleen "Kate" Elim, REALTOR®.

Contact Kate at 540-226-1964 or by e-mail at lakeanna.kate@gmail.com.  Be sure to check Kate's Web site http://lakeannacountry.com/.


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Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Congrats Kathleen and taking good care of the referral.  I too have had succes already and no doubt there is much more to follow.  AR rocks!

Sep 09, 2009 03:48 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Way to go Kate. Glad you and Lenn hooked up and a closed deal is imminent!!

Sep 09, 2009 04:19 AM
Suma Kakani
Northern IL Realtor - Keller Williams Success Realty - Prairie View, IL

Kathleen, congratulations and great to hear a success story.

Sep 09, 2009 05:24 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Kate: Congratulations on the referral from Lenn and a soon to be successful sale.

Sep 09, 2009 05:35 AM

Kate, congrats on the pending sale, I'm sure Lenn picked you because of your knowledge of the area.

Sep 09, 2009 06:31 AM
David O'Doherty
Clayton, NC
Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC

Kate, #17 was me I wasn't logged in!

Sep 09, 2009 06:33 AM
Nicholas Goraczkowski
Aurora, CO
Your Mortgage Resource - (720) 83-RATES

As I continue to build my business as a 50 state lender, I hope to meet up with more great Realtors around the country that I can build a mutually befecial referral relationship with.

Sep 09, 2009 06:55 AM
Tina Merritt
Nest Realty - Blacksburg, VA
Virginia Real Estate

This is for Ralph - I've worked with quite a few clients without a phone conversation.  Between texting, email and Twitter, we have everything covered.


Hooray for you Kate!  Congrats!

Tina in Virginia

Sep 09, 2009 07:16 AM
Derek Meyer
AmeriTitle - Bend, OR

Its true -

these referrals do happen. I have recieved a few over the last few years. Keep blogging. And stay with AR its worth it!

Sep 09, 2009 07:56 AM
Kristi DeFazio
RE/MAX Advantage - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Rea lEstate 719-459-5468

It is very good to hear that you not only got a client, but got it closed (the important part!) Congratulations to you!

Sep 09, 2009 10:13 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Kate, Congratulations and how wonderful of Lenn to think of you.  I would for your beautiful area as well and it IS nice to know that usually when people mention a specific place, I have someone in mind from AR if they should need a referral.

Sep 09, 2009 10:21 AM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Congratulations.  I know if anyone in our area asks for a Lake Anna expert I'm going to pass on your name and number!

Sep 09, 2009 10:59 AM
Sandra Graves -- e-PRO, Realtor
Coldwell Banker -- Folsom, Ca - Folsom, CA

Great post and insight on why AR is such a great place.

Sep 09, 2009 01:08 PM
Brad Andersohn
Retired Executive Director of Education at eXp - Boulder Creek, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

It's posts like these Kate that make being here so rewarding for so many of us.  Thanks for sharing your success story, I'll be adding this one to the "Success Library" here on AR.  :-)

Sep 10, 2009 02:27 AM
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Ralph...Keep e-mailing that referral.  Don't give up.  One of these days if they decide to buy they will contact you.

Jon...I've been at the "right" place (Lake Anna) for 17 years but I know what you mean and yes I was.

Sharon...Of course you can't give up.  It is going to happen to you too, maybe when you least expect it.

Debra...If I ever do have someone interested in Homer I will certainly contact you.

Fernando...I'm hoping one is on the way right now.

Bruce...It really works!  That's what counts.

Irene...Lenn is one great referral agent.  We are lucky to have her on AR.

Patricia...It may take time but once it happens you forget how long it took.  You are just happy! 

Sep 10, 2009 11:02 AM
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Sonja...Me too!  I'm feeling good about this one.

Pat...Thanks much.

Steve...Lenn has loads of success stories.  I'm happy to have this one.  Thanks for your comment.

Janet...Lenn is a very smart business woman.  She knows how to generate business even out of the area she prefers to work.  We should all be so smart.  Most of don't even have enough clients in one spot.

Anna...Thanks and I'm happy for you too.  Good to know so many are having success here.

Gary...I'm glad Lenn had confidence in me and that I was able to justify it. 

Suma...Success stories do make us feel good and more importantly, hopeful that the same will happen to all of us.

Kathleen...Love your name!  Thanks.  I was so excited, as I mentioned in Part I, when I knew I was talking with Lenn on the phone.

David (aka as #17)...I sure do know this area of Central Virginia and love it too.

Nicholas...I hope it happens for you.  We would all love the same thing.

Tina...Thanks for helping Ralph and for your comment to me.



Sep 10, 2009 11:26 AM
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Derek...Thanks for the affirmation of success and the advice to keep blogging.  Glad you've had it too. 

Kristi...It hasn't closed yet (yes, maybe I jumped the gun with my posts) but I'm feeling so good about the referral from Lenn that I wanted folks to know it pays to blog on Active Rain.

Carole...If I knew anyone that wanted a Feng Shui consultant you would be the one.  I know distance does not matter and that's why I can safely say anyone.

Cindy...Thanks so much for your response.  I am well aware of how much you know about your market area also.  You are the expert!

Sandra...Active Rain is the best place for REALTORS to blog without a doubt.

Brad...Thanks for that news.  I'm more than happy to encourage folks to be active members of AR.


Sep 10, 2009 11:40 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Kate  ----I am so glad I came to your blog today.  I was here the day you got the referral & was so excited for you.  Congratulations on getting the transaction together.  Good advice for all of us here at AR.


Sep 11, 2009 04:26 AM
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Mary...Thanks for your support.  We're moving right along so I think we should make it to closing.


Sep 14, 2009 09:19 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Kate - what a refreshing story - good luck with closing!

Sep 22, 2009 07:40 PM