Success in the Rain

Services for Real Estate Pros with ActiveRain, Community Manager

I've missed you's been a whole week!  It was too easy to find the stories to share this week.  I've picked a few and hope you enjoy them as much as I did.  Keep up the great work you guys and I guarantee you will have much success in the 'Rain!

If you have yet to write your own success story, I urge you to do so.  Simply go to your profile page and click "edit" located next to My Profile (edit). Scroll down until you see the spot designated for your ActiveRain Success Story.  Keep in mind this will not show on your AR profile but will be available to view on the ActiveRain Success Stories link located on our home page.  Not only are all the cool kids doing it but you'll be awarded 500 points!!!

If you would like to view more stories please visit ActiveRain Success Stories

Ahwatukee Real Estate Expert, Dawn Workman, MBA  480-540-8100 (Veracity Real Estate Group, LLC): Real Estate Agent in Phoenix, AZ Dawn Workman (Veracity Real Estate Group) 
"ActiveRain has been an integral part of my success in real estate. I have not only learned much, and had response on the ads I post on ActiveReai but I can also link a real life buyer and commission to ActiveRain. I had a buyer call me and tell me that he read all of my blogs as well as many other agent's blogs on ActiveRain and he wanted to hire me! He bought one of my listings a few months later. Currently I am working with another buyer that got my information from ActiveRain. Blogging works, have fun with it!" 

Justin Nickelsen, CMI (NICKELSEN HOME INSPECTIONS - Vancouver WA Home Inspector): Inspector in Vancouver, WA Justin Nickelsen (Nickelsen Home Inspections) 
"I have been a member of Active Rain since ... about the time that it came out. I have to say that I have personally scheduled over 15 home inspections in that time directly from Active Rain. It is an excellent tool for all real estate professionals, and I would highly recommend it to anyone....." 

Karol Yeager (REALTY FIVE of Defiance): Real Estate Agent in Defiance, OH Karol Yeager (Realty Five) 
"I love the great informaiton I get on Active Rain... if I need more education on a certain topic I go straight to The Rain!!! Ask and you shall recieve, it is all here to soak up and put to good use in your business." 

Duane Murphy Fox Valley, Appleton, WI Homes for Sale- Local Real Estate News (Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group Inc.): Real Estate Agent in Appleton, WI Duane Murphy (Coldwell Banker) 
"I almost don't want to share this but two days after activating my profile and taking time to edit my information I received a call from someone wanting me to list his property. I am happy to say that we are now closing on his property soon. Thank you Active Rain! After being on Active Rain and starting to get more active I have noticed every time I "google" myself or my website that I am now showing up first page consistently......" 

James Wirth: Loan Officer in Mill Creek, WA James Wirth (Guild Mortgage) 
"When I was searching for a new home for my blog I was referred by a number of my associates to ActiveRain. Little did I know that I had found THE premiere blog site for the Real Estate community. Consumers trust ActiveRain to provide bonafide information from established professionals, and it works! I attribute a number of transactions to ActiveRain, both for initiating the contact and establishing myself as an industry leader. ActiveRain is amazing!" 

Terry Bonnie Westbrook Westbrook Realty Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Real Estate (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner): Real Estate Agent in Grand Rapids, MI Terry Bonnie Westbrook (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) 
"Active Rain has made me the "contact" in my local neighborhoods. I have received many calls where people tell me I am the only source that comes up when they are searching for local housing information on the internet. I recently posted a blog about some of the homes in our local area that are great BUYS based on square footage. I received a call within days of posting the blog from a buyer that wanted me to show them a home that was listed. We wrote an offer after showing it, it was accepted, and we are anticipating closing our first sale directly from AR soon. Thanks to the Active Rain platform, it has successfully gotten buyers' attention for me." 

Make it a great week everyone....and Let it Rain!!!

Posted by

Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager



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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

AR is a major success story in a lot of lives and is well worth the tributes!

Apr 24, 2010 12:21 AM #21
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

I've posted on this many times.  I've received 51 referrals since joining Active Rain.  No need to convince me.  I'm all in....I'm glad you're seeing the same successes!!!!!

Apr 24, 2010 12:57 AM #22
Toronto, ON

Kerrie - This is a fantastic series you are running.  Keep up the great work!!

Apr 24, 2010 03:21 AM #23
Ted Tyndall
Davidson Realty Inc. - Saint Augustine, FL
I will help You find the Home YOU want to Buy

kerrie, these are great as usual. Thanks for taking the time to put them together.

Apr 24, 2010 03:47 AM #24
Paul McFadden
Paratex - Seattle, WA
Pest Control, Seattle, WA.

Kerrie: Thanks for posting these. It gives us all confidence we're in the right place!

Apr 24, 2010 04:06 AM #25
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Thanks Kerrie for keeping us inspired...i'm definitely enjoying the journey & the people on AR

Apr 24, 2010 04:47 AM #26
Nelson Carrillo
McMillin Realty - Phone: (619) 940-6560 - Bonita, CA
South San Diego, CA Homes For Sale

this is great motivation for all of us.  thanks for reminding us that this really works!




Apr 24, 2010 06:40 AM #28
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Debe - You're telling about carpal tunnel!!! :)

Heidi - Welcome to ActiveRain! So happy to have you here and to hear of your eagerness to learn.  You can always check out ActiveRain's University Training Calendar and you should definitely sign up for the AR Daily Drop to check out the daily newsletter.  Blog on :)

Larry - Right on!  Love to hear it!

Apr 24, 2010 07:08 AM #29
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Love the success stories! There are Never Enough!

Apr 24, 2010 09:45 AM #31
John Howard
Century 21 LeMac Realty - Mountain Home, AR
GRI, Mountain Home, Arkansas 870-404-3614

Kerrie, Thank You for promoting the positive stories!

Apr 24, 2010 10:29 AM #32
David Stratuik
Century 21 Redwood Realty - Ashburn, VA


Dave Stratuik


The success stories are certainly compelling and I am optimistic I will be able to write one soon. I joined a couple of days ago, but it has been very informative thus far and I think I am already addicted to this point system! One question I have is I have noticed most of the comment posts sport a picture and caption of the agent with each post - how do I set that up to automatically accompany each post? I inserted a picture in this one but there has to be an easier way right?



Apr 24, 2010 10:55 AM #33
Betsy Schuman Dodek
Washington Fine Properties - Washington DC Area Real Estate - Potomac, MD

This is a very positive way to remind us all to keep blogging and stay active in the rain!

Apr 25, 2010 04:36 AM #34
Stephanie Stringer
First Choice Loan Services NMLS#210764 - San Antonio, TX
Mortgage Loan Originator

Kerry,  Once again thank you so much for the weekly update.  I love when you post the success stories!

Apr 25, 2010 08:55 AM #35
The Somers Team
The Somers Team at KW Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA
Delivering Real Estate Happiness

Kerrie - Rock on !!! Active Rains rocks !!! It has been A HUGE CATALYST for the growth of our business.  Love the success stories !

Apr 25, 2010 10:16 AM #36
Esko Kiuru
Bethesda, MD


The pressure is building to do one of these. Don't know how long I can fight it. Thanks for reminding, again.

Apr 25, 2010 12:39 PM #37
Damon Gettier
Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert - Roanoke, VA
Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE

We just ratified another AR referral yesterday.  I love AR!

Apr 26, 2010 06:07 AM #38
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

David - Your picture does come up!  You don't need to insert a photo in your comments :)

Damon - That is music to my ears!

Apr 26, 2010 06:18 AM #39
Pete Deininger
Breckenridge Associates - Breckenridge, CO
Breckenridge Colorado Real Estate (970-389-0372)

I just stumbled upon the Success Stories here. What a great supplement to the site and a fine way to stay motivated to write more blog posts. Keep up the great stories of real successes.

Apr 27, 2010 04:08 AM #40
James Wirth

Kerrie thanks for the shout-out. Your stories, feedback, experiences and encouragement is always appreciated!

To our success -- James Wirth

Apr 27, 2010 05:53 AM #41
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Kerrie - and it is certainly raining ..... it's coming down in buckets ..... Thanks for spreading the well deserved kind words around the office.

May 03, 2010 01:58 PM #42
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