Active Rain has been wonderful when we are looking for agents that work in the areas of this country in which we do not. I have used the "post a referral" platform on Active Rain, and it is great.
However - I do something different now...
I go to Google, type in ActiveRain followed by the city which I am hunting the agent or other type of real estate vendor within:
The why has to do with how active they are on the WWW. I want to give those that found me - Absolute Quality!
I know that everyone of us on Active Rain is the quality of which I speak :-)
Quality is almost 100% verifiable - I need to know a bit more than a good pitch.
So I read and run - I Google the names, this only takes a moment, then I do contact, the other agent or vendor through ActiveRain E-mail. I want to make sure they are paying attention to the system and monitoring their e-mail. Especially in these days of Instant Gratification.
There is nothing like a Referral. With these days of all of the business in place that make Up Front money by selling Real Estate agents leads, it is a wonder why I use the ActiveRain email system to contact. I have tried it by sending referrals directly to agent's email obtained from their websites. There is too much explanation. With AR, it is much easier.
Standing Out on Active Rain. I want to see someone that is active and that has built out their profile. These are important facets to me. I love RE/MAX but I will refer clients to an agent from any company. If you are Active on Active Rain - You are good in my Book!!!