Community Page Success.....Already! New Client Directly From My Community Page

Real Estate Agent with Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 BRE# 01494165

My first call!! I got a call directly from my new community page. Last night I was happily watching the Food Network and dreaming of eating.....I'm on a 3 day fast (different post)....and I got a phone call from someone who had read a post I put on my new community page. They want to see homes this weekend.

Now I realize that anyone can post to any of these pages, but I've tried to make sure that I am the main contributor and it paid off. She mentioned that she saw my "featured" page on Active Rain....of course it's the Community Page. Then she read all my blogs on Mission Viejo and said she wanted to work with an "expert." Yeah!! Instant success!

She was very friendly, so I asked her if she was more influenced by my "sponsorship" or the posts...she said BOTH. Which is good information for those who are sponsoring quite a few sure and post blogs there also. She read my posts FIRST and then looked to see that I also sponsored the community.

So....thanks Active Rain for another great idea and my new client! Community pages are a success.



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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Karen, good Job! Hope you have a productive weekend with your new clients.

Aug 20, 2010 03:42 AM #59
Bruce Swedal
Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate

Nice to hear it is paying off once in a while.

Aug 20, 2010 03:45 AM #60
Eric Deeter
Realty Resource of KC - Shawnee, KS

3-day fast & Food Network isn't a combination I'd recommend.  Great to hear about your success.

Aug 20, 2010 04:14 AM #61
Coleen DeGroff
eXp Realty - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Hi Karen! Congrats on your success!  I haven't been able to sponsor my neighborhood because someone's had it for a long time....all the same, I do find I've been getting lots of calls lately from people wanting to work with did they find me?  Active Rain!  Even though I am not the community sponsor, I write a LOT of blog posts about the area....and apparently buyers are finding them.  WooHoo!  I LOVE Active Rain!  :)

Aug 20, 2010 04:19 AM #62
Elizabeth Straessle, MRP
All American Home Source Realty, LLC - Corpus Christi, TX
~Military Spouse~

That's great to hear Karen! I just signed up for my neighborhood so here I go...hopefully I'll have great success like you :-)

Aug 20, 2010 04:32 AM #63
Pamela Cendejas
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Kingman, AZ
Second Self Virtual Assistance (928) 692-3235

Congratulations, Karen!  And, thanks for such a great tutorial about sponsoring communities.  You rock!

Aug 20, 2010 04:48 AM #64
Bill Travis
Captain Bill Realty, LLC - Gilbert, AZ

Karen it's important to know because I don't think the community page shows up on Google.

I'm thinking they probably found your "post" about the community on Google.

Right now, until it's proven otherwise, I'm still of the opinion that the sponsor of a community is not getting anything of value for the $19/mo.

Unless the community page shows up on Google, then the non sponsor poster is getting the same benefit, whatever that is, as the sponsor who is paying for the community page. 

Both sponsor and non sponsor can post and Google will pick up the post most relevant to the search, and that post may be the non sponsors.

Aug 20, 2010 05:16 AM #65
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Nice to hear they are working.  I have been on a stacation this week (working light with my kids last week off school) and will get mine rolling next week.

Aug 20, 2010 05:55 AM #66
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Karen, didn't you just write a post about a buyer you got off of something else you were doing? Lady, you are hot! Congratulations :)

Aug 20, 2010 06:40 AM #67
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Yes, I checked - it was your School Registration post and then you had all of us scrambling to post ours! lol Keep it coming, Karen :)

Aug 20, 2010 06:42 AM #68
Antonio & Alexia Cardenas
Alameda County - San Leandro, CA. - San Leandro, CA
"The Realtors In Motion"

Thanks Karen, it is encouraging to see results like yours. when people look for the long searches, they will find the agent that posts the most, either a blog, or a community, the important thing to remember, is very similar than in real life, get out there and expose yourself! Not many people will come down looking for you...


Aug 20, 2010 08:24 AM #69
Ty Lacroix
Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc - London, ON

Karen: All the more reasons why blogging, A/R and being consistent pays off.


Aug 20, 2010 09:30 AM #70
Mark Lackey
Atlanta Housing Source at Solid Source Realty, Inc. - Norcross, GA

I love to post on the community pages too.  Thanks for the encouragement..

Aug 20, 2010 12:58 PM #71
Robert Amato
Bob Amato of Empire Home Mortgage Inc - East Meadow, NY

Congratulations Karen! I hope your house showing goes well this weekend and the next post that we see is that you are under contract. I searched to sponsor a community and it says localism sponsorships are currently unavailabe.

Aug 20, 2010 03:37 PM #72
Dave Gubler
Mission Viejo, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Ladera Ranch - Lake Forest, CA
Realtor | Orange County

Great feedback Karen.  It's working out for me too!

Aug 24, 2010 08:32 AM #73
William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate

This is very good news to hear. It makes the sponsorship all the more worthwhile.

Aug 24, 2010 11:24 AM #74
Carrie Sampron
Home Smart Realty Group - Highlands Ranch, CO
ABR SFR & Kathy Sampron (303) 931-3629 Highlands R

Karen: Yippie!  I like to look at our local community page and see our picture over and over and over.  Waiting for that first call!

Aug 24, 2010 11:58 AM #75
Julie Nearing
Vision Real Estate LLC - Farmington, CT

good job!

Dec 23, 2010 11:15 PM #76
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Congratulations Deb, I had a little problem trying to figure out community pages but I am all set and wrote a AR post on it


Jan 18, 2011 09:55 AM #77
Matt Robinson
Professional Investors Guild - Pensacola, FL

Very cool Karen, congrats on your success!  I'm always inspired by those who take action and get rewarded for it.

Jun 16, 2011 05:05 AM #78
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