Referrals in the Rain

Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty West Sound WA State 52404

Okay, so maybe you're relatively new to ActiveRain. You're still trying to figure things out, and you're wondering whether it's really worth your while to invest the time and money to participate on this network.

For some of you, you may have the benefit of being affiliated with a national brokerage. Your 'brand' has brokerage offices all over the country, affording you a built-in referral network already in place.

For the rest of us, our brokerages may be limited to regional or even local coverage. We don't have the benefit of having locations and potential referral partners throughout the country.

But regardless of where your license falls, for the most part, when it comes to recommending referrals, we're all just shooting in the blind. Even for those who utilize designation referral directories, like CRS (Council of Residential Specialists), or other similar networking groups, there is still a significant amount of 'unknown' when it comes to passing our valued clients onto relatively unknown agents/brokers.

Enter The Rain!

I began my involvement here on ActiveRain just shortly after they launched the platform back in June of 2006. We were a smaller, more intimate group back then, just a few hundred strong. But the relationships we developed were wonderfully deep and meaningful, and have, for the most part, remained incredibly strong.

I've had a very unique vantage from which to observe the growth and successes of ActiveRain. First, as a leading point scorer, enjoying a longstanding reign as the Top Featured member in my respective State, to becoming one of an elite core of volunteer moderators, then eventually being hired on as paid staff for ActiveRain.

One of the primary benefits of 'active' membership are the relationships that are forged with like-minded professionals. Many of these friendships have become almost like extended family, but without the annoying overstayed welcomes. Through our interaction of reading and commenting on each other's blogs, exchanging emails and occasional phone calls, we've become trusted and respected allies in life. It leads to the natural result - referral partnership.

Such was the case just this past week. I had recently become reunited on Facebook with an old friend of mine that I knew when I lived in Hawaii. He had interviewed with an employer in the Dallas TX area, and asked me if I could recommend a good agent to assist him in the home buying process there.

Well, as anyone who has been on ActiveRain for any length of time knows, when you mention the Dallas TX real estate market, the first name that pops into your head is Steve Shatsky of Prudential Texas Properties.

Steve has always been a huge source of encouragement and support for me, especially when I served in my capacity as a Community Manager for ActiveRain.

And so it was with great delight that I was able to finally return the favor, in some small measure, by giving him my friend's referral.

It thrills me that I can pass this referral onto Steve Shatsky. But it thrills me even further knowing that my valued friend is in the very capable hands of a highly respected professional.

And therein lies one of the primary benefits of participating on ActiveRain.

Now, Go, and do likewise!

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Rich Jacobson is a licensed professional real estate broker providing Relentless Representation and Knowledgeable Empowerment for his clients of residential properties and vacant land throughout all of Kitsap County WA and portions of Pierce, Mason, and Jefferson Counties. You can also find him at,, SoundBiteBlog, Everyday CK@KitsapAgent and Crabbing in the Hood, or e-mail:

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Brien Berard
Remax Professionals Laurel MD - Laurel, MD
Maryland Real Estate Agents - Laurel Real Estate

Great post Rich.  I have looked to the Rain to send out a few referrals and got one or two myself.  However, I just love all the knowledge I pick up from AR.  Hopefully, somebody gets something out of my post too.

Dec 18, 2010 07:09 AM #23
Mark Wienshienk

The referrals are a nice bonus to what I think is the primary reason I participate in ActiveRain, that's for the huge knowledge network. I read some of the best answers to questions and the information is just spectacular. I have yet to receive a referral but know one day that will happen and it will be the icing on the cake.

Dec 18, 2010 08:16 AM #24
Mark Quaintance
Windermere Real Estate - Utah - Draper, UT

Thanks, Very well written.  Refferals are a conerstone of my business and I am hoping that active rain gives me another source of refferals.



Dec 18, 2010 08:24 AM #25
Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ
Weichert - Lopatcong, NJ

Serving rural areas, Rich, referrals will never be a big part of my business.  Like you, however, the couple times one has arisen, I go straight to someone I respect and trust here in the 'Rain.  Just contacted a great gal I got to meet live at the NY RainCamp - second I've sent her way.

Dec 18, 2010 08:35 AM #26
Betsy Schuman Dodek
Washington Fine Properties - Washington DC Area Real Estate - Potomac, MD

I plan to grow the referral side of my business and know activerain will be the best source I have to find qualified, ethical, highly motivated agents!!!

Dec 18, 2010 09:20 AM #27
Stephen P. Panczak, Sr, MBA
Palm Beach, FL
Realtor, Property Mgm't, LCAM

Hi Rich - thank you for your timely post. Referrals are the 'bread and butter" for almost all of us in this profession.

Dec 18, 2010 09:57 AM #28
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

AR is a great resource and I have received and given referrals.  This is a great benefit of AR and I always know that the clients will be takencare of.

Dec 18, 2010 01:47 PM #30
Robert Slick
Beach and River Homes - Georgetown, SC

The hardest part is knowing a good referral agent and AR certainly helps.

Dec 18, 2010 02:22 PM #31
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

The referrals, relationships and friendships are some of my favorite things to be garnered here in the Rain.

Dec 18, 2010 03:06 PM #32
Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Rich... WOW!  I am just blown away by your kind compliments.  It is always nice to have these sort of things said about you, but it means so much more coming from someone I respect as much as I do you.  Thank you for the many kindnesses you have shown me and, of course, for the referral.

Dec 18, 2010 03:15 PM #33
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Rich--you're SUCH a sweetie!  Thanks for the kind words too!  I feel the exact same way about you.

Dec 18, 2010 03:46 PM #34
Sandra Pearce
Republic Mortgage Home Loans in Olympia Washington - Olympia, WA
I am newer to active rain, as you already know, but must say the community that you sense as soon as you get involved in the sight is incredible!  From a lenders standpoint, I amalways trying to build those relationships and really get to know the other people in my industry for both myself and my clients.  Active Rain is definitely a great way to get to know other agents, inspectors, lenders etc. so when you have that client that calls up and says, hey, I want to buy a house in Florida... you can feel confident in the person you are sending them to.
Have a Very merry Christmas and thanks for the post!
Dec 18, 2010 07:13 PM #35
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Rich AR make it easy to find referral partners, I have received and given referrals.  And I agree with what you have to say about Steve, he is truly one of the mambers here that I truly appreciate.

Dec 19, 2010 09:07 PM #36
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

A great example of the long lasting power of the 'Rain.  Rich joined just a few months before we did, and although we went on sabbatical for a couple of years, the residual power of the 'Rain brought us back!

Dec 20, 2010 01:32 AM #37
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Rich...Many of us know what a great spot ActiveRain is for receiving and sharing referrals.  Those that don't as yet will if they keep blogging.

It's great when another member thinks of us and it's great to be able to have someone in mind when a referral opportunity strikes.


Dec 20, 2010 11:25 AM #38
Faye Y. Taylor
StepStone Realty, LLC - Floresville, TX
Homes for Sale Floresville, La Vernia & San Antoni

AR is the first place I look for a referral.  AR gives you a better idea of the agent rather than the corporate site.  Of course, we do look for a similar agent but the fit is the most important thing. 

Other than that, I cannot think of a better place to network with our fellow agents and LEARN


Dec 21, 2010 06:34 AM #39
Herb Hamilton
RE/MAX Preferred Inc. Realtors - Portland, OR
Real Estate Broker ,CDPE, Downtown Portland

Happy Holidays to you and yours. I thank you kindly for all or the great information that you have provided throughout the year.

Dec 25, 2010 04:53 AM #40
Jon Quist
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

Another great and informative AR post. Can't fail to learn something every AR session!

Dec 29, 2010 05:01 PM #41
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Wishing you a fantastic 2011! You are SO right about getting referrals through ActiveRain! What a wonderful place!

Jan 02, 2011 02:45 AM #42
Marty Van Diest
Valley Market Real Estate - Wasilla, AK
Your Alaskan Realtor

Thanks for the encouraging post.  I've been off AR for awhile but intend to re-invigorate my presence here this year.  I'll keep my ears open for people heading your don't work Sequim do you?

Jan 04, 2011 07:49 PM #43
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