Success in the December Rain

Services for Real Estate Pros with ActiveRain, Community Manager

How the heck is it December already?  Somebody call up Father Time and pause life for a second!!!  It's been a crazy week and I feel like the madness has only just begun. 

Even though life gets busy with all the extras this month, it's so important to not put your marketing and blogging efforts to the side.  Roll with the punches everyone, the strong ones will make butter out of cream and rise to the top!! That was a Catch Me If You Can Quote for all you scratching your heads.  Make all the other competition in your area catch you...the members below are doing a great job of it!

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

Melinda Pearson (Edward Ginsberg Real Estate, Inc.): Real Estate Sales Person in Hopewell Junction, NY Melinda Pearson (Edward Ginsberg Real Estate)
"Around a year ago, I posted a blog for a condo for rent. This blog has brought me both rental and sales business and it's still coming in! I am amazed how many people google it and call me. I have also made some great connections with people in my area and across the country!"


James A. Browning MRE, REOCertified, SSCertifed (REO Institute ): Real Estate Trainer in International, INT James A. Browning (REO Institute)
"ActiveRain has increased the REO Institute exposure by 10 fold, we are extremely happy with the support that ActiveRain has provided and we highly recommend them. James"



Gary S Thompson Realtor®, SFR, e-Pro, RCDPro, Equator (GETUTAH REALTY, Inc.): Real Estate Agent in Riverton, UT Gary S Thompson (Getutah Realty)
"Yes! It works! I recently closed a transaction with clients who had sold their home and moved from another state. While doing research on the area they came across my postings and were then lead to my website, I corresponded with them for over 7 months and when they finally arrived we found and were successful in negotiating the purchase of their dream home! I love the rain!"


Kevin Cavanaugh   Associate Broker, ABR, GREEN (Keller Williams Hudson Valley Realty): Real Estate Agent in Tappan, NY Kevin Cavanaugh (Keller Williams)
"I came to ActiveRain really not knowing what to expect. But, I used to Google myself and could barely find myself. buried somewhere, maybe on page 55! But much to my surprise, after spending a few short weeks on ActiveRain, I am popping up as the first three or four names on the first page of my search. Thank you ActiveRain and everyone here."


Barb Szabo  E-pro Realtor Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity): Real Estate Agent in Cleveland, OH Barb Szabo (RE/MAX Trinity)
"In the past 2 weeks I had 2 people call me as a direct result of 2 blogs that I wrote, both of which came up very close to the top when the buyers searched google with key phrases!"



Keith Landis - Pennsylvania Mortgages (NMLS#137243 Flagship Mortgage Corporation, Pittsburgh PA): Loan Officer in Pittsburgh, PA Keith Landis (Flagship Mortgage)
"I made a blog post about 203K loans yesterday. A customer found me on a Google search for 203Ks today. We are making application tomorrow and planning on closing in 45 days. The Google juice does work!"



Let it Rain my friends...Let it Rain!!

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Kerrie La Guardia
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Kate Akerly
Kaminsky Group - Manhattan Beach, CA
Manhattan Beach Residential Sales

I think it's about time to update our AR success story as we are approaching 100,000 points and one year of blogging!

Dec 03, 2011 01:33 AM #31
Lisa Dunham
Alexandria, VA
Associate Broker, Alexandria Virginia Real Estate

Thanks for the post Kerrie!  Congratulations to all who have shared their success in the Rain!

Dec 03, 2011 02:02 AM #32
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

A gathering of Eagles these posts and stories....Our profession attracts some very interesting people hostess of the postess included...

Dec 03, 2011 02:12 AM #33
Judi Monday
RE/MAX Valley Properties - Green Valley, AZ
CRS-Green Valley AZ Expert, Green Valley Arizona R

Inspirational and thought provoking as each time I read them I am reminded of the many ways singing in the Rain has helped to build my business. 

Dec 03, 2011 02:21 AM #34
Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain - Cottonwood, CA


These testimonies really answer the question of many bloggers. "Nothing sells like success."


Dec 03, 2011 02:52 AM #35
Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease


I know there is success at AR.   Can't believe we are in December, OMG!   Know we will see continued success at AR in 2012!

All the best, Michelle

Dec 03, 2011 02:59 AM #36
Linda Urbick
RealtyOne Group - San Ramon, CA
Selling San Ramon Valley - 925-786-5132

I received a call this week for a listing appointment in a neighborhood I have been blogging about for a couple of months. It came as a direct result of AR and high ranking in Google.

Dec 03, 2011 04:30 AM #38
Didi Doolittle
Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate, Eagle Office - Vail, CO
Vail, CO Realtor 970.232.8225

Thanks, Kerrie, I always love reading success stories on AR.  I can't believe it's December either!  Yikes!

Dec 03, 2011 08:44 AM #39
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

How do you access the stories of other agents in the community if it's not in their profile? Are they grouped by states, then county and name or another method? Thanks for your timely response.

Dec 03, 2011 09:25 AM #40
Bob Ieradi
BHHS Fox & Roach, Mount Laurel, NJ - Mount Laurel Township, NJ

Very inspirational , enjoyed these success stories. Thanks for sharing with everyone.

Dec 03, 2011 10:06 AM #41
Mary Macy
Top Agents Atlanta Metro - Roswell, GA
Top Agents Atlanta Metro

Thanks for the continued inspiration and your hard work in this forum.

Dec 03, 2011 10:11 AM #42
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

Kerrie, you just get points one time for this, right? Not when you change or add to it later, right?

Dec 03, 2011 10:50 AM #43
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

Keep publishing the success stories as they inspire me to continue my blogging efforts.

Dec 03, 2011 11:07 AM #44
Joshua Stein
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Conshohocken - Flourtown, PA
Homes For Sale - Montgomery County
I've yet to see business from it - I'm new to both the business and ActiveRain - but it was nice to see the boost in search rankings. One day my ship will come in!
Dec 03, 2011 12:00 PM #45
Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070
Golden Gate Sotheby's International - Oakland, CA
Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay

This line right here: "Even though life gets busy with all the extras this month, it's so important to not put your marketing and blogging efforts to the side."


Seems to apply to my every month of the year! Thanks for the reminder.

Dec 03, 2011 01:05 PM #46
Dimitri Matsis-REALTOR® (818) 599-6083
Troop Real Estate Inc. Westlake Village CA - West Hills, CA

Hi Kerrie,

Thank you for posting this inspirational stuff. It never gets old no matter how many of those one reads.

Dec 03, 2011 03:24 PM #47
Theresa Bonin
RE/MAX Valley Properties - Green Valley, AZ

Thanks for reminding us to toot our horn every now and then - not only is it good for your personal esteem it's good for your business.  

Dec 04, 2011 05:14 AM #48
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Great stories and great inspiration. I enjoy reading them, so keep them coming....       

Dec 04, 2011 12:21 PM #49
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Hi Kerrie,

I can tell you are busy, reading my posts and emailing me over the Thanksgiving holiday.

You are adding a lot to the AR network. Thanks for being here


Dec 04, 2011 08:53 PM #50
Sylvie Stuart
Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765 - Flagstaff, AZ
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta

I always love seeing these! Thank you so much!

Dec 06, 2011 12:36 AM #51
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