Bring on the Success 2012!

Services for Real Estate Pros with ActiveRain, Community Manager

We are 6 days into the New Year.  A blank chapter of your life is currently being written by you.  One day you'll look back and say "Oh what a great year 2012 was, one of the best years in real estate".  It's up to you to make that a reality and with the educated minds of our Community leading the way not a hard one.

Check out the first batch of 2012 superstars and their stories.  Bring on the Success 2012!

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.  ~Benjamin Franklin

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

Brian Madigan LL.B. (Royal LePage Innovators Realty, Broker): Commercial Real Estate Agent in Toronto, ON Brian Madigan (Royal LePage Innovators)
"I was recently contacted by a representative of a department of the British Government looking to assist companies expand into North America. They did a simple Google search "top commercial real estate agents in North America". The first item of page one of Google was the ActiveRain list for "Commercial Real Estate Agents". I'm third on the list following two from the United States, one in Las Vegas and another near Washington. That clearly makes me #1 in Canada. They have a whole list of referrals." 

Dave Gubler -  Foothill Ranch & Lake Forest Real Estate (Orange County California Broker): Real Estate Agent in Lake Forest, CA Dave Gubler (IML Real Estate)
"Via AR I have received numerous referrals from and provided many referrals to out of the area real estate agents. Because we can really get to know each other in this community the quality of the referral provided is very high. When I endorse an agent from the community it is based on facts and a long-term interaction that virtually guarantees a client a better experience and result."


Cindy Edwards CRS GRI PMN  Northeast Tennessee 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate): Real Estate Agent in Johnson City, TN Cindy Edwards (RE/MAX)
"Yesterday I blogged about market reports and foreclosure activity in the Tri-cities area. I specifically reported on Kingsport Tennessee and it's role in foreclosures, locally and countrywide. 3 hours later I got a call from a writer for the Kingsport Newspaper who wants to team up with me for future articles for the paper. He found me through Google alerts, via ActiveRain...I just sold a home to a soldier getting back from Iraq. We did all our shopping over the internet-he came back on a Friday and found him a home on Sunday... He found me on active rain. Thanks ActiveRain! I have met so many wonderful agents on AR and have personally met with many of them in different states along my travels. The education I have received through out my journey is amazing. I just received two listing leads via ActiveRain! I love ActiveRain!"

Joan Snodgrass Tri-Lakes Realtors, Shell Knob, MO (Tri- Lakes REALTORS): Real Estate Agent in Shell Knob, MO Joan Snodgrass (Tri- Lakes Realtors®)
"My two latest listings came to me as a result of the sellers reading my blog on ActiveRain. The clients told me they enjoyed reading my posts and felt that I was the most qualified person to list their property."



David and Lois Marris (Keller Williams Premier Realty): Real Estate Agent in Rochester, MNDavid and Lois Marris (Keller Williams)
"I love it! I have been using ActiveRain blogs to supplement my website and it is working well. I met a couple at an open house the other day and they said, "Don't you write a blog on real estate too?" Yes I do! I picked them up as a buyer. I also received a referral from an out of town agent who found me on ActiveRain."


Grace Keng, CRS, CDPE, SRES,(408) 799-8887 (Keller Williams Realty Cupertino): Real Estate Agent in Cupertino, CA Grace Keng (Keller Williams)
"I wrote an article of a Sunnyvale Short sale success - from offer to close for less than 2 months then I received another 3 home owners contact me."



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Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager



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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Ahhh..reports from the ActiveRain front...always welcomed and beneficial too

Jan 07, 2012 01:58 AM #39
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

Kerrie - thanks for that quote! I am also going to be printing that one out and posting it!

Jan 07, 2012 02:52 AM #40
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Hi Kerrie,

You da' bomb!!

Love seeing your smiling face on AR. Someday this year we will meet.

I was sales person of the year at my office in 2010, and was very frustrated that someone with production as low as mine would get that title.

We were sales person of the year THIS year (2011) and I accepted the title gracefully.

We will be the same this year that we are in, and I wil feel I have fully deserved it. Our goal - which we will meet or beat - is to close 240 or more transactions.

Here's to a great year!


Jan 07, 2012 04:29 AM #41
Krystyna Baty Ryan
The Real Estate Group - Torrance, CA

Kerrie - thanks for this very inspiring article.  Looking forward to my best year ever!

Jan 07, 2012 04:37 AM #42
Dale Taylor
Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois - Frankfort, IL
Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos

Very nice of you to promote other's stories!

Jan 07, 2012 09:17 AM #43
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

Great stories especially Joan's, but do we get another 500 points for writing a second story?

Jan 07, 2012 11:54 AM #44
Karen Steed
Tallapoosa, Bremen, Waco, Buchanan, Temple, Carrollton - Tallapoosa, GA
Associate Broker Haralson Realty

Great stories.  Congratulations to all and may we all have great success this year in the Rain.

Jan 07, 2012 12:52 PM #45
Rebekah Radice
Imagine WOW! Digital Marketing Agency - Burbank, CA
Social Media Marketing, Coaching & Training

It's going to be an amazing year Kerrie if the first 7 days are a preview of what's to come.  Happy New Year to you and cheers to a year filled with blogging success!!!

Jan 07, 2012 01:11 PM #46
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Kerrie - these stories always inspire me and just goes to show the power of blogging! I keep telling myself 2012 is going to be my year - think it, believe it, achieve it! Congratulations to all!

Jan 07, 2012 02:00 PM #47
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Kerrie,  2011 was a great year.  2012 will be even better.  We set our intentions, stay focused and have faith ... and guess what .... success!  Congratulations to this weeks' Featured members.

Jan 07, 2012 02:37 PM #48
Jimmy Phan
Phan real estate group in hickory

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.  ~Benjamin Franklin


well said and great post

love to learn new success stories of 12

jimmy phan

Jan 07, 2012 02:50 PM #49
Peter Michelbach
Kerrie ~ I  wish you and all AR readers a contented New Year, and a fond farewell to the old; let 2012 be filled with Light, abundance,  joy, and treasured moments.

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.  ~Benjamin Franklin
What a veritable qoute by Benjamin Franklin - thank you for sharing, and also for your inspirational posts.

Kerrie, 2011 was from a structural point of view my softest year  in real estate, however I'm so grateful that my daughter got 3 high dsitinctions and a distinction at last years UNI results.

2012 started realy good; got a cash offer yesterday on a property listed just before Christmas 2011 in the mid $750,000.00,  to settle end of February - a true gift! I read the beautiful 'gift' story last month in AR and thought how beautiful and empowering it would be  to get a gift...

Magic does happen! Which brings me to Soul groups a affinity, or higher vibration which just caries me away when I'm in the middle of specific clients...knowing that it's going to be a happy end! Like with the recent loyal seller and buyer with his 86 year old mum....or when reading sopecific posts at AR....I  just feel the extra energy, kindness and gratitude emerging...

Finaly, I  believe in the power of thought, from creating good intentions, balanced alignments to embrace collective social justice and abundance for all, regardless.
Congrats to this weeks's Featured members. Best ~ Peter


Jan 08, 2012 12:13 AM #50
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Kerrie,  Hope you had great holidays.  All right it is my new year's resolution to write my success story.

Jan 08, 2012 01:16 AM #51
Stacey Smith
Keller Williams Realty - Aliso Viejo, CA
Your Orange County Beach Cities Realtor

Great list of awesome AR peeps to start the New Year off with! Hope you had a great weekend! :)

Jan 08, 2012 03:17 PM #52
John Cannata
214-728-0449 - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

I have yet to write my success story yet, but I've had quite a few great moments on Activerain. I'll write it this week.

Jan 09, 2012 07:24 AM #53
Paul Peck
Peck Drywall and Painting serving Brevard County, Florida - Melbourne, FL
Licensed Drywall and Painting Contractor

Have Great 2012 Kerrie!


Jan 09, 2012 12:15 PM #54
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Kerrie, I absolutley love the SUCCESS stories.  They speak strongly to what Active Rain is all about for it's members.  Thanks for bringing these to our attention. 

Blessings to you in 2012!

Jan 10, 2012 03:10 AM #55
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Kerrie always welcome good news and success stories!  Thanks for sharing and hope you enjoy a happy, healthy and prosperous 2012!

Best regards from the Q

Jan 10, 2012 11:26 AM #56
Grace Keng
Keller Williams Realty Cupertino - Cupertino, CA
CRS, CDPE (408) 799-8887


Thank you for mention my article. Due to all of us put in so much time and effort to short sales.

I put one section as short sale success to my web site

Grace Keng

Jan 11, 2012 05:39 PM #57
Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula
Realty Works Temecula - Temecula, CA
Realty Works Temecula

Kerrie:  Nice, positive post with a great quote from Ben!   Have a nice weekend!

Jan 13, 2012 10:13 AM #58
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