I have been on Active Rain since October 1st, 2006 and I have learned so much and have made so many friends. But I have also earned some business from those that read my blogs and even a few members on AR. Overall, it's been a great experience.
I wanted to share this with everyone on AR and those in the public for several reasons. I want to make people aware that blogging is such a powerful tool. Jason Crouch shared a post with us reflecting on his success on 11/8/07. And I wanted to let consumers know that this is a great site to find professionals that you can trust and those that have your best interest in your transactions. Even if you have a question, many of us are willing to help you.
One great asset about blogging is that I have been able to reach people from all over. Not only have I talked to realtors and AR members throughout the United States, but that I have helped clients outside of my surrounding area. Just in the last 2 months, I have closed on 6 transactions just from blogging. Four of these mortgages that closed were outside of my state of New Jersey. One as far as California. Here is a great debate on whether you should work with a lender close to home or out of state. Out of state lenders.... -- Good or Bad My point here is that it can work if you allow it to.
And who said the media can be a negative impact? Well, it can at times, they have a tendency to makes things look larger than they really are. But I have read several success stories in regards to the media recognizing some members here on Active Rain. Missy Caulk just wrote this recently, I'm Being Interviewed for the NEWS!!!!! Craig Schiller had a great experience with NBC. NBC picked up my blog... How do I EVEN BEGIN to thank Active Rain?!!!! And I was even interviewed by a freelance writer from AOL's real estate section. AOL Real Estate -- I have been interviewed, thanks to Active Rain.....
Just the joys of being thanked when you are able to even help a competitor of yours can go a long way. Here is an excerpt from another loan officer who had been reading my blogs.
“Last month I was told by the FHA/HUD hotline that my combined loan to value (CLTV) could not be higher than 95% on a cash out refinance. Having read Jeff’s blog in the past, I recalled seeing something to the contrary. After going back through the blog, I located the reference to the HUD letter stating that as long as the borrower qualified ratio wise, then there was no CLTV requirement with subordination. Had I listen to the HUD “experts”, the loan would have died, but I went to the real “FHA expert” and go the deal closed. Keep up the great work Jeff. Thanks, Kevin
And here is an e-mail that made my day from another client, because an AR member had referred them to me.
An E-MAIL that made my day.........
Conclusion : Active Rain can be a very powerful and helpful tool in so many ways for both the member and the consumer. Take advantage of it and don't lose sight of your focus. One last thing about Active Rain has been the friendships that I have made. I have even had the pleasure to have met 3 of them in person and looking forward to meeting more in the near future.
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