Active Rain Success Story - Our 1st CLOSED Transaction as a RESULT of a Localism Blog Post To The Public !

Real Estate Broker/Owner with F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate


Active Rain Rocks

It was Late October - less than a few months ago when we received a referral (an email lead from another Broker) for a potential listing. Jeff did not hesitate to call immediately and set up an appointment for the very next day!

The sellers plans included relocating soon! We discussed price and marketing strategies (including Active Rain) and signed the listing agreement documents (with approval from even a relative of one of the sellers who was present...a retired REALTOR, I might add :)

We posted the Listing on AR 10/18/07 on LOCALISM and implemented our other Marketing Strategies as well. Alas, with no comments on the Blog Post for this home :(  ....thank goodness we did have showings from our Local MLS exposure.

Then, something AMAZING happened...LOL

 On Friday, November 23rd we received an EMAIL Sent Via Active Rain.....

At first glance, we thought it was from a potential client or buyer......but after Jeff called the phone number provided in the email...he told me it was from another REALTOR who's client showed him the POST on ACTIVE RAIN and wanted him to schedule a showing for our listing!!!

 We scheduled the showing the next day with our sellers......

Since the Agent did not belong to our MLS, he had no way of knowing this listing was active other than that his client found it here on AR!

 Within a few days we had negotiated an offer accepted by all.....

Jeff spoke with the Agent several times during the following weeks before closing, asking if he was on AR yet?  As of today he is not :(

 We Closed Today 12/17/07..........


Just 4 and 1/2 months of Blogging on Active Rain! = OUR FIRST CLOSED Transaction as a result of BLOGGING :)

  We've been very Blessed to have a Wonderful Year in REAL ESTATE, (despite media reports).

 SO NOW...

"Blogging Listings" is definitely staying on our LIST of "Things that Work" when it comes to "Marketing Properties to Sell" !

All you newbies - KEEP THE FAITH  


Jeff and Grace Safrin - REALTORS

"Spouses Selling Houses"TM

F.C.Tucker Advantage Realty

Serving Lake, Porter, La Porte, Jasper, Starke & Newton Counties in NW Indiana

Visit our Website for more info on Communities in NW Indiana and Properties for sale or Click on our Blog Link Below

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by The ActiveRain Networkand it's members and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Jeff and Grace Safrin of F.C. Tucker Advantage Realty. Jeff and Grace Safrin and F.C. Tucker Advantage Realty are not responsible for the accuracy or content provided by The Active Rain Community



xx az xx - Autaugaville, AL
Jeff & Grace - This is such a great post! I just know this is going to work and those that follow your heed as well as other many successful members can only place them and their clients in a win/win situation! You guys rock, AR rocks and your photosgraphs rock, love the photo bottom of the two of you! The banner of course is fantastic! Congratulations! Did you know there is a group that is for successes like this? I want to say Brian Block as founded one, not sure but for some reason his name comes to mind. This just made my day!!
Dec 17, 2007 07:16 AM
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

Hello Candace - Glad you recognized the banner- I did leave you a voicemail last weekend to talk-( hope you didn't mind ?) no, I did not know there is a group to post these stories ( this is our 1st... LOL ) I will look for it thanks for taking time to stop by and comment. and I'm glad your day is better :) Take Care



Dec 17, 2007 07:27 AM
Matthew Zgonc
Aksland Real Estate - Modesto, CA
Realtor, CFS, CVS
Congratulations. I know that localism and active rain pay off. This is an excellent site.  Thank you for sharing your post.
Dec 17, 2007 07:35 AM
Danny Thornton
R & D Art - Knoxville, TN
WordPress Guru
Grace, this is a great story. I keep telling people daily to just keep doing what you are doing and it will happen.
Dec 17, 2007 08:31 AM
Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team
Grace:  What a wonderful story!! I'm so happy for you guys! And...girlfriend...LOVE THE PIC! You are smokin'!!! Luv ya, my friend! GBU!
Dec 17, 2007 08:56 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
Grace & Jeff, I am thrilled to hear that!  Many people have found me not only from Localism but from my regular posts as well....This is a wonderful site for sure.  And thank you again, my friend, for your incredible kindness!
Dec 17, 2007 01:24 PM
Tucson Real Estate Experts Anne McKechnie
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Tucson, AZ
Previews Property Specialist
congrats to you! Are you doing any other online marketing?
Dec 17, 2007 01:51 PM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Grace and Jeff,

This is wonderful news !!! Congrats and keep up the amazing work.....



Dec 17, 2007 03:51 PM
Julie Neerings~Lifting Hearts ♥ Building Dreams~
Agent Referral - Salt Lake City, UT
Grace-Congratulations to you both. You forever inspire me in so many ways.  I can't wait to read more about your success in the future.  
Dec 18, 2007 02:11 AM
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN
Hello Matthew- Thanks for dropping by and commenting - glad it works for you too!
Dec 18, 2007 07:56 AM
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN
Hello Danny Thanks for taking time to drop by and comment - now that we have seen 1st hand the results (ROI) - we will continue :)
Dec 18, 2007 08:00 AM
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

Thanks to all for taking time to stop by and comment

Hello Elizabeth -I'm sure as much as you write here on AR I will be reading one from you soon :)

Hello Carole - You are very welcome - perhaps tommorrow nite I will give you a call - we have an appointment tonite :)

Hello Jo-Anne - thanks, yes it is wonderful news and inspiration to keep blogging :)

Sincerely, to all


Dec 18, 2007 08:09 AM
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

Hello Julie - Thanks, yes, The public is definitely looking on AR for homes :) happy Holidays to You & Yours:)



Dec 19, 2007 08:16 AM
Brian Block
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President - McLean, VA
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
Jeff & Grace, congratulations on your success story and for posting it in the Active Rain Block Party group.  I've featured the post in the group.  Now I know why you've got such a great big smile!
Dec 19, 2007 08:26 AM
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

Wow Thanks Brian -Candace told us about your group and we have joined today as members with our 1st success post as well! - Here's hoping your group grows by leaps & bounds in 2008 with lots more stories....there is plenty of business out there for everyone....we just have to go out and get it ( or BLOG for it in this case...LOL ).

Happy Holidays to you & Yours - appreciate the feature!

Dec 19, 2007 08:35 AM
Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

I also love active rain for this reason and I can't count how many clients I've gotten from Active Rain in the last year. I'm working at least 3 closings right now that are all Active Rain leads! When I tell potential clients that the same way they found is me is the same way the person buying their home will, it turns in to a slam dunk!

Dec 29, 2007 04:20 PM
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN
WOW - AWESOME Glad to hear that Todd- thanks for stopping by and giving us that positive reinforcement -Hope your success continues and you have certainly inspired us to keep bloggin :)
Dec 31, 2007 02:24 AM