Thank You to My AR Friends (& Their Friends & Friends of Friends)!

Real Estate Agent with William Raveis Real Estate RES.0772823


I am astounded by how fast the AR community came to the aid of myself and my husband between last evening and today to get BOA's attention on our dire situation with my loan modification rejection and threat to send a foreclosure summons while my husband is getting palliative care in our home for Stage IV pancreatic cancer.  

As of 5:30 PM on 2/9/13 there have been 134 reblogs, 568 Facebook Likes, and 449 short URL clicks, which are most likely Tweets.  I have no way of knowing how many Google Plus shares there were.  I called AR's resident blogging guru, Debbie Gartner, to ask her how to find out how many reblogs my post had and she told me to click on the little green dots at the top of the post under the Reblog button.  I did that and a list dropped down of everyone who reblogged my post.  I wanted to share this with those of you who didn't know how to do this.

Now these statistics are just people who came to the original post. I don't think they reflect the friends of AR bloggers who reTweeted or Liked their friend's FB post.  We also have no idea how many there are on Google Plus (unless someone can tell me a way to look that up).  The point is that this is like throwing a pebble into a pond and the impact becomes larger as friends of friends of friends reblog.  Of course, at a certain point someone is likely to say who the heck is this person and why should I care and the ripple effect stops, but then again, some things go viral on the Internet.  However, one thing we know is that BOA sat up and took notice as I got two calls from them today and they are going to send my case to the Escalation Team.

How can I thank all of you?  I really appreciate what you have done from the bottom of my heart!  This is certainly AR in action and shows how much of a true community we are.  We may not be able to reach out and touch each other physically, but we certainly do touch one anothers hearts.  

I will post updates on my progress with the loan modification.  You deserve to know what is happening and I'll keep you informed.  Thank you again to my AR family!

2/11/13 Update:

Thank you all!  I heard from BOA five times since you all sent out the word into the Internet ethers.  Three calls today alone and I now have one point of contact.  Thank you so much.  I haven't anything to report yet, except that this time it seems like my loan modification has been fast tracked for priority review.  I will report back as I know more.  I really appreciate the help of my AR friends.  I should know more by the end of the week.  I'll keep you informed.  Thank you so much!  This wouldn't have happened without your efforts.  I'm so grateful!

2/16/13 Update:  

BOA told me my loan modification passed underwriting and is on its way to Fannie Mae for approval. It may be two weeks before I know more.  This wouldn't have been reopened without your reblogs, Tweets, Google Plus, and Facebook Posts.  Thank you so much!

2/25/13 Update:

Today a FedEx package arrived from BOA with all the documents to sign for a trial loan modification!  I need to talk to my HUD counselor, but it looks like they really did their best to get me the lowest payment possible.  I told my husband today and he was very relieved.  He's in the hospital right now fighting for his life with a massive infection (they don't know the source of the infection yet).  Tomorrow will be his birthday and it was three years ago tomorrow that he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  This was a wonderful birthday gift.  Please keep him in your prayers for one miracle.  I would like him to return home and feel good enough to celebrate a belated birthday.  I don't want this to be the end, but I know it could be.  You've done so much for me my dear AR friends and I have no right to ask for one more favor, but if you could put him in your prayers for another miracle, I would be very grateful.  I love him so much and it's hard to believe that this could be the end.

3/19/13 Update:

My husband is still in the hospital. He has been fighting three massive infections and is still on IV antibiotics. We just celebrated our 8th anniversary yesterday (as much as you can celebrate under these conditions). Thank you for your prayers. He did indeed rally and I am hoping he is on the road to coming home, but it's still up and down. I made my first trial loan modification payment thanks to the power of ActiveRain. Thank you for helping us get this loan modification. We should know about the permanent one by July. I'll keep this post updated.

If you ever wonder about the power of ActiveRain, just take a look at these statistics...

162 reblogs by AR members, 797 Facebook Likes on the post, over 16,000 clicks on the post, and over 300 comments.  We are a community that cares about one another and that takes action!



Posted by



Click on icons below to go to Black Rock Real Estate and Black Rock Community websites as well as social media sites:




  Active Rain Subscribe to Blog        FaceBook Black Rock CT         Twitter Gail Robinson       Instagram Gail     ActiveRain Pinterest IconActiveRain YouTube Icon


Recent awards:




Re-Blogged 7 times:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
  1. Charita Cadenhead 02/09/2013 12:36 PM
  2. Praful Thakkar 02/09/2013 02:23 PM
  3. Kathy Streib 02/09/2013 11:57 PM
  4. Pamela Seley 02/10/2013 03:11 AM
  5. Carla Harbert 02/10/2013 03:35 AM
  6. Sidney Kutchuk 02/10/2013 11:12 AM
  7. Lisa Friedman 05/18/2013 01:27 AM
ActiveRain Community
The Lounge at Active Rain
Selling Soulfully
POSITIVE ATTITUDE for the Weary Soul
Power of Activerain
t22513 update today a fedex package arrived from boa with all the documents to sign for a trial loan modificatiohank you to my ar family

Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I have the email address of a bank of America Expediter, here it is:

He was at the NAR convention in Orlando last year and said all it takes is a phone call or email and he will get it done.

I know I have his phone number but can't put my finger on it just now.  I will send it when I find it.

Feb 10, 2013 11:36 AM #71
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
Gail, I've seen AR members in action before, but I don't think I have quite seen this kind of a response in the past. ActiveRain members who have put in the effort have benefitted from The AR community and hopefully favorable results where you and your story are concerned truly validates all the hard work and gives it new meaning.
Feb 10, 2013 12:46 PM #72
Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate

This is awesome news, Gail. AR community delivers again. Happy for you!

Feb 11, 2013 01:19 AM #73
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Gail:  Thank you for sharing your hopeful and good news.  We'll continue to look for your updates .. and hopefully continued progress on your BofA loan.  You remain in my prayers ..


Feb 11, 2013 02:06 AM #74
Leslie G. Rojohn
MoonDancer Realty - Sylva, NC
GRI, ABR ~ MoonDancer Realty

Gail,  I hope this all works out for you.  If they are still giving you the run around, though, With your permission, I would like to start and send two petitions.  One to the White House petition site We The People at  which if we get enough signitures, they will respond.  Also, to which if we get at least 50 signatures, will forward the petion and all signatures directly to the CEO of BofA.

Who knows what will work.  I really think you need to contact all of your State and Federal legislators and ask for constituant services.  Sometimes these people are more awesome and effective than the politicians themselves. 

Anyhow.  Fingers crossed.  But do ask for proof that these BofA people that have called you really are from BofA and not just some scammers who have read your posts.  Good Luck.

Feb 11, 2013 03:59 AM #75
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Not a problem what-so-ever Gail!  BofA should now know not to mess with one of AR's very own....I sincerely hope that all of this attention got them in action to do something....if not the onslaught will just continue for them!!

Feb 11, 2013 04:33 AM #76
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

The AR community really pulled together for you. I cannot wait to hear whether you were able to get something accomplished. My fingers are crossed!

Feb 11, 2013 05:19 AM #77
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

It is amazing! I'm sure, now all  will turn for better.

I'm really inspired by your story( well, seems many of us:).

don't give up



Feb 11, 2013 05:43 AM #78
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Gail: I, too, am eager to hear if they are reconsidering your loan modification. As you see, we are all standing by to put the word out on your behalf.

Feb 11, 2013 07:18 AM #79
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

I'm so glad that AR helped you get some attention from live bodies at BofA.  Now, let's see if they come through and provide you some relief... Fingers crossed!

Feb 11, 2013 08:48 AM #80
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Thank you all!  I heard from BOA five times since you all sent out the word into the Internet ethers.  Three calls today alone and now one point of contact.  Thank you so much.  I haven't anything to report yet, except that this time it seems like my loan modification has been fast tracked for priority review.  I will report back as I know more.  I really appreciate the help of my AR friends.  I should know more by the end of the week.  I'll keep you informed.  Thank you so much!  This wouldn't have happened without your efforts.

Feb 11, 2013 11:08 AM #81
Steven Pahl
Keller Williams Tampa Properties - Tampa, FL
Real Estate Consultant Tampa, FL 813-319-6423

Best of luck in your journey!  "We the people" can make a difference with social media!

Feb 11, 2013 12:11 PM #82
Brian Rayl
Home Value Leads - Highland Park, TX
Active Agent and Co-founder Of Home Value Leads

Gail, I am so happy (albeit a bit surprised) that this worked. There is power in numbers. God bless and stay safe. Make sure to keep us updated in case we need to do another Social Media blitz...

Feb 11, 2013 02:51 PM #83
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

It definitely brought tears to my eyes on so many levels when I read your post. Too often they (places like BOA) forget that there are human beings that live in these homes, and that their minimum-wage employees have long-ago lost their hearts. Will not only keep you in prayer, but will wait to hear the outcome. Woe to them if they don't rule favorably! :)))))  I LOVE AR!!!!

Feb 12, 2013 05:36 AM #84
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Gail, know that you're in my prayers, I hope all will work out fine for you.

Feb 12, 2013 06:02 AM #85
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Gail you deserve all the help you can get .. we all love you !

Best of luck I hope this works for you


Feb 15, 2013 08:46 AM #86
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Know that you are often in the thoughts of people across the country...wishing you well on many levels.

Feb 22, 2013 12:58 PM #87
Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID

Hey Gail...I was just checking in to see how it was going!   Hope things have thawed out for you and that the modification is rolling along smoothly!!!

Feb 23, 2013 01:25 AM #88
Christine Smith
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - - Canton, MA
Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA

I too just stopped by to see if there had been an update.  Glad things seem to be moving forward with the loan mod.  If you need more help, you know how to find us!

Feb 24, 2013 02:31 AM #89
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville

The real power of Social Media is right here. To open your personal situation to the nation was a huge leap and I am so glad that they heard you. Keep up with the updates.

Feb 24, 2013 02:38 AM #90
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?


Gail Robinson

CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT
Let Me Help You With Your Real Estate Needs
Spam prevention

Additional Information