My ActiveRain Success Story & A Mea Culpa

Real Estate Agent with Tucker Associates Real Estate Services Broker, CalBRE 01165309

Thanks ActiveRain!A little over a year ago I was contacted by a couple interested in relocating to the Bay Area from the East Coast. The source of the referral was my ActiveRain Blog which of course made me happy since I was spending a lot of time gathering information and blogging about local real estate conditions in the 680 Corridor. We spent time together previewing properties on three separate occasions over the past year and on March 22nd we closed on a home that will bring them closer to their family and friends!

My Mea Culpa...

Over the past few months I have not been nearly as active blogging on ActiveRain or my website Life is busy. Deals in this market require considerable more work. I volunteer quite a bit as a Little League coach, Junior Achievement Coordinator and take an active role in local community events. But I had been thinking a lot lately about my lack of participation in the blogging community. For me it was not just an opportunity to prospect for business but I also enjoyed reading and interacting with the many engaged real estate professionals. ActiveRain is unique in that it provides a different perspective into the people, regions and real estate markets all over the country. I was in need of a catalyst to get re-energized.

Back to my ActiveRain Success Story...


Thanks ActiveRain!It was during one of our property tours that I was informed that it was their son who had provided this referral. OK...but in this case it turned out that the son in question was none other than Nikesh Parekh, the CEO of ActiveRain. He has penned his own blog about it...”Another ActiveRain Success Story: My Parents” and a comment in his post hit home about the need for consistency in order to be successful on both the B2C and B2B levels. With my current blogging efforts I would most likely have not gotten the chance to get to know his wonderful parents and assist them in their home purchase. goal is to get “back in the saddle”, have fun and create more content. One thing that I always enjoyed about putting together my community market reports is that I was always in tune with what was going on at the city as well as neighborhood levels. That point alone is worth the effort because every prospective client appreciates a knowledgeable Real Estate Professional who has his or her thumb on the pulse of the local market.

I’m glad to be back..........and a BIG THANKS TO ACTIVE RAIN and Nikesh for providing the referral!

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Comments (24)

Nikesh Parekh
Suplari, Inc. - Seattle, WA
Technology Entrepreneur, Executive, & Investor

Great post Doug!  It always amazes me how powerful ActiveRain is as a platform to provide information for home buyers and sellers.  

My mom had asked for a referral, so I went to ActiveRain and searched for short sales and foreclosure information.  If your market reports had not come up so consistently, we may never have met.

Thanks for taking such great care of my parents!

Mar 26, 2013 09:58 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Doug, that is an awesome story. AR is the place to be and if we blog consistently our associates will find us. Way to go!!

Mar 26, 2013 10:28 AM
Doug Anderson
Tucker Associates Real Estate Services - Danville, CA
Bay Area Real Estate Views

Color me AMAZED too was my pleasure!!!

Mar 26, 2013 10:41 AM
Doug Anderson
Tucker Associates Real Estate Services - Danville, CA
Bay Area Real Estate Views

Thanks Tammie. I think it is a pretty cool story too.

Mar 26, 2013 10:42 AM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
Well now you can hardly get a better referral than that can you? Way to go.
Mar 26, 2013 10:55 AM
Doug Anderson
Tucker Associates Real Estate Services - Danville, CA
Bay Area Real Estate Views

It would be difficult Charita. :)

Mar 26, 2013 12:10 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Doug- love this story and I hope members who have wondered why they're here or why blog at all will read this. Blogging can be like a vicious cycle.. the better you get at blogging the more work you get which means less time for blogging... and so the cycle goes.  

Mar 26, 2013 12:47 PM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I think it is imiportant to keep up the posts on Active Rain in order to obtain referrals and business.  However, sometimes life just gets in the way.  I have to get back to creating more conssistent content.

Mar 26, 2013 01:00 PM
Doug Anderson
Tucker Associates Real Estate Services - Danville, CA
Bay Area Real Estate Views is a vicious cycle indeed and I, now more than ever, am in need of some good time blocking!

Joan: Yes it does and I hope you do!

Mar 26, 2013 02:16 PM
Wika Hutchinson
Eugene, OR

Thanks for sharing a great story Doug. Welcome back and congratuations on your referral.

Mar 26, 2013 03:56 PM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Great story Doug!  Consistent blogging pays off.  Thanks for sharing this story!                                                                

Mar 26, 2013 10:46 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Saddle up and hit the trails works every time..One wonders how much better the world would be if everyone supported more

Mar 27, 2013 12:42 AM
Doug Anderson
Tucker Associates Real Estate Services - Danville, CA
Bay Area Real Estate Views

Thanks a bunch Wika!

Yes it does...

It would be a much better place Richie!

Mar 27, 2013 01:02 AM
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

Great success story and testimonial to the powers of ActiveRain to get a referral.  I almost feel sorry for those who have not discovered the 'Rain yet as they are "secret" agents.

Mar 27, 2013 01:46 AM
Ridhi Raheja
Movement Mortgage (Illinois) - Naperville, IL
FHA, 203k, VA, Jumbo, PreApproval, Jumbo Home Loan

Way to go! Doug. I am consistent in writing content on Active Rain and it amazes me how  it helped me with my business. This post serves as motivation and a reminder for those (active/non active) to "BLOG DAILY". 

Mar 27, 2013 03:50 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Doug,  Sweet!  Now that's a referral.  Glad to see you getting back in the saddle here in the Rain.  I hope you will join us at the Meetup on April 13, 2013 in San Leandro.  Referrals just don't come from AR corporate ya know!  I took a listing yesterday from an Oakland agent who I meet at a bay area Meetup.  Be there!!!

Mar 27, 2013 12:02 PM
Doug Anderson
Tucker Associates Real Estate Services - Danville, CA
Bay Area Real Estate Views

"Secret Agents" nice phrase Gary!

There is certainly a lot to learn here at AR by doing a little reading Ridhi.

I'd love to Kathleen...It just had to be scheduled in the middle of a day on Saturday though!!! I manage a baseball game late that morning...I'll see how the schedule works out but if I can make it I'll have to show up in my Red Sox uniform!!! :)

Mar 27, 2013 02:41 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Doug, being the wonderful guy that you are, I am SO happy to see you back! And to get such a well-deserved feature, none-the-less! I am not the least bit surprised...actually, it sounded like it needed to be featured even before I got to the part about Nikesh's parents!!!  What a SCORE. Whoop Whoop!

Apr 01, 2013 01:41 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Wow I missed this story earlier!  Great job you did and I hope you'll keep at the blogging, no matter how busy you get.

May 03, 2013 10:46 AM
Doug Anderson
Tucker Associates Real Estate Services - Danville, CA
Bay Area Real Estate Views

Thanks Gayle!!! You are too kind :)

I'm doing my best Georgina! All the best!

May 10, 2013 04:59 AM