Do Your Active Rain Peeps Know How to Refer Business to You?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Beam & Branch Realty TREC #547752

Do Your Active Rain Peeps Know How to Refer Business to You?

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As I was reading through the blog roll today, a question popped into my mind regarding AR referrals. I wondered if I was doing a good enough job letting other agents around the country know where my market is and that YES, I love referrals. It is often easy to do our daily AR work, blogging, commenting, questions, etc. without really looking to see where another member works and lives.


While reading Mike Cooper's featured post today and saw that he is from Virginia, I thought that I needed to reach out to him as a large company in his area is moving folks my way. I have been following Mike for many years here in the Rain yet had never let it register where he was from. Luckily for me, it is clearly identified on his blog and on his personal page.


Take a moment to assess your own personal blog and information. Sometimes we leave off important information that would make it easy for another AR member to see where you are from or what your area of expertise is. This could potentially make the difference between you getting a nice referral over someone whose information is more difficult to decipher.


Make sure your area of expertise and your phone numbers are included so people don't need to search all over to find out how to contact you. I want you all to know that I am YOUR go-to Texas gal for The Woodlands, Magnolia, Tomball, Spring, Conroe and farm and ranch market.  I have lived in my area for 30 years and know it well.


Referrals are wonderful and I have the distinct privilege of working with many Active Rain referrals over the years. This is one of the best things about Active Rain! So take a look and notice where other members live so the next time you know of someone moving to that area you can get in on the wonderful AR network!


Happy referring!

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   Paula L. McDonald ~ REALTOR®

        Granbury, Texas 

 936-203-0279 Direct

Selling Hood County and surrounding areas! 



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Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Don Davies, GRI "" I believe you are missing out on some great referrals from relationships built here in the Rain. None of the referrals that I have received here have been "weak".  In fact, every one of them have resulted in closed transactions. The difference I believe is these were AR members who picked up the phone and called me. They were not simply picked up from the referral page.

Just as our own real estate businesses are about people, referrals are as well. The more we get to know one another via this site, the more likely we will receive a personal referral. 

And by the way, the word "Peep" is not a derogatory term at all. Maybe you just got up on the wrong side of the bed?

Hope you take the time to really get to know the wonderful people here in the Rain. It is a warm, caring and generous community.

Oct 29, 2015 10:46 PM #30
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

I LOVE referrals and try very hard to let people know exactly where I am doing business. Seems not everyone has this in their profile. A missed opportunity when not done properly. 

Oct 29, 2015 11:06 PM #31
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

The profiles on many don't spell out where they handle their real estate shingle. How would you know like some websites where good luck finding all the contact information. Make it plain as day where you live, work, play and do the real estate dog and pony. That's what it is all about in the hokey pokey. Hey.

Oct 29, 2015 11:48 PM #32
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Paula McDonald AR can be a very good source for referrals.

Oct 30, 2015 12:07 AM #33
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

This is a great post. When I am in need of an agent to referr to, I always look at AR to find who is in the area. Then I try to find out their style from the way they interact on AR. After that, I call and talk with them to determine if they reflect the standards I have set. Then I can make the referral. 

Since I am in Southwest Florida, I encounter people from all over the country. They also contact me from SEO and I like to help other agents get a good opportunity for business.

Oct 30, 2015 12:32 AM #34
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

Referrals come from many places and relationships.  I don't think anyone ONLY uses ActiveRain, but it is a great source to locate referral agents in areas you don't already have a great source.

Oct 30, 2015 12:46 AM #35
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

All our leads are offered through eMail inititally. That includes listings. They want to know if I am interested. If I get a call wanting to give me a referral from a stranger it could most likely to be a spammer. 

On AR, those without complete info about his/her including a license # I pass.  I also use corporate directory go straght to their broker for nomination.

Oct 30, 2015 12:58 AM #36
DEANNA EARLY - - ( NMLS # 268590 )
American National Bank & Trust - Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Highest Ranked Mortgage Loan Originator Virginia

Like you, Paula McDonald, I, too, have 30 plus years in the industry.   I also want people to know my market area; the state of Virginia.   In the lending industry, I can assist clients needing mortgage financing anywhere in the state of Virginia from Norfolk to Bristol and D.C. to Petersburg.  

Oct 30, 2015 01:39 AM #37
Fred Hernden, CMI
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Master Inspector

Good reminder for us all... happy referring to you too!

Oct 30, 2015 01:59 AM #38
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

Great reminder, Paula McDonald ... I'd certainly not want to miss a referral for overlooking something so obvious!  But I'm hoping my name is synonymous with Chicagoland/IL ... and Mortgage Lending ... in the eyes of other AR members and those I share with via my social media ...



Oct 30, 2015 03:50 AM #39
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

On the Woodlands, TX Real Estate, contact Paula McDonald at (936) 203-0279 with CHEVAUX Group.

Oct 30, 2015 06:00 AM #40
Equity Real Estate - Orem, UT

Paula, thanks for reminding us about referrals.  Now I know that I can send you referrals from the Salt Lake City, Utah area. :)

Oct 30, 2015 07:16 AM #41
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Paula.  Thank you for your great reminder about having our information clearly spelled out on our Profile.  I have used AR for a few referrals ... in fact when I have needed a referral it's the first place I look and then I try other platforms I am a part of.  Either way, our involvement plays a big part in being chosen as a go-to agent.  I appreciate your insights! From Wisconsin to Texas ... hoping we can do some referral business together in the future! Best Wishes 

Oct 30, 2015 11:50 AM #42
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Wilmington, DE
Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

Paula-Thanks for your post. I had to look on a map to see in  what part of Texas you lived, and saw it is not anywhere close to my past Texas trails. Keep up your writing and should I find anyone going your way from Delaware (or anywhere), I'll give you a shout!

Oct 30, 2015 02:11 PM #43
Kate McQueen
CB&A Realtors - Cypress, TX
Tailored service for your real estate needs!

Very good point, Paula.  From my blog it may not be apparent that I'm located squarely between Houston and Galveston and have worked both markets.  As a native Texan and Houstonian, I know the area well.


Oct 31, 2015 12:18 AM #44
Veroncia Samson
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA

Thanks for sharing, I'm new to AR and that didn't cross my mind thanks again!!

Oct 31, 2015 05:03 PM #45
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Interesting and amusing to see the various kinds of comments your post generated, Paula McDonaldI would be delighted to be considered one of your "peeps."     I must thank Kat Palmiotti for weighing in on this discussion, too!

I work in Santa Cruz County, central coast of California, specializing in rural properties.    In contrast, selling properties in the city is like a cake walk!

Nov 02, 2015 03:29 AM #46
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Very smart post!  Knowing about a company transfer can help both agents!

Nov 02, 2015 05:39 AM #47
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Good points.  I do get and give referals here, but I can do a better job of letting people know and keeping alert.

Nov 02, 2015 08:08 AM #48
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Paula McDonald you have a very good point.

When I look at some profile, it's even hard for me the find out where the member is from!

If I'd like to refer someone and do little more research, it's perfectly fine, however, if I know just by looking at their profiles, they won half the battle!

Nov 04, 2015 12:39 PM #49
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