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Active Rain Referral: A Success Story

Real Estate Agent with Cedaredge Land Company

I've always touted Active Rain as being a great way to have a large referral network right at your fingertips. Over the last several years, I've done many referrals using AR members. 

http://activerain.com/blogsview/5169716/listing-agents-who-have-to-be-there-during-showings-My most recent referral was with Hella Mitschke Rothwell. My client had a property that was part of an estate that needed to get on the market. I called Hella, and she got on it right away. My client wanted instant contact, and Hella provided that. 

Throughout the transaction Hella and I stayed in touch. I know she worked really hard on this one as I'm know she does on all of her 'deals'. But there were a lot of obstacles that needed to be worked through on this particular sale. Hella got the job done. She admits to learning a lot on this transaction. 

My client is very happy, and has told me that she wouldn't hesitate to use Hella again for any real estate needs she has in and around the Carmel, CA area. She also left a nice recommendation for Hella. My client (and now Hella's client) isn't that easily pleased. She knows a good thing when she finds it, and she found a good agent in Hella. 

http://activerain.com/blogsview/5169716/listing-agents-who-have-to-be-there-during-showings-Another nice thing that came out of this situation, is that Hella and I got to know each other better. We have a deeper understanding of each other and how we both work. We have very similar philosophies when it comes to real estate and getting the job done for our clients. Hella also does an amazing job marketing herself and her listings. I can't wait to meet her in person, and I hope that happens soon.

I understand time constraints and other reasons for not being an active member on AR, but my time spent here has really paid off. The referrals alone have made my time here profitable.

But it's not always about the money...I've written about that before. I really enjoy writing blog posts and sharing my experiences and market information with everyone. I've made some good friends, and business contacts, because I've been a member of AR for so long. 

If you're an active blogger and/or reader on AR, then I'm sure you feel like you know a lot of the members just from reading their posts. You can get a good feel for how they do business from what they write about their experiences, sales and listings. 

http://activerain.com/blogsview/5169716/listing-agents-who-have-to-be-there-during-showings-If you don't have an agent in mind, it's pretty simple to find someone on AR. You want to go to the leader board for the state in which you need assistance. Then break it down by county. After that fine tune it even further by city. Then start reading. That's how I do it when I don't directly know an AR agent in a particular area. 

After that process I start reading posts, and I narrow down my agent selection. Then I start making phone calls. It's that's easy. 

So referrals and good friendships are only two more benefits to being an Active Rain member. Go ahead and refer away. I love referrals. Contact me if you need any assistance in Western Colorado. If I can't do it, I probably know someone that can. 


Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Debbie, love it when we get AR referrals and all parties are happy. I hope you get to meet Hella one day.

Feb 09, 2018 08:44 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Another wonderful ActiveRain success story! Hope you two get to meet in person soon!

Feb 09, 2018 01:38 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Debbie Laity - I am so thankful to you for referring your valuable client to me. It was a pleasure to work with them. I understand she wrote a glowing review but it hasn't shown up yet online. Can't wait to see it. As to your bigger message, by being in touch on the progress, you and I became friends and that I value above anything.

Feb 09, 2018 02:06 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good evening Debbie - I would never hesitate to recommend a great member of AR.  I can see the professionalism in the blogs.

Feb 09, 2018 06:40 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Great stuff Debbie Laity  I would not hesitate to refer my AR family first 

Feb 09, 2018 08:58 PM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Who doesn't love a great referral Debbie Laity and I love this entry for our February contest.  Thanks for sharing!

Feb 11, 2018 05:48 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Debbie.  I always enjoy reading about these successful referrals among our Active rain community.

Feb 12, 2018 06:08 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debbie I just wanted to pop in and wish you a Happy Valentines Day, Endre

Feb 14, 2018 11:26 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Saturday morning, Debbie.

Have a lovely weekend. We are expecting some snow this afternoon in Maryland.

Feb 17, 2018 08:37 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Congrats to both of you for a wonderful referral success story!

Feb 21, 2018 07:15 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I was looking for your current posts. I hope all is going well for you.

Have a most productive March.

Mar 01, 2018 06:03 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Debbie, what a wonderful experience - for your client, you and Hella. We loved Carmel, when we visited it. I feel like I will refer my clients to Hella, too, when the need comes. 

Mar 15, 2018 06:32 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Steffy Hristova - And I will be honored to get your referral.

Mar 16, 2018 10:04 PM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Debbie Laity just checking in on you...I hope the leg is healing well.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Mar 16, 2018 10:13 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

AR is a great place for referrals...you have such insight into the agent not likely to find other places.

Apr 01, 2018 05:39 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Wishing you a joyful Easter Sunday. I hope you enjoy the day with your family! 

Apr 01, 2018 05:50 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Debbie Laity,

I'm so glad that Roy Kelley re-blogged your post. I remember reading it and was sure the AR gods would wave their want and a gold star would appear. They must have taken time off!!

Apr 01, 2018 05:51 AM
Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Debbie, Yes AR is the place to look for referral situations.  And your situation worked out well.  

Hope that you are well and enjoying life!

Jul 31, 2018 09:23 AM
Potranco Realty
Potranco Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Potranco Realty"

Howdy Debbie Laity glad you and Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® was able to share a client. Referring a client to an agent you don't know can be messy and not a win-win.... thank goodness this was a smooth transaction finding the right person here in the RAIN paid off. 

Sep 27, 2018 03:28 PM
Sondra Meyer:
EXP Realty, LLC - Corpus Christi, TX
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Hi Debbie, 

Well said!   Even though I haven't been too active on Active Rain in a while, I appreciate everything about the community. 

I am glad that Hella did a great job of taking care of the person you referred to her.   

I hope to see you around before long.   

Sep 28, 2018 04:22 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Debbie - I just read another success story of an ActiveRain referral (with you) and it made me think of you.  I hope all is well with you. Take care.

Nov 13, 2018 10:27 AM