Active Rain Referral: A Success Story

Reblogger Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Real Estate Broker/Owner CA#01772851 HI#RB21268

This blog by Debbie Laity was totally unexpected and was absolutely the icing on the cake for this successful referral she sent me. It is always tough in our real estate business to refer a valued client to someone else because the trust that has been built up between client and agent. And now you entrust this client into someone else's hands. Maybe it makes us work even harder? I don't know, I do the very best for all my clients. But it does feel good to have someone like Debbie share her thanks here on Activerain. And we have become friends!!

Original content by Debbie Laity

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. 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. 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. 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. 



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Stephanie & John Webb
Latte Stone Realty LLC - Albuquerque, NM
Stephanie Webb Co-Owner, Latte Stone Realty, LLC

I also found a few Realtors to refer my clients to just by using AR. I think of these REALTORS when I have someone moving to their area. I have appreciated being a part of AR. 

Feb 09, 2018 02:47 PM #1
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

While I think the camaraderie, and the collective tribal knowledge are among ActiveRain's most important assets, the ability to refer to someone you know is also key.

Feb 09, 2018 03:41 PM #2
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

What a great experience for both of you.  The power of this community to make us look amazing when placing referrals is so great.

Feb 09, 2018 04:36 PM #3
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Indeed I agree we tend to work harder for the referrals, but it is not always a success story:)  so with that said kudos and congratulations, Endre

Feb 09, 2018 11:41 PM #4
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Debbie told me about this and what a fine job you did. That did not surprise me at all, since you are a top notch agent.

Feb 10, 2018 07:59 PM #5
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Well I've had a tough week with my furnace going out and I've been so busy writing offers for some buyers. I'm working long days into the night with these buyers. We spent 8 hours looking at houses again yesterday. So you reblogging this post really made my day after a rough week. Thank you for sharing this post.

And you deserve to have a shout out to you. You ROCK!!! And our mutual client knows it, too. 

Now I have to get her to write a recommendation for me. 

Feb 11, 2018 07:42 AM #6
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Hella - it is a great success story.  Referrals in Active Rain and trusted referrals.

Feb 19, 2018 08:16 AM #7
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Congratulations to you both on the referral and a great success story for your client as well as ActiveRain. 

Feb 21, 2018 07:14 AM #8
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