It's as easy as falling off a blog...

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential

For those of you who wonder about the value of blogging, here on Active Rain, and elsewhere... lemee regale you with a little story.

A few years back, I was contacted by a fellow rainer... she'd read my blogs, and liked what she saw.. so when she had a client relocating to the Chicago area, she called me and set me up as their agent.  We looked around a bit, narrowed it down, and I sold them a lovely single family home.

Can't be much easier than that, can it?

Well, this week I got a call from that same rainer.  She's not even in the rain anymore.  She hasn't posted anything here for several years.  But her daughter and son-in-law live in the Chicago area, and are looking to buy... she thought of me.  I contacted them, they already had a place in mind, went to the open house, and asked me to write an offer.

We met, wrote up the offer, and it's been submitted.  Now we wait.

I haven't even set foot in the property.  Assuming that our offer is accepted, I guess it COULD be easier. (update: we did NOT get it)

Active Rain has legs. I get comments on blogs I wrote years ago... (and no...not JUST from those spammers)... and people remember you.  

I get far more referrals from other rainers, than I do contacts from the public.   But I get some of those too.

Posted by

 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, 1710 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
847.425.3779      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email:

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



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James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Afternoon Alan.

Just another ActiveRain success story.  A tribute to those who are active in this forum.  Carol Williams here you go

Feb 17, 2018 02:08 PM #1
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

Sounds like a good deal to me my friend. It never hurts to make friends in this industry and this is a great place to do just that.

Feb 17, 2018 02:57 PM #2
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Blogging keeps me on the front page of the net

Feb 17, 2018 03:00 PM #3
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Yes, it is as simple as that.  And you did a great job for that AR member, and great jobs are remembered.  A

Feb 17, 2018 04:30 PM #4
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Alan,

Another testimonial to referrals in Active Rain....I'm sure the offer you wrote will go through as planned! Way to ace it!

Feb 17, 2018 06:41 PM #6
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

One thing I've learned, Alan, since getting started on the web 20 years ago is that you never really know where that next prospect or referral will come from. And it's always great to get confirmation that what we do works at the end of day.

Feb 18, 2018 05:07 AM #7
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Alan, your friend comment #5 is still here, he loved your post and see another example that Blogging gets the word out, even spammers want to contact you:))Endre

Feb 18, 2018 10:27 PM #8
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Alan May  you are quite funny  and Endre Barath, Jr.  is right up on the powers that be ..   congrats

Feb 24, 2018 03:51 AM #9
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

I'm on the other end of the results spectrum, the rare AR to AR referral, but no shortage of consumer calls from those 3000+ blog posts deposited into the blogging bank over the years.  This week 4 different buyer calls.  Hopefully at least half turn into actual clients.  One is close to making a final decision on which of two new construction condos they want.  Bill

Feb 24, 2018 05:41 AM #10
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

What we put out there is found forever, so it makes it worthwhile to make it good. Obviously what you have put ouyt is good and you get the calls. Well done.

Feb 24, 2018 06:15 AM #11
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning Alan May, I received an email from a potential buyer this morning moving from NY to Clermont area, she saw one of my posts and contacted me via ActiveRain. Yes, blogging works, thanks for sharing this great testimonial.

Feb 24, 2018 06:33 AM #12
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

What a great testament to the power of blogging and the networking in the Rain. Both have been tremendous for our business too. Here's hoping you win the next offer... 

Feb 24, 2018 06:53 AM #13
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

Here, here, Alan. The connections here are amazing and provide great friends, referrals and I've even done a few cooperative deals with other Rainers. It's a good place to hang out. 

Feb 24, 2018 10:10 AM #14
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Alan May 

Love this blog title and the photo! AR simply works if you work AR. Congratulations!

Sorry you didn't get that offer accepted...but there will be another.

Feb 24, 2018 11:58 AM #15
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Oh, the power of the Rain.  Blogging works if you work it! 

Feb 24, 2018 07:58 PM #16
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Alan

Love that title AND photo! But even better love the success story within!


Feb 24, 2018 10:27 PM #17
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

That is the power of blogging. Great picture. Thanks for sharing. 

Feb 26, 2018 02:31 PM #18
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Alan, I should post more on AR!  I was so involved ten years ago and then slacked off.  Thanks for the reminder.

Mar 07, 2018 10:34 AM #20
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