Raleigh, NC: Closed My First ActiveRain Sale Recently! Blogging REALLY Works.

Real Estate Agent

Written by:
Darleen McCullen, REALTOR®, Broker
Keller Williams Realty
Phone: 919.454.8864
Email: darleen@darleenmc.com


To all those Nay Sayers who discount the power of blogging and an Internet presence, let me be the first to say that ActiveRain and blogging ROCKS!

I hear it all the time from agents who say that they're not a writer or really don't feel good about sharing. We all have something to share with the world and can add a unique perspective. So...let's get to sharing!

Because she'd been reading my blogs, the client felt she knew me - even before picking up the phone to call.

House She'd bookmarked my blog last year, and in late July, the client phoned me, and within 30 days we had her under contract. She and her family are now happy in their new home.

Here's another example...

Just last month, while I was traveling for business, I received a phone call from an out-of-town agent who found me on...you guessed it -  ActiveRain! He agent wanted to give me a referral. I met with the Buyer, and we have begun searching for a home.

I'll say it again...ACTIVERAIN ROCKS!

If you're new to blogging - and don't know how to get started, ask someone who is doing it. Anyone. Chances are, the person you ask will be more than happy to sit down to walk you through how they started.

Blogging works. Give it a try.

For those of you who have had success with blogging, please share with us



REALTOR® on a Mission... NOT Just Seeking a Commission!TM

Phone: 919.454.8864
Website: http://www.darleenmc.com/

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed by those who are part of the ActiveRain community, including those providing comments relating to this blog, are their opinions and their alone - and do NOT reflect the opinions of Darleen McCullen and Keller Williams Realty. Darleen McCullen and Keller Williams Realty are not responsible for the accuracy (or lack thereof) or content provided by others. 



Comments (24)

Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Darlene, how exciting for you and the power of The Activerain network. Thanks for sharing your success here.

Oct 27, 2008 01:08 AM
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Darlene - thanks for sharing your success on AR.  Your excitement is contagious and congratulations on the sales!

Your Raleigh Realtors

Oct 27, 2008 08:19 AM
Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team

Oh YES...blogging works!! I have many, many closed transactions that I can relate directly to ActiveRain. Congratulations and GBU!!

Oct 27, 2008 10:35 AM
Darleen McCullen
Raleigh, NC
Broker - Raleigh, NC Real Estate

Fran ~ The leads coming in from ActiveRain are great, aren't they?! I've had many individuals contact me since I started blogging last year, but this was my first closing.

David ~ Thanks. I was missing from around these parts for awhile. :-) Hopefully, I'm back to stay for awhile...

Gita ~ Thanks. I hope there are many more AR sales coming, too!

Michele ~ Congrats to you! Can't wait to see the pictures of your latest work.

Missy ~ Thanks. The power of ActiveRain is amazing.

Raleigh REALTOR ~  Thanks. I was very excited when the client phoned. And the great thing about it was she was a great client with whom to work. Talk about blessings!

Elizabeth ~ Wow, that's amazing. I look forward to many, many more closed transactions. Would love to follow your lead!!

Oct 27, 2008 11:05 AM
Tracy Williams Pender
Carolina MaxRealty, Inc. - Raleigh, NC
MBA, Knightdale & Raleigh, NC Real Estate

I agree Darlene.  I'm working with a couple right now referred to me by an out-of-town agent who found me on ActiveRain.  And another person from out of state contacted me after finding my blogs.  I may not be as active as most, but popping in every now and then and learning from others has definitely helped.

Oct 27, 2008 11:50 AM
Darleen McCullen
Raleigh, NC
Broker - Raleigh, NC Real Estate

Tracy~ Congrats! Continued success with ActiveRain.

Oct 27, 2008 01:14 PM
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC

Hi Darleen,
That is wonderful!  It may take time but you and I know it works and so do  many  other members here!

Oct 28, 2008 01:04 AM
Pam Simpson
Bob Leigh & Assoc., LLC - Senatobia, MS
GRI, Broker-Assoc.

Congratulations - Thank you for sharing your success story here on AR.  It shows the power of this network and is inspiration to all.

Oct 28, 2008 01:35 AM
Michael Wayne Jackson
Coldwell Banker - Novato, CA
Broker - Seniors Real Estate Specialist Novato

Congratulations Darleen. I like to hear success stories like yours this is very encouraging.

Oct 28, 2008 05:14 AM
Tracy Miller
Canton, MS
S. S. Specialist

Darleen I'm so happy to hear you got a sale through blogging on ActiveRain.  I'm a newbie and wasn't sure if blogging would be worth the time investment, but after reading your blog, I feel pretty confident that it is.  By the way, I love your picture.  You have an incredible smile!

Oct 28, 2008 05:55 AM
Darleen McCullen
Raleigh, NC
Broker - Raleigh, NC Real Estate

Cynthia ~  Thanks. Yes...it does take time sometimes, but those who are persistent prevail!

Pam & Mike ~ Thanks. ActiveRain is such an inspirational place. I feel blessed to be a part of the network!

Tracy ~ Glad you found the post to be encouraging. As Cynthia indicated, it's sometimes slow going, but it's well worth it!

Oct 29, 2008 01:18 PM
Suzanne Sands
Pavao Real Estate - Somerset, MA
Somerset MA Real Estate

Hi Darleen,

Congratulations on your success! Yes, it takes time but it does work. Keep on bloggin' :)

Oct 29, 2008 01:27 PM
Darleen McCullen
Raleigh, NC
Broker - Raleigh, NC Real Estate

Suzanne ~ It does sometimes take awhile, but the reward is well worth the wait!

Nov 05, 2008 09:38 AM
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Well! Hi Darleen! I haven't been here in a while because most of the time that I stop by your office is closed-LOL. Of course I am saying that I didn't see a new blog to comment on. Anyway congratulations to you on closings here on Active Rain-That is great to hear. Have a great weekend. Great post.

Nov 08, 2008 10:26 AM
Darleen McCullen
Raleigh, NC
Broker - Raleigh, NC Real Estate

Lanre ~ Hi. Thanks! Yes...I'm back on the block. Slowly working my way back into blogging. Hope you're enjoying your weekend. I'll have to stop by your blog to see what's been going on with you...

Nov 08, 2008 12:33 PM
Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions" - Grand Rapids, MI
Real Estate Services You can Trust!

Darleen, Congratulations on your Active Rain sale!  Always a good feeling, isn't it?  Thanks for sharing and best wishes to you.

Nov 19, 2008 04:39 AM
Michelle Tucker ~ Pooler Real Estate
!Daley Real Estate - Pooler, GA
Rincon~Savannah~Richmond Hill

Darlene:  Congrats.  I am a believer that the Rain works. Soon, it will be pouring my way!  Keep up your hard work and dedication. Keep us posted on your next Active Rain Closing. 

Nov 19, 2008 03:24 PM
Dona Reynolds
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Stein Summers - Saint Joseph, MO
St. Joseph MO

Darleen: That is fantastic news, Active Rain is a great referral and learning experience. Wish you many more successes to come in the near future.

Nov 19, 2008 03:31 PM
Shawn Colvin
ASPIRE Realty Group - Raleigh, NC

Congrats!  I think our city sells itself so I'm glad to see that our area is benefiting from this site...much success.

Nov 20, 2008 01:43 AM
Catherine Sinocruz
Coldwell Banker Select Real Estate - Reno, NV
Broker-Salesperson, ABR, GRI, CRS

Hi Darleen!

Congratulations!  I am there with you.  AR works for me too.


Nov 27, 2008 07:57 AM