Kerrie's Blog: Success in the Rain

Success in the Rain

ActiveRain has been a great source of success for many members.  Now, you may think I am biased as being part of the AR family....I could sit here all day and tell you about the amount of success you will achieve until I'm blue in the face.  I believe showing you individual stories from members new and old will have a longing effect.  

I urge everyone to update their profile by adding their own success story.  Simply go to your profile page and click edit located next to My Profile (Edit).  Scroll down until you see the spot designated for ActiveRain Success Story.  Keep in mind this will not show on your AR profile but will be available to view on the ActiveRain Success Stories link.  Not only is it a sleek way to share your own success but you will be rewarded with 500 points!!!

You'll find some great Success Stories Here:  ActiveRain Success Stories

Jonathan Bell (Keller Williams Realty Partners, Inc.): Real Estate Agent in Overland Park, KS Jonathan Bell (Keller Williams Realty Partners, Inc.) 
"Before I started to blog on Active Rain, I had never really blogged before. Actually, I HATED blogging. However, since I have started blogging and promoting my Active Rain blog to my Sphere of Influence, past clients and friends & family I have seen my leads increase significantly and I've even made one sale because of it. The amazing thing is that it all happened within the first 2-3 weeks! I LOVE ACTIVE RAIN!"

Duane Murphy (Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group Inc.): Real Estate Agent in Appleton, WI Duane Murphy (Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group Inc.) 
".......two days after activating my profile and taking time to edit my information I received a call from someone wanting me to list his property. After being on Active Rain and starting to get more active I have noticed every time I "google" myself or my website that I am now showing up first page consistently.... It does take a bit of time to get your "points" going so that you show up a bit higher in the search results but I figure that with anything that takes time if you stay persistent the payoff will come. I almost hope that no one else in my office finds out how well this is starting to work. Don't need to help the "competition" level the playing field!" 

Pascack Valley Real Estate, Lisa and Robert Hammerstein (Coldwell Banker): Real Estate Agent in Hillsdale, NJ Pascack Valley Real Estate, Lisa and Robert Hammerstein (Coldwell Banker) 
"We Love Active Rain!.....Active Rain has become an integral part of our business plan since joining in October 2006. Localism is my playground and has brought me Google juice galore.....This network offers all the news on the latest technology and ways to apply that technology to your business. We’ve found groups to join to share ideas with colleagues and that has been fun as well as extremely helpful. Active Rain is the first place we go to find agents across the country when we need referral contacts. The search engines like Active Rain and that really helps to boost us so the public can find us.....What did we do before Active Rain?...."
Terrie Leighton , Realtor  Northern Nevada Real Estate (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate, Northern Nevada): Real Estate Agent in Sparks, NV Terrie Leighton , Realtor (Northern Nevada Real Estate)
".......Blogging was something I had never considered until I ventured over to the ActiveRain site and started reading blogs written by other real estate professionals.......I joined immediately and have never looked back! By participating in this community, I feel, I know, I have become a better real estate agent. Sharing, teaching and helping each other is just a small part of what the ActiveRain community has to offer........Thank you ActiveRain! You have truly changed the way I do business!!" 
Linda Jandura Realtor North Carolina Buyer & Seller Specialist (Raleigh Cary Realty): Real Estate Agent in Apex, NC Linda Jandura Realtor North Carolina Buyer & Seller Specialist (Raleigh Cary Realty)
"Joining Active Rain has been one of the best moves of my real estate career......The wealth of technical & SEO information could not be found anywhere else, at any cost. Whenever I put up a blog my website traffic increases tenfold, at the minimum! searching on certain key words my website is now on the first page of Google whereas it had been buried so far down I couldn’t find it....The best part is all the “virtual” friends I’ve made have made over the past year......Thank you Active Rain." 
Bob Foster (Century 21 Lanthorn R. E. Ltd. Belleville, Ontario): Real Estate Agent in Belleville, ON Bob Foster (Century 21 Lanthorn R. E. Ltd. Belleville, Ontario) 
".....As a new realtor, in my first year of this career, I have found that I have two main sources of information......One is the advice of my colleagues at the office, and the other is the ability to search the blogs here on ActiveRain.....As I have said to others who are also getting a start in this profession, imagine having a huge staffroom where you can draw on the collective knowledge of more than 130,000 real estate professionals and get great answers fast. It exists, and it's called ActiveRain!" 

Each week I'm going to highlight a few of our members stories so you can see the kind of impact ActiveRain is having with our Active members.  I hope you'll enjoy these success stories as much as I've enjoyed reading and sharing them.

Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comment balloon 45 commentsKerrie La Guardia • January 25 2010 04:32PM


Kerrie * Thank you for your help and assistance.  It is GREAT to see the face behind the GREAT Customer Service!!!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) about 9 years ago

Kerrie, congrats on your feature - well deserved.  I am pleased to see that many are finding the power of 'The Rain'

Posted by Tim and Pam Cash, Real Estate Professionals - Clarksville TN (Crye-Leike (Sango)) about 9 years ago

Thank you Kerrie for the mention! I'm honored, never  been "talked about" on Active Rain before.  And I meant every word too!

Posted by Linda Jandura, Realtor, North Carolina Buyer & Seller Specialist (Raleigh Cary Realty) about 9 years ago

Hi Kerrie !

AR has helped thousands of Realtors and Real Estate professionals, and will continue to do so for many yrs to come.

The recipe is great, and the AR Brass are dedicated, genuine people, who want all of us to have a better place to share information and increase our business.

Nice reminders, and nice to meet you at RainCamp !!

Cheers :o)

Sheldon (live from France !!!)

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) about 9 years ago

Love reading the stories. AR is such a great place for so many different reasons!

Posted by Kristi DeFazio, Colorado Springs Rea lEstate 719-459-5468 (RE/MAX Advantage) about 9 years ago

Kerri.... thanks for taking the time in doing this.... I know I have written at least 3 to 5 blogs in regards to my success here on Active Rain...  this is good for anyone new and old... as reminders for us old members and good for those that are new... good job and thanks for the heads up on linking these success stories to our profile. I could use another 500 pts... will you give me 1,000 pts?  lol

Jeff Belonger

Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) about 9 years ago

Kerrie - What an uplifting post!  It is always good to read success stories of fellow Active Rainers.  Thanks!

Posted by Susan Brown (Keller Williams NE, Kingwood Texas (Humble & Atascocita too)) about 9 years ago

Hey there Kerrie!  I LOVE reading AR success stories!!  I never put mine on my profile as I didn't want the general populace to read them (might sound too braggy). Glad you clarified that they WON't show to the general public.  :)

Posted by Sonja Patterson, Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou (Keller Williams - BV) about 9 years ago

Kerrie - Very inspirational.  Cari & I are newbies and trying to get things set up and organized as fast as we can. (head beginning to spin)  Hoping we too will have some success stories to write! ~Doug

Posted by Cari Anderson about 9 years ago

Kerrie, I have posted a few success stories here , my most recent was posted just s few days ago. Thanks for sharing these I hadn't read all of these.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) about 9 years ago

I joined in Feb. 07, but did nothing with it til last week of june 09 ! What a difference it makes to be connected to positive people in the Rain !

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) about 9 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

What a nice surprise to be Talked About here in the Rain. We truly do love this place and only wish there were more hours in a day to spend playing in the Rain.  Thank you so much for including us in your post and congrats to you on your Feature!


Posted by Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) about 9 years ago

Thanks for the great stuff!  I have added some stuff to that section of my profile, but it's nothing like what you posted in terms of success.  I have just started last month and and looking forward to blogging more and getting some business out of it!


Posted by David Cahill (Century 21 Cahill Associates) about 9 years ago
I have my AR blog feef to Facebook, last night I made a list of the foreclosures in my town. I couldn't believe it, but I received 4 emails about people wanting to buy. Just from that one blog! I am now going to do the surrounding towns!
Posted by Trisha P Realty Group, "Holding the Keys to Your Dream Home" (Realty Executives) about 9 years ago

I just came back to active rain and thought i would start blogging to have some success stories to tell myself then I read a blog the other day that says you have to pay active rain to get any traction on google. Now I am confused.

Posted by Clark Hitchcock, Realtor - Fraser Valley (Re/Max Nyda Realty Inc) about 9 years ago

Thanks for sharing these stories.  I'm glad to know the public doesn't see them.  It's always encouraging to see others successes.

Posted by Lisa Stafford, Broken Arrow OK Homes For Sale (Broken Arrow, Tulsa, McGraw Realtors) about 9 years ago

Kerrie: Thanks for this. I will happily relate my story about AR. It gets better all the time!

Posted by Paul McFadden, Pest Control, Seattle, WA. (Paratex) about 9 years ago

Kerrie, Great post and I enjoyed the success stories.  I found that I had something in common with almost everyone in the list.  Thanks

Posted by Chris Walters (Edisto Realty Edisto Beach,SC about 9 years ago

Thanks Kerrie, what a refreshing post.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel!   Keep up the Great Work!

Posted by Cal Griffin, "Your Connection to Edisto Real Estate" (The Edisto Beach about 9 years ago

Kerrie - It was so nice to meet you at Rain Camp even though we didn't get to speak too much. Thanks so much for this mention. We love it here.

Posted by Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) about 9 years ago

Kerrie - thanks for sharing the success stories - it is always good to see how everyone is doing here in the rain!

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate (Compass) about 9 years ago

Thanks very much for including me in your post, Kerrie. I have found AR to be a rich resource.

As it happens, I logged in tonight to look for a good referral for one of my clients, and I think I have found one. You can find out so much more about a person from their blogs on AR than you can from any ad in a referral book.

So a $500,000 property referral is going to one of my fellow AR members.

That should be a good enough reason for anyone to be here.

Posted by Bob Foster (Century 21 Lanthorn R. E. Ltd. Belleville, Ontario) about 9 years ago

I love a good success story! And I'll enjoy sharing my own, not to mention the extra points!

Posted by Todd & Devona Garrigus, Broker / REALTORS® (Garrigus Real Estate) about 9 years ago

For many of us the amount of success we have at AR is so that we can't keep it in and must blog about it! 

Posted by Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown) about 9 years ago

Thank you for sharing the success stories. It keeps me focused and motivated to blog, blog, blog!

Posted by Betsy Schuman Dodek, (Washington Fine Properties - Washington DC Area Real Estate) about 9 years ago


I just love these success stories!

Thanks for putting them out front for all to see!

Posted by Sheila Moran,, RE/MAX Access, 210-32 (RE/MAX Access (Garden Ridge, San Antonio, New Braunfels)) about 9 years ago

These success stories are definitely an incentive to keep blogging!

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) about 9 years ago

Thanks Kerrie,

Hearing stories like this reminds us that the rewards will come over time and by being consistent in our marketing efforts.


Posted by Marc Iafrate, MBA - Wake County Real Estate Search (Capital City Real Estate Group, Inc. brokered by eXp Realty) about 9 years ago

Kerrie:) My success stories on Active Rain are many!  The friendships and acquaintances made here have been one of the best.  Since joining a little over a year ago, I have had clients/customers call to list their homes and others wishing to buy a property and even have received referrals from other agents on Active Rain.  The knowledge is unlimited on what others are sharing/helping here on the Rain.  The SEO and Technical learning experience is one of the best that can be found at any cost.  Blogging about St Joseph has been a lot of fun and connects our city with the rest of the world. 

Posted by Dona Reynolds, St. Joseph MO (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Stein Summers) about 9 years ago

I definitely got started looking to blog and have realized there much more here than I knew.  I'll let the AR community know when I see tangible results.  Hint, I'm working on something that might turn to $$$$.

Posted by Frank Castaldini, Realtor - Homes for Sale in San Francisco (Compass) about 9 years ago

I just closed my first transaction from Active Rain and another one may soon be in the works.  Education, networking and friendships as well.

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) about 9 years ago

Thanks....I will not only do that but will enjoy reading others!!!  :)

Posted by Lori Churchill Cofer, Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA (Beasley Realty) about 9 years ago

I'm doing a Webinar tomorrow in conjunction with Partner First to discuss my success with Active Rain.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Kerrie - thank you for the information...I have been going to write a blog with my success story but didn't know I should add it to my profile.  I will take care of it immediately!

Posted by Lori Mode, Real Estate Made Simple (Keller Williams Realty - Elk Grove, CA Homes for Sale) about 9 years ago

Great point Kerrie ! 

I just got a new listing where someone found me by doing a Google search on Short Sales and they found a Localism Post !

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) about 9 years ago

Still waiting for my success but not going to give up!

Posted by Dennis Swartz, MBA, GRI...experience counts! (Full Circle Property Management) about 9 years ago


Thanks for pointing these out. I'm sure if we all posted every success we had and read everyone else's, we wouldn't have time to blog!

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) about 9 years ago

Im so happy everyone is enjoying these Success Stories as much as I am!!  I run through them each day and it's great to see those of you who hadn't written one yet, doing so now.  Lets make it Rain!!!

Sheldon:  So nice to meet you in NY as well!!  Thanks again for sharing your wisdom on our panel.  

Clark:  You are a Rainmaker and every blog you post has the ability to be found on Google!  Im glad you are back and ready to use this successful tool to grow your business and exposure.



Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) about 9 years ago

Hi Kerrie...How wise of you to write this blog and now we have a series to look forward to reading.  It is always a pleasure to read about others' success here on ActiveRain.


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) about 9 years ago

Really enjoy reading the success stories.

Posted by Celeste Chism - Serving You in Crossville, Fairfield Glade, Lake Tansi & Cumberland Cove, Serving You is My Top Priority (RE/MAX Premier Choice) about 9 years ago

I just went through all of my past transactions for 2009 and can say that either my blog or website generated 255k in gross commission between the two!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 9 years ago

Great examples of success stories Kerrie. My associate, Duane Murphy was axcited that you chose him for your post.

Posted by Bob Edwards, Fox Cities Real Estate Hotline, SFR- Appleton, WI (Coldwell Banker- The Real Estate Group, Inc.) about 9 years ago

The accolades from the AR Bloggers alone are enough to spark and maintain a presence in this forum.

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge about 9 years ago

Just started actively using Active Rain.  I will post one soon!


Posted by Aaron Silverman, Improving Real Estate Experience through Education (, Bluewater Property Management, LLC and Lowcountry Turnkey Properties, LLC) about 9 years ago

I love AR and love to read the success stories also - thank you for sharing!

Posted by Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team ( Elite Realty Group) about 9 years ago