Kerrie's Blog: Success in the Rain

Success in the Rain

You guys are the best!!!  Every day I get to read these incredible stories about you.  Brings a tear.....alright maybe not a tear but it sure makes me happy!

As I mentioned earlier, I will be highlighting a few of the success stories each week.  It's a great way to see how members are directly influenced by ActiveRain.

If you have yet to write your own success story, I urge you to do so.  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 located on our home page.  Not only are all the cool kids doing it but you'll be awarded 500 points!!!

If you would like to view more stories please visit ActiveRain Success Stories

Joseph Hill & Jed Montgomery (Montgomery-Hill Keller Williams Realty): Real Estate Agent in Seattle, WA Joseph Hill & Jed Montgomery (Montgomery-Hill Keller Williams Realty) 
"Active Rain allows me to reach a global audience through their Blogging platform and the SEO aggregating advantages are awesome.....In the Fall of 2009, I received TWO leads from my AR Blog that became clients. Using Active Rain to boost validity and to 'humanize' your business is essential!" 

Leigh Giannotti (EXiT Island & Beach Realty): Real Estate Agent in Merritt Island, FL Leigh Giannotti (EXiT Island & Beach Realty) 
"ActiveRain has helped my personal focus and provided me with a wealth of fantastic information! I have written blogs for the first time ever and read many, many motivational smart interesting blogs! My fellow Realtors enrich my life by sharing their experiences and points of view.......It's great to start each day with a sense of purpose." 

Kim Kelley, Realtor  DRE#01412099 (Coldwell Banker Sky Ridge Realty): Real Estate Agent in Lake Arrowhead, CA Kim Kelley (Coldwell Banker Sky Ridge Realty) 
"Active Rain has provided to my clients and to myself an arena that would have been impossible to embrace without their technology and drive. I have the ability to contact thousands of clients within moments of posting a blog or a listing......To have a site like Active Rain and it becomes a vital piece to our marketing and to our promotion of our businesses. I believe that Active Rain has accounted for the height of success that I have........."

Jonathan Hall Danbury,CT Real Estate~203-417-0523 (William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty): Real Estate Agent in Danbury, CT Jonathan Hall Danbury (William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty) 
"Active Rain brings me business on a regular basis. I have found several of my posts come up on the first page of Google........I have learned many things that my broker did not teach me about real estate from all the various members of this outstanding community." 

Michael Gordon - Colorado Springs Mortgage Lender (Peoples Mortgage Corporation): Loan Officer in Colorado Springs, CO Michael Gordon (Peoples Mortgage Corporation) 
"My participation on Active Rain has provided me with access to some great professionals and the experience they freely share with others. Not only experience pertaining to our industry, but life experience and how they have handled the different challenThese stories help up to put the circumstances I deal with in perspective, and keep challenging me to think beyond today." 

Jennifer Martin (Hollinden Realty Inc): Real Estate Agent in Santa Claus, IN Jennifer Martin (Hollinden Realty Inc) 
"Active Rain is a necessary tool in reaching buyers and sellers of Real Estate in Spencer County Indiana. In 2008, I can attribute a minimum of 70% of my buyer leads coming from my Active Rain Blog!" 


I hope everyone has enjoyed these stories as much as I have.

Anyone need a tissue?  smiley face

Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comment balloon 39 commentsKerrie La Guardia • February 04 2010 04:24PM


Pretty cool.  I will be writing mine tomorrow. I am so busy these days.  I love AR extra points!

Posted by Tere Rottink (CoastalVa Realty Inc) about 9 years ago

love to be one of the cool kids : ) 

Thanks for the tip -- Great post!


Posted by Jason Ellis (Coastal REO Solutions - Myrtle Beach Short Sales & REO's) about 9 years ago

OK Kerrie, you got me.  Just posted my "success story," even though it's only been 2 weeks I've been in the Active Rain family.  Gonna keep taking all I I can update my "story" with even more "success".


Posted by Evelyn Zebro, Asheville NC Real Estate Broker (Beverly-Hanks & Associates) about 9 years ago

Excellent Kerrie!

Posted by James Locklear, Social Media Training , Virtual Services, Search Engine Optimization Lattitude - SEOL (Online Marketing Advertising Consultant) about 9 years ago


Don't cry too much!!!  I hope I'm one of the cool kids.  I posted my story months ago and probably got the points.   If I write another one,  can I get more?  ;-)

Posted by Carol Pease, CRS, Broker-Associate 512-721-6320 (JP & Associates Realtors) about 9 years ago

Pehaps I'll have an active rain story int 2010. although to be a cool kid will be hard since I am waaaaaaaaay past kid status.

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

About 16 months ago I had a kindly Active Rain member you politely suggested a few upgrades to my profile page which included this. I am endebted to his taking the time to help me.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) about 9 years ago

Evelyn:  2 weeks and you're already a success...I love it!  I see you'll be in attendance at ActiveRain University tomorrow.  See ya there!

Carol:  You are sooooo one of the cool kids!  The points are a one time thing but you can always update your story as your success grows!

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

It's pretty cool to see my comments on here...

Posted by Jonathan Hall, Realtor - Danbury,CT Area Real Estate~203-417-0523 (William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty) about 9 years ago

Kerrie, Great stories I'll sign up for the group and write my story one day soon, Happy to say I'm busy in real estate right now and do owe a certain amount of success to the A/R platform.

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

Kerrie... looking forward to more success as my involvement in Active Rain continues to grow. What's AR University?

Posted by Michael Gordon - Colorado Springs Mortgage Lender (Peoples Mortgage Corporation) about 9 years ago

Great idea and way to promote yourself. Thanks for the platform and letting us toot our own horn. :) Just kidding.

Posted by Mike Yeo (3:16 team REALTY) about 9 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

Thanks for selecting mine :).  I really need to update it to boast the fact that between Jan - June 2009 I sold over $4 Million (approximately 43 deals) and 3/4 of those leads came right from HERE! The reason being the incredible Search Engine rankings ... and carefully chosen search tags! I've been a member since March 2007 and recently returned after a 6 month "vacation" --- boy did I miss my AR! Glad to back and looking forward to 2010 numbers!

Posted by Jennifer Martin (Letting License Expire in June 2010) about 9 years ago

Hey Kerrie - what a great group of folks!  And I love the idea of seeing so many in one place. This is fantastic!  I just posted a fun success story too!  Check it out - guaranteed to make you smile!


Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) about 9 years ago

Michael:  ActiveRain University is the coolest thing since the new Kings of Leon cd.  Its an On-Line Campus and Training/Support Center for ActiveRain members  Check it out ActiveRain University

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

Wow!  I was shocked by the number of pages of success stories - just incredible!

Posted by An Marshall, Your St Augustine Real Estate Consultant (Berkshire Hathaway - St. Augustine) about 9 years ago

Kerrie, I never get tired of hearing these wonderful success stories. Thanks for putting them all together.

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) about 9 years ago

Hi Kerrie!  It is wonderful to see and hear about so many success stories!  It doesn't get any better than ActiveRain!

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) about 9 years ago

Thanks for sharing these successes, Kerrie! This is encouraging for both new and long-time Rainers.

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) about 9 years ago

Kerrie - nice work, I love reading these success stories.... I think it's great that you take the time out of your busy days to compile and post these.  Now, where did I put those tissues..  lol~  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) about 9 years ago

Kerrie - thank you for the ARU plug and kudos!!  Looking forward to seeing you and many others tomorrow in class. Get a good night sleep, you're gonna need it.

Posted by ActiveRain University (ActiveRain University) about 9 years ago

Woot!! I heard there was mention of the ActiveRain University here.  Just had to stop by and let everyone know, ARU is where many of the future success stories will stem from.  Great Post Kerrie, thank you.

Posted by ActiveRain Professor (ActiveRain Corp.) about 9 years ago

This is awesome that you are highlighting these stories on your blog, Kerrie, for everyone else to see.  I'm going to have to update mine and check out these others.

Posted by Heather Chavez, Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 9 years ago

Kerrie, this is so great!  Thanks!!! 

Posted by Yuno Marioni, - Your Home, My Goal - about 9 years ago

I hope to be writing my ActiveRain success story in 2010.  In the meantime, I better get busy reading about the success stories of fellow ActiveRain members!

Posted by Paul Franciskato (Asset Brokering Services) about 9 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

Keep the success stories coming. It's good to share in them.



Posted by Matthew Bartlett (Century 21 Masters/Lic. #01353034) about 9 years ago

Yes I did it awhile back upon the advice of a blog... not sure if I received the points

Posted by Mark VanBuskirk, PA REALTOR Specializing in Carbon & Monroe County (Cassidon Realty ) about 9 years ago

That is just a great idea.  I am learning every day on how to maximize this experience.  Brick by brick we're building large online structures.  Your suggestions here are valuable.  I'll get on it...thanks

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

I've already taken advantage of these points, but I did enjoy this post. By the way ... are you coming to Dallas for Rain Camp?

Posted by Aaron Vaughn | Builder | Investor, If the deal makes sense, the cash will follow. (Conifer Homes) about 9 years ago

Most definitely, Kerrie. Every time I've re-written my success story, I get a few more profile points. And, I'll be updating my success story soon enough - a referral, and leads are being generated from my blog. It is so awesome!

Posted by William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate (WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group) about 9 years ago

Nice! Headed off to a closing for 9 am where the listing came from an AR referral (have to remember to send her that check, LOL)...!

Posted by Erica Ramus, MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate (Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA ) about 9 years ago

Well, it turns out that I already had done it.  I will have to update it, as things are even better now.

Posted by Tere Rottink (CoastalVa Realty Inc) about 9 years ago

Thanks for the reminder...I do need to get this done....

Posted by Lori Churchill Cofer, Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA (Beasley Realty) about 9 years ago is done!  I am not sure how to link it for you to see....but thanks!

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

Mark:  I see you wrote yours on 1/14/2010 and received 500 points!  You can always hit "Points Summary" on your main page to see the breakdown of points awarded.  Good job!

Agent Aaron:  I will be at RainCamp Dallas, 2/16/2010...I. CANT. WAIT!!!!!

Erica:  Good luck with your appointment today :)

Lori:  Sweet Success Story....thanks for sharing!

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


Looks like some fun people here and great information. I look forward to Jennifer's event tomorrow.  Thanks for the inspiring post! 

Posted by Carra & Shae Riley, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 9 years ago

Great post. I love to read Active Rain success stories.

Posted by Wayne B. Pruner, Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI (Oregon First) about 9 years ago

Hi Kerrie..heading to my profile to get the pass AR and get 500 pts..thanks...

On Ar camp...please give me the number one thing the attendees say was the most powerful..thanks

Posted by GARY DIGIORGIO -Denver- Arvada -Westminster, REOptions LLC (THE DIGIORGIO GROUP /(303) 898 - GARY (4279)) about 9 years ago

Hi Kerrie!  I have definitely GOT to do this!  I share my story all over the place--seminars here in Charlotte, in Raleigh, on AR, via email and phone when anyone calls to ask what to do here...and I still have not written up one for you guys!  I'll try to get that done this week.  You know me, I'm a SLOW writer!!

Have a wonderful weekend...

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 9 years ago