Kerrie's Blog: Success in the Rain

Success in the Rain

Is everyone still stuffed from Thanksgiving?!?  Maybe having some leftovers tonight?  I hope you all had a great holiday and took time to reflect on that which we are thankful for.

Success is brewing in the 'Rain and it won't stop!  The crew will be travelling to Philly for RainCamp and I can't be more excited to meet more of the AR family.  I'm having RainCamp withdrawls! 

Check out the superstars below and I hope you all have a wonderful week!

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 your 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

Iran Watson Marietta Real Estate Agent and Photog (Georgia Elite Realty): Real Estate Agent in Marietta, GA Iran Watson (Georgia Elite Realty)
"ActiveRain has played a critical part in growing my online presence in my local market. Since joining ActiveRain in 2007, I have seen a rapidly expanding group of real estate professionals help grow this site to one of the most effective real estate portals on the net. ActiveRain has been instrumental in both providing me a platform to share my unique talents and insights with my target audience as well as account for the majority of my SEO. Bottom line, of all the online real estate tools and sites I use to communicate my message, ActiveRain is far and away the best!"

Sheila Newton Team ~ Anderson &  Greenville SC Real Estate & Foreclosures (RE/MAX Realty Professionals): Real Estate Agent in Anderson, SC Sheila Newton Team (RE/MAX)
"I have been on ActiveRain for several years now and love it.. I have learned what blogging is and it is my "go to" site to ask other agents' opinions on things before I spend money on anything Real Estate... And you MUST go to Raincamp!!! It is a great experience and you learn a ton!!"


Marjorie Taylor, CRS - Homes in St. Augustine (Homes in St. Augustine - Watson Realty Corp.): Real Estate Agent in Saint Augustine, FL Marjorie Taylor (Watson Realty Corp)
"One weekend last Spring (2009) I was introduced to my first short sale opportunity. I had not any training so I was not sure where to begin, what docs the seller needed to gather, I was basically clueless. I searched the words Short Sale in the Active Rain search bar and VOILA, there were a plethora of information to help me get started..."


Valerie  Spicer, Broker, Horse Farm Specialist (Upland Realty, LLC): Real Estate Agent in Oxford, MI Valerie Spicer (Upland Realty)
"Active Rain has helped me connect with great, successful real estate professionals. These connections have inspired me to be more creative, innovative and productive with new ideas, therefore increasing sales and having a larger client base."



Jeremy De La Garza (Corpus Christi Realty Group): Real Estate Agent in Corpus Christi, TX Jeremy De La Garza (Corpus Christi Realty Group)
"I have received several referrals form Active Rain, and believe it is truly a benefit to Realtors to gain knowledge and experience from others who have already been through what we are about to go through."



Bandele Oguntomilade (Bogun Realty and Luxury Homes): Real Estate Agent in Woodland Hills, CA Bandele Oguntomilade (Bogun Realty)
"I'd like to thank my colleagues in our Active Rain community for their insightful tips and useful suggestions. I had never door- knocked before I read 2 compelling stories on Active Rain about 2 agents who achieved much success and had fun at it using specific scripts and tactics. I incorporated these scripts and tactics in my marketing plan and I am also enjoying similar success with my farm. Thank you for always willing to share strategies that work!"


Let it Rain my friends....Let it Rain!

Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comment balloon 42 commentsKerrie La Guardia • November 27 2010 06:58PM


Kerrie I love reading the Success stories of Active Rain. I got some but I want to write one where I will have a closing. Hopefully it will come soon. Hope you are enjoying your Weekend. Are when are you coming back to DC for Raincamp? How about Maryland? You never came to Maryland. Great post.

Posted by Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES (Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC) over 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie...

Thanks for sharing the success stories. They are always very encouraging!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 8 years ago

Thanks for sharing the success stories with everyone.  I know I have received a lot of valuable help from others that are willing to share information. 

Posted by Renee Marrs Caperton, Realtor - Corsicana Texas Real Estate (Marrs & Associates) over 8 years ago

Thanks for posting this! Now and days all you hear in the news is bad stuff about mortgages and the real estate market. It's an inspiration to hear success stories it puts a little fire under my toosh :)

Posted by Andres Munar, Experience The Difference (Keystone Alliance Mortgage ) over 8 years ago

Kerrie.. again, some more success stories... will see you Monday night.. have a safe flight.

Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) over 8 years ago

Thanks for the stories.

Posted by Jerry Cecil (Bloomtree Realty) over 8 years ago

Kerrie, I just love reading Active Rain Success Stories! They get me pumped up all over again! Have fun at RainCamp! So glad to have met you in Orlando :)

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 8 years ago

It is an inspiring post that you write.  One of the many bright things that AR does... success stories.

Posted by 1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 8 years ago

Kerrie~ I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday with your family and friends!!

Posted by Melissa McKinney, Realtor, (McKinney Realty Group) over 8 years ago

I love reading Iran's stuff, he is so smart, talented and resourceful. It's amazing what you can learn and share on here.

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) over 8 years ago

Thanksgiving was great! Hope yours was too! Thanks for the success stories! See you at raincamp Houston!!

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) over 8 years ago

Kerrie, hope you had a great Thanksgiving, too. And, yes...we did eat leftovers today! :) I love reading the Success Stories! It gives me another way to meet other Raindrops. I love hearing how people are using the resources here.

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Sells Real Estate! (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 8 years ago

this is a great post and this is very informational.

thanks for the post!

Posted by Amber Boyd (Novus Real Estate) over 8 years ago

I cannot believe all of the things I have learned and implemented that have helped me here at AR.

Posted by Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247 (TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team) over 8 years ago

As usual....great list and stories. I always like to read how others have succeeded in the Rain.

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) over 8 years ago


The success stories are great!  I had to speak to our office Focus group last week to explain Active rain, I wish i would have had this post it would have really helped!  i did get a few of them to join. gonna email this to them and re-blog    Thanks, bill

Posted by Bill Dean, William Dean - Broker, Salesperson (Haggerty Team St. Louis, Mo.) over 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie - What a wonderful group of ActiveRain members for this week's success in the rain post.

Posted by FN LN over 8 years ago

I love reading success story's....they keep you channeled in the right direction.....positive....

Posted by Dennis Duvernay Broker/Owner (Hillview Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie - will see you in Philly on Tuesday!  Missed out on the platinum seating, but if one becomes available, please let me know!

Posted by Kathy Kenney, Realtor - Princeton & Central NJ Homes for Sale (Keller Williams, Princeton, NJ) over 8 years ago

Looking forward to meeting you in Philly, Kerrie!  Woo-hoo!

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) over 8 years ago

Success stories are a delight to read Kerrie!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) over 8 years ago

Success stories are always an encouragement to browse through and remember.

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge over 8 years ago


I'm Thankful the Rain keeps coming.

All the best,


Posted by Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain (Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain) over 8 years ago

wow how great

Posted by Amy Prumo (Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate Co.) over 8 years ago

Getting wet is your best bet......Rain rules......

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 8 years ago

Great to read other success stories!  See you in Philly!

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) over 8 years ago


See you in Philly! I can't wait! My "Learning Antenna" are on high-alert!  See you Tuesday!

Posted by Kathy Opatka, Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches (RE/MAX CROSSROADS) over 8 years ago

Thanks for sharing your success story enjoy them and great ideas..

Posted by George P. Cruz Sr., PSL FL CDPE, TRC, CIPS (DR Horton) over 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

Thanksgiving was fabulous.  In fact, we enjoyed it so much, we had another Thanksgiving Dinner last night with Chicken and dressing (laced with cranberries reconstituted in chicken broth and butter), green beans and rolls with roasted garlic.  The house smelled AMAZING.  I took some fresh rosemary form my herb garden and it perfumed the whole house while it was cooking. 

The aromas of Thanksgiving are one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving

Please drop by my blog if you get a chance.  There are pics and poems and new openings in Huntsville!


in Conroe/Huntsville/Lake Livingston TX

Posted by Mari Montgomery, Mari Realty (Mari Realty) over 8 years ago
Hi Kerrie, thanks for the insight into Activerain, Leah.
Posted by Leah Henderson (Asset Realty, Inc) over 8 years ago

Great stories, as usual. Thanks.

Posted by Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI) over 8 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

It is inspiring to hear these success stories. Thanks!

Posted by Dennis & Terri Neal, Your Home Sold in 45 Days or We Se (RE/MAX, Big Bear) over 8 years ago

Yes, every word of my success story is true.  One of my biggest regrets is that I haven't remained consistent throughout the years.  I look at those who have and see where they are with their busniess and it only proves that blogging unique value content to your audience via ActiveRain is time well spent.

Posted by Iran Watson, Marietta Real Estate Agent - Photographer (Georgia Elite Realty) over 8 years ago

Hey Kerrie -- looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday. I'll be driving in Monday night for the festivities, after a major closing. Celebration time!

Posted by Erica Ramus, MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate (Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA ) over 8 years ago

Going there now Kerrie. Thank you for reinforcing the work I am doing today with ActiveRain!


Posted by Deb Harshman, REALTOR & ASPMaster Stager, The Selling Advantage (Long and Foster - Christie's International Real Estate & Owner of Staged Home Decor) over 8 years ago

Kerrie - Wow, what a week full of turkey and stuffin'! And I am so stuffed! Hope your holiday week was full of laughter and love.

Posted by Todd & Devona Garrigus, Broker / REALTORS® (Garrigus Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Thanks for sharing these success stories about AR members...

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) over 8 years ago

Bill - That is so cool!  Thanks for spreading the word about ActiveRain!

Katherine - I'll know more about Platinum seats on the day of....make sure you come and say Hi and I'll see what I can do.  You should come to the pre-party tomorrow night if you're available!

Irene - I can't wait and love your festive pic!

Mari - Um....yes!  You're making my mouth water!

Erica - Sounds good!!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) over 8 years ago

Everytime I start to wonder if this site is worth it...I find your blog about successes and remember iy is

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 8 years ago

It is great to read the success that others have had in the Rain.  I am looking forward to the next Raincamp in So Cal.

Posted by Simon Mills (Mills Realty) over 8 years ago

Always inspirational!  Thanks Kerrie!

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) over 8 years ago

Your posts and the people who help make AR a great place are very inspiring.  Thanks so much, Kerrie.  :) Gail

Posted by Gail C. Harris, Reach the BEACH with Gail C. Harris (cell: 703.868 (Resource Network, LLC SFR, AHWD, ACRE, SMAR Board Director) over 8 years ago