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ActiveRain Is The Best Source For Referrals

 

Over the years, I have sent out many referrals and for the past decade, most of these agents have been found right here on ActiveRain.

After speaking to so many agents and really getting to know them, my comfort level is high as opposed to choosing an unknown agent just because they may have the right Alphabet Soup letters after their name.

 

 

Just yesterday, one of my clients told me they were leaving this weekend for a week in Florida. They found an area  and were going down to see some properties.

 Since it was in a community that an AR member lives and works,

I picked up the phone and called my broker contact. We had a lovely conversation and got caught up on the happenings of the past year. 

After I was sure this was the right area and that my friend was still very active in RE, I mentioned my client. This agent had recently started a new brokerage, moving from a big box company and sounds perfect.

Until this comes to fruition, I am not giving out this members name. 

It's important to choose the right professional.

 

 

The first place I look for a referral source is ActiveRain. When I have an area that a client is interested in...I start my research.

It's not enough that they have a designation or are the top producer.

What I'm looking for is to match the buyer/seller's personality and needs to the right Realtor® 

 

It can work both ways. This past year I was the recipient of 

wonderful buyer clients, sent from a lender in California

This was one of the smoothest transactions with delightful buyers. The knowledgeable, attentive, kind and sensitive John Meussner  sent these clients just from knowing me on ActiveRain.

 

Thanks for the referral

 

Referrals from other agents and past clients do not come by asking why I'm not getting referrals.

They do not come by asking why do others receive referrals.

They  do not come from the absence of blogging.

They do not come if members do not know you.

They do not come from demanding proof that blogging works.

They are not going to come from paying big bucks for  the promise of hundreds of referrals.

 

Referrals come from giving and sharing and working hard.

You also get clients the same way!

 

This post is being submitted for Debbie Reynolds March Contest.

 

ActiveRain Is The Best Source For Referrals.

 

 

Margaret Rome

 

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Comment balloon 75 commentsMargaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland • March 06 2018 03:47AM

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Hi Margaret, you have mastered the phone call and gotten to know people like know other in the Rain. I know I have confidence in you to trust my referrals to.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 6 months ago

Thank you Debbie Reynolds for sponsoring this month's contest. Knowing you, I would gladly send my best friends and clients to you. You are the consummate professional.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 6 months ago

What a wonderful deal that was!  Great clients, and great work, Margaret!  Happy to have the opportunity to work with you.

Posted by John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,) 6 months ago

John Meussner You changed my opinion of out of state lenders. Looking forward to working with you real soon. We may have a client soon for you in NC.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 6 months ago

Margaret, thank you for posting your approach to giving and receiving referrals. You make valid points on using ActiveRain vs the more common approach of top producers or designations. In essence, its all about relationship building.

Posted by David Wright, Real Estate Refined (Benchmark Realty, LLC) 6 months ago

David Wright It is all about relationship building! So good to see you in the Rain.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 6 months ago

Thank you, Margaret! I love reading your posts and your ideas.

Posted by David Wright, Real Estate Refined (Benchmark Realty, LLC) 6 months ago

Margaret, like you .. The first place I look for a referral source is ActiveRain. 

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker) 6 months ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland  This is a great post and I will be submitting an entry.  Active Rain is always the first place I go to look for referrals. 

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL - (561) 716-7824 - CRS, ABR, GRI (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) 6 months ago

 

Thank you David Wright What a lovely thing to say.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 6 months ago

I agree with your title line, Margaret.  ActiveRain provides us an opportunity to get to know agents a bit, that we send referrals to.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 6 months ago

@rebeccRebecca Gaujot, Realtor®  But of course. We have gotten to know each other over the years and trust each other. Perfect for sharing our special clients and family.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 6 months ago

Elyse Berman, PA Look forward to reading your post. I remember how successful you were with my friends and got their condo sold when the other agent was not.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 6 months ago

Myrl Jeffcoat Those of us that have been around for awhile have had great success. The personal relationships we have formed make our referrals more special. The clients get the best!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 6 months ago

This can truly be a wonderful place for referrals. I have been fortunate enough to get several over the years myself.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) 6 months ago

JL Boney, III And I bet you have done a great job with those referrals. Hope you will be writing about them for the March contest.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 6 months ago

Margaret little did I know at first that ActiveRain was actually a huge community of like-minded professionals.  Once I figured that out I had a blast getting to know people - well I might add!  I so enjoy giving and receiving ActiveRain referrals. When I have an opportunity to do so I know exactly who to call and I know how that person does business because they have shared so much over the years.  ActiveRain is a fantastic referral network! You already know you are my Baltimore 'Go To Agent' in a heartbeat! I look forward to having an opportunity to refer somebody to you!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 6 months ago

You're so right about AR being the best place for Referrals, Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland.  I've become some what of a resource for others looking for professionals across the U.S./North America too ... as they know I have AR at my fingertips as a resource.  The ways that AR continues to expand itself as a resource is so beneficial to us all ...

Congrats on the Feature!

Gene    

Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) 5 months ago

The woman puts her sense to work and gets results....

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) 5 months ago

I love the "give it to you straight" statements toward the end - followed by two short, sweet (albeit hard) reminders of how it's done.  Thank you for sharing your referral point of view Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland.

Posted by Alesha A. Wilson, M.Ed., MRP, Buy and Sell with Confidence (Buy and Sell Oklahoma LLC) 5 months ago

Active Rain has definitely made it easy to find a referral agent for out of town clients.  I made a love match last year between sellers leaving my area and moving to Sarasota with Marnie Matarese .

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) 5 months ago

Hi Margaret, It was great speaking to you the other day.  Thanks for the heads up on the contest and "other things:!

Posted by Christine OShea (Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker) 5 months ago

So right you are, Margaret, as always! A truly important message to always keep in mind!

Posted by Allyson Hoffman, Making Today's Dreams Tomorrow's Reality! (RE/MAX Villager (Chicago North and North Suburbs Real Estate)) 5 months ago

Recently sent a seller in my area to an AR member in Florida myself.  And I knew from reading their posts over the years they would be a great fit.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) 5 months ago

Couldn't agree with you more, Margaret!  I always start with Active Rain when looking to refer clients out, because I am confident that the professionals who give of their time and talents here will take excellent care of "my" relocating folks!

Posted by Barbara Murphy, GRI, e-PRO, GREEN, FMS, MRP (Tartan Properties, Pensacola~Pace~Milton~Gulf Breeze~FL) 5 months ago

Since I got involved with Active Rain this has been my first source to look when I need to make a referral.  Like you, I like to call and talk with the agent and get a feel for the "right connection".

Posted by Diana Dahlberg, Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563 (1 MONTH REALTY) 5 months ago

Absolutely agree!! ActiveRain is the FIRST place I would look for an outgoing referral. And likely the ONLY place I would need to look because of the many Realtor members.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) 5 months ago

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker There is no doubt that you would be a perfect match for anyone moving to AZ. Wonderful friendships, like ours, and we have never personal met.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Thanks Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi 

 We become valuable to our clients, friends and relatives by our AR connections. 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

 

Thank you Richie Alan Naggar I working on it.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Alesha A. Wilson, M.Ed., MRP Love seeing your contributions in the Rain!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

 

Congratulations Chris Ann Cleland It is a win win all the way around.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Christine OShea So proud of you and your new brokerage. You go girl!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Allyson Hoffman What a treat seeing you right here!! How are you? Let's catch up soon.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Active Rain is a treasure house of referral agents; I've been very happy with the various referrals I sent out to members.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) 5 months ago

 

Tammy Lankford, You know when the fit is right! Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

 

Barbara Murphy AR members take care of our clients and we have accountability to each other. 

Would love to see you blogging again. Maybe join in the March contests. Let me know if you need anything.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

 

Diana Dahlberg If we get to know the members in the Rain, it makes us better agents for our clients. It's pretty impressive when someone mentions a city and you can say....hold on I have a friend there.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

 

Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS If I can'f find someone in a specific area...I will call another member from the state and ask for a referral. Love the way we use each other!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

 

Always good to see you Lottie Kendall 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Hi Margaret

AR is a powerhouse for referrals, as well as finding the names of other potential referral agents that our AR friends know and mention her when referrals are needed. And I get a double bonus with CRSs who are also AR members.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) 5 months ago

 

Jeff Dowler A CRS or other designation holder plus being an AR member is even more powerful.  I know you give and get but it is because you give so much!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

One of the best sources for referrals and much more good types of advice and experience with people telling their stories in ways that always impact me positively! :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 5 months ago

I’m glad that you give what you do and I will support it 100% however I can, I’m sure of it, Jeff Dowler

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 5 months ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland 
Me too! -- All the best - Lynn

"The first place I look for a referral source is ActiveRain."

Posted by Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers (Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...) 5 months ago

I think that Active Rain is a great place to find agents when you need to send a referral Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) 5 months ago

Good morning Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland ,

What an excellent post to enter into Debbie Reynolds contest! You are right referrals come from working hard and sharing and that is how clients come to you too!

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) 5 months ago

Oh, this is my favorite place to find referrals too, Margaret! There are SO many that I absolutely cannot wait to send referrals to also - just getting to know many over the years, you just KNOW they're going to be wonderful professionals for your clients.

And, thanks for the heads-up on this one - I hadn't seen it!

Happy Thursday!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 5 months ago

I am currently working with a referral that I received from an ActiveRain member.  So far everything is moving along very nicely and we are working great together.  ActiveRain is indeed my go to source when giving out referrals as well

Posted by Terry McCarley, REALTOR, SRES, CDPE - Cape Coral, FL (REMAX Realty Team - Cape Coral FL) 5 months ago

You certainly have much more insight into an agent thru the Rain than you may choosing blindly with other sources.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 5 months ago

Laura Cerrano Always good to see that pretty smile and love the time we met in Baltimore and you were a guest on the show.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Lynn B. Friedman The first and most of time the lsat. Always good to see you.

 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Sybil Campbell Always a good place to find referrals.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Dorie Dillard This has been a good contest for all of us. Hope you are doing well.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Debe Maxwell, CRS We really get to know members through out blogging and interactions right here in the rain. Look forward to your entry. 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Terry McCarley Good to hear. Hope you will share the experience with us.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Sally K. & David L. Hanson That's for sure. Blogging gives us that insight and it is always good to see you!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

thanks for the post.  I have been on AR for years, but only recently got back into using it.  I continue to learn each day more and more things about others in our area of profession, whether here in AZ or elsewhere.  

I would love to start providing referrals to AR people.  I sure woudln't mind getting them either.   It's great to see how referrals have worked for other AR memebers.. 

 

Thanks again, 

 

Posted by Erik Lilyquist, The Reverse Mortgage Guy (People's Bank and Trust) 5 months ago

Erik Lilyquist They dont work overnight. Many of us have been here for many years blogging and connecting with other members. Hope you will join in..so much to learn, to share and yes even get referrals.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Takes research to match the client to the agent, doesn't always work due to personalities but AR is a great guide as you can often know a person through their writing.

Posted by Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 5 months ago

When I need to refer to another agent in another part of the country, my search always starts in AR.

I think I am able to find out a lot about the agent here. Look at their posts and how they comment.

Then, I always make a phone call for a personal get to know them.

Thanks for the share.

Posted by John Wiley, Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA (Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty) 5 months ago

I do feel that we get to know each other here. That makes sending a referral much easier.

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) 5 months ago

Agreed. Getting to know other AR members is great for matching out-of-area referrals to the best agents.

Posted by Elva Branson-Lee, CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent (Solid Source Realty GA) 5 months ago

I too have sent several referrals out over the years to AR members,

Posted by Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy (eXp Realty) 5 months ago

Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 Just like anything, it takes research to find the right match.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

John Wiley Do your research and follow up with a phone call. You know I approve of that. 

 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

 

Marte Cliff When you know someone, you are comfortable with referring them. Just have a designation or city is not enough for me to make that referral.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Elva Branson-Lee It is a really good way matching up the right professionals with our special clients.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Michael Eisenberg As you continue to refer out...you have a pretty good chance of getting referrals.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Referrals are the lifeline of my business!!!

Referrals from other agents and past clients do not come by asking why I'm not getting referrals. They do not come by asking why do others receive referrals.

Posted by Sham Reddy, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) 5 months ago

I received a referral from an activerain agent last year. It worked out perfectly and the young couple was a delight to work with.

Posted by Dana Basiliere, Making deals "Happen" (Rossi & Riina Real Estate) 5 months ago

Hi Sham Reddy  And I may have someone moving back to your area. I will let you know if it works out. Always good to see you my friend.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

 

Dana Basiliere  This is the kind of story we all love to hear. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Dear Margaret,

A lot of people here seem to do what needs doing. That is what most people want.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) 5 months ago

Dörte Engel  Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

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