Rich Jacobson wanted to inspire us to do a little "community building" and he said, "Create a post that tells us what you've experienced, what you've learned; how you've benefited from your participation here; the friendships you've made; the ways you've grown personally". Read more of Rich's inspiring post here: "Testimonials in the Rain" - What's YOUR Story? And join in on the comaraderie and community building. (they changed it from bonding...to building lol)
ActiveRain introduced me to a REAL Estate Network to Blog for Business, to blog for conversation with my peers and to read informational and localized posts for all others areas and neighborhoods. ActiveRain is an all in one place to work, relax, read and socialize with members in the Real Estate Industry. No matter how I word it, ActiveRain has been the learning experience of a lifetime and there IS more to come.
John Suler's The Psychology of Cyberspace taught me the significant points I needed to learn about the individuals that hide behind a keyboard, the different personalities and basically about the online presence. I have experienced meeting members in person or phone...and I have made a few valuable friendships that will continue on.
And this is what it's been all about for me: Looking Back on 2007: Giving Back to the Community where I wrote: "It's not hard to get wrapped up in the "fame, glory and recognition" while writing for a large community as ActiveRainhas grown into. The points, the features and the "friends" we accumulate along the road of blogging gets a little exciting, huh? If it is one thing I have respected are the people who did not change in spirit and in soul along their pathway to blogging freedom and remained themselves. The ones who have written from the heart and let their whole persona shine through."
And last but not least....the most important and beneficial thing for me......
**.MY Very FIRST Sale from an ActiveRain lead!**
Yeah, you may not think it's so important to have a closing from a client from an ActiveRain post but I have been blogging on ActiveRain since March of 2007 and this is THE first closing that I have had directly from ActiveRain and a post my client saw *Across the Ocean to Paradise: Military Relocations Hawaii* Six more weeks will be one year that I have been a member of ActiveRain and this has got to be high on my list for determination to succeed with this thing called Bloggging.....for Business. Over TEN months of continuous blogging it finally it paid off.
Relocations to Hawaii is something that I specialize in. I know what it is like to relocate to a strange place...let alone Across the Ocean to Paradise. That is the post that my client saw on the internet and called me. It just so happened that 10 minutes before my husband is notified the company is closing nationwide...for good. I wrote When Life Throws a Bunch of Curve Balls........ Deal With It! to catch the rest of that story.
The following stories are all related to this particular transaction that is recording Thursday.
- From Call to Contract: Doing My Homework (Part I)
- Be Proactive: Know Your Lender (Part II- From Call to Contract)
- Going Above and Beyond (Part III- From Call to Contract)
- VA Loans & Hawaii Military Relocations: This Realtors® Process
You bet I'm proud! We signed last Thursday, the loan officer called and said it's funding by noon tomorrow and recording Thursday morning. ......ONE WEEK ahead of schedule. Proud. It's about how hard I've worked blogging and keeping balance with my Localism posts. It's about receiving many leads from ActiveRain, BUT this one went through. Smoothly.
Last but not least.....I sincerely thank the founders, staff and members who have guided and supported me throughout....to get to where I am today. Without that quality of relationships....what is a professional worth?
UPDATE 1/24/2008: At 8:15am (half hour ago) I received a call from escrow that they received clearance from the Bureau of Conveyances that we recorded. I called my client and wished her a Congratulations and will be going to the unit shortly to drop off a basket of wonderful stuff for her and put on my lockbox as she is in some kind of military class.
I am the PROUD Real Estate Agent of my very FIRST ActiveRain closed (recorded) transaction!
In Hawaii, we sign a week or so before (to be on the safe side) and the loan company will fund one day prior to recordation. When escrow receives the funds they take all documents to the Bureau of Conveyances to record and it is usually by the next business day. THEN we hand over the keys to the buyer. Do I hear a WooHoo?!!
Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.
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