"Put together a Bio and we'll feature & sell your photography." WOWSERS! A dream come true!
The Relationship: This is an Active Rain success story that started when a couple in Tennessee decided to relocate to Tucson.
My phone rang, and a woman asked about qualifying for a mortgage to purchase a home. Charissa had found me "on the internet." (Thanks, Active Rain. This is the only place she would have found me.) "I read your blog," she said, "and you seem like someone I can trust." (Thanks again, Active Rain.)
We accomplished Charissa's goal of prequalification, and during the process I asked if she had a REALTOR relationship in Tucson.
She did not, and was open to a referral. I referred her to (who else?) an Active Rainer! (Thanks for making me a value-added lender, Active Rain!)
Charissa's husband Lee, a furniture designer for more than 20 years, met the owner of BAKER'S FINE FURNISHINGS (2303 East Grant Road, Tucson, AZ) at a furniture show back east.
One thing led to another, and Lee accepted a design position at Tucson's premier furniture store, Baker's Fine Furnishings.
Long story short, Lee & Charissa are now Tucson homeowners and friends with both their REALTOR and their lender.
The Marketing: You Rainers are a most encouraging community of creative bloggers.
Joan Mirantz in NH has commented more than once that I've missed my calling. (I guess that's why I've never been asked to do a loan for one of her clients...)
Virginia's Lenn Harley has used at least two of my photos as the inspiration for her oil paintings. (So far, I haven't been able to get her to part with one.)
I put together a portfolio, framed five or six photos, and went to see Lee Goodrum, designer at Baker's Fine Furnishings. And there's the bio up top.
Moral of the story: It pays to use Active Rain as more than a platform for listings.
Interaction is the key to widening circles of influence in social media. The most unexpected blessings come about when we bloggers interact with one another on the Active Rain Real Estate Network!
photos copyright Mike in Tucson