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Side Effects of Blogging On Active Rain

"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!


I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson, AZ Mortgage lender.
Mike Jones (Tucson Mortgage Company, LLC): Loan Officer in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona
Call me
if I can help you or someone you know
with a purchase or refi mortgage.
(520) 349-9090

photos copyright Mike in Tucson



Comment balloon 47 commentsMike Jones • October 29 2009 02:01AM


Mike, what a fabulous tale of zero degrees of separation. And look where it's landed you. Your photography could be eaten with a spoon. Consistent, frequent, beautifully done.

Posted by Sherry Siegel, Managing Broker, EcoBroker, ABR (BrokersGroup, serving Sequim and Port Angeles) about 11 years ago

Wowsers indeed --- all the best selling the photos -- you have great photos!

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) about 11 years ago

Mike, The far reaching effects of Activerain are still unbeliveable to me.  Congratulations to you, it sounds like you hit a home run and you didn't even know you were playing :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 11 years ago


This is great, but I'd except no less!

What so many miss in our rush to show what we know is that the consumer doesn't care. Consumers don't understand mortgages, they want to get to know the people! That's why your photos work so well people learn so much about you!

Love the photos! The bottom one on the right, is that wildlife or a competitor?


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) about 11 years ago

Good morning, Bill

That would be wildlife in my backyard.  Wile E Coyote!


Isn't this a great place to blog?  Love the Rain.

Bob & Carolin,

Thanks all the way to Gold Canyon, AZ!


Thanks for being the first to comment.  It is "zero degrees of separation," now that you mention it.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago

Mike - thanks for the reminder of where I belong - here in The Rain!!! I want to thank you for the jolt that brought me back!!!

And by the way, your photos are something I have always admired! You have many talents!!!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 11 years ago

Mike - This has to be one of the most visually appealing posts I have seen on Active Rain and "wowser," there are some good ones. Now to mention the content of your post, again fantastic. You rock! Excellent post.

Posted by Judy Jennings, Tap into Judy's real estate expertise & resources. (Top Agent Plus) about 11 years ago

Mike - your photography is your true CALLING, and I enjoy everything you share here on ActiveRain.

Posted by Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL (RE/MAX Professionals) about 11 years ago

Hi Mike - What an inspirational story, and with more beautiful photos to boot. I love the postcard bio!

Posted by Karen Cooper, Helping Homeowners w/Home Loans in 27 US States (Karen Cooper | Sr Retail Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | 360 Mortgage Group LLC Austin Texas) about 11 years ago

What a great story and it's nice to cross reference your photography with your business. Funny, but I recently had someone contact me to use some pictures I shot around Lady Bird Lake (where I like to run) to use in promoting a race in the area. It's how Active Rain helps us connect to the rest of the world! Nice job Mike!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Mike...You made me cry! (Tears of joy) I am so, so happy for you!! It's always been obvious to me that that is where your heart is!

Congratulations 100 times over!

Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Mike - this comes as no surprise to me.  Your photos are absolutely stunning and your talent ... well, more than evident in each and every one.  Your newfound outlet for your craft is terrific! I'm so proud of, and for, you! 

Congratulations on your successes!  You and your darlin' are in my prayers. 

(**I'm padding that Tuscon Trip envelope frequently.  Never know what spring will bring.)

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) about 11 years ago

Beautifully presented, Mike.  I am going to do mine today, although it is going to be difficult without my laptop which is drying out.  Nope, not from drinking, from swimming. 

I love the way you laid this out.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) about 11 years ago


You certainly write well and of course the photos are great.  You show God's creation in a beautiful way, using the gifts with which He has blessed you.  The best part is that I get to share in all of that with you!

Love & Mrs,  Darlin'

Posted by Darlin' about 11 years ago

Congrats Mike!

You take some absolutely spectacular shots.  I'm glad you're reaching a wider audience.

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier, Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) about 11 years ago

Great post, Mike.  I always get encouraged when I read other people's success stories derived directly from Active Rain.  I've only been here a couple months, but it's been great so far.  I do sometimes get writers block, but I love that I can write about anything I want and there's someone bound to be interested (at least that's what I tell myself).  Congrats on your success!

Posted by Will Goodson (Sheffield Properties/Private Label Realty) about 11 years ago

Mike- Very encouraging story. I absolutely love your photos- especially the cactus one!

Posted by Kristi DeFazio, Colorado Springs Rea lEstate 719-459-5468 (RE/MAX Advantage) about 11 years ago

Mike , I love your photos, I post many of my own here and never considered using them for more than my own blog. One of my Clients a Robert Kozlow...is a semi famous photographer in New Hampshire...but is also a full time Dentist and is quite good at both.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) about 11 years ago

I haven't seen photography like that in a very long time! I just love the coyote picture :)

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) about 11 years ago


Your photos are wonderful and it couldn't have happened to anyone more deserving.  I love the coyote too.

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) about 11 years ago

Beautiful pictures Mike.  Thanks for the post.

Posted by Lindsay Luton (Academy Mortgage) about 11 years ago

Mike, what a great story!!! You can thanks AR, but you are the one who writes the good content that makes someone trust you. Great job!

Posted by Marney Kirk, Towson, Maryland Real Estate (Cummings & Co. Realtors) about 11 years ago

What a great story and one with a good point!  There is more to this Active Rain blogging thing than meets the eye.  I cannot believe the calls I get and they are not all real estate related!  It is really cool!

Posted by Jeani Codrey, If you're not learning, you're not living! (The Learning Jeani) about 11 years ago

Wow your profile page makes me want to move back to Tucson especially when I am stomping in from a foot of snow here in Colorado. A great Realtor is almost always behind a thoughtful and compelling profile.

Posted by Sabrina Kelley, Woodland Park Colorado Mountain Homes and Land (ERA Herman Group Real Estate) about 11 years ago


And so well deserved.


You may have to give up the day job :)

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) about 11 years ago


There I was on the activerain home page just crusing and then I see  Side Effects of Blogging On Active Rain  I click on the headline and WOWSER... beautiful Arizona scenery... then I look down and see your shining smile and I say  WOWSER again.. I know that guy!  We sat together at the acitverain event in Phoenix with Anna Banana!  What a beautiful pictorial essay.. I am sure you post on posterous, slide.com, flickr, istock, dreamstime right?  You can even sell your photos and I know people would buy them for blogs! 

Thanks for sharing your wonderful work.. Please stop by the Cosmic Cow Pie as I would love to feature this post too. RESULTS from playing in the rain!  WOWSER!   


Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 11 years ago

When you have a talent like yours, it opens up doors for you.  I love your photographs

Posted by Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com (Real Estate One) about 11 years ago

Mike....I really like what you've done! I will try and use a lot of your layouts in the future!


Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) about 11 years ago

Some of the best photos I have ever seen.  Great blog!

Posted by Judy Greenberg, Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove Homes (Coldwell Banker Long Grove) about 11 years ago
Your photos are beautiful. I can certainly see how this could be your calling and am glad to hear AR has helped you in that career too.
Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) about 11 years ago

Neat story! The photos are really eye catching. I am blogging about clients and services they provide to help them get jobs lately!@

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) about 11 years ago

Michael, I have to agree with you that bonds can be formed across hundreds or thousands of miles through AR.

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) about 11 years ago

MIke -- Loved your story and your pictures are phenomenal. Love the setup of the bio, too.  Nice work!

Posted by Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale (Kinard Realty Group Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate) about 11 years ago

I keep coming back for more keep the great photos coming.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) about 11 years ago

Your photos are always remarkable - too good for just a glance.  I also think that you have missed your calling but would definitely ask for your help with a home loan, if you only had a NV license.

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) about 11 years ago

Whoa! This got featured, and I'm WAY behind...

Thank you to each of you for your encouragement and kind words.  That's the joy of blogging in the Rain and coming to know and appreciate members of this wonderful community.

THANK YOU, Sybil, Cheryl, Christine, Judy G, Rob, Russ, Cara, Judi, Sabrina, Jeani, Marnay, Lindsay, Maureen, Jacki, Steve, Kristy, Will, Bruce, My Darlin' Ginny, Jane, Carol, Joan, Russell, Karen, Christine, Judy J, & Barbara Jo!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago

I love reading about success stories on AR.  I especially like your photos.  They are beautiful.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) about 11 years ago

Mike - congrats on your success - especially since I know it comes out of the love for what you do!  I'm proud for you.

Posted by Kent Simpson, Real Estate Is About People (Realty One Group Mountain Desert) about 11 years ago

Great pictures Mike. I also liked your story/blog. You are an entertainer.

Posted by Mark Velasco, Top Producing COMMERCIAL Team 30+ years experience (Sharpstone Commercial) about 11 years ago

You deserve such good things happening You photos are first class and so are you... congratulations! that is way too cool!

Posted by Debra Leisek ( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska) about 11 years ago




We all love stories, don't we?  Thanks for commenting.


Thank you for your support!  LOL


Me too.  Thanks for stopping to comment; I'll see you on your blog.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago

Nice photos for sure.  Thanks for sharing today.

Patricia/Seacoast NH

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) about 11 years ago

Love the bio. It has a wonderful human interest quality to it that I would think strike an emotional note with your clients. If I was in your area looking for a lender this would get me to call you. 

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) about 11 years ago

Mike, congrats! This is why I love AR - it puts everything together, the right way. You are so talented!!

Posted by Dawn Maloney, 330-990-4236 Hudson & Northeastern Ohio (RE/MAX Trinity Northeast Ohio Real Estate Specialist) about 11 years ago


What a kind thing to say!  Thanks; I'll see you on your blog.


I'm glad you like it; thanks for stopping by to read and comment.


I appreciate your feedback!  Thanks.


You're welcome. I appreciate seeing you.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago

It is great to see success in action.  Congratulations and keep the message going out to everyone.  You never know what will happen. 

Posted by Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. (Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc.) about 11 years ago


I appreciate your encouragment!  Thanks for commenting.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 11 years ago

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