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With Active Rain~We've Got PEEPS!

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When you get involved in a network of Real Estate professionals sharing their expertise, experience, wisdom and connections "through relationships that grow beyond the written word," you get Active Rain. You get the power and strength of a  Team with no boundaries. You are never alone and you can count on so many to jump in and help. 

The members that make up Active Rain are Top Professionals and Real People. 


Thank You Active Rain and because of you ...



                                                                                  My Conversation with a lender....

"I am upset beyond belief. Anna, I've never had a client treated like this by a lender before in the lifetime of my career. Anna, I want you to know that I am about to explain to you WHY I am so upset and angry but I want you first to know that it isn't personal with you. I am not angry with you personally so I would like you to listen to my story to convey to your Team once and for all.

Do you understand? "

"yes, I understand."

"Okay, a friend of mine, Marchel Peterson, referred me your client Denise who is approved for the loan amount of X.  As fate might have it we found her property just one street over from my own. It is her perfect property, her dream property, the property she has waited a life time to find and she has been so happy she's been walking on air.  Her closing date has now been pushed off for the second week in a row by your underwriters.hourglass.jpg image by dabydoll


We have provided not one, not two, but three appraisals that are over and above the purchase price and your underwriters have the nerve to sit there and tell us the property isn't worth it? How exactly can a room full of people in Saint Louis judge this property as if they knew the area?  What was the point of a bonded Appraisal?

"they're just trying to protect Denise."

Anna, if I hear that one more time I'm going to scream! Denise is my client and her protection is my job. Your lending institution has purposefully managed to cause the complete upheaval of many lives especially Denises. She is under boxes, the seller has completed all repairs, her current home is committed to lease, her mother is packed and ready to move, the utilities have been changed over and this is a bomb ready to explode!

"they just don't think the property is worth it."

Anna, it's 20 fenced and cross fenced acres off a paved road just outside of town with a home, barn and pond. The land itself is almost worth the purchase price. I told your Senior Officer that Denise wanted to keep her horses there and his immediate reaction was................................................

"if she's selling horses that's an automatic disqualification of the loan."

Now Anna, it sounds to me that your Team is looking for any possible way to get out of this loan. All I've asked for here is honesty. We are tolerating no more procrastination.  I have a member of my TEAM scrambling to take this to closing for her. He says she's all clear for the close as soon as you transfer the appraisals to him.

Anna, You may take this message to your underwriters.

I am the member of a team that is over 110,000 people strong by the name of Active Rain. I am a blogger! With the click of a button I can send this message to all corners of this USA alerting them to avoid using your Lending Institution and its associates and I can tell them exactly WHY they shouldn't use you.

You have managed a total upheaval of lives with your unqualified opinion and I can make sure NO ONE IN THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY WILL CHOOSE TO WORK WITH YOUR LENDING INSTITUTION AGAIN! " 

"silence"... "BIG black hole" ...

This is the first time I've ever pulled the Active Rain card and tossed it on the table...

Anna, do you understand?





Denises Pond.

Low and Behold, the very next morning, my phone rang. The lady on the other line was a stranger but her words
were sweet and familiar....

"Anna would like you to know that the documents will be delivered to the Title Company in the next couple of hours
and you are free to close this afternoon."


I felt as if we had done our job well.  Through the help of Active Rain and its members we were able to fulfill the lifelong dream of a wonderful lady!

With the TEAMWORK of many we did prevail. Marchel Peterson Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro ABR (Results Realty) and I got to move Denise into her new home and get settled in with her family and her horses.

Mr. David Garcia--Seattle Mortgage (Countrywide Bank, FSB) is a great Mortgage Broker and one I plan to continue to work with.. Our Industry is becoming more and more difficult to deal with but one thing you can be certain of....if you are an Active Member of Active've got PEEPS and over 100,000 on your TEAM!

Have a wonderful 2009! Later in the rain~Deb



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Comment balloon 100 commentsDeb Brooks • January 05 2009 06:41PM


It's nice to hold the ace card. :)
Posted by Bruce Brockmeier, Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) about 11 years ago

This is a great story!  Yeah!! 

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 11 years ago
Deb, a great illustration of the power of the 110,000 peeps. Thanks!!
Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 11 years ago
feels good to have this many people on your side, doesn't it! Yes, the power of Active Rain - pretty strong!
Posted by Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate (RED Properties) about 11 years ago
Bruce, I had never used AR for anything like that before...but I figured with as much power that it gave me with my marketing that it could help this way too! I took a chance and it worked! I have a feeling the looked it up! Bang......verified! voila......closing! Susan, Thank you my friend. I know we all have them but it was the first time I felt strong enough and confident enough to say what I did....whew. Gary, you know how it works! Miracles are wrapped up in the power of numbers. Leesa, yes ma'am it does feel great! I take great comfort in knowing that an answer to a question or a soft shoulder is there when we need it. Happy 2009! Deb
Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 11 years ago
Deb - you obviously pulled the AR card at the right time! Congrats on using your head!!!
Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) about 11 years ago
Thanks Connie! It wasn't just came out!
Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 11 years ago
Debra There is strength in numbers. Good for you. Sincerely Tom Braatz
Posted by Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD! (Coldwell Banker) about 11 years ago

So true!

Posted by Tony and Libby Kelly, CRS, ABR, ePro, SRES, CLHMS, CDPE (Keller Williams Realty Portland Premiere) about 11 years ago
YEAHHHHHHH DEB!! here's to you and AR. Your story was like being in a good movie where the audience claps and claps at the end. GOOD JOB my Friend.
Posted by South Austin Real Estate Blog (Sky Realty South Austin) about 11 years ago
Hi Deb, Good job. You were really thinking on your feet.
Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) about 11 years ago
Hi Deb, Didn't I see you on that " World Poker Tour " show ? The one with the dark glasses and the sly grin - like you are holding 4 of a kind ? Hope your 2009 is the best ever !
Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) about 11 years ago
Great work Debra!
Posted by Hawaii homes (Century 21 iProperties Hawaii) about 11 years ago

wow, what a cool post, Deb. I love God at the computer. Never heard of that site but will check it out. Tagmaker huh, looks cool, you should post on it?????? hint, hint

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 11 years ago

wow, what a cool post, Deb. I love God at the computer. Never heard of that site but will check it out. Tagmaker huh, looks cool, you should post on it?????? hint, hint

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 11 years ago
You can build even stronger PEEPs using your local community social networking sites. The community GRAPEVINES. Check out mine. you can have one to. I actually own several.
Posted by Tom Ski, Social Media Marketing, Online Radio (BeFirst Media Group) about 11 years ago
Very good game of poker. Thru that Ace at the right time Deb.
Posted by Cameron Wilson, The Short Guy - Murrieta,Temecula,Menifee Californ (Labrum Real Estate) about 11 years ago
Congratulations to you and your team for doing the right thing and getting Denise into the property. Kudos and a job well done!
Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 11 years ago
Deb, this is such a great story! You're right, there's definitely power in having peeps on your side. My mouth is still hanging open though over the lender's audacity!
Posted by Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990! (RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker) about 11 years ago
Good for you. Sometimes a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. If it is in the best interest of my client I would do the same thing. Some of these lenders are so ridiculous they make you pull your hair out of your head.
Posted by Audrey June-Forshey, GRI, Gaithersburg, MD (RE/MAX Realty Services) about 11 years ago
Congratulations! All your hard work paid off. I'm sure Denise and the horses will enjoy the new home for a long time. See there is some good things happening. Hi Deb from Ceil and Carl
Posted by Carl Winters about 11 years ago

Good for you. If only I had used my "peeps" card with a lender last summer. I would have had a few less gray hairs on my head.

Posted by Kelsey Barklow, 423/948-9154 (Hurd Realty) about 11 years ago
Tom, There's major strength here in the Rain! Tony and Libby~Thanks!
Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 11 years ago
Gail, Shirley, Bill, My normal window to comment seems to be missing so all my comments seem to lump together...not sure why but I want to say thank you to each of you. See, this is the kind of support many PEEPS provide in our Active Rain Scheme of things!

Love to you all!

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 11 years ago
Deb ~ Were you doing your Marlon Brando impression during this conversation (or at least have cotton balls in your mouth)?? : ) This is a very cool outcome, although I'm sorry you had to use the Active Rain card to get somewhere with these people.
Posted by Kathy Passarette, L.I. Staging/Decorating (Creative Home Expressions) about 11 years ago

Deb-Congrats!  Sometimes you have to pull your peeps in and in truth we really don't mind!  Hooray for your closing!

Posted by Midori Miller, Online Marketing For Real Estate Professionals (Talk 2 Midori, LLC) about 11 years ago
UNITED WE STAND! Good on you for using everything at your disposal. There's obviously something going on operationally/internally with that Loan Officer that they weren't communicating or wasn't germaine to your story -- underwriter not feeling comfortable with an element of the file, a delay in processing, something caught in the middle of a guideline change, what have you -- that was holding things up. You communicating the consequences of their inaction obviously got things going! David will back me up on this I'm sure -- with such a high percentage of failed transactions relating to lenders, Agents take note: Call the LO often, ask as many questions as you can think of, stay on top of application/financing contingency/loan commitment deadlines! And most importantly, insist that your buyers' financing be reviewed by your preferred lender, even if they are going with someone else. DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU! Even though Denice's transaction closed, so much of the stress, aggravation she felt could've been avoided. Don't let the 'Apathy Annas' of lending wreak havoc for you and your clients! I'm sure if David had been the LO on the file from the beginning, it would've never gotten to that point. So much of the success of a transaction relies on the Loan Originator, you owe it to yourself and your client to stay on top of this and for them to use someone you trust. -James Wirth And GO RAIN! Where's my AR foam finger?!?!?
Posted by James Wirth about 11 years ago
Hi Debra; Well said! Active Rain is a great place to be, meeting people and sharing aides. What a great community.
Posted by Anthony Stokes-Pereira, Realtor (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) about 11 years ago
Wow Deb - this sounds like my last transaction. It closed last week, and just today I posted about the mortgage clown I was working with. Wonder if it was the same company (nationwide) because I was feeling like theyr were looking for every reason to deny too. Well, both you and I have a little less weight on our shoulders! Happy New Year & Amen!
Posted by Carol Culkin, Overland Park (Reece & Nichols) about 11 years ago
Deb, WOW. What a story. Great effort in doing the right thing for your client. I may try the AR card soon. I'll let you know. Rick
Posted by Rick Coyne, Developing relationships for life (EXIT Oceanside Realty) about 11 years ago

Deb, that was absolutely BRILLIANT! Congrats on your well-deserved Featured Post!

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) about 11 years ago
Shirley, Sometimes you've gotta go for the gusto!

Bill, Yes~that was me! Don't tell anyone though. Let's keep that cat in the bag!

Mike, thanks.

Missy, Okay, I got your hint...I'll do it.

Tom, I'll look into it!

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 11 years ago
Deb, Congrats on the feature. How's Denise?
Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 11 years ago
I like it. YOU did well and played the card. Though sometimes banks won't budge and nothing will change their minds. So what if some real estate agent don't use them. They sometimes don't care.
Posted by Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ (Real Estate One) about 11 years ago
Deb I have had help from great people here and also on Twitter.
Posted by Gayle Balaban, E. TN Waterfront Real Estate (The Best Spot Realty/Waterfront Real Estate/Ooltewah Real E) about 11 years ago
That is a great story! It is AMAZING how underwriters have been lately! Thanks for sharing - congrats on the feature!
Posted by Emily Lowe, Nashville TN Realtor (The Lipman Group | Sotheby's International Realty) about 11 years ago
Cameron, I was so glad I had it to throw! I didn't plan it~just happened.

Margaret, Thank you so much Margaret! It could have backfired but I just told the truth!

Colleen, My mouth is too. There was no excuse within reason. Obviously since the paperwork came in so diligently the next day! They were just being stubborn.

Audrey June, Honestly I shocked myself...they had it coming though!

Carl and Ceil, They are loving the property. Hugs to the two of you and Happy New Year my friends!

Kelsey, If it ever gets to that point for'll be ready!

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 11 years ago sounds like we have this giant army at our backs!  Great story!  You did a great job for Denise.  I am sure she is thrilled to be in her new home.

Love that little round


Posted by Debbie Hutchins about 11 years ago

This site has been great not only has it busted business for us but we have shared some great information with others.

Posted by SacramentoCommercialLoans Bank Turn downs welcomed, Quick closings 916-847-7212 (Sacramento commercial loans) about 11 years ago
Debbie, I just cannot believe it .This is so far the greatest story in AR that I've read .... and the way you wrote it ... have you thought about doing a book? I swere to god real stories get me ....
Posted by Martin Ktoda/Connect realty about 11 years ago
Debbie, if they felt strongly that they were on solid ground, they would have been able to substantiate their position. It's just easier in this climate to say no to any loan that's not cookie cutter. Rejecting 3 appraisals is ridiculous. Thanks for standing up to their nonsense. I love well deserved happy endings! Thanks for sharing your story.
Posted by Terri Hattaway, PONTE VEDRA BEACH REAL ESTATE (Real Estate and Financial Services) about 11 years ago
Glad it worked out for you, now can we do something about all these bail outs. Let's change the world while we're at it.
Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) about 11 years ago
Deb, What a GREAT story---I loved the entire thing and the perfect ending. It amazes me the power of this site! Surely one of the BEST AR Success stories I have read!
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 11 years ago

Good for you sounds like your really kicked some butt. I love it!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 11 years ago
Giddy Up! I agree AND I LOVE the "Peeps" word and concept! LET'S MAKE SOME $$$$ When I make a referral, the first place I turn to is ACTIVERAIN! Yessss!
Posted by Anonymous about 11 years ago
And that's another story of many successes and tips for AR....for the books. Keep em coming're doing a fine job!
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) about 11 years ago
Kathy, How did you know? I even threatened with a horse head! *snicker*

Midori, I'm so glad you don't mind Midori...I will be calling on you!

James, UNITED WE STAND! You are right! And, you're right about the fact that if David Garcia had been in on it from the beginning we wouldn't have had nearly the trauma this lender gave. The lender even held all her accounts and she had over an 800 credit score. They were just being Jack AR$$'$

Anthony! This is it for me! Active Rain has my heart.

Carol, I think they are all getting that way! It's an enigma! I'm glad you got yours closed.

Rick, If you do you have to let me know! I feel empowered....don't you?

Sharon! Thank you for the huge compliment! I was so glad it worked for her!

Marchy, I havn't spoken to her since before the holidays but they were doing great!

Russ, I think it finally made them care! They decided they didn't need the hastle...

Thank you all so much and we will all be each others PEEPS! That's a promise I'll keep! Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 11 years ago
Deb - Congratulations on the feature, but more importantly on being relentless enough to get this deal done.
Posted by Erik Hitzelberger, Louisville - Middletown Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes) about 11 years ago
Booyah! This is an awesome story. I pulled out the "blogger" card a few times myself, most notably right before I wrote that scathing restaurant review that you may remember.
Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 11 years ago
Emily, they've been aweful! Stubborn and unreasonable. I think they are all scared.

Debbie, Glad you like the scrolly. I plan to share how to make them.

Unusual Commercial Loans? I wish you would share your name within your ID somewhere. It's better for your marketing and then we can grow to be friends! Who's this PEEP?

Martin, you flatter me way toooo much! Don't stop! You'll have to be one of my PEEPS!

Terri, you're welcome. How sweet of you to say thank you to me...Denise is happy and living her dream. That's what matters! Thank you right back.

Charles, I believe we CAN change the world with a group like this. Think that one through...I would get in on it!

Carole, thank you my dear friend! I believe it all happened because of Active Rain. They don't realize how they are affecting our lives! Amazing, huh?

Bill, I enjoyed the daylights out of kicking butt! Thanks!

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 11 years ago
Deb: This is a great story. Glad to hear things worked out for your buyer.. Even with the fear of the rain.
Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) about 11 years ago
Deb great job yes being a part of a network like this does have benefits. So glad you were able to get this resolved .
Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 11 years ago

Deb- I would want to do the same thing, only thing is, the last guy I know who did write about the bad service got sued!

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) about 11 years ago
WOW So Cool, Ive been reading posts for a couple of hours and this one made my post of the day!! Pulling the active rain card, who knew! Congrats on the way you handled this, I dont think that people removed from the transaction understand the barriers they can create, sometimes you have to put a big ole barrier in their way to have them understand, well done.
Posted by Karen about 11 years ago
Sorry that was me above, I have been link skipping here on the Rain today, guess I must have logged out and didnt know. Anyway kudos, well done
Posted by Karen Turney, Phoenix Real Estate (Homesmart) about 11 years ago
Good job, Hon! I remember you telling them that you could pull the rug real fast. Congratulations on the Feature. Like Jason said-"Booyah!"-S
Posted by Debra and Scott Brooks, Lake Conroe Real Estate and Luxury Home Specialists! (Brooks Prime Properties, Lake Conroe) about 11 years ago

Deb, Its a great weigh to throw some weight around~ I may use this if need be! Congrats

Posted by Ginger Sala, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~ (Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC) about 11 years ago
I have learned so much here on Active Rain, but this is a card I had never considered.
Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) about 11 years ago
Hi Debra; I loved your post! It sure is nice to have clout! It's great to also use when you have a company that is especially good.
Posted by Eileen Begley, Monterey Real Estate (Coldwell Banker, DelMonte) about 11 years ago
Great Post. Fantastic outcome. I especially love the happy dance!
Posted by Sal Poliandro - NJ Bergen County Realtor, Short Sale Specialist - CDPE, SRES, SFR, IRES (RE/MAX Properties) about 11 years ago
Sally, I thank you so much for stopping by and commenting! This particular instance really did add a few gray hairs to my head but I was so grateful for the happy ending! I much prefer happy endings!

Erik, Relentless is a great word for this deal. We had to be or it would never have happened.

Jason, Oh, I remember that post. Lousy service, slow and what bothered me most was the fact that the baby chair was all gunked with dirt! Not for our Abby! She is growing soooo fast! It's time for you to replenish the photos my friend! Bring um on....

Roland, thank you sir.

Jennifer, me too. I was and am so happy for Denise and her family!

Kat and Nestor...I remember that one. I'll say this much though...they buckled quickly and didn't give me a chance to "blog" about them! I like the way it ended.

Karen, I don't usually get pushy in my's just easier to get results with sweetness...but this deal turned out to be very different. I don't ever want to have to work with them again!

Scotty, thank you and booyah right back at ya!

Ginger and was the weight of Active Rain!

Christine, I hope you are never in a situation that would require you to use it...

Eileen, thank you and as a member you've got the very same benefits my friend! Don't ever forget that!

Sal, I loved it too! Thank you.

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 11 years ago
fabuloso! i love your rotating peep tiltawhirly! ..........
Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor about 11 years ago
Very cool and shows the power of ActiveRain one can use. You were looking after your client..Good job!
Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) about 11 years ago
Deb, this is a fabulous post and I am so glad it was featured. When I first joined Active Rain, I had no idea it would produce so many unbelieveable connections and friendships. I am grateful to be able to login and find so many excellent resources for every aspect of our industry and the quality is unsurpassed! Best to you this year my friend!
Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 11 years ago
There's power in the peeps:) First heard the term peeps in Professional Wrestling. Are you a closet fan Deb?
Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) about 11 years ago

Nice post. Thank you for sharing with us.

Posted by Mike Butson, Realtor & Sales Trainer (The Davis Company ) about 11 years ago

I had a similar experience with Countrywide with a great loan officer and everyone else who made me crazy.  I pulled the line, "Perhaps you need to Google my client!"  He was a mean, nasty litigator.  It worked.  To bad we have to resort to threats! 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 11 years ago
If I ever get in this situation, I'll use our PEEPS! Great story!
Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) about 11 years ago
Deb, Where else can we go that delivers the wealth of knowledge and experience that Active Rain delivers.....and at the price of our time.....only.
Posted by Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR, SRES, e-PRO,ABR,GREEN,CSP (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038) about 11 years ago
Deb, The power of Activerain is great. You used your power and won for your client. Way to go.
Posted by Brenda Harmon (Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas) about 11 years ago
Liz, Glad you like it Liz!

Dorie, My clients are number 1!

Russell, I feel the same way you do! I am so happy that I was lucky enough to become involved with such a wonderful network! And, making friends such as yourself.

Jason, Ssssshhhhh....we all have secrets my man!

Patricia, I really wasn't making a threat! I was just telling them like it was. I would have pulled that ace and used it if I had too! With all the Mtg Brokers available here in the Rain I'll bet I could have made them eat their "opinions". It was their "opinion" that was tearing up the lives of many people! And, as it turned was just an opinion. The paperwork zoomed to the table.....

Rebecca, I hope you never get into that situation!

Dan, it pays back more than we give!

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 11 years ago
Have fun
Posted by Brady Howard, Managing Broker, The Cascade Team Gig Harbor (The Cascade Team Gig Harbor) about 11 years ago
Great post, and a great way to start off the new year. At least all of us new commers know that we have something to look forward to... a group of friends that we can call on when we need them. Way to start out the new year with a positive vibe! Thanks!
Posted by Tony Favata (First Class Properties) about 11 years ago

Hi Deb,
Sometimes you have to pull out the big guns as you did.  AR is a powerful weapon so handle with care. :0)

Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) about 11 years ago

Debra, AWESOME!  You won 1st place in the contest:  The Winners of the 2008 ActiveRain Success Story Contest

Thanks for entering and for writing such a great post.  Congrats on your success!

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 11 years ago
I love the story. Thanks for the idea of using Active Rain as leverage to get what we need!
Posted by Mindy & Jay Robbins, Expect Excellence from Robbins Real Estate (Robbins Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Hi Deb!  WOOHOO!  Congratulations on the big win--well deserved!  I just LOVE this story--you know I've never thought of that one--I say to those who are causing my clients grief that "I know SO many agents in town and believe me, they're ALL going to hear about this!"  Fortunately, I don't have to use that line very often but, this one is even BIGGER than my pat answer! 

Congrats again!

Debe in Charlotte

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 11 years ago, I never thought about using AR for "muscle!" Interesting way of moving things along!
Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 11 years ago
Debra, over 127,000 strong now... that is an awesome story and a clever way to use your resources. I just may try that some day myself! Join my NEW group for professionals who work from their home office at Regina P. Brown
Posted by Regina P. Brown, M.B.A., Broker, Instructor (MBA Broker Consultants) about 11 years ago
OMG! I love it! I have never thought to play the "Active Rain" card! Thanks for the suggestion and kudos to you for getting the deal done!
Posted by Cristal Drake, Realtor - Fullerton Real Estate (Prudential California Realty) about 11 years ago
This was so cool! What a great play!
Posted by Mara Hawks, Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL (First Realty Auburn ) about 11 years ago
Brady, You bet I am and I will.

Tony, I think it's going to be a great year!

Cynthia, I like the idea of "the big guns" woo...I will be careful.

Brian, Thank you sir! What a great contest. It really made me think.

Mindy and Jay, I didn't plan just spewed out!

Debe, you are a formidable running mate my dear! Thank you.

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 11 years ago
Nice, I'll keep that one in my back pocket for sure!
Posted by Diane Lynch, Real Estate Broker (Realty Executives Premiere) about 11 years ago
Debra-Way to go, you've really thought outside of the box.
Posted by Joseph D. Federico, Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate (Donahue Real Estate Co.) about 11 years ago
Richard! I didn't think of it either till it came out of my mouth! Really it wasn't planned. It just came to least it worked.

Regina, I will check into your group! Thanks for the invite!

Cristal, You're soooo cute. Thanks.

Mara, I never played a card soooo well!!

Joseph, if I had been really thinking I might not have said it!

Thanks, Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 11 years ago

Hi Deb The Role Model...Oh, I am so proud of you.

  • You did a marvelous job for your client (and her horses),
  • showed how worthy you were of Marchel's confidence in you, and
  • you wrote a winning post.

You showed us how we can all be winners.


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) about 11 years ago
I'm glad marti featured this because I had missed it. Isn't this interesting! I have not thought of the leverage of the AR group but clearly it makes sense. The important thing is that you were able to help your client but what a great example of the power of the Rain!
Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) about 11 years ago
Kit Kat, you're funny! I don't think I would recommend this as a first, second, or third resort but if all else fails.....put your peeps in their faces! I'm glad to say that Denise is very happy! Hugs, my friend. Diane, We are walking on power...that's for sure. The power of a TEAM. Thanks, Deb
Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 11 years ago
LOVED this story!!! Reminded me a bit of the phone company commercials with all the "network" behind the guy... I like it when the "little guy" wins.
Posted by Scott Owens, REALTOR (Scott Owens Limited) about 11 years ago

Deb - This is a TERRIFIC story! YOU rock, ACTIVE RAIN rocks!


Posted by Debi Boucher, "Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours ( Real Estate Showcase Photography) about 11 years ago
Deb, This was a great story. Congrats on winning the contest and the feature. Guess we all need to bookmark this incase the need should ever arise. Well done job for your client.
Posted by Dona Reynolds, St. Joseph MO (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Stein Summers) about 11 years ago
It is very powerful story. You don't know until you need to use it.
Posted by Grace Keng, CRS, CDPE (408) 799-8887 (Keller Williams Realty Cupertino) about 11 years ago
Powerful Yes! Knowing how to play the right card is your strenght! Great Job! Thanks for the inspiration!
Posted by Lisa Wetzel, CDPE, SFR (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) about 11 years ago
Congratulations and great job at advocating for a client Barb Bodnar, Westchester County NY Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Posted by Barbara "Barb" Bodnar, Licensed Associate RE Broker, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 11 years ago
Congratulations and great job at advocating for a client Barb Bodnar, Westchester County NY Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Posted by Barbara "Barb" Bodnar, Licensed Associate RE Broker, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 11 years ago
This is a great story. Thank you for giving me another tool in my belt! Wow, I never thought about that, but its great.
Posted by Brien Berard, Maryland Real Estate Agents - Laurel Real Estate (Remax Professionals Laurel MD) about 11 years ago
Deb~Congrats to you! What an awesome real life story! I'm very impressed by the card you played and the spectacular outcome for your clients and yourself! Best to you!
Posted by Mary Kent, Grand Rapids to the Lake Shore (Five Star Real Estate ) about 11 years ago
Talk about "Power of the People"! Great Example and thanks for sharing. Its just sad that you had to go this route but I know you're glad that you had this option available to you when you needed it!
Posted by Ken Kelly (Benchmark Mortgage) almost 11 years ago
Wow! What an excellent and imaginative post. I like your pictures and use of color too.
Posted by Randi Steckler (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 11 years ago
I love this story. I'm scheduled to teach a social media awareness class next month in my market center and plan to use your story as an example of the power of social media as well as an example of an extremely well put together post. Thanks. lea
Posted by Lea Deo, REALTOR® - KW Legacy Partners, Johnson County REALTOR®| Shawnee KS Homes for Sale (Keller Williams Legacy Partners, Inc.) almost 10 years ago