When I joined Active Rain, I met a lot of really nice people. I have already written posts about how this platform allows us to confidently refer business to agents, because we get to know them. As a RE/MAX agent, I used to always just go to the RE/MAX website, look up an agent in the town my client was moving to and place the referral. This usually worked out well, as in my humble opinion, RE/MAX attracts a high quality of agent, but it's a little hit or miss if you do not know anything about them.
I had commented on Neal Bloom's posts many times and he was kind enough to comment on mine. He got to calling me his Big Sis, and I took to calling him Little Bro. I liked the reciprocal nature of relationship building on Active Rain and I was learning tons abut writing and real estate. Shortly after I started blogging, Neal Bloom emailed me to see if I was willing to do the week in review. I'm not sure anyone uses that group on Active Rain anymore, but I did a lot of research, read a lot of posts, and did one or two for Neal. It was fun and I got to meet a lot of nice agents.
Over the past few years that I've been a member, I've kept in touch with Neal and even called him once and we talked for over an hour. I keep up with him on Facebook, as I do with lots of agents I meet on Active Rain and I find it further cements the friendships that we build here.
My husband is executor of his dad's estate and it was time to sell the house down in West Palm beach. It was tenant occupied and the tenant had stopped paying rent or returning calls. My husband knew that through this network I have met a lot of agents everywhere and I can refer business without a worry because through Active Rain, you can really get to know how an agent works and how they treat people. I wasn't sure if Neal was close enough to West Palm Beach to even want the listing, but I emailed him.
The listing was about 45 minutes away but was not a short sale and the seller, my husband, was willing to price it to sell in the condition that Neal found it in. Neal personally met people there to clean it out, fix what needed to be fixed and get it on the market. In a market where homes take very long to sell, Neal got my husband an offer and it closed in just a few months from time of listing to the end of the transaction.
Neal handled every problem that came up and was very good about keeping in touch. Unfortunately for Neal and me, my husband is not on email, nor does he scan or text. You know who was the middle woman in the transaction and poor Neal had to constantly call me and email me for whatever he needed.
Through it all Neal was cheerful, competent, professional and an all around good friend. He even paid me a referral! He went above and beyond the call of duty and I am grateful to him for a job well done! If you have referrals for the Weston Florida area, or anywhere thereabouts, you would do well to send them to Neal Bloom. You will not be disappointed.
Susan C. Mangigian
1595 Paoli Pike, Suite 101,West Chester, PA 19380
610-719-1700 main office, 610-299-6237 cell
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