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Another ActiveRain Success Story: My Parents

East bay Real EstateActiveRain continues to amaze me with the power of the community and Google juice of the blogging platform.  

As someone who spends A LOT of time with real estate agents & real estate brokers, I dread when a relative or my parents ask for real estate advice or a referral for a real estate agent.  "Why?" you ask.  My parents can be very tough customers.  I want any agent or broker to be prepared for the experience.

Last summer, my mother & father decided to relocate from New Jersey to the East Bay of San Francisco.  My sister lives in San Francisco and I live in Seattle.  We both have young kids.  My parents are retired and want to spend more time with their grandkids and they also want to get out of the snow on the East Coast. 

Of course, my mother asked me for referrals for East Bay real estate agents who will work through short sales & foreclosures.  They had actually been in touch with several agents in the Bay Area.  The agents that they had contacted did not want to work short sales.

Doug Anderson

So, what did I do?  I turned to ActiveRain.  Because my mother was interested in short sales, I typed "Walnut Creek Short Sales" into the search bar at the top of ActiveRain.   One real estate agent named Doug Anderson was religious about providing market report blog posts on a near weekly basis on the East Bay - Walnut Creek, Danville, Blackhawk, Dublin, Pleasanton.  He talked consistently about short sales in the market reports.  I provided my mom with Doug's contact information and the names of two or three other agents from ActiveRain.  (As a side note, if you are not actively blogging on ActiveRain, i.e. writing at least twice a month, most consumers are unlikely to take you seriously and you will not generate too many agent-to-agent referrals.)

My parents spoke with each of the agents.  They developed a very good relationship with Doug.  Doug was very patient with their cross country home search and all the issues that go along with relocation, retirement and downsizing.  They started to work with Doug actively right as the real estate market was accelerating in the Bay Area.  I believe my parents put three or four offers on homes, bidding 10-15% OVER the asking price.  They were outbid on every one.  (The Bay Area is crazy right now.)

In the end, they bought a house with Doug in Pleasanton, CA and they close on March 22nd!  

It's been an incredible experience seeing the world of ActiveRain from a consumer point of view.

Doug - thank you for taking care of my parents!  

And thank you ActiveRain for connecting my parents with Doug! 

Nikesh Parekh

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Comment balloon 15 commentsNikesh Parekh • March 20 2013 10:59PM


Nikesh, that's a seriously great story.  It's always good to hear that the people here who are consistent have the work ethic to get the job done.  I have given a couple of referrals myself with great success. And congrats to Doug Anderson for his patience and skills in dealing with the "tough cookies" of the world.

Posted by Linda K. Mayer, Realtor, SRES, SoCAL, A REALTOR YOU CAN TRUST (License # 01767321) over 7 years ago

Hi nikki, we love the new editor, but what happen to the word counter in comments?

Posted by Bob Miller, The Ocala Dream Team (Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi Nikki,

What a great story and testament to the power of blogging in Active Rain! Congrats to Doug Anderson for taking such great care of your parents!!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) over 7 years ago

Nikki, well it is good to know you use your own network for to hear and success to your parents in their new home.  It does pay to blog on ActiveRain!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 7 years ago

I also had a great experience referring very special clients to another AR member.  They were thrilled and a great referral only makes the referee look awesome.

Posted by Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate. (MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC) over 7 years ago

Nikesh, AR is in a class of its own. 

Posted by Pat & Steve Pribisko (Keller Williams Greater Cleveland West) over 7 years ago

Nikki-  There's nothing like seeing what you encourage here at ActiveRain work in the real world!  

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 7 years ago


Your parents are extremely sweet people and I was honored to have them as clients! Things have been "on fire" in the Bay Area for over a year now and buyers are faced with many tough decisions and circumstances. Your folks caught on quickly and were willing to do what  needed to be done to get a deal put together.

As with every transaction (especially in this market) it takes professionalism and quality from all parties involved and many thanks go out to:

Masoud Dehdari - Listing Agent - Prudential California Realty

Eric Rotner - Bank of Commerce Mortgage

Candy Gallegos - Placer Title Company, Walnut Creek

...And thanks to Active Rain! Without this platform none of this would have been possible.

It could not have been done on time without all of their tremendous efforts. In fact, it took me a little time to post a reply since everyone was working on the final "hiccups".

As of now the title company has received the wire and it will record in the morning!!!

PS: Thanks for finding me "In the Rain" and an "Active Rain Success Story" will be forthcoming in the next few days!!!

~ Doug

Posted by Doug Anderson, Bay Area Real Estate Views (Tucker Associates Real Estate Services) over 7 years ago

Nice story about the power of Active Rain and good to see the CEO of the compnay using it to help his parents find the right agent.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 7 years ago

I would be a little nervous about referring my mother to any agent here. Not because I don't trust the agents, but because my mom would be a very difficult client. It looks like you really provided a great agent to your parents and they will be very happy being close to family.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 7 years ago

Thanks Cindy!

Tammie - you mom should meet my mom! :)

Posted by Nikesh Parekh, Technology Entrepreneur, Executive, & Investor (Suplari, Inc.) over 7 years ago

I think this story really illustrates how much you believe in the power of the ActiveRain platform. No one would have known if your parents had chosen someone else entirely.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 7 years ago

Thanks Jill

Posted by Nikesh Parekh, Technology Entrepreneur, Executive, & Investor (Suplari, Inc.) over 7 years ago

This is a great story!  I heard it from Doug's point of view and now from yours.  Congratulations!  I have a success story today as well, and looking for the right place to share it.  Stay tuned!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 7 years ago

Thanks Georgina!

Posted by Nikesh Parekh, Technology Entrepreneur, Executive, & Investor (Suplari, Inc.) over 7 years ago