activerain: Your Network Builds Your Net Worth... If You Invest Action Into It! - 07/29/17 10:17 PM
I have multiple Networks which are gathered in my CRM.
There is of course my natural network, all the businesses I do business with naturally to fulfill my monthly needs like stores, dry cleaning, fuel, car wash, restaurants, etc. I make sure they know what I do and how I have a Working By Referral business model, which survives on ...REFERRALS!
I have my 3 main Realtor Networks I belong to: Buffini & Company , Active Rain and CRS, all with their own internal referral networks across the USA and Canada.
I mostly refer and get referrals out of Buffini & ActiveRain, determined by what … (5 comments)

activerain: It's Not Membership, It's Ownership If You Want The Good Life You Seek - 07/16/17 12:23 PM
I'm just thinking out loud again, brainstorming ideas on how to get more out of my time in ActiveRain, provoked by recent members posting about canceling their accounts ("because AR doesn't work") and or weighing their options on to remain a Free vs. Paid account holder.
I suppose I'm letting you in on the lecture I gave myself as I evaluated how I spend my time in The Rain. That's when it occurred to me, in order to get more from ActiveRain, I need to give more to ActiveRain first. It's the same advice I give my Business Alliance Group members owners; I can't show up wanting, … (36 comments)

activerain: Open Letter To The Student: Keeping it Friendly, Keeping it Real... - 07/08/17 09:52 PM
"Welcome to Real Estate, Welcome to ActiveRain". 
Keeping it Friendly, Keeping it Real...
That was how I greeted our "spectator-commentator" and new arrival to ActiveRain. Then my typical 2-4 sentence comment on his third blog post turned into a blog of my own, (Ever have that happen)? 
A student, not yet licensed was lamenting on how it was a shame that we need to be told to provide "good customer service" via the Agency Agreement Disclosure that lays out our Fiduciary Duty. I agreed with his point in spirit, that it is a shame some need this as an actual governor and we all need to sign … (31 comments)

activerain: Before and After: An ActiveRain Exercise in Editing - 05/21/17 07:55 AM
Photo editing is definitely a skill-set I'm self taught in as it became necessary to improve the quality of my listing photos, before I could afford a professional photographer. I used to take all my own photos and was very careful to edit them prior to posting them, because my clients were going to see them and my target market was going to be marketed by them.
It drives me bonkers when I see bad photos in the MLS:
Bad light, messy backgrounds, improper crops, photographer in the reflection of the mirror. There are agents that literally upload their raw cell phone photos and think "that's … (11 comments)

activerain: I GOT THE CALL!!! - 04/19/17 03:58 PM
Wahooo! I GOT THE CALL!!!
Every ActiveRain Member hopes for this moment, I got that moment at 7:00 a.m. this morning! I got the call!!!
I had been teasing Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland  in an exchange about how I have not been blessed with her daily call yet, 8 years into AR.
I'd just got back from the gym when my phone rang and I apprehensively answered due to the early hour. Suddenly, there was a friendly and playful voice on the other end!
Well, let me share, she's a doll. We had a wonderful conversation and shared some opinions about our wonderful AR community and what not.
Then it … (11 comments)

activerain: Getting Your Offer Accepted in A Multiple Offer Market - 04/16/17 09:43 AM
Hot Market Strategies- An ActiveRain Contest
hosted by Debbie Reynolds 
 Getting Your Offer Accepted in A Multiple Offer Market
There are no tricks, but there are definitely steps I take and some of my colleagues agree on,
that many agents do not bother with.
#1 Call The Listing Agent
Be friendly, positive and invoke rapport.
What do they want?
Time Frames?
Rent Back?
What is important to the Seller(s) and The Listing Agent too.
What is there process for offer reviews?
Text or Call them when it's sent to assure it's not in their SPAM!
 Demonstrating organization and communication is key!
Cover Letter
The buyer who's buying the home - I share who their buyer is.
The Borrower; how strong they are … (10 comments)

activerain: 500,000 THANK YOU's to the Amazing ACTIVERAIN MEMBERS and My FRIENDS! - 03/25/17 07:49 AM
My sincerest THANK YOU for the 500,000K Rally this week Rainmakers!
500K, wow, now I win all that swag you all brag about so much, Waaahooo!
ActiveRain Company Car, That 2 Weeks paid vacation in Italy, That New Corner AR Office, all my dreams are coming true, OK Bob Stewart I'm ready!
Bob? Oh Bob???....BOB!?! 
The truth is, you have been helping reach 500,000 points for over 8 years.
None of us get to these milestones alone. Functionally, yes it takes Likes, Comments and Re-blogging to help get us there...
but in reality it takes relationships.
My favorite way to score points is earning a new "Is Now Following YOU"
on my … (55 comments)

activerain: Spring Cleaning (The Nelson Network) In The Rain - 03/19/17 10:54 AM
Thank You Debbie Laity (I think) for this March Contest!
Oh this manic obsessive brain of mind has been hard at work on my old posts because of your :
It's Time for Some Spring Cleaning With the Spring Cleanup Challenge
(14 font to honor your post Debbie) 
Laughing at some of my discoveries, oh-the misspellings, the photos that vanished, the sentences that I read and said "HUH? What was I smoking?" I didn't realize the obsession this would become, so again, I dubiously thank you Debbie. 
I started by deleting a few very old MLS Search posts that lead to nowhere. They were property search sites going to … (5 comments)

activerain: Far From "The Car" in America's Finest City - 03/13/17 04:12 PM
This is my March 2017 ActiveRain Contest #3 entry for: 
March 2017 challenge, Tell me the most unique or special place you have lived? by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington 
The most unique home I’ve ever lived in was my car, in the parking lot of my high school.
I was homeless for a few weeks at age 16-17, my senior year. I left a mostly mentally abusive situation, some physical, for fear of what it was doing to me and what I was becoming as a result of it. It was not a planned departure, so I spent a few weeks living in … (51 comments)

activerain: Insights For Success 35 - 03/03/17 06:50 AM

Do you listen to our ActiveRain Podcast, hosted by Bob Stewart ?
Hope so, but in case you don't here's my notes from Episode 35, just enough to entice you to listen for your own nuggets of gold and pearls of wisdom.
Guest: From Better Homes & Gardens Laurie Davis  of Geeky Girls fame.
Mom turned Realtor, Turned Geeky Girl turned CEO / Franchise Owner in Pinehurst, NC! I heard her say how much she got out there: NAR, KW Family Reunion and other conventions and seminars. She was anything but isolation. Ben Kinny became a friend and opened up her world to tech. She was … (3 comments)

activerain: I Never Had Them When I Started - Now, I Can't Do It Without Them! - 02/12/17 09:15 AM
What Tools or Systems Do You Love –
An ActiveRain Contest
Technically this is about three tools, but I’ll lump two together since they are at their foundation, the same product but serve two different users ultimately. I wonder what my grandparents who were licensed Realtors in the 1950's through the 1980's would have thought about these?
Tool #1 (and 1A)
Referral Maker CRM
ReferralMaker CRM *MY TEAM*
The links lead you to the nuts and bolts, here’s where I’ll share the “WHY?”
In 1999, as a new Realtor, I was referred to a computer program called Top Producer. It came on a floppy disc and was … (13 comments)

activerain: "What I Love About My Job!" It's Not Job It's a Business - 02/07/17 03:29 PM
"What I Love About My Job!"  AR Contest
I love knowing: It's Not Job It's a Business!
Here's everything I'm grateful for and still love about this Business...we call Real Estate!
My only true loves are in these photos; perspective on the use of "love" when it comes to real estate. 
I love my bride, my son and my English Cream, Peroni, my family & friends first and foremost. But in the spirit of the title we were given... I love being an entrepreneur, the creativity, freedom, challenges and rewards. I love that I'm a Third Generastion Realtor; so much industry history in my family. … (9 comments)

activerain: One Thing Leads To Another in The ActiveRain - 02/02/17 02:55 PM
I’ve gone from a transactional expectations to a relational enjoyment of my ActiveRain experience over the years. I originally thought, leads, leads, leads. Then I was hooked on points, point, points. But it wasn't until a few firsts in the ActiveRain, that I shifted gears and really started reaping from the harvest of giving, giving, giving; the giving of information and answers that helps others in their journey, giving ideas that spark creativity in your readers, giving your authentic self to build relationships and alliances.
I posted, on whim one evening this post: No Guarantees, a heartfelt reflection of our industry and … (23 comments)

activerain: Becoming Refer-Able in The Rain and Beyond - 01/29/17 07:14 AM
Referrals are born of trust.
Trust comes from your reputation, typically as a giver first. People want to know you care about them and they can trust you before thy give to you. So, break the ice and be a giver-in fact be a GO-GIVER!
Referral-relationships are simmered in a crock pot,
not nuked in a microwave.
“As your networking partner, what can I do to bring you more value to our relationship; our strategic alliance?”
“As your Realtor, what can I be doing for you to bring more value to our relationship? How can I be of better service to you?
Your competence and character … (26 comments)

activerain: Podcast Episode #76: ActiveRain Q&A Part 2 - 01/18/17 06:16 AM
Because I'm regularly
Blogging on ActiveRain,

this  PODCAST  became my opportunity!
Since my guest appearance on episode #57, Mail-Right Real Estate Podcast went through some changes and asked me to be the new co-host of the show!
This co-host opportunity was a result of my posting on ActiveRain consistently 
and being a prepared guest on Episode #57.
Checkout ActiveRain member Jonathan Denwood and myself on our latest episode!
Listen Here
Episode #76
In Episode 76, Hosts Jonathan Denwood & Thomas J. Nelson answer real Featured ActiveRain Q&A Questions and give our answers to these recently debated issues by ActiveRain blog-site members.
ActiveRain is arguably one of the largest real estate industry blogsites in North America if not the world, where close to 300,000 real estate professionals and … (0 comments)

activerain: The Secret To Instant Referrals and Quick Business Solutions - 12/31/16 09:25 AM
We can't force the grapevine to bear fruit, nor can we bribe it. Alas my friends, there's work involved: we have to water it, fertilize it, protect it from pests and the frost; hence the harvest comes when it's supposed to, not when we want it to. However, if we plant enough vines, maybe even a variety of fruit bearing trees, shrubs & vines, we'll enjoy more than one harvest in a season. This takes time and it requires both skill and patience, but it's the Law of the Harvest.
Recently a member asked about "how can I get more referrals from the USA for my area, I'm offering … (2 comments)

activerain: Thank You and Merry Christmas Rainmakers! - 12/25/16 05:52 AM
Merry Christmas 2016 & Thank You!
The Nelson Family thanks you for a year of friendships; new and furthered, great conversations, education and debates.
The opportunities that have come out of ActiveRain this year, more than ever, have me grateful at heart.
Income, opportunities and friendships have evolved from being a Rainmaker in The ActiveRain, so THANK YOU! There is abundance in The Rain if you open your mind and your heart to it. There are some amazingly generous and kind people in here too! 
Merry Christmas from my family to yours!
Thomas, Wyatt & Ailina Nelson

activerain: Here's The "Point"- I Just Turned 400,000 on AR - 12/01/16 06:13 AM

My friendly competition with my buddy and the best lender, Jason E. Gordon just got interesting, it's the first time in almost 9 years I'm leading him in the points. C'mon Jason, challenge has been issued. :)
I know I went from 200,000 - 300,000 - 400,000 quicker mostly due to my (very stepped up) involvement in The Rain the past 3 years. Relationships building, agents privately reaching out to me for help or to offer it, sharing and debating opinions or just to socialize. I’m feeling comfortable calling many of you for advice or just to get to know you better. I also … (6 comments)

activerain: Podcast Episode #71: Grilling The Realtor (Q&A from ActiveRain) - 11/30/16 08:35 AM
Blogging on ActiveRain,

lead  to  this  PODCAST  opportunity!
Since my guest appearance on episode #57, Mail-Right Real Estate Podcast went through some changes and asked me to be
the new co-host of the show!
This co-host opportunity was a result of my posting on ActiveRain consistently and being a prepared guest on #57.
Checkout AR member jonathan Denwood   and myself on our latest episode!
Podcast Episode #71:
Grilling The Realtor
(Q&A from ActiveRain)
11/23/16 Happy Thanksgiving! In this episode we elect to forgo having a guest given the short week / long weekend and we dive into some of the most trending questions on in the last 90 days or so, amongst it's real estate industry members. … (0 comments)

activerain: Podcast Episode #70: The Psychology of Sales - 11/30/16 08:16 AM
Blogging  on ActiveRain,

lead  to  this  PODCAST  opportunity!
Since my guest appearance on episode #57, Mail-Right Real Estate Podcast went through some changes and asked me to be
the new co-host of the show!
This co-host opportunity was a result of my posting on ActiveRain consistently and being a prepared guest on #57.

Checkout AR member jonathan Denwood  and myself on our latest episode!
11/16/2016 Our guest in episode #70 is master sales trainer Darren Cecil. Darren, formerly a master trainer for Sandler Sales, has been a sought after sales trainer both locally here in San Diego, Ca as well as internationally but some the largest corporations on the planet including our … (0 comments)

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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,e-Pro

Co-Host of Mail-Right's: Real Estate Agent Podcast

La Jolla, CA

More about me…

Big Block Realty 858.232.8722

Address: 4445 Eastgate Mall, Ste. 200, San Diego, CA, 92121

Mobile: 858-232-8722


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