Feels Like My First School Bus Ride on the BIG Yellow Bus Over Again

Real Estate Broker/Owner with One Home Team Realty/Charlotte,NC 704-293-3931 246546

This is my first blog and it feels like getting on that BIG yellow school bus for the very first time, the fear I had leaving my comfort level behind.  My mother standing there with a smile on her face while fighting back the tears and trying to show strength and courage for me.


My business partner keeps telling me that "Times are changing and you have to change with the times Wayne or you'll be left behind".  I've been one of those agents who hand wrote offers, carried around 10 - 20 files at all times, along with my laptop, in fear of never having what I would need while on the road.  Needless to say lugging around this 40lb computer bag hasn't helped my lower back problems any to say the least.  The fear I've had converting to new age technology terrified me, it felt like that school bus ride all over again.

So with all of that said I'm now using zip forms, typing offers/ contracts, using electronic signatures, and now blogging.  Doing things that I never thought I'd be doing.  I have to say that up until now I've embraced the change, eventually, and it's made life so much simpler.

I've feared blogging, heck up until a few weeks ago I didn't even know what blogging was.  I look forward to many more blogs and getting to know as many of you as I can.  Thanks for the opportunity. 


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Wayne Bennett - Broker Owner / Realtor ® GRI, ABR, e-PRO, SFR, CDPE

Licensed in NC & SC

One Home Team Realty

O: 704.218.2064

C: 704.293.3931

F: 704.749.2030











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Gary Frimann
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

Welcom Wayne.  I hope you get so much business you wish you never started blogging.  Actually, not really, but wishing you uch success.  Active Rain kept the lights on for me during the bust.

Aug 05, 2012 02:43 PM #27
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Wayne - It sounds like you've jumped in to the deep end are doing a great job swimming throught it.

Aug 05, 2012 02:44 PM #28
Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist
Welcome to the Rain! I hope that you can find your voice and that you continue to find more information about topics that can make your business, and your life, easier! Good luck to you!
Aug 05, 2012 03:11 PM #29
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Wayne, welcome to ActiveRain!

Buckle up, you are in for a wonderful ride, my friend.

You have already taken the toughest step - getting started. Now it is just a matter of learning how to blog better. The answers are here no matter what your style is. If you are willing to put in the effort, the results will come.

Congratulations on the feature!

Aug 05, 2012 05:15 PM #30
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Welcome Wayne...and good luck.  Somehow I have a feeling you will be blogging longer than you rode a school bus!

Aug 05, 2012 10:52 PM #31
Sean K. Langston
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Charlotte NC - Charlotte, NC

Welcome aboard! So happy to see you on the ActiveRain Network!

Aug 05, 2012 11:20 PM #32
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Good Luck Wayne. I wish you many years of success dancing in the Rain!

Aug 05, 2012 11:48 PM #33
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Wayne - Not bad for a first blog.  Gold Star and all :)

Aug 05, 2012 11:51 PM #34
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

And I just noticed you are in Charlotte as well!  Even better!!

Aug 05, 2012 11:52 PM #35
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
Welcome to ActiveRain, Wayne! I'm right her in Charlotte as well and am happy to help you in any way I can!
Aug 06, 2012 12:15 AM #36
Terry Blocher
Village Realty OBX - Kill Devil Hills, NC

Congratulations, Wayne, for jumping from the "frying pan into the fire"! I know just how you feel. It does get easier, the more you do it. 

Aug 06, 2012 01:05 AM #37
Wayne Bennett
One Home Team Realty/Charlotte,NC 704-293-3931 - Charlotte, NC
Real Estate...As It Should Be

Continued THANKS to everyone that responded to my first blog.  I can't begin to tell you how many times I started typing but never hit the submit key.  Each of you have made me feel so welcome...

Aug 06, 2012 01:12 AM #38
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

You did it!!  That is such a good feeling, and now that you've done it you can do more and more!  We have the best Community in the world and they're so supportive and welcoming that you will be addicted in no time!!  Let it Rain Wayne!

Aug 06, 2012 01:40 AM #39
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

Welcome Wayne! First blog out there and done. It only get's easier (and more fun) from here. As in school there are always those that scold or bully but just brush it off and do your best. If you need any help with SEO feel free to let me know - we are a great community helping each other out. Have a super productive week!

Aug 06, 2012 02:17 AM #40
Heather Russo
Keller Williams Realty - Kerrville - Kerrville, TX
SRES , REALTOR, Kerrville, Texas Homes for Sale

Welcome to the BEST place to find out more about your fellow Realtors®!!!

Blogging isn't hard... Pick an anticdote or a topic, say the alphabet for example, and write about one item each day... Talk about how Greg Nino is Waaay taller in person than he seems online, about how cute my puppy is or even how you hate it when you find "personal items" hidden inside the check door of a Jacuzzi tub!

There really aren't any "rules" just make sure to add photos or graphics to get more points! :c)


Have fun - and Welcome!

Aug 06, 2012 03:29 AM #41
Danielle Field
Redfin - Middletown, KY
Redfin Market Manager

Welcome aboard and congrats on your first post!

Aug 06, 2012 04:46 AM #42
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Terrific.  Your first blog is a featured blog?  You are one lucky guy.  Keep up the good work.

Aug 06, 2012 04:52 AM #43
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Wayne, you've come to the best place in town!

Aug 06, 2012 04:56 AM #44
Regina P. Brown
California Coast & Country Homes, Inc. - San Luis Obispo, CA
e-Pro Realtor

Wayne, welcome and enjoy blogging!  Congratulations on your first post and for the feature!

Aug 06, 2012 06:28 PM #45
Caroline Fitzgerald - BestPreppedListings.com
Real Estate Client Prep - Richmond, VA

46 comments and counting on your first blog post?! I think you've already got it, Wayne! Well done and welcome to AR!!

Aug 08, 2012 05:23 AM #46
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