Project Blogger - Meet the teams

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Real Estate Agent

 

 Coach - Jeff Turner, RealEstateShows

Jeff Turner is the President and Founder of RealEstateShows.com. Over the past twenty years, he has been both a successful entrepreneur and a senior executive in a large corporation. He lead his last entrepreneurial effort, J.J. Grace, Inc., to the Inc. 500 fastest growing companies list. Jeff earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Grace College (Indiana) and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Ball State University (Indiana). Jeff is married to Racquel (Rocky) and they have six children. (That is not a typo.)

 Apprentice - Julie Ferenzi - Blog

I can't help but make the comparison to my work for Project Blogger, to that of the story of Charlotte's Web.  I often joke that I am Charlotte. I write late at night in hopes of creating something valuable to add to the discussion.  Something that people can learn from and clearly understand.  It takes quite a bit of time, but it also takes a lot out of me.  Sometimes, I feel like I need to recover from the process, but maybe it's more from the distraction a house with 4 kids can emit!

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"Project Bloodhound" 

Greg Swan

Coach - Greg Swan, BloodhoundBlog

A Realtor and the Designated Broker for BloodhoundRealty.com. He is an Accredited Buyer's Representative, a Certified Buyer's Representative, a Certified Residential Specialist, an E-Pro Internet Certified Realtor and a Graduate of the Realtor Institute. He speaks frequently on real estate issues and writes a weekly column for West Valley sections of the Arizona Republic. Greg spent many years in hi-tech print and direct-mail advertising production and web-site development before becoming a Realtor. He is a mumbling Latinist, a stumbling applications programmer and a bumbling poet.

 Apprentice - Terri Lussier, TheBrickRanch

Dayton, Ohio, is the life-long home and territory of Teri Lussier, the newly-minted Realtor become newly-minted real estate weblogger. Greg picked Teri "because she was game and fun, and because she was the greenest candidate overall, both as an agent and as a weblogger.".

 

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Coach - Paul Chaney,  Blogging Systems Group

Paul has been a business blog consultant for the past three years and is widely known and respected in that field. He understands at a granular level how blogs can be used as a tool for marketing communications and has worked with a number of clients assisting them in deploying a blog marketing strategy. Paul also coauthored the real estate blogging book phenomenon Realty Blogging.

 Apprentice - Ines Hegedus-Garcia, YourPropertyPros  

"When it comes to blogging, it's all INES, although Rick often contributes ideas and may ocassionally throw in his 2 cents. We are known for our honesty and integrity.  We don't sugar coat reality and we always tell it like it is.  This is our strength and our weakness - since a lot of people don't want to hear the truth."

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 Coach - Drew Meyers, Zillow

Drew works on a wide range of projects and recently celebrated his year anniversary at the company. Among them were creating Zillow's neighborhood search database and organizing the Carnival of Real Estate. In addition to being part of Zillow's blog team, he actively writes about business and technology on his personal blog.

 

Apprentice - Tisza Major-Posner, Route66Living.com

I have had an active interest in the Southern California real estate market since my earliest days.  When some kids were reading comic books under the covers by flashlight, I was reading "Homes and Land".

I bring my understanding of the importance of details, my willingness to work tirelessly for my clients and my sense of humor to the field of real estate.

From here on in, this business will never be the same...

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teresa boardman

Coach - Teresa Boardman, StPaulRealEstateBlog 

Author of the origional, St. Paul Real Estate Blog, started in November of 2005. Teresa is recognized as a top real estate blogger. She now generates most of her personal real estate business as a result of her blogging efforts. She has a loyal following on a variety of blog sites. Her internet marketing classes taught in cooperation with Keller Williams are hugely popular with St Paul real estate agents from all brands.

 Apprentice - Vali Wimberly, DenverFresh.com

Honest and enthusiastic, Vali Wimberly specializes in great customer service during the real estate experience. A genuine "people person," Vali is friendly and open-minded, and she truly enjoys working with her clients. She speaks Spanish fluently, which broadens her client base. A very versatile agent, Vali understands the benefits of both downtown and suburban living; she thrives on the challenge of finding her clients a great home in any Denver area.

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 Team ORCA

 Coach - Joel Burslem, FutureOfRealEstateMarketing

Fairly new to the real estate space, Joel has quickly secured his position as a progressive thinking real estate marketing expert through his widely read blog, FutureOfRealEstateMarketing. He recently joined Oregon’s largest independantly owned real estate company, where he oversee much of their traditional offline and online marketing efforts. 

 

Apprentice - Kelly Kilpatrick, ExclusiveOChomes 

Kelly is an agent with Gold Coast Realty in Rancho Santa Margarita, California (which, apparently, is the longest town name in California). She’s been in the business for over 15 years, and before that was in the mortgage industry.

 

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 Coach - Jim Cronin, RealEstateTomato

Raised in a "real estate family', Jim has been a emarketing consultant to real estate agents since 2000. During this time he has helped over 1,000 Realtors develop their online presense.  He is best known in his role as the Author of the Real Estate Tomato blog. 

  

 Apprentice - Jackie Colson-Miller - RealEstateSizzle

With 13 years in the Real Estate Industry, I am currently earning my CIPS (Certified International Property Specialist) designation.  I was born in New England, studied in Fribourg, Switzerland and hold a B.A. in Psychology from Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island.  I enjoy a heavily "International" clientele and expect the CIPS network will facilitate more International Business.  I speak French and love to travel.  

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ardell dellaloggia

Coach - Ardell DellaLoggia, SearchingSeattleBlog

Ardell was first widely recognized for her blogging efforts through the Seattle real estate blog, RainCityGuide.  She is now one of just a handful of real estate sales agents who derive a majority of their business through blogging. She started her career in real estate in 1990 and has been licensed to sell in five states.

 

 Apprentice - Kevin Tomlinson, KevinTomlinson.com

After more than a decade in the industry, Kevin is one of the most trusted expert resources for the news media and the community when it comes to South Florida properties – especially Miami real estate. If it's happening in the Miami-Miami Beach residential sector, Kevin is the regular go-to authority for area journalists writing about pre-construction condos, condo-hotels and other emerging trends and breaking developments in luxury properties.

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 Coaches - Joe Ferrara & Rudy Bachraty, SellsiusBlog 

"We are the Founders of Sellsius Real Estate, an enhanced real estate classifieds community aimed at helping promote real estate professionals and their business.  Our backgrounds are in real estate brokerage and law.      We run a little blog party which some people seem to like.  We try to inform and entertain.  Some may want to label us blogging experts, but we're not---we're just like you.  We have been fortunate to be recognized by our peers and that's enough for us."

Apprentices - Michael and Barbara Daly, Hamptons Real Estate Blog

After brokering and managing for two national firms since 1998, Barbara and I started BEACH PROPERTIES to offer straight-forward, no-nonsense service to our clients and customers.

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pat kitanoCoach - Pat Kitano, TransparentRealEstate 

Pat is a regular speaker and commentator on real estate industry and technology issues and is considered a Transparency Advocate.
Since graduating from Cal Berkeley (Geophysics) and Columbia University (MBA), he's been involved in four competitive industries - films, investment banking, internet technology and real estate. I live with my nuclear family in the best American city after New York, San Francisco.

Apprentice - London Whitted, GEM Mortgage 

London's been successful because he's a self starter - he learned the commercial business after building a residential practice and understands how to educate and coach real estate professionals on the arcane ins and outs of commercial real estate. It's our hope we can open up discussion and education for those Residential Realtors across America who want to know how to enter commercial, or how to develop a commercial transaction when one happens to fall into their laps. 

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Dustin LutherCoach - Dustin Luther, RainCityGuide

As Director of Interactive Marketing at Move, the company behind such real estate websites as REALTOR.com and Move.com, Dustin works to both build tools and drive implementation of tools that better enable community to be built up around real estate topics.

 

Madison HildebrandApprentice - Madison Hildebrand, InsideBu.com

Currently holding placement in the top 3% of all Coldwell Banker agents internationally, Madison Hildebrand's tenacity has been proven in an ultra-competitive market. Already in 2006, Madison has closed over 22 transactions, with a sales volume, approaching 30 million dollars. He is highly recognized in the Malibu community, not only for his business success, but also for his dedication to volunteer work and community service. As the Vice President of the Malibu Green Machine, he works to beautify and conserve areas of Malibu that have been neglected.

 

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 Coach - Frances Flynn Thorsen, theRealtyGram

Frances is Managing Editor of RealTown.com. Fran has been a REALTOR for 22 years; she has been blogging since January 2005 and presently publishes 10 blogs, including The REALTYgram Blogger. Prior to becoming a REALTOR she was a magazine editor in New York City and worked at several publications including The Ladies’ Home Journal, where she was Production Editor. She is a member of the National Assn. of Real Estate Editors and the National Assn. of REALTORS and a founding member of the Web Women Giving Cicle. 

 Apprentice - Mary Pope-Handy, LiveInLosGatos.com

"I loved my work in the areas of religious education and ministry prior to having my two children and spending a few years at home with them. Living in Silicon Valley, though, is quite expensive so in 1993, I changed careers to better provide for my family and followed my mother into Real Estate. My mother had been a REALTOR® in Santa Clara County for 40 years, so I grew up with it.... It was a natural fit for both my interest in helping others and the knowledge I'd gained from my mother over the years."

 

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Rainmaker
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Irina Netchaev
Pasadena Views Real Estate Team, Inc. - Pasadena, CA
Pasadena CA Real Estate

Good luck to all the teams!  Can't wait for the learning to begin!!!!!

Apr 09, 2007 03:44 PM #24
Rainer
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Aziz Abdur-Raoof
RE/MAX Rewards - Columbia, MD
Howard Co. Real Estate Scoop
This will be fun --Good luck everyone!

Apr 09, 2007 03:50 PM #25
Rainer
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Stefan Scholl
Buyer's Broker of Northern Michigan, LLC - Petoskey, MI
Northern Michigan Real Estate

Wow, what an awesome lineup!  Just following this competition is going to be an education in and of itself.  Ladies and gentleman, start your engines!

It's a Tomato!  Could this be a premonition deep from the bowels of the AR itself?

Apr 09, 2007 04:07 PM #26
Rainmaker
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Julie Ferenzi
john greene Realtor - Plainfield, IL
Julie Ferenzi

Wow, I'm so glad to meet everyone else competing in Project Blogger!

I had no idea what I had gotten myself into!  Now I know Jeff Turner and I are facing really tough competition after reading everyone's bio's!

Glad to meet you all, and I look forward to sharing this experience with all of you!  

 

 

 

Apr 09, 2007 04:44 PM #27
Rainmaker
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John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
This contest looks like it has a lot of potential. Good luck to the teams!
Apr 09, 2007 05:41 PM #28
Rainmaker
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ARDELL DellaLoggia
Sound Realty - Kirkland, WA
I thought Joel's Team was ORCA which reminded me of a whale which I thought was a good name.  You now have it as OCRA, which sounds like a green vegetable :)  Which is it?
Apr 09, 2007 05:52 PM #29
Rainmaker
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ARDELL DellaLoggia
Sound Realty - Kirkland, WA

C'mon Teresa...were very anxious. 

Hey Dustin, are you going to link to that announcement over here after you post it over there?

London, great name!  London Whitted.  I love names that can be nobody else but YOU!  Good Luck!

Thanks for the update Jonathan.

Apr 09, 2007 05:56 PM #30
Rainer
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Dustin Luther
4Realz.net - Calabasas, CA

Ardell, 

Done! :)

Apr 09, 2007 06:45 PM #31
Rainer
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Justin Smith
Christian Real Estate Network & SpeakMyLanguage - Castle Rock, CO
Mostly girls... interesting...
Apr 10, 2007 02:14 AM #32
Rainmaker
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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
This is truly an exciting venture.  I think everyone is going to learn alot along the way -- good luck to the teams! 
Apr 10, 2007 02:37 AM #33
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"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

Hmmm. A Gambling event...

Now there's an idea. We haven't gambled on Active Rain yet have we?

I think we might have something here :)

TLW...ROAR!

Apr 10, 2007 06:51 AM #34
Rainmaker
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Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL
Bryant and TLW - you are both so funny!
Apr 10, 2007 06:57 AM #35
Rainmaker
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Mary Pope-Handy
Sereno Group Real Estate - Los Gatos, CA
CRS, CIPS, ABR, SRES, Silicon Valley
Jonathan, I just realized that after my name (Fran's Apprentice) you do not have my blog but rather one of my websites.

I thought this might be a mistake, but now I'm reviewing everything and it looks like after SOME of the apprentices there are blogs given, and after others, websites.

*SUGGESTION*  Please include BOTH the website of the agent/team and ALSO the blog we're supposed to be following. The way it is now is confusing.

The blog of mine which is going to receive an "extreme makeover" is www.LiveInLosGatos.com . Would you mind please adding this to my profile above so that folks can track my progress?

Thank you in advance,
Mary
Apr 10, 2007 11:31 AM #36
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Jon Washburn
Seattle, WA
I decided to remove my team from this competition because I realized, however late as it was, that it probably is not a good idea for me to coordinate this competition and compete in it at the same time.  I will continue to mentor Krisy and update our progress on my ActiveRain blog. 
Apr 16, 2007 02:01 PM #37
Rainmaker
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Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL
Ohhhh!  Jonathan....that's too bad... you came up with such a beautiful concept why not run with it?  I wish you would rethink that. (that's my opinion of course)
Apr 16, 2007 02:06 PM #38
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Mary Pope-Handy
Sereno Group Real Estate - Los Gatos, CA
CRS, CIPS, ABR, SRES, Silicon Valley

I agree with Ines totally. I am FINE with it. You are not the only person voting on this thing. I'd like to see you guys stay IN.

 

Apr 16, 2007 02:22 PM #39
Rainmaker
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Tom Burris
NMLS# 335055 - Baton Rouge, LA
Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience

great idea.

thanks to those who give their time to others!!

Apr 17, 2007 02:52 AM #40
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Nick M.
Certified Residential Appraiser- West Palm Beach Real Estate - West Palm Beach, FL
Realtor-Appraiser in West Palm-South Florida Real Estate Appraiser

hey all, esp the apprentices. i emailed those that had links to AR blogs.. waiting on 12 entries, 1 each, for this week. send my the link to your favorite post!! :))

sorry for spamming... i should have posted about this earlier in the week. bad nick!! :)

http://activerain.com/blogsview/106695/Carnival-for-Project-Blogger

i'll delete this comment in a few days. :)

May 24, 2007 09:44 AM #41
Rainer
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Victoria Frieberg, @Realtor, Broker, ABR,CRS,TRC
Rush Point Realty LLC - Cambridge, MN
I am still learning to navigate this site, but did this project quit in April?  I think I am missing something..besides sleep!  Looks like such an awesome idea! Like a huge group mentor, or "it takes a village to raise a blogger!"
May 24, 2007 03:48 PM #42
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Mary Pope-Handy
Sereno Group Real Estate - Los Gatos, CA
CRS, CIPS, ABR, SRES, Silicon Valley
Victoria, you are so right. I am trying to keep up with all the apprentices and all the mentors who are posting and I'm learning from everyone who is involved.
May 24, 2007 03:53 PM #43
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