internet: Going Beyond Selling Homes - 03/27/12 08:06 AM
I have always found something very satisfying about helping people find an area which meets their needs.  Perhaps some of that pleasure is related to having had careers which allowed me to choose where I wanted to live. Going to a new place and finding what we needed to have a good life there seemed to fit my personality.
I even enjoyed going back to my home in Mount Airy, NC many years after we had moved away.  For a few years my wife and I owned our family home in Mt. Airy before we sold it to the folks who … (0 comments)

internet: A basic law of the Internet that is important to buyers, sellers, and agents - 11/22/10 02:23 PM
The Internet has a tremendous amount of information.  It does not take long to figure out that some of it is helpful and some of it is worthless.
I have always found this to be a basic law of the Internet. It is something that people looking for homes, selling homes, and those helping them should keep in the forefront of their minds.
The first thing that is important to me when I look at Internet information is the site itself.  Why is the site there?  How to they make their money.  Are they trying to get something from me without … (2 comments)

internet: The Pimento Cheese Lead - 04/20/09 05:18 AM
There are people out there that still doubt the power of the Internet to connect people. That does not surprise me any more than a connection between people can come from an Internet pimento cheese recipe, but more on that in a minute.
I still see agents who believe that the only place on the Internet where they need a presence is Realtor.com.  We are rapidly moving towards a society where many initial contacts will only happen on the Internet. If I measured the number of contacts that I have from covering the real estate duty desk against those that I … (3 comments)

internet: Blizzards are good for business - 03/31/09 03:03 PM
Monday night I got a call from someone whose area in South Dakota was in the midst of being whacked by a blizzard.  I guess it was the last straw for him.  He was ready to start investigating a move the Southern Outer Banks or SOBX as it is locally known.  Actually the blizzard was not the real reason for wanting to move, but I covered that in a post on the Crystal Coast Living blog.
His call had come just hours after an email from a potential mountain dwelling client who is already scheduled to visit our area this summer.  … (2 comments)

internet: Search Engines, Cattle Genetics, and Real Estate Clients - 05/27/07 06:27 AM
Where we live has always been important to me.  We have always made that decision carefully whether it was our first farm on the shores of the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, Columbia, MD, Roanoke, VA or Cape Carteret, NC where we have our home now.
When we end up in a place, I inevitably end up as an evangelist for the area.  I was doing that long before I became a Realtor®.
In my mind, I often find personal endorsements of areas to be of great value.  The idea that someone would take a considerable amount of their personal … (0 comments)