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Buyers and Sellers – How to Use my Blog: A Roadmap

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. CA DRE #01490977

blog tags on my blogConsumers are using the Internet more and more to gather information, conduct due diligence, and search for homes. While for many this has become second hand, some folks may not realize the wealth of information they can find nor be aware of how to use the websites and blogs they are reading. 

I thought a guideline on how to use my blog, a roadmap so to speak, would be helpful for buyers and sellers. 

First the information in my blog that benefits buyers and sellers, and folks in general: 

  • Market reports on area communities - monthly updates on market conditions, pricing trends, and inventory levels
  • Community profiles to showcase towns I service and provide an overview of things to do, housing, dining, amenities and photos (great for folks who are relocating)
  • Housing - specific subdivisions, neighborhoods and general housing areas to showcase types of housing, prices, amenities
  • Tips, suggestions and general information about buying and selling, and things prudent buyers and sellers should know.
  • General community information - fairs, restaurants, happenings around town
  • Links - make use of the links provided in the articles that supplement the articles with information from related blog articles and numerous websites 

Here are some additional resources: 

RECENT ARTICLES WIDGET - this provides an updated list of the 20 most recent articles I have written (while you can scroll down the main page doing this will only show the last 10 articles or so)  

ARCHIVES -access this on the right hand of the blog. The archives will lead you to all the articles written since 2006. You might, for example, be interested in what the housing market was doing back in 2007 or 2008. 

blog archives on my blog

FACEBOOK WIDGET - I maintain a business page on Facebook with updates about Carlsbad and North San Diego Real Estate. Feel free to stop by and become a fan so you can follow 

Facebook widget on my blog

Carlsbad Home and Real Estate Tidbits blog widget on my bloglku8iBLOG TAGS (see top photo) - all articles are identified with tags, keywords that tell you what the article is about. Look for this on the right hand side of the page - click on any tag that interests you, say La Costa real estate, and you will link to a list of all the articles I have written that pertain to La Costa real estate.

ABOUT ME - want to know more about me? Simply click on More about me under my photo to check out my ActiveRain profile. 

CERTIFIED RESIDENTIAL SPECIALIST website - click on the link on the right to read more about this important real estate designation and how my being a CRS benefits you whether you are a buyer or a seller. 

Why not SUBSCRIBE IN A READER  (you will see this link on the right as well) so you will receive all the updated articles as they are posted in Google Reader or whichever reader you wish to use.


Hope this helps you get more blog bang for your buck!



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Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

Always looking for good tips like this. Thanks for the post today. I've bookmarked it for future reference.

Patricia Aulson/portsmouth nh homes

Sep 13, 2009 03:02 AM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Nice explanation of the information available on your blog and how to access it.

Sep 13, 2009 03:03 AM
Robert Hammerstein
Christie's International Real Estate - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Jeff - that is what I love about this network.... We can all use this advice and I plan on implementing some more of these. Thanks for the tips.

Sep 13, 2009 03:21 AM
Marie Story
Coldwell Banker - Pinecrest (Miami) - Pinecrest, FL
Broker Associate, Pinecrest (Miami) Specialist

Jeff, do you, or does anyone else, know how to get a print out list of the tags?  I want to do some housekeeping and this would help.

Sep 13, 2009 03:40 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Great idea Jeff, I am going to learn from this almost as much as your buyers and sellers will like what type of information they are looking for when they read my blog or come to my website: www.buywilliamsburghomes.com

Sep 13, 2009 04:21 AM
Robert Hammerstein -
Christie's International Real Estate - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Congrats on another Goldie and well deserved, I might add.  You are the Carlsbad expert to watch for!



Sep 13, 2009 06:16 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

I am new to active rain and really appreciate this type of information.  Thank you, please keep it coming.

Sep 13, 2009 06:20 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Terry and Bonnie - it occurred to me that folks may not really know all this stuff. We do because we work with it.

Nevin - I think that's true, especially in the case of folks who are just getting involved with research on-line and using blogs.


Sep 13, 2009 06:37 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Diane - I actually thought of doing this sometime ago but never did. As I continue to talk to agents who know litte to nothing about blogs it occurred to me that is probably also true for folks who are starting to read them. I think the button or a link is a great idea.

Kris - great minds!


Sep 13, 2009 06:53 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

This is a brilliant idea.  Thank you for sharing!

Sep 13, 2009 07:42 AM
Michael Myers
King-Rhodes & Associates - Cherokee Village, AR

Great ideas, Jeff. As I've said before, there is always something new you can learn on ActiveRain. Thanks for this informative posting.

Sep 13, 2009 07:55 AM
Roland Woodworth
Blue Cord Realty - Clarksville, TN
Blue Cord Realty

Jeff.....  great tips for not only buyers and sellers.. great for AR members as well.


Sep 13, 2009 08:09 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Jeff, great ips, and I am still trying to figure out my business page on FB.

Sep 13, 2009 08:56 AM
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Jeff ~ This is a super idea.  I think blogs are confusing for plenty of readers.  I was surprised to find several people (that I know of - I'm sure there are plenty more) who didn't realize that the page numbers at the bottom of the front page of my blog would bring them to more posts.  We should probably all provide a prominent link on our blogs to a how-to guide like yours.  Added to my to-do list!


Sep 13, 2009 11:32 AM
Michael Bergin
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - ABR - SRES - Alexandria, VA
Northern Virginia Real Estate

What a really smart post  - for us and for consumers.  It will also prod me to to be more diligent about my tags.  Thanks.


Sep 13, 2009 11:42 AM
Sandra Graves -- e-PRO, Realtor
Coldwell Banker -- Folsom, Ca - Folsom, CA

A well thought out post with some great tips. Thanks...

Sep 13, 2009 12:18 PM
CJ Johnson
Elite Agents - San Antonio, TX
Sales & Building Consultant

Learned something new from you AGAIN!  Thanks for your help yesterday too Mr. President Elect I got lots of nice compliments from the group and several are looking forward to becoming CRS Designees. 

Sep 13, 2009 12:30 PM
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

Jeff - This is a stellar idea.  I am not surprised - you are a creative and sharp guy.  I may need to create something like this for my own blog.  Great job!

Sep 13, 2009 05:29 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jeff- read your post because of Brad's post and even though I'm not a Realtor, I've learned a lot about the different widgets available. I've been lazy and have added only 1 or 2  widgets and they're not that meaningful.  Thanks for some helpful info.

Sep 14, 2009 01:12 PM
Rich Cederberg
eXp Realty - Albuquerque, NM
eXp Realty Agent Albuquerque

Jeff, What a good idea. I think I'm going to do something similar, I'm always afraid that readers will miss interesting past articles.

Thanks for your post!

Sep 14, 2009 03:35 PM