Debra Curran's First Active Rain Blog

Real Estate Agent with Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.

I must admit it really wasn't until I saw the Julie and Julia film that I understood the power of the Blog. It's actually amazing to think that people can be so enthralled in what are quite honestly, everyday events. But somehow it's like being let in on a secret - and we all love it. We can chat to virtual strangers and find comraderie and learn something new at the same time. I was inspired by Julie and Julia, I wondered what it would be like to share my life with the world and see if anyone (or how many??) would be interested. I must admit my life raising twin girls was interesting, I wish more than anything blogging was invented twenty years ago. I would have had a movie deal by now and haven't quite decided who would have played my beautiful (now grown) daughters, but I do know it would have been an amazing story. It still is, but that's another blog...

So here I am trying to decide WHAT to blog about when it comes to real estate. Do people want to get a play by play on the Market? Do you want to hear about other buyers and sellers and what they experience on their journey buying or selling a home? Or maybe a day in the life of a real estate agent in Oakville? That might just make for an interesting blog! Contrary to popular belief it is a very challenging career and for the most part I think the general public has no real idea of what to expect from an agent. As a result, many people put up with a lot of crap - realtors who make promises they don't keep or are much less experienced and capable than they let on. For those I apologize, but for the rest of us, we do work hard and that "big fat commission cheque" comes after investing a lot of time and money in our business. Those cheques don't come everyday and when they do, it is because we've earned them. So maybe that's what I'll blog about a day, a week... a month in the life of a realtor.  Let's call it a work in progress - I've never been short on words, but this blogging's still new to me! Happy Friday!

Comments (5)

Craig Richardson
National Realty - McLean, VA

Debra, congrats on taking the plunge!  My advice is to make the blog in synch with your business strategy.  I am focusing on a particular town, so that's what I cover predominately whether it's a monthly update on sales, major projects underway, or even the events at the local community center.  Others may be focused on a particular niche (e.g., short sales, buyers), and that's what they should write about.  And of course, have fun from time to time with photos or something personal from your life.

Jan 15, 2010 08:59 AM
Keith Elliott Jr
KEIRE Realty Group - Manassas, VA
Principal Broker/Owner

Hi Debra,

Welcome to Active Rain and congratulations on your first post! The opportunities to learn and network are incredible here. Best of luck to you in 2010!


Jan 15, 2010 09:08 AM
Betty Knowles
Southwest Missouri Realty - - Springfield, MO
TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate

Welcome Debra! Try to post useful information for your clients. Stay away from the jokes, quotes, politics, etc... and you'll do much better.

Jan 15, 2010 09:29 AM
Sergio Rebollo Jr.
Real Estate TeamMates - Miami, FL

Welcome to ActiveRain. This is a great community to network with others as well a great place to learn from other's experiences and knowledge. I've enjoyed it; I hope you enjoy it as well.

Jan 20, 2010 10:17 PM
Yvette Gardner
Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC - Spartanburg, SC

Welcome to Active Rain and congratulations on your first post.  It looks like you're off to a great start.  We hope you enjoy A/R as much as we do.  There are many opportunities to share your knowledge and learn from others. Take care, Yvette & Dennis

Jan 22, 2010 07:35 AM