I was arrested for being a Realtor... will they have any evidence?

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I was arrested for being a Realtor... will they have any evidence?  

Picture this FICTIONAL situation... You've been arrested (gasp!) for the unconscionable crime of being a Realtor.  The prosecutor is putting together their case against you... will it all be heresay or will there be any cold, hard evidence?  

This is one case where you WANT there to be a ton of evidence!  Stuff like:Handcuffs

  • Satisfied clients that have given you a written, or even stronger, VIDEO testimonials!
  • A mac-daddy website with tons of traffic and comments from your adoring "victims"
  • An awesome presence on ActiveRain and other industry sites
  • Certifications that show you were TRAINED as a real-estate ninja assassin
  • Facebook pages, Twitter followers and Linkd-inners that rave about you
  • Signs, riders, business cards, direct mail pieces and more... PROVING that you are guilty of the crimes you have been charged with!

I hope you realize by now that the "crimes" are tongue-in-cheek! :)  What I'm trying to get accross in this fictional situation is very simple...  


You can be the best Realtor in the world with all the best training and experience, but if nobody knows you exist, you're probably broke!  A mediocre agent who is AMAZING at marketing will be retired years before you.  

What can you do?   Become the absolute best marketer of real estate services that you possibly can!  Get educated, read books, take classes, and absorb what you can.  Then go IMPLEMENT some of what you learned.   The agents in my office are starting a 9-week SEO/Internet Marketing class tonight. (SEO means search engine optimization).  Every Monday from 7-9 we're sitting down in the conference room to watch a series of training webinars to make us even better at letting people know what we do and how we can help them... what's YOUR plan to get more clients?  80% of all buyers start on the internet, so that's where we decided we want to spend a little more time and learn more about. 


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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I thought this an interesting read with a decent title...front page stuff

I did sugges it......good job

Sep 20, 2010 08:17 AM #1
Richard T. Dolbeare
KW Island Living - Lihue, HI
R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist

Retired before me?  I certainly hope so because whatever would I do if I were retired?  I tried that for 3 months and it's not as great as one may imagine.  Realtor forever is my motto!

aloha & best wishes

Sep 20, 2010 08:19 AM #2
Oscar S. Bowen
Oneir HD Realty - Orlando, FL

I'm with you Andy! Looking forward to learning a great deal from our weekly trainings.

Sep 20, 2010 01:02 PM #3
Chris Dugger
Real Estate Marketplace - Louisville KY - Louisville, KY
Louisville REALTOR

Andy ~ I guess this is one time that it would pay off to be a 'secret agent'. I have been so guilty over the past two years about not shouting my Realtor status to the world. I'm getting better now and think they may be able to dig up some evidence against me that I am indeed a Realtor!

Sep 20, 2010 02:21 PM #4
Tim Tolbert
Atmor Mortgage - Longwood, FL

I always worry when I see my wife's been arrested!!!

Sep 21, 2010 04:43 AM #5
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

There are so many part-time secret agents that it gives us full-timers a bad name.  There is plenty of cheap or free marketing available especially on the internet that I'm surprised more agents are not taking advantage.

Sep 22, 2010 02:23 AM #6
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