Today I got a call from a reporter from the Tampa Tribune. She mentioned that she had come across my blog. I am not sure whether it was the Active Rain blog or my personal Florida Real Estate Blog (I was in the shower when she called so dripping wet and answering questions made me forget part of her introduction). She had questions concerning the real estate market here in Pasco County, Florida and wondered if our market was performing better than the larger Tampa market, and if so, why? We discussed many issues of concern to both buyers and sellers. Topics like impact fees, the state's proposed tax and insurance reforms, and others. Our conversation will be published in a special weekly business section of the paper. I just hope I said nothing too insane
Two weeks ago I was also contacted by a reporter for the statewide Florida REALTOR magazine published by the Florida Association of REALTORS. She wanted to know more about my blogging activities and how they had helped me market my listings, promote myself, and helped consumers become better informed in Florida. Her story will be included in the Biz Solutions section. I am looking forward to seeing my name in print.
My point in writing this post is to let others know that by blogging, whether here or on another separate weblog, you get your name and qualifications out in front of the public, including the press. This is free publicity that you probably could not afford to buy. This particular reporter is also going to place a picture of one of my properties with the story. Talk about great exposure for that seller's home! Getting recognized by the legitimate press will give your name an extra boost that self-promoting ads that we ourselves publish cannot accomplish. You will perhaps be seen as a local expert and that is not a bad position to be in. So keep blogging. You may not realize it for a while, but the world is out there watching. I am excited knowing that I will soon be lining the bottoms of birdcages all around central Florida!!!
PS Geraldo Rivera, do not bother contacting me. Even real estate agents have limits.