How do you find the cream of the crop when it comes to agents? Activerain of course!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Respect Realty LLC 200311024

How do I know this? Look around your office, think back to December 2008, how many of those agents do you still see in the office? Or better yet, how many of those agents are still even in the business? Would you say 75% of them are still at your office or are still in the business? If I could count the number of agents I met in December 2008, I certainly wouldn’t expect to see 75% of them still in the business.

Who is still on top of their game?

The fact is, I did check and of the ones from 2008, only 43% of the agents I did transactions with or put in my data base in 2008 are still on our MLS roster. That is one scary number, but it could be the offices I was with, it could be many of them were newer agents. But no matter what the number was, 75% of them aren’t still around.

But, what about the agents here on Activerain, do we still have 75% of the agents we had in December 2008? Do we have the cream of the crop here? The reason I asked is because I was searching on Google for marketing tips for a class I was going to be teaching and I just wanted to show a sample of all the free marketing tools for agents out there for agents when I came across, “100 Marketing Tips for Success” by Elizabeth Ward Small and that is when I decided to take a look at the almost 100 agents that commented on her post and what I found didn’t really surprise me, but more proved a point that the greatest agents are right here in the rain.

Read Activerain and learn

You see, what I did was clicked on every one of those agents that read her post, and it was a great post, but were these agents just commenting or where they learning and improving themselves? Only time would tell on that one. After looking at everyone’s blogs, I found that 75% of them were still active here in the rain. (At least posting something within the last 4 months) That really told me something, the agents here in the rain are doing more than just advertising, they are giving information to each other to help each other stay at the top of their games and keep them in the business.

The lesson here is read the posts, learn from the posts, and make yourself a better agent. Heck, if you have information to share and help your fellow agents stay in the business as well, we are here to listen… there is plenty of business to go around. I am proud to be part of this community because I know it really is the cream of the crop!

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Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

My guess is many big agents already have systems in place, I think the agents that were here in 2008 were evolving, learning and sharing and if it wasn't for Activerain, they still wouldn't be around. Some would be, but many others wouldn't have been.

Nov 03, 2010 09:53 AM #18
John Elwell
CENTURY 21 Bill Nye Realty, Inc. - Zephyrhills, FL
You Deserve a Full-Time Agent, Not Reduced Results

Perhaps, but there are a lot of people that are good at telling others how to do things, but are not so great about doing it themselves. And a lot of people, sad to say, do not practice what they preach. In my experience, those that "preach" the most, often do the least.

If I do not have a colleague that personally knows an agent I can do a referral to, I can go to the Century 21 site and check the months rankings for areas around the country. In almost every case I can find an agent in the top 100 for number of sides during any specific period. I have found that to be a good indicator as well.

AR, not so much. Sorry. Unless I can match deeds/outcomes to the words I see, I find it hard to do referrals based solely on a blog's posts. Sometimes people blog so much I have to wonder if they would even spend the time necessary to help my referral sell or buy a home.

Nov 03, 2010 09:54 AM #19
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes

I totally agree with you. the best of the best are still working full time and reside here in the rain. YAY for all of us!!

Nov 03, 2010 10:34 AM #20
J. Philip Faranda
J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY - Briarcliff Manor, NY

I think John #19 has a point, but like anything else you have to do your homework. I find people on this platform to be by an large more open to learning and moving forward. 

Nov 03, 2010 10:39 AM #21
Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker GRI, SRES

Sometimes Active Rain is my boost for the day, when I question myself why I still do this!

Nov 03, 2010 11:26 AM #22
Jill Watts
Realty Pro, Inc. - Vancouver, WA
A Luxury Experience at Every Price Point!

I ALWAYS look at Activerain first when I'm looking for an agent to give one of my referrals. If an agent is on Activerain, I can tell how they work, how they treat people...Activerain is the best first place to check on a referral agent.

Nov 03, 2010 11:44 AM #23
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Interesting findings, Todd. The Rain has a way of keeping us active and involved in our markets; I just hope that production follows.

Nov 03, 2010 12:51 PM #24
Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

Hi Todd -- Interesting perspective, and adaptability to change is important -- no political overtunes implied!

Nov 03, 2010 01:57 PM #25
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Right on point. Hopefully, when you look back, everyone who's commented here will still be around.

Nov 03, 2010 02:00 PM #26
Donna Paul
Keller Williams Realty Gold Coast - Dix Hills, NY
Long Island Home Specialist,All About Real Estate

I just dont know why more people do sign up for it 11...4/30.

Nov 03, 2010 02:49 PM #27
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Todd, great point, much turnover in offices, not as much here in the Rain.

Nov 03, 2010 03:02 PM #28
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Todd...Fortunately we have not had a large turnover in my small market.  Many of our agents are able to hang in even when times are leaner.

I'm happy to say the same seems to be true for those that I have come to learn so much from here on Active Rain.

Thanks for Elizabeth Ward Small's post.  I checked it out and can't believe I missd it when it was posted.  That is the only major problem that I have found since becoming a member three years ago.  There is not enough time to read everything good that's on here.


Nov 03, 2010 03:51 PM #29
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

In the classes I teach, I always offer the $5 promo code for a month of Rainmaker status, but the catch is that they have to email me for the code so I can track. Out of the hundreds of people who have taken my classes, only about 5 people have asked for the promo code... and they're still not moving forward with their businesses either!

Nov 03, 2010 03:53 PM #30
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Todd, Now that so many of us agents are working from home..AR is sorta the new office where you learn from your fellow peers. I was a member here but not active until missed lots of great things. Thanks for a great blog as well as for adding the link to Elizabeth Ward Smalls' post. I'm bookmarking this one not only to read her post and go through it, but to remind myself how all those great agents helped me out when I first started without any hesitation and to pay it forward.

Nov 03, 2010 04:41 PM #31
Robert Amato
Bob Amato of Empire Home Mortgage Inc - East Meadow, NY

Interesting post Todd. I guess many agents come here to ask a question or learn something new. No matter what office you go to Active Rain will always be a virtual office so you will always have these relationships no matter where you go.

Nov 04, 2010 12:56 PM #32
Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

Thanks for the post today.  People come and go in this business.  Sales is like that. Working on a commission isn't always easy for those people who have families or are self supporting. You gotta do what you gotta do!

Patricia/Seacoast NH & ME

Nov 04, 2010 02:47 PM #33
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Thanks for taking the time to research and share.  Very interesting data.

Nov 04, 2010 03:17 PM #34
Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i

Hi Todd. Many of those who started along with me are gone. It doesn't surprise me. Our market is very challenging.

Nov 04, 2010 04:09 PM #35
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I saw many agents come and go long before the current mortgage crisis made things so difficult. Too many people think they can just get a license, sit at a desk, and make money. They have no clue about the work involved, and when they find out, they don't want to do it!


Nov 04, 2010 05:22 PM #36
Ty Lacroix
Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc - London, ON

Todd, a very revealing post about the staying power in this profession and that success leaves clues! Learning daily, contributing daily and keeping your name out there are all clues!


Nov 04, 2010 11:31 PM #37
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