Blogging is dangerous!!

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with ADT Real Estate

our market is about 7 years behind the timesI sell Real Estate in the Wilkes-Barre, PA area. Our Association of Realtors, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Association of Realtors, is very much a reflection of our market. To put it frankly, it's about 7 years behind the times and doesn't at all grasp the importance of the internet to anyone buying or selling a home in Northeast PA. I've often wondered about the functionality of it's systems when the website looks like this.

I was concerned. I believe in and love working in my market, so I felt that I needed to help somehow. But how?

technology committeeThis last week, I joined the technology committee. Yes, that's right, I joined a committee. Now, if you don't know me, and most of you don't, then you wouldn't have any idea that I can't stand bureaucracy in the slightest. The thought of being on a committee makes my head hurt. Images of a whole group of people meeting to discuss the myriads of ways to stand in the way of progress filled my head and I almost ran away screaming like a lunatic when the opportunity presented itself.

Blogging is dangerous...I retained my composure and thought it through. Then, I said yes. I think it's my duty to try and help where I can. The committee met this last Friday for the first time in 7 years. (How many years are they behind the times? Hmmmmm...) I'd have to say that we have some work to do. I asked how many of the Realtors in the rooms blogged and I was given the resounding response that blogging was dangerous and really shouldn't be done at all, due to the liability it causes. Huh? We REALLY have a lot of work to do.

So, remember me for the next few Fridays, as we delve into the intricacies of modernizing our website. I think we need to get the office hooked up with wireless access first...so I can get my technology to work.

 

Until next time...

My name is Andrew Trevino. I am a Realtor, working in the Wilkes-Barre, PA area, and I'm affiliated with Realty World, Rubbico Real Estate. Thanks for investing your time in reading my blog. If you're interested in contacting me, please visit my website at http://www.wilkesbarrehomesales.com/

                                                                   Realty World, Rubbico Real Estate


Comments (23)

Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
Andrew - Wow.  That website takes "Spartan" to a whole new level.  I will keep you in my prayers as you wade through the waters of bureaucracy.  I, too, cannot stand committees.
Nov 03, 2007 03:16 PM
Minnesota Home Staging Firm, Minnesota
Minnesota Home Staging Network~ MN's Top Home Staging Firm - Inver Grove Heights, MN

so many people just don't understand the importance (and education) that they are missing.

you are a smart one...so don't listen to the Turkeys :)

All the best,

Beth

Nov 03, 2007 03:24 PM
Courtney Cooper
Cooper | Cartwright - Seattle, WA
206-850-8841
Andrew  - Glad you are blogging while you have to deal with that! :)
Nov 03, 2007 03:25 PM
Andrew Trevino
ADT Real Estate - Wilkes Barre, PA
Wilkes-Barre Homes For Sale

Jason,

Thanks for your prayers. I think we'll be ok in the end, but that website is certainly terrible!!

Beth,

You're right. They just don't know what they're missing out on.

Courtney,

Oh, that wouldn't stop me from blogging.

Nov 03, 2007 03:33 PM
Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker

Oh my, Andrew.  I don't even know what to say about that site!  I hope you can drag them kicking and screaming into the 21st century.  If not, know that they will never catch up to you :)

Nov 03, 2007 03:46 PM
Andrew Trevino
ADT Real Estate - Wilkes Barre, PA
Wilkes-Barre Homes For Sale

Lisa,

Oh yeah, we'll make it to the 21st century...and beyond if I can help it. Thanks for the comment. Stay tuned for updates.

Nov 03, 2007 03:57 PM
Gary Miljour
American Financial Network, Inc. NMLS#207208 - Southern Pines, NC
Mortgage Originator NMLS Licensed in AZ and NC

Andrew,

Blogging may be dangerous, but not eating food and paying bills, because of a lack of clients and closings, now that is a whole new form of danger.  LOL :-)

Nov 03, 2007 04:30 PM
Andrew Trevino
ADT Real Estate - Wilkes Barre, PA
Wilkes-Barre Homes For Sale

Gary,

Yes, that's a whole new level of ouch. Here's an interesting stat for you. That website gets about 3000 page views a day. I wish my website did that!!

Nov 03, 2007 04:37 PM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
(RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE
You will do well my friend. (it needs you!) :)
Nov 03, 2007 04:53 PM
Randy L. Prothero
eXp Realty - Hollister, MO
Missouri REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
My goodness, I couldn't believe that was their website. You have your work cut out for you.
Nov 03, 2007 05:27 PM
Adam Waldman
Westcott Group Real Estate Company - Hauppauge, NY
Realtor - Long Island
ANDREW:  I feel the exact same way about the committees and bureaucracy.  In a way, I'd like to be a part of it to help fix it, but in other regards, I feel that dealing with a lot of the non-sense is a wasted effort.
Nov 04, 2007 09:22 AM
Andrew Trevino
ADT Real Estate - Wilkes Barre, PA
Wilkes-Barre Homes For Sale

Sally,

Thanks for the vote of confidence. We'll see how it turns out.

Randy,

Ya think? I'm compiling some other info for other websites right now to see if I can give them a point of reference for what's good.

Adam,

I hope it won't be like pounding my head against a wall. I'm looking forward, positively, to helping to make a change.

Nov 04, 2007 10:17 AM
Jackie Peraza
Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC - Framingham, MA
Home Stager - Framingham, Massachusetts

Andrew- I giggled at this.  I don't like bureaucracy either - I get this feeling like someone's trying to tie my hands to my feet!  3000 views a day is amazing and if you could get them to understand the potential in those numbers.....well, it might make it all worth while, right?

Jackie

Nov 06, 2007 11:32 AM
Andrew Trevino
ADT Real Estate - Wilkes Barre, PA
Wilkes-Barre Homes For Sale

Jackie,

I can only hope that someone can grasp the potential that we already have there and look toward the future of the internet. When their attitude is that blogging is dangerous, it leaves little room to launch progressive ideas. I'm going to have to help widen that platform a bit.

Thanks for the comment. I'm glad you got a giggle out of it.

Nov 06, 2007 11:46 PM
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

Andrew.... I think that web site was done in the caveman era. Great home page.... lol  Seriously though, as you and several others mentioned, fear is the key word. Fear of not knowing, the unknown, and fear of learning.... especially when it comes to technology.  Good luck on Fridays, it looks like you have your work cut out for you.  ;o)

 

jeff belonger

 

Nov 07, 2007 12:19 AM
Andrew Trevino
ADT Real Estate - Wilkes Barre, PA
Wilkes-Barre Homes For Sale

Jeff,

What's not to like about a big, blank, non-interactive home page? It's as non-intrusive as you can get...for free. I'll have to see if we can get some total brow reductions on the cavemen in charge so we can try to move forward. Thanks for the luck, I'll need it.

Nov 07, 2007 12:38 AM
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans
Andrew... blank is too easy. No effort... lol  Gee, at least add some art and or color to it... 
Nov 07, 2007 01:58 AM
Andrew Trevino
ADT Real Estate - Wilkes Barre, PA
Wilkes-Barre Homes For Sale

Jeff,

I've gotten a few nice recommendations on websites from another post I put out, http://activerain.com/blogsview/260932/What-does-your-Association

If you can, put in a link to the Association's website near you. I'm compiling the info and will take it with me this Friday.

Nov 07, 2007 02:53 AM
Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team
I can't think of a better man for the job. Go gettum Tiger!! ;-)
Nov 07, 2007 08:01 AM
Andrew Trevino
ADT Real Estate - Wilkes Barre, PA
Wilkes-Barre Homes For Sale

Elizabeth,

Thanks for the vote of confidence.

Nov 07, 2007 12:57 PM