CALLING MY OWN SHOTS! Plus a Few Others that the AR Gods Missed this Week – 010812

Mortgage and Lending with Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA

Well, this week there were so many really great posts here in the rain by some of my fave bloggers as well as some newbie bloggers that I’ve recently come across.  First and foremost, I just want to give a shout out to my fellow rainers for their gold star features that I was happy to "call the shot" on them.

The Client Looking for a "Deal" by Connie Goodrich

Family Member Who Is a Real Estate Expert! by newbie blogger, Randy & Jenny Thomas

Does the Stripper Pole Convey? by newbie blogger, Lorelei Bennasar

These were excellent posts that had some really great comments, which is one of the best things I love about great posts.  With some posts, the comments can actually be better than the post. Check them out.

But there were some other really great posts that I suggested but the AR Gods must have missed them this week when they were bestowing those little gold stars. Check them out and see for yourself.

First their was What improvements would you like to see Active Rain make in 2012? by Debbie Gartner.  I really liked the way that Debbie outlined issues that so many of us are already hoping we see some improvement in.  On numerous occasions, I have had prospects and clients ask me about something or to resend something I had previously sent them because when they went to my blog to find it, they couldn't. 

While I agree with Debbie that improving the SEO for all of our blog posts should be a number one priority, it's kind of pointless driving consumers to our blogs if once they get here they can't find what they want.  Making sure consumers find what they are looking for should be just as important as getting them to our blogs.

While we have access to the tags widget to help find something we are looking for, visitors to our blogs only have our archives to dredge through when they want to find something.  Needless to say, this can be frustrating for a visitor and I this is why the AR staff has got to make this a priority.  Don't you agree?

Then there was Scott & Lisa Loper with their post, Our "Best" and "Worst" Posts of All-Time.  Lisa reminds of something that we all should be doing periodically.  We need to be building our blogs with the content and info that our visitors are looking for.

While we can and should still be blogging about topics and subjects that interest us or ones that we enjoy doing, however, if we joined AR in order to increase our internet presence and grow our business, then we need to know what it is that is driving visitors to our blogs.

Lisa actually discovered something I've known for a long time now - consumers want hyper-local info!  Even though our hyper-local posts may get little to no comments, they're the ones that will typically get the most views/click throughs and this can be attributed to the fact that consumers will rarely comment on blog posts.  Check out your top ten for 2011 - that's what you need to be doing more of.

Next was Yes! I want that in writing! by William Feela.  This is something that I've been thinking about for awhile now, especially as I begin to transition from mortgage lending into real estate sales.

After a nine year mortgage career, I have worked with hundreds of Realtors around here.  While there are many that I have thoroughly enjoyed working with and some I have even become good friends with over the years.  However, there are also way too many that I hope I never have to work with again; once was enough!

It's these folks that I will be wary of if I should ever find myself across the table from again in my new capacity.  On that note, as William says "once bitten, twice shy".  Some mistakes I won't make twice.  How about you?

Then there was Pacita Dimacali with her post, For goodness sake, you’re a BPO agent but you don’t have a lockbox key?.  Pacita brings up an issue that is become all too common and that is not a good thing.

While I don't do BPOs or even work with BPO agents, I have heard enough horror stories from my Realtor friends and associates about some of the horrible and incompetent BPO agents they have had to deal with.  The worst part is that there are some really professional and competent Realtors out there doing BPOs who don't deserve to be lumped in with the morons that are out there too.

This issue just really illustrates that the banks issuing these BPOs have no idea who they're hiring sometimes and it's really up to the Realtors in the field to make sure that the banks are aware of what is happening.  Banks really need to be qualifying BPO agents a lot more closely than they have been - right?

Lastly, there was 10 Things That I Would Like to Avoid in 2012 by Holly Kirby Weatherwax.  I loved this post because it reminded me of the things that I made a vow to avoid this year. 

One of the things that Holly and I had in common were impossible short sales; short sales that have no chance of closing.  Fortunately, I don't have a lot of clients who choose to pursue short sales - THANK GOODNESS!!!  I'm so glad that most of my clients are smart enough to know that short sales are not for them.

However, for those that do choose to pursue short sales, I'm so sick of wasting my time, energy and resources on transactions that my clients have no business being in.  I know, some of you are thinking that you don't really know that until you're do everything you possibly can.  BULL$#^!

After nine years in the mortgage industry, I've come to learn in a matter of minutes if a borrower has a chance in #%!! of ever getting a loan.  I think I've now developed the ability to be able to tell if a transaction has a chance in #%!! of ever closing.  Maybe not in minutes but definitely kind of early in the transaction.

From now on, if my clients want to pursue short sales that have no chance of closing, they can work with someone else because I can't waste my time on them anymore.  I'm done with loser transactions.  I need to reserve my time, energy and resources for clients and transactions that actually have a good chance of closing.

As always, I love "calling the shots”. I’m pretty picky and selective about whom I suggest. I intentionally highlight my fave bloggers and then I look for new bloggers or bloggers that aren’t on the feature board every other day.

Anyone can suggest all the popular bloggers but finding the hidden treasures and gems is so much better. I hope you check them out and enjoy them as much as I did.

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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

There are some good ones I missed.  Thx.  Oh and thx so much for the mention.  and, yes, if I'm having trouble finding the important posts, I can only imagine how difficult it is for our customers.

Jan 08, 2012 05:13 AM #2
Connie Goodrich
Keller Williams Realty - McKinney, TX
CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas

Thanks for recommending my post, it was a surprise that it was featured, glad you liked it! 

I always look forward to your post of those who were not featured as it gives me a great opportunity to visit some missed "excellent posts".  All the best for a wonderful week!

Jan 08, 2012 05:15 AM #3
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hello Donne,

It's been a little while since I have had a chance to visit. Sorry :( But the Rain has really been slow, my posts have really done well. In the last month alone I have had four featured posts. Is really hard to keep up with all the comments.

I really like this type of post you do. Be safe in California.

All my best, Clint mckie

Jan 08, 2012 05:36 AM #4
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
Realtor, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

I love your round up!  I look forward to it every week!  

Jan 08, 2012 05:45 AM #5
Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
CalState Realty Services

Erica - I'm glad you enjoy my posts; that means a lot to me.  Check out Holly's post; it's something that we all should be thinking of as we develop and pursue our new business this year.

Debbie - Let's hope the AR staff agrees with us about improving our visitors ability to find what they're looking for.

Connie - I just really like your blog - period!!!  You are such a good writer and just really enjoy the info you provide.  You're one of my fave bloggers.  Keep up the good work!  :)

Clint - Yeah, it's tough being popular!  LOL  I know what you mean about featured posts.  All the comments are great but responding back is time consuming.  I'm glad you enjoy my post and keep up the good work.  :)

Francine - I'm so glad you enjoy my post; that means a lot to me.  It's one of my fave posts to do all week. 

Thx for stopping by folks; I really appreciate it.  Have a great day everyone and a wonderful week too!  :)

Jan 08, 2012 06:01 AM #6
Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA


I always like to visit your "Called Shots" because you find some really good blogs that I have to visit. Suggested and reblogged.

Side note: Thanks for the mention. My experience with this particular BPO agent got worse --- he didn't show up the first day, rescheduled the next, called to say he'll be late so I had to make new arrangements with the tenants.

Jan 08, 2012 06:37 AM #7
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Good Afternoon Donne, You really managed to find some goodies this week, i missed all but one. The only one i saw did not have the pictures i was quite hoping to see with such a title but made some sense. I will check out the others now. Have a great Sunday

Jan 08, 2012 06:42 AM #8
Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

I feel like a drone saying it again, but thanks for the great reading material.  This is one post I always look forward to.

Jan 08, 2012 07:48 AM #9
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Donne--You have a knack for picking them.  Kudos.  As I did last week I will follow your links to meet the folks I don't know.

Jan 08, 2012 09:28 AM #10
Chiara Petro
Realty Executives Associates - Knoxville, TN
Your KEY to Home Sweet Home - Knoxville TN

Donne, some more great posts the AR gods missed. I missed all of these this week. You really do know how to pick 'em!

Jan 08, 2012 10:22 AM #11
Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
CalState Realty Services

Pacita - I'm so glad you enjoy my posts; I enjoy doing them for everyone.  I really liked your post too and while I do agree that there are a lot of incompetent BPO agents out there wreacking havoc, it's unfortunate that the really good ones are getting a bad rep because of the really bad ones.

Scott - Yeah, the post about the stripper pole was an interesting one.  I've heard about properties like that but have yet to actually see one.  I hope you enjoy the others as much as I did.

Don - LOL no need to explain anything; I always enjoy you stopping by.  I'm just glad that you enjoy my post; that means a lot to me.

Mary - I try and find the hidden gems I come across here during my AR travels.  I really try and look for posts that deserved more attention than they originally got.

Chiara - I hope you enjoy the posts as much as I did.  I try and pick some good ones.  :)

Thx for stopping by everyone; I really appreciate it.  Have a great day everyone and a wonderful week too!

Jan 08, 2012 11:25 AM #12
Toronto, ON

Hi Donne - Another great weekly highlights post.  Everyone is back to work after the holidays.

Jan 08, 2012 05:05 PM #13
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Guiltily I must admit the blog about the stripper pole in the bedroom is still my favorite for the week ... if not longer!  Don't tell Marilyn ...


Jan 09, 2012 03:03 AM #14
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

I love your round up of great posts!!  Thanks!!

Jan 09, 2012 08:38 AM #15
Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
CalState Realty Services

Marc - I'm glad you liked it and I hope you enjoy the others too!

Gene - Yeah, I liked that stripper post too and even I was curious about what it looked like.

Joy - I'm so glad that you enjoy my suggestions; that means a lot to me.  I really do try and pick some great posts that deserved more attention than they got.

Thx for stopping by folks; I really appreciate it.  Have a good night folks and a great week too!  :)

Jan 09, 2012 04:52 PM #16
Sue Ellett
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate ~ Paragon Property Group - Marble Falls, TX
Marble Falls, & Austin, TX, Lake Travis, Lake LBJ

Always a good read...!

Jan 10, 2012 07:47 AM #17
Marie Graham
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY - White Plains, NY
Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager

Donne-great picks, AGAIN, thank you! Writing more to congratulate you! Have fallen away in my reading/commenting-December Challenge kicked my butt!-but very exciting to read of your move. You already have the practical skills to be an agent (YES< I can already hear you saying to a client "SERIOUSLY?!?"-but you will have to keep the LMAO/icons to yourself perhaps? HA!) and will hit the ground running. SERIOUSLY!! I will keep a closer eye for more news, but YAY for you, great time to make a move!

Jan 11, 2012 05:22 AM #18
Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
CalState Realty Services

Sue - I'm glad you like the post.  :)

Marie - OY VEY!!!  Those challenges are butt kickers.  Been there, done that although it's been awhile.  The last one was a 30day challenge to blog everyday.  I barely made it.  As for my transition - it's been interesting so far.  Yes, I do question my buyers (working with two right now) and I do like to keep things fun.  My clients laugh at me just as much as I laugh at them.

Thx for stopping by ladies; I really appreciate it.  Have a good day too!  :)

Jan 11, 2012 05:57 AM #19
Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC


What would we do without you?  You always find posts I missed!  Thanks for being here and being you!

Jan 11, 2012 03:04 PM #20
Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
CalState Realty Services

Marge - I'm glad you like my series; that means a lot to me.  I really enjoy doing them for the community.  Have a good night Marge and a great weekend too.  :)

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