You Are So Busy...How Do You Have Time To Blog?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291


You are so do you have time to blog?  My answer: "maybe I am so busy because I make time to blog."

"ActiveRain is a place where real estate professionals can network with their peers and discuss industry insider topics. It is also a public forum where consumers can pull back the curtain and see what the real estate industry is really about."

Last year I sold one of my listings and the represented buyers started following my blog.  They came to one of my open houses and invited me to their open house..all through ActiveRain. Again  We tried to get their agent involved in ActiveRain. I talked about the benefits, about the business opportunity and offered to get her set up with some private sessions. I encouraged her to post her clients home for sale.

Being a dual career agent, her time was limited and she did not want to engage and never took me up on my invitation to join.

Her clients  continued following my daily posts and frequently commented. They tried to convince her to blog. It one of the first times that I've seen the public encourage blogging.  

After seven months, I received  an email through my ActiveRain  account. These same people had already  terminated the listing and asked me if I would consider representing them. They knew I would not discuss their home while still listed with their friend and agent.



You are so do you have time to blog? My answer: maybe I am so busy because I make time to blog.                                                       


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Margaret Rome
HomeRome Realty

Baltimore, Maryland

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Comments (16)

Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Suggested :)!  Blogging is a big deal.  I can't believe clients tried to get her to blog and she wouldn't do it.  Oh well, you can lead a horse to water...

Jan 28, 2012 02:26 PM
Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID

Margaret so very true....I have been so bzy since I got back from the holidays that time has been limited for blogging....but I am working on getting a bit more organized in my blogging so I am more consistent!!!  THanks for the reminder!!!

Jan 28, 2012 02:26 PM
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

YAY for you! A great ActiveRain Success story for sure. Congratulatons on that one.. and thanks for sharing

Jan 28, 2012 02:26 PM
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Hi Margaret - Well said!  I tell people basically the same thing.  My blogging brings me clients.  A couple of years ago, I was closing sales when others in our office who had been doing well in the hot economy were without clients.  I suggested they blog since it was doing well for me, but they claimed it was a waste of time.  Oh well! 

Jan 28, 2012 02:27 PM
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

I believe a lot of folks don't think business will come from blogging in comparison of the time involved. I have spent many hours commenting and trying to be consistent. Personally I don't enjoy writing as much as talking. It takes too long and comes out differently. That being said, I'm hopeful down the road the investment of time will pay off.

Jan 28, 2012 02:28 PM
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Central Maryland

There are days whern there does not seem to be time in the day to visit AR, but it has become a habit. Great things do happen.

Jan 28, 2012 02:34 PM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Margaret - it is not about time, I think. It is about what we liek to do or what we don't. I blog not because there is the most business comes from it, but because I like to do it. Some people will not do it even if they have plenty of time. I know a few great agents, somuch better than I, and they will not blog. When they write, it is awful. When they speak, it is genius.

Well, wen I speak, I assume it is aswful

Jan 28, 2012 02:37 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


The issue is not so much time but commitment. And recognizing the value to our business. No matter want we spend time on, I think that most of the time it's because we see value. And it's not just in real estate.


Jan 28, 2012 02:55 PM
Christine Hooks
Pino Agency - Pennsville, NJ
Celebrating 25 Years in Real Estate!

I agree, Margaret!  I am busier because I blog.  I like the fact that not all agents blog.  It sets us apart.

Jan 28, 2012 03:00 PM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Margaret, Great post.  I am going to stop and think of it every time that I can't seem to find the time to blog.  You are right that it is one way to keep our business growing.

Jan 28, 2012 03:14 PM
Ken Brandon
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage (Jacksonville, NC) - Jacksonville, NC
Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC

I learned a while ago that the secret is not to prioritize your schedule, but rather to schedule your priorities. Blogging is a portion of my daily lead generation time.

Jan 28, 2012 03:17 PM
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

I know this story! I have been up in your turf a lot lately. Explain later!

Jan 28, 2012 03:23 PM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


Yes indeed, we must make the time! Whether it's early in the morning or late on a Saturday night we have to find the time to keep it going!

Jan 28, 2012 03:29 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Richard, We find time for things that are important.

Cheryl, sorry I missed you guys on Wed. 

Ken, Very well said.

Gary, I have a few more answers to that q Heston.

Chris, I am so lucky that the hundreds of agents I invited did NOT choose to blog.

Jeff, Without blogging,never would have the pleasure of meeting you in DC!

Jon, I also like it. Good outlet and keeps me much more aware.

Ellie, You are proof that great things happen.

Winston, As long as you write what you are is your voice.

Susan, If all the people you made the suggestion were blogging..they might be your competition.

Janis,Thank you and you are welcome.

Deborah, my pleasure for reminding you.

Brenda, The clients an I tried getting her to blog. 



Jan 28, 2012 04:20 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

You are so do you have time to blog? My answer: maybe I am so busy because I make time to blog.   

I know I'm going to be using this one soon Margaret.

Jan 28, 2012 05:22 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
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