Are You Involved in Your Community? If Not, Get to It.

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Managing Real Estate Broker with eXp Realty RB-19250

I know most top agents have strong community ties.  If you do not, you should really think about giving back to the community that is feeding your family.

LtGovernorYou get a several benefits from volunteering:

  • You help improve the community you live in and are selling homes in.
  • You make many new friends and increase your network.
  • I find a many of my clients look me up because they or one of their friends know me from one of my community activities.
  • Your clients and other agents will respect you a much more.
  • It gives you a great sense of pleasure to know you made a difference.

Here is a list of some of my activities in my community:

  • Commissioner, Hawaii Civil Defense Advisory Council
  • Vice Chair, Leeward Region of the Honolulu Board of Realtors
  • President, Hawaii Chess Federation a 501(c)3
  • VP, Mililani Chess Club a 501(c)3
  • VP, Mililani Drug Free a 501(c)3
  • VP, Mililani Garden Homes 1 AOAO
  • County Vice Chair, Hawaii Republican Party
  • Coached indoor soccer
  • Volunteer for American Cancer Society
  • Volunteer for American Heart Association
  • Volunteer currently and in the past on several School parent groups
  • Worked 4 years in the State House of Representatives
  • Volunteered on many political campaigns including the Governor'sChess

My intention is not to brag, please believe me this is not my intent.  I am trying to make a point.  Look over this partial list of things I am currently involved with and things from the past and just think about how big is my network of friends.  When I decided to go into real estate, one of the factors in my decision was the shear number of people I know and that know me.  What a natural line of work for an experienced salesman who knows so many people.  The list doesn't even mention all the people I have done business with for over 20 years locally.

Do I exploit these areas, absolutely not!  I am not stealth either.  Mine and my wife vehicles have my signs and on them.  I have golf shirts made up that have my name, company and designations embroidered on them.  I wear them almost 7 days a week.  I also have large signs at the malls in our community with my face and slogan, making me well recognized. I never push my business on any of the other volunteers; I don't need to and feel it is tacky.  People continuously approach me or send me referrals.  I can't even go to the store without someone stopping me to ask about the market.

I do send my Christmas Cards to most of my volunteer contacts, but do not solicit them in any other way.  I also donate websites to most of these groups, some have a donated by banner on the bottom and some do not.

So the question is, are you involved in your community?  If the answer is yes congratulations, if the answer is no, what are you waiting for?DrugFree

One last thought... 

A new agent in my office two years suggested I cut back on all this volunteering.  After all it was taking time away from my business.  He also thought I was spending too much money on marketing and stated he would never make that mistake. He is no longer in the business.

If you volunteer in your community in ways you think other agents should consider please share that with us.

Aloha to all and have a Hauoli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year in Hawaiian)

 

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Randy L. Prothero, REALTOR®

Broker-in-Charge, ABR, AHWD, CRB, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, MRP, SFR

eXp Realty

Team Leader - "The Prothero Group"

Randy Prothero is well established as an expert in working with military / VA clients and first time home buyers.  His home seller's (listing) campaign is one of the most aggressive marketing programs in the area.  His luxury home listings sell faster and for more money.

Based out of Mililani, Hawaii. Randy services the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) Performs mediations and ombudsman services for the Board of Realtors.  To improve overall professionalism in his area Randy also offers classes for real estate agents. 

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"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
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Did someone say SHOPPING? :) Thanks Darlin' (Broker Bryant) I should have realized that my work at The BOR and MLS counted for something. :) TLW...ROAR!

Dec 28, 2006 01:21 PM #22
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Jennifer Fivelsdal
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I enjoy participating in activities in my community, this ranges from beautification  to helping seniors.  It is rather rewarding, especially when the seniors share their life experiences.
Dec 28, 2006 01:55 PM #23
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Monika - Besides helping to improve your community it is a great way to meet people.

Ken - Folks like you make the Realtor community look good.

Diane - It is not that hard.  If a client called for a good listing I would jump up.  I just put the meetings and events on my calendar.  I never give it a second thought.

Lysa - Congratulations on volunteering for St. Jude.  Fundraising is one of the toughest jobs and most people are too uncomfortable to do it.

TLW - Lysa had a great answer.  If you do not have time or energy a check to a worthy cause can make a real difference.  You will get a feeling of satisfaction and a tax deduction.

Dec 28, 2006 02:40 PM #24
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Randy Prothero
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John - Thank you for the kind words, I am running a holiday chess tournament that my oldest son is playing in as I am responding to your post.  While they play I get caught up on the computer.

Leigh - That is a tremendous cause. I was never a Jimmy carter fan until he got involved with it.

Bryant - Even those good agents who claim they do not do much, have a long history of giving back to the community.

TLW - My wife's shopping things also helps create a lot of jobs. Thank you for helping the economy J

Jennifer - That is great.  I am amazed how the younger folks miss the opportunity to learn from the seniors.  What a great wealth of knowledge.

Dec 28, 2006 03:01 PM #25
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Randy P:  Definitely a fabulous blog and an important reminder to some to get involved locally.  I have been wanting to get involved with the high school that I attended but I haven't gotten around to it.  I am invovled in many other clubs, organizations and more.
Dec 28, 2006 03:26 PM #26
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Nima - I would get involved with my High School, but it is in Chicago and I am in Hawaii.  I am starting to get involved with my sons high school.  He plays back up center for the football team.  He is training hard to make starter next year.
Dec 28, 2006 03:40 PM #27
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I think the essence of any good consulting profession is being active in your community. For real estate, everyone is a potential client... or knows someone who can be. By establishing yourself as a like-minded person with an open heart, the community reciprocate the generousity at a later time.

Being good to your neighbor is just good business. 

Dec 28, 2006 04:33 PM #28
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John Novak
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You've certainly set the bar high for volunteerism, Randy. And your decision not to push your business on anyone is congruent with one of my beliefs - 'Do the right thing and the money will follow.'
Dec 28, 2006 05:48 PM #29
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SVW. TLW...ROAR!
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Suzanne Marriott
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We support the West Valley Child Crisis Center www.WVCCC.org -  a shelter for children who have "bad" home situations.
Dec 29, 2006 01:48 AM #31
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ARDELL DellaLoggia
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Being a good volunteer takes a lot of thought.  I try not to bite off more than I can chew, but it's hard to not let people push you into doing more and more until you burn out.  Everyone is so hungry for new volunteers, they have a tendency to overwhelm the new guys.
Dec 29, 2006 02:41 AM #32
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Barry - I couldn't have said it better.  Reminded me of State Farm, be a good neighbor.  :)

John - I see so many politicians and sales people going to church or joining community groups to better their career, they are so phony.   I juts would hate to have someone thinking of me that way.

TLW - I keep forgetting what is SVW?

Suzanne - Great cause; my broker in charge uses our office as a drop off site the women's and children's shelter.

Ardell - Just like with customers I can so no without insulting people.  They will be glad to get any help you can give them.

Dec 29, 2006 07:43 AM #33
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Dec 29, 2006 08:28 AM #34
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TLW - Oh thanks, sometimes I am a little slow.
Dec 29, 2006 01:40 PM #35
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Brian Brady
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"No" seems to be the hard thing to say, sometimes. 

Randy, I'd commend you but your involvement is exactly what I expected. 

Dec 30, 2006 06:08 AM #36
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Pssst...It's us. Happy New To You...Sorry we think it sounds better without the Year. SVW.

Last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. "T.S. Eliot"

From Broker Bryant and The Lovely Wife...Wishing You a Good New. ROAR!

Dec 30, 2006 01:47 PM #37
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Carol Spengel
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This isn't exactly volunteering, but it did create community and it felt great!  We sent a mailer around our farm area telling people about the neighborhood food drive we would be having before Thanksgiving.  People could drop off food to our office, or we would have some neighborhood kids going around collecting door-to-door (with parents in tow of course). 

We collected over 300 items for the People's Resource Center in Wheaton.  I don't know if anyone will remember we were the ones who organized it - and that really doesn't matter.  I was good just to organize an event that benefited the community as a whole.

Dec 30, 2006 04:00 PM #38
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Randy Prothero
eXp Realty - Mililani, HI
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Brian - Thank you for the kind words.

TLW - Happy New Year, have a safe New Years Eve.

Kevin and Sherry - Congratulations on organizing the food drive.  Giving back to the community that feeds your family is always a good thing. 

Aloha to all and have a Hauoli Makahiki Hou  (Happy New Year in Hawaiian)

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Thanks for the post.. it reminds me that I wanted to help habitat for humanity
Jun 27, 2007 10:22 AM #40
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Eric - What appropriate cause for Realtors.

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