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Real Estate Sales Representative with Long and Foster

I was fortunate enough to attend the Women's Council of Realtors Luncheon on Thursday, March 13 in Baltimore. I am not a member, but was invited as a guest by Arlene Blaker from IMC Lending, who is a dear friend of one of my dearest friends. I wasn't sure I was going to attend until Arlene forwarded me a copy of the agenda which read:
  

1st Annual Affiliate's Fair
TOPIC: What's a Blog Anyway?
SPEAKER:
Margaret Rome

It was like it was meant to be because a few weeks earlier, I was sitting in my GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute) class and my instructor kept referencing a Realtor named Margaret Rome. Being new, I had never heard of Margaret Rome. Listening to the stories and situations my instructor exampled, all I kept thinking was how I would be able to achieve that level of success and respect in the Real Estate industry. Everyone wants to be successful, but success can mean different things to different people.

I was in the travel industry for many, many years and I feel like I did reach that level of success and respect with both my clients and other travel agents alike. I was at the top of my game when I left the travel business. My success came by always focusing on my clients wants and needs before anything else. I used to laugh because the travel agency would always run sales incentives to promote certain travel vendors. I was the number one producer in the office and I would always loose. WHY you ask? Because I did not sell what my company wanted me to sell - I sold what my customers wanted and needed. My incentive, my reward, was a happy and satisfied customer every time.

So when my GRI instructor kept talking about Margaret Rome, I felt a connection even though I had never met her. She was, I felt, who I was as a travel agent and who I wanted to become as a Professional Realtor. And now I was excited at the opportunity to meet this woman in person and I was not disappointed. She was a true professional, poised, well spoken, confident in her presentation and demeanor and I could only watch her with envy.

I had started a blog, so the topic was of interest to me as well. I started the blog without a lot of knowledge and had no responses. I was going to give up on it, until I listened to her presentation. She restored my faith in blogging. So I set up this new blog and got rid of the old. Figured I would give myself a fresh start. So thank you Margaret Rome because here I am blogging and enjoying every word. And after hearing you speak, it doesn't really matter if anyone reads them now, because as I write my blogs from now on, I will remember you, and that will keep me focused on my goals. I don't think the Real Estate Industry has alot of role models, but as a Rookie Realtor, you are mine. My success in the workplace has always been about earning the respect of my clients and colleagues alike. If in the next few years people know me and respect me as they respect you, regardless of the number of transactions I make, THEN AND ONLY THEN WILL I CONSIDER MYSELF A SUCCESSFUL PROFESSIONAL REALTOR.

Glenn Prieto-Commercial Real Estate Lender
Colonial Pacific Financial - Miami, FL

Hi Nancy,

Welcome to activerain, you will enjoy this site very much.  Go to http://www.colonialpacificfinancial.com/ to see our commercial loan products.  Colonial Pacific is a direct commercial lender and lend in all 50 states.  Call me if you have any questions or want to run a scenario by me.  Thank you for your consideration.

Mar 16, 2008 01:36 PM
The Trumm Team Omaha Homes for Sale, Real Estate
Keller Williams Greater Omaha - Omaha, NE

Welcome to ActiveRain!

If you would like a few tips on getting the most out of ActiveRain, please visit my blog Welcome to Active Rain.  It has a few simple steps of what to do now that you have joined.

If you ever have any questions, just let me know.

Troy Trumm
Mar 16, 2008 02:35 PM
Nakia Brooks
BKG - Brokerage Atlanta - Braselton, GA
#wearedifferent

Hey Nancy,

Welcome to the Rain, make sure that you browse the site and become familiar with everything this site has to offer.  The more you browse the more you will learn.  I have found this site to be really helpful to me.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me, I will do whatever I can to help you.

Nakia Brooks, ABR
Keller Williams Realty, Lanier Partners
nakiabrooks@kw.com

Mar 16, 2008 02:55 PM
Audrey Hoffman
VoteAudrey blog - Columbia, SC
VoteAudrey
Welcome to AR! I'm a big Margaret Rome fan as well!
Mar 16, 2008 03:22 PM
Brad Andersohn
Retired Executive Director of Education at eXp - Boulder Creek, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876
Hi Nancy, Margaret is the Bomb!!  Wish I could have been there!  Next time!!  :-)

I see this is your first post on Active Rain.  Congratulations!!  I just wanted to welcome you to a fantastic Real Estate Industry Network!  Welcome aboard, I hope you'll continue to Blog, and invite others.  

I’ve added a link to a post called, “NEW MEMBERS – Start Here” that will hopefully get you up and running with the least amount of effort, and also help you to navigate around Active Rain more efficiently.

I hope you'll find this to be a useful post in helping you get started. 

Again, welcome to Active Rain, the best place to start, and have a Blogging experience!

Good Luck to you and your business!  B-)
Mar 16, 2008 03:25 PM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
Welcome to ActiveRain, Nancy! I've been fortunate to 'know' Margaret Rome online for a little over a year now. She is a talented writer, and always encouraging with new bloggers. I'm sure the WCR luncheon was a big success!
Mar 16, 2008 03:39 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
Thank you John Novak for pointing me to Nancy's blog! This post really made my day. Nancy, I am so proud of you for taking the plunge and writing your first post here on Active Rain. I really enjoyed meeting you and we both are huge fans of Anne Hruby! Wishing you much continued success in real estate. Please keep me posted and let me know what I can do to help.
Mar 16, 2008 04:15 PM
Keith Elliott Jr
KEIRE Realty Group - Manassas, VA
Principal Broker/Owner

Hello Nancy,

Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first post! The opportunities to learn and network are incredible here. Best of luck to ya!

-Keith

Mar 16, 2008 05:03 PM
Dorene Shirley
The Mortgage & Property Connection - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley Real Estate

Nancy - Welcome to the Rain, make sure that you browse the site and become familiar with everything this site has to offer.  The more you browse the more you will learn.  I have found this site to be really helpful to me.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me, I will do whatever I can to help.

http://www.doreneshirley.com/
Mar 16, 2008 05:22 PM
Benjamin Clark
Homebuyer Representation, Inc. - Salt Lake City, UT
Buyer's Agent - Certified Negotiation Expert

Welcome to Active Rain! For some tips on how to get started here, check out my blog entry at ActiveRain Fast-Start Tips for Quick and Easy Points

Happy blogging and good luck!

Mar 16, 2008 06:11 PM
Anonymous
Anonymous

Hi Nancy,

What a tribute to you!  You are new and going about reaching success in the right way--listening to the successful whom you admire, then following through with their wise advice.  There are many unsuccessful agents who will gladly complain to you and discourage you.  Turn a deaf ear on them. 

Keep follwing through with Margaret's wise advice, and keep in touch!

Anne Hruby

Mar 17, 2008 04:27 AM
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P G
Charlottesville Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
I see you recently joined Active Rain. Are you enjoying it so far? Are you seeing any benefits?
Mar 27, 2008 01:30 AM
Nancy Wolk
Long and Foster - Hampstead, MD

Peg -  I am enjoying being a part of this network and just posted my 2nd blog.  The information and knowledge being shared is overwhelming.  Like the name of my 2nd blog - to me "Active Rain is the best kept secret in Real Estate".   Thanks for asking.  NANCY

 

Mar 27, 2008 12:49 PM