My First Blog Entry

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Rhett Smillie Real Estate LLC

Well here I first adventure into Web 2.0...Blogging! I wanted my first blog entry to be "special"...memorable you know but like some many things we build up in our minds, sometimes the "first" expeirence isn't always the best and perhaps there is something to be said for simply getting started.

 I have a small (1 person) real estate shop here in Springfield and do everything from broker land and single family homes to manage personal rentals and remodel to commercial projects, such as workinng on a Build to Suit for a national tenant/user. Like most things, there are some are up sides and down sides to being a small shop. + I offer very personalized service as a small brokerage and quality control is very easy. The "blame" chain is pretty short. - There is something to be said for the commradery of working with/among your peers and there is alot of marketing and sharing amongst peers, assuming all are professionals. I suspect there are "support" groups out there for shops like mine...perhaps through blogging I will learn of them. 

Well, if anyone reads this and has any thoughts, please feel free to share. Also, if you have any questions or topics anyone would like me to opine upon, Please share!


Comments (12)

Ken Tracy
Coldwell Banker Residential - Naperville, IL
Helping clients buy and sell since 2005

Hello Rhett.  Congrats on your first post.  Read often.  Post if you have something to say.  Enjoy.


Mar 26, 2008 01:53 AM
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F
Welcome to blogging.  Hopefully Active Rain will bring you many new leads and help you learn some too.
Mar 26, 2008 01:55 AM
Dwayne West
Atlanta Real Estate - Canton, GA
Canton Georgia Real Estate
Rhett,Welcome to the Active Rain community. You have chosen a great site with tons of information you can learn from
Mar 26, 2008 02:01 AM
BLRGUY(Beach & Luxury Realty Inc) - Saint Pete Beach, FL
Welcome Rhett!Congratulations on your first post...the first is always the hardest...Continued success!
Mar 26, 2008 02:01 AM
Steven Keefe
Coldwell Banker Sky Ridge Realty - Lake Arrowhead, CA

Rhett,  there is a lot of great information shared here.  For a one person shop, AR will be a good opportunity for you to have some synergy without the large office dynamics.

 Good Luck

Mar 26, 2008 02:01 AM
Suzanne Sands
Pavao Real Estate - Somerset, MA
Somerset MA Real Estate

Hi Rhett,

Welcome! You did a great job on your first post, now read and comment often you will find all the support you need here. :)

Mar 26, 2008 02:13 AM

Good luck with everything.  If you want it done right do it yourself. That seems to be what works for you. I also agree with the same thought.  And as the last comment there is a lot of information here. 

Mar 26, 2008 02:14 AM
Listing Solutions
Listing Solutions - Saint Augustine, FL
Solutions Outside the Box


You will find plenty of commradery in here.

Mar 26, 2008 02:14 AM
Mike Martell
Gateway Mortgage Group - Glendale, AZ
Mortgage Loan Originator in Arizona NMLS#1290123
There is a lot of helpful Rainers on here and I am sure you can already see by the response of your blog. I am in the Glendale Arizona area if you ever need to locate an agent in AZ to co broker a client to. I am a native to AZ and would love to help.
Mar 26, 2008 02:41 AM
Tony Grego, 317-663-4173 #1 Trade Association for Alternative Inv
REISA - 317-663-4173 - Indianapolis, IN

Congratulations Rhett

Plenty of good information to learn here but do be afraid to share you knowledge. Working together we will all get better results


Mar 26, 2008 02:44 AM
Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen
Welcome Rhett! My advice is for you to check out the groups, find some of both personal and professional interest (tips and tricks) and build a referral network.
Mar 26, 2008 02:47 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

    We invite you back to ActiveRain in 2018!

Much has changed since you last posted to ActiveRain.  I encourage you to take another look at the website.  

  Best to you!

Feb 14, 2018 08:13 PM