A Visit with Roy

Real Estate Agent with Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities #1 in Forest Land Mgmt

A Visit with Roy

I have been planning to call my friend Roy for so long, yet something always gets in the way.

Fortunately our friend Debbie Reynolds  gave me a deadline this month so I finally picked up the phone and escalated our visits beyond emails or blog comments.

Roy is famous in Active Rain for going far beyond the expected, helping out where he can, coaching and encouraging all of us to step up and do a better job.

He is constantly suggesting a tip here and there to improve our blogs or our reach through things like Pinterest, Facebook, or other tools to improve our blogging and SEO.

He also goes the extra yard to build community in active rain, both through his comments and little things like going through others blogs and hitting the like buttons, not only for the blog but for everyone who was kind enough to leave a comment.

Everyone who knows Roy knows that he is the greatest flower fan that ever hit Active Rain, he catches some amazing shots and shares them with all of us.

Before Roy I never took much notice of flowers, other than the ones that matured into useful things like apples and berries.  Now I am learning to really appreciate the intricacies of some of these amazing flowers that Roy takes the time to examine and capture for the world to enjoy.

Roy has a very broad and in-depth background that I will not attempt to go too far into today, but a few things that many do not realize is that he is not only a Real Estate Agent, but an Investor and Attorney as well.

This broad background though not bragged about is often evident in his intelligent blogs and comments that he shares freely throughout Active Rain, Facebook and elsewhere.

Roy is now retired, and spends his efforts purely to help others, coaching, mentoring, and passing on leads that come his way to some of the excellent agents at his former office.

For those who have not noticed so far, I am a big fan of Roy, so it was about time for me to finally give him a call to let him know this.

When I called him yesterday, he was sitting inside thinking about all of the snow and ice that had hit the East Coast this past week, a storm that he had hinted in more than one of my blog comments had been sent from Wisconsin.

So we got to warm up our conversation with a little talk about the weather and how tough it is on a population that is not acclimated to dealing with snow and icy roads.

One important take away from our conversation that I immediately shared with some of my staff was Roy’s use of his blog content to fuel his email marketing.

Roy, when he was still active in selling Real Estate, had a database of over 10,000 people that he managed in Top Producer, with separate categories for various types of people, like buyers, sellers, other agents, renters, etc.

And each month these people would get an email with an article written especially for their needs.

I think that I need to make a larger effort to collect these email addresses, sort them and reach out and touch these people on a much more regular basis.

If you have not met Roy Kelley yet, stop by his blog, and watch what he does for Active Rain, the world and the community of Gaithersburg Maryland.


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

Good for you.  Roy is a treasured gem.  So glad you had the time to talk to him.  I know what you mean about deadlines.  I wrote 2 posts on this topic today and still have 2 more to go before the deadline.  Hopefully, after dinner.

Jan 31, 2015 07:11 AM #1
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank your very much for this blog. I enjoyed our conversation. 

We do have icy weather in Maryland. Dolores has been sick all day today. I hope she is better soon. 

Jan 31, 2015 07:16 AM #2
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks Debbie Gartner , Roy Kelley has been at the top of my list for a while now.  I too have a few more calls to make today, and the rest will have to wait for next month.  I hope that I will still make them even without a deadline pushing me to do the dialing. Btw, you are on that list of potential calls that I would like to make.

Thank you Roy, it was a pleasure to finally hear your voice, and my staff were happy with some of the tips you shared. I hope Delores is feeling better soon!




Jan 31, 2015 07:27 AM #3
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

Thanks, Bob.  Roy (and Dolores) are such an asset to this ActiveRain community, and you really gave us a better picture of Roy and his many talents that he gives us all so freely. 

Jan 31, 2015 09:54 AM #4
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Thanks Bob - I am embarassed that  Roy is only a few miles from me - and I haven't called him or better yet- gotten in my car and driven over to have coffee with him! I love the information you shared about sending emails to the different categories in his data base - great idea!

Jan 31, 2015 10:04 AM #5
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Bob ... Roy has been around many years at AR and I have been following him for a very long time 

Your post has been featured to the group:

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Jan 31, 2015 10:39 AM #6
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Bob Crane - Thanks for writing this post, as it taught me a little more about Roy, and reminded me that I need to keep in touch with all my contacts more often.

Jan 31, 2015 12:29 PM #7
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

When I see beautiful flowers in the rain, I know it is Roy. he has an eye for them, and a passion for their intricate beauty

Jan 31, 2015 12:50 PM #8
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Huntington, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Bob thanks to Debbie I got to call Roy also and like you I totally enjoyed our conversation... Very easy to tell that you think the world of Roy ad I can understand why...

Feb 02, 2015 12:38 AM #9
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Roy Kelley is a wealth of knowledge and freely shares in the Rain. His photography inspires me to want to take more and better shots. One day I hope to be half as good a photographer as he and Dolores. 

Feb 02, 2015 12:01 PM #10
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks to all for your kind words. And, special thanks to all of the members who called me a part of Debbie's challenge.

Feb 02, 2015 09:03 PM #11
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