October Challenge: Your Best Advice for Real Estate Newbies

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Many of the people who are beginning a blogging career on ActiveRain are, at the same time, beginning a career as some type of real estate professional. And this challenge is all about giving our newbies a leg up in this rewarding, and sometimes scary, profession.

So the challenge is simple.  

If you are an Oldie, think back on your own careerWrite  a post about the very best advice you got that could help a rookie become a rock star.

In my case, I had an instructor at the old Shannon & Luchs Academy of Real Estate who took a page from  "The Music Man": You Gotta Know the Territory! In other words, "Preview!  Preview!  And preview!" It was great advice then, and it's great advice now, even with virtual tours and Google Earth.  

If you are a newbie, your challenge is to write a post about the best advice you've gotten so far.  Where did it come from? Was it a trainer or colleague? Was it someone who wasn't in the real estate business at all?   How have your implemented the idea into your first business plan?  

After you publish your post, you come back to this post, and give us a link to your entry as a comment.

You may submit one post in this challenge for 1000 points.  But you could also win big:

Third Place: 3,000 points

Second Place: 4,000 points

First Place: 5,000 points


Each post will be judged by a panel of experts, including myself, and:


Charles Buell:  

Home Inspector from Seattle, WA






Kathy Streib:  

Home Stager from Delray Beach, FL






Becca Rasmussen:  

Newbie Blogger who inspired this contest, and

Soon to be Realtor from Highlands Ranch, CO 



The deadline is midnight, ActiveRain time (Pacific), on Halloween, so all you procrastinators - get your post written and posted before you leave for that costume party where you'll be drinking orange beer!  And in case there is any confustion, that is Midnight, Pacific time, October 31, 2015.

And good luck to all!










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Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Thanks for the contest and I have a lot of thoughts with newbies. Thanks for the opportunity! My blog entry post is here!

Oct 31, 2015 07:34 AM #193
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
Your Lifetime Friend/Helper!

Thought I had posted Patricia Kennedy but here is my entry for the October Challenge: Your Best Advice for Real Estate Newbies.

Oct 31, 2015 08:47 AM #194
Jeff Stevens
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Mexico Properties - Las Cruces, NM
Jeff Stevens, Associate Broker

Great challenge, Patricia. Here's my blog entry. New to Real Estate - What Brokerage Do I Choose?

Oct 31, 2015 08:50 AM #195
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Okay, I finally got this in....just in the nick of time.

Advice for those starting a new business


Oct 31, 2015 09:24 AM #196
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Hi, Patricia. Thanks to you and the judges for taking the time to host this contest. 

Here's my entry. 

Oct 31, 2015 11:07 AM #197
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor
Oct 31, 2015 11:22 AM #198
Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert
Oct 31, 2015 12:45 PM #199
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC
Oct 31, 2015 01:52 PM #200
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
Oct 31, 2015 02:27 PM #202
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty
Oct 31, 2015 02:31 PM #203
Nancy Frimann
Eagle Ridge Realty/Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA

Here is my entry for the October contest.  Good topic, by the way.


Oct 31, 2015 02:57 PM #204
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale
Oct 31, 2015 03:22 PM #205
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Alright - I hope I made it in time....

Don't Make These 7 Mistakes, Newbie.

Oct 31, 2015 03:43 PM #206
Nancy Laswick
United Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
Your REALTOR® For The Valley Of The Sun
Oct 31, 2015 03:54 PM #207
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Hello Patricia.  While I did not wait till the last minute I did wait till the last hour.  I did not want you to run out of things to do while hiding from this years 'trick or treater's '  

This is my contribution to your contest.  Thank you for your extra time with this. Mark


Oct 31, 2015 04:06 PM #208
Christina Sanchez Hood
Palo Alto, CA
#SiliconValleyHOODS | Inspired Living

Thanks for the fun contest.  Looking forward to reading the many posts by oldies and newbies.  Here is my post:


Oct 31, 2015 04:14 PM #209
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Down to the wire -- cramming for finals....

Everything I Learned About Real Estate I Learned in Kindergarten

Oct 31, 2015 04:22 PM #210
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes
Oct 31, 2015 04:37 PM #211
Becca Rasmussen
HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Highlands Ranch, CO

Who's eager to find out the results of this challenge? Me, me, me!

It was fun reading all the entries. Many thanks to Pat for setting up the contest, to fellow judges for reading, reading, and reading some more, and, especially, to all who participated. :0)

Nov 03, 2015 10:27 PM #212
Becca Rasmussen
HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Highlands Ranch, CO

Silly me, I completely missed Patricia Kennedy's post showing the winners. Thanks Pat for pointing me in the right direction.

I commented there today, but will repeat here - congrats to the winners! I'll also add here that which I forgot there - thanks to everyone who entered, it was great fun and educational.

If anyone else missed it too - here's the results posting. :0)

Nov 10, 2015 10:29 PM #213
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