Use the strength of your local roots

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Use the strength of your local roots


When you are competing in the real estate industry, the strength of your local roots may be one of your best assets. Share your unique connections in your community, tell your story and define yourself for building meaningful relationships.

I could share many personal examples but I will limit these comments to a couple of ways that I have used connections to build my business. I was active in the local Lions Club and served a president. That role assured a leadership image with every Lions Club member in the region. A fellow member actually introduced me to my future wife, Dolores.

As a member of a regional builders association, I was active on committees, went through the chairs as an officer and served as president of the organization. This lead to state and national positions of leadership in NAHB. The result was many profitable relationships in the building and development industry. 

Roy Kelley's photo.

Orchids, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USA IMG 7977

Canon PowerShot G11 Camera, f/4.5, 1/160 sec., ISO-500, 
30 mm, No Flash

Photograph by Roy Kelley

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Roy Kelley, Associate Broker

Realty Group Referrals (Retired from RE/MAX Realty Group)

6 Montgomery Village Ave., Suite 200

Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Main Office:  301-258-7757 (You will not reach me at this number)

Send an email message if you need my phone numbers. I will be happy to recommend a real estate professional if you are moving to the area.


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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Being I am not from Minot I use what I can such as farming my neighborhood Roy Kelley 

Apr 18, 2016 06:12 AM #1
Michele Connors
The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County - Greenville, NC
Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor

I agree, you must plug into the community and be a contributer. Giving back not only is asked of us but is something that gratifying. Love the photo, it looks like they are dancing !

Apr 18, 2016 06:14 AM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

You are so right about nurturing those local roots, Roy!  Networking within your community is one of the best ways to propagate consistent business opportunities.

Apr 18, 2016 10:27 AM #3
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Hi Roy, you're so right about getting involved and exploring our strengths by sharing with our community.

Apr 18, 2016 10:56 AM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Roy - those are important, Lions, Rotary, Chambers.  Being part of the locale is very important.

Apr 18, 2016 11:02 AM #5
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

First of all let me say that is an amazing photo. The details really standout. 

I'm networking more and more in my community. I even network at the dog park. Lucky doesn't seem to mind since he gets to play there so often. Getting involved makes a difference. 

I'm also working the leadership thing. I do it because I love it, though, and I will continue on with my state leadership position for 2017. But I have seen some networking benefits from participating in leadership. 

Apr 18, 2016 11:19 AM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Excellent Roy. Many agents I know are active in community organizations because of the networking not to mention the good they feel from doing it.  At the same time the community benefits as well.  BTW those Paphiopedilums are the hardest for me to grow. 

Apr 18, 2016 12:10 PM #7
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Great post and great advice, Roy!!!  Local knowledge and connections are a big plus.

Apr 18, 2016 12:29 PM #8
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Being involved in the community that we work in is putting down local roots.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Apr 18, 2016 12:53 PM #9
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I can only imagine your sphere of influence after all of the businesses you've been involved in over the years Roy Kelley 

Apr 18, 2016 03:23 PM #10
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Apr 18, 2016 08:12 PM #11
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Great words of advice, Roy.  Thanks.

Apr 18, 2016 08:14 PM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Tuesday morning to all. I plan to plant a few flowers this morning.

Apr 18, 2016 08:18 PM #13
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Good morning Roy. Thank you for the reminder. Have a good day.

Apr 18, 2016 09:40 PM #14
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Roy, We absolutely need to establish and nurture relationships in life and in business. Lovely photo. 

Apr 19, 2016 03:50 AM #15
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Roy, like throwing a stone in the water and watching it ripple. There are many people who admire and respect those in a position of leadership. These people do not actually want to get involved themselves but prefer to live in the background. However, when in need of a service, they happily reach out to those leaders. Roy, your involvements had to have had some nice benefits in spite of all the extra work leaders take on.

Apr 19, 2016 01:17 PM #16
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Your comments and your continued support are very much appreciated.

Apr 19, 2016 08:42 PM #17
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I make it a habit to revisit some of my old blogs and reblogs on a regular basis.  Sometimes I find good material for new posts.

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