Blogging is therapeutic at times, especially when I am passionate about the subject matter I am addressing. Sometimes, however, blogging can be a challenge. I have blogged 240 times in the past two years or so. My blogs are then posted to the TEAM Hughes website, to our Facebook page and also on ActiveRain. I originally began blogging because our web developer explained that blogging would raise our standing on the internet. Real estate blogging was essential for a real estate school to attract real estate students who wanted a real estate license.
A few times I have stressed because my creative juices just would not flow. To me, real estate blogs can be dry; real estate schools have either good reputations or not so good; and obtaining a real estate license follows certain procedures upon which I couldn’t expound. Blogging can be a challenge when your target audience doesn’t know much about real estate and is only interested in getting a real estate license. On those days when real estate subjects don’t jump out at me, I set aside the necessary time for blogging, and I search my heart. To me, it is better to share my heart than to dryly blog about getting a real estate license.
A real estate career was always a privilege to me. Having come from a paralegal background that was quite structured in its hours, practicing real estate represented freedom to come and go as I pleased. I passionately loved serving the people who chose me, and it was almost comical in my mind that I’d actually get paid to do something I loved doing. Then over time, the pinnacle of my career came when I realized the information I carried with me was vital to others’ success.
Yes, blogging can be a challenge, and when I feel as though I am walking around with dry bones, I sit back and remember stuff. I remember the thrill of my first sale in 1983, i.e., a double-wide mobile home, owner financing, $39,900 at 13% interest! I even remember the sellers’ last names. As I recall my past career, I remember the widow who just wanted a sanctity where she could live in peace; I recall the single Mom who, until the laws changed, couldn’t qualify for a home because she was a woman, and the thrill we experienced when I told her about the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and she finally bought a house. I have a smile on my face when I remember Kim, a single lady who wanted a home and the fun we had finding it. Then there was the international couple who barely spoke English, but we somehow managed to close a transaction.
These memories, this life experience, all this accumulated knowledge – these are the things I love to blog about. If you are beginning a career in real estate, let us know because we have stuff to pass on to you. TEAM Hughes is about relationships, and we’d love to have you join the family.