Ask an ambassador: do those informational posts keep on giving?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

This week I was swamped, totally 100% swamped.  I had two listing appointments that lasted until past 7 p.m. and three closings.  Today I got home after 8 and Donald had eaten dinner without me. But I was getting that listing in the MLS before the weekend and uploading a contract on a foreclosure listing. And I have all kinds of family mess going on while work is off the chain. Heavy sigh! 

One of the late days I got back to the office to drop off the client at their car and came in to find a note on my desk to call a man about "something he found on line you wrote about manufactured home titles".  The man was in Texas, but he was buying a home in Georgia and he was under contract and was presented with a Fannie Mae hold harmless document to sign or they would not close.  He went on line to do a little research and found a post I wrote in 2009. He had questions.

I explained to him that A- I couldn't give legal advice, but could recommend an attorney with lots of experience and knowledge in the matter who could and B- I could not interfere with his agent relationship.  I did however speak to him in general terms about the process of getting an insured title and offer some phone numbers of insurance companies that do this and let him know that in my 23 years of experience no one had ever come back to try to place a claim on a home they had in fact sold or lost in foreclosure because of a title to manufactured home.

At the end of the conversation he thanked me for my time and the phone numbers and said, "I wish I could fire my agent who has none of this information and hire you". I said to him that I didn't even work in the area of Georgia where he was purchasing, but that I would appreciate that if he ever met anyone (when he moves back to Georgia) looking for a lake house that he recommend they call my company. Maybe that will never happen and maybe it will.  Who knows?

But at the end of the day I felt really good that I'd given him a place to get the information he needed and made a new friend. I expect that one of these days he'll pop down to my lake to visit.  Who knows, he might decide this is the place to live in Georgia.

You have to decide what posts you want to write. But I'm here to tell you getting a call from a post this week that I wrote more than 8 years ago makes me know that ActiveRain is indeed a great place to write whatever blog post you're writing. And if it was a seller that found this post in my market I feel sure I'd have the edge on getting the business.


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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

What a great story. This goes to show that information we write about our area or business can pay off for years.

I hope today is a day with minimal heavy sighs!

May 05, 2018 02:57 AM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Tammy. What a wonderful story this is. I'm glad you shared it.

May 05, 2018 04:04 AM #2
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Tammy Lankford, 

It always amazes me the power of posts we write! Those informational posts do keep on giving!! I'll bet he comes and looks you up! 

May 05, 2018 04:31 AM #3
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sounds like you are way too busy right now, but it's good to know that you are never too busy to try and help someone in need.

May 05, 2018 12:34 PM #4
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I am still getting calls from desperate people about short sales all over the country. We as agents perform many tasks in a short sale that could be deemed to fall under the scope of a lawyer's duties if we were not in the middle of a transaction, so it's very difficult to help somebody that way long distance.

May 05, 2018 02:37 PM #5
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

The intermet lives on in ways we sometimes never expect...and the storms of posts can reap great benefits in the Rain !

May 06, 2018 06:14 AM #6
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

How coincidental, Tammy... this past week I also received a call from a lady moving from Oklahoma to the Raleigh area (where I don't sell as it's too far away), but she'd read one of my posts on NC disclosures and called me for some answers which she couldn't seem to get from her agent up north.

May 06, 2018 09:23 AM #7
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


That’s a great example of the lasting power of certain posts...and you just never know when someone will find the post to be of particular interest and get in touch. That IS the goal. Great work on your part!


May 06, 2018 07:28 PM #8
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

That was a great post to share.... 

May 10, 2018 05:09 PM #9
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

We're still getting contacted about blogs from many years ago also. It's amazing how long lived things are on the internet!

May 16, 2018 01:49 PM #10
Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

Tammy I love the way you handled this. So many times REALTORs do exactly what our real estate commission says repeatedly, even on hold when calling them... "Do not give real estate advice." My landlord just emailed me recently stating something that made me think, how did she know that? She's not a REALTOR, attorney, or property mgr. Turns out her REALTOR friend who listed this place (but doesn't manage) gave her legal advice. It's rampant. People can't seem to differentiate their role. Boo.  Thanks for sharing!!


May 25, 2018 06:01 AM #11
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Tammy and a great story about the information we put out and how it keeps giving back. Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend ;o)

May 26, 2018 09:04 AM #12
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello again Tammy!

Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day 2018 and ...

I wrote a new post about reaching out to ActiveRain members that are following me at the AR network, your name showed up #154 on my list ;o)

May 30, 2018 11:00 AM #13
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA

I know you get a lot of "I found your blog" kinds of calls and AR has helped with that.

May 31, 2018 06:58 AM #14
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Tammy Lankford, Such a wonderful call and  responding with your expertise  and helpful information...shows what a true professional you are!j

May 31, 2018 08:56 PM #15
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

It is great to get calls like this Tammy even if it does not translate to money it shows that the posts are being read and appreciated, now you just need to work on the timing, how can they read it before they commit with another agent:)Endre

Jun 05, 2018 11:01 PM #16
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 What beautiful shot of your lake what a great house! Take care and hope you get home early tonight to enjoy your evening!

Jun 06, 2018 02:26 PM #17
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

It is surprising when those calls will come in and from whom. I wish some of these buyers would call me first rather than later or when they have a problem with their agent.

Jun 09, 2018 08:18 PM #18
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Tammy - This is a story of the power of our posts.  We need to keep them up to date since people still read them.

Jun 19, 2018 05:32 AM #19
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Yes, Tammy, they do.  I still get inquiries about posts I wrote years ago.  That's the beauty of blogging.  It doesn't have a shelf life. 

Jun 19, 2018 07:34 AM #20
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