HOW IS YOUR LOCAL KNOWLEDGE?--ITS NEEDED NOW MORE THAN EVER!!
William Merritt Chase lived here and ran the Shinnecock Hills Summer School of Art from 1891 to 1902. He taught his method known as "en plein air" or painting outdoors. Because he loved the light found here in the Hamptons, Chase taught his students American Impressionism right here in Shinnecock Hills, a hamlet just west of Southampton Village. His Art Studio still stands here on a piece of land that abuts the Art Village on the fringe of Shinnecock Hills and the Village of Southampton. The Art Village remains much as it did at the turn of the 19th century.
If you have not been blogging about the marketplace where you reside and work, now is the time to start doing just that!
No one can take your place when it comes to sharing your local knowledge and expertise--all the outsiders in the world will not be able to talk about your marketplace the way you can--although many do try to do just that.
It really is embarrassing when one reads the "local information" blog on Zillow and Out East etc. They are so off base in their efforts to appear to be local experts! They have literally begun to make The Hamptons into just another get-away--
They have taken the very heartbeat out of the most beautiful Hamlets by writing about each area from a distance, or even from a short stay here. One example is their weak attempt to fill the public in on the difference of "North" and "South of the Highway" here in the Hamptons. Only the locals know where the demarcation is. There is no way Zillow knows more than we do about this, our bucolic and blissful Hamptons! Right now we are watching as the effort to make this extraordinary place ordinary is taking place and it is not a pretty sight.
LOCAL KNOWLEDGE AND LEGENDS ABOUND
Years ago, I began to take on the challenge of some bloggers here on AR to begin a dialog about the Hamptons and to begin to share local information about each Hamlet that makes up this world-class resort known as The Hamptons.
Because it was the original settlement of Long Island and because of its storied past, I had a lot of material to create my own blog about local life. I looked at the history of the area and took advantage of the enormous amount of information available to me through the archives of the Town of Southampton, Southampton Village Library and the local population.
Although the year-round population here is more inclined to their Puritan ways, privacy concerns, etc., I was able to gather local legends and folk stories from a handful of locals who were inclined to share their stories, especially since it appears that we may quickly lose the local flavor here.
We will lose our local flavor if we keep giving our complete attention to the wealthy and celebrity minded buyers and focus less and less on the average person who grew up here, farmed here, raised their families here. This demographic is leaving in droves now because of the massive number of celebrities and the wealthy who have literally taken over the most desirable of all farmland for their 4-5 acre + estates.
Because of my blogging here on ActiveRain, I was able to pull in all kinds of readers--and listings. I have been able to get most of my listings from locals who read my blog! They feel like they know me...And they tell me this every time I speak to a new lead.
DON'T FORGET TO WRITE LOCAL POSTS--THEY ARE THE FUTURE OF REAL ESTATE AND A GREAT WAY TO IDENTIFY YOURSELF AS A LOCAL EXPERT!