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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com SAL.2002007747

I've been blogging for a few moon cycles and for many bloggers it can be a struggle to find ideas, so I'm going to give you an insider "secret" to blogging:

YOU ARE SURROUNDED BY IDEAS!

The challenge?  To realize it and recognize the ideas as they present themselves.

The more attuned you are, the easier it gets.

Don't worry that someone else has already blogged about a topic.  So what!  They have a different audience, a different prespective, and a different way of writing.  Do it your way!

I'm drafting this on Sunday, so let me take you through the blogging opportunities a typical Sunday presented:

  • Email from a potential buyer who wants to rent first, then buy a year from now.  That conversation could lead to a whole string of posts:

1.  Why Cincinnati MLS doesn't have many rentals listed

2.  The role of the agent in helping find a rental

3.  Why we don't drive clients in our car (just follow my bright red car!)

 

  • Church service:

1.  Of course there's always a topic from the service that can be applied to life or real estate.  This week Pastor Trevor touched on being generous and being good stewards with our resources.  I could easily take that principle into real estate (budgeting for your home, buying top of market for a neighbhorhood, how much house do you need?).

 

  • Contact from an agent trying to show one of our listings this afternoon.  Showing was declined due to tenants having visitors.  That could lead to several more posts.

1.  What to do when you can't see the home you want to see.

2.  The importance of maintaining good relations with your peers:  being responsive, etc.

3.  What impact do tenants have on selling your home?

4.  The importance of making your home available for buyers

 

  • Afternoon showing with previous buyer clients that lost a home due to loan denial one week before closing

1.  The importance of a good loan officer

2.  The pros and cons of various loan types

3.  Buying in an HOA community vs. non-HOA community

4.  Make sure your house has the essentials that CAN'T be changed and are important to you (yard, basement, etc.)

5.  What if the house isn't like the others in the neighborhood?

6.  Odors and their impact on sales

7.  What if a home is overcustomized?

8.  Pros and cons of a home having a basement, ranch vs. two story, etc.

9.  What if both buyers aren't both in love with a home?

 

  • Idle time between appointments:

1.  Productive things you can do when you've only got 30 minutes (or less)?

 

  • Final walkthrough appointment

1.  The purpose of a final walkthrough

2.  What should you do if the owner hasn't fixed something they agreed to fix? (not the case here, but it could be)

3.  Can an 18 year old buy a home just months after graduating from high school (yes, yes she can!!)

4.  Change the locks after purchase

5.  What are the priority things to update in a home?

6.  How many homes should you look at before buying?

7.  What happens if you can't close on time?

8.  Protecting yourself when wiring funds for closing

 

That's 26 potential topics from a typical day. 

There were other potential topics out there I didn't list (NFL playoff games, finishing our downstairs cat enclosure, a return to Amazon of a damaged product, the importance of good customer service) etc. 

What did I actually WRITE Sunday?  Another market report :)  Those other ideas aren't really time sensitive, so I can catch up with them another day, or choose not to develop them at all.

So if you're interested in blogging, just tune in.  You're surrounded by ideas!

Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need help.
Bill & Liz aka BLiz

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Rainmaker
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Talk about a great list of blog topics - and I love the purpose of a walkthrough - I need to write that one for my clients! 

Jan 14, 2020 07:18 AM #1
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I like your thought process.

Thank you very much for sharing your experience and your advice.

Jan 14, 2020 08:59 AM #2
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bill(and Liz too) - it is amazing what can and does happen when we become and continue to be aware.  Aware of ourselves. Our surroundings and most importantly to be and stay AWARE.

Jan 14, 2020 10:09 AM #3
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Kathy Streib
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Hi BLiz- one of the hardest things, when you're trying to keep up a blog, is trying to figure out what to write about. I think you've given members some excellent tips. THe ideas are there...just be open for them. 

Jan 14, 2020 05:30 PM #4
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Laura Filip
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So many topics to talk about, just do it. It's all good, start typing and enjoy yourself

Jan 14, 2020 07:15 PM #5
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Bill:

Not only are there some excellent suggestions here but you have opened the door to thinking in other ways about creative blogging ideas. We all have our own ideas and perspectives and blogging is a means to share them.

Jeff

Jan 14, 2020 09:54 PM #6
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Realtyna - Newark, DE
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Hi Liz and Bill Spear, very inspirational post! I love how you walk us through your thought process in developing blog ideas. Did you write all these down? We keep a rolling list of blog ideas to make sure we always have something to write about.

Jan 15, 2020 02:32 AM #7
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Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

Bliz, 

So many topics, so little time. (wink) 

Jan 15, 2020 12:52 PM #8
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John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

OK, hit me over the head!!!  I can see what we will be hearing from you this year!  Good ideas.  I don't know that I have very many left!!  Thanks~!

Jan 15, 2020 03:20 PM #9
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bill I never had any problem finding things to blog about, my problem has been finding the time to blog in a 24 hrs 7 day cycle:)Endre

Jan 15, 2020 10:00 PM #10
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Just going thru the day with people asking you questions you come up with some great ideas.

Jan 16, 2020 07:09 AM #11
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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

You made it seem so simple to come up with blog ideas ... and obviously it is. So now I just need to find the time to do it.  I think my brain gets in the way every time as I think too much about it. Or, due to "other" commitments and list of Things to do Today projects I get distracted by too many projects.  Any suggestions for that?  

Jan 18, 2020 07:02 PM #12
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
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Spot on!  Great list of potential blog ideas.   When you "think" about it, there are lots of ideas in every day life situations.

Jan 23, 2020 02:20 PM #13
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