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