Boast-a-Post - Patricia Kennedy's Are You A Realtor® Who Blogs Or A Blogger Who Sells Real Estate On The Side?

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Boast-a-Post - Patricia Kennedy's Are You A Realtor® Who Blogs Or A Blogger Who Sells Real Estate On The Side?

I've loved Richie Alan Naggar's challenge since the moment I heard about it - and we have had some excellent shares in his challenge this month too! First of all, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to host this month's challenge, Richie. We are all ever so grateful!

 

Now, for the dilemma...of the thousands and thousands of posts I've read here in the Rain over the years, which one stands out the most? Oh boy - maybe I'd better think of another way to select my post to boast; that approach certainly wasn't working! I forgot about my own post and knew it would come to me at some point during the month...and it did!

 

When asked by another member a couple of weeks ago if I knew if _______ sold any houses, I had to say that I didn't know (because I don't!). The comment that followed hit a nerve..."Well, [he/she] spends an awful lot of time on ActiveRain - I just don't think they AR Challengeoffer much when it comes to 'hands-on' experience." BINGO! That was it! I remember a post about that by Patricia Kennedy that was written about a dozen years ago!!

 

The trick was to locate it and I did! Now, why did I pick this one? In answer to Richie's questions...

I chose it because it is still relevant today. Despite this post being written in the midst of The Great Recession, the question is still relevant, even in the tightest inventory market I've ever lived through. The post had fantastic first-impression qualities - she received 168 original comments (original - not from the author)!! 

 

The impression that the post had on me, even all these years later, was that she asked the question that resonates with many - and the answer: we do sell real estate and barely have time to blog each week! I loved the comments - then and re-reading them again now - and I think the title really did pull her audience in, as do all of her post titles. 

 


 

 

Here's an excerpt from Pat's post:

 

"Are you a Realtor® who blogs on the side?  Or have you turned into a blogger who manages to sell a house or two between writing posts?

When Bob Stewart asked this question, it turned into the underlying theme of yesterday's RainCamp.  And I had to boink myself on the head and think about for a moment.

There's no doubt about it.  I spend a lot more time selling real estate than I do blogging, at least on most days.  But I did have to ask, is my blogger persona is starting to impinge on my Realtor® self?  And the answer, "No," did not just fall out of my brain!  I mean, I do go to Active Rain to read comments before I sign onto MRIS to check out new listings!"

 


 

 

Another thing I loved about this post was reminiscing about RainCamps - what fun we had at each of them. The friendships forged at those gatherings are still going strong today for many of us. Whether active or inactive members in the Rain today, many of us still keep in contact with one another as well as referring business back and forth. 

 

 

RainCamps & REBAR Camps


 

 

What say you? Do you visit the Rain before checking out new listings in your MLS or if you're not an agent, before checking your email in the morning?!

 

 

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It does make you wonder sometimes, doesn't it, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP?! I have a friend who always asks when I have time to blog - in my car, in the shower, at the office...I come up with posts, dictate them or jot them down and VOILA! 

My problem is coming up with the posts and then I will not post without a graphic so, it takes time to find or design the perfect graphic (in my mind)! LOL

Mar 01, 2020 07:38 AM #8
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During the recession, I spent more time blogging and reading than I do now. I'm happy not to have that time any longer, that's for sure! But, then I'm not retiring anytime soon, James Dray!

Mar 01, 2020 07:40 AM #9
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I'm with you, Barbara Todaro - the Google juice is gone but, you're right, the information shared here is good for not only the reader but, the writer. 

And, yes, I laughed when I saw her here on your post - I had this one armed and ready to go and needed to find that photo to add! Patricia is one of my all-time favorites!

Mar 01, 2020 07:46 AM #11
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Well, thank you, Wayne Martin! Now on to March's challenge...still trying to figure out which neighborhood I'm going to revise for this one!

Mar 01, 2020 07:47 AM #12
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Like the Seinfeld episode, Ray calls that my puffy shirt - I had two of them - a red one and a blue one - and wore them ALL the time! They were so comfortable to wear...until you see the picture of you in it and realize they don't do your figure any justice at all! LOL

Happy March 1, Sheila Anderson!

Mar 01, 2020 07:49 AM #13
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You know, she is so super talented, loves her peers, Richie Alan Naggar - and she loves dogs and cats too...So, she's perfect in my mind! 

Mar 01, 2020 07:54 AM #14
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P.S. That  a beautiful photo of four lovely ladies!

Mar 01, 2020 07:57 AM #15
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I don't care what you call the top.....you look great and that's all there is.

Mar 01, 2020 08:12 AM #16
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Hello Debe - it is nice to see this particular boast-a-post because it is from an ActiveRain favorite and because the topic is so relevant.  I know my AR strategy has changed over the years so my "approach"  today is much different than in the beginning or other times.

Mar 01, 2020 09:39 AM #17
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Hello Debe,  Great picture of all you young ladies.  Thanks for sharing your blog with us.

 

Mar 01, 2020 10:24 AM #18
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Hmmm... I think I was both. Now I'm an ex-Realtor® who blogs.  LOL   I do wish there was still an emphasis on Raincamps and meet-ups. I do appreciate those who make the effort to meet up with me when I am in their area.  Always fun.

Mar 01, 2020 11:19 AM #19
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Hi Debe- What a great choice for the challenge!   You made me really miss having Patricia Kennedy here. I was set to attend a Meetup in Miami years ago but it was canceled and I already had plans for the week it was held in Orlando. I wish I could have attended. 

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Debe I remember the blog, and Patricia made some excellent points in it.

Mar 01, 2020 01:51 PM #21
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Debe very thought provoking indeed. I used to blog late at night not to interfere with Real Estate and then Real Estate started to get busy late at night with my International clients... the end result was less blogging and more real estate:))Endre

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I had to check myself on this topic, too. I have delighted in my time in the Rain, but we must make time for actively listing and selling. There is only so much of us to go around! I miss the day-to-day discussions and camaraderie from our special friends (like you!) we've made here. 

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Brian England - One of my very best clients used another agent to list her house when Ray was in Denver last year. I publicly posted (and intentionally) about his journey and they were worried that they would take me away from him. I was sure that everyone who knows me knows that I can deal with anything thrown at me while simultaneously working!

I had plenty of others who used me anyway and truth be told, the incredible amount of support he got from those public posts made losing that one transaction worth every penny...and then some!

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Thank you, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - you probably remember all of us. I think you've been here long enough to remember them??

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Oh, you're sweet, Sheila Anderson

Happy Friday!

Mar 06, 2020 01:39 PM #26
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I think everyone's strategy has changed over the years - and what is so wonderful is that we are able to keep in touch outside of the Rain, Michael Jacobs as many of our amazing members have left AR altogether!

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Thank you, Will Hamm! We used to have at least one conference each year that we were able to meet-up with a good many members. Those conferences are few and far between now!

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