I'm a NEWBIE....What's NEXT???

By
Real Estate Agent with Your Paradise Group, LLC Real Estate Company

Hello All,

I am a brand new real estate agent (since Jan '08), and new to Active Rain.  I found this site through Jennifer Allen, who is a wonderful agent with lots of great information in her book "Sell with Soul". 

I work along the Emerald Coast of Florida, specifically the Destin area.  I look forward to serving this areas real estate needs.  However, being new, I'm not quite sure how to go about getting the listings that everyone says I need to procure to survive in the real estate business.  I have been working with buyers from leads on floor calls, and through my SOI (and thanks to my SOI have had my first sale), but have not had any luck with listings yet.  I have set up my own website, done a postcard mailing blast to former friends and acquaintences in another state (we moved here 3 years ago from TN), and have invested in marketing tools such as Talking House.

Any ideas for marketing myself would be greatly appreciated.  I'm sure that there are plenty of "seasoned", successful agents within the walls of Active Rain and I'd love to hear of some of the ways that you marketed yourself as a new agent. 

Thanks for any suggestions and information.  All will be appreciated and used!

Looking forward to many new relationships here on ActiveRain.

Karen Flynn

www.KarenFlynnRealty.com

 

Comments (16)

Harold "Hal" Place
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL

Hi Karen,

Welcome to Rain, wow, you sure do keep good company, Jennifer Allen no less!! Enough said! Good luck to you in your newly found profession.  will be watching you from the Gulf Coast of Florida!

Jun 13, 2008 06:36 AM
Ray Nelson
Exit Realty Expertise - Fredericksburg, VA

Welcome to AR! First thing you need to do is get blogging!  This is a great place full of wonderful people. Good luck!

Jun 13, 2008 06:36 AM
Leslie Prest
Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ - Payson, AZ
Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,

Explore the "groups". There are groups for all sorts of things, and there is a HUGE amount of knowledge, advice, and wisdom out there.

Jun 13, 2008 06:42 AM
Patrick Lambert
ALLY Real Estate - Waikoloa, HI
Hawaii Real Estate Expert

Welcome to AR.

To promote yourself I suggest writing up a good letter and focus on a core group. Perhaps all 3 bedrooms within a certain area. Let them know how dedicated you are to doing a great a job for them. Keep sending letters. You will get some listings. If you really want to be great I suggest using a cross reference directory ... I use www.whitepages.com and cold call. Introduce yourself and hunt down interested people. I would start with expired listings.

Jun 13, 2008 06:48 AM
Patrick Lambert
ALLY Real Estate - Waikoloa, HI
Hawaii Real Estate Expert

Welcome to AR.

To promote yourself I suggest writing up a good letter and focus on a core group. Perhaps all 3 bedrooms within a certain area. Let them know how dedicated you are to doing a great a job for them. Keep sending letters. You will get some listings. If you really want to be great I suggest using a cross reference directory ... I use www.whitepages.com and cold call. Introduce yourself and hunt down interested people. I would start with expired listings.

Jun 13, 2008 06:48 AM
Clark Garrison
Taylor 1 INC - Atlanta, GA
"Loan Modifications"

Hi Karen and welcome to active rain. I'm sure you'll be hooked in no time flat!

Jun 13, 2008 07:28 AM
Konnie Mac McCarthy
MacNificent Properties, LLC - Cobb Island, MD
Broker/Owner - VA & MD "Time To Get A Move On!"

hiya..welcome...what's next? well......there is a lot of great information here, don't be afraid to ask....                                               

Jun 13, 2008 07:29 AM
Tom Davis
Harrington ERA,DE Homes For Sale, $$ Save $$ Buy Today ! - Dover, DE
FREE Delaware Homes Search!, $$ Save $$ - Find Homes! Delaware Realtor

Karen It is a pleasure to welcome you to this fine community of dedicated realtors here on Active Rain real estate network.  Spend an hour a day here to catch up on the latest trends.  I like Pat's idea of calling expireds just be sure to follow the do-not-call laws and look them up on the national do not call list.  I would recommend you pick a farm area you wish to serve to focus on a niche area.  You may also wish to read any of my 397 blogs about Delaware Real estate which may give you some ideas for your area. Good luck and hope to hear more from you on the network and I will watch out for any of your posts!

Thanks,

Tom Davis

World Class Delaware Realtor

USA Active Rain Network Blogger

Jun 13, 2008 08:03 AM
Alex Mordas
EarthSTEPS - Tallahassee, FL
Green Building Consultant

Hi Karen,

Welcome to the Rain. I'm not too far off in Tallahassee! You know that a lot of folks, especially along the coast are going green - Green Steel Homes in Carrabelle is one good example. That is a good area to get into right now that might help you to distinguish yourself.

If you are interested in green topics on AR, check out the following great sites:

1) http://activerain.com/groups/GreenMarketing

2) http://activerain.com/groups/greenhousing

3) http://activerain.com/groups/GREEN

 

Alex Mordas, M.Sc.
EcoBroker® & REALTOR®
LEED for homes, Field Agent
Green Home Certifying Agent, FGBC
www.tallahassee-ecobroker.com
alexmordas@kw.com
(850) 559-4976

Jun 13, 2008 09:11 AM
Teresa Berry
Seattle, WA

Welcome Karen in sunny Florida, to Real Estate and Active Rain! You're sure to  discover endless information and tips around here to help in your new career.
If you have a chance check out some of the marleting groups on AR they are packed with great ideas....here's one for starters: The Art of Marketing You and there are many more!

Looking forward to networking with you! Cheers from Seattle!

 

 

Jun 13, 2008 09:41 AM
Jeffrey deJESUS
eXp Realty of California Inc. - Daly City, CA
Realtor®

Welcome to Active Rain Karen! I really hope to network with you! Good luck and have a great weekend!

Jun 13, 2008 01:44 PM
Sasha Miletic - Windsor Real Estate
RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd. - Windsor, ON

Hi Karen, Welcome to AR, Be a Blogholic and start writing your own blog soon on AR. All the best for your RE business. This is the right place for customers, friends, realtionships etc.

Best - Sash

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Jun 13, 2008 03:43 PM
Vicente A. Martinez
Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - Woodhaven, NY
Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes

Hi Karen and welcome to active|rain. There are thousands of tips, tools, and tricks of the trade here. Be sure to check them out. Best of luck and see you around.

Jun 13, 2008 06:09 PM
Jimmy McCall
JimmyMcCall.com - Cunningham, TN
The Ex-Mortgage Consultant

KAren,  Welcome to Active Rain and congratulations on your first blog post.  AR is a great place to get started in a Real Estate career.  Good luck and happy blogging.

Jun 14, 2008 01:42 AM
Barbara Cluck-Miksits
BCM Home Staging LLC - Ridgewood, NJ
Home Staging - New Jersey

Welcome to AR Karen. I wish you much success and good luck. Happy Blogging.

Jun 14, 2008 01:19 PM
Debi Ernst
St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors - O'Fallon, MO
GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate

Karen - You'll find that Active Rain is filled with many who love to help others...I'm glad that you're here!  :)

Mar 23, 2009 01:12 AM