Ask An Ambassador: Advice, YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary)

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

"...everybody's got one."

There are challenges in providing advice.  We've all been there and done that.

Trying to convince a seller that a listing is overpriced?

Trying to convince a buyer to up the offer if they REALLY want to get a home?

It's a tightrope, and you've got to be able to convey a message in a way that the audience will be willing to receive it.

The seller that is overpriced but REALLY does want to sell?  They're probably going to be far more receptive to what you have to say than the "testing the market" seller.

And who hasn't had a buyer more interested in getting a bargain than getting a home?

Now add to the complexity of providing a message in a flat medium such as a blog post.

There's no body language.

There's no reading my facial expression to know if I'm smiling or torqued off.

And if it's someone's first visit to your blog, there's no past history to know your nature and intent. 

One person might perceive a post as preaching, another person might perceive that exact same post as great stuff they can use.

The post to be read is identical for both readers, but different ends of the spectrum on receiving the words and applying their personal bias.

Each Tuesday I show up here to offer what I hope is helpful advice.  Information to shorten a learning curve, avoid some potential pitfalls, make your life a little easier, make your time blogging more productive, maybe put some more dollars in your pocket.

What works for me may not work for you.

If doing the opposite of what I suggest is your path to blogging success in however you define "success", go for it.

You do you, I'll do me. 


Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need help,

Bill of Bill & Liz aka BLiz

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Comments (21)

Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

why do I keep having the thought "go navy, beat army" hmmm

Feb 23, 2021 03:13 PM
Liz and Bill Spear


Feb 23, 2021 03:43 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I keep saying that every market is different, one cannot compare one block from another in many cases...A

Feb 23, 2021 03:31 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

I know one side of the street to the other can make a big difference in pricing.  Sometimes we're on the best side of the border, sometimes not.

Feb 23, 2021 03:43 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

So true Bill - You do you and I'll do me.  Right now me is not blogging as I'm off doing me in others places.  Interesting post......

Feb 23, 2021 03:35 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

I should get back to my regular type blogging soon.  There are new patio home communities started!

Feb 23, 2021 03:44 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

Bill you are such a pro....and I thank you for all your wisdom over the years!

Feb 23, 2021 09:16 PM
Paula McDonald, Ph.D.
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

I'm just trying to decipher if those letters in blue are a secret code. :)

Feb 23, 2021 04:34 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

Part of my vocabulary since the summer of 1981 :)

Feb 23, 2021 04:52 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Haha, Paula McDonald, Ph.D. - I was doing the same thing!

Feb 24, 2021 05:26 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Bill- Well I can certainly say that I loved your message...Go Navy Beat Army!!!!

Feb 23, 2021 05:56 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

You're a codebreaker! :)

Feb 23, 2021 07:08 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Ohhhh! I missed a few letters, Kathy Streib ! Now I see it.

Feb 24, 2021 05:28 AM
Debbie Holmes
John L. Scott - Boise, ID
Gets the job done!

Been in both places.  I try not to be in either place :)


Feb 23, 2021 06:52 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

We do the best we can, some days it works out better than others.

Feb 23, 2021 07:11 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Buckhead - Midtown - Westside ... Love our City - Love our Clients! - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Liz and Bill Spear 
Interesting read - so true. Things can seem different to different people.  Reminds me of the story about three men who were asked to describe an elephant by touch only. One had only touched the trunk and said an elephant was like a tree trunk. The second said an elephant was flat like a barn wall. The last said an elephant felt just like a snake.  All so different. Lynn

Feb 23, 2021 08:48 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

No doubt, personal bias can influence the way we interpret a post.  What makes sense for one person might strike a sore spot with another.

Feb 24, 2021 05:38 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Yes, you do you and I'll do me! For the record, I always find your weekly posts interesting and useful! Thank you!

Feb 24, 2021 05:29 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

My goal is to make them worthwhile.  We're all pressed for time and the last thing I want to do is waste that of our readers.

Feb 24, 2021 05:38 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Bill,
I am the only one brave enough to do me so I forge on. 

Feb 24, 2021 06:40 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

There's only one of each of us, so why try to be someone else? :)

Feb 24, 2021 07:36 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

You're so right Liz and Bill Spear, what works for one may not work for the other. It is important to understand ourselves and our surroundings.  

Feb 24, 2021 09:27 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

Blogging works for me.  Going to social events, door knocking, etc., is totally against my personality and wouldn't work well for me as my primary way of gathering business.

Feb 24, 2021 10:19 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

One's particular perspective, and the reason(s) behind it, make all the difference.

Feb 24, 2021 05:35 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

It certainly does!

Feb 24, 2021 07:25 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

So you're a Navy guy, huh?  Very clever.

Yes, getting a message across in a post can be challenging.  The best compliment I ever get is hearing that I am exactly what someone, who chose to work with me after finding my blog, expected me to be.

Feb 24, 2021 07:51 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

Class of '85 :)
And I get the same.  I've had clients after the transaction tell me part of the reason they hired me was I was honest with them, no pretense.  I'm here to provide the information needed to make a good decision and guide you through the process.

Feb 25, 2021 05:04 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Liz and Bill Spear ,

Glad to see your post festured..I'm all for "you do you and I'll do me." Your information you provide is always coming from a wise perspective to make an informed decision and I value your advice.

Feb 25, 2021 04:24 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

It's my hope that something I've learned in this community can help others too.

Feb 25, 2021 07:02 PM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

This happens here in the Rain all the time right? Someone reads a sentence & another get a totally different take on what was said. You've never came across as preachy.

There are people here posting & preaching (teaching?). Follow me or? ...... I always think, who are you & why are you hitting me over the head with your advice? If you were that good, you'd be out selling.


Feb 27, 2021 06:14 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Great points, as usual, Bill. It's much like texting, when you can't see facial expressions, part of the communication is missing. With that said, I do find a heck of a lot of preaching going on around here. 

Feb 27, 2021 07:01 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

And, like Lyn Sims - never have found your posts "preachy." 

Feb 27, 2021 07:02 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Congratulations on your feature recognition.

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

Mar 02, 2021 08:01 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I enjoy the blue lettering to keep me on track and my eyes fixed. Very interesting!

Mar 02, 2021 07:19 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Roy Kelley This is a very thorough in a way that I haven’t seen before, which is very impressive!

Mar 02, 2021 07:19 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Mileage may in fact vary but you did a good job nonetheless and ever the more!

Mar 09, 2021 09:20 PM

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