Ask An Ambassador: Don't Reinvent The Wheel

Real Estate Agent with Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 SAL.2002007747

Yesterday evening a gasket failed in a toilet tank, preventing the tank from refilling.

While it wasn't apparent to me how to disassemble the column above the gasket, a quick Google search and I had the solution.  An online search confirmed the big box hardware store had the gasket in stock and they were open until 10.  In less than 30 minutes I had the part in hand and installed.

I didn't have to reinvent the wheel because the information was readily available.  How to make the repair, the store's exact aisle and bay for the part, and if I had time to get there before closing.

Speaking of not needing to reinvent the wheel, can you leverage information from others to improve your real estate business?  Of course!

Much of what I've done with real estate blogging is just executing fundamentals, fundamentals that were explained by other members of ActiveRain.

Providing unique real estate information that consumers seek is at the core of what works for us.

I don't have to reinvent that wheel, but I can work to improve that concept for our local market.

Over the years certain posts have far outperformed other similar posts and led to repeat business in those communities.


Because those particular posts & IDX pages strongly address the unique part of real estate blogging:

The best 55+ development in Cincinnati.

A townhome community in Mason.

A low maintenance community in Landen Lake.

Do you monitor the results of your blogging and page creation?

Review where your business comes from and why.

What gets looked at the most?

What causes the most calls?

You don't have to reinvent the wheel, you already have the answers for what works and where your focus needs to be.

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

Bill & Liz aka BLiz


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The Liz Spear Team of Transaction Alliance
Elizabeth Spear, ABR, Ohio License SAL.2002007747

William (Bill) Spear, Ohio License SAL.2004011109  Kentucky 77938
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Comments (16)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Bill (and Liz too) - the volume of information continues to grow.   Some of it stands out as exceptional.  

Aug 09, 2022 12:54 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

I have some pages with plenty of information, and some without much information.  Easy to guess which pages perform better.

Aug 09, 2022 01:11 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Reinventing the wheel is never my style unless that wheel is a super wheel

Aug 09, 2022 08:19 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

It's an efficiency thing, if it's already been done and it works well, why redo it?

Aug 10, 2022 05:16 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

I so agree Bill - no need to reinvent the wheel! Do what works and after a little time figuring that out for the market, keep on doing it, until it's time to change things up a bit. I learned this from a CRS instructor many years ago.  I was venting (just a bit) about doing the same thing over and over. And he said - is it working well?  Well yes I said.  Then just keep doing it.  I did!

Aug 09, 2022 08:43 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

The repetition can get tedious, but if the results are there, tedium it is :)

Aug 10, 2022 05:16 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Liz and Bill Spear - you have a system and it works and it all begins with knowing how to read and following instructions and when things fall apart, you fix the problem yourself without reinventing the wheel. Engineers are great thinkers and doers!

Aug 10, 2022 01:01 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

I know there are times to call in the pros, but got to say in this case I'm pretty happy that I didn't need to pay a plumber 100s of dollars to install a $7 part.

Aug 10, 2022 05:17 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I love being able to find the aisle and location information of items in the store! Hubby went to the store the other day and I asked him to pick something up and told him exactly where it was. It made the job a lot easier!

(I know that wasn't the real message of this post, but that's what got stuck in my head when I read this)


Aug 10, 2022 04:35 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

I left my house at 9:30, knew exactly where to go, was in the checkout line within 20 minutes of leaving my house and the part installed 10 minutes after that.  Not the way I planned to spend my evening, but didn't want to put it off to the next day.

Aug 10, 2022 05:18 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Working toilets are important!

Aug 10, 2022 06:02 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

If there is something we want to be done, we can usually find a video showing us how to do it.  Right now though, the camera on my laptop doesn't seem to be working and I have tried lots of solutions proposed online to no avail.  This morning I found a switch and thought I solved the problem but I still get the black screen even though my computer tells me that the camera is working properly, haha.

Aug 10, 2022 05:09 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

IT problems can be some of the toughest to solve.  Good luck!

Aug 10, 2022 07:07 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Information is at the touch of our finger tips.  You Tube is a great resource and one my husband uses frequently. 

Aug 10, 2022 06:18 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

I've found it quite useful for DIY type repairs that aren't overly complicated.

Aug 10, 2022 07:07 AM
Erik Hiss
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Worthington, OH
You can trust me for all your real estate needs!

reinventing the wheel is a waste of time and inefficient...thanks for the reminder

Aug 10, 2022 07:13 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

And time to waste is in short supply.

Aug 10, 2022 12:50 PM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I don't like re-inventing the wheel at all!

I DO LIKE to customize my wheel : customers know I provide a level of detail and local information.

Aug 10, 2022 07:49 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

bling bling!

Aug 10, 2022 12:50 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Bill,
The fundamentals never really change, do they?  With so much information available these days, there's no reason to reinvent the wheel. I do like to put some fancy hubcaps on my wheels, though. I guess that's where personality comes in.  LOL

Aug 10, 2022 09:08 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

We can still decorate our posts and show some personality :)

Aug 10, 2022 12:51 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

As soon as I started reading your post, I identified with my own toilet 🤣  Yes, I have the same issue with my dual flush model.  I don't, however, want to spend time fixing it!  I'm not handy as you are.  I couldn't agree more on reinventing the wheel.  Right now is a great time for agents to work ON their business.  When time is fleeting and we're slammed, it's not as easy to spend that time looking at how, where and why we get business.  Great post, as always!

Aug 10, 2022 09:23 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

And there is always something that could be worked on.

Aug 10, 2022 12:51 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Bill- well said. Why add more work, time, and grief if what you need is already out there. I can't tell you how many times Larry has gone to Youtube to learn how to do something and then found what he needed online. He set up our generators via Youtube and research on the net. 

If it's working for you then tweek it adjust it!

Aug 10, 2022 07:59 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

I might have eventually figured out the disassembly needed, but that Youtube video made it easy peasy.

Aug 11, 2022 07:02 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Some people just can't resist discarding the tried and true while they attempt something new and shiny. It usually doesn't work out well.

Aug 10, 2022 09:13 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

I tend to be averse to bright and shinys.  Too often I've seen the fad thing (QR codes anyone?) that don't shake out to be what they're thought to be at the beginning.

Aug 11, 2022 07:03 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

There is nothing that cannot be done and the internet seems to have the answers to so many things. My husband will almost always go on YouTube and investigate the solution to a problem and within a short time he orders the part needed and learns how to fix the problem.  Loved your post - so true.  No need to re-invent the wheel.

Aug 11, 2022 08:31 AM
Liz and Bill Spear

No doubt, information is a lot more accessible than decades ago.  Filtering out what is good info and bad info is the challenge.

Aug 11, 2022 05:23 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Bill,

Your system works..You don't have to reinvent the wheel ..knowing what works and focusing on it will give the rewards you are looking for!

Aug 11, 2022 04:09 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

I had a lot of practice refining what works for us.

Aug 11, 2022 05:24 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Liz and Bill Spear You can sure say that again! Great post as always . Until next week !

Aug 11, 2022 04:24 PM
Liz and Bill Spear

Blogging every Tuesday is another wheel I don't have to reinvent :)

Aug 11, 2022 05:24 PM