October Challenge Is Not Scary

Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

It is October Contest time, and Aura AlexLeanne Smith, and Carol Williams are co-hosting this month's ActiveRain Challenge. They are asking us to share our favorite blogging success stories, of which I have many. Just search 'blogging success HomeRome' to come up with more.

There are a lot of naysayers who believe blogging isn't effective anymore. These same naysayers have said many things do not work. And sometimes they are right. So glad I didn't listen to them. Some of the things that they say don't work or are not worth the time are as follows:

Blogging is a waste of time.

You can't drive a two-door car.

No one listens to the radio.

Print media no longer works because of the internet.

One-hour open houses don't work.

You can't make appointments, service, and show all your properties.

You can't get a full commission in this market.


Good thing I don't listen to these naysayers. My real estate career was built on doing the above, and after three decades, I still love making dreams come true. I am a happy Real Estate Broker. (Thanks, Marte Cliff

 Since 2006, when I began blogging, I haven't missed a day signing in; most days, I write a blog post. That post does more than sit on ActiveRain. I link it to my MargaretRome.com website, share it with buyers and sellers,and showcase it in my weekly ads,

and use the material on my weekly radio show.

Today, I quoted two AR members, Kathy Streib and Andrea Bedard, on my radio show.

There are so many examples of how blogging has worked for me. 

 I often hear:" You are so busy...how do you have time to blog?"  My answer: "maybe I am so busy because I make time to blog."

Quite a few years ago, I sold one of my listings, and the represented buyers started following my blog. They came to one of my open houses and invited me to their open house...all through ActiveRain. I tried to get their agent involved in blogging through AR. I talked about the benefits and business opportunities and offered to set her up with some private sessions. I encouraged her to post her client's home for sale.

Being a dual career agent, the agent's time was limited, and she did not want to engage and never took me up on my invitation to join ActiveRain.

Her clients continued following my daily posts and frequently commented. They also tried to convince her to blog. It's the first time I've seen the public encourage an agent to blog.  

After seven months, I received an email through my ActiveRain account. These people had already terminated the listing and asked if I would consider representing them. They knew I would not discuss their home while still listed with their friend and agent.

I listed their house, wrote a blog, and sold the house before the sign went up



  You are so busy...how do you have time to blog? My answer: "maybe I am so busy because I make time to blog."

                              And if you are thinking of selling your home

                                                            Call Margaret Rome         



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Margaret Rome
HomeRome Realty

Baltimore, Maryland

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Comments (26)

Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Maybe you are so busy because you do take the time to blog! So true!

Love the example of the people who came to you when their listing expired, and how you had it sold before the sign went up. Whoo hoo!

Oct 03, 2022 05:19 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Kat Palmiotti And I have stayed friends with these sellers over the years and will sell their home when they retire. 

Oct 03, 2022 06:18 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You are wise to not listen to the naysayers and the people that profess the things you listed above are the people that I know aren't very good at their jobs and people that I would not choose to follow.

Oct 03, 2022 05:25 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Brian England Always be careful who you listen to. Not everyone has the right advice for you.

Oct 03, 2022 06:19 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

What a great post, you are an example to us all. 

Oct 03, 2022 05:57 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Thank you, Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 

It was good to see you on the Zoom call. Hope you make it a habit.

Oct 03, 2022 06:20 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

And thank you, Leanne Smith for agreeing to host this month's challenge.

Oct 03, 2022 06:12 AM
Leanne Smith

My pleasure and the thanks begins with Carol Williams 

Oct 03, 2022 06:16 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 / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Good morning, Margaret.
Wonderful story of blogging success. The end of your post sums it up so well:
You are so busy...how do you have time to blog? My answer: "maybe I am so busy because I make time to blog."

That's exactly why I was so busy when I was active in the business.

Oct 03, 2022 06:20 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

I think there should be a sequel to Real Estate the Rome Way! Thank you so much for the mention, in your blog and on air. I feel honored to be able to provide some talking points for you and inspire a conversation. YOU are an inspiration to many Margaret, you are like a Real Estate goldmine! 

Oct 03, 2022 06:27 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Andrea Bedard, I love talking with you, sharing RE situations, and inspiring each other. Success was meeting you in the RAIN!!


Oct 04, 2022 07:22 AM
Andrea Bedard

Ditto Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400. What a great headline that is: success was meeting you in the rain! I may have to borrow it! 

Oct 04, 2022 10:13 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Andrea Bedard, Go for it. Perfect for this month's challenge!

Oct 04, 2022 10:49 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

LOL Agents that gave me excuse after excuse of why blogging just isn't right for them even after I showed them and demonstrated how it worked for us.  Oh well.  We do what works, right.  And Margaret you know what works for you and your audience. You Rock!

Oct 03, 2022 10:48 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker , So many years, so many stories, so much success, so many connections, and so many friendships...all because of the RAIN!

Oct 04, 2022 07:24 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Featured in Bananatude!  Blogging Works!


Oct 03, 2022 10:48 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Margaret those who think blogging is a waste of time, is because they fail to blog to their target audience.  Blogging like anything else is not effective if it is all over the place, and not audience specific.

Oct 03, 2022 12:31 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

George Souto Blogging to your audience is effective if done regularly. 

Oct 04, 2022 07:26 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Margaret, for sharing some of your positive experience as an ActiveRain blogger.

Oct 05, 2022 07:00 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Margaret- I love this and thank you for mentioning me. I can remember when I first joined ActiveRain and began blogging. I talked about it to every agent I met when I was an affiliate with the Board of Realtors and the Women's Council of Realtors. Most said exactly what others said to you...they didn't have time. 

You have shown that you can make the time to do what is important to you. 

Oct 06, 2022 09:10 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Kathy Streib 
It's so true that you can find time for anything that is important.

Oct 06, 2022 03:19 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Margaret:

That's a wonderful blogging success story and no doubt there are many others!

I love this response - maybe I am so busy because I make time to blog


Oct 06, 2022 05:41 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400

Jeff Dowler, CRS Always love when you stop by!

Oct 14, 2022 05:24 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Margaret... I whole heartedly agree! I've driven a sports coupe as a real estate agent. I believe print marketing works if used correctly and consistently. I listen to the radio (but just in my car). I sell at full commission all the time. In fact, recently, I did a listing agreement at 5% to a multiple repeat client and she emailed me back and said to take 6%. I've been a proponent of "short" open houses for a long time (when I do them, which is rare). More people don't come just because it's three hours instead of two or one hour.

Oct 14, 2022 04:30 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Good morning, Nina Hollander, Broker You are proof that doing what is suitable for you is also right for your business and the clients you choose.

Oct 14, 2022 05:23 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Margaret - blogging absolutely works and so do all of the other things you mentioned.  What probably does not work is the occasional drive by blogger.  Commitment!

Oct 14, 2022 07:40 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Grant Schneider, Good to see you. What doesn't work are the things you don't do consistently. 

Oct 14, 2022 11:02 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

This sounds like the kind of talk I used to hear around the water cooler when I sat in a real estate office Margaret 🧐

Oct 14, 2022 08:53 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh, all are SO true, Margaret! I love that last line - it is true that blogging is good for the business!  Love the short opens - I typically do 2 hours to be sure I can pay attention to all of those who come through but, now that buyers are not out in droves like they were, I'm going to switch to your one-hour method!

Nov 12, 2022 08:15 PM