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The ripple effects of successful blogging

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Mackintosh REALTORS 82894
For the last few years, a coalition that includes The Frederick County Association of  REALTORS®, The Chamber of Commerce, citizens groups, the local Builders Association, and the Farm Bureau have joined together to oppose the Sugarloaf Treasured Landscape Management Plan (STLMP). The plan is filled with proposed governmental policies and regulatory actions that infringe on private property rights, siphon values and could result in unwarranted land use and zoning restrictions to landowners causing undue harm to citizens.
Last summer while discussing the issue with one of the agents in my office, he reminded me of what we learn in real estate school ~ " the bundle of rights ". This inspired my mission for a series of PSA blogs to raise public awareness of the consequences if the proposed plan were to be adopted. I used these blogs in emails to neighbors, posted them on websites and social media pages, and in text messages. 

The lame-duck County Council had a deadline of the end of October to adopt or remand the plan back to the Planning Commission. As a decision came down to the wire the series of blogs helped get the word out and many local residents responded by writing letters and showing up to testify at the public hearings. The County Council voted to amend the down zoning out of the plan and remand the overlay portion back to the Planning Commission before adopting the STLMP.  Now the goal is to elect candidates who support private property rights  and understand this is no small matter, because should the government unnecessarily diminish the property rights of some citizens ~ it diminishes the property rights of ALL citizens.  
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My very first featured blog on Activerain was a live and learn lesson on Why Buy Title Insurance.
It was about a property I had listed on an island in the Potomac River that the State of Maryland was in the process of purchasing. When the title search was performed an issue arose and because my Seller did not purchase title insurance the transaction fell apart. However, because of my blog, another family who owned an island in the Potomac River discovered my blog while searching for an agent to list their property. I ended up listing the island and also sold it myself.
It is truly amazing how far the impact the ripples of blogging carry! 
Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Hi, Buzz.

Knowledge is Power! Double Power when it gets spread by your blog post and its "ripple effects." 

If people don't believe blogging works by now, they never will!!

Congrats on the Feature!

Oct 27, 2022 09:20 PM
Aura Alex

Buzz Mackintosh 

Oct 28, 2022 08:05 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Aura Alex the ripple effect made it into the Washington DC media cycle too!

Oct 28, 2022 03:42 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Wow, great examples of how blogging can work. I'm glad the decision that was made regarding property rights in your area went your way. Phew!

Oct 28, 2022 04:28 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Kat Palmiotti this one was a close call with a 4 to 3 final vote to remand the overlay, but now we must get the right candidates elected who will respect property rights!

Oct 28, 2022 08:29 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Buzz... no doubt that you've had some true successes as a result of your blogging, especially on the issue of property rights. Congratulations to you and brining this one home.

Oct 28, 2022 05:18 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Thanks Nina Hollander, Broker we need to stay vigilant because it maybe back with many of the same issues next year, That is why it is so important to VOTE; elections have consequences!!

Oct 28, 2022 08:45 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Glad to read your efforts regarding the overreach by local government was successful though there is still more effort needed.  Thank you for participating and one never knows where our written words will show up or who reads them.

Oct 28, 2022 06:45 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Thanks Leanne Smith hopefully those who read the blogs will learn and it will leave a positive affect.

Oct 28, 2022 08:49 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I hope that your efforts will lead to the results that you want them to and property rights will not be taken away.

Oct 28, 2022 06:47 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Thanks Brian England we need to keep a sharp eye out because you never know when they want to try and slip something through that will diminish one's property rights!

Oct 28, 2022 08:52 AM
Brian England

They will always try to get their hands on anything they can...

Oct 28, 2022 09:41 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

Hi Buzz,
I think most of us have discovered we have no idea where the ripple effect will take our blog posts.  I wonder how many of us can say we've sold an island. 

Oct 28, 2022 07:41 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

  Carol Williams I can truly say that selling an island ranks pretty high as one of my most unique sales in my 37 years of selling real estate.

Oct 28, 2022 08:56 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

You have presented a testament to the pen being mightier than the sword.

Oct 28, 2022 02:07 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Buzz, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Oct 28, 2022 02:08 PM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Myrl Jeffcoat I've been involved in a few David vs Goliath property rights battles and being persistent can be exhausting , but the effort pays off in the end! :) Thanks for the feature in OFC!

Oct 28, 2022 03:21 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Great story, Buzz! We just never know where our blogging may lead us, but no doubt it is a powerful form of media and can impact in ways we don't imagine!


Oct 28, 2022 07:42 PM
Buzz Mackintosh

Jeff Dowler, CRS putting a complex issue, short and sweet, into layman's terms is a very powerful tool!

Oct 29, 2022 05:30 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Buzz- this is the perfect example of the power of blogging. Your commitment to your recent "Bundle of Rights" issues was an example of one person  being able to get the word out to others!!! 

Oct 28, 2022 08:47 PM
Buzz Mackintosh

Kathy Streib the blogs did help get the word out, they caught the attention of the media and I was a guest on two local radio programs and interviewed on Fox 5 DC. Never under estimate the power of the words you write.

Oct 29, 2022 05:36 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Buzz - blogging is certainly very powerful.  As a respected blogger your topic get action.

Oct 29, 2022 03:50 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Thanks Grant Schneider  Property rights is no small matter, every one needs to keep a sharp eye out and stay vigilant. I'm afraid if we allow our rights to be eroded for the good of society many do not understand what road that will lead us down.

Oct 29, 2022 05:53 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning Buzz Mackintosh, great success in getting the word out through your blogging efforts. Blogging works!

Oct 29, 2022 06:54 AM
Buzz Mackintosh

Thanks Beth Atalay , short, sweet and to the point can get the message out!

Oct 29, 2022 04:04 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Buzz, for sharing some of your positive experience.

Please keep us updated on the Sugarloaf story.

Oct 29, 2022 07:16 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

Have a great week end Roy Kelley , we will stay on guard and keep you all posted if and issues arise!

Oct 29, 2022 04:06 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Buzz Mackintosh - Although it was tough and tedious, you never gave up the fight. In the end, you and the property rights for all citizens won! That was a mighty big ripple effect and a great example of just how well persistence pays off. Congratulations! I admire your tenacity and willingness to succeed. I think I can speak for everyone to say, we are proud of you Buzz! 

Oct 29, 2022 07:33 PM
Buzz Mackintosh

Thank you Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP this is the third property rights issue I have been involved battling in the last 15 years. I just wish I had been inspired to uses blogging as a defense tool earlier! 

Oct 30, 2022 05:53 AM
BethAnn Long
RE/MAX of Spokane - Spokane, WA
Realtor, CRS, e-PRO, CLHMS Spokane Wa Real Estate

Just, wow. I need to get back to regular blogging, this is inspiring!

Oct 29, 2022 08:42 PM
Buzz Mackintosh

BethAnn Long blogging can be a very powerful tool!

Oct 30, 2022 05:55 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, Buzz.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

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Oct 31, 2022 09:01 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Great blog story Buzz.  It's so true, that we never know the ripple effects of a blog and I am so glad you ended up on the winning side at the end of this story.

Nov 04, 2022 05:36 PM