Suck or Blow?

Education & Training with Big Phish Partners

The overall real estate market might suck these days -- but that doesn't mean you can't blow the roof off your revenue. Those of us who've been in the business for years have seen this before and, if we were paying attention, may have learned a few survival skills. The first of these is adaptability. Contrary to the popular opinion that young people are more likely to try new things, I've actually found that younger (or at least newer) agents who only know one way of doing it may actually be less likely to change. At least without someone else telling them it's OK. So, I'm telling you now: Go ahead and change! If you are a younger agent, you do have one advantage. You're probably more tech-savvy and more comfortable with online tools. That can be key when it comes to prospecting and marketing in a down market. There's still a lot of business out there, but it takes both "old school" initiative and "new school" ideas to reel it in. For instance, most agents gave up on direct mail a long time ago. But direct email offers you more targeted delivery, more immediate reach and more cost-effective execution. Are you using eCampaignPro or any of the other affordable email marketing services available to real estate professionals? If not, that sucks and blows.
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Comments (9)

Bill Kennedy
Keller Williams Greenville Upstate - Greenville, SC
Homes For Sale Greenville SC

Welcome to Active Rain! This is a great website for building your business, as well as learning from others.  Pat yourself on the back, because you made a GREAT choice in joining the blogosphere!

Write often, and write whatever comes to mind.  Blogs about personal topics and non-real estate items are often the best.  It helps your readers to bond with you, and ends up bringing you a lot of business!

Good luck with your future blogging.  Feel free to ask me any questions if you need a hand!

Sep 09, 2008 04:01 PM
Kellson Real Estate LLC - - Phoenix, AZ
Designated Broker - Vietnamese Broker

Hello Bartikoski & Paul,

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Sep 09, 2008 05:07 PM
Vicente A. Martinez
Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - Woodhaven, NY
Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes

Hi 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.

Sep 09, 2008 06:52 PM
Ron Martin
Keller Williams Realty - Spartanburg, SC
Ron Martin Team

Good morning & welcome to Active Rain, You have joined an excellent site to receive free marketing, absorb more information from others, share ideas.  Be a blogger and have fun. If you have any clients moving to the Greenville, Spartanburg, & Anderson South Carolina area we are your team. We are on all three MLS. Great blog!  Keep it up. Again Welcome!!

Sep 09, 2008 11:29 PM
Lori Isaacson
Credit Restoration Consultants - Plantation, FL

Hi Mark,

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Lori Isaacson

Sep 10, 2008 06:50 AM
Lorena Westervelt
Van West Realty - Greenville, SC

Hello, welcome to Active Rain! This seems like a wonderful environment to network as well as learn from others. I hope you enjoy yourself and participate often in the Active Rain environment!

Sep 10, 2008 09:10 AM
Kirk Westervelt
Van West Realty - Greenville, SC Realtor -Short Sale Expert! - Greenville, SC
Kirk Westervelt, Broker In Charge, Van West Realty - CDPE - Short Sale Agent - Home for Sale - Greenville, Simpsonvil...

Hello, welcome to Active Rain. I encourage you to learn from others, educate others, enjoy yourself and try to log in and join us in the Active Rain community as frequently as possible. I look forward to your future blogs! Take care, --Kirk.

Sep 10, 2008 09:19 AM
Steve Vennemann-Hennepin-Dakota-Anoka contract for deed property-Ramsey-MN
BoardWalk Premier Realty INC - White Bear Lake, MN


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Sep 10, 2008 11:16 AM
Rick Sergison
EXP Realty of Canada Inc., Brokerage - Pickering, ON
Durham Region Real Estate Blog

I just stopped by to welcome you to Active Rain. I hope that you find it a great benefit to your business and that you see the value that I have also found here. I am from Charlottesville Virginia and using Active Rain has really increased my business!

My main blog on Active Rain is here: Charlottesville Real Estate Blog, not the link at the bottom of this post. 

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Sep 11, 2008 11:22 AM