How To Become The Expert in an Area

Real Estate Agent with The Griffin Team @ Keller Williams Realty Associate RE Broker


I moved to the Greater Orlando Area from Marco Island earlier this year.  To say I have information overload is an understatement.  I am learning a new area of Florida and there are many similarities to this Resort community and that of Marco Island, and there are many differences.  The area is 20 times larger and the sheer number of choices can be mind boggling.  Our office is in Celebration and that is where I decided to focus, but it isn't the only area I have been learning and putting a lot of miles on my car.

I started to think about all the new agents out there and how they are feeling just starting.  I have some knowledge and I was smart I joined an established team with The Orlando Avenue Top Team with good systems and great support.  There is no easy bullet.  On top of an area I have had to learn a new MLS system and reaquaint myself with FAR/BAR contracts instead of the NABOR contracts I was used to using. 

Now go out there and make it a great day!


List of Artices written by Colleen Kulikowski on ActiveRain  

Helpful Hints


About the Community & Building Something Special

Enhancements and Localism


Book Reviews  




Colleen Kulikowski Real Estate Professional 481 19th Street
Niagara Falls, NY, 14303

Work: 716-990-7384 Mobile: 407-288-0017

Celebration Florida Homes BLOG      Marco Island Homes BLOG

Visit MyBlogLog and get a signature like this!
  Email Colleen Kulikowski | All posts by Colleen Kulikowski 

Colleen Kulikowski is your Western New York Real Estate Expert focusing on Buffalo and Niagara Falls neighborhoods of Western New York.  If you are on Twitter, please follow me... If you enjoyed this post by your Buffalo & Niagara Falls Home Sales Expert, make sure you subscribe to our RSS feed!


This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At

Spam prevention
Show All Comments
MaryAnn Morrar ~ La Jolla
Coldwell Banker - La Jolla, CA
Colleen - Great post, I bookmarked it. 
Apr 04, 2007 11:15 AM #21
Chris Tesch
RE/MAX Bryan-College Station - College Station, TX
College Station, Texas Real Estate
Colleen, You're doing it the right way!  I knew when I moved here that I wanted to get into real estate.  I systematically studied the town for two years before starting.  It was well worth it!!!
Apr 04, 2007 11:56 AM #22
LLoyd Nichols
Premier Florida Realty of SWFL - Fort Myers, FL
SW Florida Homes
Great Blog Collen.There is no question that moving to another area is a challenge and you seem to have a system that works well. To start with a map of the area is the way to go. I have a large map of my area on my office wall and it helps a lot. I am sure you will be an expert in your new area in no time.Its just a question of work!
Apr 04, 2007 12:26 PM #23
Chris Lengquist
Ad Astra Realty - Olathe, KS
Kansas City Real Estate Investing

Looks like a lot of work to me....      :)


Apr 04, 2007 01:45 PM #24
Mary Pope-Handy
Sereno Group Real Estate - Los Gatos, CA
CRS, CIPS, ABR, SRES, Silicon Valley
Great ideas, May I add one more?  Drive a different way to/from your office each day. Take different roads - try the back roads. You never know what you're missing if you stay on the same main roads all the time :)
Apr 04, 2007 02:17 PM #25
Ryan Hukill - Edmond
ShowMeOKC Real Estate Pros of KW Elite - Edmond, OK
Realtor, Team Lead
Colleen, as usual, another great post! These are tips that ALL agents should be using, not just the new and old. We always have room for improvement and sometimes just organizing our efforts, as you've done here, can make the difference between complete success and complete failure. Thank you!
Apr 04, 2007 03:00 PM #26
Colleen Kulikowski
The Griffin Team @ Keller Williams Realty - Buffalo, NY
Creative Real Estate Solutions...

Jeff -- it is amazing how getting back to the basics makes a difference.

Kelli -- I am so glad that it makes a difference.

MaryAnn -- Thanks!

Chris -- I wrote this to remind me that the process is never ending...

Lloyd -- My becoming an expert will be a result of a lot of effort...  

Chris -- anything worth achieving is worth doing right!

Mary -- Getting lost is also a lot of fun.  It is amazing when you figure out where you are and how it connects to another community.       

Apr 04, 2007 03:03 PM #27
Colleen Kulikowski
The Griffin Team @ Keller Williams Realty - Buffalo, NY
Creative Real Estate Solutions...
Ryan -- you are very welcome!     
Apr 04, 2007 03:04 PM #28
Maurice McLaughlin
Nations Princeton-Nassau Inc. d/b/a NATIONS - Naples, FL
Maurice McLaughlin
Looks like you have a plan...and determination-BEST WISHES FOR CONTINUED SUCCESS-looks like you will have your own team in no time!!!
Apr 04, 2007 03:12 PM #29
1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Along with Mary's suggestion to drive a different route each day, I like to have lunch in a different restaurant or cafe each day.  You will meet different folks and often in our area, there is a place to leave some business cards.

Apr 04, 2007 03:40 PM #30
Deborah Burns ~ Seattle Real Estate Agent
Realty Executives -BRIO - Seattle, WA

Great suggestions, I especially liked #6!

I had been planning on handing out my business card to the owner or manager of coffee shops, restaurants etc with my blog address to let them know how to connect to read what I write.  But I like your idea to send a card with the info on how to connect to the article.  That helps with the timing, because I don't always write about a place right away - you know time constraints!  So now I will send a card thanking them for allowing me to take photos, taking the time to talk to me, and include my business card with my blog addresses. 

Thanks Colleen!

Apr 04, 2007 05:53 PM #31
John Galt
None - South Florida, FL

Colleen -- As a resident of Orlando for 17 years, I believe the strategy you outlined should help you achieve "local cred" or local credibility in a rapid manner.

People all over the country want to feel that -- if you are a new arrival -- that you respect, honor and seek to learn their local customs, history, etc.

Your post is even more relevant to me right now because I just moved from Orlando to South Florida recently -- and despite my own strategy -- I'm going to follow your advice! 

Thanks for a great post!

Apr 05, 2007 03:54 AM #32
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

Colleen....  I am not familiar with some of the lingo that you used and the differences. And I commend you for making this type of change in this kind of market. But you'll do good because of the type of person that you are and because of the knowledge that you have in regards to real estate.  What you wrote looks like good advice. Good luck....                                                                     

jeff belonger
Apr 05, 2007 05:35 AM #33
Shayne Stone
Champion Real Estate Group - Richmond, TX

Great advise Colleen, I was asking about similar advise in my own blog:


Apr 05, 2007 06:15 AM #34
joanne Douglas
Terrie O'Connor Realtors - Ridgewood, NJ

Good advice for old and new alike. 
Apr 05, 2007 12:31 PM #35
Cyndee Haydon
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes
Colleen - I enjoyed your post and realize opportunities to "learn more" when I go to "blog" and realize I need more info about a particular neighborhood , market, etc. I have been taking a focused approach myself to increase my "expertise" in some areas we haven't work in before. As always your writing is insightful and practical - thanks for sharing and have a well deserved 3 days off.   
Apr 06, 2007 01:45 PM #36
Scott Mosher
Northstar Realty Sales - Lincoln, NH
Loon Mountain Real Estate, Lincoln & Woodstock NH

Colleen -

Thanks for your post. I hope I'm not alone in this, but it really is refreshing just being reminded to let common sense prevail. Bookmarked, printed, and gave it a 5! Embarrassingly-enough, still got a few in there I needed to be reminded of, but intend on putting them into action sooner rather than later!

Thanks again...


Apr 09, 2007 02:03 PM #37
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN

I love Celebration. I know that you will enjoy working in one of the best meighborhoods in the country.

May 26, 2008 10:29 AM #38
Colleen Kulikowski
The Griffin Team @ Keller Williams Realty - Buffalo, NY
Creative Real Estate Solutions...

Everyone, thanks for your well wishes...

May 26, 2008 02:39 PM #39
Johnathan Smith
Coldwell Banker DiTommaso Realty - Staten Island, NY

thanks for the tips and information

Johnathan Smith
Staten Island

Sep 01, 2008 10:26 AM #40
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?


Colleen Kulikowski

Creative Real Estate Solutions...
Ask me a question
Spam prevention