Active Rain's Top Bloggers Ranked by Actual Real Estate Sales Production...Plus Creepy Larry

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

I follow the advice of AR bloggers all the time but I often wonder who I am taking the advice from.  I always think to myself "this person is very interesting but I wonder if they do any business".   

Low sales production, in and of itself, does not make you a bad person.  And I don't think it has any bearing on whether you are a talented and interesting blogger...or not.  However, as I follow your tips step-by-step, it would sure help to know if you have put your own advice to practical use.  It would be even better to know how much success you have had following your own advice.  

I am sure I will get hammered for this post but I bet 90% of you have wondered the same thing.  If you haven't wondered this - you should have.  How long would you sit and listen to sales tips from Larry?  Everyone knows Larry - or someone like him.  He is that creepy guy in your office with the sweaty handshake. He only shows up when there is free food and his gaze lasts just a little bit too long when women in the office pass by.   He also only sells one home - every other year.

Editor's Note:  No, I am not my office's Larry.  At least I don't think I am. If anyone from my firm is reading this please tell me if I am our Larry.

What if, unbeknownst to you, Larry was a great writer and had 418,321 points on AR and thousands of Realtors hung on his every word online?  Would this fact make you more inclined to listen to his advice at the water cooler tomorrow?  I don't think so.

How do we know we are not listening to a bunch of cyber-Larrys?

I always ask people I work with to "come to me with solutions not problems" but I can't figure out a way to heed my own advice here.

My problem is I don't know which bloggers are just good at talking about real estate and which ones are good writers AND  good Realtors.   Anyone have an idea how we can figure this out? 

If there was a way to create the list that I spoke of in my bogus title that would be great - but I have no idea how to do it. I am not sure anyone is up to posting their numbers on AR for all to see.  It's also a bit tacky - even for me.

If you are wondering what made me go off on this tangent please blame the AR members  who commented on Nelya Calev's post Do you think real estate agents statistics should be public?  I was shocked to see how many agents thought transparency was a bad idea and how many agents shuddered at the thought of letting customers see their track record.   You should have nothing to hide.  Unless..

YOU are Larry!!

Comments (148)

Aloysius Donohue
Keller Williams Realty - Ridgewood, NJ
Ridgewood Real Estate

"Perhaps if you have particular advice you are interested in following, you could contact that person directly and discuss their successes in a one on one situation."

Christine D - I don't need any advice.  I am a know it all.

Oct 14, 2008 02:34 PM
Aloysius Donohue
Keller Williams Realty - Ridgewood, NJ
Ridgewood Real Estate

"I am here to tell you this is Mana, Hi."

Mana - I am here to tell you I love your name and I am glad to meet you, sort of.

Not that I am sort of glad but rather I am only meeting you sort of.  See the difference.  I hope so. Don't want you to think I am not glad to meet you - because I am. But I am not really meeting you..Here I go again.

Oct 14, 2008 02:38 PM
Aloysius Donohue
Keller Williams Realty - Ridgewood, NJ
Ridgewood Real Estate

Liz in Chilliwack - Excellent points.  My name is a long story.  The short version is that it was my uncle's name.  My parents joked that they were going to name me after him but he did not realize it was a joke.  He was sick when I was born so they couldn't bring themselves to tell him it was a joke so they named me Aloysius.  I like it.

Oct 14, 2008 02:41 PM
Aloysius Donohue
Keller Williams Realty - Ridgewood, NJ
Ridgewood Real Estate

Jennifer Allan - Congratulations on the top 20.  What does it mean?  I promise I am not being sarcastic for once.  I really don't know what that means.  Top 20 in # of points or # of posts or was there a poll?  I read your blog and like it very much.

Blogging goes down and production goes up?

I don't think that is what folks here want to hear.  Say it ain't so.

Oct 14, 2008 02:46 PM
Aloysius Donohue
Keller Williams Realty - Ridgewood, NJ
Ridgewood Real Estate

Karen L - Do you miss your creepy Larry?  Be honest.

Alan - Didn't know there was a Mrs. Elvis.  She is a lucky lady.

Oct 14, 2008 02:48 PM
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Not sure whether success should be defined in terms of number of transactions, sales volume, net profit, or some combination of the above plus quality of life and customer satisfaction.  I can think of some Top Producers who bring in a lot of money, whose practices I abhor and other agents who have a deep level of expertise in our field, but who have deliberately chosen a more balanced life and therefore produce less.  Nonetheless, I do like the idea of transparency, especially if someone is giving advice saying "do this and you will get great results".  Maybe great results in his market or with his skills, but it may not apply to everyone.  A little bit of info about the blogger's own real estate practice could help set the stage for understanding how much of the advice might apply to the readers own situation. 

Oct 14, 2008 04:32 PM
TIM MONCRIEF
Tim Monciref - Austin, TX
Over 2,000 homes sold…..

I am horrible writer.  I sell real estate, I market real estate, I network through my communities, I help those in need, I help my neighbors, I go to church, I help my daughter with her homework, I research better marketing techniques.I go on vacations, I taught my daughter how to change a tire, I teach my agents how to sell, I work with mean sellers, I work with nice sellers, I do not work with buyers, I donate to charity, I donate to our area schools, I ask bums if they want a job, I never wash my own car or change the oil, I freebase cocaine.....ok, that was a lie.  I do read your blog.  I am a horrible writer.

Oct 15, 2008 05:23 AM
Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn
Sell with Soul - Pensacola Beach, FL
Author of Sell with Soul

Jennifer Allan - Congratulations on the top 20.  What does it mean?  I promise I am not being sarcastic for once.  I really don't know what that means.  Top 20 in # of points or # of posts or was there a poll?  I read your blog and like it very much.

LOL! Yep, probably the only people who know (or care) about the "Top 20" (actually, it's the Top 100) are the people on the list! It's the list of AR bloggers ranked by how many members subscribe to their blog. Here's the page... http://activerain.com/topbloggers - see me there at Lucky 13?

Oct 15, 2008 06:49 AM
Aloysius Donohue
Keller Williams Realty - Ridgewood, NJ
Ridgewood Real Estate

Jennifer A - Interesting.  That is quite an accomplishment.  Much better than being 1st in # of posts because # of subscriptions shows folks really value your content enough to subscribe in large numbers. Congratulations.

Oct 16, 2008 12:47 PM
Aloysius Donohue
Keller Williams Realty - Ridgewood, NJ
Ridgewood Real Estate

Jason S - I actually buy all of my seafood along with other stuff like car seats, perscription drugs, etc. at dollars stores.

Oct 22, 2008 01:36 PM
Aloysius Donohue
Keller Williams Realty - Ridgewood, NJ
Ridgewood Real Estate

Karen - What do you mean "your Larry" disappeared?  Did you kill him?

Oct 22, 2008 01:37 PM
Aloysius Donohue
Keller Williams Realty - Ridgewood, NJ
Ridgewood Real Estate

Alan - I am glad to hear Mrs. Elvis gets a cut.  You are a good man.

Oct 22, 2008 01:38 PM
Aloysius Donohue
Keller Williams Realty - Ridgewood, NJ
Ridgewood Real Estate

Fran the Title Man - Thanks very much. Sorry to hear that you have so much experience with Larrys.

9 kids???  And, your wife does not work?  The title business has been berry, berry good to you and so has "Mrs. Fran the Title Man".

 

 

 

Oct 22, 2008 01:41 PM
Aloysius Donohue
Keller Williams Realty - Ridgewood, NJ
Ridgewood Real Estate

"I freebase cocaine"

Tim Moncrief - I know I took this part of your comment a bit out of context but if you really do all those other things I don't begrudge you needing a little bump once in a while to keep yourself going.  Good on ya.

 

 

Nov 01, 2008 02:19 PM
Everard Korthals
---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors--- - Lancaster, PA
Mountain Realty

If it's a list you need, we can deliver, just get us the numbers...

btw: i like your new blog banner :)

Nov 03, 2008 11:54 AM
Aloysius Donohue
Keller Williams Realty - Ridgewood, NJ
Ridgewood Real Estate

Castellum- I know you are the king of lists and would love to see this list come to fruition.  But how would we get the data?

Nov 03, 2008 02:27 PM
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

Aloysius....  I found this post from Castellum Reality, Nathan and Everard...  this post was very interesting and made some sense. I actually wrote about this last year, but your post was a lot more creative than mine...  nice job.  And no, I am not a 'Larry' either... ;o)

jeff belonger

Nov 16, 2008 01:22 PM
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

Aloysius....  I found this post from Castellum Reality, Nathan and Everard, who mentioned you in a post of theirs...  this post was very interesting and made some sense. I actually wrote about this last year, but your post was a lot more creative than mine...  nice job.  And no, I am not a 'Larry' either... ;o)

jeff belonger

Nov 16, 2008 01:23 PM
Kathleen Buckley
STAR REALTY Hopkinton - Hopkinton, MA

Al-

How did I miss this great post?  Only found it because I'm looking for the great post about how we as Realtors undermine ourselves so that I can tweet it.  Just can't keep up with you! 

You know how I feel about this:  the number 1 agent in my micro market of Hopkinton, MA has ZERO online presence as far as I can tell.  Googling her name yields no results. 

-Kathleen

Nov 23, 2008 11:29 PM
Aloysius Donohue
Keller Williams Realty - Ridgewood, NJ
Ridgewood Real Estate

Jeff - I am glad to hear you are not Larry,  Thanks for taking the time to comment.  Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 26, 2008 02:09 PM

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