Mansfield, Missouri has a new blogger

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Kelly Taylor - Taylor Realty Services

My first Blog!

This is a new experience for me and it seems like one more nerve-path that is having to run its way through my brain. But, JudyAnn Lorenz, who sent me this invitation and insisted I needed to be here will let me have some peace if I go ahead. She put on a program at the Chamber about blogging and is pretty sure we think she has only one sentence to speak -- "You all need to be blogging for business."

I and my husband Mark are natives of the target area for properties marketed by Taylor Realty Services. We love the Ozarks and enjoy working with sellers and buyers to cover the country and experience the land.

We have been busy, thankfully. As broker, I have five other agents working in the office, plus our daughter, who is the mortgage consultant and office manager. She also recently got married -- wedding plans entwined with property viewing!

With full plates at the office, one of the agents also had time to be pursued by a bear last week while showing property. That has to rank right up there with finding naked people in the house!

There, I survived my first blog bite! It is a small one, but I know it will get better. At least, JudyA will not be nagging me so much!

Comments (18)

Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Specialist - Agent
Welcome to Active Rain.
Apr 15, 2007 12:53 AM
Kelly Taylor
Kelly Taylor - Taylor Realty Services - Mansfield, MO
Thank you!  I am kind of giddy about all of this networking.  We work in the country just enough to get us off the beaten path and sometimes a little late for innovations that would help our business.
Apr 15, 2007 12:56 AM
Tim Maitski
Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage - Atlanta, GA
Truth, Excellence and a Good Deal
Kelly, Wow, chased by a bear.  I thought dogs were the only animal we had to worry about when showing homes.
Apr 15, 2007 01:16 AM
Debbie Malone
Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management - Lynchburg, VA
From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369

Hi Kelly, congrats on your first post! I never thought about blogging as an important tool before, but it's working for me. Welcome to AR and keep on writing!

Apr 15, 2007 01:16 AM
George Tallabas
RE/MAX Advantage - Nampa, ID
Idaho Real Estate

Kelly, Welcome to Active Rain and please don't think about it as a place to blog.  I joined Active Rain on February 12th of this year and am now blessed enough to be #1 in Idaho with Active Rain.  To date I have had 3 buyers contact me on Active Rain and will earn over $50,000 from my first closing with one of these buyers.  In addition today I will make my 4th referral to yet another Active Rain member. 

I was about to throw away my Canon Rebel Camera because I could not obtain quality interior photos.  I then wrote a post called The Big Camera That Can't! Please Help! and I was blown away!  I received better advice from expert Active Rain than I did from Canon Support!  I found out I own a Cadillac camera and am now talking the best interior photos of my life.  I simply didn't know how to adjust the settings correctly and now it is so simple to use.  I would not trade my Canon Rebel for all the tea in China...LOL

It would take me another 10 paragraphs to explain all the tips and suggestions that have taken my business to another level and bringing in more and more business.

Be blessed and "Hang on for the ride of your life"! 



Apr 15, 2007 02:03 AM
Larry H Morris
Mortgage Solutions Financial - Portland, OR
Larry Morris, NMLS 150073
Welcome Kelly. Also congrats. You are probably the 1st person to have their origional post be featured!! George brings up some very good points about Active Rain being an essential component to your business and career.
Apr 15, 2007 02:14 AM
Robert Hammerstein -
Christie's International Real Estate - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate
Welcome Terry to a place everyone should be!  Your friend was correct in that for sure.  Congrats on your first post and a Featured one at that!  Great job!  You are going to find out now what many of us here on the Rain Train already know.  It's a great ride so don't sit back but ENJOY!  Don't forget to come back often.
Apr 15, 2007 02:35 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Kelly - Welcome to Active Rain.  JudyAnn is right on target with her comment - "You all need to be blogging for business."

Apr 15, 2007 02:36 AM
Steve Scheer
Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers - Highlands Ranch, CO
Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate
Welcome Kelly, you will learn so much and in the end it will be terrific for business. 
Apr 15, 2007 02:48 AM
Jason Smith
DreamDirt Auction - Mondamin, IA
Welcome to Active Rain.  JudyA is right, you do need to be here.
Apr 15, 2007 03:08 AM
Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL

Welcome to Active Rain, Kelly!  You can expect to

  • learn a lot
  • make some great friends
  • get some business
  • have fun
so keep blogging and sharing.
Apr 15, 2007 05:12 AM
Christy Powers
Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners - Pooler, GA
Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent
Congrats on the first featured blog and first blog. Welcome to active rain and can't wait to see more posts.
Apr 15, 2007 05:36 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Welcome, Kelly. Glad you are here and getting involved, You are in for the ride of a lifetime. Looking forward to hearing more frm you.


Apr 15, 2007 07:48 AM
Joan Snodgrass
Midamerica Referral Network - Kimberling City, MO


Sounds like you have a bz life and business, but check in with us occasionally anyway.  Welcome.  So you have bears over in Mansfield, too?  I saw a mama and two cubs near my home in Shell Knob at Thanksgiving. 

Apr 15, 2007 08:58 AM
R. B. "Bob" Mitchell - Loan Officer Raleigh/Durham
Bank of England (NMLS#418481) - Raleigh, NC
Bob Mitchell (NMLS#1046286)

Always nice to have another show me state member...welcome to really does work for generating business.  I've only been on a few weeks and have already gotten two leads from here.  Neither really panned out, but you know that it eventually will!  


R.B. "Bob" Mitchell

ValueList Real Estate Services, Inc. 

Apr 15, 2007 10:18 AM
Kelly Taylor
Kelly Taylor - Taylor Realty Services - Mansfield, MO
Thank you all for the encouragement and welcome.  I'm looking forward to learning and networking here.
Apr 15, 2007 10:51 AM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
Welcome to ActiveRain, Kelly! Looks like you've got plenty of sources for blogging content right in your office. And you'll be pleasantly surprised at how it affects your business!
Apr 16, 2007 07:44 AM
Real Estate Flyers
Guru Real Estate Flyers - Toronto, ON

Welcome to AR Kelly!

You will very likley become addicted to AR so hold on tight!


Apr 17, 2007 05:56 AM