Experience

By
Real Estate Agent with Windermere Peninsula Properties

This is my first Post to Active Rain.

I've been selling real estate for over ten years now in a rural market that is very seasonable--very busy in the Spring, Summer and early Fall, pretty dead in the Winter.

Over the years I've seen some agents really shine while others just seemed to fade away.  For example, I knew of one broker who came to work for Windermere Peninsula Properties a few years ago after I had sold him a home in Twanoh Falls on the south shore of the Hood Canal.  He had been in the business for almost twenty years in Seattle and decided to move to an area with a much less frenetic life style.  How ever, he was from the old school and was unable to come to terms with the advances in technology in our evolving profession.  The last time I saw him he was working as a flagger for a road crew.

However, on the positive side the younger and also some of the not so young agents have immersed themselves in the great technological tools that are being developed in Web 2.0, such as activerain, linkin, postlets and localism.com. I am one of the not so young agents who are still struggling with getting my mind wrapped around these new programs but I have the support of the folks I work with to help me get a handle on these new tools--great agency to work for.

Actually, Allyn is a great place to live and work.  I live on the waters of Case Inlet just a block from the office and help both buyers and sellers in their transactions. And having 20+ years experience as a Psychologist has been very helpful.  Plus, living near the golf course community of Lakeland Village has been a source of a lot of business.

So, what advice do I have for people just starting out in this field?  Stay on top of the new technological advances, network with other agents and above all, maintain a positive, can do attitude.

Comments (24)

Thomas Tolbert
Better Homes and GardensĀ® Real Estate Legacy - Savannah, GA

Great post dick. Welcome! You're right....the internet is the key to success in real estate.  Either you take advantage of technology or you get left behind.  

Nov 18, 2008 10:16 AM
Valerie Spaulding
Windermere Peninsula Properties~Allyn~Belfair~WA - Belfair, WA
Allyn-Belfair-Hood Canal-Local Expertise!

Oh and Dick - I really like your picture. That fits you well... 

Nov 18, 2008 10:17 AM
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

Hi Dick, welcome to the Rain!  Great first post. 

Laura G

Nov 18, 2008 10:18 AM
Richard R. Bell
Richard Bell - Windermere Peninsula Properties - Belfair, WA
Broker-Manager, Allyn - Belfair Washington State Realtor

Dick, Welcome to the AR community. Your post is very insightful. I believe you have a lot to share. Keep it going.

Nov 18, 2008 10:22 AM
Dinah Lee Griffey
Windermere Peninsula Properties - Allyn, WA
Managing Broker Windermere Peninsula Properties

I LOVE your post! Great insight, and I really value your years of experience in the field. You are a wealth of knowledge, and I appreciate being able to bounce all the hard stuff off of you first. Great first post. I can not wait to see tomorrows-Dinah Lee

Nov 18, 2008 02:07 PM
Derenda Grubb
CENTURY 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s - Lake Charles, LA
GRI, ABR, CRS

Welcome Dick,

Congratulations on your first post.  I look forward to many more.  You will enjoy and fit right into the RAIN.  Just jump in and make yourself at home.

Nov 18, 2008 02:39 PM
geri wehry
RE/MAX Select R.E. - Covington, WA
your agent for life

Welcome and great first post!  I have to agree, living in the pacific northwest is the best!  Have a great day!

Nov 18, 2008 02:41 PM
Yvette Smith
LONG & FOSTER - Williamsburg, VA
Realtor In Williamsburg VA, Homes for Sale

HI DICK!!

Welcome to AR!  Boy, for your first post, you ROCK!!  You're already nestled into this great community...perfect fit!

Nov 18, 2008 02:52 PM
Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

Hi, Dick...I have to agree.  Great first post.  And welcome to the community.  I know Valerie through one of my agents, Suzanne McLaughlin.  Suzanne got me started on active rain and she's much older than I am.  So we can all learn from old and young here.  Glad you're here...we'll be waiting for your next post.  Have fun and keep up the great work! 

Nov 18, 2008 03:00 PM
Josh Murphy
Windermere Peninsula Properties - Belfair, WA
Belfair WA Real Estate, 360-710-3972

there ya go!

great post dick

Great coverage on the area. Keep it up, make it a habbit

Nov 18, 2008 03:40 PM
Michelle Roethle
Windermere Peninsula Properties - Belfair, WA
Your NorthWest "Real Estate Solution"

Great Post Dick. I am so glad to see that you have gotten started. You have so much to share with everyone. I will wait and see what you have for us next :-)

Nov 18, 2008 03:52 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTORĀ®, Broker

Hello Dick,

Welcome to Active Rain.  Your first post was a good one.  Keep up the good work.

Nov 18, 2008 07:55 PM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495

Dick,

Dinah Lee sent me over to say Hi!  Welcome to the Rain; you'll thrive here.

Mike in Tucson

Nov 18, 2008 10:38 PM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Dick,

Welcome to ActiveRain. This is an excellent forum for news and discussion, and we hope to hear a lot more from you!

Nov 18, 2008 11:23 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTORĀ®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Dick fantastic first post, congrats and I look forward to up coming issues of your post...Welcome!

Nov 19, 2008 01:05 AM
Dinah Lee Griffey
Windermere Peninsula Properties - Allyn, WA
Managing Broker Windermere Peninsula Properties

You are off to a great start! This is a lot of comments!-Dinah Lee

Nov 19, 2008 02:49 AM
Diana Miller
Windermere Peninsula Properties - Allyn, WA
Brokerage Secretary, Windermere Peninsula Properties

Yea!! you did it!  Good job!!  Dick you can have a good time here.... reading, writing and learning.

 

Nov 19, 2008 04:51 AM
Dick Potter
Windermere Peninsula Properties - Allyn, WA

Hi Thomas, Laura, Dinah Lee, Michelle, Josh, Derenda, Geri, Yvette, Richard Bell, Richard Weeks, Mike, Diana, Richard Weisser and Valerie--- I want to thank everyone for the welcome I recieved from you, your comments were much appreciated and enlightening.  Best regards, Dick

Nov 19, 2008 09:42 AM
Alisha Harrison
John L. Scott, Belfair - Belfair, WA
Allyn, Belfair and Hood Canal real estate expert!

Great post Dick. Welcome to the Rain! ~A:)

Nov 20, 2008 09:49 AM
Cecily Parks
iMove Group, Knipe Realty NW, Inc. - Salem, OR

I just dropped by to say Hi! I got here via Dinah's great post introducing you. Welcome fellow Windermere agent. With a mentor like Dinah you'll be blogging all night long in no time! (Wink)

Nov 21, 2008 03:39 AM