Interview with a Real Estate Rock Star... Margaret Rome

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  A few months ago, one of the rock stars of real estate asked me to do the cover art for her new book. That was the beginning of a power relationship between three "Type E personalities".

 In case you don't already know, the rock star I'm talking about is Margaret Rome and since her new book Real Estate The Rome Way is about to be released, I thought it would be fun to get a little background and insight into the woman behind the book!


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 Hi Margaret, before we talk about your new new book, could you give us a little background about you and the "how and why" you got into real estate?

 I am a former Pediatric Head Nurse and Porcelain/Ceramic artist. Following a car accident, I was told not to lift anything over five pounds. My box of clay weighed Fifty pounds. While recovering, I had a call from a former RN asking if I wanted to sell my house. Yep.... she was cold calling and was in Real Estate.

 I had been helping others write their ads and look for was fun and I was receiving nice thank you notes. This former RN suggested I get my license so I could send her referrals. I signed up for a RE class that same week and the rest is history. Both of my former careers have been extremely helpful in Real Estate. (I use as much, if not more, psychology and psychiatry with my clients giving counseling sessions about the stress and distress of moving.


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 Since I'll be using the term "Type E personality" in this interview, can you give us a short explanation about Type E's and maybe a link to where we can read more about it?

 The quiz for Type E personality can be found on the first page of my website You can take the quiz in a minute or two. It consists of 10 yes, no, maybe questions. When you have your score, there is an easy explanation describing your results. I have the quiz in the book along with examples of how a Type E person functions. The original idea for the book was to write about Type E.

 I know your book will cover a lot of ground but how are you dealing with today's tough real estate market and if you could give new agents one or two pieces of advice about making the most of this market, what would it be?

 Keeping in touch is important in any market. There are so many ways to do this and Active Rain has been a perfect way to stay connected with professionals as well as letting the public know that you are staying active and involved. Join and participate in activities that you enjoy. Get out and meet people. Find out what others need and help them achieve their goals.



 OK, let's get into Real Estate The Rome Way. For starters, is this your first book?

 This is my first book, Silloway Press' first published book and mARTi, your first book cover. The first of many, I predict.


 I love the title! How did you come up with it? Care to share any titles you thought of before deciding on Real Estate The Rome Way?

 My working title for a while was WIN = What's Important Now. This concept is incorporated throughout the book but the title did not work. It sounded more like a sports book. I absolutely love the title and smile when I say it!

 Can you give us an overview of what it's about, the topics you cover and why you decided to write the book in the first place?

 This book is written for  both novices and experienced professionals alike. It is for agents  who want to build a business that runs on referrals. I cover everything from deciding if Real Estate is the right career for you, to having a life outside of Real Estate. I speak about my choice to be a solo agent and how I've made that work for me. All my business is referral and now I am able to choose the clients I want to work with.

  I'm sure more than a few people reading this have thought of writing/publishing a book. Can you tell us about the process you went through to get it from concept to book form as well as who is your publisher and how did you find/select them?

 I've been thinking about writing a book since learning about Type E. I wanted and needed more information and there was nothing written. Alex was supposed to write a Type E book ... he had the idea but never followed through (This is so Type E ).


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  I remember calling Alex and saying How About I write the book. He was delighted and very encouraging.  Peg Silloway has been my friend for over 20 years, meeting through NAWBO-National Association Women's Business Owners".

 Peg became my second listing, a former FSBO... that story is in the book. The more we talked about the book, the more obvious it became that we should publish it. As mentioned above, it became the first title for The Silloway Press and expanded her business in a new direction.



 Since you're a true Type E, I probably know the answer to this but... do you plan on writing another book?

  Absolutely, already working on that idea.

 When will Real Estate The Rome Way be available? Is there an official release date yet and how can we order a copy?

 The book is due from the printer the end of November. Right now you can go to the Silloway Press website and click on the book cover. That takes you to a page where you can read a brief excerpt and also order the book autographed by me.  Later it will available through online stores like Barnes & Noble and Amazon.


 I know how busy you are Margaret so I really appreciate you taking the time to do this and before I close, is there anything you'd like to add?


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  Please share how well we worked together. I followed and loved your work for 2 years. I called you on a Friday evening, you took my ideas, you listened, you created, you changed, you perfected and by Sunday we had a book cover. The cover is a hit. I was at an art gallery today and they loved the cover design.

 The reality is that you knew what you wanted and you're a quick decision maker so my part was easy! It was a blast to work with a fan and a friend! You, Peg and I make a great team so I know this is just the first of many books for us. How well we worked together is a long story for another post. ;-) Thanks again Margaret... for everything!


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Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

Marti, love visiting you every week. Tweet tweet. I'm not too interested in writing about real estate these days.

Nov 23, 2008 09:31 PM #51
Mark MacKenzie
Phoenix, AZ

Sounds like an interesting book - and certainly a unique cover.

I beleive that now more than ever, REALTORS need to educate themselves.

Just having a license and being able to fog up a mirror is no longer enough. :)

Nov 23, 2008 10:58 PM #52
Jean Groesbeck
Compass - Anacortes, WA
Broker, CRS, e-PRO, ABR, ASP, CNE, IMS

Type E personality....I had not heard that before.  Your blogs are always great!

Nov 24, 2008 12:00 AM #53
Everard Korthals
---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors--- - Lancaster, PA
Mountain Realty

Marti,  can you email me and tell me what specifically doesn't seem to work on your blog post. Looks like your divider didn't center but some other pictures did. Thanks bud.

Nov 24, 2008 01:05 AM #54
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Marti - I loved the interview with Margaret. I am such a big fan of hers! I had just joined AR and wrote a funny comment on one of her posts. She picked up the phone and called me. She has been my blogging mentor ever since. I can't wait to read the book! Thanks for giving her MORE exposure! :)

Nov 24, 2008 03:42 AM #55
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Marti - yet another hidden talent.  What a great interview.  I wish you and Margaret much success!  You both are shinning stars in the Rain!

Nov 24, 2008 04:07 AM #56
Peg Silloway
The Silloway Press - Beaverton, OR

Wow! Thank you Marti for the interview with Margaret, and especially for being such a delight. For anyone who doesn't already know, Marti is one of those people you look for reasons to work with. He's responsive and creative and goes way beyond anything you would expect in service. I'm in awe of his talent and very grateful for his contribution to making Margaret's book the success I know it will be. Thanks to Margaret for the kind words and the plug, too. Here's another example of the good things that happen when people meet and collaborate in the Rain!

Nov 24, 2008 12:23 PM #57
marti garaughty - Montreal, QC
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C... thx, there's a lot of us here. ;-)

Susie... and I love your vivist, tweet, tweet! ;-)

Mark...  very well said, nice to "meet" you.

Jean... hi and thx, check out the test Margaret mentioned, it's very quick to do. Nite!

Nov 24, 2008 03:24 PM #58
marti garaughty - Montreal, QC
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Castellum... no idea, AR is super buggy the past few days. Later!

Connie... absolutely, she is a great friend and someone we can all learn from. Nite!

Joan... you're too kind but thx, Margaret made it easy, I just whipped up a few questions.

Peg... thx so much and the feeling is totally mutual. This wouldn't have happened if all 3 of us didn't do our part, we really do make a great team! Thx again Peg!


Nov 24, 2008 03:30 PM #59
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Marti...I checked out Margaret's web site, and did the Type E test, Wow I got 30, what does that mean? This is the First I heard of Type E, Most Realtors I know are type A. I ordered her autographed Book, and Margaret emailed me personally and thanked me for my book order.

Sounds like it'll be a winner, hope I get it before Xmas.

Thanks for Sharing Margaret and her New Book and your Awesome Book Cover, Well Done !! It'll certainly stand out on book shelves in the stores!


Nov 26, 2008 02:50 PM #60
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

Marti, just dropped by to say I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 28, 2008 01:38 AM #61
Robin Rogers
Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas - San Antonio, TX
CRS, TRC, MRP - Real Estate Investment Adviser

All right, Marti; another book to read! Yay! I got a 27. I love quizzes, too!

You've bumped up Margaret's initial sales with your great post! I'm off to order a copy.



Nov 28, 2008 01:55 AM #62
Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision - Lake Geneva, WI


I've read Margaret's posts and it's nice to know the story behind her book, thank you for that.

Nov 28, 2008 01:08 PM #63
marti garaughty - Montreal, QC
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Fred... thx for the feedback on the cover. It seems like we're a bunch of Type E people in this group! ;-)

Russell... hi bud, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving as well.

Robin... cool, another Type E and another Margaret fan! Have a great weekend!

Rebecca... hi and thanks, have a great weekend!

Nov 29, 2008 05:50 AM #64
Pam Dent
Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc. - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse

Marti - I stopped by to wish you a belated Happy Thnksgiving, but sstayed to read the Margaret Rome interview.  I have been eagerly awaiting her book.

Nov 29, 2008 01:47 PM #65
marti garaughty - Montreal, QC
a highly caffeinated creative type...

Pam... sorry for the slow reply, I'm having a crazy busy couple of weeks. I hope your holiday was good as well, enjoy the book, it should be there soon!

Dec 03, 2008 07:45 AM #66
Real Estate Virtual Assistant & Agent
Christine Wade - San Marcos, CA
Proud to Serve Your Real Estate Needs

Somehow I missed this post over the Thanksgiving holiday...  I just took the quiz, and I am a Type E Manager.  LOL  Pretty much right on.  I will have to add this book to my wishlist on Amazon as soon as it's available there :-)

Dec 09, 2008 05:32 PM #67
marti garaughty - Montreal, QC
a highly caffeinated creative type...

Christine... better late than never, great idea to add to a wish list!

Dec 10, 2008 10:27 AM #68
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

mARTi, Just wanted to let everyone know that we have a Type E Group on Active Rain

Type E Personality

Thank you again for this wonderful post and thanks for allowing me to re-blog!

Dec 10, 2008 02:18 PM #69
marti garaughty - Montreal, QC
a highly caffeinated creative type...

Margaret... my pleasure, anytime my friend!

Dec 11, 2008 03:47 AM #70
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