There has been a thread on the National Auctioneers Association forum for the past few weeks titled:
What is so great about blogging on ActiveRain.com?
I had been watching this thread and reading the responses but waited until today to post my own. Since the forum is private for members only I cannot post the contents of the thread, but I will say that the comments from the auctioneers who blog here have been VERY POSITIVE and created a few converts.
Here is my response from this morning:
I have been waiting to post a reply on this thread since it came up.
There are a lot of reasons for an auctioneer to blog on Activerain.com.
Some of you may think I am a realtor hater but that is really far from the truth, I simply have a low level of tolerance for incompetence and many realtors are incompetent.
Face the fact that 90% of agents jumped on the real estate bandwagon during the past ten years and all they had to do to sell property was to show up, install a sign and post it on the MLS. Its the part timers, housewifes and people who don't know a thing about the business that get my goat and also that of the true professional agents in the marketplace.
Last night I posted a property that we are selling at Internet only auction.
It went up on three of my websites, the NAA Calendar, Auctionzip.com, AuctionServices.com then I posted it on Activerain.com.
There was a response from Activerain.com within 5-minutes of posting, before I had even logged off the site or my computer for the night.
This morning there was another response / inquiry about the property with some positive information about the area I simply could not have known.
In checking the groups I had posted this on (in addition to my AR blog) I found this question posed:
An agent in PA asking what to do about a listing that is expiring soon for a property that has been on the market for close to 4-years.
FOUR YEARS ON THE MARKET AND HE IS ASKING WHAT TO DO?
There were 63 comments from realtors around the country since this had been posted on January 7th and 2 of them suggested using an auction or auctioneer.
I saw this as a great opportunity to "farm" for the auction listing and since the property is in Omar's back yard to maybe earn a small fee for simply farming the deal and handing it over to Omar Bounds, CAI - AARE to do the auction.
I have gotten a lot of buyer & seller leads from blogging on Activerain.com over the past few years. In addition to getting leads, by blogging there it makes me the "resident expert" on real estate auctions to the local agents who use the site. (because I AM THE resident expert on real estate auctions)
There are a lot of networking opportunities if thats what you are into but I am looking for buyers or sellers, or to establish relationships with agents who need my help to sell their properties in this market.
Blogging on Activerain.com is one more example of how a creative real estate professional can generate business through a social networking site.