First Episode of "Video Agent Guy"

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Real Estate Agent with Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage GREC #208281

This is the start of my video blog. I'm excited about testing out this format. I work with a lot of buyers, especially from out of town. We spend a lot of time talking in the car in between houses. I answer questions and also play a little tour guide.

So I figured that it might be neat to get some of that on video and share it with the world. I was planning to do a series about various real estate topics. I had written out scripts and even built a home made teleprompter to help in my delivery. I did a few and just thought that they were pretty boring and not very alive.

I stumbled upon Ian Watt's video blog last week and immediately recognized that he had a winning format for a real estate video blog. So I rigged a camera on a tripod in my SUV and started messing around.

Along with me doing short 3-5 minutes educational segments, I'm going to do: neigborhood video drive throughs, interviews of specific experts from my passenger seat, real time commuting to get a taste of the traffic, and maybe even some real buyers as we go house hunting.

It won't be perfect. I'm not the greatest contemporaneous speaker but what you see is what you get. Instead of pretty postcard pictures, I'll give you a look at what everyday Atlanta is like. You'll also get to know me much better. I don't think there is a better medium than video to quickly get across one's personality. I think that's what blogging is all about. At least that's a big part of what a social networking blog is about.

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About the Author:  Tim Maitski has been a full time Realtor since 1999. He has sold several hundreds of homes in areas around metro Atlanta.  Tim started with RE/MAX Greater Atlanta and is now with Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage.

 

Along with blogging on ActiveRain, he provides one of the best real estate websites in Atlanta at www.HomeAtlanta.com .

 

His proprietary  "Maitski Line Reports" chart out the absorption rates over the past 14 years in 37 different market areas.  Know when it's a good time to buy or a good time to sell.    

 

His online Property Tax Calculator allows you to compare property taxes in many counties and cities around the Atlanta area.  He provides the Atlanta MLS Power Search Tool that allows searches of homes using over 35 specific criteria.

 

Over the years, Tim has optimized his business so that he now can offer a huge 50% commission rebate to his buyers.  The more experience one gets, the easier the job becomes.

 

Tim also has a "Five Days to Sold" System that uses an intensive marketing blitz to create a showing frenzy that creates urgency and offers.

 

Tim is always looking to LinkIn with anyone who is interested in building their social network.

 

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Jason Sardi
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Tim - I watched the whole thing.  Not bad, my man.  I think I will eventually implement something similar from the mortgage side of things.  Personally, I like the no-script route as well.  I think I'll do it from my home office though; I'm already nervous enough when driving:)

Jan 16, 2009 12:00 AM #1
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Margaret Woda
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I WANTED to watch YOUr video, but there was no operating link on it.  Did I miss something?  I did watch Ian Watt's video and thought the concept was good.

Jan 16, 2009 12:58 AM #2
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Tim Maitski
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Thank you Margaret.  There was some kind of problem with the whole video player showing up while using FireFox browser. 

I think I just fixed it.  I had to go into the HTML code and change the  width and height  settings.  These technical details are really frustrating sometimes.  But it's fulfilling when you get them all worked out and it works the way you envisioned.

Jan 16, 2009 01:37 AM #3
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Jason Sardi
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I had no problem watching it earlier, but that was from home.  It seems to still be working, though I have no sound on my work computer:)

Jan 16, 2009 03:35 AM #4
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Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time

Very cool Tim. I like it a lot and will look forward to future episodes. Work on your eye contact is my only suggestion. You seem to be looking down too often. Of course make sure to watch the road!!!!!

Jan 16, 2009 10:54 AM #5
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Tim Maitski
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Bryant,  Thanks for your observation.  The reason that my eyes get pulled over to the right is because I just keep looking at the view finder on the side of the camera instead of looking directly into the camera lens.  I also have to work on my ums, and my breathing and my speed of talking.  I'm hoping that by video 100, I'll have it perfected and be ready to put up some really  good stuff. 

Jan 16, 2009 11:10 AM #6
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Sarah Nopp
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Can you share about your hardware set up? I would like to do this too, but am not sure what I would need in order to make it look clean and sound good.

Jan 18, 2009 11:38 AM #7
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Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Tim, this is a great first video. I like the streaming video concept and practice makes perfect!

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