Is Broker Bryant Full of Hot Air?

My head hurts!!!!Hi folks. Earlier this week, Aloysius Donohue wrote an interesting featured post titled, “Active Rain’s Top Bloggers Ranked by Actual Real Estate Sales Productions………And Creepy Larry” . OK, first I just have to say…….that is one crappy title!!! Sorry Aloysius…just my opinion. Anyway, the topic of his post is:

“I follow the advice of AR bloggers all the time but I often wonder who I am taking the advice from.  I always think to myself “this person is very interesting but I wonder if they do any business”.  

Al started a great discussion and has close to 100 comments already. If you haven’t read his post yet please do. I’m posting the comment I left on his post here because I know there are a lot of folks that read my posts. Some of you may have even learned a thing or two. I hope so. In the interest of being completely transparent here is my response to Al. 


Aloysius, Valid discussion. I know for a fact that there are some very well known bloggers that don’t do a lot business. Not necessarily on AR but in the outside blogosphere. BUT….that doesn’t necessarily make them a bad REALTOR(R). In fact they could be very good at what they do. It’s just generating a lot of business isn’t something they do.

Now on AR I would say most of the top bloggers are better than average at what they do. There are a lot of the same attributes needed to be successful in business as there are to being “successful” on AR. For example: Likability, consistency and knowledge.

I for one have always been very honest about the amount of business I do. I am a small time broker in a small time market. I work from my home and have for 10 years. I also work by myself. I have been in the business for 14 years and have only had 2 months where I didn’t get paid. Both were this year. I sell single family residential homes in one of the worse markets in the country where values have declined 60% in the last 18 months and it is getting worse. Poinciana Florida Market Reports

This year I have closed 19 transaction sides after a very bad start and have another 5 pending. I hope to hit 30 for the year which is a very bad year for me. I average about 40 sides a year with my best ever being 62.  62 transactions in my market was right at 10mil in business!!!! I’m a blue collar broker.

BUT…..I am excellent at what I do. I do the amount of business I want to do and turn down more than I take.

I joined AR to hopefully help others in their business. I never tell folks what to do or how to do it. Instead I tell them what works for me in my market with the intent to get them thinking about how they can apply what I do to their business.

So there you have it. I’m not sure why folks have a problem with being transparent.

How did I do? Hot air or sound advice?

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