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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