What you learn quickly when you’re a real estate blogger in the Phoenix area is you’re not lone. Last night I discovered another half-dozen local bloggers while trying to find someone using the Arizona Regional MLS’ basic IDX feed.
The above photo features some of the area’s best and brightest – oh, and also the rather large man in black on the left. Not pictured is Dru Bloomfield, one of three bloggers who all work in McCormick Ranch, a subdivision in Scottsdale. John Wake, making an odd clawing motion in the back left, and Irene Hammond (in the pink) are the other two.
(Incidentally, if I disappear, please tell the authorities to start the investigation with the Scottsdale agents, none of whom agree with my contention that their city’s overrated.)
Up front are Christoph Schweiger and Steve Belt. Heather Barr is nearly eclipsed by me, at least as much as someone so shimmery can be eclipsed. Chris Butterworth is behind Irene and in the back right, with the cast on his right arm, is the unstoppable Jay Thompson.
Helping Each Other Build Their Business
You’d expect for us to be hyper-competitive and not up for such gatherings in an online market as competitive as the one here in Phoenix. But with one glaring exception, nothing is further from the truth. Since those pictured aren’t trying to put a price tag on their own marketing expertise, we share ideas freely.
Entering the Phoenix real estate blogging world now is a bit different than it was a couple of years ago when I started. There was the other dog, not quite so rabid as today. There was Jay. And that was it.
Now? Let’s just say when we get together again, we’re going to need another couple of tables … and at least another couple of hours to spend sharing our passion for the market and for our blogs.