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Ready to Jump In… Hope I Can Splash You All

Now, after much prompting from Lani, it’s my turn to try and sum up my being in an interesting little blurb – my professional being at least… so allow me to introduce myself to those of you who don’t already know me 🙂

While my experience is vast, I’m no blogging veteran. In fact, I’ve only been blogging for about the past 12 months (unless you want to count the old-school BBs), and I have to say it’s been a great ride so far. I’ve learned, I’ve shared, and I’ve grown. I’m a firm believer that when we teach, we often learn more than those we’re teaching. We learn about ourselves and our capabilities. We gain confidence when, through the validation of our peers, we finally realize that we actually DO bring something of value to the table. Having something to offer that’s helpful, or even invaluable, to someone else is a great feeling!

Personally, I’ve learned even more than I’ve shared. You see, my home real estate market, Central Oklahoma (specifically
Edmond, OK), is full of traditionalists. Those old-school agents who think the internet is just a fad, or a waste of time; those are many of the guys I’m “competing” with. The rest of them are newer agents who haven’t figured out that you have to be consistent with EVERYTHING you do. Picking a plan of attack in this business is great, but almost 100% of the agents out here simply give something a try for a short time, then quit and move on to the “next big thing” when they don’t see immediate results. They just don’t get it.

So, I am literally the ONLY agent in my market who blogs on a regular basis and spends the majority of my marketing $ on internet exposure, versus traditional mailouts, ads, etc. I’m a tech junky, and that gives me a huge advantage in many ways (more business, better results for my clients, more efficiency, etc), but it also leaves me nobody here to learn from in many cases. I have to be a pioneer of sorts. Love it and hate it. That’s where the blogosphere has benefited me most. I’ve built relationships with some leading agents around the country and picked up many great ideas and pointers on how to position myself above the rest. I’m always looking for another way to work smarter, as opposed to harder. As I tweak and modify, I’m able to do more in less time, which is ultimately my goal. I want to do more than my competitors, without sacrificing the clients’ interests, and I won’t give up the balance between the business that I’m passionate about and the family that I love.

So, obviously I’m here to learn from those of you who have figured it out, and to share what I know in many different arenas. I feel honored to have been invited and I’m looking forward to being part of the group… helping put one more piece of the puzzle in place I hope.

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Writer for national real estate opinion column, focusing on the improvement of the real estate industry by educating peers about technology, real estate legislation, ethics, practices and brokerage with the end result being that consumers have a better experience.

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  1. Mariana

    November 21, 2007 at 11:24 pm

    “I have to be a pioneer of sorts. Love it and hate it.”
    I feel your pleasure/pain. Sometimes I wish I ciould just go to lunch with someone and talk about all of this, but then I guess I have such a large piece of the pie that I shouldn’t complain…

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