thoughts: No one is listening to you on Social Media. - 02/18/11 09:17 AM

Or are they?
I had a great conversation with a new friend the other day and it drove home some thoughts and beliefs I already had, but know that many people struggle with when it comes to social media.  If no one connects or responds, are we making an impact?  If no one comments on our blog post, does that mean no one likes it or found value in it?  If a Tweet goes out and no one mentions it ever again, did anyone even read it?
You can read the original post, Social Media: Where is everyone? on my … (14 comments)

thoughts: Happy Thanksgiving from RErockstar! - 11/25/10 06:17 AM
Happy Thanksgiving!
I hope all of you have a great day and a great holiday season up ahead.  My coach, Chadi Bazzi, reminded me of something yesterday and although the actual text of the email was based on someone else's writing (and therefore I'm not going to reprint here), the message was simple.  Stop and be thankful for all the "bad" things in life too.
Be thankful for the struggles, the setbacks, and the times when you were ready to throw in the towel.  Be thankful for the failures, disasters, and mishaps that you didn't want or enjoy.  Be thankful for … (4 comments)

thoughts: Can A Brain Be Over Stimulated? (Tom Ferry Success Summit 2010 - Anaheim, CA) - 08/26/10 12:57 AM
Tom Ferry's Success Summit 2010.
I'm at Tom Ferry's Success Summit right now.  I'm in my hotel.  I'm at my computer.  My brain is dancing around in a spinning motion at about 5,000,000 RPM.  It's not a bad thing.  Not at all.  I have a kajillion blog posts I want to write, telling you all of the thoughts flying through my head right now.
But I'm not going to.  Not yet.
Instead, I wanted to take a few moments to thank Tom Ferry, his staff, the ActiveRain staff, and everyone I've met in the last two days and all those that … (9 comments)

thoughts: Coaching with Tom Ferry - First Call - 06/06/10 09:58 AM
Enjoying my winnings.
I sat down on Thursday to start my month of coaching with Tom Ferry (that I won right here at ActiveRain) via Skype.  I wasn't 100% sure what to expect.  I was looking forward to it, but that was about all I knew.
Tom was downright forthcoming in his assessments and making sure I understood what we were going to be looking at.  He didn't even mention real estate at first, we spoke more about personal life for the first few minutes.  As we spoke, I realized just why he was asking the questions he did.  I'd say … (7 comments)

thoughts: Tattoo You: What do real estate and tattoos have in common? - 05/13/10 05:48 PM
Tattoos and Real Estate.
Two things that don't sound like they have much in common, but based on several late night conversations via Twitter with some of the agents I know, not as mismatched as one might think.  Tattooing is an ancient art that has really come into its own over the past decade.  I come from a family that has tattooing in its blood - both my father and brother being Marines who have several well worn tattoos between them.  Real estate is a passion for me, but so is the art of tattooing.
But this post really isn't about … (18 comments)

thoughts: Seven Tips For A Successful Virtual REbarcamp Experience - January 4th 2010 - 01/04/10 06:32 AM

photo courtesy of Virtual REbarcamp
Hope you're ready!
I was lucky enough to attend last year's (wow, that already sounds weird) inaugural Virtual REbarcamp and enjoyed both the concept and the execution of this new spin on the REbarcamp format.  I wrote about my experience over at AgentGenius and had several conversations with attendees about their experiences.  As the time ticks away before the second Virtual REbarcamp, I thought I'd take a moment to share a few things that I think can help make your experience much more fulfilling than just staring at your computer screen.
Come prepared - This … (27 comments)

thoughts: Action/Reaction and the Principals of How We Treat Prospetive Clients - 12/22/09 06:15 AM

photo courtesy of eflon
 
You'll need to do some homework.
In order for this post to make much sense, you'll need to read up first.  Please read Larry and Sheila Agranoff's post "Should We Even Respond To This One?" (a featured post from 12/21/09) - if you're not a member of ActiveRain, the post will not come up for you as it is marked "Members Only."  Be sure to read through the comments as this is what my post is based on.
So what would you do?
I hope you left a comment while you over there, but let … (32 comments)

thoughts: Are Your Clients "Thinking" And "Hoping"? - Seeing Two Words In A New Light - 12/08/09 02:57 PM

photo courtesy of mollypop
Finally...a connection.
I had a call today from Stacy Jones of The Jones Team in Katy, Texas, we've been trying to connect for awhile now, but today we finally spoke.  It was a conversation about real estate and technology (mostly websites) and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It's always great connecting with other agents and just sort of bouncing ideas and thoughts back and forth.  The call went on for about an hour and I think we both took away a few things while chatting.  Sometimes in the middle of a conversation about something, a light goes … (8 comments)

thoughts: What If Real Estate Had A Black Friday? - 11/27/09 05:27 PM

photo courtesy of crd!
Let the madness ensue.
I'm not much of a fan of Black Friday, I can't remember the last time I actually went out for it.  My wife braved a few crowds today and actually wound up buying a few things we needed, but I stayed home.  What I did do was work on my real estate business plan for the coming month and into 2010.  One of my goals is to get more listings.  I like listings and want to build up a constant flow of them.  Not just because I've heard the "you have to … (26 comments)

thoughts: Will the Realtors® Property Resource (RPR) drive up the costs of referrals? - 11/07/09 10:01 AM
The Realtors® Property Resource is coming.
If you have no idea what I'm talking about, let's get you up to speed first.  Check out these articles (and the articles they reference) for some great information about the Realtors® Property Resource (RPR) and what it potentially means to your business.  You might want to grab a few extra cups of coffee before you click - this is pretty heavy stuff and the analysis and information might require some serious caffeine.
Breaking News: NAR/RPR + Cyberhomes = written by Jim Duncan
The Coming Civil War in Real Estate: The RPR Saga Begins written … (33 comments)

thoughts: First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit: Will The Winter Affect It's Impact? - 11/04/09 08:14 PM
Please note, as of this recording, the First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit extension has not been passed.  This video and post is based on the presumption that the tax credit has been extended for the purpose of the ideas expressed in the video and the conversation it seeks to create.

What if the First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit is extended to April 30th?
It all started with a conversation with Jay Thompson the other day during the rash of tweets claiming the First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit had been extended.  If you read my blog regularly, you … (15 comments)

thoughts: I'm A Real Estate Expert - What's Wrong With This Statement? - 09/22/09 12:09 PM

photo courtesy of Mai Le
Being an expert.
I read a comment on someone's blog today (and won't link to it as the comment doesn't really apply to what I'm writing, it just sent me down this path) that made me think about the word expert and how we use it consistently in real estate.  Everyone wants to hire someone with expertise in their field, no matter what industry you're coming from.  We like to know we're getting the best of the best.  We don't want to hire someone who has no experience in their field.
Merriam-Webster defines expert:
2 … (83 comments)

thoughts: The point is Not can-t-we-all-just-get-along-stagers-vs-realtors-vs-sellers- - 09/03/09 08:02 PM
Hmmmmm.
My recent post about staging has caused a lot of communication between stagers and myself.  I've received an email almost daily from stagers across the country giving me their thoughts and I've enjoyed seeing the different ideas, explanations, and theories out there.  This post by Virginia Tatseos, was emailed to me today by Virginia and is a stager's take on it all.
I was a little hesitant to re-blog this as I think it may cause some reactions that might set off more of the same us vs. them comments that caused me to originally write my post.  I hope … (1 comments)

thoughts: The Best Real Estate Blogs Are NOT Written By Real Estate Agents (RE-BLOG) - 08/31/09 10:23 PM

this is not the blogger know as Molly, but rather my old cat that shared the same name
Meet Molly.
I was passing through the featured posts tonight when I came across a post by SarahGray Lamm.  If you haven't read it, I've re-blogged it here for your pleasure.  It's actually a post about a blog.  A blog by Molly.  In it she speaks about buying a home - from a home buyer's perspective.  Take a few minutes read the post about her experiences, but while you're there, comb through the rest of the blog.  It's a personal blog about … (1 comments)

thoughts: Can't we all just get along? Stagers vs. Realtors® vs. Sellers. - 08/25/09 04:16 PM

photo courtesy of REAL ESTAGING
A stager's blog starts the conversation.
In light of the recent post by Cathy Dick on her blog titled, "Remove my home staging signs from the home? Why?," I got to thinking about the relationships between sellers, stagers, and Realtors®.  So far, I've never seen a particularly warm-fuzzy friendship between the three.  That's not to say that it doesn't exist, but one scroll through the comments section of Cathy's post and you'll see what I mean.
Why do we seem to be at odds?  (Realtors® and stagers)
The first thing I notice about staging and … (138 comments)

thoughts: New layout idea for advertising listings - would like some opinions. - 05/24/09 11:35 AM

photo courtesy of Matt from London
As you may recall...
In a recent post, "Postlets and ActiveRain - Once Friends, Now Enemies.," I lamented the fact that Postlets just didn't seem to be working out for me.  The problem revolves around the screen real estate occupied by the HTML generated by Postlets being wider than I need for various places I want to post them (including my outside blog, San Antonio's Rockstar Turned Realtor® and my RErockstar.com site).  Of course, promoting our listings online is an important part of what we do, so not being able to use this great … (20 comments)

thoughts: Christmas morning and the silence. - 12/25/08 04:04 PM

photo courtesy of infandum
There is that magic hour on Christmas morning, when the world goes silent.
Ever since I was a kid I noticed it.  Even when I was up before my parents, itching to tear in to that large box under the tree that I had no clue as to what it was.  There was always a moment or two...sometimes minutes, sometimes hours...where all was quiet.  I always respected that silence and even though I often broke down quickly and ran into my parents bedroom to force them out of bed so that I could play with my … (64 comments)

thoughts: The Stigliano Chronicles over at AgentGenius. - 12/03/08 09:39 PM
Its seems I've become obsessed by writing.
I write here, I write at AgentGenius, and I write in my sleep now.  As I've stated before, I love doing it.  It keeps me busy that's for sure.  I guess the reason I decided to write this post is that over the past few weeks, I've met a lot of new people here at ActiveRain and some of them don't know much more of me than what they read here.  I actually started my blogging "career" over at AgentGenius, when Benn and Lani asked me to write a series, title "The Stigliano Chronicles."  … (0 comments)