Crusin' the lanes in the rain.

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Lenn Harley suggests that you "build your network, one contact at a time.  Build it with quality agents, both seasoned and non... you'll identify good partners as you go... real estate talent is all around us.  Pick and choose, but choose carefully.

yeah, yeah, yeah, Lenn.

Preaching to the choir.  And Lenn is basing her post on a post from Karen Fiddler, who posted about a mature agent who was having difficulty keeping up with technology, she suggests that his experience would be a perfect complement to a modern tech-agent... make him a partner. If the personalities mesh, a great idea.

It's not that I disagree with Lenn, I don't.  (I hate when I find myself on the opposite side of a point from Lenn.  Cause she's always right, and that would mean that I'm slightly left of right, and I hate that) She's absolutely right, but isn't that just what we're already doing, here on Active Rain?

We cruise Rain Drive, and meet other agents.  We rub elbows and decide whose particular style of wisdom (or lack thereof) clicks nicely with our own philosophy. We're crusing up and down the magnificent mile in our 1959 thunderbirds, our 1961 corvettes, and a couple of studebaker skyhawks! (look 'em up) Let's follow this.... Lenn likes Karen... she thinks Karen's got a good head on her shoulders, has good things to say, and gets her point across well.  So she brings some of Karen's input to her own blog.

While I also read Karen, and commented on that particular post, it didn't quite hit me 'till Lenn brought it back as leftovers.  I, as do others, think Lenn's got a lot of real estate wisdom to share, gets her point across well, and damn, if she doesn't wield a mean shotgun!  So, here I am bringing Lenn's (and Karen's viewpoints) to my own readers.

Ain't that a bit like 3-minute-dating for Realtors?  Hmmmm... Hmmmmm?

 

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, 2929 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
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You completely crack me up...and given the choice, I'd drive a 1966 Convertable Mustang....that was the point of your post, wasn't it? Of course....it would need a GPS. See? merging older and newer...I can do this.

Dec 19, 2010 04:10 PM #1
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Hmm Active Rain speed Dating.  That sounds like an interesting Speed Brainstorming breakout session for a Rain Camp.  Have a core group be the table heads and then have everyone pick say three or four numbers (table numbers) Then set a time limit of say 5 to 10 minutes.  Each table has a set topic and that way you different mindsets. 

Dec 19, 2010 04:12 PM #2
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Alan:  No question about it for me.  I will take the '59 Thunderbird.  What a gorgeous car.  Style ?  It has it !  By the way... your link to Karen's tech-deprived "mature" agent post does not work.  That pretty-much describes me... kinda/sorta.  I work with it as best I can... and DO manage to get some of it into my brain... but it sure is not easy.

Karen and Lenn are both Active Rain stand-outs.  They are different, obviously... but they both add so much to the mix.

Dec 19, 2010 04:58 PM #3
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Karen - I actually once owned a 65-1/2 mustang... great car.

Larry - that'd be an intresting break-out session.

Karen Anne - ahh, the 59 thunderbird with the opera windows.  Fabulous.

Dec 19, 2010 05:17 PM #4
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Alan - Studebaker's ...  mostly I liked the Avanti and then ... they were gone!  The old-new agent mix works some of the time ... but I've found that the interest of the agents need to mesh better than the technology needs.  Then too, if you have a high entrepreneurial attitude ... any kind of team work in a sales setting may be doomed! 

Dec 19, 2010 06:34 PM #5
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Jack - believe it or not, the Avanti is still made in Canada

Dec 19, 2010 07:30 PM #6
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Alan:  It would be so great to go cruisin' in one of those 1959 Thunderbirds.  It's going to be about 75 degrees here on Wednesday.  "Top-down" weather !

Dec 19, 2010 07:42 PM #7
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Karen Anne - here, too... it's going to be 18° tomorrow.

Dec 19, 2010 09:00 PM #8
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Alan- '61 corvette for me... in fact almost bought one once but decided I wanted more room to carry groceries, etc.  add that to the fact that I would have had a hard time seeing beyond the hood and I ended up with a BMW320i.  I was a Realtor for about 1 year about 25 years ago and was taken under the wing of a very well-seasoned, professional and very kind Realtor.  She knew every house in our area and what it originally sold for. 

Dec 19, 2010 09:41 PM #9
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Kathy - red and white '61 Corvette rocked!

Dec 19, 2010 10:23 PM #10
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Hi Alan -- hmm, speed dating for Realtors ---- is that wham, bam, thank you ma'am(or sir)?  Here's the listing agreement, please sign or here's the purchase agreement, sign and initial in the spots I  have highlighted.  Thank you very much, NEXT.....   On a more serious note---this a great post for the subject of re-blogging as I was reading some posts where that topic was being debated recently. 

Dec 20, 2010 12:23 AM #11
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Michael - reblogging has always been a little controversial... but I think you can see here, that it works nicely

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And while we're at it....what about a 69, baby blue Convertible Beetle....so darn cute. I'm a serious convertible person. This is my baby now! Turbo baby

Dec 20, 2010 05:06 PM #13
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Karen - sa-wheet!

Dec 20, 2010 05:09 PM #14
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Alan, those wre two interesting posts (as is yours).  I work in an office of older techies who combine these skills with incredible market knowledge.  Many of these people are really worth channeling.

Dec 21, 2010 11:02 AM #15
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Patricia - it's not quite time to send them out to pasture, is it?

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Good post Alan.  This has me thinking about who I mgiht partner up with.  The'll have to have a '66 Mustang though...

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