Have you been chasing your tail? It is better than chasing someone else's...

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Real Estate Agent with Charles Rutenberg Realty - Naperville

I met with my office manager yesterday.  We were meeting to go over my business from the previous year, and to take a look at my expectations for 2012.

During the meeting, my manager noted that my sales had risen 93% from 2010 to 2011.

"Wow," he said.  "What did you do different last year?" 

"Absolutely nothing," I answered with a hint of pride, knowing that my answer would surprise him...

"I did the exact same things,"  I continued.  "I wrote my online market reports, I hung my newsletters, I held a lot of open houses, I was very active on several social media sites..."

"Bottom line, I was consistent, and it is starting to pay off."

"That's good," my manager finished, pleased with the direction my business is headed.

Keller Williams Infinity

When I first became a real estate agent in the fall of 2005, I was so excited to absorb sales strategies from every "expert" I could find. 

I was a sponge.  I went to every meeting and every sales training class I could find.  And I tried just about everything...

I door knocked, cold called, wrote hand written notes.  I tried "pop bys", calling old clients for referrals, and worked on my website.  I wore a tie, I started a blog, and I was active on several social media sites.

Bottom line, I was willing to try anything that someone told me worked...

I tried it all.  And it all worked.  A little.

But by the time I was getting good at any sales discipline, a new "expert" came along with some strategy that insured success selling real estate...

"Boy, I gotta start doing what that guy does," I thought.  "He sold 50 houses last year.  He is a mega producer.  He must be right..." 

But I never was consistent.  I was always trying the next sure thing...

After a couple years of this, I realized not every strategy was right for me.

Only then did I start to become the agent that I imagined I could be.  One that loved his job.  One that felt like he was helping people, not selling people.  One that could make the phone ring...

Bottom line, I started to develop my own style of selling real estate.  And you know what?

It worked.  Not right away, mind you.  It certainly has been a long journey.  But my business is growing every day.

And I am going to keep at it in 2012.  I am going to be consistent.  Doing the things that work for me.  Not some other "mega agent".

So if you every feel like you are chasing your own tail in this crazy world of real estate sales, that is OK.

It is better than chasing someone else's...

Ken

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Rainmaker
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Karen Winters
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Koenig Rubloff Realty Group - Chicago, IL
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Wow, a 93% increase!  Congratulations! 
This is great advice that will help a lot of rookie, (and veteran), agents  - whatever our prospecting methods, consistency is the key. 

Jan 19, 2012 04:00 PM #1
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Ken Tracy
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Naperville - Naperville, IL
Naperville Illinois Real Estate

Hi Karen.  Thanks!  Now let's see if I can do a 93% growth again!  That would be something...

Thanks again!

Ken

Jan 19, 2012 04:59 PM #2
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Jim Patton
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Congratulations on your success Ken.   I agree with you that you have to be consistent.   Good luck in 2012. 

Jan 19, 2012 05:19 PM #3
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Missy Caulk
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Good job Ken, I have enjoyed following your career. This makes me smile. 

 

Jan 19, 2012 05:25 PM #4
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Ken Tracy
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Naperville - Naperville, IL
Naperville Illinois Real Estate

Hey there Jim and Missy.  Thanks so much!

Missy, you have been following my path for quite some time...

Thanks again!

Ken

Jan 19, 2012 06:35 PM #5
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Marc Swartz
Toronto, ON
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Hi Ken - Consistency is a key component for blogging and getting clients.

Jan 19, 2012 09:02 PM #6
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Ken Tracy
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Naperville - Naperville, IL
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Hi Marc. It sure is! It can take awhile to see the fruits of our labor... But it all works! Ken
Jan 19, 2012 09:39 PM #7
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Richard Weisser
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Ken...

You really stumbled onto something there ... it takes TIME for a lot of marketing strategies to work. Glad to hear that your's are paying off!

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Jan 19, 2012 11:53 PM #8
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Ken Tracy
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Naperville - Naperville, IL
Naperville Illinois Real Estate
Hi Richard. Thanks for stopping in and the feature! We are not out of the woods yet, but consistency is paying off and I will keep at it! Thanks again! Ken
Jan 20, 2012 08:22 AM #9
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Margie Kopp Sorrell
Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country - Greensboro, GA
Lake Oconee Real Estate

ken- your post offers encouragement to newbies like myself. after a year of being in the business, late last year i fell into a rut and just felt like i was beating a dead horse. i was so frustrated by not seeing "the fruits of my labor," if you will...

it's nice to hear that consistency eventually paid off for someone else. it gives me hope that it will for me as well!

Jan 20, 2012 10:07 AM #10
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Ken Tracy
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Naperville - Naperville, IL
Naperville Illinois Real Estate
Hi Margie. Thanks for reading. I am glad this encouraged you! Real estate sales is a tough business. Most struggle early. Find what works for you, what you would want in an agent and keep at it! Thanks again! Ken p.s. If you need more encouragement, go back to my posts from 2008...
Jan 20, 2012 12:55 PM #11
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Ridhi Raheja
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ken,

Great post , I have been following your career and it seems that you are everywhere on every media site . I bet being out there has had a tremendous effect on your career. Consistency is the key ,like you said. Congratulations !!

Jan 22, 2012 09:02 PM #12
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