I love it when that happens!

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119
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I have a recording that plays over and over in my head.  It says, "I love it when that happens."  Today was one of those days.  I was talking to a real estate client who started out as an electrical client.  During our conversation he said, "Oh, by the way, my wife reads a lot of blogs and she said, 'He's all over the web, and people have a lot of great things to say about him.  He must be doing something right.'" 

There goes that recording.  They have been electrical clients for a couple years, but theirSuccess decision to turn their real estate needs over to our company came about by the testimony they found on the Internet.  The Internet can make you and it can break you.  I'm glad that it's making my business more successful.

I'm fortunate that I don't have to sell real estate in order to make a good living.  My contracting company takes good care of me, but I love dealing with real estate.  So, when I opened my brokerage last year, I spent the whole year focusing on developing a web-presence so that I could establish my brokerage in the public arena well before I spent years and thousands of dollars on marketing.

It's paying off this year, and the company is becoming stronger each month.  It has been a great payoff for a little work.  What I've learned through Active Rain, books, webinars and blogging has helped push my real estate business forward.  I've also taken the same tools and techniques and used them on my contracting company, and I've had the same results.  My contracting company receives a dozen or more commercial contract offers each month.  Why?  The Internet.

There is a wealth of information on Active Rain.  When you combine the AR classes, the blogs, the webinars and the great interaction with some of the best Realtors and brokers in the business you have a winning combination.  I love it when that happens!  If you're stalking and not participating, please get involved and that recording will start playing in your head.  

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Rainmaker
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Mike Cooper
Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
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Thanks, Jim, and sounds like the same congratulations is due you as well.  

Aug 07, 2012 05:51 PM #2
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Debbie Gartner
Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring

I love it when that happens, too.  Way to go. And, I so agree...there is such a wealth of info here and so many opportunities to learn.

Aug 07, 2012 05:53 PM #3
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Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!" - Merrick, NY
Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent

I'm working on getting that same internet exposure and, hopefully, getting the same great comments you get.

Aug 07, 2012 06:03 PM #4
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Mike Cooper
Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
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Absolutely, Debbie.  Great stuff.

You will, Jill.  It does come about in so many ways.  

Aug 07, 2012 06:10 PM #5
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William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - San Diego, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE
Hi Mike Great Advise! I know that sometimes peeople get overwhelmed and instead of fighting through it, they throw in the towel believing that their sanity is at stake. What is remarkable about the Rain is the celebrated passion that is totally contagious if you just allow yourself to be exposed long enough for it to take hold.
Aug 07, 2012 06:46 PM #6
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Mike Cooper
Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
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Well said, William.  I am much further along than I would have been because of AR.  I can't give it enough credit.  

Aug 07, 2012 06:58 PM #7
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Patricia Kennedy
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Mike, your electrical skills would have come in handy for me in several of my recent transactions.  About all I can do is tell the difference between a fuse box and breakers.

Aug 07, 2012 07:33 PM #8
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Jamie R. Bell
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Glastonbury, CT
GRI Your Central CT Realtor

Mike, I have not read a post of yours I didn't like and I can add this one to the list. You are correct, it takes work but if done right it will pay off. We just have the perseverance and patience to see it work. As always thanks for sharing!

Aug 07, 2012 07:42 PM #9
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Mike Cooper
Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
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That's a good start, Pat.  8-)

Thanks, Jamie.  That's really kind of you!

Aug 07, 2012 07:46 PM #10
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Roger D. Mucci
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There is a wealth of information on Active Rain.................and you my friend use it to the best advantage.  Love this kind of post Mike and also "love it when that happens".

Aug 08, 2012 02:33 AM #11
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Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Mike.  I didn't know what I didn't know until I joined Active Rain.

Aug 08, 2012 03:20 AM #12
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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors - Austin, TX
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale

Good morning Mike,

I too have that recording play in my head all the time "I love it when that happens!!" Active Rain is a wealth of knowledge and we all learn from each other..great post!

Aug 08, 2012 04:16 AM #13
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James Dray
Wise Custom Realty - Bentonville, AR
AR., MO., or OK. I can find the home for you.

Morning Mike once the negative comment has been made even though it is a outright lie it will take a long time to recover.  Enjoy the day

Aug 08, 2012 04:43 AM #14
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Mike Cooper
Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
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You bet, Roger.  There is plenty of treasure to go around on AR if people will dig just a little.  

That's exactly how I feel, Conrad.  I heard terms and phrases that totally foreign from the very beginning. 

I like that sound, Dorie.

 

Aug 08, 2012 04:48 AM #15
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Mike. I am amazed that your real estate firm is so young. You are so definitive and positive I would have thought that both businesses were ongoing for years. And I too, love it when that happens.

Aug 08, 2012 06:26 AM #16
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Mike Cooper
Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
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Thanks, Sheila.  The contracting company was born in 1984, and I was licensed since 2004, but the brokerage is only about 1.5 yrs old.  Have a great day.

Aug 08, 2012 06:32 AM #17
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Jennifer Chiongbian
Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses - Manhattan, NY
Real Estate Broker - NYC

Congratulations Mike!  The internet and mobile are athe way to go for the future.  Like you, when I left the boring cardboard, cookie cutter, traditional firm I was in, I put all my marketing efforts into my website and internet advertising.  I started seeing the results immediately and have been on the up and up.  By the time I close in 2 weeks, I would've already surpassed last year's income.  Plus I have another one in the works.  It really works!

Aug 08, 2012 12:21 PM #18
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Mike Cooper
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Sounds like we're on the same page, Jennifer.  Congrats on your success.  

Aug 08, 2012 12:26 PM #19
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Gene Mundt
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Chicagoland Mortgage Lender - 37 yrs experience

Mike:  Got to admit I'm chuckling over that "stalking" line in your post.  But it definitely describes those sitting on the sidelines well.  Hopefully after reading your post they will decide to jump into the AR waters.  Congrats ... and well done!

Gene

Aug 08, 2012 02:50 PM #20
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Mike Cooper
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Thanks, Gene.  I did a little stalking early on.  8-)

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