I knew, but I didn't know

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners

me reading As I was reading over my last blog before posting it, my phone rang. I didn't think anything of it at first. Things have been pretty dead lately as far as real estate is concerned. I figured it was my husband, family member, or worse, a telemarketer. I didn't recognize the number, so I thought it was indeed the dreaded telemarketer. Usually, I just won't answer it. But yesterday I did. 

A lady's voice asked if this was Christy. I confirmed I was in fact me. She then tells me that she read one of my blog posts that I wrote back in November. I thought that was awesome just to know that someone was actually reading. But it got even better than that. Her family is moving from Washington state to the Savannah area in the spring. 

We talked for awhile. She had a bunch of questions about the area, schools, and work. Although they aren't planning on buying immediately, they are open to do so if the right property comes along.

I know that I have read from many people on here that blogs are good and that they help get your name out there. I did really know that. But at the same time I didn't know that I would get my name out there. I didn't think my blog would get noticed. It's like when something good or bad happens and you think that it couldn't happen to you.  Well, it can and it does.

So Let's all Blog the Night Away! 

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Rainmaker
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Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL

Wooo Hoooo!!!  That is awesome Christy!  Congratulations and that customer better know that she is in good hands!

Ines

January 17, 2007 11:45 PM #18
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Patricia Beck
RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realty

What a nice surprise when you answered the phone I'm sure!  That is great Christy, good luck with this buyer! How encouraging.

January 18, 2007 01:08 AM #19
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William Collins
ERA Queen City Realty - Scotch Plains, NJ
Director of Property Management

Christy,

Thanks for the post and good luck with the lead that your blogging generated.

January 18, 2007 02:25 AM #20
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John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
Great to hear about your success, Christy! I imagine you're running all over Savannah now taking pictures and gathering content for Localism.
January 18, 2007 03:03 AM #21
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Christy Powers
Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners - Pooler, GA
Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent

Thank you all. It wouldn't have happened without active rain getting me blogging.

John: I have actually been taking pictures since monday. I am trying to get the best spots all over. 

January 18, 2007 07:49 AM #22
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Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection
Congratulation.  In this business you never know who is going to be at the other end of the phone.  I hope you will have a closed deal from this lead. And yes, blogging is getting your name out there.
January 18, 2007 08:12 AM #23
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Janet Poludniak

Hi Christy, Enjoyed your blog. Things are sure different here. You have a beautiful smile. Get out in front of the folks you know and let your smile GLOW. I was inspired to write a blog in response to yours. Our office is wild and crazy right now, but we're in Central Florida. I'm the new "kid" on the block, so I have a lot to learn, but I remember when I wanted to sell my house, and I wasn't living in it, somehow, the realtor who finally got the listing FOUND me. I had left no indication as to my whereabouts at the house or with neighbors. I was totally burned out, on the verge of financial destruction, and then he knocked on my door and told me he was a realtor. I froze for a second then I said, how would you like a listing. I gave him the address and described the property and then he froze for a second and said, "I've been trying to locate you for months." SURPRISE. He listed the house and it sold in 3 days. Closing took a couple of months, but the offer was there, well supported, and well, the rest is history. So dear Christy, get that smile out there and knock on doors. I think they call it "BEAT FEET." You have the GLOW to do it. You go girl. Good luck in everything.

I just moved here for this job - to Central Florida from Central New York. New to everything, but that can be a great change even though it's a bit scary. I'm 61, so it's a strange time for me to start a new carrier in a new location, but who knows. There's a reason for everything. Your blog was the first one I read and I knew I just had to drop you a note. Hang in there. Janet

January 18, 2007 08:39 AM #24
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Maggie Dokic
Special Miami Homes - Miami, FL
CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |

Christy congratulations!  Nice to know that something we love doing can bring such awesome results.  Yes, I admit it.  I love blogging.  I only started a week ago and I'm hooked!

Janet - welcome to Florida.  I'm a former New Yorker myself and newbie at Active Rain.  Don't be afraid to immerse yourself and learn from the great folks here.  I'm so glad I did.

January 18, 2007 09:17 AM #25
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Virginia Halter
RE/MAX Signature Properties - Harrisburg, NC
ABR, CDPE, CRS, GREEN, SFR, SRES
This post is a perfect example of what blogging is all about.  Meeting new people, sharing ideas, building relationships, and earning trust and referrals.  keep it up!!!
January 18, 2007 09:21 AM #26
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Rochell Heininger
Yellowbook - Pittsburgh, PA
Great success story!
January 18, 2007 09:22 AM #27
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Sheron Cardin
California Moods Inc - Selma, CA
how2homestage.com

I enjoyed your timely post. It reminds us all to keep plugging away.

Stage It Forward! 

January 18, 2007 09:38 AM #28
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Debi Braulik
www.roundrealestate.com - Maple Valley, WA
Selling Maple Valley to Fife WA Homes For Sale
Christy- That is great. As a newbie to blogging I really enjoy hearing success stories. It just gives more validation to the need for it.  Although I am now blogging to get my expertise out there, I can't wait for the day someone calls me wanting to move to Washington State!  :) 
January 18, 2007 12:03 PM #29
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Christy Powers
Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners - Pooler, GA
Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent

Jennifer: I totally agree. I usually just don't answer the out of state calls or 1-800 numbers because they are usually telemarketers. I am definitely glad I decided to answer. I was prepared for the sale pitch but I never got it. 

Janet: Thank you so much. I am glad my blog inspire you. I know how it is to be new. I have only been here in the Savannah area for almost 6 months. I have spent that time getting to know the area and getting settled. Now I need to focus on getting some business. I know I should get out there. And although I am an outgoing person, I am somewhat scared to go around door to door. I am working on it though.

Maggie: You'll be joining blogaholic anonymous with me. 

Virginia: I couldn't agree more. I love the information sharing. It's wonderful.

Thank you Rochell and Sheron

Debi: LOL...I'll try to replace the people that are leaving....

 

UPDATE: We are in the process of working out when they are coming to look.  

 

January 18, 2007 12:31 PM #30
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Teri Isner
Keller Williams Celebration - Orlando, FL
GRI, CRS, CIPS
Way to go Christy!  Business from blogs is happening all over!!
January 18, 2007 12:38 PM #31
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Joanna Bonicker
First Impressions by Joanna: Home Staging, Redesign, & Decor - Baltimore, MD
Home Stager - Baltimore, Maryland
That's great Christy!  I also got a call yesterday from someone who saw my profile (I am a Home Stager).  I have an appointment with them on Monday!
January 18, 2007 01:46 PM #32
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Ann Cummings
RE/MAX By The Bay - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Homes - Service With a Smile!

Christy - thanks for sharing this story with us, and congrats on getting the phone call!!!  Way to go!!

Ann

January 18, 2007 01:53 PM #33
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Natalie Bagayas
Sutton Real Estate - Clackamas, OR
Congrats! Thats awesome to see that blogging works
January 18, 2007 02:48 PM #34
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Nick M.
Certified Residential Appraiser- West Palm Beach Real Estate - West Palm Beach, FL
Realtor-Appraiser in West Palm-South Florida Real Estate Appraiser

Christy, great to hear that you got an unexpected surprise for the better!! love it when that happens.   This blog will BLOW UP your search engine rankings also.   BADA-BING!! through the roof.

Kaushik, your right again brother. Our minds are on stage for all the see. My stage is kinda looking wierd right now.. I'll have to clean up.... for real.

Welcome to Florida Janet.. I admire your courage to make this change. Change will lead you to better, the temporary discomfort will be over soon..  oh, by the way look me up for hurricane instructions and prep! :))

nick the appraiser - florida real estate appraiser

January 18, 2007 08:37 PM #35
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Christy Powers
Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners - Pooler, GA
Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent
Nick: I don't want to hear that h word ever again.....I'm hoping for another uneventful season.
January 18, 2007 09:44 PM #36
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Sarah Cooper
Real Estate Shows - Hurricane, WV
I've just started blogging so it's great to hear that you're getting results, Christy!  Keep it up!
January 19, 2007 10:59 AM #37
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