First Member Spotlight for 2008....Real Estate Professional Brian Block...

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Real Estate Agent with Better Homes Realty - BH Referral Associates

Brian Block Steps into the Member Spotlight...

Brian has made many contributions on the rain, currently he is ranked 44 as the most subscribed bloggers on the network..... Brian Block is quite a unique individual. 

One of the many writer's here that I really enjoy!

A former attorney, he practiced law in D.C. Not a bad previous life but it seems real estate was much more important to him .... 

"After a year and a half in the business, I affiliated with RE/MAX and am an associate with RE/MAX Allegiance, the largest and top producing RE/MAX franchise in the world."    

"A more detailed account of my transition from law to real estate can be had here: Where Were You on September 11th? (or how September 11th launched my real estate career) -- Part 2 of 2."  

"My favorite aspect of the real estate business is helping people achieve their goals of homeownership, solving people's problems, and just the diversity of people that I'm able to interact with through my business in the D.C. area."    "For more about me than you ever wanted to know, read my post (You've Got) Personality ." (One of my favorite posts ever and quite genius)  

I asked Brian what benefits he has received by blogging....

Disclipline - blogging takes time and consistent effort.  Since I've started blogging, I've become disciplined to set aside time each day for blogging, reading other blogs, and implementing the things that I learn from others.     

Learning - there are so many talented Realtors, mortgage professionals, and other industry related practitioners participating on Active Rain, and throughout the blogosphere, and through reading their posts I learn something new every single day.  They provide good solid information that improves my skills in my business, my interaction with my clients, and opens up the possibilities on ideas for my posts. ·       

Local Knowledge - the majority of my posts are written for Localism and for the consumers - the buyers and sellers in Northern Virginia and D.C.  Blogging forces me to keep on top of the local market trends, real estate news, homes for sale, other business issues that impact real estate, etc.  Of course, I did this before blogging, but since I've starting blogging, these efforts have been magnified and intensified. ·       

SEO - both my Active Rain blog and my outside blog come up near the top of Google, Yahoo, and other searches for tons of important local keywords allowing potential clients to find me on the internet in ways that were not possible before blogging.  The more I write, the more I'm found.  It's great! ·       

Clients - Yes, I've had quite a number of clients and potential future clients find me because of blogging.  Traffic to my blogs and websites have been increasing explosively since I took to blogging.  Additionally, I've found that when a client meets me and has read my blog, they feel as if they already know me quite well, and usually are not interviewing other agents at that point. ·       

Referral Sources - Active Rainhas been such a great community of bloggers.  In 7 months, I know that I've become top of mind for many other professionals around the country who may have clients moving to the D.C. and Northern Virginia area.  Moreover, I now have a great national list of Realtors to whom I can send referrals when the occasion arises - and these are not just names and phone numbers in a book - these are people that I truly know and trust.  All from reading their blog.  I've been fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet in person with over 20 Active Rain bloggers, and spoken on the phone with about 10 others.  

I asked him what is his inspiration to write....."Not much.  I'm constantly writing down ideas for new blog posts.  It's like Pringles, "Once you pop, you can't stop!"  Honestly, in all my time blogging, I've never had writer's block.  I've heard that if you do something consistently for 30 days, it becomes a habit.  It was certainly that way withblogging."  

What advice would you give new bloggers?   "To new bloggers, I'd say keep with it.  Many people get started and don't see immediate results and then stop.  Blogging can take a lot of time.  Think of it as laying the foundation for your future business.  You need to build up momentum and through consistent blogging you will become a better writer and a better Realtor.  Don't give up.    You don't need to strive for perfection in your blog posts.  The most important thing is to get your ideas out there and get your point across.  That doesn't mean be sloppy with your spelling and grammar. However, your blog does not need to read like an English literature masterpiece.  You're a real estate agent, not a professional writer.  Keep that in mind.  Add some personality so that your posts are not dry and the reader gets to know you a little bit."

Brian will be making his selections very soon and I know it will not be easy as there are some awesome posts in the group already...so if you are a member...start adding posts to the group that were never featured..and if not....we would love for you to join!....now is the time...as he will post his selections on Valentine's Day....

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by The Activerain Network and it's members and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Midori Miller and CENTURY 21 Sundance Realty. Midori Miller and CENTURY21 Sundance Realty are not responsible for the accuracy or content provided by The Community.

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Great tips on blogging, thanks for posting!
February 06, 2008 08:19 PM #13
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Marlene Bridges
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Midori - Thanks for the into to Brian Block.
February 06, 2008 09:08 PM #14
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Linda Sanderson
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Midori I really enjoyed the interview format of your post.  Brian has a lot to share, and was a good  choice to kick things off.
February 07, 2008 07:24 PM #15
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Midori Miller
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Monika-Brian is a great sport and interviews well don't you think?  I have learned a lot about Brian reading is blogs that is for sure!
February 07, 2008 06:38 AM #16
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Sally-thank you! I think you are going to see some interesting people doing the members spotlight and selections this year! :) 
February 07, 2008 06:39 AM #17
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Jo-Thank you and I can't agree more...I love his stuff!  He is really easy to read and the content enjoyable!  I really enjoyed interracting with Brian...hopefully today it will lead to a phone call...I want to personally thank him...
February 07, 2008 06:40 AM #18
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Jason-you are so funny!!! mudhole...yucky!  Seriously though...yes some of his posts have really knocked my socks off..oh...I don't wear socks too often but I do love his stuff!
February 07, 2008 06:42 AM #19
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Brian-the pleasure is all mine...and we appreciate you doing the first blogger's selections for 2008.  Now if time permits today...I will be giving you a call!  :)
February 07, 2008 06:43 AM #20
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Hi Marti-yes he is a great choice...I can't take credit for the group....Lola...Lola...Lola is the founder!  She is really something as well!  I spoke to her on the phone and she is soooooooooooooooo intelligent..and her thoughts....amazing!  I was really touched by our conversation
February 07, 2008 06:45 AM #21
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Lola-yes...I can't wait and it won't be easy for him!  Also thank you...great concept for a group...I was always a believer! :)
February 07, 2008 06:46 AM #22
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Kim-I do agree with you...he definitely understand the entire concept!  I always appreciate when he stops by.
February 07, 2008 06:47 AM #23
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Missy-its always easy when the interviewee is very open...Brian is that!  Hmmmm....maybe I could be a blogging reporter....
February 07, 2008 06:48 AM #24
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Off to a Board Breakfast....and as Arnold says...I'll be back!
February 07, 2008 06:49 AM #25
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Midori,

What a wonderful post and an equally wonderful subject.  Brian's a magnificent guy and I would gladly refer clients to him at the drop of a hat.

Jo 

February 07, 2008 07:05 AM #26
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Diane Aurit
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Great job on the FIRST spot light.  I love learning more about Brian in an interview format.  He was a great choice!
February 07, 2008 07:10 AM #27
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Midori,

Very nice job.....and Brian has  favorite of mine for some time now.

February 07, 2008 08:54 AM #28
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Kathi Frank
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What a wonderful choice Midori.  Brian Block was the first person to take a personal interest in helping me get started in blogging.  His helpful advice and willingness to go beyond what is asked makes him an excellent blogger -- and we know that this kind of integrity and character makes him an excellent agent as well.
February 07, 2008 07:34 PM #29
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Desiree Daniels
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Wow that was a hell of a piece of personal promotion.   I've had the pleasure of meeting Brian at Inman and I too would agree with you.   You get my referrals in DC Brian.

Great job Midori....   love these little features of others.

February 08, 2008 04:14 PM #30
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Midori Miller
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Hi Everyone-I had the pleasure of speaking to Brian on the phone...what a great guy and very kind.  We feel priveledged that he is doing the First Blogger's Choice Selection of 2008 and I truly do not envy him.

Get those posts in the group and give it a second change...a second chance for it to get spotlighted!

Can't wait to see Brian's Selections....Valentines Day!   

February 10, 2008 10:14 AM #31
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WOW! That is indeed a great looking sign! Hope it brings in a ton of business for him!
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