"You've Just Sponsored a Community! - Now What?"

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams West Sound Realty

Silverdale WA Waterfront and Public PierOkay, so if you're like many of your fellow ActiveRain members, you've recently been caught up in the Localism Land Rush, and have successfully acquired sponsorship of one or more communities within your market area.

After all the celebrative fireworks and fanfare, perhaps you're left scratching your head and asking yourself, ....Now what?

As a licensed real estate professional here on the beautiful Kitsap Peninsula in scenic Washington State, I was fortunate enough to have secured the town of Silverdale WA, an unincorporated community situated along the shores of Dyes Inlet, home to the Kitsap Mall and nearby Bangor Submarine Base.

I thought it might be fun (and perhaps helpful) if, over the next couple of weeks, I published a series of on-going articles to chronicle my activities on the Localism Silverdale WA community page. This might provide some of you with ideas on what you can do with your own sponsored community. As we go along, feel free to pipe in and share your creative thoughts and ideas on what you're doing!

To find the series, "Making the Most of Your Sponsored Localism Communities" and "Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About Localism, But were Afraid to Ask,"...go HERE!

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George Souto
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Rich, I am one of those that is not sure what the benifit is in all those, so I have held off on doing anything.  I will be interested in not just seeing how this works, but also looking for the advantage in it.

Aug 08, 2008 08:36 PM #79
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Rich,

Thanks for the post and taking the lead and creating a model for the uninitiated.

Aug 08, 2008 09:22 PM #80
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Stephanie Edwards-Musa
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Rich, is there a timeline to get our descriptions in?  I hopped on and did the sponsorship today, but I have an extremely busy weekend. 

Just wondering.  I want to do it asap but don't know if I'll have time this weekend.  Would do it tonight but I'm about to fall asleep standing up.  :)

Aug 08, 2008 09:27 PM #81
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Bob & Carolin Benjamin
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Will be looking forward to this series you write. We have some communities but have not had time to do anything with them yet.

Aug 08, 2008 09:46 PM #82
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Lanre Folayan
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Rich I am definitely going to be looking forward to this series. I haven't even purchased a community yet. But once I want to know first what I am going to do with them once I purchase them. Have a great weekend. Great post.

Aug 08, 2008 10:04 PM #83
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Kevin Comerford
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Thanks for the post Rich, looking forward to the series.

Aug 08, 2008 11:50 PM #84
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Diane Aurit
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Rich, excellent idea!  I have my own ideas but you are always one step ahead so I'm sure I will learn much from your series!

Aug 09, 2008 08:09 AM #85
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Chip Jefferson
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Great idea Rich. I can't wait to see what you have to say. It helps to see a sample of someone else's ideas to help develop your own.

Aug 09, 2008 09:04 AM #86
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Sharon Alters
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Look forward to seeing how you progress. My communities were bought - I am a newbie to AR, but look forward to posting good content. Thanks for doing this.

Aug 09, 2008 11:23 AM #87
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Elva Branson-Lee
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My community was also in there several times. I think perhaps two of us purchased Ellenwood, Ga. Whatzup with that?

Aug 09, 2008 11:34 AM #88
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Chris Tesch
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I'll be following along Rich!  Anxious to see it!

Aug 09, 2008 12:37 PM #89
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Karen Moorhead
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Rich,  I might have to send a real question to you, if you don't get this...but do we post on our own website or localism?

Aug 09, 2008 05:41 PM #90
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Looking forward to the series and the answers to all of the questions posted here.  thanks

Aug 09, 2008 05:41 PM #91
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Rich Ferretti
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Great idea, thanks so much. I locked in a few areas near Charlotte NC and would appreciate any help.

Aug 11, 2008 08:34 AM #92
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Rich, I have subscribed to your blog specifically to learn more about putting the communities I managed to claim" to the best possible use. Thanks you for posting because I am s-l-o-w-l-y starting to get a handle on this!

Aug 11, 2008 09:44 PM #93
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Thanks Rich,
I kinda rushed and did not do a great job with my descriptions so I'm going back and redo.  Thanks for all the good info.

Aug 12, 2008 06:50 PM #94
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Debra Kukulski, Broker Associate
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Hey Rich...do you know when the maps on Localism can be fixed?  I played around but was not able to save a map that really showed the community.  Thanks for all your work:-)

Sep 18, 2008 09:23 AM #95
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Chastity Guevara
Camelot's Quest Realty - Casa Grande, AZ

Rich,

Have you started this series, because I haven't seen any posts on it.  I just sponsored a community and I am very interested in knowing what to do with it.  Also, I was wondering why someone can sponsor a community and never post anything to it...I can understand if the person just acquired a community and is working on getting posts together...but I have seen some cases where the person has been sponsoring for well over a month with no posts to the community while others have posted content.  Shouldn't there be a stipulation to sponsor a community you have to at least post 1 - 2 things a month?  That's is just my thought.

Chastity

Oct 09, 2008 11:07 PM #96
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Chastity:   You can find the first five articles in this series HERE!

Oct 09, 2008 11:17 PM #97
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Thanks Rich

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