Another Random Rambling…

So I signed up with ProBlogger for 31 days to help me write to this blog on a daily basis. Did it happen? No. Did I even bother to read the emails on a daily basis? No again. I did however save each of those emails and neatly store them away for safe keeping so I can refer back to them later. Does that help me write? Not really. So I say to myself, “BAD blogger! Bad, bad blogger!”

I also started up the networking thing again. I’m really excited to get it going, but have I been beating the bushes like I should to get people to show up? Ok, yeah, I have been doing that a bit, but not as annoyingly car salesman-like like I know I should. So currently, I’m planning on having the next one on Monday (January 4th at 6pm in Owasso, OK at Baja Jacks Burrito Shack). OMG, you have got to check out their BYOB, Build Your Own Burrito. It says to ask for as much or as little as you want, they put it together for you and viola! Magic! I only warn you of the jalapeno, if you request them, the cooks don’t seem to understand the term “lite” or “easy”.  Am just sayin. Anyway, I’m geeked to see who shows up. Everyone’s always very helpful and I have a bunch of cards for other people I have met during the holidays that haven’t been able to make it yet. Of course, me handing you a card for someone to refer services when you haven’t asked for them or met them isn’t the same as meeting them yourself, but hey, I liked ’em.

Oh, good grief, here I go again. I’m rambling without a point. It’s after midnight and Allen and I have been running all day long locksmithing, so I guess I’m allowed to be a little off. Besides, at least I’m writing something.

I remember now, I was going to complain about Facebook. I keep getting invites to be a fan of this group or that business or some random person. Even I have a fan page. I don’t have any fans, but I have a page, just in case someone wants to pet my ego. But I guess my issue is that if I ignore the invite it doesn’t exactly tell you that I ignored you, yet I get dozens of irritating invites from you. You see, I am fine and actually welcome getting befriended by just about everyone. Hell, I have almost 300 friends now. Most of you I have personally met at some point or another and I like and respect you. But for me to become a fan on your fan page or cause, I have to really believe in whatever it stands for. I mean, its like politics and religion for me. I’m going to be in one of three positions; “I’m behind you all the way,” “I think you’ve lost yer damn mind” (those are rare), or “sorry, but I just don’t care enough about the subject to become a “fan” of it. So, rarely do I become a fan of anything. I’m a fan of Keller Williams Realty, Keller Cares Charity, and anything that has to do with Cancer, particularly cervical cancer. So I guess my conundrum is that I’m not sure of a PC way of telling someone to please stop sending me invites to their cause or for their business. I’m in sales. I really don’t believe in the cram it down your throat until you buy into it kind of sales tactics.

I know that my sales tactics are gonna keep me in the poor house long before it ever saves me, but I actually believe in customer service and having a relationship with my clients. This brings up two points. 1) My personality is sort of an acquired flavor. Either you really, really like my brutal honesty or I annoy the ever-living [enter favorite obscenity here] out of you. 2) I feel like I’m one of only a handful of people like me in the service industry that treats what I do as an actual service industry position. For example, go to any retail establishment. Any of them, just pick one. Observe the cashiers. Do they smile? Do they make you feel welcome? Do they go out of their way to inform you on the product that you are in search of or even bother to ask if this is the product you really need to fit what you want to do with it? What happened to the customer service industry? Perhaps I’m naive, but I think this has become a gimmick for the majority and mastered by very few.

Ack, sorry, I got on my rambling soapbox again. That’s it. I’m shuttin’ up now. Perhaps I’ll have a point to my ramblings next time.

~B

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Who gets all that commission anyway?

Not me. Don’t get me wrong, I get some of it, but not nearly as much as you might think.

Are you thinking of selling your house and you just can’t get past the amount of money that you’ll have to pay a Realtor to do it? Without getting on my soapbox about the value of a Realtor and why it really is foolish not to hire one, I’d like to share with you why sometimes being in the real estate business really is a noble cause.

Here’s how that 6-7% of your selling price breaks down. These numbers are just commission, mind you, and do not reflect all the closing costs of title companies, attorneys, local and state governments (taxes and such), or any of the other fees and charges associated with closing on your home. We’re only talking about the commission. That money typically gets split four ways:

1) the listing Realtor

2) the listing Realtor’s broker

3) the selling Realtor

4) yep, you guessed it, the selling Realtor’s broker

Now, all parts are not exactly divided equally here either. So, for simple numbers, lets say I sell your home for $200,000 and charge a 6% commission and I say that I will split the commission with the selling Realtor for 3%.

$200,000      Sales Price       x      6%  Total Commission     =      $12,000

Now divide that in half between the Realtors. I get $6,000 and the selling Realtor gets $6,000.  But we forgot the brokers. Their take comes right off the top before I ever get to see a check with my name on it. Most brokers will take anywhere from 25-50% of the commission, based on the Realtors experience and profit share of the total business the office does. So we’ll say that both the listing broker and the selling broker are taking half, since this is pretty typical unless you are the office rock star and we won’t get into that as their businesses are managed very differently than the typical Realtor. So now my check is $3,000.

But wait, there’s more. Now uncle Sam want’s his part, so lets take another third off and I’m down to $2,000. And then there’s the office fees, the licensing fees, the professional memberships (National Association of Realtors, State Associations and Local Associations), continuing education that is required and the gas to get us where we need to go.

After all that, then we get to feed our family and pay the bills.

Published in: on October 15, 2009 at 5:40 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Ack! Technology is supposed to be my friend!

I have been working diligently to 1) find a blog program that is easy for me to use and 2) convenient. Well, 50% is good, right? Typically, I am very tech savvy. Ask anyone that really knows me. But for the last several months, I have been trying to figure out wordpress. It has an app for my blackberry which is why I chose it. It’s convenient to blog from my phone since the phone is ALWAYS within reach. I break out in nervous sweats if I am too far from my phone. Hell, I even take it to the bathroom with me. Now THAT’S obsession! But wordpress is proving to be my nemesis. I’ve created pages and written blog posts and played around with the site and I still can’t get it to RSS to my webpage. GRRR! There has got to be an easier way to do this! If (when) I find it, I will blog it for other KW Realtors to get help from this.

Published in: on October 14, 2009 at 6:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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What to look for in a Realtor

Here is a list of things to consider when trying to decide on a Realtor.

1) Someone local. BEFORE you choose a Realtor, ask them where they operate their business. I am licensed in the State of Oklahoma and technically, I can help you buy and sell anywhere within this state. But just because I can, does not mean that I am an expert of every inch of every county. And just because someone offices from one location does not mean that they are not an expert in another location nearby. Ask, you may be surprised by how much your Realtor really does know about the community.

2) Someone you are comfortable with. Remember, you may be working with this person for several months.

3) Someone who doesn’t have a billion clients to serve besides you. We all want to get our questions answered in a timely fashion, but if your Realtor is running around trying to serve too many people, how much time are they going to have to dedicate to your needs?

4) Someone who will communicate well with you. Find a Realtor you can contact in several different ways. Email, text messaging, phone calls, etc. There are just too many different ways to get your needs met and your Realtor should be able to meet those needs. Just remember, Realtors are people too. Please don’t call after 8pm unless it’s an emergency or you have an appointment. Realtors have families, personal responsibilities, errands and hobbies too.

5) Someone who is tech savvy. Top Realtors utilize technology  to help them stay informed and to communicate with their clients. E-mail, smart phones, electronic newsletters, websites, digital photography and video allow agents to share properties that they’ve previewed, provide feedback and keep clients updated on developments.

6) Someone with character, has integrity, rapport, and is trustworthy! Remember, you may be working with this person for some time and you want to be compatible. Choose someone with passion, creativity, enthusiasm. Talk to more than one Realtor. You may like more than one but choose the one that you think will do the best job for your money.

Purchasing a home or selling your home should be about you. As personable as your Realtor may be, they are providing a service for you. Choose wisely.

Published in: on October 14, 2009 at 3:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Hurray! I figured it out!

Ok, on the subject of posting your blog from wordpress to your KW website… Here’s how to do it:

1) Log into KW.com

2) Under “Home” click on “Agent Website Administration”

3) Go to 3.10 (on the left) by clicking on “3.0 Add Your Content” and then on “3.10 eAgentC Blog and RSS Feeds”

4) Either create a new feed (if you haven’t created a blog before) or click on “edit” next to your current blog if you want to replace it with this wordpress blog.

5) Name your blog and fill in all the boxes with the appropriate information.

6) In the box that says “RSS Feed URL”, enter your wordpress address. Mine is https://brentatro.wordpress.com, but at the end of that you NEED to add /?feed=RSS2 so that the entire entry should look something similar to: “http://yourblognamehere.wordpress.com/?feed=rss2″

When you have it all entered. Click on “Preview Site” (its the orange box on the left) and then find your blog link and see what the page looks like. I hope this helps. If you need additional help, you can always call me at 918-829-2127 and I’ll be glad to try to figure it out with you.

I’m just tickled I was able to figure it out.

Published in: on October 14, 2009 at 2:11 pm  Comments (5)  
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