Thankfully, this month has been a whirlwind activity with my buyer clients, and I also managed to get my last listing sold in the meantime (guess I need to get some more!).
Today, for the first time in (mumble mumble) months/years, I will be writing two offers, and I just had a closing two days ago as well. Things have picked up mightily in March for us, and I am hopeful that it will carry into the summer and fall months ahead.
Rather than focusing strictly on the good stuff that has happened for me this month, I wanted this post to illustrate the importance of networking, both in person and online. To that end, I did some thinking about the source of each of the aforementioned transactions.
Each of these deals came from different sources:
- Open House
“Wait….back up a second….did you just say Localism?!?”
Yes! In fact, it was almost surreal when the buyer contacted me.
He said simply, “Hi, Jason, I’ve been reading your blog on Localism for awhile now, and my wife and I would like to work with you to buy a new house and have you sell our current place.”
Please note that he didn’t just say “your blog” or “your blog on ActiveRain“. He specified Localism, which was the first time that someone has said that to me during an initial call. It doesn’t mean that there weren’t others, but this guy was so specific about it. Please also note that he had already decided to work with me exclusively.
So far during 2009, I have been contacted by at least half a dozen home buyers who came straight from my blog, and who don’t have any intention of speaking to other agents at all. What a good feeling!
I wrote a post awhile back that touched on this topic, and I’m happy to see that my theories are coming to fruition now:
Projecting forward, I would anticipate that at least half of my business for 2009 will be coming from my blogging and social media efforts. Thankfully, I no longer have to answer the question, “Is all of that time you spend online really worth it?”
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