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May 8th, 2009 12:40 PM by David W. Welch
My day started early today, and yet I am still feeling behind. I have to stop and post my blog, because this is part of my business plan. I spoke to a few groups of Realtors last week about blogging, and many have the same question. How do you have time to sit and blog about Orlando real estate every day? It is just part of my daily routine, and an important part of how I fulfill my personal mission statement. "I help others around me make better decisions." That is really what I do. As a Realtor, I advise buyers and sellers of what is going on in the Orlando real estate market. I provide not only data, but information and my professional opinion of that information to people every day. My Orlando real estate blog just allows me to share that information with a wider audience.
When I share my experiences and observations, people e-mail and call me to help them with their individual real estate needs. A lot of the time I am hired to help them, but sometimes they are already working with someone or they are Realtors themselves just needing some advice. That is all OK with me. Mark Twain said if you help enough people get what they want, you'll get what you want. I am in the real estate business as my business, and that business has to be profitable or I can't pay the bills. That does not mean that I can't help others along the way. I have always found it to be good for business to put your customers first. The very first contract I ever wrote was for someone buying a property listed with Dick Dapore. When I presented the offer to Dick and told him it was my first deal he told me this: "Take care of your customers and they will take care of you." I don't know if he made that up himself or was just passing along words of wisdom that he had picked up. I do know that no matter how busy the week is, I try to take the time to pass along something useful.
Now back to work, I have to present an offer, follow up again on an offer I submitted on an REO last week, try to keep another deal together, follow up on an REO closing that I have had under contract for three months, and let my sellers know that I received word from Countrywide that their short sale has been approved.
David Welch, Real Estate Optimist, @RealtyOptimist