What a trip it's been, March was one for the books with some pretty busy 'Rainers joining in on not one, two or three but four contests! And not easy ones at that either. A daily blogging contest, a fitness challenge and facing your fears were just some of the challenges at hand.
We saw the end of Getting Healthy in the Rain hosted by Stacey-Ann Baugh. I must tell you, this challenge was extraordinary to follow. One member quit smoking, another lost 20 pounds; talk about life changing events! How easy is it to grab the remote and relax, after all you did have a rough day and ran around town and blew a tire and the lockbox wasn't there and and and....but no, you were tired of the excuses. You got up off your tuckus and went for that walk or took that pilates class. I know firsthand how feeling better, healthier and lighter can enhance so many other aspects of life. Feeling good and looking good add to your success as professionals. I am so proud of all the hard work everyone has put into this. Having the AR fam bam behind you gave you that extra oomph to set the goals and get it done. I think the AR Community may be responsible for some extra quality years added to each other's lives.
The 31in31 had so much participation that it's taking me days to review and award points. If I haven't gotten to you yet, don't fear I'm working my inbox back to front. This contest got some members back into the habit of blogging; a habit that beefs up your marketing efforts to make your phone ring and get that quality traffic to your site. Some saw immediate success from their March posts and I bet $100 some of you are being followed by a consumer out there who is not far away from picking up the phone or shooting you an email. So don't stop now!
It was round two for the Sensei/Grasshopper contest with even more participation this year than last. Dick Greenberg had great success last year and was able to host once again. Imagine being new to AR or new to a subject and having an expert lend some one-on-one time to help you grow. It blows my mind how selfless of an act the Sensei role is. Having the knowledge and experience to rock your skill is one thing but passing on some of that to another is what makes you shine. Relationships were built, members feel indebted and together we grew.
The latest AR survey results had us realizing a Market Shift was upon us. We wanted to find out what you were doing to prepare for it, what fears you had and how you're going to handle them. Many recurring themes from the posts but the one I saw again and again was no lowball offers. If you want the house you better move on it fast and with a strong offer. Coming together as a community to help those who may be green to a seller's market again unites us as we work the real estate business hand in hand.
These contests are important because they keep us close as a community, help other members of AR, spice up your business and keep your best interests at heart. Without the moderators and creators of these contests AR could be a pretty boring place. In uniting one another we gain so much and are able to keep trudging along. It's comforting to know you have a place where everyone has your back.
I'm happy to report our contest log is full for April, May and even part of June. But don't let that stop you. If you have a good idea that would benefit the community and are willing to host a contest please let me know. Email me a quick synopsis of your idea and if it has legs we can start the process. I'll most likely then ask you to draft up a post, clearly outlining the contest and we'll discuss points and logistics. I am forever grateful to the moderators of these contests. Answering questions, picking winners, and compiling lists to award points is a big job.
Now, just because you're fresh off 4 contests does not mean it's time to stop. The days are longer so I don't want to hear any excuses about not having time to blog. Keep filling that pipeline, get in front of new potential clients and remain the expert in your area.
Stay healthy, stay happy and LET IT RAIN!