Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners)

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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

1. It depends on how much time I have versus spending the time on other more revenue producting activities for my business.

2. It depends on my level of interest in the topic. For example, I don't care at all about any contest that involves photography... I hate taking pictures and own no camera except the one in my phone and forget it's even there. When I need photos for my business I go professional all the way.

Feb 04, 2018 04:28 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

I don't see how it helps one's business in any way!!

but I participate in every one of them.... except that calling contest.... not into it...

I see it as a competition.... contest?? competition??  my kind of thing.

Feb 04, 2018 06:06 AM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

It all depends if I have enough time or not. I know all the contests to be of quality but time is of the essence....

Feb 03, 2018 10:41 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I love th einteraction and challenge. But have to say, i do not like the multiple step contests. The contests should not be stress full

Feb 04, 2018 06:12 AM
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

I participate only if time allows.  If I am too busy then I cannot and I don't want to start something I can't finish.

Feb 04, 2018 04:14 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Time runs from me.

Feb 04, 2018 07:10 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

I don't believe it helps me in my business one bit. I've done them for years & from the beginning. I actually think that personally they are just too much work. I've not liked the subjects either recently.

So you say why not do your own contest then Lyn. Well, I've asked & was turned down so now I can take my energies elsewhere in other directions. Bob has his chosen few & that's it.

So I'm sure your thinking 'hell, why did I ask' .....

Feb 04, 2018 06:59 AM
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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

   Develop blogging discipline. 

    Be a part of the Community.

    Support the contest judges and sponsors who put in a lot of time and effort.

 

   I start most contests, but don't always finish (time constraints).

   If a contest topic is too personal, I might take a pass.

Feb 04, 2018 06:58 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

A chance to hobnob with my fellow wizards....

Feb 04, 2018 06:38 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I don't like the idea of being compelled to do anything.

Feb 04, 2018 05:57 AM
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Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Praful Thakkar some are really interesting, and thought provoking.  Others are..."I'm justing doing it for the points", and those I tend to not do. 

Feb 04, 2018 05:37 AM
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Peter Mohylsky. The Santa Rosa Beach Expert
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
THE BEACH IS OPEN

I participate time permitting.  It does improve my blogging skills.

Feb 04, 2018 04:02 AM
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I only participate when I have something worthwhile to contribute. If I read the contest and don't have any good ideas, I don't enter. 

Feb 04, 2018 03:57 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I love them and generally participate, a great way to grow in my blogging and business building skills.

Feb 04, 2018 12:08 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I like them too, and I try to participate, even if I'm just reading entries.

Feb 04, 2018 07:28 PM
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Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

I do participate only if my time allows me. I like getting those extra points.

Feb 04, 2018 06:50 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

To have more simple contests we need more hosts to step up and create them. I appreciate all the hosts and the time they spend developing their topics. Many of the contests generate really good posts.

Feb 04, 2018 04:54 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Most times I do not have the time

Feb 04, 2018 03:23 PM
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Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert
E*Rae Realty - Austin, TX
Exceeding Expectations in Every Transaction

I participate in AR challenges because A) it will motivate me to write more which helps by biz and B) i'm on a mission to get my free AR account and I need all the extra points I can get!

Feb 04, 2018 03:11 PM
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Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & OC Laguna Nigel

I am not aware of them when they begin.  It would be nice to get a notice.

Feb 04, 2018 01:10 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Some of the contests are not appealing to me. I would not miss them if they were eliminated.

 

Feb 04, 2018 12:38 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Just a time factor.

 

Feb 04, 2018 11:52 AM
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Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

I do at times. When I don't it is because I get busy.

Feb 04, 2018 11:27 AM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I started doing it for points.  But then I matured and now I do it if one of two things happen... it helps my business or it has the potential to help other members.

Feb 04, 2018 11:22 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I participate when I am feeling it and have the time. 

I do not participate when I am not feeling it or do not have the time. 

Feb 04, 2018 10:22 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

It makes me to think and become more creative.  It took me two years to write my first history book. The publisher wanted me to go on so I wrote another one in three weeks on Silicon Valley.  

Feb 04, 2018 09:24 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I do when the contest inspires me. I don't when it doesn't. Because they take valuable time and so I have to be motivated by the result I'll get from doing so...not just the points, the product I create.

Feb 04, 2018 09:20 AM
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Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

I do sometimes if the topic is of interest.

Feb 04, 2018 09:01 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I run out of time 

Feb 04, 2018 07:33 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

It depends on my time.  A

Feb 04, 2018 07:02 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Time is the major factor with only so many hours on the day!

Feb 04, 2018 06:21 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I participate in the ones that are interesting...generally most...and as time permits.

Feb 04, 2018 06:03 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

First, because challenges do just that - challenge you to come up with your "best".  Used to do it for points too.

Feb 04, 2018 06:02 AM
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

I'm past the point of needing points, so whether or not I participate in a contest is more dependent on how well it aligns with my already planned blogging topics.  Give me a one post challenge and I'm more likely to do it.  Give me a 10 step program to complete and I'm probably not.  I do one post a day, so the majority of my monthly posts are already semi-taken.  Bill

Feb 04, 2018 05:52 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

1. Time

2. Interest in the topic.

Feb 04, 2018 05:02 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I didn't do the big one because of the time committment. I was too busy.

Feb 04, 2018 04:57 AM
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Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

For me, my time is better spent elsewhere online doing activities that I know bring leads and promote my brand.

Feb 04, 2018 04:35 AM
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX

I do when I have the time I like them because we learn so much from them! 

Feb 11, 2018 01:10 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I love taking part in the challenges and hosting them. It broadens my perspective. 

Feb 08, 2018 08:30 PM
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Anthony Kirlew
Group 46:10 Network @ eXp Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Helping You Make Fiscally Sound Choices

I won't lie... I do it mostly for the points 

Feb 06, 2018 08:18 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Some in the past have been just plain silly.   I try and participate, but business has been booming for the last 4 years.    I don't think it does help our business, it puts more blogs up on the blog roll and hopefully getting those back to blogging that have left.

Feb 06, 2018 12:51 PM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

First of all I learn a lot from the entries in the contest, and I hope others may be able to learn something from me. I prefer to call them Challenges because I don't see them as a contest.  We aren't competing with each other.  The entries are intended to highlight our unique experiences and insights.  I am on ActiveRain to share my knowledge, experience and insights and the Challenges offer me a focused subject to do that.  The additional points are a lovely bonus. 

Feb 06, 2018 11:10 AM
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Most of these are not a good use of time.  Most do not build business...they do the opposite...they take away from time I can spend to build my business.

But, I do some every now and again either for fun/mental break or I see something that I feel will build my business.

Feb 05, 2018 10:12 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Because they are at the bottom of the page!  Seriously.  Out of sight, out of mind.  When I do see them, it's a debate on how easy it will be to accomplish.  If it's easy, then yes.  Otherwise, no.

Feb 05, 2018 09:12 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Currently, time limitations.

Feb 05, 2018 06:07 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Benefit not clearly understood (for each contest)

The announcement regarding contests are not where  I frequent on AR.

Too many contests.

Finally, and I take this seriously, how can my opinion matter regarding something in which I have never participated.

Feb 04, 2018 05:03 AM
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Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Will do in 2019.

Jan 06, 2019 04:12 PM