Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Blogging is Today's "Traditional" Marketing - Another Success Story

Blogging is Today's "Traditional" Marketing - Another Success Story

Donna, Why do you spend so much time blogging?

Why?  Because that's where much of my business is coming from!

How is that possible? Shouldn't you be doing traditional marketing?

Blogging is today's tradition, and it's been tradition for the past few years as well!  Here's my latest example of how my blog works for me.

I spoke with a young family on a Friday in July driving back to Houston to close on their previous house. They mentioned they had been following my blog since January, but didn't contact me until July because they had 2 previous buyers on their Houston house who had financing problems, and they didn't want to look at houses until they knew it was a done deal. Great!  I love educated buyers!!

We scheduled an appointment to look at houses on the next Tuesday. We followed that with a couple of extras on Wednesday, and we were under contract by Friday. One week from conversation to contract!  We closed last week!

Here's what they had to say in their own words, pasted here with their permission:
I just wanted to write to let you know again how elated we are to know that this beautiful home is now officially ours!  At every turn and every decision making opportunity, I knew that we had chosen the right person to be our realtor--and realize more than ever how important it is to choose that right person.  I appreciated your knowledge, advice, and calming presence throughout the process.  I truly believe that saying that there is no such thing as luck---that luck is the result of preparation meeting opportunity.  You offered the best preparation, especially when it came to negotiating skills and your level of commitment.  The results could not be better--we were able to obtain this great investment opportunity and have the home we've dreamed of.
Thanks again and we hope to see you soon neighbor!

Active Rain payday

Why were they following my blog? Not only because of the market reports and the area information I posted, but also because they have a two year old daughter, and they related to me and my experiences with my two year old daughter. A good mix of business and family gets people to know you and like you, and people tend to work with people they like.

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Comment balloon 57 commentsDonna Harris • October 05 2010 11:14AM


Great success story!  Reading posts like this one are what keeps me interested in this 'new tradition' of blogging.  Waiting on my first success story that is related to blogging.  Happy Selling!

Posted by Denise Roberts, e-PRO, REALTOR - Specializing in Pinehurst, NC Area (New Colony Properties, LLC) over 9 years ago

Congrats on your closed deal. Blogging is a fairly inexpensive marketing method and you just never know who is following you, so keep it up.

Posted by DONNA SINGH (Royal LePage Connect Realty) over 9 years ago

You are right on.  Blogging brings you clients.  Also, it helps you rank higher with the search engines.

Posted by Edward & Celia Maddox, EXPERIENCE & INTEGRITY - WE TAKE THE HIGH ROAD (The Celtic Connection Realty) over 9 years ago

Donna, some agents already realize the benefits of blogging, some are just starting to "get it", while others almost resent the fact that this is just another way of marketing yourself.  I doubt they will ever understand.  Blogging about the benefits of blogging can be like preaching to the choir at times.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 9 years ago

Donna:  Blogging becomes the tradition for many of us.  You just shared more proof with us.  Keep up the great work.  Huggs to Alyssa.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 9 years ago

Donna, great story!  This will help the newbies to work more on their blogging and it will bring results when it is done right and consistently.

Posted by Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale (RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 ) over 9 years ago

Congratulations. You have figured out how blogging can help you get business. How did they originally start following your blog?

Posted by Kathy Smiley, Westlake Village, CA - "Making YOU Smile!" (Rodeo Realty ~ Fine Estates Westlake Village) over 9 years ago

Donna Good Job.  I too have had clients from AR and appreciate that they followed my blog and contacted me to be their agent

Posted by 'The Diamond Group' 'A Cut Above The Rest', Lubbock Texas Real Estate (The Diamond Group @ Keller Williams) over 9 years ago

Donna, Thanks for this post. I am just starting to dip my toes in the water with blogging, so nice to hear that if I keep at it, there is a possibility of building future clients. I lived just outside of Austin for three years in the late 90's, the Anderson Mill area close to Round Rock. Loved it! Austin is a great City!

Posted by Cindy Westfall, ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate (Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon) over 9 years ago

Denise, Blogging relavant stuff about your area will bring it on!

Donna, It's inexpensive with money, but does take a bit of time...

E&C, That's the main point, as long as you know your keywords!

Malcolm, Some won't get it just like I don't get why they're doing Open Houses... different philosophies...

Karen Anne, Thanks and will definitely give Alyssa another hug as she brought these buyers in!

Rita, Exactly!

Kathy, They searched keywords in the area that I use and my blog was all over the place with market information and different activities in the area. They even noticed when I stopped blogging consistantly in my first trimester earlier this Spring.

Elizabeth, Feels great!

Cindy, That's not considered "outside" Austin anymore.  It's all part of Austin.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 9 years ago

Congratulations for a job well done.  There's nothing like letting people get a little "in" on you through blogging. They instantly connect, know me much better. A great way to start a relationship, in my opinion.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) over 9 years ago

I am glad to see you post this. Last week there was a post that said all but professional information in a blog was a waste of time. This is an example of why it is important to let some of ourselves come through in our online marketing.

Posted by Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience ( Associate Broker, Momentum Realty) over 9 years ago

I love it! Great job Donna! 

Posted by Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397 (Owner - RE/MAX Access - over 9 years ago

As a home inspector, I understand that agents and their offices are continuously bombarded with inspectors vying for their business. So, most of my marketing, including blogging is online. So, I completely agree! Blogging and online marketing is the new, normal, tradition.

Posted by David Selman, Certified Master Home Inspector (Selman Home Inspections, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Great job Donna. That's a big smile on your face. We have no idea who really is reading our Blog.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Okay, so I admit it - I am not ready to blog!  I can't get over the I am the center of the world aspect of blogging even if it is the wave of the future. 

Posted by Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate, Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming (Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming) over 9 years ago

Nice!  I love hearing people say how grateful they are to their agent for helping make their dreams come true!  Beautiful picture, too!

Posted by Laurie Jarrett, REALTOR - New Braunfels, San Marcos, Texas Real Es (Keller Williams Realty Heritage-New Braunfels) over 9 years ago

Loreena, Exactly! They felt they knew me, and my daughter too!

Holly, That person doesn't know what they're talking about. An all business blog is boring and people lose interest. I have people tooning in to see the next thing Alyssa is going to do!

Kristin, Thanks!

David, Good to hear you're making the switch too.

Ellie, I know, and for them to be reading it for 7 months without me knowing... that's crazy!

Brenda, It isn't about you. It's about your market, your neighborhood, the community activities. Why does it have to be about "you" per se?

Laurie, It warmed my heart, and I'm under contract with the twin brother too!! That'll be another picture with another check!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 9 years ago

Donna, it was great they had the connection with you with your daughter too. Congratulations on more business.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 9 years ago

Salute, Donna! I'm working with a buyer in California who is moving back to NJ. He found my blog and liked me before we spoke.  Why?  Because he liked the little dance of me with one of my RainChecks! Enjoy the one you're holding.

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) over 9 years ago

Congrats Donna! I'm going to share this article with my new agents. Great proof that this stuff works. NOW....if I could just get back on the wagon with my blogging! I always like to walk the walk if I'm going to talk the talk. I can speak from experience that when I'm actively blogging, I actively get calls. Way to go!

Posted by Kim Dean, d + b real estate, McKinney, TX REALTOR Broker/Own ( over 9 years ago

It's always nice hearing success stories here. Keep up the great work, Donna.

Posted by Dan and Amy Schuman, Luxury Home Specialists (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 9 years ago

Blogging is today's 'traditional' marketing pretty much says it all, Donna.  I think the important thing that many agents should get from this is that the consumer is reading your blog.  Just because they don't comment, doesn't mean they're not there.

Posted by Roger Johnson, Realtor - Hickory NC Real Estate (Hickory Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Best recommendation ever ---a closed deal. Nothing motivates more than having financial success.

Posted by Lorraine or Loretta Kratz, Certified Negotiation Consultants (Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions.) over 9 years ago

Congratulations on your success. You must be doing something right! I am off to read some of your blogs. Way to go!

Posted by Kristi DeFazio, Colorado Springs Rea lEstate 719-459-5468 (RE/MAX Advantage) over 9 years ago

It always helps when I see success stories.  I'm always elated when people say they read the Real Estate Blogs.  It lets me know that our work is not for naught.

Congrats on such a fast deal

Posted by MeLisa Minter, Realtor, Bay Area Houston Real Estate Agent (Minter Real Estate Services) over 9 years ago

Very encouraging to a new blogger like me !! Thank you for sharing yur success story... Congrat's on a job well done.

Posted by Sherilyn M. Whistler, Need a Referral, Call Me ! (ERA Herman Group Real Estate-NoCo) over 9 years ago

Hi Donna -- I love reading client testimonials, and I would hire you alone because of this one.  It's obvious you have a very smart buyer there and they were smart enough to recognize a very competent and quality REALTOR when they ran across your blog! :)

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) over 9 years ago

Hi Donna - Your story is an excellent example that shows how people may follow a blog for many months before contacting the blogger.  However, in the meantime, the potential clients are learning to understand how you work and once they contact the blogger, are often ready to get right to work on their transaction.

Posted by FN LN over 9 years ago

Congrats on the check and the twin. My dog turns two in December, can't wait to get him more involved in my blog!

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 9 years ago

Hi Donna...Congratulations on your feature post.

Bragging is a good thing when you help people and they put pen to paper to tell the World how happy they are with you as their Realtor...and it all came about because of the SEO from your blog posts here in the Rain...How Cool is That !

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Hi Donna,

You taught me that blogging is the way to go! I appreciate you more than you know! Can you tell me the best way to get Market Reports...?

Posted by Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease (RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT) over 9 years ago

Donna, blogging is a great way to connect with people of like mind.  It's because they like us that they use us.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

Nice job and if that post does not encourage others to ramp up their blogging efforts, nothing will.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 9 years ago

Hi Donna~ It is a great tool for business for us, and even better when clients find us and we are a good fit!  Congratulations!

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) over 9 years ago

I've been blogging since late May '09 and my 2010 income is already tripled from previous years - I owe it to blogging without questions. You go, Donna! Love your photos with a big check in your hand and big smile on your face!

Posted by Lori Cain, Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer (eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Congrats girl! Blogging is something that needs to be a priority if we want to stay in front of our clients & potential clients. Thanks for the inspiration ... I'm off to BLOOOOOG now :)


Posted by Samantha Smith, Sam I Am Houses, Simply Texas Real Estate (214.422.0729 over 9 years ago

Thank you for sharing this information. In your view, is blogging a path to direct contact or primarily to drive traffic to your website?

Posted by Frederic Guitton (HomeBridge Financial Services) over 9 years ago

Congrats on a "blogging check"   Blogging does pay off, it s the people that ask why we blog who "don't get it."

Posted by Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate (Crown Key Realty, Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Donna, congratulations!  That's awesome.  Thanks for sharing and the encouragement.

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) over 9 years ago

I want to be able to post a check soon, too. I forgot where we do that for the contest points.

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge over 9 years ago

Does that say Eight Thousand Two Hundred and 50 cents?.......Cha Ching!

Posted by David O'Doherty, Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC (Raleigh Realty Inc) over 9 years ago


When someone has been reading your blog for awhile they develop a trust in your abilities.  By the time they actually get in touch it is as though they already know you.  You are right on with this - people tend to work with people they like.


Posted by Claudette Millette, Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass (The Buyers' Counsel) over 9 years ago

How are you doing this? I have seen it lately on old post coming up featured? Did someone post on this?


Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 9 years ago

It's great when a plan comes together.  I'm not sure everyone realizes the power in it.  When I'm looking for an agent to refer, of course I check out a person's website and their blogs.  If I can't learn something about them, and just see a lot of statistics and listings, then I don't get a sense of their knowledge or personality.  You obviously showed that person something more.  Good job!

Posted by Karen Crowson, Your Agent for Change (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Donna, there is no better satisfaction than a testimonial from a happy client. Good Job!

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 9 years ago

Gary, Thank you!

Irene, Congrats!

Kim, I got off the wagon for a couple of months, these clients noticed it and called me out on it. That got me back on the wagon!

Dan & Amy, Thanks!

Roger, I have outside comments disabled, so they're not able to leave comments anyway. They do, however, email me if it's important.

L & L, Exactly!!

Kristi, I try...

MeLisa, Thanks!

Sherilyn, You're welcome and good luck.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 9 years ago

Its these sort of success stories that keep me blogging and motivate to put out better blogs~!

Posted by Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert (RE/MAX Results) over 9 years ago

Donna - I came back because I was "brewing" a little more about your title and my lightbulb moment - "Yes, we can start new "traditions". Who's to say it must always be old, tried and true methods. New ones can become new "traditions" too as you pointed out.

Thanks for bringing this lightbulb onto me. That's why I came back.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) over 9 years ago

Donna -

Don't know how I've missed noticing a 700,000 point member up to now.

But today I saw your comment on Jon's blog and now I know I don't want to miss anything else you might say. So I've signed on as your newest subscriber.

Posted by Jim Hale, Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website (ACTIONAGENTS.NET) over 9 years ago

That is such a great story!  Hows the pregnancy going?  Sounds like it definitely isn't slowing you down at all.

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) over 9 years ago

True, blogging is todays 'tradition'. Its a great and easy way to keep things fresh!

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 over 9 years ago


Thanks for verifying what I keep telling folks about that "Personal connect" . It is just as important as our experience, knowledge, aand statistical prowess.

Posted by Trey Thurmond, College Station , Texas Homes (BCR Realtors) over 9 years ago

I apologize for the delayed response to everyone else who has left comments. I had family in town...

Yes, traditions are what you make of them, and this is definitely one of mine, and should be one of everyone's!

No, the pregnancy isn't slowing me down... yet... but we still have 5 weeks to go!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 9 years ago

It's good to hear of your success.  Hope your child is delivered easily and healthy.

Posted by Jim Hale, Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website (ACTIONAGENTS.NET) over 9 years ago

Donna,  I love reading success stories and this is a real good one.   Keep up the great work!

Posted by Stephanie Stringer, Mortgage Loan Originator (First Choice Loan Services NMLS#210764) over 9 years ago

Nice success story. I may have to use more statistics and numbers in my blogs. I see that a lot on some of the blogs on here. They must have more readability than I thought, for the public.

Posted by Jon Quist, Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996 (REALTY EXECUTIVES ARIZONA TERRITORY) over 9 years ago