Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Interview Didn't Make the Article

Interview Didn't Make the Article

At the end of December, I was interviewed for an article in Texas REALTOR® for the January/February issue.  I was excited for the opportunity as I've been contacted more and more about interviews for this and that.  It makes me feel like all my hard work over the years is finally paying off.

What urks me is I did not end up in the article.  I read it, and the main person interviewed was one of my friends and coleagues, and she's also a strong member of Active Rain.  I chose not to mention who she is.  I'm reading this article and thinking to myself, what a bunch of BULL.

The interviewer told me she wanted information on how I track my finances when it comes to my marketing.  The article was actually about how these two people spent money on different programs that tell them how to spend their money each month on their marketing to help keep them on budget.  I was reading this going, HUH?!

I'm sorry, but I don't need a program to tell me how to stay on budget.  I look at how much business I want that year.  I then look at how many "leads" I need in order to get a closed transaction in order to hit my goals.  I look at what I want to do and what I need to do in order to get those leads.  I look at the costs.  I then set up my programs and I know how much is being spent each month.  I don't need a program to tell me how to stay on that budget.  Once it's set, it's set.


Granted, new programs can come along and I reevaluate as needed, and I'll move money around, but that doesn't take a genius to figure out that you shouldn't be spending $50k a month if you bring in $5k a month. I'm not going to break the piggy bank if I can't afford it.  I also don't throw good money after bad.  If I see something isn't working, I look at why it's not working and try to make it work.  If I've given it a fair chance, typically, at least a year, then they program might get dropped.  I don't believe in trying something for a month and saying it doesn't work.

Anyway, I'm just a little ticked off that this lady spent my time asking questions that, in all essense, wasn't really what she was even aiming for in her article.  She also didn't have the nerve to let me know she decided to change her angle even though I asked her to shoot me an email when it came out so I knew to look for it.

If you want an interview, great.  But don't waste my time, and I won't waste yours.

Comment balloon 5 commentsDonna Harris • February 19 2008 12:18PM


Hi Donna.  Keep smiling.  Just the fact that you were contacted does mean your hard work is paying off.  Keep up the good work and I will be looking for more posts.


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 11 years ago
I have never had a situation where I was interviewed and did not appear.  The trick is to interview the interviewer and figure out their angle first, then I say yay or nay.  If I don't like their angle, I decline the interview.  If they don't know their angle and are fishing for a topic...well, can't say I've had a call like that yet.
Posted by ARDELL DellaLoggia (Better Properties Seattle ) over 11 years ago

Donna, had a similar situation. I was interviewed late 2007 about our company concept for an article in NAR that was going to be about concepts that are other non-real estate industries use that could or are being used in the Real-estate industry. The interviewer loved what I had to say and how great of a concept it was. When the article came out she played off my idea and no mention what so ever of where she came up with it. I'm sure she got some wonderful atagirl pats on her back from the readers. I can appreciate how frustrated you must be.


Posted by * Rate A Home (Rate A Home) over 11 years ago

Ken, Thank you!

ARDELL, I did try to interview her.  I asked what the article was about and she said financing.  I asked her how she wanted Financing to fit into real estate.  She was fairly specific... but I have no idea where things went from there.  I guess she talked to the other person and this person mentioned how she tracks her finances, and maybe she decided that was a better route.  It sounded more like a commercial for a financing program.

Duane, She took your ideas as her own?  Whoa...  I would make a phone call to the editor about that one!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 11 years ago
Donna, probably should have, but she changed it enough and moved it into a "Rating the agent" article if I recall. Like that's a new concept. Oh well.
Posted by * Rate A Home (Rate A Home) over 11 years ago