Professional REALTORS and Our “Marketing Meetings”

As professional REALTORS, one element of helping our clients is to be actively involved in our profession.  As FULL TIME REALTORS, we are active in many aspects of our industry.  This helps our clients because we are known in the community as active, full time real estate professionals that do the job well and within the National Association of REALTORS Code of Ethics.

Being involved also means attending what is called our local weekly “marketing meetings.”  This is where we meet with fellow active professionals to talk about our current clients and their needs, be it to buy a property or list their property for sale.  The group also conducts a weekly “broker tour” to hold new listings open for fellow REALTORS to preview newly available properties for sale.

SOLDphotoInterestingly (and perhaps sadly) only about 75 or so of us get together at our local meeting, yet there are over 3,000 members of our local association.  Those that attend the meetings are the serious and committed professionals that serve their clients at the highest possible level.

Those of you searching for a local real estate professional here in the Hayward-Castro Valley-San Lorenzo-San Leandro market should first make sure that person is a REALTOR.  Second, ask them how often they attend their local marketing meeting to represent your interests.  Finally , as them where that local marketing meeting is held (Answer:  Knudsen’s Ice Creamery in Castro Valley should be their answer).

Occupy: A Home is More Than Its Human Occupants

Yesterday was a perfect example of how having a dog enables us to keep a cleaner house. Our pit bull / rabbit mix “Piglet” found our Rotarian magazine and tore it up. We can’t leave articles of clothing strewn about any more. We can’t be slobs and leave our shoes out either. We have to watch Piglet constantly to make sure he learns not to whiz in the house.

If you choose to have a dog and not let him into your house, there are consequences to having him as your “backyard dog” and it is important that you be well aware of the consequences. CLICK HERE to tips on how to make your dog a part of your family and a part of your home.

This morning, Piglet jumped up on our bed. Four times! Why on earth was he suddenly compelled to do this? This 40 lb. creature has brought so much joy to our home in the last couple weeks since we adopted him. We’ll be enrolling in obedience classes soon, mostly to teach US how to handle him!

Another virtue of having a dog: We blame sounds and smells on him…

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