Real Estate Ray's Blog: The Power of a Good Network

The Power of a Good Network

     I have always been a back of the room kind of guy, but over the past few years, I have really learned that is not always the best place to be. I made a concerted effort to change a few years ago.  I now go right to the front of the class so to speak and engage.  It has made a huge difference.  We have needed help in several areas of the country; Ohio, Tennessee, Arizona, Southern California, Washington, Idaho and even right here in my own backyard, Elk Grove.  Our networks have proved to be helpful and powerful.

     It is not that we want to be the center a huge universe, just a part of an engaging, helpful universe.

Center of the Universe

     Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, a note investing network I belong to and ActiveRain have all been very helpful.  I feel like there is someone I can call and plug into just about anywhere across the country. 

     If you would like to join any of my networks, I would love to follow back.

  1. Facebook-The friends and family plan.
  2. Facebook Business Page-Insightful and conscientious Real estate Ray.
  3. eXp Workplace-eXp Realty agents
  4. Twitter-Wild West and somewhat political Ray.  Friend's posts get liked, commented on and re-tweeted to my 4,700 followers often.
  5. LinkedIn-Business and a tad bit boring Ray.
  6. Instagram-Picturesque Ray.
  7. Parler-Kind of confused and mostly absent Ray.  I am not sure I would even follow me here.  Maybe this is the Wild West.
  8. Youtube-Not quite ready for prime time Ray.

     Am I forgetting anything?  Feel free to post your links to your favorite networks below.  The more the merrier!

     Bonus question-Who was the first business person that you followed on Social Media that made you think, this is all worth it?  For me, it was Ryan Lundquist, appraiser, on Twitter.  The guy puts out so much useful information and is genuinely good-natured.

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Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, e-Pro

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3412 Babson Drive

Elk Grove, CA 95758

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Comment balloon 26 commentsRaymond Henson, SRES, GRI • January 07 2021 07:00PM

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Hi Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI . Thanks for the introduction to Idaho as the self-proclaimed center of the universe. It is important for to have a strong and good network of good people to share and learn from. Thanks for sharing all the networks you are on.

Posted by Janice Zaltman, South Florida Residential Real Estate (United Realty Group) 10 days ago

Hi Janice Zaltman,  I can now say I have been to the center of the universe and back.  Thank you for taking the time to comment.

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 10 days ago

Thanks, Ray.

You are so right about having a good network. And there are lots of ways to create that strong network. I'll have to check to see where else we need to be connected! I value my CRS network tremendously, among the others I have cultivated.

Have a great weekend!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) 10 days ago

Hi Jeff,  I feel fortunate to have you in my network now.  Thank you for taking the time to drop by and I hope you enjoy your weekend too.

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 10 days ago

Hi Raymond-I think it's difficult for many people to put themselves out there when it comes to networking, but it does pay off. It's not about the money but it's like having a large support network. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 10 days ago

Raymond I have a good network and ironically it is from Active Rain ,  Berkshire Hathaway and not Facebook or Instagram... neither has put any money in my pocket all it does is gives me exposure ....just sayin, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 10 days ago

I have connected with you on your various social media platforms. I hope this effort here produces referrals for you. Please let me know. Thanks

Posted by Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos (Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois) 9 days ago

I am on most of those networks as well and of course, I follow you on the ones I am on but to be honest, it is all becoming too much for me and I haven't been spending much time on any of them.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Vacasa) 9 days ago

Hi Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI - I sent a request to connect on Link In.  That one is my most used.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 9 days ago

Good morning Endre Barath, Jr., almost all my business comes from my sphere and my main way of connecting is through FB.  Other networks have help me, for example, when our family needed to sell in TN.  An note investor referred me to an appraiser, the appraiser referred me to an agent and all worked out well.  ActiveRain I was on early, but never understood the power until recently.  I get it now.  I am happy to be here and really do feel like I could call and get help any time I need it.  I am also excited about the chance to reciprocate as possible.  

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 9 days ago

Kathy Streib, one of the reasons I entered the real estate business in the first place was because I was shy and wanted to break out.  One of my first transactions was a family deal.  They brought me into a large office, put me at the head of the table with everyone from the multi-generational family and we proceeded to talk for over an hour.  It was a what have I got myself into moment and also the moment that I learned, I can do this.  ActiveRain was even difficult, but all the experiences have made me more open and, I think, that is a good thing.  

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 9 days ago

Hi Dale Taylor, I believe I have followed you back everywhere.  I have also followed you on the most important of all, ActiveRain. Please let me know if I missed anywhere and THANK YOU!

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 9 days ago

Good Morning Brian England.  Yes, it is a balancing act for sure.  We do have to focus on what is important, doing business and you do that well.

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 9 days ago

Thank you very much Grant Schneider.  I have accepted your invitation to connect and I appreciate it.  I really enjoy hearing what you have to say here on ActiveRain and feel fortunate to have connected.

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 9 days ago

Great information.  Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) 9 days ago

Ray, I am fairly active on social media, but not on Instagram or Twitter.    

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 9 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to stop by, Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®.  Enjoy your day as well!

Good morning Joan,  I really do not do much on Instagram either.  Twitter is a weakness of mine and probably one I need to cut back on.  I am happy to have met you on ActiveRain!

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 9 days ago

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 9 days ago

I generate a lot of business because of many of the networks you have mentioned...and I also have lost some. Opinions can be a fickle thing when on social media...and not such a big deal face to face.  So I still generate most of my business face to face!!  Thanks for sharing Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI 

Posted by Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker, Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940 (Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska) 7 days ago

Thank you for following me Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI . I tend to stay away from social media, kind of an introvert and simply don't have the time. Good for you though!

Posted by Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson, Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643 (Century 21 Doug Anderson) 7 days ago

Hi Kathy Streib!  Thank you for featuring my post in your, "What I Learned This Week," post.  I really appreciate it!

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 7 days ago

Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker, I have gained some and, undoubtedly, lost some, but it is the way I stay connected.  My network is probably more valuable for when I need something.  I do like face to face!  Thank you for taking the time to comment.

Hi Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson, I really am kind of an introvert as well.  It has taken me a lot of time to be able to do as much as I do.  Hope you are doing well and thank you for stopping by.

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 7 days ago

I used to spend hours on various platforms and blogging here on AR, etc.  But a couple of years ago I started to take that "real estate is local" very seriously, and have made quite a dent in getting recognized here in my area.  And my businesses has never done better.  Having said that, I am now ready to do more social media this coming year to expand my reach.  We will see, there are only so many hours in a day. 

Posted by Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®, Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea 7 days ago

That is for sure, Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®, there are only so many hours in the day.  Well done on getting recognized in your area.  Maybe you could write a blog about it.  Thank you for your input!

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 6 days ago

Thank you for offering your help to everyone.  It is good to have someone we know we can call for help. We can't get through this life alone.

Have a Happy Day Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI

Posted by CANDACE (Candy) STEVENS, Helping Taxpayers Resolve IRS problems (Number Cruncher LLC) 6 days ago

It is good to be surrounded by people who are really helpful, CANDACE (Candy) STEVENS.  And happy to be following you now on AciveRain.

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 6 days ago

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