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It's been a busy week for Web Women Giving Circle Founder Joeann Fossland, who has been traveling through the blogosphere to talk about CARE and philanthropy. She has been criss-crossing the country for a couple of weeks, with 12,885 miles of travel and NO frequent flyer miles.
Beverly Hills: Philanthropic lifestyles of the rich and famous and their realty professionals was the theme of the interview at Bernice Ross' Luxury Clues earlier this week ... Maryland: Beltway Artist Tammy Vitale's Women, Art, Life: Weaving It All Together took Joeann back to her roots and into the artsy neighborhood of the blogosphere for an interview and some creative meanderings. There's a lot of nice color and art on this stop! Surf around this blog for some creative fun ... Southern California: Michael Trust has some questions and answers about real estate, CARE, and humanitarian outreach in hisMichael Trust Realty, Your San Francisco Real Estate Professionals blog.
Las Vegas: Nevada Blog REALTOR Chris Shouse welcomed her bloggy guest with a perfectly chilled bottle of Virtual Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon Rose Vintage 1996, served in an Orefors crystal flute, with FRESH Pacific Oysters and Shrimp flown in for the occasion!!! Additionally, she had a bath be drawn for her prior to her arrival, with champagne caress bubbles and bath oil. "How much better can it get????" asked the happy Coach.
Amissville, VA: Joeann's whirlwind transcontinental travel brought her back to Northern VA Real Estate Notes with host Julie Emery. They talked about CARE and philanthropy in a discussion about how REALTORS can "give back" to their communities ...West Valley, CA: Joeann is back in Southern Californiatoday for a nice chat with REALTOR Shelly Slovin. They talk about real estate "community" and the role that members play in helping to make the world a better place. Shelly took note of Michigan REALTOR Wynne Achatz's bubble bath outsourcing last week and decided that he would do better than that. He invited Lily to the Bubble Fest!!
I am getting ready to take a class in real estate consultancy. There is growing consumer demand for real estate services that are "unbundled" and consultancy is clearly an option that we need to review and develop as a business model. There's only one small problem. In Pennsylvania it is ILLEGAL for a real estate agent who is not a broker to use the dirty "C" word. Seems the PA State Real Estate Commission says real estate consultancy is an "art", according to attorney Ray J. Michalowski, Esq:
"The Commission recently ruled on whether licensed real estate salespersons may refer to themselves as real estate 'consultants' in an advertisement. Although there is little doubt that salespersons routinely provide services to their clients that constitute 'consulting' as that word is defined in plain English, the Commission has held that 'consultant' is a term of art in real estate and may only be used by licensed real estate brokers.
"The Commission’s view is based on the definition of 'Broker' found in the Real Estate Licensing and Registration Act (RELRA), which defines a 'Broker' as someone who 'represents himself to be a real estate consultant, counselor, agent or finder.' An important question is raised by this definition; does this also mean that salespersons can no longer refer to themselves as 'agents'?
"Don’t panic, because while the terms 'consultant,' 'counselor' and 'finder' are off limits for salesperson advertising, the term agent is probably still safe to use.
"This is because the definition of 'Broker' is repeated in the Commission’s regulations and contains a minor, but significant difference stating that a 'Broker' is someone who 'represents himself or itself as a real estate consultant, counsellor or finder.' The word “agent” is absent from this version of the definition of “Broker”. In addition, the common use of the term “agent” to identify both brokers and salespersons in the real estate industry, and if fact throughout RELRA itself, make it very unlikely that any salespersons will be prosecuted for calling themselves 'agents'."
Well, it's resassuring to know we're not headed to the hoosegow if we call ourselves agents!
Well, I am going to be scrapping my old web site ... poor thing is tired and neglected and needs to rest. Time to bring in something with more tech pizzazz and I finally found a likely candidate at Point2 Agent. I'll be integrating HUD homes and foreclosure listings into a new office site that I am developing at RealtyWorldBenchmarkRealty.com. There's even a built-in blog that is useful for posting new listings, price changes, and all sorts of other stuff. Watch for new special features on Historic Homes, with special emphasis on Historic Bethlehem.
I'm not scrapping any of the blogs, though ... check out my new blog baby at the new web site.
Imagine my surprise ... I have lived for 54 years, borne two sons, traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe and had nary a clue that I was still a social networking virgin. Last month Tim Fears(left), an inspired cyber cherub at Internet Crusade showed me how to DIGG. My life will never be the same.
I am getting more viral by the hour, starting with the Web Women Giving Circle and our mission to raise some money for CARE in the real estate community. My first project with this genre marketing is to showcase Point 2 Agent, a web marketing company for real estate agents that is making a powerful contribution to the philanthropic efforts of the WWGC.
Register at Reddit and leave a comment at our post. Clink on the link at Newsvine, register, and VOTE! When you get to Blinklist, sign in and search for "giving circle". I couldn't figure out how to VOTE at Blinklist. Can anyone help? Tim, where are you, Internet Angel?
Marketing guru Suzanne Falter-Barnes' Get Known Now Blog is hosting today's stop on Joeann Fossland's Coachadelic Whistle-Stop Blog Tour! Suzanne Falter-Barns teaches people how to define, brand and package their online presence … so they can attract national media. She has 18 years of experience in New York media and marketing, and has built her own successful online business – you’ll find insider tips on her blog won’t find anywhere else. Check out her blog and her extensive personal and group coaching programs.
I recently published two eBooks about HUD Homes for Sale. One is a consumer book and the other is a professional guide for real estate agents. All of the proceeds from the sale of both books that are sold through October, 2006 will be donated to CARE in a special arrangement with Giving Circle founder Joeann Fossland, who set up the eCommerce donation platform in her online bookstore on her web site: HUD Homes for Sale--A Complete Buyer's Guide ($19.95) and HUD Homes for Sale --A Sales and Marketing Guide for Real Estate Agents ($39.95). Agents who order the Sales and Marketing Guide will receive a BONUS copy of the Complete Buyer's Guide, a $59.90 value for $39.95. Click here at Joeann Fossland's online book store to purchase for the 2 for 1 special. All proceeds collected for these books at Joeann's bookstore will be donated to CARE.
Master Coach Joeann Fossland tells REALTORS® gathered in Tucson over the weekend that a well designed business plan that connects vision and goals will help bring their business to the next level. Fossland's The Business Makeover Retreat 2005 was a three-day event that drew participants from Chicago, California, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Florida, and Arizona. The event was held at The Lodge at Ventana Canyon.