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Are you Organic or Locally Grown?

No I am not talking about vegetables and fruits my friend.  I am talkig about Realtors but I know some people may consider me a fruit!  LOL   Many of us are locally grown Realtors that have had the benefit (or curse) of knowing most people in our market area.  Some of us are transplants from one end of the country to another and feel like we have been thrown into the water to swim with the sharks!

Locally grown Realtors like myself have a distinct advantage of knowing everyone in the area and having such a connection via our school friends, church, organizations, years of advertising, etc.  There is a real advantage to being locally grown but one can take it for granted and it can become a curse!  I sure took it for granted at one point of my life.  There was a time when I got over confident and thought that I would always do well because everybody new me.  My business started to slow a little and I started seeing a difference in my bottom line.

I decided to give myself an attitude adjustment and get off of my rear end and I started to kick it in gear!  After all there were some young guns in town and I was not about to lay down!  I had never before advertised I was bi-lingual because everyone knew right?  Why should I have to tell them?  I began advertising I was bilingual through print advertising, information fliers, internet, emails, etc.  I started getting out of the office more and meeting face to face with builders, farmers, etc.  My world started to change and my business started to take off again and I have never looked back. I started sending a message to those young guns "Bring it on baby"!

Organic Realtors on the other hand have to work harder but I have heard of Organic Realtors dominating their market in a relatively short period of time of 1-2 years.  Howard Brinton with his Star Power program  has interviewed quite a few Realtors in his monthly interview program that have gone into unchartered waters for various reasons.  Sometimes their spouse was relocated and sometimes family emergencies forced them to relocate.  Many of these Realtors dominated their new markets because they got "Back to Basics" and started doing the things they needed to do and did it will.  We have all heard of success stories of imigrants that moved to the U.S. from a foreign country and were very successful.  If they could come from a foreign country and have to learn a new language just think about what you can accomplish!

If you are new to an area and have a passion in your heart for this business you are in my opinion a real threat to some of us "Locally Grown" type.  When you start passing out those cards, using mulitiple signs for every listing (directional signs on every corner), making lots of calls, getting out of the office and meeting people face to face you will see your market grow leaps and bounds.   People want to be around people with energy and a passion for what they do. When you start doing all the right things you you will see your business grow leaps and bounds.

So for all of us locally grown type, lets keep our business fresh and lets keep doing the things that got us to the dance.

If you are organic what an opportunity you have!  You can be excited about a new environment and be like a little child discovering a new world out there.  Go into that new world and "Kick it in gear" and watch people be drawn to you.

Native Idahoan and Boise Idaho Real Estate specialist serving Boise, Meridian Eagle, Nampa, Caldwell and the surrounding Treasure valley area of southwest Idaho. Specializing in residential, investment, land and commercial real estate. Search thousands of MLS listings at Boise Homes for sale and learn all about Idaho by visiting Search Idaho Homes

Comment balloon 12 commentsGeorge Tallabas • March 24 2007 09:56AM


You don't have to be locally grown to be successful. You just have to have the drive to go out and meet people.
Posted by Danny Smith (DISCOVER TEXAS HOMES) about 12 years ago
Home grown, and glad to be here!  There's no place like home, there's no place like home ...
Posted by Sarah Cooper (Real Estate Shows) about 12 years ago
Danny - well said my friend.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
LOL Sarah...I hear what you say.  I just want to encourage everyone that it doesn't matter.  We make our own path life regarless.  I hope you are having a great weekend my friend.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago

I have been in Las Vegas for almost 10 years so I think by those standards I am local :)

Seriously, I know more than some of the born and raised because I made it my mission to learn the area.

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) about 12 years ago
Renee....I have a strong feeling you would "Kick Butt" wherever you went. You are awesome.  Have a great weekend my friend.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
George, you've hit on exactly why immigrants to the USA achieve so much and why we Americans are perceived as so lazy (very general comment to make a comparison).  Immigrants (or transplants) KNOW they have to start from the bottom, sometimes even below the bottom.  They do the basics, they do everything they have to and so much more.  They have a lot stacked against them.  They succeed.  Natives/Locals tend to be lacksidasical (sp) and rest on their laurels so to speak.  It's a comfort zone.  If you are too comfortable it can cause you to not strive for more.
Posted by Christina Ethridge (The North Idaho Dream Team powered by SKE Realty Group) about 12 years ago
My point exactly Christina, I have heard Howard Brinton interviews that were so awesome because the Realtor interviewed move to an area 1,700 miles from home.  By the end of his first year in the market he was #1 in is area.  It is all a matter of mind over matter. One does what they have to do when they are under the gun to do it.  Have a great weekend.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago

Organic but hired at the same time as two home growns, which has been very interesting.  One of the home-growns comes to work 1-2 days a week and is doing pretty well because she has an endless stream of family and friends to work with. 


Posted by Fran Gatti, Managing Principal Broker - RE/MAX Integrity (RE/MAX Integrity) about 12 years ago
Thank you Fran...I appreciate you stopping by and I hope all is well.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago
Hi George!  I'm organic but always willing to step out of my comfort zone and meet more people!  I moved to Colorado Springs 11 years ago and didn't know a soul.  Now I hardly go anywhere without running into someone I know.  I've come a long way in 11 years! =)
Posted by Michele Webb, ABR, QSC (RE/MAX Properties, Inc.) about 12 years ago
Good for you my friend...Keep it going strong Michele and you know you have a supporter here in Idaho!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) about 12 years ago