“I wasn’t Aware that Blogging has an Age Connected to it”

“I wasn’t Aware that Blogging has an Age Connected to it”

 

 

I had lunch with two newbie real estate agents the other day. They were both referred by their office manager. A number of Realtors in that office already send mortgage business my way, so the manager wanted them to meet with me.

 

They were both very excited and seemed to have their heads on straight. They know that it isn’t easy to get started in the business. We talked about their training, which I thought was very good and social media. A lot of emphasis was on blogging and building a social media presence. I was starting to understand why the manager wanted them to meet with me.

 

They already knew that I did a lot of blogging; they had seen some of my blogs already. They wanted to know how I got started and one made the comment about blogging at my age, as they thought it was for younger folks. They told me they were encouraged to go after the Millennial first time home buyer.

 

I asked them if they would turn down a listing from a senior that may always want to downsize. I asked them if they felt that the only mortgages I should do was reverse mortgages. They said they have a lot to learn.

 

It was great meeting with them. I believe I gave them some good coaching, but we’ll see what direction they will take their blogging efforts.

 

This meeting was a good learning for me and I told them that. So, I wonder how the public perceives the person sharing a blog. Are they judged by how they look, how old they seem to be or the knowledge they have?

 

What are your thoughts about the question?

 

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Comment balloon 29 commentsJoe Petrowsky • November 04 2015 12:36PM

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Good morrning Joe. Age does not count anymore, but performance does! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) about 5 years ago

Hi Joe.  I would look at their comments about your age and blogging as a big compliment.  Just because you have some years on you, doesn't mean you can't keep up with these youngsters.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 5 years ago

I wouldn't think any of us were judged on our age for blogging.  As a matter of fact, a couple who I didn't know was following our blogs, hired us because of what they read and the experience we have....

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) about 5 years ago

Good morning Joe.  At my age I hope they don't judge anyone as one day they will be my age and wonder where the time went.  I also wonder what new technology will be around and if blogging will survive. 

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) about 5 years ago

Hi Joe.  So bathrobes and reclining chairs is our life style because of our age.  Too funny.  70 is the new 50.  That is your effective age.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) about 5 years ago

I do worry that at some point I will not connect well with some of the first time buyers so I send my buyer agent - but I feel like experience counts with sellers. I agree with your points, but do wonder if the public always does. 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties) about 5 years ago

Good morning Joe,

As long as the mind and body are active age has no boundaries.

Some take an active role as you have chosen and others a passive boring one.

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) about 5 years ago

Glad it was a productive lunch and you learned some things, too.  I think that often people connect to those that are similar to them.  So, if they are millenials, it's probably a good target to start with.  Of course, those who are older tend to have more purchasing power (and selling power), so I'd say after they have gotten more experience, refocusing their target may be a good thing.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 5 years ago

I would certainly hope that the information contained in the blog is the most important thing! 

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 5 years ago

Joe, I never have a question about my age from the 30 something crew when they find me online on age!  In fact, most of my business this year has remarkedly come from my strong online presence.

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) about 5 years ago

Joe... I'm so over the "age" questions. I'm amazed at how often I'm told by someone that I sound so "young!" I am young (in spirit, if not in actual years). We may so many presumptions about people and their age. In my late 60's I still wear short skirts at least 2-3 inches above my knees and I know there are those who would be appalled!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) about 5 years ago

Good morning Joe. I think this is a really good question. I admit when I started I wasn't sure about blogging and thought it may be a "young thing." No more. Great post and wonderful energy.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 5 years ago

Always go with knowledge in my opinion.  I've learned from kids.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) about 5 years ago

Well, most of these Millennials need to learn a lot Joe Petrowsky especially about blogging. Us old guys do a lot of it, but they do "texting."

I think blogging is better. It lasts longer.

And I am sure Nina Hollander has the legs for short skirts, too.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) about 5 years ago

Good morning, Joe --- hmm -- an interesting question.  It's been said that perception equals reality.  I wonder if the perception of those two newbie agents has changed after your lunch?   

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 about 5 years ago

Knowledge comes from all ages....as does experience!  You never know what another person has to share with you!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 5 years ago

Joe,

Knowledge comes in all sizes, age has nothing to do with it.  I am sure the agents you had lunch with had a couple aha moments.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 5 years ago

Joe, blogging can be (and is) done by all ages, just those that want a large presence on-line! 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 5 years ago

It is ageless Joe. This is one of the tings in life that does not consider age. I think it is really nice you are talking to people just starting out in our business.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) about 5 years ago

That's too funny.  The most successful bloggers I see are not young.  I think us old folks are a little more disciplined.  

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) about 5 years ago

LMAO - Be a trend setter Joe break that stereotypical mold and be the elder blogger.

Still laughing

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) about 5 years ago

Joe, I didn't know marketing had age requirements, blogging is truly marketing as well as our audience. Hope they had tons to take away from your lunch meeting.

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) about 5 years ago

When I originally told my 20 year old son that I was blogging, his eyes got big and he looked at me and said, YOU?  So yes, I think younger people think only younger people blog. 

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) about 5 years ago

I first thought blogging was for younger folks...but not anymore. I will be 70 next year and I have a great online presence.  I love it when people say, "oh you are the blogger".  My nieces and nephews, and all the great nieces/nephews like my blogging.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate about 5 years ago

Joe: There will always be demographics that are more comfortable dealing with agents of a particular age...it works both ways up/down the age scale.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055) about 5 years ago

Joe - aren't those stereotypes interesting.  I guess your really got them thinking.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 5 years ago

My kids always tease me when I struggle with new technology. But it's important that we continue to grow and learn new tricks. In many ways, they were giving you a big compliment. Well done.

Posted by Mark Daly (Group One Mortgage) about 5 years ago

Joe how old they think you are??? :)

Bet you could run rings around them :) :) :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 5 years ago

Joe, You can tell some of those young whipper snappers a thing or too about marketing and prospecting. They would be wise to follow your lead.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties, The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730 (Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070) about 5 years ago

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