“Helping Out My Competitor”

“Helping Out My Competitor”




Would you be willing to talk with me on the phone or meet again to help me get my blogging going? I'd really appreciate any direction and advice you can share.


Of course I would be willing to assist another loan officer; the sad part about it is that his manager says the only way to get new business is to knock on Realtors doors. Something I have never done nor have any of our loan officers. The manager doesn’t believe in any kind of social media as he says it needs to be done the old fashion way.


Hopefully I can show him a better way. I have already shared with him that blogging and social media efforts can be a much more efficient way to start bringing leads to the website that he has already set up. Hopefully he will listen and not get sabotaged.


What would you tell him?


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Comment balloon 31 commentsJoe Petrowsky • November 10 2015 06:31AM


Joe: I have seen this scenario play out many times in my area (with agents not mortgage pros). It takes discipline and patience to blog and use social media, sometimes without results for months, and many do not have that kind of staying power.

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

You really don't need to tell him anything, Joe.   Just show him the results of your efforts.

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

Good morning Joe. You can reach more people with a blog in a few minutes than door knocking can produce in a year. Enjoy your day!

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

Hi Joe.  Seeing is believing.  If showing him your stats doesn't impress then he needs to get a real job.

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

Good morning Joe.  Times change and so does the may we market.  Not all of the latest and greatest is good for everyone.  Results speak volumes he really needs to get with the program.

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

Good morning Joe,

You gave the correct advice but as with everything some feel they are the expert and others do not know what they are doing.

Make yourself a great day.

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

I'm thimkimg he may need to get a new boss in addition to trying some new marketing.

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

Joe, I have never not helped out a colleague in my business... what goes around comes around and I know if I help someone else, it will come back to me one day with help from someone else when I need it. And when people have questioned why I would "give away my trade secrets," I tell them that I've learned that most people ask for advice and then never do anyting with it anyway.

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

I do not think that any of the loan officers that I recommend are bloggers. There is much to learn.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Joe. There are old thinking folks everywhere who don't want to know....it is sad. Good for you for helping.

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

Good morning Joe Petrowsky,

You can only lead the the horse to water..you can't make him drink! Show him what you are doing and your results..the rest is up to him!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) almost 5 years ago

I would tell him to look at your own success, it is working where other methods may not be so effective Joe.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) almost 5 years ago

Good Morning Joe: It would be wise if that loan officer will listen to you.

Posted by Maria Gilda Racelis, Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen! (Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington) almost 5 years ago

Maybe he'll listen to your advice. I don't bother anymore telling others about blogging, as they have constantly told me it's a waste of their time...HA~

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) almost 5 years ago

Joe Petrowsky The truth is that you "help" yout competitors every day. All they need to do is read ALL of your posts. It is all there.

Bill Roberts

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

Joe, show him your stats on blogging it will and should blow his mind.... you always help people even your competition.

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

Good morning Joe, based on my personal experience, most will not do as advised, even if they do, it will be short lived. Hope your competition will listen as you are one of the BEST!

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

Joe Petrowsky Change or new approaches are often difficult for many. Like someone else said show then the results and also educate them that this is what the newer generation is and will be using and you missing a market-share by not addressing it.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) almost 5 years ago

Physically showing up to a real estate office to introduce yourself to agents is still an effective way of gaining business but blogging and social media is a more efficient way. They both have their place. 


Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com (Zion Realty) almost 5 years ago


Exactly what you said.  I do think that meeting people face to face is still a good way to get referrals. You do it with BNI.  A

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

I have offered to help other agents in my area get started with blogging. None of them want to do it. That's there loss. 

I think you are doing the right thing, Joe. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) almost 5 years ago

Hi Joe,

We've helped lots of other agents over the years.  Cudos to you for helping.

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Samsel & Associates) almost 5 years ago

If he is a good Lender I woud tell him he needs to jump ship.

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

Joe I am an advocate of Social Media, but I am also an advocate of making personal calls on Realtor offices.  More than half of my business comes from Realtor referrals, and I try to stay in front of them as much as possible.  So for me it is a combination of both Social Media and personal calls.

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


Your on top of it . . . . thanks for sharing your insight.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 5 years ago

Nothing wrong with some of both...send a copy of the blog to the Realtors....use it as a door opener before he knocks !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 5 years ago

I am sure you will inspire him to blog . I like Sally's advice.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 5 years ago

I hope he will listen. I do not want loan officers and lenders knocking on my door or repeatedly calling me. I want to see results.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 5 years ago

Joe this gent is already stepping out.  He is not taking his bosses advice as written in stone and going to a competitor for advice.  He obviously respects you and wants to move on the path you have walked.  A lot to be said to both of you with this.  Mark

Posted by Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227 almost 5 years ago

Hi Joe --- there are multiple ways to be successful in any business and it sure doesn't need(shouldn't) be one-size-fits-all.  

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

Joe Petrowsky  what works for one person does not always work for another .. when I talk to people about blogging they think I am speaking Chinese

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) almost 5 years ago