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Realtors – numbers increase 20% in 9 months

7th December 2009

You might recall that I’ve previously spoken about ActiveRain, the no. 1 “Realtor” Network in the States.

Not just because I am one of the few overseas members there ( thats why on the admin’s advice you might notice I show up as a Hawaii realtor), but mostly because it is number 1,  and even more certainly because of the way forward that it points.

What I mean in that statement is really quite important, and candidly the only way this sort of thing will ever have longevity. (check out some of their posts if you don’t believe and I dare you to tell me after reading a dozen of them you haven’t picked up at least some good advice)

Answer me this?

Do weblog readers want to be bombarded with advertising?

Do weblog readers want to be bombarded with “how great thou is” or “how great thouse deeds have been?”

Do weblog readers want to be bombarded with cunning “Last Chance” or “You’ve been specially selected” headings anymore?

The point here is that todays interested web-surfer can find all of this in a jiffy if they want, and frankly that is the whole enchilada……….finding what you want, when you want, on your terms, in the most convenient place, time & way.

………..Add to that todays designated “web-surfer” is actually a future cashed up property buyer, then you realise their radar is peaking higher than Joe 90’s……and take that to mean that their corresponding “b*llsh*t radar is just as highly tuned.

They only want………..well actually …….. only what they really want!

I, like some of my colleagues have surely sat here and felt guilty posting so regular that at times when you view the “Voices” list of notifications, out of the 4-5-6 featured posts, you can often see one of our names appear more than once.

Not for choice let me tell you……..its just that we have a story to tell, or information to impart.

Importantly, and the best thing about this platform, is that any information posted is subject to 100% public dissection, critique, …………so basically its completely open to any disagreeable persons comment, and that to my way of thinking is such a valuable resource……….but alas……….whose participating….. Hmmmm?

So……..why aren’t more professionals using it?

There is nothing to lose.

Frankly I don’t know why they aren’t.

But let me tell you, our cousins across the big ditch, think they refer to it as a “pond” in their terms, are encompassing the whole spectrum of open transparency in a ……..well …….cue the obligatory graph here

….very expansionary way………near on 20% increase in numbers, and how much is that…..only 27042 NEW MEMBERs in the last 9 months!

Let me repeat that number……


in about 9 months, amongst some of the toughest times States side real estate consultants will tell you.

And our equivalent situation here in NZ, in what I would have to term just a slightly less skewed market than that of the USA……….well count them……..someone would know……….I’d guess 20-50 at max.

Bit of a difference in numbers I’d suggest, but I’m relying on school cert maths holding up here.

I want to use all the words available in the english language to say what I think here, but on the grounds of professional courtesy…….I have to refrain.

I feel the force is amongst us, (in fact yes here it is, strangely enough very strong, at least double any other region of NZ) but anyway the observant here can easily, I hope, spot a trend in the above graphic?

Please tell me why Kiwi Realtors – Real Estate Professionals………”just don’t get it?”

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Bemused at the Centre of NZ

It seems fitting that I started out talking about the Nelson being the Centre of NZ here in my 1st post, and as Xmas nears and 2008 draws to an end, I find myself again writing about it.

On Saturday night, according to the Nelson Mail, 4000 people, that’s 1000 more than past years, joined in the walk to the spire in the Community Trust Lantern Spectacular, kicking off our local Nelson Summer Festival Programme.

The paper reported that they way was lit with magical art installations, like King Neptune and an Ice Queen along with her unicorns. And even the Ice Queen warmed up by handing out snowflakes to local children as they climbed past her on their way to the top.

Adding further entertainment to the youngsters, fur creatures came out of the trees.

In fact so many turned up that there was a five minute wait [ equivalent to Nelson’s worst traffic jam 🙂 ] before setting off on the trek.

This years Summer Festival continues with outdoor movies in many local parks, the Teddy Bears Picnic along with many other events, some quite major events like the Sealord Opera in the Park.

The Centre of New Zealand!

Nelson is the geographic centre of New Zealand, and also commonly referred to as the Sunshine Capital of New Zealand. Its a fantastic place to live, work and bring up a family.

Do people like moving here? You bet!

In March, July and again in September of 2008, The Nelson Mail has had this type of headline. In the end, I guess it comes down to the age old situation, supply & demand.

the title says it all...

And there are little pointers everywhere, things like…

1]  the highest percentage of English Immigrants in the country, approx. 10% of the Tasman region.  2] having NZ’s 4th busiest commercial airport (and thats without Jets too!) 3]  being such a popular place for retirees from other parts of the South Island 4] having the largest Motor Camp in NZ, having it regularly filled at Xmas times, and with many families returning year after year……all point to a place which continues to demonstrate that its somewhere where singles, couples and families desire, and then decide, to live.