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Starting Over The Rome Way

If I had to start over today but I get to keep all my present skills, education and experience, I would do it with my radio show and marketing. I would have topics that lead to buying and selling unique properties. I would invite guests who have unique homes and custom builders to talk about homes with unique features.  

 

Margaret Rome

 

And I would start with unusual, unique and hard to sell houses. Houses that other agents don't won't to take on because they take more time, more marketing and more experience.  I would blog about unusual, funky even weird homes and the buyers who are looking for them...not cookie cutter properties. I would be collecting stories and photos of the most unusual homes in the world just to get myself known in this niche.

I would market to all price ranges for both buyers and sellers. I might do a running blog and or radio contest asking for the most unusual home you have lived in, the most unusual home you have visited and I might ask buyers what is the most unusual feature they desire when looking for  their new funky home.

 

Margaret Rome

 

With so much information available on houses for sale, it’s easy to be completely wrapped up in finding that perfect home for your family. But what about finding someone to buy your home?

That’s where Buyers4YourHome comes in. I set up this page on my Web site to help sellers see if there is someone already looking for a house like theirs.

Buyers can send me a wish list - what they are looking for in a home, what area, what price - and I post it on my site. Whatever people want, that’s what goes on the list.

Then homeowners who are thinking of selling can go right to the Buyers4YourHome page and see if there is someone looking for their home’s style, price, or location.

They call me, and if we find a match, a home could be listed and sold in the same day! 

 

Some people say there is no perfect home..that many compromises must be made.  I think you can find the perfect home and I think you can find the perfect buyer for that special home.

Yes, it may take a bit longer. It may take showing a property many times. 

 

Without a data base and with no prior sales, the July Contest wants me to start my real estate business completely over today. The great thing about this contest is I get to keep all my present skills, education and experience. Looking back on my experience with unusual sales, I would talk about the contemporary home on 25 acres that used to be an ostrich farm, I would talk about my 34 acre farm that had been on the market for 4 years before I took the listing. I would talk about the house on the railroad tracks and the one on the beltway that I was the fifth agent, the one with the indoor pool, the mini farm way out also with other agents.

I would talk about my artist friend and her unique property...an historic church that was her home and studio...it was also adjacent to a cemetery. 

My goal...to be known as the agent who can sell unsaleable homes.

In my 28 years...many other properties that were hard to sell, unique and unusual have been sold by me.  I would go back to all those properties and put together a few videos showing off the various properties. 

Thanks for the opportunity to participate in July's Contest.

 

Margaret Rome

 

 

 

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Comment balloon 33 commentsMargaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland • July 04 2018 08:04PM

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Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... (garaughty.com) 5 months ago

This is a great entry for the July active rain challenge. Thank you for sharing.

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

Good morning, Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland one very unique niche perfected and made successful by none other than Margaret Rome....not typical but it fits your like a glove.... 

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 5 months ago

Good morning Margaret. Nothing prevents finding a buyer for a unique home or  listing that unique property if it is done the Rome way. Enjoy your day

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

marti garaughty  Love your marketing group and you! An honor to be featured.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Gita Bantwal Thanks and always good to see you.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Barbara Todaro YOu have shared and taught us all so much about marketing. With our past experience and knowledge we could probably take any niche and start over. If I wanted a really fast start in Maryland...I would have chosen brick colonials...that what Md loves.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Wayne Martin Good to see you and always enjoy  your comments.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland  you are an amazing Real Estate agent and person.. so great to read what you would do if you had to do it over again!  Thank you so much for the nice birthday message... going to take Ninja selling with my daughter Shae and grandson Declan... we will have 3 generations or agents... so this post was great to read.  Let's talk after the 16th.  Hugs to you my friend.  

Posted by Carra & Shae Riley, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) 5 months ago

You are a very smart broker - love your ideas. Awesome!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 5 months ago

That is so very cool! It just shows that there are an unlimited numbers of niches if we just stop and think for a bit. 

You are definitely a great agent to take on the "unsellable" homes - and get them sold!

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) 5 months ago

Those fun and unique homes are something - I rather like the challenge of creatively marketing them. Better than the same ole same ole. Love this challenge idea - and now I need to look into it more. Ha. Congrats on the feature - your post is filled with great ideas. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 5 months ago

It is clear that the niche of unique homes was meant for you.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) 5 months ago

Margaret- love the niche you have and what you would do if you started all over. And the BUYERS4YOURHOME is such a unique idea!!!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 5 months ago

Having the "Rome" seal of approval is no myth...

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) 5 months ago

Margaret, may I copy and send this to a friend who is waiting for a buyer for his house? It is so appropriate! He moved into a CCRC, and entered into an agreement to give the retirement community a check after he sells his house. It was a 3 month agreement, and it's been 60 days and not a nibble. I told you about his house. New roof and new heating and cooling systems, but the kitchen is not updated. He says the men are impressed with the first two but the wives are turned off by the kitchen. He is working with a realtor.

Posted by Zippy Larson 5 months ago

Carra & Shae Riley Wonderful news about you, your daughter and your grandson. That sounds like a real power team! Would love to catch up with you. All the best to all of you.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Good evening Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland,

There is only one I know who markets the "Rome" way and how successful you have been! It is clear that the niche of unique homes is exactly what suits you!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) 5 months ago

Dorie Dillard When you do exactly what you love...that is the definition of success.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

What does it cost you to be on radio? Any ideas you might want to share about Radio shows?

Posted by Demas Lamas 5 months ago

I love the idea about the site that has up-to-date info on what specific buyers are looking for. I will consider doing something similar.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) 5 months ago

What a great idea....buyers for your home! No surprise you would come up with that winner!

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

Kat Palmiotti Always good to see you. I've been doing this for 20 plus years.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Hi Sharon Tara Love how we share ideas through the various contests.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland - You're a winneer in my eyes! What a great entry! Congratulations on your feature! Well deserved too!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 5 months ago

I love the Rome way it is a great way  Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland  and a wonderful entry in the contest

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

Patricia Feager Your eyes are all that count. Thank you!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Hi Margaret! Oh, I love this and have always loved 'The Rome Way!' I have that same 'reputation' of being able to sell unsellable homes here too. I think we have a passion for helping the 'underdog' and making them shining stars...and it works for us! 

Great niche - I love it. Have a wonderful weekend...

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 5 months ago

Debe Maxwell, CRS We have each known that about each other for years...think it may have something to do with our backgrounds in medicine and being nurses.  Hope you two are enjoying the weekend.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Good job Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland . I use my radio program to sell myself but using it to actually sell listings would be a pretty good idea as well.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Bob Timm, Project Coordinator for Tivoli Homes (Tivoli Custom Homes) 5 months ago

Bob "RealMan" Timm So many uses for the program..educating, selling, finding buyers and bringing clients on either live or on the phone. Something new each week.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

Buyers4YourHome is a great idea, as is branding yourself via a radio show. 

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

 

Hi Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl  Always good to see you.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 4 months ago

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