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     Well, I am finally able to get started on my career as a Realtor (R), and guess what happens . . .On my first day with a stack of leads on my desk, the army calls telling me I have been called back to active duty.  Two weeks later Im sitting in Fort Huachuca, AZ learning new skills for a new job that I will be performing over seas.  Just my luck, after 5 months of taking classes, studying my butt off, and being precepted at my new job, and on the first day Im working here we go. 

     So now here I am four months later, sitting in Iraq, watching the economy start to pick up, and hearing about how good my associatiates at my work are doing.  Wishing I was back home, with my new wife of six months, and wishing I could be out building my Real Estate career.  On the bright side, I am able to study other agents over the web, see what tactics they are using to bring in clients, and which websites seem to draw the most business.  I have recently signed up with Point2Agent to build my website, seems easy enough.  And now Im working on building my active rain account.  I hear this place can do wonders for my career so here I am giving it a shot. 

     So . . .if anyone out there has any good advice for a new agent that has no history or name in the city that they will be working feel free to contact me.  I will take anything I can at this point.  Hopefully when I get back home I will be able to hit the ground running and be ready to take on the challenges of being a new Realtor (R). 


Thanks for listening,

Nicholas Bush, Realtor (R)

Total Auction and Realty LLC.

Nicholas S. Bush


Keller Williams Realty

Knoxville, TN


Comment balloon 73 commentsNicholas Bush • May 25 2009 06:47AM


Hey Nicholas,

Thanks for doing what you do! I'm here in the Tri-ciites of TN.  Let me know when you're back.  I'd be happy t0 get toether with you and help however I can.  Cindy

Posted by Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677 (RE/MAX Checkmate) about 11 years ago


Don't have any suggestions. Just want to say thank you for all the sacrifices you and your bride are making for you to serve our nation. Stay safe and come home to rock the real estate world!

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) about 11 years ago

In any endeavor, to succeed, all you have to do is find someone who has the results that you want and do what they do. You are fortunate lo call Knoxville your home. Jim Lee from Knoxville is a nationally known and highly successful Realtor who would probably be glad to share some ideas with you. Tell him I sent you.

Posted by Ron Tiller (Star Referral - Grand rapids MI) about 11 years ago

Nicholas, thanks for your service.  Tough break for your real Estate Career.  I can't think of anything that will help, other than keep on blogging and get some name recognition for your return.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 11 years ago

Nicholas, first of all, thank you for your service to all of us. So much to give up.

Second, keep reading, learning and blogging. There is so much on AR to learn that you will be so far ahead of the game when you do come home. The thing is, you should be able to gain readership for yourself based on the fact you are out of the country serving in the military. Check out some free blog sites as well like Wordpress and Blogger in addition to your Activerain blog. (I blog on all of them) Tell everyone your story. Post pictures if you can, tell us what your life is like. If you are blogging to an outside blog (if you have the AR outside blog that is good too), plus gaining readership through AR, you may have built in clients when you return. Locals will know who you are. This is a unique opportunity for you, grab it!

Stay safe my friend. And again, thank you.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 11 years ago

And by the way, welcome to Activerain!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 11 years ago

Nicholas, Thank you for your service. I hope that your tour goes well. Will be looking forward towards seeing you back safe and sound. BTW - Welcome to the Rain...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 11 years ago

Nicholas - You will be in the perfect place when you get back to tackle that 'First-Time Buyer" market. Most younger couples will relate to you much better than working with someone who reminds them og their parents ! :D

Read everything you can on AR , BLOG about your experiences and create a following. When you get back you will be able to hit the ground running.

Thank You for committing yourself to our freedom.

Posted by Laura Gray (RE/MAX Realty Group) about 11 years ago

Nicholas, thank you so much for your service to our country.  Your real estate career will be waiting and it sounds like you're working on it, even frm there.

As to advice... Assuming you're keeping your license alive, I would focus for now on building a referral business and build your 'today" business plan around that.  There's no reason you can't earn some referral fees while you're overseas, and I'll send you some specific ideas by email later today.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) about 11 years ago

Wow, I am truly amazed with AR.  I posted this less than 10 minutes ago and already 7 posts . . . . . oh wait nope . . now there is 8.  You all are amazing.  Thank you so much for your support, and ideas.  I definatley look forward to staying on here. Besides I think now i have a place that maybe I can vent about all this without repricussions. (J/K).  Anyway i will be sure to stay in touch on here and develop a new AR family.  It is so nice to have something like this when I am so far away from anything that feels real.

Thanks again for all your support.


Posted by Nicholas Bush (Keller Williams Realty) about 11 years ago

All the advice you have been given is really good. I would niche maybe with military buyers as you have an obvious connection there. Also get out and do stuff. Markleting is key. It does not have to cost much . The first year you should spend about 25 % of your income marketing and branding yourself. After that around 10 -15 % a year. Read posts here on Rain about different ideas and solutions. Best wishes

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros ( about 11 years ago


The best part about ActiveRain, is that you can build a good online presence while you are stationed in Iraq! Use the time to get exposure, and to network with other agents in your area. I'm certain that when you return you will have quite a following.

Why not blog about your experiences overseas? That would be unique, and I know that I would love to read about what's going on over there.

Thank you for serving your country and us ... we are both proud of you and indebted to you!

God bless you and keep you safe.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 11 years ago

Nicholas, thank you for enlisting and knowing that the day of service would come; but even so, you showed your devotion to the ideals of this country!

I thank you, and your bride for sacrificing the start of your new lives together.

You will be welcomed home with open arms and acquired knowledge of people and their home-buying needs, and as has been already said; support by your regional realtors to begin your new career!

God Bless and Keep You and Return You Safely Home!


Posted by Eilean Foster, Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Shore) about 11 years ago

Nicholas-all I can is thank you...thank you...thank you..the best advice is to read right here on the rain...and believe me..its worth months and years of quality training...inspirational messages and some of the best frienships you could ever have.  Richard makes a good about your experiences...

Attempt to plan and set goals so when you get will be easier for know where to begin and what to focus on. 

As I read through the comments they are excellent suggestions! :)

Stay safe..and sending you a ray of light from Daytona Beach Florida!  We love you!

Posted by Midori Miller, Online Marketing For Real Estate Professionals (Talk 2 Midori, LLC) about 11 years ago

One way to make money while you are gone are referrals. You can earn between 25-35% referral fees.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia III, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) about 11 years ago


You have received alot of good advice and I would echo all of it.  I would add three things:

  1. Welcome to Active Rain
  2. Become a rain maker so you will be able to enjoy the benefits of doing public posts and getting your name out on the web and
  3. THANK YOU for your service to our country. 

I too look forward to reading more about you and what is going on over in Iraq and will be praying for your safe return to your new wife.

God bless you sir.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 11 years ago

My goodness, you are having an interesting memorial day weekend, as said stay safe and get back state side to sell some houses soon. Keep reading AR with all the great tips and advise you will be light years ahead of your competition.

Posted by Mary Strang about 11 years ago

Here is your Momorial day present...first of all...thank you for all you do for all of us, every day...and then...Have you parked your license somewhere ?  Do you know someone at that brokerage ? Ask them to partner with you...We send a mailing to our sphere every know people...friends, relatives...ask someone to get you their e-mail addresses and e-mail them a newsletter once a month and tell them your projected home coming ya they will get their buyers and sellers ready to salute you with listings or purchases when you come home.Thanks again....staying in touch works !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 11 years ago

You are so on the ball!  The success will come as seem to have your "ducks in a row" although the Army gave a detour!  Stay safe and thanks for all you do!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) about 11 years ago

God Bless you Nick.  I'm sure when you return from duty, you'll have lots of business waiting.  Keep blogging when you can find time to let us know how you're doing.

Posted by Tom Boos, Providing the very best of service to Sellers and (Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living) about 11 years ago

Thanks for serving and best of luck to you and your family. It will all come together for you.

Posted by Katiejo Franks (Real Estate and Beyond, LLC) about 11 years ago

Nicolas, build your knowledge base reading here at Active Rain, but also get involved in, and Both are free to you. If you have $50 per month to spend sign up with They have webinars constantly on blogging and social networking, and they video ReBar meetings. They offer a lot of training for that amount of money and everything is archived for you for repeated viewing. Please come home safe and good luck in you career.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) about 11 years ago

Nicholas, Thank you for your service. Take the time to read and learn, build your web-site. You will be well prepared when you leave Active Duty.

You will learn so much here on Activerain.

Just go to the search box and put in any topic and you will get a wealth of information on any topic.

God Bless you for your service to this country. Be safe.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 11 years ago

Nicolas - First and foremost, take care of yourself over there. God's Speed on a healthy return. Secondly, I think Richard and Joe gave some sound pointers. Make comments on other posts and add posts like this when you have the time. Thank you for your service.

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) about 11 years ago

Nicholas, welcome to active rain, thank you for what you are doing and here's hoping you and the rest of the troops are able to be home safely soon...  I think it is great that you are taking this opportunity to larn this vital part of your interrupted career.  Lots of good advice, I look forward to your posts.

Posted by Joanne O'Donnell (Chic Home Interiors) about 11 years ago


Thank you is not enough, but it's all I have.  :)  Your devotion and sacrifice are appreciated more than words can express.  And your wife and family ... their sacrifice is not without acknowledgement.

As for real estate ... you have the "right stuff" (was that the Air Force motto? oops!) judging from your character.  And I'm sure that when you return home you will be not only hit the ground running, but the world will have to keep up! 

Read, read, read.  Join some groups, subscribe to those that you find interesting.  Turn yourself into a sponge and absorb all that you can hold.  Your success in this roller coaster of life is limitless.  Share yourself.  Let people see who Nicholas is.  You'd be amazed at how far that personal touch can take you.

Best of luck, Nicholas.  Stay safe, stay focused and please thank all your fellow soldiers for their service.

We'll be rooting for you all!

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) about 11 years ago

Nicholas - God Bless for your service.

I echo many of the previous comments.What you can do best is learn. The Internet is as if you are around the corner. Stay connect to AR and read. I have learned so much since joining this network.


Posted by Greg Miller, Florida Home Loans - Conventional,FHA,USDA,VA (Ruoff Home Mortgage ) about 11 years ago

Dear Nicholas,

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. We all appreciate what your doing overseas. Stay safe and blog on AR when you can. We will all be here when you get back. Congratulations on deciding to start your real estate career. I am sorry the timing is a little off. Remember nothing is ever 100% perfect. Just do what you can and the rest will fall into place. Hang in there champ!


Posted by Betina Foreman, Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY (WJK Realty) about 11 years ago

Nicholas, First, let me thank you for your service to our Country. We would not have the freedoms we do today without individuals like you. So THANK YOU.

Second, yes, build online! A niche you may very well be able to capture both home & abroad is the MILITARY COMMUNITY! They understand EXACTLY what you are going through, and you already have their trust & confidence.

A great part about building online as well, is that you can REFER REFER REFER and still make $$! So build that trust & rapport and then you can refer them to a fantastic agent at home while you are still deployed!

Good luck, Nicholas, and please keep us updated on how it is going!!!!

Posted by Marney Kirk, Towson, Maryland Real Estate (Cummings & Co. Realtors) about 11 years ago

Nicholas, this is a good opportunity for you to get up to speed. When you return you can hit the ground running. As already mentioned, work those referrals. Keep safe!

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA about 11 years ago

Nicholas !

First, on this Memorial Day I send my thanks to you for your service to our country.

Next I wish your new wife all the best as she waits for your return - that will be a nice reunion when the time comes huh :o)

Lastly, I would recommend you read everything you can here on A|R. Check the featured posts, find writers you enjoy and see value in their posts and subscribe to their blogs, join groups that you like the sound of and again - read read read !!

... I learn something new on here every day :o)

All the very best for your health and safety, and best of luck with your new career when you return.

Cheers !


Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) about 11 years ago

Hey thanks for your service! My dad was in the Army for 25 years so kind of know the feeling. I would suggest getting your own blog about your local real estate market.  Keep up with active rain for ideas since there are plenty here.

Think about any real estate niche where you can be an expert in your town.  I sell a lot of condos to medical students and residents who come to Tulane and LSU. You can do the same for the Vols. Check out my blog at , I will be glad to share with you what I have learned.  

Posted by Eric Bouler, Listening to your Needs ( Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La.) about 11 years ago

Nicholas, my wish for you this Memorial Day is a speedy return to your family and friends.  Take care of yourself over there and do learn as much as time allows.  I do think it would serve you well to write articles while in Iraq from the perpective of a military man, planning his transition to civilian life in the world of real estate.  I suspect you'll attract an audience by virtue of that point of difference and you might just wind up with a niche following of military families.

God bless you in the days and weeks ahead.  I wish I could twitch my nose and bring you home soon.

Posted by Geri Sonkin, Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert (Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103) about 11 years ago


thank you for what you do right now. I have no suggestions right now, but I thought I will keep you in the prayers for your safe return. The one Idea I have is to learn as much as you can over the Internet as Geri suggested.

Thank you for your seervice and keep safe


Posted by Bettina Settles, Your Indiana Connection about 11 years ago

Nicholas - First, I would like to offer a heartfelt thanks to you for your service to our country.  I would recommend leveraging your military experience as part of your marketing.  People like to hear about this! 

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 11 years ago


Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Jameson Sotheby's International Realty) about 11 years ago

On your down time, on line bone up on what you will be doing with new found knowledge while you are there. Proud of you and the work all your veterans are doing. You make a difference.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 11 years ago
Nicolas, this is an awesome post for me to read on memorial day. It reminds me that we didn't just "deploy troops" but we sent young people with real families and dreams. You Sir make me proud to be an American. Come home safely. My son is expecting to get out of the Marine Corp early next year after serving for 14 years. He is just now working on getting his license so he can come to work with me. Let me know if there anything I can do to help you in your career.
Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) about 11 years ago


Thank You for your service to our country and Welcome to Active Rain. You have found the best network online. Be sure to check in when you can as there are so many tips you can learn here in the rain..

While you are building your web presence, be sure to have someone you can send referrals to once your start picking up web leads. Would be nice to be able to get paid on referrals while you are deployed.


Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) about 11 years ago


THANK-YOU for serving this great country, the great USA!! My uncle was a POW.

Welcome to active rain, this is the best place to learn and gather great info from other realtors.  Also since you are a active member of the armed force, you can do alot of VA loans, I do alot of them it is good to learn as much as possible about the VA programs.


Posted by Tinker Hulsey, Century 21 Wright-Pace Real Estate (Century 21 Wright-Pace Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Wow, thats great that your still focused on this even being out there!

Posted by Realty Dot Com ( ( about 11 years ago

Hey ...yes...thank you.. .:)   No worries...keep blogging and when you return, you will have a prescence in your market,.....everything does happen for a reason....... :)  stay safe..and keep us updated... on you...

Posted by Konnie Mac McCarthy, Broker/Owner - VA & MD "Time To Get A Move On!" (MacNificent Properties, LLC) about 11 years ago

Nicholas, Thank you for what you and countless others are doing in Iraq! Keep writing your blogs and be sure reach out to other Activerainers. When you get back, educate yourself, get involved with groups or organizations, find a mentor(s) and focus!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Nicholas, First, let me say thank you for fighting for our freedom.  You are one amazing young man. 

Welcome to Active Rain.  You will now have more "family members" than you can remember :)  We will all do whatever we can to help you, each and every one of us.  Active Rain is one amazing place, believe me. 

Keep doing what you are doing.  Read, read and then read some more.  If you still have access to your MLS, stay current with the market.  Know your market inside and out.  You could do a few posts about your market and if you do get leads, get a referral!  Keep working and it will all fall in your lap before you know it.

I hope you get to come home soon.  God Bless you Nicholas. 

Posted by Elizabeth Cooper-Golden, Huntsville AL MLS (Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group)) about 11 years ago

I hear this place can do wonders for my career so here I am giving it a shot. 

Hi Nicholas,

You heard right!!!

Thank you VERY much for your service to our country.

Here's my advice about ActiveRain:

  • Try to spend at least 20 minutes here, at least 5 times per week.
  • Read.  Read.  Read.  This place is a gold mine of information.
  • Comment on other blogs.  Right now you can build relationships.
  • As Winston Churchill once said, "Never, never, never give up".
  • Make ActiveRain a key part of your internet marketing strategy.
  • As part of your reading, work your way through the success stories.

Stay safe.  God bless.

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier, Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) about 11 years ago

#1 God Bless you.

#2 There may be a market in front of you, both in uniform and out.  There will be thousands of Iraqis that will be moving to our country or some other country.  Consider getting an international designation.  It is a bit of work, but you will have a common bond with those we don't have.

Posted by TIM MONCRIEF, Over 2,000 homes sold….. (Tim Monciref) about 11 years ago

Thank you for serving our country!  I am thinking about the opportunity you have over there! 

If you haven't aligned yourself with a lender for all 50 who does VA, I would soon (I have a great one, just email me for his contact info.)  Then you can learn about and tell your collegues about VA buying opportunities and send out referrals to make $$$ while you are gone. 

Check your independent brokerage split plan to see what you would make to see if it is worth it.  Align yourself with the best and the brightest on AR.  Find out who is buying a house and then find the perfect referrerer on active rain for that particular locale, it's simple!

For example on buyers I pay 25% at successfull COE so if my check is $10K, you make $2500.  If no one has told you how referrals work yet, send me an email.  Make sure everything is in writing :)


Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) about 11 years ago


First and foremost, thank you for your service.  I can only imagine the disappointment of starting your new career and getting that call on the first day.  Then having to tell your wife!  I have been through it with buyers and sellers as I live next to an Air Force Base!  Thank you for your dedication and service to our country and the protection that it offers all of us.

You have received a lot of great advice.  I definately would say work on your web presence while you are over seas.  If possible, can your wife help you by visiting local landmarks and adding them to your webpage?  Having her help you and be on your team is invaluable. 

Definately blog for referrals and use that to help start your business if at all possible.  There are mamy agents who simply write a blog to get referrals.  I have found many military that do not know about the $8000 tax credit for first time buyers.  Blogging is not the only way to get the referrals, what about service members you come in contact with in Iraq?  Many might be ready to purchase upon their return and you can refer them to an agent.  (ActiveRain is a great place to find those agents to refer them to!) 

You are in a great place to work on spreading your web presence far.  As I heard it put in a recent conference, you want your web presence wide and deep in only a few places like your blogs and web site.  Also subscribe to AR bloggers who pique your interest and you find their blogs helpful or that you like their style.  Then visit everyday and read and comment. 

I wish you the best of luck and if I can help with questions in anyway, please let me know!


Posted by Kim Peasley-Parker (AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.) about 11 years ago

God Bless you for your selfless service, Nicholas, on behalf of our freedom to even have the opportunity to be a Realtor in this country of ours. Maybe that stack of leads on your desk that day was providing you with a true picture of ABUNDANCE...and one that can present itself again when you can really take advantage of it. ActiveRAIN is a wonderful community, not just for everything real estate, but for everyday life upon the land, no matter where we are. Share your, impressions of "home" from where you are...tell us stories of THE LAND that is being used for a war...I look forward to your sharing---while we are all caring for you and your service in the armed forces. Thank you!

Posted by Mara Hawks, Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL (First Realty Auburn ) about 11 years ago

Nicholas... 1st, thank you for your service. 2nd, as an old investor client of mine told me often, "There's no such thing as a bad market." They're just different and there's opportunity in all of them. He was in real estate for a long time and went through several up and down markets. He did just fine.

Reading over the comments, you're getting some excellent advice... Hang in here at Active Rain and you'll learn alot... Keep working on your web presence. The cool thing about the web is, we're all local now. It doesn't matter where you are. 

Safe travels, and get back here... we need you.


Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) about 11 years ago

1. Keep your license active and keep up on your CE online, focusing intently on laws, forms and technology as these are things you will not be absorbing 'by osmosis' on the job.

2. Team up with an experienced agent in your office. See 3.

3. Become a enlisted buyer specialist. Who better than you to understand how to communicate with military? That is the value you will bring to your team/partnership. Become amazing at it.

I know a broker in FL who has made a brilliant career for himself specializing in helping military buyers and sellers. You are a natural for this niche market! :)

4. Become connected with government loan specialists and other vendors who work closely with enlisted consumers.

5. All things happen for a reason. This can be part of your real estate training if you wish to look at it that way. You have a fresh and unique perspective. This can very easily be a win-win situation--for you and for those you will help along the way.

Posted by Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text (Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker) about 11 years ago

Hi Nicholas, first off thanks for your service here on Memorial Day and boy your life took a turn away from Real Estate and back to the military. I know many stateside that do both but you will have to wait till your deployment brings you back home. Read and write a lot on Active Rain and you will go far. Stay safe where you are!!

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 11 years ago

First off, Nicholas, thank you for serving.  As you can see, there are many people here that appreciate the sacrifice that you and your family have made.  Definitely keep up with the blogging and read as much of the other blogs here on AR that you can.  That will keep you up-to-date on what's happening.  You will also be able to develop a following for when you do come back home and pick up where you left off in real estate.  Stay safe.

Posted by Heather Chavez, Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) about 11 years ago

Nicholas, thank you for your service to all of us. Glad you are staying so interested and involved in your R.E. career while overseas. I have used Point2NLS for listings, easy to use and places the listings all over online, not familiar with their website services. You are building a referral base while in the military with the other folks there who may need real estate services, or may know someone who needs a realtor, and so on. You are also building a network of r.e. agents online here that you can give referrals to when your buddies that need r.e. help are not local. Keep reading, keep safe!

Posted by Sara Goss, Realtor - Houston Bay Area, Texas ( GMAC Real Estate) about 11 years ago


Thank you for your service. I am sorry about your license. Stay safe and come back soon to make good use of it!


Posted by Kim Curran (RE/MAX Unlimited of Northern Virginia) about 11 years ago

Nicholas, as you can see the AR family have taken you in their arms...we hope you stay safe and write some great posts on the happenings there.  May God bless and keep you safe.  I've subscribed to your blog, and look forward to reading your posts.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) about 11 years ago


Keep your head up my friend, you are a hero!

Everything happens for a reason, and the path life is taking you on is the right one.

My advice is to keep blogging about your experiences, what your goals are, and use this time to motivate others who might be struggling too.

At the end of the day, you are a leader! People look up to you, and when you get back they will want to work with you.

Thank you for your service, and I look forward to hearing about your future success stories!

- Harrison Painter

Posted by Harrison Painter, New Media Consultant (GoGladiator Media) about 11 years ago

Nicholas, First congratulations on the feature on ActiveRain. You are in good company here and can learn a lot. Second, thank you for your service defending the freedoms we all enjoy here.

If you ever need someone to chat with, I'm all ears. I invite you to read my blog. I just got serious about ActiveRain 5 months ago, and today, I have two deals in escrow directly because of my efforts here. My best advice is to read, comment, and then find your voice and blog. You have a lot to say, whether you know it right now or not.

You have a wonderful niche that you can work - the military. You are in a much better position to understand the challenges our servicemen and women face than a civilian. And I applaud you for studying and getting your license in a time when many people are dropping out because it's gotten tougher.

Real estate is still a great career path. It takes hard work, dedication, and unfaltering belief in yourself that you can do this. It sounds like you have all those skills and have a great future ahead of you. I'll be subscribing to your blog and watching to cheer you on when you get home and write your first deal!

Posted by Christianne O'Malley, Exceptional Service - Delivering Results in Reno! (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) about 11 years ago

Nicholas - thank you for your service.  It might feel crummy because you're not home working the business, but I will argue that in the long run you will come out the same or even better off because of the breadth of knowledge and contacts you'll gain on AR.  Everyone above me has given great advice and I want to point out two comments:  Sheldon in #31 and Renee in #41.

Knowlege is key and there is sooooo much to learn here.  The hour or two (or more) you spend each day reading AR will burn into your memory.  The experiences that people share here will pop up when you're back home and you run into the same thing.  The AR members you become friendly with are the ones you're going to refer your fellow soldiers to when they return home (and yes, you will get a referral fee).  I hope you brought a box of cards and you're handing them out to everyone.

The only piece of advice I can add (AR members have really done well so far in giving hints) is that you seek a domain name that you can take with you anywhere.  Whether it be or or whatever....just find your thing and go with it.




Sheldon #31, Renee #41

Posted by Tchaka Owen (Galleria International Realty) about 11 years ago

I think your off to a great start, I am also pretty new and activerain has helped me tremendously. Thanks for your service and the market will be waiting for you on your return.

Posted by Aaron Poling, Working to get YOU the BEST Deal! (Long & Foster) about 11 years ago


Thank you for your service.  You're already ahead of the game; look how many friends at Activerain you've already made.  Be safe.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 11 years ago

Nicholas - HOOAH!  Reading your post today on Memorial Day was awe-inspiring.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage in serving our country.  

As you can see from the overwhelming reponses you have received today, you are now part of a family who welcomes you with open arms and will be an invaluable source of support and help. 

It is no coincidence that your real estate career and deployment are crossing paths.  It is a sign of what the future holds for you.  Take advantage of this opportunity by building up a referral network and using your military experience to carve out a niche market. 

Read and soak up all the information you can from some of the greatest bloggers you will find here in Active Rain.  The sky is the limit when it comes to the education, training and comraderie you will find here with your new family of friends. 

God Bless you and keep you safe.  We are all here to help and support you in any way we can!

Posted by Julie Dumaine-Russell (RE/MAX Alliance) about 11 years ago


Reading your post is quite an end to Memorial Day 09.  Thanks to you and your wife for the things you've given up to serve the nation.  Stay safe.  Hopefully the market will be even more active when you get home, and you'll be off to a great start.

Posted by Kathleen Allardyce (Getting It Write, Inc.) about 11 years ago


So much I want to say.  First and most important.  Thank you.  Second, stay safe.  Next- make sure you tell everyone on activerain where you will be working when you get home and I'm sure if we know anyone moving their you'll get a refferal.  Also you mentioned you got a point to agent web site.  Good move.  I use that and would be happy to email you tips and tricks I've found if you like.  Of course you may be more computer savy than I am and could teach me stuff about point 2 agent.  I have just fuddled and fumbled my way to knowing a little about what I am doing.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 11 years ago


Give your clients the same level of customer service that you expect and you will excel.  A high level of customer service is what sets a great agent apart from the rest.

Thank you for your service and God Bless,

Posted by Fran Gatti, Managing Principal Broker - RE/MAX Integrity (RE/MAX Integrity) about 11 years ago

See my comments in your "Software, Hardware, Websites for Newbies" blog. I hope it can be of use to you. Also, my brother lives in Knoxville, I go there often, and I'll spread the word to him and his sphere about you.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) about 11 years ago

Nicholas - You rock and so does your wife!  Thank you both for your sacrifices for our country - we owe you both our gratitude and respect.  AR is a wonderful forum where you will learn so much more about practical real estate tips than you ever imagined.  These are people who work hard "in the trenches" everyday and are willing to share their experiences.  Read all that you can - you will be amazed at how it will help you.  When you finally get back - you will probably be more prepared than if you had been here the whole time.  Be safe and know that you are being thought of and prayed for.

Posted by Sheila Kennedy (J29 Project) about 11 years ago

Nicholas, Thank you for serving!  Blessings come in all shapes and sizes,  Serving right now may just be a big one in disguise:  1. You will have time to learn and make a good strategy.  2. you are making priceless connections. 3. You discovered Active Rain. 4. Self discipline is a #1 requirement for a great Realtor.  5. You will be SO ready to go when you get home that there will be no stopping you!

Posted by Kathleen Frawley, South County Sacramento, 916 730 4404 (Keller Williams 916 730-4404 Elk Grove, Wilton, Folsom, Sacramento) about 11 years ago


Thanks for your service -- your commitment puts the American peoples' convenience and opportunities well before your own -- and for that we thank you.



Posted by Tim Manni about 11 years ago


First, thank you so much for your service to our country.  I just subscribed to your blog and you're so smart to be positioning yourself to hit the ground running when you return to Knoxville.  And this is one place where you can learn a whole lot!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 11 years ago
Nicholas, Absolute huge fan of fingers are crossed you can get all this worked out...what a great human interest story! Please stay safe!!!!
Posted by Lori Churchill Cofer, Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA (Beasley Realty) about 11 years ago

Nicholas- I am sorry I have first discovered your posts. They have had me mesmerized. As said many times before, Thank You for your service and bravery. You and your buddies are in my prayers!! I will be thinking of your wife at all times as well.

God Speed!!


Posted by Lori Isaacson (Credit Restoration Consultants) about 11 years ago

Well it's been a few years, hope you have done well.


Posted by Pete Xavier, Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide (Investments to Luxury) over 7 years ago