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Inman Rocked My Inbox!

Inman Rocked My Inbox!  When I wrote a post a few weeks ago titled, The Mistakes I've Made in Real Estate, I had no idea the post would receive such notoriety.  First, Active Rain featured the post and Rainmakers responded with a boat load of comments (thank-you Rain Gods and Rainmakers).  Then Inman News picked up the story and featured it as their post of the week The Biggest Mistakes I've Made as an Agent. 


That's when my inbox started to shake like an 8.0 quake!  I was flooded with emails and calls from agents all over the country thanking me for my candid, honest post.  My first thought... 'honest'... why wouldn't I be?  An overwhelming number of agents also asked if I would be willing to share the 'Fact Sheet' I referenced in the post.  Normally, that kind of stuff is proprietary and most agents might be reluctant to freely share their trade secrets.  Not this Naked Blogger!


My intention with the original post was to share my mistakes so that others could learn from them.  The 'Fact Sheet,' which I provide to Buyers at the first point of contact, is simple and very easy to create.  Naturally, I'm willing to share mine if it will help another agent by not having to reinvent the wheel or start from scratch to create one (email me for details).


Thanks Active Rain and Inman News for rocking my little corner of the world.  You certainly added a layer of spin to the last few weeks that I wasn't expecting.  Next time I write about the mistakes I've made in real estate, I'm going to brace myself for Mr. Toad's wild ride.  For now, I'm happy to resume my regularly scheduled life =)


Melinda Peterson - Real Estate Cafe LLC




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Comment balloon 33 commentsMelinda (Mel) Peterson • August 06 2014 08:32AM


Guess you are experiencing the power of the keyboard and the after effects of the digital age. Good for you.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max Southern Realty) about 5 years ago

Melinda, Thanks again for your insight.  People are listening :-)

Would love .PDF copy if possible.  Thanks,

Posted by Pam Jank, Your Coeur d'Alene & North Idaho Real Estate Pro (Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty) about 5 years ago

It is amazing when you consider that a few short strokes ago, none of us were familiar with the platform and now it brings such notoriety and exposure

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) about 5 years ago

Yes indeed... Bill.  Who knew that sharing our mistakes would be so popular!

I'm happy to provide a copy Pam =) 

It's the power of social media... Ed!  Whoa! 

Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) about 5 years ago


Bravo, and we are delighted for you!  A

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

Mel, you are known as the naked blogger. We can always count on your to be transparent.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) about 5 years ago

While it can sometimes be a little overwhelming to get response of a magnitude that rocks your inbox, it has to be rewarding too!  CONGRATULATIONS!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 5 years ago

Melinda: Great job writing a thoughtful blog. Does this now mean we can be looking for a novel from you? ;-}

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc.) about 5 years ago

Shake shake shake, shake shake shake, shake Mel's inbox, shake Mel's inbox!!!

Proud of you girl!

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) about 5 years ago

Mel-   and that's why you are the Naked Blogger!  Share and it will always come back to you. 

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

Why am I not surprised Mel? Go trademark The Naked Blogger if you haven't already done so. And when you go on that tour, please make sure you stop on the East Coast!

Posted by Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond (Thompson Company, REALTORS®) about 5 years ago

Awww... thanks Alexandra!

Chuckling out loud with naked smiles... Tammie =)

Thank-you Myrl... it was sweet indeed!

LOL... Norman!  Stayed tuned for more nakedness ;-}

I detect some bootie in your comment... Kerrie  (lol =)

That's my philosophy Kathy!  No monstrous ego here ;-)

Dear Sweet Andrea... I will definitely stop by and see YOU! 


Posted by Melinda (Mel) Peterson, Curator of Happy Endings (Real Estate Cafe LLC) about 5 years ago

Wow!  Congrats on the exposure.  A lot of exposure seems appropriate for the Naked Blogger!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) about 5 years ago

Mel,  How does it feel being totally EXPOSED?  Good job.  It is amazing how many people are peering over our shoulders as we post things.

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

Haha Im still laughing at Ms Belinda's comment!  Love it when awesome stuff happens to an awesome gal like you! 

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales, 603-380-4886 (Phoenix Property Shoppe) about 5 years ago

Congrats on your candor and ink!  I'm sure it's a great list!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) about 5 years ago

I don't see why you are so surprised Mel. We have enjoyed your talent for a couple years now! YOU ROCK!

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) about 5 years ago

Congrats!! We love your candor and I'm sure it's a great list! You do Rock!!

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

Mel, you rock!    You are so valued to this community, and now you share even more.  KUDOS!

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

Congrats ...  You articulated what others are also experiencing...Mel...congrats

Posted by Eileen Burns, FL Probate Agent, Hotel & Land Specialist (Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach) about 5 years ago

Woo hoo...the Gods of rain and cyberspace are smiling upon you !

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

Mel, congratulations! Your candid and honest post resonates with agents. It would be over whelming to receive so many emails and calls, but at the same time, enjoy Mr. Toad's wild ride. 

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) about 5 years ago

Looks like I need to pay more attention to Inman. thought they were all paid for articles.

Posted by Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker, email: Travis@theSOLDman.me / cell: 334-494-7846 (iXL Real Estate-Wiregrasss\) about 5 years ago

Exciting for sure!  Congratulations and I now know I need to follow your blog :)

Posted by Terry McCarley, REALTOR, SRES, CDPE - Cape Coral, FL (REMAX Realty Team - Cape Coral FL) about 5 years ago

That is awesome.I love hearing when one of our AR family get the attention they deserve.

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

Mel, That is awsome. You are Raining everywhere ;)

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


Congratulation on having Imman pick up your post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

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

Mel congrats on being picked up by Inman - they only pick up the best!  :-)  Such great advice to always go with your gut in your post!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) about 5 years ago

Mel, congratulations on being widely read!  Your tips are valuable for all Realtors.

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) about 5 years ago

Wow - what a great story.  What I find is stuff that I write rather casual is more likely to take off than stuff I think out and plan in detail.  Perhaps I over think things at times.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) about 5 years ago

Well, how cool is this Miss Superstar. No surprise to me to see your writing and thoughts get this kind of attention. Frankly, I think it should happen far more often. ;) So there.

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

Congrats on all the attention and fame!  Now I have some catching up to do and go back to read your post.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 5 years ago

Melinda,  what a super read, I'm glad I found this one during my travels. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA (Winston Realty, Inc.) over 4 years ago