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  • Topic idea - Riches In The Niches


  • Best Idea Contest : Entries will be judged on what was chosen for their niche, how the niche will be marketed and branded. They also must explain what lead to this choice, the "back story": personal reason?  passion?  education?  experience?  special skills?  other? 


  • Topic summary - Pick The Niche That Will Get You Rich!


  • Premise: You get to keep all your present skills, education and experience, but you have to start your real estate business completely over today. You have no database, no leads, no prior sales; it's ground zero, day one!


  • Choose One Niche Only i.e. one client type, or one property type, or one location type, or one specialty service type to build your niche business on.


  • 1,000 points for each entry
    5,000 points for the best entry 
    2,500 points for the second place entry
    1,500 points for the third place entry
  • Learning Opportunity: Readers will learn what it takes to pursue this niche, how to market it and create a brand while getting to know the author better through the back story. They will also learn the power of focus vs. multi-tasking.


  • Is there a specific time of year? This contest is good to go any month, let's get going!


  • 250 word minimum.


  • Two graphic minimum, use a photo and logo (create your logo if one doesn't exist) that best represents your niche.


  • Debe Maxwell, CRS here's my submission.

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Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

OH WOW! Starting from scratch, huh?! Geez, Louise - that's a thought I can't imagine right now but, what a great way to provide a re-do for experienced agents and a great read for those just starting in the business!

Love it, Thomas! Thank you so much for your entry!

May 06, 2018 12:03 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning Thomas. This would be a good one for sure. Enjoy your day! 

May 06, 2018 04:57 AM #2
Peter Mohylsky
Your Bucket List Broker along 30a

Looks great, thanks for sharing.

May 06, 2018 05:28 AM #3
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 

Have a most productive month.

May 06, 2018 05:56 AM #4
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


A few years ago before the Ben Kinney time, we did a webinar for Active Rain and Zillow on niches.  Subsequently we wrote a series of posts illustrated with videos on the subject.  

We work with individuals and companies and help them find their niche or their position in the real estate universe.   The videos are on now on our site.  This would be a daunting task as a contest.  A

May 06, 2018 08:42 AM #5
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Love this idea Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D !  This ought to get the juices flowing for all that are willing to play the game.

May 07, 2018 07:48 PM #6
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

I think it is a great idea for a contest to share all the opportunities out there

May 08, 2018 04:28 AM #7
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D ,

Love the's a great idea for a contest..helpful to newer agents trying to establish a niche and agents who've been working it for awhile. Things are always changing and need to be learning how to do a better job all the time.

May 08, 2018 04:58 AM #8
James Grant
Asheville, NC

Good Morning Thomas, I like your idea for the contest. It will be exciting to brand and market the niche from a scratch. It will help us to do our jobs better. Thanks for sharing!

May 08, 2018 05:56 AM #9
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Hi Thomas

I think it's a great idea for a challenge, for those who already have a niche or two, but more so for those who do not.


May 08, 2018 07:31 AM #10
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

This is a good idea for a contest. Congratulations on the feature.

May 08, 2018 09:00 AM #11
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Intersting Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D  starting all over and how to do it

May 08, 2018 11:48 AM #12
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D you have it all laid out and ready to go.... if I were a judge, you'd have my vote.... and I'd love to participate in your contest.... every agent would be wise to narrow their reach and focus on a niche.... they'll make more money than being on a wing and a prayer....

May 09, 2018 04:38 AM #13
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Getting agents to focus their business is a worthy effort.

I think the days of the generalist is passing so this is a great way to get people to thinking of a better way to do business.

Looking forward to reading what changes people will make.

May 09, 2018 07:54 AM #14
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
Your Lifetime Friend/Helper!

wow, Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D I almost thought this was a REAL contest.  This would make a great one!

May 09, 2018 11:25 AM #15
Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Sounds like a great contest-please tell me it will be for real.

May 09, 2018 05:46 PM #16
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D 

So glad to see this contest idea featured. I would give it two gold stars!

Let's make this contest happen! Starting from scratch right now...hmmm...what would I do. When you are also starting over from scratch. Should be some great entries.

May 09, 2018 07:24 PM #17
Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Don't be surprised if the ActiveRain judges call and ask you to do this in June!

May 10, 2018 06:38 PM #18
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

This is wierd TJN - I am doing this right now. I guess I'll throw my hat in the ring. I've got til the end of the month.

May 11, 2018 05:59 AM #19
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