Virginia Beach Home Loans: Rapleaf?

Rapleaf?

I was going to wait until after this weekend to post my 100th post. I wanted my 100th post to be special so my plan was to take a bunch of pictures of the Adirondacks this weekend while I'm at my mothers home. I am going to visit my mothers new home tomorrow and over the weekend. The new home that we just closed on at the end of October. This year my mother is hosting Thanksgiving which is awesome. Because of the condition of her previous home she has not been able to host thanksgiving since I was a small child.

Well I decided not to wait until after the weekend to write another post because I came across something that is very interesting to me and I wanted to see if any of you have heard of this before. Rapleaf; is a free program that allows you to sign up and be rated by peers, clients, and colleagues. It is a way for you to manage your on-line reputation. Their motto is "it is more profitable to be ethical". I believe wholeheartedly that it is more profitable to be ethical. If your business consists of calling up random prospects, pitching random details of a transaction, and closing a handful of them without actually taking the time to understand your clients needs you will burn out. You can't constantly be looking for new business if you do not have a steady source for new business.

Believe me, I know from experience that cold calling will only get you so far before you feel like giving up on your business. Ethics are very important to me on a personal level, but professionally ethics are not just important; my continued business depends on it. I work in a small area where as the saying goes "everyone knows everyone". For me to operate with strict ethical standards is like having a blank check that I can write whatever I want on it.

It's professional suicide not to follow through with what you promise, a good rule of thumb is to under-promise and over-deliver. I know that statement is beat to death but that is also true for many statements that can be applied across a broad spectrum.

I got off on a small tangent. My purpose for writing this blog is to find out if any of you are members of www.rapleaf.com and if any of you are let me know and I'll rate you. Also please feel free to rate me. My email address is cohlsen@lakecitymtg.com or chrisatlakecity@mortgageny.net .Thank you all for your input, and HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

Christopher Ohlsen

37 Boynton Ave

(845) 243-5293 (Office)

(518) 565-0799 (Cell)

www.plattsburghmortgage.net

chris.ohlsen@guaranteedrate.com

 

 

Comment balloon 9 commentsChristopher Ohlsen • November 21 2007 01:43PM

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Hi Chris- I had not heard of Rapleaf.  I will have to check it out and see what is involved.  Thanks.
Posted by Philip Turner, Mortgage Banker Since 1980 (MCCUE MORTGAGE COMPANY) over 10 years ago
Philip-I happened to find it by chance. I was looking for the contact information of a local title company that our primary real estate attorney outsources much of his title-work to. A new professional referral campaign that I am working on is getting a list of names and contact information of people in ARM's getting ready to adjust. It seems a pretty good way of managing your online reputation.
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Posted by Robert J. Russell, IRES, ICREA, GMA, LAS, LUTCF, Insurance Broker (Robert J Russell Companies) over 10 years ago

Christopher-

Thanks for posting about Rapleaf... I had not previously heard of it! I've just set up an account...

I think this could be an interesting tool. I agree that being ethical promotes profitability.

Thanks again!

~Emily

The San Diego Real Estate Expert

Posted by Emily Johnston (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

Chris -

Can you let us know about your experience with this site? 


Posted by Lewis Poretz, Mortgage Loan Officer - Lending in 50 States (Bank of England Mortgage) over 10 years ago

Lewis - I haven't had much of an experience on Rapleaf yet. I just signed up and am not completely sure what I am doing with it yet. It does seem a great idea and I will post my results here as I become more adept at the usage of Rapleaf.

Emily- I agree this seems like it could be an awesome tool. It is like tracking all of your good deeds online. At least thats what I gather so far. Good luck with it and let me know how it turns out for you.

Russell - Thank you for the offer. I have a lot going on and will not be able to attend this one. Maybe sometime in the future. Thaqnks any way.

Posted by Christopher Ohlsen (Credit Werx, LLC.) over 10 years ago

Thanks Chris -

 

please keep us all updated here. 

Posted by Lewis Poretz, Mortgage Loan Officer - Lending in 50 States (Bank of England Mortgage) over 10 years ago

I have seen Rapleaf on some profiles of people on the Merchant Circle board, but wasn't sure what the deal was with it.  I will follow along with interest to see what you think.

 

Not that I am afraid of new things, just that I have my hands full between business and trying to blog  (and read a ton here on AR!)

Posted by Joseph Michalski, PA Home Inspector (Precision Home Inspection) over 10 years ago

Guys, I am subscribed to Rapleaf, but I'm not sure I understand how it works ...I thought that it tracked all of the times your domain is displayed and cross linked on the internet and calculated a reputation level based on a point system designed to build credibility. I know that it is presented as on online reputation management service, but I'm not quite sure how to use it to manage my reputation ...If any of you have any ideas on it I'd love to hear them... Thank you for your comments, I'd like to figure this thing out together, if I figure something out I will post it here.

Posted by Christopher Ohlsen (Credit Werx, LLC.) over 10 years ago

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