What is your name? Becky McNeer
What is your company name, website, FB page name, twitter name and anything else you use?
Austin-Davidson, Inc. Builders, REALTORS® and Developers
Are you a SAHM? Tell us about you (mini-bio!)
I am a SAHM, WAHM, a wife and a REALTOR®. I love playing with my kids; my favorite hobby is cooking; and I have a strong interest in all things homes. I tried to think of a way to bring cooking into my way of life without disrupting my work. I created this blog to help me incorporate cooking into the real estate world while working from home. I work all day long whether I'm in the office, showing homes, cleaning up toys, or looking after kids. I've discovered that I can make it all happen... most of the time.
How did you find yourself getting started with your business/venture?
My dad is my boss. When I was little, my dad would take me to his spec homes when my mom needed a break. It’s what I know. I brought it up to him and he agreed why not give it a shot.
How did you go about seeking your information? To become a licensed REALTOR®, you must take classes and tests to become certified. We also must continue to educate ourselves through more classes to keep our license. We renew our licenses every two years in Virginia. As far as the recipes are concerned, I cook what I think we’ll all like.
Do you have a mentor? Would you consider mentoring someone who wanted to start a similar business?
Without a doubt, my dad. I have been able to introduce him to the blogging world too!
What mistakes did you endure to figure out the right path?
It took me a while to find my niche. This industry is ever-changing. I decided to become a REALTOR® during the worst of the housing market, but I know I will benefit in the end. It’s exciting to me that homes are constantly improving and that the mortgage business is stricter. Home ownership is a big deal. I try to show that I’m just a homeowner myself. Cooking and home improvement are a major part of what I love about my home.
Moments of brilliance?
I think the day I started my blog in September of 2010. At that point, my blog focused on a particular listing. I used my blog as a marketing tool to get the information about that listing to the buying public and it really worked. There were people in Richmond who had no idea where that house was before. When I showcased the kitchen, I talked about what you could cook in there. The house sold! I turned the blog a different direction and now my recipes and home improvement tips are very popular!
Advice to others that are considering an online business?
Be patient. Visit as many other online businesses as possible to learn from their techniques. Be open. Protect yourself. Privacy policies are a must. On the other hand, put yourself out there.
How do you balance mommyhood and online work?
I try to do most of my blogging in the morning and after the kids go to bed. I’m also able to work while they’re napping. When I go into the office, I bring them with me. They are really great about playing with their toys (and bothering my dad). I usually get most of my real estate based-work completed in there.
Are there any aspects of your business that aren’t covered here that you want to share?
When the market gets moving again, I’m sure I’ll have less time to devote to the blog.
What else can you share with us?
I have the best, most supportive family on Earth.
When showing homes, do you make your own schedule or is that something that is up to the client?
Now that my children are able to be fed by someone else, I am much more available. If a client would like to see a home at 8 o’clock at night, we go at 8 o’clock. Most of my clients work, so a showing happens on the weekends, during a lunchbreak or after work.
Did you monetize your blog? Is it more just for fun?
I would love to say that I monetize my blog, but I’m still learning the whole process. I definitely won’t turn away money though. J
Thank you Becky! Best of luck to you in all your endeavors and thank you so much for sharing!