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Thanks again for being the single most positive impact on my real estate career.
I generate at least 90% of all my business from the blog. It’s amazing.
John C. Coley
Lake Martin Voice Realty
The Fall Blogging Challenge you guys ran got me over $7 Million in Sales that closed from January to June this year. One of the sales was a $1.2 million sale in which I had the buyer and seller, both directly from the blog.
That sale was like getting a $70,000 paycheck just for blogging. I can handle that every year!
I acheived the #6 individual for RE/MAX Mountain States that month for earning over six figures for April. Never have I done that before, and I owe it all to the blogging. Remax Mountain States is a five state region. I was stoked!
I’ll be enjoying another nice closing before Christmas directly from the blog. My wife was questioning me on this last night and we didn’t finish the conversation (2 and 5 year old in da house) but we were figuring I’ve had somewhere around $170,000 in income from the blog so far this year. I believe it will end up being a good bit north of $200,000 by Christmas.
I think any beginning blogger should start at Tomato and attend their Tomato University. In a matter of weeks you will learn what will take most beginners years to master and discover. For hosting, tech support and ongoing guidance at the advanced level the Tomato is tops in my book.
A thank you for all the support, design work, etc. A package came for me today – thought it was a book I had ordered and forgotten. Instead it was a plaque – CentersAndSquares.com won the Best Blog 2011 – Individual Agent from the Massachusetts Assoc. of Realtors. I am thrilled and can’t thank you enough – my Real Estate Tomato blog was the best thing I’ve done for my real estate career!
I started blogging in early 2007 when real estate blogging was still a fairly new concept.
I learned everything I knew from reading the Real Estate Tomato blog and decided in the summer of 2007 to contract with them to design a “real” blogsite for me.
I just calculated that in the time that I have been blogging, I can attribute almost $10,000,000 (that’s TEN MILLION DOLLARS) in real estate sales volume directly to my blogging presence. Thanks to Jim, Rob, Chris, Jason and the rest of The Tomato gang for making my site, educating me and supporting my needs over the years (and of course answering ALL of my dumb questions, too!). You’re a great team to be in business with!
You did it, man! I have to tell you, I was on the fence about saying goodbye to my existing website for a blog but it’s been the best thing I have done for my real estate career in a long time. Not only has it been an extremely effective tool right out of the chute but I freakin’ love blogging! It’s my new hobby! I wake up early to blog! I’m a blogger and I’m loving every minute of it! Suffice it to say, you guys are the real deal and I owe you, Chris Hotz and the whole Tomato crew a big thank you for making me an armed and dangerous blogger. Keep up the good work!
I’ve been meaning to write and tell you how completely delighted I have been with my experience at RET. I took a total leap of faith by signing up although I confess that the tone of the website resonated with me as completely genuine.
The training, level of expertise and especially the follow-up has more than surpassed expectations. I believe that the tomato grads are truly a like-minded group of fruits of the vine and I feel I have made friends with people who for all intents and purposes are strangers. Its like a family.
Molly continues to be the voice of reason, information and encouragement which cannot be underestimated. What a cat!
Jim and gang, you’ve built something wonderful. Be proud and go forth “fruitfully”.
Last year I had a great many bouquets tossed my way on the subject of thegoldcoaststandard.com. I have gotten lots of leads and even monetized the site when someone saw a post on a Facebook feed. That resulted in a $900K sale.
Yesterday, I got a call directly from someone who saw the blog, subscribed and felt what I had to say surpassed the other Darien real estate bloggers out there. In fact he made it a point to say that he thought the other sites we too busy talking about themselves and not offering content with value. Today I met with this client and his listing will be worth $2 million.
The RET has always taught us to place content above all else, and you are right. If I never get another dollar from blogging, I know now the truth of what you preach. Grow it and they will come.
William Pitt Sothbey’s International Realty
Jim, thank you for everything. I’d probably be out of real estate if I hadn’t found you (and yes, you can use that as a testimonial).
Chris/Jim, et al,
Wanted to say a big thanks to everyone for helping me get things accomplished on my website: http://www.theshortsaleagent.com/. With your help, I’ve got a destination that has already landed me 2 listings in the first week. I appreciate all the assistance you have given and consider the purchase an absolute steal for what it will bring me! Please let me know if you ever need a testimonial and I will certainly be sending everyone I know to your business who needs like-kind services.
The best place on the web for blogging How To’s is www.realestatetomato.com. Not only do they have great info on their www but they are the premier website designers. They designed my website and trained my staff in how to blog. I could not tell you how many websites I have had in my career but this company is by far the best I have worked with.
The Paradise Real Estate team would like to thank the Real Estate Tomato team for an absolutely fabulous website!
We’ve had nothing but praise for the new site. It was hard to try something new and invest in a new website but we’re so happy that we did.
The level of expertise and training your team gave us was second to none. Even though we’d been blogging for awhile and updating page content often, what we learned from you gave us the tools necessary to become the best!
The website you created for us at www.paradise-realestate.com is not only very functional and easy for clients to use, it’s also beautiful. You took our verbal desires and turned them into works of art.
If anyone ever wants to ask for a referral, please tell them to contact us and we’d be happy to share our great experience.
-Dan Spano Broker/Owner: Paradise Real Estate
I am so glad you guys are handling our blog site and you will make sure we are kept current with all the new trends. Just tell me what to do next and we will follow. We are the professionals at real estate sales and you guys rule the web world!
I can honestly say that my blog with a huge amount of thanks to you and your staff has brought me a ton of business in some really neat and unusual ways. I couldn’t be more pleased or happier with my Front Porch View Blog. I am very proud of it, and will continue to work hard on it.
I have gone from just getting by to thriving in a shifting market mostly due in part to blogging and the exceptional training that I received from your team. I closed 2 transactions last month and have one to close this week as a direct result from those who found trust in me through reading my blog. I have to be honest with you, I just recently much to my disappointment purchased an additional “traditional” website thinking I needed one. Boy was I wrong. The RET has helped catapult me to the front pages of Google for many popular search phrases. My ONLY expense outside of time and my initial purchase to obtain these heavily sought after results has been absolutely ZERO…nada…..zilch!
To anyone reading this: IT WILL BE THE BEST THING YOU HAVE DONE FOR YOUR BUSINESS if you commit and work hard and put to practice all that they will teach you. I know it seems that I might have gone over the top, but that is the least that I could do for them since they did it for me! You will not be disappointed.
When I first came to the Real Estate Tomato I knew next to nothing about websites and blogging. Thanks to you I now feel like a blogging and SEO expert! I’ve had great success generating leads from my website and blog and my blog ranked on the first page of Google after only 3 months. I would definitely recommend your services to anyone looking to build a website that is functional, SEO friendly and reasonably priced. All of you have been wonderful but I wanted to especially acknowledge Chris Hotz for his efforts and for going above and beyond on my project. He is truly an asset to your operation. Thanks again and feel free to give out my website as an example of what you can get when you work with the Real Estate Tomato.
Frank L. DeFazio
Well, I’m now #1 on PAGE ONE of Google!!! I wanted to target people moving to the area, for relocation. If you key in the search phrase “Moving to Sherwood” guess who you’ll see? That’s right, ME and my rockin’ Tomato blog! I passed up our states biggest newspaper, The Oregonian’s blog, Oregon Live!
I just NOW googled Sherwood Neighborhoods and our RET community page it #1 on the FIRST PAGE OF GOOGLE for the term Sherwood Neighborhoods!
I’m so glad to see this progress, thank you for all your help! Can I just say “YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!”
THANK YOU REAL ESTATE TOMATO for all the training and my new site that I keep falling in love with that keeps on growing!”
Thank you Tomato team! Sometimes you just gotta remind those you appreciate how much you do! CHRIS thank you for today!! How fast you responded to me about my email issue and fixed it meant so much! Felt like a huge issue in my world, yet such an easy fix because you guys simply rock! It never fails, over the years RET has always been prompt, savvy and class act about everything through every experience big or small! I love your support!!!!!
Just so you know, I honestly can’t describe in words what you have done for us and our business. Without you, we would have no websites or backend platform for our agents as we do today. Everyone in our company regognizes this fact. Our system (and that is what it truly is) has done more for us than we ever imagined. I can’t begin to imagine what kind of system we would have eneded up with if we hadn’t found you. Honestly, we couldn’t be any happier with what you have provided us. Your response time back to us for all of our inquiries (and you know there were a lot) was just the icing on the cake. I will have beer(s) with you before I die because these sites you built will be setting up my retirement in the next year:-) LOL
Summit Realty Group
One of the best things I have done to increase my business in the last two years was to get a tomato blog and continue to blog on a regular basis.
Prudential Gary Greene, Realtors
Hey Jim and gang,
I’m coming up on my second anniversary with The Tomato and wanted to say ‘thanks’ for everything that your group has done to help me implement a real estate website that I’m really proud of. My site complements all other aspects of my marketing, and it generates business on its own. It has paid for itself many times over. Initial design and training got me up and running, but the fantastic community and continuous support of your staff have been the primary drivers of my site’s success.
More than that, for me, learning how to create a great, online resource for home buyers and sellers through my site has made me a much more informed and more effective real estate agent. This was an unexpected benefit of being part of your community.
And for that, I say “Thanks!”
I just want you to know how much I enjoy being part of the RE Tomato. I’m almost done with my training which has been first class. Working with Chris and the design staff during the first few months was an outstanding experience for me as well.
I am very excited about what I think it is going to do for me both personally and professionally.
(update – 2013) Nothing but a FIRST CLASS organization. Jim Cronin and company design outstanding sites. But what really makes them stand out is the training they offer along with their sites. I have learned more about blogging and SEO during my training that has made me my money back I invested 100 times over. Jim also has an outstanding FB group for all of us Tomato Heads to share ideas. Lots of great ideas within this group. Great Investment in Your business
At this point, I can’t imagine an exit strategy. I think I’ve become a blogging and social media addict; it’s almost hard for me not to write something 4 or 5 times a week. My issue, is that I have too much to write about; never a shortage of ideas.
And of course, it is very motivating to continue blogging since I’m getting more leads than ever. Many of which come from my blogging. I feel blessed that in the weird economy; I have no shortage of leads to continue to follow up on.
I am a person of the Boomer generation who does not look at internet marketing as a second nature. I hired The Real Estate Tomato to teach me first about blogging, and second how to use the interent to market myself as a Realtor. Chris was my initial teacher, and not only was he patient with me, he had the ability to talk to me in normal laymans terms while he educated me to the technical details. Not only that, he challenged me to become proficient at blogging, and to keep going with more learning. I owe a debt of gratitude to Chris and the Tomato, and I have been able to monetize my internet business with the techniques I learned. Use Chris’s expertise with my strong recommendation.
I had learned about Real Estate Tomato from a Top Producing Realtor that was a guest speaker at our office recently.
She doesn’t work for Real Estate Tomato, but she attributes a great amount of her success, to the website Real Estate Tomato created for her.
I’ve been a Realtor for 19 years, and have had a website much of that time. It never was a source of lead generation for me, it was just “there”.
It’s been great working with Jim and his team, and to have hands on input on the creation of my website. Chris is my trainer and has unlimited patience to guide me (that’s huge, as I’m not very techn savvy), how to implement all the site can do for me, such as writing blogs, having IDX links for visitors to view the MLS on their own, and lead generation tools that actually work.
I used to cringe when it came to working on the computer, and now I actually look forward to my weekly phone call from Chris, who keeps me on track and gently nudges me to “add more content, write more blogs”!
I think my website is DYNAMIC now! I have even had two leads generated from it, in the month I’ve had it up and running.
Real Estate Tomato ROCKS!
I just wanted to say “Thank you” for everything you and The Real Estate Tomato have done for my business!
There is no way we would be enjoying the success we have had without your training.
I highly recommend Jim and the entire Real Estate Tomato team to any real estate agent looking to add blogging to their business model. They will walk you through the entire process to achieve a superb design and an excellent education.
Jim and the Tomato Team,
We are thrilled at the absolutely beautiful job you and the team have done in taking our blog site to a whole new level.
We really can’t say enough about the level of excellence you all have put into our blog site. From the recrafted design (which we all think is stunning), to the attention to detail, to the level of professionalism and subject matter knowledge, to the responsiveness of your team..the whole package has been superb. We also appreciate the emphasis on really educating and empowering your clients. This is what really great organizations do.
On top of it all, you and your team are great fun to work with! (Kenny, Chris H., and the team …all just terrific).
Anyone who is looking for a great blog would be well advised to look carefully at the incredible track record of Real Estate Tomato. You all are the best in the business!
Many thanks for a job more than well done!
The Kathy O’Neal Team
I feel like I’m a Tomato groupie!
Have to remind you I am 2 months into my Tomato training and I can affirm just how great they are. It is almost amazing to be a couple of months into a relationship with a ‘vendor’ and they still treat you like you are a potential customer, even though you have signed on the dotted line. WOW!
Today, I am happier now, with my decision to join the Tomato Nation, than when I first signed up (and I was elated back then). My only regret is that I didn’t sign up months (or years) earlier.
With any other web site, you pay, you get a design, and then you’re off on your own. With Jim and his team, it’s such a well-organized, finely tuned process that it’s now so obvious why the Tomato Nation has become the cream of real estate’s blogging crop.
I REALLY appreciate all the advice, suggestions, patience, encouragement and hand-holding. Plus the professionalism, reliability and responsiveness.
As you might be able to tell, I’m in a bit of a euphoric state right now. I feel like I now have a solid blogging foundation and a good understanding of how this whole blogosphere thing works – something that I’m sure 99.8% of my colleagues will never enjoy.
So thanks Jim, Chris, Justin, Richard and the rest of the people behind the scenes who I’ve never “met.” You’ve developed a one-of-a-kind product and system — worth every penny of it and then some!
Thanks to you and your staff I have been able to cut way back on my farming and other outside advertising and focus mainly on my online marketing. I’m finding the blog leads to be far better (more in line with the clients I love to work with) and a much higher price point. I feel I can pinpoint my niche market so much better with blogging instead of throwing the net far and wide as with print and direct mail marketing.
Many thanks to you for your help, intense education and wonderful support. Looking forward to a great tomato blogging future!
Jim & Gang,
It’s just a couple months into my official training with www.PinellasPeach.com and in the last 24 hours I got TWO fantastic buyer leads – and one’s already a definite client. The price points are higher than I usually receive as well! As an extra added bonus, I got a third great buyer lead today from Trulia, which is also at a high price-point and is already converted. I simply answered a question for a Trulia reader. You might ask what this has to do with the Tomato? Well, I learned about responding to Trulia ads in the course doing my Real Estate Tomato homework – and the fact that I have The Peach plastered all over my Trulia responses I’m sure didn’t hurt.
Who knew lead conversion could be so fun – and easy?!
Thank you immensely!
My head is reeling from how much business this blog is generating for me. At least 5 real deals this year so far. It has been amazing!
(And this just in from Lori)
I hope you are well. I just wanted to tell you that on Monday I will be listing a $729,900 property that 100% came from my blog. The owners are avid readers and “commentors”. I emailed one of them to let her know I was, in fact, a Realtor and would be happy to help her sell her home. I could not have a more dedicated client. They have so much confidence in me because of what they’ve learned about me by reading my blog every day.
Last month it was just a $355,000 listing, which sold in 2 weeks. This month it’s a $729K listing. That doesn’t include at least 4 new buyers. All DIRECTLY from my blog. A million dollar of business – that’s a nice commission. Pays for a Tomato!
You have no idea how well this is working for me so I thought I’d share.
Wanted to let you know how much people like your stuff!!! I get compliments all the time on the look and feel of the website. I am thrilled.
I just checked and I AM ON PAGE ONE FOR CAMBRIDGE REAL ESTATE!!! Happy day!!! Hurrah!!! All this blogging, commenting etc until the middle of the night is working.
Anyways – thank you all. I love my website and so appreciate all your help and work.
I am on page one of Google for “honolulu real estate”. Your coaching and guidance is showing great results.
I really can’t say enough about Jim and the whole crew at The Tomato. Being new to the blogosphere I really had no idea what to expect. From day one they were honest about what it takes to be successful and were clearly there to show me the way.
Nikki and I are so pleased with the look, feel and functionality of the site. Most impressive, however was the training. It was well thought out and directed, yet still allowed time to focus on areas of concern I had at the given time. I can’t imagine getting up to speed without them. Thanks for all of your efforts and guidance!
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty
“To anyone reading this, grab Jim now before he’s too busy to create successful websites- it’s just a matter of time, and he’s the BEST to work with.” (Not to worry, Laurie… My team has my back, and they’re the best to work with!).
Right now I have so much business that I can hardly keep up with it. I literally am having a hard time juggling the people who want to list or buy. I had a pretty good referral business already but the blog has definitely added to it. I don’t do mail outs, or phone calls at all. I do 100% referral and it is exploding. Most of it is from people who read my blog and tell their friends to call.
Marty Van Diest
We recently finished designing our new blog/word press website for our Foundation Act4Me, A Chance for Therapy with the Real Estate Tomato Team. What a breeze! Their team, headed by a delightful Jim Cronin has been nothing but a pleasure to work with, featuring the right mix of utmost professionalism, design sense, fast response and great follow up even after completion. The result is a great, dynamic, and easy to manage site that our organization is truly happy with.
Thanks for 2008 …we now have a fantastic web site that is working perfectly. I am excited about 2009 and improving it even more …BTW, I will be submitting our Tomato site for Best of Show at the GMAC Real Estate Cruise conference in Feb …I think it’s a winner!”
Ross Domke, Broker
Real Estate Professionals Redding GMAC
I’ve had a great year blogging and constantly get compliments on my site – but best of all I get amazing traffic and lots of quality leads.
You are a true professional and continue to impress me with your work ethic, graphics, and systems.
Aaron Auxier, REALTOR®
“Hollywood’s Connection to Vegas”TM
Luxury Realty Group, LLC
I think I’ll stick with my Tomato Blog.
65 confirmed leads in 4 months. Never saw those kinds of numbers with AR.
Jim is a pleasure to work with and provides a creative and outstanding product. I have worked directly with Jim on multiple projects and he always provides timely and impressive results. (From his LinkedIn Recommendation)
Jim and Gang,
It was worth every penny for the training that came with my custom blogsite AND it gets me more Google juice than any other Internet presence I have now, or ever had. I am not sure if that’s because of hosting by RET or if it’s due to the training I got from them. It has more than paid for itself in the first transaction – the best marketing investment I ever made. In fact, it’s yielded more closed transactions than all other sources together in my whole career!!
AND…. (drum roll please) As of today, Focus on Crofton is now on page one of a Google for Crofton Maryland real estate – from about page 18 or so…all in less than 3 months from launch. (Update: I am now #2!)
YOU are the best!
Fast service, perfect results, what more could I ask for?
I get feedback. I get at least one email a day just to thank me for what I’m doing. I can’t go anywhere in my market area without having total strangers tell me they’ve read me, and will use me “someday”. I’m getting referrals from TOTAL Strangers who read me, and tell someone at work to read me. They call and say someone sent me to your site, and I have no clue who it is that sent them.
EVERY one of my last 15 new listings were “come list my house” calls. EVERY other thing I do that’s not on the internet is only geared at driving traffic to the blog. I have 2 listing in escrow that I’m on both sides of. They didn’t even want to see any listings other than mine.
I spend about 2 hours total a day “doing the blog” .. that’s what JJ calls it. “Did you do your blog yet?” I aim for and have with rare exceptions done 3 to 4 posts a day for a year now. I rarely ever write long posts. EVERY one of my last 15 new listings were “come list my house” calls.
And Jim and the Tomatoes taught me so much, and fixed or straightened out or re-educated me about what I had been doing wrong.
March 5 will be the one year anniversary of http://www.veryvintagevegas.com Without having started to blog then, I think I’d be managing a Burger King about now.
**Update: 12/24/08 - PS, I’m busier than all crap and ALL the business is coming from the blog. I’ve dropped EVERY other type of marketing, and the leads just keep coming, and they’re buying!**
**Update 4/8/09 - Want you to know that VeryVintageVegas.com is still a huge hit, keeps on growing, continues to improve….. and it’s bringing in WAY MORE leads than I can handle.
“Uncle” Jack LeVine
Jim and his colleagues at The Real Estate Tomato designed an excellent professional real estate website for me (www.mymcclellanville.net) using my requirements and preferences and their years of experience and creativity. They have been there for me every step of the way and taught me how to get the most out of the site and provide the best results for my clients
They have helped me create my website and get it to the first page SEO in a few short months. He is an expert in his field and the entire blogging community looks up to him.Thanks for the great service that you provide and making my business soar!
Quick and painless is how this all came about so I have to say excellent job and thank you. Andrew, my graphic designer, was so easy to work with and able to read my “NON CREATIVE MIND” it’s scary.
Top notch work. I was worried abut learning the back end but with Chris’ help it’s all coming together.
WOW. . .what a trip, from green on the vine to a ribbon at the fair, the “St. Louis Real Estate” fair, no less.
Our blogging experiment started with a lot of research on the web that, fortunately for us, found it’s way to a blogging zealot named Jim Cronin at the “Real Estate Tomato”. My first impression was that he was a fast talking guy with all the answers, I was soon to find out that he was a fast talking guy with all the answers and MORE.
The trip was everything that Jim said it would be and he supplied the encouragement when we thought we were wasting our time and not making any progress. We wanted our blog to provide timely and useful information for consumers across the entire St. Louis real estate spectrum. We started posting in March and really struggled through the first 4 months. Then we started making progress in some of the minor keyword searches. . . but we wanted the whole enchilada� tomato. . . St. Louis Real Estate.
Holy Tomato, sometime in early November we were page ranked in Google (four out of ten) and recently are page one, number four, when searching “St Louis Real Estate” using Google.
Our sincere thanks to Jim Cronin and the Tomato Team for coming through with everything they promised and MORE. Thanks Jim, Jason and Molly and the� entire team for helping us stay the course and giving us the tools and encouragement along the way.
Doug Aegerter and Art Wagner
Keller Williams Realty Southwest
The blog looks beautiful! BTW, very way nice job with the Tomato, everyone has been really great, smart and responsive. The Tomato is everything you said it would be and more!
Thanks so much for your help getting us started!
This blog is going to make a big difference allow us to start and nurture a conversation with our clients!
We have had a great ride so far.
Mike Gibbons and Donna Johnston
I first heard Jim speak at a Keller Williams Camp back in 2007 and I was very impressed. I hired Jim and his gang to design and coach me into the social media realm. The things I learned created a strong foundation and have allowed me to get way ahead of the curve in my industry.
Without a doubt most of my web and social media knowledge points back to our meeting up.
Truly fantastic job, You are now MORE than ‘the man’!
You are extremely talented. A true ‘over-achiever’. I really love it.
It’s cool, sexy, fun, feminine yet works for a guy too I think….very
very good. I love the ‘the fresh’ and ‘the look’ and ‘the luxury’
which brings in the real estate. You are extremely clever – AND artistic!
You ‘da man!!!!
Many, many thanks.
I love all that the Tomato continues to do for me; your customer support is outstanding. My blog rocks!
It was VERY difficult to choose only 3 attributes for Jim. In the time we have worked together he has excelled at customer service, encouragement, professionalism, consistency and very out of the box ideas and thorough implementation. Jim is someone to go to when you want creative results! (From her LinkedIn Recommendation)
Just finished up a rather intense 7-week one-on-one training class with Chris Hotz/Real Estate Tomato where I was instructed in the ways of blogging/websites/SEO and some. Chris is a fantastic teacher. He is thorough, kind to the technically challenged (moi), a fabulous resource, and darned if he didn’t have an answer (and a good one!) for every question I threw at him. 5-stars!
Since my days with Tomato, I have had an incredible run on visibility both by clients, the media and the Internet. A website that I’ve had for over 5 years took about 4 years to reach a Google pagerank of 2 and once I had my blog site at Sacramento Real Estate Voice, within just a few months I received a Google pagerank of 3 for my stagnate website.
My blog site only took about 3-4 months and I quickly received a 5 page rank with Google. Absolutely amazing! SacramentoRealEstateVoice has also climbed into uncharted waters by making it onto the first page on Google for Sacramento Real Estate. Along with the ranking, I would say that it took about 6 months of blogging when suddenly I started receiving calls from prospective clients and the news media as well as radio. It has been steady but then again so has my blogging. I just don’t have enough hours in the day to write everything I would like.
My clients have each said when they call that they have been reading my blog for some time and got to know me. It should be noted, however that they never commented. All of this takes time.
Tomato and his team have been diligent and helpful in providing me the initial blogging education and further helping me to be the best that I can be…I am a work in progress.
Thank you Tomato and the artful team!
We have been incredibly happy with our new blogsite designed by the guys at Tomato! We also continue to climb Google rankings and our subscribers are growing as well. Check us out!
(The following is an excerpt from a response to an email that was sent from a prospect to current client, Kevin Schmidtchen, regarding his experience with the RET)
The Real Estate Tomato taught me almost everything I know about blogging and the rewards that this creates for you as an agent. Well worth it. I had a website beforehand that was doing OK and still does OK, but my blog does better for sure in bringing traffic and ultimately business. I simply stumbled upon them and chose them because I was looking for this and timing was right. They fit what I was looking and hoping for and yes it worked out great.
I would for sure use them again, everything is great and there has been zero negatives. They are a good group of guys working hard and wanting to help you with your business. As far as the investment goes, yes I have 100% covered my investment and then some big time in my eyes. So even though it is initial $$$ that can be tough based on where you are at, I would say that I regained this all within 6 months and have continued to build and now have a great working tool that is relatively free and makes me good money.
Sotheby’s International Realty
“Jim has put together a class act team of professionals at Real Estate Tomato. Having Blogged about Columbus Area Real Estate for years without much to show for it, I asked Jim if his company could help me redesign and invigorate my blog.
They responded with a quality product at a reasonable cost and have continued to provide excellent resources and mentorship now that it’s up and running.
I would recommend Jim’s work to any one ready to establish or kick up their web presence a notch.”
I love the Tomato heads! The training that I am getting from them is invaluable to me. I debated a while before I took the leap- but I’m so glad I did. It’s personal and professional and right on the mark!
What you learn from them is leaps and bounds beyond anything in the epro class or any other real estate class for that matter. Their training was well worth the money and more extensive than anything I’ve ever taken for CE credit.
I’m still going thru training with realestatetomato- but I’ve gotten a new buyer from them. It’s been about 3 weeks since I’ve started posting. Which is really good for me. I love my blog and I’m having such fun blogging. I haven’t been this excited about real estate….well since never.
Just typed “Heritage Wake Forest” into Google and about fell out of my chair when I saw the second article I wrote about this hot neighborhood at the bottom of the first page!!! Composed myself, saw the words “two hours ago” at the end of the post, almost fell out of chair again. I posted this at 4:33 pm and did the search at 8:30 pm.
I can tell you that people will very likely use this term to search in this neighborhood.
I’m continuing to show up for more and more search terms. Can’t believe the speed at which this is happening.
The Tomato Rocks!
Keller Williams Realty
Jim, Jason, Molly, and anyone else behind “The Tomato”–Congrats to you all. You guys and gals are awesome. You have helped bring me and my business into the new world of blogs and the technology to create them. Thank you. Especially for your patience through the months of mentoring. My vote, obviously is for “The Tomato.” Keep up the great work!!!
The St. Louis Real Estate Voice
“Jim and the gang at Real Estate Tomato are Jedi’s among the galaxy of blogs and websites in the real estate industry. They took my ideas and goals and improved upon them to deliver me a real estate website combined with a blogging platform that is a Google magnet! Jim has also proven the ability to train Padawan bloggers into Master Jedis and I’d love to get a count of his midi-chlorians.”
“Jim Cronin, aka The Real Estate Tomato, is a real estate blogging and IT guru. He is a master at design, a wizard at setting up blogs, and ours at http://www.LuxuryHomeDigest.com owes much to Jim’s expertise. We would heartily recommend his services!”
Thank You so much. You guys have been so great with your explanations and timely responses. I am so much happier now that you guys are running my site. It is like night and day compared to my old hosting company. Keep up the great job!
Jim set up my new blog and when I say new I mean new (just a week old) I am not technically savvy or internet savvy. I had just been struggling along trying to figure out what I could on my own.
Jim, is the most patient and knowledgeable teacher and coach I have ever had! My blog is already successful – The biggest blogger in my area is linking to my new stories everyday. He got 11 comments on my post about needing a dog park in my town! This morning the big blogger guy in my town linked to my scary Halloween Real Estate Story and so far someone already left a comment. I did not expect to have any comments or activity for a long time.
Jim has helped me look like a Pro (and believe me I am not!- hardly have a clue what I am doing) He not only knows how to teach, he knows how to teach Real Estate Agents (Very Difficult to Do!) If you want to be successful blogging in Real Estate and you want to learn from the Best and you want to have FUN – Sign up with the Real Estate Tomato!
Great stuff Jim. As a new blogger, I appreciate that you and Jason make a such a consistent effort to stay in front of the wave, bringing to our attention lots of usable new stuff. I still feel overwhelmed at times, but your classes make it fun and exciting!
Keep it up!
Jim, Jason and Andrew,
I logged on to my blog this morning and saw the new design. Wow! It looks amazing and it is exactly what I imagined. Andrew really understood my blog vision and put it to pixels in such a short time. I look forward to completing my Tomato Training with Jim so I can “blog on”.
Jim and Jason have made the learning curve painless and fun so that I can spend my time writing blogs and selling real estate instead of trying to figure out how to tweak my back end (of the blog). =) I’ve read several books on blogging but your your tips, tricks and ideas have been priceless. These are the things my Mother never told me about blogging. I feel like I’m so ahead of the game now.
Tracey Thomas, GRI, SRES
Keller Williams Realty
FYI, I’ve reached #1 on Google for “Clovis Real Estate” (a feat I didn’t think was humanly possible with all of the huge corporations and real estate companies that use and market for that term), so perhaps you can use me as an example of what’s possible for a tomato blog.
Dr. John McMillen
I’d like to thank @RETomato for being so great to work with these past few years. They’ve done a wonderful job dealing w/me #awesome
We utilize several sites and none are more effective at generating organic leads better than our site constructed and trained with Jim and his Tomato team. While I caution nothing comes free in life, to maximize a blogs effectiveness, it does take a commitment to be done correctly. In other words, it is not a plug and go site, but if you want to stand out and
differentiate yourself, I highly urge you to talk to the knowledgeable and friendly folks at the Tomato. In an industry full of over promises and under delivery, our hats are off to the Tomato for delivering what they preach, deliver and definitely understand.
JOB WELL DONE TOMATO!
Rick Stalker, e-pro, e-agent, Master Club
ALC Member, Technical Committee
The HomeStalkers Group @ Keller Williams
Finally, The Real Estate Tomato is spreading the spaghetti sauce: Jim Cronin has started RealEstateTomato.com, a turn-key real estate weblog vendor. All WordPress, and the Tomato is hosting them. I’m not the product endorsing type, but I have a great admiration for what Jim has done with The Real Estate Tomato. If you’re an agent or other real estate professional looking for a weblogging solution, RealEstateTomato.com looks like a good place to start.
Jim Cronin is an excellent teacher and The Real Estate Tomato is an excellent teaching web site.
Jim, here’s the undisputed truth: The weblogs you are producing are beautiful. Up to the owners to rate you on performance, but for look and feel, Tomato Blogs are beyond excellent. So there!
(Greg is not a client. He’s a fellow real estate blogger whom I admire greatly)
I wanted to drop you a quick note of thanks. I finally reached the end of my Tomato training and obtained the coveted “tomato-graduate” chiclet. It’s a great sense of accomplishment, sort of surprising actually as I didn’t expect to feel so “graduate-like”. I mean, dang, isn’t this just a service I signed up for to improve my web presence? Of course now, I can say the answer to that is a resounding “NO” even hell-no.
I’ve always been a believer in web-based marketing, etc. I really sort of happened upon your site while trying to figure out the blog stuff – like what is a blog, what does it do, etc. I perused your site and things started clicking. I was seeing things that began to help me start gelling some thoughts that were floating around. Filling out your inquiry form was a version of a leap of faith. I tend to be quite cynical of these and expected to get a call from yet another person trying to sell me services that are the “magic formula” for generating real estate success.
After our first conversation I was sold. You didn’t give me the hard sell, didn’t make a lot of crazy claims, didn’t even use any of the typical “closes”. We spoke again the next day, and though I was committing more money than I ever had to any single thing in my real estate business to date, I felt completely at ease with my decision. (still do for that matter)
I was a little concerned when I found out I was not going to be working directly with you, but Chris has been outstanding. I have graduated with a tremendous amount of knowledge about blogging, marketing, etc. Way more than I expected….I really didn’t expect to learn this so completely. You guys have taught me an incredible amount, and given me the tools to keep growing.
So, Jim, an HUGE thank you to you and the entire Tomato staff. I’m still completely pumped about this maybe even more so than after our first conversation. I hope to continue learning and growing in this endeavor, and hope to stay in touch with you guys so you can proudly say, one day, “there’s one of our prize students…”
If you ever need to use me as a referral to someone considering your services….feel free to give them my contact info…
I LOVE the LOOK, and the COLORS, and the FORMATTING…… thank you, thank you!! I’m so excited and pumped up!”
I never plug Jim Cronin’s Real Estate Tomato enough, although they certainly don’t need my plugs…Their content has been tops in the Real Estate Blogosphere here recently, actually for awhile. Jim is offering a comprehensive (training and all) blogsite software package for the real estate professional that looks like the cats meow.
I can’t say enough about Jim and the gang at The RE Tomato. Any one interested in learning the power of blogging to further there business should to get in touch with him. From everyone at Real Estate Professionals GMAC, Thanks Jim!
Jim is hands down one of the brightest minds in Real Estate marketing. His reach on the Tomato is far and wide. The audience he has been able to build in such a short time is simply amazing. The best quality I can see in Jim is his unique ability to communicate complex marketing concepts and techniques to an average REALTOR without making them feel inferior. In fact, Jim has quietly started a revolution of empowerment for real estate professionals that will effect the industry for a long time. (From his LinkedIn Recommendation)
I’ve always been impressed with Jim and the real estate tomato. His level of expertise and professionalism is second to none. Since working with him and for him in the last couple of months, I continue to be impressed.
My blog is rocking out!
It generates steady traffic everyday. I have created a world wide audience and following. It is amazing.
Thanks to your direction and expertise in internet marketing consulting thefitnessrevelation.com is moving forward and has become a voice to be be heard in the fitness industry. This platform has open many doors for me, thanks again!
Regional Director of Fitness Spa Fitness Health Clubs – Santa Cruz, CA
Jim Cronin is the Man!!! He has pioneered the way for the Real Estate industry in Internet Marketing specifically in blogging. He is extremely motivated by his clients and has an unique ability to coach and train unlike any I’ve seen. He is the Guru in real estate blogging and is highly respected among his peers, clients and colleagues. If he is booked to speak in your area, buy a ticket – you won’t want to miss it! I would highly recommend Jim and his company.
As always I appreciate the quick response and love my blog!
Guardian Realty & Investment Group
After listening to Jim for five minutes, I knew he and his organization were the ONLY ones to hire to help create my blog and take my business to the next level. After just a few months, I know I made the right decision.
Getting 30-40 calls per day, makes it tough to keep the blog up though…thx for all your help…love the tomato!”
My Tomato blog has been the best investment of the year!
I first encountered Jim Cronin through the Real Estate Blogging Platform, ActiveRain. It amazed me how many people there were self-proclaimed experts/gurus on one thing or another. But in reading Jim’s articles, I knew I had come across the real deal – someone who actually knew what they were talking about intimately. It was clear that Jim fully grasped what constituted effective realty blogging and utilizing Web 2.0 for business applications. As I come across blogging platforms that his team has constructed, his obvious expertise has been proven over and over again.
Hello Jim and Team,
Happy newbie. Search ‘homes for sale in wasaga beach’ in Google, blog is already number 3 on page 1.
We’re just over a month into blogging!
My blog is easily my main source of clients and even those that don’t initially contact me through it are very quickly convinced of my “expertise” once I have directed them to wasagabeachtalking.com
None of this would have been possible with out the Real Estate Tomato.
Firstly on the techie side you designed a great blog for me and it’s user friendly.
Secondly once designed the classes and continuing education has allowed me to make the most of the product.
People need to know you are not just “web designers.” You teach us tomatos how to maximize the online potential out there for us to talk directly to buyers and sellers.
You know what? I really enjoy it all. It’s fun and I feel I have made several true friends even if only online in the Tomato world. I tell you its better than cold calling especially knocking on doors when the snow hits up here in Canada.
I just got my first phone call, “I read your blog and I want you to come list my house.”
I almost passed out but maintained my composure!
Julie Quinn Fuelling
Thank you for the class yesterday. It’s so helpful, especially one on one, because everyone learns differently.I am implementing everything you teach me and being very aware of all your tips too. Tomato U has been the best procees and learning tool I’ve used in a long time.
I stumbled my way into Real Estate Tomato and it’s been the best thing that’s happened to me ‘on a professional level’, in a long time.
Real Esate Tomato has really changed my life and the way I see my business in the future.
“I just wanted to thank you for the amazing work you and Sarah have done for me on my new blog. I am very grateful!!!!”
I am a recent graduate of RET, and as a person in their 60′s I can tell you….I have had a lot to learn. I think the learning curve for people over 50 is long, but with RET and the team (Molly/Chris) I can say I know more than most of my younger 30-something agents in my area.
Jim and his team have been incredibly patient with me…and my many questions. And, believe me when I say…I am still in that “asking a lot of questions” stage.
I am beginning to get more views on my blog and anticipate I could get my first lead….any minute now.
I tell anyone who is thinking of blogging, they need to make the choice to let the RET design their site. I think of the $1000′s of dollars you could spend letting someone else submit your info on a template and then push you off the plank to let you swim with everyone else…and, as the ship pulls away, you are in the water wondering what happened and why you look like everyone else.
I am so addicted to blogging, I’ve given up Open Houses. I love this media…it’s the happiest I’ve been in my 21 years of selling real estate…..I think I need a 12 Step Program. Does the RET have a 12 Step Program?
Thank you Jim, Chris and everyone who has been involved in my design and teaching how to go to the highest level.
And to Daniel Bates, who I think was the most patient person, I want to say…You are Simply The Best. Each week he would spend extra time with me going over what we went over the previous week.
Thank you Daniel.
Jim, Daniel, Chris and the rest of the Tomato Gang,
I have been blogging since last November (2009) and it has really started to pay off for me. The blog has been my principle marketing tool and not only am I getting business, but the blog has helped me convert leads gotten elsewhere. When I refer people to my blog and they read it, I get instant credibility…and as a newer agent, this has really helped me. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the great design and all of the training and support you have given me.
What spurred me to write today was the fact that a well-known blogger/vlogger in the Chicago area just gave me a great plug on his blog as the “best agent-written blog on Chicago’s North Shore“.
This would never have happened without the Real EstateTomato.
Thanks, guys, you’re the bomb!
BTW- I was impressed with your work before, but after tonight I’m a true believer. As an experiment, I added a listing page and wrote a short blog post about it before it goes live in the MLS (and all the 3rd party sites, zillow et al) tomorrow hoping my post and/or page might be indexed and show up near the top in google. When I checked about an hour later the post was already indexed! Not a big deal for a site with some good content and decent PR, but this a is new site/domain with zero inbound links.
Have to say, the RET is the real deal.
Using Real Estate Tomato to create our blog website has been a great asset to our business. We enjoyed working with Jim and the tech staff creating our website, TahoeClicks.com The technical support continues to be very helpful. If you are considering using Real Estate Tomato to further your web presence, we would highly recommend them.
Visit our website, TahoeClicks.com, to see what they have helped us accomplish.
Paul and Toni Smith
I really appreciate everything you all have done on the site, everything is working great.
More importantly, my page views have gone through the roof. My pages per visit have doubled in the short time it has been implemented, and I am avergaging about 40% more average page views total.
Yesterday was a personal highlight with over 500 unique visitors to the site… it is going gang-busters…I absolutely love it. Thank you so much guys, I appreciate it.
I want to rave about Chris. He has been extremely accommodating and patient with our set up, and he was just AWESOME for our first class with the agents. After the webinar, I had 3 agents immediately text, call and come into my office to sign up for a blog! The feedback from them was Chris explained it so I could understand, he was calm and thorough and didn’t talk over our heads.
Great hire, Jim – Congratulations!
Diane van der Goes
Star Real Estate
I searched long and hard for a website company that would design a wordpress platform site for me. My problem was that all of the website development companies didn’t have a clue or the experience in developing a non-traditional “community site for a Realtor”. That was until I found Jim Cronin and his company Real Estate Tomato. Not only did he have a company that designed great real estate websites, but his company offers services to teach you how to utilize your site to increase your real estate business through great blogging and getting connected in the social media world.
The Real Estate Tomato team skillfully implemented the design that I envisioned for Fountain Hills Up Close. I am totally thrilled with how it turned out. That of course was not the end of my business with Real Estate Tomato. I am now in the second phase of our relationship and am learning the ins and outs of good blogging. I feel strongly that having this knowledge will increase my business twofold. I want to say thanks to Jim for personally staying on top of things, Andrew for turning my vision into something real and Chris for teaching me all the things I need to know about writing a great post for my blog. Real Estate Tomato, you are a company that delivers.
Fountain Hills, AZ
I can’t thank you enough for my blog and updates. I’ve had my blogsite for years now and love the work you’ve done. From designing it to helping me tweak it along the way. I love the fact that you guys stay on top of WordPress advances so I don’t have to. I especially love Molly. Whenever I have a question or concern, I can count on Molly to help out. And she has a sense of humor too. =)
The training you provided to get me going as well as your continued support has been invaluable. And let’s not forget the Tomato community that you’ve put together for us. I really appreciate being able to communicate with like-minded professionals who are always looking to stay ahead of the latest technological advances not only to increase their bottom line, but to provide top notch service to their clients. And they share their best practices so freely. You can’t put a price on that.
I love my Tomato blog and being part of your vine. May it continue flourishing!
I joined the Tomato in 2008. I was new to blogging and wanted a way to improve my internet presence. The team at RET was awesome in helping me design a new site and launch my internet marketing. They are always available to help and provide excellent customer support. They also have offer great webinars and education on how to maximize your blog and internet marketing. I have truly enjoyed working with them and look forward to driving more business.
Thank you to all of you for giving me the platform to get started blogging. You are all wonderful and have perfected the process from beginning to end.
Broker, licensed in Virginia
I can’t express my level of satisfaction with the Tomato team! I would like to say it very loudly!
When I started the project casaenmiamionline.com I was hoping – I’m being brutally honest here – to secure some in-spanish internet presence in our local real estate submarket -the Greater Miami area – now, 36 hours after having implemented simultaneously several of your new Listing and Neighborhood templates we were unknowingly showing up in the first page of Google for variations of each of those exact addresses.
It does take time, a little bit of love and patience to put it all together, here is why every committed agent should do it:
One, first received a phone call from a past client:
“Hey Alvaro, I was driving-by and saw a sign but couldn’t get the agents number so I “googled” the house ['s address] and there it was another site with all info, right at the top…”
Two, then I proceeded to call the property owner, (Oh! This is 48 hrs after having the signed listing agreement):
“Hi Mrs. James, it’s a good day, your property is at the top of the first page of Google!
Big thanks to Chris and Daniel who did all the hard work of putting themselves in my shoes and helping to achieve the particularly hard work of making everything bilingual. Perhaps because your initial training and the consequent Gardener tutoring involve blogging, I’ve been invited to syndicate my blog to my broker’s main site on a daily basis.
Funny, under your Tomato guidance, it has been like if you were training for a AA league game and suddenly you find yourself playing comfortably in AAA.
I’ll be more than happy to write again when we get into the Big Leagues.
(update 2013) If you think you know about blogging, seo or the real estate audience, think again: is your knowledge evenly spread?. The Tomato Blogs is the Grand, one stop shop for agents who, geeky or not, need to cover all basis in order to have a results producing website Forget blogging or taking pictures, Online Real Estate is a business and the Tomato will help you treat it as such!
I just wanted to say how effective and high performing your team is to get real estate professionals conversant with blogging and providing ongoing opportunities to learn and grow.
You’re the best! Thank you + your entire team for delivering honest, focused, incredible value.
Chris is the best educator I have ever worked with. He is knowledgeable about both social media and technology and can quickly help anyone become successful in applying them (in my case to real estate). His professionalism is in a league of his own. He is patient, flexible, and can help people learn what they need to progress at their own pace. I could not more highty recommend Chris to anyone wishing to become successful in social media or any other endeavor. I am so glad I had the chance to learn from him
I love my website! You guys are the best!
Very, very happy with your services!!
Thanks for doing such a great job with my site, guys.
Just want to send a quick shout out to RET for the great work on our website www.GardnerTeam.net – we contacted them in 2008 about building us one of the best blogs on the planet and when we decided to go for it in 2010, we stepped it up with a full website concept and LOVE it! Amazing team of professionals to work with!
Sherwood Real Estate Guide – Gardner Team Realtors
Jim and the team at Real Estate Tomato are some of the best Technology people that I have worked
with. They deliver a top notch product, they train you to use the systems to its capacity, and the Real
Estate Tomato team is there for you every step after completion. Real Estate Tomato is the “Class
Act “ of Word Press Blog Development. I highly recommend Real Estate Tomato for all of your blog
Owner/CEO Prudential One Realty
Clean and professional designs, great customer service and a strong private real estate blogging community with a ton of education and resources.
I’d recommend Real Estate Tomato for an agent or brokerage that it serious about their brand, presentation and saving time.
I had many services before RE Tomato….none equaled the great customer service, design team, most importantly education re blogging/lead generation. Team it up with Diverse IDXPress and best decision I ever made. Blogging is now fun.
The Real Estate Tomato team has been instrumental in helping me create a web presence and build my internet business.
RE Tomato did my first WP site and then updated to a new one last year. I have a BA in IT and their training for WP taught me more than I learned with my four year degree. Now using what they taught me to work on another non-real estate site. I recommend them to any agent needing to upgrade to a blog site.
Real Estate Tomato is WAY more than just a site development company. Yes, they help build beautiful sites but they are there for on going education, tech help when something needs to be changed or you screw it up. They are there when you need to bounce an idea around about something new you want to try. I am a big believer in trying to get things as cheap as possible but The Real Estate Tomato guys are worth double what I pay!
Vice President of Sales Century 21 Beal, Inc
I am really blown away by the help I have gotten from the Tomato Facebook members. We have something very special here.
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