One thing I love about real estate is the friends we make

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Respect Realty LLC 200311024


Over the past 4 years since I started blogging, the business has really changed for me. When I first started I would take any buyer or seller that walked in the door, I needed the business. But, since I started blogging, the people that I meet have hired me because they felt they know and like me.

Making friends through real estate

Now, that doesn’t mean I turn others away, it just gives me the opportunity to find an agent on my team that they get along with and their personalities fit. Each person is different and people to deserve to work with people they like.

What I love about my real estate career is now, instead of having past clients, I have more friends. I like having friends rather than clients. So, when I take a referral here in the rain, I like to say thanks for sending me a new friend, because that is truly how I feel.

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Tim and Pam Cash
Crye-Leike (Sango) - Clarksville, TN
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Todd - AMEN!  We have made some lifelong friends through Real Estate transactions.  Blogging here on Active Rain certainly gave many the opportunity to know me before the met me. 

Jan 17, 2011 08:33 AM #1
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Lynn M. Bower
John R Wood Realtors - Naples, FL
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Todd~ you are so right. My Realtors friends are my best buds. We have a lot to share, the joy, the frustration and stress. They understand. Anyone else would think I'm boasting or crying. This also, as you said, gives us a chance to get to know them and their personalities and who best to give a referral to.

Jan 17, 2011 08:33 AM #2
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
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That is such a wonderful story. It doesn't hurt that you are a likable guy either...
Paul

Jan 17, 2011 08:40 AM #3
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Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease

Todd, 

So true, we've actually been able to make many friends in this business through the years.  I think it helps a lot when you approach it with the mindset to do what is best for the customer (aka - new friend to be!)

All the best, Michelle

Jan 17, 2011 09:27 AM #4
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Cynthia Larsen
Safe Haven Realty - Cotati, CA
Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA

It's really nice when a client becomes a friend!! I have clients right now that are becoming fast friends.

Jan 17, 2011 09:47 AM #5
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William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX

You're growing very wise, my friend!

Now we'll start working on the idea of determining if the clients are worthy of your services!

It's not arrogance, simply self respect.

Bill

Jan 17, 2011 10:18 AM #6
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Steve Scheer
Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers - Highlands Ranch, CO
Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate

True for me as well, I recently looked around the room at a party of all good friends, and realized they were almost all clients or refers now in some capacity. But the friendships that have formed are just as rewarding if not more so.

Jan 17, 2011 10:25 AM #7
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Joni Bailey
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties - Huntsville, TX
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AMEN! I tell people that I love my job. Look at house, meet new people, make new friends. It doesn't get any better than this! :O)

Jan 17, 2011 10:31 AM #8
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Claude Cross
Homes By Cross, Inc. - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte NC Homes For Sale

Todd - It's easy to make good friends with good people. The challenge is to turn challenging situations into positive experiences. Flipping the obstinant client into a friend, or a client of value, is the mark of a great agent

Jan 17, 2011 11:00 AM #9
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

AMEN, Todd!  This is so true--my hubby is in the hospital and we had a conversation that yesterday we heard from more of my AR friends than our own family!  Of course there's many more AR folks but, what a wonderful support group.  I heart ActiveRain!!

Jan 17, 2011 11:00 AM #10
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Susan Goulding
Crown Key Realty, Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate - Tracy, CA
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I couldn't agree more.  Here here to referrals hat are now friends.

Jan 17, 2011 11:49 AM #11
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Kathryn Maguire
GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881 - Chesapeake, VA
Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach

Isn't that the truth!  Sometimes, I go to my office and I can't believe that I get paid to do this because it is just pure joy and fun!

Jan 18, 2011 02:16 AM #12
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Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Like you Todd, many of my past clients are folks who I now call friend. I love this business!

Jan 18, 2011 02:37 AM #13
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