What I Learned From Jeremy Blanton. It Had Nothing To Do With SEO, Twitter, Or Websites.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843


A year ago I was involved in a top secret group of Super Agents.  It was kind of like The Hall of Justice.  Kinda.  

One day I posted that my wife and I enjoy dining out.  A lot.  Not many wings and burgers, but more like salads and fish.  I said that we were always friendly with our servers, and that we always left a business card.  

Jeremy chimed in with something a long the lines of "DUDE.  Don't do that.  That's not cool.  Just be nice to your server, tip well, and be on your way."  Well, I guess Jeremy was a server way back in his college days.  He went on to tell me that whenever one of his tables left a card, he would promptly throw it away.  

I thought to myself, "How rude!"

I thought about it for a while, and then I understood where he was coming from.  Leaving a business card after a $30 dinner is a blatant solicitation.  I'm sure the last thing a busy as heck server cares about is what I do for a living.   I stopped doing it, but continued to be nice to any and all servers.  

Fast forward a year.  After MANY meals at restaurants, and after many great and fun conversations with our servers (us being Realtors always came up, but wasn't focused on), I received the following phone calls this week:

Traci:  She was a server at one of our favorite places to eat here in Fort Wayne.  She moved out to California, is making big money, and is ready to buy a home.  She called and said that she wasn't having any luck with the Realtors she contacted, and asked me to help her find one.  That's a referral.  

Jude:  We only saw her a handful of times at Applebee's, but we had some fun and a real connection.  She called and asked if we remembered her, and if we would help her list her property.  She said she was trying to remember if any of her friends were Realtors, and then she remembered us.  

If Jeremy was actually with us at these fabulous dinners, he would probably get a referral check, but since he only planted this seed in my head, he gets a big THANK YOU instead.  I'm not sure that leaving our business cards with Traci and Jude would have turned them off to the point of not calling us, but you catch my drift here right?  :)

P.S.  This is the BEST picture of Jeremy I have ever...  EVER seen.  

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Joan Congilose
Century 21 Action Plus Realty - Freehold Twp, NJ
Marlboro, Manalapan, Freehold NJ Homes

Great success story, I believe in leaving a card wherever you go too. Years ago I wound up getting a buyer from a card I put in with my gas bill .

Jul 31, 2012 08:42 PM #34
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

A real estate move is a huge move after all. . .a stranger leaving a card does not meet this requirement. . yes, I agree every once in a while. .but, the lesson here is to take your best moles inside your SOI to lunch 

Jul 31, 2012 09:59 PM #35
Tamara Elliott-Deering
Central Metro Realty - Austin, TX

Congratulations on the results, it's good to see that being a nice guy pays off.  

Jul 31, 2012 10:25 PM #36
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Jared - I think everyone has their own approach, I personally don't hand out cards to strangers unless asked, but I know there are agents who will hand out cards to every person they say hi to.  Am I losing potential business by not wearing a name tag, having magnets on my car and leaving business cards everywhere? Probably, but I approach people how I want to be approached.


Jul 31, 2012 10:51 PM #37
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Thanks for all of the comments.  

JUST TO BE CLEAR:  I never left a business card instead of a tip.  That would be more than insulting.  

Jul 31, 2012 10:57 PM #38
Kimberly Tapscott
Keller Williams Prestige Properties - Stamford, CT
Giving you the service you deserve!
Jared, great post. I used to leave the business card, but then realized that the relationship begins with a conversation. Thank you for sharing!
Jul 31, 2012 11:02 PM #39
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

A post about Jeremy and the real Jeremy chimes in?

That is pretty cool.


Jul 31, 2012 11:03 PM #40
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

CT, I agree with not leaving a business card. Tipping well is the best business card you can leave.

Jul 31, 2012 11:05 PM #41
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

I love it.  You must have been very nice and regulars for that waitress to keep your card.  Congratulations.

Jul 31, 2012 11:10 PM #42
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

This is a great success story!! I don't think there's anything wrong with leaving a business card along with a nice tip!! If only one would keep the card, your efforts paid off!!

Jul 31, 2012 11:24 PM #43
Jeremy Blanton
Myrtle Beach Homes Blog - Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com

Phil Leng- Of course I'd chime in!  Google Alerts notified me even before Jared sent me a message :)

Aug 01, 2012 12:21 AM #44
Ben Gerritsen
Mortgage Miracles Happen, NMLS ID: 1289680 - Ogden, UT
Mortgage Loan Originator

friendship & being nice goes  a long ways. These are great tips (along with tipping). Thanks for the story of real life experiences.

Aug 01, 2012 01:33 AM #45
John Cannata
214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

I think some did not read the post completely. They thought it was due to you leaving a card that got you the business. :-)

'top secret group'.. sounds fishy!

Aug 01, 2012 02:27 AM #46
Jeanne Dufort
Coldwell Banker Lake Country - Madison, GA
Madison and Lake Oconee GA

sphere of influence includes doing business locally - you never know where that next buyer or seller will be ocming from.

Aug 01, 2012 02:55 AM #47
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Great advice from Jeremy.  I hate the idea of leaving business cards behind.  I would rather be nice and tip well.  You are more likely to build the relationship and get the referrals.

Aug 01, 2012 03:34 AM #48
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA

Dear Christiansens: 

Remember that everything Jeremy says is right.  Don't argue with him just listen. 

Aug 01, 2012 08:00 AM #49
Christine Bohn
RE/MAX Professionals - Gainesville, FL
The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL

That's a great story!  And yes....that is an excellent photo of Jeremy!

Aug 01, 2012 10:23 AM #50
Jeremy Blanton
Myrtle Beach Homes Blog - Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com

LOL Evelyn!  I'm not always right... just ask my wife! LOL

Aug 01, 2012 12:32 PM #51
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
I agree with not leaving a business card.
Aug 02, 2012 08:41 AM #53
Kim & Kristine Halverson
www.LiveWorkSiliconBeach.com, Santa Monica Real Estate :) - Santa Monica, CA

Pretty good. 

Dec 22, 2013 01:08 PM #54
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