Just Help. It Pays Back in Spades.

Managing Real Estate Broker with Barrington Realty Company License: 471.000044

I recently had an email enquiry about new construction. I have written many articles on buying new homes on my main website.

This enquirer had a question or two which I happily answered. Then a few more questions but his information indicated he was already in the throws of a purchase. I had to respond asking if he was represented by a Realtor because if so I could not help.

He responded that he was dealing with the builder direct, so I proceeded to help him answer his questions. We reached a conclusion with his questions and he was satisfied he had all the information he needed to protect himself in not over-paying for the property.

Let it be said that none of his questions or my answers extended to an agency relationship. They were very general in nature and nothing I had not or would not write about in a post either here or on my website.

At the conclusion of our email conversation, this is what he wrote.



Your articles were very helpful and I'm planning on putting together a very nice review for everything you have done including the time you spent putting together your site. 


So while I did not get a sale, I am getting a testimonial. In real estate it should not always be about pushing to get a sale, we can be rewarded in other ways too.


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Corinne Guest

Realtor & Managing Broker
Barrington Realty Company

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Amy Kramer
Coldwell Banker United Realtors, subsidiary of NRT LLC - Austin, TX
Realtor serving Austin and surrounding communities

What an important point and it always help our overall reputation as in industry.  Thanks Corinne Guest, Managing Broker for sharing your story.  I'm at an Open House right now and I always remind myself before starting that being helpful always pays off (if not directly).

Jan 15, 2017 12:16 PM #37
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Reward comes in many different forms.  You helped someone and that's a reward in of itself.

Jan 15, 2017 01:10 PM #38
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

It is funny that i seem to get quite a lot of calls and email questions on new homes, nearly all ar etrying to buy direct from a builder and realizing they should have had a buyer agent, most often too late to hire one Corinne Guest, Managing Broker 

Jan 15, 2017 02:23 PM #39
Beth Bromund
Oakland Township, MI

It was very kind of you to help him with no expectation of reward.  17 years ago, I was among new-home builders who didn't realize I should have had an agent before going into the model to check it out.  

Jan 15, 2017 02:46 PM #40
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Kudos to you, Corinne Guest, Managing Broker .. you helped someone in obvious need with no thought to repayment.  But kudos to the person you helped too.  The "thank you" ... a testimonial ... or referral when offered is appreciated greatly.   They are rare ... and sometimes mean even more than any paycheck that might accompany it ...

You showcase the best of Chicagoland ...


Jan 15, 2017 03:45 PM #41
Debe Maxwell
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

A great testimonial can be worth its weight in gold!

Jan 15, 2017 05:21 PM #42
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

In our industry as in most the more you give... the more return! Congratualtions!

Jan 15, 2017 07:41 PM #43
Praful Thakkar
Keller Williams Realty - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Corinne Guest, Managing Broker - it does matter what we do for people. It is a simple principle - if you 'Give', you'll 'Receive' one way or another.

Jan 15, 2017 08:03 PM #44
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

what a nice outcome.  I believe in karma - sometimes what you receive is unrelated to what you gave - but they are connected.  

Jan 15, 2017 08:18 PM #45
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

Corinne, I love your story. So much of our industry is about chasing the next buck.


Jan 16, 2017 04:36 AM #46
Carol Christiansen NYS Licensed Real Estate Broker
Cafe Realty - Katonah, NY
Live with the 3 Es – Energy – Enthusiasm – Empathy

I agree sometimes we just need to help and answer a few questions.

Jan 16, 2017 04:48 AM #47
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I can see why Kathy chose to highlight your post this week...great job!

Jan 16, 2017 07:06 AM #48
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

It makes me feel good when the people I have helped into a home tell me, "I could not have done it without your help". So testimonials are a good thing.

Jan 16, 2017 07:25 AM #49
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Corinne Guest, Managing Broker, this is a refreshing post. It's not always about a paycheck, when we do the right thing, we will be rewarded.

Jan 16, 2017 11:33 AM #50
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

You never know how long it will take to reap what you have sown but it does happen!

Jan 16, 2017 12:12 PM #51
Virginia Kazlouskas (Gregory)
Harmony Real Estate, Inc. - Hudson, NH
A REALTOR You Can Trust

You reap what you sow... And the buyer will let others know and although it may or may not, it might show its benefits with other buyers.

Jan 16, 2017 12:46 PM #52
Macy Babb
Re/Max All Properties Realtor - 404-234-6166 - Cartersville, GA
Realtor, SFR, HUD/REO Certified

I agree... helping to the extend we are allowed can not harm, they remember those that help and referrals are always a possibility

Jan 17, 2017 07:16 AM #53
Lori Cain
Chinowth & Cohen Realtors - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

True in all aspects of life - including real estate!

Jan 17, 2017 05:18 PM #54
Christine OShea
Premier Plus Realty Co. - Naples, FL

Testimonials are golden and your insight and conversation will go a long way to gain you future business.

Jan 18, 2017 10:08 AM #55
Pete Xavier with X Group Real Estate Advocates
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

That's how you do it, build up that love, and receive those dividends in one way or another.

Jan 18, 2017 01:26 PM #56
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