There is absolutely no question in my mind how priceless my network is and has been for my entire career in real estate. Fortunately I learned early on the why and how of connecting and building a network from my Father. He was a master network. He could strike up a conversation with anyone, about anything, anywhere in the world. As kids it used to drive us crazy when he strike up a conversations but now we all 'get it'!
My husband Gary (Mr Banana) and I work closely together with our network and our clients. Gary is the nuts and bolts guy behind the scene and I'm the front end working with buyers and sellers. Our network knows this about us and appreciate that they get 'double the value' with our different skill sets. It's a win-win for everybody. Plus Gary is a lot of fun. He's got a great sense of humor and adventure and our network knows to expect a good time with Mr Banana around livening things up!
We've been well known for years in our network for the events and parties we host on a regular basis either at our home or other local venues. I'm smiling right now thinking of all the fun and crazy themes we came up over the years. You name it we've probably done it! This has been very effective in building long term relationships. Many folks in our network (including clients) know, like, trust and work with each other and have for many years. There is a 'knowingness' that everyone will be well taken care of with utmost care, sincerity and honesty. We don't try to 'sell' our services or products but rather act as a trusted partner. And who doesn't want to work with people like that? And better yet, who wouldn't want referrals from this kind of network? I am always honored when they send their friends, family and business associates to us!
We also have another 'circle' in our network our 'Back Bone' Network. These guys and gals help us in the preparation process of getting our properties ready for market. My main construction guy Steve (who doesn't like his picture taken) is extremely knowledgeable and we absolutely trust him with all our projects. He's one of those guys (as well as his crew) that never lets us down and they work really hard and smart. I am extremely grateful for our 'Back Bone Network! And trust me our clients are as well! Everybody knows him as 'Mr Steve Here'! And yes that's exactly what he says to me every afternoon around 4:00 when he calls me for his daily progress report! Steve's our hidden secret shhhhhhhh!
And of course we have our ActiveRain Network! Never in a million years, when I signed up on ActiveRain in 2006, did I think I would have the opportunity to build an incredible network with real estate professionals around the USA and Canada! Not only have I made wonderful friendships here in the rain (I've literally met hundreds of rainers over the years) I've gained tremendous knowledge and created a lot of referrals going out and coming in. What's so cool is that when a client of ours is moving anywhere in the country I have access to 1000's of people that I actually know and know how they do business. How sweet is that! Couldn't be any better to refer our clients out to people I know, like and trust will take excellent care of our clients!
Thanks to Praful Thakkar for this great opportunity to share our network ideas for the July contest Your Network is Your Networth.
My Network - Priceless!