Another Reason To Pick Up That Phone

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291
http://activerain.com/droplet/59dH

 

Making a habit of calling a member every day since I started on ActiveRain has taught me so much. Today when speaking with Kathy Streib , we both had "a light-bulb" moment.. We were talking about upcoming contests and Kathy wants to encourage more people to pick up that phone and reach out to a member who may need some encouragement.

They may need a nudge if they have been missing for a while.

With the recent and shocking passing of our friend Lou Ludwig, this hit home even more. By the time we realized he had not posted for a while...it was too late.

I have called members in the past and found out they had been ill, had some tragedy or were just down and out and not feeling like blogging.

 

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Sometimes that phone call was just what was needed to let that person know they were missed. Some started posting from that one phone call.

Kathy and I were talking about a future contest about reaching out to other members. ( I will not expect my friend Barbara Todaro who does not  like to make calls,  to participate.)

 

While talking and brainstorming with Kathy, I mentioned the calls could be to past clients.  Another reason to pick up that phone might be to reach out to say a Happy New Year.

Who to call?

How about all your current listings or your  clients from the past year or two. 

Make it easy.

Before you put away, toss or recycle the holiday cards you have recently received, why not call those who sent them. If they thought enough of you to send a card...don't you think they would appreciate hearing from you?

 

Just Another Reason To Pick Up That Phone

 

 

Margaret Rome

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Rainmaker
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Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Margaret, this sounds like just the challenge that many of us need as 2018 begins.

Dec 30, 2017 12:31 AM #29
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Margaret.  One reason I don't call Rainers very often is that I'm pretty busy calling leads as well as past clients.  I do need a break from the phone now and then.

Dec 30, 2017 05:50 AM #30
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I'm usually ON my phone, but there are a handful of Rainers who I totally enjoy speaking with . . . Chris Ann Cleland is my sister! <3

Dec 30, 2017 06:51 AM #31
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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Good morning Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, I don't call thinking I would be bothering people but that phone call may change a lot in someone's life/day, we just never know. Wishing you a happy, healthy New Year! 

Dec 30, 2017 06:53 AM #32
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John Wiley
Jones & Co. Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland I love your message!

I think that reaching out to members can be a great encouragement as well as helping us to get to know each other better.

I look forward to seeing a great contest from you an Kathy.

Best wishes

Dec 30, 2017 07:52 AM #33
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Thomas McCombs
Century 21 HomeStar - Akron, OH

I need to do more of this. 

Thanks for the nudge.

Dec 30, 2017 08:04 AM #34
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I recently called an AR member that does post regularly and that member had not posted in some time.  We spoke. The person was gracious with me for calling. 

Dec 30, 2017 08:06 AM #35
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Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

Thanks for a thoughtful featured post.  It can be hard to pick up the phone, but so rewarding when you hang up!

Dec 30, 2017 08:08 AM #36
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

As always, another great idea and post!  I like your thinking.  All too often we don't call enough.  This one extra thought might help someone pick up that phone.  I know it will for me.  Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2017 11:21 AM #37
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Laura Filip RE/MAX UTOPIA | 903-271-4978
RE/MAX UTOPIA , Serving all of Texoma - Whitesboro, TX
Your locally owned RE/MAX OFFICE

Thank you for the wonderful post. Sad to hear that Lou Ludwig  is no longer with us. Prayer sent to his family. Picking up the phone is a great plan of action as 2018  comes into being. Happy New Year to all. 

Dec 30, 2017 12:27 PM #38
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Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Hi Margaret,
You are amazing to call someone EVERY day!  What a great commitment to connecting and building community.  And, thanks for the call to me recently!  I enjoyed our chat.

Dec 30, 2017 01:50 PM #39
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Marti Steele Kilby, CRS
Steele Group Realty - La Mesa, CA
Broker/Owner, San Diego, CA

Wow!  What a great idea!  I'm pretty good about keeping up with past clients, but really hadn't thought about calling fellow Rainmakers.

Dec 30, 2017 05:38 PM #40
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

 

Marti Steele Kilby, CRS Just left you a message. Happy healthy new year!

Dec 30, 2017 05:54 PM #41
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

Margaret, 

you inspired so many people to pick up that phone and introduce themselves:) 

Happy Holidays and all the best in 2018!

Dec 30, 2017 11:50 PM #42
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Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(808) 226-1095 or (831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

I like to send a short text to people before I call them. Just to make sure it's a good time for them since we lead such busy lives. And it's always good to have a specific topic to call on. Certainly have enjoyed the couple of times you have called me, Margaret.

Dec 31, 2017 12:22 AM #43
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Picking up the phone to say thank you for the holiday card is a great idea! I am going to start with that.  Part of my business planning for 2018 (starting tomorrow is to call my sphere on a quarterly basis - this is a good way to start! thank you! and I agree so very much about Lou - I was as shocked as you were. 

 

Have a wonderful new year! I wish you all the best with lots of joy, laughter, success and abundance of health and happiness! 

Dec 31, 2017 05:39 AM #44
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Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Happy New Year Margaret! I have called members that were missing in action in the past.. some came back, others did not. You are a great inspiration! I need to follow your lead and pick up the phone more often. 

Jan 01, 2018 10:00 AM #45
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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My dear Andrea Bedard ...it is so good to see you. All the best to you and your girls for the very best new year ever!

Jan 01, 2018 05:03 PM #46
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Specializing in Brookside, Waldo, Prairie Village

Oh it can feel like an intrustion to actually call someone on the phone--so many pp don't even pick up!  However, there are other ways to stay in touch.  It depends on if you think the receipiant will appreciate the call

Jan 02, 2018 11:46 AM #47
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR For some it feels like an intrusion...for others it is a welcomed gift. I have had great success with calling.

Happy new year and thanks for stopping by.

Jan 02, 2018 12:00 PM #48
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