Buy a House, Get a Gun

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Paul Warkow-D.G. Weber Law Associates

I came across an interesting story on the web.  Apparently a real estate agent in Kansas has come up with a novel marketing campaign.  If you buy one of his listings, he will throw in a gun.  Click here for the web article.  Some states allow inducements, others do not.  I wonder what other inducements real estate agents have come up with to market their listings.  I guess in today's economy, you have to try anything.

Comments (11)

Jeani Codrey
The Learning Jeani - New Braunfels, TX
If you're not learning, you're not living!

Is that kind of like "gift with purchase?"  I feel like I am at the local department store! LOL!

Dec 22, 2009 09:02 AM
Daniel Bretzke
Better Properties RE Seattle King - Seattle, WA
Daniel P Bretzke

 

Inducements are an interesting idea, but I think they only work as a marketing tool.  If there was something really unique that attracts attention to the listing then,  that is an effective inducement.  As a buyer the inducement I want is to get more for less.   

Dec 22, 2009 09:03 AM
Katie McBride
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
The McBride Team

A gun????

Dec 22, 2009 09:05 AM
Vern Eaton
Askov, MN
Realtor 651-674-7449

A gun huh...I would question the neighborhood with that statement. 

Dec 22, 2009 09:07 AM
Paul Warkow
Paul Warkow-D.G. Weber Law Associates - Hauppauge, NY

Jeani-If a real estate agent would throw in Super Bowl tickets, they would have my attention.

Daniel-If you have a gun, you could get more for less, LOL

Katie-That is what the article says.  The agent must know his market

Vern-It must be a safe neighborhood now-LOL

Dec 22, 2009 09:10 AM
Dan Sanley
La Mesa, CA

Paul - I heard the home was advertised as coming with a "home security system".

Dec 22, 2009 10:32 AM
Mike Hogan
The Hogan Group at Keller Williams Realty - Mechanicsville, VA
MBA

I like the idea of getting a gun with a house I buy... I could try this in some of my rural listings. My hunters would definitely love it.

Dec 22, 2009 01:01 PM
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Kennessaw, GA, requires all home owners to have a gun...  They also have a very low crime rate...  Could be a good plan.

Dec 22, 2009 02:56 PM
Sandie Holbrook
United Country RealOne Realty - Abingdon, VA

what a spectacular idea!! we also here are pretty rural... it just might work!!! :)

Dec 23, 2009 01:39 AM
Ben Edsall
Turn-Key Properties LLC, Missouri and Kansas Real Estate - Kansas City, MO

Thanks for blogging; I am that broker offering guns in Kansas to home buyers. You can read the original story here Buy a house get a gun.

I am an avid hunter and outdoorsman, I love my firearms. Mostly I just saw it as a fun way to get a lot of website traffic and some press. (it worked!)

I was hired as the Kansas City real estate Examiner and thought this would be an intriguing way to get some more attention to that position.

As for the neighborhood, you can see by this AR Blog, that I'm willing to try it with about anything. Heck I even offered it with a car wash I was marketing. That house is in one of the more affluent neighborhoods in the Kansas City area.

Everyone needs an angle, I'm always looking for something new and out of the box! I just hope Missouri wakes up and starts allowing inducements.

By the way if anyone is interested in becoming the real estate examiner for your area, please contact me about it. I get paid for all those I refer. It's great you get paid for blogging!

 

Feb 05, 2010 09:05 AM
Paul Warkow
Paul Warkow-D.G. Weber Law Associates - Hauppauge, NY

Ben- I think you had a great idea.  I will have to find out if you can offer an inducement to get a mortgage.  Although a gun would probably not go over well on Long Island, how about, "get a mortgage, get two Braodway tickets."

Feb 07, 2010 05:24 AM