Relocating an Agent

By
Managing Real Estate Broker with Beringer Realty

So, can you imagine moving yourself to be a real estate professional in a new place?  New state?  It has been done before.  I'm actually doing it.  Moving from Pennsylvania to Illinois.  Large northeast metropolis to Midwestern small city.  Change of average sale price of $350K to $125K. 

Imagine yourself moving to another community to continue your real estate career.  How would you spend your first two months?  How would you prioritize your days?  Your weeks?  Yikes!  Your hours?

Of course, finding clients is the most important part of starting any business.  What's your take on the most effective way to meet new and/or to reconnect with past clients who think you have left to never return.  (Or, as in a coffee shop the other morning, didn't seem to know you were gone for the past two years!  Ouch.)

So, please contribute.  I'm sure that your suggestions on this slant on relocation will have lots of application to any of us in the business.  But I'm really asking!

Comments (3)

Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
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Sounds like you are relocating this should be better for you than starting from scratch. You should call or connect with any of whom you did business with before explain you are back and would like to let them know if they or someone they know needs your services.

Jan 28, 2010 06:44 AM
Margo Currie
Exit 1 Stop Realty - Saint Augustine Beach, FL

I moved from Pennsylvania to St. Augustine, not only to a new city, but to a new career! I spent a small fortune getting my name and face out there, I partnered with others in my office, passed out all manner of "gifts" including beach toys on holidays, set up tables at church/school bazaars... you name it, I did it! I even got stopped by local law enforcement for passing out Mardi Gras beads down town. Suddenly, after two and a half years, it's starting to pay off. I'm busier than ever, and a customer commented, "you've been in the business for quite a while, so you know..." If 2 1/2 is a long time, I guess I have.

Jan 28, 2010 06:46 AM
Craig Richardson
National Realty - McLean, VA

Debbie, congrats on the move!  Nice to see that it's possible to do.  Who knows, maybe I'll relocate to Cancun someday!

Jan 28, 2010 06:55 AM