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What Will You Do To Get The Listing? Adventures in Vancouver Washington Real Estate

Real Estate Agent with Realty One Group Cascadia

What Will You Do To Get The Listing?

Earlier today, I was off-roading through dense forest land in the rain, and sleet, and hail for work. Some of you may be wondering what would possess me to recreate Walt Disney's Indiana Jones Ride as a Realtor®.

The answer is really simple, I told the seller that I would!

vancouver wa real estateThis property is a 148 Acre parcel that is located in Kalama, Washington. My client has found himself in a spot where he will soon not be able to keep the property. He came to us and asked for help. Without visiting the property,  I told him that we would take the listing and do everything possible to get it sold. THEN he told me that one would have to travel across 2 miles of "improved" roads to get to it! (BTW, "Improved" is some sort of county code for a dirt road that is just about anything except improved!) Everyone thought that I was crazy to place signs out there but, in my past visits, I noticed something. There is a large amount of traffic along the dirt roads from hunters and other outdoor type people. Some of these folks have some serious cash! So, I thought, Why NOT?

What have you done to either get a listing or to make a sale?
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As I sit here writing this, I can think of some really creative (CRAZY) things that I have done in this business. Most people think that our lives a real estate agents are fairly mundane and boring. I beg to differ! Here are just a few of the things that I have recently performed in the name of "Real Estate:"

1. Painted the eves for a single mother client of ours so that the sale could be financed. The appraiser called out some flaking paint on the eves and demanded that they be repainted before the bank would fund. I met the entire neighborhood that day and got several leads. No one could believe that I would go the extra mile for my client.

2. Fished an entire section of riverfront property that we have listed on the Washougal River just so that I could honestly tell buyers that there is a great fishing hole on the property. Well, someone had to do it!

3. I have walked neighborhoods looking for homes that would fit my buyers and then knocked on doors to ask if the owners would consider selling. Everyone who I talked to was absolutely amazed that I would do that for a client. I just smiled and told them that I would gladly do it for them too!

4. The movers knocked a hole in a wall in one of our listings just minutes before the new owners were scheduled to come in to pick up the keys. I rushed to Home Depot, bought tools,  supplies, and paint, and instructed the new owners to "be aware that there is some wet paint in a few places."

Tell me your stories. I am sure that there are some great ones out there. I am listening.

Posted by

Mark Hall

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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

First- OMG that was some serious hail.  Second- Since you posted this I guess you had enough gas to get back down the moutain?

Now- my story...

The most "bizarre" thing I ever did was help some sellers pack up a house before closing.  The house had belonged to the deceased sister and brother in law of the sellers.  The sister had promised her step sons that when she died they could have "half" of her dead husband's ashes.  You'll NEVER guess who got the job of dividing and delivering the son's "half" of daddy.

Apr 08, 2010 04:39 PM
Terry Chenier
Homelife Glenayre Realty - Mission, BC


Believe it or not, I've done most of those things myself for clients. They remember tht and pass it on.

Apr 08, 2010 05:33 PM
Derrick Guevremont
Counselor Realty of Rochester - Rochester, MN
Rochester MN Homes for Sale

Done the painting thing before.  Had a blast showing homes in a blizzard with a client from Dubai.  She loved the four wheel drive truck I drove that day.  Probably shouldn't tell anyone that I wired up new light fixtures for a seller a couple of times.  Done more shoveling than I probably should have for one client in particular.  Mowed the lawn there too, and then gave my old lawn mower to the buyer.

All of those things were more fun than forfeiting part of commissions to get a deal to close.  Unfortunately I've done that for clients once or twice as well.

Apr 08, 2010 07:57 PM
Richard Strahm
American Foursquare Realty - Lansdale, PA
Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate
Wow - driving and filming. talk about multi-tasking! The successful agents do above and beyond for their clients. That's what makes them successful!
Apr 08, 2010 11:38 PM
Glenn Roberts
Retired - Seattle, WA

The dirtiest thing I've ever done for a listing was scrap out a crawl space...about 3 truck loads of debris. Another time I promised someone I would haul the garbage that had been dumped over the bank on the back of their property. It looked like one truck load and I got my son, who just bought his first truck to help me. That turned out to be 5 + truckloads. Yuck!

Apr 09, 2010 01:15 AM
Mark Hall
Realty One Group Cascadia - Vancouver, WA
Homes for Sale Vancouver Washington

Tammy - You should win an award for that one!

Terry - You are so right about the word of mouth. The buyers of the home with the hole in the wall have already referred me to 3 members of their family. The funny part of it is that they weren't my clients when they bought the house. I was the listing agent.

Derrick and Sara - I have mowed a few lawns too. I managed to keep my lawn mower though!

Richard - I don't recommend it to the kiddies at home. I am a professional!

Glenn - It is kind of funny (in a not so funny kind of way.) that the samllest pile of garbage can grow when you show up with the truck. It always seems to weigh more too.

Apr 09, 2010 02:06 AM
Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

This is why I own the 4x4 Jeep and I use it all the time getting to some listings.

Apr 09, 2010 08:56 AM
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

That gives true meaning to the term "Going the Extra Mile" which is my motto, when I remember to use it.  I have done some crazy things myself because it just had to be done, but this is not the forum for that.  Your clients are lucky to have you.

Apr 09, 2010 12:17 PM