Walking the neighborhood

By
Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Real Estate

Today, Kim and I spent our morning walking our neighborhood door to door to connect/reconnect with our neighbors. I have to admit, I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would.

Our purpose was twofold. To get to know the people in our neighborhood better and to get out the word that we are Professional Realtors. While we would be more than happy to obtain some new clients, our main purpose was really to just to connect with the neighborhood we are a part of. We are very proud of our neighborhood. Our homes were built in 1987-1988 and we are very close to our sons' elementary school which is a designated California Blue Ribbon school.

We set off with a postcard we created about our services and we agreed that we would not be one of those pushy sales people that show up on our doorstep from time to time. Sure, if someone wanted to discuss the market we would be happy to do so. But we decided if we got any feeling that the person wanted to be left alone, we would do so.

It turned out to be a great day! Met lots of nice folks and we feel better about our neighborhood than ever. If someone wants to use us as their Realtor that would be terrific. But it was especially nice to get to know our neighbors better.

Comments (14)

Charles McDonald®
Charlottesville Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR®, Principal Broker®, Owner
Hope you have good weather for it. We were over 100 today (rare heat for Charlottesville). So the only time I went out was to take a swim when the shade hit the pool!!!
Aug 04, 2007 11:07 AM
Ricardo Bueno
Diverse Solutions - Los Angeles, CA

Hey Scott & Kim! It's really nice to get out there an connect with your neighbors. I think that they appreciate it. There's no need to be pushy either as you said. The appreciation of stopping by and saying hello serves well enough. :)

Happy prospecting!

Aug 04, 2007 11:07 AM
Jacqulyn Richey
Prominent Realty Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate
Growing up we knew all of our neighbors. I think people don't connect the way they used to. Getting to know your neighbors is a good thing, you might find new friends living right next door. -Charles
Aug 04, 2007 11:13 AM
Joe Sampson
Exit Realty Experts - Saint Augustine, FL

Scott and Kim, this is always a great idea -- hopefully you'll get some new business from it as well as some more B-B-Q invites! :)

Thanks for sharin'!

Aug 04, 2007 11:28 AM
A List Realty Group Inc.
Keller Williams Realty e2pllc - Lake Stevens, WA
Thats really cool, you taking pride in your neighborhood, and being interested in your neighbors shows Im sure, and you will get more from it anyhow.
Aug 04, 2007 11:35 AM
Ryan Case
Pacific Servicing - Temecula, CA
Thats great! Taking the time to walk the neighborhood you claim to know so much about! It really helps buyers know that their local Realtor really is connected to their neighborhood !!
Aug 04, 2007 11:56 AM
Gary Bolen
McCall Realty - South Lake Tahoe, CA
CRS - Lake Tahoe Real Estate Information
We just had a neighborhood block party... in the middle of our cul de sac, bbq, live music... about 80 people showed up...
Aug 04, 2007 12:02 PM
Tracey Thomas
BrokerInTrust Real Estate - Calabasas, CA
CA Real Estate Broker
Walking the neighborhood is a great way to meet people, and get healthy.  I do it all the time by walking the dog and talk to everyone I meet along the way. 
Aug 04, 2007 02:29 PM
Bobby Carroll
Jaclyn Smith Properties - Clayton, NC
Clayton NC New Home Happiness Coordinator
You didn't say whether you farm your own neighborhood - so do you? I like Gary's idea..hope you created a webpage or blog post with pictures and videos of the block party event. What other interesting things did you do? Bounce house for the kids or games?
Aug 04, 2007 02:32 PM
Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC - Hilton Head Island, SC
I admire you for doing that.  In my  little neghborhood, I try to attend all functions including the yearly cleanup.  My neighbors have been a great source of business and it is much appreciated.
Aug 04, 2007 02:48 PM
Pam Hofmann
Third Tennessee Realty & Associates, LLC - Crossville, TN
Your Crossville, Lake Tansi & Fairfield Glade Specialist
I've been thinking that Partner Paul and I should be doing this more around the lake at Tansi. It's good  exercise too!!
Aug 04, 2007 03:15 PM
Natalia Budilo
ReMax - Sierra Madre, CA
GRI

Keep it Up!  Consistency is key and before you know it...you will be the first and last name in real estate for your neighborhood.  Good Luck!

Natalia

Aug 04, 2007 05:01 PM
Brad Snyder
Sierra Vista Realty - Sierra Vista, AZ
A true back to basics approach is the key to success in a slower market. Great reminder on what we all should be doing.
Aug 04, 2007 05:02 PM
Robert Hammerstein -201-315-8618
Christie's International Real Estate - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Sounds like you guys are lucky to live in such a nice neighborhood and the it must feel like the icing on the cake to be able to work there too!  Good luck to you in your efforts! 

 

 

Aug 05, 2007 01:46 AM

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