Love Those Letters of Recommendation

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899

I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with wonderful clients.  Many of my sellers relocate to other parts of the country so I greatly appreciate the time my sellers take to write a letter of recommendation so I may pass it on to future clients.
Recently I managed the sale of Billie and Tom Flippen's home so they could relocate and retire in Colorado.  Here is a letter of recommendation I received from them:

                                                              Letter of Recommendation


I am writing to recommend Dorie Dillard to anyone who is thinking of selling or buying a home in the northwest neighborhoods of Austin, Texas, especially Canyon Creek.  My husband, Tom, and I have just experienced listing a home for sale with Dorie, and we had an offer on our house just two days after the listing!

Tom and I lived in Austin for over 21 years, including over 12 years in Canyon Creek.  Like many interested neighbors, we attended nearby open house events and read the flyers for homes selling in our neighborhood.  The name "Dillard" was always a presence in many of the homes which sold quickly, looked so lovely, and helped maintain the Canyon Creek neighborhood as a desirable one, even when the national housing market declined in the late 2008-2010 recession.  I also noticed that the name "Dillard" was often referenced for supporting the community elementary school, the neighborhood parties and events in Trailhead Park, and on the very helpful neighborhood housing market summary updates that we received in the mail.

She met with us and discussed a marketing plan that would ensure the house looked great, target the right potential buyers, and get the house listed to meet the excellent Texas spring market.  We agreed on an appropriate price point for the house, met with the home stager that Dorie sent to our home, and worked hard to accomplish all of the valuable advice of both experts in their field!  Three weeks after we signed our contract with Dorie, the house was listed and an open house was scheduled for 4 days after the listing.  Two days after the listing, even before the open house, we had an offer on our house and closed within 6 weeks of the listing!

Needless to say, we were thrilled!  All of the planning and work paid off so well, and our decision to use an experienced, professional realtor, Dorie Dillard, was the key to our accomplishment!  Her organization, marketing and communication skills gave us the successful sale we were looking for, and we highly recommend Dorie to anyone ready to sell a home.


Sincerely,
Billie and Tom Flippen

I provide marketing products and services that ignite action.  From finding new customers to energizing the ones I know and love, my tools can help stimulate the sale of your home.  For more information, please visit our websites: www.reloaustin.com and www.canyoncreeknews.com.
If you need to make a move in 2010 please contact us at 512-346-1799. 

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Rainmaker
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Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
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Good morning Dorie!

When you are good in what you do and love your trade...It is a great feeling to be acknowledged...

Jun 14, 2010 12:35 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Mary Kay Hopkins
Mary Kay Hopkins, LLC e-PRO, GRI, CRS, CRB - Lake Charles, LA
e-PRO,GRI,CRS

Dorie, there are notes of recommendation and then there are letters of recommendation. This is a true letter of recommendation that recaps the service you provided as well as your digital footprint.

Jun 14, 2010 12:58 AM #8
Ambassador
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Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Dorie it doesn't get any better than that does it?  It says a great deal about you.

Jun 14, 2010 01:08 AM #9
Rainmaker
3,856,866
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Randy,

I really do have the pleasure of working with wonderful clients..and it makes me strive harder to do the best job I can when I get letters like this one!

Jun 14, 2010 01:13 AM #10
Rainmaker
3,856,866
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Roy,

Receiving letters like this one is what makes me take pride in the job I do!

Jun 14, 2010 01:14 AM #11
Rainmaker
3,856,866
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Kathryn,

Thank you..I was thrilled to receive such a nice letter of recommendation.

Jun 14, 2010 01:16 AM #12
Rainmaker
3,856,866
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Michael,

Yes they are and is what makes me love this business..making a difference!

Jun 14, 2010 01:17 AM #13
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Jackie,

It is a treat for me to have a client take the time and show their appreciation..these were wonderful people to work and for on the sale of their home.

Jun 14, 2010 01:19 AM #14
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Sally and David,

No there isn't anything better! I'm sure you get letters like this yourselves!

Jun 14, 2010 01:20 AM #15
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Joshua,

You are right it is a great feeling to know clients recognized you for doing a great job!

Jun 14, 2010 01:22 AM #16
Rainmaker
3,856,866
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Mary,

What an elequoent statement....thank you!

Jun 14, 2010 01:23 AM #17
Rainmaker
3,856,866
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Charita,

Thank you..I work hard to make each transaction a positive mmemorable experience. Working with the wonderful clients that come my way is a privilege I don't take lightly!

Jun 14, 2010 01:25 AM #18
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Good job getting their home sold --- I did not see that referral!    Where in Colorado did they move?

Jun 14, 2010 02:21 AM #19
Rainer
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Don Spera
CR Property Group, LLC - East York, PA
Serving York and Adams County, PA

Dorie, I just recently wrote a blog on testimonials and if they really work.  Most of the comments back to me say they really haven't generated any other business because of them in particular.  But those that have written the letters have referred clients to us.  They are great to exploit them wherever we can as we are so appreciative of them.  But after 23 years of receiving them, I cannot place my finger on one transaction I have had based strictly on the testimonial.  So I am very hopeful this works for you.  I am still going to do the same as you are doing and maybe one will come to fruition by just keep putting them out there in the public eye.  Best wishes and great job.

Jun 14, 2010 02:31 AM #20
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Joan,

Actually a builder called them direct after their vacation trip to CO! They loved the plan and he had quite a deal for them 9 months later!

Jun 14, 2010 08:52 AM #21
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon Don,

I use these letters in my pre-appointment books and many times clients recognize a neighbor who wrote the letter. It's the combination of giving back to the community, working hard to make each transaction a great experience and word of mouth..it does work so keep getting those letters and use them to your advantage! There is nothing like having a past client give a testimonial to further confidence in your abilities.

Jun 14, 2010 08:57 AM #22
Rainmaker
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Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Congratulations, Dorie, this is indeed a great recommendation.  And there is nothing better for a prospective client to feel comfortable than to see personal references.

Jun 14, 2010 03:46 PM #23
Rainmaker
3,856,866
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Jane,

I agree clients like to see that someone else has taken the time to sing your praises!

Jun 15, 2010 03:23 PM #24
Rainmaker
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Letters of recommendation are so very important! I try to get them from every client, but of course they don't all respond. I do try though...

Jun 15, 2010 04:44 PM #25
Rainmaker
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Bill Carroll
Corcoran Real Estate - Westhampton, NY
IN REAL ESTATE, REPRESENTATION IS EVERYTHING

Dorie-What a great affirmation that your hard work really is worth it. I find that personal references are always the tie breaker when competing for clients.

Jun 16, 2010 01:03 AM #26
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