PHONE BOOKS for CLIENTS come in handy....

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Real Estate Agent with LakeView Realty Enterprises, Inc DRE 01235311

I know this may sound strange, but I give all my buyers (out of area buyers, which are most) a brand new phone book.   My clients are always thrilled.  Why do I give them a phone book? Well, almost every number they'll possibly need, or ask me for,  is right there in the yellow pages--maybe White pages, too-- and now at their finger tips. I realize people find just about all numbers, now-a-days, on the Internet. But between moving and being moved in, folks may not have Internet access. Besides that, in some areas, they may not have access for quite some time. Here's a few numbers clients may need in a pinch and can find from our local phone books:

  • Police and Fire Departments 
  • Utilities Companies
  • Internet Servers
  • Local County Offices
  • Government Offices
  • Building and Safety
  • Churches
  • Grocery Stores
  • Storages Units
  • Schools
  • Restaurants

 .... let's face it, I could go on and, but I won't.  In my area, our local Chamber of Commerce carries phone books, as do several of our local grocery stores. So, when I start running low, I buzz by one or the other locations and grab an armful. 

Cheap investment can be worth a bundle to clients.                                             

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Rainmaker
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Kat, good idea. Never thought of it quite that way. Thanks for sharing your idea! :-)

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Aug 14, 2007 11:59 AM #1
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Donna Lueder
Integrity Group Inc. - Boise, ID
Meridian Idaho Real Estate
Good Idea... Way to go back to the basics. Phone Books how easy yet convenient is that.
Aug 14, 2007 12:09 PM #2
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Nick M.
Certified Residential Appraiser- West Palm Beach Real Estate - West Palm Beach, FL
Realtor-Appraiser in West Palm-South Florida Real Estate Appraiser
Kathy, goood tip. within the simpleness lies its power,. or something like that. I'm going to use this tip and think of you and your license plate! :)
Aug 14, 2007 12:13 PM #3
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Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC
Great idea!  I had never thought of this as being very important since most people have numbers stored in their cell phones.  But then again - if you're new to an area you wouldn't have any local numbers....Duh!  LOL  Sometimes the obvious is what stumps us!
Aug 14, 2007 12:14 PM #4
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Yvette Chisholm
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Rockville, MD
Associate Broker - Rockville, MD 301-758-9500
LOL I was wondering how to get rid of them.  In our area they have "special recycling" for phone books....you are not supposed to put them in with regular trash.  I do suppose that folks who are relocating and don't use the internet...might like a phone book.
Aug 14, 2007 12:22 PM #5
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Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

Hey Kat ,  you're back !!! Missed you and your posts.  Wonderful idea....how many times am I looking for a phone book and can't find one. Then when I don't need one, they seem to turn up everywhere.

I hope you'll join TLW's  The Psychology of Cyberspace group...so far it's just us girls, however I think a few guys might jump on board. 

Jo 

Aug 14, 2007 12:33 PM #6
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida
Kat, I always add the bulleted numbers you listed to a closing packet but that's a great idea to add a book as a starter. Thanks!
Aug 14, 2007 01:03 PM #7
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Kat DeLong
LakeView Realty Enterprises, Inc - Lake Arrowhead, CA
Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate (

Teri: You're so welcome!  How are ya?

Donna: Yes, the basics...we should never get  very far from them. 

Nick: I love simple...what is that saying, "Keep it simple, stupid?"  That's what I practice. LOL

Carol:  I've found some of my older clients don't have a 'puter and rarely use their cells except calling family members. So they really like the phone book.

Yvette: Glad you stopped by. Hope y ou find this little tip useful.

Jo-Anne: I will stop by the new group today and check it out...most likely join.  I am "back" slowly...very hectic few weeks.

Kevin: Glad you like the idea.

THANKS everyone for stopping by!!!

Aug 15, 2007 03:40 AM #8
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Kat, - my smiley friend. I'm good. Loving the opportunities to "go away" for a few days here and there. Our market is rather slow, so it's a good time to enjoy being a Realtor!! :-)

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Aug 15, 2007 10:57 AM #9
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 Tanny   Slow here, also.  A good time to kick back and relax..... 





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