I have long harboured a fear of going door to door, leaving "Just Listed" or "Just Sold" cards in people's doors. I don't know, maybe someone really scary will want to talk to me. I may have to make conversation with someone. I can give no rational explanation as to why I was terrified of doing the "walk-about". I have ordered the cards from our Administrator in the past, only to have them sit for way too long to be classified as Just Listed.
Last week, I ordered more cards for a new listing and put them in my briefcase, full of bravado. The weekend came.....and went. Okay, Monday, for sure! Mmmmmmm, Monday, gee didn't I want to completely re-do my accounting system. That's right....and it should be done right away, no question. Feeling privately sheepish at the end of the day, I vowed to take those cards and venture out into the neighbourhood of the listing.
This morning I parked my car on the street, pulled out my postcards, a few business cards and a notebook, just in case someone wanted a CMA right there on the spot. First house, no one came out with a shotgun. Second house, no one home. Third house, chatted with the cat on the stoop. And so on it went. Had a lovely little chat with a 4 year old boy playing in his front yard who wanted to know what exactly I was doing, how many cards I had, and was that my red truck up the road a bit. A couple of times I could tell there was someone in the house watching me, but was careful not to make eye contact, and as I was walking away, could hear the door slowly opening to see just what I had left for them.
I delivered 20 cards, and felt like an idiot for not doing this sooner. I got into this business because I LIKE talking to people. I like helping them find or sell a home. What better way to start a conversation, no expectations, perhaps make a connection for down the road, than by a friendly little chat as I leave my postcard for them? I may have found a new passion. I'm not bothering people, trying to get them to buy anything, just a gentle reminder that I am in the neighbourhood and am a walker!
We all have bugaboos that hold us back, I am so glad I got this one out of my system. Can't wait for that next listing!
Rhonda van Tent
First Trail Real Estate
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