Pay it Forward ~ Providing A Quality Vendor List

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899

mechanicThere are so many places now to go to find good vendors in your communities.  Vendors are just like the weather or Real Estate, they are local.

Austin residents are not afraid to start up many types of businesses as they believe in free enterprise!  Angies list is a good place to look as well as reviews on Yelp.

As a local Realtor with 21 years of servicing NW Austin my list of good local movers, handymen, electricians, landscapers, painters etc. evolved.  My vendor list has been compiled from referrals from past clients, residents and other agents.  Calls come in daily requesting who I would refer for their various needs.

This week I recommended a young man and his company because his business has expanded.  I'm listing a home and their front door and deck needs refinishing as well as various other projects to get their home show ready.  My clients have found one stop shopping and he will be handling all their needs.  He's grateful for the work and I'm grateful for the quick response in meeting my client's needs.

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Ambassador
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TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
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Good morning, Dorie. I am working on that and will soon be adding one to my website. Great idea...

Jun 09, 2011 11:14 PM #1
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
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Dorie, We've been using Angie's List to supplement our list of vendors when we don't already have a superb provider of that particular service.

Jun 09, 2011 11:21 PM #2
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Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Having a good, conscientious vendor to refer not only helps the vendor and Buyer or Seller, it makes you look good to your Clients -- and that's worth more than most appreciate.  Nice job paying it forward with a vendor you can count on!

Jun 10, 2011 12:28 AM #3
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Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Good morning Dorie.

The best referral is the one that comes from happy customers...

Have a nice day.

Jun 10, 2011 12:40 AM #4
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Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Dorie - sound like a win-win - you're client gets a quality worker to prepare the home for sale and the vendor has work - which can be hard to find these days! Best of all - you're clients are smart and listened to your suggestions and are getting their home showroom ready before putting it on the market!

Jun 10, 2011 01:10 AM #5
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 Michael,

Thats a great idea!!

Jun 10, 2011 01:11 AM #6
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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

Liz and Bill,

Our list has grown over the 21 years therefore I do tend to stick to locals I have personal referrals on. It's great because I know I have personally helped some vendors business grow. As long as they provide quality service I continue to recommend them.

Jun 10, 2011 01:13 AM #7
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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 Tish,

Thats what I coubt on :)

Jun 10, 2011 01:14 AM #8
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Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX
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Dorie, I could not agree more! There are so many different vendors out there that it is good to have a list of reliable folks, with a proven track record to share with our clients!

Jun 10, 2011 01:14 AM #9
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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 so right!!

Jun 10, 2011 01:14 AM #10
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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 Kristine,

Our clients deserve the best! The vendors do respond quickly to my clients when they tell them I'm listing with Dorie.

Jun 10, 2011 01:16 AM #11
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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

Hi Russell,

It's just one of many tools we as Realtors need to have to make a difference in the process.

Jun 10, 2011 01:18 AM #12
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Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Vendor lists are an invaluable resource as they often make the difference between moving on to the next house on the list or putting together a plan of action and making an offer on the home being viewed.

Jun 10, 2011 02:19 AM #13
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Hi Dorie!  We're revising our list as I write this!  Our vendors have to provide A+ customer service at a competitive price or better.  One complaint and they're off the list; we can't afford to have complaints as they are a direct reflection on US!  This list is a great resourse for our clients and a MUST to provide to them.

Jun 10, 2011 03:42 AM #14
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Connie Goodrich
Keller Williams Realty - McKinney, TX
CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas

Another great way to pass on a thank you to those valuable assests to our business, a great vendor!

Jun 10, 2011 07:43 AM #15
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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

Hi Anita,

You are so correct!

Jun 10, 2011 11:51 AM #16
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

Hi Debe,

I agree..one complaint and are recommendation is canceled!We are always tweaking our vendor list.

Jun 10, 2011 11:52 AM #17
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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

Hi Connie,

A good vendor is worth their weight in gold!

Jun 10, 2011 11:52 AM #18
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Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Dorie, a good vendor list --- with vendors who appreciate the referral and take care of our clients is a must!  I keep adding to the list too, like you said, sometimes our clients will be a raving fan of someone they've used.  I bet the expanding businessman was thankful for your referral! :-)

Jun 11, 2011 10:35 AM #19
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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

Hi Mary,

Vendors are an integral part of our business..when I find good ones to add to my list it's a huge plus for me!

Jun 11, 2011 01:17 PM #20
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