total blind spot when it comes to storing names

Real Estate Agent with Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois

I was in a check out line a Sam's club and a past client overheard my voice.  I hear in the distance, "is that my Realtor Dale Taylor's voice I hear?"  As she approached me she said, "I bet you don't remember my name?"  She was correct I didn't for the moment.  What I did remember was all three homes I sold her over the past 20 years.  I admitted to her I could not think of her name, but I told her I remembered the first home I sold her in Riverdale and the last home I sold her in Richton Park.  It is amazing to me how I will look in a face and remember the transaction, but not their name.  Sometimes, as I create conversation I will run through the letters A through Z hoping their name comes forward.

It happen to me again recently in Walmart.  Again, I remembered their home before I remembered their name.  Fortunately, both clients were understanding, resulting in a joyous reunion.  I have learned to be very honest when this happens.  I have just found a tool for anyone who suffers from "sudden brain-freeze" do to a surprise encounter.

Bad with Names? Try Namerick

Namerick App Some people have a total blind spot when it comes to storing names. In real estate, this can be the kiss of death. "How will they remember to market my property if they can't even remember who owns it?" With the holiday season in full swing, you're likely to meet dozens of new people at parties, dinners, and community events. If names are problematic for you, what can you do?

Well, if you own an iPhone (or iOS device, like an iPad), you can try Namerick, a handy app to help you remember names in context. This is great for gathering data "in the field" you can then use later to get in touch with people you've met.

Namerick helps you with the "three R's of memory":

1. Record - Lightning fast name entry (with autocomplete) Add notes, categories (Work, Friend, Family, Crush!) and future plans (Like emailing, facebooking, or doing lunch) - Also generate a mnemonic "namerick" for an additional memory boost

2. Retain - Secure storage of new names, text messages (push) with helpful reminders at psychologist tested time intervals for maximum retention - Location for additional memory assist

3. Retrieve - Search by name or any keyword in the notes field, sort names by category and future plans

For a complete overview of how clever (and fast!) this app is, check out the Namerick website. The app is not free, but priced affordably:


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Comments (6)

James Lyon
LyonSF - San Francisco, CA

I like it, do you know if they have anything like it for android? Now if it would just make my calls for me as well...

Dec 06, 2011 07:10 AM
Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/ - St Thomas, VI
Improving the Quality of Your Life

I have this issue a lot! I am going to look into this application.

Dec 06, 2011 07:12 AM
Dale Taylor
Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois - Frankfort, IL
Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos

Sometimes I just have to laugh at myself.  It also happens when I am at an event and have to introduce someone to someone else I know.

Dec 06, 2011 07:25 AM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

What?  We are supposed to remember our clients' names?  Whoever heard of such a thing?

I have a friend who is a pastor, and when he moves to new church he lets people know it might take seven meetings for him to remember their names.  However, in working with the client on three houses, I would think you had more than seven meetings with them.

Dec 06, 2011 08:19 AM
Dale Taylor
Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois - Frankfort, IL
Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos

Thanks Steven!  In both the senarios I gave these were clients I had not seen in some years.  I have over 25 years of memories.  Both of those clients date back to probably over 20 years ago when I served them on their first transactions.  I do like the fact I can still remember the homes they purchase.  It was my sharing details about their homes which endeared them to me in the moment.  They didn't mind I could not remember their names right away.  What I remembered about them proved to be even more valuable to them!  Really appreciate your comment.

Dec 06, 2011 08:31 AM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Dale.  I don't seem to have this problem, but my partner sure does.  He panics and I sure do understand why.   I will have to pass this along to him.   Thank you!

Dec 06, 2011 02:06 PM