Yep, I Have the Buyers!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

Yes, I am told it is a buyer's market. There is way too much inventory on the market, and too many houses that are not selling. But still, I have good, qualified buyers who need a special home. 

Family DinnerOne such family is a blended family. Mother, Father, total of four children. Each parent was married before and each had two kids. So we don’t just need a new house…we need the perfect home. Each child has been promised their own room. After all, they each had their own rooms prior to the remarriage – why should they be penalized because of the family blending? And with such a large family, and both parents working, an au pair is essential.

So now we are up to six bedrooms. We need to find the right home in the right school system, and you guessed it, thHouse Choicesose needs don’t always match up. There’s another challenge, too. With a price range of $500,000 to $750,000, you’d say we have a generous budget, but we have a lot of specs to satisfy. We need a kid friendly neighborhood with sidewalks and places to ride bikes. We need a neighborhood with charm and character, and houses with style - no clone-onials, no tract houses. The kitchen has to be big and warm and friendly, and a place for meals, homework, and gatherings - in other words the hub of the house. There needs to be room to "get away" with kids’ space and adult space. That’s not all! It has to be in the northern part of Baltimore County or in northwest Baltimore City in an area like Mount Washington. Easy access to the Baltimore Beltway is a must.

KitchenI have placed an "ad" on my http://www.buyers4yourhome.com/, and am going to make up flyers for the buyers to leave at homes they have an interest in. The flyer will read:

"Dear Home Owner, Our family would like to live in this neighborhood. We like your home and if you are thinking of selling, please contact our real estate agent: Margaret Rome 410-530-2400 mrome@homerome.com .  All calls are confidential.”

I will make up a batch of these flyers for the buyers to keep in their cars. When they see a home they both like, they can slip the flyer into the mailbox or front door. I instruct them to let me know which homes they are interested in so I can be prepared when the call comes in. I can do the research in advance – how much it is assessed for, how long the present owner has lived there, taxes, comps etc.

Why wait for the perfect home to come on the market? Anyone can wait for a home to show up in the MLS. Be proactive! These days, some sellers may be holding back, thinking they will wait until the market gets better. Just because it’s not in the MLS, don’t assume a home isn’t for sale – especially if it seems like the perfect home for your buyers.

If you have this perfect home or know anyone who has a home that would meet the needs of this family, please let me know.

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Rainer
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Stacey McCarthy
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That is excellent! I hope you are successful! I have buyers that have a lot of specific needs that are waiting for more homes to come on the market, but you are right! Why wait?
Nov 08, 2007 06:02 AM #44
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Linda Scanlan
A Fan of AR - Burleson, TX
Margaret, you are a marketing genius!
Nov 08, 2007 11:03 AM #45
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Neal Bloom
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Good for you...we had a few as well...at least someone out there is buying:)
Nov 08, 2007 12:25 PM #46
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David, I did get the usb port. It worked well for awhile. Think there is a problem but it may be my computer. 

Donna, We all need to be out of the box a bit. 

Dena, I thank you and the buyers page has been a success.

 Stefan, You are so right about customer service.

Marcia, you are right about the door knockers. This would be another way of using this idea. 

Josette, Good idea about Craig's list. 

Bob and Carolin, You are welcome. 

Jim, it is the buyers who are placing the flyers but only in the homes they have an interest in.

Ronda, Good way to market yourself. Bet they will remember you.

Nancy, Thank you and please let me know how this works for you.

Stacey, Thanks. Hope you  are able to use this for your buyers who have specific needs. 

Linda, Mighty nice compliment.

Neal, Yep there are buyers and we are in the position to help them.

Nov 08, 2007 01:36 PM #47
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Karen Hurst
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Margaret,

I really like the "buyers4yourhome" website idea! You ought to go global with that!

Nov 11, 2007 06:54 AM #48
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Karen, I sometimes think that I am global.

Just recently had a call from a seller saying they had a home that matched one of my buyers. "Ok", I said, "and where is it...." the answer: Albuquerque, NM.

Now that is a long commute from Baltimore,Md. However one of my favorite clients lives nearby and her son may be looking for this home. It is all about networking. 

Nov 11, 2007 08:00 AM #49
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Pat Hommel
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Margaret,  Great marketing idea, thanks for sharing this.  Definitely an "out of the box" business practice. 
Nov 17, 2007 02:02 PM #50
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Pat, Thanks for always being so supportive.
Nov 18, 2007 03:00 AM #51
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Erby Crofutt
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Hmmm, got a note that this was updated.  I thought I'd come back and find that you'd found a home for this family but it still looks the same.

?????

Jan 19, 2008 09:53 PM #52
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Not yet but still working on it. Thanks for stopping by, Erby.
Jan 19, 2008 10:11 PM #53
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Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan
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Good for you. I am very happy to hear that. Because right now,the real estate market is not treating a lot of real estate agents good including me. But it is going to get better very soon. Much luck with you finding your buyers their perfect home.

Jan 20, 2008 10:06 AM #54
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Christopher Webster
Carrington Real Esate Services - Columbia, SC
Columbia South Carolina Real Estate For Sale
Fantastic idea! You go that extra  mile!
Jan 20, 2008 06:03 PM #55
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Lanre , Now is the time to do something different, to take charge of the market.

Chris, Glad you like the idea. It works and it allows the buyers to take part in finding their home.

Jan 21, 2008 12:06 AM #56
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Carson Porter
Baltimoresun.com - Baltimore, MD
Great idea, this is one of those that I will end up sharing with my clients at some point. It's perfect for this market and it's exactly why I set a "make me move" price on Zillow for my home. If I knew I could get a fair price quickly, I'd totally consider selling. I bet there are a lot of people like me out there.
Jan 22, 2008 01:03 AM #57
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Carson, Thanks for stopping by. If your house is "fair priced", it will sell. I am available if you would like to discuss your house. There are buyers out there!
Jan 22, 2008 01:24 AM #58
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Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
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Margaret,

Great ideas and nice positive attitude....I hope that 2008 will be great for you!!!

In today's market we must be very aggressive and innovative to make a difference.

Jan 22, 2008 02:08 AM #59
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Liz Carter
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Hi again Margaret, well I'm glad I picked this blog to say thanks for taking your time tonight to let me know about my computer glitch.  I really did appreciate it especially on that one, since the picture is what made it so great!  Now this is thinking outside the box, congratulations.  Once you have found them a home I'm sure you will receive tons of referrals from them, or at least you should!  Hopefully it will pay off with some listing for you too, that's way cool, you have the buyers helping you promote you while finding them a home.  No wonder you are so successful, and very nice :) too.  Thanks again, Liz
Feb 04, 2008 11:56 AM #60
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Dan, Thanks for stopping by.

Liz, Enjoyed speaking with you tonight and glad to help you with the "missing" picture.

Feb 04, 2008 12:55 PM #61
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Angela Zuyus
Keller Williams Realty-Abilene - Abilene, TX

This is a way to get buyers and sellers that does not seem that hard. It is a tool that I am going to give a try and I will let you know when it works for me!

Jul 12, 2009 05:01 AM #62
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Angela, I am looking forward to hearing about your success!

Jul 12, 2009 09:59 AM #63
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