Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC SP98364271

Hello everyone! Yeah! It is like 4:13 am and I am still up. Why? I am doing my online mailing for expired listings. Which brings me to this. I ran across a expired listing. I want this listing very bad because I am a fan of this person -Seriously. And in case the owner is not home,I want to leave a listing package for them.

 I don't want to leave just any ordinary listing package. I have a good listing presentation. Should I leave a copy of my listing presentation with the owner in case the person is not home? Since listing presentation and a listing package are two different things,I think that I should leave my listing package instead of my listing presentation. I want to leave a very good one.

What items shall I include in it? I know what to put in it. I don't know everything to put in it.

Does anybody have any idea?


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Dallas Chambers
RE/MAX Agents Realty - Conyers, GA
Make a personal contact.  I'm sure you can find a way to do this.  Good luck with your effort.
Dec 08, 2007 09:29 PM #3
Joseph Ellman
Realty Executives- Williams-Sykes Realty - Poughkeepsie, NY
Lanre, Same here...I would wait to do it in person.  At the most, I would leave a business card at the door and then follow-up when they are home.
Dec 08, 2007 09:51 PM #4
Joey Remondino
RE/MAX Preferred Properties - Vienna, VA
Broker, GRI, E-Pro
I would not recommend to leave your listing presentation, you will not do it justice by leaving a copy.  I have no problem leaving a listing package at the door when no one is home.  I would recommend to call them before you leave the package to give them a heads up and ask them to take a look and you will call again in a few days.  I would at least make a contact on the phone before you leave the package or it will get thrown out.  As far as what to leave in the package put the standard stuff like copy of the sales contract, resume on you, and any promotional items you have.  I usually try to put something unique  in it also.  Good Luck
Dec 08, 2007 10:14 PM #5
Gayle Balaban
The Best Spot Realty/Waterfront Real Estate/Ooltewah Real E - Chattanooga, TN
E. TN Waterfront Real Estate
You usually can always do better face to face.  I would write a personalized letter letting the owner know why you are the best choice for them and requesting a short in person visit with them.  They have got to see ytou eye ball to eye ball to make a decision in your favor.  So, my adivice is to skip leaving marketing material, etc.  Communicate with them in a personal way that addresses their needs and how you will be of help then requesting a meeting.  Slick presentations are a dime a dozen.  Real, honest, from the heart communication is rare.
Dec 08, 2007 10:15 PM #6
David Swierczynski
Retired - Antioch, IL


I used to leave paper copies of my listing presentation with prospects all the time, until I noticed other agents in my market using the very presentation I spent hours/weeks on. I then starting asking every listing opportunity I spoke with, if they had interviewed any other agents, in most cases they had, I then asked them if I could see what those agents left them with. They had no problem sharing those presentations with me! That was my AHA moment. My listing presentation is now done from a laptop using powerpoint, I offer the client a copy of it only after they list with me!

That was 5 years ago. I update the presentation every year, Sellers love it! No one else does it this way.


David Swierczynski

Dec 08, 2007 10:44 PM #7
Venice Harris
EXP Realty - Conyers, GA
Real Estate Agent - Conyers, GA
Hi Lanre.  You've gotten some great advice here.  WAIT!  :)  I agree with everyone else.  The personal touch will score you more points by far.  Even if you're a huge fan of this person, don't let your nerves make you anxious.  Just look at this seller as you would any other seller... of course always doing your best job and you should be fine.  GOOD LUCK!
Dec 08, 2007 11:07 PM #8
Ray Essick
Coleman Realty Group - Hampton, NH

Hi Lanre,

    You want one more vote for doing it in person? Just wondering is this person your a fan of Famous, Sports, TV, Movies, Political just give us a little clue. You can't get to these types easy only cause of who they are. But maybe we can brainstorm a plan if we know a little more about who your trying to get to. They may like it if your a fan of theirs or think your some kind of star struck stalker. I think being professional with your approach is important and you sound like your on the right track. It's about the property first and not the person. I can't even tell you the names of the celebrates I have worked for it's all about confidentiality sometimes too. Also working for them does not mean you always get to meet them either.

    The phone is your friend if you can get their number but I'm guessing you already tried and they are unlisted. I think a short intro letter or note mailed or delivered could work. You could send it with a small gift or some of your marketing crap too. Yeah they need that new Lanre Folayan calender or frig magnet don't they? You never know, everyone need a calender this time of year.

    Most celebrates have a manager/booking agent/secretary you could always work that angle too. You should be able to get to somebody who is connect to them that will talk to you. Then get put on their schedule to meet them or maybe you just get to the law firm they use and do the paperwork. You don't really expect to meet them do you?

Dec 08, 2007 11:35 PM #9
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection
Lanre - I think the suggestion so far about a personal contact sounds good.  Please let us know the outcome.
Dec 09, 2007 09:19 AM #10
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Gary - I know. I want to give it to them instead of just lay it on the ground and somebody else take away my listing package. Do you have any samples of a listing package? Thanks for your comments.

Lorinda - Thanks. I definitely planned on giving it to the person. I am just trying to know what else I need to put in a listing package. You have any sample(s) for a listing package? Thanks for your comments.

Dallas - Thank you very much. I just want to make a very good one and I am not sure if I have everything that I need to have in a listing package. You have any sample(s) of a listing package? Thanks for your comments.

Joseph -I was either going to leave my brochure along with my business card attached to a new CMA for the property. You have any sample(s) of a ideal listing package? Thanks for your comments.

Joey - Thank you very much. I appreciate it. However,I don't have the telephone number of the home owner. Do you have a sample of a ideal listing package? Thanks for your comments.

Gayle - Slick presentations are a dime a dozen.  Real, honest, from the heart communication is rare. Thank you soooo much.

David - That is a brilliant idea. I have learned that it is not a good idea to leave your listing package at the door unless you get no answer. Doing a laptop presentation is definitely the way the go. Great advice. Thank you very much.

Venice - Thank you very much. Great advice. I needed that.

Ray - I don't expect to meet them. She is a now retired athlete/basketball player. Thanks for your comments Ray.

Jennifer - You are right. I definitely need to make personal contact. Thanks Jennifer.


Again,thank you all for your comments. You have definitely given me some brilliant ideas to include in my listing package. Thank you all so much. This is something that I plan on using for all of my listing presentations and use as a template for buyer packages as well. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart - SERIOUSLY.


Dec 10, 2007 02:02 PM #11
Dan Weis
Comey & Shepherd Realtors - Cincinnati, OH

Hi Lanre,

I agree with the others.  I would stop by on a Saturday and see if you can catch them home.  I would offer a short, pre-listing packet with information on your services, maybe bullet points on how you can serve their needs best.  Do you have any seller guarantees?  Differentiate yourself from others.

Lastly, what you are doing is trying to schedule an appt face-to-face.

Good luck!

Dec 19, 2007 04:13 PM #12
Sam Parker

Lanre, did you ever go on a date? Did you send over a note before the date & tell the other person what you were gonna do ? No, right? You wanted them to see it & hear it themselves, to absorb how great the night actually was. I have almost NEVER given a "listing package" to a prospective seller. When I did, they never signed with me anyway. ( only a couple of listings missed... And I target FSBOs primarily) It is YOU they are buying, not your ad campaign or paperwork. Have the confidence to just go to that person, say you're a fan and WANT TO HELP THEM ACHIEVE THEIR GOAL. Ask what will it take for you to become their partner in getting the job done. That is exactly what I do. The sellers eat it up. I look em right in the eye.All confidence. They need it.

Dec 19, 2007 04:22 PM #13
Marcia Kirtonx
EXIT All Seasons Realty - Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn, NY - EXIT Realty

Hi Lanre ... As you know, I'm a door knocker. In person contact is the best way. By now you should have an update for us ... how did it go?

BTW ... Happy New Year!!!  Here's wishing you much success in 2008. 

Jan 11, 2008 11:53 AM #14
Monica Bourgeau
New Phase Business Coaching - Portland, OR
Business Coaching

Hi Lanre - I also recommend either personal contact or a heartfelt letter with some of your materials - followed by personal contact.

We use Lowe's Realtor Benefits too but never thought to use them for expireds. Has this worked for you?


Jan 24, 2008 06:28 AM #15
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Dan -Differentiate myself from others. Well said. I forgot to schedule the face to face meeting. Will do that next time. Thanks for your comments.

Sam - I didn't get the date. That's what even sucked the most. Oh well,better luck next time. Thanks for your comments. Sorry it took forever to respond. Thanks for your comments.

Marcia - Hey Marcia. Sorry I took me forever to respond. Update? I didn't get the listing. Better luck next time I guess. Thanks for your comments.

Kevin & Ray - Lowe's Realtor Benefits does not work for me. I only got like one lead and it is taking that person forever to make up her mind. I haven't given up on Lowes Realtor Benefits Program but since they dont send out the bi-weekly magazines and DVD's anymore,it is not doing anything for me. Do you still use them? Sorry it took me forever to respond. Thanks for commenting.

Mar 04, 2008 02:37 PM #16
Sonja Priebe
City Realty Inc. - Olympia, WA
I really liked what David Swierczynski is doing. I am working on a prelisting package including a DVD of me presenting what I am going to do for my clients as an introduction. I will then mail it to them and they have a chance to "meet" me and it will be different than everybody else's presentation. Great post!
Mar 20, 2008 12:13 AM #17
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES
Sonja-That is very nice. Who is going to do the DVD for you? Are you doing it yourself? Please let me know how that comes out? Thanks for your comments.
Mar 31, 2008 03:21 PM #18
Mike Wong
Keller Williams Realty Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest

I agree with Lanre. My listing presentation is proprietary information that took me weeks and months or research to collect and edit. I dont just leave it with a client to hand to another Realtor, or for other agents to sneak peek at.

Here are my suggestions:
Every 3-4 months I update it
Everything is branded and personalized to me, remember we are selling ourselves
Keep it brief, less than 20 minutes to review or explain to them
Also have a personal presentation to cover thier questions or objections, to seal the deal
Cater the presentation to them and personalize it for them

I use my laptop for powerpoint presentations as well. Or I use a leather bound portfolio that holds my printed listing presentation, so the client knows I will not be leaving it behind for them.

If they sign, I go back to the office and create a personal packet for them, without all my marketing tactics. Mainly its just checklists, market reports, cma, and generic info. One of my follow up pieces.  



May 14, 2008 12:36 PM #19
Kevin Wright
San Jose, CA

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Nov 14, 2009 02:35 PM #20
Paul Gapski
Berkshire Hathaway / Prudential Ca Realty - El Cajon, CA
619-504-8999,#1 Resource SD Relo

always make contact first.

Mar 22, 2011 03:15 PM #21
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Paul Gapski, 619-504-8999,#1 Resource SD Relo (Prudential Ca Realty)-Thank you very much Paul. How is everything with you?

Mar 22, 2011 08:34 PM #22
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