Props: cell phones, websites, texting, iPads, assistants...a broom?

Property Manager with Gibson Management Group, Ltd.

Here!  Here!  I have a broom, a small vacuum AND door mats in the back of my car in addition to my tablet, USB charger AND smartyphone....I have everything but a PRINTER there for me to be PRODUCTIVE....and clean the leaves off the front porch!

Original content by John G. Johnston CO# 40018324


Props; cell phones, websites, texting, iPads, assistants...a broom?


All offer us a means to communicate with other people. We get instant communication via cell phones as opposed to waiting to get back to the office to get a message from the receptionist. Our website allows potential clients to view our offerings without waiting for snail mail. Texting keeps us in touch when we are unavailable in meeting or places we don't want the phone to interrupt us. iPads allow us instant communication when we are 'in the field'. Assistants do all the 'little things' that allow us to spend more time directly with our clients.


A broom? WTH? Simple, a $20.00 push broom from Ace Hardware allows me more time face to face than all the other gadgets mentioned above.


I've got a cell phone and use it daily (hourly)...makes me money.  iPhone


I've got a website that allows my clients (or future clients) to see my market and spend time searching and dreaming about a future home.


I text when I'm stuck in Town Hall meetings or elsewhere that I shouldn't be talking.


iPads...I probably will get one this year but for now I use my iPhone or Netbook.


Assistants, my beautiful wife!Mo & John at the Courtyard Country Inn


A broom! I own 175' of street frontage on Main Street. We are a small town without a vehicle street sweeper. Pick me! In the summer (spring to fall) I will spend an hour a week SWEEPING the street in front of our business. For one, it's menial work that allows me to think! For two, travelers will stop and ask directions. For three, pedestrians will walk past ALLOWING ME TO SAY "HI, WELCOME TO WESTCLIFFE, WHERE ARE YOU VISITING US FROM?"


OK, let's play the numbers:


·     one out of ten will think I'm a grunt working for food (just look at my pic!)


·     two out of ten will think I'm just a worker for the Inn


·     one out of ten will realize I'm the business owner and SPEAK to me!


·     three out of ten will have a polite conversation


·     two out of ten will ask questions about the area; where to eat, attractions, life in general


·     one out of ten will ask about real estate!


·     90% of the locals will honk or wave


BINGO! I've got a clean sidewalk and street...AND A NEW CLIENT! PROSPERITY!


And all for a $20.00 broom!   push broom


Props: cell phones, websites, texting, iPads, assistants...a broom?




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Wallace S. Gibson is a Certified Property Manager with over 50 years of property management experience and expertise.  She maintains a specialized property management business in Central Virginia serving Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna and Louisa counties  


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Comments (9)

David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
LOL Wallace, sometimes I wonder if I am a cleaning company vs a property manager.
Jan 28, 2013 07:26 PM
Frank Laisch
Orlando, FL
"The Insurance Guy"

Wallace, you are all set & ready to go. I was in Daytona yesterday and thought of you, you could hear the cars roaring around the track as they are gearing up for the 500

Jan 28, 2013 07:31 PM
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
Sometimes, it's the basic tools that prove the most effective.
Jan 28, 2013 07:46 PM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Something that sets you apart from the rest.  I also carried a broom and a shovel in my trunk to clear the sidewalks.

Jan 28, 2013 08:16 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

All those modern gadgets and you get more out of a broom. Gives credence to the "KISS" theory! Enjoy your day! 

Jan 28, 2013 08:34 PM
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

Toilet Paper * Febreeze * Spic N Span * clear shower curtains * clear shower curtain rings * Citrus Magic cannisters * used dryer sheets (keeps bugs away) * broom * sweeper * dust pan and 3 brooms in 3 sizes * clear trash bags * DeWalt drill * then we get into my TOYS!

Jan 28, 2013 08:39 PM
Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker GRI, SRES

Mine is wearing a name tag and shopping for grocerys Sunday afternoon at the local market!

Jan 28, 2013 09:53 PM
John G. Johnston
John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC - Westcliffe, CO
An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO

Wallace  Thanks for the re-blog.  Ya gotta love what you do and just reading how you write...YOU DO!  I do mine just to make my neighbors feel guilty!  Enjoy the day

Jan 29, 2013 04:34 AM
Ricky D. Sadler
Real Estate Marketing Experts &Trusted Senior Advisors on Property Management services, Rentals Leasing, Landlord Ten... - Seattle, WA
Trusted Senior Property Advisor & Marketing Expert

Wallace,Funny,But very true!

and they (owner and tenants) alike wonder -why i don't wear a suit and tie

but i do have a broom-

Ricky D


Jan 29, 2013 10:04 AM