I'm a REALTOR, not a blogger it turns out

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Leaders

Despite all the wisdom of getting my name on the internet in as many places as possible, I just discovered I'm just not a blogger. Sure, I have lots to say but it's a whole lot of the same stuff every other REALTOR has. Better to know my limitations.

 This past week though I had a pretty cool experience in real estate. I had an open house, a beautiful house in Griffith at 735 N. Cline Avenue. It was pretty icky outside so when it was supposed to end at 3pm I was in no hurry to leave. About 3:15 a couple showed up and asked if it was too late to come in. Well, what do you think I said?

So I showed them around the house and as beautiful as it is (don't believe me check out this) it just wasn't the house for them. I asked them to sit with me while I packed up and tell me about the home in which they would like to live.

Back story: when I don't have an open house I frequently go to open houses to see more inventory but without bothering the owners with an appointment when all it is is a preview.

It turns out that what they were looking for, I'd already seen so I called the listing agent to get an instant appointment. It was vacant, I didn't think it would be a problem. For whatever reason, he did not answer me as quick as I think he could have and we were already in front of the place - having had my open house friends follow me to the home.

We walked all around the outside in the snow. I told them what was inside each window as we walked. I knew which one was over the sink, that the fireplace was woodburning, I knew which window was to the master bedroom and all about the new carpeting. I knew where the owner had gone and I knew the neighbors and the neighbor's puppy's name.

Now, I'll take the shortcut to the end of the story. It will be 12 days since I showed them the house when I return home from GRI in Bloomington. They wish to write an offer.

If you're only seeing houses when you have clients in the car you are missing great opportunities. Besides the open houses, in fairer weather I see all the vacant houses I can fit in a day. When I claim to be an expert on the neighborhood I can say it with great sincerity. I know my town. I see all of it I can. This was just the first great time it came to fruition. Know your inventory, it works.  

Comments (11)

Ken Cook
Content, coding, marketing, host. - Marietta, GA
Content Marketer/Creator
Great story! I have news for you - you're a good blogger. Maybe not prolific ... but good.
Feb 06, 2008 12:40 PM
Prudential Preferred Realty Butler PA
Prudential Preferred Realty - Butler, PA

Congratulations!  Great story, great advice.

Maybe there is just a teeny bit of blogger in you...  <smile>

Feb 06, 2008 12:41 PM
Wendy Torres
CENTURY 21 Mulvey Real Estate - Yorktown Heights, NY
Congratulations on the offer. I hope it goes well. Your right. Knowing the inventory is so important.
Feb 06, 2008 12:42 PM
Jim Albano
Prudential Damiano Realty - Little Falls, NJ
Team - Jean-Marie Vantuno / Realtors North Jersey Real Estate
I try to get out and see as many properties as possible. Much easier to preview, as you stated, with vacant homes. Many sellers don't really understand why you want to preview their home and think you're wasting their time if you don't have a client with you.
Feb 06, 2008 12:50 PM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
Good tips here.  I try to get some of the open houses -- it is good to see the inventory and the competition.  It certainly helps put things into perspective and sometimes the feedback to the seller is very helpful.  Keep blogging!
Feb 06, 2008 01:00 PM
Brande Bradford
Keller Williams - McDonough, GA
Pamela, reading this I would say that your a pretty good blogger.  You also have a grip on knowing your market and that is awesome.  I like to go and just check out houses as well, but I dont do it enough. I will add that to my list of things to be consistent about.  Thanks for sharing.
Feb 06, 2008 01:04 PM
Natalie Langford
Realty Negotiations - Winchester, VA
Winchester, VA Real Estate
Pamela.  One idea you may want to embrace is the fact that your blogs are your library!  Our audience here is far more vast than the Real Estate Community of 70k+ members here.  Your readers are not reading my blog!  (Well, actually, no one is right now because I'm working on a project and my blog is silent!)  IMHO, there is no subject you can cover that hasn't been done before and yet YOU MUST!  Write about what has inspired you and with the wonderful talents you already possess, the clients will come!  You ARE a blogger!!!
Feb 06, 2008 01:08 PM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Pamela, I'm a big fan of previewing whatever inventory whenever too.

I enjoy your blogging abilities for one.

Feb 06, 2008 01:10 PM
Joseph Grabowski
Keller Williams Preferred Real Estate - Yardley, PA
REALTOR - 4saleinbucks.com
I am not a great blogger myself. Maybe it will get better with time.
Feb 06, 2008 04:07 PM
A&M Mortgage Group: Larry Penilla
A&M Mortgage Group - Merrillville, IN
Northwest Indiana Mortgages - Home Loans

Hi Pam,

 I'm pretty new to blogging too. Heck, my website is just over one month old! Anyway, since we're both "newbies," to blogging at least and we're in the Northwest Indiana Real Estate market...I'd like to offer you a friendly hand and a Free Website! If you're interested, it's a great way to get up to speed. Call or email me or better yet, visit my website -- check it out and let me know if you want one.

BTW, I enjoyed your blog entry. I used to live in Griffith and loved it before moving to Schererville (long story).

BTWII, I'm also a very good loan officer. But don't take my word for it. You can view some of my testimonials on ActiveRain or www.LarryPenilla.com.

 All good wishes,

 Larry Penilla


Feb 19, 2008 06:33 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

We invite you back to ActiveRain in 2017.

  Much has changed since your last blog post.

  Best to you!

Jul 09, 2017 06:00 PM