Is It Worth Driving From NC To See This Home? How Would You Answer?

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Is It Worth Driving From NC To See This Home? How Would You Answer?


Friday I listed an home on Maplehurst Dr., in Port Richey, FL; Saturday, I did the RealBird and ActiveRain uploads and a blog post. Early Sunday morning, a sweet lady called me from NC. She was so excited and wanted to know all about the home.


She asked lots of questions which I was happy to answer. She did ask me a question that I wouldn’t answer. She wanted to know if I would tell her that the home was worth their driving down to see. Since I don’t know exactly what she would like or not like, I explained that to her and said I couldn’t make that decision for her. Her husband (also on the line) said he understood.


After several more dartboardcalls with lots more questions, she called again to tell me they were driving down and would be here on Tuesday. Could we show her that home and others Tuesday afternoon? What do you think we said?

Isn’t it great to be an ActiveRain blogger? Because of ActiveRain, she found the home and called me.




Never think that blogging doesn't work.


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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

That is truly amazing, but you did give them the right answer.  Keep us posted.

Aug 11, 2013 11:04 PM #3
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Toni: More evidence that blogging works!  I have taken videos of homes and sent those links to out of state buyers before...they make the decision of whether they want to make the journey.

Aug 11, 2013 11:32 PM #4
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Toni, how COOL is that!!   Congratulations and hope she loves the house when she gets there tomorrow!

Aug 11, 2013 11:44 PM #5
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Toni, Very cool!  We've lately been able to do live streaming using our tablet with out of state clients, so this might be a situation where it would fit if they just wanted to know about that one house.  A little more risky perhaps with someone you haven't met in person and getting that relationship established.

Aug 11, 2013 11:58 PM #6
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Toni, Active Rain is great for many reasons, and especially for this very reason...people from all over the country read our posts, we get referrals and make many many friends.  Gotta love AR!

Aug 12, 2013 12:17 AM #7
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I am glad you got the lead from AR and I hope they buy it!  That is a tough question to answer, and you did it perfectly (about whether it was worth it etc)....Let us know how it goes!

Aug 12, 2013 12:36 AM #8
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Toni and good job with the blog.  People other then AR Members to reach out to us.   Have a great  day!

Aug 12, 2013 12:56 AM #9
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Toni,  That is a great testimonial.  Suggested for sure!

Aug 12, 2013 01:42 AM #10
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Dan - it proves that it work :)

Sheila - she's a very nice person; I think things will go well.

Roger - I will update you! thanks.

Anita - I once sold a house sight unseen except for photos; they never came down even for the closing. I was a nervous wreck when they arrived but everything was good.

Joan - thank you. I hope so but I have a few others too.

Bill - I'm not sure I would know how to do that but I'll be looking into it.

Rebecca - I agree completely. And the best bonus is all the friends we make.

Kriistin - I will do an update afterwards. AR is great for business.

Will - yes, they do. People are always telling me they read my blog when I'm out and about the community.

Belinda - thank you for the suggest!





Aug 12, 2013 02:19 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Toni- I had to suggest this one.  You showed that ActiveRain really does work and that as a professional agent you knew exactly what to say to your new clients!  Congrats to you and to them for finding you!

Aug 12, 2013 03:49 AM #12
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Kathy - thank you for the suggest. I do think AR works well and I believe in it.

Aug 12, 2013 04:48 AM #13
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


What a great story! They were interested, you were being honest and they decided they are driving down to see it!

I have a feeling there is going to be a happy ending here and I'm wishing you the besst of luck. I already know, they are lucky they found you because you are the best New Port Richey -Tarpon Springs has to offer for REALTORS!

Aug 12, 2013 06:01 AM #14
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Toni - I love stories of success, and this is one of them.  :)

Aug 12, 2013 07:08 AM #15
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Hard to answer that question Toni but obviously, this lady is relocating and wants YOU as her Agent-now that is the way things work!!! Good luck with this!

Aug 12, 2013 07:13 AM #16
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a question!  You and Craig are definitely worth the drive just to hang out with in MHO...I would show her the house she inquired about first, and I would also have others to show...Glad they are going to have two wonderful pros to work with.  A

Aug 12, 2013 08:22 AM #17
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

What a great success story and great answer to her question.  Good luck with it Toni!

Aug 12, 2013 09:15 AM #18
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Tony - I'm working with some NC buyers (that I incidentally acquired from blogging here) and it's my job to preview properties and let them know when they should fly out to take a look. It's a huge responsibility, and I'm not comfortable with it, but it's what the clients want, and so far they haven't wasted their time - we have an offer pending.

Aug 12, 2013 10:18 AM #19
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

In a word AWESOME. Hope they buy it. Keep us posted

Aug 12, 2013 11:15 AM #20
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

This is a GREAT success story! I love to hear ActiveRain success stories! :)

Aug 12, 2013 02:58 PM #21
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Toni, That is awesome and great that the word got out so fast too. I hope you will be writing it up today.

Aug 12, 2013 11:54 PM #22
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