If you want a favor from me, it's pretty easy. Invite me for coffee at my favorite coffee shop (that's a result of the time in Boston years back). In September at some point, a prior client, V, called to ask for some help in doing some work in his rental unit in Washington, DC. Let's be clear, he didn't need my help in selling or renting, he needed my recommendation for a kitchen cabinet installer/supplier. Good, that was easy.
Whenever I recommend someone, my protocol is to follow up, to ensure everyone and everything is fine. I did this early last week. V was pleased and happy, and just happened to suggest that friends of his were having a difficult time selling their condo in the city. He suggested I call them, to which I explained relationships and listing agreements and that whole world. Easy enough, he simply then had his friends call me directly. At the moment, I'm working with my vendors to put together a plan on how best to proceed with a listing that just needs a little bit more to fly off the shelf.
While the point here may be that I got a free coffee, and likely a listing, this prior client has easily referred 4 or 5 people to me in the prior 4 or 5 years since he and I worked together. Beyond measure, that's the mark of a trusted partner, and I'm honored that he's got my back.
Because of that, I need to take this opportunity to do him a favor ...
if ever you are in Richmond, VA, I've got the place to in Richmond... Linden Row Inn is the perfect boutique in, and Richmond is teeming with history, while at the same time is a mecca for art and the millenial young.
Get yourself to Richmond (which is a quick 2 hours from the Washington DC metro area), and spend the weekend treating yourself.