There's NOT An App For That!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

The Very Best Sales Tool Is Not Found In An App

 

Our electronic devices are very helpful in running our business, staying connected, receiving information  and communicating. We use our computers, iPads, iPhones, blogging platforms, MLS, GPS, scanners, etc..  to run our real estate careers.

Our tech tools make our lives more efficient but the real sales tool is not the latest and greatest gadget! 

 

There's Not An App For That

 

The greatest tool is your ability to receive referrals.

 

Looking back at my recent clients....most came from referrals. My plumber referred my latest seller,  a doctor (who I  knew from my previous career as an RN), my favorite waitress another, my former bookkeeper, my group of Women Business Owners, my car mechanic, my attorney and my accountant are a few more that have sent referrals my way.

 

Have I asked for referrals?  

No!

 

Have I stayed in touch and referred others to these people over the years?

Yes!

 

Referrals come from how you treat others, how you stay in touch and how others feel about you.

 

Of course my advertising, my blogging and my live radio show  help keep my pipeline full.  

But  nothing takes the place of an out of state colleague, met at a training seminar twenty years ago, who refers her best friend to me. Or a former Realtor® who now sends her friends to me.

 

 There is no app, in use, that sends quality referrals.  You need to pick up that old fashioned phone,  stay in touch, have real live conversations, be interested in others and let them know how special they are.

Think about where your clients come from.

 

 

 The Very Best Sales Tool Is Not Found In An App

 

Margaret Rome 410-530-2400

 

 

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Tammy Lankford,
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Referrals are and for years have been a huge part of my business.  The word of mouth from former clients to new buyers and sellers kind and you're exactly right, there's no app for that.

May 18, 2015 04:30 AM #18
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Real Estate is definitely a karma based business. And it is all about how you give and receive energy.

May 18, 2015 04:36 AM #19
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
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 Thanks for the feature and all the comments. I have or will stop by your posts and comment.

May 18, 2015 11:20 AM #20
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Jim Paulson Would you care to share an app that takes the place of referrals? Would love to know more about it.

May 18, 2015 11:22 AM #21
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Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man
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Margaret,

this is a very interesting post and common sense.

May 18, 2015 11:48 AM #22
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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The woman is gifted and sharing her personal gold...I would refer her easily

May 18, 2015 11:45 PM #24
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Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
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It is easy to not pick up that phone and call people.  But referrals are definitely the life blood of long-term survival in any business. 

May 19, 2015 12:31 AM #25
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Robert Hicks
United Country River City Realty - Savannah, TN

Thanks Margaret. I am w/ you 100%. Lots of very helpful tools out there, but nothing that I know of beats :

stay(ing) in touch, have real live conversations, be interested in others and let them know how special they are.

May 19, 2015 12:46 AM #26
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Rose King
David Tracy Real Estate - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area

Margaret, I'm so glad you wrote this post! Excellent! All of the gizmos in the world can't take the place of one-on-one interaction with others, who in turn send us business. Most of my business comes from referrals. I wouldn't want it any other way. When a referral comes, I automatically have something in common with the new client, and I have a starting point for building a relationship.

May 19, 2015 01:01 AM #27
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Marte Cliff
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There's no APP that makes someone into a genuine, caring, person - and that's what's at the bottom of those referrals.

May 19, 2015 01:43 AM #28
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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I can say that there is no app that could ever replace you Margaret. Have a great day!

May 19, 2015 02:00 AM #29
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
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That is true.  Keeping in touch with people and maintaining relationships is so important.  

May 19, 2015 05:54 AM #30
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Ed Silva
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I am fortunate that I have a group of people that respect what I do and how i do it and always offer my name when the subject of real estate is brought up.

May 19, 2015 05:58 AM #31
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Jim Miner
Miner Noh & Associates - Phoenix, AZ
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Not and app. "yet".

May 19, 2015 10:55 AM #32
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Good morning Margaret. Congrats on the feature. There will soon be an app for almost everything.

May 19, 2015 06:15 PM #33
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Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN

I agree, we have apps for lots of things, but they don't replace people. Have a great day.

May 20, 2015 11:54 PM #34
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Dana Hollish Hill
Hollish Hill Group, KW Capital Properties - Bethesda, MD
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I couldn't agree more. There is also not an app for listening when your clients call you from a flooded basement and need to know what to do and who to call ASAP. So there is also not an app for giving referrals.

Great post and Congratulations on getting Featured. 

 

May 22, 2015 12:06 AM #35
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Eileen Begley
Coldwell Banker, DelMonte - Carmel, CA
Monterey Real Estate

Hi Margaret; Good point! Nothing takes the place of personal contact/connection... sometimes we get carried away with the tech - me especially.

Nov 03, 2015 05:06 AM #36
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Eileen Begley
Coldwell Banker, DelMonte - Carmel, CA
Monterey Real Estate

HI Margaret; Good reminder - we are in a people business. Do unto others... make referrals and you are more likely to get referrals!

Sep 28, 2016 02:44 PM #37
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Eileen Begley Time for you to post some more good information on AR. What are you working on now?

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