Well, ain't that a kick in the pants?

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

"Can you come over and give us a market evaluation on our property?" asked the email.

"Sure, I'd be happy to... can I ask how you heard of Alan... was it my internet presences, Active Rain, a referral, one or more of my many "for sale" signs?"

"Well, we met you about 11 years ago.  You were conducting an open house, and we thought you seemed nice and knowledgeable."

Well, ain't that a kick in the pants?  It's so nice that they remembered me, from 11 years ago.  I dropped them off my drip campaign a long time ago.

Posted by

 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email:

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Alan that is some crazy long lasting impression my friend.

11yrs WOW

Sep 28, 2015 02:58 PM
Alan May

I know, right?

Sep 28, 2015 11:51 PM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

oh, i houses dont work :) its your charasmatic personality that did it

Sep 28, 2015 03:07 PM
Alan May

but this is exactly how open houses work... although it's usually sooner than that.

Sep 28, 2015 11:52 PM
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

Amazing!  Hopefully they will have you help them find a great house as well!

Sep 28, 2015 04:23 PM
Alan May

wouldn't that be nice?

Sep 28, 2015 11:52 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Wow, that is amazing! This is a great tip to me to not take people off my drip campaigns because you just never know.

Sep 28, 2015 09:22 PM
Alan May

you can rest assured that I won't be deleting anyone... ever.

Sep 28, 2015 11:52 PM
Diane Rice
Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - Lansing, IL

WOW!  Great to be thought of professionally!  GOOD KICK!

Sep 28, 2015 09:57 PM
Alan May

I love a good kick!

Sep 28, 2015 11:53 PM
Fred Cope
Reliant Realty in Nashville, TN - Nashville, TN
Looking For Homes With A Smile

Alan, it is nice to learn that someone has had good vibes about you when you are busy doing things an just hoping you get a lead.

I had a lady contact me about five years after I had worked her mortgage loan.  Her reason?

A few months after she bought her home, her son played with matches and lighter fluid, set their deck and the neighbors deck on fire.  She was a single mom afraid Child Services would take him away.  Her neighbor had suied her, and the boy was acting out in rebellion.  She had no where to turn, but the boy remembered my being nice to him when they bought the house.  She called and asked if I would sit down with him and hear him out.  I did, and that alone was a greater reward than I could have imagined.  Whe she married, and they began looking for a house, she had to track me down, and she did.  What more could I wish?  I worked hard on her mortgage loan, but a child remembering a kind word won the day.


Sep 28, 2015 11:16 PM
Alan May

that's a terrific story.

Sep 28, 2015 11:53 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Alan... there must be a "slogan" for your business hidden in this situation. But I've had this happen as well, but not after 11 years. And it's one reason I never remove anyone from my email list till they ask me to. I like being the last woman standing when they have a need to buy or sell.

Sep 28, 2015 11:37 PM
Alan May

I think that's great advice... never remove them until/unless they ask.

Sep 28, 2015 11:54 PM
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

That's so cool! Just goes to show that we do make impressions on people we meet...not just when we're working, but always. 

Sep 29, 2015 12:25 AM
Alan May

We do.  We leave good impressions as well as bad impressions.  We have to be constantly aware of our public persona.

Sep 29, 2015 12:38 AM
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Alan May ~ now that's what I call leaving a lasting impression That might even be a record...

Sep 29, 2015 01:12 AM
Alan May

I'm thinkin' it might be.

Sep 29, 2015 01:34 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

The longest prospect I know of was a woman I met at an open house in 2009. I sold her home in 2014. Once again, she called because she liked me.

Sep 29, 2015 02:34 AM
Alan May

I think it helped that I've had a few recent sales in this woman's neighbourhood.... and that triggered the memory of my name.

Sep 29, 2015 03:01 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Alan, Was their last name Pachyderm by chance?  That's a long time to hold onto an agent name!  I've sat down with potential sellers and they can't even remember the name of their buyer's agent from 5 years ago (and sometimes even less time than that).

Sep 29, 2015 04:18 AM
Alan May

... and I wasn't even their agent!

Sep 29, 2015 04:27 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

They remembered you from 11 years ago.  Did you recognize then when you saw them?

Sep 29, 2015 12:00 PM
Alan May

I didn't... but keep in mind, they weren't my client.  They were just visitors at one of my open houses, 11 years ago...yeesh.

Sep 29, 2015 12:08 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Oh that is great Alan.  Wow, you really did make a great first impression.

Oct 03, 2015 07:46 PM
Alan May

There's a first time for everything, eh?

Oct 04, 2015 02:28 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hey, Alan!

I included this post in today's "Last Week's Favorites".  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Oct 04, 2015 01:45 AM
Alan May

well aren't you sweet!?

Oct 04, 2015 02:28 AM
Nance Overton
Na Pali Properties, Inc. - Hanalei, HI
Specializing in Residential Homes, Condos & Land

Just proves the old adage: "You never get a 2nd chance to make a first impression." Yours was obviously long-lasting!

Oct 04, 2015 08:45 AM
Alan May

clearly... they remembered me... over a very long period of time.

Oct 04, 2015 11:14 PM
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Wow, I have a hard time remembering people I met last week let along 11 years ago. You must have made a great impression!

Oct 04, 2015 09:41 AM
Alan May

I can barely remember MY name, let alone someone else's for 11 years.

Oct 04, 2015 11:14 PM
Certified Mobile Notary Signing Agent - Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Highest Ranked Certified Mobile Notary in Virginia

11 years eh ?   Who says clients don't have a long memory ?   Do a professional job and they will  remember you

Oct 05, 2015 04:55 AM
Alan May

they weren't even my own clients, Deanna.

Oct 06, 2015 02:55 AM
Teresa K. Nelson
Compass - Woodinville, WA
Your Trusted Real Estate Advisor

Aw Sweet - we should all be so lucky! 

Jan 26, 2016 01:40 AM
Alan May

ain't it the trooth?

Jan 26, 2016 02:56 AM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

A good kick inthe pants! 

Jun 05, 2016 09:34 PM
Alan May

yep... I'll take that kick in the drawers every time.

Jun 05, 2016 11:06 PM
Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS

Yep!  Ain't that something!

Jul 18, 2022 10:32 AM
Alan May

Yep.  It shore is Ricki Eichler McCallum.  It shore is.

Jul 19, 2022 05:06 AM