Contest: Share Your Out-of-the-Box Seller Follow-up Strategies

Services for Real Estate Pros with ActiveRain

Active Rain would be nothing without its users, who share their pain points, best practices and successes each and every day.

In our latest challenge, hosted by®, we’re asking agents and real estate professionals to share their most “out of the box” ideas for following up with seller leads.

The top posts will be shared on Active Rain and (with permission) will also be shared onstage at the® Results Summit in Las Vegas this fall.

Tell us: What “out of the box” tactics do you use when following up with a CMA request or other seller lead? How do you make sure you’re unforgettable?


A few Rainers noted that the original "out of the box" idea involving a FedEx box may violate FedEx's rules and regulations. Thanks for your eagle eyes and holding us to high ethical standards! Here are a few other ideas to get you started:
Example 1: Don't be afraid to aim high

Once a seller lead comes, consider sending out the highest sales prices in the area (rather than a traditional CMA of the property in question). Says the agent, "If the home is the worst house on the best block, we highlight the neighborhood value as a place of great resale value if the work is put in. Then we offer to come by in person to make upgrade recommendations and give a 'what we could sell for' evaluation in person."
Example 2: Don't be afraid of being full of hot air

Lab Coat Agents' Tristan Ahumada shared, "The craziest one we have heard is an agent tying a business card to a balloon and letting it go into the air and hoping that whomever gets it will call. Assuming the balloon comes back down. Definitely crazy!


Earn rewards and have your ideas shared onstage in Vegas!

We know that giving away your best ideas can be hard, so we’re sweetening the deal with these awesome rewards:

  • 3,000 Active Rain points for every entry to the “® contest: Share your out-of-the-box seller strategies” (limit one per person for points)

  • 5,000 additional points to the top 5 selections, which will be highlighted in an Active Rain post

  • With permission, the top entries will be shared this September at the® Results Summit in Las Vegas!

  • PLUS: One lucky entrant, drawn randomly, will receive a complimentary ticket to attend the Results Summit (a non-refundable value of $250)!!


The fine print -- How to enter

In order to make a submission, write a blog post about your most unique tactics for following up with seller leads. Once you’ve published your entry, return to this page and add a link to your post in the comments section of this post. If you already have a post you’ve written that fits the criteria, that works too! We don’t want to reinvent the wheel, we just want awesome content and agent best practices.


We’ll be accepting entries from Monday, August 1st through Friday, August 12th. Don’t miss out on a chance to win up to 8,000 Active Rain points and a FREE ticket to an incredible conference in Vegas!


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Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Realtor in San Diego, CA & Naples, FL

Here is my Out of the Box post with small gestures of appreciation.

Aug 12, 2016 12:17 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Our out-of-the box strategies depend on what we learn about the seller during the listing presentation. Read more at Unforgettable, That's what we are.

Aug 12, 2016 04:46 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I like your choice of subject in this contest.  Here is my entry

Follow my Lead!

Aug 12, 2016 06:23 AM
Debbie Laity
CinaJones Real Estate - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County

I've read some great posts and have picked up some pointers. Here's my entry. 

Aug 12, 2016 09:06 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Below is my submission:

Should I Buy This Home as an Investment Property?  From CMA to invesment considerations.

Aug 12, 2016 09:14 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Okay here goes!   Great idea to see what works for agents!

Aug 12, 2016 12:38 PM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
ZOOM Realty Group - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida
Aug 12, 2016 12:55 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital
Aug 12, 2016 02:43 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

And here's my way of responding to seller leads for securing listings.

Out-of-Box To Inbox!


Aug 12, 2016 03:11 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Great concept for a contest, I enjoyed thinking about this one and writing it up.

Here is my entry.

Aug 12, 2016 03:31 PM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents
Dale Taylor
Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois - Frankfort, IL
Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos

Appreciate the question and the opportunity to share, and hopefully help someone else become even more successful at procuring more listings.

Aug 15, 2016 06:04 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR



Thanks for hosting the contest

Aug 21, 2016 09:14 AM
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Broker
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

I don't consider my self out of the box but I am open to new ideas.  Stick to the basics.

Aug 22, 2016 12:10 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

I like Peters response.  I am a Stick to the Basics kind of gal..

Aug 23, 2016 06:15 AM
CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS
California Coastal Estates - Aliso Viejo, CA
"Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren

Darn! I missed it.


Aug 24, 2016 08:56 AM
CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS



Lauren Selinsky

Aug 29, 2016 05:33 PM
CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS
California Coastal Estates - Aliso Viejo, CA
"Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren





Lauren Selinsky

Aug 29, 2016 05:47 PM


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