Staying in Touch with Clients and Having Fun Too!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Phoenix Property Shoppe AZ Broker BR030809000


December is a busy month for most of us - shocking I know LOL!!  And it's also a good time to look back to see what worked and didn't work this year as well as look forward to 2017. I was happy to see that Larry Johnston created  Keeping in Touch (Contest) Searching for New Ways to Stay Connected. It gives us a chance to re-group and share our ideas and thoughts with the AR community.  Thanks Larry - lots of good posts already!


Since I've been in the business going on 30 years I've created a planned A LOT of events and promotions for clients. Honestly it's what I love to do so it never seems like work to me (most of the time anyway)! Today I'll share about one event. Some other time I'll write about some of the other events, parties and promotions!


Anna Banana Real Estate Phoenix


We recently hosted a 10 Year Anniversary (of opening our own firm) Thank You Party for our Clients and Business Associates. We were very pleased with the turn out! In the past we've hosted a lot of events at our home, as we've got a lot of space and the perfect entertaining home and an excellent caterer.  But this time we wanted to do something different  (with less work involved).  A new restaurant "North Mountain Grille" opened up last summer in our neighborhood about 3 miles from our home.  We've been there a few times and it's got an 'urban vibe' with a comfy, cozy atmosphere. Both Gary and I thought it would be fantastic if we could 'take over' the restaurant for our client party.  We talked to the new owner and she was very excited about the prospect and suggested a Sunday night (since they're not open that night).  We decided to have a buffet style event with lots of yummy selections as well as  soft and adult beverages.  The owner had 2 fantastic 'Banana Cakes' made up as a surprise!  And they were a real hit at the party!


Staying in Touch with Clients and Having Fun Too!


We had invitations created and printed up by our favorite local printer and good friend, Susan Wallace of Print and Imprint.  The invitations were mailed out and we also followed up with a email blast out of constant contact.  RSV-P's started pouring in right away and we were quickly going to fill the place up - yea!


We purchased 10 gift cards to various local restaurants, including the North Mountain Grille for door prizes to give away at the event. And of course the gift cards were into our standard  "banana yellow envelopes"!


The evening of the party people started showing up early and Gary and I stayed close to the door to make sure everyone was greeted.  A lot of our clients know each other from other events and parties  we've hosted so it was natural for them to congregate at tables together.  Those that didn't know anyone were asked to join others at their tables - so it worked out great! We had a chance to go around and chat with everyone and sit down once in awhile for a longer conversation. It was a blast!


We wanted to say a few words and thank them all for coming and their continued referrals and business before we handed out the door prizes. This time Gary gave the opening remarks which was a first as I'm the front person for the business!  I wanted a chance to say a few words  about  Gary and let them know how much he 'really does' in the back end of the business and to give him Big Time Kudos! He's an amazing business partner and husband and I'm very grateful to have him in my life!


Everything worked out perfectly without a single hitch!  And the restaurant folks did a fantastic job of making the entire evening  so seamless and easy for us.  I look forward to many more events at the North Mountain Grille! In fact,  I've already made arrangements to hold our 'North Valley Business Network' breakfast meetings there twice a month starting in 2017. 



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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Saying "thank you" is always a good idea .. but I think you are the "Master" of showing appreciation, Anna Banana Kruchten.  This is just one more example of the wonderful things you do for your clients and referral partners.  You show us the way ...


Dec 10, 2016 10:49 AM #21
Amy Kramer
Reilly Realtors - Austin, TX
Realtor serving Austin and surrounding communities

What a great party Anna Banana Kruchten  thatnks for sharing your recipe for success.

Dec 10, 2016 10:53 AM #22
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Anna,  I am with Endre Barath, Jr. - that is not something I would do yet know that it does work for some people.  You are fortunate to have a partner in the restaurant as well.  

Dec 10, 2016 04:46 PM #23
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL - (561) 716-7824 - CRS, ABR, GRI

Anna Banana Kruchten What a nice idea and North Mountain Grille sounds like the perfect place to have held this party!  I love that your clients know each other from past parties too.  And it's terrific to have Gary helping you in the background - he sounds like a great guy!

Dec 10, 2016 05:26 PM #24
Richard and Beth Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Massapequa, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

What a great idea... I will be sharing  this with our agents as a wonderful way to stay in touch with their past clients...

Dec 11, 2016 09:23 AM #25
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Anna - You certainly know how to throw a party, and I'm glad it was a big success. You prove every day that real estate can be fun.

Dec 11, 2016 09:49 AM #26
Frances Flynn Thorsen
Cross Channel Marketing Consultants - State College, PA
Author | Educator | Custom Video Creator

Super post! I think most agents leave a boatload of money on the table because they do not follow up after the sale. Your party looks like a lot of fun.

Dec 11, 2016 03:19 PM #27
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Anna Banana Kruchten - these parties are so valuable! Being a coaching member for Buffini & Company, I know this is the best way to connect with our clients and friends.

Dec 11, 2016 03:36 PM #28
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great job Anna and Gary!  I know your clients are happy to see you and celebrate the reunion party :)  Great idea to take over on a closed night for a restaurant.  

Dec 11, 2016 06:14 PM #29
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

You know how to throw a Party! Congratulations on 10 successful years and many more to come!

Dec 11, 2016 10:45 PM #30
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Anna AKA The Party Banana -  I like how you chose a newer restaurant as the location of your celebration and in your post you gave a shout out to your printer.   Good job.  

Dec 12, 2016 06:33 AM #31
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

What a wonderful event, we are planning something like this next year, and I'm going to steal a couple of your ideas. 

Dec 12, 2016 11:37 AM #32
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Congratulations on your feature recognition. Thanks for sharing some of your very successful  business practices.

Dec 12, 2016 04:24 PM #33
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Congratulations on the gold star feature for your post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 12, 2016 06:05 PM #34
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Well done for getting the past clients together.  Back here I have had better than half of my clients the past 2 years move out of state

Dec 12, 2016 06:50 PM #35
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Anna Banana - It sounds like you make an event to remember and certainl they will continue remember who is top banana.

Dec 12, 2016 07:46 PM #36
Tammy Emineth
Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing - Marysville, WA
Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer

Sounds like a super fun event and what a cool place!  Keeping yourself in front of clients is always important for a multitude of reasons.

Dec 14, 2016 11:06 AM #37
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

What a wonderful idea.  I do little monthly give aways on my facebook page.  But I love the idea of an anniversary party.  Mine is in January and that might be a good time to have a get together.

Dec 15, 2016 08:52 PM #38
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

Anna, looks and sounds great:) 

At the end of the day, adding value to client relationships and staying “top of mind” in any way it is comfortable for both sides means more business in the form of referrals and repeat transactions.

Mar 31, 2017 07:01 PM #39
Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
Front Gate Realty ~ 601-991-2900 Office

You really know how to host a party. I love that the owner surprised you with banana cakes, and that you put gift cards in the banana yellow envelopes. I know the event was a success. Congrats, Anna.

May 03, 2017 05:53 PM #40
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