Is It Time To Trim Your Nails?

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Is It Time To Trim Your Nails?


Stay with me, this is going to make sense. 

I've been enjoying all the New Year's posts about plans and goals. They are very inspiring to me. One of the themes is keeping in touch with prospects and serving them....but can you do this too much? 

I try to stay very well-groomed. I believe it's important to present yourself as someone who is "put together." That might be old-fashioned, but I never go out of the house without some level of make-up (sometimes just mascara). I make sure my outfit could be seen by clients at all times...even at the gym. Probably came from my grandfather who was rather "upper crust" and always reminded me to represent my "best self" at all times. 

Needless to say, chipped nail polish would not be part of my plan. I loved it when gel nails came along...allowing me to have more natural nails and yet not worry about chipping. It also allows my nails to grow longer than they ever would without help. 

So long, beautiful nails are a good thing? Right? 

Yes, but this morning they are tapping on the keyboard as I type, so it's time for a trim....too much of a good thing. 

It reminded me of a new agent I know who had to refer one of her prospects to me to save the deal. She was keeping in touch...too much touch. She started each day looking up new listings for this couple...and calling with this information. When they stopped taking her calls, she would email them....sometimes twice a day.

Eventually they called me and asked for help. 

They are serious about buying, and like this gal very much...but she was driving them crazy! She and I spoke...and I'm working with the buyers now (and giving her a VERY generous split). 

Too much of a good thing can be annoying....time to trim the nails. 


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  1. Debbie Reynolds 01/02/2017 10:28 AM
  2. Patricia Kennedy 01/05/2017 03:15 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Fun post, Karen. Too much contact can be like nails on a chalkboard. Buyers will run the other way like in your example.

Jan 02, 2017 10:26 AM #1
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Great analogy, Karen... and in this situation it's precisely why it's so important to ask clients up front how they want to be communicated with and how frequently.

Jan 02, 2017 10:52 AM #2
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I rarely call clients because most of them don't like it. In fact, I have a client I'm working with now that I've never talked with at all. All of our communication has been through email, and we are closing escrow next week. I've never had a client complain that I was sending too much information via email.

I also find that you can ask clients how they want you to communicate and many won't really tell you. They feel awkward about setting boundaries. So I take my cues from them. If I call and it goes to voicemail but a text is immediately answered, I text from thereon out.

Jan 02, 2017 10:56 AM #3
Lottie Kendall
Today | Sotheby's International Realty - San Carlos, CA
Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco

I loved the gel polish--always felt put-together-but finally had to stop since the chemicals were ruining my nails. I know that's not the point of your post, but too much of a good thing is just that--too much.


Jan 02, 2017 11:11 AM #4
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

What a fun post and great analogy Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner! I too love the gel nails. Being pushy is not a good thing, it annoys me when others do it, certainly wouldn't do it to my clients.

Jan 02, 2017 11:45 AM #5
Steven Nickens
Elite Pacific Properties Maui - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

My Broker would always bust me, she would say have you been working in the garden.  Working with high profile clients doesn't mix with dirt in your nails. My wife keeps me tuned up which I appreciate.

Jan 02, 2017 12:06 PM #6
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Well I don't own ANY make up and I have a chip or three in my gel polish on my nails, but hey.... my clients didn't seem to mind either today :)  Happy New Year!

Jan 02, 2017 02:09 PM #7
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

There is a lot of truth in this, Karen.  A fine line between good communication and stalking?  I'm glad you're available to serve the clients and shar a split on the transaction.  Good job!

BTW:  I can't wear make-up due to an eye condition but I always make sure my nails look great!  I started doing my own a few years ago (saving hundreds of dollars a year)... and have my own little in-home salon.  No clients but me, of course.  LOL

Jan 02, 2017 02:13 PM #8
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

As I have gotten older the joys of a manicure and a pedicure are like regular massages. Indulge yourself.

Jan 02, 2017 02:34 PM #9
Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Yes it's time for me to get my nails re-done for the New Year also.

Jan 02, 2017 02:47 PM #10
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Cute blog, Karen!  I like the comment left by Carol Williams that mentions, "A fine line between good communication and stalking? "

Jan 02, 2017 05:01 PM #11
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Karen.  Reminds me of an agent I knew that basically couldn't type on a keyboard because her nails were so long.

Jan 02, 2017 05:04 PM #12
Karen Hellier
Freelance Writer - Big Canoe, GA
Freelance Writer for Professionals, North Georgia

Very, very well said Karen. I am glad Debbie Reynolds re-blogged this or I would have missed it. Thanks for sharing.

Jan 02, 2017 07:46 PM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Karen- I love the analogy!  And yes, it is often time to trim the nails and give your clients some space. 

BTW- my short nail days came from over 12 years of piano lessons.  And I love gels because they withstand almost anything. 

Jan 05, 2017 03:48 PM #14
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

It is tough when the desperation of an agent gets in the way of the buyer's needs.  She was fortunate that you opened up your split to her

Jan 05, 2017 06:47 PM #15
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