Just Help. It Pays Back in Spades.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Corinne Guest, REALTOR® | Barrington Realty Company License: 471.000044

I recently had an email enquiry about new construction. I have written many articles on buying new homes on my main website.

This enquirer had a question or two which I happily answered. Then a few more questions but his information indicated he was already in the throws of a purchase. I had to respond asking if he was represented by a Realtor because if so I could not help.

He responded that he was dealing with the builder direct, so I proceeded to help him answer his questions. We reached a conclusion with his questions and he was satisfied he had all the information he needed to protect himself in not over-paying for the property.

Let it be said that none of his questions or my answers extended to an agency relationship. They were very general in nature and nothing I had not or would not write about in a post either here or on my website.

At the conclusion of our email conversation, this is what he wrote.



Your articles were very helpful and I'm planning on putting together a very nice review for everything you have done including the time you spent putting together your site. 


So while I did not get a sale, I am getting a testimonial. In real estate it should not always be about pushing to get a sale, we can be rewarded in other ways too.


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Corinne Guest

Realtor & Managing Broker
Barrington Realty Company

Call me today 847-363-3686. 

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  1. Debe Maxwell, CRS 01/30/2017 07:03 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

A great testimonial can be worth its weight in gold!

Jan 15, 2017 05:21 PM #42
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

In our industry as in most the more you give... the more return! Congratualtions!

Jan 15, 2017 07:41 PM #43
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Corinne Guest, Managing Broker - it does matter what we do for people. It is a simple principle - if you 'Give', you'll 'Receive' one way or another.

Jan 15, 2017 08:03 PM #44
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

what a nice outcome.  I believe in karma - sometimes what you receive is unrelated to what you gave - but they are connected.  

Jan 15, 2017 08:18 PM #45
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

Corinne, I love your story. So much of our industry is about chasing the next buck.


Jan 16, 2017 04:36 AM #46
Carol Christiansen NYS Licensed Real Estate Broker
Cafe Realty - Katonah, NY
Live with the 3 Es – Energy – Enthusiasm – Empathy

I agree sometimes we just need to help and answer a few questions.

Jan 16, 2017 04:48 AM #47
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I can see why Kathy chose to highlight your post this week...great job!

Jan 16, 2017 07:06 AM #48
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

It makes me feel good when the people I have helped into a home tell me, "I could not have done it without your help". So testimonials are a good thing.

Jan 16, 2017 07:25 AM #49
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Corinne Guest, Managing Broker, this is a refreshing post. It's not always about a paycheck, when we do the right thing, we will be rewarded.

Jan 16, 2017 11:33 AM #50
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

You never know how long it will take to reap what you have sown but it does happen!

Jan 16, 2017 12:12 PM #51
Virginia Kazlouskas (Gregory)
Harmony Real Estate, Inc. - Hudson, NH
Your Southern NH Realtor!

You reap what you sow... And the buyer will let others know and although it may or may not, it might show its benefits with other buyers.

Jan 16, 2017 12:46 PM #52
Macy Babb ... North Georgia Realtor
Re/Max Around Atlanta Realtor - 404-234-6166 - Cartersville, GA
Realtor, SFR, HUD/REO Certified

I agree... helping to the extend we are allowed can not harm, they remember those that help and referrals are always a possibility

Jan 17, 2017 07:16 AM #53
Lori Cain
eXp Realty - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

True in all aspects of life - including real estate!

Jan 17, 2017 05:18 PM #54
Christine OShea
Christine E O'Shea Real Estate Broker - Naples, FL

Testimonials are golden and your insight and conversation will go a long way to gain you future business.

Jan 18, 2017 10:08 AM #55
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

That's how you do it, build up that love, and receive those dividends in one way or another.

Jan 18, 2017 01:26 PM #56
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Pay it forward is a definite real thing. It's not a gimmick or a bad joke or a fad. It's very real

Jan 22, 2017 11:56 PM #57
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Giving freely does often come around to thank us, sometimes with rewards in heaven, sometimes sooner.

Jan 30, 2017 10:21 PM #58
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

I'm reading an interesting book titled "Give and Take."   The message is that Givers like you come out ahead in the long run  : )   

Jan 31, 2017 07:14 AM #59
Corinne Guest
Corinne Guest, REALTOR® | Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
Barrington Lifestyles

Thank you all for your positive comments and vibes! Seems we all think alike and for that, the world of real estate is a better place!

Jan 31, 2017 07:25 AM #60
Florida Private Golf Communities
Golf Life Properties, LLC - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Finding Home Never Felt Better!

For some time I have admired your generosity both with the general public & the real estate community. That always comes back to you 10 fold! 

Feb 10, 2017 08:53 AM #61
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