Phone a Friend: Call a Niche Real Estate Specialist

Real Estate Agent with The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948)

Phone a Friend: Call a Niche Real Estate Specialist


Mortgage brokers.  Title agents.  Staging Experts.  Arborists. Traditional Lenders.  Surveyors.  Septic Experts.  Home Inspectors, Radon Remediators...and the list goes on......


Assisting in our transactions, it's your place, your vocation. It's your up-front or behind-the-scenes role in my transaction.  YOU ARE THE TRUE STARS THAT ALLOW US TO SHINE!  Your posted tips are of great value to me, and every day I learn something new.


We all have our favorite bloggers and 'Rainer friends that we follow and admire.  Some are Ambassadors, some are RainMakers, some are new and trying out ActiveRain for the first time.  But it's a community of people that have become like familiar friends.




As such, this month I took the liberty of placing a call to someone in Wisconsin that I have much admired.  He's a fantastic writer and a source of wonderful information on his "neck of the woods".  I mean that both literally and figuratively.  My first call for the new year went out to Bob Crane.

Call a Door County Real Estate Expert

Bob is truly "active" in the Rain.  I get a regular invitation for meet-ups, and someday I'll be able to make the three and a half hour trip to Stevens Point or somewhere similar and actually attend!  He's been full of great tips and eager to give advice where needed.  We're probably both smarting today from the Packers loss, but we had a great conversation earlier this month about the real estate market, our predictions for 2017 and life in general.  It was great to finally pick up the phone and make the connection.  He is a forestland real estate expert for sure.  If Bob and family ever makes it to Door County, I'll be sure to take them to lunch and show them what makes Door County a such great place to live, work and raise a family.


I also left a message for the busy broker expert Gene Mundt. I have also been following his writing for some time, and it's always good to get tips on the lending market from an expert!  Gene is from the Chicagoland, but is also licensed in Wisconsin, and works in one of the busiest real estate markets in the country.  


I don't cold call in my business--ever.  This was an opportunity for me to meet some of the people I admire. 

As such, picking up the phone and calling these gentlemen was a step out of my comfort zone, but Bob was great.  I truly enjoyed our conversation.  Gene really knows his market and his product, and I'll touch base with him again soon.  I hope they will keep in touch with me as Door County is a secondary market and we see people from other parts of the state and country all the time (this summer I worked with buyers from Texas, Oklahoma, St. Louis, Sweden, Turkey and, of course, the Chicagoland area!).


Phone a Friend: Call a Niche Real Estate Specialist


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 Thank you for reading!  MaryKay Shumway, ABR®, CRS®, Realtor® loves to laugh and enjoys working with people that love the Door Peninsula.  She is a full-time real estate Broker, mother of two and a senior Broker Associate at the Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc. in beautiful Sister Bay, Wisconsin.  She represents listings throughout the Door County Peninsula and also represents many Buyers that want to purchase the perfect property to make Door County a part of their lives.  CONTACT MARYKAY ABOUT YOUR DOOR COUNTY PROPERTY QUESTIONS TODAY.

MaryKay Shumway has a consistent multi-million dollar producer for over thirteen years.  Representing both listing clients and buyer clients full time, MaryKay is also a mother of two and active in the Door County community in the local school district, nonprofit groups and governmental affairs.  A member of the Door County Board of Realtors Honors Society from 2005-2016, the Door County Realtor of the Year 2008, a member of The Real Estate Group's Chairman's Circle in 2010-2015, and an member of the Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society for 2014 & 15.  She has served as President and Vice President of the Door County Board of Realtors  and as a member of its Advocacy Committee.  MaryKay is a top MLS producer and has held the position of top producer at The Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc. since 2016.


Contact MaryKay.  "As a multi-million dollar producer and senior associate at The Kellstrom-Ray Agency selling Door County real estate, I focus my balance on both  featured listings and representing Buyer Clients looking for the perfect Door County Property.  I turn Door County vacations into Door County traditions by helping you own your own Door County real estate, and I represent exceptional properties in all price points on the Bay of Green Bay, Lake Michigan, and all inland lakes and properties in between. Call, text or e-mail me today."


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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Bob Crane  is one of the good ones for certain. I was shocked that GB lost btw.

I do regularly talk with AR folks, fortunately often to refer them!

Jan 23, 2017 08:23 PM #16
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

It was a pleasure to talk with you MaryKay, thank you for the kind words and for making me your first call.  Hopefully we will talk again soon.



Jan 23, 2017 08:29 PM #17
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

MaryKay Shumway, Door County - these are not cold calls - they are warm calls. They are our virtual friends - and now voice friends.

I am sure you'll attend the next meetup in WI!

Jan 23, 2017 08:59 PM #18
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

This is about that entrepreneurial spirit and I kinda love it. Love and light and all that good stuff!

Jan 23, 2017 11:27 PM #19
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I love the idea of warm calls! I've never heard of that phrase before in my life, but I love it! I'm stealing it,

Praful Thakkar

Jan 23, 2017 11:28 PM #20
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Everybody can find somebody who knows something and just the willingness to ask Kinda helps too! :)

Jan 23, 2017 11:34 PM #21
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Nobody can do all niches well in real estate.  Know your niche specialists and call them to refer a client over or get some partnership to get through the deal

Jan 24, 2017 04:14 AM #22
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

Thanks for the post and inspiration to pick up the phone!

Jan 24, 2017 05:28 AM #23
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

The connection is strong when you are shoulder to shoulder in the real estate trenches through a couple market cycles. Other agents, brokers, REALTORS know what you are talking about when discussing anything real estate related because we all eat, breathe, sleep real estate that is one jealous master. A has been coach not making his living in today's world or a corp exec wearing threads from Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, with Barker black ostrich cap toe shoes, hanging out in a corner glass walled tower office with a coveted parking spot near the lobby can use buzz words to sound authoritative. But just not the fruit you squeeze the most knowledge out of like your AR family you blog with year after year. Thanks MaryKay Shumway, Door County !

Jan 24, 2017 05:35 AM #24
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around

Hi, MaryKay!

It is great to connect with other fellow Rainers!  I have met a few of them in person and I have had wonderful conversations with them.  It helps to know them better in order to confidently refer our clients.  I must add that I have also learned things from speaking to them.

Congrats on the feature!


Jan 24, 2017 09:34 AM #25
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Actual phone calls take time but can have big payoffs!  Good for you-- reaching out to network like this on AR>

Jan 24, 2017 09:50 AM #26
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi MaryKay

What you have said echoes my experiences here on AR, and in connecting with them on the phone and in person around the country over the years I have been a member. It's an amazing community of people in all aspects of our business with a wealth of information and a willingness to share in many ways.


Jan 24, 2017 01:30 PM #27
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I agree - this is a wonderful community. I haven't actually spoken with many members, but there are dozens and dozens who feel like good friends.

Jan 24, 2017 04:33 PM #28
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

I know your chat was informative.  A great way to start the New Year.

Jan 24, 2017 07:13 PM #29
Stephen Turner
Burkentine Realty Group (Burkentien Builders) - York, PA

So true. You need to have niche friends in this business. I specialize in Brand New Homes. Instead of trying to list the trailing home of all my buyers, most times I refer them out to friends. If I have someone who needs a rental option or is an investor who wants to buy a rental property, I send them to my buddy Arthur in my office. This way our clients win, and we all do too.

Jan 25, 2017 08:45 AM #30
Mike Bjork
SunWest Mortgage - Redondo Beach, CA

Congrats on getting out of your comfort zone and reaching out to fellow Rainers!  I think most here are friendly enough to field such a call.  I think the Meet Ups are wonderful, and it's great to simply pick up the phone and reach out to somebody whom you follow and connect.  Thanks for sharing!

Jan 25, 2017 10:06 AM #31
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

Good way to start the new year. Will be sending this to other realtors in the office.

Jan 25, 2017 12:21 PM #32
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Bob Crane would be a good guy to call! He loves the land and what he does!

Sorry about those Packers....

Jan 26, 2017 12:55 AM #33
Wayne L. Brown
Franklin Advantage Inc. - Alpine, CA

Great advice MaryKay. We all can benefit from the relationships that we make on here, even when those we meet are out of our service area.

Wisdom often comes from listening to others.

Thanks for your kind words.

Best wishes for 2017.

Jan 26, 2017 07:51 AM #34
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

That is excellent advice, Mary Kay. Thanks for Ringing and Singing in the Rain with Bob Crane.

Feb 08, 2017 04:18 PM #35
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