YEP the Fortune IS in the Follow Up

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX PALM REALTY 3247553



We've all heard the saying "the fortune is in the follow up" hundreds of times and yet I possibly missed out on a listing because I failed to follow-up this time. I met a couple at an open house right before the holidays and they asked me to contact them about discussing a possible sale of their home.

I called once to thank them for coming to the open house and the husband was busy so I called again within a week and the wife had been ill in the hospital and they were recuperating and asked me to call back. 

Sooooo I blamed it on the holidays and I blamed it on my leaving them alone while they were recuperating, however none of those things was a factor. It was my own failure by not adding them to my database and setting myself a task to follow up.

Well, guess what came on the market this week? Yes their home did and with another agent who probably did her follow up. Maybe we might have been competitors for the listing but I will never know since I didn't even compete.

On a brighter note I did just get an accepted contract on a home for some great people I've been following up with and nurturing since May of 2016!

This was an expensive lesson to learn that I believe I won't make again any time soon.  Has this ever happened to you?

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Comments (5)

Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

Of course, we all make that mistake.. I made it several times in my early years as a realtor, but I always follow up on any kind of lead... you never know where your business is coming from... 

Jan 30, 2017 07:01 PM
Vickie Teel

Hi Gloria Valvasori, ASA yes I'm usually very diligent as well and I will definitely remember this one with future leads.

Feb 02, 2017 04:49 AM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Sometimes this happens to the best of us; putting them on a reminder system would have helped.

Jan 30, 2017 11:59 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Vickie. It is a tough lesson and one we learn again and again.

Jan 31, 2017 06:13 AM
Vickie Teel

Sheila Anderson oh it sure is.  This biz is a learning experience every day isn't it?

Feb 02, 2017 04:51 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Following up is so valuable, I agree.When we have a system that prompts us, it's a little bit easier to remember. Congratulations on the accepted offer!

Jan 31, 2017 10:39 AM
Vickie Teel
RE/MAX PALM REALTY - Port Charlotte, FL
Sharing Florida sunshine one homeowner at a time!

Thanks so much Steffy Hristova it sure is.

Feb 02, 2017 04:51 AM

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