A Surprise Referral From a Recent Townhome Seller
This morning, I met with a new prospective seller who had contacted me earlier in the week about listing his west suburban townhome (located about half an hour west of downtown Minneapolis).
Last autumn, I procured the buyer in a townhome sale in this fellow's neighborhood. The seller of that townhome was a retired medical administrator who had considerable experience in staffing hospitals and clinics. The buyer in that transaction was my client and she was a renter who had been searching for something affordable that she could purchase, update and enjoy.
So this morning, I inquired about who had recommended me to list his home for sale. He replied,"what impressed me most was the fact that a friend and former neighbor (the owner of the townhome in the transaction last autumn where I represented the buyer) recommended you Eric, instead of recommending her own agent."
During that transaction last year, I had very little contact with the seller. But apparently that seller overheard my buyer during a cellphone conversation, praising my work to a friend.
The man I met with this morning also did some homework of his own. He's a retired aerospace engineer, so it makes sense to me that someone with his background would be very detail-oriented and curious. He read online that I teach real estate courses to other agents in Minnesota and Wisconsin (he also commented about how unusual it is to meet a real estate agent who used to work in the symphony orchestra business).
I don't recall ever receiving a referral from a party who had been represented by another agent, working with a different brokerage. Not only was this a "first" for me but it was also a reminder that referrals can come from unexpected sources.
A lesson learned...you just never know where your next referral might come from!