The crazy things we do for our clients.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

There are so many crazy things we, as Realtors, do for our clients. I've seen agents paint rooms, carry away garbage, mow grass, help move, fix meals and the list goes on and on. That's a wonderful way to show clients that Realtors really are in this business for more than a commission check. This is a people business, and helping people reach their goals is the icing on the cake. 

This week, I had another one of those "that's a first" moments. One of my contracts is on a land listing I have on the west side of my community. It's very rural and most homes will have their own well and septic. Before a house can be built, a perc test has to be conducted to see what type of septic system the land will accommodate.

The process of a perc test is digging holes on the property about three feet deep and looking at the soil composition and seeing if it will allow for the proper drainage of waste. It's a simple process, but in order to do it, you need to have some sort of digging equipment. Getting a backhoe or a excavator on a site can be difficult during the busy summer months. 

That's where my first comes in. For years, I had my own backhoe which my electrical company used to dig underground service entrances. I no longer have the backhoe, but I do remember how to run one. That's where my "firsts" moment came in. After not being able to get a backhoe on the site within the contractual time-frame, I rented one and went and dug the holes. It was a successful mission, and I even got to meet the largest  turtle I've ever seen outside of the zoo. We do some crazy things to make a deal work, including running a backhoe. 


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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Mike - yes, something there are extra things needed sometimes to exceed expectations.

Sep 17, 2017 11:32 AM #1
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good for you Mike, There are times that lending a hand will pay off with many referrals down the road.

Sep 17, 2017 12:37 PM #2
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Mike - Backhoe operator is a good backup skill to have in reserve, just in case. And you're right - anything that shows our commitment to our clients is a productive use of time.

Sep 17, 2017 12:44 PM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Mike- The "it's not my job" description doesn't fit you, which is why you have the many clients that you do. This is what separates you from the others. 

Sep 17, 2017 03:46 PM #4
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

That Turtle makes me hungry.

I have done some out of the ordinary things and some things thaat were  just part of the job.

Sep 17, 2017 06:19 PM #5
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I can remember holding an Open House for a high maintenance seller, just 5 days after serious surgery.  I was supposed to remain hospitalized for 7 days, but signed myself out early so I could hold the open.  Would I do it again? Absolutely not!

Sep 17, 2017 06:28 PM #6
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Mike.

Going well above what most agents would do.  Good for you sir.  I hear turtle soup is good, never had it, I doubt I ever will

Sep 18, 2017 03:12 AM #7
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

It was worth it if only to see that gigantic turtle.  At first thought, I thought it was an exotic reptile of some sort.

Sep 23, 2017 10:00 AM #8
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