The love from my first unsolicited review

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

I recall with fondness the client who first did a review without me asking. I also fully admit that I was a little nervous when I found said client had posted said review BEFORE closing.  I never ever pick up a lockbox or sign before closing for fear of jinxing the deal.  I'd certainly never ever ask for a review before we had the deal closed.

This particular client was out of my wheel house a bit.  It's my norm to sell Lake Sinclair waterfront homes and that was not in this young woman's budget. She was one of my first ... first time home buyers and I found out that while it's something that may have less financial up front, has the greatest rewards. 

This young lady that took me to neighborhoods I'd never researched before, ask questions I'd never researched before and was looking for an affordable home that didn't need too much fixing. I put in a lot of hours in "new" to me research. And while the initial commission on a sale in budget wasn't a lot of return, years later I'm still seeing more return.

How? Well when you help someone that others have turned away because of the fact they are looking for a needle in a haystack that doesn't cost a fortune they have a level of appreciation that I'd not experienced before, but have many times since then. I can't even begin to tell you the number of times she's personally sent more clients (buyers and sellers) that are her co-workers, but also That her review on line has brought me.  I mean "responsive, trustworthy and knowledgeable" are all good qualities you would want in a broker right?

I not only really loved that learning experience of a transaction and the very sweet client, but I also loved the value she has continued to bring to my business through that review that I had not even yet asked for when she wrote it.


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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Tammy Lankford, - Isn't it wonderful when clients show you that they like how well you are working for them and they shower you with unexpected appreciation. I think it's wonderful and may you always know that even though people don't always tell, I think they appreciate us more than we know. 

Feb 19, 2018 04:30 PM #5
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Marte Cliff there is so much truth in your statement.  Don't get me wrong, I love easy once in a while, but I also love a challenge too.

Kathleen Daniels this particular one works somewhere with a decent amount of turn over and I just love that all these years later she continues to send them to me when they are moving here or moving on.  I need to take her out to lunch soon.

Feb 19, 2018 07:47 PM #6
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Myrl Jeffcoat I couldn't agree more and thank you.

Patricia Feager you are probably right, but sometimes it's super cool to hear it.


Feb 19, 2018 07:48 PM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Tammy and congratulations. You are so right about the rewards that come not only from helping those who others turn away, but from learning.

Feb 20, 2018 06:14 AM #8
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Awww Tammy this review is so lovely! You made her buying process simple and easy! I so remember my story like yours and it always makes me smile thinking of them! It's not about money, is it!

Feb 20, 2018 09:30 AM #9
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thank you notes and unsolicited testimonials are the real paychecks that we receive. Knowing you, there are many of these from your raving fans. Congratulations Tammy Lankford, and thank you for sharing.

Feb 21, 2018 03:29 AM #10
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

How great is that, Tammy Lankford, more and more clients realize that reviews -- good ones --are invaluable to us.

Feb 21, 2018 03:20 PM #11
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Thanks for reminding me, Tammy, I need to remind my clients from last month to post a review. It has been getting harder and harder to get my reviews posted on Z because they go there and see a couple hundred 5 star reviews and think they don't make a difference, but they do.

Feb 22, 2018 12:20 PM #12
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

I love this.  My favorite clients are first time buyers.  They are so appreciative, eager to learn and very loyal.

Feb 22, 2018 02:20 PM #13
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

it's the extra mile that gives your career the most mileage.

Feb 24, 2018 04:15 AM #14
Janice Zaltman Realtor, LEED AP
United Realty Group - Boca Raton, FL

Tammy Lankford, wbat a beautiful post. We never know what lies before us when working with a client. Sometimes the work we do is not appreciated. It is so gratifying when we receive referrals from satisfied clients and great reviews!

Feb 25, 2018 08:23 PM #15
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489

Tammy Lankford, that's an awesome review! I also don't get my sign until the last minute. Agents often bring the lockbox to closing.

Feb 26, 2018 06:14 AM #16
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

That's awesome Tammy, you obviously really made a good impression on this buyer.

Feb 26, 2018 08:32 PM #17
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Good reviews are even better when they come without us asking. Congrats, Tammy.

Feb 26, 2018 08:49 PM #18
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh, I love, love, love that, Tammy! I know the kind of service you deliver and also know that she didn't need to wait to write that - your impression was set, and will be forever, with her and all of your clients! 

Feb 26, 2018 09:56 PM #19
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I love this story, Tammy! What a great client to have had, and a terrific learning experience for you! I love working with first tme buyers.


Feb 26, 2018 10:07 PM #20
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Unsolicited expressions of love or gratitude are the best, Tammy Lankford, Typically they are the most honest and heartfelt.  Who could help but be moved upon receiving one? 


Feb 28, 2018 12:27 PM #21
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

First time buyers with tight budgets can be some of the sweetest deals to close Tammy Lankford, !

Mar 02, 2018 06:51 AM #22
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

These type of clinets teach us so much and yes they appreciate us so much more as well.

Mar 06, 2018 10:11 AM #23
Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!
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

Sounds like you truly connected with a winning client!

Mar 26, 2018 09:31 PM #24
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