Referrals Matter

Real Estate Agent with Best Connections Realty, Inc. 3087750

Referrals matter.  They're important, as they're a reflection on you.


When I refer someone out, I want to make sure they will be well taken care of.  The first place I look is Active Rain.  I have had instances where no one covered a particular city, so I had to look further.   I believe being on Active Rain these past 9 years has transcended brokerages and even certifications.  Here, people are people.  When I refer out, it doesn't matter who the agent works for.  What matters to me is the agent or broker themselves.


Through the years, I have given and received referrals.  Before I give a referral, I always pick up the phone and talk to the broker or agent.  I need to get a sense of who they are and what they're about (unless I already know them well.)  How do they sound?  Will they be a good fit for the buyers?  I like happy buyers - referred out or not!


After speaking with the agent, I think you get a sense of if this will work.  After all, if it doesn't, who does it come back to?  You got that right!


If they want my help during the transaction, I'm happy to help.  If they want to update me as things progress, that's fine; I like it.  I'm pretty easy going.  The idea is to get the job done successfully with the least amount of stress to all involved.   If the referral is coming to me, I'm honored and humbled that someone puts their faith and trust in me and thinks I will do a great job for their clients/


I have done my share of referrals, but not in any great numbers, but I have done them with great people - Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland , J. Philip Faranda Gabe Sanders John Meussner , Kathy Streib Leslie Ebersole , and the late Lou Ludwig .   If I left anyone out, I'm so sorry. 


Everything worked out well and everyone was happy.  I told you before, I like happy buyers and sellers!


In fact, I remember specific instances with Margaret Rome where she asked me to list a very special friend's condo, and another time where we got a call about property in Florida on her radio show in Baltimore.  Go figure.  The world has certainly gotten smaller! 


In another instance, John Meussner received a thank you note from buyers he had referred to me and he blogged about it.  You can read what he wrote here Great Realtor Experience in Palm Beach County.  Thank you again, John!   I went to their wedding shower and now they have a beautiful baby girl.


Another referral I remember was from Deb Agliano who immediately told me she was DebontheWeb.  We hit it off immediately because I loved her name.  She had found me on looking for an ABR.  We talked for quite some time when we realized she also knew Margaret Rome.  Talk about a small world!  Margaret was handling a listing for her in Maryland.  I was handling her cousins who wanted to move to Boynton Beach, FL.  And move they did.  You can read their testimonial here.


If I'm asked to do a referral, I don't mind being questioned.  Talk to me.  I may or may not be the perfect fit, or in the right area, for your buyer or seller.  If that's the case, I'll let you know and try to give you a name (without a referral.)  South Florida is a large area and agents claim to cover three counties.  I'm telling you, it isn't possible to know every community in every county.  I'd rather your buyer get the best service possible.   If it's out of my territory, I'll tell you.  And that's the truth.


UPDATE:  I recently received a referral from Debbie Laity via Fred Griffin .  You can read about it here.  Everything worked out well and was put together from Colorado to Florida to Illinois.  It's closed and the seller was able to move on.  It was a great story!


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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks for the mention, Elyse.  I only wish I had more referrals to give you.

Mar 09, 2018 03:58 AM #6
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Tou never know from where you may receve them....talked with a gal from Detroit and one from Miami yesterday....bring it on...we LOVE  relocaton ! 

Mar 09, 2018 03:59 AM #7
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Elyse referrals do matter. Finding the right fit for our clients is so important. And for us rainers it's so much easier as we've gotten to know each other so well over the last 10 years. The lovely gal in the comment above Sally K. & David L. Hanson was my first rainer referral many years ago! Rain on!

Mar 09, 2018 10:11 AM #8
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Aw so great reading this Elyse!  They were great folks and glad to hear that it was such a great match! : )

Mar 09, 2018 02:01 PM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Elyse- knowing you as I do, knowing how much you care about your clients, heck you care about everyone...THIS is why I would not hesitate to recommend you. You go over, above, and way beyond what is expected. 

Mar 09, 2018 06:25 PM #10
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

What a super post Elyse Berman, PA  you would be my choice as I have always like your style . i also love your market reports 

Your Post has been Featured in Bananatude


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Mar 09, 2018 06:26 PM #11
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Wow, thanks Hannah Williams !  I've never been featured in Banatude before.  What an honor!  And thanks for the kind words.  

Mar 10, 2018 03:08 AM #12
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Elyse Berman, PA - Where's the feature suggest button when you need it! You are an extraordinary member of ActiveRain. This entry is the best and I hope it wins the AR Challenge!

Mar 10, 2018 05:53 AM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


          Thank you Elyse!!!

Mar 10, 2018 04:46 PM #14
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

I love that Patricia Feager reblogged this feature worthy post!

Mar 10, 2018 08:48 PM #15
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Elyse Berman, PA ,

I'm so glad that Patricia Feager reblogged your post! And now Kathy Streib has featured it in her "AH-ha" moments for the week! The AR gods must be on spring break it should carry a gold star!

Mar 11, 2018 04:48 AM #16
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Elyse

Here's one more vote for a gold star...but glad Kathy featured it. I really like your approach to sharing referrals. It's a wonderful feeling to have a referral to share, and to know exactly who to call and share it with.


Mar 11, 2018 09:08 AM #17
MaryKay Shumway
The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948) - Sister Bay, WI
Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert

I am also glad Kathy featured this---great post, and OH SO TRUE.  AR is the BEST source for the best people.

Mar 11, 2018 12:08 PM #18
J. Philip Faranda
J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY - Briarcliff Manor, NY

I just hope I can return the favor soon! 

Mar 11, 2018 04:42 PM #19
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

The "best fit" is so important.

Every agent is not right for all sellers or buyers. It's important to find the one best for YOU!

Mar 11, 2018 04:46 PM #20
Steven Nickens
Elite Pacific Properties Maui - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Elyse, great insight into referrals. Finding the right agent to work with can make a huge difference.

Mar 12, 2018 12:50 AM #21
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

There are times to say no, we are not always a good fit for a client. I recently had the father of a client who contacted me, he wants to be close to his son,buyt then adds later that he wants to also be close to some other relatives who live in NJ. Well I am not the right person for him as he really is not sure where he wants to live and it might be NJ.

Mar 12, 2018 01:08 PM #22
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Elyse Berman, PA, not all referrals work out but it's an honor to receive them, they're our lifelines. 

Mar 12, 2018 04:29 PM #23
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Hi Elyse, you know how much I enjoy speaking to you. You’d be #1 in my book if I had to refer anyone in Florida!

Mar 12, 2018 07:53 PM #24
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Hi Elyse, You have the magic touch as you want the client to be happy and I kow they pick up on that. Congrats for taking care of many successful referrals and sending them as well.

Apr 02, 2018 07:31 PM #25
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