How to Avoid Choosing the Wrong Sacramento Realtor

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

This is the third time this month that a seller has told me they read a blog I wrote and decided to hire me. It makes me wonder how many other clients never say a thing. Many just say they found me online, and that could mean anything. They could have gone to one of those websites that lists top agents and found my name on it.

Or they could have read a blog. I guess I should ask more questions about where my clients come from so I can continue that process, but the fact is I do so many different things online, it's hard to say which work. An online effort that I absolutely know works, though, is writing a blog. It's why I've been blogging for 12 years now.

Why more Sacramento agents don't blog is beyond me. We all have something important to say. Well, OK, most of us. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Did You Pick the Wrong Sacramento Realtor as Your Listing Agent?

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Agents have a tendency to puff themselves...the numbers don't lie, do they, Elizabeth?

 

I can, at any moment, share the data with anyone who asks (and I often do)! When they realize that their friendship is more valuable to them as 'friends' and not injecting a business relationship, they typically make the right decision.

 

I just had a similar experience - the wife wanted her BFF to list their home. She sells about 4 houses a year and one of my Friday Diary posts shared that I had Closed the same number of homes she sold in a year but, in one week. The husband, a financier, read the post, gave me a call and encouraged his wife to chat with me. 

 

The deal is done and she was elated...and her friendship with her BFF is intact as well!

Apr 21, 2018 10:26 AM #4
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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And, yes, we all need to get better at asking where the callers found us if we don't already have a direct link with a referral, Elizabeth. It tells us where we need to be working our marketing, doesn't it?!

Apr 21, 2018 10:28 AM #5
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good afternoon Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents ,

Love this post, numbers don't lie..its amazing how many out there are reading our blogs. I was on a listing appointment yesterday and asked her if she was aware of my websites..she smiled and said she reads my posts on my blog that is found on my websites.

Apr 21, 2018 10:34 AM #6
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Carol Williams I should get better at asking how they found me. Don't want to drill anybody, though, and sometimes they don't remember, just "online somewhere."

Apr 21, 2018 10:41 AM #7
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Bob "RealMan" Timm Well, I can say that about you, too, North Dakota Bob! It takes a lot to keep on ticking in Minot!

Apr 21, 2018 10:42 AM #8
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD Yes, I enjoy those stories too because they paint such an accurate picture of what is wrong in our markets and what is right.

Apr 21, 2018 10:43 AM #9
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Debe Maxwell, CRS Oh, don't even get me started on the puffery of agents. So many fluff and huff and puff that it gives our profession a bad name. I wish they would cut it out. There is nothing wrong with the truth. It's your best defense.

Apr 21, 2018 10:44 AM #10
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Dorie Dillard One of my new clients last week had read some obscure blog I had written, because when I started to share a story, she beat me to the finish line. I asked: how did you know that?? Wondered if maybe she knew the seller. Nope, she read it in my blog. Not only that, she remembered it. Blew me away.

Apr 21, 2018 10:46 AM #11
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Nina Hollander
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I've made a point to always ask someone who contacts me whom I don't know how they found me and why they decided to call me instead of another agent. The responses are often quite amazing!

Apr 21, 2018 12:58 PM #12
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Hi Elizabeth- I think your post has been a reminder to all of us to find out how we were found. I cannot tell you how many consultations I've been on where the seller expressed dismay over the listing agent they'd chosen. So many times the agent was the cousin of a friend who just got licensed, a relative who lived 40 miles away, or someone that lived around the corner. 

Apr 21, 2018 01:56 PM #13
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Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
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Congratulations for your Sacramento success, Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents. You do what you do well, for sure!

Unfortunately, blogging comes easier to some than to others. Keep going and I'll try to get more into it.

Thanks for sharing,
Bruce

Apr 21, 2018 03:29 PM #14
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Shirley Coomer
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In today's world, more folks are going online to find a great Realtor and blogs are a great way to communicate your value and expertise!

Apr 21, 2018 09:17 PM #15
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Yes, puffery is epidemic, isn't it?! 

And, yes, Elizabeth, the truth is SO easy to 'prove' and sticking with that is our best line of defense.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Apr 21, 2018 09:35 PM #16
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
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I had one person call me because she found a post I wrote about a neighborhood cat. It's very interesting to find out why people call us. 

Apr 22, 2018 03:29 AM #17
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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Raises and makes the point allowing us all to see more of this clear thinking pro

Apr 22, 2018 06:53 AM #18
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Elizabeth, does your Google analytics tell you how many hit your posts?   I like to know when someone reads them, and how many.   You do a great job, and is the reason Sellers hire you! 

Apr 22, 2018 07:44 AM #19
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Joan Cox Believe it or not, I do not spend a lot of time studying how well I am doing as I do reacting to how well I am doing.

Every so often I check out my top posts because they are displayed when I go to WordPress, but I don't actively seek this info. I care that my phone continues to ring  . . .

I know, I'm a terrible example. Most people check out hits.

Apr 22, 2018 08:12 AM #20
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Elizabeth.  They may not always specifically say but I can usually tell where the contact originated.  

Apr 23, 2018 10:49 AM #22
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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
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Hi Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, we know buyers and sellers begin their search online, with blogging, we are able to show consumer our personality as well as market knowledge. In my immediate market, I'm the only one who blogs. Just don't get it.

Apr 23, 2018 04:39 PM #23
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It's a good reminder for us to ask who we can thank for their business-it could be our own blog post.

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