If you give a Realtor a referral . . .

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

You've probably heard of the books "If you give a Moose a muffin" or "If you give a mouse a cookie", but how about If you give a Realtor a referral? I've been away at a conference all week and with a pinch of ADD, my mind wanders and zany ideas come about. So, here goes, "If you give a Realtor a referral."


If you give a Realtor a referral, he'll want to make a call,

and if he makes a call, he'll want to drop by your house.

If he drops by your house he'll see things you need to do.

So, you'll tidy up and pack stuff away, and then he'll ask you to do just a little more.

And while you're carrying those heavy boxes to storage you'll step on that loose board in the kitchen and your foot will get stuck. 

You'll pull and grunt and holler for help, and when the Realtor comes he'll tell you you've got to get that fixed or the home inspection will find it.

You'll call the handyman who'll fix the board, and while he's carrying his tools to the truck, he'll snag a lamp and knock it over. 

You'll run to catch the lamp and slip on the new board and bang your head on the wall making a big hole in it.

And when the Realtor sees that, he'll tell you you've got to get that fixed so the appraisal inspection doesn't see it. 

You'll call the the handyman back to fix the wall, and when the Realtor sees it, he'll say, "You've got to paint that wall so it will look good for the stager who is coming tomorrow."

When the stager comes, you'll have to move this and that and store a little more and when she's finally satisfied she'll call the photographer.

When the photographer comes, she'll ask for more light and you'll open the curtains and see the windows, and the Realtor will notice that the windows need to be washed.

You'll grab your ladder and start to wash the windows and you'll remember you left tomato sauce on the stove and just before you get there it will blow. 

There will be tomato sauce on the ceiling, wall and floor and all over your face, and when the Realtor sees it he'll say, "You'll need to clean that up before we can take any more pictures." 

You'll scrub the ceiling, walls and floor, and if you have time, you'll scrub yourself. 

You'll go back to the windows and wish and wash, and the light will pour through showing your beautiful house.

Suddenly, you'll notice what a grand house you have, and before you know it you'll shoo the photographer, and the stager and the Realtor out the door. 

You'll settle back in your favorite chair and enjoy your freshly painted and repaired house.

And a Realtor walking by, will notice what a wonderful house you have and she will . . . .


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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I love this story! Crazy things can happen once you get a realtor involved. haha.

Nov 20, 2018 04:34 AM #10
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Mike,

I love your story..its all so true but funny! Thank you for some fun reading this morning and when does your next book come out?

Nov 20, 2018 04:46 AM #11
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I love it! How odd is it that on Friday, I Closed a deal that I met the sellers 4+ years ago about listing their home - and then I read this?

I told them what needed to be done and they loved the changes I had them make so much, they stayed for another 4 years! And, yes, the photographer and stager were shooed away but, called back about 6-8 weeks ago to finally do the job...and me too! 

Great job, Mike - you really do have a talent for captivating your reader!

Happy Tuesday!

Nov 20, 2018 09:36 AM #13
Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070
Golden Gate Sotheby's International - Oakland, CA
Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay

That's a good one Mike! Funny but so true!

Nov 20, 2018 11:37 AM #14
Michael Eisenberg
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Real Estate Guy

Good read Mike, you're a great writer, with a great story.


Nov 20, 2018 03:20 PM #15
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Great job! My kids have all of those "If you give a" books. This is excellent! I'm wondering why the seller is making tomato sauce during the photo shoot though. Haha! -K

Nov 20, 2018 06:56 PM #16
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I had one client tell me this week when she saw the photos that she liked her house so much she might want to stay. LOL  

Nov 20, 2018 07:55 PM #17
Sajy Mathew
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Lancaster, PA
Making your real estate dreams become a reality!

Nice, entertaining read.  You definitely have a talent here.  Congrats!

Nov 20, 2018 08:36 PM #18
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

If you give an inch they will take a mile!

This was a fun read and really quite true!!

You should do more of these! 

Nov 20, 2018 11:14 PM #19
Stella Barbour
NoVa Brokers LLC - Vienna, VA
Principal Broker, Serving Virginia and Maryland

What a great exhausting read.  LOL  I have sellers that say . . . Maybe we shouldn't sell the house now . . .

Nov 21, 2018 05:48 AM #20
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

That is a great tale of what to expect Mike Cooper, very catchy 

Nov 21, 2018 06:15 AM #21
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Mike.  Great read and you should write a book.  It would be a best seller

Nov 21, 2018 07:55 AM #22
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

And they have the nerve to say that we are overpaid salesperson. How dare people? LOL.  

Nov 21, 2018 10:17 AM #23
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

This rings too with a playful nature.  There needs to be more content like this.  

Nov 21, 2018 02:22 PM #24
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Mike

That's pretty funny. Interesting what the mind can do sometimes!


Nov 21, 2018 10:45 PM #25
Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

Us inspectors see everything, right? Even tomato sauce. That's why I may just live here until I die. Happy thanksgiving.


Nov 22, 2018 04:36 AM #26
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

You have a creative wandering mind, Mike Cooper. Thanks for sharing and bringing me a smile. I've not had a seller decide to stay but often wonder if they will!


Nov 22, 2018 06:24 PM #27
Muhammad Mushtaq
Weichert, Realtors® - SBA Group - Fall River, MA

When you give a referral to a Realtor, and a serious of unfortunate events start but at the end it is your win, Mr. and Mrs. seller.

Nov 23, 2018 02:39 AM #28
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

We do lead a crazy life sometimes as Realtors. Thanks for the post.

Nov 23, 2018 10:16 AM #29
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Let's hope that it is not a put a sign in the yard and a listing on MLS and cross your fingers and hope for a buyer...a little preparation goes a loooong way !

Nov 24, 2018 05:18 AM #30
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