Dog Days of Summer-- A Few Ideas To Share

Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes

I am very excited about this month's Active Rain challenge to hear all the great ideas from around the USA!  I am not a dog lover, totally understand why people love dogs so much, so my post will not include any dog activities!

Our office recently had a get together about this very topic--some unique ways to get customers and clients together for a fun event, or just unique ways to stay in touch.


Here in the midwest, August is the time of year when the tempertures can easily hit 100 and the humidity feels stifling. An idea we came up with was a few agents going together to rent out a local swimming pool for an evening.  The price is reasonable--just $300! It's easy to bring in beverages and drinks, and have pool themed giveaways.  Doing the event with a couple of other agents not only cuts down the costs but also adds more people to socialize with in a larger space.  





Another idea we thought of was a car wash coupon or token. (Actually, this would be a good idea any time of year--especially in the winter months.)  Agents can deliver coupons to clients, good for a free wash.  When dropping off the coupon, it could be attached to a reusable water bottle, or car air freshener, or small bar of soap.  It would be easy to get creative with this one!




Finally, we came up with the idea of a drive through dinner.  When it's too hot to cook, but you have to eat, your office parking lot could be set up as a drive through for client to come by and pick up a to go salad, or grilled burgers with a bag of chips, hot dogs...or stage the ice cream truck in the lot for a drive by treat.  Set up a few tables for those who may want to park, visit for a bit and then get on their way. 


We plan to try out some of these ideas next summer--your comments and suggestions welcome!



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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR

(Brookside/Armour Hills resident, local business supporter, NPR fan, Habitat ReStore volunteer, thankful for the gift of another day!)


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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I’m always down for a good car wash a nice day myself! Love and light and all the best!

Aug 14, 2019 01:19 PM #1
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR this is a GREAT example for the Dog Days of Summer Contest!  Your office agents put their thinking caps on to come up with some fabulous ideas for summer fun with clients. Bravo!!!

Aug 14, 2019 01:52 PM #2
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Mary:

What a super entry for the contesst - these are great ideas! I hope if you try 1 or more out you will report back.


Aug 14, 2019 05:20 PM #3
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I enjoyed reading your ideas for summer for the entry for the contest. I especially liked the drive through dinner!  Not everyone is a swimmer -but who doesn't like a hot dog on a summer day while visiting with your agent! Love this.

Aug 14, 2019 07:21 PM #4
Kathy Tyndall
RE/MAX Estate Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
EPRO Realtor

Aug 14, 2019 08:34 PM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Mary... a great list of ideas... very creative and sure to be appreciated by your clients.

Aug 15, 2019 04:40 AM #8
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Do unto others never fails to impress.....when sighted

Aug 15, 2019 06:02 AM #9
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR - These are great ideas for Midwesterners! I was born in the Midwest (Chicago) so I completely understand the stifling heat and how refreshing a spray or tub of water outdoors could be. We even turned on the Fire Hydrants! The drive-in Hot Dog stand for dinner was the best!!! Our office is very COOL!

Aug 15, 2019 03:08 PM #10
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Mary,  Thanks for sharing these awesome ideas.   I really like the drive up dinner idea - no one wants to cook when it's so hot.

Aug 15, 2019 06:12 PM #11
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I like the "rent a pool" idea.  That would be fun to have a private pool party.

Aug 15, 2019 08:20 PM #12

Good blog post. I certainly appreciate this website. Thanks!

Aug 16, 2019 02:21 AM #13
Robin Wells
WellSwept Chimneys - Victoria Harbour, ON
Giving Peace Of Mind One Chimney At A Time

Thanks for post and some interesting ideas.  Rent a pool and drive through .. what an afternoon.. combine them both.

Aug 16, 2019 04:20 PM #14
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Being from Wichita, I totally get your heat/humidity claim!  I love the idea of rentng out a pool.  I bet it would be more expensive here in Scottsdale, but I'll have to check!  Happy Summer!

Aug 20, 2019 09:47 PM #15
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

I love the idea of renting out the town pool - does the $300 include liability?

Aug 21, 2019 05:37 AM #16
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, I may have to use the pool idea, Mary! I do have events for my clients every quarter. The problem this quarter is the humidity and we have it in a local park. So, I'm all about renting a pool where everyone can cool off!

All of them are wonderful ideas - that one just struck a chord with me. Thank you for sharing!

Aug 31, 2019 09:07 PM #17
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