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Your Best Real Estate Friend Is Your "Bird Dog"-Every Agent Needs One!

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It’s already been established that the real estate business is a people business. What needs to be stressed is the fact that the most important people are your "Bird Dogs." Our business is a referral business. However, there are those people who focus on finding business for you and sending it your way.

These are people who know people. A “Bird Dog” works for the master.  The agent is always on that person’s “things to do list.” The ball is never dropped. The true “Bird Dog” feeds the agent.

Every agent who has one has been Blessed. Of course, an agent can have more than one, but one will certainly get you off the blocks initially.

A thank you can be shown in many ways. Special gifts for special people always work well. Every “Bird Dog” loves a treat when the “game” is delivered to the master.

These gifts could be presents on Birthdays, Christmas and any special holiday. It’s not tax deductible, but it’s been earned by the steady source.

Some of you may not approve of this, but let’s be real, this is how you grow your business.

Just another thought for the moment…..

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Barbara Todaro, Great Grandmother to Caleb, Santino, Aiden and Gianni       

Todaro Team - Retired



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Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Your advice is always the best.  I wish that I had a bird dog, it certainly would make things easier.  If I had to do it all over again, I would certainly work my sphere better than I have and make sure that I found at least one bird dog within it.

Aug 03, 2022 05:01 AM
Barbara Todaro

I'll tell you a secret, Brian England ...it's NEVER too late....

Aug 03, 2022 05:10 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I'm with you on this, Barbara... and I love finding a special/unique gifts for special clients that are very personal to them.

Aug 03, 2022 05:21 AM
Barbara Todaro

that's how to do it....

Aug 03, 2022 07:04 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Barbara - having the right relationship with connections is helpful in real estate and in life.  "They" can be a beneficial companion in the dog days of August and throughout each moment of everyday living.  

Aug 03, 2022 05:43 AM
Michael Jacobs


Aug 03, 2022 08:53 AM
Barbara Todaro

...and throughout each moment of everyday living.  

Aug 03, 2022 07:04 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Someone who believes in us enough to send referrals our way is a treasure indeed.

Aug 03, 2022 05:58 AM
Barbara Todaro

Amen to that.....

Aug 03, 2022 07:07 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Barbara,

So true! Real estate is a relationship business and its amazing how a bird dog or several can keep your pipe line full!! Its never too late to start this if you haven't identified several already.

Aug 03, 2022 06:10 AM
Barbara Todaro

never too late.... 

Aug 03, 2022 07:07 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Never thought of those who made referrals to me as a "Bird Dog". My thought was these folks were "Scouts" as they would scout for referral opportunities.  I always send a thank you note and these individuals are on my annual Christmas/Holiday mailing list. 

Aug 03, 2022 06:31 AM
Barbara Todaro

similar programs.... we have some variations in titles and tasks.....

Aug 03, 2022 07:06 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Nothing better than raving fans who tell everyone what a great job you did for them.

Aug 03, 2022 06:39 AM
Barbara Todaro

yes.... a good rah rah goes a long way.....

Aug 03, 2022 07:06 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Barbara I have not heard these referral sources be referred to as "Bird Dogs", but I completely agree with what you wrote.

Aug 03, 2022 02:12 PM
Barbara Todaro

the "true me" sometimes shows through!! LOL.... not always polished.... I guess that's why I can deal with the good; the bad and damn right ugly!!

Aug 04, 2022 02:28 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Barbara, for sharing your experience and your advice.

Aug 04, 2022 07:50 AM
Barbara Todaro

thank you for your continued support.... Roy Kelley 

Aug 04, 2022 12:15 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi BarbaraT-- It's a relationship business and when you find someone who believes in you and knows what you can do, they want to refer others to you. 

Aug 04, 2022 04:52 PM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

AMEN Barbara Todaro you may be retired but your wisdom is always worth sharing in this biz!  Miss ya.

Aug 18, 2022 04:33 PM