Broker Tours / Open Houses / Just Not Trying ~ My Rant

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Broker Tours / Open Houses / Just Not Trying

I have read and been told Broker Tours and holding open house is not worth the time. Open houses are the way of the dinosaur (well I have been doing this for a long time). On Tuesday, we held a Broker Tour at #20 Boimare Drive in Kenner LA. Only 3 agents show to view the property and have a little lunch. Last night I get the call that one of the 3 agents will show the property with a client Saturday morning.

I hear so much doom and crying. What are you doing about it? If you sit at home and cry and watch TV expect the same results. NOTHING. Let's go people, this is a great business were in. I saw this in the 80's, a little in the 90' and now in 2000's. Activity will bring activity. STRIKE. This is my battle cry. So stop crying and make something happen. If you used to do it, do it again. Yes, include in your business plan new ways, i.e. Blog and internet exposure. Think out of the box.

Yesterday I stopped by the print shop to pick up a new sign (Price Rider).

>The worker said that is for a house.
>I said sure is. Gave it a pause; Then go into are you looking for a new home.
>Yes, I sure am and also my coworker is looking as well. BINGO!

I am working on the pre qualify and hope to move forward. Just so you know these buyers, they both knew their credit score and wanted very affordable homes (sub 100's). The Realtor they spoke with encourages them to wait until the market gets better.

Now that was customers #2 and #3. Number one is an investor who lives in Hawaii and has property for listing in Chalmette LA. She found me directly thru Active Rain

This is just a Rant, but I have things to do. How about you? Call and email all your contacts. Just one deal makes a difference and will lead to others.  Good Luck.  



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Jim Crawford
Crye-Leike REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR

Fell better now Frank?  LOL!  Rants are good, and trying to rally the troops requires a lot these days.  The gas is still high, and getting folks out to a brokers open can be a challenge. That is where the caravan worked.  3 or 4 agents in one car, and make a day of it.  Everyone can chip in $5 for gas.

Jul 31, 2008 01:21 AM #1
Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro

Frank--I like that line...give your clients a call or email. Also that you still are successful with some of the "old school" selling techniques. The market is reinventing itself and some tried and true methods will still work. Best message...stop complaining and get to work! :)

Jul 31, 2008 01:37 AM #2
Gene Allen
Fathom Realty - Cary, NC
Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate
You have to plant your seeds where ever you can and see what grows.
Jul 31, 2008 01:38 AM #3
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Frank, good for you. Successful people do the things unsuccessful people don't

Jul 31, 2008 01:45 AM #4
Michael Shankman
Award Realty - Las Vegas, NV
Selling Las Vegas 702-498-3383

I agree with you..too much doom and gloom..I seem to be busier than ever...

Jul 31, 2008 01:51 AM #6
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Frank, great move. If you didn't do the open house you wouldn't have gotten the leads. In that respect the open house paid off. Good work.

Jul 31, 2008 02:02 AM #7
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Frank, I think some of it has to do with the customs in your market area.  In DC, Tuesdays are broker open day, and a good lunch usually gets a good turn out.  But it's just what we do here. 

If they don't do it that way in your market, you might get a good edge by doing something differently and start a trend!

Jul 31, 2008 02:02 AM #8
Ida McCarthy
Ida McCarthy-Lombard Real Estate - Lombard, IL

I agree, too many agents whining about this horrible market!  Time to get to work on everything from your internet presence to your listing presentation. 

 And for all the people who just get depressed everyday with their efforts, well how about attending a few classes?  If you have the time, do something usefull with it instead of  wah wah wah! 

Ok, I've been ranting for a few days now, time to go do something productive.....

Jul 31, 2008 02:06 AM #9
John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
Licensed in Louisiana

Frank they are looking to buy and the other agent told them to wait??? 

Jul 31, 2008 01:10 PM #10
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Thanks to every one who stopped by.

Jul 31, 2008 11:14 PM #11
Lindsey Hasford
Edina Realty - Elk River, MN
Bringing you home...

Frank - My hubby just told me yesterday that I've been busy enough - now the money should start flowing freely! :-) It is about "just doing it" isn't it?

Aug 01, 2008 02:26 AM #12
The Somers Team
The Somers Team at RE/MAX Access - Philadelphia, PA
Real People. Real Dreams. Real Estate.

Frank - woo hoo !  I love it !  Not for nothing, Stephanie and I are having a great year.  The deals area a lot harder, but this market seperates the good from the great agents and really exposes the bad agents !   The business is out there - it is for the agents to find it, harness it and close it !

Philadelphia Realtors - Chris and Stephanie Somers

Aug 03, 2008 01:53 AM #13
Mary Strang
Viroqua, WI

Good for you. Let 'em sit on their hand and the rest of us will mop up the business!!

Aug 03, 2008 02:14 AM #14
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Christopher you said better than I. Unless you play you can not expect to win. Have great open houses today and get some.

Aug 03, 2008 02:35 AM #15
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Mary, there you go. I am and have done that for a long time. Just redirect and ride out the bumps in the road. Have a great one.

Aug 03, 2008 02:36 AM #16
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