It's a small world after all...

By
Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate

Unbelieveable.  I am not a natural salesperson.  I am the person who likes to sit in a room and come up with ways to promote everyone and everything except me.  I had to give that up for the most part to become a real estate agent.  So today, I had a showing at a building that I have listed and afterwards I walked up the street to check out some condos being built in the area.  I walked back down the street and a lady on the porch of her house caught my eye.  I don't know why, but she just did.  A gentleman was on the porch of my listing and I got a card out, introduced myself, gave it to him and moved on.  I was just about to jump in the car to go to my son's soccer practice and something about that lady kept bugging me, so I got another card and headed across the street.  The conversation was insane.  Talk about 6 degrees!!! As I got closer to her, I saw that she was on oxygen, and I felt bad for even bothering her.

I handed her my card.  So here is the synopsis.

Lady - You look so familiar.

Me - Well, I am across the street a lot.

Lady - No, you look like a lady who used to teach with me.

Me - I was a teacher in North Carolina, not here.

Lady - What part?

Me - Greensboro.

Lady - My daughter used to be in Greensboro.  She went to North Carolina A&T.

Me - Oh, so did I! My husband did too (pointing across the street to him)

Lady - Her name is...

Me - Sounds familiar.

Lady - she was in that freshman dorm...

Me - Barbee?

Lady - No... not that one.

Me - I was in Vanstory.

Lady - Yea, that is it.  Vanstory. She was on the 3rd floor.

Me - I was on the 3rd floor!

Lady - Her friend was..... you know her?

Me - Oh yea, I know her.  She was friends with my roommate.  She was from Rocky Mount.

Lady - Yea, my daughter had a friend from Rocky Mount too.

Me - My roomate was...

Lady - yep, that is her. You know what - I have a picture.

Me - Omigosh!  I know her! She always had on some bedroom shoes!

Lady - Sure does! Or did back then anyway.

Me - wow the world is small!

Lady - It sure is.  You know ... is looking for a house.  I'll give her your information.

Me - Thank you!  It was great talking to you.

Lady - Great talking to you too.  Made my day! What in the world made you come up and talk to me?

Me - Honestly, I have no idea, but I am so glad that I did!

When your gut tells you to go up and talk to someone, listen!  You never know where your next deal will come from - or new friend for that matter.  The world is way too small not to be nice. My husband came up to her while we were talking, and when I introduced her as the mom of an aggie, he (much more outgoing than myself) bent down and gave her a hug - He said, "moms of aggies are aggies.  We are all family!"  She lit up and I knew he made her day.  The conversation lasted so long, I barely made it to my son's practice.  She's not planning to sell EVER, and her daughter's friend, knowing this area, may already have an agent, but I left that conversation feeling great about following my gut.  We talked about all kinds of things.  She and her husband went to Howard.  My mom and dad went to Howard.  She had 2 boys and a girl - girl last.  I have 2 boys and a girl - girl last.  And more stuff too!

You would be surprised how much we all have in common.  I will definitely check her out on days that I am in the area. It's a small world after all... it's a small, small, world!

:)

Eva

Comments (7)

Joan Snodgrass
Midamerica Referral Network - Kimberling City, MO
Nice story, Eva.  Great example of what can happen when we are just plain 'nice'.  It's not always about business.
Apr 30, 2007 04:07 PM
Melody Young
Milestone Motoring - Auto Broker/Dealer - Westlake Village, CA
Auto Broker-Milestone Motoring
6 degrees of separation, instinct and marketing yourself all rolled up into one heartwarming post...thank you!
Apr 30, 2007 05:19 PM
Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time
What a cowinkidinky. You are right though we should follow our instincts. We have them for a reason. Well done Eva.
May 01, 2007 08:00 AM
Dan Allred
Allred Realty - Thousand Oaks, CA
DRE#01761967
The world is no more than seven relationships deep. It always happens to it did last weekend.
May 01, 2007 12:01 PM
Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing

Looks like God just blessed you, sis!!

I am happy for ya!!

May 01, 2007 12:45 PM
Ginger Wilcox
Sindeo - San Francisco, CA
It goes to show that being nice and friendly is always worth a shot- you never know what you will find in common if just try!
May 07, 2007 03:46 PM
Eva Wilson
Long & Foster Real Estate - Camp Springs, MD
BS, GRI - DC Metro Area - Home Marketing Specialist: The DVD Lady

Happened again yesterday!

:)

Eva

May 10, 2007 03:37 AM