Can you write me a recommendation?

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I have written about this in the past. Time after time, I get emails from one network or another asking for me to write someone a recommendation. I think the biggest reason that I get a lot of them comes down to my internet presence. While I am flattered that someone would ask for a recommendation from me, I have to wonder how one would go about recommending someone that they do not even know. What really gets me is when people think they are warranted a recommendation because they belong to the same network that you do.

With that said, it happens all the time. I read a post from someone right here in ActiveRain that recommended a vendor off of ActiveRain for nothing more than their point status. They were contacted by a consumer in their area that asked to be referred to a Realtor in another area. The referring agent did not know anyone in that area and decided that they would go through AR and look for the most active member. Well, frankly, just because you are the most active person in that network does not always make you the right choice. In the case of this agent, it became apparent quickly that the wrong choice was made.

In a nutshell, without dredging up the ugly on this recommendation gone bad, the consumer had the worst experience that one could have. The agent that they were referred to took 3 days to contact them, showed them homes that did not fit their needs, wants, or budget. To make matters worse, the agent pushed properties that was listed by the company that she worked for.

Now, I know this is the extreme outcome. But, it is the potential of that outcome that keeps me from referring, writing recommendations, or even suggestion someone that I do not know. In a nutshell, the referral or recommendation reflects on you. So, think about it before you refer that next client.

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Rainmaker
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Brian Brumpton
Keller Williams Boise - Boise, ID
Boise Idaho Real Estate

Danny,

I agree with you.  You should call and talk with agents and get a feel for them before handing off clients blindly.  I always call the broker and ask about who they might recommend.  The points can be decieving on AR that's why you should read what they're writing as well.

Mar 17, 2009 02:32 AM #1
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Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Danny, you're right, this can be very awkward.  Definately worth thinking about before asking or writing.

Mar 17, 2009 02:46 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant
Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision - Lake Geneva, WI

Danny,

I agree that a referral should be taken seriously and a recommendation just as seriously.  They are both reflections on the business of the person making the referral.

Mar 17, 2009 03:46 AM #3
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Fred Chamberlin
Guild Mortgage Co - Oak Harbor WA - Oak Harbor, WA
Oak Harbor/Whidbeynulls, #1 Experienced FHA Mortgage Consultant

Right on Danny. Referral reflect on you. Well stated.

Mar 17, 2009 09:37 AM #4
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Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

I will not write a referal for anyone unless I have known them for a while. Good thoughts Danny.

Mar 19, 2009 09:09 AM #5
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