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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

There are no wrong ideas... but you better make sure the pressure washer is good or you'll have some unhappy people on your hands. I've heard too many stories from neighbors about issues after they used certain pressure washers.

Oct 12, 2017 03:24 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

I'd ask first if that homeowner was thinking of selling...if the answer is no, the next question would be "do you know of anyone in the area who is thinking of selling.... if that answer is no, you could ask  if there's anyone they want to get rid of!!!!!!!! that's how I'd handle it!!!!!!!! but you're probably a nice person who doesn't think as I do...

Oct 12, 2017 03:52 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

You could pass out a listing your company has for sale and on the Bottom of the handout youn could offer them a FREE RPR Report

Oct 12, 2017 03:11 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Everybody wants to talk about real estate. Add your pressure washing professional to your referral group.

Oct 12, 2017 05:08 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

If you are going to knock on doors, I think it's a good idea to provide them something of value.

Oct 12, 2017 06:17 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

It's a great idea & will make you feel that you have something of value to offer while punching that doorbell. Not sure if that is the best time of year for that though.

Michael J. Perry has a great idea too with the auto CMA.

Oct 12, 2017 05:14 AM
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

As long as the pressure washer provides great service, that is certainly one method to try! It will get you out talking to potential sellers, and at a minimum you will start getting your name out there. Let us know how it goes!

Oct 12, 2017 04:58 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

It has potential versus just a straight cold call knock.

Oct 12, 2017 04:24 AM
Jay McHugh
SendOutCards-Appreciation Marketing Expert - Boston, MA
YOUR SendOutCard Mentor

Great work.....partnering up is work work....very few agents will do this activity so your are 1 step ahead....however, be prepared with a brochure, market data, and your positive energy...otherwise your time will be wasted on getting in a walk......

Oct 12, 2017 03:40 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning George.

Sounds like a plan, why not it would be an ice-breaker

Oct 12, 2017 03:10 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Sounds good.

Jun 01, 2018 11:07 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

And once again, Nina Hollander I am in agreement. A

Oct 13, 2017 04:00 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Go try it....

Oct 12, 2017 07:54 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

George, I think it's a grand idea! It's far better than blowing your money on leads! I would first hire the pressure washing company to do a job for you though - if you're nothing short of thrilled with the results, then go for it!

Good luck!

Oct 12, 2017 06:30 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

George Arteaga Whatever works to get you a lead. My personal opinion about door knocking is that it may put you into the category of the door knockers who are pushing aluminum siding and roofs.

Oct 12, 2017 06:29 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Begin and remember the rule: Finish what you start and give all your heart

Oct 12, 2017 06:08 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Check the township rules regarding soliciting buisness door to door. and also check out the company. Have you used them ? Do you have references?

Oct 12, 2017 05:59 AM
Corinne Guest
Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
The Choice of Professionals for Luxury Home Buying

You likely won't like me answer, so I'll keep quiet. However each to their own.

Oct 12, 2017 05:56 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Although an inventive idea, it may not grab you instant clients. It is good for building a farm for future clients. A couple of ideas to get clients today, is by reminding those you already know, what you do and how you can help. Post cards and writing a blog and posting said blog in your social media are a good start. 

Oct 12, 2017 05:33 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Sounds like a sound plan.  You have my permission to give it a try.

Oct 12, 2017 05:28 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Nina Hollander nailed this one!

Oct 12, 2017 05:21 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

Just go door-knocking, or take open houses from agents who need help. Good luck.

Oct 18, 2017 11:19 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

I like Barbara Todaro’s approach. Practice the questions so you ask them naturally 

Oct 16, 2017 05:38 AM
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

As long as the car wash is a good one, sounds like you are giving something of value.

Oct 15, 2017 06:22 AM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Remember that those you recommend wil reflect directly on you so be sure you know the quality of the work and it will elevate you not tear you down.

Oct 12, 2017 09:09 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

One thing I know is that most gimicks do NOT work!

Oct 12, 2017 06:05 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Sounds like a good plan, good luck!


Oct 12, 2017 10:13 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I agree with the comment about making sure they do a good job.  I'd give out a flyer with my info and some area houses (we can do that here) and have my info at the bottom and PRINT the coupon AS PART OF THE FLYER in the bottom right corner.  That way they can't take it off and trash your piece.

Oct 12, 2017 08:43 AM
Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

      Make sure the pressure washer is licensed, bonded, insured, and has good references.  And don't let them pressure wash the roof, older stucco, etc.  

Oct 12, 2017 07:33 AM
Mike & Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

I don't think there is a right or wrong answer...

Just the fact that you are willing to get out of your comfort zone and work toward a goal tells me you will succeed.


Oct 12, 2017 07:24 AM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
AZuRE Team - Realty ONE Group - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Here's an idea that will save the leather of your shoes and accomplish all of it in a fraction of the time rather that going to every castle and taking the risk of being rejected.

Rather than go to your farm prospects, have them come to you. Go to your local theater. Buy the smallest movie theater room for specific date of the slowest day of the week, and mail out an invitation for free tickets to a hot movie. Mail the invite. Responses, mail the tickets or better yet, have them  personally deliivered or picked-up at the theater after they have confirmed - pressing flesh as they arrive (that's better than getting the front door slammed in your face). This way you promote yourself, capture their names, addresses, phone number and email.

On the night of the movie, when the movie is about to start, grab a microphone and introduce yourself, and make the 30-second elevator pitch. The movie theater may even put up on the screen your ad for a quick 30 second. 

You heard it first on ActiveRain.

Oct 12, 2017 07:17 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Go for it!

Oct 12, 2017 07:16 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

You're not listening enough George! Everywhere you go there's chatter about real estate if you pay attention. After making your informal, I can help, type of introduction and offer your card (without a sales pitch) it'll be more safe than aligning with other services you don't know or cannot control.

Oct 12, 2017 07:11 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It might work.

Oct 12, 2017 06:42 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty National - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Anything of value that is free is a great ice-breaker. Check back with us to report your progress.

Oct 12, 2017 06:39 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

As a BRAND NEW AGENT this is an essential activity. 

The things you will learn on multiple levels will prove indispensable as yourbusiness grows.

Danger! Danger! Will Robinson. (before your time)

What you have failed to identify if the proper purpose for this activity. That purpose for the brand new agent is LIST BUILDING.  Do your selling later.

it is likely 3% of the home owners are interested in buying or selling within a year. That is a lot of doors before you get a positive response.

So improve the response rate with a different strategy that leverages the 'washing' opportunity. 

You can approach ANY business owner in the area and they will love the opportunity to help you get the message of their product and services to the door step of the community. 

What you are doing is essential for the new agent.


Oct 12, 2017 06:15 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I passed out a cross word puzzles those who answered correctly gets a free car wash paid by me. I got 3 responded. All ans by children during the summer at home days. After school starts I did not get a single call. In fact someone turned me to City Compliance for leaving a flyer w/o a solicitation permit ($200 per year).

Oct 12, 2017 05:04 AM