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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I was in a pool in Indio California and began talking to a man from Alaska who just happened to be looking for a house in my neck of the woods.

Mar 16, 2018 06:49 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

At a homeless shelter.

Mar 16, 2018 07:46 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I was building a Habitat for Humanity home and had a conversation with someone that wasn't in my 'group.' He asked for my card and I honestly didn't think I would hear from him but, got a call the following week and we have worked together on 4 transactions now.

And, during the recession, I picked up one at the grocery store too - she was just listening-in to my conversation with the cashier! 


Mar 16, 2018 07:30 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Probably when fellow AR member Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents called me to say she was looking for a vacation home on the Big Island of Hawaii and asked if I would help her. I'm a broker in both California and Hawaii. So I said, sure, and met her there. We spent a week looking around, including enjoying what the island has to offer including snorkeling where Elizabeth swears she saw a shark. Long story short, she bought a house with a fabulous ocean view and spends quite a bit of time working from there now.

Mar 16, 2018 09:41 PM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I once got a hefty referral client at a National Convention at the awards dinner (my husband's business) right after the new President of the company was named. I made my way around the banquet tables to congratulate him in person. I worked into the conversation to ask if would he be moving. He said yes and I asked if he had an agent in the new area. He said he did not have one so I offered to find him one. He was grateful. I wrote the information on a cocktail napkin. 

Then I asked if he needed an agent to sell his current home but was told he had a friend coming over when he got home for Convention to list it. I sent the referral from the hotel the next day. 

2 months later a $8000 referral check arrived at my company. Pretty unusual and nice.

Mar 16, 2018 07:00 PM
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

       In a restaurant in New Orleans.  I overheard the man at the next table say, "Tallahassee".  I mentioned that my wife and I were from Tallahassee, we struck up a conversation.  He was taking a job in New Orleans.  I sold his Tallahassee house a few months later.

Mar 16, 2018 09:07 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

IN line at Dunkin Donuts

Mar 17, 2018 04:56 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

In a restaurant on St Paddys day in London. Overheard a convo about South Beach, the guy ended up buying dinner and jetted over the next week. He bought a $1.3M condo, a restaurant space and I did rentals for a bunch of his employees. That was definitely the luck of the Irish shining down on me that day.

Mar 17, 2018 04:07 AM
sandy straley
Rindlesbach Homes - Salt Lake City, UT
Selling Homes for over 40 Years

My children were taking swim lessons and I happened to be talking with one of the moms looking for a new home. . . . they bought a new home

Mar 16, 2018 08:14 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I was showing a house to a client. A women who appeared on the scene asked if she could see the house, also. I said sure, as long as she was ready to leave when we were ready. My clients did not buy the house. The surprise woman did...using me as her agent.

Mar 16, 2018 08:11 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, - at a party - I do not believe it is unusual. (This was when not many people knew I am in Real Estate - they knew that I am an IT professional.)

Mar 16, 2018 07:51 PM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Can't say I've been in any unusual places... but maybe I just don't remember and think that where ever I pick up a new client it's just par for the course.

Mar 17, 2018 04:58 AM
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

A few times I was showing a condo to someone, and as soon as they left, someone else approached me to ask if I knew anything about the neighborhood because they wanted to buy. Nothing as interesting as some of the other answers!

Mar 17, 2018 04:51 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I have heard realtors wear a name tag at grocery store get cashiers to come to the office.  I make $15 an hour, my dad will help me.   Unfortunately home prices are so out of proportion in relation to lower wage earning power these days.  

A new agent went to her bank soliciting.  She got a teller and her dad interested.  Not sure it led to anything. The branch manager intervened later.

Mar 16, 2018 07:41 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

never worked buyers long enough to have anything outrageous happen.... 

Mar 17, 2018 09:00 AM
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Maybe not unusual, the person was sitting in his car in front of a home he was interested in.  I showed up to "preview" it.  He asked if I was an agent. The rest is history. 

Mar 17, 2018 08:55 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

At a landing zone for a helicopter in a state park.  Our new (at the time) station Lt. came out to see what the team was doing for helitac (helicopter training).  She mentioned she was looking for a place out here and the team all pointed to me!  We sold her and her family a house a few months later.

Mar 17, 2018 08:46 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

A City employee who was digging a drainage ditch on the street.

Mar 17, 2018 08:45 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Hmmm . . . toss up. In my living room, perhaps, while talking to an electrician I hired to install a separate fax line.

Or, maybe standing in front of a house in Midtown, leaning against my car. I had pulled over to make a phone call. A woman on her front porch yelled at me, "Hey, you look like a Realtor."

Mar 17, 2018 08:36 AM
Lesley Wilson-VanGoethem
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Winter Springs, FL
Residential Real Estate Broker Associate

Met a couple on our wedding cruise, 2 years later they emailed me that they were moving to Orlando and could I help them find a home!

You never know, it is true, people do business with who they know like and trust!



Mar 17, 2018 07:00 AM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
WestUSA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

It would have to be in a driveway getting out of my car to do a preview... so people stopped to ask me questions.

Mar 17, 2018 06:45 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, Not really unusual, but I did get a listing once from a "Just Listed" letter I had sent out a year prior. I received a call one day from Long Island, NY, The family said they had my letter and wanted to list their house here in Virginia.

Mar 17, 2018 06:18 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

One thing leads to another holds as potential clients/leads are everwhere

Mar 17, 2018 05:53 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ


"Hey, you're a REALTOR! Do you know anything about that house on Bramblewood?"

No, is did not respond, "Show me your money!"

Mar 17, 2018 05:47 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

At the DMV.

Mar 17, 2018 05:39 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Flying back from London to Phoenix in First Class.  You never know!

Mar 17, 2018 05:38 AM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

I was at a minor league baseball game, wrote a blog on this a few years ago

Mar 17, 2018 05:06 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

On a cruise at the bar. 

Mar 17, 2018 05:05 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

At Lowes in the carpet section


Mar 23, 2018 02:28 PM
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

hmm most unusual that comes to mind is auto service waiting room

Mar 21, 2018 01:33 PM
Cynthia Biechler
Biechler Grp Real Estate w/HOMESMART Connect - Chicago - Chicago, IL

From a customer in a grocery store while shopping for groceries. Never expected that, sold her a home within a month.

Mar 21, 2018 04:58 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

At Home Depot ordering new counters and getting ready to put their home on the market.

Mar 19, 2018 02:36 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

A BH park, was there there with my kids. Kids make friends fast and effordlessly, so parents connect as well:) 

Mar 19, 2018 02:09 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

All the above. 

Mar 17, 2018 08:26 PM
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Delivering Meals on Wheels

Mar 17, 2018 04:46 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


On a plane

Mar 17, 2018 12:32 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

At a dollar store.

Mar 17, 2018 11:23 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

"Stuff" can happen when you least expect it. Be prepared.

Mar 17, 2018 10:21 AM