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A one year journey through real estate, Week 10

A one year journey through real estate, Week 10

Week 10 finds me at my computer very early on a rainy Friday morning.  I have a home inspection for one of my buyers, which I’m trying to coordinate.  It’s an older home, built in the mid seventies, bank owned and in obvious need of TLC.  My buyers are moving from upper New York state to get away from the snow, high taxes, heavy traffic and live in a quieter, peaceful, warmer environment.  It will be their retirement home.  So, we’re hoping the inspection does not turn up any major issues. 

I spent a great deal of time this past week on phone duty at our office.  Some of our agents prefer not to do phone duty and some of the more experienced agents really don’t need to do it.  They are quite busy these days.  I, on the other hand, being fairly new to general brokerage, need every opportunity possible for picking up new clients.  I did in fact pick up a referral from another Coldwell Banker agent located in another state.

One issue I am trying to deal with is, potential clients that contact me, I work with and then they just vanish.  I’m not sure if they are too busy to get back to me, or they have simply changed their minds about buying or selling.  I call and e-mail, with no response.  I don’t want to be a pest, but it would be nice to know what their status is.  I’d be interested in comments from other agents on how they handle these situations.

I sent out a second round of post cards earlier in the week, to my neighborhood.  I expanded the farmed area a bit and continued my theme of living in the neighborhood and being very knowledgable of the area.  While at my vets office this week, one of the techs approached me and said “Hey, I got a post card from you.  It’s on my fridge”.  That’s what I like to hear.

Overall, it seems like business is picking up slowly but surely.  I think the warm spring like weather we’ve had here recently has people ready to get off the fence.  Also. I believe the approaching deadline for the tax credits has many people finally taking action.

As always, I appreciate comments and suggestions from those in the business.

Jeff

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A one year journey through real estate, Week 9

A one year journey through real estate, Week 9

OK, so you’re saying “Week 9.  What happened to week 8?”  Yes, you’re correct.  I missed my week 8 blog. 

It was a crazy weekend or me, starting last Friday.  On a personal note, I have three dogs.  A Whippet and two rescued racing Greyhounds.  I love my dogs.  They are like kids to me and my wife.  But, my dogs are accidents waiting to happen.  Our vet, last week said she ought to be issuing us frequent visit points.

On Friday, our Whippet went out in the backyard for about ten minutes.  he came in limping.  We checked his foot for cuts or a splinter and found nothing.  As the day went on, it seemed to get worse, so we took him to our vet early Saturday morning.  He had torn his ACL.  he goes in for surgery Monday.

That was not enough excitement for the weekend.  Saturday afternoon, one of our Greyhounds, Chloe, started acting strange.  She was very lethargic, would not eat or respond to us. By Sunday morning, her lymph glands were very swollen.  So off to the emergency vet with her.  They did blood work and told us it was either sudden onset lymphoma or abcessed teeth.  Of course we were extremely worried.  She started on antibiotics that day.  On Monday she was seen by our regular vet, and samples were taken and sent to Raleigh for cancer tests.  The great news is she does not have cancer.  She will have to have teeth pulled this coming week.

I am less stressed now and able to concentrate on work.  It has actually been a fairly busy week in real estate.  I and others in my office have seen an increase in activity, from buyers and sellers.  Hopefully, this is just the beginning of a strong spring season.  I have picked up a couple of new buyers and a new seller.  Phone duty paid off with two new buyers and my web site was how I gained a seller.

I have been putting quite a bit of effort into social networking sites and posted my first video on YouTube.  It can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/user/coldwellbanker?feature=pyv&ad=4919220957&kw=coldwell%20banker%20on%20location.  I strongly believe that video is the next big thing in real estate marketing.  It can be used for self promotion, showing properties or instructional.  I think it will replace virtual tours on listings.

If you are considering buying or selling a home in the Greensboro/Guilford County area, please contact me.  If you are an agent in another part of North Carolina or the country, let’s help each other out with referrals.

Until next week,

Jeff

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