Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Accidentally Rolled into a Builder

Accidentally Rolled into a Builder

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I have had a great day today!  So, I took advantage of Black Friday and went and bought some roller blades.  As soon as I got home, I decided I had to try them out.  Yes, I'm crazy, as the last time I had roller bladed was about 17 years ago and that was only for about 5 minutes!  I got all strapped in, 10 minutes, and rolled out the door.  Boy, are my streets hilly!! (yes, this is a real estate story so keep reading)

I'm going the last stretch to head home, and I'm trying to figure out the brakes, since it's a heal brake and not a toe brake like the good ol' roller skates!  I'm swinging my arms every which way trying to keep my balance as I passed a house on the market with 3 of the workers standing there looking at me (new home).  I joked from the street that I was their entertainment for the day.  All of a sudden, one guy starts giving me pointers on what to do and this and that.  He was very nice.

He turns out to be the builder of the house!!  He's building three houses in the neighborhood on the final three lots.  He tells me that it's his sister-in-law who asked him to build the houses and it's a friend of the sister who has them listed, though he doesn't really work this area.  I told him I would "skate" home and get him my cards in case they wanted to make a change to someone who does work the area.  Skaters clip art

When I get back, he asks if I work in Rowlett, which is a suburb near the lake and about 10-15 minutes from me.  I told him yes since we keep our boat at that lake.  He tells me he's building 16 homes in a small community starting at $139k and that we need to go out next week to look at it and see how I can help him!!!

Did I just, potentially, get new business because I finally decided to go buy some roller blades??!!  That's amazing.  Plus, I brought him home to my husband so he could look at our plans for a covered patio.  I emailed him the architech plans and he's going to send me a quote by Monday!!

The day has been long thus far, but well worth it!!

Comment balloon 13 commentsDonna Harris • November 24 2006 01:44PM


Hey- I'm glad that worked out!

If you ever REALLY want to have some fun, try the real roller blades -   5-wheel speed skates, no brakes. THAT"S fun!

Posted by Marc Blasi about 14 years ago

great story.

maybe i will skateboard by and drop off some business cards. LOL


Posted by Tom Burris, Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience (NMLS# 335055) about 14 years ago

5 wheels??!!  No brakes??!! You're kidding, right?!! 

At this point, I much prefer the traditional roller skates with the toe brake.  I'm so sore already, I can't imagine how sore I'll be in the morning.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 14 years ago

Hi Donna-

Nope! I'm very serious - they're extremely fast - they're the road version of ice speed skates.

Posted by Marc Blasi about 14 years ago
Great job Donna. Maybe some magnetic signs to put on your back side while skating. You might be on to something here.
Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) about 14 years ago
You go girl...maybe you should get out those skates more often!!  Seriously, good luck!!  I hope it all works out for you.
Posted by Sue Melhorn, Dover, NH Realtor (The Bean Group) about 14 years ago

Good business is where you find it........ a quote from RoboCop......


Posted by Alexander Harb, Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing (Knights Investing) about 14 years ago
I got myself a pair of "old school" Rollerskates (rollerblades scare me) from the local rink ... I LOVE to roll around my neighborhood and MAN! I meet all kinds of people. People sure are friendly when you are rolling down their street and waving!
Posted by Derek and Mariana Wagner, The Artisan Group - Colorado Springs REALTORS® (The Artisan Group- Keller Williams Premier Realty ) about 14 years ago

Forget the sign on your back, just wear a t-shirt or golf-shirt with "Ask Me About Real Estate: on the back.

See - now when you roller blade you can charge it off to Prospecting Expense. 

Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) about 14 years ago

I don't know how magnetic strips would stick to my backside since I don't think my arse is made out of any metal for the magnets to stick to, but the shirts saying something about real estate makes sense!

I eyed the regular roller skates for a few seconds and I thought really hard about buying those instead, but I just told myself, "Donna, you're here to buy rollerblades, so just buy them!"  I listened to someone for once!!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 14 years ago
One of my favorite affirmations...Because my steps are ordered, Im always in the right place at the right time.
Posted by Marci Toliver, Anderson SC, Spartanburg,Greenville SC, Home Staging (438-4642) about 14 years ago
I feel like I'm in the right place at the right time too, but I could just imagine myself on rollerblades.  I'd plow down the builder and his wife, roll over their feet before I'm done and fall flat on my back at some point.  I think I'll stay away from this listing strategy!
Posted by Chris Tesch, College Station, Texas Real Estate (RE/MAX Bryan-College Station) about 14 years ago
I just wanted to give an update that I actually met with the builder today to take a look at what he has.  The brother is very reluctant in listing them in the MLS, but offered me 4% on anything I have buyers for.  I posted an ad on Craigslist this afternoon for one of them and got a response in less than an hour!  I'll go over on Friday and take some pictures that I can send to her (not going out tomorrow with the crazy weather).
Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 14 years ago