Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Contractor Becomes Client

Contractor Becomes Client

This past weekend, I blogged about buying rollerblades and accidentally running into a Builder.

Well, the day before that, I walked the dog a route I've only taken once before and it put me into a different section of my neighborhood.  As I'm walking, there's a sign in the yard for such and such general contractors.  I memorize the web address by repeating it several times to the dog, and when I got home, I went to the webpage to find out information about the company and to get a quote.

I finally got a response today as they were backed up from the Holiday.  He calls and comes over to take a look at our plans for adding a covered patio onto our house.  We're talking for about 10 minutes and then he looks at me and says that he noticed in my email signature that I was a Realtor.  I confirmed it and it went something like this (per Scott Daniels):

Contractor: I noticed in your email signature that you're a Realtor.

Me: Yes I am, do you work with a Realtor? (I asked with a big smile on my face, being sarcastic)

Contractor: As a matter of fact, the Realtor I was working with, I'm not longer working with because he was too greedy and decided to go back into Mortgages instead of the Real estate side.

My Husband: Funny you should mention that because Donna gets most of her business from investors who are tired of working with greedy Realtors.

Contractor:  This is what I do...

Me: How about we finish talking about the covered patio so Mike (my husband) doesn't have to listen to us talk shop.

Contractor:  Sure, so I see this and that about the patio. (less than two minutes later) Now, let me tell you what I'm looking for and let's see if we can do some business on some rehabs.

Me: Mike, go ahead off to the driving range and I'll see you after poker tonight. Mr. Contractor, I'll email you the information I have on 9 properties that I know are going into short sales...

Once again, new business without even looking for it.  It's almost like dating.  Whenever I was dating, when I would "look" for the right guy, they were always jerks.  Whenever I wasn't looking for someone, a great guy was standing right in front of me.  Perfect example is I a mutual friend set me up on a blind date with my now husband.  Sometimes things just work out when you least expect it!!

Comment balloon 7 commentsDonna Harris • November 28 2006 07:01PM


You know what I have to say, so I wont say it.

Well, yes I will but don't tell it is

Because my steps are ordered, I'm 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
Well, I wouldn't say my steps are ordered, but I do believe some things happen for a reason.
Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 14 years ago
sounds like you have a well-trained husband!
Posted by Leigh Brown, CEO, Dream Maker - Charlotte, NC (Leigh Brown & Associates, RE/MAX Executive) almost 14 years ago
I love stories like this, how business comes to us in the natural course of just being who we are, not contrived or forced.
Posted by Rich Jacobson, Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (Fathom Realty West Sound) almost 14 years ago
It's so much nicer when they're pursuing us instead of us pursuing them.
Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) almost 14 years ago

It's definitely better when they come to us!  I swear, he just kept wanting to talk about finding properties and I had to keep bringing him back to our project at hand.  I said at least 3 times for us to finish up this talk so Mike didn't have to listen to us talk shop.  He was just very excited to have met me so quickly after he lost the other agent.

As for my husband, in many ways, I wish he was more trainable!!  He's 8 years older and very much set in his ways!!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 14 years ago
Just wanted to post an update.  I have an appt with this new client on Friday to view those short sale properties!!!
Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 14 years ago