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!!