Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: The Real Estate Pros Contact Little ol' Me!

The Real Estate Pros Contact Little ol' Me!

I feel so honored because of who contacted me... I'm sure many people watch the TV show The Real Estate Pros that is based in Charleston, NC and based on the investment stories of Trademark Properties.  You know, with Richard and Ginger?  Yes, they contacted ME to pass me a referral for a couple of properties.

I really hate to say that I had to turn down the referrals and passed them on to someone else in the rain because they were in an area I do not work, but just to be contacted by them was an honor.  I expressed my appreciation for them thinking of me and asked them to think of me for future referrals.

In return, they were very appreciative that I was able to refer them to another agent in the area they needed one, instead of them trying to weed through all the other agents to figure out who worked this neighborhood.

Hopefully I didn't hurt my chances for future business by being honest with them and turning down their initial referral.  I'm an hour away from this particular area, and I just thought finding an agent closer to the area would be more advantageous to their client.

Would you have taken the referral just to take it, or would you have done the gracious thing and referred it to someone else?

** Picture courtesy of TLC, and they're the ones who cut the head off the picture, not me...

Comment balloon 20 commentsDonna Harris • August 18 2008 08:12AM

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Richard is cool. I like his style and his attitude. He has the right stuff. No i would pass on any referral that I couldnt work regardless of whom it was from.

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) about 10 years ago

What a great way to realize you are doing everything RIGHT. You are goin to be an asset to the real estate community in Austin, so "Come on Down"!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 10 years ago

An hour away is normal in my market -  I would have taken it and been thrilled to have it!   I am sometimes quite envious of people who have a huge market in their back yard but on the sunny days of summer I enjoy the drive with latte in my hand in my university on wheels  (I get to listen to all my motivational cd's)  Congratulations to you on the referral and on your decision to pass on what would be better for the client.  Good things are heading your way!

 

Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) about 10 years ago

Laura, Yeah, I like his trait-forwardness.  I don't like how they try to do things in 4-5 days as we all know that's fake and impossible, but I like how they make it look.

Russell, Thanks!

Susan, 30-40 minutes is my limit as that's a pain back and forth.  Once I get to 45 minutes, I feel someone else could be giving better service on sign calls.  When I do take listings that far, I have someone in my back pocket for sign calls, but I don't like to do that for referrals.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

I think along your lines, unless I am really really hungry, I do not accept referral that take me away from my neck of the woods that I am familiar with. Cost too much and truthfully, I have blog about this in my local market I see way too many out of area agents and they are not doing the seller justice by overpricing the home, making it difficulty to get access etc.

Posted by Lorraine or Loretta Kratz, Certified Negotiation Consultants (Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions.) about 10 years ago

I definitely would have passed the referral on to someone who had a better handle on that market. My market area is completely different from one that is thirty minutes away. I won't tread over there simply because it would be a disservice to the buyer/ seller.

Posted by JoEllen Stranger-Thorsen, Lake County, FL about 10 years ago

Lorraine and Loretta, I agree, thank you.

JoEllen, 30 minutes is about standard in my area, but once I get past another 10 minutes, it becomes very tedious, and outside my comfort zone.  But if you don't know the markets within 30-40 minutes of your core area, you wouldn't survive in the Dallas market as everything is so sprawled out.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

Donna - That's pretty exciting!  I think passing the referral on was probably a good idea.  An hour's drive is pretty long these days...   :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) about 10 years ago

Donna,

hmm. that's weird...

Some producer called me last week claiming to be from the hit tv show called "The Real Estate Crows" trying to sell me some buyer leads....

J/k.

You go Donna....

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) about 10 years ago

How KOOL is that?  I'm still waiting for my phone to ring.

Posted by David Slavin, CDPE, ABR, SRES Keller Williams Premier (Keller Williams Premier) about 10 years ago

Debi, Especially at the cost of my time, not just gas!

Greg, Thanks!

David, Mine didn't ring.  I got an email! LOL

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

Congratulations Donna!! I would have probably done the same thing. It's hard to know what is really going on in an area you really don't normally service. 

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) about 10 years ago

Teresa, Thanks!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

Hi Donna.  I think that you made the right choice.  An hour away it would have been difficult to service and you probably would not have made the best impression stretching yourself to take it... you probably impressed them as the ultimate professional that you used such good judgement in referring it.

Posted by Steve Shatsky about 10 years ago

Steve, Thanks, I sure hope so.  Sometimes, you wonder if the person will ever call you back with another referral in the future.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

I'm curious, did they say how the happened to find you to call?  I mean, we all know what a wonderful agent you are, but how did they find out?

Posted by Steve Shatsky about 10 years ago

Steve, they found me on ACTIVERAIN and my blog! 

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

Hey!  Now there's the "pitch" I was hoping to hear!  Way to go!

Posted by Steve Shatsky about 10 years ago

That is great !  It is always an honor to receive a referral as you know you did or are doing something right !  So congrats !!!  You are doing it right !

Posted by The Somers Team, Real People. Real Dreams. Real Estate. (The Somers Team at RE/MAX Access) about 10 years ago

Steve, Yes, it was all ActiveRain's doing!!

Christopher and Stephanie, Yes, I do feel "honor" when someone calls me for a referral.  It makes me feel real good.  Thanks!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 10 years ago

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