Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Do I Talk Funny?

Do I Talk Funny?

Every time I talk with an out of state prospective buyer, one of their first statements is, "You're not from Texas, where are you from?"  I'm like, why do you say I'm not from here?  They're like, you don't talk funny like them, you must be from the mid-west.  Today's call though Iowa.  Iowa?  Does Iowa have an accent?

I've been in the Dallas area for over 22 years.  People from around here say that I'm supposed to say I'm from here since I've been here more than half my life.  I didn't realize that was a rule, so I've tried to use that as an answer, but they don't go for it... where are you from, where are you from?

I'm originally from Sea/Tac and I moved here when I was 8 (did I just tell my age?).

The buyer today wants to write a full price offer on one of my brand new listings because the virutal tour looks great, his wife told him to buy it, and I "sound" honest.  Hmmm, do those thick accents not sound honest?  I thought it was an interesting comment he made.  I just respond, "Ahhh, shucks!"

Comment balloon 6 commentsDonna Harris • September 06 2006 08:02PM


Donna, Don't feel bad, I am from NY and now in florida.  Alot of customers here think that i am in NY when they are talking to me but then I remind them, I am in FL you just called me. :)
Posted by Lisa Simpson (Mortgage Options) over 12 years ago
So in addition to having to update websites and blogs, prospect and lead generate, continue education, polish pre-listing packages, keep abreast of changing market conditions and developments, and I gotta sound honest too.  Check please!
Posted by Carl Minicucci, Broker (Humber Valley Realty) over 12 years ago
I still have my New Yak accent as well. I`ve been done in the South for 24 years.
Posted by Scott Daniels Florida Real Estate 2.0. Agents Earn 100% Commission. (Florida List For Less Realty, Inc. Broker/Owner. ) over 12 years ago

Within 4 months of moving to Florida in 1990 I was working at a real estate office when the postal carrier came in, heard me talking and said "you must be from NJ". Of course, I admitted I had just moved down and asked "how could you tell?". He said he was from there and remembered that people there pronounce the word ‘dog' "dawg". I never did that again! :-)

Posted by S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL, Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist (United Realty Group, Inc.) over 12 years ago

Tricks to sound more Texan

  • Don't say you will do something, say you are FIXIN to do something. "I'm fixin to show you some beautiful homes"
  • Never say You, You Guys, Youz Guyz, or even You All. It's Y'all pronounced like "wall" but with a "y"
  • If someone make a surprising statement or comment, respond with "ain't that somethin".
  • When showing a home and referring a something a short ways away, like in the back of the backyard or down the street, describe it as being "yonder". For example, you have two elementary schools very close to the home, one is just yonder.
  • If your client is relocating, remember to tell them it's about time they got here. Make sure to remind them Texas was once it's own country and we still use "old sparky" down in Huntsville. "You ain't yonder in Kansas no more"
  • Show a reluctant understanding of the use of any technology. Describe using technological items with terms like this "dang internet" or "new-fangled cell phone".
  • Never forget the first day of dove season (hint, it was this past weekend)
  • Lastly, when describing something great, always say "don't that beat all".

I'm fixin to wonder out to the barn now which is over yonder. It's time to feed them darn horses and besides, this dang lappy-top computer is makin my eyes scrunchy somethin fierce. Don't that beat all?

Ken Stampe

Posted by Ken Stampe, iBrandPlan ( - Grow your e-Profile & Brand) over 12 years ago

You forgot "yontoo" or "yontu" however you want to spell it...

It basically means "do you want to..."

Yontu go to the store?  Translation: Do you want to go to the store?

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 12 years ago