Views from a Chilliwack Real Estate Kiosk - The Rhythm of the Mall

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Real Estate Agent with Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake

Our office now has a Kiosk in Cottonwood Mall. Yep 14 of us Realtors pay to sit for a couple of hours 2 or 3 times a week to meet and greet ~ I've always enjoyed people watching...but who has time these days other then at a stoplight?

Well here I sit, nestled between Cobbs Bakery where I get to inhale the sweet aroma of freshly baked bread...

                        

And the Flight Centre - where there's a huge map of the world and I get to fantasize where I would like to put a pushpin next.

                 

And the rest of the time I get to talk about Real Estate - and who doesn't like to talk about Real Estate?  The people come, and they pause and watch our Two Big Screen T.V.'s with scrolling images of our office listings.

They pause to talk about prices, market conditions, mortgages, and sometimes about 'their Realtor' who currently has their home for sale. Just to make sure they have their home priced right and doing everything they should :-)

Other then that...there are the babies in buggies, young love strolling hand in hand and oh did I tell you there's a Chatters Hair Salon across the way too? I get to watch the ladies walk in and then see the Big Reveal when they walk out! :-)

There's also the mother and teenage daughter who like to discuss household chores a decibel too loud. The guy that tells his girlfriend its ok to go into another shoe store :-)  I watch the tanned and leggy 20 somethings and remember when.  The guys with the 'black socks' and sandals......The elderly pushing their walkers in a painfully slow rhythm. The retiree who likes to tell me about his tools (no really) and how many air miles he's collected.

Fat, skinny, young, old, loud, silent....The Rhythm of the Mall.

And maybe...just maybe....one day I'll sell a house :-)

 

 

  

                                             

 

If you or someone you know is thinking of Buying or Selling property in Chilliwack, Hope, Abbotsford, Langley or anywhere in the Fraser Valley Area of B.C. - or if you would like more information please give Liz  Moras of Landmark Realty Chilliwack a call at- 604-799-0459 or e-mail at lizmoras@gmail.com.     

Copyright © 2009 By Liz Moras, All Rights Reserved. All photos by Liz Moras(except the one of Claire). All information provided by this author is only an opinion, it is not guaranteed, may be based on information collected from several sources, and may be time sensitive.  It is not necessarily representative of the opinions of Landmark Realty Chwk. Ltd..   

                               

 

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Harrison Hot Springs, Cultus Lake

Sharon S - thanks for subscribing!  I have several clients so far - just nothing under contract yet :-)

Jeannie - thanks so much - Well - i'll tell you my bus bench costs me more then that - and this definitely gets more immediate results.  Here the real estate companies don't pay for anything.........we independent contractors...........also you'd wrinkle your nose if you knew how much less we get in commission then you guys do! :-)

David C - $200 down and $100month - and it is better then Floor duty! :-)

Carole - yes - putting a face to a voice can be powerful! Thanks!

Patrick - I've had booths at 'fairs' before and they're great.  You have a draw for something and get people to put their name and e-mail in for the draw - and you get to add them to your data base - and they get a wonderful prize - and Realtor! :-)

Jeanni - Yeah its great- i should pay them! - Hey I am paying them! lol

Andrew - yes if you get to chat with people at the same time!

Anna - Well we shall see - I'm thinking it will be good :-)

 

thanks for all the comments - and the feature! :-)

 

August 17, 2009 05:48 PM
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Ryan Shaughnessy
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We don't have a mall or a kiosk - clever ideas.  But, we maintain a presence at the local coffee shop and bakery.  With WiFi, it is our second office.

August 18, 2009 10:26 PM
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Barbara Reagan
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Hi Liz,

Keep working at it.  When I got into the real estate business in 1996, I had just moved to Richmond by myself (no family), had never lived here, had no friends or family here, etc.  So my choices were to door knock (not comfortable), cold call (couldn't handle the constant hangups) or work a duty desk where very few people walked into the office.  I chose to go to an office which was actually set up in a kiosk in a local mall.  I worked every shift I could - what else did I have to do with my time!  My goal was to walk away with 1 lead a shift, knowing that eventually only about 20% to 25% of those leads would materialize into anything.  13 years later, I have had referrals, repeat business and multiple transactions with people that I met at the kiosk in the mall.  However, many of the people I met there did not begin to do any real estate business with me for 6 months to a year!  So it is a long time before they are ready to do something, but at least I was able to get an address and/or email address & then I just kept them on newsletters, emails, etc. and finally they would begin to trickle in.  So keep at it - it does work!  Right now I am the #3 producing agent in my office of 115 agents!  So it can certainly work!  Good luck to you!

 

August 21, 2009 09:55 AM
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Louise Henry
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Hi Liz

I think the Kiosk is a great idea, not sure if it would work for me, I love the big t.v. screen that you have going for advertising, very effective and a little added value to clients & viewers.

 

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Liz~I did have an opportunity to work for a company that had a Kiosk at a very busy mall. It was great, if you didn't walk away with 3 good leads you weren't paying attention. I enjoyed reading the other comments, thanks for your post.

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