The AR 1.5 Minute Sale (Roanoke Virgnia Style)

Real Estate Agent with Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert

I had my first referral from Active Rain a couple of weeks ago.  Scott Strang from New Hampshire had a childhood friend of his moving to Roanoke Virginia from Florida.  To protect the innocent I will refer to Scott's friend and my new client as "J". 

I met J about two weeks ago when he flew into Roanoke Virginia to interview for his new position.  It just so happened that J was going to be working for one of my good friends and current real estate clients (he has a house listed in Botetourt VA).  J only had a couple of hours to look at homes in Roanoke the day of his interview but we ran by and into a couple in the time we had allotted and he was off to Florida. 

I set J up in an IDX portal for Roanoke Virginia where he was free to search the MLS and find what he was interested in, mark what he liked and disliked and then email me the list.  When Scott and J flew into Roanoke Virginia at 1:30PM Thursday we had 26 houses in Roanoke and Botetourt to look at and we looked at all 22 by 7:00 PM Thursday.....we narrowed the 22 down to 4 and I called all 4 listing agents and told them that we would be looking at more houses Friday morning but that we would be making an offer on a house at 1:00 PM and we would have to have an answer by 2:00 as my client was going to be buying a home that day.

Friday morning J had expanded his Roanoke Home search and we had 14 houses to look at....keeping in mind the 1:00 PM deadline!  We looked at 14 houses and were eating lunch at Awful Arthurs by 12:00!  Yes, that is 36 houses in less than 24 hours....less than 12 viewing hours.

Well, we found 2 houses in Roanoke County Virginia that were nicer than any the day before so I called those two listing agents and gave them the same speech as the night before.  At 1:00 PM I called the first agent (the preferred home) and made the offer......a rather low offer for the condition of the home and the location.  This was a home that a local REALTOR, Richard Limroth of RE/MAX Valley had listed.  Richard has a company that he owns that does rehabs or flips (and does a really good job).  It took less than 1.5  minutes for Richard and I to work out all of the details, he was great to deal with!

My client and I went next door to my office (RE/MAX 1st REALTY in Roanoke VA) and wrote the offer, met with the loan officer (Joel Balsley with Atalntic Bay) and sent him on his way!

This was a great AR transaction!  Meeting Scott Strange was a great experience......and Scott has been "Ratifying" contracts all across New England the last I heard!

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Damon Gettier, Broker/Owner RE/MAX 1st REALTY --ABR, ABRM, CDPE, ePRO, GRI, SRES, AHWD,  VA Licensed Real Estate Instructor

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Scott Strang
Scott Gregory Group

It went down exactlyy as he said. I have been an agent for 4 years and never experienced anything as efficient or as smooth. Damon was great !! being a Realtor looking out for my friends best interest I was cautious, however in a very short time I knew Damon was looking out for "J"'s best interest and truly an area expert.  Damon and his team are the real deal! Not only that but it was fun as we had a few laughs as well. Any relo to this area needs to use this GUY !! NO BS straight shooter that will do what it takes to get it done.

September 09, 2009 11:29 PM
Barb Fischer
RE/MAX Hometown Realtors

Great post and a wonderful reminder to all of us how terrific referrals can be!

September 12, 2009 12:27 AM
Judi K Barrett
Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma

Damon, I'm impressed. I don't get many people headed your way, but you never know!

September 18, 2009 03:21 PM
Bob & Leilani Souza
Placer County, CA: Foreclosures, Auctions, Rentals
Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Loomis, Granite Bay, Penryn, Newcastle, Auburn, Meadow Vista (California)

Fantastic story, Damon...I enjoyed reading it! 36 homes in 24 hours...sounds like a great name for yet another reality TV show about real estate! :)


October 05, 2009 02:33 PM
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.


I swung in here to let you know that you have a lot of hyperlocal content. That's not a bad thing but, you may notice that hyperlocal normally does not garner many comments. That's probably why you haven't seem much reciprocity. I hope that explanation helps. You don't have to reciprocate my comment. Spend a little time developing your AR referral network and establishing solid relationships. That really is what's all about :)


October 06, 2009 10:17 AM
Christine Donovan
Broker/Attorney 800-610-7253 DRE01267479 - Costa M
Donovan Blatt Realty

This sounds like it was a whirlwind experience for everybody.  How wonderful to have an agent on the other side with whom it was so easy to work.

October 06, 2009 11:02 PM
G. Nancy Halsey
G & E Realty Group Inc.


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