Don't Be A Run Around Sue (or Sam)

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Sue LadyWe all need to know that we

        Don't Want To Be A Run Around Sue.

                            (or Sam)

No, I am not talking about women agents strolling out by the street corner supplementing their real estate income with the world's oldest profession. I am talking about Mapping.

Mapping you say? Planning our routes for showing homes to our buyers. Many zig zag all over the place without a forethought. So inefficient with time and the expense of gas. They need to have a radius of their market area and not exceed that if that is their business model. Use Google maps and print out efficient maps ahead of time and plan the routes. Some MLS systems have this built in. Or use a handheld or in vehicle GPS tool. A service you also can buy is Dashfly.

So don't be a Run Around Sue, or if you are don't be a Realtor. Realtors are in a different service oriented business.

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Rainmaker
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Kay Corbin-Riddle
Broker
New Solutions Realty

Had not heard of Dashfly, This will be very useful. Thanks for the info.

 

Kay

October 23, 2009 08:19 AM
Rainmaker
1,733,311
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
WHISPERING PINES REALTY

Gary, I have see people waste so much time running in circles looking at homes.   This goes even for everyday errands.  My wife is a good one for starting at one end of the town and crossing it 2 times before she gets everything done.

October 23, 2009 08:24 AM
Rainmaker
512,249
Larry Gray
Real Estate Consultant

I try to plan my routes to maximize my time on site.  I hate to rush a client because of my poor planning.  Time is money.

October 23, 2009 08:25 AM
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Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)

Gary, Unfortunately, I am a runaround Sue (sometimes).  I always map out my routes for showing homes, however, and give one to the buyer as well in case we get separated.  Great advice! 

October 23, 2009 08:25 AM
Rainmaker
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Tori Stamps
MA JD - Broker/Owner Franklin TN Homes for Sale
Stamps Realty

Cute title!  Along with GPS, I map out my listings on Google before I even make the appointments.  It's the only way I could figure out to keep us from running all over incarnation (and living in the country, that could really eat up time and gas!). 

October 23, 2009 08:54 AM
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Chris Ann Cleland
Associate Broker, Northern VA
Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA

Gary:  This is great advice.  Seems obvious, but until you've wasted your share of gas, it can be a lesson that is still out there.  I use my MLS' map feature and then order my listings that way.

October 23, 2009 08:58 AM
Rainmaker
1,204,806
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin
Your Southern Utah Residential Real Estate Agent
Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 435.632.9374

Gary, Great advice! I look at the MLS maps to show location of properties (sometimes they are more accurate than google maps) and I appreciate my Tom-Tom too!

October 23, 2009 09:21 AM
Rainmaker
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Laura Cerrano
Authentic Feng Shui Expert
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island

Gary, I hadn't heard of Dashfly either and there are some days I want to go multiple places.  You don't have to be in Real Estate to love this idea :)!

October 23, 2009 03:52 PM
Rainer
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Sabrina Kelley
Pikes Peak Region Realtor, Teller, Park and El Paso County Colorado
ERA The Herman Group

The last time I was out showing homes I had once glitch in my route which caused me to back track. I like a concise clean run when showing so thanks for the Dashfly note.

October 23, 2009 04:38 PM
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Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes -
Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY

I love the mapping part! My parents owned a Greyhound station and I grew up mapping trips for travelers. It's hard to get me lost. Now I map the house tour before I leave my office and have each one numbered GPS does the rest. Ahhhh...life is Sweet!

October 23, 2009 09:30 PM
Rainmaker
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John Cannata
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance
214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com

Gary - I would have assumed that many agents do this already. Perhaps I'm wrong. Can't imagine how effective it is to drive around with addresses but no real plan. That would be frustrating as a home buyer.

October 23, 2009 10:57 PM
Rainmaker
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Donna Yates Real Estate - serving
North Georgia Metro & Mountains
ReMax Town and Country

Gary:  One can easily drive hundreds of miles to show properties in my market area and it can make a for a long day for the buyer and the agent.  Zig zagging certainly makes the trip less enjoyable so I always try to map out the showings and it they are just too far out, then I network with other agents to take over in specific areas.  But recently, I had a buyer who said he was upset by that.  I stuck to my plan, afterall I know how far and much I will drive before it becomes counter productive.  I had everything pre-arranged for him including the agents he would meet, all he had to do was meet them at the designated time and place. I spent quite some time planning the logistics for him.  But he was upset - go figure!

October 24, 2009 08:27 AM
Rainmaker
630,067
Don Rogers
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield

I am so happy with the mapping feature on our MLS.  Map out the route and then put in in my GPS.

October 24, 2009 11:20 AM
Rainer
227,568
Diane Rice
SFR, SRES, CNC
Diane Rice, Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL

good stuff -

October 24, 2009 01:07 PM
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Diane Rice
SFR, SRES, CNC
Diane Rice, Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL

good stuff -

October 24, 2009 01:07 PM
Rainmaker
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Lou Ludwig
CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
Ludwig & Associates

Gary

My GPS is a life savers, I don't know how I get around before.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

October 24, 2009 09:52 PM
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Loreena Yeo
Realtor® | Frisco TX Community Ambassador
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.

With my Maggie, life is awesome. I just hit the Optimize button. I cant go back to the Mapsco days, I really cant.

October 25, 2009 12:22 AM
Rainmaker
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Susan Mangigian
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A

I'm catching up on all of your posts and thought I'd comment on this one since it's got my name on it.  My least favorite of all the names people call me, but, the runaround part sounds fun.  I always map out my route before I start making the appointments so that a start at point A and make a loop and end up back near the office.  It usually works well.

October 25, 2009 05:34 PM
Rainmaker
470,195
Trey Thurmond
College Station , Texas Homes
BCR Realtors
Gary I hate wasting time more than anything. Great advise we should all adhere to.
October 25, 2009 07:48 PM
Rainmaker
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Carol Culkin
Overland Park
Reece & Nichols

Gary - The goal is to be time efficient. In the Hudson Valley things are so spread out that it is foolish to not plan geographically upon starting out day.

October 25, 2009 11:40 PM
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