Business Cards JUST for Showings. Phone-less

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Northern Virginia Homes - FRANKLY REAL ESTATE Inc

This tip will save you 100 minutes in no time! 

Some of you might not mind this, but after showing 10-20 homes, I suddenly get a flurry of calls. "What did you think about the place." Sometimes 20 calls because the agent will try a couple of times to reach me.

First of all, I have no memory. So they try to explain that there house was the one on the corner near the lilac bushes. As I noticed the bushes.

So I made a new batch of business cards that say to email me for feedback and to include photos or a link to the property. I put the phone number is a VERY light gray in case they really really need to call me. The card  

 

It works great. Fewer calls, more feedback given, everyone is happy. 

Frank Borges LL0SA- Virginia Broker/ Owner FranklyRealty.com

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Rainmaker
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Jim Little
Ken Meade Realty - Sun City, AZ
Your Sun City Arizona Realtor

Great Idea!!! I'll steal that one too!

Jim

May 02, 2007 09:08 PM #10
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Ron Lipscomb
EXIT Realty - Juno Beach, FL
Frank - very ingenius.....good thinking....thanks for sharing.! ron
May 02, 2007 10:12 PM #11
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Todd Clark
Keller Williams Realty - Beaverton, OR
Broker - Beaverton, Oregon Real Estate Expert - (503) 524-9494

Frank great idea but Bryant that idea is even better! It would stick out and possibly get you some leads.

May 06, 2007 06:41 AM #12
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Lori Hakeem Oxley
Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc. - Tampa, FL
Great idea!!!  I definitely prefer to receive an email with pictures for feedback as well!!
May 09, 2007 05:45 PM #13
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
i have it set up that they get email with picture os house , 4 times.But they still do not respond.
May 21, 2007 01:27 PM #14
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Frank

Make sure your emails don't look like spam. Go over to my blog about email headers. 

 Also make sure your English is perfect. 

May 21, 2007 02:43 PM #15
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Sandra Williams
Rancon Real Estate - Temecula, CA
I like your idea and I like Bryant's also. It is a problem remembering which was which especially when they wait a few days---I've been in lots of homes since then!
May 29, 2007 03:57 AM #16
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Loreena Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co. - Frisco, TX
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Great idea. I try to give feedbacks now (online or email) since I've become a listing agent. I am sure they appreciate it because I do.
May 29, 2007 09:53 AM #17
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Wonderful Idea! I too prefer receiving e-mails requesting feedback on a property. My responses to the e-mails are a thorough review whereas any calls requesting feedback are very brief and probably not very helpful to the listing agent.

Jul 22, 2007 04:15 PM #18
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Melissa Wagner
Leo Parker Real Estate & Auction - Woodbury, TN

Fabulous idea! I have been finding myself in similar situations... I much prefer the emails with pictures to remind me of what home I am supposed to be giving feedbacks on!

 Thanks for the tip!

Jul 22, 2007 05:17 PM #19
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Donna Lueder
Integrity Group Inc. - Boise, ID
Meridian Idaho Real Estate

Good Idea Frank... But most of the notifications that the home was show come via e-mail when the Realtor has used a lock box key to enter the home. So what I am saying is that I may not see the card before I get notification that the home was shown. So you would be receiving a phone call or e-mail from me requesting feedback... Just doing my job.
Jul 22, 2007 06:01 PM #20
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FRANK LL0SA Esq.- Northern Virginia Broker .:. FranklyRealty.com
Northern Virginia Homes - FRANKLY REAL ESTATE Inc - Arlington, VA

Hey Donna,

If you call the number, it tells you to email me.. ;-)

 

I don't publish my direct cell, only my clients and agents and friends get that.

 

Frank 

Jul 22, 2007 06:04 PM #21
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Darren Orshoff
Land Home Financial Services - Riverside, CA
Loan Officer, Certified Mortgage Planner

I like these!  I have a bunch of cards myself.  What is your cost?  I always get cards on thick 16pt card stock, that can be full color on both sides.  The price is $99 for 2500, and $150 for 5000.  I also do an oversize card (4.25"x2.75") that is only $199 for 2500, $250 for 5000 and only $350 for 10,000.  I would be happy to give a referral for anyone who wants it. 

I am going to make some cards like yours this week!

Aug 03, 2007 01:49 PM #22
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Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate

So the sellers see the feedback card (if house is occupied)... not the agent?

Any complaints from agents who don't want their sellers receiving the cards directly?

 

 

Sep 04, 2007 10:07 AM #23
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Melinda Flynn
Coldwell Banker - Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA
DRE# 01320480

I love the card idea too!

I always write down buyer feedback on my property pages as I'm showing, then I have my assistant call and read the feedback within 24 business hours. However, I always get a few calls before that, so this card will alert them that they should excpect a call from my assistant and/or to e-mail for feedback.

Thanks for the fesh tip!

Oct 11, 2008 12:06 PM #24
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Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
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I can go out and show 50 houses and not get a single request for feedback... and then show two and have 30 calls... go figure.  But our MLS has live showing data, so I can get an email or phone call before I can get home.  Heck... it is more convenient to email from the message, but some agents seem to be computer averse. 

Nov 26, 2008 09:45 PM #25
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Tanya V Fresh Eye Designs LLC
Fresh Eye Designs LLC - Lawrenceville, GA
Where Staged Equals Sold

Frank, sounds like a great concept. Love those business cards.

Nov 30, 2008 05:40 PM #26
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Monique Hailer & Todd Combs, PA
Schooner Bay Realty - Cape Coral, FL
Waterfront Specialists!

 

Great idea! I did show 40 houses in couple of days last week and they all meshed together. I was swamped with calls while I was still showing property.  Thanks

Mar 31, 2009 06:49 AM #27
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Carol Judd
Patriot Real Estate - Vernal, UT
Vernal Utah Real Estate

Sounds like a good idea.  Email would be easier.  After  so many houses they are hard to remember which one.

Aug 26, 2009 11:33 AM #28
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John Occhi
Mason Real Estate - Temecula, CA
SRES,CPRES.ePRO - Temecula-Murrieta CA Real Estate

Good Idea, I just discovered your blog from an Inman link...lets just say I like your style...

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