$2.5 - $3m Listing--Thanks to Active Rain!

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$2.5 - $3m Listing--Thanks to Active Rain!

$2.5 - $3m Deal Sealed--Thanks to Active Rain!

Here's a preview!Earlier in the week, I wrote about a Seller who had phoned to have me list her home in the $2.5-$3m price range in PRIME Charlotte. I found out at the appointment that I was competing with some hard- hitting REALTORS in the area and was rather 'stunned' if you will, because I thought they had already researched and found who they wanted to list their home--ME!  

Honestly (and humbly), my face and name are ALL over the place and my business is an open book to all.  So, I thought that they had already read about me and made their decision.  You see, coming from a nursing background, I am more of a caregiver than a hard-hitting sales girl!  Now don't get me wrong, my 'blonde' and my 'sweetness' can be deceiving when you're negotiating with me but, when it comes to competing with other agents, I find that I'm a bit uncomfortable.

I'm not uncomfortable with the 'act' of competing, rather the act of having to one-up my competition who has filled the potential client full of muck!  I simply can't compete with that!  With me, WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get!) and I'm just not going to one-up an agent who has done a real SALES job on the client.  I want potential clients to SEE me for who I AM.  I'm not going to promise the moon when I can't deliver!

Another preview!Well, after my youngest's high school graduation (that's another story!), I arrived home to find that the potential Sellers are now MY Sellers!  I GOT THE JOB!  I am simply thrilled about it because I was the FIRST to have to be interviewed.  I hate to be first in the interview process simply because I like to try to dispell the untruths of the former agents by showing them, online, what they'd be getting with them vs. me.  When you're last in the interviewing process, the Sellers have more questions formed after each interview and I LIKE to be the one to answer ALL of their questions!

Needless to say, I couldn't have been happier when they sent me the message tonight!  They were kind enough to share with me the reason that they selected me over all of the others:  My presentation was NOT about giving up my commission, rather HOW I was going to market and SELL their property!  They said that they know that if there is money to be made, you'll work harder but, I presented my marketing plan and won with that!  

Market your home with Debe in Charlotte!These Sellers KNOW the power of the internet because right HERE is where they found me!    They KNOW that more Buyers find their home online than through any other medium.  They KNOW that I am diligent and work hard for my Sellers because I've placed their property ads are all over the WORLD--not just in print media but, ONLINE (which is "where it's at!").  

Again, there are many folks here in the Rain to thank and it would take me all night to name each and every one of you.  So, please know that you've taught me so much about marketing, SEO, blogging, writing, communicating and so much more!  The use of Localism posts is what landed this listing--I post here and on my website to get local articles out there for lots of SEO.  

You too can use the power of Active Rain in your business!  As Katerina and Adam keep telling me, Localism is where the REAL Google juice is!!  Thanks guys, I am so very grateful!  Stay tuned for the listing information--you'll LOVE this home!   

Debe in Charlotte

About the author:
Debe Maxwell, ABR is a Charlotte Residential Real Estate Broker, Certified Neighborhood and Relocation Specialist who can assist you with the purchase and/or sale of real estate in Charlotte, NC or any place in the country by connecting you with a relocation professional in your destination of choice. Debe has created a team of professionals throughout the country to ensure that you enjoy a smooth transition to your new area. These professionals are experts in the field of relocation and can serve many purposes beyond a simple home search. The destination service is of no cost to you! Please visit www.debemaxwell.com/ for your relocation and/or your local needs.


Debe Maxwell- HELEN ADAMS REALTY - 704.491.3310 - Debe@DebeMaxwell.com  Copyright © 2008 By Debe Maxwell, All Rights Reserved. *$2.5 - $3m Listing--Thanks to Active Rain!*


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Rainer
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Bryan Flynn
Regency Mortgage Corporation - Worcester, MA
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wow that is truly awesome......congrats on the deal

Jun 14, 2008 11:08 PM #1
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Bryan:  Thanks and YES it IS!  I'm looking forward to sharing my AR listing will all so you can send me a BUYER now!

Debe in Charlotte

Jun 14, 2008 11:10 PM #2
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Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

Thats a fantastic AR story! I had one success recently, but nothing on that scale.

Jun 14, 2008 11:16 PM #3
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Patti A. Puckett
Broker Associate/Realtor/ISA with Nouveau Riche - Belvidere, IL

Debe, CONGRATS; I am sososo delighted for you.  I concur as to the reasons you prefer to be first in the line of interviewees and not being an agent that ONE-UPS anyone. I have to believe (that in addition to your qualifications and expertise) that one of the key reasons you were chosen (in addition to what they specifically shared with you) is because you were YOU. PERIOD.  YES we sell real estate, but bigger than that? This is a PEOPLE BUSINESS; its all about relationships. Clearly you are a lady I wish to have a friendship/relationship with!  I will look forward to the details; can't wait to see this home.  BEST

Jun 14, 2008 11:18 PM #4
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Marti Garaughty
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Hi Debe, I love reading these success stories and seeing the tangible results of AR, congrats and have a great weekend!

Jun 14, 2008 11:20 PM #5
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Ruthmarie:  Thanks!  I'm so fortunate that I joined and dove into AR--so many here have taught me so much about the medium from which the VAST majority of our clients find their homes! 

Debe in Charlotte

Jun 14, 2008 11:21 PM #6
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Patti:  What a wonderful compliment!  Thank you so much!  I do agree that being you is the best way to 'sell' yourself and your business and I think that may have just shown through this time--even if I did have to go FIRST!!

Marti:  Thank you and you do the same!!

Debe in Charlotte

Jun 14, 2008 11:36 PM #7
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Nestor & Katerina Gasset
International Properties and Investments LLC - Wellington, FL
Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale

Debe-  Way to Go Debe! I knew you had it when I talked to you today! I just felt it in my gut!

When you are  real people feel it. You got the listing because you are you and the others were fake. When they started on discounting their commissions, they lost face  with the sellers and the sellers lost respect for them.I see this happen a lot in the luxury market. We are not asked to reduce our fee,  the sellers in a luxury market are much more in tune with  business  and  what it takes to sell a house. The selling of this home is going to one great testimonial and AR story! Congrats Debe!

 

Jun 15, 2008 12:37 AM #8
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Adam Waldman
Westcott Group Real Estate Company - Hauppauge, NY
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DEBE - Thank you for the mention.  I have no doubt that many more people will find you and choose you before they've ever spoken to you on the phone.  Your Localism posts are some of the best around.  I think that people can learn from this experience and start to do the same.  The thing about Localism is that even though the subject matter isn't always as easy to write about, it is what the consumer is looking for.  You have found a way to make your local posts very interesting to read.  Although you mentioned me with Katerina, I must defer to her as well.  She inspired my change (for the better).  Congrats on the listing, Debe.  I'm sure that you'll do an outstanding job for them.

Jun 15, 2008 06:10 AM #9
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Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Debe congrats on getting your new listing! Nice price point too. There is no question that being here at AR will continue to bring opportunities your way. I have had lots of success as well :) Keep up the good work!

Jun 15, 2008 08:10 AM #10
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Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

Debe - that is fantastic and I am so happy for you!  AR has done many wonderful things for many people including me!  I love it here! 

Jun 15, 2008 08:15 AM #11
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Fantastic job, Debe! Congratulations! I think the consumer is starting to realize that the agents with the best online presence are better prepared to create that online presence for their home as well. Online is where it's at, it's where the buyers are, so you are poised for success!

Jun 15, 2008 08:16 AM #12
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Steve Scheer
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Its all coming full circle Debe for those of us that completely keep with it. 

Jun 15, 2008 08:54 AM #13
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Katerina:  You're SO sweet!  Thank you for holding my hand and keeping after me to do what I needed to do to bring my business plan into focus.  You're awesome and I'm eternally grateful!  Whiskey River coming up!  ;-)

Adam:  Thank you SO much!  I've learned alot from YOUR Localism posts and have adopted your style and shaped it into one for my area.  It's tough to keep up with you though!  And, you'd best believe that I WILL do a fabulous job for these folks--that goes without saying!

Leesa:  Thanks and ME TOO--gotta love this forum!

Kelly:  Who would have thought 10 years ago that we'd be spending so much of our time and efforts on ONLINE marketing?!  I certainly didn't and believe me, I didn't WANT it to move this way because I had such a fear of technology!  Now look at us--you're so right, online IS where it's at! 

Steve:  Sticktoitiveness is in my blood and I landed at the right place to guide me to a higher level in my business thanks to that trait (or flaw as some would say)!  Those long hours online pay off in a big way when you ARE tenacious!

Debe in Charlotte 

Jun 15, 2008 09:18 AM #14
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Greg Mulkey
HELEN ADAMS REALTY - Matthews, NC

GREAT success story!  Best of luck.

Jun 16, 2008 12:41 AM #15
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Judy Greenberg
Coldwell Banker Buffalo Grove- 350 Half Day Road - Buffalo Grove, IL
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This is what active rani is all about.  If it wasn't I wouldn't be doing this  Congrats!!!!

Jun 16, 2008 07:04 AM #16
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Thanks Greg!  Now, we're going to get this one sold in RECORD TIME, right?!

Judy:  Thank you and I'm with you--it's alot of work but, obviously the payoff is beneficial!

Debe in Charlotte 

Jun 16, 2008 07:47 AM #17
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LaNita Cates
REMAX of Joliet - Joliet, IL

Congratulations Debe! WOW! I'm so impressed!

Jun 16, 2008 12:51 PM #18
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LaNita:  Thanks!  I'm pretty excited about finally making an online STATEMENT!!  I've been working my fingers to the bones for a very long time and it's finally come to fruition! 

Debe in Charlotte 

Jun 16, 2008 04:41 PM #19
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