What could $44.44 possibly be?

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Well, I took it as a sign.  A sign of good luck.  Must make the best of the good luck....

I stopped for gas the other night.  On empty again, but at least the price has dropped below $3.00 a gallon.  I think it was $2.79.... Anyway - An empty tank and the pump  stops at $44.44.Money

A far cry from the high of $68 something to fill up....

SOOOOO - I decide to stop inside the station and drop off some Green Bay Packers game Schedules.  I know the attendant, he even waived hello as I was filling up.

So inside I went, "please get me a $5 Powerball ticket" I say, and oh by the way - "may I leave these schedules here for the customers... and would you like one?"

Do you know where this story is going?

Well, I wish I could say the Powerball ticket was a winner - NOT!  (At least not millions...)

The attendant, Mahendra says "oh, you are a Realtor?"

I proudly answer "why, yes".

Now he knows I live a few blocks away.  He knows my husband, and my golden retriever.... he just didn't know I was a "secret" agent.  LOL

Mahendra says "I am looking for a house",  after a 30 minute discussion.... I have

ONE new customer.  WHoopeee!  We will be looking in January.... when he returns from a month visit back home.

Here's the tip: It pays to NOT be a secret agent.  I try to not be a secret agent, I wear my name tag and a RE/MAX pin, but I still need to say ....

I HELP PEOPLE BUY AND SELL HOMES....

and as I learned from Brian Buffini:  "oh, by the way"... if you were buying or selling a home, or had a friend or family member who was, do you have a Realtor you would refer them to?

Sales 101, I still need a reminder!

 

 

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Nicole Weidauer
Keller Williams Greater Seattle - Shoreline, WA

I totally thought you were going to say you won the lotto ;) Darn!

I know what you mean about the secret agent thing. I too try to be diligent in talking to people about it when I get the chance. What a great idea- to drop off calendars and game schedules at the gas station you go to regularly.

The thing I try to do when talking to people about real estate is to clear up the confusion they have from watching the news. The news paints a horrible picture of our real estate markets, and I am single handedly changing that one person at a time (in Seattle that is :) )

Congrats on the new prospect!

Thanks for sharing, Nicole Weidauer

The Egerer & Weidauer Team, Keller Williams Realty North Seattle

Oct 25, 2008 04:57 PM #7
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Cameron Wilson
Labrum Real Estate - Murrieta, CA
The Short Guy - Murrieta,Temecula,Menifee California

No more secret agent April. Sometimes we forget to do the basics. As for bars and business....... maybe I'l write a post about Farming.

Congrats and You have many more clients coming your way.

Oct 25, 2008 05:47 PM #8
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Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

We all need reminders!      Thanks for this timely one.

Oct 25, 2008 06:41 PM #9
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JL Boney, III
Russell and Jeffcoat - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

Congrats on the new customer, keep up the good work April. My wife gets such a kick out of me because every time we go to a party, I have the host announce me and tell everyone that I am a Realtor.

Oct 25, 2008 06:45 PM #10
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Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
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Good for you!!! We never know where our next client will be! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Oct 25, 2008 07:35 PM #11
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Richard Weisser
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers - Newnan, GA
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April...

I now wear my name badge EVERYWHERE! I am no longer a secret agent.

Oct 25, 2008 07:59 PM #12
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Ann Hayden
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri - Chesterfield, MO
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April,

What an awesome trip to the gas station.  It does not pay to be a "secret" agent.

Take care,

Ann

Oct 25, 2008 09:25 PM #13
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

April, Good for you.  I have my Name and company tatooed right on my Van.  They can't miss it and I do get stopped every now andagain!  Good luck!

Oct 26, 2008 05:05 PM #14
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Steve Hoffacker
Hoffacker Associates LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
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April,

People are around us all the time, and some of those people are going to want to buy or sell - or they can lead us to that person. Great job. :)

Steve

Oct 26, 2008 11:11 PM #15
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April Hayden-Munson
Brookfield, WI
Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate

Nicole - Well that would certainly be a "happy day"!!  I haven't checked the ticket - but I definitely did not win the BIG one! 

Having to tell everyone the market isn't as doom and gloom as they think is a good thing! I think  market updates are a bit more fun now that we REALLY have something to talk about.

Oct 27, 2008 11:56 AM #16
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April Hayden-Munson
Brookfield, WI
Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate

I'll have to come back later to comment to you all -- I keep getting the boot! ARGHHH@*&&

Oct 27, 2008 11:59 AM #17
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Lori Franks
Real Estate Consultant - Brookings, OR
Brookings, Oregon

April- You did win the lottery! Having a buyer fall into your lap like that is the next best thing to winning the lotto my dear.

Oct 27, 2008 01:14 PM #18
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Brenda Harmon
Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas - College Station, TX

April,

That's great.  I am glad that you have a new customer for the New Year.

I know one agent who wore her name tag to a funeral.  Now I think that's a bit much.

Oct 27, 2008 01:48 PM #19
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Sharon Harris
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Hanover, PA
Realtor

I started wearing my name tag everyday you will be surprised at the comments I get. As well as catching people glancing at the tag....

Oct 27, 2008 02:00 PM #20
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April Hayden-Munson
Brookfield, WI
Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate

Cameron, Thank YOU!  I try not to be "secret".  I do quite a bit of business at the "bars" - hangouts, whatever you want to call them.  Great gathering places....

Oct 30, 2008 05:41 PM #21
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April Hayden-Munson
Brookfield, WI
Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate

Li - You are so right.  We do need reminders now and then!

JL - Great idea, an announcement at parties.  I'll have to see if I have enough guts to pull that one off!

Lizette - So true, I meet people standing in lines at the stores.  I talk real estate everywhere!

Oct 30, 2008 05:43 PM #22
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April Hayden-Munson
Brookfield, WI
Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate

Richard- Do you have your name on your car too?  Just wondering.

Ann - It was an awesome trip.... I need to check the lottery ticket I bought too... :)

Bill - That's great, a moving Billboard!!

 

Oct 30, 2008 05:45 PM #23
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Ann Hayden
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri - Chesterfield, MO
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April,

Get out there and check the ticket.  You might be the big winner.

Ann

Oct 30, 2008 08:22 PM #24
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April Hayden-Munson
Brookfield, WI
Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate

Ann - I found the ticket and have to go see if I won anything.  But like someone else here pointed out - I already won!!

April

Nov 03, 2008 01:41 PM #25
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Ann Hayden
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April,

Yes, you have already won....but a winning lottery ticket could be an added bonus!

Ann

Nov 03, 2008 09:56 PM #26
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