Careful When Asking For Testimonials From Funny Clients

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Real Estate Sales Representative with RE/MAX of Wasaga Beach Inc., Brokerage

I've been asking (begging?) clients for testimonials lately to post on my website. Here's quite possibly my favourite testimonial ever, received this morning from some treasured clients:

"Here goes Bruce:

Working with Bruce in the buying and selling of several homes had many advantages for my wife and I.  Firstly, his dyslexia is often amusing and puts potential buyers at ease almost immediately.  This can be tempered somewhat by his Tourettes, but if you give him a shot of scotch prior to meeting with the buyers he seems to control it better.  Just one shot though, there was this once, oh, nevermind.

One other advantage, although it is more in his favour than ours (although we do like Mary quite a bit), is that when he gets a commission cheque he can feed his Meth habit with Mary having to resort to hooking again.  It's great hearing the story of how they met that way, but really, they love each other and should only be with each other in "that way".

Thank God we moved out of the Beach and won't have to use him in any of our future moves, and possibly his drug addled mind will eventually forget we ever knew him at all.  But if you are looking for a realtor that you won't soon forget, Bruce is the man!

Sincerely,

Anonymous...

...

... A real one will follow on the weekend, unless you want to use the above.

Cheers, Michael"

I love these folks! And this is after our sixth deal together! Never know what's going to greet you in your Inbox.

~ Bruce

And then Michael and Tammy added the following:

"But seriously folks:

 In the past 10 years my wife and I have been assisted by Bruce in the buying and selling of 3 homes for a total of six transactions with him.  In each instance he caused the stress level to be significantly lower than it should have been.  He is incredibly intelligent with regards to the real estate business in general, and phenomenally knowledgeable about the Georgian Bay areas properties. He was always available to us, and provided needed insight and feedback throughout each process.  He even offers follow-up care.

The only problem in dealing with Bruce is that he will ruin your experience with other agents.  Recently my mother moved from Niagara to Barrie utilizing two agents, one there and one here.  My expectations of what they could do were so high (due to my dealings with Bruce) that I was very disappointed.  Oh, they did the usual stuff like put ads in the paper and arranged showings, but that was it.  They didn't offer meaningful input, and most noticeably missing was following up after the transaction to make sure she was happy.

It is the small things that make differences in one's life.  Bruce, you look after ALL the small things that your clients shouldn't worry about.  That is what makes you our agent for life.

Cheers.

Michael and Tammy 

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Great letter Bruce.  Congratulations.

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Congratulations . Thanks for the reminder. I have not posted anything on my site in a long time.

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