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Dipti Thakkar
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Wait and when your tunr comes in, assess the address and check with the officer again.

Jun 08, 2018 11:01 PM
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Do these potential clients want contractor recommendations in preparation for the sale of their home?  

You can provide your resources as a way of not only being helpful, but also as a part of your continuing effort to build the relationship.  It shows some of the value you bring to the table.

Is it possible these potential clients will cheat on you and hire someone else when they list?  Sure.  Would that be a bummer?  Yup.  And so it goes.   

Sometimes it's a good idea  to put yourself out there and give up some of the goods, your resources, in advance of any type of contract.  

Jan 29, 2015 12:50 AM
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Praful Thakkar
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No need to - if they don't trust you, you don't need to trust them.

Sep 09, 2017 10:14 PM
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Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

Update as of 3:00 today 1-29-15

 

I sent an email back to her that said:  I appreciate your complete honesty.  As per our previous conversations I don't share my professional contacts, time and expertise when it is not intended to be reciprocated.   I wish you and "INSERT BOYFRIEND NAME" the best with your endeavors.   Thank you for understanding- as so many people don't.

 

Her response was:  I completely get it.  No worries.  Everyone runs their business so differently.  I had one Realtor that literally published a list of his contractors every year like clockwork.  Anyone in sales of any kind is delirious if they think they don't have any competition.  I think its good you hold strong on your beliefs like that.  That's probably what makes you so good.  You may still get the listing anyway when its time.  :-)So, now that the Geyer Inn (a local pub) has come and gone, I'm still open for a drink again!

Talk soon!
 
I am so Happy that I stuck to my guns on this one- and I actually think it made her appreciate me professionally even more;)  Maybe I will get this listing!
 
Thank you to everyone on that replied- I was contemplating this all day and your responses really helped!
Jan 29, 2015 04:59 AM
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Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

Delicate issue...you kind of can't win no matter what you do. My instincts would be to give the seller something...even if it isn't everything they want. I try to default to a helping mode...even if they don't hire you, you will have done a good deed.

Jan 29, 2015 01:54 AM
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Julia van Mook
Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services - Pittsburgh, PA

I would give them one name, that of a general contractor/handyman, one that is your most reliable.  If their experience with them is positive, your helpful recommendation could put you above the 2 other agents being interviewed.  

Jan 29, 2015 01:16 AM
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Bob Crane
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Sure, I even give them a copy of our mktg plan, we get the deal almost every time.

Sep 26, 2019 10:03 PM
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Ajay Pandya
e-Merge Real Estate - Columbus, OH
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Definitely a great idea.

Jan 27, 2018 08:49 PM
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

Shanna Hall - That turned out very nicely.  Good job!

Jan 30, 2015 08:15 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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I share freely. What you put out in the universe comes back to you one day.

Jan 29, 2015 08:59 PM
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John Meussner
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I'd probably give it to them, and tell whoever I referred they may hear from these people - if they do, they should help me get the listing, too, with a great recommendation of their own. 

Jan 29, 2015 08:30 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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There are so many variables to this.  Is this client building a new home.  Remodeling?  I may share some of my contractors with them but only in person.

Jan 29, 2015 06:45 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
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Yes, absolutely.  And, I would call these contractors and ask that they give me a great recommendation when these clients call.

Jan 29, 2015 06:00 AM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
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Hi, Shana...I've read all of your answers and the other answers. This is a difficult situation. I think I would pass on doing anything with this person. It really sounds like she expects the world from you, but isn't willing to do anything for you. When she says that she always interviews three agents, because that's the way she's always done it, well it came to my mind that after five houses she ought to know what she wants in an agent, and she should know the right one when she meets that person. She sounds like a talker and a user. I would run. 

Jan 29, 2015 05:49 AM
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
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Shanna Hall - The additional information you provided is interesting. 

From your fuller description, it sounds like this gal is a user.  Her response to you told you that.  Good for her for being honest and providing you with the information you need to make your decision.

I'd wish her luck and cut her loose.  Spend your time and energy on people who appreciate what you have to offer.

When you see that she's listed her property with someone else, breathe a sigh of relief and be grateful you dodged that bullet.

Jan 29, 2015 04:31 AM
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Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
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Margaret Mitchell - I am not sure if you have been keeping up with this line of answers.  I am curious what made you change your mind after I added details. 

Jan 29, 2015 03:52 AM
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Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
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Ron & Alexandra Seigel  I think you are right that I should follow my gut!  And I am leaning towards your response!  She is also asking me to help her boyfriend connect to key people that I know could help him obtain a job.  Again wanting my contacts but not willing to commit to me... 

Jan 29, 2015 03:51 AM
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Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

Jill Murty, Realtor yes she is asking for my people to help her pre-pare to sell the home.  She also asked me to help her boyfriend connect with some very key people I know to help him get a job- yes all  in two emails.  Do you still think I should provide all of this assistance?  I asked if she was planning on using me to sell her house because part of my value is my contacts and years of honing down a very precise and excellent group of "contractors."

Her exact response to me was:

As far as the house, no promises.  This is my fifth house and I have never sold a house without interviewing 3 agents.  I like to hear their ideas on what they think are the best ways to market as well as where they would price the house.  I know Realtors probably hate that but that's what I've always done. Its what I do with contractors as well.  I've talked to two electricians so far and getting ready to call the plumbers.  And no, I don't go to the cheapest.  I get a sense of who I think can do the job the best given the circumstances.

Sorry- I am really trying to find a good solution.  I appreciate your response!

 

Jan 29, 2015 03:47 AM
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Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

Cindy Davis, Julia van Mook and DEBORAH STONE -  I don't think you saw the added note that she is also asking for my assistance in helping her boyfriend get a job- I know key people he would like to meet.  (She knows this via Linked-in)

I understand the part where you say you would give one name. I get that but this really feels like she wants to use me for everything except anything that will make me any kind of money.  I am actually fairly appalled that someone would have the audacity to ask for such things knowing that my life is supported due to my contacts (I am completely a word of mouth agent- I do not advertise.)

With that being said- Do you still think I should give her the name of someone and help her boyfriend connect to key people?

Jan 29, 2015 03:39 AM
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Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

To make the scenario even more interesting she is asking me to forward her boyfriends resume and use my other contacts to help him get a job...  Just thought I would throw that in there.

Jan 29, 2015 02:55 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Shanna,

I rely on my instinct, if it were me, I would pass on handing out info...will all your musing on this, it may look like a good deed, but it isn't since you are ambivalent.  Go with your gut and insticts.  A

Jan 29, 2015 02:47 AM
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DEBORAH STONE
Balboa Real Estate San Diego, CA - San Diego, CA

I would perhaps give them ONE name, of a licensed contractor that I may have used once or twice ----but I would NEVER give a list of "handymen" or workers (that I gathered over the years), to just anyone, potential clients or not. It took me much hard work, trial & error etc. to find these guys. 

Jan 29, 2015 12:53 AM
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Margaret Mitchell
Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty - York, ME
Seacoast Maine & NH Real Estate

No, I would not.  I have excellent contractor resources and I am not handing that out to someone who has not committed to working with me.  Like you, I consider it part of my service for clients.

Oops - you just added an update.  That is a bit more complicated.  I would give her a general contractor name, not a long list of individual contractors.

Jan 29, 2015 12:39 AM
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Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

The question is very limited- so here is the longer version. 

An acquaintance of about 12 years asked me for recommendations for electricians, plumbers, flooring people and construction guys.  I feel like this is part of what I offer when you hire me- affordable, tried and true great people that you can rely on.  She said that she always interviews 3 agents when it is time to sell then she will make the decision.  That may be several years down the line...  Would you give her your resources? 

Jan 29, 2015 12:38 AM