Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.)

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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

It was seven years.  The husband said "Can you believe we made you wait six years to list the house?"  I laughed and said "It was seven."

I'd met the wife at an open house and sent a thank you note.  The wife had saved the note for all those years.  So sweet. 

Jun 30, 2017 09:25 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

One past client after 10 years came to be to buy another home.  I so love my loyal clients.  Even more so when the appreciate what I bring to the table. 

Jun 30, 2017 11:03 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

My category generally has a shorter purchase cycle, but I've had 2 customers buy after 5 years and a couple after 4 years.

Jun 30, 2017 09:24 AM
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

hmm well so far I would say more than 18 years but its not a constant bombardment thing and usually the very lengthy contacts are with people who have already been clients

Jul 02, 2018 10:04 AM
Jerri McCombs, Broker
Dogwood Real Estate Services - Hendersonville, NC
Hendersonville NC Relocation

I worked with a youg couple for two and one half years. I was just starting out when I began the journey with them. I stuck with them because I really liked them. They were very smart about wanting to stay on budget (under $100,000) and they had the sweetest 2 and a half year old. By the time we found them a winner the bou was almost 5 and they were expecting their second child. We must have looked a a hundred homes over that time and all over the place. But the home they settled on was the perfect one for them, with the land they wanted and the price. It was worth it. They are still there!

Jun 30, 2017 07:26 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

several years

Jun 30, 2017 04:28 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

9 months for a seller who says...I think I found a buyer and wont need you

Jun 30, 2017 10:23 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

the longest was probably about a year for a listing.... some folks start long before they list to see what needs to be done to their property to prepare it for marketing....

Jun 30, 2017 10:16 AM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Before they purchased or sold for the first time? Last August 2016 I finally sold a home to someone I'd been working with off and on and keeping in touch with since 2009. She has now purchased 3 properties since then. I think that's the longest.  I still have others I keep in touch with from many years back that may be something in the future, so who knows as time goes on! :-) -Kasey

Jun 30, 2017 10:15 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


3 years

Jun 30, 2017 09:08 AM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL 305-931-6931

This month I put for sale a condo, tenant was there over 9 years! I talk to owner of the property time to time. He called me in July and said:

"Oh, you probably don't remember me"

"Roman, how have you been?" 


Jul 12, 2018 07:15 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I had a Seller years ago that I stayed in touch with for 3 years, and they did list with me, only because I was the only one that did stay in touch.  Have a buyer right now first hit my web site in 2010.  His son bought this past December, and father is coming out next month.

Jul 03, 2017 07:50 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

four years

Jul 03, 2017 06:10 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good question Jeff, not sure aboput how long it been.


Jul 02, 2017 01:41 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

A couple years.

Jul 01, 2017 09:56 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

6 years - closed on one last year

4 years closed on 1 a year

8 years - closed on 1 every 2 years

Jul 01, 2017 07:01 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Almost five years. It was showing them houses off and on for almost three years before they finally bought something.

Jul 01, 2017 06:32 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I can't recall the actual number but it was more than several years from the initial conversation to listing and then closing.    A lot of real estate can involve "the waiting game".    

Jul 01, 2017 06:04 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Probably around 6 years.  But, it can get to be longer as I'm still working on a number of others.

Jul 01, 2017 05:57 AM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

our job does require patience  I know some agents who will drop a buyer if they haven't bought in a year. I don't drop anyone but am happy to take those rejected buyers on and sell them a home or land over time... I will take the time to make it work for them....whatever that is

Jul 01, 2017 12:44 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

3 years.

Jun 30, 2017 10:57 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Jeff Dowler - I remember one of the buyers took more than 5 years!

Jun 30, 2017 08:40 PM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

The longest I can remember were sellers/buyers that I showed for over 25 years. They FSBO's for years and bought from a FSBO. The good ones are all in a days work.

Jun 30, 2017 08:19 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

7 years and he just closed last month. It was a welcome commission after simple emails and occasional calls, ROI= $12,000.00

Jun 30, 2017 07:35 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I dont do any of that drip stuff, but I am constantly networking, when people are ready they will let me know.

Jun 30, 2017 05:40 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

3.5 years until the FSBO got serious about selling. I was shocked

Jun 30, 2017 02:53 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I'm trying to run through my clients in my head.  Off the top of my head, maybe six years or so.

Jun 30, 2017 02:05 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Jeff I've been in contact with most of our buyers and sellers for well over 25 years. I just had breakfast with a couple that bought their first home from me in 1989 and their dream home in 1993. They're thinking of downsizing at some point and I'll be helping them again.

Jun 30, 2017 01:51 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

We have had some prospects who we have cultivated for several years. No score sheet on that term however.

Jun 30, 2017 01:08 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

4-5 years for a first home bought with me. I have several clients who buy and sell every 3-4 years that I've had for 12+ years - in fact, I Closed with one of those today!

Jun 30, 2017 12:12 PM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Don't even know as I've never thought about it as a cycle. 

Jun 30, 2017 11:28 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

I don't have an exact number of years although more than 5 and less than 10 sounds about right.

Jun 30, 2017 11:09 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Great question but can't say i remember. Two years maybe?

Jun 30, 2017 11:03 AM
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Several years.

Jun 30, 2017 10:54 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Years still no buying or listing.  They may be nice guys but you need to serve their needs and often your name does not stick or they will go with listing agent. Having said that I got a referral from 3 years ago.  

Jun 30, 2017 09:35 AM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Believe it or not, I'm in contract on a home for just under $400K new construction and I've been in touch with these people for 9 years.

Jun 30, 2017 09:32 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD


Jun 30, 2017 09:25 AM