Rhonda Howlett, Your History... In the Making... (Clocktower Realty Group)

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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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Is this what you are thinking of??!! 

Dec 28, 2015 10:00 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Rhonda,

It works in some markets, it is dreaded in others...A

Dec 28, 2015 06:43 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Rhonda Howlett - well, I love pop-bys. Recently, 40 boxes of sweets to my past clients and generated 14 leads! (it was Diwali - Indian Festival of Lights).

Why don't you attend the SUCCESS TOUR from Buffini & Company - event is on March 30th and 31st, 2016 and I plan to be there.

Dec 28, 2015 03:56 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
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I live in a very small town. I'm popping by everyone all the time. 

Dec 28, 2015 02:46 PM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
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For those who are not familiar with pop bys it helps to explain that it is a Pop by - not a plop by or stop by - you don't even have to go in - 

Dec 28, 2015 12:19 PM
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Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
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It depends on the relationship.  I would never pop by without calling first.  

In general though, I don't think it is a tactic I will use as I think like Jill Moog 

Dec 28, 2015 08:35 AM
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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
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In the old days when housewives were just that it seemed almost appropriate. Now-a-days it seems like an intrusion.

Think Saturday morning Jehovah Witness

Dec 28, 2015 06:55 PM
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Peter Mohylsky. The Santa Rosa Beach Expert
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
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I love gifts.  Feel free to send me something, anytime.  Then put yourself in the clients shoes and live the golden rule,  

Dec 28, 2015 07:21 AM
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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
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I have tried this in the past but feel like I am intruding on them by stopping by without announcing it first.  

Dec 28, 2015 07:00 AM
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Tammy Lankford,
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I tend to make it useful things, stamps, a pen, or something to eat that I made (cookies or candy) and I generally get some referrals out of it.

Dec 28, 2015 06:04 AM
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Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
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Stopping by unannounced?  Past client or hopeful?  I did stop by on a past client to apologize for something I had done that had bothered me for months.  Nothing serious just me being upset with circumstances.  They were open and friendly and so happy to see me.  Wanted to fix me lunch and talk.  When I got to what had been bothering me they did not even know what I was talking about.  We do tend to build things up in our head don't we?  Make it a great week.  mark

Dec 28, 2015 05:59 AM
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Amelia Robinette
NoVa House and Home - Frankly Realty - Falls Church, VA
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Door knocking, pop-bys, chatting at the grocery store, I'm open to them all. 

You need to be in tune to people's state of mind and/or mood, if they look annoyed, excuse yourself "seems like not an ideal time - we'll catch up on another day, buh-bye!"

if you try to force it like the two lovely young men in white shirts and black ties who popped by my house last week, i'm gonna get annoyed, if you're respectful you'll be appreciated.

Dec 29, 2015 08:24 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

In past years I have brought Poinsettias and cans of popcorn for the kids.   I think when our clients see us during the busy holiday season, they feel special.  

Dec 28, 2015 10:45 PM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
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Pop-bys with a token gift are usually ok as long aas it is at a reasonable hour and not dinner time.

Dec 28, 2015 09:39 PM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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It's nice to do and clients like to see you in person. My biggest problem with pop-by's is that they always turn into a visit.... clients so happy to see me they insist I come in, have coffee, talk, etc. So they eat up a lot of time.

Dec 28, 2015 08:52 PM
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TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good morning Rhonda. Random acts of kindness always pay off handsomely.

Dec 28, 2015 05:14 PM
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Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
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I wouldn't pop by without them expecting.  I've read this is a great technique. Let us know if you do and how it works out for you.

Dec 28, 2015 01:16 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I am always puzzled by questions or statements containing 'DO YOU BELIEVE IN" 

You possibly intended to ask, 'Has pop-bys been successful for you?" "If yes, what was your approach?"

My response would be YES!

However, the pop-by has a tangible purpose that aligns with their interest.

Example: I receive or obtain tickets to the Tampa Bay Lighting game NEXT week. Now I can pop-by when in the area, on the chance they are home to have them check their schedule.

Keep popping until you find someone home.

Of course it is imperative to understand the real purpose of the pop-by and don't violate that trust.

Dec 28, 2015 12:14 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
Redfin - Washington, DC
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I don't do pop bys, but I make a whole bunch of schmooze calls.

Dec 28, 2015 12:09 PM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
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All touches work !!! However there are days where our home is not ready for ANY visitors !!!

Dec 28, 2015 11:11 AM
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Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
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No, I would never because I would not like it to be done to me.

Dec 28, 2015 11:10 AM
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Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
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I sometimes pop by but only with clients that I jnow are OK with them

Dec 28, 2015 10:07 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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I pop by my clients and colleagues from time to time, but never delivering trinkets and gifts, that just seems too rehearsed.

For me it is a friendly visit when I am in the area to see how they are doing, generally leads to a good conversation, updates, and once in a while a tip on a good project.

Dec 28, 2015 10:03 AM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
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I like to pop by my State Farm insurance agency and bring them a 6 foot subway every 6 months. I have received 3 referral deals thus far (1year) totaling $16k in commission...

I can buy a lot of sandwiches for that.

Dec 28, 2015 09:51 AM
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David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
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Rhonda,
I would not want someone “popping by.” I am very goal oriented and my time is carefully allocated. It says they were thinking more of themselves than respecting my time. But if a person thinks it works, go for it. 

Dec 28, 2015 08:54 AM
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Jill Moog
Coast & Country Homes and Estates, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
Carlsbad, CA Homes for Sale

I would feel uncomfortable dropping by someones home unannounced.

Dec 28, 2015 08:28 AM
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Rhonda Howlett I've seen real estate trainers promoting it, I just think clients would be irritated.  They may not be dressed well, makeup, hair, fighting with someone?  Too many possibilities for awkward

Dec 28, 2015 07:40 AM
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Linda Guess
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Branson, MO - Branson, MO
Branson area real estate sales.

I knock on doors in my farm and give them something.  I sometimes stop when I see them outside.  I got 2 listings this last month by doing this.

Dec 28, 2015 07:12 AM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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I don't do pop bys but will be openmided for ideas if they work. I like to send cards with a little surprise in them.

Dec 28, 2015 07:00 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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I carry a stack of Starbuck coffee cards as as a 1st meeting gift..,

Pens with your phone #, bot holders are the old fashion gifts....

Dec 28, 2015 06:25 AM
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Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

If somebody stops by my home without warning, I am extremely annoyed as I work from home and have two crazy dogs.  I won't do that to somebody else.  

Dec 29, 2015 08:14 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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It's not really my style, so I don't plan on doing it.

Dec 29, 2015 05:56 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I have never done pop-bys but many agents have been successful with pop-bys, especially when food or a gift is being delivered.

Dec 29, 2015 03:52 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
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Too weird for me. I wouldn't want my agent popping by and giving me any gifts unless it's a full price offer on the property i'm selling.

Dec 29, 2015 02:47 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
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I think it depends on who you are popping in on.

Dec 28, 2015 10:27 PM
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Rhonda Howlett
Clocktower Realty Group - Richmond, VA
Your History... In the Making...

Thank you everyone for your answers! A lot of insight. I might try pop-bys on my investors and my past clients that would not mind if I show up unannounced and surprised them! 

Dec 28, 2015 09:23 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I used to do it sometimes but I agree that people my feel uncomfortable if they are not dressed properly.

Dec 28, 2015 08:27 PM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

No. I do like the request for a brief visit to drop off something and then following though. People like gifts but not untimely interruptions at home.

Dec 28, 2015 05:21 PM
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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
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Rhonda Howlett Excellent question.

Dec 28, 2015 12:58 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Most consumers dont like it, you really have to know the person before just stopping by as it could hurt more than help. 

Dec 28, 2015 06:57 AM