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Archive for October, 2012

Other Realtors(R) offering to host an open house for you

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

This is a common question our sellers receive from other agents. Can they host an open house for them? What does this mean? How does it affect the seller? Why are they asking me this?

First, it shows that Congress Realty has a fantastic relationship with local Realtors(R) across the board. For that we are grateful and appreciative of the interest our listings generate amongst local Realtors(R). So what is the Realtor(R) actually asking? The Realtor(R) is wanting to host an open house at your property. At this open house, they will meet with potential buyers and guide them through the property. Typically, this Realtor(R) will advertise the open house at a cost to the Realtor(R) and not the seller. Why would a Realtor(R) want to do this? Simple answer – They are trying to acquire leads for themselves. They are hoping to generate business for themselves in the future by “working” these leads. What does this mean to the seller? If the Realtor(R) procures a buyer, the seller would owe this Realtor(R) whatever commission they had agreed upon in the MLS listing.

Should a seller participate in this type of Open House? As long as you are not wanting to work your own “leads”, I think it is a great idea. It gives the seller the freedom to spend Saturday and Sunday doing as you please, while someone else is trying to sell your home. On the other hand, if you want full control over your potential buyers, you may prefer to sit your own open houses w/out the assistance of a Realtor(R).

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

A few updated testimonials – I am still working on uploading audio file testimonials to the blog. Hopefully these will be up by the end of the month.

To: english@congressrealty.com
From: REMOVED
Date: 9-27-2012 08:48am
Subject: Home has closed

Mr. English, the house has closed and I will fax you the settlement statement later today. Is there anything else you need from me at this time? Your service was exactly as promised and I have told many neighbors about you and your company.

To: english@congressrealty.com
From: REMOVED
Date: 9-22-2012 012:34pm
Subject: Lockbox

We dropped the lockbox back in the mail today to your Scottsdale office. Please let us know when the box is received and our deposit is returned. Both my wife and I are grateful to you for answering our questions during this entire process. I can’t express to you how impressed I am with you and your company. Despite our constant emails and phone calls, you were patient with us and helpful. For that, I thank you.|

To: english@congressrealty.com
From: REMOVED
Date: 10/08/2012 11 53am
Subject: ( No subject )

$15, 245
That’s how much money I saved. How about that for a testimonial?

Testimonials for Congress Realty

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
Friday, October 5th, 2012

I’m always hesitant to ask a former client for a testimonial. The reason being, I personally hate to bother anyone over this issue. In the past 10 years, I can’t remember ever directly asking a client a for a testimonial. Luckily, we have been fortunate enough to receive nearly a thousand thank you’s over the years from various clients. Many of these emails detail the experience the client had with our firm. Over the next few weeks, my goal is to receive permission from a handful of these individuals to publish these testimonials to our blog.

My goal with this project is to keep the testimonials simple. I want to copy and paste the exact verbiage utilized by the client for the world to see. Secondly, if I can figure out how to upload an audio file to our blog, I’d like to update a few audio testimonials that we have received within the last 6 weeks. If you are past or present Congress Realty client and would like to be included in this project, email us or give us a call at 800 657 6579 or info@congressrealty.com