Relocate to Wisconsin : If It's "All About the Money"...You are Missing What it's All About

If It's "All About the Money"...You are Missing What it's All About

 The vast majority of our business is by referral. Referral can mean the siblings, the children, neighbors or friends of a past client...OR can be a referral from aphone business associate that we may not know personally.

       We got a call recently....Caller ID indicated it was from an out of state number.  (If you are the person who assumes an unknown area code has to a would be wrong.)  This call was a referral from one of our contractors to a woman who came in from out of state to sell her Mother's home.   Having done this for my own Mom, not that long ago...we had great empathy for her position.  As she went thru the things that brought back a flood of memories....the tears flowed....both hers and ours. She had begun to the things that she felt were necessary to put the house in the best possible salable condition for the desired market.

       On her "to do" list....was new carpeting. The present chardwood floorarpet was not worn but could be cleaned....but wait....let's take a peek in a there hardwood in the living room,hall and bedrooms ? YES....there is and the padding has served as a buffer and it is gorgeous ! 

     Our handy man could remove the carpet...and 

money saved there could be used for interior painting and other things.  We would update the window treatments, the cabinet hardware...touch up the outside trim....stage the bathroom...freshen the bedrooms with bedspreads won't even look like the same house ! 

      We stopped and picked out paint and a light fixture on the way home and sent her texts with pictures.

     We left the house with the family distributing items and discarding and donating others ....a huge task.....and got a text from the Seller a short time later...

    text  "'s so reassuring for us to have you on board...thank you for your expertise and your follow up with the details we discussed. You are truly wonderful."

     What IS truly wonderful is that there is a daughter who knows that she did the best thing she can do to honor her Mom's memory in putting her best house forward and wishing all the very best to the new family that will call the house that she lovingly took care of, their new home.

         If you or anyone you know is looking to sell a home in southeastern Wisconsin and is looking for Realtors to put their best house the is our honor to be of service.

Sally K. & David L. Hanson, ABR, CDPE, CSS, e-Pro,ILHM, REDS

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Comment balloon 16 commentsSally K. & David L. Hanson • July 10 2016 04:48AM


You always do a great job for your clients. They are lucky to be working with you.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 2 years ago

Good morning Sally K. & David L. Hanson ,

What a wonderful story....many homes have great memories within the walls and you are so good about bringing that out in the listing of your home..its because you love what you do and are really helping others through so many different scenarios when selling a home!

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) almost 2 years ago

Good morning Sally and David. Service before counting your commission provides a path to more commissions! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) almost 2 years ago

Awesome! This is how it's done and what it's all about! 

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 2 years ago

Good morning, Sally K. & David L. Hanson what a nice story and you did a fine job, as usual, for the family members who are selling ..... but I'd expect nothing less....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) almost 2 years ago

There are few things more valuable than good suggestions born of experience.

And I have to answer my phone because unknown numbers are often new clients.  But I sure am getting a lot of the wasteful marketing calls!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 2 years ago

Hi Sally, the only calls I don't take come from "800" numbers. I figure they ar etrying to sell me something I don't want. Otherwise those out-of-area calls can be gold.

Bill Roberts

Posted by Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate) almost 2 years ago

Hi Sally and David --- full service and full quality --- that doesn't even begin to describe the experience you provide clients.  Thanks for sharing this story.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 2 years ago

Sally and David,

Caring like you do fro your buyers and sellers is something no robot can replace, and you are right it is not "all about the money!".  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) almost 2 years ago

Wondeful post!  So true Sally K. & David L. Hanson it is not all about the money.

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) almost 2 years ago

Sally and David those of us who follow your blog know that the two of you always go above and beyond what is expected, and this is a good example of that.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 2 years ago

Sally and David

Another success story in the making.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 2 years ago

Good morning Sally and David.  This woman is in expert hands and the sale of her Mother's home will be done with great care and compassion.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 2 years ago

You are so right, it's not all about the $$$. Nicely done for this family Sally & David!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) almost 2 years ago

What a difficult situation. I'm glad this family found you to help make it easier!

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Samsel & Associates) almost 2 years ago

Anyone in this business who is only "all about the money" is missing out on the best part of being in it.  The payback one gets from going above and beyond for one's clients can't be measured in dollars and cents alone.

As for your comment about out of area codes being telemarketers, we just can't think that way anymore. Today I already received two calls with a local 704 code who were telemarketers.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC) almost 2 years ago