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My Second Office in Colleyville... First Visit... First Client !

I Had a Very Interesting Experience Yesterday.  I was sitting in Borders in Colleyville, Texas.  I was blogging my little heart out... answering some comments made to a few of my posts... and workig on three new blog posts I hope to submit sometime this week.

I had "set up shop" at one of the tables over near the side entrance... the doors are under the Borders sign at the right... in the picture below.  I had been there for about forty-five minutes, and had just come back from the counter after ordering a second cup of "Seattle's Best Coffee," and sat back down at my table... when a woman approached me.

She walked up to the table, and asked if I would answer a few questions for her.  She asked me if I was a Realtor, which I confirmed.  She said "I thought so.  I saw the computer, noticed the Mapsco book, and the file folders next to your laptop."

          

Of course, I invited her to sit down.  I gave her a copy of the Homes and Land magazine I have a two-page ad in, and asked her what kind of coffee she preferred.  Being the kind soul that I am, I scurried back over to the coffee bar, and brought her back a nice cup of Seattle's Best.

It turns out she is going to be relocating to the Fort Worth area from Oklahoma City early in 2008.  She had driven down to Fort Worth to visit some friends, and had stopped at Borders to pick up a Fort Worth magazine.  And... while she was browsing... she noticed me at my computer.

She asked me about some of the schools in the area.  She said she was concerned for her twin twelve year old daughters moving during the school year.  I immediately reached for some files I had in my laptop case, and gave her a copy of my blog post entitled "Moving During The School Year... Why It's a Good Thing."

She was very surprised when I handed her the article.  Actually, I was surprised, too.  I didn't think I had a copy of it with me... but there it was... right inside my briefcase.

We chatted for quite a while.  We exchanged information... including our email addresses and phone numbers.  She will be coming back down to Fort Worth in early January... and asked me if I had time to "show her around."  So... we set aside a time on the first Friday in January.

Am I thrilled ?  You Bet !  I met a new friend... and a new client.  She didn't have a Realtor when she walked in to Borders... but she was so excited that she had one... when she left !

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You could meet Karen Anne at Borders or Starbucks, but you could also visit her website at www.NewHomeHuntersOfTarrantCounty.com .  Karen Anne can be reached at (817) 929-3400.  Her email is KarenAnneStone@gmail.com .

Comment balloon 33 commentsKaren Anne Stone • November 27 2007 10:12PM

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Karen, Excellent! What serendipity! You wrote the blog on the topic that most concerned her, and you had it with you....Way to Go Karen!

Ginger

Posted by Ginger Sala, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~ (Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC) almost 12 years ago
Ginger:  I was as surprised as anyone that I had it with me... but luck was on my side.  Both children and their parents are so fearful of a mid-school-year move... but as a former teacher for nine years, I have seen that things usually turn out for the best.  I got a lot of compliments on the blog post, and now it just might bring me a Christmas present.   Ginger... thanks so much for being my very first comment !  Take care...
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 12 years ago
Karen Anne, Good for you and good for your new client who I am sure will be very pleased with her new Realtor!
Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, NV. Lic BS.507 (Simply Vegas Real Estate) almost 12 years ago
Karen, that is wonderful.  I will go back and read your post about moving in the middle of the school year.  You are correct, there are many benefits.  With my father being a builder in New Jersey I have moved during the summer and during the winter.  When I moved my children I chose during the school year.  Thanks for a wonderful reminder on how to provide good service. 
Posted by Kathleen Vetrano, Helping YOU Achieve YOUR Dreams (RE/MAX Gateway) almost 12 years ago
Hi Roberta:  Yes, I am thrilled.  I didn't go there to find a client... but now I know it's very possible.  Thank you so much for your kind comments.  Take care...
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 12 years ago
Hi Kathleen:  Yes, I think that post about moving during the school year is very true.  I saw it work many times both as a school teacher, and as a parent.  So you personally, having moved during the summer, knewwhat it was like to move into a new neighborhood and not know a single soul.  For a child... that makes for a very long summer.  It does for that child's parents, too.  Kathleen, you are very welcome.  It was truly my pleasure.  Thank you for your kind comments.  Take care...
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 12 years ago
Karen, This is a great story and post!  I will be reading and following more.  Thank you.
Posted by Kathleen Vetrano, Helping YOU Achieve YOUR Dreams (RE/MAX Gateway) almost 12 years ago
HI again Kathleen:  I enjoyed writing it, and I really enjoyed my trip to Borders.  Thanks so much for your kind comments.  I look forward to seeing you back soon.  Take care...
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 12 years ago
Karen, now you have 2 offices Starbucks and Borders. Good job on connecting with a client.
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 12 years ago
Congrats on using your resources to the fullest extent!!  2 offices...no fees...no competition!!  YOU ROCK Karen Anne!!  *I think I need to "learn to drink....coffee!"   What a great concept!!
Posted by Susie Roscoe, Real Estate Specialist | Brandon, FL (Signature Realty Associates) almost 12 years ago
Those are the best kind of experiences when we pick up a new client completely by accident. Was it the neon above your head flashing.

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) almost 12 years ago
Another great reason to be out in the world. When I wear my name tag I always meet new clients.
Posted by Christina Bennani-Persechini, Realtor - The House For You (Keller Williams Realty Boston North West) almost 12 years ago
Hi Todd:  I think I need to get one of those.  But actually, thats not a bad idea.  I bet you've already got a good source for them, don't you ?
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 12 years ago
Hi Christina:  A great place to wear your name tag is when you go to the grocery store.  I often get asked questions when I shop for groceries.  Great idea.  Thanks for commenting...
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 12 years ago

Way cool.

I probably wouldn't have even been able to pull out a business card.

Food for thought....

 

 

Posted by Tom Burris, Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience (NMLS# 335055) almost 12 years ago
Hi Tom:  Well... that's just part of the advantage we girls have over you.  If I look deep enough in my purse, and if my purse is big enough... I can find just about anything in there... cards, brochures, for sale signs, open house signs... just about anything.  It gets kind of heavy, though.  Tom, thanks for visiting... hope things are well with you.  Take care...    Karen Anne
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 12 years ago

I have never done this, just threatened.

I've always thought it would be bright to go to a Starbucks or whatever in one of the bookstores or grocery stores at the same time everyday and set up shop for an hour at one of the tables.  Business cards,newsletters, laptop, the works.

I'll be I would be amazed at the amount of business it would bring.

Billycherry

Posted by BILL CHERRY, Broker & Wealth Coach (Bill Cherry, Realtor) almost 12 years ago
Karen Anne, congrats on your new client!  Goes to show you never know where business may come from. I have not used Borders as an office yet; I guess food for thought.  I do love using Panera Bread.
Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 12 years ago
Karen Anne, I loved the article.  Starbucks is my office!  I haven't tried Borders or Barnes and Nobles but I just may.  I take my laptop with me wherever I go and always try and get some work done.  If not I'll play games so people think I'm working really hard.  Do you think TREC will make us make Starbucks a Branch Office since we meet clients there? 
Posted by Sharon Yeary (Sharcom Realty) almost 12 years ago
Hi Bill:  I think there's a Borders down in your neck of the woods... I think it's at Preston and Royal.  Pack up your stuff, drive over, and go for it !  I am not sure if they will let you set up open house signs next to the table you'll be sitting at... but I'm sure you will do just fine.  Thanks for commenting... take care...
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 12 years ago
Hi Marchel:  Thanks so much !  And, really... you never know where business will spring up.  That's why I look at everyone as a client... most of them just don't know it yet.  LOL  Actually... I guess you could say that Panera Bread is "food for thought."  Spring, Texas is such a cool place... love those pine trees.  Thanks for your kind comments...
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 12 years ago
Hi Sharon:  Yes, Starbucks is great, Borders is great.  My next stop is Panera Bread.  I will report back.  You better watch out, though.  They're gonna catch you playing those games.  By the way, which computer game is your game of choice ?  Thanks so much for your kind comments.  Take care... Sharon.
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 12 years ago

Karen: Its one thing to have a potential client bump into you at the right moment but to also be as prepared as you were shows that you know your stuff.  Thats a great lesson for me.

Posted by Terry Voth, Realtor - Vancouver (Sutton Group West Coast) almost 12 years ago

Karen,

That's an excellent story about being in the right place at the right time. Congratulations and I hope it pans out for you in the new year!

Posted by Andrew Trevino, Wilkes-Barre Homes For Sale (ADT Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

Karen Anne...Wonderful!  Isn't it great when things like that happen out of the blue.  You just never know what good things are in store for us. 

Keep on drinking that great coffee.  I'm taking your word for it.  I don't drink that coffee or any other coffee.  I'm going to start hanging out in ice cream parlors.  Know any with Wi-Fi?

Kathleen

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) almost 12 years ago
Hi Andrew:  Thanks so much !  It was really fun... I enjoy just browsing around Borders, and there I was... and this woman approached me... and voila !  You just never know.  I am so glad I was prepared.  Thanks for your kind comment.
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 12 years ago

Hi Kathleen:  Yes... you just never know.  But... I am so glad I had my stuff with me... so I was prepared.  It even looked like I actually knew what I was doing.  Let me think about finding an ice cream parlor for you.  One bad thing.  You can sit and sip coffee for quite a while.  If you try and sit with your ice cream hoping to bump into a client... the ice cream will melt !  Oh well... no system is perfect.

I just thought of a possibility.  Do you have any Cheesecake Factory restaurants near you ?  I bet they have ice cream.  In fact, I am sure of it.  Wow... New York Cheesecake with cherries, and a side dish of vanilla ice cream.  That's not going to help the diet one bit.  Thanks for commenting... take care...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 12 years ago
Karen Anne - Wow, that's awesome!  I've never even printed out my posts, let alone carry them with me.  I'd better get with the program.  Thanks for the great idea.
Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) almost 12 years ago
Congratulations Karen.  I'm so excited for you.  I guess I need to go to the bookstore or Starbucks more often. 
Posted by Rhonda Burgess, Moving to Nashville TN Real Estate Specialist (Southern Living Realty Partners) almost 12 years ago
Hi Margaret:  I most definitely do not print out all of them... but if I have one that I could share with someone and use it to show I am really "up on things"... I print that particular one, and take two copies with me.  For example... some of my listing posts.  If I meet a prospective seller, and I have a copy of a post that I featured a listing or a builder's home, I show it to them, and they see very quickly what an asset it could be for them.  Thanks for your kind comments.  Take care...
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 12 years ago
Hi Rhonda:  Everyone has their niche.  Everyone has some special way of showing their expertise to the world.  Just find some unique way that differentiates you from the rest of the pack... and sooner or later it will bring you some business.  Thanks for you kind comment...
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 12 years ago
Right on!! That is wonderful!  It's good to "BE THERE", as David Knox would say.
Posted by Jen Romiti, QSC, ABR - Pleasant Hill, CA, Contra Costa County Realtor (Altera Signature Properties) almost 12 years ago
Hi Jennifer:  Thanks for coming over to read my post.  Yes... I WAS THERE... and it paid off !  Thanks for your kind comments... .  And Jennifer... glad to see you back and active again on Active Rain.  I'm glad you're here !
Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 12 years ago

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