“For Sale” Signs, Contractors, and Umbrellas (Umbrellas??)

Neighbors — at least once upon a time — used to borrow a cup of sugar from one another.

What do Realtors borrow from each other?

Far and away, the number #1 request is for Open House signs (typically, the person requesting them is a newer agent who doesn’t have any — or at least enough).

The other most common request isn’t exactly “borrowing”:  it’s a networking request for anyone who knows a good plumber, septic tank inspector, chimney contractor, etc. — usually ASAP.

None of the Above

Which leaves category #3:  miscellaneous.

An example of that would be the agent who recently put out a call to borrow an umbrella.

It turns out out that what they were looking for was a table umbrella — no doubt, to stage an outdoor patio set against (at least for now) a barren Minnesota backyard.

P.S.:  There was an agent who — despite decades in the business — never seemed to know a good inspector, lender, or any other contractor, for that matter, and was always canvassing colleagues for referrals.

As you’d expect, the Realtor knew plenty of qualified contractors.

It’s just that no one wanted to work with her again, because she (or her clients) were so demanding, and, at least reportedly, slow to pay (I’d never use the word “stiff”).

I never volunteered any names . . .

See also, “How NOT to Get Repeat Referrals“; and “Contractor ‘Win, Place or Show.'”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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