It was a mistake for me to think that networking with out of state Realtors was a waste of time.
The Portland, Oregon area has consistently been listed among the top cities to live and work, and there is a sharp increase in the number of out-of-state home buyers making plans to move here. That makes it imperative to know as many Realtors from around the country as is possible.
It's not enough to have a network that is pulled from a directory; most of the big companies in real estate are simply franchises, and the directories from ABR, CRS, GRI, and so on, are everybody - the best and the worst are in there. I have consistently been disappointed with names pulled from these sources - not with their knowledge and skill, but with the communication and commitment.
Nothing replaces getting to know someone over time, and given enough time there is sense of who that other person is and if there are shared values and commitment.
So, this is my quest: It will take a while, but I hope to develop enough relationships from across the country to be a true value to clients who are moving to the Portland metro area from other states.
It will mean all the difference to a client when the sell in one state is handled seamlessly with the buy here in the Portland area. Imagine both Realtors, the title company, and the lender all working in harmony and pulling in the same direction, with the same commitment to the same person - the client.
Yeah, I want that kind of experience for my out of state client. It's easy to meet; there's Facebook, Active Rain, Real Town, even the JMA web site. If you're a Realtor and want forge an Oregon relationship then please get in touch.
Some day we may have the opportunity to absolutely WOW! our mutual relocation client.