Pet Friendly Homes in Boca Raton: Referrals Matter

Referrals Matter

Referrals matter.  They're important, as they're a reflection on you.


When I refer someone out, I want to make sure they will be well taken care of.  The first place I look is Active Rain.  I have had instances where no one covered a particular city, so I had to look further.   I believe being on Active Rain these past 9 years has transcended brokerages and even certifications.  Here, people are people.  When I refer out, it doesn't matter who the agent works for.  What matters to me is the agent or broker themselves.


Through the years, I have given and received referrals.  Before I give a referral, I always pick up the phone and talk to the broker or agent.  I need to get a sense of who they are and what they're about (unless I already know them well.)  How do they sound?  Will they be a good fit for the buyers?  I like happy buyers - referred out or not!


After speaking with the agent, I think you get a sense of if this will work.  After all, if it doesn't, who does it come back to?  You got that right!


If they want my help during the transaction, I'm happy to help.  If they want to update me as things progress, that's fine; I like it.  I'm pretty easy going.  The idea is to get the job done successfully with the least amount of stress to all involved.   If the referral is coming to me, I'm honored and humbled that someone puts their faith and trust in me and thinks I will do a great job for their clients/


I have done my share of referrals, but not in any great numbers, but I have done them with great people - Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland , J. Philip Faranda Gabe Sanders John Meussner , Kathy Streib Leslie Ebersole , and the late Lou Ludwig .   If I left anyone out, I'm so sorry. 


Everything worked out well and everyone was happy.  I told you before, I like happy buyers and sellers!


In fact, I remember specific instances with Margaret Rome where she asked me to list a very special friend's condo, and another time where we got a call about property in Florida on her radio show in Baltimore.  Go figure.  The world has certainly gotten smaller! 


In another instance, John Meussner received a thank you note from buyers he had referred to me and he blogged about it.  You can read what he wrote here Great Realtor Experience in Palm Beach County.  Thank you again, John!   I went to their wedding shower and now they have a beautiful baby girl.


Another referral I remember was from Deb Agliano who immediately told me she was DebontheWeb.  We hit it off immediately because I loved her name.  She had found me on looking for an ABR.  We talked for quite some time when we realized she also knew Margaret Rome.  Talk about a small world!  Margaret was handling a listing for her in Maryland.  I was handling her cousins who wanted to move to Boynton Beach, FL.  And move they did.  You can read their testimonial here.


If I'm asked to do a referral, I don't mind being questioned.  Talk to me.  I may or may not be the perfect fit, or in the right area, for your buyer or seller.  If that's the case, I'll let you know and try to give you a name (without a referral.)  South Florida is a large area and agents claim to cover three counties.  I'm telling you, it isn't possible to know every community in every county.  I'd rather your buyer get the best service possible.   If it's out of my territory, I'll tell you.  And that's the truth.


UPDATE:  I recently received a referral from Debbie Laity via Fred Griffin .  You can read about it here.  Everything worked out well and was put together from Colorado to Florida to Illinois.  It's closed and the seller was able to move on.  It was a great story!


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Elyse BermanFor information about pet-friendly housing in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Highland Beach, Boynton Beach or Boca Raton real estate market, please contact me. I am a Boca Raton Real Estate Agent.

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Comment balloon 25 commentsElyse Berman, PA • March 09 2018 01:16AM


Hello Elyse Berman, PA Referrals do matter.  I am scratching my head as to why this isn't already a Feature!

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

Elyse Berman, PA Over the years we have had some wonderful interactions from my friends who you listed and then we talked about it on the radio show. Who could have guessed that someone in a Florida Flea Market would listen to my Baltimore, Md radio show and call you.

And a couple of weeks ago you met one of my friends, from Baltimore, while you were showing condos in Florida.

It has been so much fun getting to know you...all through blogging.


Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 2 years ago

Elyse Berman, PA I remembered Deb on the Web but forgot the one in the doctor's office. Would you like to be my PR are doing a great job!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 2 years ago

The power of handling referrals gracefully, along with showing genuine gratitude, pays lasting dividends that money cannot buy...that's what matters the most.

Posted by Pete Xavier, Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide (Investments to Luxury) almost 2 years ago

Elyse, referrals are my life line and they are so much better than canvasing with lots of marketing money, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) almost 2 years ago

Thanks for the mention, Elyse.  I only wish I had more referrals to give you.

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

Tou never know from where you may receve them....talked with a gal from Detroit and one from Miami yesterday....bring it on...we LOVE  relocaton ! 

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 2 years ago

Elyse referrals do matter. Finding the right fit for our clients is so important. And for us rainers it's so much easier as we've gotten to know each other so well over the last 10 years. The lovely gal in the comment above Sally K. & David L. Hanson was my first rainer referral many years ago! Rain on!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS, 602-380-4886 (Phoenix Property Shoppe) almost 2 years ago

Aw so great reading this Elyse!  They were great folks and glad to hear that it was such a great match! : )

Posted by John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,) almost 2 years ago

Hi Elyse- knowing you as I do, knowing how much you care about your clients, heck you care about everyone...THIS is why I would not hesitate to recommend you. You go over, above, and way beyond what is expected. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 2 years ago

What a super post Elyse Berman, PA  you would be my choice as I have always like your style . i also love your market reports 

Your Post has been Featured in Bananatude


banana tude

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) almost 2 years ago

Wow, thanks Hannah Williams !  I've never been featured in Banatude before.  What an honor!  And thanks for the kind words.  

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) almost 2 years ago

Elyse Berman, PA - Where's the feature suggest button when you need it! You are an extraordinary member of ActiveRain. This entry is the best and I hope it wins the AR Challenge!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) almost 2 years ago


          Thank you Elyse!!!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 2 years ago

I love that Patricia Feager reblogged this feature worthy post!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 2 years ago

Good morning Elyse Berman, PA ,

I'm so glad that Patricia Feager reblogged your post! And now Kathy Streib has featured it in her "AH-ha" moments for the week! The AR gods must be on spring break it should carry a gold star!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) almost 2 years ago

Hi Elyse

Here's one more vote for a gold star...but glad Kathy featured it. I really like your approach to sharing referrals. It's a wonderful feeling to have a referral to share, and to know exactly who to call and share it with.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) almost 2 years ago

I am also glad Kathy featured this---great post, and OH SO TRUE.  AR is the BEST source for the best people.

Posted by MaryKay Shumway, Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert (The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948)) almost 2 years ago

I just hope I can return the favor soon! 

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) almost 2 years ago

The "best fit" is so important.

Every agent is not right for all sellers or buyers. It's important to find the one best for YOU!

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

Elyse, great insight into referrals. Finding the right agent to work with can make a huge difference.

Posted by Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii (Elite Pacific Properties Maui) almost 2 years ago

There are times to say no, we are not always a good fit for a client. I recently had the father of a client who contacted me, he wants to be close to his son,buyt then adds later that he wants to also be close to some other relatives who live in NJ. Well I am not the right person for him as he really is not sure where he wants to live and it might be NJ.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) almost 2 years ago

Hi Elyse Berman, PA, not all referrals work out but it's an honor to receive them, they're our lifelines. 

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) almost 2 years ago

Hi Elyse, you know how much I enjoy speaking to you. You’d be #1 in my book if I had to refer anyone in Florida!

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) almost 2 years ago

Hi Elyse, You have the magic touch as you want the client to be happy and I kow they pick up on that. Congrats for taking care of many successful referrals and sending them as well.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 2 years ago

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