I live in NYC-the boro of Brooklyn to be exact, one of the most cutthroat areas to be a realtor, and believe me when I tell you, people in Brooklyn, NY (NYC) are hardly rude, hardly offended, let me into their homes for coffee and cake! Most people will not be rude to your face, they will on a phone call or trash your stupid letter. In person, if you carry yourself the right way, bring a business card along with some pertinent information regarding the area your are knocking, it is a piece of cake.....
Another good thing about door knocking or passing out flyers in the neighborhood is that you will inevitably come across the neighborhood activists and neighborhood watch people who know everything about the neighborhood. Who is moving, who is relocating or losing their job, who is having a baby, and sometimes who is getting a divorce. They will point out the home with newspapers in front and newspapers piling up. They will either know the story or ask you to check into it and find out for them what is happening with the distressed property. They talk to everybody and can be an advocate for your work in the area. I think we can get so overly technological that we forget the effects of the personal, face to face approach to real estate which has been proven over time to be the most effective way to do this business.
Merry Christmas to all and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Robert McGuire ASR
Your Castle Real Estate
Direct - 303-669-1246
27% answer rate
17% lead rate (buy or sell)
27% no soliciting rate (I do not approach houses with "no soliciting" signs)
http://spotio.com/ is an excellent app I use for door knocking. There is a monthly subscription fee but it is excellent for tracking every door in the neighborhood and following up later.
Best of luck to you!
I've done some door knocking with a degree of success. I've done best when I've researched the homes I would approach and brought along information specifically pertaining to them. Helps to also hand out the information printed with the homeowners' names.
Steve has already settled how this option fits into his business.
Patrick and Roberts hinted that there's much more to this than knocking on a door.
What I find amusing is every agent will advise other agents to be different in their marketing stategy. and in the next breath tell them why they shouldn't be different..
There is more to lean from knocking on a door than warming a stool in a conference room.
Tammy Hayes, Realtor
Re/Max Palm Realty
Personally, I do not, and have never, knocked on anyone's door.
Well, personally, I find it to be an invasion of one's privacy. I actually think it's rude to come, unannounced to someone's house.
I wouldn't just drop in on a friend without calling first!
So.............since I don't open my own door to strangers, I wouldn't expect someone to open their door to me.
Maybe the success (or not) of this practice has to do with your location......it's just not done in my area.
You have to belive that the next door, will have a ready and willing Client.
Your return will probably be surprising; simply because so few do it.
Good luck, God bless, and Merry Christmas