Well, don't forget about the loan officers too. When a person decides to buy a house and needs a loan, the first place they are advised to go to is the bank. The loan officer will request they provide the name and number of their insurance agent. You know how many times I have to refer people to insurance agents? About 3 out of 5 times.
This doesn't just play a role in buying property either. When refinancing a client, if the numbers come in tight to qualify the person, we have to look at ways to cut down their expenses: Property tax reduction, credit debt reduction and Insurance reduction. I've had numerous clients using their old company from years back and their agent never called them to offer them a lower rate. Why would they?
To me, being an insurance agent in GA, it makes a lot of sense to stay in touch with clients in case they have a new baby and need more life insurance or bought a house, a new car etc.
Other places to network with: Construction workers, roofers, divorce attorney's, closing attorney's/title companies, home owner's association's.... more
I have a contract, house is vacant, buyers would like to have 2 days of early posession as they are also selling a home they have to move out of. Closing is done deal, papers are ready. Agent offered prior possession to begin with. She is now being difficult when asked to have sellers sign the prior possession agreement. Her words were, verbatim, "I have another buyer that I would make more money with, I am only making 1% on this deal with you so if your buyers have an issue with my sellers not signing for prior possession let me know because I'll make the others work out AND I'll get more money"
Hmmm...well...who knows. Closing is tomorrow and we had to figure something else out since she would just not work with us. Yet SHE offered it! I'll keep you posted.... more