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Virtual Technology Camp for Realtors

Posted in Debbie Kirkland, Realtor, Technology with tags , , on November 4, 2009 by realtordebbie

Do Not Miss VREBC A VIRTUAL TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR!

DETAILS – CLICK HERE!

If you are new to real estate, or simply a consumer wanting to know more about what the latest trends and technology is in Real Estate, the Virtual RE Bar Camp is an event you will not want to miss!  I attended my first RE Bar camp in Miami in October. I can’t even tell you how much I learned and how it helped me develop content for my blogs.  Adding technology to  my business as a Realtor gives me the ability to reach to the corners of the world with my message and to those who are using technology in their lives as well.

Learning to niche market, attract buyers and sellers using technology is a part of gaining a competitive edge and communicating with the 86% of people who begin their search on the Internet.  Let’s face it, computers are more and more a part of every facet of our lives, if you’re going to remain a competitor, learn what you need to know and grow!

This will be a fun event,.. gather up your friends and participate, you will be amazed at what you walk away with!

If you miss this, there is always RETech South in Atlanta on March 25, 26th, 2010.  For more information see: http://www.retechsouth.com/

 

What’s all the Buzz about Twitter?

Posted in Debbie Kirkland, Realtor, Tallahassee, Technology with tags , , , , , , , on July 12, 2009 by realtordebbie
FloridaSunSales, Debbie Kirkland, Realtor

FloridaSunSales, Debbie Kirkland, Realtor

So  you want to  know what Twitter is all about?  TV, radio, newscasters,.. even Oprah is on twitter now!  My kids ask me what the big deal is… imagine that.. My kids asking me about twitter! Suddenly I feel 24 again.  Anyway…Twitter.. no it’s not just 72 characters insignificant things that  people that talk about their walk to the car, or that they are leaving for work. or arrived at work or that are bored at work. It’s the messages that contain a personal message to NEW acquaintances that share something in common. Whether for a moment or longer engagements between those who converse in real time about a deeper subject matter, or even a common interest in music, there is always something to talk to someone about. These messages turn into conversations with other “Tweeple” who “tweet” with a purpose.. or sometimes just to share a laugh. 

When I first started Twitter, within days some of the Tallahassee folks I was following announced they were having a “tweet-up” – the modern day get-together.  I attended, and met 8 very unique, different, quintessential people who were much more versed than I in what was completely foreign to me.  They gave me the low-down on who some of their cool connections were and where to find great applications to make tweeting easier, etc. They also spoke in “twitter-ese,” and I made notes as fast as I could.. but, that really wasn’t necessary.  All I really had to do, was read, connect to the social media gurus,..examine the applications they talked about.. and before you could say “tweet,” I was up and tweeting with the pros. 

Life changed after that.. I am realizing a dream come true soon. I am going to be hosting a series of social media classes along with 4 young men who are fun, exciting and some of the most brilliant minds in the social media and marketing business. I met every one of these young entrepreneurs right on Twitter. I watched them for a long time.. read their material and examined what I thought were their business strengths, etc. We have even met a few times for talks.. about business and at a few more #Tallahassee Tweet-ups. Next month, We will be teaching Realtors and small business owners the power of social media and what it can do for their businesses.  Things seem to move a little slower here, but more and more folks are catching on to Twitter, to Facebook.. now if I can just persuade a few to devote time to blogging, a new concept to many.

Business-wise, I can tell you that twitter has been responsible for 5 real estate customer referrals and resulted in 3 sales so far. Several more are in the pipeline just waiting to close.  Social networking is as much a part of prospecting as the personal telephone calls I make during the week to past customers and my sphere of influence. Devotion of a little time has certainly been productive, educational and mostly, entertaining!

Happy Tweeting… follow me…..@FloridaSunSales!

Dont Just Watch... Tweet!

Dont Just Watch... Tweet!

Will Customers Hire Me from an Open House?

Posted in Debbie Kirkland, For Realtors, Real Estate Advice, Realtor, Tallahassee with tags , , , , , , on March 15, 2009 by realtordebbie
 

200187506-001 Nearly every Sunday I sit open houses for my sellers here in Tallahassee, FL.  While the goals of open houses are to expose a home to potential buyers, often times it is an opportunity for buyers to meet hardworking, professional and educated Realtors. It’s the perfect time to engage perfect strangers.  It’s also a time to let your personality shine through. When I am working with newer agents I try to remind them, not only must you be the most educated “kid” in the industry, but the most animated, exuberant and genuine Realtor they will see during their open house tour day.  It’s often your one shot to shine above the rest of your competition.

 Buyers have more homes to look at today than ever before. They are also going to meet more Realtors than ever. How are you going to stand out? Do you need a wiener-mobile, (although I have asked my kids for years to submit me for “Pimp My Ride” – I wouldn’t refuse!), a musical business card, or top hat and tap shoes? It’s really not that hard. Being prepared, and being able to recognize 3 simple kinds of open house visitors are all you really need. (That and a good breakfast!)

 

 I pretty much think you can classify open house buyers in three categories:

 

 First, Buyer’s who are just looking, we know them as the “tire-kickers”, not to be insulting, but basically, they are just “kicking” around thoughts in their heads. TireKickerPerhaps they are looking for ideas from new construction on how to fix up their homes, perhaps they are weighing their options of up-sizing or down-sizing. I love these folks! They are the ones that often enter with closed minds. not intentionally of course, but hopefully leave with something of value. In this instance, I provide a simple service whether a summation of industry news, market conditions, or at the very least a free valuation of their home. I believe in “remembrances, some call them freebies. I want these folks to remember me for taking the time to provide them with a service. A list of your services is a necessity for these folks. A perfect Brochure: “My Full-Time Realtor Service Portfolio.”

 

 Secondly, I see telmer-bugsstandoffhe standoffs. They rush in, pull back at “hello,” and rush out.  These will be the hardest customers for someone to deal with.  They do not understand Realtors, they are misinformed and often have pre-conceived notions whether from a bad experience or a predatory salesperson from the past, or they simply know it all anyway. Best to let these folks pass through and continue to call on every sign, they do not value your services or your time. A perfect flyer for these customers on the fly: “Why Use a Realtor and on the back, “How Realtors Get Paid.”  

 

 Thirdly, there are the wide-eyed wonders. Generally, these folks are excited, easily enamored and also easily disappointed. They want a new home, but perhaps bungee-jumper1have not been introduced to Realtors properly. They don’t have a clue how to begin a transaction or how to work with a Realtor. These folks are also your Easter eggs. These brightly shining, colorful folks are the ones you want to collect in your basket and watch over. With proper guidance, they will hatch into to happy, grateful customers who will produce more happy, grateful customers. For these folks, it is all about subtlety and education.  Have the tools they need on hand. The perfect package for these folks: An appointment card (for your Buyer Orientation), Why use a Realtor and how a Realtor Get’s Paid, A Buyer’s guide to FLORIDA Real estate (what to know about your state’s insurance, how your State Association is working to protect homeowner’s real estate interests), a first time home-owners package, and give them as much information as possible on a frequent basis. Register them to your website, your blogs; put them in an automated listing notification system. Call them when they get these notifications, review the listing that was sent and give them feedback before your ever show it. Let them know you know about this property even if you have to call the other agent to discuss it ahead of time. These are the customers that will eagerly research on their own, weed out the listings that are not of interest, and take your cards to other Realtors when they visit open houses, because… you will have trained them to do so! After all, it is great for customers to hear from other agents that their Realtor is a great Realtor! (I hope you reciprocate this!)

 

So, organize your thoughts and materials prior to your open house. Put your game face on for the kickers, bring the shield for the darts flying around the standoffs, and be ready to dance with the wide-eyed wonders! Ask yourself, “Would I pick me?” If not, well, that’s another article.

 

 

 

 

 

Tallahassee has something for everyone! History and Recreation!

Posted in Debbie Kirkland, History, Realtor, recreation, Tallahassee, Things to Do with tags , , , on November 25, 2008 by realtordebbie

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Tallahassee has something for everyone! Debbie Kirkland, Realtor®, Sharing a little history of her home town… a little fun and few facts. Some great things to do in Tallahassee!

 

Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science

http://www.thebrogan.org/

 

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory   

 http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/about/tallahassee.html

 

Florida State University Planetarium

http://astro.uncfsu.edu/planetarium/

 

 

Tallahassee Museum

http://www.tallahasseemuseum.org/index.php

 

Gulf Marine Life Specimen Lab

http://www.wakullacounty.org/wakulla-27.htm

 

Florida Museum of Natural History

http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/

 

Mission San Luis

http://www.missionsanluis.org/

 

St. Marks Wildlife Refuge

http://www.wakullacounty.org/wakulla-9.htm

 

Greenways, Trails, River Excursions in the Panhandle Region

http://www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/guide/regions/panhandleeast/panhandle_east.htm

 

Alfred B. Maclay State Park

http://www.floridastateparks.org/maclaygardens/

 

Tallahassee Skate Park

http://www.talgov.com/parks/skatepark.cfm

 

Recreation and Leisure, Community Parks, Sports, Special Events, Senior Activities

http://www.talgov.com/residents/recleis.cfm

 

Tallahassee is a great place to live and work. As much as I travel, it is always good to come home to the canopy roads, the green pastures and rolling hills of the city. Short jaunts to the coast, to the rivers or across the border into Georgia are great day trips. Downtown Tallahassee offers excellent dining and  cultural activities as well.  It truly is one of America’s best places to live!

 

 

Again.. welcome to Tallahassee,…

 you will never run out of things to do here!

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Hello World,..Need Real Estate Referrals?

Posted in Debbie Kirkland, Realtor with tags , , , on August 2, 2008 by realtordebbie

Hi from Debbie Kirkland!

I am a licensed Florida Realtor and here to offer my services to the world.  What?  Aren’t Realtors “local” you ask? Specialties such as referral agents have the ability to work with local agents all over the world. Helping you to find the perfect agent is one of my services.  I am a member of the largest referral network in the world, so if you need a Realtor where you are, I am the one who can help you find that professional.

I work with my customers one-on-one to find an agent who fits their real estate needs. I hand-pick  professionals who I am confident will serve my customers with the most professional skills, current knowledge,  market experience and expertise and who will provide a personable touch as they guide you through the most important financial decisions you may ever make,.. a real estate transaction.

Call on me, Debbie Kirkland, your referral coordinator.

850-212-0440

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