Deb's Lake Conroe Real Estate & Stuff! : Diamonds In Your Own Back Yard?

Diamonds In Your Own Back Yard?

Our Real Estate business takes on many twists and turns throughout our Professional Lifetime. As the economy tightens we may all be looking for new ways to do business.

Referrals have been a strong source for our business for many years and for that we are grateful. Referrals from previous clients have a tendency to take us all over the place as far as going out of our Localized Area.

This has always been wonderful for us although so much is changing!

The price of gas alone is a reason to stay closer to home!

Are you marketing to your own neighborhoods?

My husband and I spend much of our time working from home. When we show properties our drive can easily consume a half a tank of gas in his truck and almost as much in my car. We work Lake Conroe and Lake Livingston and our normal showings consist of a minimum of a 100 mile round trip each time. Occasionally, up to 200.

The answer is as plain as the nose on our faces!

We should work our neighborhood. Hard and fast and gain a strong footing. We are fairly new to this neighborhood but we are here. Why not do our business here? Duh. After a nice long talk and writing down our business plan it not only looks feasible to establish ourselves right here but it looks fun too!

It is always better when your work is play and your play includes a subtle work anyway!

Here is a list of a few of our plans...any extra ideas you have would be great!

  • I am joining the Ladies Club called  Bentwater Ladies Organization. Yes, BLO. I shall openly BLO my horn for everyone to hear. I sell "Real Estate!"

  • I shall attend the Newcomers Wine and Cheese party, scheduled for Thursday afternoon, August 25. This sounds just awful doesn't it? (hic)

  • I will attend the September 12 annual Fall Meeting of BLO at 11:30 at the Yacht Club for the luncheon. The theme is “Remember When… A Musical Feast”.

  • I may go with them to attend the Louisiana Coushatta Golf and Gambling trip scheduled for October 25-26.

  • I am forming a BLOCK PARTY for us to meet all the neighbors and bring food, drink and friends together.
    And, tomorrow I am attending a neighbor's Pampered Chef party across the street. What a great way to begin!

  • Together, Scott and I are going to attend the Club's Chef Select Menu Two Fer Night on Saturday nights that offer two select glasses of wine with each entree.

  • Scott is joining "The Mob". "giggle" and it is the Men of Bentwater group.

  • Scott is taking his guitar, piano and equipment to the Mob and will try and begin a group of other starving Musicians!

  • Attend our neighborhood church instead of driving so far.
  • And, we are both keeping our eyes open for other Groups and Functions we can attend!

This is, of course, just the beginning of our Marketing Plan. Mail-outs will follow to the entire subdivision, I plan to go back to old school and knock on a few doors and together we can build a business in our own neighborhood! We believe in it, love it and can certainly sell it!

I think I would rather solidify relationships where I can walk or take a three minute trip in the car. Saves on gas, time for showings, builds friendships, supports our own community and will keep the sales close to home.

After all, there may be DIAMONDS IN OUR OWN BACK YARD!

What can you do to get to know your neighbors better and begin the Referrals within your own area?


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Comment balloon 16 commentsDeb Brooks • July 28 2011 08:42PM


Am I nuts or does it seem like your posts are always near the top?  Don't get me wrong, they're awesome, but you've got to have some knack to be on the front page so frequently.  I'm learning AR and I love it.  It just seems like jokes - some people can tell them and others can't.  Well, it seems like on AR, some people can get a lot of face-time and other cannot.  I know you work hard at it, but would you be willing to share any good tips for someone interested in catching on quickly?




Wow - I just noticed you've got at least a few posts from what seems like every month all the way back to 2007.  That's pretty amazing and shows that it's more the hard work than the knack of hitting all high notes.  Good for you - you've put a lot of effort into this and I would guess you a reaping the benefits.

Posted by Sheri Cambareri (Village Properties of Mineola, LLC) over 7 years ago

I think you should attend the Coushatta golf and gambling LOL you will pass right by me on I-10!

Posted by Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles LA Century 21 Realtor (Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s) over 7 years ago

Oh God, don't tempt me!  I'd be in Atlantic City or Vegas now if it was 'in the cards,'  Too much work and too little time have made Sheri a cranky agent.  Living at the beach is my one respite for this summer.  You look teriffic and ready to go.  Have a blast.

Posted by Sheri Cambareri (Village Properties of Mineola, LLC) over 7 years ago


I'm not up there as often as you might think~at least considering that I post as much as I do! I really try and post 10 a week and I have been consistent (mostly) of the quality of blogs. I really try and post things that I discover help myself and could possibly help others.

Maybe I will attempt a post on how to post? I'm not sure. I will think about it. I began in this arena shortly after AR was conceived and it took many, many blogs to get my style and "voice" to come through. It takes time to feel comfortable to just sit and let your fingers type what your mind and heart tell you.

I will do anything I can to help you with any of your questions and work with you till you feel more comfortable Sheri! I will begin by reading your posts closely and giving you any hints I think might help.

I have nearly 600 posts and it's not been easy but it has been fun and reaps rewards with Google. I also love meeting and enjoying other friends posts. We will visit soon!


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 7 years ago

Marily, this truly brings an idea to mind. Maybe you and I ought to plan a girls weekend sometime? WooHoo.



Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 7 years ago

Deb you and I on on the same track.  I've been creating the same deal here and it's been a blast!  I like your ideas -and they give me ideas too.  Woo Hoo!  We're on a roll now baby!!  BTW check out the spirit story :) You'll like it!!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 7 years ago

Awesome blog Deb, and so true.  Everyone should get back to basics with the price of gas these days.  PS  include me in your girls trips :)

Posted by Ricki Eichler McCallum, Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS (CastNet Realty) over 7 years ago

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Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 7 years ago

Deb, awesome post.  And there is nothing like getting involved in community organizations to fertilize your farm, so to speak.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Howdy and evening to you Deb

just like always, your blog post sure is outstanding and gives folks mighty fine tips to help them.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 7 years ago

Deb- after spending 4 hours to show 2 houses (the rest was drive time) I am seriously thinking I need to stay closer to my own backyard. It is a toss up right now. Thinking thinking.

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) over 7 years ago

Yeah, I agree. Gotta see the great stuff right under your nose. :) 

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 7 years ago

When my kids were younger I really got to know everyone in the neighborhood through playgroups, the park and all that kind of stuff. It seems more difficult as they are older. I do think the Pampered Chef type parties and all of that can be a good thing to network for everyone.

Posted by Kristi DeFazio, Colorado Springs Rea lEstate 719-459-5468 (RE/MAX Advantage) over 7 years ago

Deb, Do you do popbys?  Stopping by your local merchants and businesses can reap good referrals, too!   Your neighbors will love them and it will encourage them to contact you for their real estate needs.  Wishing you many referrals!

Posted by Frances C. Rokicki, Broker-Mentor,CRS (Fran Rokicki Realty, LLC) over 7 years ago

Hi Deb,

Awesome entry!  It's great that you have a woman's club in your area.  They're absolutely wonderful for networking.  One thing I have to caution on is, don't go in blazing saddles with the fact you're a Realtor.  Some people will get the sense you're just joining to get business and may resent you for that.  Let a couple of meetings go by and take a nonchalant stance until everyone gets to know you.  THEN, yep, casually mention you're in real estate and talk about those specific homes that sold and how you've been in everything and know the inventory like nobody'sbusiness

That's just my .02.  You might miss a lead or two but my best business came when everyone knew and grew to like me, outside of my being a Realtor. 

Great tips and YES it ROCKS to do business close to home!!!!  :)

Posted by Maria "Antoinette" Scognamiglio, GRI, ASP, There's no substitute for EXPERIENCE! (Coldwell Banker Realtors) over 7 years ago

Great Advice Deb!  We are trying to do the same.  I also plan to start publishing a Localism blog that features local business people.  I think it will add gold to my diamonds!

Posted by Lisa Wetzel, CDPE, SFR (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) over 7 years ago