Blogging About Loans: We got a lead and you'll never guess from where!

An office of elite mortgage lending professionals with a common interest and goal focused on providing customer service that exceeds expectation. Thereby building our business from repeat and referral opportunities. Ruth Vogt. LMB 100023827. NMLS 257576. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate. Fairway Independent Mortgage is an Equal Housing Opportunity.

We got a lead and you'll never guess from where!

The other day my husband (who is in the same business) told me about a new loan application he got from an old acquaintance. I was shocked to hear she had found us after all this time, so I asked him how in the world she found us??? It wasn't just his answer that surprised me, but my initial reaction to his response.

Ready? She had left a message on our home phone recorder! I responded, "REALLY? She left a message on our home phone?"

"Yep, she looked us up in the phone book".

I was quite surprised.

Then laughed at myself! What has happened that I was so surprised that someone would find us using a phone book. Was it really that long ago that we used that as a major lead source?

Hope there are some of you that are laughing WITH me, and not AT me!


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Comment balloon 23 commentsRuth Vogt • January 09 2010 06:43PM

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Hi Ruth~  I am definitely laughing with you!  Who really uses a phone book anymore?  I guess obviously a few do!

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) over 8 years ago

I see a new trend emerging.  By the way, what kind of phones do they sell in that phone book? :)

Posted by Hank Spinnler, Atlanta Home Inspector (Harmony Home Inspection Services of GA) over 8 years ago

Oh no!  I just disconnected my home phone because almost everyone calls me on my cell! Congrats on your lead!

Posted by Renee L. Norton over 8 years ago

Hi Ruth-

You just never know what unusual and old-fashioned means clients will use to get in touch with us. Just goes to show...

Sara

Posted by Sara Woolford & Steve Golson, ALHS (iTexas Realty Co.) over 8 years ago

The moral ... make yourself available by any means, old and new!

Posted by Mark L. Ostrovsky, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 8 years ago

Vickie, thank you for being the first comment and for laughing WITH me! whew!

Hank, Suggests there probably aren't any new ones, just recycled old ones.

Renee, Amazing how many people I know that have done that, too.

Sara, Funny to think the phone is the "old-fashioned" way, huh?

Mary and Elly - great moral for my story!

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

Ruth, I DID laugh.  But I have to admit, the other day I picked up the phone book to look up a business, and out of frustration, put it down because I couldn't find what I was looking for in the yellow pages.  Then I realized I could look up the business on the internet.  Stupid me!

Nancy

Posted by Nancy Murray, Your NICE Real Estate Agent in Colorado Springs (Keller Williams Clients Choice Realty, Colorado Springs, CO) over 8 years ago

Hi Ruth!  A phone book, huh?  I remember when I would stay late at the office and cold call.  How time flies when you're working!  

P.S.  keep the home phone number!

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) over 8 years ago

I think a lot more people than we realize still use the phone book!  Congratulations on your new lead!

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) over 8 years ago

Nancy, I do agree... it's so much easier to do the look up online!

Dawn, I have to keep my home phone - remember... I have an AT&T cell phone and I don't get reception I can count on! ha!

Mary, Don't tell anyone, but I still keep mine!

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

That is funny-- not the way it usually happens any more.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 8 years ago

What a novel concept, we are always hearing stories about people finding us on the internet but not so much a phonebook any more.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 8 years ago

Hi Ruth, I guess she likes to let her fingers do the walking, lol. That was a great story! :)

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) over 8 years ago

Don, AND we seem to be focusing on a lot of the "new" techniques. Reminds me of an old girl scout song "Make new friends, but keep the old"!

Jackie, Quite surprising that she used that phone book for something besides sitting shorter children on at the dinner table!

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

I'm not even sure where our phone books are... do we still get them?  In fact, we had the same phone number for since 1977 and we turned it off last year. 

Glad you still had your land line.

Posted by 1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 8 years ago

Ruth,

Yes, people still use telephone books especially people without computer skills...

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

Posted by Ann Hayden, SelectAnn.com (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri) over 8 years ago

Judi, Phone books became a bigger recycling pain than was it was worth. PS: I tried you're "tell me something good" idea with my grandkids yesterday. THANKS for the idea!

Ann, You are right, and it isn't limited to an age driven issue either. In her case, it was her occupation that kept her more tied to her phone than her computer. Just never know.

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

I thought about an placing an ad in the Phone book years ago. Then when I came to my senses, I decided that since over 80% of home buyers begin their search on the internet before they ever even pick up the phone, it would be a waste of money to advertise there.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 8 years ago

Craig, Your comment makes me want to grab a phone book and see who IS still advertising in a phone book?? I wouldn't suspect anyone would throw money on that any more?? Interesting ...

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

HA! I can't remember the last time I used a phone book!

Posted by Patricia Beck, Colorado Springs Realty (RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE) over 8 years ago

Patricia... I wonder how long before museums start displaying them??? ha!

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

Ruth I am laughing with you too.  There are still people who are not online and the phone book is very important to them.  Everything is moving so fast we have forgotten how new many of the tools we have now are.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 8 years ago

Jennifer, You are right! Things are moving so fast it's really easy to take the familiar things for granted.

Posted by Ruth Vogt, 719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com (Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate.) over 8 years ago

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