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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

networking is the best way for any subcontractor or one in the trades to do business, if advertising is not on the menu....network with real estate agents.... 

Nov 30, 2016 04:03 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

I'm not a realtor, but I am a contractor.  I would think networking with home inspectors would be even more useful. Also, BNI is a great place to start.  Find a group w/ a strong realtor, inspector, GC and other other contractors

Nov 30, 2016 03:13 AM
Althea Kippes, Esq.
A.T. Kippes, Real Estate Broker - San Francisco, CA
Serving San Francisco to Silicon Valley!

Do you do roof inspections for buyers and sellers?  That will enable you to meet a lot of realtors.  There is one roofer in our area who has this market cornered.  He does the inspection and then does the repairs.  He is expensive, but people use him since he already did the inspection and it is easier

I attend a lot of smaller marketing meetings and there are service providers there as well.  It is a great way to meet real estate agents and tell them what you do.  The service providers take turns sponsoring the meeting, which means you get to buy the coffee and the pastries, and you get to tell the group about your business.  Once one person in the group uses you, the others will follow.

At one of my meetings, the flooring guy gets a ton of business from the group. He attends the meetings regularly and talks to people.  It may not happen immediately but it willmworkmover time.

Our local board also has a trade show every year, and if the local board in your area does something like this, you may want to participate since that is another good way to meet real estate agents while telling them about your business

Nov 30, 2016 01:29 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I suggest visiting real estate offices leaving cards, novelties that are useful and squeezing the flesh and be as helpful and timely as you can be on every appointment. Time is money to all of us. Good Luck!

Nov 30, 2016 03:28 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

When you are in real estate, you need to be able to recommend roofers. Face to face contacts are the best way to build continuing relationships. 

Nov 30, 2016 04:50 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I don't "use" roofers, except for my own home when needed. Once in a blue moon I recommend a roofer to a client to do a quick inspection.

Nov 30, 2016 03:51 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

You've received lots of good input here.  I checked your profile.  May I recommend putting testimonials on your in your profile?  That  could be more powerful  and effective than focusing on the discount approach.  Good luck.

Nov 30, 2016 09:41 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

I think the suggestions of networking will bring you good results if you remain visible and continue to offer valuable information.   You may want to make a short presentation of roofing topics to some real estate offices or local REALTOR associations.   

Nov 30, 2016 06:09 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

It varies on when one is needed. Sometimes it's not in a year depending. I work in townhouses so there really isn't the same need as if I worked entirely single family homes.

In fact, one of my listings needs one now for a boot around a vent pipe that the wind messed up. 

Nov 30, 2016 05:02 AM
Katerina Gasset
The Gasset Group & Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Provo, UT
Amplify Your Real Estate & Life Dreams!

Great question! Find agents who work with Rehabs and investors who like to flip the properties because those agents will be repeat business for you. Also, find agents in older areas where the houses may need roofs. 

Where we live it is a rule in our town that roofs have to have a 40 year life span so that is not a lot of repeat clients in these newer neighborhoods. So look for older ones. 

Nov 30, 2016 05:06 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

My roofer and me do lunch once a month and he gets my business all the time


Nov 30, 2016 11:58 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

There are so many different kinds of roofs in this area, and when I recommend one, it's a company that specializes.  And I usually use Angies' List and send contact information for the top three.

Nov 30, 2016 07:23 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Roofers are necessary to the industry. I would want one I could rely on

Nov 30, 2016 07:07 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Networking always works.  Many of the members have given you great suggestions! A

Nov 30, 2016 06:59 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

I was going to suggest offering roofing inspections - a nice presentation following your inspection can win agents over in a flash!  I use them often for my Charlotte buyers.

Nov 30, 2016 06:24 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I got my roofer as a referral and have given him many referrals since. Networking is the most effective way,  possibly become an affiliate at your local board!

Nov 30, 2016 06:00 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I have relationship with two roofers in my area

Nov 30, 2016 05:23 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Althea Kippes, Esq. nailed this one!

Nov 30, 2016 04:47 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

We put 5 of them on this year, so very important.

Dec 01, 2017 08:28 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I've had it come up only a handful of times, if that.  Usually called out by a general inspector.  My buyers thankfully knew a roofer already because I did not.


I'd say go out to offices and realtor networking events and get to know people there.  That could provide you with some good connections.

Nov 30, 2016 02:14 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I have only needed a roofer 2 times in the last 14 years.  I established a relationship with the roofer I refer business to because he came highly recommended by a general contractor I work with.

Nov 30, 2016 08:26 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I only recommend service pros after I have used them myself and confirm the quality of work

Nov 30, 2016 07:56 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Use when needed. Quality is foremost.

Nov 30, 2016 07:36 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

dfwbestroofing.com -- Omar Baloch Debbie Gartner has some good points.

Nov 30, 2016 06:43 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Great question.

Roofs can last from 10 years in Florida to 25 years, when considering shingle roofing material.  That means at any one time 5% of the homes with shingles are in need of a new roof. Of those, how many are in the 'For Sale' status? It is primarily these homes that agents can be of help to you, but as you can imagine, the numbers will not be sufficient to sustain a business UNLESS you are able to build a network.

There are Many, Many roofers on TV and direct mailing and appearing in the newspaper, easily accessible to the public. Many of them offer 'no money down," "Pay on completion" or offer financing. What is the real solution you bring that allows an agent to recommend you?

When you have created this solution, you next step is to present your solution to BROKERS, not agents, where you can access 10's or 100's of agents at a time.

Here's a clue. You can have a roof installed with all permitting in place within 3 days. No one expects that, but is an example of a solution that gives others a reason to talk about you and your business.

Real estate professionals are in the solutions business. Partner with us to provide solutions.

Nov 30, 2016 05:40 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

For me it is knowing their work, that they have good quailty and return calls when i or my client calls. For a new roofer to gain my tryst it usually is a face to face meeting first. Followed by seeing their work and then free estimates or inspections when needed. 

Nov 30, 2016 05:26 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Good luck

Nov 30, 2016 05:05 AM