Julio Vasiu, IXACT Contact a ‘next generation’ real estate CRM (IXACT Contact)

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

Julio Vasiu when the team members sell a home representing the buyer, they have a disclaimer signed by the new buyers that states we have permission to post the photo of them holding a sold sign that says "todaro team sold this home to us" .... and we have permission to market with it if we wish to....

I've actually not done that in awhile...too busy with marketing to find listings....they're most important to us....

Apr 03, 2019 06:33 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

It is easy to photograph the new owners at the time of settlement or standing at the entrance of the new home. If you are Facebook friends, you can usually share those photographs when your post them om Facebook.

Apr 03, 2019 06:47 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 / Property Manager

Although I can't say I'd be in favor of the "photo session", I think your ideas have merit.  Just be sure not to make it so intrusive that it takes away from the actual photo.

Apr 03, 2019 06:41 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I like the social media idea. Not sure I would want a frame in my house that was advertising my lender or insurance agent...

Apr 03, 2019 03:37 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

#1 - sounds good. There are many funny photos/videos where the agent is holding a sold sign in the background. One is funny because it's a picture of the house front, couple & the agent way off in the distance on the 2nd floor hanging out a window with a sold sign. 

#2 - too much you, not enough them. Move in date ok, frame ok, beside their photo put a nice phrase about 'being home' or something. Real mushy. Put your info on the back only.  They will hang it. I used to do something similar & they always did but my name was never front & center.

PS > your friends just can't snap any photos they want in any house without permission or until it is theirs. Way to piss off people.

Apr 03, 2019 07:35 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Most new home owners prefer to hide their face inside the home for privacy reason.

Idea 1 may have a slight chance subject to new owner written approval. Referral is through the mouth of happy clients. They prefer that agent help them to move physically not putting someone sweaty faces on FB. The proper way is send their neighbor a postcard acknowledge your sale.

Apr 03, 2019 06:48 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I am sure that they can both be effective, though the exposure may be very small and the investment large.

I would suggest if you are taking the photos, be more aggressive in getting them out there all over social media.

Apr 03, 2019 06:47 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Who knows.  Give it a try.

Apr 03, 2019 12:00 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

This could work if you were the selling agent. As for photos on move-in day... I just don't know... so much else is happening that day it could be an intrusion.

Apr 03, 2019 11:57 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

Would work....how?


Personally, I think both ideas are flaky.  If you want to provide something nice for the new home owners, provide something nice.  Keep your name off of it.  


Look at option #2 - what good does having your name and contact info on it do?  Its just flaky.  It's not like they'll forget (if you did a good job and keep in touch after closing like you should) who gave them the frame and photo.  And if they need your contact info, a quick google search of your name would provide that right?  


If you maintain relationships the way you should with clients after closing, there is 0 reason to slap your branding on any and everything you offer.  


My suggestion for closing gifts is to be genuine and separate them from marketing ploys.

Apr 03, 2019 10:43 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Two more ways to demean the industry IMHO

Apr 03, 2019 09:44 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

If you have an agent profile (not your personal one), why not friend them and comment on the photo "It was a pleasure helping you find your dream home" or something like that?


For simplicity sake, I think most people will share their photos from their phone since they can have that instant satisfaction of making it "facebook official."


As to the framed photo, I've known a few agents that have done this over the years.  No clue if the frame was still up once they moved in or if they ever got business from it.

Apr 03, 2019 07:50 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Both ideas have merit.

Apr 03, 2019 07:42 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Why don't you try each and seewhat works for you...







Apr 03, 2019 06:55 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist


Apr 03, 2019 05:11 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I love both the ideas and although i list mor etimes then i am a buyer broker, i love taking that 1 photo. 

Apr 03, 2019 04:48 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I sometimes, not all the time, took a shot with the new buyer and had permission to use them. Luckily, it was before all this social media thing! 

Apr 03, 2019 08:08 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It may work in small markets.  And I think that Lyn Sims made a valid point about too much you!  I like Sam Shueh 's idea.  It is more direct!  Personally, we would not recommend either...A

Apr 03, 2019 07:41 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I always tried to meet people at the house after the closing when I would take the sign down and lockbox off. It was the perfect time to take a picture with a happy new home owner Julio Vasiu .

Apr 03, 2019 07:37 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Hmmm, you work for a real estate agent technology company, a CRM company.

So you are actually looking for how you can offer more value to those agents who use your CRM product.

The two suggestions are blantant manipulation that will result in resentment from the recipient. Agents really won't like that outcome.

Try offering something that solves a problem or is useful. For example, for those who are make it with your hands folks. offer a branded speed square.

Apr 03, 2019 07:31 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I always ask my clients if I can take photos at closing for social media.  They usually love it, and share.

Apr 19, 2019 07:13 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I ptake photo at the closing of the buyer and ask them if I can use them.

Apr 08, 2019 04:22 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Perhaps....experiment and let us know the results!

Apr 07, 2019 06:05 AM
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

A photo in front of the house holding the SOLD sign is a great thing to do.. 

Giving a house warming gift that is pure AD seems too sleeze to me so I like your first idea better Julio Vasiu 

Apr 05, 2019 09:48 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Work for what? 

I think there is a big difference between individuals sharing their own photos on their FB page and an agent leveraging the experience to market the agent. 

Idea # 2 is nice.  Leave the agent contact information OUT.  That is tacky. They know who we are. If we have done a great job, they will remember us. 

Always get clients permission for marketing. 

Apr 04, 2019 07:26 AM
Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

I try not to make their move about me. I know this means I might lose out on potential referrals, but I prefer to give them a good experience and share my genuine happiness that they found a home or sold a home.

I have seen new home builder agents fo a videoshoot in which they roll a red carpet out for their buyers in front of their home. And then they take a picture with their clients holding a giant key with the name of the builder on it. It’s pretty cute and the buyers’ enthusiasm looks genuine.

Apr 04, 2019 05:14 AM
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

I see the pics on Facebook all the time with the Sold Sign.  Not sure about a photo session.  The frame may work for a while as long as it goes with the home decor.  

Apr 04, 2019 05:04 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Get a signed release form, who knows what they will claim if you don't

Apr 04, 2019 01:20 AM