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Karen Climer
Demetree School of Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Teaching people to pass the real estate exam

Door-to-door and cold calling still work.  Almost any type of lead generation is going to work.  You just have to find what is the most tolerable for you.  Also, certain types of lead generation are more effective and more efficient for certain people.

The most effective type of lead generation is whatever you are willing to do on a consistent basis.  If you are willing to knocks doors every weekend, it will work.  If you are only willing to do it twice a year, it won't work.  Same for any other method of lead generation.

Sep 02, 2019 07:09 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What do you mean by "still?" In 26 years I've never gone door-to-door or cold called... and I have no intention of starting to do so now.

Sep 02, 2019 08:41 AM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Yes, it still works even though I'm now in a different industry. Door knocking wasn't in my business plan, but could not resist the effectiveness of strategic door knocking in my new line.

Cold calling works very well. When I'm cold calling, I'm targeting certain types of businesses that are "warm to the need" of what I have to offer. They are happy, I'm happy, and that's all that matters!

What brings in the most prospects? FB strategic impression ads (managed by a third party) and direct mail.

Sep 02, 2019 08:31 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I do direct mail marketing.... 41 years of it for everything I want to target.... works like a charm....

Sep 02, 2019 07:50 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

NO. I'm now retired but when I was active I would on occassion go door to door in a neighboor hood that I had a new listing and to announce the 1st open house of that listing Morgan Taylor .

Sep 02, 2019 07:19 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Shifting? Market is always shifting.

I do not do door-to-door as I don't think it's safe any longer.

Cold calling I think has also gone bye-bye.

Sep 02, 2019 07:03 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Even though I do neither, that doesn't mean that you can't, Morgan.

Every market is different and your market may be quite receptive to either of those techniques.

Good luck, whatever you do!

Sep 02, 2019 11:29 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Nope, I have been a 'regular repeat referral' broker since I opened my office 15 years ago. 
New intake, aside from that, comes primarily from direct mail and my big gorgeous full page ads in a regional business publication. (I do commercial RE)
What will work best for you depends on your goals, your market area, what you feel great doing and tracking your results. Some folks kill doing door to door and cold calling. Early in my career, my broker was in awe of me being able to cold call. But my background made that natural. I just personally don't want to BE cold called. So I went in a different direction! 

Sep 02, 2019 11:08 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Door to Door = no

Cold Calling = no


Sep 02, 2019 08:05 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential


While most lead generation methods, including door-to-door and cold calling can still work, the quality of those leads tends to be lower than people you have met in other ways, built a relationship with and who know, trust and like you.

Spend your time developing quality relationships.

Sep 02, 2019 07:31 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It depends on the market place, and the individual doing it and their approach.  Consistency is key! A

Sep 02, 2019 07:16 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

It was never my style. I worked my sphere and expanded over the years through referrals and repeat information.

Sep 02, 2019 09:52 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Not my cup of marketing. 

Sep 02, 2019 09:39 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Curiosity questions make me think of comedian Steven Wright who said:  "Curiosity killed the cat , but for a while I was a suspect."

Sep 02, 2019 08:46 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Yes, especially if looking for a particular type of home or in a neighborhood!


Sep 02, 2019 08:29 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I don't, but that's because it's not my business model (I work with investors, so I don't have to hunt for listings).  Door knocking and cold calling still work, there are just more rules and regs around calling now than there were 20 years ago.

Sep 02, 2019 07:38 AM
Dan & Laurie Pittsenbarger Team
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Lakeside & Coastal Single Family Homes

I like door knocking but to be honest I have not made time to do it in over a year.

Sep 02, 2019 07:20 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Nay, only targeted properties

Sep 02, 2019 03:00 PM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

Face to face & phone to phone have a high conversion percentage & are quite popular forms of prospecting. I think that either one combined with good online methods is a well balanced approach. 

Sep 02, 2019 02:05 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

The 'extra mile' is never a busy pathway.

And taking the effort to actually meet people is certainly the 'extra mile.'

I've been going door-to-door for decades. On less than one hand I can count the number of negative encounters.

But my advise to all real estate agents it to avoiding meeting homeowners. Give your money to Zdevil instead.

The secret of the 'extra mile' is how to start the conversation and partnering with someone who knows how to remove the distractions.

Sep 02, 2019 07:36 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

In 30 years of real estate I never did. Doesn't make it wrong.

Sep 02, 2019 11:08 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Not necessary for us

Sep 02, 2019 12:34 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Morgan Taylor nowadays, I don't do door to door or cold calling.

Sep 02, 2019 10:39 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

It may become popular but with all this violence it has to be done a certain way....

Sep 02, 2019 09:43 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Very little these days ( a lot in my first three years)

Sep 02, 2019 09:27 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I have not in many years.


Sep 02, 2019 09:06 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

They do

Sep 02, 2019 07:24 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I sent my crew out visiting 150 neighbors before our highly successful open houses this weekend.  A few offers and pages of leads.

Sep 02, 2019 04:26 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD


Sep 02, 2019 02:12 PM
Anthony Acosta -
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

No and No.

Sep 03, 2019 05:30 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Nope- never did. It would be too time consuming and risky in this area. Many homes are on gravel roads, 10+ acres apart with long driveways with gates, horses, cattle, livestock, dogs, etc. I know a lady about 2 miles from here that has held people at gunpoint until police arrived that ignored their "No Trespassing" signs thinking they were going to door knock / solicit.

Sep 03, 2019 05:31 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I have never done either.  In my small market, (5200 people) a few have attempted it and were seen to be desperate and it killed their business. (I know of 5 in one brokerage alone)  Brokers were called by angry home owners and demanded that it stop.  Even direct mail was frowned upon and written about. Fine for pizza places and tire replacement it seems, lol Here, everyone knows everyone else and invading a person's personal space for real estate is quite a no no.

Sep 03, 2019 05:25 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Hardly ever. No one is home during the day and no one answers their door at night.

Sep 03, 2019 03:31 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Yes, I door knock.

The marketing channel that provides the most and best quality leads is the channel populated by the people who know and trust sphere of influence.

Sep 03, 2019 05:25 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I did early in my career and it was very effective.  Now I have enough business via referral from past clients to keep my business strong.

Sep 03, 2019 01:58 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

For me both have gone the way of the dodo bird and travel agent. People hate cold calls, most are illegal with the do not call registry anyway. And it is dangerous to knock, even more so than the old slam the door in your face trick. 

Sep 03, 2019 06:10 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

No and No

Sep 03, 2019 04:31 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

No ma'am haven't done it in years.

Sep 03, 2019 01:49 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Have done some door-to-door if looking for a home in a certain neighborhood for a buyer, never have done cold calling.

Sep 19, 2019 02:28 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I still do Door to Door.


Sep 06, 2019 11:06 AM
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

I do practice both.  If it works use it.  I try different things and keep what works for me and let go of things that I get no business from. 

Sep 04, 2019 06:30 AM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

No, no and no.

Sep 03, 2019 06:08 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

No, we don't

Sep 03, 2019 04:42 PM