Pat Kennedy - Your Washington, DC Real Estate Connection


Fun Lunch! Thank You, Facebook!

When I first got into real estate back in the early 1980's it was really easy to lose track of sellers after settlement.  This was especially true when they moved to another part of the country - or to another country!  But today, thanks to Social Networks, it's getting easier.

My lunch today is a wonderful example of how Facebook makes it fun.

Maureen and David Wilmot were not my typical clients.  Maureen's father was my parents' best man when they got married right after Pearl Harbor.  And my whole life, I heard about Tom & Sis, her parents and my parents' best friends when they were all newlyweds.  And they were at the top of the invite list when I threw a 50th Anniversary party for my parents. 

Tom and Sis couldn't make it, but they sent their daughter, Maureen, as their representative.  The next week, Maureen called to say that she and her husband, David, saw a house for sale in Georgetown, and could I please get them inside.  They wound up buying a house on my block, and it was like Maureen was a newly discovered family member.

A few years later, job changes took Maureen and David first to New York, then to California.  And after the California move, I realized I didn't have their current address or phone number.  Then, a few months later, we found each other on Facebook.  Maureen and I  volunteered together at an Arlington, Virginia polling place last election day.  This week, Maureen and David are here for a conference, and Maureen and I had a fun lunch today with friend, neighbor, and Facebook addict, Jean Cochran. 

So often, we meet amazing people on their way out of town.  They are wonderful, fun clients.  We have an intense shared experience getting their homes sold.  Then they seem to vanish.  But now, maybe they'll be Friends and Tweets and it'll be easier and more fun to stay connected. 

Oh, and it's a justification for one or two more addictions!

Comment balloon 10 commentsPatricia Kennedy • September 22 2009 06:21PM


What a great story and use of the social networking to stay in touch.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 11 years ago

Pat..What a wonderful story of friendship and social networking..Thank you


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) about 11 years ago

Hi Pat-What a heartwarming story. Modern technology at it's best keeping people connected. Love the post. <SMILE>

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) about 11 years ago

Terrific story Pat and I'm happy for your lunch connection !!

Social media is definitely bridging many gaps :o)

Cheers Pat !


Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) about 11 years ago

Pat, I have reconnected with several of my clients from the 80's with Facebook, just like you I have enjoyed catching up with them~jen

Posted by Jen Anderson (Exit By the Bay Realty) about 11 years ago


Social Media is such an incredibly good thing (often, at least). Being out of our country of  birth, I thought that many people we knew long ago are all just in my memory, but Social Media reconnected me with so many of fellow students at time I studied at the  University, people I worked with, so many friends thhat we we got back.

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) about 11 years ago

I think it is so wonderful to run into past clients out and about, always a day brightener.

Posted by Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene) about 11 years ago

It's great with the technology available today to be able to keep up with people. I'm especially fond of Skype because I can see and talk with my friends in England for free!

Posted by Alan Gross, Loan Consultant (PrimeLending, A PlainsCapital Company, Equal Housing Lender) about 11 years ago

Good idea... keeping in touch with clients through Facebook.  I think I might take out my contact database and go looking for former clients on Facebook - thanks for the idea.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) about 11 years ago


It seems like I am doing fine online here at AR but Twitter and Facebook I have yet to dabble in.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 11 years ago