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!