Zillow Advice: Success Stories - Door knocking - any success? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Door-knocking-any-success/435093/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate I was the person who had ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Door-knocking-any-success/435093/ <p>I was the person who had the most fear about door knocking.&nbsp; Not because I was fearful of talking to folks but because I wanted to be certain I was well versed before setting out.&nbsp; Well I finally decided to enlist the help of&nbsp;realtor&nbsp;who is a 12 million a year top producer and she told me that her only method for gaining leads is through door knocking.&nbsp; Her and I spend a lot of time walking neighborhoods.&nbsp;&nbsp;So far so good as we are generating leads.&nbsp; The time goes fast because we are talking as we walk and are having a great time during the course of our efforts.&nbsp; Sometimes people don't want to talk, that's okay - no pressure there.&nbsp; Never chase people is one of our rules and a good one.&nbsp; It's all about&nbsp;working the numbers so keep knocking and&nbsp;eventually you will find&nbsp;one that says, "wow&nbsp;funny you showed up at my door at this moment, I was just thinking to sell my house."&nbsp; People are people and a lot of them like to talk and nothing to be afraid of.&nbsp; Although my partner did&nbsp;mention that one lady called the cops on her.&nbsp; We don't make an issue out of it,&nbsp;if they don't want to talk then keep moving.&nbsp; The grumpy ones are the ones you don't want on your&nbsp;follow up list, and that's okay.&nbsp; It really is&nbsp;prospecting and you will find those gold nuggets sometimes just behind the next front door.&nbsp;&nbsp;So let's stop making excuses, stop beating around the bush.&nbsp; Find a partner if you need to and get out&nbsp;there.&nbsp; Like I said, I was one scared puppy about this but now I&nbsp;have found my nitch. I like this&nbsp;strategy for doing business.&nbsp; Some peeps are better at cold calling, some better at door knocking, some have unlimited cash resources and can mail ads to their hearts content.&nbsp; I have heard that 1000 cold calls gets the same results as 500 door knocks.&nbsp; So if your new at the real estate game and are tired wasting&nbsp;advertising dollars on all the scams&nbsp;of our industry&nbsp;and cold calling is not your bag,&nbsp; get on the mls, find the hottest market in your area and start knocking!&nbsp; P.S. DONT LISTEN TO THE NAY SAYERS.&nbsp;&nbsp;THEY ARE ALL SCARED TO&nbsp;DOOR KNOCK!&nbsp; &nbsp;P.S.S.&nbsp; I hate the word "Salesman."&nbsp; I think it morphed over the years into "Scammer."&nbsp; It's great that some states have dropped the dirty "Salesman" word.&nbsp; "Broker" works for me!! :)</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 03:18:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Door-knocking-any-success/435093/ 2014-05-19T03:18:00Z I works i have gotten many ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Door-knocking-any-success/435093/ I works i have gotten many clients from it! Its up to you weather you have the balls to get out there and take risks. But isnt that what real estate is all about risk? Thu, 03 Oct 2013 17:12:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Door-knocking-any-success/435093/ 2013-10-03T17:12:00Z Great arguments from both ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Door-knocking-any-success/435093/ Great arguments from both sides. However, I believe the only reason some are sceptical knocking on doors is the thoughts going through our minds of the unknown. &nbsp;Having just started in the real estate industry recently, I try not to take it personal when someone tells me to go away or just simply NO! &nbsp;I look at it as a service I am offering that some will need, and some will not need. &nbsp; I also believe it has alot to do with our approach/attitude. &nbsp;Of course it does not hurt that I love meeting people.<br/><br/>Desperate or a waste of time? &nbsp;I think not! &nbsp;It's all about our mind set!<br/><br/>Great success to you :) Mon, 03 Jun 2013 14:18:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Door-knocking-any-success/435093/ 2013-06-03T14:18:00Z I won't door knock in a solicitous ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Door-knocking-any-success/435093/ I won't door knock in a solicitous manner because I don't like sales people coming to my door.<br/><br/>I find it very effective to engage people who are already outside of their house especially if you are viewing a neighbors house for sale.&nbsp; It's also an effective way to work your farm.&nbsp; I walk for exercise and I engage people in the neighborhood.&nbsp; Most times I never even talk about real estate but will bring it up if there is an opportunity.&nbsp; I also think it's ok to meet the neighbors if you are listing a house.<br/><br/>Some people may not like real estate agents but almost everyone I meet likes talking about real estate. Thu, 09 May 2013 14:09:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Door-knocking-any-success/435093/ 2013-05-09T14:09:00Z @Peter,one thing you can ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Door-knocking-any-success/435093/ @Peter,<br/>one thing you can do to start is that if you are an agent, your profile on Zillow should have an agent tag.&nbsp; It is a resource for agents.&nbsp; Thu, 09 May 2013 10:12:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Door-knocking-any-success/435093/ 2013-05-09T10:12:00Z Hi my name is Peter, I am ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Door-knocking-any-success/435093/ Hi my name is Peter, I am very new to Real Estate.<br/>I have a question for the people saying don't doorknock or cold call.. How do you suggest I start gaining leads and listings then ? Thu, 09 May 2013 06:06:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Door-knocking-any-success/435093/ 2013-05-09T06:06:00Z I know in my town of Harrison, ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Door-knocking-any-success/435093/ I know in my town of Harrison, NY one cannot door knock or solicit without written permission from the town. &nbsp;That includes realtors. &nbsp;If a brokerage wants to have their agents solicit door to door in this town then they need to go down to Town Hall and fill out an application for each and every realtor who wishes to solicit this way. &nbsp;If and when the application is approved then they can begin to solicit. &nbsp;If they solicit door to door without written permission from the town then they will be arrested. &nbsp;The permit to solicit door to door only lasts 30 days or so. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 18:32:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Door-knocking-any-success/435093/ 2012-12-07T18:32:00Z I love all the comments. ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Door-knocking-any-success/435093/ I love all the comments. Door knocking is my great friend and nemisis. It works! So, why don't I do it more? I agree with all the negative things that can be said. I think them and I feel them. That is&nbsp;why I&nbsp; can't think about it. When I knock doors I get listings. When I think about knocking doors, I get guilt and nothing. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 03:03:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Door-knocking-any-success/435093/ 2012-11-26T03:03:00Z UPDATE: I went door knocking ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Door-knocking-any-success/435093/ UPDATE: I went door knocking for the first time a couple months ago. &nbsp;I went in the area/neighborhood in which I want to farm. &nbsp;I recently had a home sold in the neighborhood. &nbsp;I created a flyer with some info about the area (stats on the market, recently sold homes, info about the community such as a 5K run). &nbsp;My script is "hello, I'm the Realtor who just sold the home down the street, here is some info about your neighborhood, BTW do you know anyone looking to buy or sell". &nbsp;<br/><br/>Well, I got 2 listing appointments and 1 buyer out of it for about 3 hours of work. &nbsp;Not ONE person was rude or standoffish. &nbsp;Several people engaged in conversation with me in regards to real estate even though they weren't interested in buying or selling.<br/><br/>Since then I continue to door knock and I get at least one hot lead out of it every time I go out. &nbsp;The cost of door knocking is almost free, it's a great way to get your name out there and it's great exercise. &nbsp;<br/><br/>I'm sure this approach won't work everywhere but it has worked for me so far. &nbsp;And in all honesty, once you get the hang of it and once your confidence builds up it's about as easy as it gets. &nbsp; Sun, 28 Oct 2012 15:01:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Door-knocking-any-success/435093/ 2012-10-28T15:01:00Z I don`t know about it. To ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Door-knocking-any-success/435093/ I don`t know about it. To me it seems a bit intrusive and desperate. Maybe in some small communities that you&nbsp;actually&nbsp;live it makes sense to do this as a part of introducing yourself to others.... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 01:47:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Door-knocking-any-success/435093/ 2012-10-24T01:47:00Z