Last evening while watching television with my husband my cell rang. It was just before 8 p.m. and I answered the call to hear the familiar "you've got a zillow call" and I waited to hear the connection and said hello again. What followed is a story with a happy ending.
For the sake of privacy for parties involved I used an address in my neighborhood, NOT the actual one, but when the caller put in an address of a home NOT for sale he got results that looked like this:
He didn't know me, I didn't know him and he was not looking to buy or sell a home. He was desperate for information about the relative that lived in the address he typed into the Zillow search. The person he was looking for was an elderly widow lady he is related to and he lives in a mid-western state. He had called the number he had for her and found her phone had been disconnected. So he reached out to me when he found my photo and phone number next to her address on Zillow.
I don't know what YOU think the chances are of me working in a zip code that at last census count had 40,000 people of me knowing the person he was looking for, but it just so happens that I did. In fact, one of my agents that has been retired for 8 or so years sold this lady her home before her husband died. In fact, just days before he died. He never got to spend a night in his new home. But this lady, who purchased this home 1998 still lived there. So mid day today I drove out to her home and delivered the message and phone number from her relative. I didn't get to see her, she had company when I stopped by. Her son who now lives with her took the message and promised me he'd have her call the relative later in the day. I called the relative and let him know I'd stopped by and left his name and number with the son and that her land line had been disconnected because she had a cell phone and felt no need for two lines.
This evening I got another call. It wasn't on the Zillow contact number. It was on my home land line. He was thanking me for the call he'd just received from his relative. So while I didn't "make a sale" from the call I got last night on Zillow... I made a friend. I told him that if he ever needed anything from me again to keep my number and call again.
I'm a very faithful person and I know that sometimes God puts people and things in our lives and paths for a greater purpose even if we don't know it at the time. And if I hadn't made those 6 sales from being on Zillow last year and if I didn't already have my first contract of 2012 from a Zillow lead, and only got that ONE call from last night I would still be a satisfied zillow premium agent. I think I got some good karma juju today.
So amongst all the people who are whining and withdrawing from syndication... go ahead. I'm happy about what I did today and I know at least two other people who are happy about it too. Zillow has value for us.
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