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Original post made by Brad on Jan 13, 2009

There is a realtor who regularly makes the rounds in my neighborhood, leaving her business papers on front doorknobs. She knocks on each front door. Hmm...let's think about what people are doing when they're home during the day, shall we? Sick and in bed? Working? Putting a baby down for a nap? This realtor thinks it's good for her business to disturb people in their homes by knocking on their door. Personally, I will make it a point to never use this realtor.

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Posted by Lighten up, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jan 13, 2009 at 4:19 pm

I understand your feelings somewhat, but everyone is just trying to get out there and make a living in these tough times. I get annoyed by realtors as well, but at the same time, I just move on knowing they are trying to make ends meet. I say put your soap opera on and lighten up.


Posted by VACATIONLVRS, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 13, 2009 at 4:41 pm

I understand the need for door-to-door sales people (realtors and others) to try to make a living, but wish they would not leave their business cards or flyers on our door knob or porch. When we are out of town, those items are sure signals to potential burglars that there is no one home. If no one is home - let them mail the sales materials or come back another time when someone is home.


Posted by Brad, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 13, 2009 at 4:53 pm

I would if I had TV.


Posted by M, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jan 13, 2009 at 7:07 pm

I can understand everyone's point on here. Brad, maybe you can chat with her one day when she knocks, listen to what she has to say, thank her and tell her you'd prefer to be on her "no knock list". I'm more than sure she'll appreciate and respect your request.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jan 13, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Cholo, Invite her in, offer her a drink and see what happens!


Posted by Jerry, a resident of Oak Hill
on Jan 14, 2009 at 12:24 am

A friend has a little sign posted near his front door, "Home Protected By Pit Bull". Not bothered by solicitors......


Posted by PtownMan, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jan 14, 2009 at 8:08 am

Call her and ask that flyers not be left on your property. If she's smart she'll keep a "no flyer" list to create a good impression.


Posted by Sylvia D, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 14, 2009 at 8:12 am

I am a Realtor and I don't door knock for EXACTLY that reason. If I hate to be bothered at home, why would I want to bother other people? Thank you for confirming my philosophy!


Posted by david, a resident of Birdland
on Jan 14, 2009 at 8:31 am

You must of had a bad experince with a realtor, or your house is upside down and she is someone you can blame. Why dont you get a job and stop complaning!!!


Posted by Justin, a resident of Castlewood Heights
on Jan 14, 2009 at 8:44 am

Is she good looking?


Posted by none of ur business, a resident of Golden Eagle
on Jan 14, 2009 at 8:48 am

I do not understand why she needs to knock. I have many realtor friends and they find ways to prospect without disturbing others. I might add that they have more success as they are targeting people who are selling, need to sell, want to sell, or are in foreclosure. I think just randomly knocking looks like you have no idea how to get business. What a waste of time. I bet 95% of the people she bothers have no interest in selling or buying. WOW what a way to make ends meet.......


Posted by Vickie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 14, 2009 at 10:06 am

I am a Realtor and I do knock on doors. If you are home and sick don't answer the door, if you're putting the baby down don't answer the door. I am pleasant at the door and just offer information on the market and neighborhood. MOST people are appreciative, especially with information on our current market. We aren't forcing you to sell your home. What world are we coming to where we can't even be civil to another human being. Why don't you tell me how you will pick your next agent if they are a "secret" agent, or do you want someone who knows the area?


Posted by Cracking up in Pleasanton, a resident of Amador Estates
on Jan 14, 2009 at 10:46 am

I just find this quite amusing in light of everything else that is going on in the world!!!!!!!!


Posted by Me again, a resident of Golden Eagle
on Jan 14, 2009 at 10:47 am

Vickie- If we are putting the baby down and you rudely wake them up how is that being pleasant? Also your so called market experts do not have to knock on a door to tell everyone they know the market. I think most people who have an interest seek that info out and we do not need you to knock on our doors and tell us how much you know. Why don't you set up a booth at the farmers market to show off your skills? You are like those telemarketers that always call at dinner time. All we ask is that you leave us alone if we did not ask for your help especially at home. I do not go bothering people at home to show them I am a stock market wiz and can give them a secure future and last year I made over 7 figures.


Posted by Rodolfo, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 14, 2009 at 10:52 am

I would rather have a realtor knock on my door, rather than a vaccuum sales person or those people that are obviously with a 'bogus' charity! (Also, am I the only one getting door knocked at 8:30-9 o'clock at night? Is that a little on the late side?)


Posted by Trekmtb, a resident of Heritage Oaks
on Jan 14, 2009 at 11:31 am

I recently sold my home in one part of Pleasanton and moved across town to another. I became familiar with an area realtor as he had "knocked" on my door several times over a 10+ year period. He was never pushy nor did he ever take too much of my time. A few times I told him that I was simply too busy to talk and I would talk to him "next" time. He supplied me with information that was specific to my neighborhood. He knew my floor plan, lot size and was fully up to date on the local comps/listings, etc. I did learn that he was a hard worker and really knew my neighborhood/market. I hired him when it came time for me to sell and he not only quickly sold my house but helped me close the deal on a new home across town. It was better hiring somebody that I was familiar with and felt had a handle on my specific part of Pleasanton.


Posted by no solicitors, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 14, 2009 at 11:31 am

put a no solicitors sign up and be done with it.


Posted by Alicia, a resident of Country Fair
on Jan 14, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Vickie, I've sold and bought homes in Pleasanton and I don't find they keep their names secret. I found them in newspaper ads, realty guides and walking in their offices on and near Main St.
Don't answer the door? Of course we check to see who's disturbing us at the door, and thanks for waking up sick people, and napping children, and startling working people, etc.
I will make it a point to never do business with anyone who thinks it okay to disturb me in my home.
Your attitude is obnoxious.


Posted by Scott, a resident of Foothill Farms
on Jan 14, 2009 at 12:27 pm

You are not being civil, Vickie. Stop disturbing people in their homes.


Posted by Larry, a resident of Birdland
on Jan 14, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Cracking up, we know you're working on saving the world right now, though what you're do wasting your time here, I'm not sure.


Posted by bel, a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 14, 2009 at 2:36 pm

I do hate the door knocking, but worse than that is the flyers from realtors and landscapers that they leave on the doorstep. The wind usually ends up blowing them around before I can find them, I end up finding them in the bushes at the edge of the yard, along with any blowing over from the neighbors yard.
It goes in the trash, what a waste of paper, time and money it must be to advertise like that.


Posted by Steven, a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Jan 14, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Americans were so angry about telephone solicitors disturbing them at home that the federal government created the Do Not Call registry to protect them. Knocking on the door of someone's home is more intrusive than a phone call. Considering the popularity of the Do Not Call registry, what percentage of home owners are likely to welcome your knocking?


Posted by Bonnie, a resident of Avila
on Jan 14, 2009 at 2:49 pm

I throw it all out too. I don't like to see some stranger's name and face on my notepads and calendars.


Posted by Vickie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 14, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Actually A LOT of people are happy to receive the information so I guess those of you who aren't are in the minority. Get over it.


Posted by Lisa, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 14, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Wow, Vickie, you're going to be a very successful businesswoman with that attitude.


Posted by patron of main street, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 14, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Vickie -- what is your full name and who do you work for? I want to make note of it so that I never consider using you. I will also send that information to all of my local friends and have it posted in my office for my 400 + clients to review. They will love your "get over it" comment about why it is fine to intrude into our personal lives. FYI if you ever come to my door you will find out just why disturbing someone in their private home is NOT EVER acceptable unless it is to tell me my house is on fire.


Posted by Never, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 14, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Plain and simple I would NEVER hire an agent walking door to door soliciting listings etc... The same reason I will never hire an agent who puts a flyer in my mailbox telling me they have the perfect buyer for my home even though it isn't listed for sale. This is trick to attempt to get a listing. It surprises me that people seem to fall for these tricks but they do.

Vickie, You are plain rude and I can't imagine you are very successful. At a minimum you should simply read the comments and pay attention to the ones that matter and ignore the ones that don't. If your a realtor and your name is really Vickie you'd be a fool to post what you did above.


Posted by RealRealtor, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 14, 2009 at 5:45 pm

I don't doorknock and I don't call anyone I don't know, unless it is a business. It's just good business sense. Why alienate the people I'm trying to reach? I prefer email; mailing is expensive and if I haven't met them, it can be a waste of time. Real estate is all about personal connections.


Posted by Curious, a resident of Birdland
on Jan 14, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Real Realtor-So if Real Estate is all about personal connections, wouldn't Vicki's approach be more personal than a mailer?


Posted by Julie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 14, 2009 at 9:54 pm

Julie is a registered user.

Dang! Some of you guys are so hostile! Thank goodness my daughter only sells her Girl Scout cookies to friends, I'd fear for her life on some of your streets!

There's a realtor who leaves flyers and knocks (very lightly) on my door about once /month. I don't mind at all. He's very personable and I would actually think to call him if I needed to sell my house. I've never considered him intrusive. I figure he really knows the neighborhood because he walks all over it and gets to know the residents.


Posted by M, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jan 14, 2009 at 10:00 pm

And NONE of you should send your GIRL SCOUTS over to sell me cookies. OR disturb me when I'm SIMPLY trying to enter the grocery store. MY SPACE-- who cares if I'm not in my home-- you're disturbing me. Why would you think I'd like to be solicited on the way into a store?

Ha! Not so-- just simply say no thank you, or don't answer, or just carry on. I KNOW one door knock isn't going to ruin your baby's sleep or your day of illness in bed. Just ignore and move on. And think about the obnoxious things you do in your day to day personal and work life. you're annoying to at some point, GUARANTEED


Posted by M, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jan 14, 2009 at 10:05 pm

julie-- i was posting the same time you were, and my point exactly-- who's to say they're not going to berate a girl scout next? in the famous words of Vickie-- GET OVER IT ALREADY


Posted by aaron, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jan 14, 2009 at 10:39 pm

It's called farming, and has been done for years and years. As the market worsens. realtors and finance people are trying to do what they can to survive. I am a local agent, and it is tough these days. If they are actually pestering you, and not just introducing themselves and handing a business card, they are going too far. People like to put faces with people they consider working with. but like i said pestering is going too far. typically i go off of referrals to avoid the solicition which we all know people hate. but it does work for some and is pefectly legal. some people love the random company, though most do not.
I like the pit bull sign idea.lol. my dog is very attentive to people comming to the door and she does scare some off. people who are afraid of dogs, especially larger dogs, that is a great idea. i've always just gathered there cards and flyers, and straight to the trash. just like junk mail. if you aren't in the market toss it. if so read it, you never know what you will find.


Posted by Sue, a resident of Valley Trails
on Jan 15, 2009 at 8:43 am

Wowsers, Vickie, you really are an angry individual. Maybe you should look into emptying garbage cans instead of dealing with people. Perhaps go get a massage and chill out. You sound like a sad excuse for a realtor.


Posted by Laurie, a resident of Mohr Park
on Jan 15, 2009 at 8:48 am

Isn't there a better way to advertise than wasting paper and expense on those flyers? I rather hire a creative realtor that didn't have that tacky stuff. In fact our last realtor does none of that type of advertising and goes off word of mouth and sends us one note a year to remind us she would appreciate it if we would recommend her.
She is sensitive to the intrusion (knows it doesn't work) and is sensitive to the environment.


Posted by a working realtor, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 15, 2009 at 8:49 am

Brad,
If you dont want flyers or door knocks, POST A NO SOLICITING SIGN. Costs a few bucks at the hardware store - EASY. Call the agent and tell them not to leave you any more material.

Dropping flyers & door knocking is just part of the marketing plan for us realtors. I work by referral & by networking with other people. Part of that networking is GETTING TO KNOW MY NEIGHBORS in the area in which I live, build a level of trust & rapport. If I am a realtor who lives in your neighborhood -say for the past 20 years, I know first hand about the sales patterns, marketability of the area, floor plans of models, improvements that have been done, which ones are rentals, and I know about the neighborhood schools. The only way I can build this rapport is to get out there and meet the people who live in my neighborhood - by, yes, walking the neighborhood and talking with people. I have found that most people welcome the information or the opportunity to get their questions answered. Have I had people ask me to not bring them flyers or knock on their door? Sure have - I make a note of them and respect their privacy.

On the other hand, I have had one person in my neighborhood watch me walk past their house every month and not leave a flyer. One day this person came out of her house and asked why I was not leaving the information for her. She thought I didnt like her house. I explained that she has a NO SOLICITING sign on her door, and I was respecting her privacy. She asked that I please 'put her on the list' and not skip her the next time.

So, you just never know......


Posted by Me Again, a resident of Golden Eagle
on Jan 15, 2009 at 9:24 am

You realtors are pathetic..... I know many very successful realtors that never knock. Only the weak that can not find creative ways to sell and buy have to do this... Maybe with so many pathetic realtors out there doing such a bang up job is why the market is so great right now. Keep walking and knocking seems like it is selling you A LOT of homes.......

Just glad you can not knock on my door.... lol....


Posted by ?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 15, 2009 at 9:31 am

Knock Knock?


Posted by bel, a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 15, 2009 at 9:42 am

Girl Scouts really should stick with going to the doors of friends and family these days. It worries me seeing kids go door to door with no adult supervision you don't know if they are going up to a sex offenders house, or someone could take them off the street.


Posted by Cracking up in Pleasanton, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 15, 2009 at 9:44 am

Larry,

I would never be able to save the world if there were people out there with the likes of you...

There will always be two sides of anything not all people were made to think,feel or act the same way.

I wish you peace and hope that before you lash out at others take a good look at yourself and honestly think before you speak or write or do anything... people like you are considered cancer and I personally will pray for you and the likes of you...


Posted by Cracking up in Pleasanton, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 15, 2009 at 9:44 am

Larry,

I would never be able to save the world if there were people out there with the likes of you...

There will always be two sides of anything not all people were made to think,feel or act the same way.

I wish you peace and hope that before you lash out at others take a good look at yourself and honestly think before you speak or write or do anything... people like you are considered cancer and I personally will pray for you and the likes of you...


Posted by scared, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 15, 2009 at 9:55 am

Julie, I agree with you, this people are hostile and rude, lets make this chat constructive and helpful to the community. PLEASE!


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jan 15, 2009 at 9:59 am

Who's there?


Posted by ?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 15, 2009 at 10:09 am

Anita...


Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jan 15, 2009 at 10:17 am

Anita who?


Posted by no solicitors, a resident of Birdland
on Jan 15, 2009 at 10:25 am

I agree with the original post. These annoying people will never get my business. In addition: Since our home was robbed, I call the police on all solicitors (as directed by the police). The police will make sure they have permits to solicit. Most of them don't have the required permits to come around and disturb our peace.


Posted by ?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 15, 2009 at 10:29 am

Anita find a new website, these people are CRAZY...


Posted by Be Happy, a resident of Golden Eagle
on Jan 15, 2009 at 11:12 am

Be happy people – I pretty much went through this whole thread – gimme a break! Really, gimme a damn break! I know its cool to bash realtors now. In summary, lets give em all a break and stop thinking about ourselves. I don't want to be inconvenienced, I make 7 figures – I cant be bothered. What would happen if you or your spouse was out of work. Giving someone a break, will make not only make you feel good but you can explain to your children/spouse/girlfriend/boyfriend why. - so we are a bit inconvenienced, ITS OKAY people, it really is.

Just went through an election – lots of stuff on my door knob, door mat. Grade school or HS kids selling magazines, cookies, newspapers – What's wrong with saying, "I'm good, no thank you." I was one of those kids. It is SO easy to be rude - Or how about the flyers from the Yard Maintenance person, Drapery person, Window person. Listen, for those of you with jobs, be thankful. For the mom, with the babies and cant be inconvenienced, behind the person looking for work is a family just like yours and probably babies and children as well, all counting on that person.

Lets stop thinking about ourselves. He/she/them are hustling for work, they're not breaking in, vandalizing - they're looking for work. And for the person, I know 400 friends(yeah right) and Im going to tell them all about this flyer. Come on, it's a joke, right? No you're the joke! Could be!

Listen, its OK, throw it in the trash. For the person, worried about someone breaking in – PLEASE! Pick it up - didn't you say they are your neighbors?

I worked in NY a couple years back – took the bus to central park for a jog.. .lost my return bus fare back to Newark Airport Marriott. You know how hard it is to pan-handle $3.50 in New York's Grand Central Station. Its impossible.. I ended up selling my sweaty tea-shirt to a guy from Brooklyn (it was a Manhattan Beach 10K shirt from so cal) for the fare. What's my point? Let's not kick someone when they're down. Everyone has their time in the sun, these realtors are weathering a hurricane. Let's give em a break! When that grade schooler comes knocking - buy what ever they're selling or make a donation.


Be Happy


Posted by Realtor in town, a resident of another community
on Jan 15, 2009 at 11:40 am

I think this is one of the least intusive forms of advertising. I do not door knock, but I do leave fliers at homeowner's doors. I personally would rather have a flier at MY DOOR than another email, another card in the mail, or a phone call. All you have to do is pick the flier up and throw it away if you don't want to read it.

I think going door to door and leaving fliers shows that this is an aggresive realtor who is out there doing everything they can to promote their business. Guess what? Some homeowners really appreciate the information I give them via these fliers.

Have a nice day everyone...let's remember, we are a community and let's not bash one another.


Posted by AVHS Dad, a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Jan 15, 2009 at 1:30 pm

AVHS Dad is a registered user.

It may be a sad state of affairs, but in this day and age you are taking a huge risk when you open your door to any stranger, no matter how nicely dressed they are. As the economy worsens there will be more honest businesspeople desperate to sell their wares, dishonest scam artists looking for a quick buck, and criminals looking for victims.

Realtors, geeze, doesn't everybody and their brother know half a dozen realtors already?

How about this, Brad?
The next time a realtor shows up at your house, ask them for THEIR address so you can stop by at YOUR convenience and learn all about the market and real estate and financing and ... watch their expression change! ...or not!


Posted by Janet, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jan 15, 2009 at 1:43 pm

In times like today, I think it is sad to put so much energy on something that really is harmless. So you call and say don't drop stuff off at my house and be done with it. Really? Is it worth all this energy? At least this person is trying to make a living, vs. sleeping or sitting around eating all day.


Posted by Cracking up in Pleasanton, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 15, 2009 at 2:02 pm

Be Happy- Thank you!!!!!!!very well put


Posted by Marilyn, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 15, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Some of us find knocking intrusive and some of us don't. I think, if surveyed, most people would prefer not to have solicitors knock on their doors. Is there anybody out there who really thinks most people welcome door knockers? Some of you tolerate them because you have a heart full of love for humanity. That's great, but you seem to think we should all adopt your personality. That's a little egoistic. I will never welcome strangers making pounding noises at my door because they want to make money off me.
Solicitors ignored my 'no soliciting' sign in the past, but I will try it again.
There are certain things I would not do, no matter what my financial situation. I have a New York story too. I was young and was living hand to mouth. I had a few dollars in my pocket and that was all I had. I did not own a home, have a bank account, or have family giving me money. I had lots of mail from bill collectors. I was walking down a street in NYC and a guy my age asked me for money. I was thinking, you probably have more money than I do, but I would never beg for money. So, I don't buy that economically things are bad so it's okay for someone to disturb me in my home for her money-making purposes.
Cracking up, for someone who is in tune with the larger issues in the world, you sure spend a lot of time here. Shouldn't you be on the UNICEF site?


Posted by Listing my home soon, a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Jan 15, 2009 at 2:42 pm

I would much rather hire a realtor who is a "go getter" and doesn't sit around waiting for business to fall in his/her lap. I want someone who does all they can to sell my home or find me a home-going door to door and marketing in various ways shows me that !!

Lighten up everyone!!!


Posted by PtownMan, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jan 15, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Note how the successful realtors don't advertise door to door.

It is easy to research which homes have sold and which realtors were involved, thus you can judge which ones are successful. Trust me, the good ones don't do this type of blind marketing.

So in reality, this person is doing us all a favor, we know which realtor to avoid. Sorry, but true.

Remember, this profession does not require a degree or other stringent interview processes that you may have experienced in your professional career. Don't expect them to be polished enough to understand your issues with their door to door marketing.






Posted by Julie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 15, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Julie is a registered user.

"You realtors are pathetic..... I know many very successful realtors that never knock. Only the weak that can not find creative ways to sell and buy have to do this..."

It amazes me how differently we all look at things. See, I think that going around introducing yourself and leaving a flyer (or newsletter as my local agent does) IS creative. What are the successful realtors to whom you refer doing? Ads? That's creative....

I'm also simply amazed by the level of hostility. I don't fault anyone for disliking solicitation. I don't enjoy being bothered by solicitors either. But, fortunately I am happy enough in my life that I don't feel the need to respond to such solicitation with huge amounts of hostility - for example to sit at a computer and label an entire industry of workers as "pathetic"....now THAT'S pathetic!


Posted by PtownMan, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jan 15, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Julie-

We are so thankful that you're happy with your life, thanks for sharing. I, like the others here, were concerned that everyone was sitting at their computers stewing in their own miserable existence.

If you could come up with a simple flyer with your tips toward a happy life, I can rally the rest of us together to distribute them door to door!


Posted by Julie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 15, 2009 at 4:51 pm

Julie is a registered user.

And more hostility and sarcasm - big surprise! Sorry those are the only tools in your emotional tool belt. And by the way, I've read a lot of these forums, many people here ARE stewing in their own miserable existence as evidenced by the hostility in their posts. Nice tie in to the topic by the way. I wouldn't do flyers though, I wouldn't want anyone to get shot.


Posted by Marilyn, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 15, 2009 at 5:16 pm

I think you're making an incorrect assumption about those of us who do not like having salespeople try to gain entry to our homes. We are not hostile to the people who do this. I am angry when this happens but I don't express that to the rude salesperson at my door. I never open my door to anyone. I may say through the door, "No, thanks." I don't think anyone here has said that they express their anger at the salesperson. I kind of doubt that they do.


Posted by patron of main street, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 15, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Realtors work from referrals so go successfully complete a purchase or a sale and your clients can refer to you. Do not ever come to bang on my door or litter my home with your unwanted solicitations. I take name, address, phone number and business license info from every solicitor and turn them in to the police to verify a valid license. Do you think the police do not know who the offenders are? What a great way to advertise yourself to the community, get on the cops list of unwanted solicitors.
Regarding the sign on the door. I guess they either can't read or have no conscience. I often work a graveyard shift and have even put a sign on the door "please do NOT wake me, I have to be up all night." Like that works with a solicitor. I have had not only realtors knock but high schoolers selling magazines, Mormons on their missions and Jehova's Witnesses wanting to save my soul. Maybe a pit bull sitting on the porch is the next option.


Posted by Kris, a resident of Mohr Park
on Jan 15, 2009 at 5:58 pm


Look at her comment:

"I think that going around introducing yourself and leaving a flyer (or newsletter as my local agent does) IS creative.."

She's probably the person who drives around and throws that little baggie with a flyer and few pebbles inside on to your property. To her, a door to door flyer IS creative... don't respond to her, she'll keep on posting (in only the most happy fashion of course..)




Posted by Realistic, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 15, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Realistically Realtors don't sell homes anymore, just like car salemen rarely sell cars. They show them to people. I don't know many homeowers (I've owned 8 differet residences over 30 years), that say if it wasn't for my realtor I would have never bought that place. What realtors do in my book is protect you legally, and make sure that everything possible is disclosed in a transaction so that all involved make can make a reasonable decision. I've always used (and its changed over time), a realtor that I TRUST. Someone going door to door while enterprising and maybe aggressive dosen't necessarily have the experience in transactions that you'll likely be looking for. Like everything else in life, realtor decisions are based on relationships.

BTW, you don't need to worry about girl scout cookie distribution they will get you at ever grocery store and multiple times at your front door. I can't stand saying no to the cute kids selling these cookies and as a result usually have an endless supply until the next year. Please be sure especially in these tough times to support the girl scouts as much as you can!


Posted by The Jackal, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jan 15, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Realtors, landscapers, mortgage brokers:

Please advertise like the rest of us business owners.

It will give a more professional image.

It will make you look successful, not desperate.

Going door to door gives the impression you have nothing better to do with your time.


Posted by Gail, a resident of California Reflections
on Jan 15, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Okay, I am a local Realtor- I work very hard and take pride in my work. I will read your comments and take into account your thoughts when thinking about how to market my services....

Sounds very mixed what residents in Pleasanton think about door to door marketing....I don't door knock, but I have passed out fliers.

On another note, not related to real estate or marketing, lets congratulate the Danville resident, Sully, for successfully landing the US Airways airplane in the Hudson River- !! Way to go Sully- !!!!!


Posted by Meg, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 16, 2009 at 1:15 pm

I've been reading these posts and had this thought, a person who decides to knock on my door, uninvited, at a time convenient for her but with no idea of whether it's convenient for me, is not a person who has consideration for me. It's all about her. So I would not choose that realtor.


Posted by Roger Wilco, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Jan 16, 2009 at 3:03 pm

I can see we are going to need lots and lots of tequila. Why? So you can get us drunk and take advantage of us. No… So we can kill the bug that's up everyone's butt.

You better not knock on my door, you better not. I really mean it. I really, really mean it. I'm serious. I will report you; I will tell your teacher, the principle, and….. I will call my mamma, your mamma, his mamma and the guy at the gas station, should you knock.

I know for sure your mammas didn't teach ya'll to act like this. I remember as a kid, homes that were rude... were revisited not only Halloween but various nights throughout the year.

you reap what you sow. i.e. rudeness begets ... you get the idea

Roger,
We were all young once and some of us still are, others; the sun set a long time ago and we are still mad. Bartender, I'll have another.


Posted by PToWN94566, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 16, 2009 at 6:29 pm

PToWN94566 is a registered user.

I say place a senile grandparent on the front porch and let them do the talking. My grandmother has lived with my parents for over 15 years- she'll go out through the garage just to talk to salesman and think that does the trick.

Seriously though, so much anger in this thread over a realtor! I think the main points have been stated.


Posted by Local Realtor, a resident of Country Fair
on Jan 17, 2009 at 11:28 am

This is interesting stuff! Just want to say what I have said to my kids over the years, before you do something to someone else, think about if you would want it done to you. Nine times out of ten, it stops you from doing it! I hide when people I don't know come to my door...


Posted by Gene, a resident of Foothill Knolls
on Jan 17, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Enough about that realtor. How about those who asks for donations? Some black guy from the "hood" came knocking on my door last week asking for a donation. When I said I wasn't interested, he responded "so, you're not interesting in helping inner city folks?". Little that he knows that I make tens of thousands of dollars in donations to charities that serve the poor each year. Also, how about those kids knocking on doors asking us to buy those overpriced crap. We need to get the police to start rounding up these people so we can all live our peaceful and quiet life.


Posted by Kris, a resident of Mohr Park
on Jan 17, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Gene -

Good point. We need to get the police involved. After "rounding up" these folks, maybe we can get an ordinance passed mandating them to wear a yellow emblem on their clothing or something. Bring it up at your next Klan rally.


Posted by Doo Doo, a resident of Valley Trails
on Jan 19, 2009 at 8:23 am

Don't attack Gene. I get PLENTY of those "inner city" folks asking for donations at my door, and when I decline...I get very rude remarks from them. Sometimes it feels almost like a 'warning' from them that.."you better help us out with money, or we will come back at a later time to punish you for being too cheap to donate"...They don't say that, but thats the impression I get when they confront me for not offering money....Those people are MUCH worse than the realtor knocking to give me a little conversation about my neighborhood. Think about it...


Posted by Be Happy, a resident of Golden Eagle
on Jan 19, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Been in Tahoe, knocking on doors :-) Okay, here's another story -

Listen, I work in the high tech arena and have spent time recruiting engineers from our nation's top schools. During the interview process if a student says, he/she will work hard to learn their new position. Nine times out of ten, I will hire that person over someone with a higher GPA. I'm looking for the passion. Think about that. It's the passion that makes us succeed in relationships, jobs, or sports, You could be a great couple but if the passion isn't there to make it work – it won't. You could be the top realtor, but if you don't have the passion anymore – time is your enemy. You could be the kid that has more natural talent than anyone on the team, but without the passion – the game will pass you by.

What's my point? That person(s) out hustling will be the new champion for your cause(s). My late, grandfather use to say, "Everyone's a beginner sometime!" No matter what you do in life, one has to start somewhere and that goes for the "don't bug me" crowd. I'm pretty sure it started… Susie or Johnnie want to come out and hoola-hoop with us? NO, I don't know how, I will look like a duck…. And then it transitioned to don't bother ever asking me again! Anyone ever tell you its okay to be different.

Didn't someone say, "I will never beg for money." But if you were the good neighborly type… it would be more like, Listen, I could use some help. You only thought it was begging – when in reality it was people helping people. Get out of the ME closet, I'm cooler than you cuz, I'm behind the door and you will never know when it's convenient – ummm okay and your point.

"I don't want anyone making money off of me." What a selfish life. I'm not sure, but I find it hard to believe you have to stay locked up in your castle. Come on over, I would love to finally meet you. I'm the neighbor you never look in the eye when we pass on the sidewalk.

FYI, I have fired "one" of the realtors years ago(successful guy as defined here - doesn't need to walk the neighborhood). Note, that's not my definition but seems to be the definition in this thread. Just got the feeling he thought it was owed to him. I believe in competition, and what have you done for me lately. If you're not hustling, you're not working for me.

Now you have every right to pick and choose who you want to play and work with. Sometimes what we are looking for is right under our feet.

Be Happy


Posted by Jerry, a resident of Oak Hill
on Jan 20, 2009 at 12:49 am

Why would a realtor knock on my door. What makes someone think I wish to sell my house...

I don't need/want any info on how real estate is doing in my neighborhood. If per chance I did, I would read the Real Estate Section in the Valley Times, Pleasanton Weekly or the Independent...

As for door to door peddlers - put your product in the stores, if I like it I'll purchase it...

Come knocking on my door, you'll get a "No thank you" and the door closed. I don't really care if you wish to introduce yourself(I already know all my neighbors and they're welcome to knock anytime), need to sell one more subscription to a magazine to win a trip or wish to introduce me to your religion. Call me rude, hostile or what you wish - I could care less...It's my house and I didn't invite you to come over...

Exceptions: Scouts in uniform selling cookies, wrapping paper, ect. or FHS students asking for donations for school activities such as band trips...


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