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Who says you can't play and make money at the same time?

I like to golf and I don't take it as seriously as I used to.  There is a 9 hole public course 5 minutes from my home and once in awhile I will play 9 holes at the end of the day as a stress reliever and I love meeting new friends while on the course.

Many of you have read my post Is there marketing 101 overkill? This lady seems to think so and know I am big on handing out business cards everywhere I go and this includes everywhere I play!

3 weeks ago I was playing at Fairview Golf Course and I teamed up with a wonderful young man by the name of Jim.  After about the 3rd hole I ask Jim about himself and it turns out he and his wife and daughter moved here from another state and are renting a home until their out of state home sells.  After I told him what I do he asked me for a card which I handed him.  I set Jim up for auto emails from my website and he started receiving emails that same evening from my system.  Jim received an offer on his out of state home a week ago and made an offer through me on one of the homes my system sent him!  We are due to close the 15th of July.

Last Saturday morning I decided to play a quick 9 holes and I got teamed up with a couple of real nice guys.  On the 4th hole one of the guys asks me what I do. I told them and Earl asked me for a card and says he wants to buy some recreation property.  I also set Earl up to receive automatic emails of recreation properties just north of where I live.  Earl fell in love with one of the properties my system sent him and called me tonight to tell me he will be in my office tomorrow to write a full price offer!

Play Golf America! and don't forget to take your business cards!

Native Idahoan and Boise Idaho Real Estate specialist serving Boise, Meridian Eagle, Nampa, Caldwell and the surrounding Treasure valley area of southwest Idaho. Specializing in residential, investment, land and commercial real estate. Search thousands of MLS listings at Boise Homes for sale and learn all about Idaho by visiting Search Idaho Homes

Comment balloon 84 commentsGeorge Tallabas • June 20 2007 10:24PM

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George - I always knew business got conducted on the golf course!  I don't play, but wonder if I could find a clone who could play and give out my cards pretending to be me??  ;-)

Ann

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) almost 12 years ago
LOL Ann...get some lessons and take up the sport my friend!  I can't tell you how many wonderful people I have met on the course over the years and how many special friends I have made in the process.  Have a great evening!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago
Great excuse to go golfing!
Posted by Tom Engelhardt (First Choice Mortgage) almost 12 years ago
Golf is great for business contacts!  Last year we had a weekly golf game but it always seemed that one of us four couldn't make it.  We always had a walk on and almost always I made a new contact.  I then had to convince my wife that I was working not golfing.  Good Post!!!
Posted by Rey Gallegos, FHA, VA, Home Loans Las Vegas, NV (Supreme Lending (NMLS ID #2129)) almost 12 years ago
Yes Tom it is and I have made some wonderful friends on the course over the years!  Thanks for stopping by.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago
Rey, thanks and yes Golf is an awesome game and great way to make new friend.  Good luck to you and Happy Golfing!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago
You can find business where ever you are - you are proof of that - great thoughts to share. 
Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 12 years ago
I am trying to get my butt in gear and start hitting them again, I have not taken the clubs out in about 7 years! But for sure you can make some great business deals on the Golf Course
Posted by Leo Namiot, Great Low Mortgage Rates...Check Them NOW (Canopy Mortgage) almost 12 years ago

George,

I am not much of a golfer but I need to get better at passing out my business card.  You never know who is going to be in the market for real estate.  I am kind of shy by nature so it has been hard getting over that in this business. 

Posted by Rita Taylor, Sanford NC Real Estate - Homes for Sale in Sanford North Carolina (None) almost 12 years ago
good post. Just shows you that there is opportunity to marekt everywhere
Posted by John Barry Seattle Washington Home Loans ( Home Loans) almost 12 years ago
okay -- I don't play golf either -- I go to yoga class -- I have met several people there who have referred buyers -- so I guess there are a couple of other things one can do -- I also were the BIG "R" pin -- and sometimes people walk up and ask a question - I hand them my card -- then I took line dancing -- same thing -- wore the BIG R -- and handed out cards -- the important thing is to get involved where there are other people to meet --- I would like to take some golf lessons though.
Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 12 years ago

Cyndee -  Thank you my good friend

Leo - What are those clubs doing in the storage?...get out and play!

Rita - Does not matter what you do...just hand those cards out with great enthousiasm!

John - Yes, opportunities are everywhere!

Joan - Good for you...market everywhere you can my freind and don't forget Goofy will help you with your golf game! LOL

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago
George, that's awesome. I need to remember to take my business cards. So simple but so simple to forget.
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 12 years ago

George,

I have been looking for an excuse to play more golf, and you have provided it. Thanks!

Jack

Posted by Jack Haydon, Clearwater Beach Condos - Real Estate Homes for Sale (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 12 years ago

George, I guess I'm going to have to play more golf and get some leads.

Posted by Robert Schwabe, Orange Park Real Estate (EXP Realty) almost 12 years ago
I am Golfing this Friday as a matter of fact. And I always take my cards. I think I just be more diligent at passing them out.
Posted by Herb Hamilton, Real Estate Broker ,CDPE, Downtown Portland (RE/MAX Preferred Inc. Realtors) almost 12 years ago

Missy - Do and get them out

Jack - It's a great stress reliever and a great business tool to boot!

Robert - Go for it!

Herb - Good for you and have a great time.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago
Jay keep telling me golfing is really working...maybe I should believe him now? Seriously...golfing has brought him business so I can't complain. Golf on!
Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, Southern NH & the Seacoast Area (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) almost 12 years ago
Don't know who Jay is Monika but I can assure you if you take up the game and load up on business cards you will benefit all the way around.  Have a great evening.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago
George, this is a great reminder that business can happen anywhere...but we must be prepared!
Posted by Peggy Edwards, REALTOR - Green Designation, e-PRO, Tampa Bay, FL (Future Home Realty) almost 12 years ago
Thanks Peggy....Yes, I carry my cards with me everywhere I go and I go through a minimum of 5,000 cards per year. Have a great evening.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago

George,

How wonderful you can do something you enjoy and make business connections at the same time! I'm really considering golf lessons. :)

Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) almost 12 years ago
Thanks Suzanne...go for the lessons my friend and you will be impressed.  I great site I belong to that is real cheap is www.golfspan.com It has videos for beginners, intermediate and expert players. Good luck to you.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago

George,

I truly enjoy the game of golf but I rarely find the time with all of the other obligations I currently have.  But once I hit that first drive, I realize that the sport is an important part of business.  Plus the fact I have a little more free time on my hands because of the state of the industry... 

Posted by Ronnie Roach (PrimePay Business Services) almost 12 years ago

Getting out of the office and handing out cards and meeting folks is a GREAT start.  So many get stuck in the mire of the office and miss the opportunity to relax and "network".  

Keep it up Georgia... I'm working on following your lead.  Matt Locke

Posted by Matt Locke (Allstate Insurance) almost 12 years ago
 George, I'm sure you're very good at marketing yourself but more importantly, you're very likable.  I'm sure when people meet you they immediately pick up on how genuine you are and WANT to do business with you. 
Posted by Melody Young, Auto Broker-Milestone Motoring (Milestone Motoring - Auto Broker/Dealer) almost 12 years ago
Ronnie...Take the time my friend, not only for the potential for business but for your own stress release.  Be good to yourself.  Have a great evening.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago

One of the perks of our job is getting to do things we enjoy and meeting people.  Golf gives you the opportunity to spend quality time with people you just met.  A great marketing and enjoyable thing to do.  = )

Posted by Chrysti Tovani, Sacramento Real Estate Agent (eXp Realty Realty of California Inc) almost 12 years ago

Matt - Go for it my friend

Melody - What a sweetheart.  You have never met me and you are such a believer in me...Thank you!  I hope you and your family are all well my  friend.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago
Chrystina....all very true.  Golf is a wonderful way to connect with people.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago
What a great success story!! Keep doing what you're doing!!!
Posted by Vickie Arcuri, South Florida Luxury Real Estate (ONE Sotheby's International Realty) almost 12 years ago

I've been looking for a good excuse to start golfing........ does that make the green fees tax deductible????

Posted by Brad Snyder (Sierra Vista Realty) almost 12 years ago
Incredible.... I have heardof quite a bit of real estate transactions being done on gold courts.. maybe I need to start playing
Posted by Nattalie de la Mothe, Selling Atlanta Homes like a Boss (Maximum One Greater Atlanta Realtors) almost 12 years ago

Vickie - Thank you and bring your clubs to Idaho so we can play a round...LOL

Brad - My accountant says to keep my receipts and yes, she classifies it as an entertainment expense.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago
Nattalie - Log onto www.golfspan.com and start some online lessons. You will love the game!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago
Fantastic story!  I don't play golf, but I have been going regularly to my gym and I do see that as another prospecting avenue!  I'm very happy for you!
Posted by Ana Connell, Burbank Real Estate Agent (G & C Properties) almost 12 years ago

George.... good message. I think I have been caught without my cards only twice ever in 15 years. And I love to play golf... and it can be a great stress relief. Again, good message.

                                                                                                            jeff belonger

 

Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) almost 12 years ago

Ana - Thank you for the good wishes and I wish the same for you!

Jeff - It is a great stress reliever and NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT YOUR BUSINESS CARDS!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago

George.... I know the importance of business cards. Business Cards can help you move your career forward...

There are some good tips here.....    And never leave home without them?  hhhmmm.. just twice in 15 years is pretty good, I think.

                                                                                                        jeff belonger

Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) almost 12 years ago
not a bad average by any means.  Do all these sales lower your handicap?  ;-)
Posted by Jennifer Walker-Derby, Real Estate Extraordinaire (Re/Max Westside) almost 12 years ago

Good Post! I used to play in college, a lot of years ago but living on golf course, wouldn't think I would already be on the links,hummm, maybe next week after I learn how to write better,LOL

New blog site ready to be previewed , if you care to take peek.

William

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) almost 12 years ago
Very cool! Now you can even write off the round of golf.
Posted by Doug Lindstrom (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
George I do not play golf - but with that ratio maybe I should learn - one of the attractions to my area is golf and skiing and I do neither - ummm maybe I could caddy?
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) almost 12 years ago
George...that is AWESOME, this proves that we can network where ever we are...I've picked up clients playing bridge, taking college courses, buyers are out there...we just have to let them know we are available for them!
Posted by Mary Warren almost 12 years ago
Great lesson to new agents.  No matter where you are you are on duty.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago
I didn't have the heart to try and give the pedicure man (he was vietnamese) my card...I just wanted to relax without talking real estate...I guess that's different?
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 12 years ago
It doesn't rain on a golf course either. So your business cards will always be dry and ready. Thanks.
Posted by Gary Bolen, CRS - Lake Tahoe Real Estate Information (McCall Realty) almost 12 years ago
Yes.. Very true!  I have found that to work very well.  Just network, Everywhere!
Posted by Scot Walker almost 12 years ago
George, I agree I do my best business out on the links.
Posted by Matthew J Blum - (retired from the business) almost 12 years ago
Yep, definitely a good thing.  But may I make a shameless pitch for Hilton Head?  Hilton Head is an awesome place to play golf---you'll be spoiled the minute you see our golf courses.
Posted by Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton (Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC) almost 12 years ago

Sorry George...Jay is my husband and partner in real estate, also a blogger on AR. He is a major golf fanatic. His license plate is +GOLF+

 

Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, NH Real Estate Broker (Prudential Verani Realty) almost 12 years ago

LOL... i like to give everyone 2 cards.

i say: 'one for you, and one for a friend'

 

Posted by Tom Burris, Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience (NMLS# 335055) almost 12 years ago

George,

I actually negotiated deals on the tee box when I played in NY as a Realtor...in Florida I have not played enough..maybe I need to go out and play more often... just returned from our trip in AZ where I played a gorgeous course on a mountain.

Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago

George, I love golf. My new Callaway's X20 clubs are great. Consider sponsoring a hole or a golf cart. Make your game a business and possible tax deduction. I try to play at least once a week; always running into someone interested in real estate.  FOUR>>>>> Great Story. Great Post.

Posted by Frank Rubi, FrankRubiRealEstate.com (Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC) almost 12 years ago

We began playing golf about six months ago. I have picked up two sellers on the course . I try to get there a few minutes before my husband and sit in the club house and do a little networking. They are starting to know who I am and are coming up to me asking how was business today. Pass out your business cards they are a great marketing tool.

Vicki

Posted by Vicki Bishop GRI - Alabama Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United RealtorsĀ®) almost 12 years ago

Jeff - Don't leave home without them my friend and get them out!

Jennifer - I think it is helping my handicap...LOL

William - Get out and play my friend

Doug - Yes, I write it off, make friends, do business, and have a great time

Thesa - Caddying is not a bad idea my friend...go for it!

Mary - We can network anywhere we go my friend...there is not limit!

Randy - Very true my friend

 

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago

 George,

Amazing my friend, good for you!! I like your Goofy image too :)

Posted by Sue Argue, NH Home Stager (Staged First Impressions) almost 12 years ago

Sally - Do what is in your heart my friend

Gary - Let the business cards rain from above!

Scot - Yes, Network EVERYWHERE we go!

Matthew - Good for you!

Diane - Hilton head is beautiful on T.V.  I can only imagine what it's like when one actually plays it!

Monika - Tell Jay to load up with business cards and T it up!

Tom - You go guy!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago

Neal - Get those clubs out my friend...they are no good in storage!

Frank - I love my new Callaways too and would never get rid of them

Vicki - Good for you!  You go girl!

Sue - What Goofy image dear?  That photo is actually how I look on the course!  LOL

 

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago

George - Unfortunately for me... when I golf I am hiding with my friends cause I am horrible... yet I always manage to have a great time.... love being outside and NO CELL PHONE.   But take advantage of every opportunity..   thanks for sharing. Have a great day!

Posted by Desiree Daniels (RE/MAX Tri County) almost 12 years ago

George, I was born with a bad golfing gene!  I couldn't swing my way out of a wet brown bag!

Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) almost 12 years ago
Great story, George.  I have always been jealous of those business people out golfing and "having fun" while I'm working at the office with my nose to the grindstone.  As you have pointed out, the time on the golf course may actually be more productive than the time spent in the office!
Posted by Stefan Scholl, Northern Michigan Real Estate (Buyer's Broker of Northern Michigan, LLC) almost 12 years ago

Desiree - You think you are a horrible player...that's why I attached a photo of myself so you could all see it is about networking and having fun cuz I am a horrible golfer myself....LOL!

Chris - Don't feel bad, that is why I attached a photo of myself playing.  I am a horrible player, I just do it for the fun and networking...Ha Ha!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago
Stefan...All work and no play is no fun...play golf!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago
Hi George....way to go.  I just don't golf.  My son says it GREAT.  Needless to say, I will not be finding business on the golf course.
Posted by Dianne Barody, Pensacola Florida Real Estate (Century 21 AmeriSouth Realty) almost 12 years ago
George, I also golf and I have found it to be a very receptive place for networking also. Keep up the good work and change up those partners.
Posted by Preston Riley (Weichert Realtors, Dean-Kelby) almost 12 years ago

Dianne - No problem my friend you can find another way to network...I hope you are well.

Preston - Thank you and good luck to you.

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago
Only in America George!  How is the handicap?  It should be getting better.  Nice post
Posted by Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust! (Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions") almost 12 years ago
Ahhh....alas! I have no clubs.  Maybe I'll drive around in the cart, serve drinks, make the rounds and network LOL  LOL LOL 
Posted by Vickie Arcuri, South Florida Luxury Real Estate (ONE Sotheby's International Realty) almost 12 years ago

You can never Golf or Network too much!! The more you do them, the more successful you will be.

Best of success!

Posted by Rory Wilfong, Sales Coach and Trainer (GetMyHomesValue.com) almost 12 years ago

Gary - Handicap is 14 my friend but I care more about the relationships I ceate

Vickie - I have 2 extra sets of clubs so you have no excuses.  Just get here...You would love it!

Rory - Very true my friend...good networking always brings in business!

Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago

This is great. I also love to Golf and it really can be a great networking opportunity and a great stress reliever. I was thinking of squeezing a game in today and this post just made up my mind. Nice post and I will see you on the greens!

Posted by Adrian Alvarado, Inland Empire Real Estate (MGR Real Estate Inc.) almost 12 years ago
Adrian...good for you...Load up those business cards and Tee it up!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago

Now, I'll have to take up golf! :) congratulations!

Posted by Paula Henry, Realtor - Indianapolis Real Estate - 317-605-4174 (Home to Indy Team @ HomeSmart Realty Group) almost 12 years ago
Get on it Paula!  LOL
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago

George,

A golf course is as good a location as any to get professional exposure, like your examples prove. What probably made the difference with these two new clients you got was that your approach was smooth. Non-aggressive. After a few holes your conversations drifted into the what-do-you-do stuff and the rest is history.

Posted by Esko Kiuru almost 12 years ago
Thanks Esko...I have never been high pressure and I always like to strike up conversations and learn about people.  Thanks for the comment.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago

George...I guess I'll have to take up golf!  In the meantime, I meet 3-6 people a day just riding downtown on my Segway.  It is a real conversation magnet and when I tell them I am giving them away to anyone who lists their house with me...well, you can imagine the buzz.

Regards...Jay

Posted by Jay Burnham, The Coldwell Banker Guy (Coldwell Banker) almost 12 years ago
Jay, thank you and you would love golf my friend. Have a great evening!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago
Golf....as you said ....stress reliever.I used to play GOLF in a former life....to give you an idea of how long ago my clubs had aluminum shafts and I had a special club called a "guinty".I like the stress free approach of doing business without a hard sell....looks like your"SWING" is right on success....congrats!
Posted by Maurice McLaughlin, Maurice McLaughlin (Nations Princeton-Nassau Inc. d/b/a NATIONS) almost 12 years ago
Maurice, thank you very much and have a great weekend.  I have told many that have commented that it is really me in the photo...LOL
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago

George,

Just remember that invitation to North Carolina and Prestonwood Country Club.  We'd love to have you!!  BTW- You have quite a following!!

Posted by Tracy Santrock, Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge (Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. ) almost 12 years ago
FYI- I'm playing in Pinehurst over the 4th of July, going to stop by the womens US Open at Pine Needles this weekend, and will think your spirit and the importance of balance.
Posted by Tracy Santrock, Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge (Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. ) almost 12 years ago
Tracy -  thank you and I am very envious of you!  Have a great weekend my friend.
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) almost 12 years ago

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