When The Phone Rings The Memory Of A Past AR Post Leaps To Mind

It was 8 AM when the phone rang.  Since I was only half-way through my first cup of coffee it took a minute for the number to register.  It was an overseas number.  Quick answer it.

Sure enough the call was from a family in Germany who would be relocating to the DC area.  Top of their list from where to live was schools.  And not just any school, a school that offered a German language immersion program.  BAM!  Localism post to the rescue.  A few years ago I wrote a post on registration for the language immersion programs at Fairfax County Schools

From writing that post and checking the Fairfax County Schools website I knew that Orange Hunt Elementary School in Springfield Virginia was a German immersion school.  I gave her the information to check.  The next item on her list was commuting to DC from the area.  Okay we won't even talk about the number of posts I've written on commuting options, including our unique commuting slug lines.

If you ever wonder whether the knowledge you gain from researching your local area will pay off, the answer is YES.


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Comment balloon 12 commentsCindy Jones • February 16 2012 11:07AM


I sue a onine system Cloud CMA that give school info withing selected properties.  Really helps the clients.

Posted by Edward & Celia Maddox, EXPERIENCE & INTEGRITY - WE TAKE THE HIGH ROAD (The Celtic Connection Realty) about 7 years ago

This post is so dead on Cindy.  Congrats on nailing it.  I need to do more localism posts, thanks for the reminder.  

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) about 7 years ago

Localism does pay off does it not? It is good to know your community and the surrounding communities to be informed and give the information as you did. I hope they become your clients if they have not already.

Posted by Mary Stewart, Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas (HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone) about 7 years ago


The localism posts do make the phone ring. Google ranks them pretty high so there isn't much other real estate competition.


Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 7 years ago

This is so very correct.  We are finding that the blog postings of "local" real estate and communities is paying off.  Same with the videos of the local communities as part of your blogging.

Posted by Dan Hopper, Denver Realtor / Author / Advocate/Short Sale (Keller Williams Realty Downtown LLC) about 7 years ago

Cindy  Any advise you give is Golden to me .You are the local RE connection for your area . I would not think twice to refer to you


Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) about 7 years ago

Cindy, We're still getting calls requesting permission to use our data from our localism post on the correlation between rejecting school tax levies and property value decline.  Other school districts are finding the information and loving finding data that actually supports the results.  Pretty cool to see the posts work :)

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) about 7 years ago

Cindy, they obviously know how to pick a winner and your posts are always chock full of great local info.

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) about 7 years ago

Cindy, those overseas buyers knew who has local knowledge and will give right information.

Posted by Ritu Desai, Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949 (Samson Properties) about 7 years ago

To me, writing Localism posts is like becoming a tourist in your own home town.  When we have visitors, we take them to places we don't normally go to ourselves anymore.  Choosing to write Localism posts, forces us to get out there to see and be seen!  

Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) about 7 years ago

Excellent, Cindy.  That's a topic I had never thought of writing about.  My goal this first quarter is to get more involved in local blogs, and then I need to make it a habit!  Happy Friday.

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) about 7 years ago


That's what drove me to refer to you!  Besides rubbing elbows at Raincamp in Philly.  I know my clients are well cared for in your skilled hands.  Localism works.  You are the example!  Thanks



Posted by Mike Reyman, Delaware County Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors) about 7 years ago

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