Maui Blog - Georgie Hunter R(S): Social Networking the Old Fashioned Way - Get out and walk around your town!

Social Networking the Old Fashioned Way - Get out and walk around your town!

walking up Baldwin Ave in Paia Maui Hawaii

 

Social Networking at Street Level - Paia Maui HI

Sometimes it's good to get out and walk about your town.  Yesterday I was in our Paia Maui office and decided to walk up to the Post Office to check the mail, even though it was hot and sunny and I could have cruised up in air conditioned comfort (but how lazy is that?).

I'm glad I did.  I ran into a friend who is a property manager and learned of a cute home coming up for rent in the North Shore Village subdivision - at a good price too.  I'll keep that in mind for any clients who are looking for a nice 3 bedroom home to rent in Paia, for $1,900/month.

I noticed a new coffee shop has opened, actually HAZ BEANZ relocated from a few doors down.  They have a much bigger space now, and will soon be offering free wi-fi internet access.  This is always popular in Paia.  I had a chance to schmooze with the counter person and give her my card and let her know I'll be blogging about their new location soon.  "Brilliant" she said!

On my way back I popped into Mana Foods for a couple of spring rolls and bumped into another Realtor I know.  She told me about her upcoming price reduction on a really sweet house and ohana in Makawao - only $599,000!  I had shown it to a client and I'll pass it on that the seller is more motivated... keep her updated.  I informed her of my fresh new listing, before it was even entered into our Maui MLS system.  We both benefit from the chance encounter.

I noticed plenty of smiling tourists walking about town, and could have started a conversation with any one of them, inquiring about their melting gelatos, or where they might have had their lunch.  Today I chose not to, but what a good opportunity to meet people who are visiting and will possibly end up here when they retire.

So take a break from the keyboard, get out there and mingle - you'll get some hot tips about other properties for sale or rent, see some things to blog about, and get some exercise too.  What's wrong with that?

the Hunter

When  buying a home on Maui, please contact a North Shore Maui Realtor - Georgina M. Hunter R(S)

SEARCH MAUI LISTINGS ~ EMAIL ~ http://www.eastmaui.com/ ~ 808 283-0635

PAIA MAUI homes for sale  ~  OCEANFRONT for sale  ~  sign up for the Paia NEWSLETTER

Comment balloon 64 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • April 18 2008 11:03AM

Comments

I take a lot of walks, and I have to say I know all of my neighbors and they all know I am a Realtor.  I take walks through our local shopping area and pass out my card, best way to promote myself.
Posted by Kim Sellers, Lake Arrowhead Realtor - BRE#01412099 - Lake Arrow (Lake Arrowhead, CA Coldwell Banker) about 10 years ago

Great Post,.

I agree with you Georgina. Sometimes we get so tied up in Virtual Reality, we forget about some ACTUAL Reality!  It's amazing after sitting in front of a screen for hours, how CLEAR the outside world is....  And... it's in 3-D !

 

 

 

Posted by Brian Luce, Associate Broker (Weidel Realtors New Hope / Lambertville) about 10 years ago
Kim - You're right, talking to people you know is the best way to promote yourself. 
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 10 years ago
Brian - that's so true - 3-D hahaha, and interactive too!
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 10 years ago
Do what you enjoy and in the process talk to people that might be interesting in using your service. Sounds like fun to me.
Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) about 10 years ago
Great Comments!  Meet the people.  It is still the best way to sell real estate. People like to have a relationship with their realtor.  They want to make sure they trust the person they list or buy their house from.
Posted by Maria Holland, Realtor, ABR, GRI, CDPE, SFR (RE/Max Elite, ABR,GRI, CDPE, SFR) about 10 years ago

Terry - I need to do it more often.  So many days I stay home on the farm and work from my home office.

Maria - It's all about the relationships.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 10 years ago
What a concept!  You mean we should get out and actually talk to other people?  Why can't we just blog them?  Just kidding!  Great blog and it really works.
Posted by Sara Homan, Realtor, Homes, Farms & 55+ (Coldwell Banker Ellison Realty 352-209-4044) about 10 years ago
Georgina - Your local posts are the best...  and your right, some time you have to get out and walk the streets and talk to folks.   
Posted by Debbie Summers (Charles Rutenberg Realty ) about 10 years ago
I agree with you, and its so surprising the business you can pick up just around the corner.
Posted by Elaine Stewart, RE/MAX Consultants Palm Desert (RE/MAX Palm Desert #1 Agent 2017 to 2010) about 10 years ago
Great post! So true, getting out and meeting people face to face makes a big difference :)
Posted by Maria Mastrolonardo, Realtor, Naperville, IL Real Estate (RE/MAX of Naperville) about 10 years ago

Sara - thanks for stopping in

Debbie - at least once in a while - get out and stretch the legs

Elaine - right under our own noses

Maria - relationships are imortant are't' they?

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 10 years ago

Now that is the way to network! More fun too!

Your Friend in Charlottesville Virginia!

Posted by Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) about 10 years ago
Absolutely great advice--plus your downtown looks so inviting and pretty.
Posted by Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton (Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC) about 10 years ago
Georgina, you have similar thoughts to me about networking. Don't farm your sphere but get out and meet people. It is much more natural. Thanks for the reminder and the stroll through your backyard. I feel like I live there because of what you wrote.
Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 10 years ago
Nice post. I agree this is the best way to network. Thanks for the post.
Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 10 years ago
Georgina the "Hunter"- now that is cute!  You are so correct about getting out there and meeting and greeting people.  There is nothing quite as good as human contact.....
Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) about 10 years ago
Georgina, great post and very true.  Or you could always drive around like the video that Broker Bryant posted yesterday.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
Georgina, You hit it right! When I am out taking pictures or researching for Localism posts I carry lots of cards with me and I hand them out. People always want to know what I am doing and so I explain my real estate blogging. My cards have my blog addresses on them :). I just wish right now I had Hawaii weather to walk in!!
Posted by Jo Soss, HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt - Stevens County (HOMEFRONT Realty) about 10 years ago

Georgina,

I love your island, I would walk to town every day!  We spent a week there one Thanksgiving, I loved it.  Whaler's Village was a neat place and I loved Black Rock for snorkeling!  I para sailed there for the first time.  You are a lucky girl to live there. 

Posted by Mary PAUL, ABR, CRS,GRI, e-PRO, (RE/MAX Advantage Realtors, Searcy, AR) about 10 years ago
The things you see, smell and taste along the journey of life. I'm so glad the winter is done here. time to get out and see the world.
Posted by Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic (www.mrbrownsellsgr.com) about 10 years ago
You are right.  The weather is beautiful here in Upstate New York!  Walking around in the community is a great way to "network".  Thanks for bringing it up!
Posted by Sarah Berger (R.J. Smith Realty/Real Estate Solutions) about 10 years ago
What a great way to do networking while enjoying where you live, and you never know who you may run to. We love Maui, what a wonderful place to call home!
Posted by Patty Carroll about 10 years ago

Georgina,

So many benefits to what you are describing.  I often walk quite a bit in the summer time and take a break just to admire and meet and greet.  Like you say,"you could ride in an air conditioned car", but there are so many things that can be missed on your drive than on foot. 

Posted by Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant (Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision) about 10 years ago
So very true!  I find my community activities, volunteer work, networking groups and even taking photos and interviewing local businesses all have a positive impact on my business and my attitude!
Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) about 10 years ago
Your walks sound like a lot of fun!  Great way to exercise and meet people at the same time!
Posted by Ryan Vivo, NRBA Realtor Solano County, Gateway Realty 707-384-5894 (Gateway Realty) about 10 years ago
real ingenuity. thanks for sharing. nobody thinks these days.
Posted by Alan Robinson (PTE REAL ESTATE GROUP) about 10 years ago
Hi - It is really fun and important to walk about your town.  You learn so much about your neighborhood on foot. When you are driving, you miss a lot of things. And on foot, you can talk to a lot of people.
Posted by Ellie Viray, Realtor, GRI (Podley Properties) about 10 years ago
Georgina - great idea, and thanks for taking us along on a wonderful walk. If you haven't put that into localism, you should. It's a great way to introduce both shops and lifestyle.
Posted by Sharon Simms, St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS (Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International) about 10 years ago

Charles - I'm off to do some more today

Diane - it's a shame the downtown isn't a little bigger, but it's always nice to see a new shop.

Gary - Glad you can get a good feel for the place, that's the whole idea.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 10 years ago
Gotta get out and meet people face to face. The virtual world is great, but connecting with real people in the real world is critical.
Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) about 10 years ago

Hi Georgina,

Sounds like you made some great connections, that coffee shop a great spot to hang out and write your blogs....after you finish your exercise of course! :)

Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) about 10 years ago
I totally agree with you!  Real Estate is a lifestyle - getting out and talking to people, just being yourself, this is how you get to know what is really going on around you!
Posted by Emily Lowe, Nashville TN Realtor (The Lipman Group | Sotheby's International Realty) about 10 years ago
Way to keep on top of the market.  Our business is all about talking to people and staying in front of them.
Posted by Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com (Real Estate One) about 10 years ago
You are so right. To be successful in this business, you need to get infront of as many people as possible.
Posted by Wayne B. Pruner, Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI (Oregon First) about 10 years ago

That's a brilliant point. Sometimes I think why I love social marketing so much it's because it's so much easier to do it sitting at home instead out there walking the pavement ;)

Cheers,

Cindy 

Posted by Cindy Lin (Staged4more Home Staging & Designs // EcoJoe) about 10 years ago
Now that I think about it, Georgina, no one has ever knocked on my door while I've been online and asked me about real estate or my blog. Great reminder for us to get out and really be a part of our communities.
Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) about 10 years ago
Thanks for reminding us of the simplicity of real life--you can "network" officially all around the place and not get as far as just being a part of the area around you!
Posted by Kent Simpson, Real Estate Is About People (Realty One Group Mountain Desert) about 10 years ago
Georgina- Where is your town in relation to Lahaina and Kihei? I just read in the Maui News that in your town your elementary school is getting a new cafeteria. I love that photo you took and the old town look of your town. 
Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) about 10 years ago
Great post, I try to do the same thing in my town and take a lot of photos of events, people and nature to incorporate and keep my websites fresh and updated about where I live. It really does help professionally and personally!
Posted by Cleo Shahateet (Weichert Realtors & DCC Marketing/Cyprus) about 10 years ago

Gita - thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Vickie - glad you like my "tag"

Brian - when I get a chance I'll check that out - Broker Bryant's blog

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 10 years ago

Jo -  Have you tried the MOO cards yet?  I heard about them from Sarah Cooper and I love them!

Mary - snorkeling and parasailing - sounds like fun alright!

Robert - you can miss so much if you don't get out once in a while

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 10 years ago

Sarah - Just do it!

Patty and Scott - Glad you love Maui - me too.

Rebecca - meet and greet - that's the key

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 10 years ago

Diane - sounds like you're keeping busy - glad to hear it pay off

Ryan - try it, you'll like it

Michael - well some of us are thinking it's a great way to spend some time

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 10 years ago

Ellie - You got it, thanks for coming by.

Sharon - I almost always post to Localism, thanks!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 10 years ago

Georgina,

 

You couldn't be more correct!  Get to know your neighborhood and the people in it.  Funny story, I listed and sold a neighbors home in just 20 days because of my contact with my neighborhood   A neighbor across the street and two houses down from me has lived there for 5 years and I never got to know them, put there home up FSBO and then listed with a competitor. My fault for never getting to know them and they were right aross the street! 

Posted by A S about 10 years ago
Georgina - Fresh air, exercise, human interaction? What's not to love about the "real" social networking. Great post!
Posted by Jackie - computer-training-atlanta.com, Learn to leverage technology to get more done. (770.498.7333) about 10 years ago
I agree, sometimes the fingers need to stop doing the walking! hehe. It's a nice refreshing break to get out into the land of the living and not electronic.
Posted by Christy Powers, Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners) about 10 years ago

I can't keep up with the responses - THANKS EVERYONE for coming by and commenting!  I had no idea this would connect with so many of you.         (I'm trying to get some work done today)

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 10 years ago
Katerina - Paia is north of Kihei and east of Lahaina - it's just about 10 miles east of the main airport and town, along the Hana Highway.  It is a historic town that is experiencing a revival.
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 10 years ago
Even though Houston is not a friendly city for walking, I do walk quite a bit around my neighborhood. I do not know why, but my son was inspired to create a survey at school with another friend. At dinner, he told us with stark amazement that most people do not know their neighbors. My wife told him that he should feel lucky.
Posted by Frank Schulte-Ladbeck (Frank Schulte-Ladbeck Professional Real Estate Inspections) about 10 years ago
Georgina, it is amazing how much you see when you are not driving a car!  Hot and sunny weather sure sounds great!
Posted by Debra Kukulski, Broker Associate, SFR,CDPE;GRI;ABR;e-PRO Realtor, Northern IL (RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest) about 10 years ago
I like it. Now that weather is better, I'll be doing some walking myself.
Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) about 10 years ago

Frank - wow that's a sad result... that's what happens when you put high walls around the yard of your air conditioned homes.  We have become isolated inside, with all the conveniences of "modern" life.  On the other hand, I wish I didn't know some of my neighbors.... hahaha.

Debra - Hot and sunny is wonderful

Larry - Don't forget to take your camera with you.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 10 years ago
And here I always walk in the forest - no people just trees and the dogs. A Haz Beanz at about the half way point would be nice, tho.
Posted by Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals (Keller Williams Realty Professionals) about 10 years ago

It IS great to get out and just walk an area.  You never know who you'll meet or what you'll see and you can refresh those brain cells with a break from the virtual world we tend to get lost in!

Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) about 10 years ago

Kathleen - I like to walk in the country too, but don't meet many people on the way.

Lisa - I have been taking a break, now that spring is here and we have a garden started.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 10 years ago

Hi Georgina,

This is definitely good advice..! Not only is it the easiest way to get eye to eye, face to face contact, but it also gets you out and about and feeling apart of the community. thanks for the post. 

Posted by Alex Mordas, Green Building Consultant (EarthSTEPS) about 10 years ago
I love to walk my neighborhood, and meet lots of people.  I walk with my dog, and we are quite a sight- I am on the petite side, and Gus is a huge, 120 pound rottweiler- we make quite a sight!  And he is very friendly, and always wants to say hello to eveyone!
Posted by Carol Lee, Realtor - Agoura, Oak Park, Westlake CA Homes (Dilbeck Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Alex - You're welcome - I hope it will inspire you to get out into the fresh air too.

Carol - I bet you can meet some buyers and sellers that way... especially other dog lovers.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 10 years ago
Georgina, It sounds like you had a wonderful walking tour.  That is hard to do where we live as everything is spread out.  One thing we have a lot of is land. 
Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 10 years ago

Couldn' agree more. Most of us probably don't just get out wander enough. The author Kurt Vonnegut used to type his manuscripts and hand deliver them to the post office, he could e-mail or have them picked up but said standing in line helped him find things to write about.

There is a nice book title Hello, My Name is Scott. The short version is Scott wears a simple name tag the kind you will see at social gatherings. The author claims to meet 3 new people a day this way. I have done this and he is correct, excuse me I must go put on my tag and go out for a while.

Posted by Danny Baize (Prudential Indiana Realty Group) about 10 years ago

Marchel - Paia is so small I could walk around very quickly, especially if I avoid going into any of the cute boutiques.

Danny - that sounds like a good idea - put yourself right out there and be available.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 10 years ago

Is it wrong to boost your own post up to the top?  Please let me know if it is.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 10 years ago

This blog does not allow anonymous comments