Blog Stories Cold Call to New friend

Cold Call to New friend

By Shannon Baird, November 9, 2018

Today I helped Katie, a first-time homebuyer, close on her new home. Normally my clients are referred to me by a friend or family member but this time, working with Katie was what those in the industry call a “cold call”. She sent me an email and wanted to meet. Katie explained that she had been interviewing numerous agents over the last year and had not found a good fit. Working her way down a list, she reached out to me and asked if for our meet and greet I would show her properties. She had interviewed so many agents that she could not abide one more office interview.

During our initial meeting we viewed 2 homes and learned a bit about each other. We clicked during that meeting and she asked me to be her agent. Katie made the decision to write an offer on one of the homes we viewed. During our talks about how to structure the offer, the small conversations in between, we realized that we had numerous friends in common.

It is unusual for me to move so quickly from first meeting to first offer with someone I have not built a relationship with. However, it was this shared friend base that gave us both a sense of peace. We circled in the same community. A community of driven independent creatives who love Portland, who support each other, who care about the impact they have with others. For me, knowing Katie was part of my circle of friends was enough to form the foundations for a trusting working relationship. Meeting her family at the home inspection established an even deeper sense of trust. They are all good people.

It has been a journey down the road to homeownership. I am so glad that Katie did her research and found me. She is now the owner of a charming older home in NE Portland. It needs a bit of love but I know Katie will do her research (one again) and find exactly the right person to help her every step of the way.

Congratulations new friend.

Shannon Baird

Earth Advantage Broker

About Shannon As a native of Portland, Shannon is well acquainted with all areas of the city, the surrounding suburbs, and what the various neighborhoods have to offer. Her 14 years of experience working in the real estate industry has helped to develop a true understanding of how a house has to function to become a home and knowledge of architecture and design, which can help in the evaluation and potential enjoyment of a home. Shannon has the ability to provide solid counsel. Her knowledge of real estate matters and absolute trustworthiness are invaluable in the process of any transaction. Having worked for 15 years as a manager of assets for executives living locally and in Europe, Shannon has developed and maintained the trust, organization, professionalism, and effective negotiating skills inherent to the business of real estate. Recipient of the Elizabeth Potter award from the State of Oregon Historic Preservation Office for work in restoration, remodeling and design in residential homes and commercial buildings in Oregon. The award provided for the attendance to a week long historic preservation conference in Mobile, Alabama where the art of preservation was taught by national and internationally renowned craftsman. A member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the Oregon Association of Realtors (OAR) and the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors (PMAR), Shannon also holds a Diamond-Platinum designation in the Million Dollar Club of the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors. Other designations include: Seniors Real Estate Specialist
For a look into the history of Shannon's real estate business before she joined Living Room Realty, you can view her blog that documented her sales, press exposure, testimonials and insights as an agent from 2009-2016. Arts + Culture New involvement in the arts, along with music projects completed this year. My 25 years of experience and knowledge in design and project management were directly related to the following. Founder and Principal of SBaird Design - A locally based boutique design firm with a global soul. Serving clients locally + internationally in a diverse range of projects: smaller and large residential remodels, commercial design, furniture design, home staging consultation, color consultations and branding. One of the founding members of YU Contemporary – A visionary art center empowering artistic imagination and cultural life, destined to become the most provocative supporter of the arts that the region has ever seen. Co – Executive producer – From the Land of Ice and Snow, a compilation CD, 6 years in the making. Led Zeppelin covered by eminent NW musicians. I co-produced the live show ( it sold out ) and the release of the album at Doug Fir Lounge. Press from National Public Radio and all of the local print media. Websites/blogs wrote stories on an  international level. Co-producer – of the final  live concert held at the venerable Berbati’s Pan, venue opened in 1994, closing show on New Years Eve 2010. Hired publicity, managing band necessities, managed merchandise sales, venue and supporting staff’s expectations.
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