New technologies may have taken over real estate, but the relationships, problems and objections are the same. How do you go from getting a listing to gaining a forever client? What are the ways you can set expectations when you start the relationship? How do you handle a seller who isn’t budging even though the price is wrong? On this episode, we are joined by real estate rockstars Melinda Estridge and Daniel Schuler.

If you get the business and then blow it, you’ve lost everything. -Melinda Estridge

Takeaways + Tactics

When sellers offer too much resistance tell them, “you’re still the highest bidder for your own home.”

As soon as you hit a wall or an objection, you need to go into question mode.

Write down every single thing you do, and then make a system so nothing goes through the cracks.


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Narrow It Down

At the start of the show, Gene shared his tip of the week which was SIC codes, and then Melinda and Daniel shared on the importance of narrowing down your lead gen pillars. Next, we talked about the importance of face to face interaction, why you need to get into question mode when you get an objection, and why you need to write down every problem and how you solved it. Towards the end of the show, we discussed why it’s important for agents to be willing to let the deal go.

We also shared insights on;

  • How to get out of judgment and into curiosity
  • How old school methods can actually be new school
  • Time and energy vampires and why you need to avoid them

Set Expectations

What makes a deal successful is the agent’s ability to set expectations from the start. Your goal is to make the people you work with forever clients, and that means being valuable and being of service. If there’s anything old school that transcends the test of time, it’s the face to face interaction that builds trust and believability. Make sure you don’t sign on with clients that will be time and energy vampires. If it’s overpriced, if they don’t want to stage, if they want to give a 30-day listing, if they are arguing about commission, and they have no motivation, ask yourself if you really want that listing.

Guest Bio

Melinda Estridge has always been passionate about helping others achieve their goals. Just a little over 30 years ago that same passion led her to pursue the practice of real estate. Working tirelessly to assist buyers in finding their dream homes – and in helping homeowners sell their properties for top dollar, Melinda has quickly risen in the ranks to become one of the top REALTORS® not only in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area – but nationwide as well. To get in touch, send an email to or call 301.657.9700.

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