Independent Realtor Jim Skratch credits Sherlock Home Inspections for his success over the past six months.
Florida July 15, 2011 “I didnt like the folks over there at first,” explains Jim. “They are very thorough & I have to admit that back then [Jan 2010] I just wanted inspectors who ran through a house fairly quickly & gave it a thumbs up without too much trouble.” Skratch describes his real estate career at the beginning of 2010 as “on its last legs.” He hadnt been very successful since the housing market crumbled, and was reluctantly looking for a new career path when one of his clients hired Sherlock Home Inspections to conduct an inspection of a property that she was buying. The inspection uncovered a major issue and the buyer withdrew her offer to purchase. This aggravated Skratch because he blamed the inspector for killing a deal in which he would have made a decent commission. “I really let em have it,” recalls Jim, “I remember screaming at that inspector for a good 10 minutes before he calmly explained that he was just doing his job, and suggested that I simply show the buyer another house. Of course thats exactly what I did.” In the end, the buyer closed on a slightly larger and more expensive home, which meant a considerably bigger commission for Skratch. “The guys at Sherlock really were looking after the clients best interest. It was so nice to get referrals from my client after closing rather than complaints about problems with her house!”
Later that month Skratch received an e-mail newsletter from Sherlock Home Inspections about Nurturing Real Estate Leads. “It was exactly what I needed, exactly when I needed it,” he says. The article explains how Realtors can earn their clients trust through nurturing. It suggests that they should provide valuable information to their clients, set themselves up as experts, and explains how to PROPERLY follow up until the clients are ready to buy or sell. Jim Skratch followed the advice, used the techniques, and is now regularly calling on Sherlock Home Inspections to conduct inspections for his clients. “I dont know where Id be right now if I hadnt met the fellas at Sherlock. Im doing better now than I would have ever imagined!” Skratch isnt alone, a recent informal & non-scientific survey of the top 40 Realtors in SW FL (based on number of closings / month) revealed that over 90% of those polled are practicing at least some of the “nurturing” concepts.
To get your copy of Nurturing Real Estate Leads contact Sherlock Home Inspections.
MAIN OFFICE: 106 Hancock Bridge Pkwy W. Suite D-15 / Cape Coral, FL 33991
PHONES: (239) 292-0756 or (941) 405-3181
About Sherlock Home Inspections
Sherlock Home Inspections is largely recognized as an industry leader throughout Florida. All inspectors are certified by, and active members of InterNACHI. They adhere to Standards of Practice, abide by a Code of Ethics, and attend required continuing education courses. The company also exceeds industry standards by inspecting areas and conducting procedures that many inspectors do not.
They provide the following services:
101 Point Home Inspection (Standard Buyers Inspection)
“Move In Certified” Sellers Home Inspection
Pest, Termite & W.D.O. (Wood-Destroying Organisms)
Air Quality (Mold, Mildew and Fungi)
Water Quality (Bacteria, Nitrates, Pathogens, etc.)
Well Water Equipment
4-Point Insurance Inspection
Pool / Spa, pool deck, pool enclosure, pool equipment
Seawall, Dock & Boatlift inspections
Occupancy & Condition / Home Watch Inspections
Storm Assessment Inspections
Sherlock Home Inspections guarantees to provide inspections within 24 hours of orders and delivery of reports within 24 hours of inspection. To order an inspection or get more information, simply contact Sherlock Home Inspections at (941) 405-3181 or (239) 292-0756, or log on to www.sherlock-inspections.com
They proudly serve ten Florida counties separated into two zones. Zone One includes Manatee, Sarasota, Hardee, Desoto & Highlands counties, which consists of Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Palmetto, Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, Sarasota, Venice, Osprey, North Port, Clewiston, Wauchula, Bowling Green, Zolfo Springs, Limestone, Arcadia, Avon Park, Sebring, Plains, Lake Placid & Venus. Zone Two covers all of Southwest Florida with a focus on Lee, Collier, and Charlotte Counties, but also stretches into Glades and Hendry counties including Fort Myers, North Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, Estero, Bonita Springs, Matlacha, Pine Island, Sanibel Island, Naples, Naples Park, Golden Gate, Marco Island, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Buckhead Ridge, Palmdale, Moore Haven, Labelle, Alva, Clewiston, Felda, & Immokalee.
By Referral Only… With the exception of giving back to the community through sponsorships, we do not spend our resources on advertising. You will not see Sherlock Home Inspections in any publications, TV or radio. Instead we invest 100% of our time and energy to delivering first-class service to our clients. As a result, our valued clients, along with real estate, mortgage, and insurance professionals, refer their family, friends and clients to us for all their home inspection needs. We are interested in building strong life-long relationships one person at a time.