Hawaii Randy's Real Estate Opinions: Hawaii Randy’s Rules for Vendor Referrals

Hawaii Randy’s Rules for Vendor Referrals

The kinds of vendors our clients ask us to point them to are loan officers, home inspectors, termite inspectors, contractors, electricians, plumbers, handymen, flooring installers, painters, escrow officers, insurance agents, landscapers, home cleaners, property managers, locksmiths, etc.

I had a few discussions this week with other agents about giving referrals of vendors to clients.  I have my own set of rules in regards to vendors.

  1. I only give names I trust completely to take care of my clients and will make me look good.
  2. I have a list that is extremely difficult for a vendor to get on.  They can be removed in 2 seconds.
  3. I would rather give the name of a really good loan officer, home inspector, etc. that I have complete faith in, than a list of several that are OK.
  4. I accept no compensation from vendors for referrals.  I only require they give first class service.
  5. Venders who offer kick-backs, etc. can't be on my list.
  6. I do not require a vendor to send referrals to me to be on my list.  As much as I love to get referrals, I put client service ahead of all else.

I know many agents who believe they are protected from liability by giving many names to their clients.  I have heard some agents give 10 or more.  To the contrary, they would be better protected to give one really good name than several mediocre names.  Any name you give better be someone who you trust with your business and reputation, because that is what they have.

Good luck and good home selling!



Randy L. Prothero, REALTOR®

Broker-in-Charge, ABR, AHWD, CRB, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, MRP, SFR

eXp Realty

Team Leader - "The Prothero Group"

Randy Prothero is well established as an expert in working with military / VA clients and first time home buyers.  His home seller's (listing) campaign is one of the most aggressive marketing programs in the area.  His luxury home listings sell faster and for more money.

Based out of Mililani, Hawaii. Randy services the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) Performs mediations and ombudsman services for the Board of Realtors.  To improve overall professionalism in his area Randy also offers classes for real estate agents. 

www.HawaiiRandy.comOahu (Honolulu County) Property Search  Hawaii Military Relocations

Comment balloon 15 commentsRandy Prothero • July 26 2010 01:55AM


If you know that someone is very good why not give the name.

Posted by Elite Home Sales Team, A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team (Elite Home Sales Team OC) over 8 years ago

I give referrals all the time and receive no compensation for it. In fact I usually give at least 2 names. seems to be the way to go.

Posted by Bryan Watkins (LRA Real Estate Group) over 8 years ago

I am with you.  If I know that a vendor does great work that I can be proud of, I recommend them.  I don't ask them for referrals or discounts for my or my client - what matters is that they will do a good job for my clients.

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 8 years ago

Good list, Randy. 

It should serve your clients well.  I try to recommend service providers I have used myself when I can.  If they won't take good care of me, I can't recommend them to clients.

Posted by Mike Jaquish, 919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate (Realty Arts) over 8 years ago

Great tips Randy,


Nothing will discredit you faster than giving a vendor referral that just doesn't perform.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 8 years ago

I have a very small list of vendors I refer too. Most I have used here myself, personally and for my clients.

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 8 years ago


It makes sense to share the good news...and it is good news when I find a resource I can rely on...so I always be sure to get a batch of business cards. I refer people to my clients with whom I've had positive experiences.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 8 years ago

Randy - these are good recomendations. I am pretty fussy about who I will pass along, and generally it is someone I have used personally. But if not they must come highly recommended from someone I know well or from a client who has used them. I have yet to have someone complain that a referral did not work out.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 8 years ago

Great List Randy!!! I ditto all! In addition, I only recommend people that I personally use myself! I believe that is the best reference I can give! Great post!

Posted by Paige Walker, Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA (Paige Walker) over 8 years ago

Hi Randy,

I'm in agreement with your philosophy of not receiving a referral fee, etc. Not a change. I refer them because I think they're the best out there. However, in some cases I do refer more than one in a field, and it's not a matter of being mediocre, if they're not top-notch I wouldn't refer them in the first place.

Btw, we have a book in my office we call the "resource" list, it's a compilation of services (many very unusual) used by the agents, anyone on the list is identified by the agent using the service.

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) over 8 years ago

EHS - If they are good.

Bryan - I sometimes give only one, if I only have one I trust completely to be good.

Virginia H. - A good job is the only thing that matters.

Mike J. - I do the same thing.  I have tried handyman and other folks like landscapers and electricians on my own home first.

Gabe S. - I can definitely kill any recommendations from those clients.

Gary - A small list is OK as long as it is a good list.

janeAnne - I put them on a list that I can hand to clients.

Jeff D. - Being fussy about referrals is one of the things that keep our reputation strong.

Lynda - We also share feedback between us in the office about vendors.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 8 years ago

Randy, Your rules sound like my rules.  I always feel like if I make a referral it is my reputation on the line so I only refer those who will keep my reputation intact.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 8 years ago

Marchel - You are right it is your reputation when you give a referral.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 8 years ago

That's exactly how I work, too, Randy. Hard to get on my list; easy to get booted off!



Posted by Robin Rogers, CRS, TRC, MRP - Real Estate Investment Adviser (Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas) over 8 years ago

Robin - I know your clients appreciate that.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) over 8 years ago

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