All Those Business Cards on the Kitchen Counter

Jonathan Dalton, Phoenix Real Estate Agent… could be a trick, as one reader suggested via e-mail. Or, more likely if the home’s priced aggressively, could also mean the house has been shown a lot.

The overarching question – does it really matter? Is your decision about a house going to be influenced by the number of business cards you see or by your own personal circumstances and the particulars of the house?

[tags]Phoenix real estate[/tags]

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at


  • Dave Smith 10 years ago

    Broker Tour, Broker Tour.

    They come through like locust and drop cards as if they were carpet bombing the countertop.

  • Norm Fisher 10 years ago

    Perhaps I’m looking at this from the wrong angle but I always ask my sellers to put the cards away. When I see sixty business cards on the counter in a listing which is still active, I immediately assume that nobody is really interested in it.

  • Thomas Johnson 10 years ago

    Like Norm, the sellers or I clean up after the air raid. In a vacant listing, I use the cards to see who actually set an appointment per MLS rules and who just popped the lockbox open without notifying anyone.

  • Jonathan Dalton 10 years ago

    Dave – ever seen anyone collect all the cards from their office and leave them even though the people weren’t there?

    I always hid them myself when I thought about it, unless it was the first day or two the home was on the market.

    Thomas – we don’t have to set the appt. We’ve got the electronic lockboxes that tell all.

  • Dave Smith 10 years ago


    Yes, I’ve seen agents collect them and leave them out in a pile.

    We always collect the cards. I see no point in leaving them out. Good agents don’t need or want to play mind games : )

    Okay, sometimes they do.

  • Thomas Johnson 10 years ago

    We have the Supra e-boxes as well, it doesn’t seem to deter lazy agents from sneaking into vacant houses.

  • Jonathan Dalton 10 years ago

    Gotta be a local thing, Thomas … we don’t call it sneaking. We call it showing. 🙂

  • lea green 10 years ago

    Stop leaving cards on the counter…get magnets and leave them on the fridge door – Much more effective.
    You can order free magnets or free business cards at (link deleted)

  • Blue Ridge Property For Sale 10 years ago

    If everyone is so concered why not have a lock box you drop the cards in so no one can see who left a card.

    One thing I think people do is take the whole stack of print outs on what the house has to offer.

    I’m not sure why exactly you don’t want to know who and how many agents have come to view the home. This will tell you how many people are interested in property and that seller maybe holding for the right offer.

  • Jonathan Dalton 10 years ago

    Lea – nice try with the link spam, but I killed the link.

    Incidentally, I did have someone leave a refrigerator magnet in an occupied house. I won’t pass along the Italian phrase my owner used to describe that loser.

    Blue Ridge – I do know everyone who has been through. I get the report through the electronic lockbox. The business cards are superfluous.

  • Dru Bloomfield 10 years ago

    I only leave cards in homes that are occupied, so the home owner will know that my clients and I were actually there and viewed the home. I see no reason to leave one in a vacant home.

    Save a tree 🙂 and use Supra reports.