So, I’ve been studying Italian for ten years. It’s more than a hobby, it’s a passion. As part of my excitement for the Italian language, I have a tag line after my Realtor email signature that says “Parlo italiano” which means “I speak Italian”. This is for the off-off-chance that an Italian speaking person (or magari native!) ever reads one of my emails. Now, the chances of this happening are really slim, as Destin, Florida is not a huge metropolitan area, and I’ve been using that email signature for years.
First, I thought it would be interesting, something different for someone to know about me, and second, I was hoping beyond hope to be able to help an Italian buy or sell real estate in the Destin Florida area. One of my business dreams is to actually work with an Italian, and use some of my language skills.
This morning I received a buyer inquiry about one of my new listings. We texted back and forth, and I promised to email her some information about the property. She emailed back that she was shocked and delighted to read my tag line, “Parlo italiano”! She said she was from Italy, a dual citizen, living in another state! She even emailed me in Italian! I responded in kind, with a huge smile on my face! (Later re-reading my email, I should have concentrated better as I made a grammatical error!) This was the first time I’ve ever had a person comment on my tag line!
Then, a few minutes later, I am not kidding, I received an email from a newly stationed Italian military member at Eglin Air Force Base looking for rental housing. I don’t handle rentals, but wrote back in Italian with information about a rental company who could help him. We exchanged several emails, and I recommended to him, in Italian, a fantastic local “ristorante”, Mimmo’s , where the proprietor is Italian. I told him about the Italian study program in our Niceville, Florida school system. I also invited him and his family to join my local Destin Meetup Group, Parliamo Italiano Emerald Coast. He graciously accepted and said he was looking forward to introducing his “famiglia” to me (all in Italian!).
This was two Italian client encounters in one day! I don’t know where it will lead, but the doors are “aperte” (open)! Vorrei accogliere tutti che parlano l’italiano a mia zona a Destin in Florida!
It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!
Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Email Wendy: [email protected]
Wendy Rulnick, Broker, lists and sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Crestview, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Okaloosa Island, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Freeport, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.