Blogging from Brookside in Kansas City: Dog Days of Summer-- A Few Ideas To Share

Dog Days of Summer-- A Few Ideas To Share

I am very excited about this month's Active Rain challenge to hear all the great ideas from around the USA!  I am not a dog lover, totally understand why people love dogs so much, so my post will not include any dog activities!

Our office recently had a get together about this very topic--some unique ways to get customers and clients together for a fun event, or just unique ways to stay in touch.


Here in the midwest, August is the time of year when the tempertures can easily hit 100 and the humidity feels stifling. An idea we came up with was a few agents going together to rent out a local swimming pool for an evening.  The price is reasonable--just $300! It's easy to bring in beverages and drinks, and have pool themed giveaways.  Doing the event with a couple of other agents not only cuts down the costs but also adds more people to socialize with in a larger space.  





Another idea we thought of was a car wash coupon or token. (Actually, this would be a good idea any time of year--especially in the winter months.)  Agents can deliver coupons to clients, good for a free wash.  When dropping off the coupon, it could be attached to a reusable water bottle, or car air freshener, or small bar of soap.  It would be easy to get creative with this one!




Finally, we came up with the idea of a drive through dinner.  When it's too hot to cook, but you have to eat, your office parking lot could be set up as a drive through for client to come by and pick up a to go salad, or grilled burgers with a bag of chips, hot dogs...or stage the ice cream truck in the lot for a drive by treat.  Set up a few tables for those who may want to park, visit for a bit and then get on their way. 


We plan to try out some of these ideas next summer--your comments and suggestions welcome!



Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR

(Brookside/Armour Hills resident, local business supporter, NPR fan, Habitat ReStore volunteer, thankful for the gift of another day!)


Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate/Kansas City Homes

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Comment balloon 15 commentsMary Hutchison, SRES, ABR • August 07 2019 08:39PM


I’m always down for a good car wash a nice day myself! Love and light and all the best!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 11 months ago

Hi Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR this is a GREAT example for the Dog Days of Summer Contest!  Your office agents put their thinking caps on to come up with some fabulous ideas for summer fun with clients. Bravo!!!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) 11 months ago

Hi Mary:

What a super entry for the contesst - these are great ideas! I hope if you try 1 or more out you will report back.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) 11 months ago

I enjoyed reading your ideas for summer for the entry for the contest. I especially liked the drive through dinner!  Not everyone is a swimmer -but who doesn't like a hot dog on a summer day while visiting with your agent! Love this.

Posted by Diana Dahlberg, Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563 (1 Month Realty) 11 months ago

Posted by Kathy Tyndall, EPRO Realtor (RE/MAX Estate Properties) 11 months ago

Good morning, Mary... a great list of ideas... very creative and sure to be appreciated by your clients.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) 11 months ago

Do unto others never fails to impress.....when sighted

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) 11 months ago

Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR - These are great ideas for Midwesterners! I was born in the Midwest (Chicago) so I completely understand the stifling heat and how refreshing a spray or tub of water outdoors could be. We even turned on the Fire Hydrants! The drive-in Hot Dog stand for dinner was the best!!! Our office is very COOL!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 11 months ago

Hi Mary,  Thanks for sharing these awesome ideas.   I really like the drive up dinner idea - no one wants to cook when it's so hot.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) 11 months ago

I like the "rent a pool" idea.  That would be fun to have a private pool party.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) 11 months ago

Good blog post. I certainly appreciate this website. Thanks!

Posted by tellthebell 11 months ago

Thanks for post and some interesting ideas.  Rent a pool and drive through .. what an afternoon.. combine them both.

Posted by Robin Wells, Giving Peace Of Mind One Chimney At A Time ( RAW Chimney Sweep and Inspections) 11 months ago

Being from Wichita, I totally get your heat/humidity claim!  I love the idea of rentng out a pool.  I bet it would be more expensive here in Scottsdale, but I'll have to check!  Happy Summer!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) 11 months ago

I love the idea of renting out the town pool - does the $300 include liability?

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Samsel & Associates) 11 months ago

Oh, I may have to use the pool idea, Mary! I do have events for my clients every quarter. The problem this quarter is the humidity and we have it in a local park. So, I'm all about renting a pool where everyone can cool off!

All of them are wonderful ideas - that one just struck a chord with me. Thank you for sharing!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 11 months ago