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How to Showcase Your Professionalism in a Virtual World
Working remotely is the new normal. Casual Friday had become a daily event for many. But real estate agents working from home need to keep up their professional appearance, as it's no longer uncommon for an initial client meeting to take place on Zoom. And that's one thing that hasn't changed: you still only have one chance to make a first impression. How do you make a great first impression – virtually? Here are some tips to looking – and acting – your best for your virtual meetings, whether you are going online to meet a client, host, or participate in a meeting. Avoid creating distractions: One of the reasons Zoom works well, particularly for those working from home, is its virtual background. Many people don't have a home office and are working out of a bedroom, dining room, or basement. If you do have a home office, great. But remember that any complex background can be distracting. Also, any movement behind you – pets, kids, or spouses – makes it hard for people to pay attention to what you say during a virtual meeting. A simple virtual background that mimics an office, home office, or meeting room works best. It helps make you look more professional in this setting. Think face-to-face: While it's impossible for a virtual meeting to connect with someone in the same way as in-person meetings, act as if you are meeting face-to-face. That means you need to look directly at the camera. It's not easy, but it appears to the other person that you are looking right at them. And listen carefully to the other person, and don't be distracted by your image. For virtual client meetings, make sure you have your meeting software set to show their face full screen, not yours. Don't dress - or look - differently: Agents have different dress codes, depending on what is customary in their market. For a virtual meeting, don't dress down. Dress as you would if you were attending a meeting in person. The same rule applies to your appearance. If you want to put your best foot forward, you may not have to wear shoes, but you better be dressed for the part. Remember, your visual image can have a more significant impact on forming a first impression than meeting someone face-to-face. During a Zoom call, you are telegraphing: you are what you wear. Don't be afraid to mute yourself: One of the advantages of a virtual meeting versus one in-person is you can hit the mute button. If you have to yawn or cough when your client is talking, hit the mute. As long as you are comfortable with the technology, please mute yourself when someone else is talking. If you are taking notes on your keyboard during the meeting, this will avoid the sound of clicking keys drowning out the person trying to talk. Be early to your meeting: If you are the host of the meeting, arrive 5 to 10 minutes early. Being early telegraphs that you care and are making the meeting a priority. It also suggests you are well organized and undoubtedly punctual. It's just another simple way to showcase your professionalism. Focus: One of the biggest challenges of any virtual meeting is for everyone to stay focused and pay attention. If you are looking at another screen and checking email during a conversation, it's akin to checking your phone when talking with someone face-to-face. It is considered rude and unprofessional. Be kind, be considerate, and always listen more than you speak. What's the easiest way to do that? Ask questions! Importance of electronic etiquette: Making a great first impression means you must have the technology that puts you in the best light – literally. Invest in a separate video camera, a unidirectional microphone, and a proper ring LED light. Avoid windows or bright lights directly behind you. A meeting can't be effective when a client can't hear or see you clearly. High-speed internet access is a must, and if you share a connection with others, ask them not to stream anything during your calls. Also, make sure you are not interrupted during your meeting and try to avoid distracting background noise. Restart and test: For any crucial meeting, restarting your computer 20 minutes before your appointment can help you avoid connection and other technical issues. Then test your mic, your camera, and your lighting to ensure everything is in working order. Have a Plan B: Stuff happens: your computer could die, you could lose power, or the internet goes down. Don't panic. Every major video call service offers a mobile app. Be sure you have the app installed on your phone, sign in, and test it. Have a stand ready to place your phone in should your computer call fall. That's what professional do – plan for the unexpected! Evaluate and refine: If you can record your meeting, do. Use the recording to do a self-assessment of how you did and what you can do next time to improve. Remember, when you attend a large virtual meeting today and look at the many faces on a Zoom call, you can instantly spot the ones who are professional and those who are not. So can your clients and prospects. If your MLS or association provides you free access to Tech Helpline, and you have any questions about setting up a virtual meeting or need to troubleshoot any video call tech issue, reach out for assistance! When you make a great first impression virtually, you can win over a new or existing client every time. Tricia Stamper is Director of Technology at Florida Realtors®, which owns and operates Tech Helpline and Form Simplicity.
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How Can Agents Compete in a Hot Market? Tried and Tested Tips to Get Noticed in a Crowded Marketplace
In a hot market, competition among real estate agents is fierce. Now more than ever, home buyers and sellers expect agents to be omnipresent, both online and in-person. Competition brings out the best in your fellow agents and can make it even more challenging to stand out. Making the first connection with a seller or buyer is, thus, critical. According to the 2019 National Association of Realtors Report, 75% of buyers only interview one real estate agent, and the same percentage of sellers only contact one agent. How do you stand out so that you can be that first point of contact for sellers and buyers?
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Real Estate Essentials for New Agents
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8 Tips for an Agent Safety Month Unlike Any Other
Agent Safety Month hits a little different this year, doesn't it? Not only must you contend with the usual hazards of your job, but the coronavirus pandemic has brought an additional set of health and wellbeing worries. To say it's been a tough, tough stretch is an understatement. While we look forward to better days on the horizon, we'd like to offer some tips as well as highlight some features available on the Homesnap Pro app that can help keep you safe today.
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3 Things Today's Consumers Expect from Real Estate Agents
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How to Achieve Work-Life Balance Working from Home
Finding work-life balance as a real estate agent has never been easy, but now, with many agents working from home, it's even harder to draw a line between work and relaxation. Whether you find yourself working all the time or struggling to get started, here are some tactics you can try to help you create a better balance.
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Free Time? Grow Your Real Estate Business with These Best Practices
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What I Wish I Knew Then: Top Agents Share Their Advice on Making It in Real Estate
Recently, Homesnap asked several top-performing agents to reflect on the early years of their career and to share advice, wisdom and lessons learned with those who may just be starting out or who might need a dash of inspiration. Here's what they had to say.
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Get Your Calendar Under Control: Time Management Strategies to Reclaim Your Day
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Are You Ready to Deal with Gen Y First-time Home Buyers?
I was recently involved in a real estate class and I noticed the ages of the attendees, from 18 years old to 70 years old, and thought about how the different generations communicate and absorb information. For a refresher, here is a quick breakdown of the generations: Baby Boomers: 56-76 years old Gen X: 41-55 years old Gen Y (Millennial): 26-40 years old Gen Z: 5-25 years old Today, I want to focus on Gen Y, the generation also known as Millennials, that are 26 to 40 years old.
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COVID-19 Listing Cancellations: Don't Panic, Just Do This
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[Free Download] What NOT to Do Before Closing
You've either heard of or worked with homebuyers who found a home they loved, got approved for a loan, got their offer accepted, and then made a big purchase, quit their job, or otherwise jeopardized their home purchase. Make sure your clients know what not to do if they don't want to lose their loan at the last minute. Share this brandable flyer with your clients to let them know six important guidelines to make sure they make it to the closing table. Click below to download.
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Selling Secrets from Top Sales Associates
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Rebuilding Your Real Estate Business After COVID-19
No doubt you've heard the phrase "new normal" being tossed around when talking about the end of COVID-19. It's still too early to tell what the new normal will look like, but it's unlikely that our society will go back to what it was before the pandemic. People will likely maintain a greater awareness of cleanliness and claim more personal space when out in public. We may see more people cutting back on shopping, entertainment, and eating out as they work to build a nest egg when the economy stabilizes. Convenient services like grocery pickup and delivery will likely maintain new levels of popularity and contactless payment options will be more widely adopted.
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Be the Agent Consumers Are Looking For
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5 Reasons Agents Don't Make It Past Their First Year in Real Estate
Real estate is a great field to work in. You have the freedom of being your own boss, setting your own hours, and choosing who you work with. However, there's an extraordinarily high turnover rate for first year real estate agents. Here are some of the biggest reasons real estate agents fail and how to avoid them.
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4 Ways to Pass Time and Be Productive as a Self-Starter Real Estate Agent
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The Work-at-Home Real Estate Agent: How to Survive and Thrive
Welcome to the world of the work-at-home bunch. While it sounds cool, working from home does have its challenges. You may be facing some of those right about now. The interruptions from family members, the feeling of isolation from your colleagues, the desire to run out for a coffee at Starbucks. Heck, right about now, you might even be missing that agent who never leaves the office, treating it like his own little social club. The biggest challenge for many is staying motivated while working in a vacuum. Self-motivation can be a tough nut to crack, but it all starts with creating the right environment – the home office.
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The Importance of Letting Go: Betrayals and Deals Gone Sour
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3 Most Important Ways to Use Your Quarantine Time Wisely
During a recent Coffee Chat, I had the pleasure of interviewing Rachel Adams Lee, leader of the Rachel Adams Group, coach, top 1% agent and serial entrepreneur about the best ways to use our quarantine time wisely. We're starting to hear from government leaders in the New York metro area and the west coast that we may be starting to come out of quarantine soon, so we want to be sure we use this rare time to position yourself for short and long-term success. Key takeaways: 1. Three most important activities to focus on right now Give yourself a schedule and stick to it. Make sure lead gen is on your schedule EVERY SINGLE DAY. Take this time to clean up your database. Gather all of your contacts and load them into your Client Relationship Management system. Dedicate time to connect to your sphere every day. Call, text and send short videos of yourself to create a connection. 2. Practice your sales scripts every day Rachel and her team practice sales scripts via Zoom three times per week. Make sure your scripts include the most sensitive and respectful ways to connect to clients right now. 3. Get your online processes in place Set up your CRM solution − Rachel highly recommends BoomTown. Digital listing presentation − Build online listing presentations via PowerPoint. Go virtual − Get comfortable using GotoMeeting, Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc. Accountability − Connect your own team on Mondays, asking each of them to commit to one goal for the week. Circle back on Fridays and ask agents to provide a status update on the goal they outlined for themselves on Monday. Watch the recording here:
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WATCH NOW: Top 5 Secrets from Top Producing Agents to Navigate These Times
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How to Thrive in Challenging Times
As we handle the day to day running of our lives and businesses in a time where the everyday has been thrown out the door, some people find themselves missing tasks that they thought of as a burden, like door knocking or grocery shopping. However, times of adversity are often when we see the best from the people in our communities. Even while members of our communities are looking for ways to distance themselves from one another physically, we're also looking for new ways to connect with one another. In the coming weeks, we'll see people leverage their technology to network and communicate with their friends, family, and business contacts more than ever before. Here are a few tools and resources you can use to thrive personally and professionally in these unpredictable times.
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Real Estate Is Now Considered an Essential Service According to U.S. Government
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First Time Sellers: What They Might Not Expect
A lot of emphasis is placed on educating first-time buyers, and if you work with a lot of first-time buyers, you may find yourself working with first-time sellers, too. As first time sellers, your clients may be unaware of some of the different situations and considerations they may encounter when trying to sell their home. Anything from open houses to responding to offers may be a completely new task for your clients. As their agent, you are there to help them understand what they should be doing to make the right decisions when it comes to selling their home.
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2 Must-Have Resources for Every New Real Estate Agent
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How to Sell a Home in a Shifting Market
After several years of a stable real estate market, changes could be on the way. In a webinar titled "Pricing in a Shifting Market," Martin Bouma shared how buyers' concerns over their home's future value could affect current pricing. Founder of the Bouma Group based in Ann Arbor, MI, Bouma is a well-recognized speaker and he works to make sure that agents are equipped with the latest technology, marketing research, and business strategies. Recently, Bouma was the host of a Secrets of Top Selling Agents Webinar. During this webinar, he focused on ways to work with clients during this shifting market.
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Top 5 Ways to Prepare for the Real Estate Busy Season
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4 Tech Tips Every Agent Should Give Their Clients
Agents often look for technology that can save them time processing transactions so they can spend more time producing new business. But what technology can your clients use to improve their selling or buying experience? Here are four tech tips you can share with your clients, tech advice that can take some of the stress out of buying or selling a home. 1. Faxing without the fax machine Your clients have paper documents you need, but you don't want them wasting their time driving them to you or waiting for the documents to arrive in the mail. Our phones have replaced fax machines, making it easier than ever for your clients to create a PDF from any paper document in a snap. The app stores are full of options, from Genius Scan to Easy Fax, all allowing the instant creation of a compressed PDF that is simple to create and email to an agent quickly. You can even send encrypted PDFs for enhanced security. 2. Connecting to you with a push of a button Today's top real estate apps – from Homesnap to realtor.com, as well as many brokerage apps – allow clients to connect directly to you, their agent. This is the one feature that agents should focus on to encourage clients to download their app and get them engaged. Communication is the number one thing most clients want. Encourage them to use just one app to reach you. It helps and organizes and tracks text conversations in one place. This can be a great time saver for your clients – and you. 3. Organize the house hunt Agents know that their customers are going to visit open houses. Help them better organize their route. Yes, they can use Google Maps to maximize their trip, but there are alternative apps that can automatically build the most efficient route for multiple addresses. These route planning apps can optimize a list of open house visits quickly and easily. Two top options in the app stores include Route4Me and Road Warrior. 4. Checking off the checklist If your firm has a transaction management system, such as Form Simplicity, you understand the value of checklists. Helping your clients keep track of the homes they prefer can be done in most of the leading search apps. However, keeping it simple for your clients with a home shopping checklist might be a more welcome solution for your clients. A house hunting checklist app also helps them use the more logical side of their brain when shopping. Checklists also help clients remember which homes have the key features they really liked. The app stores offer a few solutions. GoCanvas is a business forms app that offers a Home Buyer's Checklist. An app called Checklist allows clients to create their own custom lists and offers a suggested template of items online as well. Finding ways to help reduce the stress many clients experience is important. After all, a recent survey found about 15% of buyers were reduced to tears during the process. Another 20% got in a fight with their spouse or partner. Share these tech tips as another way to make it all a little easier. And remember that if you have access to Tech Helpline, analysts are ready to help you with any tech questions you may have. Tricia Stamper is Director of Technology at Florida Realtors®, which owns and operates Tech Helpline and Form Simplicity.
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How to Kick Start Your Real Estate Career on the Right Foot
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Should I Join a Real Estate Team?
As a real estate agent, you have to make a lot of decisions about how your business will operate. You have to pick a brokerage, decide if you want to become a broker, start a team, work from home, choose an office, and that's just the beginning. One of the things you should no doubt put some time into considering is joining a real estate team. While it's not for everyone, there are some pretty good perks to joining a real estate team. There are also several factors to consider if you think it might be the right fit for you.
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6 Creative Ways to Freshen Up a Stale Listing
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The Importance of Self-Care for Real Estate Agents
As a real estate agent, do you relate to the following? You are available for clients 24/7 While working, you accept calls from clients that take a lot of time, rather than letting them know you will contact them later. You work seven days a week. Maybe not all day, yet every day. You don't know how to say no, as you are a people pleaser and always want to help others (thereby neglecting yourself.) There's an excitement buzzing in the air as 2020 approaches. A brand-new year filled with new beginnings awaits you, and how well you take time for yourself will greatly determine the level of your fulfillment. Remember, success and happiness are not measured only by the income you produce. Quality of life includes your health, family and friends. Are you ready?
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A Guide: How to Become a Real Estate Agent
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Real (Estate) Talk: How a Single Mom and New Agent Achieved Success in 6 Months
How did you feel when you first started in real estate? If you're anything like Tina Minshall, you probably felt worried—worried about building your pipeline, worried about supporting your family, and worried about navigating the ins and outs of the industry. As a new real estate agent and a single mom to an autistic son, Tina had those same concerns. But those concerns quickly receded as Tina built a real estate family of mentors and caring clients. In just six months, she has created an impressive book of business and far exceeded the goals she initially set for herself. How did she do it? In a recent video interview with Bondilyn Jolly of Elevate and 3sixtyfive.agency, Tina shares the secrets to launching her business and achieving success so quickly. Tune into this interview for an inspiring conversation and some key takeaways. Here are a few highlights: 1:50 - On creating one big, happy real estate family: "My family is first. However, my clients become family most of the time, which is awesome. And I've managed to integrate my son into some of those families." 2:55 - Tina's secrets to work life balance: "Be you, be human … You just can't pretend your way through it." 4:30 - Tina on the technology that drives her success. "I understand that social media is where it's at, or video is where it's at. None of that is my gig. I like to meet people and sell houses, but I understand that I have to do all of it." She uses the Elevate platform to automate her social media and blog posts on busy days, generate leads, nurture leads, and more. 6:55 - Tina shares how Elevate saves her time, but also lets her personality shine: "Elevate lets me be me when I want to be...me. I don't want a stuffy, everyday Realtor's site or image or anything like that. I need me to come out. I have a personality, so people should know that." One of her goals is to change the public's sometimes negative perception of REALTORs. 9:45 - Tina on her #1 piece of advice to other real estate agents: "Be you. Be human." Watch Tina's full interview for more great advice:
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6 Success Tips for the New and Pro Real Estate Agent
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How Rookie Real Estate Agents Can Survive in Any Market
Starting out as a real estate agent is difficult, no matter what market you're kick starting your career in. You want to hit the ground running and establish yourself as an industry professional – while keeping the long-term goals in mind. It's like any rookie professional athlete starting out in the big leagues going against veterans who have years of experience under their belt – and how to properly play the game. Here is a roadmap for rookie real estate agents to thrive in a competitive market.
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3 Ways Real Estate Agents Can Use Time Management to Improve Their Business
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How to Stay in Love with the Agent Life
Life as a real estate agent is full of ups and downs, busy seasons and slower spells. That rollercoaster can be part of what keeps the agent life feeling dynamic and rewarding--but it can also make agents feel overwhelmed and even burnt out. It might feel like the best agents are go-go-go 24/7, but the truth is that for you to do the job well, you need to take care of yourself. Here are some ways to keep yourself connected to the things that drew you toward a career in real estate in the first place.
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Want to Make More Money? Consider One of These Real Estate Niches
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How to Go from New Real Estate Agent to Neighborhood Expert
Want to go from zero to hero with your real estate career? Learn how to become a 'neighborhood expert'! You may have recently started a real estate career, and find yourself struggling to build momentum. Maybe it's been a few months, and you still haven't landed your first client. Where should you be focusing your energy, time, and resources for the best results? The most effective way to steadily build your real estate business is to specialize in a niche and master it. So, here's your new plan, starting right now:
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Starting Your Business as a New Real Estate Agent
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Information Management: An Important Part of Being Organized
Do you work with or know somebody that can accomplish a lot in a short amount of time? Maybe it seems like they glide through the day knocking out tasks and projects with little effort. Meanwhile, are you a flurry of unorganized actions that lead to frustration and take much longer to accomplish a single task? The difference boils down to one word: organization!
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Have You Ever Considered What Your Slash Says About You?
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WTF? No, it's not what you think.
What the FUNDAMENTALS? Last month, at the Inman Connect conference in Las Vegas, top producing agent Molly Hamrick dropped some serious knowledge on how to get yourself out of a sales rut: Ask yourself, "WTF?" or, What the Fundamentals? In other words, what actions am I taking on a daily basis to improve my business? Below are some key takeaways to help kick you into gear:
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Understand the 3 Ps to Win and Sell More Listings
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Just When You Think You Are Having a Bad Day!
Thanks to social media, it seems like we are reading about so many folks having a bad day. REALTORS seem to have more than their fair share, thanks to dealing with buyers, sellers, lenders, appraisers, home inspectors and others. It only takes one major problem or disappointment, or many smaller ones, to totally crash your day and send you to your favorite social media account to share, maybe looking for moral support or sympathy. Let me share my story!
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Instant Offers: How Real Estate Agents Can Compete
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Why Agents Should Try 'Cluster Tasking' over Multitasking
I admit that I am as guilty as everybody else by neglecting my own attempt to improve my time management by not multitasking. For example, a few weeks ago, I had a social event to attend at 5pm, errands to run from 3:30 to about 4:30, and a plan to start preparing an appetizer for the event at 1pm. I had my act together and all the ingredients on the counter ready to start—and the phone rings. It's a possible client who asked if I had time to talk. Did I have time to talk? No. Did I talk? Yes, for over an hour.
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5 Strategies to Generate Seller Leads and Build Better Relationships
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5 Tips for Building Trust with Clients
Real estate is, first and foremost, a business based on client relations. Real estate agents provide a personal connection that can't be replaced, which means building trust with clients is crucial. Set yourself up for success from the start--here are some ways to foster that agent-client relationship.
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How NOT to Get Ripped Off by Your Contractor: Protect Your Clients and Your Properties
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10 Tasks to Cross off Your Summertime Vehicle Maintenance Checklist
Summertime is fun time! Make sure your next road trip or buyer's tour is a success by taking care of some essential vehicle maintenance and upkeep. Here are ten items to inspect or cross off your list before your next trip.
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Learn These 7 Meeting Skills to Land More Real Estate Clients
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The Easy Way to Stand Out from the Competition for Real Estate Success
1.3 million real estate agents operate in the U.S. 300,000+ started in the last five years. You need a serious strategy to stand out. An immense amount of growth in the real estate industry over the last five years has heightened competition in nearly every market. Real estate success is harder to come by when more and more people are after your clients, your listing opportunities, and your chance to grow a successful business, so it's critical to separate yourself from the pack and stand out as the expert agent. And it's also easy.
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4 Tips for a Healthy Work/Life Balance as an Agent
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Top 5 Home Tips to Save Your Clients Money
More and more homeowners and buyers are looking for ways to save on the costs involved in the daily and monthly upkeep of their homes. Realistically, this applies to all of us! This checklist is great to bring with you and provide to your clients to help them plan and meet their goals when purchasing their new home.
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5 Tips for Standing Out from Your Real Estate Competitors
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9 Technology Productivity Tips: Do this, not that
Technology is supposed to save us time and make us more efficient. Most often, technology does. But sometimes you need to give tech a rest and do things the old fashion way because it's actually faster. Here are tips on when technology can make you more productive, and when it can be a time waster.
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Real Estate Agents, Here's How to Spin Your Time into Gold, Not Straw
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Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Technology
One of the rituals of the spring – in addition to home buying season – is spring cleaning. It's a time when many of us clean, declutter and purge throughout our homes. But what about our technology: our laptops and smartphones? Spring is an excellent time for some spring cleaning for your tech too. Here are some ways you can clean, declutter and purge your way to a better tech experience the rest of the year with a tech spring cleaning. How to make your smartphone sparkle Do you know the best way to physically clean – and sanitize – your smartphone? To clean an iPhone, Apple recommends using a soft, slightly damp (distilled water), lint-free cloth. For a Pixel, Google tells owners they can use regular household soap or cleaning wipes. Most recent Samsung smartphones are water resistant, so Samsung recommends running these models under fresh water, shaking out excess water from the ports, and then wiping it dry with a microfiber cloth. If you need to do a deep-clean of a grimy smartphone, the easiest, fastest and safest way is to use disposable screen wipes, available from online retailers such as Amazon. The good news is that research tells us all of these methods do a pretty good job of eliminating most of the germs on the phone too. Cleaning your computer The host of the podcast "Ask a Clean Person," Jolie Kerr, told The New York Times you only need four items to clean a laptop: Rubbing alcohol, microfiber cloths, cotton swabs, and canned compressed air. The reason isopropyl alcohol is ideal is that it won't damage the computer's internal components. Kerr also says there's nothing wrong with purchasing specialized electronic or computer cleaning products, but they are most likely overpriced, and these homespun solutions will do the trick. The key to cleaning your laptop is to take your time. The first step is to turn it completely off (not sleep mode). Next, using the can of compressed air, go to work on the keyboard, then spray out all the ports. Experts say when using canned air, always use short bursts, as longer ones can cause condensation. The next step is to dampen a microfiber cloth with rubbing alcohol. Don't ever pour or spray fluid of any kind directly on your laptop. Now clean with the cloth between all the nooks and crevices. To clean your laptop screen, do not use any chemicals. You should only use a soft cotton cloth with a little distilled water. In fact, on a Mac with a Retina display, if you use a product like Windex, it will destroy the screen coating. Declutter and organize your screens If you save your files to your desktop as a shortcut timesaver and don't always remember to move those files to the proper destination, you could suffer from screen clutter on your laptop. Get your laptop organized during your spring tech cleaning by moving files into folders. For your smartphone, get your apps organized as well. On an iPhone, you can create different folders and group similar apps together to declutter your screen. At the very least, you should make sure you eliminate "widow" pages: screens on your phone that have one app – or a few – on an entire screen – requiring you to scroll more. That's a time waster. Consolidation of related apps on your smartphone screens can save you time. For example, keep all your travel apps on one screen with the ones you use most frequently positioned where you like to access best. For users who have access to Tech Helpline, they can reach out for help on setting up folders on their smartphones. For iPhone users who are do-it-yourselfers, Apple provides instructions here. For Android users who want to learn more about setting up folders on their own, this wikiHow article gives step-by-step instructions here. Time to purge How many apps are on your smartphone? Now, how many of those apps have you used in the last six months? If you don't know, the latest operating systems will tell you. If you have an iPhone, here's how to see when you last opened each app. First, select your Settings (gray gear icon) on your iPhone, then choose General (another gray gear icon). Go down and select iPhone Storage. You may have to wait until the data loads, but soon a list will appear of all your apps. They are ranked by the amount of data they consume and show that amount on the far right. Below the app is the information you want for purging: the last date you used the app. You may be surprised at the number of apps you have that you have not opened for more than a year. Don't be surprised if you have apps that have never been opened. We've all been there, done that, but the good news is you get a two-for-one: you purge the apps from your screen (declutter), and you will free up space to store more of what you want and use. To delete the app, you can do it on the next screen: select the unused app, and at the bottom, you will see a "Delete App" option. If you own an Android smartphone, it's also easy to clean up your unused apps by accessing the Google Play Store on your Android device. In the My Apps section, the place where you go to reinstall or update apps, you will see a list of all your current apps. The apps will show the amount of data they consume and when they were last used. The best part is you can sort these apps by "Last Used," which will group the least used apps at the bottom. From there, you can select the apps you want to purge. Your laptop probably also can use some spring purging. How many screenshots did you save for a quick email and then never deleted? Or created a duplicate image? Have you cleaned out your deleted files or trash lately? Have you gone through your programs to make sure you don't have any unwanted software – or bloatware – that you can remove? Going through your folders during the spring is a great ritual to start. Think about what you really need to save, what you can back up to the cloud or a portable hard drive, and what you can delete forever. Your tech devices, if they could thank you, would, because they may get even better without all that clutter. Tricia Stamper is Director of Technology at Florida Realtors®, which owns and operates Tech Helpline and Form Simplicity.
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6 Surefire Ways to Get Top Dollar for Your Seller
Despite what we may feel about the groundhog and his predictions on spring weather, there is no doubt that the spring market is here. Agents are already seeing signs of increased inventory and eager buyers in many markets. While the days of pricing wars and houses being sold pre-list may be a thing of the past in your market--in others, they are back in full force. No matter what the season or the state of your local market, getting the most for your seller requires deft research, knowledge, and marketing. Nail down these six ways to leverage your resources and expertise to get top dollar for your seller.
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How to Break Through a Plateau in Your Real Estate Business
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How Realtors Can Stay Relevant in 2019
It's the end of real estate as we know it—and we feel fine! For years, many people have predicted new technology would transform the real estate market, displacing many REALTORS from the profession. Although technology has provided terrific tools for comparing home listings and making transactions easier, agents remain a key part of success for buyers and sellers. The profession is growing and people are continuing to discover the value of expert advice. But one thing is true—the way people relate to their listings (and agents) is changing.
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Having Trouble Selling Your Listing? This Is Why
When trying to sell a home, it needs to look its very best so that potential buyers can see themselves living in the home. You can help your clients by steering them in the right direction by teaching them how to stage their home for showings. As a real estate agent, your goal is to not only find your clients the home of their dreams, but to assist in selling their homes. You may have a client who has decided to hire you, but the listing isn't selling.
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Is the First Offer Really the Best Offer?
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Agents: Here's How to Justify Your Pay So Tech Doesn't Eat Your Lunch
We've All Heard It: Overpaid and Under Performing "All agents do is push paperwork while I find the listings and then collect their 3 percent." -Anonymous Sound familiar? You're not alone. Real estate agents are facing more challenges now than ever. Consumers are driving their home search with freely accessible listings, technology companies are trying to use artificial intelligence to automate away the agent, and MLSs and incumbents are stuck offering antiquated tools.
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5 Tips to Successfully Launch Your Real Estate Career
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Outsource These 6 Tasks to Save Time
As a real estate agent, there's plenty of work that you want to manage yourself — as Jessica Stanley, founder of HomeFile, says, "Anything that has to do with negotiations or money ... you should be aware every step of the way." There are plenty of professional and personal tasks that require your oversight, but there are others that take up time you could be spending on more important things. It makes sense to outsource some routine tasks because it'll free you up to focus on things like business development and lead generation, and that can lead to faster revenue and growth. So where can you start to get some time back each day? Here are six tasks — with accompanying apps — that you can leave to someone else:
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Top 4 Ways to Get Organized for the New Year
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Are You Married to Your Smartphone? How to Divorce Amicably and Still Be a Top Producing Realtor
Our smartphone is our constant partner. It is always with us. Although there is no formal agreement, "til death do us part" is not an unrealistic relationship when it comes to our smartphone. We use it to connect with our clients, friends, family, leads and just about everyone. It's our GPS. It's our news outlet. It's our even our source of entertainment. When we go to sleep, it is next to us on our nightstand or not too far away.
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5 Tips for Your First Year as a Real Estate Agent
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8 Characteristics of a Successful Real Estate Agent
Whether you are just starting out as a Realtor or have years in the books, there is always room for growth. Steps in the right direction for becoming the best of the best include looking at the type of skills you possess, and the ones you need to work on. Check out our top eight characteristics to begin building upon to become a successful real estate agent:
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5 Ways to Sell the Neighborhood
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7 To-Dos to Check Off Before 2019
3...2...1... Happy Almost New Year! Goal setting season is upon us. Resolutions are looming and the success of your business next year can depend largely on how you wrap up the next few weeks. It's a heavy task with all the festivities and subsequent lack of focus, but if you prioritize a few key things, you'll set yourself up for success.
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How to Own the Holidays as a Real Estate Agent
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6 Mistakes New Real Estate Agents Make
Whether you're thinking about becoming a real estate agent, or you're navigating the early years of your career, there's a lot to take in. Colleagues are always full of tips for new real estate agents, and it can be overwhelming! To help make sure you're setting yourself on the right track, we've gathered six common missteps to avoid as you start your career as an agent:
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How to Become a More Effective Leader and Visionary
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Why the Holidays Are Your Best Selling Season
The seasons are changing quickly and the holidays are racing in. This change lies in precise alignment with the parade of shorter days, longer sleeves. and hibernating buyers, sellers and even agents. As the once-hot summer listings start falling out and reluctant sellers get cold feet, some agents begin taking this as a signal to slow down their activity. Ironically, the best agents claim this is the very best time for skilled agents to stay visible and stand out. See how you can leverage the transition of seller and buyer priorities and take advantage of the season -- all while building up your base of potential sellers.
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Great Technology Emphasizes Great Agents - Not Replaces
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9 Ways Real Estate Agents Can Boost Their Productivity
Real estate agents pack as much into each day as possible — from client meetings to open houses to contracts — all while on the go and from their phones. Every minute made more efficient means more time to spend on lead generation and growth, so anything to help productivity makes a huge difference. Here are nine ways to help you work smarter every single day — plus the apps that'll help you get there:
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6 Proven Ways to Sell Your Listings for Top Dollar
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3 Steps to Organize Your Life as an Agent
You are one busy professional. Life as an agent is hectic, to say the least. From hosting open houses to creating content for your marketing channels and engaging with your sphere (don't even get me started on keeping up with emails), your to-do list seems to go on and on. With a career like yours, it's easy for things to get overwhelming and unorganized. That's why it's so important to set yourself up for success and be thoughtful about how you structure your professional life. Doing this will help achieve a greater work life balance. Here are a few tips to get you started:
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Tips to Creating Enduring Leadership Practices
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Memorable Closing Gifts Your Clients Will Love
After what seemed like an endless amount of time, you and your client have finally reached the finish line – your client's home closing day. Closing gifts are a great opportunity to show your client how much of a pleasure it has been working with them throughout the entire home purchasing process. Closing gifts are also the perfect way for your client to remember you fondly after the home closing and hopefully refer you to friends or even hire you as their Realtor again sometime in the future. Below, we've gathered a few gift ideas for you.
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Buyers vs. Sellers: What They Need and How to Adjust
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5 Actions that Set Top Agents Apart from Average Agents
Agents who seem to get everything done and reach their goals every day have a few things in common, and they're all on this list. Read on to learn which actions set top agents apart from average agents. 1. Engage and Nurture Their Leads Every Step of the Way Real estate agents who get results stay in the game. Top agents do more than just stay steady, though—they reach out to their leads at several different phases during their customer journey to encourage conversion while also ensuring their customers come back and refer them to others.
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5 Ways to Become a More Efficient Real Estate Agent
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Productivity Tips to Use During the Summer Months
Summer: the beautiful season where all we want to do is sunbathe outside near a lake and sip a cold one. While this is all we want to do, it is still necessary to keep the ball rolling and stay productive. Agents have it pretty hard in summer. You need to be self-motivated and accountable for your time spent--and not to mention productive--to stay afloat. We're providing you with several helpful tips to help you make it through the workday and beyond that – to be more productive throughout summer.
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Going on Vacation? Make Sure Your Business Is Prepared Before You Go
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Time Management Skills to Master for Real Estate Agents
Real estate agents everywhere: Does your day feel like a cascade of tasks with no breaks for solving some of your larger problems? Do you feel overwhelmed and like you could really use either a) more hours in the day or b) less projects to do? Then it's time to learn and master new time management skills. Let's start at the beginning: addressing your daily activities as a real estate agent.
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Real Estate Agents: This summer, take some time for yourself
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Daily Habits of Highly Effective Agents
Real estate agents set their own hours, generate their own leads, and create their own business. The most effective agents work on creating positive daily habits that set them up for success. We've been in the real estate space for 20 years, and we can attest to which daily habits can make or break an agent. To start on the path to productivity and success this summer, read on to get our top five habits that highly effective agents practice daily.
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The Guide for New Real Estate Agents
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5 Productivity Tips for Real Estate Agents
We all have 24 hours in a day. So why does it feel like you could use a few extra numbers on the clock? It all comes down to productivity and managing your time wisely. Being productive has a lot of meanings in the real estate marketing world. On a given day you could be calling clients, writing blogs for your real estate website, posting your listings on social media, or all of the above. No matter what your day-to-day tasks look like, every agent could benefit from better time management. We're going through our top five tips for making your hours count.
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Every Listing Can Be Sold with These A+ Pricing Strategies
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When Too Many Real Estate Tools Are Overkill
Let's talk technology real estate tools. This includes hardware, software and online tools. Do you find yourself trying to find enough room in the car for both your clients and your tech stuff? Or, do you find that you're so busy with your fancy online and software tools that you don't have time to do some prospect contacting? That's even when one of your super tools is a fancy CRM, Customer Relationship Management, system. Real estate agents are constantly bombarded with advertising for: the greatest smartphone super tablets and desktop computers high-resolution cameras and video equipment voice note recorders CRM software or online CRM systems image and video editing software time management systems task management transaction management electronic home measurement ...there is so much more The first question is, how did we ever sell real estate before all of this stuff? The second is how much tech stuff is too much? The truth is that we really did sell real estate before the fancy tech stuff, and just as much as we sell now. This brings us to the third question: is all of this making us more or less efficient at our job?
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5 Signs That Sellers Are Itching to Unload
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Time Management Strategies for Overwhelmed Agents
Done correctly, prioritizing tasks and creating time blocks can increase your income and allow you to work less. Dirk Zeller, international speaker, author of Successful Time Management for Dummies and CEO of Real Estate Champions, recently shared his advice for "Taming the Time Management Monster" in a recent Secrets of Top Selling Agents webinar. According to Zeller, every interruption, even if the actual interruption is only 30 seconds, takes five minutes to recover from. That means that every 12 interruptions cost you an hour of productivity. "We get interrupted by all different mediums – personal face-to-face interruptions, social media interruptions, email, text; all types of interruptions," Zeller explained. "Real estate agents are the most interrupted profession on the face of the planet."
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