Recent Articles by Teresa Boardman

11 reasons agents should be replaced by robots

11 reasons agents should be replaced by robots

Real estate robots could have their own webpages, and they could be programed to appear to have traits like patience and kindness. They could be made to look attractive, too. Each brand could have their own gimmick so that their machines would be a l...
By Teresa Boardman | Thursday, April 20, 2017
Seller’s market, buyer’s market: Why Realtors should never get too comfortable

Seller’s market, buyer’s market: Why Realtors should never get too comfortable

A decade ago, selling a house came with a special set of challenges. The inventory of homes on the market kept growing and prices went down. We were in a strong buyer’s market and had to think of creative ways to get home hunters to even look at ou...
By Teresa Boardman | Thursday, April 6, 2017
Agents: Stop asking for technology help on social media

Agents: Stop asking for technology help on social media

I can totally understand why someone would want to see what a peer in the industry thinks about or an idea, a challenge selling a house or even a company logo, but should a real estate professional be relying on peers for technical support through Fa...
By Teresa Boardman | Thursday, March 23, 2017
Is real estate photography free?

Is real estate photography free?

As we all know, all it takes is a camera or a phone with a built-in camera to take a photo. People take pictures all day long. Some pictures are better than others because they were taken with better cameras ......
By Teresa Boardman | Friday, March 10, 2017
A man buttoning up his cufflinks Why professionalism starts with real estate brokers

Why professionalism starts with real estate brokers

For years, I have read and listened to complaints about how low the bar is for becoming a real estate agent and about how many “bad agents” we have as a result. Often agents are asked how we can raise standards. How is that working ......
By Teresa Boardman | Thursday, February 23, 2017
Musings on the anniversary of the ‘Summer of Love’

Musings on the anniversary of the ‘Summer of Love’

Once upon a time, there was a real estate blog called Sellsius, and the two men who published it rented an RV and drove it from New York City to San Francisco to a conference called Inman Connect ......
By Teresa Boardman | Thursday, February 16, 2017
A retired woman sitting at a table What’s the discrimination issue no one is talking about?

What’s the discrimination issue no one is talking about?

We do not all age the same. Yet there are a lot of stereotypes out there about people who are older, and "older" can be as young as 50. I see old people all the time. They walk hand-in-hand downtown with their faces in their iPhones, and I see them i...
By Teresa Boardman | Thursday, January 26, 2017
Meryl Streep It’s time to speak up, silent real estate leaders

It’s time to speak up, silent real estate leaders

When accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Meryl Streep spoke up and used the stage and the media to voice her opinions and concerns. That takes courage, even for a movie star ......
By Teresa Boardman | Thursday, January 12, 2017
A young plant in the soil How to start your own real estate brokerage in 2017

How to start your own real estate brokerage in 2017

Here we are at the end of another year, thinking about the year that was and about what we want next year to be like. People start searching the internet to learn how to become real estate agents, while real estate agents search for information on ho...
By Teresa Boardman | Thursday, December 29, 2016
A woman filling out a tax form How real estate agents can prep for tax season in 3 steps

How real estate agents can prep for tax season in 3 steps

By law I cannot give tax advice -- nor should I, considering I refuse to use traditional accounting software or the various apps that are available for tracking business expenses. I use simple systems that take advantage of the data created when I sp...
By Teresa Boardman | Thursday, December 15, 2016
Why empathy is an agent's No. 1 sales tool

Why empathy is an agent's No. 1 sales tool

I have not seen a free webinar for real estate agents about empathy. It is one of those soft skills that we need when we work with people. There are no continuing education classes, and it isn’t on the state licensing exam ......
By Teresa Boardman | Friday, December 2, 2016
Above the lies and fake news, one broker's search for truth

Above the lies and fake news, one broker's search for truth

The recent election has got me thinking about truth. I know I am going to sound old-school, but there was a time a few decades ago when I could turn on the TV in the evening and get the news. There were reporters who worked hard to find the truth ......
By Teresa Boardman | Thursday, November 17, 2016
A journal open in front of a computer Analog over digital: My bullet journal love affair

Analog over digital: My bullet journal love affair

Back in the 1990s, I used a Day-Timer calendar. We used to be judged by how big and heavy our Day-Timers were. There were calendar pages and note pages and special pages for expenses. They are still used today, but I stopped using mine when the Palm ...
By Teresa Boardman | Thursday, November 3, 2016
I'm a grown-up: Don't ask me to leave my smartphone behind

I'm a grown-up: Don't ask me to leave my smartphone behind

A couple of weeks ago, I got to spend an amazing weekend in the woods way up in Northern Minnesota. I attended a camp for entrepreneurs and artists and assorted “dreamers” and “doers.” It was all made possible because of my smartphone ......
By Teresa Boardman | Thursday, October 20, 2016
Is your customer service approach selfishly misguided?

Is your customer service approach selfishly misguided?

Really bad service seems to be the norm these days, and it is often followed up with an endless stream of unwanted communiques and surveys that are apparently meant to replace what I would consider service ......
By Teresa Boardman | Thursday, October 6, 2016
Why our clients deserve better than DIY photos

Why our clients deserve better than DIY photos

Everything is marketed with photography, including beer, boots and all that falls in between. We can find pictures of our next home on the internet and photos of a washing machine we might want to buy to put in the laundry room ......
By Teresa Boardman | Thursday, September 22, 2016
Agents: Stop taking rejection personally -- it'll cost you

Agents: Stop taking rejection personally -- it'll cost you

Handling rejection and the word “no” takes practice. It is tempting to take it personally, but it is best if we don’t -- and it is important to keep in mind that everything isn’t about us ......
By Teresa Boardman | Thursday, September 8, 2016
What will happen to real estate when boomers retire?

What will happen to real estate when boomers retire?

Retirement at around the age or 65 is a relatively new invention. It was invented in Germany in 1883. People received a pension or were paid to retire at 65 -- but the program did not cost the government much because most people did not live long eno...
By Teresa Boardman | Thursday, August 25, 2016