It's raining money image via Shutterstock. 6 must-follow rules for aspiring top producers

6 must-follow rules for aspiring top producers

There are some basic truths when it comes to building a successful real estate career. I know because when I canvassed some of our industry’s top leaders, time and again the similar themes emerged! …

By Teri Conrad | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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4 signs you've chosen reliable real estate partners

What does it take to be successful in the real estate industry? Here’s the short answer: partnerships! The most successful people in the real estate industry reach their professional goals by establishing essential partnerships and maintaining a reliable team, focused on a common objective …

By Guest Contributor | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
shutterstock_156479297-[Converted] Here's what happened when the Internet tasked itself with renaming Zillow and Trulia

Here's what happened when the Internet tasked itself with renaming Zillow and Trulia

Yesterday’s Zillow/Trulia buyout brought out the most dangerous of all cross-breeds: real estate enthusiasts who are also addicted to pop culture. As soon as the buzz hit, intrepid Twitter users began the very important task of rebranding the two portal giants …

By Gina Thelemann | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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3 apps agents use to work smarter, not harder

The world of business is littered with clichés, and real estate is no different. Coaching seminars, podcasts, conventions, that one older relative so many of us have who seems to have every Henry Ford quote memorized (now replaced for others by the “Quotes” stream on Pinterest) … there is no shortage of sources for these little turns of phrase that surround us …

By Bret Calltharp | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
shutterstock_61682320 Rise above 'salesperson' status to become a trusted real estate concierge

Rise above 'salesperson' status to become a trusted real estate concierge

It may sound harsh to say, but it’s true: Talking about yourself is not the best way to win listings. That’s why statistics on YouTube’s top 5 real estate video types indicate “About Me” content ranks fifth on a scale of most sought-after video content buyers/sellers review before choosing an agent …

By Stephen Schweickart | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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3 tips to create a mobile experience worth downloading

After speaking on the mobile workshop panel at Real Estate Connect San Francisco, all the panelists, including myself, agreed that creating an engaging or FOMO (fear of missing out) user experience is the most important factor to increasing downloads and engagement for your mobile app. The underlying theme here is leveraging mobile technology to bring your brand to all of your users’ smartphones …

By Will Caldwell | Monday, July 28, 2014
Boosting A Post On Facebook Don't Do It Until You Read These 4 Must Do Steps Not all Facebook posts are worthy of a boost

Not all Facebook posts are worthy of a boost

There are reasons for and against boosting a post on Facebook. The problem is, most real estate agents don’t look beyond clicking the “boost post” button — and they should …

By Christina Ethridge | Monday, July 28, 2014
a text block (1) 8 things that will determine your success in real estate

8 things that will determine your success in real estate

Launching your career in real estate is no easy venture. My heart bleeds for new agents who have worked so hard to earn their license and complete all of their post-licensing sales training and now are ready to roll! But there’s one little problem: Now what …

By Teri Conrad | Friday, July 25, 2014
Screen shot 2014-07-24 at 3.57.07 PM How to create a brokerage that appeals to millennial clients

How to create a brokerage that appeals to millennial clients

When you walk into our real estate office in Oklahoma City, you can tell there’s something different: an open design, modern aesthetic, 20-foot ceilings, and a state-of-the-art machine that makes just about every coffee beverage under the sun. But we don’t mind that it’s not your typical real estate office, because we’re not your typical brokerage, and we like it that way …

By Guest Contributor | Friday, July 25, 2014
The mistakes (2) Biggest mistakes I've made in 15 years selling real estate

Biggest mistakes I've made in 15 years selling real estate

Over the course of 15 years of selling real estate, I’ve made some mistakes. It’s easy to do when you don’t have a “how-to” manual or a mentor to guide you. I thought I’d share a few of my blunders … just in case there’s a newbie out there who could benefit …

By ActiveRain | Thursday, July 24, 2014
YourBerkeley.com screen shot 6 tips for becoming a hyperlocal content specialist

6 tips for becoming a hyperlocal content specialist

As a Berkeley resident who has also seen dozens of terrible real estate sites masquerading as local content hubs, I was struck by how engaging Arron Sweeney’s YourBerkeley.com website was. I met with Arron to ask him about his strategy and ongoing plans for the site …

By Gina Thelemann | Thursday, July 24, 2014
Facebook's new "Save" feature. Can't find that interesting Facebook post? Worry no more

Can't find that interesting Facebook post? Worry no more

Have you ever seen a Facebook post that struck your interest but you had to step away and when you returned to find it had drifted to the bottom of your feed and almost impossible to find? You then spend what seems like hours to find it and finally give up …

By Lindsay Listanski | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Seven signs your neighborhood is an 7 signs a neighborhood will be the next hot spot

7 signs a neighborhood will be the next hot spot

Real estate is an industry that’s all about your hyperlocal expertise. As an agent, you specialize in specific ZIP codes, home types, client types — you name it. This industry is as much about niche specialties as it gets …

By Trulia Pro Blog | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
REC14-SF-BrokerWarRoom2 Top takeaways from Real Estate Connect's Broker War Room

Top takeaways from Real Estate Connect's Broker War Room

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate President and CEO Sherry Chris led a series of discussions at the Real Estate Connect conference in San Francisco, with dynamic brokers from across the country packing the room to discuss key issues facing brokers. …

By Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Lead response time image via Shutterstock. 4 ways Realtors can make a great first impression

4 ways Realtors can make a great first impression

Have you heard the expression, “First impressions are everything?” Well, this is especially true for Realtors. A bad first impression can turn off otherwise hot prospects, ignite negative word of mouth, and minimize your chances of getting referrals and repeat business. …

By Matthew Collis | Tuesday, July 22, 2014