shutterstock_181968260 4 tips for achieving work-life balance

4 tips for achieving work-life balance

“Work-life balance” is a phrase that many of us hear every day. It is no secret that being a busy real estate agent can strain your relationships because of the time you put into your work and the days and times when your work is actually being done …

By Josh Fellman | 20 hours ago
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Take your brokerage's destiny into your hands by leaving excuses behind

“I know I should be doing so … but I am not.” Do you know how many times I have heard that? Too many! It’s the basic broker excuse. Here are a few others …

By Jose Perez | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Tell a compelling story (like 'Serial') to create opportunities

Sitting around the Christmas dinner table, if your family is like mine, you’ll discuss the year that’s gone by and your aspirations for 2015. And if your family is really like mine, you’ll also discuss your theories about “Serial.” “Serial” is a podcast exploring a nonfiction story over multiple episodes; the first episode was released in October of this year. …

By TJ Curran | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Sometimes, staying competitive means shattering convention

We’ve never met a fellow hacker who thinks the status quo is good enough. By nature, hackers rail against the adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” replacing it with our own: “Break everything and make it better.” There’s no room for inefficient processes or broken methodologies simply because that’s how things were done in the past …

By Jay Sherer | Friday, December 19, 2014
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3 insights into the future of real estate disruption

Real estate disruption is inevitable, and the industry will eventually see a massive overhaul. However, disruption may come in a form far from expected. Looking at the current state of the real estate industry, there are a handful of major players at the corporate level that own pretty much everything in the industry, from brokerages to mortgages. The only thing that these conglomerates do not own is the agent and client relationship …

By Will Caldwell | Friday, December 19, 2014
Agnes Kantaruk / Shutterstock.com Handwritten notes can be a powerful tool

Handwritten notes can be a powerful tool

You get home from work, and on your way in, you pick up the mail. You leaf through and see a bill, a bill, a flyer, a bill …. oooh, a handwritten envelope! You immediately want to open it to see who sent this lovely piece of mail to you. Why did you react this way …

By Amanda Ross | Thursday, December 18, 2014
vvoe / Shutterstock.com What works (and what really doesn't) in a real estate marketing plan

What works (and what really doesn't) in a real estate marketing plan

Over the past several years, I have noticed things that work and things we agents do that might not be as beneficial as we think; these activities just don’t produce the desired results. The bottom line: if you spend more time on your Facebook page than you do working on your website, then you are limiting your success …

By Hank Bailey | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Video: Are brokers the unsung heroes of the industry?

Pam O’Connor, the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World CEO, says that brokers are the Rodney Dangerfields of the industry: they don’t get any respect. She talks about why that needs to change in an opinionated video …

By Pam O'Connor | Thursday, December 18, 2014
Tom Wang / Shutterstock.com When the market is hot, sellers need extra TLC

When the market is hot, sellers need extra TLC

The amazingly hot real estate market of southern California of 2013 and 2014 produced many listings with multiple offers. In fact, for a while it was the norm. When presenting offers to sellers, “paralysis by analysis” often set in. Which buyer is the best one? Which lender can get the loan done? Which agent has best control of his or her clients, and which offer should we select …

By Calle Montgomery | Thursday, December 18, 2014
Syda Productions / Shutterstock.com Can you answer these 7 client questions from the bidding war breeding grounds?

Can you answer these 7 client questions from the bidding war breeding grounds?

In our capacity as a seller’s agent in Tampa, we are currently experiencing multiple offers in all price ranges. People are willing to pay the asking price (and sometimes above) because interest rates are so low, and there’s a fear that rates will rise next year. In my experience, properties that are priced well aren’t staying on the market more than a week. And sometimes only one day! …

By Rae Catanese | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Use technology to make meaningful connections with clients

An old friend once shared a story about his start in real estate, and it has stuck with me for years. In the early 1980s, he would drive to a neighborhood, park his car and go door to door, introducing himself to the owner of each home and striking up a conversation. Whether the conversation turned to the topic of real estate or not wasn’t the point. His goal was to meet people and build relationships …

By Bill Fishkin | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
shutterstock_177220637 Surprising, innovative homeowner uses for 4 everyday items

Surprising, innovative homeowner uses for 4 everyday items

Leigh Brown shares some surprising (and innovative) uses for Irish Spring soap, Turtle Wax, Rain-X and Tang. Who knew these things were secret weapons for the average homeowner …

By Leigh Brown | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
StockPhotosLV / Shutterstock.com Take a lesson from online dating to tantalize potential buyers

Take a lesson from online dating to tantalize potential buyers

In the age of instant gratification, it’s useful to step back and re-evaluate the best strategy for selling our listings. In one MLS listing, we have the ability to hand over all the goods – data, descriptions, photos, video links, floor plans, pictures and more. This is what buyers say they want, and of course, we want buyers to buy, so it all sounds like a good idea right? Let’s think about it … …

By Greg Eckler | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Which of the 4 major social networks is best for your business?

If you’re having trouble deciding which social networks to market yourself and your business with, you’re not alone. One of the most common (and preventable) mistakes that agents make online is opening up profiles on a plethora of social networks and not logging in regularly. Being non-responsive to inquiries and comments can quickly damage your customer service record …

By Justin Kerby | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Docusignpost DocuSign for Real Estate: How experts increase business [webinar recap]

DocuSign for Real Estate: How experts increase business [webinar recap]

DocuSign for Real Estate has grown with the industry, providing Digital Transaction Management and paperless transactions for countless professionals. But how do these professionals use DocuSign to increase their business and create a better customer experience …

By Laura Monroe | Tuesday, December 16, 2014