Be a Business Go-Getter With Christian Ross

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By Lee Davenport

What does it take to be a top producer? There is no magic formula, but there are habits and principles from top producers that you can “borrow” for your playbook.

From magazine covers to TV shows, Christian Ross is the go-getting managing broker of the burgeoning Village Realty in Atlanta and a team leader. What are the …

Defying Myths With Teresa Cowart

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By Lee Davenport

Have you heard the myth that you can’t be productive and successful as both a real estate salesperson and the broker-owner of your company? Teresa Cowart is a myth-breaker. She is one of the owners of the Savannah, Ga., metro area’s RE/MAX Accent (where I have had the privilege of training) and leads a team that closed …

Enough is Enough: Time to Debunk 4 Myths About Real Estate Agents

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By Rebecca Donatelli

Let’s face it, people tend to have a skewed perception of real estate agents. The way we are depicted on TV shows—even the way some people portray themselves on social media. You’d think we only live a life of luxury and glamour, with classy dinners, beautiful homes, and five-star reviews. This has allowed outsiders to develop a …

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‘That’s Why We Are All Not Profitable!’

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By Dave Robison Marilyn Wilson with the WAV Group has been visiting brokerages and state associations with data that her company compiled about our industry. While attending one of her recent presentations, I snapped a quick photo with my phone of one of her graphs. She said there are two different types of companies listed on the graph. The companies …

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Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

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By Dave Robison Have you ever received a letter after a closing from the other brokerage thanking you for the successful closing?   Have you been bombarded by e-mails stating that XYZ Brokerage has the best broker and systems to help you be successful?  There are literally hundreds of brokerages to choose from, and yet I feel they  say the …

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Brick & Mortar or Virtual: Which is More Important?

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By Toby Boyce As an agent, would you prefer your brokerage to have an amazing brick and mortar location or an amazing online presence? The question flowed from Michael McClure, president and CEO of Professional One Franchising, on Twitter (@professionalone) recently. There were several agents who jumped right into the discussion — and being on Twitter, it doesn’t take a …

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Agent/Broker Relationships: Who Wears the Pants?

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By Brandon Rodriguez When I first became an agent just shy over 7 years ago, I was a novice and this dichotomy was not apparent to me.  I was under the impression brokers were in charge.  They gave you a desk space or office, nice decorated conference rooms, brochures, and you could even do desk duty for them.  Not to …

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The Way They Do It, You CAN’T Do It

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By Michelle Flaherty Having grown up in a family real estate business, I have seen my parents conduct themselves in certain ways.  Now that I’m a REALTOR(R), I try to model their behavior as much as possible.  In almost every instance, this has been invaluable to me – I’ve been able to use them as resources for uncharted situations and …

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Time to Brush Up on the Fees and GFEs

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By Nobu Hata With the down market and the inevitable mass exodus of “those” loan officers, you’d think we could rest easy knowing that the loan officers left would be – for lack of a better word – decent. Holy Hannah, would we be wrong. In the last couple weeks, I’ve had various buyers shop their loan around, including those …

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Would You Provide Real Estate Pro Bono?

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By Toby Boyce “Should NAR include a pro bono provision in REALTOR® code of ethics?” The question was posed to me recently on Twitter by Sellsius publisher Joseph Ferrarra. It is something Ferrara has been kicking around for a while with “Pro Bono Real Estate Broker?”  appearing June 2006 and several other articles including “Should NAR include a pro-bono provision …