It’s Time to Focus on Goal Achieving

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By John Blom

I’ve taught a few classes about business planning, and always I like to start with the quote by Yogi Berra: “If you don’t know where you’re going, you might wind up someplace else.” Usually, less than half the room gets the joke, but the idea conveyed should be at the foundation for every organization and at the …

How to Become a Neighborhood Expert

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By Anita Clark

With marketing methods so widespread and fairly simple to master, it’s easy to call ourselves a local real estate expert, industry leader, or market guru. However, many consumers quickly see through that charade and beat feet, moving on to agents who are actually walking the walk. So, what can you do to better position ourselves …

Become a Local Real Estate Expert Online

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By Ryan Fitzgerald

One of the best things you can do for your real estate business is to become the local expert online. It starts with content creation for your blog or website.

To attract local buyers or sellers to your site, you have to produce articles, videos, photos, inforgraphics, and other posts that help local consumers who are seeking …

Why I Said No to $20,000 in Commissions

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By Nico Hohman

It is easier to turn someone down, than to let them down.

This is the phrase I used to happily say no to $20,000 in real estate commissions.

One of the advantages of working as a real estate agent is that you can control which projects you choose to work on. If you want to focus …

How I Almost Fell Victim to a Tax Scam

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By Leanne Goff

This is the time of year when everyone is planning for the big upcoming tax day. This is especially true for REALTORS® of whom the vast majority are independent contractors. It’s critically important that all records are maintained and reported accurately. If you’re like me, all of the information must be perfect. Expense receipts should be in …

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Have a Voice, Get Involved

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By Nico Hohman

As a sophomore member of the government affairs committee at the Greater Tampa Association of REALTORS® (GTAR), I was fortunate enough to receive a full scholarship to attend and participate in the the Great American REALTOR® Days at the Florida State Capitol in January.

Our jam-packed schedule was full of exciting visits with our local representatives and senators …

Work Smarter With Buyers, Not Harder

Blog Contributor Being a REALTOR®, Buyers, Classes & Education, Customer Service, Professional Development, Residential Real Estate, Sales & Marketing, Sales Tips & Techniques, Working with Clients, YPN Events Leave a Comment

If you’re looking for yet another reason to attend the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in D.C., this is it. YPNers are being offered an exclusive rate of just $49 for the two-day ABR® designation course (Accredited Buyer Representative) taught by national trainers Adorna and Jenna Carroll. The course will be held Monday and Tuesday, May 9 and 10, …

Leaders Build Stadiums

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By Nico Hohman

Picture a stadium filled with 100,000 cheering fans rooting on their beloved home team. Now, rewind the clock to about six months before that stadium was even opened and packed with fans. The construction workers are in the middle of piecing together giant building blocks of steel, concrete, and bricks to build this stadium. Now turn the …

Dealing With Mistakes

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By John Blom

In my last post, I talked about the challenges and opportunities that arise when leading in a time of change. Periods of change allow for new plans to be created – plans that might not have been possible in the previous status quo. But not every plan, whether formulated in a time of change or not, ends …

#Y4YPN From Fort Collins, Colo.

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The #Y4YPN campaign is a video series celebrating what makes YPN valuable to its members. Learn more. By Leanne Goff Brandon Myers is the latest YPNer to take the #Y4YPN challenge. During my interview with Brandon, he talked about how he became a REALTOR®, discussed his favorite local YPN events, and shared some advice for new agents. Before becoming a …