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Overcoming Personal Adversity While Building a Real Estate Career

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By Kyle Malnati Real estate is a tough business; not for the faint at heart. Many of us work 60 to 70 hour weeks without any assurance that the deals we are working on will actually produce results. As an entrepreneur, you constantly wrestle with the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. I have enjoyed hosting a real …

Effective Habits of Time-Block ‘Bouncers’

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By Lee Davenport Time-blocking (designating time on your schedule to work on a specific task) isn’t really a challenge. Whether you prefer pen and paper or an online system, you can fill your schedule with items galore. But the real trick is staying consistent with time-blocking. It helps if you know how to be a bouncer. You read that right. …

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The Pros and Cons of a Real Estate Office

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By Ryan Fitzgerald Last month, Lee Nelson wrote a great article for REALTOR® Magazine on how to build office culture in a virtual world, and it made me wonder…is a physical real estate office still necessary in 2017? So, I decided to dive into the pros and cons of having a physical real estate office. Let’s Start With The Pros: …

6 Outsourcing Tips For Effective Hiring

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By Anita Clark Outsourcing in business is one of the most creative means of achieving your aims at a lower expense. In business or in any venture, great outsourcing tips helps in saving money and lessening the frustration of not having the necessary infrastructure to meet your needs. That is certainly true for professionals in all aspects of the real …

Test Your Business By Taking a Vacation

Blog Contributor Being a REALTOR®, Business Challenges, Managing Your Office, Personal Fulfillment, Work/Life Balance 2 Comments

By Nico Hohman You’ve been in business for a few years now and everything is going well. You are hitting your numbers, achieving your goals, and you are making a mark in your local community. As a real estate agent you are always on. Your phone is always on. You are always on your email, and you are always ready …

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 …

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 …

Micro-Projections About the Economy

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By Lauren Campbell I have a passion for reading and studying all things related to the economy, so I wanted to share some of my predictions for 2016: This year you can expect the national economy to have positive growth, and a major driver of that growth will be household spending increases (year-over-year). The increase in spending correlates with the …

Don’t Give Up. Don’t Ever Give Up.

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By Nico Hohman We have all failed at some point in our real estate careers. We didn’t get that listing, we lost a client, or one of our clients didn’t get the house they wanted because of failed negotiations. But people are not failures; we are not failures. Failure is simply an event that adds to our learning experiences. Failure …

Build a Real Estate Business, Not a Job

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By Ryan Fitzgerald Let me ask you a question: Do you want real estate to be the only job you have for the rest of your life? For some, the answer might be “yes.” For me, the answer is easy: “No.” I don’t want real estate to simply be my job; I want to operate a real estate business. If …