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

Blog Contributor Being a REALTOR®, Business Challenges, consumers, Crimes, Financing & Credit, Fraud, Negligence, & Liability, Identity Theft, Independent Contractor Status, Safety, Taxes Leave a Comment

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

Blog Contributor Being a REALTOR®, Business Challenges, Establishing Your Business, Leadership, Managing Your Agents, Managing Your Office, Personal Fulfillment Leave a Comment

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

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Financing & Credit, real estate Leave a Comment

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.

Blog Contributor Being a REALTOR®, Business Challenges 1 Comment

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

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Professional Development, Sales & Marketing 2 Comments

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 …

Leadership is Like Mortar

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Leadership Leave a Comment

By Nico Hohman

When you look at a brick wall, what do you see? You probably see the bricks first and the mortar second. In fact, you might not even notice the mortar at first glance. You might only notice the mortar if there is something wrong with it, or if you know what to look for.

The same can …

How to Select a Brokerage

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Establishing Your Business, Helpful Tools, New REALTOR®, Professional Development Leave a Comment

By Lee Davenport

As a new real estate agent, it may be hard for you to decide which real estate brokerage firm to “hang your hat.” From having a friend who works at XYZ Realty to remembering the agent who sold you your home with ABC Realty to seeing all the brokerage lawn signs, commercials, and billboards, it can be …

3 Real Estate Cliches That Stunt Growth

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Customer Service, Professional Development, Sales & Marketing, Working with Clients 2 Comments

By Sam DeBord

We love to give advice as real estate professionals, and often that advice is to our professional associates. Over time, we accumulate catchy sayings that are supposed to sum up and answer other agents’ questions in short fashion.

Like in any industry, the advice can be good or bad. There are a lot of great coaches and …

Cook Up Success With a Real Estate Team

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Managing Your Agents, Managing Your Office, Professional Development, Sales & Marketing 1 Comment

By Dave Robison Creating a successful real estate team is a lot like cooking. You have to add certain ingredients to the pot – a little of this, a little of that, more of another thing to make it sweet. The temperature and how long you cook it has to be watched, otherwise you risk it coming out cold or …