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 …

Point of Sale Mandates for Real Estate: From Cumbersome to Destructive

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By Sam DeBord Government entities often attempt to place additional restrictions or costs on the transaction or transfer of real estate.  While there are often good intentions involved in the creation of these “point of sale” mandates, most proposals for new or increased transactional hurdles have serious negative consequences. Point of sale mandates are a concern not only for real …

Don’t LOOK for Opportunity in 2015

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Professional Development 8 Comments

If you spend your days looking for opportunity, in essence you are telling yourself opportunity is elusive and you have to seek it out. That is far from the truth. By believing that everything happens for a reason, and by being present in the moment, we will begin to see that opportunity surrounds us.

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Be Professional to Be Successful

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, New REALTOR®, Professional Development 8 Comments

There’s a real trick to appearing, communicating, and performing like an experienced real estate professional. And, as a 23-year-old agent who got his real estate license in June of this year, I want to share how I transformed myself in less than half a year on the job.

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How to Avoid Legal Issues in Real Estate

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Code of Ethics, Customer Service, ethics, Legal 4 Comments

By Sammer Mudawar First, I would like to start by making it clear: I am not an attorney and nothing herein (legal word) should be construed as legal advice. This is a simple narrative on how common sense and sound business practices can help avoid some very common situations that can lead to legal problems in our profession. These opinions …

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Prosperity or Perdition? My First Year in Real Estate

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, New REALTOR®, Personal Fulfillment 22 Comments

By Elizabeth Mackay I had the fairytale notion I was so well suited to real estate that I somehow would transcend all odds to rise to stardom in a matter of months.  I thought, naively, that I would visualize and affirm my way to $100,000 in commission in my first year.  Well how could I not, I’m a decent photographer, …

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Venture Into the Unknown: We Have a Job to Do

Blog Contributor Being a REALTOR®, Business Challenges, Customer Service 1 Comment

By Brooke Wolford I have watched all of the changes occuring in real estate lately, and there’s a lot of speculation about what might happen in the future. You see, real estate has been evolving over the past several years, and I, myself, have gotten sucked into all the drama. I remember spending hours on message boards and in online …

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When a Plank Stops Hurting

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By Melissa Krchnak

I’ve recently starting doing planks – a balance and core-building technique – along with my regular exercise routine. This plank business isn’t a joke though. They started off pretty brutal. I set my goal to add just one second to my time a day. I’m overly optimistic so that goal is a far cry from where I …