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 …

Leadership is Like Mortar

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.