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Choosing the Right Brokerage For You

Blog Contributor Establishing Your Business, Personal Fulfillment, Professional Development Leave a Comment

By Brandon Doyle Whether you’re new to the business or in a growth stage, at some point in your career you’ll need to pick a brokerage to associate with (or start your own). There is no “one size fits all” answer, and there are many factors that go into this major decision. It is important to understand what stage of …

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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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Be the One to ‘Bring Help Home’

Erica Christoffer Insurance, Personal Fulfillment, Political Action & Involvement, Professional Development, YPN News Leave a Comment

By Erica Christoffer A natural disaster can bring a community to its knees. But with the help and hard work of NAR members, the REALTORS® Relief Foundation (RRF) is there to help pick up the pieces. RRF is holding its second annual online silent auction Nov. 7–9 – coinciding with the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in New Orleans – to …

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To Serve and Be Served: A Once in a Lifetime Transaction

Blog Contributor Buyers, Customer Service, Personal Fulfillment, Veterans Affairs 18 Comments

By Christian Zarif I almost didn’t answer my phone. I was in San Francisco for our national REALTOR® convention and rushing to get out of my room to an engagement (running 5 minutes late, of course). The strange number called twice in a row so I figured it must be urgent. When I answered, I could hardly make out the …

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Do You Have A WIG?

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Personal Fulfillment, Professional Development Leave a Comment

By Melissa Krchnak Do you have a wig? No, I’m au natural. I’ve been learning about “The 4 Disciplines of Execution” and getting my Wildly Important Goal (WIG) figured out. Oh, that kind of a WIG… Yea, I’ve got one of those! Most of us do not have a problem coming up with great ideas. Hell, we could revolutionize our …

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An American Agent in Paris

Blog Contributor Personal Fulfillment, Work/Life Balance 5 Comments

By Lynn Minnick I’ve just come back from an amazing summer in Europe with my young family.  The time had come again to get off the continent for vacation, because we all know that if you’re somewhere reachable, it’s going to happen that clients and other agents will find you.  In the past 10 years or so, doesn’t it seem …

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Thank You

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Code of Ethics, Personal Fulfillment 2 Comments

By Anand Patel “Why do you do this for free?” “What do you get out of it?” “When do you have time to make money?” “Why do you waste your time with that?” “What’s the point?” If you volunteer some of your time and talents to National Association of REALTORS® (or any other organization) at the local, state, or national …

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Beyond a Mentor: My Own Personal Yoda

Blog Contributor Mentoring, Personal Fulfillment, Professional Development 1 Comment

By Lynn Minnick When I was first starting out in real estate, I was lucky enough to have an experienced agent take me under her wing. We were from entirely different generations, and had very different business styles, but regardless of our differences, the education I learned from her was invaluable and continues to shape the way I practice real …

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Building Relationships: There Isn’t An App for That

Blog Contributor communication, Personal Fulfillment, Technology & Social Media 9 Comments

By Brooke Wolford We have all gotten sucked into this world of technology. We do everything we can to stay on top of what’s new and hot and purchase the latest iAnything. Even I can’t help but admit that that I do like the “shiny” things in life. However, the other evening, I looked over at my 10-year-old son. My …

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Prescreening for Business: How to Handle a Customer Who Grills You

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Commitment to Excellence, Personal Fulfillment, Professional Development, Sales & Marketing, Sellers 2 Comments

By Jason O’Neil Last week, I received an unusual call from a seller. As a REALTOR®, getting a call from a seller is not out of the ordinary. However, when this particular seller explains that he has developed a list of questions to use for a “prescreening” of potential REALTORS®, I really perk up. Despite what some may think, the …