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Real Estate is Sexy

Blog Contributor Being a REALTOR®, Business Challenges, Technology & Social Media 8 Comments

By Brooke Wolford Recently, I have noticed how often you see a character on TV playing a real estate agent or the several hundred reality shows about real estate.  It brings home the point that real estate has the interest of pretty much everyone.  You can’t turn on the news and not hear some sort of real estate-related story. Let’s …

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Real Estate in 2011

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Helpful Tools, Professional Development 7 Comments

By Brooke Wolford If you are reading this post and are still active in real estate, congratulations! You have survived a year of many challenges.  You can pat yourself on the back remember how hard your worked.  Feel a sense of accomplishment and embrace every challenge that was put in front of you. We faced many challenges.  We had good …

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YPN: It’s Not All About the Young Folk

Blog Contributor Helpful Tools, Personal Fulfillment, YPN Chapters 3 Comments

By Brooke Wolford I was recently in a task force meeting for the Minneapolis YoPros.  It really got me thinking about the true value of YPN and what I feel it’s all about. To me, YPN is about bridging the generation gap.  Not to stereotype my generation, (which I am not quite sure where I fall…X, Y, Z…who’s keeping track?) …

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Networking to Benefit Your Life

Blog Contributor Helpful Tools, Networking, Professional Development 3 Comments

By Brooke Wolford So, I have to be honest.   I really didn’t get the gist of networking off the bat.   I attended a couple of networking events, tweeted with some folks and simply tried to keep up.  At first, it was a little much for me.   I understood that maybe, if I exchanged a conversation and a business card, someone …

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Understand the Value of Relationships via Social Media

Blog Contributor Personal Fulfillment, Professional Development, Technology & Social Media 1 Comment

By Brooke Wolford I often wonder about how a lot of people handle the relationships they make using social media.   Yes, it’s great to tweet, comment, or share, but what are you doing to build an actual relationship? I often see others posting superficial things that they don’t have a passion for and they really have no knowledge to discuss.   …

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There’s No ‘Team’ In ‘I’

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Helpful Tools, Managing Your Office 1 Comment

By Brooke Wolford As a real estate agent, I sometimes feel as if it’s all about me. This is my business, my success, and my livelihood. For me, after several years I have tried to focus on my “team.” I have a terrific team of people who I work with. My “team,” consists of a loan officer, closer, inspector, insurance …

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When to Break Up With a Client: Tales of the Indecisive Buyer

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Buyers 12 Comments

By Brooke Wolford I recently decided to let go of a client. It was a really hard decision for me to have to tell a buyer that I couldn’t work with them anymore. In all, I had to weigh my options. When I had initially starting working with this buyer, it was after a big dispute with another agent in …

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The New Real Estate Niche… Space!

Blog Contributor Residential Real Estate, Sales & Marketing, Technology & Social Media, Zoning 3 Comments

By Brooke Wolford I recently read about the launch of Space X’s Falcon 9 Rocket’s launch into space.  For those of you who don’t know, the rocket was privately designed to bring cargo to the International Space Station. It was also designed with the intention of one day carrying passengers into space. Robert Bigelow of Bigelow Aerospace is considering bringing …

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Have You Googled Yourself Lately?

Blog Contributor Establishing Your Business, Technology & Social Media 1 Comment

By Brooke Wolford I recently blogged about this and I think it was very necessary to share with YPN. Yes, it’s kind of lame to Google yourself. Yes some people look at it as being egotistical. But there are several reasons to do it. If you are anything like me, you occasionally Google yourself.  I really have no reason to …