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Spice Up Your Networking to Boost Business

Blog Contributor Networking, Professional Development, Sales & Marketing 2 Comments

By Scott Newman Every real estate professional has experienced it: those slow times, the off-months, the hot streaks that suddenly go cold… call them what you will but when things turn sluggish at the office, it can not only be a confidence and momentum-killer but also a disaster for your business plan.  So how do you avoid the roller coaster …

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Glass Half-Full or Half-Empty? No…it’s Neither!

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Personal Fulfillment, Professional Development, Sales & Marketing 3 Comments

By Dave Robison The crowd cheers, “Half-full, half-full!”  Buzzer rings…nope, the answer is neither. Why are so many people saying the glass is half-full? There are people saying half-empty as well.  Those Debbie Downers (the half-empty glass people) might say something like this: “Ohhhh, the market, it’s awful. It’s killed our business.”  Those saying their glass is half-full might say something like …

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How Social Media Saved My Real Estate Career

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Professional Development, Technology & Social Media 4 Comments

By Jonathan Osman I’m awestruck at those who have totally disregarded blogging and other forms of social media as a medium for generating business for themselves.  For me, it’s thanks to social media that I’m still in the real estate business today. Rewind four years ago: I hatched a great plan to move from Annapolis Md. to Charlotte N.C. OK, …

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Three Steps to Overcoming Life Obstacles

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Personal Fulfillment, Work/Life Balance Leave a Comment

By Brandon Rodriguez In real estate we always talk about the best technology, the social networking, the closing of a sale.  We sometimes forget we are not super heroes, we are human.  Our livelihood is dependent on our personalities and how we deal with stress.  We all know real estate can be stressful.  So how does one move on?  The …

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2010… One Down, Eleven to Go!

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Classes & Education, Personal Fulfillment, Professional Development 2 Comments

By Dawn Miller I didn’t think I would be that excited to get “rid of the old and in with the new!” It’s a new year with a renewal of focus. How was your first month of 2010? I am fortunate to be a REALTOR® in a real estate company that is consistently on the NAR’s top private brokerage firms, as seen in REALTOR® …

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Watch for the Signs: Look into Your Crystal Ball

Melissa Tracey Sales & Marketing, Seller Financing, Working with Clients Leave a Comment

By Dave Robison How many times have your clients or friends asked you about your crystal ball?  My clients ask me all the time.  It’s almost daily you hear, “If I buy this house, how much do you think it will appreciate in the next 2 years, or 5 years?”  or “How much more money will I make on my …

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2010…It’s Waiting For You!

Blog Contributor Being a REALTOR®, Business Challenges, Personal Fulfillment, Professional Development 2 Comments

By Brooke Wolford It’s a new year, a new decade.  As I look back at the past year, I reflect on all of the hard times.  As REALTORS®, we faced some of the most difficult challenges in 2009. The bad media coverage, constantly having to defend ourselves, and insults on TV shows like “Cougar Town” and “Modern Family.” (These shows …

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Lead the Way With Positivity and Appreciation Will Soon Follow

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Transaction Procedures & Fees, Working with Clients Leave a Comment

By Lincoln Crum I recently closed a transaction that I had listed for 10 months.  There were all kinds of difficulties with the transaction but we worked through them, one by one.  My seller was out of state and was really good to work with, but towards the end was growing impatient. To say the least… as was I. Once …

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Live From San Diego: YPN’s Biggest 2010 Challenge

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Polls, YPN Events 2 Comments

By Brian Copeland, 2009 NAR Conference Blogger This week in San Diego, I had an opportunity to interview three YPNers about the biggest challenge they face going into 2010. Here are the results: Agree or disagree? Answer in the Web poll below. What is YOUR biggest challenge? Make a live audience poll at Poll Everywhere

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What’s Wrong with the Real Estate Industry?

Drew Burks Being a REALTOR®, Business Challenges, Personal Fulfillment, Professional Development 1 Comment

By Drew Burks Very few REALTORS® are following their true passion! Make your own rules, be authentic, transparent and have fun … Real Estate can be a challenging business and the majority of licensed REALTORS® struggle to succeed, but it doesn’t need to be this way.  In fact, real estate can be a great deal of fun and rewarding when …