Life is Short, Drive a Car You Like

Blog Contributor Being a REALTOR®, Transportation, Working with Clients 2 Comments

By Erica Christoffer

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) released data back in 2011 that said members put an average of 3,300 miles on their cars annually from business-related driving. That number has likely risen in the past eight years. According to AAA, Americans are now in their cars 20 minutes longer each week than they were just four years …

QUIZ: Will Your Social Media Ads Land You in a Hot Mess?

Blog Contributor Being a REALTOR®, Code of Ethics, Fair Housing, Legal 4 Comments

*The quiz closed on Aug. 29, 2019. Thank you to the 1,830 people who participated! By Lee Davenport Are you still stuck in the vortex of what I call the “wild, wild west” of social media? That’s a dangerous place for your business to stay. The “wild, wild west” of social media was a time when anything and everything seems …

9 Tips For Teaming Up With Family

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By Samantha Jones

The beauty of the real estate industry is there’s no one way to run your business. We have fluidity and flexibility. This leads to some agents (like myself) adopting a team approach, and oftentimes, team members are part of the same family tree. After working with my mother for nearly five years full-time, I’ve learned a few …

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Overcoming Personal Adversity While Building a Real Estate Career

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By Kyle Malnati

Real estate is a tough business; not for the faint at heart. Many of us work 60 to 70 hour weeks without any assurance that the deals we are working on will actually produce results. As an entrepreneur, you constantly wrestle with the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

I have enjoyed hosting a real …

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 …

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‘That’s Why We Are All Not Profitable!’

Blog Contributor Being a Broker, Business Challenges, consumers, Customer Service, Professional Development, Sales & Marketing 1 Comment

By Dave Robison Marilyn Wilson with the WAV Group has been visiting brokerages and state associations with data that her company compiled about our industry. While attending one of her recent presentations, I snapped a quick photo with my phone of one of her graphs. She said there are two different types of companies listed on the graph. The companies …

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3 Tips for Transforming Your Job Into a Business

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Managing Your Office, Professional Development, Sales & Marketing 5 Comments

By Dave Robison How many times have you heard it?  You are your very own business owner in real estate.  You are an independent contractor, you incur and write off expenses, you spend your own marketing dollars and you work your own hours.  You own a business. It definitely sounds like a business. Years ago,  I was convinced I had …

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Think Outside the House

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Networking, Professional Development 3 Comments

By Anand Patel We can’t help it. As real estate professionals we sometimes are trapped within an industry bubble. We attend conferences, meetings, seminars, mastermind groups all related to the real estate industry. We spend most of our time with fellow real estate professionals (our whole business is based on cooperating with our competition). The topic of many of our …

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Smart Marketing: Makes All the Difference

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Helpful Tools, Professional Development, Sales & Marketing 5 Comments

By Dave Robison The Average Marketing Scenario A couple years ago a loan officer asked me a brilliant question that they should have asked themselves before they spent $30,000 on a failed marketing campaign. “Dave, I have had a billboard for the past year on I-15 and I don’t get any calls off of it.  What is going on?”  I …

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Are You a Smart Casual or Business Casual?

Blog Contributor Helpful Tools, Professional Development 13 Comments

By Dolores Esanu It’s 2013 and we’re revamping our lives and even our closets. Some things fit, some things don’t, and some we hope will fit again. In business, the thinly veiled line of what’s acceptable is becoming even more transparent. One hundred years ago, for a businessman, nothing less was expected than a tailored three-piece suit. Post-war American, working …