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There Are Givers and There Are Takers: Taking an Active Role in Your Profession

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By Brett Caviness From the first year I got my license as a college student, I knew I wanted to be involved in the real estate business as much as possible.  I started by attending the Iowa REALTORS® Legislative Bus-in where I quickly realized the power we as individuals have to take part in the political landscape that is our …

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What I Learned at Leadership

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By Lynn Minnick I was lucky enough to have been picked to participate in NAR’s Leadership 200 and 300 classes this week at my association.  I say lucky enough because we’re the largest association in our state and there were only 35 seats open.  Last summer I was involved in our two-day strategic planning session, which was a first for …

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Start Building Your Referral Network

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, communication, Helpful Tools, Managing Your Agents, Networking, Professional Development 1 Comment

By Scott Newman I often encounter other REALTORS® who see little to no value in developing relationships with their fellow agents, and it just baffles me every time!  We are in one of the most challenging real estate markets in U.S. history, not to mention we’re in an environment where rules and regulations change daily, which is only adding barriers …

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Duty’s Calling, YPN

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By Nobu Hata Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that we’re living and working in a tenuously linked society right now.  Hyper-political-mumbo-jumbo is being thrown around to a jaded audience, and we are more polarized and fractured than ever before. That same thing could be said for the real estate industry. Data, IDX, syndication, broker-centric, agent-centric, consumer-centric, …

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YPN Rocked 2011

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By Brooke Wolford

This year was truly amazing for my fellow YPN’ers.  I don’t think I have ever been so proud to be a part of YPN. The Young Professionals Network has grown so much and our presence has become very well known. Nobody can deny the fact that we are leaders in the real estate world.

I remember when …

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Pipsqueak Principles of Real Estate

Blog Contributor Being a REALTOR®, Business Challenges, Personal Fulfillment, Professional Development 1 Comment

By Anand Patel Earlier this year I gave a presentation locally that I entitled “The Pipsqueak Principles” — three lessons my now 2 ½-year-old daughter inadvertently taught me during her first year. You see, before her birth (as those of you who are new parents may attest to) I lived in my own bubble and didn’t pay much attention to …

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Get Involved: Think Nationally, Act Locally

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By Toby Boyce I’ve had the fortune of serving on committees for the Delaware County Board of REALTORS®, Ohio Association of REALTORS®, and National Association of REALTORS®. By far, whenever the topic comes up around agent and non-agent friends alike, the focus is shifted towards NAR and how “cool” that is. Sure, I’m a big fan of the work NAR’s …

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ABC: Always Be Communicating

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By Cory Brewer Here is a quick story to inspire my fellow REALTORS® to keep after it (prospecting), even when it feels like a lost cause: This past winter I volunteered to coach a youth league basketball team at my local Boys & Girls Club.  My interest in volunteering was two-fold:  1.) I love basketball and have always wanted to coach, …

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Let’s Be Part of the Solution

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By Stefanie Hahn At the recent REtechSouth conference in Atlanta I had the chance to see Robert Hahn of 7DS Associates speak on a subject he titled, “A Time for Greatness.”  This presentation was geared to association execs and REALTORS® who are leaders within their organizations – a group well represented in the RETSO crowd.  Since YPN has given me …

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So You Want to Start a YPN Network

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By Stefanie Hahn Starting a YPN group can be extremely rewarding, but also challenging. So I thought I’d share a few things I’ve learned after co-founding a successful network in my Pennsylvania market. The ultimate goal is forming strong relationships, learning, and growing as real estate professionals. From there, involvement in our communities and local/state associations will follow. Stefanie Hahn …