Building a Successful YPN Strategy

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By Leanne Goff

Standing on the edge of doing something big, especially when you have never been there before, is a daunting task. It may feel insurmountable and possibly even dangerous. Because who wants to fail? Nobody! We all want to see our passions and our dreams flourish, especially when leading others.

I felt that uncertainty and confusion when the …

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Tips for Working With Friends

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Commitment to Excellence, Professional Development, Sales & Marketing, Working with Clients 3 Comments

By Scott Newman So you just found out your buddy got a big promotion and is now ready to buy a sexy luxury condo in downtown Chicago.  He’s your boy–you’ve known him since grade school–of course he’s going to give you first crack at the business, and you’ve already started spending the commission check.  But before you blindly agree to …

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One More Pushup!

Blog Contributor Helpful Tools, Managing Your Agents, Managing Your Office, Personal Fulfillment, Professional Development 5 Comments

By Anand Patel In an attempt to jumpstart the fitness routine I once followed, I decided to sign up for a three-week boot camp. As we are now entering the third and final week, I am wondering how am I possibly going to work-out with the same intensity and discipline at the gym on my own once the week is …

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3 Golden Rules for Dealing with Technology

Blog Contributor Professional Development, Technology & Social Media, Working with Clients 3 Comments

By Scott Newman With new communication and social media technology emerging everyday, it seems all you can do is try and stay on top of it all so you’re not left in the dust and viewed as “out of touch.” However, as we enter this new, super-connected world as real estate professionals, I think we need to make sure we …

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Changes to YPN Online Communities

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By Rob Reuter, YPN Manager Beginning January 1, 2012, YPN will be shutting down its online community feature narypn.memberfuse.com due to a lack of activity, competition with a successful YPN group on Facebook, and the  cost to maintain the site. As a result, we have been looking at a product known as the REALTORS® Association Management Cooperative (RAMCO).  The primary …

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YPN Helped Me Become a Better Agent

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By Brooke Wolford I recently chatted with John DiBiase, NAR’s Government Affairs communications director.  We got into a discussion about YPN and how it changed my career.  I though it’s a valid story to share. When I first obtained my license, I began working in a large office. I started out by assisting a fellow agent. Within a month of …

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Community Platform Will Connect YPN

Blog Contributor communication, Professional Development, Technology & Social Media, YPN News 4 Comments

By Scott Newman At a recent Chicago Association of REALTORS® YPN Board meeting, YPN Manager Rob Reuter presented to us a beta-test version of NAR’s new YPN Community platform – an interactive and searchable system of registered YPN member profiles. I wanted to share the exciting details with you so you can get the word out and make this a …

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It Takes a (Real Estate) Village

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By Lynn Minnick I recently found myself thinking about how the changing market has forced us to change, to adapt, to constantly improve on the skills necessary to survive and succeed in this business.  Then I realized that as the years have gone by, the cast of characters in my real estate career has also changed.  Sure, there were some …

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Rentals: Time Donation or Client Base Builder?

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Rental Properties, Sales & Marketing, Working with Clients 5 Comments

By Laura Rubinchuk

All of the tag lines we hear somehow incorporate the following: Who do you know who’s looking to buy or sell in the next 30 days? Notice we never hear “rent” in those scenarios. Well as REALTORS®, how do you know when to focus your time on a rental, versus a bigger money maker like a buyer …

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Get Creative with Your Listings

Blog Contributor Helpful Tools, Professional Development, Sales & Marketing, Sales Tips & Techniques 6 Comments

By Lynn Minnick I’ve been marketing the crazy out of a high-end listing.  (Yes, I’m fairly sure I just made up that expression…but this is about getting creative, right?)  This is easily the hardest I’ve ever worked to sell a listing.  In this market, I went in knowing it would be a challenge, armed with an arsenal of creative ideas …