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Mentored and Mentoring: Why Mentorship Can Refresh Your Outlook

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By Brandon Doyle

Building your business can sometimes feel like climbing up a mountain.  You can see others who have succeeded you waiting at the summit, but it can be difficult to figure out how to forge the best path to join them. Fostering a mentorship can help guide you up the mountain to a successful and thriving business. And, …

Enough is Enough: Time to Debunk 4 Myths About Real Estate Agents

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By Rebecca Donatelli

Let’s face it, people tend to have a skewed perception of real estate agents. The way we are depicted on TV shows—even the way some people portray themselves on social media. You’d think we only live a life of luxury and glamour, with classy dinners, beautiful homes, and five-star reviews. This has allowed outsiders to develop a …

Top 5 Blogs for Boosting Business This Year

Erica Christoffer Establishing Your Business, Sales & Marketing Leave a Comment

  When it came to the YPN Lounge posts that received the most views and engagement in 2017, readers chose those that offer the most nitty-gritty business tips. These business-building articles share first-hand advice written by YPNers for YPNers. This peer-to-peer blog has been going strong since 2009, and as it enters its ninth year of existence, let’s look back …

The Rookie Agent’s Guide to Selling New Construction: Part 2

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By David Hakimi

This article is part two in a two-part series on how to sell newly-constructed homes. Read part one here.

In my last post, I discussed the buyer’s agent’s duties in a new construction transaction and the sales process. Now I’d like to touch on hurdles clients may face buying new construction, as well as contracts, financing, …

The Rookie Agent’s Guide to Selling New Construction: Part 1

Blog Contributor Establishing Your Business, new homes, Sales & Marketing 8 Comments

By David Hakimi

This article is part one in a two-part series on how to sell newly-constructed homes. Read part two here.

It’s no secret that the housing market has fully rebounded over the past eight years and is now experiencing tremendous growth. In fact, demand in many major metropolitan markets has clearly outpaced supply. In numerous cities, builders have been …

Why Do I Have To Become a REALTOR®?

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By Sam DeBord

Excerpted from Sam DeBord’s contribution to the book “The Honest Real Estate Agent” (2016) by Mario Jannatpour.

This is the question that inevitably comes up for new real estate agents within their first few years of business. There are fees to be paid to the licensing agency, the brokerage, and the MLS, but what is the REALTOR® …

How to Select a Brokerage

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By Lee Davenport

As a new real estate agent, it may be hard for you to decide which real estate brokerage firm to “hang your hat.” From having a friend who works at XYZ Realty to remembering the agent who sold you your home with ABC Realty to seeing all the brokerage lawn signs, commercials, and billboards, it can be …

5 Simple Life Hacks to Boost Experience

Blog Contributor New REALTOR®, Professional Development, Rookies, Sales & Marketing 7 Comments

By Sam DeBord Real estate rookies can really kick start their learning experience by picking up some simple shortcuts from those who’ve been selling for many years.  These are just a few of the real estate “hacks” I’ve learned over the years from seasoned practitioners that improved my experience and knowledge in simple yet effective ways. 1. Know the Concierge …

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A Message To and From a New Agent

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By Brittney Bissett For my first YPN Lounge blog, I thought about what a new agent who has been licensed barely six months could bring to the table that more experienced agents would want to read about. Then I realized that with my “newbie” status, I could share how the newbies on the block see the business! As a new …