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accountability in real estate doesnt work

Accountability Doesn’t Work?

Is accountability for a Realtor© necessary or in a boss/employee or coach/client dynamic? What really happens when we hold someone accountable or you allow yourself to be accountable to someone else? Accountability is a huge focus for many organizations including the real estate business. Employees are accountable to managers who are accountable to CEOs who are accountable to business owners. Those in leadership positions assign tasks then consistently follow up with their team to ensure that said tasks are done well and in a timely manner. Likewise, mos...

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12 ways to get more real estate listings

12 Ways To Get More Listings & Stop Being A Secret Agent

The real estate market all over North America is beginning to see housing and commercial inventory levels rise and the difficulty of getting and keeping listings is beginning to fade away. So if the trend for inventory is on the rise but you are not getting listings or seem to be carrying any more than you normally did, what do you need to do to change that? I use this analogy, that agents without listings are like a Starbucks franchisee without a coffee shop. How hard would it be to run a Starbucks and succeed without a place where they come to get thei...

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Are You Intentional About Your Real Estate Business?

This past summer I had time to reflect on my real estate business and areas in my life where I realized I was not living intentionally and someone else or something else was in charge of certain areas in my personal and professional life. So I took time to identify those gaps in my life and to make changes in my personal and professional life this fall and take charge! Do you wake up every morning ready to face the day? Are you generally happy? Do you feel engaged and excited to live your life? I do. Every day I practice living an intentional life I expe...

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Asking For Real Estate Listing Price Reductions

Now this isn’t really about getting new business. It is not a prospecting script, but it may be the most important phone duty that anyone in your office does–asking for price reductions on listings. Asking for price reductions can make or break a top real estate agent’s business. Not only will price reductions quicken the sale, and therefore, minimize overhead in a real estate agent’s business, but it will also prove to everyone your marketing systems work. Remember, price is 90% of any marketing plan and the faster you achieve market value, the fa...

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Is Your Real Estate Business Unshakeable?

It is time for North American real estate agents to accept the fact this is our new normal real estate market. Real estate markets are shifting all over North America and this is now the market agents are needing to be comfortable working in. The nice part about this new normal market is it is not a global recession or not a global housing crisis but it is also not the record breaking sales and increase in values we have seen over the last number of years either. Currently we have about 1.3 million real estate professionals in the U.S. and about 110,000 ...

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6 Secrets for Realtors© to Implementation & Execution

Being genuinely disciplined as a Realtor© and in your personal life requires you develop the ability to take action. You don’t need to be too hasty, but you also don’t want to lose much time. The time to act is when the idea strikes us—when it is hot and the emotion is strong, before the feeling passes and the idea dims. If you don’t, you’ll fall prey to the law of diminishing intent. A month from now, the passion will be cold—a year from now, it won’t be found. So take action. If you’re faced with a mental roadblock, put it down on paper. Remember, cre...

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20 Tips On How To Stay Positive in Your Business & Life

As a Realtor© it is important to stay positive at work and at home in order to maintain your productivity levels and be a positive influence at home. Sometimes it may be very hard to stay positive in your real estate business and to see the glass half full. I know for myself the struggle to maintain positivity is real and I quite frequently have to find ways to pick myself back up. Behaving professionally and keep doing your work even when you really don’t feel like working, I needed to learn how to bring up my own mood and get myself back on track. Belo...

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Generate A 10%-20% Return in Your Real Estate Biz With This One Tool

So before we get started, let’s begin by addressing all the elephants in the room: 1. Print is dead 2. Newsletters don’t work 3. Led Zepplin is doing a reunion tour Now I can tell you with complete certainty that 1 & 2 are ABSOLUTELY false. As for 3 … let’s just say anything is possible. The fact I mentioned the effectiveness of print and newsletters in your real estate business should give you a good clue as to what the “One Tool” I referenced in the headline is … Yes, it’s a newsletter! WAIT … before you throw your hands in the air and tell me prin...

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How To Find Meaning In Your Real Estate Business

I recently had the privilege of listening to Mr. Jay Abraham, one of the greatest business minds in the world speak last week. One thing he shared resonated with me more than anything else during his 90 minute talk. He said “Fall more in love with the lives you change every day, than your profession.” J. Abraham. I believe most people have one of three visions of their work. 1. People with a job see work as a chore and the paycheck as their reward. They work because they have to. 2. People with a career like the concept of advancing and succeeding. 3. Pe...

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Time For A Breakthrough in Your Real Estate Business?

No matter how good you are at running your real estate business, there will come a moment when you start to feel your business levelling off. Maybe it’s a lull in your sales, maybe you aren’t bringing in as many leads as before, or maybe you simply don’t feel the energy, drive, and creativity to move forward. Now is a great time of year to work in your business and develop some strategies for a fall breakthrough for your business and bust through those plateaus in business finishing your year strong. 7 Breakthrough Strategies for Your Real Estate Busines...

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The Sales Skills All Real Estate Agents Must Have

In selling it doesn’t matter the product or service, there are certain skills and processes you must have to be effective in selling anything. Don’t think for a minute the top real estate agents in this industry don’t master their sales skills and sales processes daily. They take the time to sharpen the sword and understand the impact this time spent has on their real estate business success. Let’s have a look at the most important sales skills an agent needs today! Sales Skills All Real Estate Agents Must Have 1. Managing your own time – Most agent̵...

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How The Successful Realtor© Thinks

This is such a fascinating topic for me because I believe I have real perspective on how a successful realtor© thinks. Some of the greatest entrepreneurs in the world didn’t necessarily start out with a grand vision. They started with an idea and an action. Bezos didn’t set out to build Amazon, he started by selling books online. Zuckerberg didn’t set out at 18 to build Facebook. He built a tool for his college that later became the thing. It was idea + action. Constant processing and execution on the ideas. It was reacting to the market and tripling dow...

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6 Benefits Of Taking Time Off as a Realtor©

I am reminded once again the importance of taking time off as a Realtor© and being able to get perspective of what is really important in life and the urgency for us to disconnect from work and unplug and be present for ourselves and the most important people in our lives. I am guilty of going away and checking in once and a while on my social media, emails or texts instead of really being present and truly taking a vacation from work and the business and how that has a huge impact on me mentally, physically and emotionally. Here are the biggest benefits...

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What Is Your Online Real Estate Reputation?

Realtors© often ask me if as a real estate agent does their online reputation really matter? Stop and think about this scenario for a second… A homeowner smack dab in the middle of your market is considering selling her home. Once that idea is in her head, what’s the next step in her process? If she doesn’t already have an agent who is “top of mind”? Her next move is likely to go online and start reading reviews of agents in her area. Suddenly, without ever meeting you, this prospective client is making decisions about your quality, your character, your ...

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Mid-Year Real Estate Reflection & Assessment

I don’t know about you but I cannot believe that we have already hit the half way mark to 2018?! We all know that what we measure gets improved!  This week we want you to take some time to reflect on YOU and your real estate business.  What have you accomplished in the first half of the year; and where do you want to go in the next 6 months. See where you have been, where you are at and where you are going in 2018!! MISSION/VISION REVIEW – What is my reason for doing this business?__________________________________________________________________________...

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Secrets To Seller Counselling During Market Shift

We are beginning to see a shift in many real estate markets across North America. The importance of knowing how to counsel a seller through a changing market is something many Realtors© need to learn how to do properly. As the homes begin to take longer to sell, activity lowers and the competition increases the importance of a consistent process managing listings and sellers is key. Let’s look at this 10 step process and begin to manage our listings and sellers expectations before they consider firing us. How to Counsel Home Sellers in Market Shift #1 – ...

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Tips to Achieve a Positive Mindset for Realtors©

“We all need a daily checkup from the neck up to avoid stinkin’ thinkin’ which ultimately leads to hardening of the attitudes.” ― Zig Ziglar The “power of positive thinking” is a popular concept, and sometimes it can feel a little cliché. But the physical and mental benefits of positive thinking both personally and in your real estate business have been demonstrated by multiple scientific studies. Positive thinking can give you more confidence, improve your mood, and even reduce the likelihood of developing conditions such as hypertension, de...

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Identify Where Your Real Estate Biz Needs The Most Help

In my 25+ years of working in real estate, these five categories have repeatedly emerged as the most crucial to any REALTORS© success. •Marketing & Lead Generation •Lead Conversion •Productivity Hacks •Teams •Coaching & Acceleration Where Does Your Real Estate Business Need the Most Help? Quickly… rate your business in each of these categories on a scale of 1-10: 10= Good 5 = Fair 1= Poor 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Handling Objections, Stalls and Conditions? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Negotiation Skills? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Closing Skills? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ...

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Facebook Features Real Estate Agents Should Know About

Are you a real estate agent that is a Facebook power-user, casual browser or you completely have no idea? No matter your level of social media expertise, you’ll want to read this week’s post as we share some of the hidden gems you will all want to know and implement! We’ve scoured the social media guides, tracked down the experts and sifted through the flashy add-ons to bring you the top tips and tricks. Without further ado, we’ll get right into it — because let’s face it (no pun intended), we’re all a little short on time. Schedule future Facebook mess...

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Game Changing Money Habits for Realtors©

Over the years I have been taught by my father, T. Harv Ecker, Napolean Hill, Jim Rohn and so many others the habits of money. Here is an exciting thought! Why not work full time on your job and part time on your fortune? How would you feel if you could honestly say, you are working to become wealthy and not just to pay my bills? When you have a plan you will be motivated and this week I want to share a simple formula for creating wealth. Here’s my thought on how money should be allocated. The 70/30 Rule After you pay your fair share of taxes, learn to l...

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The Canadian Real Estate Insights

This week we want to share with agents some valuable Canadian real estate insights from the latest report and how it affects them in today’s market place. (**NOTE: Even though the data this week is specific to the Canadian market there is still tons of great insights Realtors© from all over the world can benefit from.) We begin with the fact that more than 97% of Canadians polled all say they use the website and app as their primary or secondary source for real estate listings in Canada and more than 92% of Canadians are aware of Re...

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you don't have to be perfect realtor

Don’t Try To Be Perfect

I remember having coffee with a friend a few years ago and talking about a challenging time in my own life and he recommended a book to read by Brene Brown called “The Gifts of Imperfection.” So I bought a copy and took it with me on a weekend get away and couldn’t put it down. Have you ever read something and felt like it was written just for you? Well this book was something I could not believe wasn’t written page after page for just me and I think for most of you. You can choose to let go of yourself to live a “fake life” for others, or you can...

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Power Is In The Process for Your Real Estate Business

Reflecting back on the winter Olympics I was constantly reminded of how close the competition is at high levels of sport and how it is so close sometimes at high levels in real estate. The little things in an athletes performances means the difference between winning a medal and going home empty handed. The devil is in the details and the little activities of the process with buyers and sellers as well and makes the big difference if the agent wins the listing or loses a bona fide buyer. Knowing the process that high performing agents use every time to w...

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Is Your Real Estate Business Driven By Vision or Need?

We all have needs. We all have bills to pay, mouths to feed (in my case 5 mouths to feed – I know, it is not easy!), and some have university to pay for. I get it. Today, I want you to consider setting that aside, and instead start working in a vision. Ask yourself, “Is my real estate business driven by my vision or my needs”? That’s right, what if you started working according to a vision, instead of working according to your needs? I recently went through this myself and earlier this year, I realized I was working according to my needs and ...

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