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Why Real Estate Agents Love the New 9 to 5

Why Real Estate Agents Love the New 9 to 5

Why Real Estate Agents Love the New 9 to 5

Before the new 9 to 5, when the U.S. workforce toiled during normal office hours, people lived their lives outside of that time. Employees crammed dental appointments into lunch breaks, Dads watched peewee soccer games on weekends, and if parents attended a weekday dance recital, well, that’s what vacation or sick days were for.

No more. Working from 9 to 5 is so last century. Technology has cut the ties that bind employees to office desks, allowing workers–especially people who work in real estate– to make deals on their iPhones at Starbucks […] Read more

Real Estate Prospecting Ideas

Real Estate Prospecting Ideas

Real Estate Prospecting Ideas: Starting Off on the Right Foot

You can’t expect real estate clients to come to you. Rather, you have to search for clients—and you have to make it a priority—especially early on in your real estate career. As a new agent, you can’t just count on referrals, word-of-mouth, and marketing and promotional efforts such as mailers, billboards, bench signs, and social media ads. While all those activities are good ways to get your name out there, they are not the same as proactively seeking out new business. To start your career off on the right foot, you’re […] Read more

How much money does a real estate agent make?

How much money does a real estate agent make?

One of the benefits associated with a career in real estate is the unlimited earnings potential. Unlike salaried or wage-paying jobs, a commission-based job allows you to get back in income what you put into it in effort and energy. So, what is the typical real estate salary range? How does commission work? And what factors will impact your annual earnings? We’ve put together some information to help answer these common questions regarding real estate salary and earnings potential.

How much money does a real estate agent make?

If you watch enough TV programs about real estate, you might think 
that all […] Read more

Shortage of Appraisers, Home Prices at Record Highs & Drone Photography in Real Estate

Shortage of Appraisers, Home Prices at Record Highs & Drone Photography in Real Estate

This week’s real estate news focuses on the good—home prices on the rise but a bubble is not on the horizon, the bad—a nationwide shortage of appraisers means deals are delayed or even lost, and the ugly—the home from the movie The Silence of the Lambs is up for sale, and you won’t believe what that listing looks like! Luckily there’s more good than bad—or ugly—as we round out the week with positive news for home buyers and how drones might soon impact the marketing for your next listing.

‘Massive’ shortage of appraisers causing home sales delays

With housing demand on the […] Read more

Finding a Real Estate Mentor and Cultivating a Successful Relationship

Finding a Real Estate Mentor and Cultivating a Successful Relationship

Finding a Real Estate Mentor and Cultivating a Successful Relationship

As a new real estate agent, you have been doing all of the “right” things to launch your career. You’re networking. You’re learning about your market. You’re working on a prospects list. Still, getting started in real estate can be challenging, especially in the first year or so. Finding a real estate mentor and cultivating a successful relationship could help you out tremendously by enhancing your ability to launch a long, successful real estate career.

The first step to mentorship is probably the toughest. You may know plenty of admirable, successful real […] Read more

Professional Appearance Tips for Real Estate Agents

Professional Appearance Tips for Real Estate Agents

Real Estate Tips:
Professional Appearance Tips for Real Estate Agents

In the real estate business, your image is projected through your professional appearance. Some clients will judge you by your appearance just as much as your reputation, how knowledgeable you are, and how well you communicate. When meeting with potential clients, keep in mind that first impressions matter.

For example, this NAR article on “The Importance of Image and Appearance” quotes three Realtor® clients regarding whether having purple hair and tattoos or driving an ugly car would influence their decision to use the agent. One client replied that she would have run away […] Read more

Four Ways to Sell a House to International Buyers

Four Ways to Sell a House to International Buyers

Four Ways to Sell a House to International Buyers

 

Selling a house can be tiresome and tedious, especially if the domestic real estate market is already too saturated or too populated. These are perhaps some of the reasons as to why home sellers or agents market houses and properties to international buyers. Selling outside of the country expands your market and network, and sometimes even allows you to get more than what locals are willing to pay for your property.

On the other hand, most sellers think that selling outside of the country is difficult. But with today’s technology and various communication […] Read more

Best Places to Relocate Your Real Estate Career

Best Places to Relocate Your Real Estate Career

Best Places to Relocate Your Real Estate Career

If you’re thinking about relocating and taking your real estate career with you, a new report from Goodcall might help you determine the best places to relocate as a new agent. Goodcall is a research and data service that provides consumers with information and guidance regarding personal finance, career choices, academic scholarships, and much more. The organization recently published 2015’s Best Metro Areas For Real Estate Agents, which studied 150 metropolitan areas across the U.S. to determine which are the likeliest hunting grounds for beginning or aspiring residential real estate agents.

Goodcall based its conclusions […] Read more

The Property Brothers Share 4 Fixer-Upper Tips for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

The Property Brothers Share 4 Fixer-Upper Tips for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

The Property Brothers Share 4 Fixer-Upper Tips for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Drew and Jonathan Scott, aka the Property Brothers, are on HGTV nearly every time you turn on the channel. We know them for their real estate expertise, home renovations and interior design, but they also have a passion for branding and business which led them to a real estate investment company, a production company, four reality shows and ultimately, celebrity status. See a few tips the brothers have for you at Success.com.

You know Drew and Jonathan Scott, aka the Property Brothers, thanks to the wildly popular HGTV show of the same name. […] Read more

Common Home Selling Mistakes New Agents Face

Common Home Selling Mistakes New Agents Face

Common Home Selling Mistakes New Agents Face

Everyone makes mistakes—even the most seasoned real estate professionals. Perhaps what sets the great listing agents apart from the not-so-great ones is that that they learned from their mistakes early on. Will you make home selling mistakes as a new agent? Absolutely. But you will also learn valuable lessons that will make you a better, stronger agent. Here are five common home selling mistakes that new real estate agents face.

Mispricing a home

Especially at the upper end, mispricing a home can end in disaster for the seller. Agents who specialize in luxury homes have to know […] Read more