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Agent Insights - 5 Mistakes Your First Time Real Estate Buyers Should Avoid

Posted by Victoria Deubler

Feb 23, 2016 7:30:00 AM

In todays Agent Insights post, Ryan Fitzgerald - a Realtor in Raleigh, North Carolina - sheds light on what mistakes first time home buyers tend to make and how to help clients avoid them.

Here's Ryan:

Working with first time real estate buyers in the Raleigh area is one of my absolute favorite parts of real estate. Addressing the common mistakes first time buyers make upfront leads to a much smoother transaction.

There are so many options available to first time buyers that they are typically unaware of. This leads to an attitude of gratitude from first time home buyers once we show them how they are able to save thousands of dollars.

First timers range in age, from millennial buyers to older adults looking to settle down in the Raleigh area. Either way, there are great financial opportunities for these new buyers.

So what are the commonalities among first time home buying mistakes?

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Topics: Agent Insights, Practical Advice

Friday Freebies: Real Estate Organization for 2016!

Posted by Victoria Deubler

Feb 19, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Friday Freebies: Staying organized is crucial to every aspect of your real estate business. One great way to keep your professional life organized and productive is with checklists. To help you out, we’ve put together some great checklists ranging from real estate tax deductions to open houses.

Download these freebies to help you stay organized in 2016!

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Topics: Practical Advice

6 Fresh Open House Tips for Spring 2016

Posted by Victoria Deubler

Feb 18, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Open houses are great for showcasing a property, increasing the chance of finding serious buyers and even capturing new buyer leads. Spring is on it’s way, so we’ve compiled some of the trendiest tips of 2016 to help you make the most of your upcoming showings.

Sell properties quickly this Spring using these 7 open house tips:

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Topics: Practical Advice, Lead Gen & Engagement

Agent Insights - Q & A with Zurple: A Day in the Life of a Real Estate Agent

Posted by Victoria Deubler

Feb 16, 2016 7:30:00 AM

In today’s Agent Insights post, Kendra Bates - a Realtor in San Diego, California - chats with Zurple and answers questions about what it’s like to work in the Real Estate Industry on a day to day basis.

Here’s Kendra:

How long have you been in real estate?

I have been in Real Estate for two years now. By this time, it is said that nearly 80% of new agents have given up as they didn’t realize how much work is actually required and how hard it is to get going.

What brokerage are you currently with?

I’m currently working for Coldwell Banker in Rancho Bernardo. When starting out in the industry, there is just so much to learn and I’ve found that my office has been extremely helpful during this time. In Real Estate you’re helping people make one of the biggest financial decisions of their life - and being new you need a great support and training system behind you. This office does just that.

What do you most enjoy about going into your office?

I really enjoy the office presence and our wonderful Office Manager, Linda. She is always available, even after office hours, which is a huge plus. The real estate agents at this office are not at all what I imagined. Agents are so willing to help and give advice, unlike so many others I have met. I often get calls from other brokerages asking me to come check them out, even offering better commission (which is always nice) - but I truly want to understand and know the business, so I can grow my career. The training and support I get from my office helps make this a possibility as long as I keep up the hard work.

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Topics: Agent Insights

Real Estate Closing Gift Don'ts!

Posted by Victoria Deubler

Feb 15, 2016 8:00:00 AM

One of the best ways to show your real estate client how much you appreciate them and their business is by thanking them with a closing gift. However, sometimes overlooking certain details of a relationship or a client’s likes and dislikes, can negatively impact the effectiveness of the gift. For instance, if a client doesn’t drink - and you gift a bottle of wine. We’ve put together some “don’ts” of closing gifts to help you choose the best gifts for your clients.


Avoid these don’ts of real estate closing gifts: 


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Topics: Practical Advice

Before Breaking Up With a Real Estate Client this Valentine's Day...

Posted by Victoria Deubler

Feb 12, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Have you ever worked with a real estate client that pushed you to your limits? Sometimes it’s better to let a client go if it’s just not working out. ”Firing” a client with grace isn’t easy and there are several things to think about before doing so. This Valentine’s day we’ve compiled some of the best advice out there on how to cut ties with a problematic client - straight from the experts!

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Topics: Agent Insights, Practical Advice

How to Kill It in Luxury Real Estate

Posted by Victoria Deubler

Feb 11, 2016 8:00:00 AM

You may have been inspired to get into the luxury real estate niche on your own, or you may have been inspired after watching Bravo TV’s hit series Million Dollar Listing. Either way, you want to dive in. Now - how do you get started?

Well, what is luxury?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, “luxury” is defined as:


noun lux·u·ry \ˈlək-sh(ə-)rē, -zh(ə-)rē\

:a condition or situation of great comfort, ease, and wealth
:something that is expensive and not necessary
:something that is helpful or welcome and that is not usually or always available

In the real estate industry, the luxury niche requires more than a great track record and market presence to become successful. By infusing luxury into every aspect of your real estate business, whether it’s in your marketing strategy, showings, or client experience, you can become a talented and reputable agent in no time.


Use these tactics to make it to the top of your luxury market:


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Topics: Practical Advice, Building Your Brand

8 Mistakes That Make Good Agents Leave a Real Estate Brokerage

Posted by Victoria Deubler

Feb 10, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Bad Mistakes That Make Good Employees Leave” is an article written by Dr. Travis Bradberry, Coauthor of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 & President at TalentSmart, that was recently published on LinkedIn. In today’s blog post, we’ve summarized his main points and explained how they pertain to Real Estate Brokers and their teams.

Dr. Travis Bradberry’s goal in this article is to help employers and managers improve turnover by understanding what makes good employees leave. While these concepts can be applied to most professional organizations, we’ve compared them to how they impact real estate businesses to provide insight on how to make sure your best real estate agents stay with you forever.


Dr. Travis Bradberry outlines several reasons why good employees leave. Here they are:


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Topics: Practical Advice, Building Your Brand

Agent Insights - How to Succeed with Google AdWords in Real Estate

Posted by Victoria Deubler

Feb 9, 2016 7:30:00 AM

In today’s abridged Agent Insights post, Jeff Knox - featured Inman writer and Dallas, Texas Broker of Knox & Associates Real Estate - explains how agents can effectively grow their business and online real estate marketing strategy with PPC Marketing and Google AdWords.

jeff-knox.jpgHere’s Jeff:

Google Adwords and PPC can be like the Song of the Sirens to Realtors. For those who aren't familiar with Greek mythology, the Song of the Sirens was a story of beautiful creatures who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. AdWords can be just as alluring to Realtors looking for instant access to willing buyers and sellers.

PPC means instant traffic to your website and the possibility of quick closings and commissions. In theory, what could be better than advertising on the first page of Google to consumers searching for their new home? These possibilities are often too tempting for agents to pass without at least giving PPC a shot. However, PPC can and will eat you and your wallet alive if you don't know what you're doing.  

Don't get me wrong...the rest of my article isn't about how to avoid the temptations of PPC but rather how to make PPC actually work for you as a Realtor.

First, What exactly is PPC?

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Topics: Agent Insights, Lead Gen & Engagement

Enhance Your Skills With These Real Estate Training Resources

Posted by Victoria Deubler

Feb 8, 2016 7:30:00 AM

It’s always beneficial to brush up on your real estate skills by attending regular trainings. There are several free and paid courses out there designed to help licensed real estate agents grow their expertise as well as their business.

So, to help you decide which courses are right for you, we’ve compiled an overview of some popular real estate trainings from the National Association of Realtors.


Real Estate Training Resources from NAR:

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Topics: Stats & Training

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