Seven real estate experts REALTORS® should follow on social media

Many of the best known real estate experts can be found online where they regularly share their insights on topics like marketing and sales. Fortunately, a good amount of this content is free and available at your fingertips…that is if you know where to look. We tried to give you a head start with a list of seven experts we like to follow: Barbara Corcoran Barbara is one of the stars of the popular ABC TV show, Shark Tank, and built herself a real estate empire ...

Our 10 most read posts of 2016

This year we touched on many subjects that are important to real estate agents. We covered everything from do’s and don’ts when showing a home, to marketing strategies, and even talked about luxury cars that impress for less. While we hope you enjoyed every post, here are the 10 you read the most: Real Estate 2016: An open letter from eCommission founder, Sean Whaling eCommission founder and CEO, Sean Whaling shared his thoughts on trends and investing in yourself for the upcoming year. Take a look at his words of wisdom and see how ...

Three top-notch reasons for attending your brand’s trade show or convention

Each year, industry giant Re/Max holds its Re/Max R4 International Convention, which brings together thousands of brokers and agents from around the world for four days of learning, networking and training. Similarly, Keller Williams hosts an annual soiree called Family Reunion, also a four-day event attended by thousands of brokers and agents looking to re-energize their business, and to learn about industry trends and emerging technologies. These, and dozens of other branded trade shows and conventions, are held all across our country every year, but the question is – is it worth your time and money ...

Eight online courses that will help make you a better agent

The best way to continue bettering your real estate career is by learning new skills. Thanks to the internet and the availability of online courses (many of them free!) you can do that from the comfort of your own home or office. Here are a few online courses that will help make you a better agent: Sales Sales is the name of the game in real estate and there’s nothing wrong with taking a refresher course from time to time. Even if you feel like your selling skills are up to par, there are always ...

Real estate: A family business?

Providing for your family is probably one of the big reasons you got into real estate, but it’s not just the money you make from selling homes that the business can offer your loved ones. In some cases, it can also provide them with their own careers and livelihoods. Here are a few of the things to consider before you go down the path of setting up a family real estate business. Trust This is one of the major benefits of a family business. The bonds between owners is stronger than dollars and cents. Working with people ...

5 hard hitting life lessons to learn from the movie Rocky

In honor of the 40th year anniversary of Rocky, the eCommission team wanted to bring you our favorite 5 hard hitting life lessons from the greatest sports movie about prize fighters ever made. Sorry, Raging Bull fans, you can’t top Rocky Balboa in the ring of popular cinema! Let’s face it, Rocky is one of the most inspiring movie characters of all time, if only because we can all see a little of ourselves in him. A down-and-out fighter who overcomes steep odds to go the distance with Apollo Creed. By the end of the movie you feel like you can ...

How to get the most out of your professional referral network

If you are looking for a new landscaper are you more likely to take the suggestion of your neighbor with the great yard, or just call the landscaper who left a piece of paper in your mailbox? Most people would take the personal referral because it came from someone with credibility. These types of referrals are crucial for real estate agents because it allows you to expand your network with minimal resources. It’s a win-win! So how do you get more people to mention your name and direct business towards you? Consider joining or establishing a professional referral network (PRN) that aims ...

Business books for the beach

Real estate agents are always on the go. With the busy spring sales season winding down and summer finally here, you may be in vacation planning mode as you read this. If a trip to the beach is in your future, why not take advantage of the downtime by soaking up a little business knowledge along with all those sun rays? We recommend you take one of these books with you — along with that steamy romance or suspense-filled spy novel — to be able to pick up a few new tricks to add to your business toolkit. How to Have a ...

Moving to a new state: 6 tips to hit the ground running!

Moving to a new state is a daunting task. Sometimes, it can be like starting your career from scratch. For real estate agents it can be a nightmare to leave the market you’ve come to know so well.  Have no fear! Not all is gloomy. Moving to a new state holds so much opportunity for growth and success. You can make the most of your big move if you keep a few things in mind. Here are five tips that will get you up and running in the real estate market in no time: Real ...

Five novels with life lessons for real estate agents

Keeping up with news on the housing market and economy is obviously key to being a successful real estate agent, but you’ll only truly excel in the business if you can understand what people value in a home. The business page and trade publications can only go so far in shedding light on the emotional connection between people and houses. In fact, a good novel is one of the best windows into the human mind. Here are five great novels that every real estate agent should read. The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck’s classic account of Depression-era poverty and hardship has good ...