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 ...

12 business books real estate agents should read

As you can imagine, we have made lots of friends in real estate and along the way have gotten quite a few book recommendations over the years. We decided to put a list together of the 12 top books any real estate agent should consider reading. Why 12 books? You can read one per month! Insider tip: when reading, remember to focus on the main points and take occasional notes of particularly inspiring quotes to paste around your home or office as motivators. 1. Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business – Barbara Corcoran 2. How To List ...

Planning for industry certification: 4 tips

Anybody who has ever received a business card from a real estate professional will know that there is no small number of certifications available to industry practitioners. New agents might find this list of certifications and designations by the NAR (National Association of REALTORS®) and its affiliated organizations daunting. Where to start? Take the GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute) certification, for example. A minimum of 60 hours of coursework is required to obtain this certification. So clearly the investment in time (and money) that comes with obtaining certification is nothing to sneeze at. What’s more time and money are not always ...