Jumping Out of the Window Will Either Make You a Hero..or Not By Barbara Corcoran

I remember it like it was yesterday. When my brother, Marty Joe, sat on the window ledge on the third story of our house. His legs were dangling 30 feet above the little pool that my dad and grandpa had parked in our side yard. The water was about four feet deep. Marty relished the attention as all the other neighborhood kids looked up from below, cheering him on. It was hardly his first stupid stunt. The week before he’d thrown a dart straight up in the air in an attempt to catch it by its tip but ...

If you want to get noticed, write your name on the wall! By Barbara Corcoran

Contrary to popular belief, there is such a thing as bad publicity. Let me tell you about my first experience with it. I was just a little girl, hanging out with my friends, watching three workmen build a retaining wall for our neighbor, Mrs. Cacciotti. I watched one of the workers finish the job by smoothing fresh concrete over the front of the wall. It reminded me of watching Mom put icing on a cake. I managed to hang around until after both the workers and my friends had left to seize the prime ...

When a Wild Stallion Throws You, Find a Friendly Pony! By Barbara Corcoran

Joining the real estate industry requires a special kind of person –– one who’s not afraid to take a risk and fail from time to time as he or she grows as a professional. Even the most determined real estate professionals among us face experiences that challenge our belief in our own ability to succeed in such a competitive industry. Let me tell you about an experience I had that might have left others wondering if they should throw in the towel on their career. I once received an invitation to speak at an exclusive Citibank seminar for home buyers. Because my content piece, The ...

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 ...

Surround yourself with good people! By Barbara Corcoran

Every real estate agent is a business owner. And just like any business owner, whether it’s a mom-and-pop on Main Street or a large company with thousands of employees around the world, you have to become good at finding talent that can help you grow. In chapter eight of my book, Shark Tales, I talk about my early challenges growing my business. Mind you, I had my routine down: prospect calls in the early morning, briefing my sales team on their leads after that, an afternoon of showings until I returned to the ...

The Importance of Brand Attitude! By Barbara Corcoran

When you read my best-selling biography, Shark Tales – How I turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business, you quickly learn how important my family, especially my mother, was in helping me become the successful business person I am today. As a young woman, I complained to my mom about not having the same physical ‘assets’ as another waitress at a diner where I worked. Those assets were attracting so many more men to her counter rather than mine. My mom’s response taught me two simple yet incredibly valuable life lessons: Don’t waste time worrying about what life has handed you. Figure out ...

Why Barbara is our favorite Shark

Shark Tank is an exciting show that showcases some of the country’s most talented entrepreneurs. The established “sharks” who get to decide what business pitches to invest in offer great insight into how they achieved business success. Some of the up-and-coming innovators who are seeking funds to achieve their vision are also great examples of the hard work and perseverance it takes to start a company. But of all the sharks, Barbara Corcoran is our favorite. Here’s why: She puts a spotlight on real estate While much of the hype over entrepreneurship these days focuses on the ...

Barbara’s tips for real estate success: Stand apart from the crowd

Starting and running a real estate business is no easy job. But, as Barbara notes in episode 6 of our video tip series, to be a “somebody” in real estate and not just any other agent you have to build your brand. We hope you enjoy Barbara’s branding tip. Do you have any branding ideas you found successful as you built your real estate business? Feel free to share as a comment below or in Facebook or Twitter!   ...

Which Shark Tank star are you when selling real estate?

One of the great things about Shark Tank, ABC’s award-winning reality TV show focused on up-and-coming entrepreneurs who are trying to pitch their ideas to a team of wealthy investors, is the enormous differences between the titans of business who make up the cast. Just like in the world of real estate, the show demonstrates that there is not one single type of personality that makes a great businessperson. If anything, the show highlights the fact that we all have different strengths that we can use to our advantage in the world of business. To figure ...