Video Tips on Designing A Home Office

As technology has enabled millions more Americans to work remotely, the home office has taken on an even greater importance for real estate agents and many of their buyer clients, who are often on the lookout for houses that will offer them a reliable, quiet place to get work done. This video describes different ways to create a home working space, whether it’s an entire room, a corner of the kitchen or even a large closet! Included are a number of useful tips for maximizing the usefulness of the available space. They might come in handy for ...

How to Get a Commission Advance On Your Active Listings

Commission advances provide you an opportunity to maintain steady cash flow and continue to invest in your business in the weeks or months before your client closes on a property. However, sometimes you might want an advance even before you get an offer in order to help with marketing and promotion expenses. In such situations, a listing advance can help. Two listings can get you up to $4,000 If you have two active listings, you could be eligible for an advance of up to a maximum of $4,000. That money can help you cover expenses like ...

7 Ways Commission Advances Help Agents Grow Their Business

You need thick skin and a tough mind to make it as a real estate agent. The first few years can be a mighty test of your will. You have to constantly hustle to build a network and a reputation that is large enough to provide you a steady stream of clients. Dry spells are unavoidable, particularly as sales slow down in the winter months. During that time, however, you want to keep the momentum going by continuing to invest in your business. Here are a number of ways that commission advances can help. Advertising You know it might be ...

Six Things Your Commission Advance Can Do for You This Summer

The purpose of commission advances is not simply to help you pay your bills while you wait to receive payment. The idea is to keep a steady cash flow so that you can continue to invest in your business and build your career as a real estate agent. Putting your advance to good use can be a critical step to get ahead. Here are a number of ways that a commission advance can help you out: It can help educate you If you find yourself with free time this summer, or if business hits a lull, ...

Six smart investments for your commission advance

While commission advances are often thought of as a means to cover the essentials while you wait to get paid, another crucial part of the equation is being able to continue investing in your business, particularly as you get started. Here are some of the smart investments that will help fuel your continuing success as a real estate agent. Staging equipment If you’ve already cut some deals without staging materials, good for you! But sooner or later you’re going to want to be able to stage an open house. Doing so can be a key part ...

Five things that take longer than an eCommission advance application

Applying for a commission advance is simple and quick. Here at eCommission we want to make sure you can apply for and receive your hard-earned advance in under an hour. While you may not realize it, many things that are part of your routine can actually take longer than getting an eCommission advance. Here are five examples: Waiting in line at the DMV It’s everyone’s least favorite activity. Ranks right up there with getting a root canal. Well, okay, it’s not that bad, but pretty close! Come to think of ...

Commission Advance 101: what happens if my sale falls through?

Commission advance is a service tailored exclusively to real estate professionals Salaried employees enjoy the benefit of knowing exactly what they’ll earn on their next paycheck, and when they’ll receive it. Selling real estate is a different story. Some months you may close two or three sales and earn thousands of dollars. Other months… nothing. Riding this “cash flow roller coaster” as described by Barbara Corcoran, is the #1 reason why agents leave real estate. Solving this challenge is crucial for sustaining long term business growth.  A commission advance is designed just for agents and takes the nature ...

Six common delays to avoid when applying for a commission advance

eCommission is known for its fast, responsive application process that allows real estate agents to receive advance payment of their commissions in under one hour. As we explained in an earlier post, we designed the process to be as simple and straightforward as possible. But mistakes and confusion can still happen occasionally causing delays in receiving your funds. To make sure your experience using eCommission goes as smoothly as possible, we thought it’d be best to describe the six most common things to avoid during the application process: Not autosaving your password ...

Tax deductibility of a commission advance, how to use to your benefit.

With tax season fast approaching, we wanted to give you a few reminders about the tax benefits when receiving a commission advance. Suffice it to say, there’s good news, so take advantage. What is tax deductible? Fees: As an independent contractor, the fees you pay to secure a commission advance are a fully deductible business expense. It’s a true cost of doing business and as such will be 100% deductible. For sole proprietors, this means recording the fees as a business expense on  Schedule C of your tax return. Business expenses: Further benefits when ...

Getting a commission advance: when to apply

There’s no better feeling in real estate than when you make the sale. Except perhaps when you get the commission check! But first comes the wait for the commission check. Will it be 30 days, 45 days, 60 days? Every closing is different, and the wait-time can throw a wrench into the growth plans of your business. Will you have money for your next advertising campaign? Do you have enough cash on hand for the new tires on your ‘mobile office’? What about paying for an assistant to help you with all the time-consuming administrative duties that keep you from selling? Getting ...