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 ...

How Salon-Style Walls Can Sell A Home

It’s incredible the difference a few framed pieces of wall art can make in a room. This video describes the way that a wide variety of images, including paintings, photos, postcards and even kids’ drawings can improve a buyer’s impression of a room. The video serves as a useful reminder to agents that it’s worth having a few pieces of framed art that you can use when staging a home.   ...

The Most Important Considerations for Buyers with Pets

Your clients with children are not the only ones whose number one priority when buying a home is another member of the household. Furry friends are also a major consideration for a sizable portion of American home seekers. Here are some of the things that they’re either looking for or may want to know about when they’re searching for a new place to live. Yard What kind of yard does your client need to accommodate their dog? It’s a question worth asking before you start flagging potential properties. The space needs of a Great Dane are ...

The Importance of Furniture Arrangement

If you want to stage homes properly, you need to appreciate how the layout of furniture can impact a visitor’s impression of the home. In many cases, people can’t put their finger on what’s wrong, but they can sense a lack of symmetry and coherence when the sofas, chairs, tables and other pieces do not fit. This video discusses things to keep in mind when organizing furniture, including furniture height, the size of the room and whether to go with a single grouping or multiple arrangements. ...

6 must haves to be productive in your home office

Home offices work very well for some and terribly for others. Some of us just can’t seem to focus with all of the distractions of the house at our fingertips. However, you can combat procrastination and boost productivity by designing your office in a way that facilitates work and reduces distractions. Here are some ideas. A dedicated work space Sure, you could work at your kitchen table, but if you have a spare room, it’s in your best interest to turn it into a dedicated office. First, if a room is exclusively used for work, you ...

When to Walk Away From a Deal

As a real estate agent, your job is to look after your client’s interests. That means explaining the pros and cons of every potential deal, including offering your own opinion. This is especially important when you believe a client is at risk of making a bad purchase. Here are some situations when it may be appropriate to strongly advise a client to ditch a deal. Seller demands an appraisal clause If the listing agent demands that the buyer commit to the purchase even if the appraisal comes in below the sales price, that’s trouble. ...

7 Habits to Get You Into the Million Dollar Commission Club

It’s hard enough to get a few people to entrust you with negotiating the purchase or sale of the biggest investment of their lives. But developing the consistency and reach needed to become one of the area’s top real estate agents is not something that most people are able to do. Here are some things to keep in mind in case you’re aiming for the Million Dollar Commission Club. Networking constantly Some agents do well for a few years and then inexplicably stop getting leads. In many cases that’s because they were relying on a profitable but ...

Power Nap! 3 Reasons Why a Catnap Could Make You More Productive

You can’t live without sleep and it’s extremely hard to do your job well when you’re sleep-deprived. Some of us struggle to get enough shut-eye, but you really should make rest a priority. It’s as crucial to your business success as any of your professional skills. So what can you do on the days when you just weren’t able to get enough sleep the night before? Or when, despite getting a good night’s rest, you’re hit with that mid-afternoon fatigue? Take a quick catnap! It’s a proven way to get you back in the saddle and ...

Outdoor Advertising: Which One is Best For You?

As is the case in most other industries, marketing in real estate is increasingly shifting towards online advertising, either through search engines or social media. But people aren’t only influenced by what they see on their computer or phone screen. Old fashioned methods still have value and if your competitors are neglecting them, they might offer you a cheap way to get a ton of leads.  Here are a number of ways to drive leads in the great outdoors. Car magnets You’ve already invested thousands of dollars into your car, so why not turn ...

Coffee is for Closers: Caffeinated Drinks to Get Your Sales Game Going

Caffeine is one of our nation’s most valuable energy sources. Caffeine overload is no joke, but research has shown that up to 400 milligrams(equivalent to four cups of coffee) of this stuff a day is healthy. Here are a number of different ways to power through a long day of working real estate. Coffee There are few caffeine delivery systems healthier than a good old fashioned cup of Joe. Not only has research shown that a couple cups a day is a healthy way to stimulate the brain and increase focus, but it’s one of the ...