E-Mail Marketing: The Importance of Opt-In

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Spam. Once it evoked images of kitschy, canned, spiced ham, but we all know what it means now: unwanted emails that clog our boxes and force us to delete daily or spend time unsubscribing. Of course, you think your e-mail campaigns are compelling but not everyone whose address you acquire is going to want to…

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E-Mail Marketing Best Practices

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E-mail marketing has become one of the most basic tools in any agent’s tool kit, and while it’s simple to do, it’s not always easy to do it well or even correctly. As with all business practices, there are steps you can take that ensure you don’t run afoul of marketing norms or worse yet,…

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Marketing During the Holiday Season

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The holidays are upon us and though visions of sugarplums may be dancing through heads, you’ve still got to tend to your business: after all, sellers still want to close their deals and buyers need to place for Santa to visit. But, staying relevant and keeping customers focused during one of the busiest and most…

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Avoiding Burnout

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As the old adage goes, ‘all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.’ It can also make Jack (and Jill) a burned-out boy. Burnout is defined as ‘physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress.’ Many successful real estate agents put in long hours – if you want to succeed, it comes…

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Active vs. Passive Prospecting

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Prospecting is a frequent topic of conversation in the real estate business as every agent is focused on keeping their lead pipeline full. Less talked about than specific means are the different broad strategies and ways to find prospects. Active prospecting refers to some of the traditional tools we think of, including cold calls, referrals,…

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Organizing For Success

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A successful career in real estate requires the ability to adeptly spin plates and juggle tasks, but if you are a chronically disorganized person with dreams of becoming a titan of real estate, have no fear. While there are naturally organized people, anyone can master simple steps to install some order into their lives since…

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Writing a Business Plan

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Yogi Berra, legend of Major League Baseball, catcher, coach, and manager for teams including the New York Yankees, New York Mets, and Houston Astros, was as famous for his mangling of words as skills on the diamond but hit the nail on the head when he said: “If you don’t know where you are going,…

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Getting The Most Out Of Networking Events

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The term ‘networking’ may conjure up queasy sensations of glad-handing used car salesmen, but it’s necessary for growing our pipeline and it doesn’t have to be unpleasant. In fact, networking events can – and should – be enjoyable, as they give you a chance to add to our pipeline and present your best self to…

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Working With High Net-Worth Clients

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Real estate agents work hard. Sometimes, we feel like we toil away, cranking out listing after listing, hammering on closings, all in an effort to reach our financial goals and answer the ‘why’ of our exertions. We’d all like to get maximum return for minimum work and a high net worth client base is one…

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Stay Focused in a Chaotic World

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Nothing is more important to a successful career than keeping our eye on the prize and retaining focus. But in 2018, there are countless ways by which we can be easily distracted: smartphone apps, 24/7 cable news stations, the finger-in-the-electric socket that is politics, the ability to watch TV on our computers at all hours…

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How to Create a FSBO Packet For Realtors

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FSBO (For Sale By Owner) statistics are probably familiar to you if you’ve been in the real estate business long enough Nearly 9 out of 10 homeowners fail when trying to sell their own home. Wanting to pocket the commission, they go into the process thinking a sign in the front yard is all it…

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4 Reasons Why Failure Makes Us Better

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Admit it, seeing the word “failure” in the title of a blog post makes you uncomfortable. Let’s not focus on the negative you might be thinking. That makes sense. After all, many, if not most highly driven and successful professionals operate on the motto made famous in the film Apollo 13: “Failure is not an…

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Nailing The Close

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Whether you are a listing agent or buyer’s agent, selling luxury properties or rentals, the time inevitably comes that you must close a deal. There’s no time during the sales process more fraught with the possibility of flop sweat than the close. But, follow our advice and practice these techniques at each stage of the…

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Old School Branding

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Technology is great, isn’t it? Smartphones, apps, and social media have all given us so many new ways to connect with potential customers and market ourselves. But, ask anyone who gets trapped in automated customer service purgatory or caught on the phone with an anonymous call center staffer and they will tell you it’s hard…

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Building Momentum

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Physics and real estate may at first glance appear to lack much in common, but Newton’s Third Law of Motion is something we can all relate to. Formally stated, Newton’s third law says, ‘for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction,’ but in layman’s terms, that translates to ‘what goes up must come…

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The Essentials of Real Estate Success

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In a boom market, real estate sales look like an easy way to generate income: basic licensing classes are packed with eager wannabe agents. How hard can it be to sell a house, right? Anyone who’s been in the industry a while knows that no matter the economy, our business isn’t for the lazy or…

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Generating Leads Through Social Media

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Let’s face it: Facebook is inescapable. Once a cutting-edge social network for the young and hip, it’s now considered a basic must-have for any business, with an estimated two billion monthly users. But, it’s not enough to simply have a page and to get ‘likes’ on it. For those in the real estate industry, Facebook…

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Turn Off, Tune In

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You may be noticing more news articles and blog posts on work-life balance, but that’s no surprise: technology, for all its advantages, encourages multitasking and gives us the notion we can manage more than one task at a time competently. In fact, research shows most of us only pay attention about 47 percent of the…

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