There are 525,600 minutes in a year. Are you happy with how you used yours? Exceed your own expectations in 2018 (and surprise yourself with a best-ever commission advance) by hitting the ground running thanks to these real estate New Year’s resolutions.
It’s almost 2018, and that means a new look at the real estate landscape. From tech advances and new niches to building your commission advance thanks to investors, here’s what you can look forward to exploring next year.
When you’re chasing your next commission advance, is holiday home marketing the first step towards prosperity or a guarantee that your bottom line will be left out in the cold?
There are several pros and cons to be considered, and we’ve got a peek at the most important.
Perception is often reality. Unfortunately, that maxim doesn’t work so well in the world of real estate, where busy schedules and long-distance buys often preclude multiple showings and may prevent potential buyers from seeing a property in person at all. How can an intrepid real estate agent virtually showcase homes and achieve their commission advance goals? By taking advantage of new and interesting technology, of course.
Being busy is good, but do you suddenly have more traffic and listing appointments than you can handle? There’s a fine line between running a bustling business and becoming drastically overwhelmed. Before you surrender your life to the dark side and sacrifice your commission advance to the competition, protect your investment and take a step toward a brighter future by building a smart, competent and wildly successful team.
Reality check: Your furry buddies might be family to you, but to potential home buyers, Fido and Fluffy are a sign that your property could be infested with fuzzies, fleas and scratched-up flooring. Even if your four-legged kiddos are as cute as can be, you’ll need to take some extra steps during the staging and selling processes to ensure your home is viewed in the best light possible. And if you’re an agent? Your job could be doubly hard, because your future commission advance may well hinge on convincing your clients that pets aren’t always a selling point.
We now spend more time tooling around in our mobile apps than we do with any other single functionality our smartphones and tablets offer. The world is literally at our fingertips, and it’s making it easier than ever to conduct business on the fly. For real estate agents, the tech wave has led to the launch of dozens of apps that promise everything from MLS access to client management interfaces. Which real estate mobile apps will make your day easier and bring your commission advance closer within reach? Start with these six.
As summer spins into fall, buyers start to get distracted by a flurry of back-to-school activities and deterred by cooler temps and petering curb appeal. How can you keep the crowds coming despite the changing season? The key to keeping up your commission advance (and pleasing your clients in the process) is switching up your marketing.
How sweet would life be if you could just show a home to a buyer, quickly close the deal and go home with your commission advance in one hand and a nice cold drink in the other? Alas, purchasing real estate is not a speedy process, and buyer objections can stall progress in a heartbeat unless you know exactly what to say in order to get the deal back on track.
The days of flipping through a Rolodex are gone and word of mouth has gone digital. In the 21st century, a real estate agent’s business card is their website. Do you know how you’re being perceived? A subpar site (one that loads slowly, looks amateurish or lacks key information, for example) can stall a fledgling career in short order, but the right online presence can turn casual consumers into long-time clients.