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Top Agent Articles » Stupid Staging

There are times when the real estate culture can really hurt you.  The rabid adherence to having your sellers stage a property can be detrimental to them and you, as their agent.  I am sure there are instances in past markets where homes sold faster and for more money, but is it really working well in this market?  

Top Agent Articles » Don’t Worry – You Can Manage Your Investment Property

Managing properties can be an absolute nightmare or a huge profit source. It's your choice, based upon the amount of documentation and systems that you implement. Many top real estate agents also have a management division within their offices. This division is usually started and grows by helping investor clients, or it is necessary because of the properties that the real estate agents own themselves. At some point, many top real estate agents might actually leave the business to start their own management companies. Being an “insider” allows you to horizontally integrate your business.

Top Agent Articles » Are You Doing All You Can Do?

My goal in real estate was to leverage my time so that I was getting the maximum amount of income out of every exertion of energy. I never liked showing property much, but I really wanted the listing. In fact, I did whatever was ethical to become the most recognized REALTOR® in my area. This system is a little aggressive, not for the faint of heart. I never considered it solicitation of a seller, just feedback; however, the results were many sellers ended up knowing me and paying more attention to my expired solicitation.

Top Agent Articles » Why Spend Big Money on Leads

For many, it’s simply call reluctance. You just never seem to get around to making those phone calls. I run up against this challenge with even some of the best agents in the country. Call reluctance can freeze you in your tracks, and that’s why coaching can be so important – the prodding needed to get it done and the wording to get it right.

Top Agent Articles » Winning Buyers from Agents Without Contracts

When an interested buyer drove by a property then followed the directions for more information (easy-to-remember URL, QR code, text back system, or IVR system), I always made sure they had reasons beyond a great listing to contact me personally. The buyers are out looking at listings without their agent so maybe their real estate agent is inefficient! Why not attract them to the most professional representation in the area? I would provide a list of reasons for them to call me directly via an attachment to the listing flyer in the brochure box, on my website in the buyer’s section, and even on the fax/text/call back systems. This list worked like a charm!