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Eleventh Hour Gifts Without Shopping

If you’re beginning to feel the pressure of running out of time to find the perfect gift, here are a few suggestions that may not be on their “list” but will certainly be appreciated. The gift of really listening without interrupting, daydreaming or planning your response can be exactly what people want when they have[…]

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Sales and Branding: Short Term and Long Term

Today I booked a course for February. That’s sales. The class may or may not happen. I may or may not get paid (mostly according to whether or not it happens). That is sales. Sales brings in the income, keeps the bills paid, brings home the “bacon,” so to speak. Periodically, I sell. The more[…]

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Blogging: Being Roseanne Roseannadanna

As often happens in a course where we touch on technology, the other day I mentioned blogging as a way to reach people, share, and establish expertise. Then, as often happens, I asked who had a blog. As per usual, about a third of the hand rose. Then came the next obvious question, how many of[…]

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CRS Changes Designation Requirements

Three major changes have occurred at the Council of Residential Specialists, effective January 1, 2018. Here they are: 1. Requirements for becoming or maintaining the position of  Certified CRS Instructor have been revised. 2. CRS has implemented a designation maintenance requirement for the coming year. CRS Designees are now required to take 2 hours of[…]

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When the Market Changes…

We never know exactly when any given market might change. If you pay close attention to the numbers, you might see some of the telltale signs. Monitoring inventory (supply) is always a great way to see one of the most important movements in the market, as is watching demand (sold properties). The Sales to List[…]

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Do You Have a VP?

Value Proposition: Yours/Mine We chat a bunch in the real estate business about the concept of Value Proposition. So what is a Value Proposition? And why is it important? Well, first things first, according to Wikipedia, it is “a promise of value to be delivered, communicated, and acknowledged.” Okay, but that doesn’t really tell me enough. I like this[…]

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The Agent’s Education Checklist

If you go to Google, Bing, Yahoo or any of the major search engines we frequent, type in the words “real estate 2017″, the fruits of your efforts will be a plethora of articles focusing on hot markets throughout the USofA. Low inventory seems to highlight most areas. So, if someone’s business should be a[…]

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Cinco Siempre

I was watching a video yesterday and someone used the word, siempre. Siempre, in Spanish, means always. Siempre. What a great word. Always is the way you are consistently: not erratic, unpredictable, uncertain. So it got me thinking about the always in the sales world. The result? Five always, five things you could always do[…]

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10/1/2/3 A Facebook Plan to Connect

In the days of my Great Grandpa Blackmer, if you wanted to chat with someone, you had to see them, as in really SEE them, in person. You rode to the next town, knocked on their door and paid a visit. Then, Alexander Graham Bell gave us the telephone. The phone was a great way[…]