Working with Sellers

Daily RICHual #12: Why Deadlock Happens

There comes a time in many negotiations when progress halts and deadlock ensues.  Several things happen when deadlock occurs and if you know what they are, and what to do about them, success can be the result. One problem, of course, is when people involved in a negotiation become unmotivated. In a world where buyers want to buy and sellers want to sell, if one doesn’t. THAT can be a… Read More »Daily RICHual #12: Why Deadlock Happens

Daily RICHual #9 . Being a Better Listener

We spend a ton of our lives in conversations. We talk, we listen. Or do we? How good of a listener are you? AND would it be valuable to get better at it? According to those in the know, the best listening is called active listening and it is defined as listening with the intent to understand. It, like empathy, is OTHER oriented. So in the interest of everyone who… Read More »Daily RICHual #9 . Being a Better Listener

Daily RICHual #8 . Empathy

Yesterday we listed four traits/skills/tips for being a better negotiator. Here’s another – and it’s a BIGGIE: Empathy. Empathy is our ability to understand how someone else feels, to be able to “walk a mile in their shoes.” While empathy is all encompassing as a life skill, it’s essential for negotiators.

Daily RICHual #7 . Negotiating Tips

We negotiate all the time. It’s not just a work thing, it’s a life thing. There are some great resources for being a better negotiator and I’ve listed a few of my favorites in the notes. But for the sake of the moment, here are four of my favorites: 1. Separate the people from the problem 2. Pre-Position everything 3. Understand motivation 4. Be a better listener

Politicians, Sales People, and Riding Shotgun

It’s an election year. Milton Berle once said, “You can lead a man to Congress, but you can’t make him think.” Thirty years ago, I used to teach American Government to 9th graders. I can’t imagine having to do it in the last two decade given the complete disregard politicians from BOTH sides of the aisle have for us, the people, and for the Constitution and Bill of Rights.  Centuries… Read More »Politicians, Sales People, and Riding Shotgun

Daily RICHual #5 Visual Presentations

Two days ago while teaching a technology class to a room full of Realtors, one rolled up when we were finished and said, I really liked your slides. The visuals were great and REALLY anchored the points you were making. BOOM. Mission accomplished. Anyone doing any kind of a presentation for whomever, MUST understand the power of the visual. The experts tell us that 83% of effective learning is visual.… Read More »Daily RICHual #5 Visual Presentations

Daily RICHual #3 . Girl Scouts and Sales/Branding

We hear a lot about Branding and sales in today entrepreneurial world. What’s the difference? Simple. Sales is short term, it’s focused on the sale, and it’s me chasing you. Branding is long term, focused on the relationship, and it’s trying to get you to come to me. Too often, we think that the key to getting the sale is to sell people. And while there’s a smidgeon of truth… Read More »Daily RICHual #3 . Girl Scouts and Sales/Branding

The Daily RICHual #2 . The Golden Rule in Sales

I remember my early days of being a real estate agent and balking at the concept that I was in sales. I was a real estate counselor, advisor, consultant. Not a sales person. Everyone hates salespeople. I don’t want to be hated. My broker reminded me that I had spent the last 15 years of my life in sales. No, I didn’t I taught 9th graders. HA! He replied. You… Read More »The Daily RICHual #2 . The Golden Rule in Sales

Understanding Reverse Mortgages

Reverse mortgage loans are like traditional mortgages that permits homeowners to borrow money using their home as collateral while retaining title to the property. Reverse mortgage loans don’t require monthly payments. The loan is due and payable when the borrower no longer lives in the home or dies, whichever comes first. Since no payments are made, interest and fees earned are added to the loan balance each month causing an… Read More »Understanding Reverse Mortgages

Downsizing is an Alternative

It is estimated that over 15% of the population in the U.S. are over 65 years of age. With one of the most common fears of seniors being their money will run out early, it is understandable that downsizing may be strategy to meet their goals. Once the kids are grown, have careers, relationships and get a place of their own, parents find they may not need their “big” home… Read More »Downsizing is an Alternative