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What is the MAX number of Closings you can Handle??? - 04/28/09 07:24 PM
The busy season is upon us and Real Estate is booming. I am currently managing 21 closings - by far the most I have handled. The wheels of the system we use in conjunction with Top Producer has not broke yet but has defiantly been moving through some mud...
This is the most our team has ever had pending at once and I lead me to want to ask fellow agents to see what the most you have handled. I know 21 closings may not seem like that many to some agents or may seem like a lot to others-I am more (1 comments)
Wax On, Wax Off - 04/25/09 10:02 PM
I LOVED Karate Kid when I was growing up. The fight scenes were tame enough that my Mom let me watch, but cool enough to keep me interested. Mr. Miagi taught wimpy Daniel to take on a gang of jerks and in the end good triumphs over evil in the final showdown between Daniel and the guy who was willing to "sweep the leg." Really, what's not to like - well except maybe the sequels.
I found it a couple of weeks ago while flipping through channels and was mesmerized by the way that Mr. Miagi taught Danielson the art (46 comments)
Everything I Need to Know as a Businessman I Learned in Pre-School - 04/23/09 09:58 PM
I was talking with my nephew the other day about school, or rather pre-school. In between listening to him imitate Darth Vader and tell me about his fish, I was struck by how many lessons he really had to offer. I got to thinking about all I learned as a four year old, and how if I lived out those lessons, what a better businessman I would be. Feel free to interpret as you wish.
Start each day asking, “Do I GET to go to school today?” Followed by, “I am SOOOOO excited, I can hardly wait.” Run into your (3 comments)
Can you still prospect while you're swamped? - 04/22/09 01:25 PM
The answer is YES and somehow you MUST! Typically when agents get busy, keeping tabs on long term prospects is one of the first things that is put on the shelf until "I have more time" (which really means the lead is probably lost). A system to keep in front of prospects and generate more business is critical for your growth. I've created and implemented a 10 year action plan for both past clients and prospects to make sure we stay in front of their real estate needs. These plans have resulted in multiple transactions that could have otherwise been lost. (4 comments)
The Three Little Agents and the Big Bad Wolf - 04/21/09 01:08 PM
Once upon a time there were three little agents. The time came for them to leave their comfort zone and seek their fortunes. Before they started their new adventure, their mentors told them, “Whatever you do, do it the best that you can because that’s the way to get along in the world.” The first little agent built his business around post it notes and haphazard systems because it was the easiest thing to do. The second little agent built his business around outlook and excel. This was a little stronger than a post it notes. The third agent built his (1 comments)
How Do I Build a Custom Action Plan? - 04/20/09 06:09 PM
If you've read my Blog for any length of time you know how much I LOVE creating and using Top Producer Action Plans. Here's how I go about creating a new custom action plan: Step One: Asses Your Needs - Whether working with my team or on my own business, there comes a point in the day to day grind when I begin to feel overwhelmed. When this happens, I step back and ask myself, "What are the routines that can be taken off my mind or off my plate?" When I find the answer, I begin think about how that (7 comments)
Preparing Yourself and Your Business for Growth - 04/15/09 07:14 PM
I'm reading Michael Gerber's The E Myth Revisited for the second or third time and I love how each time I read it, something new jumps out at me. The author spends time talking about the reasons why over 400,000 small business fail annually in America. For many it is during the stage where businesses are experiencing great growth, but are unable to meet up with increasing demands. Most owners try to do it all, and seemed shocked and surprised that they cannot keep up with juggling all the balls. Gerber argues that growth should be expected and each owner should (2 comments)
Are you a Drama Producer or Reducer? - 04/14/09 04:41 PM
There are days when it seems like the writers of "One Life to Live" have been burning the midnight oil to create a dramatic plot that includes three agents, their assistants, a client and the receptions threatening to walk out / throw a fit / quit on the spot etc. if their needs are not immediately met. Have any of you watched such a storyline unfold? When it did were you in the mix, on the sidelines or trying to take the high road? In any office there are basically two types of people. Drama producers and drama reducers. Producers need (2 comments)
How Does Your Day Begin? - 04/07/09 08:28 PM
Close your eyes ...well not yet, finish the paragraph first... remember the way that you started your workday this morning. Were you at the office, in the car or at home? Did you begin with reading emails, making phone calls or reading Active Rain? Did you search for homes for the buyer you just found yesterday or start getting ready for the closing this afternoon? Were you at peace or anxious about the day? Now close your eyes ... Creating routines in my life add balance and peace throughout my day. It brings me great joy to see routines and systems thriving under (12 comments)
Adding Consistent Warmth to Your Cold Calls - 04/06/09 07:57 PM
There is real power in making phone calls with past clients as a way to grow your business. You can continue your relationship with them, perhaps represent them in their next transaction and garner referrals by checking in from time to time. But let's face it; sometimes it is a little awkward. After Joe and Suzy Homeowner have settled into their new homes, they may not really want to talk with you, especially if you call at an inconvenient time with little to say. In the Action Plans that I've created I challenge agents to call past and prospect clients four (2 comments)
Tony Dungy’s Uncommon - 04/04/09 10:57 AM
Tony Dungy's book Uncommon is his answer to the question, "What does it take to live a life of significance?" He shares his believes about a variety of topics including character, how to treat women, failure, family and faith. His backdrop of each topic is his lengthy career in the NFL as both a player and coach, and his life as a Christian.
In the section about failure Dungy shares that he is one of only three men* in the NFL to with the Super Bowl both as a player and a coach. He argues the statistic doesn't give credence (5 comments)
Get Things DONE! - 04/03/09 06:51 PM
Yes in this day and age there is quite a market that exists for selling tips and secrets to consumers about how to be more productive in their work lives. I came across this online magazine called "Productive Magazine." I spent some time looking at the first issue which is available for a free download and was quite impressed. It was full of articles designed to streamline your business and make you more efficient at your daily tasks. I also liked that the articles are mostly a single page, and you can just print them out as reminders to post around (3 comments)
What would you do if the stars aligned and 5 homes (obviously homes you wanted to list) were put in your care to list and sell? Would your excitement outweigh your anxiety? Would you crack under the pressure of getting the proper paperwork and steps completed? Would you have a plan how to handle these listings on a consistent basis so you could take full advantage of this blessing? Creating a system allows you to handle the volume necessary to grow your business. If you don't have a plan in (12 comments)
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