realtor: PODCAST #118: Discovering Your BIG WHY with Josh Forster - 10/14/17 09:41 AM
 
 
 
 Episode #118
iTunes Link Here
We invited Realtor, Author and Philanthropist Josh Forster of Fort Collins, Colorado on the show today and here’s what we discussed…
Josh is a full time Northern Colorado real estate agent specializing in exceptional customer service for all his Fort Collins clients. Better than 95% of the people Josh helps are repeat clients and referrals from previous clients. Josh and I both coach at Buffini & Company together too!
 
And while we chat a bit about Real Estate, the main focus of today’s interview is on Goals and more specifically; you BIG WHY.
You see, Josh is a fellow author & blogger and he just … (1 comments)

realtor: PODCAST #117: The Plan To Save Real Estate and Your Career - 10/14/17 09:41 AM
 
Episode #117
link to iTunes
 
"There's no App for what we do, it's time to act like it and communicate our value to the public!"
We interview a man who is very misunderstood in this “bonus” episode of our Mail-Right Podcast:
Greg Hague is known for his STOP ZILLOW Campaign, which is now his www.plantosaverealestate.com movement.
Many of you have heard of this, but may not know the full story. This is about reclaiming our industry as entrepreneurs and agents; an industry we naively gave away over the last 10 years. NAR, CAR and our local boards have their head in the sand, it’s up to us! Too … (0 comments)

realtor: PODCAST #111: Prosperworks shares CRM & CMS Advice & Tips - 10/14/17 09:38 AM
 
Episode #111
link to iTunes
 
After years of experience at top companies (Yahoo and eBay), then building and selling two successful businesses (to companies like Zynga), Jon and Kelly set out to do it for a third time. Why? Serial entrepreneurship is a real thing, but they also realized they could tackle a huge problem: complicated, unusable CRMs. In turn, ProsperWorks was built to offer businesses of any size a CRM teams actually want to use.
 
We have a great show here with special guest Gabrielle Hughes content marketing manager for ProsperWorks. 
ProsperWorks is a powerful but very easy to use CMS (client management system) … (1 comments)

realtor: PODCAST #110: Want To Sell More Homes? Get In Their Face! - 10/14/17 09:37 AM
Facebook Marketing Strategies for Real Estate Professioinals...Have A Plan!
 
 Episode #110
on Itunes (link)
 
 
 
We have a great interview here with Andrew Fogliato of Just Sell Homes. We discuss all things Facebook and we really cover a load of stuff connected to using paid Facebook adverts linked to driving quality leads to your email inbox in 2017.
 
Here’s more about Andrew and Just Sell Homes Podcast Episode #110 on iTunes
 
Andrew, founded Just Sell Homes in July of 2015. Why? Because he was asked to!
When I was selling real estate I had a mentor. He taught me a lot about the business. I also taught myself a lot … (0 comments)

realtor: We Write In The Rain and There Is Right in The Rain - 10/01/17 08:24 AM
We Write In The Rain, We May Complain In The Rain,
 
But There's Much Right in The Rain
 
 
This is my (not done often enough) Spotlight on members that recently made me feel proud and fortunate to be a Rainmaker in the Active Rain. While I often agree with and or appreciate their posts, I don’t always agree with what they say and they don’t always agree with me, yet I sense mutual respect in our similarities and differences. Debate is where we learn, as long as we don’t get undermined by our own tunnel vision egos. I was impressed by these … (23 comments)

realtor: Do Some Dating Before You Propose Marriage! - 09/30/17 12:27 AM
Value Proposition Part 3 of 4
(A September Active Rain Challenge) 
 
From  Value Proposition Part 3 of 4
Key Point #1: The Q&A and The Orientation from:
Brain Surgery: Do You Hire The Cheap Surgeon or The Skilled Surgeon? 
 
A valuable component of my Unique Selling Proposition is the Buyer or Seller Orientation Meetings I setup with new clients or returing clients to simply ask them questions and LISTEN to their answers.
 
By the way, it's important with couples, to have them answer these questions separately and discuss the results. Having a written questionnaire they fill out in separate conference rooms e.g. produces some important and revealing contrast in values that need … (4 comments)

realtor: Solving Castle-$yndrome (Sellers, Let The Market Do The Talking) - 09/29/17 11:47 PM
Value Proposition Part 2 of 4 (September Active Rain Challenge) 
 
 
 
Pricing Advice for a seller is simple once mastered. Because it’s math and numbers do not lie. The challenge is it’s subjective math and sellers suffer from Castle-Syndrome, so their home always breaks the rules because “it’s the best Jerry, the best I tell-ya!” Seinfeld fans know the reference.
 
I simply use the appraiser’s method for non-investment properties in the residential market:
 
Subject Property: you must know this property for starters, so tour it and notate it’s location, condition and perks. And you’d better know that market it’s located in ie. you have been in … (1 comments)

realtor: Brain Surgery: Do You Hire The Cheap Surgeon or The Skilled Surgeon? - 09/29/17 11:47 PM
Value Proposition Part 1 of 4 (September Active Rain Challenge) 
 
The definition of full service is simple: It’s creating WOW!
Wow! costs money and is rarely delivered by a new agent, a transactional agent or the worst agent: complacent agents. You can buy sox at Nordstoms and have an experience, while purchasing quality that lasts. Or, you can have the Kmart experience, buy cheap and have to buy often for lack of quality; (so in the long run do you really save)? And remember:
 
"Nordstroms never panics when Kmart has a sale!"
 
 
         PODCAST #117: The Plan To Save Real Estate and Your … (30 comments)

realtor: It's More Than Stopping Zillow; It's Saving Our Real Estate Industry - 09/18/17 05:07 PM
 
Kickstart The Plan To Save Real Estate!
 

 
 
         PODCAST #117: The Plan To Save Real Estate and Your Career  
Many of you have heard of this, but may not know the full story. This is about reclaiming our industry as entrepreneurs and agents; an industry we naively gave away over the last 10 years. NAR, CAR and our local boards have their head in the sand, it's up to us! Too many agents are like a frog sitting comfortably in the warm water of the pot. Zillow is graually turning up the … (46 comments)

realtor: The Grapes of Math 2017 Summer Blooms and Crops 1.0 - 08/27/17 08:23 AM
 
 
The Grapes of Math 1.0
 
(The Compound Effect of Relationships) 
 
    Check Out:     The Grapes of Math 2017 Summer Blooms and Crops 2.0  
 
A friend of mine and fellow gardener, in 2007, gave me a dozen or so
Sauvignon Blanc grape seeds as a gift. Gardeners are always sharing tips, seeds and even labor at times. He encouraged me to plant them and enjoy the bounty of the harvest, but cautioned me it could take several seasons to see grapes; be patient. What he really gave me was a decision that day:
I could look at the pile of seeds in my palm, not see … (23 comments)

realtor: Podcast #108: A Guest I Didn't Interview (But Wish I Did!) - 08/26/17 08:43 AM
 
I've never had such a thorn in my side with a guest before, what do you think?
 
This episode I was I was off at Buffini & Company's MasterMind 2017 event and my co-host Jonathan Denwood ran the interview without me.
As I listened to the interview in post, I got really fired up and thought, "It's a good thing I didn't interview this guy, I fear I would have BBQ'd him with a couple "sniper" questions and counterpoints I had."
 
But then, that is the joy of Podcasting, to get into some spirited debates and
either understand another point of view, or expose it for what … (4 comments)

realtor: It's Not Membership, It's Ownership If You Want The Good Life You Seek - 07/16/17 12:23 PM
I'm just thinking out loud again, brainstorming ideas on how to get more out of my time in ActiveRain, provoked by recent members posting about canceling their accounts ("because AR doesn't work") and or weighing their options on to remain a Free vs. Paid account holder.
I suppose I'm letting you in on the lecture I gave myself as I evaluated how I spend my time in The Rain. That's when it occurred to me, in order to get more from ActiveRain, I need to give more to ActiveRain first. It's the same advice I give my Business Alliance Group members owners; I can't show up wanting, … (36 comments)

realtor: Open Letter To The Student: Keeping it Friendly, Keeping it Real... - 07/08/17 09:52 PM
"Welcome to Real Estate, Welcome to ActiveRain". 
Keeping it Friendly, Keeping it Real...
 
That was how I greeted our "spectator-commentator" and new arrival to ActiveRain. Then my typical 2-4 sentence comment on his third blog post turned into a blog of my own, (Ever have that happen)? 
A student, not yet licensed was lamenting on how it was a shame that we need to be told to provide "good customer service" via the Agency Agreement Disclosure that lays out our Fiduciary Duty. I agreed with his point in spirit, that it is a shame some need this as an actual governor and we all need to sign … (31 comments)

realtor: The Grapes of Math 2017 Summer Blooms and Crops 2.0 - 07/02/17 06:25 AM
 
The Grapes of Math 2.0
 
(The Compound Effect of Relationships)
 
   Check Out:     The Grapes of Math 2017 Summer Blooms and Crops 1.0  
 
Networking is like earning compound interest, which according to Einstein, is the 8th Wonder of The World. Just by adding 10 “A+” or “A” caliber *Power Partners into your Sphere of Influence and you gain the potential of 2,500 connections, to people you can help with their businesses or personal needs and in turn may help you. (The average person knows 250 people according to a study done at Harvard University). Notice I said help not sell-to; your job is to establish rapport first … (18 comments)

realtor: FAQ #7: What Is The MLS (Multiple Listing Service) in San Diego, CA - 06/26/17 10:21 PM
Some of the best advice my trainers and coaches ever gave me is:
Never use in inside language on the outside world.
My friend Joe found that out when he assumed everybody knew what the MLS was and never mentioned it during a listing presentation, he assumed they knew.
He lost the listing!
He lost it because the other agent the couple interviewed told them about how he'd broadcast their home to every agent in the area and cooperating areas too. Joe was in shock, "all that is...is the MLS?!?" Joe presumed they knew he'd "of course" be posting their home their, so he … (1 comments)

realtor: Working By Referral and Running Our Business Like Business - 06/26/17 09:12 PM
Working By Referral
 
Why I Run My Business This Way
 
and
 
Why I Recommend It To Other Agents
 
 
There are two categories of agents in our industry: 
 
1. Relational: they value relationships as more important than transactions. They put the client's needs ahead of their own and think long-term.
2. Transactional: it's all about them and the commission. They find clients, close the escrow and move on, poof! they vanish-short sighted.
 
I believe our clients deserve better from us. They are making the largest purchase, sale or investment of their personal lives, we owe them what a family doctor or dentist owes their patients: Competence & Character and … (11 comments)

realtor: Hooray! The Seller Said Yes! Now, Tell The Buyer No, No , NO! - 06/24/17 07:33 PM
You just got your offer accepted, congratulations!
Now get ready for the No, No, No's of Escrows!
Here's what Buyer's should not do after an offer is accepted.
 
 
NO FINANCIAL SECRETS! Secrets kill deals, because what you do not tell me or your lender will be discovered by Underwriting or Title ie. alimony, liens, bankruptcy, previous foreclosures and short sales, child support, etc. PLEASE, no secrets: now is the time for full disclosure to your Realtor & Lender so we can help you and not be blindsided. In some cases you'll need to talk to your CPA or attorney. Disclose all debits: loans, HELOCs, … (12 comments)

realtor: Smart Tips For The San Diego, CA Home Sellers (part 1) - 06/24/17 07:31 AM
Smart Tips For The San Diego, CA  ANY Home Sellers
 
 
Many sellers have the impression that in order to sell a home, you just have to list it, especially since it's been a seller's market in most areas of CA since Q4 of 2011. While listing on the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) is certainly part of the process, there’s quite a bit of preparation to undertake before your home’s listing goes “live” on the MLS.
 
Here are the steps to take when you’re thinking of selling your home. Selling is an emotional process, whether you’ve lived in the home for two years or 20 years. In … (8 comments)

realtor: FAQ #5: What Can I do To Make Sure My home Sells for "Top Dollar"? - 06/12/17 04:36 PM
I want top dollar for my home, how do I get it?
 Top Dollar is what the market is willing to pay; that varies from market to market and ultimately is up to the market, not the seller nor the agent. But, you do take steps necessary to ensure best results, leave nothing to chance.
 
So, what sells a home 99% of the time, more than ANYTHING else? You're going to hate my answer, because everything I share beyond this first tip, constitutes the remaining 1%. Which is to say, not much else matters:
 
 
The answer is simple: Be Properly Priced. That's it! It's price! All … (7 comments)

realtor: FAQ #4: How Do I prepare To Buy A Home? - 06/11/17 09:02 PM
FAQ #4: How Do I prepare To Buy A Home?
Would it surprise you to learn that this is a question asked by repeat buyers almost as often as first time buyers? How Do I prepare To Buy A Home? Because it's been 5-14 years since they did or because this is in fact, their first time buying a home. The market is changing every 3-6 months, so whatever your experience last purchase, I guarantee you it will be quite different this go around; new buyers need not worry, they have no preconceived notions.
 
 
The average First Time Buyer is 31 years of age while the … (3 comments)

 
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