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This is the place to view the past and present contests put on by ActiveRain and its members. Everyone can join the
group and help encourage each other. Current contest will be highlighted posts so it's easy for you all to see. Let it
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AR's community takes the time to leave honest and transparent reviews of their experiences
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Whatever it is you're into and wherever you are, AR surely has a group for you to join.
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Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
that will boost their business and increase their visibility in the community and beyond.
Earn points by partaking in these contest and climb the leaderboard
Do what's good for you and your business by participating
If you have an idea for a contest, just let us know
Stay motivated and on track with new contests popping up each month
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Here's another avenue for you to build relationships with others. Share your expertise with someone searching for answers.
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Your Homepage will alert you of new questions in your state
A wonderful way to open a door to a possible new client
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These state pages or hyper-local pages provide content directly related to a specific geographical location.
State, County, City and Neighborhood pages make it easy for consumers to find what they're looking for.
Post your listings, school information, local events, market reports and more
Consumers peruse these pages for information
Farm your niche market and cover all the happenings in your neighborhood
As real estate agents and REALTORS® there are a variety of designations and accreditations that can be earned to further advance both knowledge and professional expertise. Many question if there are actually any benefits to investing the time and money in the extra education.
Plain and simple: Yes, it is worth it! There isn't a whole bunch of fanfare involved in attending and graduating from the classes. It is more or less a cumulative effect of exposure to vast amounts of information, great ideas that are shared and helpful hints from other veterans of the industry. Sometimes it is simply a jump-start, a kick in the pants to re-energize and motivate. Sometimes is just one thing; that "one thing" that the student decides to implement in their business practices and it "works" to better their career.
How to make designations and accreditations work:
Network with other students in your class. Take your classes in a different locale to network with students and ask for referrals. Do you get a lot of buyers from Anytown, USA? Take your next class there and take networking materials - business cards, branded paper pads or a relocation brochure about your area of expertise. Ask your CPA if you can write off that trip, too.
Get more bang for the buck. Take a designation class and add up those hours. (if applicable) Use them as continuing education for your license renewal.
Take advantage of registering and enhancing your profile on the official site of your designation. The annual dues usually offer the designee a directory listing with the organization. Take advantage of the free publicity. Always put a picture on your profile in the directory listing. SRES Seniors Real Estate Specialsist, CRS Council of Residential Specialists, REBAC Real Estate Buyer Agency Council - ABR Designation, Fl.Living.net or your state REALTOR® website, CNHS Certified New Home Specialist, ePro
Free publicity. Send out a press release when you earn that designation. The local newspapers usually have a "business news" section and publish announcements and appointments. There are also online press release services available; both free and with minimal charges. You can also Blog your announcement.
Your local Board of REALTORS® may actually present you with the certificate of completion at a board meeting. Be there in person to accept the award. A room full of people will be able to put a face with the name.
Refer within your designations and expect referrals from within your designation. Many designees refer to other designees. When a CRS is looking for someone to help their Aunt in Florida sell her condo, they often go to the CRS directory.
You've earned those designations, so use them. Get them on your website, your business cards, fax coversheet and email signature. The show you're "in" the business and they can often spark conversation when someone asks what they stand for and what you did to earn them.
Professional Relocation companies. The fact that you've taken the time to attend classes and earn those designations shows drive and dedication to the profession. When relocation companies are looking for an agent to refer to, they take notice when an agent is designated.
Use them to niche market. Do you work in 55+ active adult communities? Get that SRES designation and become the neighborhood expert. Get that logo on the marketing materials for that property. Do you work with developers and builders? Get that CNHS and become the "new home expert" in your city.
Keep this in mind: The flood gates don't open with a roaring stream of customers when you earn a designation. There is, however, a long term steady drip of leads, prospects and referrals that will enhance your current business plan. The key to any successful career or business is to have enough "lines in the water". Now go out there, get that designation and throw another line in the water.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.