sell with soul: What's Fun Got to Do with It? - 01/07/10 10:16 PM

It's here, it's here! My new book - it's here! I mean that literally - it's EVERYWHERE in my house. Boxes and boxes of books, everywhere I look. Yeah, it's kinda cool. Strike that. It's so darn freakin' unbelievably cool. I do a little happy dance every time I trip over my boxes and boxes and boxes! (But check back in with me in two weeks as I'm moving all these boxes and boxes to my new place!)
Here's an excerpt from the first chapter of the book... enjoy!
"If You're Not Having Fun Selling Real Estate, You're Not Doing it … (30 comments)

sell with soul: Break My Leg! Wish Me Luck for My First Convention! - 10/19/09 12:08 AM
Deep breath. "Good morning, thank you for coming today...!"
Tomorrow (Tuesday) morning, I'm doing my very first REALTOR Convention speaking gig. In Colorado. At the Broadmoor Hotel & Resort, in case you'll be in the neighborhood. My topic? Oh, you can probably guess - "Selling to Your Sphere of Influence, No Sales Pitch Required!"
2.25 hours of scintillating discussion as to how to generate business and referrals from your Sphere of Influence without spending a fortune, jeopardizing your friendships or pestering a soul. If you follow my blog, you've no doubt read a thing or two about my feelings on the matter … (44 comments)

sell with soul: Guess Who's Speaking at the Colorado REALTOR Convention? - 07/27/09 11:14 PM
Didja guess?
Uh, yeah, it's me. Oh, sure, there are lots of other people speaking at the convention, too, but I'll share a secret with you. I'm not as excited about them as I am about ME!
My topic? Surprise surprise! "Selling to Your Sphere of Influence," which, by the way, is approved for CE Credit in 18 states (see below). I get two whole hours to talk about my favorite topic - how to generate business and referrals from the people you know without making a nuisance of yourself!
Just in case you'll be in the Colorado Springs area on … (13 comments)

sell with soul: STOP! Before You Reduce the Price... - 06/26/09 12:16 AM
Picking up from Wednesday's "If Your Listing Isn't Selling..."
So, if your listing isn't selling and you've agreed with me that perhaps price might not be the best solution, what else can you look at?
Well, it might be really simple. Have you checked access lately? Lockbox still there? Key still in it? Key still work in the lock (sticky locks kill showings)? Is the seller declining or restricting showings?
Have you previewed your listing lately? Does it still show well and smell good?
How's your MLS description? Is it dull ("3 bedroom/2 bath ranch in Woodbridge") or jazzy ("Mid-Century tri-level with … (23 comments)

sell with soul: When Your Listing Isn't Selling, What's the First Thing to Fix? All Together Now... - 06/24/09 01:31 AM
excerpted from my new book "If You're Not Having Fun Selling Real Estate, You're Not Doing it Right!"
When your listing hasn't sold, what's the first thing you look at? 
PRICE!
Right?
Nope. Not always. Not even most of the time.*
Many real estate agents claim that price cures all. And in a way, they're right. If you have a listing that shows poorly or is difficult to show or smells funny, there probably IS a price that will inspire buyers to overlook the clutter, access issues or eau du Chef Boyardee.
But is price the RIGHT answer? Again, not always. Not … (23 comments)

sell with soul: "If You're Not Having Fun Selling Real Estate..." - 06/22/09 11:52 PM

You should have seen me on Saturday afternoon. I (being the master webgoddess that I've become) spent much of the afternoon creating the web page where my BRAND NEW BOOK would be featured. When I clicked "Publish" on my handy-dandy Adobe Contribute screen and saw my newest pride & joy go live for all the world to see... well, it was a fine moment indeed.
The name of the BRAND NEW BOOK is "If You're Not Having Fun Selling Real Estate, You're Not Doing it Right!" Kind of an optimistic title in today's real estate environment, eh? But you know what? … (11 comments)

sell with soul: Can I "SOI" if I'm New to Town? - 03/26/09 01:40 AM
You may not have noticed, but I've been away from the Rain for about two weeks (except for a few little housekeeping blogs). Blog burnout - it happens and it's usually good for the soul... What have I been doing? WRITING MY NEXT BOOK! Outta nowhere, I was in the mood to create the next masterpiece (tee hee), so that's where all my creative energy went. And... voila! The first (very preliminary) draft is done!
So here I am.
Got a question this morning from a reader about SOI'ing* in a new town. And, whaddya' know, I'd just written about this topic … (16 comments)

sell with soul: Are You Willing to Trade $$$$ for a Guaranteed Paycheck? - 03/10/09 02:21 AM
I'm watching Jason Crouch's featured post today entitled: "How many other professionals work on contingency all the time?" The premise of the blog is to explore other compensation models that don't require us real estate-types to do so much work for free.
Good stuff.
However, what I don't see discussed (much) in the post or comments is an acknowledgement that part of the reason our fees are what they are is that we're paid on contingency AND THAT'S WORTH SOMETHING! Working on contingency is risky and is therefore entitled to a higher compensation structure.
If we remove the risk associated with our … (18 comments)

sell with soul: "Top Producers - The Name Says it All!" - 02/11/09 10:18 PM

A few months ago, I was in Panama City Beach, Florida and saw this billboard. I looked twice... and a third time... and then snapped a picture.
Okay, call me cynical, but is THIS an effective message to send to potential clients? When I see the word "Top Producer" I think of someone in a blue suit moving from deal to deal, making gobs and gobs of money, but not someone who's much interested in taking good care of me and my needs.
I can't imagine stumbling into a real estate office called "Top Producers" and expecting to find someone who … (35 comments)

sell with soul: The New 3P's of Listing Homes & The Persuasive CMA (followed by a nap) - 02/01/09 10:43 PM
As a self-professed (and unapologetic) introvert, I know that when I do any sort of socializing, or heck, even interact with the outside world for an extended period of time, I desperately need a nap. Over the weekend I showed condos in Central Denver to a new client and we had a BLAST... but... I absolutely crashed the rest of the day. The soul of the introvert really needs re-charging after being Out There...
With that said, I have two events this week that will require naps afterwards, but I really hope my soulful friends will join me! (For the events, not … (28 comments)

sell with soul: "Can You Help? I must be doing something wrong!" - 02/01/09 03:11 AM
I sell stuff on the Internet from my bookstore. A lot of it is digital - that is - you buy it and you immediately get a link to download the product to your computer. Usually it works pretty well, but occasionally someone has trouble getting the dowload to work.
Since I'm not a technie, and since I can't see what's happening on my customer's computer screen, I don't embarrass myself by attempting to do a lot of trouble-shooting. I send the issue over to my web-guy to figure out, and implement one of my back-up methods for immediately delivering the … (18 comments)

sell with soul: Sales-y or Service-y? - 01/29/09 12:38 AM
If this blog goes where I think it's going, it might make me slightly less popular among the AR crowd...
A few months ago, I was interviewed by someone at RIS Media about my views on the current state of the real estate industry. Blah Blah Blah, we covered all the generic, pithy topics and then moved onto some juicier ones. Yeah!
He asked me "What do you think it will take to turn the public's perception from thinking of us on the same level as used car salesmen and politicians, to thinking of us as trusted advisors?
Great question. I'd … (52 comments)

sell with soul: What Do You Do with a June Buyer? - 01/22/09 12:43 AM
There's a conversation going on at another forum about whether or not to work with an Internet buyer who wants to buy a home in June. The general consensus is that the agent shouldn't waste his time on a buyer who is not ready, willing and able to buy today.
WHAT??????
This attitude completely befuddles me. Are real estate agents in today's world so darn busy that they can't spare a few hours to build a relationship with someone who showed up at their door - -LIKELY AS A RESULT OF THE AGENT'S ADVERTISING??? Are they so arrogant that they must … (48 comments)

sell with soul: Professional Jealousy? Maybe, but I just don't get it... - 01/17/09 12:52 AM
Last week, I attended a Center Stage event hosted by Wells Fargo. The featured speaker was ... well... okay, I won't name names, but he's a very popular speaker in our industry. The program was scheduled from 9:45 - 1:00. I dragged a friend of mine with me - who happens to have been an international speaker for 22 years before venturing into the wonderful world of real estate sales.
The promotional material promised that the presentation would change my personal and professional life and that I would learn how to:
Grow my income as a REALTOR! Move my listings that … (43 comments)

sell with soul: "The Secret of Joy in work is..." - 01/06/09 12:32 AM
"The Secret of Joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it." - Pearl S. Buck
Holy Moly. I found this quote on the December 30th page of my Franklin Planner and I'm blown away by its eloquence and simplicity. I've struggled for almost three years now to succinctly describe what "Sell with Soul" means to me.
Ms. Buck perfectly captured the essence of Selling with Soul.
I have nothing else to add.
 

 
 
 
www.SellwithSoul.com
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sell with soul: Blushing... I feel famous today... - 01/05/09 09:14 AM
Coming in February - My 15 Minutes of Fame!  
Here's a link to an article that (rumor has it) will be featured in next month's REALTOR Magazine (y'know, the one you actually get in your mailbox!). 
I think it came out very well!
(Okay, I'll stop patting myself on the back now and get back to worrying about stuff.)
 

www.SellwithSoul.com
 
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sell with soul: An Interview & Review of my First Born (SWS) - 12/17/08 12:56 AM
Okay, bear with me as I proudly share one of the best reviews I've read of my book. The reviewer, Tamara Dorris really captured the essence of what the book is about... and the message I intended to convey. THANKS Tamara!
Oh, and she's interviewing me today at 11:00 Pacific/2:00 Eastern. Join us? That'd be cool!
Do You Sell With Soul? Book Review and Upcoming Author Interview
"Each and every day, you'll have to choose between Right and Wrong. Fair or unfair. Respectful or Disrespectful. Every time you meet with or talk to a client...a prospect...a buyer...a seller...every time you make … (8 comments)

sell with soul: Open House Today at the Sell with Soul Bookstore (free gift just for showing up) - 07/10/08 11:17 PM
As promised, today we're celebrating the release of SWS II, otherwise known as Sell with Soul: Creating an Extraordinary Career in Real Estate without Losing Your Friends, Your Principles or Your Self-Respect.
Go, me (and the rest of the SWS team)!
How to partake in the festivities? Oh, it's real easy. (But I sure do wish it were live and in person so we could all meet and toast with a real adult beverage. Oh well, we'll do a cyber-toast, k?)
Anyway... here's the scoop.
First, to claim your Thank You gift, just visit my bookstore - www.swsStore.com - and find the … (11 comments)

sell with soul: Find the Active Rain Ads... and Win Win Win!!! - 07/10/08 02:07 PM
To celebrate the release of my book, my fabulous ad agency (that would be Inna & Co) has been hard at work this week designing killer Active Rain ads for me and my soulful stuff!
They tell me there are FIVE of them floating around Active Rain tonight, all promoting different Sell with Soul products.
So... here's the deal... The first three people who find all five and can describe them to me will win a gift from my bookstore... your choice of:
An autographed Sell with Soul II - just released this week! OR
The Art of Pricing - a … (13 comments)

sell with soul: Friday Happy Hour (All Day) at Sell with Soul - Show Up, Get a Gift. Cool, eh? - 07/07/08 11:58 PM
Yippeeeeeeeeee!!!!!
The second edition of Sell with Soul: Creating an Extraordinary Career without Losing Your Friends, Your Principles or Your Self-Respect goes LIVE today! I got my advance copies a few days ago and they kick a$$... GREAT JOB SWS Team!
To celebrate, we've having a little open house at my bookstore on Friday, July 11 (that's THIS Friday). No, you don't have to buy anything, but just for showing up (and following directions), you'll get a sweet little door prize.
What's the prize, you ask? Well, for everyone who drops by the store on Friday and answers a fairly simple … (20 comments)

 
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