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I know agents that spend several hours per week reading industry e-zines and articles, reviewing new softwares and technologies as well as researching the latest in technology and industry gadgets.  The results?  You spend hours of your time researching tools and techniques that are rarely put to use.

So what if you instead delegated the task to your assistant by providing them with an organization that consists of both virtual assistants and in-house assistants who are highly knowledgeable in the latest and greatest tools and techniques being used in the industry?

IREAA (International Real Estate Assistants Association) is an organization that I co-founded with Kim Hughes and Pam Ivey.  The organization was originally founded to assist virtual assistants, however we found that in-house assistants had a desire to further their education in order to be of more assistance to their employers.

We have found that in-house assistants have a *thirst* to absorb as much as possible and honestly, any agent that doesn't invest in this thirst for knowledge is only hindering their own ability to be more productive and make more money.  If they have that desire, why not take advantage of it to further their education as well as free up your time to work on money generating activities?

So here's the questions that will help us help you.  Give me 5 minutes of your time to answer some questions and we will award a one year free membership (randomly selected) for one agent who takes the time to respond to these questions...

1.  Would you be willing to invest $75 per year to enroll your assistant into an organization that will help them help you?

2.  If you would not be willing to invest in your assistant can you explain why?  There can be several reasons why, for example, maybe you think they should pay for their own organization dues, perhaps your office provides in-depth thorough training on all aspects of assistance you may need, or maybe you just don't see it as a true value?  Whatever the reason, be honest - but be gentle! :)

3.  If you are willing to invest in your assistant, what would be the ONE thing your assistant could learn to help you be more productive?

4.  Do you have an easy time letting go of projects or are you more of a micro-manager?

5.  If there was one software that you could train your assistant on to help you build your business, what would that software be?

6.  How many hours a week do you think you could save if your assistant could handle more of your administrative and marketing tasks?

7.  What administrative or marketing tasks do you refuse to hand off to an assistant?  And why?

Thank you for your time and I'll announce the winner on August 20th.  And by the way, IREAA will be at booth 3951 at NAR in Las Vegas in November.  If you still have questions or want to know more about the organization, please stop by and visit us!




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Julie Chapman
DR Horton - Lakeland, FL
New Homes Sales Lakeland Florida
I have 2 unlicensed personal assistants and 2 licensed - I am no one without them.......I would be buried under a ton of paperwork and would live my life driving around taking photos - I am free to sell and manage......They are necessary if you want to grow your business. My clients and customers depend on them being there when I cannot. 
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