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Real Estate Uncensored - Real Estate Sales & Marketing Training Podcast

Get actionable ideas, insight & inspiration to turn your real estate career into a life of freedom. Real Estate Uncensored delivers 3 live shows/wk showing you how to blend the latest high-tech and high-touch prospecting, sales and marketing strategies to grow your real estate business. Featuring interviews with mega agents like Joshua Smith, Jeff Cohn, Brett Tanner, Greg Harrelson, Jeff Latham, Aaron Wittenstein, Marti Hampton and many more. You’ll learn how to make 100+ calls/hr, how to use prospecting systems and scripts to sell 500 homes/yr, how to bring homes to market & actually get them sold, how to run high-tech open houses & much more. Co-hosted by Greg McDaniel, the "Junior Grandmaster" / Bay area Realtor, and Matt Johnson, partner in Elite Real Estate Systems / founder of Pursuing Results, a podcast PR + production firm.
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Apr 18, 2018

Your time is your most important resource. But how is your time different when you make the switch from being a 9-5 employee to being a business owner? Can your emotional resilience, or lack thereof, make you lose weeks or even months on over analyzing your defeats? Is owning a real estate business a sprint or a marathon? On this episode, we share our experience with time management.

Emotional resilience is one of the key traits to become a successful person in general, but definitely being a business. -Matt Johnson

Three Things We Learned

When planning take into the equation your energy not only time

Often times, we see ourselves using our time doing what we want, not what needs to be done. But not only do we put excitement over responsibility, we also take the employee mindset with us. For a business owner, it’s harder to sit 8-10 hours working every day compared to an employee who doesn’t have the pressure of maintaining the business. Business owners not only sit down and get the work done but they also do most of the problem-solving. This usually impacts their energy levels, because you can only have so much mental energy.

Stay emotionally resilient

When you make a mistake as an employee, it’s easier to deal with it. The project is not yours. You just happen to be the one who works on it. But as a business owner, the blows hit closer to home. Don’t set goals that you’re emotionally attached to, as this will only lead to self-sabotage.

Take the hit, but don’t let it govern you. Emotional resilience is what makes business owners perseverent and happy with themselves and the success of others.

It’s a marathon, not a sprint

Prioritizing is more important than throwing all the balls in the game, simply because there are tasks that should be done urgently and goals that you don’t have the resources to reach right away. While you may be tempted to do everything faster, the one factor that usually pushes things the most is the focus—and focus is a finite resource. And since it’s so finite, there’s only so much so many sprints you can take in a business before you collapse.

Don’t mistake being competitive for discounting yourself. Lowering your commissions a little bit in the beginning is fine. But when your entire selling point gravitates around a low price point and not around providing value, you cause harm to both your wallet and clients. You can only do so much for you and your clients if you’re working on a very limited budget, which will make you, and the seller, go home with less money.

Apr 9, 2018

Referrals are one the best ways to get a steady stream of income without making a large investment. But how can you get people to talk about you? How can you build a referral machine both online and offline? And how should you keep in touch with your database? On this episode, we answer these questions with Elite Real Systems leader, Jeff Cohn.

If you have a 5-year goal and you do every single thing you believe you need to do to reach that 5-year goal, you will probably get there in 2-3 years. -Jeff Cohn

Three Things We Learned

Create unique content

One of the best ways to make people talk about you is to create unique content for each neighborhood you’re in charge of. Make videos of the neighborhoods. Take as many photos as possible, and bring information to the table that can’t be found in the listing.

Build your own Google

Instead of constantly searching for new people, use Excel or a CRM to create your own database. Make sure you tell everyone you meet how you can help them, and get their contact info. Send your database occasional emails and text messages on the value of their property, as well as how many properties are being sold nearby and if there are any bargains on the market.

Cold calls still matter

No matter how intense your branding efforts are, cold calls still matter. You should make at least 20 phone calls per day and spend at least 20 hours on the phone per week in order to get results. But make sure you always bring something of value when you give a call. It could be an update of what’s happening on the real estate market, the fact that you have buyers in a certain areas, etc.

The secret to expanding your referral machine is to add more people to your team. Share everything you know with them, and after they become experts at what they do, provide them with resources, technology, and incentives they can’t find anyone else. If you choose to do everything by yourself, you will soon find yourself limited. But if you create a system, your business can expand indefinitely,

Apr 7, 2018

Follow-up is one of the most time-consuming tasks. Often, agents pour too much energy into the wrong leads. How can you weed out the curious from those with a solid buyer intent? Is there a way to make door knocking a pleasurable experience for property owners? How can you keep in touch with potential buyers in your database? On this Q&A, we answer your questions on following up the right way.

The next thing to watch out for is narrowing that funnel and making people jump through some hoops before they get an agent. -Matt Johnson

Three Things We Learned

Use coupons when going door knocking

Don’t just be the agent who goes door knocking. Make them look forward to seeing you. Bring them information about the neighborhood, your success stories, and the state of the local market.

You can also bring coupons for dinner or lunch, or whatever will make you stand out and show them that you’re interested in their well-being first instead of just getting a listing.

The orphan program

The orphan program consists of buyers that agents forget about. These could be buyers who say they will come with a follow-up but never do. Make the first step and show them you’re still available. Send them a anniversary card or give them a phone call instead of expecting them to remember you.

Automated follow-up weeds out the curious from leads

Following up on a constant basis and keeping track of all your leads can be quite daunting at times. Instead of doing everything manually, set up a system like Agent Legend that helps you record your voicemail and sent out messages and emails. This process will weed out those who are just interested in finding out more info from those who are actually interested in selling or buying property.

 

Many agents spend way too much time on the phone with people who express interest but don’t have a buying intent. To avoid this, create a system that weeds out the curious from the solid leads before you jump on a call with them. Automated follow-ups, funnels, and chatbots are all useful when it comes to lead selection.

Apr 6, 2018

Having a network to tap into for leads is one of the biggest sources of income for realtors. But how do you reach key people? How can you leverage social media to build your brand? How long does it take? On this episode, Sarah Johnston shares how she used Instagram to get the connections she needed to increase her sales.

If I look right now, 50% of my sales are from people I either know or referred to me on Instagram. -Sarah Johnston

Three Things We Learned

Branding opens doors

Realtors are often limited by the connections they have and the local market.

When you’re just starting out, it’s hard to present yourself as a trustworthy persona. This is exactly what branding does. It puts you in front of people. Instead of handing your prospects your business card, social media allows you to give them some far more important. They receive little bits about your life and work ethic that they otherwise wouldn’t know about. These types of interactions are far more memorable than anything else, and often times they’re client sources.

Practice patience

In the real estate industry,vanity metrics don't count. The interactions do. Don’t follow people for the sake of creating an impressing friend list. Instead, search for people who might need your help and start interacting with them. Social media marketing done this way requires some time to take off. But when it does, the people in your list become the hidden helpers behind your business.

Don’t leave anything to chance

Motivation is wonderful but fleeting. Instead of trying to keep yourself motivated, make a schedule that involves discipline. There will always be uncomfortable tasks that need to be done. There’s no way around that. After a while, you will be on autopilot and won’t need to search for motivation to get things done.

Philanthropy is one of the best ways to get in line with your audience’s beliefs. Volunteering and giving back to your community say a lot about your character and who you are as a person. Not everyone will agree with your actions. But those who do will respect you even more simply because you stand for what they stand for.

Guest Bio

Sarah Johnston is the director of Calgary Real Estate Board, speaker, and a realtor at MaxWell Realty Canada for over 10 years. She shares her experiences and stories online on her website at http://www.maxwellrealty.ca/agents/sarah-johnston/ and on her Instagram at @adventuresinrealestateyyc

Apr 5, 2018

When it comes to hiring, most people separate it from all their other marketing efforts. Why is this a huge mistake? How can you use content marketing to make your recruiting easier? How do you go about finding people who will be a great fit on your team? On this episode, we are joined by Gene Volpe and out guest, hiring expert, author and consultant, Jay Niblick to answer these important questions.

Stop segmenting hiring talent and finding buyers and sellers, it’s one of the most critical mistakes we see. -Jay Niblick

Three Things We Learned

Finding clients and finding recruits should be treated as the same process

Don't make the mistake of thinking that your hiring efforts are in some way different to everything else you’re doing to get clients. There should be no difference between the two. If you want great talent you should always be marketing for it.

Add agent focused content to your marketing

It’s so important to have content that is aimed at other agents. Your content shouldn’t just be about why buyers or sellers should work with, you it should also show people what you’re like as a boss.  

Interviews are important in determining if you should hire someone but they aren’t the only thing

Interviews are very important, but the problem with just interviewing on gut is personalities dictate that the more like you they are, the more you like them in their interview.

Teams and brokerages would save themselves a lot of time and effort if they marketed to get recruits the same way they market to get clients. Those two processes are actually the same and should be treated as such. When you put content out into the market, also put out content that targets agents. If you approach hiring in transactional mode, you won’t attract quality recruits who will really fit. If your content shows that your team offers strong mentoring, leads and backend support, you will attract talent and you won’t have to chase it as much.

Guest Bio
Jay Niblick is the Founder and CEO of Innermetrix Incorporated. Go to www.innermetrix.com/team/ for more information.

Apr 5, 2018

Wherever you are in the world, successful people share certain habits and traits. How does hard work and dedication draw opportunities closer to you? What is the truth about the grind it takes to be successful? On this episode, our good friend Glenn Twiddle joins us to talk about the biggest takeaways from the Million-Dollar Agent Summit and the differences and similarities between top high producing multi-millionaire Australian agents vs the mega producers in the States.

If something’s worth doing it’s worth doing badly to start and then improving. -Glenn Twiddle

Three Things We Learned

You won’t start out doing something well, it takes time

No one gets something perfectly done when they are new to it, but that doesn’t mean you should give up on it. If something’s worth doing, it’s worth being crap at it at first because no-one starts doing anything well. You can always work to improve.

A good foundation attracts good things

When you have something like hard work, dedication, grind and really great content as the foundation of everything you do - it attracts opportunity, people and profit. Those foundational virtues are magnets that pull people towards you.  

There’s nothing wrong with choosing to grind and go hard

A lot of people look at people who are on the grind to build their business like they are doing too much. The truth is, some people would be happier to choose work-life balance over the grind and that’s okay. The key thing is not to criticize the grinders.

Success will always leave clues behind it, and the top producers all understand the necessity of all the outbursts of effort towards their goals. When it comes to really going after what you want, there will be seasons where you really need to grind it out. But the truth is, there are few successful people who look back at those years of grinding and going hard with regrets because it does pay off.

Apr 3, 2018

Building a team with agents who choose to work with you even after becoming authorities in real estate is a rarity. How can you create a work environment your agents enjoy? What can you offer them that they can’t find somewhere else? On this episode, Dan Beer shares his secrets to building a team any skilled agent would like to be part of.

As long as we are turning every outcome into a learning opportunity over time we will win more than we will fail. -Dan Beer

Use every win and loss as a learning opportunity

Detach yourself emotionally from every win and loss you have and learn from both.The real problem is a lack of self-analysis, not the performance itself, which can be easily fixed. There are many experienced agents who repeat the first year in the real estate industry over and over again simply because they never took the time to learn anything from their past experiences.

Give the team incentives

The best way to keep the team motivated is to always give them a new mountain to climb, a new set of goals that need to be reach. You can do so by building a number of levels that offer bigger and bigger incentives as they move on to the next level. This way, they will feel both valued and motivated to walk the extra mile.

Build a culture your team identifies with

Build your business around core values that you want your team members to adhere to. This will sort out the kind of agents you want to work with and the kind of agents you don’t want in your team. High retention isn’t only caused by money. It also has to do with the culture of your business, and whether your team resonates with your core values. They'll happily stick to a work environment they fit well into.

Lead and splits are not a competitive advantage. In due time, anyone can learn how to generate leads or there is always someone with a better split. Instead build a system impossible to replicate even by top performers. Give them best tools on the market, a support system and unmatched marketing opportunities and connections within the industry.

Guest Bio

Dan Beer is the Owner of Beer Home Team of eXp Realty of California and the founder of AgentAcademy.com, where he shares his knowledge on team building and scaling real estate businesses.

Mar 27, 2018

You gotta get people’s attention, you gotta hit that that sweet spot and get the emotions flowing. -Greg McDaniel

The real estate arena is changing. What are the newest lead generation strategies you should give a try? Where should you invest your time and money? How can you stand out in a competitive market? On this episode, Jay Kinder speaks about the doors technology opens and how you can use them in your benefit.

Use social media to find what buyers want in a home

There are many niches you can tap into, and social media can give you a clue about what your potential buyers want to see in a home. Some like the vintage look, while others dream of a home on the beach. Find out what they want and focus on showing them the homes that fit that picture.

Pour your personality into your branding efforts

There are many ways you can share your knowledge in the digital world, but the real challenge is to share it in a way that makes people listen.

Don’t be afraid to be more than just an agent. Build your brand around your core values and  share bits from your life that will make your audience relate to you.

Know your market inside-out

There are many shortcuts that only knowledgeable and skilled agents know about that you can bring up in conversations with your leads. For example, there are special loans offered to your clients in the healthcare space or benefits they probably don’t even know about.

 

Conversations with your audience are one of the most powerful lead generation tools, and your online presence is key. Consistency is vital in marketing and putting yourself out there through paid traffic or advertising campaigns on social media is cheaper than ever. The more you invest in your online persona, the higher the chances of people seeing you and giving you a call.

Guest Bio

Jay Kinder is the owner of Real K Estate Experts, CEO of National Association of Expert Advisors, growth coach, and public speaker. Jay’s been working in the real estate industry for 18 years and describes himself as suffering of “productive paranoia.”


You can drop him a line on his Facebook account or check his website at Jaykinder.com.

Mar 23, 2018

The listing presentation is a chance for you to show off what you can do. How do you make sure you have a great presentation? How do you meet with sellers and close the deals? What are the cherry-on-top high value actions you can include in your process? On this episode, we draw upon years of real estate experience to share some of the most powerful tactics and strategies to take your listing presentations up a notch.

 

Base your listing presentations on questions, not statements

Talk to them about what they need and what they expect and ask questions. If there’s no alignment there’ll be no value in the presentation.



Get all the details of the house

Take photos of the home with the owner’s permission and ask them details about the house.

Verify the small numbers because when you run the comps you need to have accurate info and sometimes the county won’t have all the details.

 

Don’t forget the gesture

Make it a point to make an extra gesture like brownies or a thank you card right after the presentation so you don’t forget to do this. This seems like a small gesture but it goes a long way towards building rapport.

 

Experts have found that agents who build rapport, relationships and trust right from the start of the consultation are more likely win the listing over people with tons more experience. Most of these people beat out the competition because they brought a simple, thoughtful gift along.This is why it’s so incredibly important to discipline yourself to make an extra gesture whether it’s bringing something to them, or a send out card afterwards. If you look at it from the angle of giving massive value and putting them at ease, it will feel more like a consultation and less like a sales pitch.

Mar 22, 2018

In this business it’s so easy to lose your soul and find yourself running after the wrong things. How do you combat the feeling that you'll never arrive? What is the secret to happiness in our lives? How do you set yourself up for better days? On this episode, James Colburn is back to go deep on some important mindset shifts we all need.

 

Three Things We Learned

 

The possibilities of real estate can be a gift and a curse

One of the worst parts and the best parts of our business is there’s no ceiling to what you can make. It’s bad because you can put a ceiling on yourself very easily and limit yourself. It’s good because when you elevate yourself, the ceiling will rise.

 

Stop feeling like you’ll never arrive because you never will

It’s very easy to spend your time comparing yourself to other people, and trying to catch up to them but the irony is you’ll never stop chasing. The truth about feeling like you’ll never arrive is that it will always be a hamster wheel. So instead of competing, tell yourself and believe strongly that you are already enough.



Learn to listen to the Universe’s prompts

A lot of times the Universe prompts us to get in touch with someone and if you can follow that and trust your gut you will find that it can lead you to great opportunities and relationships.



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Contrary to what we’re so often taught by the media - it doesn’t take a certain amount of money or a certain level of success to feel like you’ve arrived. When you were born you were already enough and nothing can take that away from you. We have to learn to accept that life is good in its imperfection, with the ups and downs we experience. We will only truly find happiness when we understand that the stories we tell ourselves are what determine how we feel and the outcomes we get.

Mar 21, 2018

Increasing your revenue requires strategic moves. What is the mindset of big players? How should you treat your leads to increase your revenue? What are the immediate steps you can take to get results? On this episode, we are joined by real estate coach Don Cunningham to talk about making it to the next level.

Three Things We Learned

 

Treat each lead like solid gold

 

In real estate, each lead matters. A good conversion rate is around 4%, and losing even one lead could hurt your business. Put in place a lead nurturing system and make sure you get as many reviews on websites as possible to increase your credibility.

 

Be consistent with your marketing efforts

 

Be consistent with your marketing efforts even after your campaigns succeed.

Since your potential clients are already flooded by a large number of agents who want their listing, they won’t search for you unless you’re actively pursuing them by investing in direct mail or online advertising.



The big four of increasing your revenue

 

There are 4 tactics you can use to increase your revenue:

 

  1. Increase the number of transactions
  2. Ask for a higher commision
  3. Raise your average sale price
  4. Lower your expenses

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Direct mail marketing works in the form of brochures with relevant information. Usually, receivers save the brochures that show the prices properties are being sold at nearby. That kind of information is useful for them. Most brochures end up in the trash bin because they speak all about the sender and has nothing useful for the receiver. When they need a real estate agent, they will most likely call the one on the back of their saved brochure.

Mar 20, 2018

It’s really hard, and nearly impossible for a corporate brand to really connect with people. Why is it more effective to brand yourself instead? Why will you find more success from just being yourself? How can you practically start showing off more of your personality online? On this special episode, we join you LIVE from Australia with Glenn Twiddle and Brian Casella to talk about building an authentic personal brand.

Three Things We Learned

Take people along the ride of what you’re doing

If you want to attract people based on your personality, bring people along to where you’re going and show them the guy or gal behind the suit. When you do that, you will stand out and attract your true tribe.

 

Don’t be afraid to go live

Going live is huge right now, and it’s something you should definitely add to your personal branding. There are so many options and ways to leverage live, and you don’t have to look at it like a job. Try to have fun with it.

 

Make it easier for people to find you

All your social media presences and handles should be the same, you have to make it simple for the person on the other side. If you put a 4 step process to following you online, no one is going to find you.



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People don’t really get attracted to you just showing the polished and super branded side of you. You also have to give people a behind the scenes look into your life. It will attract a bigger audience of people who will really fly your flag, and it will open doors in business. Think Gary Vee and how he is able to take you along for his journey and his day-to-day. Anyone who owns a small business and has a measure of control wants to appeal to everybody but you cannot think like that. If you’re not willing to repel somebody you are not going to attract anybody. The mindset of thinking bigger and dominating your market as a brand is to build “You Inc”.

Mar 19, 2018

Are referrals that hard to get? Our guest Gayle shows us how she built a referral based business by practicing social media, listening, and sending out personalized cards.

 

Three Things We Learned

Act on a prompting

 

Choose a type of interaction with the people in your database and act on a prompting. Comment on their successes, and contact them when they’re in need. Aim for at least 5 interactions and one meaningful conversation every day

Use social media in an intentional manner

 

Look for important events that should be mentioned. Ask for their mailing address, and send them a card with photos of their friends, family, or themselves. This subtle reminder that someone took the time to think about them will increase your chances of being remembered.



Show gratitude

 

After you’ve received referrals from the people in your database, don’t hesitate to surprise them with a small gift or a card that expresses your gratitude.



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Showing people that you care about their accomplishments, special moments, or grief builds strong relationships. Doubled by the law of reciprocity, sending out personalized cards with the photos of the receiver or a loved one on the card helps make a lasting impression.

Mar 18, 2018

LinkedIn doesn’t have to be a digital version of your resume, you can bring it to life. What are some of the new strategies you can employ to go viral? What should your goal be with your content? Do people prefer polished content or something more unscripted? On this episode, LinkedIn expert Tracy Enos is back to drop more knowledge on making LinkedIn work for you.

Three Things We Learned

 

The less it’s scripted the better

People like unscripted sharing because it makes you more human and approachable. It also allows you to show off your own personality which is great.

 

Don’t skip the basics

The foundation of any good strategy is knowing your prospect, defining them according to demographics and psychographics and building a profile up based on that information. Only start your marketing once you’ve done that.

 

Take time to learn from the people doing it right

One of the things a lot of us skip when we start a new strategy is actually taking the time to find out who is doing it well. It’s an important step because it helps us have a better understanding of what we’re trying to do, and then we can model our strategy accordingly.



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The goal of LinkedIn is for you to connect with and grow your market, so don’t get too caught up on going viral. Take the time to showcase your authority and the vulnerability of not being perfect, people are really into that. If you get yourself in front of the camera and it’s off the cuff and there’s no professional studio, you will get a more positive response. Make sure your profile is human, but don’t forget to use it as a marketing tool so include things like calls-to-action in your posts. You’ll be surprised how many leads you can get.

Mar 18, 2018

Clean properties, in an excellent state and in a good neighborhood, sell like hot cakes. But how do you go about selling a property that doesn’t seem to attract any buyers? How can you make the walk-ins more enjoyable and leave a good impression? On this episode, our good friend and marketer Glenn Twiddle speaks about “selling the unsellable”.

Three Things We Learned

 

Takeaway #1

 

The 4 points checklist that makes a property sell

 

There are four factors that influence the fate of a listing:

 

  1. Agent skill

 

  1. The presentation of the property in person

 

  1. The promotion tactics

 

  1. The price point

 

Takeaway #2

 

Overly invested vendors slow down the process

 

Vendors can’t be objective when it comes to their own properties, nor do they know how to take the market’s pulse.

 

Instead, perform a professional evaluation of the property. Take a look at the allowances that are missing and the overall appearance of the property (cleanliness, decor and home essentials).

 

Make sure you’re the one who has the last word on the price point, the changes that need to be made and the promotion tactics.

 

Takeaway #3

 

Be omnipresent on social media

 

Lots of eye-catching photos, detailed copy and small investments towards engagement will boost social proof.

 

Social media marketing is all about consistently producing content that causes people to speak about you and makes it easier for your business to find prospects.

 

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Selling a property that’s been on the market for a while now can be tricky, but it all comes down to analysing which one of the 4-points on the checklist the vendor isn’t ticking. If you want to blow your competition out of the water, always focus on discussing the root problem with the vendor before marketing the property.

Mar 14, 2018

In this episode, we talk about great apps and strategies to sell property fast. Have you ever wondered what the best apps are for real estate? Or wondered what’s the best way to use them? What are the potential benefits of selling at an auction? Matt and Greg are joined by Dave Fresquez, a master of tech, to talk about how to best use tech and auctions to sell properties fast and for a lot of money.

Three Things We Learned

 

Videos are a great tool

Videos are an easy way to make your desired first impression. People love fun videos, and if you can grab them with something unique and very much your brand, you’ve already made the right first impression. Make something short and fun to tell the world who you are.



People love quizzes

Quizzes are an easy way not just to get people involved with your brand, but they’ll be interactive and will act as a mobile add. If you’ve made a fun quiz, people will want to share it with their friends and family, plus they’ll associate your brand with fun.



Auctions are a great way to sell certain properties.

When it comes to luxury homes or houses that have been on the market a while, auctions might be the best way to go. Auctions create a certain sense of urgency because people start thinking about deals and getting a good one, so it’s not hard to fill the seats. When it comes to luxury homes, auctions might be the best way to go because there’s nothing else to compare the property to, so it really comes down to what people are willing to pay.



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In this episode we talked about two very different things: Tech/apps, and luxury auctions. Tech and apps are a great place to start and use to build and actioning luxury properties is a great place to end up. This episode is filled with great apps you can get started with today, but also with great tips on how to use them. Although actions sound risky, we broke down the benefits of it, and some best practices for making sure you can sell the property for as much as possible. For more from Dave Fresquez, you can find him at myrealestatebuddy on social media or at david@decaroauctions.com

Mar 13, 2018

In this episode, we learn the basics for building a monstrously successful company. Do you know how to hand a client off while keeping them comfortable? How do you start? How do you build a team that can grow and succeed? In this episode we are joined by Stacie Peterson who breaks down how to build a seven figure team and dominate your industry.

Three Things We Learned

 

Put your people where they’re best

When you’re building a team, make sure they are where they will do their best. Let people be specialists. When everyone is doing what they’re best at, it allows you as the team leader to focus on what is most important, so everything runs more smoothly and you look your best as a company.



Be careful when you pass clients to other people in your company

Nobody likes to feel like their being handed off, but there are ways to deal with this. Make sure that they know you’re still working with them, but this other person they’ll be working with is a specialist that will make the whole process better. This is where people like titles, so make sure that you explain what’s happening clearly because new buyers are nervous.



Lead with revenue

If you don’t lead with revenue, you’re going to be in the hole every single time. Make sure that you’re making money so that you’re actually able to hire staff to clear up your time to make more money. When you don’t lead with revenue, it’s risky because it’s an up and down business.



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Building a team where everyone is at the top of their game is the backbone of success, but it’s not the only thing. It’s important to assemble a team of specialists, make sure your clients are comfortable and taken care of, and make sure you’re secure in the industry. When people are positioned to own their work, their work will show and the company will grow.

Mar 13, 2018

A lot of agents underestimate the value of Direct Response Farming. Do you know where to start when it comes to farming leads? Do you know how to set yourself apart from the competition? Do you want to know how to cater to your specific market? We are joined by Dan Beer to break down how to dominate your market by farming leads and crafting a brand that sets you apart and builds instant credibility.

Three Things We Learned

 

Farm what you can afford

Start with what you can afford while making sure you get two touches a month. You have the budget, you just have to be smart about it. Your success is predicated on sticking with a reasonable plan and not panicking. Stick to your guns and allow for the time it will take to grow. The tortoise beats the hare.



Understand your market

Don’t just listen to what people tell you. Know your market and the numbers there. Cater everything you do to your your specific market and not just national trends because they might not work where you are. Cater to the clientele you relate best with and build that.



Come in with a competitive advantage

Consider making a marketable strategy that is unique to you that you can sell right away. Make sure that you know what your competition is doing, and set yourself apart. Bring your own flair, but also, bring something that the market needs that only you can provide.



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Farming your leads can make or break your company. It’s important to know your market and make sure that you set yourself apart in new markets so you can battle with the big guys right out of the gate. Match your farming with a realistic budget, and make your own system and know how to sell it.

Mar 5, 2018

Human beings are conditioned to focus on the negative. How does this only lead to more negativity in your life? Why are our thoughts so powerful? What are the three steps to making your dreams come true? On this episode, we talk to author, coach and speaker, Dr. Hank Seitz who shares how to make the universe your own personal Amazon, and becoming happy for no reason.

Three Things We Learned

 

Bad things are blessings

It’s so necessary to figure out the what and the why of what we want because that will allow things to align so that the who, when and where are done for us ask. Even the bad things that happen to us are a blessing because they birth what we do want, and allow course corrections.




Thought, Energy and Experience

There are three steps to making your dreams come true. First you have to have the thought, then you have to apply energy to the thought, and finally this leads to matter or your reality.

 

Change what you say

If you want to change your life and get what you want, you also have to change what you say and your verbage. A lot of the times we use negative words which are low vibration. Start using higher vibrational words, like saying “things will play out” instead of “things will work out.”



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Most of us think asking for what we want is just about stating it out loud, but it’s also about the thoughts and language we cultivate within ourselves. The more you cultivate the good things, the more you’ll attract cooperative components to create the life you desire. If you just keep on thinking about what you want and have the trust and faith that things will happen in your favor one step at a time, things will change. Start expecting a little more of what you want everyday and start asking for miracles. If you can allow, believe and expect the good things, they will surely come to you.

Mar 1, 2018

A lot of people in real estate can’t differentiate between a database and a list of suspects. How does seeking relationships solve this problem? Can you sell a prospect on your ability to negotiate and solve problems? Why are relationships at the center of any strong real estate business? On this episode, we answer these questions in a live Q&A session.

Three Things We Learned

 

Use Instagram to give people an inside peek into what it takes to be you

Don’t just post about open houses, you have to sell the whole neighborhood. A lot of what you do is interesting so why not take photos of that and show it to your followers?



Present on What Prospects Care About

Being able to effectively solve problems and negotiate are intangibles the your clients don’t really care about. What they care about is your marketing and ability to launch their home onto their market, whether they like you and if you like their home.



There’s a difference between a database and a list of suspects

If you have a relationship with a list of people, that’s a database. You only have a true database if people know who you are and there’s some level of connection and maybe even trust and likability.



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Effectively solving problems and negotiating are two things that are very difficult to put across as a competitive edge or the reason why someone should hire you as an agent because they are very intangible skill sets to prove. Real estate as a profession exists because people don’t want to know about the problems. If you really want to convince someone that you’re right for the job, show them your ability to launch their home onto their market. Remember what we think they should care about is not what they actually care about. Also bear in mind that the basis of a database isn’t a list of contacts, but the existence of a relationship.

Feb 28, 2018

When you want to be successful in your local market, you need to always stay on top of your marketing and lead generation. What are the most effective ways for targeted segment marketing? How do you make an open house successful? And how do you manage your team effectively? Dan Lesniak joins us to talk about this and more.

Three Things We Learned

 

Keep it personal

 

When putting yourself out there, it's important to keep a presence in your local community. That helps with your lead generation and networking and it means that you create rapport with potential clients even before meeting them.

 

Perfect your open house strategy

 

There is a lot of advice out there on how to make your open houses effective. Cherry-pick all the best tips and make them work for you. Scope out your market, know your agents and that way you'll have more successful open houses than before.

 

Think outside the leadership box.

 

There are different ways in which you can make your team work and these all depend on the specific personalities of the people in your team. Don't just stick to a 9-5 work routine. Use Google Hangouts, phone calls, emails and other ways to work from a distance. The more ground you can cover as a team the better.



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When you think about marketing, it's important to remember that building rapport starts before you meet the client. Make a name for yourself in the community you want to work in, the more you work towards becoming a household name in the world of real estate, the better. Don't underestimate the power of face-to-face interaction. No amount of digital communication can ever replace sitting next to someone at a barbecue and talking about your interests. Finally, trust your team and keep communication open with them - you never know where the best advice will come from.

Feb 27, 2018

Being a new agent in the business can be intimidating and scary. Where do you even start? How do you handle old leads? Should you build your own website or work with a company? On this episode, we are joined Misty Weisenberger and Neely Freeman who share the most important steps to get your business off the ground.

Three Things We Learned

 

Have a game plan.

Before you start your business, make sure that you know where to start. A step by step outline of everything that you need to do will help organize your time and your mind and allow you to keep track of your progress as you move forward.



Get information wherever you can find it.

Find people who are already succeeding and see what they’re doing. Find podcasts or videos online from people in the industry. If there is a resource out there that can teach you something new and valuable, find it.

 

Always come from a place of value.

No matter how new you are, or how much experience you have, it’s important to know that you bring value. You have an individual point of view and a brain, don’t forget it.



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It’s hard to start new, and it’s even harder to thrive, but today we talked about some great first steps you can take to succeed. It’s more than just hard work, although there’s lots of that too, it’s about educating yourself and planning. With a good game plan, some information and confidence, you can get your business off the ground.

Feb 10, 2018

You might think that it's very difficult to be noticed by local and national media, but it might be a lot simpler than you think. How do you hack the Facebook algorithm - and can you? Why are celebrity homes important? And how can you start with local magazines that won't let you get anywhere close? PR guru Christina Daves joins us to share her top tips on pitching to national and regional media.

Three Things We Learned

 

Use your social networks effectively.

 

Social networks can be a powerful tool but only when used to their biggest capacity. Tag people in your public posts and be very active - but don't tag-bait. You can't force interaction between the people you are following, but you can foster communication and start important conversations. Remember: Facebook Live is your best friend.

 

Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

 

Facebook can be a great tool, but it is impossible to say whether or not it will become obsolete in a few months. Always make sure to have a backup email list. Contact your followers and ask them if they are okay for you to contact them outside of Facebook - that way you will create an invaluable database of contacts.

 

Don't underestimate regional magazines.

 

It's very easy to shoot for the stars and aim for the national publications and maximum exposure. But you always work in your local area first, so don't underestimate local publications. You would be surprised how picky some local magazines are. As a realtor, it's important to make an impression in your community, so do your research on local publications carefully.



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There are a lot of ways to achieve good exposure in your area and reach as many potential customers as possible. National media outlets are always great for boosting your name, but consider going local as well - or if you don't want to bother with pitches, go for a system like HERO. Find what works for you and how you can boost your brand image in the most effective way to bring value to both media professionals and potential customers.

 

Feb 9, 2018

A lot of people use their brokerages as an excuse not to get into action. How do you know if you’ll be able to work hard within a virtual brokerage? What prevents agents from converting people from their social circles into clients? On this Q&A episode, we riff on these questions and more from our audience.

Three Things We Learned

 

You have to have the systems to back up the prospecting work you’re doing

In circle prospecting, you start building momentum with all the work you do, and when it does pay off, the success and results will flood you and build up very quickly. You have to have good systems to make sure you can handle all the business that will start coming.



Virtual brokerages require a self-starter

Virtual brokerages allow agents to make more money and build long-term wealth, but for you to work successfully in that environment you have to be productive on your own.  You have to be able to make the calls, reach out to your database, and get out there and get clients. You have to be able to execute on your own.



Don’t be a secret agent

The biggest reason people struggle to convert their sphere into closings is that they don’t tell people that they are in real estate. You have to tell people what you do and put them into a consistent follow up system.  



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If you can implement without a lot of direct oversight and supervision, a virtual brokerage would be the right fit for you. The systems you’ll get there are far better than what you can get with a traditional brokerage, and you’ll be able to build wealth. The biggest thing is that you can be productive and work well independently. But ultimately, no matter where you work it will always come down to how much action you take and what you implement. You have to be a self-starter.

Feb 8, 2018

Facebook ads can help you generate low cost real estate leads, but there’s a caveat. What don’t tell you about the quality of Facebook leads? What tools can you use to feel more competent when you’re out prospecting? On this Q&A episode we answer these questions for our audience.

Three Things We Learned

 

How to get now business

When you do prospecting, you have to know that if they don’t have a connection with you or an need for what you do, you won’t be able to get now business. It will be a long-term play.



Facebook ads are cheaper but the quality isn’t always high

While it’s cheaper to generate more leads on Facebook, you have to remember that they won’t be as high quality as leads from Zillow or Trulia. People who show up on Facebook and see your ads aren’t specifically looking for real estate, they just stumble on it.



How to start nurturing relationships.

When you’re out prospecting remember not everyone is going to give you now business. Those people are people you can add to your database and send marketing to. That’s how you monetize the nos.



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Success in circle prospecting and being able to generate now business comes down to you serving an urgent need for someone, or already having a relationship with them in place. Without one or both of these factors this person should become a nurture in your database. You have to bring value and position yourself as the knight in shining armor.

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