The real estate professionals who are at the top of their game know that the road to a successful 2014 starts right now! Are you ready for your best year yet?
In this simple guide, you learn about tools and trends you need to take your business to the next level. Plus, we’ll give you insider tips for staying in the power agent mindset throughout 2014. Download the plan and learn how to focus, implement, measure and track your 2014 business success.
Got the business plan? Watch the recording of Trulia’s resident real estate expert and agent trainer Tara-Nicholle Nelson’s exclusive webinar as she walks you through the easy-to-use plan to turn 2014 into your best year in real estate—ever!
When it comes to business, sometimes the smallest details can make the biggest difference—and sometimes, that detail can be as small as a simple word. As the end of the year quickly approaches, we’ve been focusing on big-picture things that real estate professionals should be learning or doing right now to Gear Up! to have the best year ever. But while you’re in the throes of planning your 2014, don’t forget that the little things matter.
Before the new year is here, practice incorporating these six words into your day-to-day. Who knows? They may be the push you need to close a few extra deals come 2014!
If you’re planning on hitting the holiday shopping sales to snag Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals this weekend, take note! Keep an eye out for great prices on some items that may be able to boost your business come 2014 (they’ll pay for themselves!).
As a real estate professional, now is the perfect time to invest in the gadgets and products that can boost your business and put you on the right track for 2014. And since you’re a self-employed businessperson, chances are good that your holiday spends are tax-deductible, too. That means you save twice—once on the purchase, and again at tax time.
Here’s list of products that could make a great addition to your business toolbox by making you more efficient and helping you better serve your clients in the New Year. Take a look: continue reading
It’s about that time, folks. When Thanksgiving rolls around, growth-minded agents who haven’t already done so start plotting their sprint to the end of the year and thinking about their business and life goals for 2014. If you count yourself in that number who is ready, willing and committed to do what it takes to go from a good 2013 to your best year ever in 2014, it’s not hard to conjure up a vision and goals for next year. What is difficult sometimes is to muster the energy, fresh off such a busy year, to get things in motion to make your 2014 targets actually happen.
Knowing that what got you here won’t get you there, might I suggest you spend some of your holiday week down time getting inspired and reenergized for the push ahead? Here are seven of my favorite TED Talks (less than 20 minutes each) for inspiring a shift into high-energy planning and executing your 2014 vision.
So much of life in the real estate business is uncertain. So you spend a ton of your time feeding the top of your funnel with qualified buyers and sellers, and much of the rest executing your transactions with focus and smarts. Agents pride themselves on sticking the landing, because closings are the vehicle via which we ultimately get paid: paid in commissions, yes, but also in client love and referrals.
But there’s an age-old challenge, a potential glitch in this loop, which most buyer agents have faced. The glitch? You are not in control of 100% of the factors which dictate whether your buyer clients will close escrow. The lender must cooperate, and even the seller and the property must all align to bring your buyer-side transactions to a glorious close. And even more importantly, the buyer must play ball at dozens of moments throughout escrow, by showing up, bringing cash and signing and submitting documents.
The best agents—those who are known for being at the top of their game—know that a successful 2014 doesn’t start on January 1st. It starts right now. After all, building a thriving client pipeline takes time and effort, and the work that you put in right now will bear fruit six months from now.
So what separates the best from the rest? As real estate agents, your time is valuable. Power agents understand that in order to have a productive, profitable year, it’s important to focus in on the efforts that yield an elevated return on your investment—whether that investment is time or money.
Below, we explore the right areas that you need to focus on and target to help make 2014 your most successful year yet—no matter where you are in your career. continue reading
Conventional real estate wisdom has often advised buyers and sellers that once Thanksgiving comes around, they might as well pack it in, hunker down and wait till they’ve doled out all their New Year’s smooches to get serious about getting their transactions closed. But there are some hidden benefits to taking the contrarian approach and doubling down on the house hunt right now while the holiday season is in full swing: continue reading
Yes, it’s true – Craigslist is no longer accepting posts that include HTML in the housing and For Sale sections of their site – from any provider. This means that the images, colors and layouts you enjoy using in your ads are no longer available. However, Craigslist will still be accepting text ads without HTML (i.e. plain text). But don’t worry – we have you covered!
Have you ever lost something in your home or office, spent hours looking for it and then realized it was right under your nose (in your pocket) the whole time? Not only have I hunted the world over for my phone, just to realize I’d been talking on it the whole time, but I’ve also found a number of lost items in overlooked places, not the least of which included locating my boot in the dogs’ bed—under a dog!
There’s something equal parts exasperating and hilarious about finding something you’ve been desperately seeking, right under your nose. But there’s nothing funny about overlooking the sellers whose listings could top off your 2013 success. continue reading