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Neighborhood Real Estate Agent!

chinupWhat are consumers really looking for in a real estate agent?  Of course they’d like you to sell their home for them in a timely manner or help them buy a new house, but they can look up houses on their own on the internet. What else are they looking for?

Real Estate Agents still have the local market knowledge and expertise they are looking for.  It is one of our competitive edges in this day and age.  There are a lot of statistics and facts on the local real estate sites, but not always accurate.   We, as real estate agents can help them sort through the facts and realize what is true in our area.   We may not know everything , but there is a lot you can offer on the trends in selling and buying in your neighborhood.  Especially to clients new to the area, you can offer them information on schools, local spots to dine, and even differences in taxes and education in the towns you serve.  You become the local “expert”.

People like to know about the neighborhoods, they are moving into.  Even new agents, who may not be as seasoned, can capitalize on this by researching and learning the local area and blogging about it on your website.

You can become the “local agent” and that leads to real estate success.

Please visit us at www.agentrising.com to learn new ideas to help you brand yourself in your new real estate career.

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Give Without Expectation!

Agent Rising BlogThis is a good business strategy! While there are consumers who hire agents strictly based on their numbers, the majority want to respect and like their agent as well. Whether you have always been a giving person by nature, or you want to become one as part of the new personal and professional you, it is something to strive for. Think about it. When you go to hire any type of professional, your first step is to think about whether there is anyone that you know personally and, perhaps admire a little, who could do this for you. If there is someone, the trust and respect factor go a very long way in your decision on who to hire. This applies to all sorts of professionals from your barber to your lawyer to your real estate professional.
So, open up to the world. Help out whenever you can and expect nothing in return. You will feel immediate gratification! That gratification will be reflected in everything else that you do and people will notice. Will it increase your business? Who knows. It definitely will increase your self esteem, make you happier and you will project that to the world. Nothing bad can come of that, and maybe some good will.

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Give without expectation – find a way. Whether you shovel an elderly neighbor’s front walk, pick up the litter on your street, help out at a soup kitchen or donate your time to a local charity, just do it!

Bold Moves Do Gooder!

Caught in the act of service. Eli MacGregor was seen doing some serious shoveling in his Bold Moves Sweatshirt. Eli loves to shovel and shoveled the steps and deck of his home and then went to his grandparents house to shovel their path and driveway. The snow was heavy and wet but Eli wasted no time shoveling out his Chickadee and Grampie’s house so they wouldn’t have to shovel the wet and heavy snow themselves.

It’s never too early to start doing good for others. It is a good feeling knowing that you helped out and there are a lot of jobs young kids can do to help out the adults around them. It’s always a good idea to encourage them to look around and see how they can help those in need around them. It starts a good precedent of service to others which always leads to good things. Great job Eli!

Stay tuned for more spottings of Bold Moves Sweatshirts around town and visit www.agentrising.com for more info to become the best you can be!

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Juggling Your Real Estate Career and Family Life

Agent Rising BlogJuggling your real estate career and your family time can be tricky but definitely worth it.  There are many ways to accomplish this.

Make family time an appointment.  When you have an important family event simply treat it as an appointment and tell clients you are booked at that time.  Give them another time to meet.  Most will understand.

At the beginning of  the year, plan your vacation  and pre- book family time and stay committed to it.

Have a friend in the office that can help you out when you have conflicts in your schedule. This can be reciprocal, when he is in need of help also.   There are times when time is of the essence.  If you are unavailable, have someone at the office who can cover for you and you can do the same for him or her when they need a hand.

Set aside one day per week to get away from work and spend quality family time.  We all need some downtime. With the craziness of the business, you always find yourself on the phone at all hours of the day.  Stay committed to spending one day a week without the phone and enjoy uninterrupted family time.

Share your work  with your family.  Talk about your highs and lows.

Put aside time for family dinner.  Real estate agents aren’t doctors.  Phone calls can wait an hour while you have dinner with your family.

Sometimes it may cost you a client or two, but in the course of your career, if  you take the time to keep your family foremost in your life, it will make you a better realtor and clients will respect you for that.

Please visit us at www.agentrising.com for more ideas on how to make your real estate career shine.

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Body Language and Communication

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BODY LANGUAGE

WHAT IS YOUR BODY  SAYING?

 What signals are you sending to others about yourself, and what emotional feedback are you giving others in response to the signals they are sending you.

More than Half!

Body language accounts for more than half of what other people respond to and make assumptions about when connecting with you.

OPEN OR CLOSED?

Body language can be loosely broken into 2 kinds of signals: open and closed.

 Open exposes the heart and is welcoming.

Closed defends the heart and is standoffish and sometimes aloof.

 “Welcome, I am open for business” or

“Go away. Leave me alone.”

HEART TO HEART

Exercise:  For one day, point your heart at the heart of everyone you meet. This will demonstrate open body language and build trust and comfort.

You cannot not communicate!

Some experts estimate that 15% of your professional success is determined by skills and knowledge, while 85% comes from your ability to connect with other people and engender trust and respect…

What you say to someone only accounts for

about 20% of what they “hear”

NON VERBAL COMMUNICATION IS KEY!

When you are communicating, your gestures, tone of voice, eye language, and non verbal cues are enormously impactful to the message you send!

And you have to do it FAST!

The first few seconds of your first meeting with someone are driven by “your gut”. Each person makes unconscious, unthinking appraisals that center around their feelings of safety:

“I do/don’t feel safe with you”

“I do/don’t trust you.

Please visit us at www.agentrising.com to see more ways you can improve your real estate career.

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The Art of Listening!

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LISTEN UP!

HOW TO LISTEN EFFECTIVELY

The amount of trust that is built up in a relationship has a lot to do with your listening skills. As realtors, we want our clients to feel we are truly listening and taking account of what they need help with.  We need to listen to what they are saying to accomplish this.

DEPOSITS: courtesy, kindness, honesty, keeping commitments, LISTENING

WITHDRAWALS: disrespect, bossiness, threatening,sarcasm,”just joking”

HOW TO LISTEN WELL:

Be quiet

Use your body language to let the person know you are there

Give an occasional “uh huh” or nod

Stay focused on the conversation. NO email, texting, getting up, doodling,etc.

Ask non-judgement question

i.e. “That’s not clear to me. Will you say it again?”

Make a guess about a feeling!

Listening well, encore.

Restate some of what the person said

Try to pick up on the speaker’s signals

Keep in mind that a person who is different than you and may be looking for something in a ‘listener’ than what you would want

You may not understand

Remember that most people just want someone to listen

MOST IMPROVABLE SKILL: LISTENING

WHEN LISTENING, TRY NOT TO…

.Judge or criticize

Ask excessive questions while he or she is talking

Offer advice or diagnose the ‘problem’

Change the subject

Immediately tell your own experience

Think of what you will say while person is talking

Assume the speaker feels the same way as you would

Be Overly reassuring

Let’s practice…

Spend a few minutes thinking about a problem you are trying or solve or a challenge you are trying to address

Be prepared to describe this situation in detail including both the situation and any potential solutions you are considering

The listener should do his or her best to apply skills just discussed

Switch roles after a few minutes. Everyone needs to practice.   It doesn’t come easily to most.

What you are establishing is a trusting relationship which starts with listening.

We are here at Agent Rising to help you with some of these skills you may need.  Please visit our website to learn more at www.agentrising.com

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5 Tips To Launch Your Real Estate Career!

Agent Rising 1. Treat it like a Job. Go to work at 9 am (or whatever your designated “working hours” are) and start your day. Offer to help with what is needed. Dress and act professionally. Act “AS IF”.

 

2. Follow a training Plan. Whatever your sales training is, do it the way it is laid out for you. Don’t get creative or skip corners. If your company does not provide a training program, use other resources to follow one. Make your car a traveling classroom.

 

3. Join a Committee at the Board of Realtors. Become embedded in your professional board. Take advantage of what State and National Associations of Realtors has to offer. Treat other Realtors as your A+ customers. Go to events!

 

4. Volunteer on a Local Level. Become an integral part of your community. Southcoast- Serves (www.south-coast-serves.org) has many volunteer opportunities if you don’t have any favorites. There is a GRNBAR committee for Community Service.

 

5. Become Dedicated and Informed. Work toward certifications, Follow Real Estate News through sources like Inman News, Bloomsberg, and MAR and NAR. Get on their email news flashes.

 

Please contact us at Agent Rising with any questions you may have. We can help you jump start your career and get you noticed.

www.agentrising .com 508-997-8844

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Score BIG with Scorecards

Agent Rising ScorecardsOK… you have been receiving or reviewing our scorecards and may be wondering

why we chose this as our method of communicating with you. Why scorecards?

We want to deliver a message~ quickly, succinctly and in one sitting!

Scorecards are brief and to the point.

We want you to be able to reference them by category or topic.

Scorecards are categorized for you; i.e. iPad training, Sales Training, etc.

We want you to have a hard copy and also be able to easily access them

from your iPhone or tablet. Quick and easy and at your finger tips.

We want to be able to add, edit, and evolve.

Scorecards are constantly being updated. When the facts change, they will change.

Don’t have much time? You have enough time for a Scorecard (or two!)

Give them a try! SCORE BIG!

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