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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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Senate Passes Bill to Delay Flood Insurance Hikes!

ipadThe Senate passed a bill to delay flood insurance hikes.   This is a huge relief to hundreds of thousands of homeowners in coastal andflood-zone areas who were looking at drastically higher flood insurance premiums.  Angry constituents inundated Capital Hill with complaints.

The vote was 67-32 which shows that Capital Hill is listening to the widespread alarm which occurred when changes were made to shore up the program’s finances resulting in astronomically high, unaffordable insurance rates for homeowners in flood zones whose insurance was subsidized by the government and other policyholders in the past.

The bill would delay huge premium increases for up to four years.  It would allow homeowners to pass below-cost policies onto people who buy their homes. Also, people who have recently bought homes, would see the jumps in their premiums rolled back.

Projections of the new rates have caused a panic among homeowners which has affected the real estate market and home values. This is not a complete solution but a reprieve to look at the situation in a new way, and allow time to evaluate the new flood maps and a solution which is not devastating to homeowners who require flood insurance.

Agent Rising is keeping  abreast of the situation and MAR has been working  for passage of this bill to help homeowners.

Please visit us at www.agentrising.com for more real estate news and tips to help your career bloom.

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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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Website Development and Online Marketing!

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Creating an online presence is critical way to get your brand into the world. Developing and more importantly managing a successful website, social media and online marketing is the key to getting yourself found on Google and making your business successful! There are two important key factors when posting to your website. First, utilizing search engine optimization to ensure your posts are loaded with keywords to get your website found on Google. Second, content is king! The more content and blogging or posting you do on your website, the better your chances are of getting found on the first page of Google. Statistically people do not search beyond the first page, so if you are not found on page one, your site could be lost!

 

At Agent Rising, we are here to help your business be as successful as possible. Our dedicated team works with you from start to finish creating your website, logo, etc. to managing your online marketing and social media. Through Google Alerts we can customize to any industry and tailor posts to be related to your business. For example, posting for a real estate office would include community events, National trends and company specific posts. Restaurant posts would consist of weekly specials, area events and foodie blog posts.

 

Contact Agent Rising today for your
personalized website, online marketing and social media management!

Marketing Skills Matter!

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Marketing Skills Matter!

You have several different options when deciding how to start marketing; no matter where readers are seeing your material, careful and creative writing is what makes it effective. As a real estate agent, you add is typically your first line of communication with your customer and it is important to make a good first impression. So how do you know where to begin? Lets take a look at a few key points:

A clear catchy headline– create a headline that will grab someone’s attention and make them want to read on.

Make it local– be sure to highlight your knowledge of the area by pointing out local assets of the property.

Be creative– make sure your content stands out from others, this is a great opportunity to point out anything special about the home and make the reader feel like they can picture themselves there.

Quality photos– while most of us aren’t professional photographers, it is important to take the time to make the pictures look great. This means preparing the scene, making sure the lighting is good. It is always a good idea to inspect the photos after taking them before posting them for others to see.

Include a call to action!- suggest that the reader contact you for more information, or stop by your next open house.

Proofread– make sure there are no errors before posting your material, if necessary have someone else read over it first.

 

With these great tips you should be on your way to successful marketing. Check out Agent Rising Scorecards for more great tips!

Introducing Instagram Video!

How to utilize Instagram’s new video feature…

 

This week the popular smart phone and ipad app Instagram launched a new video feature.
This latest update allows users to create a video up to 15 seconds while still being able to
utilize the filter tools.

 

“The real estate community has had a colorful presence among the photos in the Instagram
community, many of whom create large followings, close deals, lead generate and connect
with other local residents,” states Inman News.

 

This will be a great feature for real estate agents, the video feature is opening up more
opportunities to showcase properties and communities you are working with. This is also a
great chance to utilize social media to set yourself apart from your competitors. Agents will
be able to showcase their creative marketing and unique style by adding videos to Instagram.
To use the app go to the home screen on Instagram, and click on the video icon. To record
the video, press and hold the record button, the video will only record while you are holding
down the button. You have the option to do a 15 second steady video or break the video up into
sections. Once finished click next, you will have the option to add filters and preview the video
before publishing. Once you are finished you can now share your video!

 

Download it now and start using, let us know what you think!