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PostHeaderIcon Top 7 Mistakes Rookie Real Estate Agents Make

wpEvery time I talk to someone about my business and career, it always comes up that “they’ve thought about getting into real estate” or know someone who has. With so many people thinking about getting into real estate, and getting into real estate – why aren’t there more successful Realtors in the world? Well, there’s only so much business to go around, so there can only be so many Real Estate Agents in the world. I feel, however, that the inherent nature of the business, and how different it is from traditional careers, makes it difficult for the average person to successfully make the transition into the Real Estate Business. As a Broker, I see many new agents make their way into my office – for an interview, and sometimes to begin their careers. New Real Estate Agents bring a lot of great qualities to the table – lots of energy and ambition – but they also make a lot of common mistakes. Here are the 7 top mistakes rookie Real Estate Agents Make.

1) No Business Plan or Business Strategy

So many new agents put all their emphasis on which Real Estate Brokerage they will join when their shiny new license comes in the mail. Why? Because most new Real Estate Agents have never been in business for themselves – they’ve only worked as employees. They, mistakenly, believe that getting into the Real Estate business is “getting a new job.” What they’re missing is that they’re about to go into business for themselves. If you’ve ever opened the doors to ANY business, you know that one of the key ingredients is your business plan. Your business plan helps you define where you’re going, how you’re getting there, and what it’s going to take for you to make your real estate business a success. Here are the essentials of any good business plan: Read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon 10 Tips for Estate Agents

wpAnyway, here are 10 tips for estate agents based on our six months of searching

Photos matter
Really, they do matter. Last time I bought a house was 2008. Even in the five years since the internet has transformed buying a house. I want to see good quality photos before I even consider viewing a house. And if you don’t take a photo of at least all the downstairs rooms (including the kitchen) I’ll assume the worst. (Though it would be hard to get worse than these.)

Floor-plans are crucial
First I look at the photos. The next step is to check out the floor-plan. I remember when we were moving house when I was a child, here’s what you’d get: a tiny, credit card-sized photo glued onto a closely-typed double-sided page of room names and dimensions which meant absolutely nothing to me. Not now: I want a clear diagram. If the house hasn’t got a floor-plan I’ll just assume the estate agent’s heart isn’t in it. Read the rest of this entry »