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RECENT BLOG POSTS
When it comes to sales training, I subscribe to the belief that you can never stop learning.  Well, it may not actually be learning - it may just be a reminder as to what we already knew.  ActiveRain has been a great resource.  However, I still stray to other sites.  Here is my recommended readin...
05/13/2009
When I see an agent show a series of condominium units that they thought matched the prospect's needs and the prospect loses interest because the agent can't locate the right property for the prospect or the prospect writes a sales contract on a totally different style of property, it prompts me ...
05/13/2009
On occasion, it seems that we are so overloaded with everyday tasks that we sometimes fail to see how simple marketing can be.  The best advertisement for our services is our existing customers.  Good customer service generates more word-of-mouth referrals and repeat business than 100 advertisem...
05/13/2009
The National Association of Realtor has made it too easy.  I can no longer complain about not having enough training materials.  With NAR's E-Library, you can download e-Books in a variety of formats ranging from Adobe E-Books to MP3 to other audio format in 3 easy steps: Step 1 - Download softwa...
05/13/2009
It's a Jungle Out There... Now, in today's housing market, it is a real jungle out there.  For the average buyer, it is a dark, inhospitable place, where at every turn there is some animal waiting to take a bite out of them.  Worse, there are hustlers and poachers out there pushing "snake oil" su...
05/13/2009
    Admittedly, I did not understand or realize the power of the micro blogging site Twitter.  Although other real estate professionals have raved about the contacts, referrals, etc. that they have obtained from Twitter, I simply did not see its use or potential.  However, a recent news story an...
05/13/2009
In January, 2009, we were approached to list a commercial property for sale that had been previously contaminated with dioxin tainted waste oil used to control dust on the unpaved parking area of a truck transport facility.  We met with the owners to obtain a better idea of the status of the clea...
05/13/2009
At a recent luncheon, we had a lengthy discussion regarding the real estate market.  An experienced agent asked "Where have all the purchasers gone?"  It was followed by a series of comments starting with "Remember when... "  There was a longing for the days when the phone rang off the hook and w...
05/12/2009
 Now, as some of you may know, I often will use a private conversation with my current and former colleagues - both inside and outside my brokerage - as a source of inspiration for my blog posts.  I use a variety of devices to protect the innocent such as waiting several weeks or even months befo...
05/12/2009
    New home sales can be like a roller coaster - sudden drops, unanticipated turns, slow climbs to the top, and breakneck speed.  At all times, you must stay prepared and sustain your motivation and drive.  Whether you are a new salesperson or an experienced salesperson, you will experiences slu...
05/12/2009
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