Bob Stewart, ActiveRain (ActiveRain)

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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

If your son or daughter decided to be a real estate agent what would be your top 3 suggestions for getting a good start on a successful career?

Jun 15, 2016 09:02 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I don't have any questions to ask... they've all been asked and often not answered very well. I've been in "top producer forums" and one thing I've learned is that most times they are very "cagey" about their responses. 

Jun 15, 2016 09:39 PM
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John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

What do they think the MOST important thing they did was that took them from good to great ... lots of agents do well, but don't make that leap to "top producer/mega-agent/whatever you want to call it" ---- what turned on the afterburner to push them to the top?

Jun 15, 2016 12:27 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Bob, actually, most of them have business models where they take credit for sales their team members make, so I'm not at all impressed with these lists.

Jun 15, 2016 12:18 PM
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Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Local Knowledge & Global Network

If they were just starting out new again, what would they do differently, if anything, during their first year in the business?

Jun 15, 2016 08:57 AM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I think you have some great questions here. 

I am curious about time management skills. 

Jun 15, 2016 02:53 PM
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KAREN SANCHEZ
Hamilton Landon Real Estate - Apple Valley, CA
...Marketing your home like no one else will.

How do you manage assistants?

Sorry Bob Stewart second question.

How do you keep a personal life?  AKA How do you have family time?

 

Jun 15, 2016 09:46 AM
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Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

Why are you running for President???

Jun 16, 2016 01:27 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I like John Meussner answer - yeah I'd ask the same

Jun 15, 2016 10:39 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

recruiting secrets and have you found a line you crossed to "too big" to still be hands on? What was that number?

Jun 15, 2016 01:39 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

How much did previous friends and relatives play in your early success

Jun 15, 2016 12:41 PM
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX

What do you different than everyone else to make you so successful?

Jun 19, 2016 09:24 AM
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Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

Did you have a mentor? If so- what was the most important lesson you learned? (OK. That's two questions.)

Jun 17, 2016 10:34 AM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

How do you suggest dealing with Millennials?

Jun 16, 2016 01:14 PM
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

I've listened to a few of the podcasts and I like it very much. My favorite question that you ask is "What do you know to be true that others don't believe?" I've enjoyed the answers - great fodder for thought.

But if I could add a question, it would be to ask these top producers what advice they have to help others become top producers.

Jun 16, 2016 08:35 AM
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Jack Lewitz
IL Real Estate Specialists - Evanston, IL

What make you think you are

Jun 16, 2016 03:09 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Where is the secret sauce formula hidden?  

Jun 16, 2016 01:08 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Which describes you best, Startrek or Star Wars and why?

I would bet 99% of the time their business will model the selected concept.

Back up question would be, "If you had the power, what one thing would you change regarding how the business of real estate is executed today?" And of course, 'Why?"

Jun 16, 2016 12:43 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

What is the one thing you would tell a newbie starting out in the business.

 

Jun 16, 2016 12:01 AM
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Sandy Williams
eXp Realty, sandy@sandywilliams.com - Sarasota, FL

I know that success is layered with many trial and errors.  Do you or does your team lead generate every day and if so, what is your best return on your investment regarding lead gen?

 

 

Jun 15, 2016 11:15 PM
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Wendy Wixom
Ruhl and Ruhl Realtors - Burlington, IA
Real Estate agent serving Southeast Iowa

How do you negotiate as a dual agent and give the clients your best advice without crossing that line

Jun 15, 2016 10:18 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

What marketing activity (specific) results in the best/greatest response rate for getting listing appointments?

Jun 15, 2016 10:02 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Has it affected their relations with family and friends? 

They may have to cancel social activiteis at the last minute or their family gettogethers. 

They should set priorities. 

Jun 15, 2016 09:50 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Bob Stewart what one advice would you like to give to your listeners?

Jun 15, 2016 03:07 PM
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Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
Your Real Estate Partner

Do you think your real estate education prepared you for your first year and career?  If not, what did you do to overcome that and how would you change education for future agents?

Jun 15, 2016 01:42 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

At what point in your career did you realize you had succeeded and it was in your blood?

Jun 15, 2016 11:58 AM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Tell us in a nutshell what is the single most important thing you do each day to generate business.

Jun 15, 2016 11:39 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What do you do everyday that helps you be successful?

Jun 15, 2016 11:28 AM
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Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
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as a top producer in real estate.. you must have "people" working with/for you. do you find your greatest skill is in selling real estate or managing other people? if you could press a button and have no employees and gross 2 mil in commish, or make 5 mil with ten people who report to you. which would you choose?

Jun 15, 2016 11:19 AM
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

What was the one decision in your career that took your business to a level beyond where you had previously been producing?  Was it hiring an assistant, transaction coordinator, buyer's agent or something entirely different?

Jun 15, 2016 11:06 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

What does it take and how long does it take to be a top agent?

Jun 15, 2016 10:51 AM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

What made you a top producer? Was there one, two or more specific things that led to your success and what are they?

Jun 15, 2016 10:34 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

How do you handle the word NO

 

Jun 15, 2016 10:29 AM
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

What would you consider to be the biggest time and money wasters in this business?

Jun 15, 2016 09:51 AM
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Julie A. Black
KAUAI DREAMS REALTY Kauai Real Property Specialist - Kapaa, HI
CLHMS, CRS, GRI, Realtor, Broker

What do they attribute their success too? Specifics.

Jun 15, 2016 09:25 AM
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Kristen Correa, Broker
Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services - Keller, TX
I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee!

When it comes to real estate success secrets:

Some tasks are productive, but boring as turtles sleeping on a rock. Some to-dos are less productive, but so fun and memorable - you forget you're even working. Some things are immediately rewarding, while others are, again, slow as turtles to pay off. And some things are so expensive, it's out of the question all together for the majority.

1. If you had to plot the most productive activities and their fun factor with a low cost to do and their reward payoff timeline - the sooner, the better - name a few business building activities that would rank highest!

2. What would you absolutely not waste time and money on?

Jun 15, 2016 09:11 AM
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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

I would ask...

   "Aside from your production (sales volume)... what do you do to set yourself apart from the other 1,000,000+ real estate agents?"

Jun 15, 2016 09:08 AM