Real estate agents are like fingerprints, you’ll never find two that are exactly alike. However, what does binds you together are a series of awkward moments, unbelievable happenings, and funny frustrations that only someone who has “walked in your shoes” can understand.
Here are five of these original agent moments that confirm you’re really in business and just a few of the reasons we’re thankful super-agents like you exist.
Experienced agents know to be ready for anything. That might mean suiting up to take a client meeting during little-league halftime or donning safety goggles right before a showing. If you’ve got enough outfits in your car trunk to dress small family for Halloween, you might be a real estate agent.
Getting big exposure is a major part of effectively marketing. It can also be a little weird. Most people don’t drive by their face 40 times a day or get served up web ads of their own smiles all day long. If you’ve ever gotten exhausted looking at yourself, you might be a real estate agent. continue reading
No matter how many times your client has sold a home, the whole process of selling may still tie them up in knots. They’re scared.
Heck yeah, they’re scared. Ninety-five percent of the time the homeowner doesn’t know you from Adam, and yet here they are, putting what might be the biggest investment of their lives in your hands. Yet you breeze in, hand them a pen and a contract, and walk out mumbling something about the MLS, a sign and a lockbox.
Home sellers probably won’t express their fears to you directly (you are a stranger, after all). But they’ll likely stay awake at night with scary thoughts running through their heads.
If your clients were to confess their fears to you, what do you suppose they would say? More importantly, how can you help them overcome the anxiety?
If you purchased a home before you joined the real estate industry, you’ll no doubt recall how weird the whole process felt. Your agent threw words around that you had never heard before, and expected you to know what they mean.
Escrow, earnest money deposit, contingency and comps – these are not words in a non-real estate person’s everyday lexicon. How exactly does the MLS work, anyway? Why do I have to pay an earnest money deposit and a down payment? continue reading
Here at Trulia, we strongly believe in the importance of agent’s having a strong online presence. Having reviews and ratings on your profile help reinforce and validate the quality of your services to online buyers and sellers in your market.
If you haven’t asked your clients to review you on Trulia, now’s the time to make it happen!
Between now and December 17th, log into your Trulia Agent Profile and request reviews and ratings from your past clients, you’ll automatically be entered to win $1000 as a part of our Trulia Reviews Race Sweepstakes! Plus! The more reviews you get, the more chances you’ll have to win!
The reviews race is on! Are you ready for it?
You’ll receive one entry for each request sent and review added to your profile. continue reading
The road to increasing your business in 2015 may seem a little daunting. However, with a little know-how, focused goals, and an actionable plan, a bigger, better 2015 is easily within reach.
Today’s real estate professionals are faced with a variety of challenges. It can be challenging to balance your time between the tasks that are urgent and those that are important for the long-term sustainability of your business. But, the more you work “in” your business right now, the less time you have to work “on” your long-term vision.
Get the 2015 Bigger, Better Real Estate Business Plan and set yourself up for your best year yet! In this plan, you’ll learn how to set realistic goals, identify your strengths, and find helpful worksheets to make your goals a reality.
Download the Bigger, Better Business Plan for your exclusive discount code and get your new ad campaign started today.
Fresh is best! When it comes to your listings, we know that accuracy is the most important thing. Fresh, accurate listings on Trulia help you build your brand and snags agents even more high-quality leads.
That’s why Trulia Data Connect partners with your brokerage and MLS to update listings as often as 180 times a day via a RETS feed. Other sources typically only update 1-4 times a day. Fresh is best and your listings are no exception.
Since launching the Data Connect program last year, Trulia has been focused on working with over 12,000 brokers and 100 MLSs to make sure they are taking advantage of the benefits of sending direct feeds. Trulia notably added some of the largest and most influential MLSs in the country, including My Florida Regional MLS, The MLS™/CLAW, the Austin Board of REALTORS, The Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service, Intermountain MLS, and others. We’re also proud to have added important new broker partners to the program, including the Minneapolis-based Edina Realty. continue reading
As we get ready to enter the final month of the year, we thought it was high time that we take a moment to look back on all of the most popular posts of 2014.
From the hilarious signs that you’re dating a real estate agent to the ultimate list of things sellers need to hear now, here are the top 10 posts that caught your attention!
It’s gone. The listing. The client. The hope of commission. The good news is that the bad news isn’t that bad, because the loss of some listings can be the best thing that ever happened to your business. It may be tough to believe, but the truth is that—in this business—there is always an upside to every downside. Here’s how…
There comes a point in every transaction when you can tell whether or not a seller is capable of closing. Denying or avoiding when its time for that rubber meets the road wastes your advertising dollars and your time. Both of those can add up to a hurting bottom line and serious frustration. Sometimes a seller bowing out earlier saves you in the long run.
If you talk to a seasoned, experience agent, they’ll tell you that it’s a blessing when some clients pass you by. If you are interviewing with someone who’s vocal about a general distrust of agents and questions your expertise at every opportunity, losing that listing could be the universe doing you a favor.
Taking on the client that’s determined to be unhappy isn’t doing you any favors. Even if you close, you’ll likely end up the topic of that negative Nancy or Ned’s next social media post and frankly, you don’t need the negative press.