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Agent2Agent in Chicago : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Jan 15, 2015
Noah Seidenberg answered:
You need a true professional with experience on large buildings.
I would contact
AAA-1 Masonry & Tuckpointing, Inc.

Good luck to you ... more
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Mon Nov 17, 2014
Bev West answered:
Great information. Thanks for all the input. I often ask myself the same question? Thanks for sharing.
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Mon Oct 27, 2014
Howie Andron answered:
Perhaps a small bribe would help rectify this situation
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Fri Sep 5, 2014
Bill J Deligiannis answered:
Louis Garbis

Integrated Insurance Brokerage Services

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Fri Jul 25, 2014
Akil Walker answered:
Hi Terri

I think it is a nice touch especially in the age of mass mailings or email. Especially if you personalize to each attendee i.e. thanks on your feedback on the morning room and space your feedback was important. ... more
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Tue Jun 17, 2014
Terry McCarley answered:
As others have said, no they do not. Encourage client referrals - they help the public make educated decisions when hiring a real estate professional.
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Mon May 5, 2014
Scott Newman answered:
If your old broker refuses to sign off on or return your license you simply need to alert the state in writing and send in a 45 day permit with a letter explaining what happened.
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Thu May 1, 2014
Victoria Golds answered:
I am looking to purchase this insurance, could someone tell me where I could go in NY, Manhattan or BK?
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Thu Apr 24, 2014
Michele Wilson answered:
Speak with the managing broker of the agencies you might want to affiliate with before you start the process. They might be able to help you decide if you want to enter the business. Your age should not be important, but remember real estate is a business and a full time job if you want to be successful. ... more
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Mon Mar 24, 2014
Jill Murty answered:
It's packaging. Brokerages who brand themselves as 100% outfits generally charge a monthly and/or per transaction fee.

What's brilliant about it is that agents who haven't sold anything with a brokerage that offers a lower split seem to think they'll make a lot of money selling nothing at a brokerage with a higher split.

In the meantime, the 100% brokerage collects the monthly fee. They've made non-producing agents a profit center!

Look at what your business is, not what you hope it'll become and find a broker with a structure that best suits you.
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Mon Mar 24, 2014
Scott Newman answered:
If an agent avoids your listing because they are too lazy or cheap to operate a sentri lockbox and the accompanying card/app then you should report them.

What is best for their client, not them, takes precedent. ... more
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Sun Feb 16, 2014
Barbara Barker answered:

This business is really about mentoring, working in the field, learning from mistakes, experience, research, licensing and asking for help when you need it. You'll learn more in real life than you will from the books. I've found that after I got my Real Estate Salesperson's Licence, they taught me nothing about how to sell real estate and I learned nothing at school about the anatomy of a purchase. These things I learned from experience.

You can start with a Broker's licence and add everything "a la carte" or "designations". If you are heading towards commercial sales, you would get your Broker's license, then go back for a CCIM. Here is a list of designations you can get:

Hope this helps.

Barbara Barker
3843 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60613
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Tue Jan 14, 2014
Rameh Khazen answered:
WOW! Landvoice must have the worst customer support ever!!! I bought this product just after the middle of December. I was excited. I market to FSBO and Expired and due to manually inputting my data into my contact management software I just knew Landvoice was going to speed up my day. Well, they only sent me upon signing up three pages of their manual and cut off the rest. FOR THE NEXT TEN DAYS, I called and emailed customer support to get the end of the manual. After wasting a cumulative time of what amounts to a day and a half, I decided to call Sales. SUPRISE, they answered after the second ring. They then sent me the rest of the manual. After that, the system still didn't work and I noticed it looked like it was setup for the wrong MLS. So I called back and was put on hold for 17 minutes. I hung up and emailed the address that sent me the manual. Nothing back. So the next day I called sales, and was put on hold another 15 minutes. She then said they were closing and she would email me instructions on how to fix it. I got nothing. Still haven't. I have requested a refund since the product never worked for me. (Haven't gotten it yet, I also emailed a customer service link, (no response) Just my run in with them so far! ... more
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Thu Dec 12, 2013
Akos Straub answered:
Each listing is different. We haven't had a slow down in our showing requests.
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Thu Dec 12, 2013
Stephanie Scott answered:
Hi Samantha,

I too am a new agent. What I find most valuable about the brokerage I joined in October is...

- My Managing Broker. She is constantly encouraging me and sincerely invested in my success. She proves this to me by forwarding me leads and always being available to answer my questions.

- My Mentor. She does everything my managing broker can or is willing to do for me and she's always asking me what I my plans to make money are--am I following-up with connections I made at open houses? Am I promoting all the resources that my brokerage has to offer? What will be my goals for 2014? She also invites me to observe her presenting offers, completing contracts, staging homes, you name it.

Obviously, as a new agent, my "cut" of the deals is going to be on the lower end. What I like about my office is that they set clear, achievable sales volume goals that once achieved push me into a higher commission split. I actually like that the company sets these goals because it really lights my fire and gives me something tangible to work towards accomplishing. Without that extra push I wouldn't be as motivated.

Who do I work for you ask? I contracted with Coldwell Banker just a few days after I passed the state test.

As you're learning, not all brokerages are the same and not all individuals find the right fit with all brokerages.

Gather as much information as you can to make an informed decision, think about what you'd like to achieve, and what company's mission aligns the best with your goals and desired professional development.

Best of luck to you and perhaps one day we'll be across the table from one another doing a deal!
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Thu Dec 12, 2013
Dirk Gould answered:
I second Perl Insurance due to good customer service and reasonable rates. However, I have never made a claim. That is when you really know how much you like and appreciate your insurance company. ... more
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Thu Nov 21, 2013
Depends on the financing product used with purchasing the property.

Feel free to contact me with any questions there may be on this.

Chris Diamond
Diamond Residential Mortgage Corporation
NMLS 771882
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Mon Nov 11, 2013
Connie Mitchell answered:
This fella is definately not working with a full load of bricks; therefore you probably cannot reason with him. Assuming his trumpet playing might be breaking some decible level of the noise ordinance, I would file a complaint. Or maybe you could bribe him to not play during your showings - pay him off with a little bit of tea and crumpets, in lieu of car and trumpets?? ... more
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Sat Nov 9, 2013
Karen Melillo answered:
Any test in any state: work your tail end off, study all day every day, take the practice tests....THEN PRAY!! :-)
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Thu Oct 17, 2013
Matt Hoyt answered:
As a new agent and ceo of your own company, you need the best training and education to succeed.
I'd look into Coldwell Banker, @properties, Baird&Warner to start. Branch out from there. Wherever you end up, you need to figure out what the most successful agents are doing and do the same thing.
Step up and bust your ass relentlessly. When the dust clears you'll see you have found success.
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