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Move On Up With Move-Up Sellers!

By Joe Nickelson on Sep 11, 2018 9:27:19 AM

According to the National Association of Realtors® Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers 2017, 52% of sellers traded up and purchased a home that was larger in size than what they previously owned.

Let’s call this segment of sellers “Move-Up Sellers” — and in this blog post, I’ll show you how to take advantage of the huge opportunity they present.

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Katie May Have Landed a 2-for-1 Deal!

By Smart Agents on Sep 6, 2018 4:14:53 PM

"I got a listing, or rather, I got a buyer client from my book. We closed on his lake house a couple months ago."

But Katie's success didn't end there.

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Daily Routines of Top Real Estate Agents

By Joe Nickelson on Sep 5, 2018 10:41:23 AM

In any job, sticking to a routine and working efficiently can pave the way for good habits and success. However, being a Realtor isn’t like most jobs— your time and schedule is all over the place.

The key is to navigate your crowded to-do list and honor your pre-made schedule — at least as much as you can.

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Convert Rental Properties into Listings

By Joe Nickelson on Aug 28, 2018 10:09:41 PM

Homeowners often imagine getting rich in their sleep when they dream of being a landlord. Then, once they start, it’s much more work than they expected and not the easy cashflow they were hoping for.

You can prove to these landlords that selling will make their lives easier.

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Take Advantage of a "Golden" Listing Opportunity!

By Joe Nickelson on Aug 21, 2018 5:06:52 PM

According to the National Association of Realtors® 2017 Home Buyers and Sellers Generational Trends Report, sellers ages 62 to 70 made up the second-largest share of home sellers at 21%.

Translation: These sellers offer a huge listing opportunity for the right agent.

The key is to understand why they’re selling — and if they’re not, how to convince them they should.

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Hold Yourself Accountable for Real Estate Success

By Joe Nickelson on Aug 20, 2018 10:55:35 AM

You’re nearing the end of the busiest real estate season of the year, and you finally have a chance to catch your breath.

But if you want to be a top agent, now’s not the time to slack off!

While the number of available listings might be declining, that doesn’t mean you should stop trying to improve your business or hold yourself accountable for tasks you didn’t have time for in the spring and summer months.

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Don't Want to Be an Author? You Have Other Options!

By Joe Nickelson on Aug 14, 2018 2:51:28 PM

Are you considering becoming a MyBooks member, but fear people will find out you didn’t write the books?

This is by far the biggest concern we hear from members and potential members.

We, at Smart Agents, have worked long and hard to come up with new ways to help our members feel more comfortable handing out the books — while still capitalizing on the expert authority they provide.

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Leaping into Fall: Tips for Tackling the Slower Season

By Joe Nickelson on Aug 13, 2018 12:54:34 PM

People are packing up their flip-flops and sunblock, ditching the Jimmy Buffet playlists, and getting ready for a new season of early morning to-do’s, freshly ironed business clothes, and afternoons of sports-practice chauffeuring.

As a real estate agent, what effect does the seasonal change-over have on your business?

Are you prepared to continue nabbing new listings even as the market declines over the next few “off months?”

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The Great Listings Hoax: Why Agents Are Looking in the Wrong Places for Listings

By Joe Nickelson on Aug 8, 2018 1:19:28 PM

Real estate has become ultra competitive. You’re competing with 100 other Realtors to get just one Expired listing.

When you try to talk to FSBOs, they don’t want to hear what you have to say. They’ve heard it all before. In fact, you’re the 50th agent to call them. If you're one of 50, you have a very low chance of getting the listing, even if that FSBO does list with an agent.

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Get the Books to Pay for Themselves

By Joe Nickelson on Aug 6, 2018 1:29:18 PM

You’ve seen our blogs. You’ve read our success stories. Business is slow, and you wonder if the books will really make the ultimate difference in your business.

You know you should take the plunge, but one question is holding you back:

How can you afford to pay for the books when business is so slow?

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