Surround Yourself with the Trappings of the Season On-the-Go
HDC_Festivize_Your_Ride_Blog_2628_1200x600.jpgIt can be hard to find time to sit down and enjoy the gorgeous tree in your living room or the menorah in your office when your job, family, and busy schedule keep you constantly on the go. However, with these ten ideas you too can bask in the trappings of the season—from your car! In addition to adding a bit of festivity to your season, decorating your car can draw positive attention to your brand, help you stand out, and get potential clients to take note of you and your business. The enhanced atmosphere of your car will also make current clients feel especially well taken care of. Continue reading
Do’s and Don’ts of Talking Real Estate with Your Friends and Family
HDC-Family-and-Friends-Blog-2549“Oh, I didn’t realize you were a real estate agent” and “I would have used you if I knew” are some of the most heartbreaking phrases in real estate. Don’t let your family and friends “forget” about your real estate business by implementing these 4 steps. Continue reading
5 Ways to Make Your Real Estate Business Work For You
HDC-Korn-Secrets-Blog-2542Your business should be working for you, but if you spend your days juggling listings, leads, showings, and open houses, and still struggle to keep afloat, then you are working for your business. Twenty-five year real estate veteran and international trainer, Brad Korn, has teamed up with Michael E. Gerber to write The E-Myth Real Estate Agent: Why Most Real Estate Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It, which will be available in the near future. During his recent Secrets of Top Selling Agents webinar, Korn previewed insights from his book, including how Gerber’s 5 Core Principles of Business can be used if you’re ready to be the boss and steer your business so you can live the way you want to live. Continue reading
Register Your .Homes Domain Name Before It’s Gone
HDC-Homes-Domains-Blog-v2-2463A few weeks back, I decided to start a website. I knew what I wanted it to be about and had a great idea for a domain name, so I got online, went to purchase my domain, and found that someone got to it before me. I tried about a dozen variations of my domain name, and before you know it, I was searching for domains so twisted around my original idea that no one in their right mind would want to use them. I eventually registered a name that would work, but I learned a valuable lesson—it’s hard to find a great, unclaimed .com domain name. Continue reading
[Infographic] The Perfect First Minute: Chris Smith’s Advanced Lead Conversion
HDC-Smith-Inforgraphic-BlogIt’s go time. You’ve got a new online lead alert on your phone and the clock is ticking: you have to get them on the line. How do you go from that initial “lead alert” to a serious conversation about buying or selling a home? Chris Smith lays it all out in his new bestselling book, The Conversion Code. This infographic outlines the perfect first minute. Want to catch the whole story? Chris Smith and Homes.com are coming to a city near you. For a list of upcoming cities and dates, visit Secretslive.events. Continue reading
The Calling, Sorting, Faxing, Filing, Mailing, Marketing, Best Results in Your Office, so That You Can Sell More Homes, Admins
HDC-Blog-Post---Admin-Pro-Day-2450Do you find yourself overwhelmed with phone calls, emails, marketing, scheduling, and data input? Do you wish you had more time to focus on helping people buy and sell real estate? If so, it may be time to consider hiring an administrative professional. Continue reading
Show Some Local Love: 5 Ways to Be the Local Expert
HDC-Local-Love-Blog-2444You’ve probably heard the maxim, “be the local expert,” but how do you do that? If you genuinely love your area, you’re already ahead of your competition. Let your passion about the parks, schools, and local events show! Here are five ways to share your passion and grow your reputation as the local expert. Continue reading
Can You Deduct That? 7 Real Estate Agent Tax Deductions
HDC-Tax-Day-Blog-2435Most of the time being your own boss is amazing, but come April, it can be easy to start weighing the pros and cons of a salaried position. All those commissions and expenses you racked up over the year need to be gathered, tallied, and taxed. On the plus side, as a small business owner, you only pay taxes on your net income. So, check with your accountant to make sure you’re getting all your eligible deductions, but here are some examples to start you off. Continue reading
Didn’t Download the Top 10 Apps of 2016? Maybe You Don’t Need to…
HDC-Leverage-Tech-Blog-2434Here you are, stranded on a tropical island: just you, your phone, and dozens of people looking to you to sell them island homes. Despite getting drenched during your swim to shore, your phone is miraculously still working! Tragically, none of those amazing apps you downloaded survived. You’re left with what is essentially the factory default model. Despite this, there are still a lot of ways you can use your phone to help you sell real estate to those stranded with you. Continue reading
5 Negotiation Steps to See a Successful Compromise
HDC-Bolin-Webinar-Blog-1200x600-2381Eighty-nine percent of people who were polled in the NAR Profile of Buyers and Sellers considered negotiation skills to be very important in their real estate agent. Alexis Bolin, who was ranked as the #1 ERA agent nationwide three times and named in the top 300 real estate agents nationwide by NAR, has over 5,000 closed residential transactions and is an expert negotiator recently appeared in the Secrets of Top Selling Agents webinar and shared her Five Steps to Successful Negotiation. Continue reading