There are a lot of things I like about my job, but without a doubt, my favorite part of the job is hearing from my readers (and users of my Ultimate Website system). I have received a lot of success stories over the years, and when I can, I like to share them. I believe that success is contagious. A great success story will inspire you to be successful yourself, and below is a great success story:
Matt Mouser’s practice is in Belmont, Michigan, a suburb of Grand Rapids. One of the reasons I really like Matt’s story is that unlike many of our success stories, he was starting at square one. He needed to make something happen immediately and had no base of referral business.
He had been dependent, not on Zillow or Realtor.com, but still just as dependent. He worked as an assistant on a large real estate team who handed him business. One reason I mention his story is that many agents today are working for teams or even companies, accepting very poor commission splits, and making much less than they should, because they feel trapped.
I’ve talked to many an agent who is working in their company’s relocation department, paying 40% off the top to the Relo company for the lead, then splitting the remainder with their broker 50/50. It might not be Zillow but it’s just as dependent. Matt’s story is great because it illustrates what an agent can do when he decides to become independent and start generating his own leads.
Dear Levi and Support Team:
Two years ago I was starting from scratch. I had worked for years as an assistant to another agent until I finally decided to branch out on my own. The trouble was: I had no pipeline and no leads! But, I knew from reading the books from Matt Jones that I would be successful, because I could generate my own low cost leads.
Now only two years later, I feel like I am living the dream. I generate over 100 leads every month on the Ultimate Website System. I work from a home office and I’m able to follow up on all these leads as my schedule allows from home.
My income has doubled two straight years in a row by simply using the business plan provided by your system. I now have a virtual assistant who handles all of my transaction coordination and listing coordination duties. I’ve never had more freedom and free time, yet I’m earning more money than ever before. This system has allowed me to literally change my family tree.
The funny thing is that I was generating new leads within 5 minutes of my orientation coaching call! The process couldn’t be more simple and it’s so easy a cave man (ie: real estate agent) could do it. Over the last two years I’ve had many agents call me from around the country to get feedback on your Ultimate Website System. Some of them were current users and some were newbies.
The main thing I would tell them is, “Follow their training to the letter. Quit trying to tweak the craigslist ad or ad lib your follow up script. Model what Matt Jones has done first, because he’s more successful than you.” Thanks a lot!
What I like best about Matt is that he is optimistic, teachable, and hard-working — a great combination. And not only did he survive going independent, but he more than doubled his income each year while working fewer hours and having more freedom. It doesn’t get better than that. I think Matt is a perfect example of someone who came to a place in his life where he simply made the decision to become independent and then, just did it.
Maybe you are like lots of other agents today who are saying, “Enough!” If so, I encourage you to at least give it a shot. The freedom, the additional income, and the personal satisfaction of being independent are truly worth the effort. In very little time you will be wondering why you didn’t do it sooner. Think about it… What do you really have to lose? The worst that could happen is you fail and become dependent again. But if you are like Matt Mouser and are optimistic, teachable, and willing to work hard, you can break free forever.