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Is Your Business Down 15% Since July?

The numbers are in and sales of existing homes fell 1.8% from July 2014 to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.05 million in August, according to National Association of Realtors data released yesterday. Forecast for September is 4.88 million or another drop of 3.5%. At the same time, sales were down 5.3% from a year earlier, when the pace stood at 5.33 million. As you can see from the chart above, we are entering our seasonal slowdown, off from the highs of the traditional summer moving season. Many of ... Read More »

Learn Some Zillow Ju-jitsu

Ju-jitsu is the ancient art and technique of using your opponent’s force and momentum against him rather than confronting it with your own force. First developed and practiced during the Muromachi period in Japan (1333-1573), this old style of martial arts training was focused on teaching the unarmed or very lightly armed farmer/warrior to fight a heavily armed professional soldier.  “So what does that have to do with me and Zillow?” you ask. It has everything to do with you and Zillow.  First let’s get a couple of things straight: One, ... Read More »

Zillow: Checkmate!

Brad Inman says “Checkmate!” Yesterday Brad Inman, real estate industry pioneer and founder of Inman News, commented on the Zillow (NASDAQ: Z) acquisition of chief rival Trulia (NYSE: TRLA) in an early morning press release: “In my view, this is checkmate. Soon, Zillow will control the chessboard, like Amazon does the publishing industry. The only meaningful consumer destination, Amazon, after many savvy moves, now controls pricing, merchandising, the data and the market. Soon, Zillow will control the pricing, the listings, the merchandizing and, for sure, the consumer.” That is a ... Read More »

A Tale of Two Agents

I received an email last night from our coaching department and it made my day!  I’ll share it in a minute.  The first part of the email was normal coaching stuff that I won’t bother you with, but the part that I really loved was this: “Thanks again for all your help with everything.  I have 5 pending transactions directly resulting from my LCM and Ultimate Website, and I also have 1 pending deal that was referred by a client I found through my LCM. You could say that 6 ... Read More »

Two Reasons Agents Fail

After a decade of training, coaching, and managing agents I’ve seen hundreds of agents leave the business broke.  Sadly, many of them could have been — and should have been — successful had they done just a couple of things differently. The fact is our industry turns over a third of its practitioners every single year.  In other words, one out of three agents in business today, will be out of business a year from now.  Try and think of another industry with that kind of failure rate. The sad ... Read More »

Online Marketing Webinar Notes

First, I’d like to thank all of you who took time out of your busy day to join me on yesterday’s webinar.  Based on your phone calls and emails, I’d say it was a success.  We covered a lot and based on the questions during the Q&A session, I have some of the sharpest agents among my readers. “Hi Matt! I had trouble getting on the call. is it recorded?” — Jean “Matt,  Excellent presentation, however I had to leave at 11:40 your time, so missed much of the walk ... Read More »

The Ultimate Blog

Let’s face it: Blogging is like flossing… Everyone knows they need to do it and yet nobody does it.  I remember going to a seminar or training class and listening as some blogging guru got me all excited about starting my own blog and so I decided I would bite the bullet and start my own blog. While I waited for my blog website to be built I imagined filling it with all of the real estate wisdom that so unceasingly flows from my vast wells of experience (sarcasm).  I ... Read More »

Give Yourself a Raise!

When is the last time you had a pay raise? If you’re like most agents it’s been a while.  I was talking to an agent just the other day and we were discussing increasing our incomes and this agent seemed to be thinking about her income being something out of her control.  Here is what I mean. If you ask most agents what they would need to do to make more money, they will almost universally give you the same answer — sell more houses.  In other words, increase the ... Read More »

OMG! What a Great Idea!

Yesterday I spoke on the phone to a very impressive agent named Flora A. I’ve withheld her last name because I don’t have her permission to share it. Flora practices real estate in the San Jose, California market and as a listing agent she was very interested in learning more about my listing approach. She is a long-time reader and has followed my blog and was asking me some questions about my 8% listing presentation and wanted my recommendation on which of my books might help her. I mentioned two: ... Read More »

Beating the Winter Blahs…

I received an email from one of my readers and long time LCM and Ultimate Website users that I wanted to share with you. His name is Butch Rumenapp and he’s the broker owner of an Exit Realty office in Marine City, Michigan. I have to say that of the many emails I received this week, this one has to be one of my favorites, primarily because it is just plain honest. See if doesn’t resonate with you. Hey Matt, The problem I’m having lately is lack of motivation! I’m ... Read More »

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