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Are You Brutally Honest?

Today in the real estate industry brutal honesty is a dying commodity. It seems everyone is so focused on being politically correct and never offending that we’ve forgotten how to be tactfully and yet brutally honest. We would rather allow a friend or client to make a mistake than risk offending them. But what’s even […]

Little Ditty About Tom and Marian…

I was working at my desk last night around seven when my phone rang. It showed to be a Missouri number and I thought it might be an agent needing help so I answered. I met the wife of a husband and wife real estate team. Marian. Tom and Marian work for a local franchise […]

Business Plan 2014 (Part 2)

In part one, I shared with you the importance of having vision as the foundation of building your business plan.  Every real plan has to begin with vision.  Without it, there is no specificity, but only a nebulous general direction and not a quantifiable destination. If you haven’t taken the time to get alone someplace […]

WWGD — What Would Gary Do?

One of our new Ultimate Website clients is Chicago Realtor® Gary, H. of One Stop Realty Shop. Gary recently emailed our coaching staff and said, “… I have two campaigns set up which led to two appointments, one a listing and one a sale…” That’s awesome considering he just started! But I really loved his […]

Tony’s Deal

Today I was away from my desk and I missed a call from an agent named Tony who lives in Clearwater, Florida. I didn’t get his permission to share his last name so we’ll just call him Tony C. Tony said he’d been reading my blog and receiving my daily emails for quite a while […]

Prepare for 2014 by Doing Three Things…

In less than two weeks it will be 2014!  Wow, did this year fly by!  I don’t know about you but as I wrap things up for this year, I begin to think about next year.  For years I didn’t think about next year until January, but eventually I realized that if I waited until […]

She’s Just Not That Into You!

Have you ever received a phone call from an ad or yard sign and the call went something like this: You: Good morning! This is Matt with FavoriteAgent Realty. How can I help you this fine morning? Caller: Yes, I was calling about the house on 4th Street. Can you tell me how much it […]

Advertising 101 (Part 7)

In this final installment I’m going to give you the key that will make you money: knowing how to test your results.  If you can’t test and measure your results, you can never make an intelligent and informed decision about various advertising ideas that come your way. In the 1980s when Lee Iacocca was CEO […]

Advertising 101 (Part 5)

In the last part we covered developing your advertising budget and then translating it to a budget per lead.  Now I’ll show you how to calculate your cost per lead.  After you have your budget per lead and your cost per lead, it is easy to see which ideas are good and which ones are… […]