As real estate evolves, we’re still exactly the same

For the third year in a row, I attended a bar camp for real estate professionals held in Omaha, Nebraska. (REBarCampOmaha) It is a six-hour drive from my home in St. Paul, Minnesota, but that includes a stop in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to pick up a f…

Is your broker’s technology holding you hostage?

I just love the question: should I use my brokerage’s technology? I see agents who are held hostage by email addresses and domain names that they do not own and held by the belief that it’s the technology they use and probably pay for through the real …

Stop using ‘I’m busy’ as an excuse

Spring is the busy time of year, especially in real estate and everyone is busy — or, at least, that is what people say. Being busy doesn’t necessarily mean making money, but if I were to tell someone that I’m busy, they would congratulate me …

6 reasons the Galaxy S7 might be perfect for you

Real estate agents just love their iPhones, but there are alternatives for those who want to try something new and a little different. And yes, you can easily sync a phone that has an Android operating system, such as the Samsung Galaxy S7, with your i…

Real estate before smartphones — remember that?

It’s a great time to be a small-business owner because of all the easy-to-use and inexpensive technology we have. Tasks that used to be time consuming have vanished. Work that used to belong to office administrative staff can be done using a smartphone…

Why pre-listing is bad for consumers in a seller’s market

I think the best way to kill the pre-listing and the pre-pre-listing strategy is to start educating consumers. At least where I work, we are in a pretty strong seller’s market. There isn’t any reason to put a “coming soon” sign in front of a home to bu…

Why good pricing is priceless

A person doesn’t have to search the Internet long before finding articles about bad real estate agents. The idea of real estate agents routinely underprice real estate for a quick sale is a popular one. And this bad pricing — it’s further proof that r…

Real estate agents: Is now the time to blog?

Writing a blog never really became the big thing we thought it would be for real estate agents a decade ago. There are a handful of real estate pros who have been blogging for a decade or more, and it has been working well enough that some of us have k…

What makes a remarkable real estate agent?

People expect a lot from people like me. I have a degree, but my job does not require a degree or any experience. All I need is a license that I can get after 90 hours of classes. On a day-to-day basis, the work isn’t about technology or what the porta…

Rate hike cuts both ways for the housing market

Nobu Hata is actively in the market to buy a home, and he knows interest rates are going up, but it is still “a little bit of gut check when it happens.” The Chicago resident dubs it a “personal hurdle” for some homebuyers. (Although Hata works for the National Association of Realtors, this is not the official company line.) …