So your tech failed you — figure it out

I can’t call myself a digital native because that term is reserved for people who are the same age as my adult children. I’ll just say that I have had internet access in my home since the 1980s, and I fully appreciate the difference between a 300 baud dial-up modem and a 1,400 baud dial-up modem because that is all we had back then. Technical problems and issues are as old as the technology, and often, I have had to be my own tech support …

Just give me 5 stars: The real deal with agent reviews

I have been thinking about agent reviews again because they have been in the news, well not in the national news or anything but in the real estate news. According to industry experts, real estate agents are supposed to embrace agent reviews without re…

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…