6 Blogs Every Realtor Should Follow

The real estate industry is evolving. We get it, it can be hard to keep up with the latest trends and news. Blogs are a great way to stay connected to industry thought leaders. Blogs are also great with providing you with tools you can use to build yourself as an agent. How do I find good blogs out of the hundreds that are out there you say? We’ve got you covered and have come up with our top five favorite real estate agent blogs you should be following.

Maximum Exposure Real Estate

Bill Gassett is a 29-year veteran of Real Estate and is sharing his vast knowledge with agents and consumers alike. With close to 32,000 followers on Twitter alone, Bill knows a thing or two about social media and SEO. Check out his blog for tons of content you can share with your clients and posts that will motivate you in your personal business. A must read post? 7 Habits of Highly Effective Real Estate Agents.

NAR's Blog

The National Association of Realtors produced tons of new industry statistics each year. It's no wonder that their blog is up to date on the latest real estate news and trends. Their blog has tons of posts on all different areas of real estate. As a real estate agent, this blog is a great source to keep you up to date on the market.

Balderdash House

With a successful career, of her own, Jenna Martindale realized that she is passionate about helping fellow Realtors grow their businesses. She has a whole new approach to revamping you as a real estate agent. Her blog is full of real estate tips and guides that will not only inform you, but will motivate you to continue growing your real estate business. Make sure you sign up for her free library that has tons of real estate guides and templates to help you get started. Not to mention her natural gift for making her posts aesthetically pleasing. You might even say 'Pinterest' perfect!

Inman

Inman has long been know as THE source for collaborative Realtors. The site covers everything from the latest technology and systems to market patterns. They post often, so this is a great source to make sure you are in the know about what is going on in the industry.

GeekEstate

“The premier technology & internet marketing community for real estate” is their tag line, and it's a perfect fit. GeekEstate is an online community dedicated to keeping Realtors in the know of what is going on in the industry. Make sure you don't miss out on this great tool!

 

Village Realty

If you’re reading this post, then you are right where you need to be. Village Realty commits to Realtor's growth by staying up to date on the latest in real estate marketing, technology, and sales. Our blog focuses on agent success and providing information to make you the best agent you can be!

 

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A-Z Guide To Crushing Your First Year In Real Estate

 

A-   Authenticity

Be clear about who you are and where your strengths are. Be genuine and show clients what differentiates you from other agents.

B-   Be Available

Always be available to your clients. Let them know that you are here to answer any questions they might have.

C-    Content

Be consistent on your social media and write for your blog.

D-   Dream Big

Agents that dream big and believe they can achieve more will achieve more.

E-    Educate Yourself

Learn everyday. Read books, listen to webinars and podcasts, attend classes, become an expert that people can trust.

F-    Friends and Family

Use your connections. 42 percent of all new buyers come from a referral.

G-   Gifts

Leave a lasting impression so they will refer you to their friends and family

H-   Help Others

By being helpful to others and paying it forward you will develop a positive image in your community. Who doesn’t want a realtor they know and trust?

I-     Invest in Yourself

Once you have enough money in your savings, begin to invest some of your income back to yourself.

J-     Juggle

As a realtor having time management is everything. You have to be able to juggle your clients, brokerage, team and, of course, your family.

K-   Know your Neighborhoods

Successful agents are always learning more about their area. They know all the crucial housing and demographic data as well as events going on.

L-    Listing Presentation

Perfect your listing presentation and practice it.  Don’t show up without comps and keep it simple.

M-  Marketing Tools

Although some marketing tools may seem complex on the outside, once you start using them you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.

N-   Negotiation

Take any opportunities you can to practice your negotiation skills- read scripts, attend classes, etc. Being a great negotiator will set you apart from other agents.

O-   Open Houses

Just like negotiation, take any opportunity you can to make your open house the best it can be.

P-    Plan your Day Before it Starts

One of the best ways to improve time management is to plan your day before it starts.  By doing this you are guaranteed to make the most out of your day. Being organized will allow you to prioritize and accomplish everything you need to get done.

Q-   Quiet

Listen to your clients and allow them to speak first. By having open communication with clients they will develop a sense of trust with you which will turn into referrals.

R-   Relationships

Close to 70 percent of clients chose their agent because they were referred, know them, or were past clients.

S-    Social Media

As the hub of your personal brand, your social media must show personality, originality, and enthusiasm to help your clients.

T-   Time management

Real estate agents are essentially small business owners. You must maintain your business, find new clients, and be up to date on market trends.

U-   Understanding

It is important to be empathetic with your clients. This is their home and letting go of it can be a tough process for some people.

V-   Validate

Remind your clients why you are qualified and what differentiates you from other realtors.

W- Write Daily

Your blog is a great way to gain followers and give your brand a voice. Even if you aren’t the best writer or you’re having writers block, write something, anything, everyday.

X-    X-perience

Get all the experience you can, go to classes, have a mentor, read books, etc.

Y-    Yearly Goals

Set yearly goals for yourself and what you want to accomplish during that year in real estate.

Z-    zzz

The early bird catches the worm. Wake up early and work towards your goals everyday.

Check out Village Realty for more ways to crush your first year in real estate or to find your next home.

Free Marketing Tools For Realtors

Who doesn’t love free things? When I was a college student, I would take anything for free (literally anything). As a Realtor investing in yourself and trying to grow your business you should too. Here are some of the top free marketing tools that you can use to communicate with clients and build your brand. 

MAILCHIMP

MailChimp offers free marketing automation. Automation allows you to stay in touch with your database without even thinking about it. Set up touch-points triggered by dates like client birthdays or anniversaries, or create drip campaigns to communicate with new meets. Mailchimp also allows you to create email newsletters and has advanced reporting features that help you track website activity.

CANVA

No budget for a graphic designer? Canva is your new best friend. Canvs is a super simplified design platform that allows you create graphics for web or print. Blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, and invitations are only a few things you can create using Canva. Canva is free, easy to use and they even have tutorials to get you started.

UNSPLASH

Discover the latest free, high-resolution photos taken by the world’s most generous photographers.  These downloadable photos are great to use with Canva to make your designs original and vibrant. Use the platform for inspiration when you need a spark.

BUFFER

Buffer is a social media scheduling platform. Simple and easy to use, Buffer allows you to track the performance of your content and manage all your social media accounts in one place. 10/10 recommend.

SPEAKING PHOTO

Previewing properties for an out of town client? Real Estate agents love using this app for presentations. You can take beautiful photos, then record audio on top of it.

EVERNOTE

Busy agents must stay organized to keep up with their client’s needs. Create notebooks where you can make notes, tasks, even upload pictures. Evernote syncs between your many devices, so you’ll never leave a note behind.

JING

Jing is a free screen capture tool that allows you to add text or shapes to the screen shot. Try using it with clients to point out various contract points, home features, or areas on a map. You can add arrows, crop the picture, and more.


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LOL at these GIFs: Realtor Edition

Agents, need a little laugh today? Well treat yo’self. These GIFs will make you “Giggle Instantly, For sure...” and are actually funny, unlike that last joke. I hope. Enjoy!

The owners of a beautiful property in your area are finally ready to sell.

But you’re already juggling several other listings…

Even still, you think...

You get the listing, and the relationship between you and your client is...

So, at first you’re like...

That is until, life happens…

Because let’s be real, you do everything for these people…

In fact, you’re attached to your phone 24/7 because...

except when you don’t...

In the long run, you decide it’s important to have a little fun.

So when the homeowners leave for an open house, it’s YOU time…

Or realistically…

During this time, you remember that pets are not a Realtor’s best friend...

But when the first buyer pulls up to your open house…

Things go great...or don’t.

But, it’s over. You’re feeling like a boss…

or realistically…

But then, a buyer makes an offer $40,000 below asking price…

Good thing you’re a killer negotiator…

Sure enough, you succeed!

And after closing, you have a moment…

You love your clients and they love you…

At least we hope…

And just in case you’re still laughing and need to pass more time…

Here are some funny memes (as if the GIFs weren’t enough)!