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Feedback: Some People Can’t Handle the Truth

Are you the type of individual who values sincere feedback and welcomes constructive criticism from customers, associates, and family members? Sometimes getting feedback can be an unpleasant experience, especially when it hasn't been requested. Without timely feedback, it's utterly impossible ...


Successful Short Sales: It All Starts with the Seller

Last month, I outlined the reasons why you should get back on the short sales bandwagon if you’ve fallen off. In the current market, more and more lenders are coming around to the realization that short sales are a favorable option after all and, therefore, are processing and closing short ...


Why We Are Reinventing Business…Again

At PCMS Consulting, we believe in pushing our clients to be proactive. We help them target business practices that are outmoded and ineffective. This is how we make our living, so it is critical that we take our own advice. ...


Digital Real Estate: What is The Perfect Storm?

Technology has literally changed the face of the real estate world in recent years. ...


REtrends: The Latest News and Trends for Real Estate Pros

According to a 2011 year-end survey of 1,000 RE/MAX real estate agents, housing’s vital signs are gaining strength. The majority of RE/MAX agents surveyed say housing prices will stay the same or increase in 2012. Read more on this insightful survey and about some of the latest news and tech ...


Marketing Strategies: Hate to Make Cold Calls? 5 Tips to Make Them Easier

Have you often avoided making those dreaded cold calls? Do you dream of how much better your business could be but just can’t bring yourself to pick up the phone? ...


Choosing the Right Property Profile Photo

Listing a property with a blurry property profile photo or, even worse, no photo, is like having a blurry or abstract image as your profile picture on a social media platform or Internet advertising campaign. It is not appealing and, therefore, no one wants to click for more information. ...


Overcoming 3 Major Barriers to Closing More Sales

Today’s real estate and mortgage markets require new skills to succeed. There are fewer qualified buyers, shrinking mortgage options, more regulations and tougher competition. For real estate professionals in particular, three emerging barriers stand in the way of closing more sales in this tough environment. But with the right system ...


RREIN Broker Spotlights: A Passion for Excellence

“Agents must continually be sharpening their skills in order to be more current and knowledgeable than their competitors,” says Tracy Hutton, President of Century 21 Scheetz. In the following interview, RISMedia Columnist Barbara Pronin talks with Hutton and Mick Scheetz, Broker/Owner, about what their company is doing to stay ahead, ...


What Every New Agent Needs Right Out of the Gate

If you’re a new agent just getting started in the real estate industry, the following elements are crucial as you set yourself up to hit the ground running. ...


Give Your Listing Presentations the Edge in 2012

REALTOR.com® Business Beat—Give yourself a competitive edge this year with a 2012 listing presentation that shows why, where and how you market your listings online. ...


The Real Estate Book Helps Agents Go Mobile

With more and more consumers relying on mobile devices for local information, real estate professionals can no longer ignore this increasingly important channel when marketing properties. To help extend its customers’ reach to homebuyers on the go, The Real Estate Book / RealEstateBook.com, a leading publisher of real estate information ...


Top Brokers Holding Strong in Tough Market

The industry’s leading residential real estate firms are quickly responding to RISMedia’s 24th Annual Power Broker Survey, reporting strong numbers for 2011 despite a challenging economic landscape. ...


Monday Morning Mobile: Follow the Leaders

As an independent real estate firm or agent we often don’t have resources (time and money) to research market trends and analyze consumer behavior. So what do we do? I recently read Crash Boom, By Greg Rand (great book—lots of awesome real estate principals) and he suggested following the leaders; ...


Overcome Objections and Close the Sale

Unfortunately, the first two orders many new salespeople receive are, "Get out and stay out!" It is only natural for your prospect to procrastinate when asked to make a decision involving money. As a general rule, people are hesitant to commit to purchasing a product or service until they have ...


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