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10 Steps to Double Your Income

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Joshua Harley

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10 Steps to
Double Your Income

1. Set goals
What are goals?
Specific
What are goals?
S.M.A.R.T
Download this worksheet
to help reach your goals
http://fathom.it/goals
2. Be accountable
How can you be accountable?
You have three options:
3. Time block
Why is time-blocking important?
How to time block!
4. Keep learning
How can you get started?
6. Invest in your business
It takes money to make money
Did you know?
Per the National Association of REALTORS Member Profile report, income level is highly correlated with expenses
REALTORS earning $10K or less had a median business expense of $2,220
While REALTORS earning $150K or more had median business expense of $35,750
The truth is, successful agents don't spend more because they make more, they make more because they invest more!
FACT
Per the National Association of REALTORS
Member Profile report, agents who put 40 to 60 hours per week into their business, earned 545% more income than agents that worked on their business 20 hours per week or less.
Why should you keep learning?
Why should you set goals?
Did you know?
Coaching can increase an agent's first year production by nearly 300%
What are the benefits to having an accountability partner or coach?
Did you know?
Did you know?
Helping and mentoring other agents will keep your skills sharp
What are some of things you should invest in?
Invest in the following:
Money is not the only thing you need to invest!

You also need to invest TIME!
7. Brand yourself
(become memorable)
1. Play off your name or interests
Tom Fresh = 'Tom Fresh Real Estate' can
become 'The Fresh Team' as you build your team
Choose a memorable name!
Branding ideas
1. Create a memorable logo that reflects your
personality or that of your target audience
2. Use a professional logo service to create
your logo as a vector file. Very important
when creating marketing material
Why should you brand yourself?
Examples from www.LogoTournament.com
8. Establish your online identify
Where should you be marketing yourself online?
Facebook
Great place to stay in touch with your sphere and remind them you're in real estate
Blogsite
A great way to identify yourself as a real estate professional and a market expert
Don't forget the listings
Many real estate IDX providers like Diverse Solutions and Spatial Match can provide you with the tools to display property listings on your blogsite
More sites to build your online identity
Pinterest
Trulia Voices
Foursquare
Guest blogging
Linked In
Twitter
Instagram
Did you know that YouTube is one of the largest search engines on the Internet?
You Tube
9. Focus on listings
Why listings?
1. A listing agent can effectively manage 3 times more clients than a buyers agent can handle which equates to more income potential
Here are a few facts to ponder
7. Successful buyers agents will hire an assist to help them with the paperwork and marketing so they can handle 1 or 2 more clients per month
One more fact:

Almost every single highly successful real estate team was built around a successful listing agent!

That's not by accident.
Tips for online domination
1. Take the time to really learn about blogging and optimizing your written content for search engine placement
1. Get to know the competitors in your market
and what they offer
FACT:

Higher quality photos will-
Generate more showings for your listings
Generate more listing opportunities
Win more listing presentations
Improves self-esteem, aides in weight loss and cures insomnia
Invest in the following:
High-end DSLR camera. They have larger sensors and produce dramatically superior interior shots ($600 to $1,000 for a good body)
Ultra wide-angle lens. Everything claims to be 'wide-angle' but look for a lens that is as close to 10mm as possible. An ultra wide-angle lens can capture a half bath in full splendor and make a small room look wide open ($400 to $800)
Photo editing software like Adobe Lightroom or Aperture ($200)
Mounted flash ($150)
Classes to maximize the camera's potential ($75 to $100)

The investment may be large up front but will pay for itself over and over again.
Want the best real estate photography?
5. Network, network, network
Volunteer
work
Church
Youth sports
and activities
Internet
Clubs
School
Why is networking so important?
10. Leverage
(Building your team)
Ben Kinney's Team Structure
Why should you build a team?
1. Without a team you're left vulnerable. If you get sick, hurt or take time off then you stop making money.
If you do not have any good past examples, create a mock listing from a builder's model home and then create flyers, post cards, and permanently post it online (single property website or virtual tour).
Listing Presentation Tips
BONUS
Set aside family and 'me' time to recharge your batteries. You'll be more productive and feel more fulfilled in your career!
A goal is a desired result you plan and commit to achieve
1. Starting a team takes time and you have to build your business first
What should you know about starting a team?
(Referrals, referrals, referrals)
If you remain in contact with 150 people (meet for coffee, chat on the phone, etc.) then you would fall into an additional 7 to 8 closings per year.
Let's quantify that!
2. Find a friend or another agent to
be your accountability partner
3. Marry someone who will nag you
Measurable
Achievable
Realistic
Time-targeted
Gives clarity to your long-term vision
Focuses your acquisition of knowledge
Drives you forward
Gives you laser focus
Keeps you accountable
Share your weekly and monthly goals with someone else
Set up weekly calls to discuss your progress
Be honest about your progress
1. Hire a real estate success coach
They will keep you accountable
They can be a confidant
They can help you see your blind spots
They can be a sounding board
They can provide objective feedback
They can be another source of creative ideas
They can help you celebrate your successes
Distractions cost money
Your brain needs time to adjust
Mental preparedness
Better focus on your task
Improved productivity
Less stress
Ability to track your productivity and see how it directly impacted your business
Use a timer to better focus
Timing matters
Choose the best place for your task
Share your blocked-times with those who need to know
Clearly define your time block
Don't forget to include breaks as time blocks
More motivation and enthusiasm
New ideas to enhance your marketing and sharpen your skills
Better understanding of how the market is changing and how to adjust
Potential clients will have a greater trust in your abilities to help them
Most importantly, because I said so!
Earn REALTOR designations
Visit http://fathom.it/joshpicks
for Josh Harley's daily reading list
Read articles from sources like Inman.com and Realtor.org
Watch a David Knox video training every day (avg. 15 minutes)
Meet with another Realtor for 45 minutes at least once a week to share ideas
Spend 30 to 45 minutes learning every day
1. There are no better leads than a referral
Once referred, you don't have to compete for their business
2. Almost everyone you know has heard about a family member, friend or co-worker planning a move in the last 12 to 24 months ... that's a LOT of missed opportunities
3. Unless you constantly remind people you are a real estate professional AND ask for referrals, they will not think to refer you
4. Each year, 5% of your referral base (people who know you) will refer someone who buys or sells with you IF you have a consistent referral marketing program
1. Creating your brand/identity
4. Internet lead generation
2. Technology and tools that
will save you time or generate leads
6. Future- Build a team
5. Near future- Hire a virtual assistant
3. Local lead generation
1. It's easier for someone to remember you if you stand out
2. As you grow your business, it's easier to build a team around your brand
3. Future Goal - Takes the focus off you alone which will allow you to focus on managing your team and not showing homes or going on listing appointments
4. Because all the cool kids are doing it
2. Choose a name that can grow with your business
End the name with Associates, Team,
or Real Estate Group
Avoid using just 'Realty' (implies brokerage)
3. NAR rule - You must always have
your brokerage logo on your marketing
5. NOTHING performs better than hard work and patience.
4. Invest primarily in lead generating activity and avoid systems that claim they'll immediately rank you number 1 on Google. The ROI is poor at best.
3. Learn about Pay-Per-Click advertising and how to use it to supplement the traffic to your website
2. Learn how to use tools like Snagit for capturing and annotating images and videos for use on your website and blog http://Fathom.it/snagit
2. It's easier to build a real estate team around a listing agent than it is to build a team around a buyers agent
3. Listings generate additional real estate leads
1. A buyers agent can only effectively handle 4 to 6 buyers per month
6. Successful listing agents will hire buyers agents to work the leads that are generated from their listings and take a 40% to 50% cut
5. Listings generate more listings (sshhh... it's magic)
4. Listings generate buyer leads from sign calls and open houses
3. A buyer client may or may not refer another client to an agent
2. A listing agent can effectively handle 12 to 18 new listings per month
2. Learn how to sell against each of your competitors
3. Offer something unique to the client that your competition cannot
Examples: superior marketing, better communication, discounted listing if they buy their new home with you, guaranteed sale within 90 days or you'll sell it for free ... etc.
4. Make your presentation material look sharp because it will be the seller's first impression of how you'll market their property
6. Have past examples of listings you've done as comparisons to what the
competitor's listing looks like
Master Your Listing Presentation
5. Create a mobile version of your presentation for presenting on a tablet
Show the seller what your listing looks like and then show them in real time what the other listings in the neighborhood look like in comparison ... watch the horrified look on their faces at how poor the listing photography looks and how poor the descriptions are and then ask which they'd prefer.
Master Real Estate Photography
2. A team allows you to continue producing income regardless of how involved you are.
3. Your income potential is significantly greater when you have more like-minded people helping you
2. To attract other agents to join your team, you have to offer something of value. Examples:
a) A solid listing business generating buyer leads
b) The ability to generate listing and buyer leads for
your team through print and online marketing
3. Team means 'people'. Dealing with different personalities can be tough. Use the DISC test and only hire agents with the right personality fit for your team
4. Mean people suck! ... but sometimes you have to be tough and that can be perceived as mean
5. Running a team is not for everyone and that's okay
Embed these videos on your blogsite for added SEO power
Record weekly market updates for specific communities
Post videos of your listings on YouTube
Allows you to target your marketing efforts on a specific community
Search engines LOVE content rich sites and place your site higher in the results pages
Combine content with property listings and you have a recipe
for generating leads
Great place to grow your sphere
Get to know who your 'leads' are and how to sell to them
Another option is to display a home search box provided by your current real estate website which pushes the visitor to your other real estate listings site
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