Real Estate Training

Videolicious is a great marketing tool for Real Estate Agents

By Suzy Lins
April 21, 2015

Recently, a group of our professional REALTORS® attended a webinar by Alan Haburchak of Videolicious. Videolicious is an app you can use to create on the spot videos. It’s a great marketing tool for real estate agents to use to create a Listing Video, a “Come Check out my Open House” video or even a Client Testimonial video. It’s all done on your iPhone or iPad. Within about 15 minutes you can create the video and send it out to your social media sites, email to clients or upload to YouTube.

I know most of us don’t like how we look in photos let alone in videos. It took me a bit to get over how I looked on screen. But then I realized…that’s how I look. It was a blow to my ego but I got over it. If you can’t get over it and still don’t want to be on screen you can do a voice over of video clips and photos to create a marketing video.

I put together this short Videolicious video to show our agents just how easy it is and to motivate them to give it a try.

Our CENTURY 21 Discovery agents have access to an upgraded version of the app because of a partnership with Century 21 and Videolicious. Right now it’s only available on IOS products but there are plans for an Android version soon. Once you give it a try you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to use!

About the author: Suzy Lins is the Communications Director for CENTURY 21 Discovery. For more information about CENTURY 21 Discovery you may call (714) 626-2000.

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What’s Your Value?

By Joe Lins

January 5, 2015

Our Leadership Team at CENTURY 21 Discovery recently held our annual strategic planning meeting for 2015. At that meeting we set aside a portion of the day to review and discuss our Value Package. We wanted to make sure every member of our team knew the value of what we provide to the agents at our firm as well as being associated with the Century 21® brand.

A few months before we presented it at our Strategic Planning Meeting, the owners and Chief Operating Officer sat down to review and update everything we provide to our agents when they come to work at CENTURY 21 Discovery.

I include this value package review process as part of my weekly coaching session with our agents. A Value Package should be a part of every REALTORS® arsenal that they bring out when they meet with a potential client or go on a listing presentation. It can be as simple as bullet points of the services provided to the client and how it will benefit them. Whatever format it is, it should be what sets you apart from the other guys.

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I do this every time I recruit a new agent or counsel a current agent who is being wooed by another brokerage. I have to show them what we offer versus what they will get at another firm. Just like the agents who are competing for listings with other agents we are competing for good agents with other firms.

Along with all the training, office equipment and supplies we provide to every agent, I have to remind them about the 40 years of branding that Century 21 has. Aligning with the most recognized brand in the industry allows the agent instant recognition of what they do. Alignment with XYZ Company does not promote this sense of stability and longevity with today’s consumer. I also explain that being a part of our firm ensures a high level of support and knowledge they probably won’t get from a competing firm.

Here’s a story to highlight what I mean. In California, they rolled out a new Residential Purchase Agreement (RPA) in November of 2014. Months before it came out members of our leadership team attended seminars and classes to learn about the new RPA so we could train our agents. Over a period of weeks we held classes to ensure our agents were familiar with the new contract once it came out.

By the time the new RPA became a requirement our CENTURY 21 Discovery agents were well versed in it and ready to do business. Our agents encountered many, many agents on the other side of transactions who either had no clue that there WAS a new RPA or if they did, they had not been trained on it. Their brokerage had not prepared them for a major change in the industry. I even had one agent ask me if I would train the agent on the other side of her transaction. I said, “Of course!” I’d rather have our agents in a transaction with other agents who know what they are doing.

The value our firm provides to our agents encompasses the basics like office supplies and equipment along with the bigger things like training, knowledge and a pro-active involvement in industry changes. That’s our value. What’s yours?

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About the author: Joe Lins is President and Co-owner of CENTURY 21 Discovery. If you are interested in becoming part of the CENTURY 21 Discovery team contact Joe at 714.626.2069.

4 Key Take-Aways from the C.A.R. Expo

By Joe Lins

October 20, 2014

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) Expo in Anaheim. There were 9,000 to 10,000 attendees at the three day event. In between the learning and networking I also gained insight into what to expect from the 2015 housing market in the Forecast presented by C.A.R. Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young. It was great to make new friends and run into some old ones. One of the highlights was listening to a dear friend Terri Sjodin give her tips on crafting persuasive presentations.

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Joe Lins, Terri Sjodin, Stephanie Goedl at the 2014 C.A.R. Expo

In an earlier post I said I would be giving an update on my key take-aways, so here they are:

1) What is your Value Package?

This topic was a central theme in most of the presentations I attended. A Value Package basically means: What value do you provide to your clients and in my case, our agents.

All REALTORS® need to have a list on paper and committed to memory the services you will provide to your clients and what sets you apart from your competitors. This should include what you know about the markets you serve that can’t be found online. Your micro-market knowledge will set you apart from the third party aggregator websites like Zillow, Trulia, and establish you as the go to person in your market. Your Value Package should be part of your Listing Presentation and listed on your website.

Our management team recently reviewed and updated our firm’s Value Package which will allow us to articulate the value of being associated with our company to our agents as well as the agents we want to recruit. In a recent coaching session I presented our Value Package to the agents and explained that they need to model their own Value Package after our company Value Package.

2) Education

C.A.R. provides a variety of education to its members which include continuing education, professional development classes and designations/certifications to distinguish you as a specialist in a particular niche of the industry. You have the ability to choose your own learning experience: Live Lecture or Face2Face at your local association, Remote Learning and Online classes as well as Home Study programs. One of my favorites is the online 12 session course for new agents. As professional REALTORS® we need to stay educated to be relevant in an evolving industry.

3) Track your Business

REALTORS® need to know where their business is coming from. Take the time to ask why or where a client found you so you can track which marketing efforts are working. If the bulk of your clients are coming from a specific tool: emails, Just Listed postcards or an online ad then focus you efforts on those areas where you are getting the best results.

4) Real Estate Office Layouts are changing

The physical layout of the real estate office is evolving into a new model. Sitting around a conference table in a board room is no longer as effective as it once was. Progressive firms are changing this style of doing business by providing a more relaxed and informal meeting area that features chairs around a coffee table. Kind of like sitting in a client’s living room.

I learned a lot at the 2014 C.A.R. Expo and at the end of each day I thought my head would explode with all the information coming at me. These key take-aways will allow me to improve my business and provide an even better environment to allow our REALTORS® to be more progressive, passionate and professional.

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About the author: Joe Lins is President and Co-owner of CENTURY 21 Discovery. If you are interested in becoming part of the CENTURY 21 Discovery team contact Joe at 714.626.2069.

Why should real estate agents attend sales meetings?


By Joe Lins

September 3, 2014

During my 37 years in real estate I have heard every excuse in the book from agents on why they don’t need to attend a sales meeting.  Well, here are some reasons why you SHOULD. You are either in the business of selling real estate or you’re not. Professional REALTORS® are engaged in all activities that surround the business. One of those activities is attending your firm’s sales meetings.

Attendance at sales meetings establishes:

  • The culture of the real estate office

Every real estate office has a unique culture and vibe. One of the best ways to see if a particular firm is the right fit for an agent is to attend a sales meeting. This allows you to see the interactions between the agents as well as management and staff.

  • A consistent message to the public regarding the business of real estate

The message you are delivering to your client may not be consistent with your firm’s vision or even relevant to what is really happening in the market. A sales meeting should provide you with reliable information that aligns with the reality of the industry.

  • A forum for cooperation promoting clients needs and interests

Sales meetings allow the agents to interact and share the needs of their clients. Here’s an example: You have a Buyer looking for a 3 Bed, 2 Bath home in a particular area. One of your co-workers may know of a perfect home that’s getting ready to go on the market. If you had never shared that information at a sales meeting, that listing might have been sold before you were even aware of it.

  • A format to communicate the latest trends in the industry

Sales meetings should have some sort of educational component. There are so many changes in the real estate industry that it’s hard to keep up. Your broker should be providing consistent updates on the latest trends, tools and requirements within the industry.

You owe it to yourself as a professional and to your clients to remain on the cutting edge of the real estate industry. The easiest way to do this is to attend your company sales meetings. Plus, they usually have some pretty good donuts and coffee as well!

Photo courtesy of cnn.com

Photo courtesy of cnn.com

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About the author: Joe Lins is President and Co-owner of CENTURY 21 Discovery. If you are interested in becoming part of the CENTURY 21 Discovery team contact Joe at 714.626.2069.

5 Easy Tips for Success in Real Estate

By Joe Lins

August 27, 2014

Not every agent in the real estate business succeeds. There are a variety of reasons why. We have come up with 5 very basic and easy things that you should be doing to help you succeed in real estate.

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1) Answer your phone

This sounds like a basic thing that all agents should do, right? You’d be surprised at how many agents look at their phone when it rings and don’t answer it because they don’t recognize the number. Every call that comes in is a potential lead or advocate for you and your business. When you have the reputation of actually answering your phone more people will be calling you. Your phone will ring more…that’s a good thing!

2) Return phone calls

How many times have you called another agent about their listing and not received a return call back. Not only is it rude and unprofessional but it’s a violation of the REALTOR® Code of Ethics that state that agents cooperate with other brokers. Don’t be that guy! Take that few minutes to return phone calls.

3) Put all incoming phone numbers and emails into a client management database

What do most successful entrepreneurs have in common? A very rich database of clients, prospects and advocates. There are several client management systems (also called client relationship management (CRM) systems) out there. Some are software you install on your computer and others are cloud/internet based systems. Here is a guide to some of the CRM systems out there.

CENTURY 21 Discovery offers a CRM called Market Leader, Inc. in its Business Builder tool that allows agents to manage contacts, schedule and send emails/reminders along with a complete marketing campaign center with templates for flyers, newsletters, postcards, etc. Get a client management system and use it.

4) Listen to your Broker/Manager

Nobody is more interested in your success than your Broker/Manager. They don’t make money unless you make money. They should be providing the tools, systems and training you need to succeed. Listen to them.

5) If your Broker/Manager is not providing the tools, systems, training to succeed…change firms!

If your Broker/Manager isn’t offering you tools, systems and training or they aren’t mentoring you and you’re competing with them for business it’s time to change firms. Find one who has the tools, systems and training that fit your needs and make that move. Your success depends on it.

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About the author: Joe Lins is President and Co-owner of CENTURY 21 Discovery. If you are interested in becoming part of the CENTURY 21 Discovery team contact Joe at 714.626.2069.