Business Planning for Brokers

Getting a Jump on the Competition

With Real Estate Coach Judy LaDeur

Are you ready to talk about putting the pieces in place before your competitors do so that you can have an amazing finish to this year and a head start on your best year ever next year?

Here are the questions you should be asking yourself:

On Business Planning:

  • Do I have a mission statement?
  • What is my platform?
  • What is it that our company does really well?
  • What are my company objectives for 2018?
  • How much do I know about your competition?
  • Is it time to create or add new tools?
  • Have I recently evaluated my compelling reasons to join? Are they still compelling? Are they still unique?

On Removing the Barriers:

  • Am I using social media in my recruiting? Is it effective?
  • Am I using text messaging effectively?
  • Do I have a Recruiting page on my website with testimonials and results?
  • What is the title on my business card? What does it say about me? What about my email signature?
  • What CRM am I using?
  • How is my time management and what can I delegate?

On the Value of Your Team

  • How much income do I receive per associate on the average?
  • What is my fixed annual overhead?
  • Divide annual fixed overhead by annual income per associates to determine how many agents to break even. (Include your salary in the overhead.)
  • Determine profit desired and add that amount in.
  • How many agents do I need to be profitable?

On Setting Your Goals

  • How many recruits for the year?
  • Divided by 12 for recruits hired monthly.
  • New verses experienced?
  • What will be the market share increase?
  • How many interviews for each one?
  • 2 experienced agents and 1 new per month is the goal.
  • How many interviews in each category do I need?
  • What action steps/ activities will I do to generate the number of interviews needed?

On Delegating What You Can’t Do or Don’t Want to Do:

  • Consider our Concierge Virtual Assistance Program which:
  • Set up and maintain email newsletter in Constant Contact with Profitable Recruiter Monday Morning
    Wake Up Call eNews, as well as additional email campaigns
  • Send Lumpy Letters and Season Letters to recruits on your behalf
  • Manage your social media marketing
  • Manage your company blog

If you want more information on the Virtual Assistance Program, contact Julie Escobar at juliabescobar@gmail.com.  If you’re ready to take your business to the next level with coaching, contact me at Judy@JudyLaDeur.com.

Click here to download a copy of my Covenant Coaching Broker Business Plan. 

Is recruiting a challenge for you?  We can help.  Join The Profitable Recruiter and gain access to 7+ hours of audio training via downloadable links, powerful recruiting letters and notes, emails, social media tips, over 30 webinars for recruiting and retention, and opportunities to network with the best of the best. Take advantage of our special offer and save 50% on YOUR New Membership with Promo Code: 50OFF.

Not sure if this is the right thing for your company?  Watch this video on demand to learn why brokers across the country are making it their turn to way to stay positioned for recruiting success in today’s market — and putting the fun back into their recruiting.  (Which is way better than dread – right?) We’re taking the guesswork out of recruiting for brokers — and they are loving it.  We can do the same for you! Questions?  Email us today.  

 

Recruit Agents With Video

A HUGE Thanks and shout out to Michael Krisa for sharing his video recruiting strategies with our members and guests! With powerful insights and how-to’s it was a jam-packed hour of information!  Watch it on demand below.

As Michael said, it’s time to get your recruiting ducks in a row! (Before January rolls around!)

If you’re interested in learning more about the kind of video strategies Michael teaches, you can reach him at michael@quickpageapp.com.

If you want to know more about his video email 14-Day free trial, visit: Quickpage.io/michael. 

Continue to learn how to be the master recruiting skills and be the broker to join in your market. If recruiting is a challenge for you, we can help. Join The Profitable Recruiter and gain access to 7+ hours of audio training via downloadable links, powerful recruiting letters and notes, emails, social media tips, over 30 webinars for recruiting and retention, and opportunities to network with the best of the best. Join today and take advantage of our special offer of 50% off with the promo code 50OFF any pro membership.  

Not sure if this is the right thing for your company?  Watch this video on demand to learn why brokers across the country are making it their turn to way to stay positioned for recruiting success in today’s market — and putting the fun back into their recruiting.  (Which is way better than dread – right?) We’re taking the guesswork out of recruiting for brokers — and they are loving it.  We can do the same for you! Questions?  Email us today.  

 

Make Those Calls!

A Recruiting Pep Talk

By Real Estate Recruiting Coach Judy LaDeur

Now, more than ever, making your phone calls should be your priority if your goal is to continuously build a great team. I do know that everyone has the best of intentions, and stuff happens. It happens to me as well. However, now is the best time to get a great return on your investment of time spent on the phone and getting those appointments booked!

If you don’t make your phone calls, you could be missing out on some great recruits this fall.  Everyone is back from winter break, but many agents have not yet ramped up their business. It’s an easier time for agents to make a move, which is why we are seeing so many agents doing just that. I just talked to one of my clients who has a team of 12 managers that recruited 59 experienced agents in one month!  Their combined production is $189,000,000! What would a month like that do for your results? The only way to know is to get on those phones. Of course, marketing, promoting your results and networking also play an important role. Marketing, promotion, and networking should enhance your results when calling.   Would it be easier to make calls if you had just hired 59 top producing agents in the past 30 days? Of course, it would, but it all starts with the call.

This time of the year, if you are not going to make the calls to book appointments, then hire someone who will.  Someone recently told me that they thought that making calls was right up there with flying on airplanes, going to the dentist, or having a spider crawl up your leg as the greatest fears to the Broker owners of the nation.  What are you afraid of? I have literally made thousands of phone calls and I can count on one hand how many times someone has been rude to me.   If someone even thinks of taking a tone with me I’m quick to remind them, “I just wanted to remind you the fact that I’m calling you is a compliment to you today.”  Usually, I’ll get a change of heart “I’m sorry, I appreciate your call, I was just…” Whatever their reason, stay on task and stay positioned.

One of the best movies I have ever seen that helped me with sales calls is the movie Boiler Room.  Ben Affleck plays the role of a recruiter for new sales reps in a finance firm.  While training a group he tells them “Boys there is a sale made on every phone call, either you sell them to buy something, or they sell you why they can’t, but either way, a sale will be made.”  What a powerful reminder.  Keep Ben’s line in mind as you make your calls this month.  Set yourself up for success.  Plan your calls out ahead of time.  Know who you are calling before you get to work. Many of the top recruiters still use the “old school technique: which includes a notebook with the names and numbers of those they are going to call written out.  In the movie The Pursuit of Happyness, the true success story of Chris Gardner, this is the best example of discipline in phone prospecting I have ever seen.  Chris is limited in the time he can call prospects so he doesn’t drink water, which saves trips to the bathroom, and he never hangs up the phone, which saves him eight minutes a day.  I’m not suggesting anything that extreme; however, have a plan before you arrive at the office tomorrow of who you are going to call and have their numbers handy.  This organized plan will hold you accountable for your success.

Bottom line? Fire up those phone lines and make the calls.  In almost all of our webinars on demand, our spotlight brokers discuss their strategies for making the most of prospecting time.  There are powerful tips and techniques to be learned from them all.  In fact, there are more than 15 recruiting-specific webinars from which you can glean powerful ideas from some of the best recruiters in the business.  We are so grateful to our presenters who so generously share their success strategies with brokers all over the world.  There are also six specific audio-training downloads that revolve around phone scripts and strategies.  The tools are right there at your fingertips – let us know if you need help accessing them!

Continue to learn how to be the master recruiting skills and be the broker to join in your market. If recruiting is a challenge for you, we can help. Join The Profitable Recruiter and gain access to 7+ hours of audio training via downloadable links, powerful recruiting letters and notes, emails, social media tips, over 30 webinars for recruiting and retention, and opportunities to network with the best of the best. Join today and take advantage of our special offer of 50% off with the promo code 50OFF any pro membership.  

Not sure if this is the right thing for your company?  Watch this video on demand to learn why brokers across the country are making it their turn to way to stay positioned for recruiting success in today’s market — and putting the fun back into their recruiting.  (Which is way better than dread – right?) We’re taking the guesswork out of recruiting for brokers — and they are loving it.  We can do the same for you! Questions?  Email us today.  

Are the Disruptions in the Market Impacting Retention?

Keeping Your Team Together

By Real Estate Recruiting Coach Judy LaDeur

Today’s best agents are being heavily recruited, and the options that are being presented are enticing: Checks, marketing packages, leads, specialized branding, shiny new tools and even retirement options.  For many Brokers that we are talking to, it’s definitely more stressful than it has been in the past.  New technology and changes in the way that business is being done require that Brokers stay sharp, at the top of their game and in tune with the tools agents need to compete in a world where consumers are more educated and also have more options.

Are Brokers losing their agents to the competition? That depends. Most of our clients are NOT losing agents, or at least no more than normal. It is recruiting season, which means that a certain percentage of agents will change firms, but the question is why are they leaving, and what are they looking for?

Here are some facts with regard to why agents leave firms

  • Weak agents will always look for an easier way to make a living.
  • If the company is not staying current, delivering the tools that agents need, the best agents will leave.
  • Some agents are not prepared for retirement, which might only be a few years away. They are looking for a solution. If your company does not have a solution, you might lose those agents.
  • Agents want to feel appreciated and will leave if they feel they aren’t.
  • For some agents, it’s all about money, so they will leave for a higher split, lower fee, or a check.
  • Some agents are not willing to do what it takes to succeed, so they quit.

If you are losing 10% of your agent base per year, or more, you definitely should take steps to increase retention.

But the question today is, “Will the new startup companies in the market, or the many changes taking place, make it more difficult to retain your agents?” That depends on YOU, the Broker.

Retention is about creating VALUE on two levels. You with the agent and the agent with the consumer. Both are your responsibility.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do your agents have what they need to compete in today’s real estate market?
  • Are you meeting the needs of the agents and the demands of the consumer?
  • Are your agents educated about their competition, and can they show enough value to overcome objections and secure the listing?
  • Are you engaged and connected to your agents? Do they enjoy working at your firm?
  • Is each of your agents selling at least 6 homes per year?
  • Do your agents have the technology to be fully mobile?

If the answers to those questions are yes, then you are doing great. If not, what can you do to fully support the agents, and meet the demands of the consumer?

A NAR 2018 survey shows that 85% of agents want to be fully mobile when it comes to their real estate career.  They want to manage their transactions from start to finish on their mobile device. They also want what they need to be delivered fast because speed matters today. The consumer expects speed and when the agents don’t, or can’t respond fast enough, it creates stress.

The good news is that it’s still about the relationship for most agents, as well as most consumers. Here are some ideas to maintain that relationship:

  • Create a superior “high touch” experience for the agent and consumer.
  • Use videos to stay in touch with agents and clients. It’s more personal.
  • Add a Consumer Care Specialist or Agent Services Specialist.
  • Use technology to automate processes and increase efficiency, allowing them to sell more with less stress.
  • The MAJORITY of Home Sellers and Buyers still want an agent to hold their hand during the transaction.

What’s Your Action Plan?

  • Your Agents Are Your #1 Asset and #1 Clients. How can you honor that relationship?
  • They love food, fun, and recognition!
  • Now is the also the time to teach your agents who want “out” to sell their business and transfer it to one of your agents.

Let today’s changes inspire and motivate you to create new ways of doing business and propel your business to a new level.

Profitable Recruiter Members, log in here and visit webinars on demand to watch our recent webinar all about the DISRUPTORS in our industry.

Continue to learn how to be the master recruiting skills and be the broker to join in your market.  Bookmark our blog, and join The Profitable Recruiter today.  We have a full spectrum of membership benefits with all the tools, strategies and solutions you need to position yourself to win this year and every year. Our goal is for you to become the “turn-to” broker in your area for every agent.  

Join today and take advantage of our special offer of 50% off with the promo code 50OFF any 6 month or annual membership.  That’s 50% off everything you need to be in the right place at the right time when the agents you want are ready to make a move – including SEVEN HOURS of recruiting audio training!  What are you waiting for? When you join – you and up to 10 managers can access your account! Try it for a month and see what it can do for you.

 

 

 

 

 Identifying and Communicating Your Value Proposition

By Real Estate Recruiting Coach Judy LaDeur

The most important asset within your company is the people. Attracting the right people means attracting those aligned with your values and vision.  This gives you an opportunity to create a flourishing environment that translates into an improved bottom line.

Putting a strong team in place will require you to answer a few tough questions first. You must be able to share details about your company in “what’s in it for them” terms. Explain how a move would benefit them both personally and professionally. Because let’s face it, switching companies is a very scary decision for most people. Diffuse fears by accurately and effectively sharing the “WHY” that sets you apart from your competition. What does this look like?

You must define:

  • What you do better than your competitors
  • What you are doing that your competitors are not
  • How you can help potential recruits earn more money through your systems and tools
  • How you enhance the working environment of your agents
  • What real results other members of your team have seen since making a move

Once you answer those questions, the next step is spelling out the reasons any agent would want to join your team. In my training, I ask each broker to come up with their 12 most compelling reasons. Unfortunately, twelve reasons can be difficult for a lot of brokers. For that reason, I have created a blueprint that you can follow to begin crafting your own list.

12 Compelling Reasons Recruits Will Say YES to Joining Your Company

# 1:  Strong Leadership: Vision, support with problem solving, and leaders who are acting like leaders. Take it one step further and determine what specific value you and your expertise bring to your team.

#2: Lead Generation: Agents need to prospect, but they want companies that are working to generate leads for them as well. There are lead generation companies out there that are charging agents up to $1000 a month for leads and believe it or not, agents are paying. Why? Because agents want those internet leads, or any leads that the company can provide. What are you willing to provide?

#3: Name Brand Awareness: Companies with a strong presence in the market, locally and nationally, are doing well with their recruiting efforts. Name awareness is tied to market share. The best agents understand that the stronger the name/market share, the easier it is to compete for business.

#4: Education/ training: Agents are looking to fine-tune their skills. Many agents know they need to get back to the basics and most realize the value of staying current in an ever changing real estate industry. The best agents also understand the value of securing specialized training or securing certain designations for areas of specialization. Such areas might include: Luxury market training, working with seniors, working the condo market, working with various ethnic groups which are moving into the country, and working the short sale and foreclosure market.

#5: Positive office attitude and healthy environment in the office: Agents want a positive work environment with competent and positive peers. It is easy for me to see that the offices with the best production and best attitude have brokers with a great attitude. Those same brokers spent the last 5 years getting rid of their dead weight and many are more profitable today than they have been in years!

#6: Mastermind Groups and networking opportunities with other top producers:  Many of the best agents enjoy connecting with the other successful agents. Their needs and approach to the real estate business is different from those just getting started, so why not give them the opportunity to grow and play together? Agents who work hard, play hard and spend time together are more likely to stay together

#7: Marketing support/tools: Marketing is the #1 thing that agents need to stay in touch with their sphere and past customers. What can you do to assist or support their marketing efforts?

#8: Client/ data management tools: Many agents struggle when it comes to managing their data and client info. Do you have an easy-to-use customer relationship management tool that allows them to input their data, send out marketing, and locate client data quickly?

#9: Coaching and accountability: We see many companies implementing very successful coaching programs, with some great results. If the company does not provide coaching, the agents might hire outside the organization. The cost can range from $500 -$1000. What that tells me is this: if they want it and it has value to them, they will pay for it! Your agents need accountability and sometimes a third party is the best way to keep them on track and accountable. Your best option is to coach them yourself or have someone else in house that can effectively coach them. If this isn’t possible, seek out a good coach and work out an agreement with them to coach those agents who want it.

#10: Administrative support: Agents are working harder, but most are not working smarter. What can you do to support them behind the scenes?  What can you take off their plate to give them more balance in their life and work?

#11:  Proven results with proven systems: It’s not enough to have systems and tools. Your need to know what the results are from each of the systems and tools you offer. Use exact results, NAR survey results, national brand results, testimonials from your agents as well as success stories. Bring those results into your interviews.  Everyone says they can help potential recruits, but those who can prove it are winning in today’s market.

#12: Security: The bottom line for any agent making a move is whether or not they will feel secure at their new location. The more answers you can provide on the above list, the better they will feel, and when they feel good…they join!

Take some time to sit down and determine what your best selling points are as an organization.  Ask your agents what they love most about being part of your business family.  Then couple these powerful 12 reasons with your own compelling attributes and get ready to knock it out of the park this fall!

Want to continue to learn how to be the turn-to broker in your market?  Bookmark our blog, and join The Profitable Recruiter today.  We have a full spectrum of membership benefits with all the tools, strategies and solutions you need to position yourself to win this year and every year. Our goal is for you to become the “turn-to” broker in your area for every agent.  

Join today and take advantage of our special offer of 50% off with the promo code 50OFF any pro membership.  That’s 50% off everything you need to be in the right place at the right time when the agents you want are ready to make a move – including SEVEN HOURS of recruiting audio training!  What are you waiting for? When you join – you and up to 10 managers can access your account! Try it for a month and see what it can do for you.

 

Real Estate Recruiting Season Webinar

Thank you to everyone who turned out for our webinar discussing what’s working and what is NOT in the world of real estate recruiting right now. October is the time to take decisive and strategic action to recruit the agents you want for your team — and to help keep your current team members from getting recruited away!

Watch it on demand below…

Put systems in place.  Be persistent and consistent in your efforts. If you don’t have a system in place, we can help! Become a member of The Profitable Recruiter today, and put the power of done-for-you content and tools that make recruiting experienced and new agents easier, less time-consuming, and even fun.

Register today and use the promo code 50OFF to save 50% on any 6-month or annual membership. Got questions?  Email us!  We’d love to help!  

Recruiting Experienced Agents?

What You Need to Know

By Real Estate Recruiting Coach Judy LaDeur

First thing’s first.  Ask yourself – “Do I have what experienced agents are looking for?  How do I compare to my competition?”

Let’s take a look at some key deciding points for experienced agents:

Experienced Agent Hot Button List:

  • Technology and Tech Support
  • Advanced Training and Coaching
  • Comparative Commission Structure
  • Marketing Support
  • Quality Support Staff
  • Personal Assistants or Systems That Help Remove Detail Work From Agent Agendas
  • Agent Promotion
  • A Professional Image and Office Environment
  • Calls Off Their Own Signs

How many of these components do you have in place?  What about your competition?  If you don’t know what your competition has to offer – how do you know if you’re the best?

TIP:  With experienced agents, your odds soar if you properly target them.  So here is a PROVEN process for SUCCESS:

RECRUITING EXPERIENCED AGENT PROCESS:

  • Find your target:  Set up your target ‘hit list’ of 50-100 agents that you will stay in touch with each month using a drip marketing campaign.
  • Connect:  Send a letter designed to educate them about your company and to create desire and curiosity on their part to know more about you and your company.  Or you can send a note or letter that compliments them.
  • Follow up:  Give each targeted agent a follow up phone call just to touch base.  Your goal is to talk to at least three agents per day and schedule a minimum of three interviews with experienced agents per week.
  • Connect again:  The following month, send out another letter, note, or package to your list to promote your systems and your organization.  Everyone doesn’t have to get the same thing either!  Be creative!  Personalize them!
  • Follow up again:  Hit the phones again just as in step three and make it a habit to consistently send and call each and every month.
  • Promote:  After each hire, send out a “Just Hired” postcard to your entire hit list.
  • Promote again:  Send flyers out that promote your company, the success of your agents and your commitment to the community.  You’ll be planting those seeds for agents to WANT to learn more about you!
  • Set Your Goals and Do the Math!

A great goal to start is to conduct three experienced agent interviews per week. From that, you should average at least two hires per month.  This will give you 24 experienced agents.  If each is producing two million in gross closings that would give you an annual increase in market share of $48 million and a net gain of $98 million over your competitors!

We’re not saying it will be easy – but it will be worth it!  Take your time.  Put systems in place.  Be persistent and consistent in your efforts. If you don’t have a system in place, we can help! Become a member of The Profitable Recruiter today, and put the power of done-for-you content and tools that make recruiting experienced and new agents easier, less time-consuming, and even fun.

Register today and use the promo code 50OFF to save 50% on any 6-month or annual membership. Got questions?  Email us!  We’d love to help!  

How Not to Get Raided by Your Competition

And Stay on the Winning Side of the Agent Tug of WarBusinessman in tug of war concept

By Real Estate Recruiting Coach Judy LaDeur

I have had several requests to write an article about how to protect yourself against a raid from your competitors. Especially as we are in the heart of recruiting season. Interestingly enough, my research has shown that if you consistently show your agents that they are valued and appreciated on a regular basis, and they know that they, and their needs, are your priority — you probably don’t have much to worry about. Let’s examine why an office becomes vulnerable.

Change is the #1 reason for vulnerability. When you implement change, there are a certain number of agents who will be unhappy with the change, and therefore you could lose a few. In addition, if you lose a good agent, you can easily lose another one in the next 10 days. If you lose 2-3 agents in a few weeks, you could be in trouble.  Why? The grass always looks greener on the other side… (But most agents forget that it is just as tough to mow!) You are most vulnerable if you lose an emotional agent. They usually leave if they are hurt or angry. Unfortunately, they will want their friends to follow them. You must always take proactive steps when an emotional agent leaves. You should have a one-on-one meeting with the agent who is leaving. If you can not correct the problem, or convince them to stay, let them know that they are always welcome if they want to return. Keep it businesslike and professional. Do not get angry with them. You would not believe some of the stories that I hear, such as the managers who threw the agents stuff into the parking lot while demanding that they leave in front of their peers.

Next, have one-on-one meetings with their close friends, and get their feedback as to why the agent left. Ask how you can create a more favorable environment for the agents who are there. If the agent who left insists on calling your other agents, confront the agent who left. Let them know that you were supportive of their decision to leave but you are hurt that they would intentionally try to harm or disrupt your office. Emotional agents usually back off if confronted.

Also, you need to remember that about 70% of all agents are emotional in nature, so they make emotional decisions. For Example: If you do something that they feel hurts them emotionally or betrays their trust, you can lose them. You can also lose them by not giving them the recognition they feel they deserve. The bottom line is this: If they are hurt, they might leave. The good news is that they usually do not leave for money.  They will say it is for more money, but that is rarely the case. Most agents do not worry about the money. They know that if they are happy, the money will be there. Here are a few tips:

With regard to change: It would be impossible to implement a change and have everyone happy with that change. When implementing change, try to involve your agents whenever possible.

Location: If you are changing locations, ask a few of your agents to help you locate a new location, then go out with them to scout out the options.  Let your agents sell the group on the new location.  You could also set up a committee to determine the new colors for the office and ideas for office design.

Compensation: If you are changing compensation, or implementing a new fee, try to time that change with the implementation of a new service. Such as: We are implementing a transaction fee of (dollar amount) but you will no longer be charged for (service). You can also “grandfather” the existing agents when you are changing the compensation.  Or, you can grandfather all agents whose production is above a certain amount. You could say, “If you are generating GCC of $90,000.00, you will be grandfathered with regard to the new changes.” You can also grandfather agents who have been with the company a long time.  For example, you can say, “If you have been with our firm for 10 years, or your production is (dollar amount), you will not be subject to the new changes.” Keep in mind that emotional agents will leave, not because of the money, but because they are hurt that after so many years, or at their level of production, that you would take money out of their pocket.

Management:  A management change is also risky. Whenever you change managers, you should consider the personality of the manager that is being replaced. If the manager that is being replaced was very friendly, emotional and well liked by the agents, you could be vulnerable if you put a logical manager in that office. Better to use an interim manager, or yourself, while they go through their mourning period over the loss of a manager they liked.  If you can keep the personality the same, that’s the best option.

My research has shown that 70% of agents are emotional in nature. What that means is that they need to feel appreciated, they need to like you, and also believe that you like them.  The competition is always “courting” the good agents. They enjoy the attention, but they like you best. If you suddenly get angry at them for talking to the competitor, you could lose them. When I knew that my agents were going to lunch with the competition, I would always say, “If you are not getting at least one call, letter or invitation each week from my competitors, then you need to look at your production. The best agents are always being courted!” I would then ask them where they were going to lunch. If it was not an expensive place, I would say, “Are you kidding? You are one of my best agents! Call them back and tell them to meet you at (fine restaurant name).  Order something expensive! You’re worth it.”  I knew that if I worried about them going to lunch, or became defensive or angry, I was far more likely to lose them.

Bottom Line: I have discovered over the years that what it takes to get them is what it takes to keep them. They just want to be appreciated and know that you care about them, and their success.

Start today by sending three notes a week to your agents. Think of something nice to say about them and let them know who much you appreciate them.  If you always practice retention, the competition will have a tough time raiding your office.

Continue to learn how to be the master recruiting skills and be the broker to join in your market.  Bookmark our blog, and join The Profitable Recruiter today.  We have a full spectrum of membership benefits with all the tools, strategies and solutions you need to position yourself to win this year and every year. Our goal is for you to become the “turn-to” broker in your area for every agent.  

Join today and take advantage of our special offer of 50% off with the promo code 50OFF any 6 month or annual membership.  That’s 50% off everything you need to be in the right place at the right time when the agents you want are ready to make a move – including SEVEN HOURS of recruiting audio training!  What are you waiting for? When you join – you and up to 10 managers can access your account! Try it for a month and see what it can do for you.

Questions Open Doors in the Interview

Hiring the Agents You Really Want

By Real Estate Recruiting Coach Judy LaDeur

I was asked, “What is the most important thing that you need to do to be successful in recruiting?” My response, without hesitation, was “Asking the right questions”.  In every step of the recruiting process, asking questions, and asking the right questions is the key to success. Let’s look at each step of the process:

  • Phone Calls: When you are making your calls, remember that you should not do all the talking. Tell them why you are calling, then ask questions. Ask them what they know about your company, how their career is progressing, what they would want in a company if they were to make a change. Learn as much as possible about that agent. Remember, if they are emotional, the more they talk, the better you are doing.
  • The Interview: Before you begin to tell them what your company has to offer, you must first ask questions to determine what they are looking for, what they are unhappy about, what they would want if they were to make a move, etc. The more effective you are at asking the right questions, the more likely you are to present the right systems.
  • The Presentation: While presenting your systems, the interaction between you and the agent is critical. If you are the only one talking, chances are that they will start to tune you out. Keep them engaged in the interview by asking them questions and getting their feedback as you present your systems. Again, if the agent is emotional, the more they talk, the better you are doing. 70% of all sales agents are emotional by nature. If you keep them engaged in the conversation, you will have a much better chance of hiring them that day!
  • The Close: The close is a statement designed to have them take action and commit to joining your team. When they have concerns, they will throw out stalls and objections. This is when questions are very important. Don’t try to overcome the objection right away, but instead, follow the 5 step objection handling process. By asking questions about their concerns, you can usually discover the best solution for that objection. When you have the best solution to the problem, ask a question to tie it down. “If I can solve (the problem), is there anything else that would keep you from saying yes today?” If that is the only problem, solve it!

We all know that Einstein was a genius.  What you might not know is a famous quote that says it all when it comes to asking questions. Albert Einstein said: “If I had an hour to solve a problem, and my life depended on the right answer, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the right questions to ask!”  When a recruit is sitting in front of you, you have one hour to solve the problem of “What would it take?” When you take the time to ask the right questions, everything gets easier!

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The Disrupters: How Will They Change the Face of Real Estate?

The word we keep hearing in the marketplace is the “disrupters”.  What are they, who are they, and are they here to stay? My prediction is yes. Disrupters by their definition are an event or an organization that disrupts the flow of business as it has always been done.  They shake up the marketplace, and in some cases, change entire industries. A few disrupters that we have all seen in recent years are Uber, Airbnb, and YouTube.  They broke the rules, gained momentum, got sued, won, and almost overnight three major industries were forever changed.

Now we are seeing even more disrupters in the real estate industry. Players who are not playing by the “rules” that we have established.  Mega-startups are presenting our best agents with huge checks which is not playing by the rules.  Companies are mad, and some are fighting back. But we have seen that in the past, so it’s not entirely new. They are offering virtual platforms, but that’s not new. Discount brokerages are popping up, but that’s not new either. So what’s causing all the commotion? I think it’s a lot of things all happening at the same time, but the real disrupters to our industry are technology and dollars — millions in private funding for the new start-ups.

Technology is being funded and fueled by hundreds of millions of dollars this year, and that is something that we have NOT seen in the past. That is the true disrupter. Why? Because we can’t stop technology from changing the face of our industry or changing the way that business will be done as we move forward. This is a change that is causing many Brokers to reinvent themselves and how they will do business in the future, while others will fight, kick, scream and refuse to budge from their position, for now.  What is different about this change is that the consumer is being educated about the new tools, the new technology, the new apps, the new transparency and the new way to buy and sell homes. This is impacting our industry at a grass roots level, which is the consumer.

Yes, there are many disrupters hitting many of you at the same time. For now, the major markets are the targets, and those Brokers are feeling it. It’s not just incentives for agents, but it’s incentives for consumers. New toys that the consumer can use to buy and sell, and that’s why I think Brokers and agents need to pay attention and up their game.

I receive calls weekly from Brokers and clients who are nervous and looking for direction. Many of them are letting the fear of change create chaos in the companies. Change is a given — how you respond to it will make all the difference!

What’s the solution? Whether you are a Broker or an agent, there are three ways to keep those disrupters from disrupting your business.

#1: Build the relationships.  We are an emotion-based industry, filled with emotional agents, emotional buyers, and emotional sellers. Most people want to have that REALTOR that they trust at their side, and most agents want that Broker that they can see and talk to. As a Broker, what are you doing to build and maintain the relationships with your agents, your greatest asset? Most of them just want to know that they are appreciated and cared for. It’s also time to train your agents to build that trust and relationship with their clients and customers.  Remind them to stay positioned with their weekly emails, which are a great tool to keep positioned for referrals and repeat business.

#2: Set yourself, your agents and your company apart with specialization.  Be the expert in your geographic area, or your area of expertise or a niche. Those who set themselves apart have always survived the ups and downs of real estate and typically are the Brokers and agents at the top.

#3: Learn how to compete on value. People will always pay more for a product if you can show and prove value. I see this as the number one area that Brokers and agents should give special attention to. What is the value for each of your tools and services and can you PROVE the value?

The combination of relationship, specialization, and proving value is the solution. I think much of the fear right now from Brokers is due to the fact that this is feels overwhelming. With so many changes — it can feel difficult to keep up.

Farmers insurance has a great commercial with J.K. Simmons who says, “We know a thing or two because we’ve seen a thing or two.”   I’ve seen all the disruptors of our industry for the past 40 years. I know a thing of two because I’ve seen a thing or two and survived it. We’ll get through these changes together!

If you are battling the Disruptors in your market, or just want help recruiting the best agents, based ON VALUE, let us help you navigate through uncertain times and come out on top!

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