Recruiting, Planning, and Navigating Change in the Year Ahead

Ready to hit the ground running next year with recruiting insights, ideas, and strategies? We’ve got you covered with this empowering webinar for recruiters and managers led by Coach Judy LaDeur! We shared some of what is top of mind for brokers right now, what is getting results for both recruiting AND retention, and what you should be doing to position yourself as the brokerage agents need to navigate change and market share in the year ahead.

Ready to dial up your recruiting, and position yourself to attract the agents you want sooner rather than later, join top brokers from around the nation who are members of www.TheProfitableRecruiter.com. You’ll get all the tools you need each month to position yourself as the broker to join when agents are ready to make a move. All members get access to over SEVEN hours of training via downloadable links including interview skills, scripts, objection handlers, and more. PLUS, you’ll have access to entire library of recruiting letters and notes, emails, social media content, training webinars for recruiting and retention, and opportunities to network with the best of the best.

Join today and take advantage of our special holiday offer of  50% off with the promo code 50OFF any 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!

We talked at length about ensuring that your agents (both current team and prospects) have the kind of training that makes all the difference. Our friend Darryl Davis does a great job of providing free weekly training webinars every week. He also has an extraordinary coaching program as well. Here’s how to get to the training: https://www.darrylspeaks.com/online-training.

We also have been asked for years for a CRM recommendation for recruiters and managers. During this time of crisis – having a system in place to stay connected has never been more important. That’s why we negotiated a 60-Day Extended Free Trial with Ixact Recruiter for all of our Profitable Recruiter Members. Then just $99/mo. save 15% with annual billing.

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Got questions? We’re here to help! Contact us today

 

Be Prepared to STOP Losing Market Share

Meeting Change Head On

By Real Estate Recruiting Coach and Speaker Judy LaDeur

If this year has taught us anything – it’s that change is inevitable — and your ability to respond to it makes all the difference in terms of how you lead, who follows, and how your organization will grow in the year ahead.

As we head into 2021 – it’s time to ask yourself – are you PREPARED to continuously adapt to change? If not, you’ll lose market share to those who are.

One thing that we are certain of is that thousands of agents are getting ready to retire. Many of the baby boomer agents are planning their exit strategy today.

Bottom line? As a broker, if just 10 of your agents leave over the next few years, averaging $5 million in business each, you lose 50 million dollars in business and market share. Many of those agents looking to retire are selling far more than $5 million in real estate. The impact to you, the broker, and your organization is that when you lose market share it makes it tougher for everyone in the office to compete. There is a solution. Implement a program that allows your agents to partner up with another agent in your office one to two years before they retire, forming a team. That’s the first step towards a retiring agent being able to sell their business.

Putting this in place is a win-win for everyone. The retiring agent gets to sell their business and you retain the market share.  Agents are selling their businesses for $100,000 or more. It’s a great retention tool and it’s a great recruiting tool. If we study the past one thing we know for sure is that the next time the market tightens up or it gets tough to sell real estate, we will see a huge number of agents say, “I’m done!” 

A NAR survey indicated that 87% of all agents surveyed, plan to walk away from their real estate business without even trying to sell it!  That’s why we put a system together to teach agents everything they need to sell or acquire a thriving real estate business, including sample letters, sample contracts, guidelines, success strategies, behavior profiles, database management insights.

Brokers, create some time and space for this kind of training in your organization. It’s both a great recruiting tool and a way for you to provide this timely topic for your team so that they are not just working IN their businesses – but working ON their businesses.

Perfect for agents who are retiring or relocating, agents who want to develop a business that they can sell in the future, agents who want to acquire a business to increase their income, as well as EVERY broker! Brokers no longer need to lose the market share of retiring and relocating agents.

Contact me today to talk about providing this kind of training to your team virtually! 

Want to continue to learn how to be the turn-to broker in your market?  Bookmark our blogand 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.

 

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!  

Coaching Your Agents to Succeed

Setting Goals and Smashing Them

By Real Estate Coach Judy LaDeur

Studies show that most agents are at a loss when it comes to setting goals or planning activities.  Salespeople tend to fly by the seat of their pants and figure it out as they go! However, it’s also been proven that those agents who plan for their success are more likely to succeed.  That said, if you’ve got agents who are struggling, not truly hitting their potential, or are clearly off-track from goals they did set at the first of the year — it may be a good time to tap into a little coaching to put them on the right path.

Here is a simple exercise that you can do with any of your agents. Ask them to come prepared to discuss their goals, and where they want their real estate career to be one year from today.

Start the discussion with this statement: “If we were having this discussion a year from now, and you were looking back, what has to have happened in your life, both personally and professionally, for you to feel happy with your progress?

For some, it’s hard to imagine their life into the future. Especially given all the change we’ve experienced this year!  Give them time to think about their answers and write it down as they share it with you.

Then as this question: “What problems/worries/ concerns do you have now that need to be eliminated for you to have the outcome that you imagine? What opportunities need to be captured, and what strengths need to be maximized?”

With regard to problems, obstacles or concerns, ask this question: “What steps or action can you take today to eliminate that obstacle or minimize that concern?”

Example: If they have a goal to increase their income $100,000.00, but a concern is that they are already working seven days a week and can’t imagine how their income can increase by $100,000.00, you want to ask them to come up with solutions to that problem. You should not provide solutions, even though you might think the solution is easy. You might want to prompt them to come up with several solutions. If they said, “I guess I could work smarter.” Ask them, “What does that mean to you and how could you achieve it?” Them: “Maybe I need an assistant.” You: “That’s a great solution. What else can you do to work smarter?”

When they say the solutions and steps aloud, it creates a path to move forward. Write these in your follow-up report and send to them. Keep a copy in their file and follow up to see what actions they are taking to insure that life they want in three years is starting to take shape.

Most people don’t have goals, they have wishes. For wishes to become goals, they have to be achievable, measurable and have a deadline.  For it to be measurable something must be achieved which can be measured.  Action steps can be measured.

Entrepreneurs are always motivated by freedom. They are the ones who create new industry because they are always looking for new ways to be in control of their businesses and their lives. Their biggest motivation is always increased freedom; freedom from restrictions, freedom to create new forms of value that they can profitably sell. They dislike being restrained inside of other people’s systems and structure. As a result, they are always looking for exciting ways to get the best return on their investment of time and money. They are always on the look for new approaches that expand their opportunities and capabilities.

When an entrepreneur’s personal and professional life is in balance they are able to focus more on what they love to do.

Thinking ahead, and planning for success, makes it more likely to happen! We’re here to help!

We’ve partnered with our good friend Darryl Davis to share a weekly training webinar with agents all across the globe at no cost each week. Here’s the link to share with your agents if you’d like a little “extra” help in the coaching department for your team members! www.darrylspeaks.com/online-training 

Want to learn more about hiring the best agents for your team, and keeping your team happy and productive?  Join The Profitable Recruiter and gain access to 7 hours of training via downloadable links including interview skills, scripts, objection handlers, and more. PLUS, you’ll have access to entire libraries of recruiting letters and notes, emails, social media content, training webinars for recruiting and retention, and opportunities to network with the best of the best. Join today and take advantage of our special 50% off with the promo code 50OFF any membership.  

The Power of Sprint Goals

In this week’s weekly Monday Morning Motivation enewsletter, we encouraged you to encourage your team, and your prospects to create absolute focus for the rest of the year by putting sprint goals into place. Sprint goals are short-term goals that are accomplished in 30 days or less. They are short term because of the constant changes that we have seen in our life and throughout 2020. This month, for agents, it’s about creating listing inventory. There is a national shortage of inventory all across North America and listings are the name of the game, now more than ever.

For brokers, it’s about recruiting the best possible team members as we head into the last few months of this year so that you can end strong. Sprint goals are 1-2 sentences. They are simple, measurable and attainable. They also have action steps. It could be as simple as, “I will speak to at least five agents per day, five days a week, for 30 days.”  “I will compliment and connect with at least two team members per day for 30 days.”

This is the time of year to keep your agents focused on and setting those short-term goals each month. Set sprint goals for the office that they can achieve as a team and reward their success.

Recruiting can seem daunting at times, sprint goals help put some fun into it. Create a reward system for yourself each week you stay on track and committed to making those goals a reality. Stay positive, present, and clear on what you want to accomplish – then go for it.

We are here to help!

Want to learn how to increase your market share and build an extraordinary team?  Bookmark our blogand 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.

 

The Opportunities in Change

The Cyclical World of Real Estate Sales

By Judy LaDeur

The world — and the world of real estate is one of cycles. And certainly we are in a stage of change right now in markets all over the globe. Change can be a little intimidating for some agents, but with the right mindset, tools, and training — it presents opportunities at every turn. How you deliver the possibilities and help agents navigate change is powerful.  Perception is reality. As the Broker, you are the captain of the ship. The person in charge of the information that is distributed, as well as how it is perceived. You are also responsible for the routing of the journey. As the captain of the ship, if you saw that there was a potential storm on the horizon, would you alter your course? Would you start to make plans and prepare? Of course, you would. A real estate office is no different. Regardless of what happens in the market, there are things on the horizon that you should be planning for today.

Things that you know will happen such as:

  • Some agents are feeling pandemic fatigue and already leaning into holiday mode. How will this effect your year end?
  • Most agents are struggling with fewer listing because of low inventory. This makes it easier for them to change offices. That makes you vulnerable as a Broker but also creates opportunities as a Recruiter. What are you doing today to prevent your agents from leaving, and what are you doing to position yourself as the Broker agents think of when making a move?

When you look forward, you can be better prepared for whatever the market does. Here are a few tips to help navigate through any storms on the horizon.

  1. Schedule training for your agents, designed to support their business, adapt to change, foster a a strong finish to the year, a sense of confidence, and the tools they need to thrive.
  2. Host some fun events, or contests, to keep your agents focused on business, even in these challenging times!
  3. Create marketing pieces for your agents to use to position themselves in front of their clients for new listings.
  4. Remind your agents that there is no better time to stay consistent with their Monday morning messages to their clients. Stay top of mind for additional business opportunities.
  5. Don’t forget to send your Monday Morning Motivation Messages to your recruits each week. Once we head into the holidays, it is especially important for you, as the Broker, to stay positioned with potential recruits.

And don’t forget, there are always changes and cycles in this business. You can change the size of the wave, but you can learn to surf! 

Want to learn how to increase your market share and build an extraordinary team?  Bookmark our blogand 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.

 

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!

Having the right systems and strategies in place year-round takes some of the guess-work out of your success.  We are happy to be a resource to help you stay in touch month-after-month, give you the scripts and dialogues you need to close even the savviest of agents to join your team.  Want to learn more about how to become a more profitable recruiter?  Check out our Membership Benefits and enroll today.   

Take advantage of our special offer!  Make any Profitable Recruiter Pro Membership part of your business plan, and take 50% off with the promo code 50OFF — PLUS, have the ability to add up to 10 managers or admins to your account at no extra cost!  That’s 45% 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, more than 70 webinars on demand, scripts, letters, social media tools and more!  What are you waiting for? Register today

Four Things Recruiter Should Do to Before October

To Put Your Recruiting Plan in Place

By Real Estate Recruiting Coach Judy LaDeur

Smart recruiters aren’t waiting for the new year or even for the “new normal” to settle in. They are building their lists and putting systems and solutions in place to make sure they are ready to help agents move sooner rather than later! With heavy learning curves and agents anxious to find an organization where they can feel supported with the right tools and training to thrive regardless of market conditions – the time to get in front of them is right now!

Here are the four things you must have in place before October!

  1. Get organized! Do you have your hit list in a database management program? Do you have categories set up to easily locate and communicate with your potential recruits? Are you talking to the right agents for your firm?  Many brokers just jump right in and start randomly calling agents, without a specific approach or plan of action. Use this time of the year when many agents are busy with the spring market and get organized.  Review the list of agents, and add some new agents to the list that you have not yet met or talked to. Here’s an article on creating your hit list.   Don’t look at agents as they are, but rather as they could be with your organization and under your leadership.  What are the compelling reasons for an agent to join your team? You should have 12-20 compelling reasons for an agent to join. Each of your systems or opportunities should also bring value to their career. Take this time to create a visual, showing results, for each compelling reason, to be used in the interview process.
  2. Communication: Communication is one of the most important elements of the interview process. It pre-sells the agent on the benefits of joining your team.  Your communication/ marketing consists of the following: email campaign, phone calls, social media interaction and comments, personal notes and personal interaction at REALTOR events, social events and open houses. Your communication is how you build the relationship.  Most agents require at least 3 phone calls, 3 marketing pieces, and some personal interaction before they make the decision to even meet with you. Take the time to create compelling marketing pieces to get their attention. January is the beginning of winter recruiting reason.  Start your marketing/communication now so that you are ready to recruit the agents that you want, then.
  3. Positioning: Once your marketing and communication is in place, the key is to stay constantly positioned, in a positive, no – pressure way.  Not every agent is ready to make a move, but someday they will decide it’s time for a change and you want to be the broker that they think of first.  Use occasional texts, emails, social media comments and phone calls every three months to stay positioned.  One of the best tools to stay positioned are the weekly motivational emails in The Profitable Recruiter marketing platform.  Each one is motivational and inspirational, which agents enjoy recruiting and reading. Not yet a member? Take advantage of our special offer to take 50% off before October 1st with promo code 50OFF. 
  4. The Ability to Discover and Convey Value: When you are face-to-face with a potential recruit, your job is simple.  Learn what it is that they want through asking the right questions, and then present what they want in a way that conveys value to them.  Your questioning process should last 20-30 minutes.  Dig really deep to uncover needs, wants, desires and those things which they do not like at their current company.  If you ask the right questions, they will tell you what they want. Once you know what they want, present only those systems and opportunities which they indicate an interest in.  Tell them what others have experienced when they joined your team. Results show and convey value, so testimonials are great too!

Is recruiting a challenge for you?  We can help.  Join The Profitable Recruiter and gain access to 7 hours of training via downloadable links including interview skills, scripts, objection handlers, and more. PLUS, you’ll have access to entire libraries of recruiting letters and notes, emails, social media content, training webinars for recruiting and retention, and opportunities to network with the best of the best. Join today and take advantage of our special 50% off with the promo code 50OFF any 6-month or annual membership.  

Best Practices & Strategies for Profitable Recruiters

We shared some of the best practices and strategies with Brokers and recruiters from all over the globe in this webinar on demand. It was a fun session, and we so appreciate those of you who stuck with us through some technical difficulties. We love technology — when it WORKS! We are thrilled to continuously bring new tools brokers and recruiters can use to identify, interview, and hire the best possible agents for their teams. Exciting things ahead! Stick with us — we’ll help you drive your recruiting efforts — and keep your attrition low, and your team thriving!

Please watch the webinar on demand here:

Want to learn more about building your dream team in less time and with fewer headaches?  Join The Profitable Recruiter and gain access to 7 hours of training via downloadable links including interview skills, scripts, objection handlers, and more. PLUS, you’ll have access to entire libraries of recruiting letters and notes, emails, social media content, training webinars for recruiting and retention, and opportunities to network with the best of the best. Join today and take advantage of our special 50% off with the promo code 50OFF.

Navigating the New Normal

by Judy LaDeur

There is a new normal; not just a new normal in real estate but an entirely new normal throughout the world.  It’s too early to know the full impact of the Corona-19 pandemic but we do know that life as we knew it will no longer exist. There will be changes, and some of those changes are good.

How has your company adapted to the Covid-19 situation and what changes has your company made? Which of those changes do you think will be permanent?

This is what we as an industry have learned:

  • Agents are more likely to show up for zoom training meetings than in person meetings
  • In times of crisis, they need to “see you, the Broker” even if it is through video or zoom meetings and feel your strong leadership
  • How you respond determines the success of your agents and the confidence of your clients
  • Open houses can be held virtually
  • Agents love Zoom Happy hours with their Broker and peers
  • Staying in touch with friends and family via Zoom calls is fun
  • We are survivors and have the ability to pivot instantly and emerge with a new business model
  • We learned to take the necessary steps to navigate new tech tools (which we needed to do anyway) and it definitely be better positioned for business
  • Agents are, for some the first time in a long while, working ON their business, not just IN it by putting systems like CRMs in place

The #1 thing that we have learned is that communication in all forms is the vital key to keep business moving forward.

Brokerages who are emerging as the winners all have these things in common:

  • They are supplying relevant information to their agents, clients, customers, and recruits on a consistent basis
  • They are staying positive, providing encouragement, and giving solid direction.
  • They have created “safe showing guidelines” and “safe listing guidelines” to give clients and customers the confidence to move forward with their home sell or home purchase decision
  • They have a “can do” attitude and it shows
  • They are willing to do what it takes, and they are doing it
  • They are providing powerful and ongoing training and resources for agents and recruits
  • They’ve got their CRM systems locked and loaded

Another thing that all of our leaders have in common is that they each of the leaders that we have talked to confirm that they are working harder than they have ever worked, but they are seeing results for their organizations and their agents.

We are not out of the woods yet, but we have a path to follow. Keep your compass handy, stay FOCUSED and FLEXIBLE.

We are here to help!

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