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Tough Love: How Mentors Can Bring Out Your Best as A Brokerage Owner

It takes an entrepreneurial spirit to build a successful real estate brokerage. You’ve crafted a long-term vision for your brokerage and hired a skilled real estate team, putting your talents and efforts into creating value for customers. As an entrepreneur, you’re always looking for ways to improve your processes and your people and ultimately grow your business. You don’t have to do it alone. Partnering with a mentor for support, frank talk about your bottom line, and new ideas is a great way to ensure your brokerage meets and exceeds your goals and keeps moving forward.

Benefits of Having a Mentor

A mentor, like any good coach, will be able to identify and hone your strengths.  Your mentor will also help you recognize and remove obstacles to success. Beyond those two comprehensive benefits, a mentor helps challenge you and can bring out your best performance in the following ways:

  • You’ll gain knowledge your mentor gathered through experience. Real estate training and textbook information are essential, but first-hand accounts of challenges (and solutions) are valuable lessons only a mentor can offer. A mentor can guide you past potentially expensive missteps and find more efficient ways for your team to work.
  • A mentor’s objectivity makes it easier to improve performance. Yes, a mentor will encourage you, but more importantly, will be honest and direct with you. Great mentors deliver ‘tough love.’  You and your real estate team become stronger when you receive constructive and respectful feedback.
  • Your mentor can assist with goals, strategies, and best practices. You know what’s worked well for your real estate brokerage. A mentor brings new ideas for you to think about when you’re setting goals, developing a yearly business plan, choosing tools and technology, and recruiting and retaining staff, as well as just best practices for good operational management in a brokerage.
  • A mentor helps hold you stay on track. You are there to help keep your agents on track with their goals, but who is there to keep you on track? Your mentor or coach will help keep you on track when you start to veer off course, and help you dig in and cheer you on to the finish line when you are tempted to settle for less.
  • A mentor provides networking opportunities. As you know from your own experience, personal connections and relationships are vital to real estate brokerages. Your mentor will have a network of people you can tap into for additional support if needed.

Choosing the Right Mentor

Qualities of a mentor or coach mirror those you’d expect from a good manager. Look for a real estate coaching program that has the following characteristics:

  • Responsiveness. Your mentor or coach won’t be an active member of your real estate team, but should be available to answer your questions within a reasonable time. Having scheduled times to connect is recommended to ensure accountability. Regular meetings also give you opportunities to discuss current performance and adjust plans and tactics as needed.
  • Favorable track record. Experience and proven results are crucial qualifiers for a mentor’s effectiveness. You’ll benefit most from working with a coach who has been successful in areas you want to improve.
  • Communicator and collaborator. A trust-based relationship starts with an honest and transparent conversation about expectations and boundaries. A good mentor will have your back, but also expects you to be direct about your needs for support.
  • Realistic and positive. A mentor who brings out your best will be frank about what’s possible and rein in ideas that may be a bit unrealistic. Remember, good coaches encourage growth and find ways to remove obstacles.

The best mentors and coaches care about your team’s success, providing the direction and resources you need to achieve your goals. They view their role as an opportunity to help your real estate brokerage thrive and grow.

Finding the Best Real Estate Coaching Program

Interacting with a mentor or coach is more than a week or month-long program. A real estate mentor will coach you and provide feedback as needed. The relationship with your mentor will be most useful when it develops and endures over time. You’re both committing to working together to achieve long-term success.

If you’re ready for the next level of success in your brokerage, then joining a team like Weichert may be worth considering. The Weichert franchise model gives you access to one of the best real estate coaching programs available. You are assigned a business coach who will work with you. The model is based on proven processes that are always there for you and cover almost every aspect of real estate, including solutions to common problems related to brokerage growth. You’ll get:

  • One-on-one business coaching including business planning, recruiting support and financial management training, as well as things such as building culture, implementing change and increasing engagement.
  • Regional broker meetings, rallies, chat boards and national conferences that connect you with other broker/owners in the Weichert network who openly share their solutions to the similar challenges you may be experiencing.
  • A regional service manager to provide day to day support on accessing and using the Weichert tools available.

The comprehensive coaching program from Weichert helps bring out the best in you as a leader and supports your efforts to build your business with proven processes, not guesswork. It’s all part of being in business for yourself, but not by yourself. Like all things Weichert, it starts with “We”.

If you think you might be ready to get started with one of the best real estate coaching programs available, Call us at 877-567-3350 or contact our team today.

Use Mentoring to Help New Agents Be More Productive

Welcoming newer or less experienced agents is a wonderful way of adding some diversity and fresh energy to your growing team. However, it is no secret that newer agents often struggle to get up to speed and become productive. While some brokers sit back, wait and watch to see who will sink or swim, smart ones are driven to take an active role that facilitates success.

The Impact of Mentorships In Brokerages

As a busy business owner with limited time for experimental programs, you may be wondering if a mentorship program can really improve agent productivity. The short answer is that yes, it does, and in fact this strategy has benefits for both the mentor, and mentee.

When implemented correctly, a brokerage mentorship program will:

  • Enhance skill development of new agents
  • Make onboarding more effective and efficient
  • Keeps new agents more engaged
  • Helps mentors manage their workload as part of training
  • Improve customer service which maintains your brand value
  • Leads to better agent retention and brokerage loyalty
  • Makes new agents produce sales faster

Furthermore, by appointing your more experienced agents as mentors, they will be grateful to see that you recognize them for their accomplishments and prior success and consider them a valuable partner.

Types of Mentorships

Not all mentorship programs are created equally. When implementing your own program(s), it is important that you select a program that is best suited for the agents in your brokerage. Here are three of the most common and proven models:

Group Mentorships: In this model, one mentor takes on several mentees. Although it can be an efficient method, it is important that the chosen mentor can handle the demands of multiple mentees and embodies the kind of character that is positive and enjoys helping people.

Peer Mentorships: In peer mentorships, new agents are paired with peers of the same experience level. For some, this is an effective way of encouraging collaboration, healthy competition and support, and may be a quicker way for each new agent to realize some commission revenue.

One-On-One Mentorships: The most popular model involves pairing an experienced agent with one new mentee. Even in this model, the mentor must have a coaching mindset and not consider it a burden. To really make this work, the parameters of the relationship really need to be set up clearly by you, the broker, as a win/win for both parties.

Tips for Success with Your Mentorship Programs

Unfortunately, you cannot “set and forget” a mentorship program within your brokerage and expect optimal results. Here are some ways that you can ensure you are setting your mentors and mentees up for success with their new relationships:

Match Personalities and Skill Sets: It is not enough to simply match your agents up by their personalities. You should also take into consideration professional strengths and weaknesses to ensure both parties get the most out of their work together.

Act As Middleman: Occasionally checking in to make sure that both sides are getting what they need from the relationship can help keep things on track. In some cases, complacency or unrest can creep in and checking in from time to time can uncover any underlying issues preventing progress.

Don’t Use Them As A Crutch: Mentorship relationships are not meant to be used to supplement poor performance or put the mentor in an overly dominant leadership position. This will only undermine you as their true leader.

At Weichert, our business coaches teach our franchisees how to leverage mentorship programs within their brokerage. And this is one way to support your new agents’ productivity as they enter the real world, smart brokers will provide additional training and coaching opportunities to ensure that the right practices are instilled. Weichert, for example, offers its Fast Track training to bring new agents up to speed on proven techniques and tools to help them be productive quickly. Its online University provides 24/7 online training on almost every real estate subject imaginable. Weekly webinars provide regular tips on trending topics and new tools. Plus, our service team is there to guide brokerage management on any questions they may have and our network of owners around the country are always very ready to share information on what has been successful in their companies.

For more information about the full suite of coaching and training programs and the support available through the Weichert system, visit our website at https://www.weichertfranchise.com  or call us at 877-567-3350.

Awards & Recognition: Why A Little Can Mean A Lot in Retention

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One of the biggest challenges that even the most experienced real estate brokers face is constantly keeping their agents motivated toward achieving their goals. This is because the real estate industry poses many challenges – and there is a lot of rejection that goes along with the job. Your ability to support your agents and provide them with positive reinforcement can make them much more appreciative, less likely to leave you, and much more motivated to contribute to the business. If you’re looking to reignite the fire in your team and get the ball moving again, try some of these ideas:

Build A Culture of Support

You have probably heard many people talk about things like “company culture”, but maybe you’ve wondered how that is ever implemented in a meaningful way at a brokerage. At Weichert, we believe that getting this right is one of the most important elements of keeping your team in place over time. One way to build this culture is through awards and recognition. They don’t have to be elaborate ceremonies, or expensive gifts, but public and regular recognition of achievement is a proven way to create positivity in your environment. It can appeal and motivate your entire workforce in a way that transcends money. Recognition tells people you notice and you care about the big and little things they do. Recognition will go a long way in creating the culture of trust and support that every broker should want.

Everyone Enjoys Being on a Winning Team

Everyone is an individual and is motivated by different things. But if there is one thing everyone has in common, it’s that they want to be on a winning team. Being recognized, seeing their colleagues recognized, celebrating collective milestones and achievements of the brokerage all contribute to positive feelings throughout the company. Everyone is working toward common goals, they can visually see progress being made, can cheer each other on and celebrate success. In short – it just makes everyone feel good! Who doesn’t want to be part of that? That energy motivates a team to continue to move forward and is especially powerful to have in the bank to get tough times.

Recognize Success at Many Levels

Awards, or acts of recognition, both big and small, both public and private, do a number of things for you and your agents. So what are some of the things you can recognize?

  1. The closing of sales is an obvious cause for celebration
  2. Monthly awards such as Top Listing Agent, Top Closing Agent, Most Homes Shown, or Most Open House Traffic
  3. How about a distinguished service award for someone who volunteers at a charity in the company name? Or who generates the most donations for a particular drive.
  4. End of Year recognitions based on GCI or Transactions. Create different levels. Recognize your best Rookie.
  5. You can recognize people for particular skillsets or expertise they possess, such as your client management system or recognize an agent for delivering the best listing presentation, most phone calls made, most direct mail pieces sent. Use your imagination, but keep it real.

Brokers Need Motivation Too

As a broker, you are constantly leaned upon to play the role of the fearless leader and keep your agents motivated. However, you also deserve to have a support system that empowers you to stay motivated, improves upon your success, recognizes your achievements, and helps you grow as a leader. Who helps motivate you and encourage you to keep going?

When you partner with a franchisor like Weichert, not only do you get the coaching and guidance to help you implement awards and recognition in your office, but our coaching team is there to support and cheer you on as an owner. Plus, we support a national awards program that recognizes both agent and company achievement. This includes an annual season of local events that take place around the country, where members of your office as well as from fellow franchisees in your region will come together to congratulate, celebrate and cheer each other on. It’s all just another way to be in business for yourself, but not by yourself. After all, everyone likes to be part of a winning team.

For more information about how you can be part of the winning Weichert brand, visit www.weichertfranchise.com or call 877-567-3350.

Is Your Business Plan In Place to Rock the New Year?

The right time to do a business plan for the year ahead is the October-November the year before. This way you are off to the races come January 1st. If you didn’t manage to get to this last year, you’ll want this to be your first priority in the new year.

For many brokers, writing a business plan can easily fall through the cracks while chasing leads, driving closings, recruiting agents, training staff, paying bills or any of the hundred other things that consume the day of a busy broker.  The problem is that without it, you meander without purpose and can easily waste a lot of time on the wrong things, instead of being driven by a focused, well thought out plan of attack designed to achieve specific results.

Key Parts of Your Real Estate Brokerage Business Plan

There are many templates and formats you can choose for a business plan. Weichert for instance, has guidelines to follow along with business coaches who help you and hold you accountable for completing it. At the end of the day though, the template you use is less important than the thought process that goes into it. Here are a few things you will want to cover in your business plan.

  1. Define Your Business – At the highest level, take some time to think about what kind of brokerage you have, and what kind you want in 1 to 5 years. Formally identify your products and services, the nature of your market, and how you will manage risks and challenges to your growth. It is a good place to define your company culture too; how you will go to market, how you will treat and value your employees, and your philosophy of customer service.
  2. Financial Goals – Having some realistic financial growth goals for the coming year and the years beyond is the single biggest decision from which many other parts of your business plan will be derived. Pick a growth number that is just a bit outside your comfort zone (stretch goal). Break down these financial goals into sales goals in each area of your brokerage that is appropriate like home sales, relocation sales, rentals, etc. Be as specific as you can.  Define the activities you need to complete in order to reach these goals (i.e. how many listings you need each month, how many agents you need to recruit).
  3. Marketing Plan – Key to your success will be the marketing tools and strategies you plan to use in the new year and establishing a budget for them. As a guideline, NAR recommends that brokers spend no more than 1/3 of their total expenses on marketing. This can be a difficult discipline to keep. An advantage of affiliation with a real estate franchise like Weichert is that you don’t have to spend time and money creating marketing tools or researching best-in-class tools, technology or sales strategies. Your franchisor invests in developing those tools and templates and has the ability to regularly refresh the materials available for your use, so you can spend your time and resources elsewhere. Weichert also defines the recipe of activity for success, which makes it easier for you to estimate the costs to execute. However you choose to proceed, a detailed marketing plan has to include the following:
    1. Who are your target customers?
    2. What marketing mix will you use to promote to them?
    3. How will you capture and nurture them through the buying/selling process?
    4. How will you differentiate what your brokerage has to offer from others in your area?
    5. What is your content plan for web and social media channels

Make sure your plan is something that can be executed within your available resources.

  1. Recruiting Plan – Key to achieving your growth goals will be your recruiting plan. Your financial growth goals will translate directly into recruiting goals and without a specific and consistent plan for this we can tell you from experience that it won’t get done. In your recruiting plan be sure to specify the number of recruits you need to bring in each month and the activities you need to complete to get them in the door. Also make sure you have a plan to train new agents and get them productive as soon as possible. Weichert for instance provides its Fast Track training for new agents which is specifically designed to bring them up to speed fast on proven tactics and systems that allow them to generate income quickly. Brokers love Fast Track as well, because it removes much of the burden of new agent training from their shoulders.

There are many other elements in a good brokerage business plan but the most important element is to sit down and do it! Once you have done it once, then updating it every year and managing it throughout the year, is much easier and will help you adjust your activities when you go off course. It’s better to know right away that you haven’t met your recruiting or listings goals than to be surprised at the end of the year when it’s too late to do anything about it.

And if you feel that you could benefit from expert advice and a business coach to support you every step of the way on your path to growth, then consider talking to the Weichert franchise team today. Go to weichertfranchise.com or call 877-567-3350.