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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.

The Power of Collaboration

As a real estate broker, you are no stranger to collaboration at many different levels. Building collaborative networks that are vibrant and mutually beneficial can be a catalyst for positive change and growth, when you have the right people on the other end. We live in rapidly evolving times and your ability to be successful can depend on getting the right guidance and advice, at exactly the right time.

Collaboration takes many forms in the real estate industry.

  • We collaborate with clients to help them through the buying and selling process.
  • We collaborate with vendors to obtain services and deliver them to our clients.
  • We collaborate with other agents and brokers to create a win/win situation during a sale.
  • We collaborate with the community, to be a positive influence and serve a greater good.

As a broker however, you also need collaboration at a higher level. You already know how to sell houses, but your challenges are more strategic, and business related. What’s the most effective strategy to get more leads for my agents? What technology will help me best run my brokerage? What CRM tools should I provide my agents for lead nurturing? What recruiting practices are most effective? How do I differentiate my brand? Collaboration and networking with other real estate professionals can provide good advice, experience, and opportunities in these areas.

Collaboration For Brokerage Growth Challenges

Broker growth issues and recruiting challenges benefit from the opinions and experience of other brokers, real estate coaches, and subject matter experts. For the independent broker finding people with such diverse experience who are willing to share, coach and consult is either rare, expensive, or both.  Still, you owe it to yourself to establish a network of professionals who have proven success in one or more areas so that you have a support system for your growth roadmap.

Consider some of the following activities to build your network:

Networking Groups – Get involved with organizations like the Chamber of Commerce, LeTip, the local Real Estate Board, or participate in state Realtor events. These are valuable opportunities to network and meet like-minded professionals. Consider getting involved with them at a leadership level if possible.

Complimentary business partnerships – Partner with related businesses or non-competing agencies. They will likely share similar challenges and can also serve as a resource for ideas or help you avoid mine fields they may have already encountered. Through your alliance you can refer leads or collaborate on events, such as a home-buyer seminar.

Social Media Networking – Facebook and LinkedIn are actually excellent places to connect with non-competing brokers, and mentors. There are established real estate groups on these channels that you can join and whose discussion you can monitor and participate in. This is one of the most efficient and least time consuming ways to build out your network.

Another Solution to Collaboration

At Weichert Franchising, we’ve found that the desire for collaboration is one of the biggest reasons many brokers seek out a brand affiliation. It turns out that an affiliation with Weichert provides networking, coaching and training opportunities most brokers never dreamed of. In addition to the instant help with lead generation and recruiting, having a team of like-minded peers and industry experts who are always available and invested in your success is a powerful thing. At Weichert our affiliates get collaborative support in a number of ways:

  • Training Systems – designed to teach proven processes for success, whether it’s for a new agent, experienced agent or manager.
  • A Regional Service Manager (RSM) who is available to train and guide offices on the tools available and how to get the most out of the Weichert® System for day-to-day business success.
  • A Regional Director, who is like your own personal trainer and helps with everything from business planning to sales & marketing systems, recruiting and financial management.
  • Broker Networking through formal events like local broker council meetings, regional rallies and exciting national conferences to our collaborative Weichert culture which encourages brokers across the country to just pick up the phone or interact on social media to get opinions and advice.

Having positive, expert collaboration with the right people around the right processes and systems can be a huge sigh of relief for today’s independent brokers. Call the Weichert Team today and see how we can help you do more.

Best Way To Get Full Commission? Know Your Value.

In the ultra-competitive market for local home listings, the pressure to discount commissions is ever present. Some brands in your market may even make the discounted commission their primary marketing differentiator while selling themselves as full service agents. How do you compete with that?

Is discounting simply devaluing your services or something you have to do to survive? Here is some insight from the online real estate marketing specialists at Weichert.

Educating Clients About the Value of your Services

If you want to keep your full commission, you have to sell the value of what you do for it, plain and simple. A 4% commission from the other guy may sound great, but we all know he’s cutting corners somewhere to do that. Yet for clients, cutting broker commission seems to be the easiest route to saving money – and in their heads, this makes sense because they often lack the insight into what it is that real estate agents actually do. Taking the time to keep the client informed of the services you will provide at every step of the way is key. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Start with a great listing presentation and local market analysis. If you impress them with the professionalism and thoughtfulness of your competitive research, you’ve immediately set yourself apart as a professional who is deserving of full compensation.
  • Do the legwork – Scheduling multiple open houses, tours, inspections, re-inspections, conducting follow up, recommending small changes to make the house more sellable, running ads in local real estate publications, posting in supermarkets, mailings… the list goes on and you should be able to tell prospective home sellers exactly what they won’t get when they go to a discount brokerage.
  • Most people hate to negotiate – It’s a fact, but as an agent negotiating deals is your bread and butter. Agents can spend hours presenting, convincing, and following up on an offer – and only their experience and negotiating expertise maximize the seller’s chance of selling quickly at the price they want.
  • Expanded Property Marketing Exposure – This is achieved by accessing your real estate agent’s branding and MLS platforms, the most important of which is its online space. Buyers predominantly search the Internet for housing choices, and it’s almost impossible to get the same visibility and access to buyers through a discount realtor.
  • Accurate pricing – There are always properties that are overvalued by owners and may stay on the market for months or even years, just as there are undervalued properties that are rapidly sold for far less than what the owner deserved. Accurate pricing ensures a good result for owner and buyer, as well as a faster selling process.
  • Executing the sale – Completing a sale is a complex process that is made far easier, faster and more reliable when taken on by an experienced professional agent and broker. A full service agent will often have a real estate crm system to help them stay on top of potential buyers and a transaction management system to manage the transaction in a way that for-sale-by-owners, or discount brokers will not.

Technology plays a vital role in achieving this and is another area where you can show the value you add at full commission. As an agent, you have access to expert online marketing tools for real estate agents, a broker who is able to properly leverage the full power of their local brand and reputation, as well as a network of financing, legal, and construction professionals who you can recommend and help manage for your client.

Transform the way you sell with industry-leading real estate coaching programs 

Built on the expertise of experienced brokers, technology specialists and real estate industry leaders, Weichert is focused on providing effective answers to the challenges faced by today’s real estate agents. From marketing strategies for agents and a cutting-edge lead generation system to the best real estate coaching programs in the industry, we provide all the solutions you need to build your business and succeed in even the most competitive climate.

If these tools and solutions sound like a good fit for your brokerage or you would like to find out more about the Weichert system, please contact us today.