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Lighting A Fire: How to Keep Real Estate Agents Motivated

Real Estate Coaching

Real estate is both a rewarding and challenging profession. Associates are constantly learning and are highly knowledgeable about local community issues and the national economy. While every transaction is unique, helping people achieve their dream of homeownership is a gratifying experience that never gets old. The passion your agents have for the real estate industry is why many home buyers and sellers choose your company over your competitors. Just like a high-performance engine needs an occasional tune-up to continue performing at optimal level, your agents also need some regular coaching and encouragement from you to stay motivated and achieve the best results for your brokerage.

Get To Know Your Agents

As a successful broker, you probably have a team of agents with diverse personalities. While a pep talk during an office meeting may fuel the enthusiasm of some agents for weeks, others respond to a one-on-one conversation with you about their individual business plans and revenue-based goals. You or your manager should regularly schedule a time to meet with each of your agents personally to discuss their current clients and transactions that are in progress. This also provides the management team an opportunity to learn more about them and their lifestyle. Understanding your agents helps know how to best to motivate each one of them and lend your experience where needed on deals that are in progress.

Acknowledge Their Strengths and Accomplishments

Recognition is one of the most effective methods of motivating your team. Everyone wants to be appreciated and respected, especially younger, or new to the industry agents. These agents in particular will need encouragement as they exrealerience the normal initial disappointments and setbacks of the selling process. Let them know you recognize that they have the potential to be exceptional real estate agents, while gently coaching them toward best practices.  Make a big deal of their first sale, and let them know they have a safe, professional home within your brokerage.

It is also important to let your experienced top producers know how much you appreciate them. Reliable agents who always do well can too easily be taken for granted. Allow them to mentor junior agents, as a sign of how much you respect their abilities.

Maintain a Great Work Environment – Every Day.

Motivating agents is not something that you can write on your to-do list and achieve in one day. Agents have different temperaments and they have good days and bad days. Brokers should strive to maintain a positive company culture that fosters agents’ creativity, teamwork, and passion for their profession. At Weichert, we have seen that the workplace culture of a brokerage often reflects a brokers’ personality. When thinking about motivating agents, be sure to take some time each day to remind yourself why you started a real estate brokerage and acknowledge that you have accomplished a lot of great things. Part of motivating agents is taking care that you are also motivated and feel good about the job you are doing, and the positive difference you are making in the lives of your agents, and the lives of your clients.

At Weichert, we know a few things about building motivated real estate team. We know that Realtors working together can accomplish great things. Our real estate franchise system is created by brokers, for brokers. For information on the benefits of partnering with Weichert, visit https://www.weichertfranchise.com/ .

Undeniable Traits Of A Successful Leader

As a real estate broker, you are no longer directly responsible for leading buyers and sellers through the complexities of real estate transactions. Instead, you are now charged with the responsibility of successfully leading your team of real estate agents to reach their potential. While there are many traits and skills that make up what most would consider a successful leader, there are a few that serve as the cornerstones for every broker. As you strive to become the best leader you can be for your team and your business, focus on the development of these must-have traits.

Authenticity

The greatest leadership wisdom taught in lofty places like Harvard has to do with being authentic. Authentic leaders are said to value input and feedback, are positive, truthful, and open. They build trust and generate enthusiastic support that improves both individual and team performance.

Consider that a career in real estate can feel like a roller coaster, full of ups and downs. For some real estate agents, the downs can lead to doubts in their abilities and fears about their future. As their broker-leader, you can help shoulder those burdens by being an authentic leader who has both empathy for their situation, but whose enthusiasm and positivity helps them stay focused and motivated. Being an authentic leader, also helps creates the authentic culture in your brokerage that will minimize turnover and help improve production.

Recognition

There is nothing more demoralizing than having those you look up to ignore your strengths and accomplishments. As a leader, it is your job to give recognition to those agents that perform well and showcase exceptional talents. If you hold team meetings, you may want to consider regularly giving out awards or tokens of recognition to worthy individuals. Certainly top performers should be recognized, but there are many things you can recognize people for. In the spirit of being authentic, just make sure they are recognized for real achievements.  If you look hard enough, everyone has something meaningful they have achieved that you can hold up for your team.

Humility

Everyone makes mistakes. The difference between an average joe and a successful leader is that a leader is humble and willing to admit their mistakes. This is another attribute of the authentic leader, the willingness to admit mistakes. In fact, as a real estate broker, you have a special opportunity to use your hard earned knowledge to save your agents from wasting their own time, money, and resources in the same ways you may have as an agent. By exercising humility and openly leveraging your mistakes into lessons, your entire team can work smarter and will have deeper respect for you as a leader.

Empowerment

One of the first things you had to learn to do as a broker was to stop selling homes yourself. Now the next part is actually empowering your agents to do the selling and make them as good at it as you were. Don’t be a broker who swoops in and personally fixes everything, whenever a deal hits a rough spot. Instead give your team the training they want, the advice and support they need, and the encouragement to be successful. Agents who feel empowered and supported, and who are not micromanaged, will take more initiative and over time will develop into more productive and motivated sales associates.

Accountability

If you strive to lead an all-star team, you must lead by example by being accountable for what you say and do. This really means getting back to some basics like saying what you will do, and doing what you say you will. Since the buck stops with you, some things will naturally float up to your level, and when agents see that you will jump in and handle the big challenges, their confidence in your leadership will grow.

Accountability is actually one of the important skills Weichert teaches its brokers through the Weichert Management Academy. The academy, open to Weichert owners, brokers and managers across the country, teaches attendees all the important elements of building a successful team and managing a successful business. In this training the behaviors that constitute accountable leadership at every level are discussed. Being accountable means employees will feel your organization is solid, and that they are both well supported, and empowered to move their business forward.

There’s Always Room To Be A Better Leader

As a real estate agent, you successfully developed your abilities as a salesperson. As a broker, your focus shifted to being an effective leader. If you think you could benefit from leadership coaching and training programs, as well as a collection of production boosting tools and systems for your agents go to weichertfranchise.com or call 877-746-2067.

 

Help New Agents Avoid These Three Critical Sales Mistakes

A Broker’s recruiting strategy if done well, should attract some experienced real estate agents, but much of your agent growth is likely to come from agents who are brand new to real estate or who have little experience.  Your goal with these new associates is to get them up to speed and make them productive as quickly as you can.

After decades of coaching and training brokers and their agents, Weichert understands the most common challenges new agents have. As a broker, you can provide the coaching and training these agents need in order to avoid the common pitfalls associated with learning our industry and make their entry into the real estate world more rewarding and productive.  Here are three of the most common mistakes that new real estate agents make and how you can coach them through.

1) Giving Up Too Quickly

In the movie “Cool Hand Luke”, Paul Newman’s character famously utters the line: “What we have here is a failure to communicate.” He wasn’t talking about new real estate agents, but he could have been.

New Agents often take the words “not now” or “in the future”, as indications that there is no sales potential there and they let the contact simply die. But experienced agents and brokers know that lead nurturing in real estate can take weeks, months, or even years to come to fruition. And if you’re not front of mind when a customer is finally ready to move, they will move without you. Successful agents have built a solid lead funnel and steady book of business by leveraging years of consistent follow-up and outreach with their contacts and their local community.

It may seem obvious in 2019 to mention that social media can be one of the best ways to follow up and stay front of mind. Despite the current generation’s comfort level with web 2.0 and technology, new real estate agents still generally need coaching on what tactics on these portals will help them build their personal brand without seeming overly spammy. Follow up on social media also has its own set of rules, often depending on the platform you are using. But one rule applies to all of them: no outreach should be ignored or neglected. These little interactions, done in a timely manner, are the bricks they will use to build a real estate career.  As author Jim Rohn wisely observed, “The fortune is in the follow-up”.

2) Forgetting to Make It Personal

New agents have such a comfort level with all things digital it can sometimes be hard to get them to fully understand and embrace the power of the personal. The power of the personal is at the core of the Weichert philosophy, from our network of owners that know and help each other to our recipe for a successful real estate agent.

New agents need to make sure they build and nurture their personal brand in both online and offline activities through both personal and digital interactions. As a broker your job is to give them the tools that they need to develop their brand while being consistent with the message and brand of your brokerage.

While digital tools are great to efficiently stay in touch through social media, email and texts, encourage them to get out there and be nose to nose with potential clients. Door knocking, phone calls, open houses, participation in community events and seminars. These are all ways for new agents to have their face seen, make eye contact, shake hands, have real conversations and be memorable. Keeping it personal should be at the core of you and your agents’ communication philosophy.

3) Not Using A CRM System

There is no reason why new agents can’t get right into the habit of using the brokerage CRM tool to its fullest potential. An effective real estate CRM can be a big help with staying front of mind, helping new agents organize their contacts and keep in touch with buyers and sellers and other real estate professionals in their ever-growing sphere of influence. Conversely, it’s important that you offer this technology to your agents to help them be as productive and efficient as possible. The Weichert CRM system, for example, provides a central location for storing current and prospective client information and advanced tools for planning and follow-up on open houses ensuring you make the most of those contacts. Other elements include marketing automation that allow agents to send branded emails to select contact lists with minimal time and effort. The mobile app extends this convenience even further, allowing for updates and notifications to happen wherever they are.  As a new agent builds their database in the CRM, all sorts of marketing tools and templates will be at their disposal. The work they do now to build these lists, will pay dividends for years to come.

Effective Agent Coaching Is Key

The best way to make sure your new agents are productive as quickly as possible is to have a proven training system in place that coaches them past these and many other initial pitfalls. Perhaps the single strongest benefit of being a Weichert Franchise are the proven systems we provide to brokers. These have been developed and refined over decades, so you don’t have to develop them yourself. All you have to do is plug in. Becoming a Weichert Affiliate gives you access to effective coaching programs, marketing tools, and a CRM system that supports lead generation. As a Weichert Franchise you have a complete, turnkey system that provides your brokerage with the tools and training that leads to growth.

For more information about how affiliating with Weichert can help build your brokerage, call us today at 877-567-3350 or contact our team online.

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.