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6 Tips for Staying Safe On the Job

Big Block Realty wants all our agents to have the latest helpful tools to increase their success.

Learning how to stay safe on the job is vital for real estate professionals.

Building a successful career with a 100% commission real estate business is a great and rewarding experience, but an agent must never forget that their safety on the job is paramount and comes before making the sale.

SAFETY FIRST red Rubber Stamp over a white background.

Two real estate agents were attacked in Florida earlier this month highlighting the need for agents to exercise caution and maintain situational awareness on the job. Keep some basic safety tips in mind and have a plan when you’re out in the field. Make sure you come home to your loved ones safe and sound at the end of the day.

1.) Trust Your Gut-

When you get a bad feeling about a person or a situation, you should listen to it. Those gut feelings are what kept your caveman ancestors alive, and they’ll do the same for you. Don’t put someone else’s feelings ahead of your personal safety. Politely excuse yourself, and get out of there immediately.

2.) Meet Clients In The Office First-

Have clients come by the office for your initial meeting prior to showing them a property. Make sure your co-workers see them, and even introduce them to at least one of them.

3.) Get Their Vitals-

Have clients fill out an information sheet and get a copy of their driver’s license. Record the make and model of their vehicle and get their license plate details.

4.) The Buddy System-

Take a co-worker on a showing or have your spouse or a friend join you. Having backup is always a good idea.

5.) Eyes On-

Don’t let clients get behind you. Keep them in your field of vision at all times and never let them slip into your blind spots. Know where the exits are in a house for quick escape routes, and be prepared to defend yourself if you need to.

6.) Check In/Out-

Whenever you go to a showing, make sure someone knows where you’re going and approximately what time you’ll be back. Make sure they know to raise the alarm if you don’t return on schedule.

Remember to stay safe out there.

Big Block Realty wants to share their knowledge with agents to help them learn the helpful tools that will increase their success.

Consider Big Block Realty if you would like a career with a 100% commission real estate brokerage!

Real estate allows you to use your individual skills like no other career out there.

If you’d like to discover more about Big Block Realty, we would love a chance to get to know you.

Your Friends,

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Oliver, Sam, and Spencer

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4 Ways being an Agent isn’t all Fun and Games

Big Block Realty wants all our agents to have the latest helpful tools to increase their success.

Being a real estate agent is a rewarding career, but it’s not all fun and games.

Building a successful career with a 100% commission real estate business is all about learning how to roll with the punches and take everything in stride. The good, and the bad.

Sometimes, being a real estate agent is tough. Things don’t always go smooth and the people you work with can be challenging. You’re going to get stressed. After all, if you aren’t selling houses, you’re going to lose your home, your car, your spouse, and your kids won’t go to college, right? Take it down a notch. You’re going to be fine. All agents experience times on the job where they just want to quit and join the merchant marines. See if you can relate.

Great illustration of Retro Styled Businessman who caught up in a bureaucratic Spiders Web and looks like he is on the menu of a business lunch.

1.) Open House Fail-

It sucks when you manage to get the family and the pets out of the house for a few hours and you only get a couple of visitors. Or even none. It happens. Just remember, even if you don’t get a great turn out, every open house is a chance to network. And all that quiet time is great for catching up on your emails and returning calls. Or catching up on your favorite shows.

2.) Client Cooperation-

Sometimes trying to get a client’s house ready to show is a Sisyphean ordeal. You can’t seem to even get them to take the trash out, much less patch the holes in the walls where the kids played darts. If you can’t get them to come around, maybe you can recommend them to a fellow agent you secretly want to suffer.

3.) Money-

You like it. You need it. But you don’t always have as much as you’d like. Be prepared for lean times as you get started in real estate. But you’ll level out. Just be ready to eat some Ramen for a while. Or have a very understanding and patient spouse who gives you an allowance.

4.) Pacing-

The life of a real estate agent can be boring one day and nuts the next. Be ready to move fast, spend lunch behind the wheel, and be at folks beck and call.

Big Block Realty wants its agents to learn to use the helpful tools that will increase their success.

Consider Big Block Realty if you would like an opportunity for a career with a 100% commission real estate brokerage!

Real estate requires you to use your stress management skills like no other career out there.

If you’d like to discover more about Big Block Realty, we would love a chance to get to know you.

Your Friends,

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Oliver, Sam, and Spencer

The Big Block Realty Family

Have questions?—> Contact us today

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3 Real Estate Agent Stereotypes that will Make You Giggle

At Big Block Realty, we know being a real estate agent isn’t always easy. Sometimes it can get pretty rough out there, and the world isn’t always fair.

Big Block Realty wants all our agents to have the latest helpful tools to increase their success.

Building a reputation for a 100% commission real estate business is about more than just making sales. Sometimes, it’s about being able to laugh it off and drive on.

Real estate agents get stereotyped as much as any other profession. You may find that some of the most common are more true than others, but they’re always good for a chuckle. See if you’ve been able to live up to any of these common stereotypes since you’ve been on the job.

A sleazy car salesman Con man retro suit wearing man with happy face and doing the two thumbs up sign.

1.) Real Estate Agents Are Worse Than Used Car Salesmen-

Tell someone you meet at a Christmas party you’re a real estate agent and watch them flee before you like you have the plague. People assume we’re always on the job, always look for the next client.

This is somewhat true, but we’re still human beings and like to talk about politics and religion as much as the net guy or gal. Sometimes, it’s nice to just enjoy a scotch at a party and not say a word about the housing market.

2.) Real Estate Agents Love A Good Motivational Speaker-

Most of us got into this business because we’re good with people. We don’t need professionals to teach us how to get ourselves out of bed and face the day. We don’t need to pay a bunch of loud-mouths a lot of our hard earned money to school us on “how to make it happen.”

We’re good at sales and we’re good with people. We’re real estate agents. We don’t need cheerleaders.

3.) Real Estate Is A Fall Back Career-

This is somewhat true. A lot of people looking to make a career change try real estate and bring their skills from their prior experience with them. And a lot of them do great and find it a great fit. But there are just as many young people getting their start in the world who decide it’s right for them, too.

But is there something inherently wrong with being fifty-five, ditching a job you’ve hated for twenty-five years, and becoming a real estate agent? Nope. Not in the slightest.

At Big Block Realty, we want each and every one of agents to have the helpful tools that will increase their success. Want to begin a rewarding career with an integrity driven, 100% commission real estate brokerage?

Then Big Block Realty might be the place for you! A career in real estate requires customer service skills like no other career.

If you’d like to learn more about Big Block Realty, give us a call today!

Your Friends,

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Oliver, Sam, and Spencer

The Big Block Realty Family

Have questions?—> Contact us today

Build a Team for Your Real Estate Business

Big Block Realty wants all our agents to have the latest helpful tools to increase their success.

Finding the right people to help you with your business is vital for real estate professionals.

Building a successful career with a 100% commission real estate business is all about carefully building a team that ensures your success.

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Become a real estate agent and you’ll quickly find you need help to keep your business running smoothly and efficiently. Sure, you can do it all at first, mainly because you don’t have a choice, but eventually your business is going to get too big for you to handle all by your lonesome.

You’ll get rundown by the grunt work, the stress, and shuffling papers and miss opportunities to do your real job.

When you find yourself overwhelmed with paperwork and spending way too many hours in the office, it’s time to find someone to help out. A general assistant can help with all of your more mundane tasks, even the proverbial dry cleaning.

They don’t necessarily need to be licensed or have any real estate experience, just be able to get tasks done and follow directions. An extra set of hands will help you stay on what’s important, like finding new clients.

The help you hire doesn’t have to fit any kind of preconceived mold. You just need the people on hand to help you get the job done and grow your business. Maybe you have a single full time assistant and a couple of part timers. Or a gaggle of qualified part timers. It doesn’t matter. Find the people who are able to help you with what you need.

Do you need help with your book-keeping? Hire an accounting or a math major. Tired of running all over town getting signatures? Hire a runner with their own car. There’s no one way to build your team. Just do what works for you.

Big Block Realty wants its agents to learn to use the helpful tools that will increase their success.

Consider Big Block Realty if you would like an opportunity for a career with a 100% commission real estate brokerage!

Real estate allows you to use your marketing and sales skills like no other career out there.

If you’d like to discover more about Big Block Realty, we would love a chance to get to know you.

Your Friends,

SOS pic

Oliver, Sam, and Spencer

The Big Block Realty Family

Have questions?—> Contact us today

Big Block Realty, Where California Real Estate Agents Earn 100% Commission

3 Tips for Building Your New Real Estate Business

Big Block Realty wants all our agents to have the latest helpful tools to increase their success.

Learning how to successfully market your listings is vital for real estate professionals.

Building a successful career with a 100% commission real estate business is all about learning everything you can to get your clients the results they need.

Feeling a little panicked is pretty normal for a new real estate agent. Especially during that first month when it’s time to start reaching out and building your client base.

Worried real estate agent and house for sale

Worried real estate agent and house for sale

But take heart in the fact that thousands have successfully come before you and understand perfectly well how you feel.

So just put on your big shoes and buckle up. You’re going to be fine. Here’s a few tips for newbies on how to get started.

1.) Start With People You Know-

Ask folks you know if it would be ok to give them updates on the market. Ask them how they prefer you contact them and stick to that method (phone calls, email newsletters, snail mail, etc).

Let friends and family know you’re in the business and are happy to help them if they need you. They’re probably more than happy to send you referrals, too.

2.) Find A Mentor-

Find a veteran agent and offer to help out with open houses. That will give you an opportunity to watch someone who knows what they’re doing. Take notes and emulate them.

Partner up with another salesperson and learn what you can until you’re ready to fly solo. When your broker or association has training opportunities, take them. Learn what you can in the classroom.

3.) Tap Into Past Experience-

Real estate agents can tap into all kinds of past experiences and professions to get an edge on the job.

Have you ever worked on a house? Knocked down a wall or built an addition? Done electrical or plumbing? Have you ever had a summer job landscaping?

If you have experience in anything that helps you provide some insight to a client, use it. You’re there to help.

You don’t have to have a degree in horticulture to offer a bit of advice on the yard or garden if you know what you’re talking about.

Big Block Realty wants its agents to learn to use the helpful tools that will increase their success.

Consider Big Block Realty if you would like an opportunity for a career with a 100% commission real estate brokerage!

Real estate allows you to use your marketing and sales skills like no other career out there.

If you’d like to discover more about Big Block Realty, we would love a chance to get to know you.

Your Friends,

SOS pic

Oliver, Sam, and Spencer

The Big Block Realty Family

Have questions?—> Contact us today

Big Block Realty, Where California Real Estate Agents Earn 100% Commission