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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.

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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.

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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!

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Oliver, Sam, and Spencer

The Big Block Realty Family

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3 Great Ways to use the Backyard Shed

At Big Block Realty, we feel it’s vital to understand the latest trends in home features to achieve our clients’ goals. Outstanding service is our top priority.

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. It’s about understanding what our customers want in their new home.

The old fashioned backyard shed used to just be a place to store the lawnmower and weedeater. But these days, the shed is a versatile feature that can add a little something special to any backyard.

New blue garden shed in beautiful garden

New blue garden shed in beautiful garden

No longer just a place to store tools, stack firewood, or spank bad kids, the modern shed is becoming quite the hip selling point thanks to its versatility and style.

People are finding all kinds of great uses for the ubiquitous backyard shed today. They can be everything from a tiny backyard pub to a much needed office space.

The only real limitations are the owner’s imagination. Here are some of the ways the old shed is getting a makeover today.

1.) Backyard Pubs-

A new hot trend in backyard entertainment is the pub-shed. And it’s easy to see why. Decorate your shed in the style of your favorite bar and put in some stools and a television and you’re set to entertain yourself or a group of friends.

2.) Office Space-

Work from home? Then this might be just the thing you’re looking for.

Space is precious, and if you don’t feel like tying up a room in the house, think about how easy it would be to convert a shed to functional office space right in the backyard.

Or, if you’re not the DIY type, companies specializing in custom sheds are popping up all over the country.

3.) Art Studio-

Sheds are perfect for building an art studio. Rig up some lighting and build your perfect workspace secluded from the main house.

Add a little patio area for working outside on sunny days. The shed is a simple solution for every busy artist looking for a way to work at home.

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

Diverse Skills for Real Estate Agents

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

Having a diverse skill set is vital for real estate professionals.

Building a successful career with a 100% commission real estate business is all about learning the skills necessary to get the job done.

Real estate agents need all kinds of skills to do their jobs effectively. An outside observer may think all agents need are people skills and the ability to make sales, but agents know it takes more than that to make it in real estate today. Here are a few skills it doesn’t hurt to have if you’re in real estate.

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Know Something About The Law-

Real estate agents don’t need to have a law degree, but having a basic knowledge of the law pertaining to the job is important. Know something about housing and real estate codes, and don’t give out answers you’re not 100% sure about when dealing with clients.

Understand Basic Marketing Strategies-

You’re not just marketing a property, but the neighborhood, the city, the schools, even the nearby shopping mall. Be able to get the attention your clients need to sell their house. Know something about internet marketing, canvassing, open houses, radio ads, television ads, and billboards.

Tech-

If you want to make it in real estate these days you better have an understanding of modern tech. Especially if you want to do business with millennials. Social media is everything. If you’re not comfortable with it, you’d better find a way to get there, or you’re not going to last.

Know How To Work With A Team-

Knowing how to work well with others is vital for real estate pros. You’ve got to build a network of people who can help you on the job. Without them, you’re going to get swallowed up by the work when you get busy. Get help and learn to delegate to dependable people.

Communication Skills-

Understanding your client’s needs it vital. Sometimes this isn’t easy. You need to be able to extract what it is they want in a home so you’re not burning through dozens of listings. Figure out their needs and do your best to guide them through the process.

If you’d like to discover more about Big Block Realty, we would love a chance to get to know 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 skills like no other career out there.

Your Friends,

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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 Reasons Why Being In Real Estate Isn’t Always a Rose Garden

At Big Block Realty, our clients are our top priority. Being a real estate agent takes dedication and the fortitude to go the extra mile and do the hard work.

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. It’s about gutting it out when it gets tough and getting the job done for our clients.

A lot of people look at real estate agents and think we have the world’s greatest job. They think we all get to be our own boss, set our own hours, and sit back and collect huge commission checks.

If you’ve been a real estate agent for a while, you know that’s just not true. Most real estate agents love their jobs and got into the business because they have a passion for it, but it’s not always a rose garden.  Here’s what it’s really like.

Business Man in green shirt and green tie choking himself.  Very funny expression. Shot in studio over white.

Business Man in green shirt and green tie choking himself. Very funny expression. Shot in studio over white.

1.) You’re Going To Be Busy-

Real estate agents most definitely DO NOT set their own hours. Your time is perpetually shared with potential clients who need a showing or any myriad of things that need your attention. NOW.

As most of your clients are regular people who have regular nine to five jobs, you’re going to have to accommodate them at all hours of the day. Be prepared to miss time with family and friends.

They’ll forgive you when you do get that big commission check and treat them all to ice cream and trips to the beach.

2.) You’re Going To Be On Your Phone…A Lot-

Part of being a real estate agent is communication. You are going to spend a large part of your day talking to people on your phone. And it can be a total drag. Clients aren’t the only people who call you, either.

Title companies, loan officers, and everyone else involved in the industry calls all the time. If you don’t take the calls or return them in a timely fashion, it could cost you.

But you’re good with people. You can handle it. It’s one of the reasons you got into this business in the first place.

3.) You’re Going To Be Stressed Out-

Ever heard the expression “feast or famine?” Make friends with it. And be prepared to make friends with its even less attractive sibling, “just famine.”

You may have an awesome year where you make all kinds of money followed by a year where you live off your credit cards. Be prepared for bad times by getting prepared in the good times.

It’s just part of it. But don’t get all down about it. The world turns.

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,

SOS pic

Oliver, Sam, and Spencer

The Big Block Realty Family

Have questions?—> Contact us today