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5 Great Apps for Real Estate Agents in 2015

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

Learning how to identify helpful tools to make your job easier is vital for real estate professionals.

Building a successful career with a 100% commission real estate business has a lot to do with learning how to do your job as efficiently as possible.

If you’re like most of your fellow agents, you’re pretty busy and are willing to try anything that helps you get through your day more efficiently. Real estate agents frequently rely on their smart phones from the time they get up in the morning til they lay their heads back down at night.

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Any apps that help an agent get the job done better or faster is always a welcome addition to the tool box. 2015 saw some new apps that may help you keep it together on the job. Here’s a few you might want to check out.

1.) Phramed-

A great little collage app, Phramed lets users put up to five pics together in a cool frame and put them on all your social media. Perfect for showcasing the good stuff inside your listings. Not bad for showing the outside of houses, either.

2.) Genius Scan-

This app lets your mobile device act as a portable scanner. Scan your docs and send them as JPEGs and PDF files from your smartphone. Awesome for when you need to get stuff out in a rush.

3.) Pro HDR-

Taking good photos of your listings is vital. Pro HDR lets you take awesome pics with your smartphone. You can take pics up to twelve megapixels.

4.) Carrot-

Get this smack-talking app to stay on schedule. It rewards you when you’re on point, but scolds you when you get off track. Bring some personality to your scheduling. Just don’t get mad and smash your iPhone.

5.) MailTracker-

Have you ever thought about how convenient it would be to know if your emails had been read? MailTracker makes that a reality by letting you see when an email was read and how long it was viewed. Pretty handy.

These are just a few new apps out there for 2015. Take advantage.

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 time management, organization, and communication 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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5 Simple Tips for Staying Fit On the Job

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

Staying fit on the job isn’t always easy for real estate agents.

Building a successful career with a 100% commission real estate business takes a lot of dedication and time, and sometimes our health can get neglected.

Let’s face it. Your schedule can get overwhelming. Real estate agents work beyond the average 9 to 5, which can make balancing the rest of your life tricky. Kids, spouses, the house, cooking, and pretty much everything else can sometimes take a hit.

That often translates to very little time for yourself. Which means getting to the gym and making your fitness a priority can be challenging. But, it’s not impossible with a bit of planning and some creativity.

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See if some of these ideas can work for you.

1.) Lose The Chair-

Recent research shows sitting is actually bad for you. Try a standing desk instead. Standing burns more calories, keeps you more alert, and prevents sedentary habits. You can also take advantage of the fact that you’re already standing and do a few knee bends or jumping jacks every now and then.

Every little bit helps.

2.) Walk-

Even a daily simple stroll around the block can make a tremendous impact on your health. You can also make time after showing to explore the neighborhood a bit on foot.

It’s not only good for you physical health, walking is also a great way to relieve stress.

3.) Plan Your Meals-

Start putting real effort into planning healthy lunches to take to work. Taking control of this one simple area of your day can help you avoid pitfalls like the drive through.

It may seem daunting, but it’s really not, and it’s worth the effort.

4.) Water And Snacks-

Start chugging a gallon a day. It keeps you hydrated and a jug of water on hand can help you pass on the soda at three o’clock. Keeping some healthy snack options on hand like nuts, apples, and carrots can also help you avoid the vending machine.

5.) Ritual-

Make fitness a non-negotiable priority by dedicating to doing something active every work day. Be it that walk, hitting the gym for thirty minutes in the morning or after work, or taking a bike ride with the kids, make the commitment.

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 requires you to use your time 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

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6 Top Offenses at Showings

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

Being a real estate agent means you sometimes have to deal with difficult clients. It’s just part of it.

Building a successful career with a 100% commission real estate business is all about learning how to make it work and realize it’s not always easy.

Have you ever had clients so bad you wanted to quit your job and go live in a van down by the river? If you haven’t, just stand by, because you will. It’s part of being a real estate agent. See if you’ve experienced some of these worst offenses.

And remember, if you haven’t yet, you probably will.

1.) Lurkers-

No one wants to see a listing with the homeowners looking over their shoulder. It makes it very uncomfortable for the prospective buyers to discuss the hideous carpet and fire damage with the selling agent.

2.) Cujo-

Angry Dog With Bared Teeth. In the reality it's very cute dog.

Your clients need to get their pets out of the home. Pets are a distraction, or worse, can be scary. It’s hard to look at a house when there’s a pit bull trying to eat your face.

3.) Stank-

Pets and cigarettes leave stenches that make it very hard to sell a home. No matter how nice a home is, if it smells like pee or the local honky tonk, it’s going to be a very challenging sell.

4.) Land Fill-

If the owners can’t get the house clean for a showing, there’s going to be trouble. No one wants to buy a house that could be on a TV show about hoarding.

5.) Unsterilized-

It’s really distracting when clients won’t put away their personal stuff. Their 12 inch action figure collection on the mantle or their death metal posters on the bedroom walls can really turn off a buyer.

6.) Wild Kingdom-

Not necessarily the owner’s fault if they haven’t been around in a while, but walking in on a family of raccoons, possums, or feral cats can really send buyers running. And don’t forget the unexpected pleasure of a hornets’ nest the size of a basketball on the front porch.

It’s always a blast for clients to get attacked by nature at a showing.

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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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

The Big Block Realty Family

Have questions?—> Contact us today

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

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