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Have You Read "The Miracle Morning for Real Estate Agents?"



Looking to improve your real estate career? I'm here to help you make a smart decision when it comes to growing your business, improving your bottom line, and choosing a place to work in real estate sales. If you'd like to learn more about working with Carbutti & Co. Realtors, contact me at (203) 269-4910 or Jonathan@Carbutti.com.

New Haven County Real Estate Coaching
 Welcome back to our training blog. Today I wanted to share a really great book with you. I have purchased this book for many of my team members, and they have been thanking me ever since. It really gave me a lot of clarity about what I should be doing in my everyday routine.

The book is called The Miracle Morning for Real Estate Agents by Hal Elrod, Michael Maher, Michael Reese, and Jay Kinder. This book details all the different activities you should be doing in the morning when you wake up to guarantee success throughout the day.

If you read any book in the first quarter of 2015, it should be this one. I don't want to spoil it for you, but I wanted to share the title. So go to Amazon, order the book, read it, and I want you to call me or send me an email with your thoughts on this book. I'd be very interested to know how and if it affects your business.


 

Why You Need to Knock on Doors in 2015



Looking to improve your real estate career? I'm here to help you make a smart decision when it comes to growing your business, improving your bottom line, and choosing a place to work in real estate sales. If you'd like to learn more about working with Carbutti & Co. Realtors, contact me at (203) 269-4910 or Jonathan@Carbutti.com.

New Haven County Agent Coaching
Today I'm going to be talking about something that probably not a lot of Realtors like to do, and that's door knocking. You need to go into your neighborhoods and speak with the next-door neighbors of homes you've sold. Tell them that you sold the home within five days and for top dollar. Let people know that you're selling homes and that you care about getting them the most money possible.

I know that door-knocking works because just the other day I had a personal experience with some door-knockers. Two men in suits knocked on my door, and it turned out that they were with a roofing company and they thought that I might need a new roof. I was interested in what they had to say, and they were very good at selling themselves to me because I allowed them to give me a quote on a roof and a new window. I'm not saying that I'll be using their services, but they were very convincing, and I think you can do what they were doing.

Occasionally when we're having an open house we will leave door-hangers on people's homes to remind them of it. We've found that door knocking is a powerful medium of communication. This is why we encourage you to step outside and begin conversations with potential buyers and sellers. Nothing beats face-to-face communication.

As always, if you have any questions about how to improve your real estate business, don't hesitate to contact me. I'm always willing to listen to you.

The simplest message in real estate



We've reached the end of the year here, and it's been a good one! We had a record year for sales, and I'm sure you experienced something similar. As 2014, comes to a close, I have been able to look back and reflect on what is truly important in this business.

For the coming year ahead, I'm going to stop focusing so much on 'shiny objects'. We have enough new technology and systems in place that we don't need to keep adding more on top of it. It's time to get back to the basics! Simply, I am talking about building a referral based real estate business. This has become all about relationships for us, and I actually just spent my last week hand-delivering bottles of wine to several of my past clients.

I would love to talk with you about planning for your next year ahead as well. Doesn't hesitate to reach out so we can sit down and discuss how you can create a raving customer experience and have a client for life. Hope to see you soon in 2015!

The Secret to Reaching More Clients and Growing Your Business



Looking to improve your real estate career? I'm here to help you make a smart decision when it comes to growing your business, improving your bottom line, and choosing a place to work in real estate sales. If you'd like to learn more about working with Carbutti & Co. Realtors, contact me at (203) 269-4910 or Jonathan@Carbutti.com.

 Recently, I sold a home from a premier Wallingford neighborhood off of an online auction. The site is called Hubzu.com and it's one of many available online auction sites.

Many brokers and agents aren't familiar with online auctions or HUD properties. Truth be told, I'm probably selling 15 to 20 homes a year off these auctions alone! I'm also a HUD-certified broker and a big proponent of HUDhomestore.com. If none of this is ringing a bell, you need to get to work - these are things you need to become familiar with! You need to be able to offer more to your clients, to make them aware of other ways of selling homes.

These websites will give you relevant information in the marketplace and they're going to increase your business. Buyers are hungry for deals, and many distressed properties can't be found online without help. By becoming HUD-certified and learning how to use Hubzu.com and HUDhomestore.com (among others), you will be offering your clients more value than most other agents.

If any of you want to sit down with me and learn about becoming a certified HUD broker, about online auctions or Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac, I would be happy to give you an education on this. It's something that can really increase your business and I would love to help you do that!

The Benefits of Having a Transaction Manager



Looking to improve your real estate career? I'm here to help you make a smart decision when it comes to growing your business, improving your bottom line, and choosing a place to work in real estate sales. If you'd like to learn more about working with Carbutti & Co. Realtors, contact me at (203) 269-4910 or Jonathan@Carbutti.com.

As always, my goal is to give you relevant information that will help you grow your business and get the results you've always wanted. Today, I want to talk about transaction management.

Having a full-time, licensed transaction coordinator is crucial if you want to free up time to do what you do best. Here at Carbutti and Co. Realtors, our coordinator Don manages transactions from contract to close and is a huge part of our team. He allows our agents to sell more homes because they do not need to concern themselves with non-dollar producing activities. The roles of a transaction coordinator include: extending home inspection contingencies, mortgage contingencies, closing dates, negotiating any home inspection issues with the other agents, and writing addendums to be signed by all the relevant parties.

Essentially, a full-time, licensed transaction coordinator is there to take care of the tasks an agent who sells 50 houses a year shouldn't have to worry about. If you don't have the time or resources to hire one, it would be wise to join a high-producing real estate team or brokerage that will provide one for you. If you think it's not going to increase your production, you're simply mistaken. They free up time to do the work that generates money, like generating and converting more leads.

If you would like some more detailed information on transaction coordinators - how to hire one, what they're paid, how to train them - I would love to sit down with you and talk about it. I look forward to helping you soon!