5 Ways Real Estate Agents Can Differentiate Themselves — RISMedia |

This is an extremely competitive industry, so real estate agents constantly need to find new and innovative ways to differentiate themselves—this has especially been true over the past year.

The turbulent market of 2020 forced real estate agents across the country to take a step back and examine the habits and practices that help them get and stay a step ahead of their competition. Homesnap recently spoke with a number of top-performing agents about how they are managing the current post-COVID real estate market and the tools and practices they are using to stay on top of their competition.

Here are five ways agents can differentiate themselves:

1. Utilize CRM and shortcuts to keep in touch and follow up with clients.
Kendall Bonner, broker/owner of RE/MAX Capital Realty and Sarah Renard, licensed broker with Windermere Realty Trust, both share their insights into keeping in touch with clients. They emphasize the

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15 Types Of Real Estate Agents Every Buyer And Seller Should Avoid

House or apartment hunting can be a fun and exciting prospect. While the qualities you want in your new space may be obvious—like a wood-burning stove, a fenced-in yard or a spacious master bedroom—qualities to look for (or more importantly, avoid) in a real estate agent may not be quite so clear. 

Choosing the right real estate agent may be just as important as choosing the right place for the next chapter of your life. To help, 15 members of Forbes Real Estate Council weigh in on the number one quality to avoid in a real estate agent. If you’re scouting prospective agents for your next move, be sure to avoid these types.

1. Too ‘Hungry’

Agents need to tell their clients the truth, even when that truth is difficult

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Safety Tips Every Real Estate Agent Should Know — RISMedia |

Real estate agent safety is an important topic that is often overlooked in many discussions. While no one plans to be in a dangerous situation, agents should be prepared for any possibility. In the most recent Secrets of Top Selling Agents webinar, “Don’t Be A Statistic,” Jay Thompson shares some of his best safety tips to help agents be more aware and create a safety plan.

Entering the real estate industry in 2004, Thompson started out in the Phoenix, Arizona, market. He worked three years as an agent before transitioning to open his own independent brokerage. In 2012, Thompson switched roles and began working for Zillow as their directory of Industry Outreach, a position he held for seven years until his retirement. While Thompson jokes that he is “retired,” he currently owns his own consulting business and shares his knowledge of real estate with weekly news articles. He

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Realtor Code Of Ethics: 22 Common Ways Real Estate Agents Violate It

New to the industry? Get started with everything you need to know about the early decisions that’ll shape your career, including choosing a brokerage, learning your market, creating an online presence, budgeting, getting leads, marketing listings and so much more. If you’re a team leader or broker-owner, New Agent Month will be jam-packed with resources to help your new hires navigate.

This post is largely taken from previously published work on Inman from the same author.

Let’s say you’re a newbie agent at a listing appointment and the seller wants to price the home higher than you think the market will bear. You don’t fight it because you want the listing and think you can talk the seller down later after the home fails to sell. No big deal, right?

Not so fast — you may have just violated the Realtor Code of Ethics. That’s according to Barbara Betts,

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QUIZ: Will You Make It? 10 Questions For New Real Estate Agents

New to the industry? Get started with everything you need to know about the early decisions that’ll shape your career, including choosing a brokerage, learning your market, creating an online presence, budgeting, getting leads, marketing listings and so much more. If you’re a team leader or broker-owner, New Agent Month will be jam-packed with resources to help your new hires navigate.

This post is largely taken from Bernice Ross’ previous work on Inman.

Are you new to the real estate business and would like to know your odds of succeeding?  There is a profile of new real estate agent success. Here’s what you need to know. 

Target Training International (TTI), the California Association of Realtors, Texas Realtors and the Real Estate Simulator have all conducted extensive research on the correlates of success in real estate. Based on this research, the questions below are highly predictive of whether a new agent

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Christina Haack has been ‘dating’ real estate agent Joshua Hall for ‘the last few months’

Christina Haack has a new man in her life.

The Flip Or Flop star, 37, was seen holding hands with real estate agent Joshua Hall as the pair arrived at LAX airport on Tuesday, as per Page Six.

A source told the outlet that Christina and Joshua ‘have been dating for the last few months’ and that they are jetting off to Mexico to celebrate Christina’s 38th birthday.

News of Christina’s budding relationship with her ‘boyfriend’ Joshua comes shortly after her former spouse Ant Anstead made his romance with actress Renée Zellweger official.

New man! Christina Haack appeared to confirm her burgeoning romance with real estate agent Joshua Hall as the pair were seen holding hands at LAX on Tuesday, as per pictured obtained by Page Six; Joshua pictured

New man! Christina Haack appeared to confirm her burgeoning romance with real estate agent Joshua Hall as the pair were seen holding hands at LAX on Tuesday, as per pictured obtained by Page Six; Christina (left) pictured in January, Joshua (right) pictured 

Another insider divulged to People on Tuesday that Christina and Joshua ‘recently started dating

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Combative witness nearly derails trial in murder of Mpls. real estate agent

The joint trial of two men charged in the 2019 kidnapping and murder of a north Minneapolis woman nearly ended in a mistrial Tuesday when a key witness repeatedly clashed with a defense attorney.

The judge eventually threatened to arrest the witness, saying: “You are about 3 inches from a jail cell right now.”

The disruptions occurred shortly after prosecutors and defense attorneys gave their opening statements. The combative witness, the state’s first to be called to testify, was Jon Mitchell-Momoh, who was romantically involved with the victim, Monique Baugh, and who was allegedly entangled in a business feud at the time of her death.

Just before noon, Mitchell-Momoh made an unsolicited statement expressing his disbelief that “taxpayer dollars” were being used to defend the suspects. The remark defied an earlier order from Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill, who banned him from identifying the defense attorneys as public defenders.

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Life Sentences for Men Convicted of Murdering Real Estate Agent

Monique Baugh (Credit: Facebook)

Two men have been given life sentences for their roles in the murder of Minneapolis real estate agent Monique Baugh.

Berry Alexander Davis, 42, and Cedric Lamont Berry, 42, were convicted last month of first-degree murder in the death of Baugh, 28. The agent was lured to a fake house showing in Maple Grove, Minnesota, on Dec. 31, 2019, and was abducted and shot, according to prosecutors.

The two men were also convicted of second-degree murder and kidnapping, as investigators allege Berry shot and wounded Baugh’s boyfriend in a separate attack, MPR News reported.

They were given concurrent sentences of 13 years for kidnapping and 20 years for attempted murder, respectively. Their life sentences without parole will begin after they serve their other sentences. The victim’s mother had implored the judge to give the longest possible sentence.

Lyndon Wiggins, 36, has also been charged with first-degree

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Why You Should Negotiate Your Real Estate Agent’s Commission in a Hot Market

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With the real estate market superheated right now, some homes are selling within days, with cash offers well over the asking price. What that means, though—if you’re looking to sell and you think your house will sell quicklyis that you have a better chance negotiating a lower commission with your real estate agent. Some agents might refuse to lower their commission, but it can’t hurt to ask—especially when it’s a seller’s market working in your favor. Here’s what you need to know.

How do commissions work?

In a typical home sale, it’s the seller who pays commission to both the buyer and the seller’s agent, using the proceeds from the sale. The average overall cut used to be 6% of the sale price, although in recent years it has dropped to just under 5%, according to Real Trends, a real

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