Monthly Archive:: March 2012

Taking an Active Role Within Your Association is Easier Than You Think

By Brooke Wolford I recently had a meeting for the Metro YPN committee of the St. Paul Association of REALTORS®.  Ron Covert, chief executive officer, joined us to see what was going on with our newly-revamped YPN. One of...
March 29, 2012

Maximizing Your Website’s ROI

By Ryan Gervais The first thing almost every new REALTOR® is told when they get in the business is to get a website. New agents usually ask their broker or fellow agents where to go to fulfill this seemingly...
March 28, 2012

How to Communicate by Actually Having a Conversation

By Jared James I was thinking about our culture recently in this time of voicemails, emails, and social media, and it appears that everyone has a greater desire to communicate, but a lesser desire to actually have conversation.Believe it...
March 27, 2012

A Real Inspiration

By Hilary Hale Brown I had the pleasure of spending most of a recent afternoon with Avis Wukasch.  For those of you unfamiliar with this vivacious woman, Texas Real Estate Commissioner, and 2012 Texas REALTOR® of the Year, I...
March 27, 2012

REALTOR(R) University’s Graduate School is Open for Business!

REALTOR® University launched its first Master of Real Estate course, Real Estate Law (RE520), on February 27. The Master of Real Estate curriculum emphasizes the practical skills and concepts the real estate industry demands from real estate professionals and...

How Do You Know When it’s Time to Hire an Assistant?

By Alex Milshteyn I am writing this 30,000 feet in the air as I fly to St. Louis, Mo., where I’ll be participating in a “30 Under 30” panel discussion during the St. Louis Association of REALTORS®’ YPN second...

There Are Givers and There Are Takers: Taking an Active Role in Your Profession

By Brett Caviness From the first year I got my license as a college student, I knew I wanted to be involved in the real estate business as much as possible.  I started by attending the Iowa REALTORS® Legislative...

You’re Too Honest: A Recap of My Recent Listing Appointment

By Laura Rubinchuk Schwartz I met with a very nice couple looking to retire and relocate out of the area, which means selling their home of 20+ years. It had been many, many years since they needed the services...
March 22, 2012

Where’s Your Focus?

By Chris Nichols I just got back from some meetings in Orlando, Florida. There are many beautiful golf courses in the area, and I had the opportunity to drive by Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course and see this...

Cracking Necks, Setting Expectations

By Toby Boyce The sun rose over the eastern sky as my alarm went off on what was quite the unusual March morning. Well beyond the fact that it was nearly 50 degrees, I decided to take my wife’s...