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Early Bird Registration on Real Estate Tutorials is now taking place for the January 2018 pre-licensing classes at a reduced price of $950.
*Double sessions on Fridays or Saturdays from 10:30 AM -3:00 PM (Victoria only)
*Private and Semi-private fees upon request (3 students or less)
Payment can be made by e-transfer at this email address or by cheque payable to myself and dropped off at the RE/MAX office at one of the above addresses to my attention at least one week before start date. Once registered you will be sent a confirmation email along with instructions and other class details.
Please note: due to limited seating there are no refunds after start date.
Let my 30 years of experience help you PASS the real estate exam, the first time!
For a confidential registration please apply by email email@example.com and indicate the location you’d like to take the tutorials.
Find out how others benefited from these tutorials here.
I look forward to hearing from you!
We are thrilled that you are taking the next step towards an incredible and rewarding career.
Contact us to discuss how working with us will increase your business or to schedule a confidential Career Consultation. Call or text Braden at (250) 729-1149.
One of the biggest challenge for any REALTOR®, whether new or experienced, is to build a name for yourself. In an industry where competition and consumer choice is high, real estate agents have to find ways to elevate themselves in a crowded marketplace. Several ways to do that can include training, networking and high-profile brand recognition.
Experience has shown us that the agents who align themselves with a powerhouse brand, have a head start with a platform to build their own brand on going forward. How does the RE/MAX Brand rate amongst the worlds best?
RE/MAX was once again a top 10 franchise and the leading real estate franchise for the 9th consecutive year in the annual Franchise Times Top 200+® survey. This put RE/MAX at the same level of other household names as a top real estate brand with companies such as:
RE/MAX was no. 8 overall, the closest competitors not very close at all, with Keller Williams Realty at no. 17 and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices at no. 51.
The average sales growth of the top 10 companies was 2.8 percent – RE/MAX grew by 11.8 percent!
Original source: http://abovemag.remax.com/top-10-franchise-times
Data source: http://www.franchisetimes.com
Social media enables us to instantly interact with a very wide audience, often reaching much farther afield than a simple black and white advertisement in a newspaper. Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest, you can generate a lot of interest, feedback and possibly new business based on what you post to your accounts.
But how do you do that? It’s so easy to get caught up watching funny videos or chatting with friends over social media, wasting countless hours in the process. So how do you maximize the benefits to your business?
This brings us back to our first point – your posts will reach a much larger audience if you use your social media accounts effectively. As your reach grows and your audience expands, so will your leads and your business, so make sure you dedicate time each day to your social media business. You can always catch up with friends and family once your day is done and you’re no longer “on the clock”.
More in depth tips for sharing on social media here.
“I LOVE looking at houses and I really like people so I want to be REALTOR®!”
After over 30 years in the real estate business I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve heard this or something similar. So you want to be REALTOR®? I usually nod politely and suppress my thoughts because, well, it may sound discouraging to say anything and it would take a long time to explain what is wrong with that statement. The truth of the matter is that becoming a REALTOR® has more to do with running your own business than it does selling houses or liking people.
Those of you interested in becoming a licensed REALTOR® may want to ask yourself:
One day several years ago when I was first licensed as a new salesperson, I was sitting in on our weekly office meeting when our manager challenged us to try to balance on one leg of our chair. Of course no one could do it, so he challenged us to try two legs and then three etc. Some could balance on two or three legs, but it was short lived and there were only a few mishaps (LOL). The point being is that being a REALTOR® is like running a business and in order to be successful you need a solid foundation – similar to sitting on all 4 legs of a chair. Each leg, he explained is an integral part of running a business and if you don’t have all 4 legs you may be setting yourself up to fall flat on your face.
Whether it’s making pies or selling houses; you have to be good at what you do. In real estate you are taught all the basics of selling houses such as:
However, many people stop here. They think that because they have the knowledge and are good at something (ie: making the best pies in town) that they should start their own business – Mistake # 1. That’s just one leg, a very important one, but not enough.
2. The 2nd leg of the chair: People Skills.
You have to be good with people. Whether it’s your clients or employees or both, people have to like you or at least have some level of respect for you. Some people manage to stay in business for a while without this skill, but it can be a lot more difficult for them and often they are not as successful as they could be. Being good with people does not necessarily mean someone who’s “fun at a party”! We’re talking about “Professional People Skills” like being a good listener – as opposed to a talker. Making people feel that they are your most important client (or employee), following up and providing an above average level of service.
If you’re not a real “people person” there are books and seminars on the subject – try a classic like Dale Carnigie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People”.
3. The 3rd leg of the chair – Business Development.
People can’t buy something they don’t know about or aren’t attracted to. Whether you are advertising on-line or in person at an event or open house, you’re not just marketing properties for sale, you are marketing yourself as a professional who they might want to do business with.
Most new sales people start off doing a lot of marketing because they are excited to tell everyone about their new business. Then, typically within a few months the marketing drops off because they get so busy with actual clients. Not surprisingly, a while later they discover that they don’t have anything on the go and are now struggling to drum up new business.
A successful REALTOR® should always have a marketing system to attract new clients as well as keeping in touch with the ones you’ve got! (You put a lot of work into getting them in the first place, don’t let them go!)
Also, don’t forget: marketing involves your personal appearance – how you advertise yourself to the public. Do you look/dress like a professional that operates a successful business? When they see you in public are they proud to announce to their family and friends – “Hey that’s my new REALTOR® over there!”
4. The 4th leg of the chair: The Business of Running the Business.
Every business needs an infrastructure of some kind, a system in place that keeps the business going – like a smooth running machine. In some businesses it may be important things such as keeping on top of invoicing and making sure you get paid. Fortunately in real estate your broker tends to take care of this part of the business. However, you’ll still need to purchase a good computer, i-phone, various software programs etc. There has to be as system in place to keep track of things such as growth, market share, profitability and follow-up (little things like that)!
You’ll probably need some staff to operate these systems and assist you. Don’t ever underestimate the value of paying someone else to do things for you that enables you the TIME required to do what you do best – getting out there and making sales! Many years ago, my manager always said “hire out the $10/hr jobs so you can make $100/hr”. Things haven’t changed much – except now you may need to pay $20/hr in order to make +$200/hr.
Many people start out in real estate with 2 legs of the chair. Some operate for a while with only 3 but without all 4 it can be challenging, if not impossible to successfully stay in business for very long. If you have all 4 legs you are all set to run a successful business.
So you want to be a REALTOR®? Now all you need is a bit of luck – like the old saying goes “the harder I work, the luckier I get”.
If you think you’ve got this and have all four legs of the chair, contact us for a no obligation consultation to learn more about what it takes to build a successful and rewarding career in real estate!
If you are considering a career in real estate and are wondering where to start, look no further than RE/MAX. Why RE/MAX? At RE/MAX, we believe in ongoing training and education, and offer support and guidance to all our agents through a variety of mediums.
RE/MAX is the most widely recognized real estate name in the world, selling twice as many homes as our competitors (CREA – 2014), and having more specialized designations than any others.
We make sure our agents are given the right tools and training so they have the best skills possible to guide their clients through the real estate process.
RE/MAX utilizes the latest technology and in 2012 created its’ global listing site with listings from over 70 countries, in 30 different languages. This site provides a global reach and our agents are able to search and post listings on an international platform, making these types of transactions easier than ever
Braden Wheatcroft is dedicated to coaching and training RE/MAX agents. His role lets him provide expert support, personalized to meet each individual’s needs and goals. You’ll have your very own in-house mentor/tutor.
Offers a variety of training courses and programs to assist agents with growing their business. Need help with blogging or DocuSign, SEO basics, or Interface Express? We can provide useful training to assist in your success. Check the RE/MAX of Nanaimo website at www.remaxofnanaimo.com for courses and training available, or email Braden at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about our next Career Night where you’ll learn firsthand what it takes to build a successful career in real estate.
Ongoing training and agent development is key to being (and remaining) successful in an ever changing industry. Staying on top of new technology and continually learning new sales skills are vital components to building your clientele and growing your business.
Why RE/MAX? At RE/MAX we believe that being successful doesn’t just mean working 80 or 100 hours a week. We believe that success can be more accurately measured by a healthy work/personal life balance and our goal is to provide the training and resources necessary to achieve this.
Call RE/MAX of Nanaimo at (250) 751-1223 and speak with Braden Wheatcroft about becoming a RE/MAX agent today!
I don’t think anyone would argue that there are some inefficiencies in government spending, however at the end of the day there’s a simple theory of “money in – money out.” The money to pay for our schools, hospitals and roads (to name a few) has to come from somewhere and most of it comes from property taxes. Even though we pay them every year, many people are unaware of how the property tax system actually works. I hear a lot of complaints and grumbling about it so I thought I would try to explain it. Not that I’m not an expert on the subject but it is part of the pre-licensing course that I teach “soon to be realtors” every week so I know a bit about the basics as follows:
The value of your property is determined by the BC Assessment Authority. Their job is to determine the value of your property as of July 1st of the previous year. If the value has risen in the past year it will appear on the Assessment Notice that you receive in January. It does not necessarily mean you will pay more taxes. How much you pay depends on the budgets that are submitted by the various authorities such as schools and hospitals etc. (see step two)
The BC Assessment Authority is not a villain trying to steal your money – as I heard one disgruntled taxpayer say on the news one day. They (BC Assessment) are paid to do a job, to determine the value of your property as of a certain date. That’s it! They have nothing to do with how much you end up paying. Read on to find out how that part works.
The various authorities such as schools, hospitals, regional district’s etc. submit their annual budget (how much will it cost to pay their employees and all expenses for the year). The total value of all properties, determined by the BC Assessment Authority above, are divided into these budgets and that’s how we get the “tax rates”. This tax rate, sometimes called the mill rate, is then multiplied by the value of your individual property and that equals your portion of the pie that you need to pay (gross taxes payable). From this amount you can deduct whatever grant or tax relief that you qualify for which equals “net taxes” payable. You will receive your Tax Notice in the Spring each year and taxes are due July 1st .
Nanaimo has miles and miles of roads and underground services to pay for and we are a fairly new city (compared to New Westminster as an example) so our tax rate may be higher than other cities which are much older and may have paid for the main services years ago. Nanaimo homeowners will pay approximately 1% of the value of their property so if your property is assessed at $500,000 you your gross taxes payable (before the homeowner grant) may be around $5000.
Note: You have the right to appeal your Assessment Notice (before the end of January) if you think it is too high but you may not appeal your Tax Notice.
I think it’s important to remember how fortunate we are to have a system that pays for schools for our kids, hospitals for the sick, proper roads and sewer systems etc and be grateful that we live in this beautiful place we call home. I hope this helps!
Whether you are new to the work force, or are looking for a second (or even third) career, here are five signs that a career in the ever growing real estate industry is right for you.
Almost 700 people packed into the Hyatt Regency conference room in Downtown Vancouver last week to hear what Canadian Real Estate coaching icon Richard Robbins had to say about the secrets to success in Real Estate Sales. Unlike other conferences Richard Robbins has done in the past, this was not a one man show. Over a dozen powerhouse, top producing agents stepped on stage to share their secrets with the audience. I took notes for four days straight and walked away with many great ideas for future success. I’ve since looked over my notes, and now want to share with you my top 5 takeaways and teachings from the week.
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