5 Resources that Help You Become a Better REALTOR(R)

real estate blogs and resourcesIn the crazy competitive world of real estate, you need to be sure you’re accessing the best resources out there to stay ahead of the game.

In this post, you will learn specific websites and resources to visit, as well as more general ways to educate yourself and streamline your real estate business.

1. The Digital World

Here’s some serious industry news: 80% of all homebuyers are looking for their dream homes online.

Especially first-time homebuyers and younger buyers are taking their searches to the Internet. Connect with them by getting active on social media and creating a website that’s accessible on both mobile and desktop browsers.

Also, using a cloud-based system is a huge resource for real estate agents. This will allow you to save your records and files, and pull up documents no matter where you are – like in a lunch meeting with a potential client!

Also, use digital transaction management to make the billing and contract processes go faster.

2. Hardbacks and Paperbacks

There are tons of Real Estate Blogs and Resources out there, but don’t forget about the old fashioned book!

Even better, reading up can help you to refine a specific part of the real estate biz that you’ve always struggled with.

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3. Use Better Phone Systems

You know that in the fast-paced world of real estate, anything can change on a dime. Sometimes, deals are so close that you don’t even have time to wait for a phone to ring to go to voicemail.

Using systems like Slydial that let you go straight to a client’s voicemail are super helpful.

If you’re running late or had to cancel an appointment, you can leave a message instead of playing phone tag. Also, it’s a great way to get around awkward, tense conversations.

4. Join The National Association of Realtors

If you haven’t checked out Realtor.org, you’re missing out! You’ll get access to the housing market in real time, be able to check out local asking and sale prices, and check out industry forecasts.

It’s a great resource for those that need to get all their information in one place.

5. Realty Times

If you think this site sounds a bit like a reality TV show title, you’re half right.

Not only is this the ultimate resource for industry news (seriously, everyone’s reading it) but it also is the home of Realty Times TV.

This is the first news-based show about real estate and home buying. It talks about mortgages and market conditions. The new channel even tours homes in both the United States and in Canada.

Watch it while you’re getting ready for a showing!

Take Your Real Estate Business To The Next Level

Thanks to these five, rapid-fire resource tips, you’re ready to close the deal and beat out your competitors.

Apply these today, and you’ll get contracts signed tomorrow.