Friday, December 19, 2014

A Day in the Life of a REALTOR: Spread Some Cheer

This is the twenty-third episode of A Day in the Life of a REALTOR® - a weekly article series published on RESAAS Blog and written by Kay Conageski

So sit back, relax, and enjoy. Kay has a story to tell...

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I had to laugh at a commercial I saw the other day for Fruit of the Loom underwear (what underwear and real estate have in common will come in just a minute).  The ad showed the “right people to give underwear to” during the holiday season and the “wrong people to give underwear to” – comical yes, but a dilemma that happens to more than one of us during the holiday season. 

When is it right to give a gift to my customers at the holidays, and better yet, how much am I allowed to spend on that gift?

If your accountant is like mine, they limit the gifts to $25 per person in order to be able to claim them on your taxes each year. You also have to check with the regulations of your licensing state on gift giving to clients and what is permitted and to what limit. Once you have both of these in check – what is the appropriate gift to give someone?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Start the Year with a Bang!

(Image via Flickr)
5 Tips to Prepare Yourself for the New Year


First thing’s first - call up ACME and order the “Holiday Fireworks Special”. Throw it all into one big pile, step back, then pull out your matchsticks–


I think I misunderstood the topic.

Let’s try this again.


Want to start the New Year with a BANG and not a stutter? Here are 5 tips to get you ready and prepared for when the calendar flips over.

The name of the game is efficiency.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Featured Marketplace Partner of the Month: Uber

Have you ever had trouble hailing a taxi, finding a parking spot in a heavily congested city, or getting your clients from A to B? 

We thought so.

Fear no more - Uber is here. 

Evolving the way the world moves by seamlessly connecting riders to drivers, Uber is everyone’s private driver. This rideshare app makes cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers.

Here at RESAAS, we can’t get enough of Uber. That’s why we approached their team to join the RESAAS Marketplace.

And by golly, they did!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Mean Business: A REALTOR's Field Guide to Success

This week's Know It Now article is brought to you by the esteemed Robyn Lau, a Burnaby-based REALTOR with Coldwell Banker, Westburn Realty.

After a job in a government legal department, Robyn went on to become the CEO and founding partner of a successful VOIP company, which was bought out in their sixth year. 

...Not bad. 

She now plies her trade in real estate, and her achievements are the direct result of the business-first approach she takes.

Fortunately, she's taken the time to provide a little insight into how you can adopt this mindset as well.

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Mean Business: A REALTOR's Field Guide to Success
by Robyn Lau

Is being a realtor a career, a business, or a job to you?

What does success mean?

What skills do you see as important to your success?

Strong personality, social skills, and the ability to communicate and negotiate are skills that good realtors possess. I think we can all agree that these are absolutely great traits that make us good at the “people” portion of what we do. 

But this is only a part of what makes us successful.  

Friday, December 5, 2014

A Day in the Life of a REALTOR: The Year Isn't Over Yet

This is the twenty-second episode of A Day in the Life of a REALTOR® - a weekly article series published on RESAAS Blog and written by Kay Conageski

So sit back, relax, and enjoy. Kay has a story to tell...

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As I was running through the office prior to Thanksgiving, trying to get out of town like everyone else for the long holiday weekend, I overhead two agents talking. One said to the other, “Don’t worry about getting those mailers out now – no one will be looking to buy a home, and certainly no one wants to sell their home until after the new year.” 

After a huge “gasp” I thought “on the contrary” – just because the calendar says December, doesn’t mean we all take a month’s vacation and talk about “what will be in the new year” instead of what can still be in this year.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Future of Real Estate: Virtual Tours

What’s the difference between a house and a home?

Maybe it’s a welcome mat or a bird house in the backyard. Maybe it’s a pile of laundry, a weird doorbell or an awkward family photo in the entryway.

(Source: MTV)

Above all, it’s a feeling.

It’s a physical experience that transforms a house into a home, and one that can either convince a home shopper to reach for their wallet or reach for the exit.

This is why virtual tours have become so popular.

With the rapid advance of video technology, these guys have become mind-blowingly realistic.

Friday, November 28, 2014

A Day in the Life of a REALTOR: Giving Thanks

This is the twenty-first episode of A Day in the Life of a REALTOR® - a weekly article series published on RESAAS Blog and written by Kay Conageski

So sit back, relax, and enjoy. Kay has a story to tell...

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Now that the season is rapidly approaching, thoughts of holidays past always fill my mind. And those memories all seem to center around the four walls that were part of my childhood home.

Growing up in a small town called Tamaqua in northeastern PA, I was truly blessed to be surrounded by my entire family. My parents lived in a row home with my grandparents and aunt on the other side. The homes were connected in the basement by a door that allowed for the best hiding places to scare someone when they least expected it. My aunt, uncle and cousins lived behind us with another aunt, uncle and cousin to our right and my other grandmother down the street. 

All the homes shared the same backyard with its flagstone-painted patio and picnic bench. The manicured lawn, accompanying walkway and white picket fence framed the many flowers and rose bushes that were the focal point of our little piece of heaven. I can still picture my grandfather watering that plot of green with a hose every night during the summer months while everyone else played cards under the patio lights.

But it’s Thanksgiving that always makes me reminisce even more.   

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Overheard on RESAAS: How to Use Social Media for Customer Support

Every once in a while, a question comes along that makes you think.

I mean, really think.

One that leaves you absolutely speechless because you're thinking so hard about how your world just got shattered.

Then, there are those other questions.

You know, the ones that make you blurt out the answer right away, before your brain even knows what's going on. And the person next to you blurts out a completely different answer. Then the two of you look at each other, and suddenly someone else blurts out their own answer. Before you know it, answers are being blurted out left, right and center!

It's a question so open-ended that everyone brings something new to the table.

This is precisely what Rohn's reblast did.

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