Social Networks seem to be a main topic of discussion anywhere two or more real estate agents are gathered. Almost everyone uses Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or one of the many networks in an attempt to find prospective clients. Can you really find clients on Social Networks? If so, which ones are best served for finding people that want to buy or sell real estate? [Read more…]
The number of students we service on an annual basis are increasing at an astronomical rate. I give all the credit to you. It is because of your patronage and loyal support that Alabama Real Estate Institute has become one of the largest and most highly decorated real estate schools in the state, recognized for it’s outstanding performance.
Students completing Sales or Broker Prelicense, Post License, Continuing Education, Reciprocal License from another states or [Read more…]
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New CE Requirements
All licensees must complete Risk Management Avoiding Violations and either Risk Management for Salespersons or Risk Management for Brokers. All brokers must complete Risk Management Avoiding Violations and Risk Management for Brokers.
Since most people want to complete all their CE requirements at the same time, we have made that possible by offering all required courses on the same day.
We are very excited about the one-of-kind elective course “A Day In Court.” It promises to be fun, exciting, educational and one that will form memories for a lifetime.
|Day One||A Day In Court||9am-4pm||6 Hrs. CE Credits||$60|
|Day Two||Risk Management…. Avoiding Violations||8am11pm||3 Hrs. CE Credits||$30|
|Day Two||Risk Management for Salesperson||11am-3pm||3 Hrs. CE Credits||$30|
|Day Two||Risk Management for Brokers||3pm-6pm||3 Hrs. CE Credits||$30|
10 Minute Break Each Hour and One Hour Lunch Break Both Days
Special Note: Salespeople taking Risk Management for Brokers will help a salesperson realize the legal liabilities that are placed on the qualifying broker. Additionally, by taking three different Risk Management classes, the salesperson should be well prepared to limit their liabilities while protecting their clients best financial interests.
|July 9-10||July 23-24||Aug. 6-7||Aug. 20-21||Sept. 3-4||Sept. 17-18|
To register for these classes send an email to Jame@AlabamaRealEstateInstitute.com and give the name, date your cell phone number. You can pay and register the day of class.
NOTE: Make sure you bring your real estate license number to class because I can’t issue your CE credits without it.
Location: Class will be held at the Orange Beach Community Center, 27235 Canal Rd. 36561
For additional information call James Anderson (251) 979-2530. I look forward to seeing you in class.
Alabama Real Estate Institute–PO Box 2115, 416 E. Laruel Ave., Foley, Al. 36535
Throughout this series of steps to successful farming, you will notice a close comparison and use of terminology related to row-crop farming; such as raising cotton, corn and etc.. After you have selected the farm area you want to concentrate your efforts in; it’s now time to prepare the soil for planting. This is a very important step because it is your first contact with potential customers that own property in the subdivision or condominium complex in which you plan to earn your living. The second step is to prepare a letter of introduction of which you will mail to all owners in your farm area.
The importance of the letter of introduction
The letter of introduction will require a great deal of thought and preparation. A simple letter stating your name and a little information about yourself, the company name and address and telling them you would appreciate the opportunity to be of service to them, just doesn’t cut it. [Read more…]
Generally most of my posts are adaptable to sales in any industry. Today I am specifically addressing real estate sales. If someone practices real estate very long, they will face legal issues; especially if they sell a lot of real estate. There is a very simple explanation for it too. It’s impossible to please everyone, and especially, if you represent both the buyer and the seller. In this type situation the buyer feels like the seller took advantage of them, while the seller feels like the buyer took advantage of them. As a Realtor® who is wedged between both parties thinking the agent showed partiality to the other party in the transaction. To complicate matters worse, in a typical real estate sales transaction there are numerous entities that have specific requirements and guidelines that must be followed.
In most real estate sale transactions there are two separate agencies involved.
More times than not one agency will have the listing and represent the seller while the other agency will represent the buyer. [Read more…]
People in sales fight battles every day. Their toughest battle is within themselves, trying to stay focused on doing the things that are productive while not allowing non-productive things to consume their time. Seldom do I write off-the-wall articles or share my views on political issues but I feel compelled to write about this because not only does it relate to sales people, but it relates to people in general.
It has been almost 150 years since the Civil War and the battle is still being fought today. I’m not referring to race but to life in general. The American Civil War began in 1861 between the “Union,” the “North” and the “Confederacy” the “South.” Over 600,000 Americans died in this war to abolish slavery. The war ended in 1865, officially, but the losses were so great that a semi-silent war has continued until this day. Bear with me for a moment and you’ll see where I’m going.
The North has always had industrial manufacturing which provided its wealth. The South found solace through religion while laboring on farms and lower wage jobs. The people in the North speak directly, straight forward, which seems offensive to their southern counterpart. People from the South [Read more…]
There is something special about this time of the year. It seems that when football players hit the practice field for the first time; simultaneously a fog of excitement spreads all over our nation. Conversations between people seem to switch from the weather to football. People that don’t even like football seem to have better attitudes because football is the first sign of fall, and we know it won’t be long until cooler weather arrives. Thanksgiving and Christmas comes into sight which is generally a happy time for people. Take yourself a little survey by asking 10 or 20 total strangers what their favorite time of the year is. You might be surprised like I was. The fall season is by far my favorite time of the year but I would have thought that most people liked spring the best. Not so. My survey shows almost 75% prefer fall.
By having a career in sales, I learned a very valuable lesson about football and I learned it the hard way. [Read more…]
By far the majority of people find most changes to be difficult to accept. We are creatures of habit. Even in our work places, for the most part our jobs are repetitive. As little as you may think of it, our daily activities are mostly the same. We get up and go to bed about the same time. Our morning and evening activities are almost like a ritual. I’m really preaching to the choir here. I had to go to the office next door to ask what the term was for what I have and they quickly said obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). I’ve got it bad; I even passed it on to daughter and grand-kids. We have a couple types of silverware in the drawer at home. If the wrong one is put out for me, I’ll go swap it out. I only eat with the forks I have used every since I was a child. That’s what you call being “hung up,” or to use a term my daddy would use is “that’s stupid.” The point I’m making is simple. We all have our own special hang-ups and comfort zones.
If we have any desire at all to have a successful career, we must openly accept change. Every morning when we awake, we can know that we will face new challenges. These challenges are often changes in the way things are done, that we aren’t familiar with. Google just made a change yesterday in the way our emails are seen. I hate it. I had just gotten use to their last change and here comes another one. In due time their new system will be a part of my comfort zone and then I may look back and wonder why they hadn’t made that change a long time ago. I’m sure all of you can relate to what I’m saying. [Read more…]