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eXp Realty Founder Glenn Sanford Named a Glassdoor Top CEO | 2018

Congrats to our fearless leader, Glenn Sanford! Glassdoor, a popular company review website, just named our eXp Realty founder a 2018 Glassdoor Top CEO!  And this was across ALL industries, not just in the real estate brokerage category.  As an agent / owner at eXp Realty, I know why he received this award from Glassdoor, but if you’re curious, it was based on all the rave reviews from eXp Realty real estate agents, brokers, and staff.  Glenn has an impressive 97 percent approval rating! Glenn Sanford founded eXp Realty in 2009 and is truly a brilliant man.  After working with several other brokerages over the course of his career, he designed eXp around what he liked most about the other companies… and changed what he didn’t.  The result was an incredible real estate brokerage model where everyone — brokers AND agents — benefit if the company is successful.  Because every agent has a stake in the publicly-traded brokerage and can participate in eXp’s revenue sharing program, Glenn has created a something really special and is changing the lives of many agents within this brokerage.  Learn more about eXp Realty and/or read the official press release below…   eXp Realty Founder Glenn Sanford Named a Glassdoor Top CEO eXp Realty was earlier recognized as Glassdoor 2018 Best Place to Work PRESS RELEASE: BELLINGHAM, WASH. — June 19, 2018 — eXp Realty, the largest residential real estate brokerage by geography in North America and a subsidiary of eXp World Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPI), today announced that Founder Glenn Sanford was named a Top CEO in Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards. Glenn was ranked...

Real Estate Hashtags | How and When to Use Them

How & When to Use Real Estate Hashtags Hashtags have been around for more than 10 years and any real estate agent that is marketing on social media knows they need to use them. The challenge is that knowing realtors need to use hashtags and actually using them correctly is often a very different story! Here at Building Better Agents, we want to make sure that you are using real estate hashtags the right way so that you can increase engagement and build a solid following on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. In this article, we’ll cover some of the most common questions real estate hashtags, including when, where and how often to use them in your social media marketing: – Why use Hashtags? – How many hashtags should I use on social media? – Am I using hashtags incorrectly? – What are popular real estate hashtags? Why Use Hashtags in Real Estate Marketing? Simple answer: You want people to find you and your social media content! Whenever you add a hashtag (or hashtags) to your post, the social media site is able to index your # so that it’s searchable by the millions — or billions — of other users. Think of it this way: If someone searches #AtlantaLuxuryHomes on Instagram or #SeattleRealtor on Twitter, you want your photos and posts to appear. If you are using hashtags correctly and are commonly found on your preferred social media sites, you are also going to grab the attention of other users and get more followers or likes. How Many Hashtags Should You Use on Social Media? It would make...

EXP Realty is Now in British Columbia!

EXP Realty is Now in British Columbia! We are so thrilled that eXp Realty Canada continues to grow!  This incredible agent-owned real estate brokerage now operates in three Canadian provinces as well as 49 states in the US.  As you’ll see in the press release below, we now have a new eXp Director of Canada Real Estate Brokerage Operations who will oversee the eXponential growth we’re experiencing!   EXP REALTY PRESS RELEASE:  BELLINGHAM, WASH. — June 4, 2018 — eXp Realty, the largest residential real estate brokerage by geography in North America and a subsidiary of eXp World Holdings (NASDAQ: EXPI), today announced its expansion into British Columbia and introduced its Director of Canadian Brokerage Operations Deborah Stevens.   With the launch of British Columbia, eXp Realty now operates in three Canadian provinces, 49 U.S. states and the District of Columbia with more than 11,000 agents across North America. At eXp Realty, Deborah leads the company’s expansion and brokerage operations across Canada, including compliance and risk management. She has been in the real estate industry for more than 30 years and has experience in many facets, from being a rainmaker of a large real estate team in her early days to owning multiple brokerages. She also has been a regional director as well as an international teacher and business coach. “We are thrilled to continue our expansion across Canada and open in British Columbia. Much like eXp Realty, British Columbia agents are tech savvy and entrepreneurial, so we are excited to bring this opportunity to local real estate professionals,” said Deborah. “We have a fantastic team in place to support Canadian...

10 Steps to a Successful Closing for Your Home Buyer Client

Real Estate Agent Checklists Creating a Fun, Stress-free Closing for Your Homebuyer As a real estate agent with a home under contract, you’re probably quite pleased with yourself. You did the legwork to find the home buyer client. You answered their questions and helped them get pre-approved for a mortgage. You also researched and showed the buyers dozens of homes to help them find that perfect one… and then you helped them negotiate the best deal on the home. It feels REALLY good, right? Even though you may have been bending over backward to please and serve your clients for months – or even years – all of those good feelings and future referrals can fly right out the window if the last phase of their transaction isn’t a smooth one. We want to make sure that the week before closing on a home and the actual closing day is a BIG success, so here are ten very important steps you need to take to make this day stress-free and hopefully FUN for your home buyers… 10 Steps to Ensure a Successful Closing Experience #1 ::  REPAIRS Confirm that any home repairs have been completed by the seller and if needed, get a copy of the paid repair receipts on the contractor letterhead #2 ::  UTILITIES Double check to ensure that the buyer was able to schedule service or transfer the utilities, so there are no issues on move-in day! ** It’s also a good idea to provide them with a list of utility companies and contact information about 10 days prior to closing on the home. #3 ::  HOME...

Part Time Real Estate Agent | Can You Do it SUCCESSFULLY?

Ready to Be a Part Time Real Estate Agent? Wondering if you can be a big success in your part-time career? Being a real estate agent is a dream job for many. For the most part, the general population sees the agent’s job as pretty straightforward:  You show a house, negotiate an offer and make thousands of dollars on each sale.  You make your millions, and then you retire at 35 like the real estate mogul you are!  Realistically, very few people see the behind the scenes work that the average REALTOR has to do. For those looking to jump into the world of real estate, you might be drawn to the prospect of working part-time as a real estate agent as a way to get started. This is actually how most experts recommend people enter the real estate field, and for one very good reason… Working as a part time real estate agent allows you to figure out if you enjoy it and it’s the right career for you — all while taking as little financial risk as possible. Before You Become a Part-Time Real Estate Agent, Ask Yourself… While working as a part-time agent may seem like the perfect career move for you, there are a few things to consider before making the move.  Ask yourself these important questions: How flexible are you?   Many people are drawn to real estate because they think they can work when they want and set their own schedule.   While this career does allow certain perks, like being able to work from home and being able to do things like marketing any...

Record-Breaking Growth at EXP Realty | See Who Just Joined the Agent-Owned Brokerage

eXp Realty is eXperiencing Record-Breaking Growth Our agent-owned real estate brokerage DOUBLED in size in just 8 MONTHS!  We’ve almost tripled in size in More and more savvy, business-minded real estate professionals are flocking to eXp Realty, as we offer a brokerage model that is unlike any other.  Where else can you go where agents have multiple streams of income, low annual commission cap, industry-leading lead gen tools and the broker shares a large portion of the REVENUE back with the agents? Take a peek at eXp’s most recent press release below, as well as a list of some of the top agents and teams that have recently joined eXp Realty. For more information about our brokerage, email or call us at 404-205-8801.   PRESS RELEASE:  eXp Realty Exceeds 8,000 Real Estate Agents Across North America 196% Year-Over-Year Growth, Doubles Agent Count Within Eight Months BELLINGHAM, WASH. — Feb. 15, 2018 — eXp Realty, the largest residential real estate brokerage by geography in North America and a subsidiary of eXp World Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: EXPI), today announced that the company exceeded 8,000 real estate agents across North America. This significant event marks a doubling of agent count from eight months ago and 196 percent year-over-year growth of agents who joined the eXp Realty family. In February, the company also launched in Nebraska, marking the company’s operations in 47 U.S. states. “We started off 2018 with a bang and we’re not slowing down! It is amazing to see this phenomenal growth just a few weeks into the new year,” said eXp Realty Chief Operating Officer Mary Frances Coleman. “To ensure that our superior level of agent service...

Best Real Estate Blogger | Interview with Bill Gassett

Learn from one of the very best real estate bloggers We had the pleasure of interviewing one the very best real estate bloggers in the business, Bill Gassett. He was kind enough to join our weekly Blogging Mastermind and everyone in the room learned so much. There were several things Bill Gassett covered that could dramatically impact the kind of blog content we create as well as how our blogs rank on the search engines and how it can enhance our visibility and reputation on social media. In the following recording of the meeting (in our virtual office!) we discuss the process of WRITING the blogs and then what Bill does to PROMOTE the blog posts. You’ll also find the meeting’s key take-aways below. Hope you enjoy and learn a thing or two… or three! Interview with Bill Gassett Notes and Key Take-Aways from our Interview with Bill Gassett, Blogger Extraordinaire Brad Andersohn, our Director of Education at eXp Realty, introduced Bill as a “prolific real estate blogger and a master of social media.”  We also joked that this meeting is called “Grill Bill” because we have so many questions for him! ** Please note that we took lots (and lots of notes) from this awesome meeting and in several situations re-organized into the different topics below.  If you have questions or see any inaccuracies, please contact us at the number below. About the Best Real Estate Blogger Bill Gassett has been in the business for 30 years and is with RE/MAX Executive Realty in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. It’s West of Boston and is actually where the Boston Marathon starts. He said that “The population of...

Glassdoor Names EXP Realty as Best Place to Work

JUST ANNOUNCED! EXP Realty was named a ‘Best Place to Work’ in the Glassdoor 2018 Employees’ Choice Awards After working with EXP Realty for more than four years, it’s no surprise (to me) that we were honored with this award.  EXP is an incredible place to work and every real estate agent I speak with is thrilled with our innovative, agent-centric real estate brokerage. In order to determine the best places to work, Glassdoor ranked businesses by size and anonymous employee reviews / ratings.  EXP was ranked #12 among ALL small/medium companies on Glassdoor for 2018!   See the official press release below….   EXP REALTY PRESS RELEASE BELLINGHAM, WASH. — Dec. 5, 2017 — eXp Realty, LLC, the largest residential real estate brokerage by geography in North America and a subsidiary of eXp World Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: EXPI), was named as a best place to work in Glassdoor’s 2018 Employees’ Choice Awards. The company was ranked No. 12 among all small and medium businesses on Glassdoor. The award is based solely on anonymous employee feedback via Glassdoor, where employees were asked to rate their company based on culture and values, work/life balance, senior management, compensation and benefits, and career opportunities. Currently on Glassdoor, eXp Realty has an overall 4.9 out of five stars. eXp’s Glassdoor profile reveals that culture and values, senior management, and compensation and benefits are among the top ranked characteristics among employees, with a noteworthy five out of five stars. Additional highlights on eXp Realty’s current Glassdoor profile include: 100 percent of employees approved of the CEO, Glenn Sanford. 99 percent of employees said the company has a...

Holiday POP BY Gift Ideas for Realtors

POP BY GIFT IDEAS FOR THE HOLIDAYS Simple and Inexpensive Ways to Connect with your Past Clients and Sphere The holidays are the perfect time to let your past clients and friends know that you are thinking of them and appreciate their business and referrals. Not only is it a thoughtful thing to do, it is also the perfect time to stay top of mind with your sphere. Think about it… your friends and clients are attending several events and holiday parties with THEIR friends and co-workers, so if they hear of anyone who is looking to buy or sell a home, it’s likely that they will mention your name!  We wanted to share our top 30 ideas for holiday pop-by gift ideas for your friends and past clients before all the holiday festivities begin. Unique Pop By Gift Ideas for Realtors   Star Ornaments (ideally 5) POP BY TAG #1 ::  “You can always count on us for 5-star service!” POP BY TAG #2 :: “Thanks so much for all your referrals this year!  We’ll bend over backward to make sure they all service 5-star service!”   Baked Goods / Holiday Cookies TAGLINE #1 :: “Clients (or client friends) like you are a real TREAT!” TAGLINE #2 :: “We’ll give all your referrals the special treatment they deserve!” TAGLINE #3 ::  “So thankful for all your business and referrals this year! And remember, friends don’t let friends use a ‘Crummy’ Realtor!” TAGLINE #4 :: “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a sweet bite!”   Lip Balm POP BY TAG :: “Merry KISSmas and a Chappy New Year” ** View on...

Realtor to Realtor advice!

I started my career at a “big box” brokerage and loved the classes, but when I REALLY needed help with something specific — like a contract — no one was available.  If you are a new agent, I would make sure your broker gives you three things:  a dedicated mentor for the first year, home buyer leads, and your own WordPress website.

Kerry Lucasse, Team Leader

“I started my career at a small boutique firm and after 5+ years, I’m still loving it!  The personal attention, smaller training sessions and home buyer leads from our team’s website have been critical to my success.  If you are a new agent, work hard, work weekends, talk to everyone and don’t be afraid to spend some money marketing yourself!

David Pippin, Agent

“Very excited to be a part of the eXp team! I spent my first year in real estate with a large brokerage and needless to say my first year did not go so well. I was promised big things that just never happened. I was on the verge of giving up when I met some eXp agents and I decided to give another brokerage a try. BEST decision ever!”

Amy Long, Real Estate Agent

I’ve worked in three different states under four brokers and highly recommend that new agents do their homework before joining a firm. Talk with other realtors, ask about any additional fees (other than what was presented at the initial meeting), sit in on a few training classes, ask lots of questions!

Dana, Real Estate Agent

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