Nov 15 2013
Office meeting

6 Best Practices of Successful Next Generation Brokerages

At this year’s NAR Conference, I had the opportunity to moderate a panel of dynamic residential real estate leaders who have built what we like to call next generation brokerages. Each of these panelists represent a firm that Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate has recognized as a Beta Brokerage – Continue Reading

Nov 07 2013
BHGRE Clean Slate_Strategies to Growing and Sustaining Your Business

Three Strategies to Growing and Sustaining Your Business

Even when affiliated with a nationwide brand, real estate professionals are entrepreneurs. They prospect clients, cultivate relationships and secure commissions. Periodically, it is prudent to step back and consider strategies for growth. While market fluctuations and trends come and go, certain Continue Reading

Oct 09 2013
real estate success

The Key Ingredient to Real Estate Success

The keys to success are self-definition, transparency, authenticity and accountability. - Simon Mainwaring I recently attended a Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate event where that quote and the meaning behind accountability took on a whole new meaning for me. A word many of us tend to shy Continue Reading

Sep 09 2013
power of optimism in the workplace

The Power of Optimism in the Workplace: Who’s Your Bert and Ernie?

Who doesn't remember Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street? It was one of my favorite shows growing up and one I studied as an adult. Bert and Ernie were complete opposites. Bert was the negative one, always putting Ernie down for his enthusiastic and optimistic approach while Ernie persevered, Continue Reading

Sep 03 2013
customer service techniques

Great Customer Service: Techniques that Make You Unforgettable [Google+ Hangout]

As part of our ongoing Beta Brokerage project, we invite you to join our next Beta Broker Hangout on Google+. We're planning a lively discussion with two successful brokers on Great Customer Service: Techniques that Make You Unforgettable. Join our 1-hour discussion with two brokers who will Continue Reading

Aug 08 2013
strong company culture

From Vision to Values: The Importance of a Strong Culture

Building a strong company culture was the topic of discussion at our Beta Broker Google+ Hangout this week as Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate President and CEO Sherry Chris hosted two brokers, John Skrabec of Live Urban Real Estate in Denver, and Jeff Martel of Better Homes and Gardens Real Continue Reading

Aug 01 2013
4 Keys to Building a Winning Company Culture

4 Keys to Building a Winning Company Culture

Every broker knows that great agents are the key to a solid brokerage business. Attracting and retaining top talent is a constant priority. A winning company culture – although hard to define – is an effective means of maintaining a strong roster of agents. But how do you do that? While Continue Reading

Jun 30 2013
Winning Mobile Strategies

Join Our Next Beta Broker Hangout: Winning Mobile Strategies

As part of our ongoing Beta Brokerage project, I will be hosting our next Beta Broker Hangout on Google+ where I will discuss "Winning Mobile Strategies" with two successful brokers. With a substantial portion of website visits happening on a mobile device, it has become increasingly important Continue Reading

Jun 06 2013
Eat In Kitchen

5 Features Buyers Want Most In a Home

Buying a home is an important decision in life with everything from location to unique features impacting a buyer’s decision. A recent survey from the National Association of REALTORS® questioned buyers about what particular features swayed their decision more than others and which features they Continue Reading

Jun 04 2013
Understanding and Serving Next Gen Consumers and Agents [webinar]

Understanding and Serving Next Gen Consumers and Agents

Since the inception of Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, we have been fascinated by brokerages with alternative business models, innovative ways of practicing real estate strategies and those that are not afraid to challenge the status quo – we call these companies Beta Brokerages. Since Continue Reading

May 24 2013
attracting next gen agent

Attracting & Recruiting “Next Gen” Consumers and Agents

As part of our ongoing Beta Brokerage project, we invite you to join our first Beta Brokerage Hangout on Google+ on June 3. We're planning a lively discussion with two successful brokers on Attracting & Recruiting "Next Gen" Consumers and Agents. Beta Brokerage is an ongoing project in which Continue Reading