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Is Upstream going Mainstream?

Upstream is an initiative promoted by National Association of REALTORS® to modify the flow of information in Real Estate.

I first heard of Upstream at the National Association of REALTORS® Conference, when I attended my Data Strategies Committee meeting two (or three?) years ago.  My takeaway that day was that there is enormous amounts of data being collected, and as Realtors, NAR is in a position to ascertain quality information, and intends to be the gatekeepers of t…

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Real Estate Designation and Certification Courses!

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The National Association of Realtors encourages members to increase their professionalism, proficiency, marketability and income through pursuing of an officially endorsed NAR designation or certification.  Besides the many professional benefits and quality education these courses offer, many of these courses have already been approved for continuing education credits.

Here are some of the Designation Courses:  Accredited Buyer's Representative  Designation (ABR)

Accredited Land Consultant (ALC)


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Differences between Real Estate Agents, Brokers, and Brokers Associates

There are many types of real estate terms, such as real estate agent, associate, consultant, or  REALTOR, broker and broker associate.

What do they all mean? 

A real estate broker generally has more education than an agent, but not always.   A real estate broker must be 18 years of age and must reside in Massachusetts at least  one year prior to the issuance of the license.  The applicant needs to submit proof of having been actively affiliated with a Massachusetts real estate broker as a salesper…

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Command Your Brand for Less than a Grand! #2 Start

agent rising" Motivation is what gets you started.  Habit is what keeps you going"  Jim Rohn

*Empowerment & Command.  You have the power to create the life you want.

*Beware of distractions!

*Success formula

Empowerment and Command:

"The best way to predict your future is to create it"  Peter F. Drucker

You are your own business

Create your brand/niche

Who is your sphere of influence?

What did you like to do between the ages of 5-15?

You already know 80% of your business.

Beware of Distractions!

Trouble with buying lea…

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The Power of Google Drive!

agent rising with googleWhat is Google Drive and how can it make you a better agent? Well, Google Drive is a system to help you organize your paperwork and have it available on the Google Cloud and accessible from any of your devices at any time.

Paperless is the new catchword and Google Drive can help you achieve this. It goes hand in hand with GMail and is very easy to use. When you start your paperwork with a new client, whether it be a buyer or seller, you can open a new folder on your Google Drive with the address…

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How to Up Your Marketing in Real Estate

agent risingReal estate marketing is a continual process. It is not something you do once and wait for the results. It is something you should be continually working on to grow your clientele.

Set up your goals. Where do you see yourself in the near future? Your goals should be specific and reachable in a timely manner.

Define the group of people you would like to work with and set your goals to them.

Find your niche. Set yourself apart from other realtors in a certain area, such as commercial, multi-family, …

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Massachusetts Realtor Continuining Education!

brandyourselfMassachusetts Realtors are required to renew their license every two years from the date of their birthday following obtaining their license.   They are also required to complete 12 Continuing Education units (CEU'S) in that time period.  While two years might seem like a long time to complete your CEU's , many realtors are surprised how quickly it passes and that they are due to renew, but have not completed their CEU's.  While it is good advice to start working on your CEU's right away, you ne…

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