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Osmo Mobile 2 gimbal for real estate agent use

Osmo Mobile 2 gimbal

osmo mobile 2 gimbal real estate

I recently purchased this Osmo Mobile 2 gimbal.  This device is designed to help stabilize smartphones when taking videos or pictures.  The results are smoother.  Coupled with the free DJI app, there are a number of added benefits that I am just now diving into.

I used the gimbal for the first time last night, videoing an investment property for an investor.  Practice might not make perfect but I know my ability to use this tool will continue to improve.  Even with my inexperience, I was able to take several short videos that I then uploaded to YouTube in order to forward the investor a private link to view.

I hope to start showing my agents how to use this device in their business starting in September in order to coincide with the new agent website roll-out.

RPAC Roaring Twenties Auction

Ellen and I attended the Orlando Realtor Association Realtor Political Action Committee (RPAC) auction that was held at The Country Club of Orlando.rpac

The theme was the roaring 20’s.  Many of the agents and affiliates in attendance did a really good job dressing for the era.  Ellen and I pulled together an outfit at the last minute from what we had in our closet.

The food and drink were good and while we were unsuccessful bidding on a few items, we thoroughly enjoyed the event and would encourage all agents in the Orlando area to attend future events.

6 Tips to help you take more listings!

Tips to help you take more listings

There is a good chance you have not experienced a market like we are experiencing today.  Listings are the name of the game and to help you take more of the listings, once you get the appointment, there are tips that agents have used for years that can help.  Take the time to read through the suggestions below and add your own personality to the materials and presentation you will be using.

Build your credibility.

Include a resume of sorts about you, flyers about your company, your mortgage department, your relocation division, your awards and recognition.

Dress for success.

You will most likely be the only agent that shows up at their door with business attire on. Brag about that fact so that they notice the difference should they meet with other agents. Dressing professionally won’t cost you a transaction but there is a pretty good chance it could help get you one during the course of the year.

Be well prepared.

Sometimes it is good to drive past the house a day before the appointment. That will give you a chance to view the active, pending, expired and sold homes in the area of the listing you are trying to get. Pull the tax record of the property and use the tax records search for comparable homes sold for sale by owner. Pull recent expired listings. The expired listings are great for helping the seller understand the result of overpricing. Have information available on all pending and recent sold homes in the area. These will help you prepare your CMA and can be used to show the customer what the competition looks like.

Know what is important to them

Remember that most sellers will be focused on 3 points when listing their home; how much money will they receive, how long will it take and how stressful/bothersome will the process be on them and their personal life. You should be prepared to cover those 3 points in detail with the seller to their satisfaction.

Fact find.

Ask all the right questions. Who will be making the decision to list the home, will they be attending the presentation? Why are you wanting to sell? Where are they moving? What do they think the home is worth? Information is valuable and you know the only way to get it is to ask questions and then, listen.

Take the listing.

Make sure you have a sign, lockbox and a complete listing package filled out with everything but the price when you arrive at the listing. After the small talk, after the presentation of marketing plan and after the CMA, ask for the listing. Don’t spend a second more selling yourself when the customer has said they are ready. Start getting signatures!

These are just a few extra little suggestions for you to use. Most successful listing agents are familiar with most if not all of these points.

Go get those listings!

Real estate continuing education Florida

2013 45 hr Post License Classes

Watson School of Real Estate is proud to announce it is now offering the state required 45 hr post licensing class. The total cost of the Real estate continuing education Florida class is $175.00  including the textbook ,all other material needed to complete the class. We will also file the required paper work with the state upon completion of the class. If you have not already completed this class, get this required class out of the way so you do not have to repeat the Principles & Practices I again. The registration is attached.

CHAMPIONS GATE-8235 Champions Gate Blvd. Davenport, FL. 33896

Friday February 22nd 5 -10 PM, Saturday, Feb 23rd 9 AM – 6 PM, Sunday, Feb 24th 9 AM -6 PM

AND

Friday March 1st 5 -10 PM, Saturday, March 2nd 9 AM – 6 PM, Sunday, March 3rd 9 AM -5 PM

State Exam will be given in class on Sunday March 3rd

LONGWOOD Watson Office 1445 W SR 434 Suite 200, 32750  

Friday March 8th 5 -10 PM, Saturday, March 9th 9 AM – 6 PM, Sunday, March 10th 9 AM -6 PM

AND

Friday March 15th 5 -10 PM, Saturday, March 16th 9 AM – 6 PM, Sunday, March 17th 9 AM -5 PM

State Exam will be given in class on Sunday March 17th

Contact me at gstaker@watsonrealtycorp.com to receive a registration package.

Davenport real estate school starting in June!

Are you interested in a career in real estate but you don’t have a Florida real estate license?  Do you live in the DavenportClermont, Kissimmee, Haines City or surrounding areas?  If you do, I have great news for you!

Starting on June 19th, Watson Realty Corp will be holding a pre-license real estate school course on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm-10pm.  The course ends on July 26th.  Ellen Thunell, the Broker of the Watson Realty Corp. Championsgate office will be the instructor.  The cost to attend this course is $169.00.   No, you did not read that incorrectly, Ellen’s class can be attended for $169.00!  Seating is limited so be sure to email at gstaker@watsonrealtycorp.com to receive a registration package before there are no seats left!

Our new real estate agent training will start your career in the right direction!

If you are newly licensed or thinking of making a career change, you will find that our initial real estate agent training is second to none when it comes to providing instruction and direction that will start your career moving in the right direction.

On the first day of training our new agents  will learn about “The Watson Way” and our core values.  Representatives of Watson Mortgage, Watson Relocation, Watson Title, Watson Property Management and our Regional Director are on had to introduce their products and services.

The second day is centered on building a business and marketing plan.  We provide guidance on setting income goals and then help our agents drill down to determine just how many homes must be listed and sold in order to reach the income goals set. 

On the third day it is all about marketing and branding.  The goal is to help our agents define their brand.  We take a look at the tools and techniques that will give the newer agent more bang for their dollar. 

The last couple of days are an in-depth look at the listing process and the selling process.  Taking the customer from hello to sold!  Agents learn about preparing listing presentations, and constructing a purchase agreement.  Agents are shown online tools that they have at their disposal including Forms Simplicity and Toolkit CMA.

The training does not stop there.  Once you have finished the initial training, I have more to offer at my office.  I am going to make sure you understand how to use all of the tools that we offer to increase your business. 

If you are new to real estate in the Kissimmee or Orlando area or are simply thinking of exploring your options, contact me and I will be happy to go into more detail about our training and support systems.

Blog about where people can find things

Real estate agents are not typically “best selling” authors so trying to write a blog post on a regular basis can be challenging. We all know the ins and outs of working a short sale transaction, but typing what we know in a blog post so that it would be easy to understand and useful to someone in our community is a daunting task.

You may want to try writing about something else. People go to the internet to find things, places, or events in their community. These are the same things, places or events that you already go to or have found.

  • Where can you get take out Chinese?
  • Where can I find a cheap used car?
  • Where can I find a clothing donation drop off box?

Those are 3 examples that showed at the top of my Google search when I typed in; “Where can I find Kissimmee”. It just so happens I know where there is good Chinese take out in the area, I know a couple of honest reliable used car salesmen in the area and I can point you to 2 or 3 different drop off locations for your donations.

With this local information, I can write a short, informative blog post that others will find useful. I’ll provide directions, perhaps post a picture or two, offer a review and anything else that matters to me, because there is a good chance it will matter to the reader of my post as well.

“Helping people find things” blog posts are a good way to brand you as a real estate agent who knows the local community. Over time people who visit your blog will see you as a great source of information, not only about where to find things, but about the community in general, including the real estate market. The next time you are stuck on what to write, give this a try. I think you will find that sharing of this type of information is much easier to put on paper.