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Podcast #64: Insider Secrets to Working with Real Estate Investors Featuring Ed Mathews

 

Have you ever wanted to work with more residential income investors? If so then this podcast is for you! During the show we dive deep into the world of residential income investing with Ed Matthews founder and CEO of Clark St Capital, a company that helps C-level executives diversify their wealth by investing in real estate. We dig into key information, an investor's “Buy Box”, the differences between A,B, and C condition levels. One negotiating sentence that is an absolute must know – if you want to unlock creative deals. Spend 30 minutes and walk away with a ton of key information on working with investors!

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Podcast #63: Using Social Media as a Fast Start Lead Generation Tool Featuring Rockstar Team Leader Dani Hampton

 

Dani Hampton is an expert in using social media as a key part of her lead generation strategy. Listen as Dani outlines what she does on a daily basis to build relationships with her online “sphere of influence”. Explore her journey from being on a team to building her own 10 person team while overcoming health challenges and building a family. Everyone should take her advice on how to have work life balance even while closing over 140 transactions in one year!

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Podcast #62: Building Teams and High Performance Brokerages Using Technology with Sisu CEO and Founder Brian Charlesworth

 

If you are building a team or Brokerage don’t miss this conversation with Sisu CEO and Founder Brian Charlesworth. Brian brings insight into how the best teams and office leaders manage performance and add value to their teams with systems, lead management, and measurement tools. Growth in the real estate industry is essential to building profitable organizations and Brian has his pulse on the highest performing teams in America!

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Should Sellers Pay Buyer's Agents? | Navigating the New Norms After the NAR Settlement

 

So let's say you have a seller that says, “Jim, I watched the news this weekend, and I understand that I don't have to pay a buyer's rep.”

What's going to be your response to that today?

Now, if you get that, I would say you're right, and you really haven't had to do that for years. That's not new. The only difference today is that the buyer rep fee is not going to show up in the MLS as of July.

But should you choose not to pay a buyer's rep?

Here's my personal thought on this:

When you offer to pay a buyer's rep, what happens is you’re going to attract more showings and thereby get more offers and more exposure for your property because there's not many buyers that have the money to write a check at closing to their buyer's rep.

So when a seller says they’re not going to pay it, a lot of times they're just going to eliminate that house from consideration. They'll just go look at the houses where the buyer's rep is being paid.

Now, if you choose not to pay a...

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Dealing with Unrepresented Buyers in Real Estate | Protecting Your Sale & Earnings Post NAR Settlement

 

When you're a listing agent today and coming into the NAR settlement, which will happen in mid-July, but you're going to start to see this already: You're going to see a rise of unrepresented buyers.

These are going to be buyers that are going to be knocking on your door as a listing agent saying, I'm unrepresented. I want to make an offer on your listing. Are you going to, as the listing agent, treat them the same as if they're represented, or are you going to treat 'em differently?

This is interesting. I just saw a top agent, he did an internal study with his team, and he found…

70% of the deals that came from unrepresented buyers in his market where people knock on his door failed.

So think about that, and I believe that to be true because they just don't have somebody walking them through the process. When I'm sitting with my seller, I need to have an unrepresented buyer conversation going forward. And here's what that conversation might look like:
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“Mr. And...

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Maximizing Your Real Estate Earnings Post NAR Settlement: Setting Your Buyer Agent Commission | Don't Undersell Your Worth!

 

Okay, guys, here's an important question regarding this NAR settlement and everything around it:

We are going to have to start having buyer representation agreements. In that agreement, it's going to say how much you're going to get paid, right? You’ve established what you charge sellers a long time ago, but now you've got to do it with buyers.

What's going to be your minimum commission standard with a buyer?

First of all, accept the fact that you have value and that you are worth more than some other agents in your community. So, you're not going to base your number on what another real estate agent is doing. Maybe they're brand new or barely active.

Instead, you need to base your numbers on the services you provide and your experience.

But here's a bad tendency with a lot of agents: They're going to undershoot their value.

They may say, "I don't want to be greedy, so I'll come in lower."

But don't go too low. There's still going to be sellers offering buyer agent...

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The Ultimate Script for Buyer Representation Fees

 

What's going to be your approach in having conversations with buyers about this idea of writing you a check or potentially writing you a check at closing? It feels scary, doesn't it?

I'm going to give you a script focused around what I call a success fee. Just remember, we're never paid in general. The vast majority of us get paid at closing and only if the buyer's successful.

So my starting point will be:

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“Hey guys, I just want to point out that today we work under a buyer representation agreement… You don't pay me until you found the perfect house, got it at the right price, financing sorted, inspections done, deal closed. That's when I get paid. If I don't help you get to the finish line, I don't get paid a dime. My fee for representation, if you get to the finish line, is X. In many cases, we negotiate with the seller to have all or part of that fee paid on your behalf.

It's going to be super transparent. I’ll give you a net sheet on each transaction,...

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Having THIS is Crucial For Real Estate Success Post the NAR Settlement

 

You’ve got one big job in 2024:

Create a new buyer presentation.

Your 2024 buyer presentation needs to include information about and around the NAR settlement. You don't have to talk about the settlement per se, but you have to adapt based on the settlement. If you had a buyer presentation that you're using in 2022 or 2023, you have to rebuild it now.

Some of you don't have one at all. But it shouldn't be difficult to build one because we do one with listings all the time. But I get it. It's new and it's different. So, it’s going to be a little bit uncomfortable. So lemme give you some language to help you make it more comfortable.

When meeting a buyer for the first time, ask if you can show them how you work. Another approach could be to explain your process or walk them through the 10 steps involved in buying a house. Most people will agree, giving you permission to present.

In your presentation, make sure to discuss buyer representation fees and the need for a buyer...

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What The NAR Settlement Means to You (And Why It’s a Good Thing)

 

So the NAR settlement, what does it mean to you? What should you do today as an agent?

First of all, what does it mean to us?

Here are three big things it means:

1. Buyer comp is not going to show up in the MLS as of mid-July. If this is approved, it probably will be.

2. You're going to have to sign with your buyer a buyer representation agreement, which says how much you're going to get paid.

3. It's going to outline the fees that are going to be paid to you by the buyer. Now, that doesn't mean that the seller can't pay. This is the biggest misconception of this. Just because the fee is not going to show up in MLS doesn't mean sellers won't still agree to pay it. This is something specifically that was in the NAR proposal.

I'll read it to you:

The NAR said the proposal would allow sellers and their listing agents to continue offering compensation for buyer broker services. That's clear. It's just not going to show up in MLS.

So let's think about that now. How are you going to get...

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Podcast #61- Protecting Your Commissions and Presenting Buyer Representation Agreements Featuring Beth Matthews

 

With the NAR Settlement now in place it is critical for real estate professionals to be able to explain their value proposition, build trust and rapport, explain the benefits of buyer representation, and be confident in their abilities to talk about commissions. Join the conversation as Beth Matthews, a dynamic Real Estate Sales Professional and owner of Envision Real Estate walks us through her teams approach to talking with buyers and sellers, and the next level her team is implementing to ensure they only work with truly committed buyers!

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