The start of a new year is always a great time to stop, collect your thoughts, and think about what professional and personal goals you want to accomplish in the new year. And, in this special case, the brand new decade! Here at Rental Beast, we’re thinking about how we can better grow our database, expand the services we provide real estate agents, and keep simplifying the rental market. Check out these 10 New Year resolutions for real estate agents that can make 2020 their most productive year yet.
1. Think critically about making technology (and well-loved technology) work for you
If it seems like your constantly downloading new apps, struggling to keep up to date with new trends, and falling behind on what hashtags you need to know, you’re not alone. Technology changes a lot, and if you didn’t grow up in the digital age (or even if you did!) it can be super-tough to keep up. This new year, follow a few magazines that will keep you up to date with recent trends, and (if you’re still at home with your relatives, or at any time of the year!) listen when someone younger starts talking about what their friends are obsessing over. But, think critically about how you use technology. What social networks make the most sense for your business. Maybe not every single one of them.
2. Post at least 5 listings everyday
The best real estate agents know that leads don’t just come to them. Agents need to go out there and make sure that they’re putting properties in front of potential clients. Rental Beast’s top users make posting our rental listings a habit. Try posting 5 listings everyday on social media and craigslist and see how much interest you can drum up, and how many leads you can turn to clients.
3. Get your video skills up to snuff by making your first video!
Have you expanded into video marketing? Do you have a YouTube channel up and running? If so, good job and keep up your energy! If you haven’t, try making your very first video this year. Feeling stuck for ideas? We’ve got you.
4. Give your car a deep clean
You may spend a lot of time in your car, but clients expected to have a car that looks like it just rolled off the lot. Is this fair? Maybe not. Give yourself (and your car) the gift of a deep clean and make sure that it’s all prepped for a fantastic day of showings.
5. Take time for yourself (Every. Single. Day)
What sparks joy? What makes you excited to get up in the morning? Whatever it is— spending time with family and friends, reading a chapter of that new thriller you’re obsessed with, cooking up a storm in the kitchen, having a great work out—try to do it everyday. If you can’t make time for what you love everyday, we recommend slicing out just 10 minutes to meditate. Your professional practice is important, but so are you! Strike a healthy work-life balance with some powerful alone time.
6. Listen to real estate podcasts in your car
On your morning commute, try listening to a real estate related podcast. If you like listening to music in the morning to pump you up for a busy day, no need to give that up completely! Just put a few podcasts into rotation and you’re ready to go! Real estate podcasts are great to get you some quick insight into the market, best tips. Here’s some great podcasts you can check out today:
Unlisted with Brad Inman to hear how top producers are killing the game
The Tom Ferry Show to hear best practices (and get pumped up!)
Caravan Confessions if you’re ready to laugh.
The Real Estate Flash if you’re pressed for time. Their episodes are only 5 minutes long, and don’t forget to check out our Episode from November 18th, Rental Beast: A Novel Way to Sign New Clients.
7. Commit yourself to new educational experiences
As students of a dynamic, ever-changing market, you should always be ready to learn about aspects of the market that you’re not sure about. This year, commit yourself to expanding your capacity some education experiences.
8. If goals aren’t you thing. Make good habits
See if you can make some quantifiable goals coming into the new year. Check out our rental commission calculator and use your knowledge of your local market and your expectation for yourself you figure out what goals you should set for
If goals aren’t really your thing, then think about how you can develop better habits. To starters, check out the 6 habits of success real estate agents.
9. Think about your clients—what was one of the best client experiences. What was one of your most difficult clients?
This is a great exercise to do at any time, but it makes a lot of sense when you’re moving into a new year. Think back to what you thought was your best client experience, and then what was your worst. Dive into why these two interactions stood out to you, and evaluate your performance. What did you do in the best interaction that really worked? What did you do with your most difficult client that made soured the mood? See if you can pin down what you did well so you can do more of it, and make a plan to improve upon some of your weaker points.
10. Work with more rentals!
It’s never too late to start working with rentals. After all, rentals are a great way to access first time homebuyers, make income quickly, and take advantage of the wave of millennials getting ready to dominate the real estate market. And, it’s never too late to start working with Rental Beast.
Congrats on all your hard work in 2019. We’re looking forward to making 2020 the best year yet! To learn more about the Rental Beast platform or to request a no-obligation demo visit Rental Beast for Real Estate Agents.