Agents: Why Co-Branding with a Lender is the Best Thing for Your Business!

Okay okay.. I think we all can understand how insane the real estate business is. Real estate agents are always running back and forth between their office, showings, open houses, etc. while still trying to make time to keep the rest of their business running properly while juggling all of their clients. The word ‘marketing’ can be quite the swear word when your business starts getting busy. It is the first thing that gets pushed to the side while putting clients and their needs first. One saying that our team lives by is “Be PROACTIVE instead of REACTIVE”. There will always come a time when deals close and business starts to slow down.. it is so important to always be building your business while you’re closing business. However, marketing does takes time, money and creativity. As a lender, we love love love the agents we work with and will do our best to help them build their business! Team work makes the dream work!!  Co-branding is one of our favorite ways to help out. It is literally our fav. Thing. Ever! We, as the lender, do all the work, get the finished product to you and we just split the cost. What do you gain? Um, everything! You keep your time, your sanity, save half of the money you would have spent on other marketing, and you potentially gain new clients. Just remember that of course, every mortgage company has different marketing guidelines to stay compliant with all the laws and regulations so make sure you talk deets with the lender but generally speaking, this is how it works! Not only is it pain...

The Importance of Hand Written Thank You Notes

My birthday was at the beginning of this month (yes.. I might still be celebrating it ;)) – and I received a card in the mail from my… wait for it… DENTIST! Really? My dentist?? It was a cute little card with a picture and funny saying on it with a super short, handwritten message on the inside meant for only me on my special day. I was SO impressed that he took a split second out of his day to think of me. It is little things like that that make a huge difference in the way people run their businesses. Clients will always always always return. Any type of handwritten note, makes someone feel appreciated and needed and that feeling is totally invaluable. Handwritten notes are not only beneficial to our clients though.. Let’s not forget about our boss, co-workers, and team members! I have made it a goal starting Monday of next week to write at least 5 thank you cards to go to my boss, co-workers, or team members. I seriously believe that “team work makes the dream work” and when we show appreciation for each other, we are WAY more willing to go the extra mile when fulfilling a certain task. Not only does that benefit the clients and other co-workers, but it gives everyone a bigger sense of accomplishment. Next time someone does some little or even something super awesome for you, take 2 minutes, write a simple thank you note and see what happens. I promise, you won’t regret it! Have a fabulous day,...

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!”

I think we all have had a time where we have enjoyed our weekend but dreaded Monday to come. I know I used to be guilty of that! Times have changed though. I can honestly tell you that Monday is definitely my favorite day of the week. I’ll tell you why: I got pretty big into fitness a couple of years ago. I signed up with two of the top fitness trainers in Utah. They taught me about how to change my lifestyle instead of crash dieting so I could get results that lasted a lifetime instead of a short time period. One of the most important things they drilled into my mind was this quote: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!”  I met with my coaches once every week to tell them about how my last week went with my workouts and meal plans and we would go over my progress. Depending on how things went, they would change my meal plan or keep it the same. Either way, after every meeting, I would take my new (or same) meal plan and head straight for the grocery store to get all of the food for prep for the next week. I knew that if I didnt do it then, I wouldn’t do it at all and during the week, I wouldn’t follow my plans. “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!” I started to implement all of these little tasks that I learned from my fitness trainers into my professional work life and things started to change drastically.. for the good! The most important...