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How do you build a team from one to 28? Christy Buck, super star producer from Pearland, Texas, shares how hiring the right Administrator to advance to Operations Manager enabled her to jump from a dining room table agent to a thriving team of 28 team members. Get your life back and get the scoop from this dynamic duo!

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If 2020 was a challenging year for all of us, 2021 is certainly starting out with a lot of activity. Purchase activity, refinance activity, COVID activity, vaccination activity, political activity, and quite a bit of activity in the bond market!

The purchase and refinance activity is pretty much following the numbers we saw going into the holidays and a pretty good size surge of new preapprovals entering the market to look into what is usually a very busy listing month for resales!

Unfortunately, spikes in COVID cases are raising concerns as vaccines are being sped to market each day, but not as fast as many would like. We have challenges on the political front that won’t likely go away any time soon, but will definitely impact all of us in some way yet to be determined. Then there is the bond market losing almost 50bps in the past two days as the 10 year climbs over 1%.

All of these are issues for sure. My advice for all of you is that there is no guessing required here! Nobody need to predict or pontificate about what may or may not happen in the days and weeks ahead; at least not in the capacity as a mortgage professional. I don’t care who you are, you don’t have a crystal ball. Nobody can be certain what we will see in the short term or what the consequences of any or all of these will have on the mortgage and real estate markets until we see what actually happens. So NO GUESSING! What is today is today. What is tomorrow is tomorrow. It has been my experience that in peak turmoil, it is better to deal from a factual base, than to try and predict the outcome and impact of that outcome on our industry.

So please, be aware of the facts. Understand the fear. Above all, don’t feed into the panic or create any drama. As a professional, deal from the facts and share the truth!

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 Tami Bonnell HeadshotEXIT Realty Corp International’s CEO TAMI BONNELL is an internationally renowned leader in the real estate industry and was instrumental in building three major brands. Among her many achievements, she was recognized by Real Estate trend watcher, Stephan Swanepoel, three years consecutively as one of the 200 most Powerful and influential   people in residential real estate, among the top 20 corporate executives and among the top 10 women leaders.

 Ms. Bonnell has been a featured speaker at the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTOR’S® convention to the Top 500 power brokers, The National Women’s Council REALTORS®, Inman News Connect Conference and the RIS Media’s Leadership Conference.  

She was named to the National Association of Women in Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem ( NAWRB) Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council (NDLIC).

Ms. Bonnell was honored by STEM connector as one of it’s 100 Corporate Women Leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

Ms. Bonnell is a 30 plus year veteran of the real estate industry and joined EXIT Realty in 1999. She was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2012.

She is a wife, mother of three and grandmother of three. In her spare time she is a martial artist, coach and referee.

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Pamela Headshot 2019Pamela Banks earned her real estate license in 2000 and immediately immersed herself in the profession. She specializes in residential lifestyle real estate, working with buyers, sellers and investors. Along with her 20 years of experience, Pamela is deeply involved in the profession, serving on local, state and national real estate committees. This year, along with her committee work, she is also serving as a Board of Director for both Florida Realtors and the National Association of Realtors, as well as a RPAC President Circle Sterling R contributor. Pamela joined the Women’s Council of Realtors Greater Palm Beach in 2004, served as the President in 2006 and Florida State President in 2015. This year she is honored to be the Women’s Council of REALTORS National President Elect.

Pamela is addicted to orchids with over 70 plants in her yard. She is married to her high school sweetheart, has three grown sons and three granddaughters.

With a passion for real estate, cutting edge technology and a knowledge of the market, she delivers Excellence You Can ​Bank​ On!

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IMG 3577 1For nearly three decades, Rick’s led more than 1,000 classes and workshops guiding real estate companies and teams to superior agent attraction, agent recruiting, agent retention, and systems surrounding all 3 throughout the U.S. and Canada. He is also a Master Coach with Workman Success Systems. Most of Rick’s coaching clients are top producing Teams, and in most cases, they also own real estate offices or franchises. He’s produced a daily inspirational video blog and presented keynote addresses to thousands of professionals from all industries and walks of life.

Rick Geha began his real estate career at age of 22 while finishing a degree in Biology at Cal State Hayward and working in his family’s restaurant.

By 1987, he had jumped in full-time and soon became the #1 agent at a local agency named Good Real Estate.

By 1993, his passion quickly evolved to influence and leadership earning Rick a leadership position with Contempo Realty.

By 1997, he had grown his team to include about 50 agents while still remaining a top producer, himself.

That same year, the chain was bought by Cendant and, just two years later, Rick’s office was named the #2 Century 21 Office in the World for sales volume (from among 7,500 offices worldwide). That achievement was repeated again in 2000.

In 2001, Rick’s saw an opportunity to expand his influence and the difference he was making with agents that led him to join Keller Williams Realty. He continued to produce superior team results while building a successful career as a speaker, trainer and coach.

Rick left KW in 2015 to pursue speaking and coaching at the highest level. While he still sells real estate with his team “The Rick Geha Real Estate Team” in Northern CA.

He is most proud of his speaking company” The Freedom Pathfinder ” and his affiliation with Workman Success Systems.

Posted On Wednesday, 06 January 2021 22:20 Written by


steve spangler flameHe’s a best-selling author, STEM educator and business leader branded by TIME Magazine as one of their “most influential people of the year” because of his passion to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. 

With more than 1,500 television appearances and multiple Emmy awards to his credit, Steve is also a regular guest on the Ellen DeGeneres Show where she dubbed him America’s Science Teacher. Steve’s catalog of videos featured on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and now TikTok have close to 1 billion views, and his books and online experiments are widely used by parents and educators to increase student engagement and inspire young scientists to learn more about STEM-based careers.

But Steve Spangler feels most at home when he’s on stage sharing insights and creating those amazing experiences audiences remember for a lifetime. Steve brings over 25 years of experience (4,500+ presentations) to the platform every time he speaks. In July 2010, members of the National Speakers Association inducted Steve into the prestigious Speaker Hall of Fame. He is among an elite group of only 224 professional speakers in the world to receive this honor.

Whether you’re looking for an amazing keynote speaker to kick-off your event, teacher training and professional development opportunities to help you become a more effective STEM educator, or personalized consulting and coaching, Steve Spangler can help you create your own transformational experiences in business and education.

Posted On Wednesday, 06 January 2021 21:56 Written by


A bit about Verl: 

Verl WorkmanVerl makes it his personal mission to develop amazing coaches. It takes thorough vetting and intense training. But it all starts with being a master coach himself, who leads by example.

Verl brings deep real-estate, leadership and coaching experience to every business relationship. His coaching clients represent the elite agents, teams and brokers in the world. But they didn’t necessarily start out that way. By identifying the “why” behind each goal, he is able to help his clients achieve greatness.

Verl is also an accomplished speaker and presenter—one of just a handful of presenters to earn the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association. His experience and expertise in all aspects of sales, marketing, promotion, management and technology have enlightened and empowered helped thousands of professionals to expand their knowledge and achieve their goals.

Verl’s contagious style and sales and management mastery make him not just an ideal coach, but the consummate coach’s coach.

Verl's credentials and accomplishments include:

• Founder & CEO of Workman Success Systems
• Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from NSA
• President of RIS Media's Top 5 in Real Estate Network
• Co-founder of Pinnacle Quest Consulting and Verl Workman Seminars
• Co-founder of Automation Quest (acquired by Homes.com in 1999)
• DISC Training Certified
• Successful, active real estate agent & business owner

 
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It is no secret that children are attracted to video games like moths to light. From Minecraft to Roblox, children of today spend hours in front of screens both large and small, oftentimes much to the dismay of their parents and teachers.

Whether you have children of your own or not, you may believe these kids are using their time idly; however, it is actually quite the contrary. Believe it or not, they are likely learning while playing their favorite game, and furthermore, we as adults can learn a lot about these intuitive young individuals based on what they play.

This concept is part of a trend I first identified in the 1980s that I call gamification. Believe it or not, gamification is an increasing part of all of our lives in this new technological frontier, and is poised to educate adults just as much as video games educate children.

The Psychology of Play in Human Development

Many of the greatest technological advances in business and what motivates adults stem from the concept of open-ended play. Children have a boundless imagination and curiosity for the world around them, which they discover by playing.

To tie in gamification, whether it be a board game or a video game, play that involves working toward an end goal ties critical thinking skills to that discovery during play. Therefore, when young children use a computer to play a video game, there is a lot more going on than wrongfully perceived “wasted time.”

Outside of the game itself, they are using technology in a tactile sense, whether it be a controller, a touch screen, a mouse, you name it. Within the game, they are navigating a user interface, something we encounter every day in the personal and professional world, be it with our iPhones or a virtual teller at our bank.

Finally, there is the objective of the game. Take, for example, the popular video game Minecraft. The purpose of this game is to explore the virtual world, construct buildings and, yes, survive. It is an open-ended game, just as the Sims was for Millennials now navigating the adult world.

Gamification in Recreation

The concepts of gamification do not stop at children; they are massively evident in adult lives, both personally and, more importantly, professionally.

In the personal lives of adults, we see it everywhere in the fitness industry. FitBit is wearable technology that tracks your steps throughout the day, can sense when your heart rate is elevated while you work out, can even identify what workout you are doing, and maps out stats around your health in the corresponding smartphone app, allowing you to compete against yourself in your fitness journey.

Outside of wearable technology, interactive exercise equipment has gained traction, such as the Peloton, which gives you a virtual spin class trainer, personalized to encourage you to push yourself harder and defeat the “yesterday you.”

Professional Development and Gamification

It is easy to pinpoint gamification in recreation; however, what about in the professional world? Aside from the go-to thought of employees taking a quiz to learn about something they might already know, can elements of video games be integrated in adult learners?

Of course! Anticipatory leaders, take note: gamification and its benefit are a Hard Trend in training that will only accelerate as technology increases.

Here are five core elements of gamification that can be applied to the business world. 

1. Self-Diagnostics: How much time have you wasted sitting through business training that mostly covered things you already knew, just to learn those few key items you didn’t? Why not give your business training a self-diagnostic component, like advanced video games in which the more feats you accomplish, the greater challenges the game gives you?

2. Interactivity: Education and training are traditionally passive experiences: someone stands in front of the group and talks while you listen. But learning is far more effective when one interacts with the material, such as your ability to manipulate items in advanced video games. Create an interactive module for your business training instead!

3. Immersion: Virtual Reality (VR) is by no means a “fad” that will fade with time. 3D is now interspatial: instead of images popping out at you, you enter them and become immersed in the information. In training customer service representatives on how to use a device you manufacture, it would be highly beneficial to immerse them in a VR experience of the product instead of having them memorize a spec sheet.

4. Competition: The term “gamification” is mutually exclusive with competition, and it is why consumers are drawn to products like the aforementioned Peloton; they are naturally competitive. Passive training is too much of a level playing field, whereas training from competition fosters an adrenaline rush that keeps employees engaged, making everyone better.

5. Focus: When you play a game, you’re forced to focus. You have to do A before B can occur. If you don’t focus on doing A, you don’t get very far. Focus is enhanced by interactivity, competition, immersion, and self-diagnosis.

A Gamified Anticipatory Organization

Having a competitive advantage in business is crucial in this technologically disruptive world.

In order to help your organization have an anticipatory mindset, which encourages employees and leaders alike to pay attention to the Hard Trends that will happen and leverage disruption and change as opportunity and advantage, building an interactive training system that is as thrilling as racing cars or playing a sport will teach them how to think critically when staying on top of their game.

So the next time you think video games are just “child’s play,” think again. Consider how even the most entertaining games labeled as being “just for fun” can be applicable in business training as well.

 

Source: Burrus.com

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First, let me wish all of you a very Happy New Year! 2020 has been rewarding for the mortgage industry, despite many challenges. The market doesn’t appear to be slowing down at all as we approach 2021 and the busiest listing period of the year and millions of loans that would still benefit from refinancing. So pay attention this weekend and expect a good deal of activity right from the start!

The Designation

• As I spoke about before, we will begin awarding the “Certified Residential Lending Specialist” designation in January to those that have qualified.
• It is a process that reviews individual production of a minimum 100 closed units in a year, with a minimum of 75 purchase units self-sourced.
• It also requires verified customer satisfaction of completed surveys by clients either back to their company or a social platform we can verify.
• Completion of personal instruction and training focused on providing an exceptional customer experience to individual clients and referral partners.
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