Let’s face it—assistants take on a lot of responsibility in making sure everything runs smoothly for you and your clients, from overseeing transactions to communicating with clients, to updating your database, and maintaining your marketing calendar. But even the best assistants are not mind readers with ironclad memories, which is why it is necessary to put systems in place that keep things running smoothly. It’s part of the job description! Which is why when you, the agent, deviate from those systems, it drives your assistant a little, well… nuts.Read More
Why do you do what you do? Is it to make the most money or impact people’s lives? Is it to beat the competition or to contribute to the world in a meaningful way? The truth is that everyone needs a reason to do what they do. And while everyone may need a job to pay the bills, money isn't the core motivating factor for most people to do quality work. In fact, it rarely is.Read More
Looking for strategies for improving the communication between you and your assistant? In this sort mastermind video, Pro REA Staffing President Vanessa Rosenblum and Real Estate Team Trainer and Coach Kathleen Metcalf discuss the ways in which salespeople and assistants communication differently and how to bridge that gap.Read More
If you haven’t yet taken the plunge by hiring an Executive Assistant, it’s possible that one of the things holding you back is the fear of becoming a boss. It’s a huge responsibility! And part of that fear likely stems from not knowing whether you’ll communicate well with your new hire. Suddenly you will need to delegate, provide constructive feedback, and hold someone accountable.Read More
Writing a compelling job ad that offers a competitive salary is only half the battle. Now that you’re staring at a flooded inbox full of tons of candidates, you’ll have to begin the difficult task of finding the best new hire.Read More
Last week, I had the opportunity to speak to Kathleen Metcalf's coaching clients on a group call.
The topic was Team Building 102: How to grow beyond your first hire. Agents and Assistants were both in attendance, and we focused on what each of them needed to think about before adding another person to the team.Read More
The most important question of any job interview is the one candidates tend to prepare the least for.
Can you guess what it is?
“So tell me about yourself.” (Trick question—it’s not even a question!)Read More
There are so many career options in the real estate industry, but most people only think of becoming real estate agents when they venture into the business. They imagine making a comfy living while working on their own schedule and being their own bossRead More
Realizing that 1) he didn’t have the time to hire and 2) he didn’t have a good track record of finding great hires, he called Pro R.E.A. Staffing for help. Sam was pretty budget conscious, and the idea of paying someone to do something that he thought he should be able to do on his own was hard for him.Read More
So many agents put off making their first full-time hire well beyond the point when their workload calls for it. And it’s understandable why—making the leap from being a solo agent to becoming an employer and building a team is scary. Suddenly, it’s not just about you. You’re responsible for a whole other person!Read More
Being a real estate assistant is always not easy, but it is often deeply rewarding—and it’s a career in its own right.Too many applicants think of a real estate assistant job as a stepping stone to becoming an agent.Read More
ou hit the jackpot when you hired your Real Estate Assistant and your business has had the growth to prove it. Before you knew it, it was time to expand again! But this time, your assistant is along for the ride and chances are they’re due for a promotion.Read More
If you’re applying for a job and you attach the same resume you always do without tailoring it to the position, we have news for you: You’re wasting your time. Your resume and cover letter are all you have to help you stand out from the competition, and when you’re applying to become a real estate assistant .Read More
Top administrative talent is in high demand in the real estate industry, and qualified candidates can afford to be picky about what they’re looking for from their job and employer. If your job ad doesn’t wow them, the best candidates won’t even bother applying.Read More
By the time most agents are ready to take the plunge and hire a real estate assistant, they’re long overdue for the support. But even though you might need an assistant preferably yesterday, it’s important not to skip any steps in the recruiting process while moving quickly to get your top pick.Read More
By now, you have heard that hiring a Real Estate Assistant should be looked at as an investment and not a cost. But let’s face it, taking on a salaried employee is costly. In most of our active markets, experienced assistants command starting salaries of at least $50,000 as a base salary plus a bonus.Read More
It’s that time of year, again! Time to dust off your 2016 Business Plan, take stock, and start putting a plan in place for 2017. Marketing and expansion plans will most certainly be part of the equation however, I would like to encourage you to go back to the fundamentals first.Read More
Through years of working with top agents across the country, we have found nearly every successful team is consistently doing these four things. Capture more leads, more business and more listings by not only implementing these four best practices but also making them a consistent part of you and your assistant’s week.Read More