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4 reasons to share your data and turn your team into a real business

By Irena Ashcraft on Aug 16, 2018

broker-data-relationships-320x216-2What do you lose when you keep everything to yourself?

We know of brokers who are protective of their data as well as their relationships, and of some teams that are so competitive they’ll steal leads right out from under each other.

And in a way, we get that instinct to turn inward. It can feel like you’re laying all your cards on the table when you share hard-earned intel with people who may not understand what it took for you to get it in the first place—and who may run off with it the moment your back is turned.

But at the same time that some brokers are turning inward, others are turning that thinking right on its head. They’re discovering that when they open up and work together, they’re able to attract even more success for themselves, their team, and ultimately their business.

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Hunting unicorns: How to find the next billion-dollar startup in your market

By Erik Dolan-Del Vecchio on Aug 2, 2018

Unicorn-Startups-List-2018-355310-editedEvery broker wants to catch a unicorn.

If you can find the next billion-dollar startup early, then you can ride that relationship as they grow. And then maybe retire early.

But like most things, the task of finding tomorrow’s unicorn is a lot easier if you know where to look. And if you don’t live in Silicon Valley or New York City, don’t despair — experts are predicting the next unicorns will come from smaller, burgeoning tech markets across the country.

So from making connections at top universities to attending the right events, follow these steps to put yourself in the best position possible to catch your market’s next unicorn early on so you can keep that relationship for the long term.

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5 tips to create strong first impressions every time

By Erik Dolan-Del Vecchio on Jul 11, 2018

broker-shaking-hands-224097-edited-1In commercial real estate success often boils down to the strength of your relationships. Whether it’s finding a mentor or securing new clients, all relationships start with a first impression. That impression sets the tone for everything to come.

While that may sound daunting, the good news is we have the power to consistently create excellent first impressions.

So from simple things like smiling to working to create an aura of self-confidence, master these five habits to start making the best impressions possible.

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Feature spotlight: 3 ways to work and close more deals faster

By Russ Duncan on Jun 28, 2018

If you’re finding success as a commercial real estate broker, then chances are you’re winning and executing business based on a fairly repeatable process that demonstrates your unique value. That process is likely a series of things to do in order to create and keep momentum and assign responsibility to yourself or your team.

Apto’s latest feature set is designed to help you do everything related to a deal much more efficiently. It lets brokers track, manage, and execute deals from start to finish with a simple interface and intuitive workflow that drives everything forward.

How, you might ask? Well, we have three feature spotlights to show you our favorite tools and how they’ll help you close more deals faster.

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7 traits of UNsuccessful brokers

By Erik Dolan-Del Vecchio on Jun 26, 2018

broker-thinking-window-320x189Let’s face it — becoming a successful broker isn’t easy.

It takes an entrepreneurial mindset and relentless persistence to succeed in the world of commercial real estate. Living on commissions while building your business from scratch is one of the toughest learning curves out there, and not everyone is up for the challenge.

But for those bitten by the CRE bug, it’s critical to understand that your habits and traits will either nourish or derail you on the path to success. And while it’s not fun to recognize our own shortcomings, top brokers know a bit of serious introspection only makes you stronger.

So from giving up easily to being afraid of technology, below are some of the key traits shared by unsuccessful brokers. If you recognize any of these traits in yourself, don’t panic; it doesn’t mean you need to change careers. All it means is now you know where you need to improve, and that’s the first step towards success.

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4 ways to increase trust during any conversation

By Irena Ashcraft on Jun 25, 2018

black-and-white-city-man-people-761171-editedIt takes a lot to earn somebody’s trust, and it’s not something you can simply do with the wave of a wand. The hardest thing about it is that it is, well, hard: it means you have to invest the time, keep your word, and care about the other person and those things that matter most to them.

Ultimately, creating trust requires you to, in the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Be, and not seem.” That means that your actions have to come from a place of sincerity.

However, there are certain things you can do to build trust more quickly, and you can integrate them into almost any conversation. These are subtle psychological strategies that can help other people feel more at ease around you and more prepared to trust you.

You’ll still, of course, have to do the work of earning that trust. But these tips should make that journey a more productive and enjoyable one for both you and the other person!

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5 steps to find a CRE mentor

By Erik Dolan-Del Vecchio on Jun 20, 2018

brokers-suits-coffee-320x240In an industry as dependent on relationships and experience as commercial real estate, there’s no question that working with the right mentor is massively beneficial.

From connecting you to leaders in your market to helping you rethink and optimize business strategies, finding a mentor can mean the difference between success and failure. Here are five steps you can use today to start successfully connecting with the giants in your market.

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The busier you are, the more down time you need (here’s how to get it)

By Irena Ashcraft on Jun 19, 2018

broker-phone-outside-coffeeGreat brokers thrive on the energy that comes with getting things done, whether it’s meeting a new prospect or shaking on a new deal. But if you’re the type that keeps getting things done, we’re betting you’re also the type who keeps that to-do list topped up.

Don’t get us wrong—we love brokers who go out there and make things happen. But the more we tune in to the science, the more we’re beginning to understand how important it is for doers to spend a little time doing, well, nothing at all.

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[Infographic] How 5 top brokers structure their days for max productivity

By Irena Ashcraft on Jun 14, 2018

When you structure your day right, everything seems to flow more easily—from the hours to the deals. But get cluttered up with pointless emails, meetings, and other time sucks, and suddenly the day has gone by and you’ve got nothing to show for it.

Being in this business means figuring out how to structure your day for the most productivity—from how you schedule meetings to how you handle emails. Here's how 5 high-performing brokers do it.

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4 strategies to overcome the summer slump

By Erik Dolan-Del Vecchio on Jun 12, 2018

summer-puppy-320x206The days are getting longer and the air is getting warmer, and we all know that can only mean one thing—summer is finally here. But as people across the country plan their vacations, CRE professionals are entering some of the slowest months of the year.

With the hot weather and slow days ahead, we know it can be tempting to leave the office early. And while it’s certainly important to enjoy the summer and take a much deserved break, top brokers know it’s essential to work just as hard this season as you have all year.

So from continuing to prospect to effectively communicating vacation plans, follow these tips to keep yourself on track for a successful year by having an enjoyable and productive summer.

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