Expense Tracking Apps to Prepare You for Next Year’s Tax Season

HDC_Tax_Tracking_Blog_1200x630As the 2016 tax season comes to an end, you become your own private investigator: searching every crevice, purse, drawer, or shoebox imaginable to find every last receipt or document needed to show proof of purchase for business expenses. That’s the burden of tax preparation: whether you own your own business or work as a self-employed employee (1099 filing status), you have to show proof of all your business expenses. Knowing what you can deduct and keeping track of these expenses throughout the year can take the hassle out of filing your taxes. Continue reading

Google for Real Estate #5: Gmail

HDC_Gmail_Blog_2695_1200x600.jpgWhether you love it or hate it, every business needs email. It’s easy to set up your email account and call it done, but, like all technology, email is evolving and changing. The account you set up 20, 10, or even 5 years ago may no longer meet your business’s needs. Check out some of the things Gmail can do below and then ask yourself, “Does my email do this for me?” Continue reading

Pros and Cons of Joining a Team or Working Alone

HDC_TEAM_Sport_Blog_2645_800x320Real estate can be an inspiring and profitable profession, but as with any business your success depends on your ability to make decisions that will profit your business. One of the first decisions many agents find themselves contemplating when they begin a career in real estate is whether they should work alone or join a team. With pros and cons on both sides, the decision often comes down to personality and work style. Think “T.E.A.M.” to help you determine which option is the right choice for you.

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Resolve to Earn More in 2017 with These Top Webinars of 2016

SOTSA_Highlight_Blog_2631_1200x600.jpgEvery year the Secrets of Top Selling Agents webinar series has the honor of hosting some of real estate’s top professionals. In 2016 we had a great group of coaches and agents talking about everything from marketing luxury homes to finding listings in low inventory markets. You can check out all these great webinars for free at SecretsofTopSellingAgents.com or review the highlights below. Continue reading

12 Proven Real Estate Lead Generation Sources

HDC-Be-Productive-2592If you want to be a successful real estate agent, you’re going to consistently have a million and one jobs needing attention. You’ll have showings, contracts, business lunches, people wanting real estate advice—and they’re going to want it for free. You’ll need to deal with things like taxes, health insurance, and keeping your car spotless for clients. If you have your own office, you have to keep up with insurance and utilities and remember to order ink for the printer. And even with all that covered, you still have to go out and generate leads.

Lead generation can be hard work, and it’s discouraging when that work doesn’t appear to produce results. However, because you know that feeding leads into your funnel is one of the most important tasks on your to-do list, you keep doing it. In a recent Secrets of Top Selling Agents webinar, Dirk Zeller, CEO of Real Estate Champions recommended several ways to generate leads more efficiently. Here, we’ve taken those recommendations and expanded on them with tips and tricks relating them to you. Continue reading