About carriejolittle

Carrie Little has been in the real estate business since 2001. She is a licensed Real Estate Managing Broker, with CarMarc Realty Group, in West Chicago Illinois. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Elmhurst College, a Paralegal Certification from Boston University and a Masters of Science degree in Digital Marketing and Analytics. Carrie is the Past President, 2014, for the West Suburban Chapter of the Women's Council of Realtors® in Illinois. Past President for Women's Council Illinois and a National Executive member. As a continuing education instructor and contract trainer with Midwest Real Estate Data, since 2008, she is able to train over 5000 real estate professionals using the best MLS tools available in the United States and the Northern Illinois Area. She holds a Continuing Education license in Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, New York, and West Virginia She has a background in Social Media, Television, Commercial Real Estate, Residential Real Estate, Marketing and Business Administration. She is a proud mother, soon to be grandmother and enjoys helping and motivation others to reach their professional goals, personal goals and real estate dreams.

Is Having a Paycheck Hindering Your business?

Real estate agents don’t earn a paycheck.  We get paid based on our efforts and when our transactions close.  We work, in many cases, five to seven days a week to produce leads that generate buyer and seller transactions that turn into a commission check, not a paycheck.  A paycheck is what some gets after completing a job for their employer.  And usually after working a 40-hour work week.  Full-time agents work 60+ hours a week and many of those hours happen when our client’s workdays end.  Therefore, we are often out until 8’clock at night.

Real estate agents are independent contractors not employees, this means we work for ourselves under the sponsorship of a brokerage.  We get paid by our sponsoring brokers after we close on a real estate transaction.  I was recently at a convention where I had the opportunity to network with Dr. Danette O’Neal, a REALTOR University professor.  We talked about the power of need vs. want.  When you need a paycheck it’s hard to focus.  When you don’t need a paycheck it’s easier to focus on the goals for your business. Dr. O’Neal Said, “There is a difference between people that want money and the people need money.  If you focus on the want, you’ll forget about the need.”  Even then it’s hard to focus on wanting income when you need an income to pay your bills.  This can often be hard to overcome, that’s why we have agents with part-time and full-time jobs.  The idea of working for hours or days without a paycheck is difficult to handle.  Therefore, the power of having a paycheck can hinder or hurt an agent looking to become a full-time in the business.  So how can someone go from need to want and become successful in real estate?

  1. If you are working a regular or part-time job, learn the business of real estate. Take as many classes as you can to master the real estate business.
  2. Practice the steps to home ownership with your friends and family.
  3. Show homes every weekend to a friend or family member. Tip: try to show vacant homes.  This way you don’t inconvenience someone living in the home.    Please make appointments.  Note: You can never show a home without permission.
  4. Learn the lending industry. No, I don’t mean take classes to become a loan officer, I mean meet a lender for coffee and have them explain a specific program to you.  Attend a lunch and learn with your local mortgage company. Learn the difference between, FHA, VA and conventional and why a buyer may need to use one loan over the other.  You are not replacing the loan officer but understanding the process so you can better serve your client.
  5. Practice listing a home. Do you know how long it takes to process a new listing or how long it takes to prepare for a market analysis?
  6. Go on broker tour. The benefit of touring a neighborhood helps you understand, how to use the lockbox, what the homes look like in the area and networking with other agents.
  7. Set goals, how many buyers will you work with this year? How many sellers will your work with this year? Write down your goals and put them in a place where you see them daily.
  8. How many people do you need to speak to daily to reach your goals? How much engagement do you need to generate leads from social media?
  9. When you start closing transactions, make sure you save money to eventually go from a part-time agent to a full-time agent. 

The power of a paycheck will either keep you from selling real estate or help you sell real estate.  If you currently receive a paycheck, live beneath your means, save money, and master real estate.  If you focus on what you want with your goals in front of you, you will be come a successful agent.  Nothing comes easy, remember you must get up, get dressed and work the real estate business.  Don’t wait for real estate to happen to you, make real estate happen for you.

Follow me on  instagram – Carrie Jo Little, BS,MS profile and download your first 6 weeks in real estate found in my profile.  Check out my IGTV videos as well.

 

Real Estate Beyond Social Media

Social Media is one of the best ways to build any small business.  It’s easier and faster to generate a lead in today’s market than ever before.  In the early 2000’s I remember when we had to place a buy newspaper ads, door knock, put out doorknob bags, cold call and send direct mail marketing to compete in this industry.  We also built our businesses with our friends, neighbors and family.  Also known as your sphere of influence and relationship building. Some of us actually used a fax machine to send flyers.  This was the every day hustle for most real estate agents.

Today, I use Social Media to build relationships, connect with friends, colleagues, and education.  Social Media has changed the way I generate leads and close deals.
Although, social media has changed the game, real estate agents need to know the basics of the business.
Beyond Social media we need to understand the rules, how to work with buyers and sellers, how to explain statistics, know our markets, manage a transaction and follow up. You can be the best social media marketer, but if you don’t get the basic skills of selling real estate you will end up losing clients or building a successful business.
Every month I have the opportunity to teach approximately 200 new real estate agents. When your agents come to class the only thing they want is a paycheck.  In most cases the newbie agents signed up thinking they were getting a “Real Job”.  Someone forgot to tell them they were responsible for generating their own business.  I’m often asked if I can coach or mentor agents.  I am always happy to help you spend your money, but before I do, there are so many tools available to help with becoming a better agent.
  1. Take all the free training from your brokerage – if it’s not free,  why?  If you are paying monthly fees to have your license with a firm, why are spending extra money for training?  If you signed up for a 100% company, then I can see why you pay for training.  You signed up to make all the money when you close a deal, so the company holding your license needs to make money too.  Basically, 100% is 100% for a reason.  If the truth be told, 100% of nothing equals nothing.  You could easily be the broke agent if you don’t get training.  So educate yourself!  On-demand learning.  Join Marki and I in Real Estate Live with Carrie & Marki, where we educate agents on Facebook.
  2. Sign up for every free course provided by your local association.  It doesn’t matter who you sign up with, 100%, flat fee, or a split based firm, you can get the training if you seek it out.
  3. Sign up for every MLS class.  In my market our MLS trains you at no additional cost. You do pay for training in your dues, but you can show up to class for “FREE”.
If you take advantages of training you will be better off than agents that have been in the market for years.  Once we think we’ve learned it all, we stop learning.  Go get the education and keep learning.
Here’s what hard, we want to go from not understanding to understanding everything there is to being a real estate agent overnight.  It just won’t happen.  You have to become a learner of the business, work longer hours than a regular Monday through Friday job, and become an entrepreneur.
“It takes 10,000 hours to become an expert”  Malcolm Gladwall
My full time job will not accommodate your part time effortsMarki Lemons-Rhyal 
Do you want tips on how to start in your first six weeks of business?  Click here for my jump-start guide to beginning in real estate.
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3 Brokers Walk Into a Bar

Professionalism, training hurdles, commissions, and sales meeting incentives were among the hot topics in this first-in-a-series chat with broker-owners.

January – February 2019 – by Erica Christoffer

What happens when you bring together a group of broker-owners to dish about the business and share ideas for addressing common problems? For this chat, the first in a series, the magazine invited a group of industry pros for a beverage at a Legal Seafood eatery in Boston. They were in town for the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in November. Whether it’s how to deal with lagging professionalism in the industry or what it takes to run an inspiring sales meeting, the candid conversation provides a glimpse into the everyday challenges facing the broker community.

The path to improved professionalism

Scott: Professionalism is lacking when agents are left to their own devices.  Read more…….

Source: 3 Brokers Walk Into a Bar

 

You are a new agent! Where will your business come from?

When the market is good, more people become real estate agents.  When the market isn’t good, we lose agents to the Monday through Friday workplace.  The agents that stay in the business through the tougher times understand what it is like to generate business.
Lead Generation
However, when you’re new to the business or coming back to the business, the hard question is, “Where will your business come from?”  If you’re a social media watcher, many agents make our industry look easy. And there are agents that you never see in social media that also make this business look easy.
In 2001, non of us were thinking we’d have our own personas online.  Today, I can show you my business and how I work.  I can hire photographer, take awesome photos and give the idea that I’m successful.  Maybe it’s true or maybe, I’m “Faking it until I make it.”  Don’t fake it.  Share your journey on social media and provide awesome information!
For those of us that watch social media, you miss out on the behind the scenes of a REALTOR.  For those agents that have a huge social following and are successful, many times you don’t see the late hours of paperwork catch up, email catch up, marketing work, follow up, showing homes, creating market reports and putting out fires.  In addition to getting new business.
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So, where will your business come from? 
  1. The people you already know.  Make a list with name, phone number, address, email address and social media accounts.
  2. If you’re new to the business you need to practice the business.  Create a market analysis for your neighbor and practice the presentation.  More than one neighbor. The benefit of doing this is when the time comes to list a home you’ll already have some level of comfort when presenting to someone you don’t know.
  3. Go on broker open house tours. Learn the inventory available and practice using the lock boxes.
  4. Show homes to your friends.  Don’t inconvenience sellers.  Show vacant homes.  This is not HGTV folks.  Practice scheduling and using the lock box app or key.
  5. Walk your neighborhood and put doorknob bags on each door with community information, market updates and things to do in the area and ask for real estate business
  6. Have an event in your neighborhood.  Not sure what to do?  How about having the “Cup Cake” food truck at your house or the “Ice Cream”Truck.  Give out free ice cream or Cupcakes.  Become the neighborhood go to person.  It took me 7 months to become the household name in 2001 when I started selling homes.  Consistency works!
  7. Sit other agents open houses from your office.  A great way to practice talking the “Real Estate Talk” and gaining new buyers.
  8. This is a relationship business.  Keep building relationships.
Here is the key!  You have to start somewhere.   The hustle, working hard and networking is real.  You must work if you want to be successful in this business. Don’t expect your company to give you business.  You are in the entrepreneur business, so let’s get to work and build our real estate businesses.
Keep coming back for new agent tips!  Follow me on Instagram for live shows on real estate.  CarrieJolittle

No Leads on Facebook? I have the Solution!!

I was recently asked this question…… 📽 ⭐I’ve been creating videos for 30 days on Social Media and still no leads. Guess What? I have the solution. ⭐🎥

If you are creating videos consistently and still no leads, then you must make a few adjustments.

1. Create different content. Are you boring? Get rid of the same old content. Tell your network something new and relevant.

2. Engage with your network – like and engage on their posts consistently.

3. Invite people to your business page. They will come if you just ask.

4. Connect with more people on Facebook – you need a bigger network – your network determines your net-worth

5. Create content in your business page – then boost it two days later with a landing page

6. Create a YouTube channel with your videos – horizontal videos only

7. Consistency is key. Keep creating and building content with video. Houses aren’t built in a day and neither will your social media.

Your Past Employment Prepared you for Real Estate

What was your first “Real Job”?  Did you hate it or love it?  Every job you’ve ever worked can help you transition into real estate.

I loved my first job at TJMaxx back in the late 80’s.  Who doesn’t want to work where they shop?  At TJMaxx learned how to customize clothing racks, clean the sales floor and check out TJmaxx customers at the cash register.  Let’s not discuss minimum wages in the 80’s.  😊.  My second job was at Sears Roebuck & Company.  I pretty much preformed the same job functions at Sears as TJMaxx.  However, at Sears, I eventually promoted to Supervisor in the children’s department then later to custom decorating.  Custom decorating was the department that managed draperies and shades for the real estate industry.

When I realized my income wasn’t going to change much, I began my job search again to one day be employed by Kissane Business System, the place where my technology career took off.  From there I went to NEC Technologies where I eventually managed all the demonstration equipment for the United States and Canada.    While at NEC, I decided to complete my BS in Business Management.  The great thing about working for corporate is that they will often assist with tuition reimbursement.

After NEC I worked for a non-profit where I managed the television department.   I learned how to work with television stations, edit video and build short commercials.  lAfter leaving one non-profit, I ended up working for another, a local church working as an administrative assistant.   Only part-time so I could be available for my kids.

While at the local Church I decided to go back the College of DuPage to earn my Real Estate Sales person license in 2001.  After passing the exam I began my part-time real estate career with a large Chicagoland brokerage.  So why all this history?  Every job I’ve held gave me different skills that would easily translate into real estate.  So, let’s break this down:

  1. As a retail sales person I learned how to take direction from authority. You’d think we’d learn this from our parents, right.   I also learned how to organize clothes, pick up after other people and handle someone else’s money.
  2. As a sales person and supervisor, I learned how to manage different personalities, work with customer service issues from frustrated clients and close a large retail store. Who knew I’d get the keys to Sears before the age of 21.  I gained their trust.
  3. As a customer service report for the Sears Custom Drapery department, I learned how to read measurements for draperies, pleated shades, shades, blinds and more. This is the job that made me re-think learning how to type.
  4. Kissane Business Systems is the company that hired me based on my twin sisters’ skills. Yes, I had to go to Triton College and take a typing class because I was hired to be the admin to the VP of Sales. Yeah, I learned how to type fast.  😊.   This where I learned the most about business.  They were a small business that sold computers, typewriters, and printers to companies like McDonald’s and Boston Chicken.  I learned how to create invoices, worked with accounts receivables, accounts payables, type letters, work with annual rental contracts while assisting an executive.  Oh, I made the coffee too.  I also was one of the first users on SAP accounting software in the early 90’s.
  5. When I made the leap to NEC technologies I started as a temp agent. After working in their A/V repairs department I was quickly promoted to assistant the department manager.  Then I took a new position in their sales department where I would manage the company’s demo equipment used by sales people.  I worked closely with the transportation department and off-site warehouse management teams.
  6. Then the big switch to a non-profit where I learned how to use professional television cameras, commercial editing equipment, and have connections local television stations.
  7. My last job, before starting my real estate career, was at a church. This is where I learned about 5013c’s, LLC’s and corporations.   I also created flyers, bulletins, balanced the bank account using QuickBooks monthly, entered payroll and deposited the church offerings at the bank.  I also cleaned the bathrooms in the office, cleaned the church bathrooms and cleaned the kitchen.  In addition to this,I was tasked with finding a “Free Mobile” classroom for kid’s church.
  8. Out of all these past careers, I also volunteered at Mothers and More where we raised over $50k twice a year.
  9. I worked as a legal assistant for McDonald’s Real Estate East Coast division where I learned about the commercial real estate industry and how to work with attorneys.

Many people get into real estate without a real estate background and have no a clue about the industry.  However, if you take about an hour, the time it took me to write this blog post, you’ll be able to look at your prior job history and incorporate into real estate.  And here is how:

  1. If you’ve worked in retail, you already understand how to work with buyers and sellers. You’ve figured how to deal with every personality type, provide excellent customer service, sell products and add new inventory.
  2. Working in Custom Decorating helps me understand what to look for in window treatments for any home. Yes, I know what’s out dated and what’s in style today.  What you can keep in the home and what “must” go.
  3. My administrative skills translate into transaction management, letter writing, organization and follow through. I created manuals to train others on the same systems I was using.  Today, I had to create manuals for new agents and for our admin staff.
  4. I learned how to use creative software by designing bulletins and flyers for the church, designing covers for audio sales at the non-profit, creating Newsletters for the church, invitations for parties and weddings.
  5. After working in technology, I can pick up new software tools quickly. I understand how they function and if the tool will work for my business.
  6. In 2006 I started training adults for free on how to use computers. I love watching adults learn something new and integrate it into their daily lives.
  7. Were you a stay at home parent? Did you take care of everyone else’s needs?  If so, you’re perfect for real estate.  This is exactly what we do everyday, create a process that’s seamless for every client.  We are the keep it together group.
  8. When I volunteered, I learned how to work with people I didn’t know, I learned how to raise lots of money for a worthy cause, and get the skills needed to speak like I do today.
  9. Have you worked in the financial industry, If so, learn how to read real estate data and explain it to your new buyers and sellers. This is huge for real estate agents.  Once you understand the data, the rest of what we do is easy.

Every job I’ve had prepared me to open a real estate company.  We all have different job histories.  Now take time to figure out how this translates into real estate for you.

Next steps:

Write a list of your job history and figure out how it translates to real estate today.  You’ve got this.  If you’re not tech savvy, start by taking classes at the library, the community college and watch my Carrie’s YouTube Channelvideos.  Join me in one of my Facebook Groups.  www.SmartGirlMediaLive.com or www.TheRealStreamingEstate.com

Guaranteed ways to generate leads from Social Media

As a practicing agent and now broker owner, I’ve used social media with intention for the last five years.  In 2008 when I was introduced to Facebook, I had no idea that I would be able to build a successful lead generation platform online.   There is truth in the fact, “everything works, if you work”.  When you actively use social media to build a business, you too can generate leads that convert and close.

 

How do we do  it?  In the beginning of my social media journey, I used it to connect with old friends from elementary and high school.   Planning the high school reunion was easy.  Easy to find old friends with a few clicks.  Since 2008 Facebook has gone through many changes.  We have personal pages, groups, business pages, the ability to sell our stuff, watch the latest Facebook shows and pay to advertise.   And Wait, Facebook isn’t the only platform to build an online business.   My go to tools include, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn.  Yep, in that order.   I get more business and engagement from Facebook and Snapchat.

Steps to guaranteed leads on social media:

1. Increase your connections on Social Media. If you are using Facebook and you don’t have a network, friends, how can you convert your network into leads?  Facebook allows 5000 friends.  Your goal is to get there.  Maybe not overnight.  Patience and starting is the key to your social success.  Start with connecting with people from the past.  High school, college, friends, family and people from your past jobs.  These are people that may already know you.

2. Be human on social media. Are you posting everyone else’s content?  If you are, you’re not authentic you.  Be yourself on social media.

  1. Tell your story – example, your home buying experience
  2. Why you are in the real estate business.
  3. Who are you outside of real estate?
  4. What are your hobbies?

3. Engage and build relationships with your network on social media. If you only watch what people do on social media, you won’t generate leads.  People, friends and family want to work with the person that they know or the person the feel like they know.  The watcher on social media is like the person that sits on the porch all day and watches the neighborhood.  Be the person on the porch that knows everything happening in the neighborhood, says hello to everyone that walks by and invites their neighbors over for coffee.  Engage with your friends posts on social media.  If you like what was shared, make a comment!  The more you engage on social media the more likely someone will reach out to you when the time comes to buy or sell a house.

4. Meet with your network outside of social media. Yes, I mean it!  Go to dinner, have coffee go to networking events, a sporting event or invite your friends over for dinner.  The more personable you are outside of social media the more relate-able you are.  Then connect on social media.  Follow Sheena Baker on Instagram to see how it’s done!

5. Create relevant and consumable content. Video and the written word.  Remind your followers that you are a real estate agent.  Create a call to action.

6. Next Steps!  Start building on Social Media today.   Don’t think to hard about this stuff.   You’ll be glad you started today a year from now.  follow me on Instagram, IGTV and Snapchat today.  @CarrieJoLittle

IGTV – What are you waiting for? Use it Today!

What are you waiting for?  Start using IGTV for Real Estate Today!

You are hearing it from me first.  Instagram TV launched as a separate platform in June.   The goal of IGTV is to give the user an experience with vertical video.  Most social media users watch video from their mobile devices in vertical view. You also have the option to upload video directly to your account from your laptop.  A feature that isn’t available for Instagram.   I’d be the first to say, it’s hard for me to watch in vertical since our television shows video in horizontal view.  It might just be my generation.  But maybe this is how Instagram and even Snapchat are changing the game of vertical video.

Take your social game to the next level with IGTV:

  1. Download the app today. Apple and Droid and connect your Instagram account carrie igtv.pngwith IGTV
  2. Connect your business page to IGTV – Once you upload your video you’ll have the option to share your video to your business page.
  3. Give your video an awesome stand out title
  4. Write a description and include #hashtags
  5. Use your Instagram story to redirect people to your IGTV account. Tell your audience how to find you.
  6. If you are using direct mail add your IGTV account to your direct mail. Allow the consumer to watch your business online.
  7. As of today, IGTV is now integrated in Instagram.  Start watching and Creating today.  Just click in the top right hand corner after you’ve downloaded the new app.  Make sure you’ve updated your Instagram app.

What are you waiting for?  Be one of the first to add IGTV to your social media marketing campaign.   IGTV lets anyone that wants to create become the creator of their own brand. Leverage the technology today.  Follow us on Carrie on IGTV today.

Agents to follow on Instagram:

SheenaSells

MarcLittleREALTOR

CarrieJoLittle

 

 

The Instagram Story Take Over Event

Join me July 14th, 2018 at 8:30am to learn how to master Instagram Stories for your business.  Class is held in West Chicago IL and starts on time at 9am. Click Here to Register.  I’ll hold the class even if one person registers.

You’ve asked at every continuing education class to have a hands on Social Media Class, so I am delivering.

In this class you will learn:

Instagram Basics – 9am to 9:30a

The Story Feature – 9:30a to 9:45a

Canva Basics & The App – 9:45a to 10:30a

Build your stories with Canva – 10:45a to 11:15a

How to take over your market – 11:15a to 11:30a

Instagram Strategy – 11:30a to 11:45a

11:45 Instagram TV with Q&A

Doors open at 8:30 am and breakfast is provided by Tina Abbatacola with Caliber Home Loans.  No need to stop for breakfast.  Come early and make sure you’re on the office wifi.  Don’t forget to bring your laptop, tablet and mobile device.  Click Here to Register

 

The Social Media Sip – Chicago Two Dates in June

Join Marki Lemons-Rhyal and Carrie J. Little in West Chicago for the Social Sip.

June 4th and June 18th.  Social Media Live and done right.  Click to get your tickets today.

June 4th – Tickets

June 18th – Tickets

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The Social Sip

The Business of Social Media

6pm – 6:20 – Networking

– Facebook Ads That Work

– Instagram and Facebook – Integrating the two

– Build a Content Marketing plan

– Convert viewers into Closings

Wine & Beer and Heavy Appetizers

Sponsored by First American Title and Champagne Closings

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