It is paramount that real estate agents protect themselves from identify theft. It is not just happening online. The type of crimes identity theft includes range from credit card fraud to having all your financial and personal information stolen.  If it happens to you, it can be very scary and time-consuming to fix. Now is your opportunity to be proactive.

 

Here are the top 9 ways you can protect yourself.

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“Never be a prisoner of your past. It was just a lesson, not a life sentence.” Unknown

Whether you are new to the real estate business or a seasoned professional, being betrayed by a client, friend or family member can feel like a stab in the back or even worse!  It can also affect how you continue to do business. It’s not just an unfortunate circumstance that affects your immediate income. Not being prepared to handle adverse outcomes can affect your self-esteem and future success in the business.

At a networking event, the conversation grew excited among a group of real estate agents. The question was raised to agents as to whether they had ever experienced a “perceived” or actual betrayal in their real estate business. They were also asked how it impacted them. One could hear several breaths being drawn-in, followed by silence.  Then the flooding of responses began.

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Transaction management software has become a “must-have” for successful agents and brokers focused on giving consumers what they want. Using a transaction management system as a cornerstone to a more streamlined and efficient process is crucial for delivering an exceptional client experience.

 

The best-in-class transaction management software, like Form Simplicity from Florida Realtors®, are an agent productivity booster.  Agents can create transactions more efficiently, eliminate common entry errors as data is pre-populated automatically, and e-signing helps agents avoid wasting time tracking down clients for their signatures.

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Amid non-stop e-mails and social media bombarding everyone each day, there is a powerful answer to help you stand-out above the noise. How can you make an impact that is both remembered and generates additional business for you? It is the power of the handwritten “Thank You” card.

Yes, Thank You via e-mail is so much easier. Yet, it is not the same. By setting up a system to send out handwritten Thank You cards, you will see a positive difference in your real estate business. The handwritten Thank You card is not something new and has been a tool for the success of many of the top agents in the country involved in real estate for decades.

Let’s look at some examples of when to send out a Thank You card. The list can go on and on, so remember to tailor your cards to meet your business model. Continue reading