Florida is the Australia of America–LarsonEd

We love to golf, but we’re starting to realize that the danger isn’t worth it.

Florida is basically the Australia of America.

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About Larson Educational Services:

Utilizing 40 years of real estate training and professional education experience, Florida real estate school Larson Educational Services is the premier provider of Florida real estate licensing, exam preparation, post-licensing, CAM licensing, mortgage loan originator licensing, and continuing education in Southwest Florida. Classes are available in Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota, and online. We are an approved Florida Real Estate School (License #ZH1002299), Florida CAM School (License #PRE31), Florida Insurance School (License # 370501) and NMLS Approved Course Provider.

Larson Educational Services

13040 Livingston Rd. #12,

Naples, Florida

34105

239-344-7510

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10 Real Estate Agent Safety Tips–Part 1

September is real estate agent safety month.

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Image Courtesy of Realtor.org/Safety

And as a real estate professional, many of your clients and prospects may come to you through word-of-mouth referrals.

If you’re constantly prospecting like you should be, you’ll be interacting with strangers on a regular basis.

Although it’s unlikely that any of these stranger interactions will put you into danger, you still have to prepare yourself against the worst.

1.Protect your private information

Just because Facebook has an option of providing your address doesn’t mean you should give it. With the constant sharing inherent to social media, it’s easy to accidentally give away enough information to locate your home, your family, and when you go on vacation.

Even some of the photos you post have EXIF data that can be mined for location information. Seriously–there are articles all over the internet about how to determine your location based on EXIF data associated with your picture (here’s one: https://www.howtogeek.com/211427/how-to-see-exactly-where-a-photo-was-taken-and-keep-your-location-private/).

Best practice is to keep vacation photos off of social media until you return home and, in general, keep private identifying information off the internet.

Likewise, as a real estate professional, you may want to consider using a separate camera for business.

2. Use teamwork

Ask a fellow agent from your brokerage to join you on private showings.

If a certain prospect or client is considering doing something that might put your safety at risk, you’ll be more likely to deter their behavior with both you and your colleague rather than going by yourself.

Real estate agent safety tips

3. Announce your showing schedule

Sometimes it’s not feasible to bring a colleague along for a showing, but at least let a coworker know your scheduled location. No, you don’t have to sing your schedule from the rooftops (you’d look a little goofy hollering out “I HAVE A SHOWWINNGGG!” in your brokerage office like Marlon Brando yelling “STELLAAA!” at the end of A Streetcar Named Desire), but at least let someone know your anticipated return time from a showing.

4. Verify customer info

If you’re hosting an open house, make sure you get a signature and phone number (or e-mail) from every attendee who stops by.

This not only protects you by deterring some unsavory person from getting too close for comfort in a somewhat confined space, but it also protects your client’s property from being stolen. (Who wants to steal from someone who knows their face, name, and contact information?)

And if you’re doing an individual showing, make sure to obtain some form of ID and an address from the potential client.

This system provides you with a nice ready-made contact list as well.

5. Scope out the location before-hand

A big part of staying safe (in any situation) is having situational awareness.

This is true whether you’re hiking or showing a new home for the first time.

Get a feeling for your surroundings by taking the time to familiarize yourself with the neighborhood.

(Heck, while you’re at it you might stumble upon some hidden gems in the neighborhood that you didn’t know about before. Win-win!)

Check back next time for part 2.

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About Larson Educational Services:

Utilizing 40 years of real estate training and professional education experience, Florida real estate school Larson Educational Services is the premier provider of Florida real estate licensing, exam preparation, post-licensing, CAM licensing, mortgage loan originator licensing, and continuing education in Southwest Florida. Classes are available in Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota, and online. We are an approved Florida Real Estate School (License #ZH1002299), Florida CAM School (License #PRE31), Florida Insurance School (License # 370501) and NMLS Approved Course Provider.

Brad Larson

Larson Educational Services

13040 Livingston Rd. #12

Naples, FL 34105

info@LarsonEd.com

239-344-7510

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Come Party with Us!–LarsonEd

Classes are always a party at LarsonEd!

Sign up here: https://www.larsoned.com/

larsoned is a party

About Larson Educational Services:

Utilizing 40 years of real estate training and professional education experience, Florida real estate school Larson Educational Services is the premier provider of Florida real estate licensing, exam preparation, post-licensing, CAM licensing, mortgage loan originator licensing, and continuing education in Southwest Florida. Classes are available in Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota, and online. We are an approved Florida Real Estate School (License #ZH1002299), Florida CAM School (License #PRE31), Florida Insurance School (License # 370501) and NMLS Approved Course Provider.

Larson Educational Services

13040 Livingston Rd. #12,

Naples, Florida

34105

239-344-7510

LarsonEd.com

The Power of Saying No [VIDEO]

As your client list expands, so will your options–including your option to say ‘no’ to potential clients.

To learn more about LarsonEd’s Florida real estate and Florida insurance courses, visit LarsonEd.com or give us a call at 239-344-7510.

About Larson Educational Services:

Utilizing 40 years of real estate training and professional education experience, Florida real estate school Larson Educational Services is the premier provider of Florida real estate licensing, exam preparation, post-licensing, CAM licensing, mortgage loan originator licensing, and continuing education in Southwest Florida. Classes are available in Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota, and online. We are an approved Florida Real Estate School (License #ZH1002299), Florida CAM School (License #PRE31), Florida Insurance School (License # 370501) and NMLS Approved Course Provider.

Larson Educational Services

13040 Livingston Rd. #12,

Naples, Florida

34105

239-344-7510

LarsonEd.com

We’re Expanding…TO MARS!–LarsonEd

We’re expanding…AGAIN! This time we’re building a new campus on Mars.

There are A LOT of vacant lots up here and very little competition, so that means plenty of opportunities to get in on the ground floor of the Mars real estate industry.

larsoned on marsTo learn more about LarsonEd’s courses on Earth, visit LarsonEd.com or give us a call at 239-344-7510.

About Larson Educational Services:

Utilizing 40 years of real estate training and professional education experience, Florida real estate school Larson Educational Services is the premier provider of Florida real estate licensing, exam preparation, post-licensing, CAM licensing, mortgage loan originator licensing, and continuing education in Southwest Florida. Classes are available in Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota, and online. We are an approved Florida Real Estate School (License #ZH1002299), Florida CAM School (License #PRE31), Florida Insurance School (License # 370501) and NMLS Approved Course Provider.

Larson Educational Services

13040 Livingston Rd. #12,

Naples, Florida

34105

239-344-7510

LarsonEd.com

How to Choose a Broker–Naples Real Estate School

 

It’s easy to think that you’ll be okay at any broker or brokerage firm.

You’re so excited to start your real estate career that you might be willing to go with the first broker to offer you a position on their team.

But if you want your real estate career to start off on the right foot, you’ll need to find the right broker.

Not all brokers are created equal.

Some may be very mentorship-focused, taking pride in helping new agents start their new career.

Others may not be interested in nurturing a new recruit at all, leaving you to fend for yourself until you learn on your own.

Though each style may fit some agents and not others, you need to articulate to yourself what exactly you’re looking for in a broker so you’ll be more ready to disqualify the ones who don’t fit your needs.

Consider these 5 things when looking for a broker.

how to choose a broker

1. Are they making deals?

Before you choose a brokerage, try to find out how business is going. Talk to other agents in the brokerage.

Are they making sales?

Could you see any of them as mentors?

You may be doing a lot of work on your own as an agent, but your brokerage is meant to be a support system.

If you don’t see yourself fitting in with the culture of the office, then you may want to keep looking.

 

2. What’s their reputation?

Like any other business that operates on word of mouth—like dentists, lawyers, and doctors—a brokerage firm will have a reputation that they need to cultivate and protect.

Snoop around online to see what other people are saying about the brokerage. Find their negative reviews on Google, see if they have any issues on the Better Business Bureau—if any red flags stick out, trust your gut.

But remember that some online complaints are anomalies and may have more to do with the complainer than the company.

 

3. Go with your instincts

Disqualifying a broker may be as simple as not getting the right vibe from the people you meet. Trust this feeling. You are under no obligation to stick it out with the first brokerage you find and keep the following in mind:

You are the one interviewing the brokerages for a good fit, not the other way around.

 

4. Location, location, location

Not all brokerages deal in selling the same kind of properties.

If, for example, the prospective brokerage deals a lot in expensive waterside properties, you may get some big commission checks. However, the opportunities to sell such homes may be few and far between.

And those luxury properties may not go to the “runt of the litter” like you—the newbie at the brokerage.

Consider whether or not the brokerage is in a luxury area and if selling more expensive homes is the particular kind of challenge you’re looking for, rather than selling more homes at a lower price.

 

5. Listen through the grapevine

Asking other agents about a broker is one of the best ways to get the inside scoop on a brokerage and how they do business.

Does the brokerage provide good leads?

What are their fees like?

How do they split their sales between agents?

The best fit for the people you talk to may not be the best fit for you.

Brokerages that provide offices, advertising and excellent training may take higher fees.

If you’re an agent who prefers to do more on your own, you may want a more hands off brokerage. It’s all up to your particular disposition as an agent.

If you’re looking to get your Florida broker or agent license (or if you just need continuing education), then visit our website, Larsoned.com, or give us a call at 239-344-7510.

 

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About Larson Educational Services:

Utilizing 40 years of real estate training and professional education experience, Florida real estate school Larson Educational Services is the premier provider of Florida real estate licensing, exam preparation, post-licensing, CAM licensing, mortgage loan originator licensing, and continuing education in Southwest Florida. Classes are available in Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota, and online. We are an approved Florida Real Estate School (License #ZH1002299), Florida CAM School (License #PRE31), Florida Insurance School (License # 370501) and NMLS Approved Course Provider.

Larson Educational Services

13040 Livingston Rd. #12

Naples, FL 34105

info@LarsonEd.com

239-344-7510

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Back to School–LarsonEd

It’s not just the kids who are heading back to school–LarsonEd is gearing up for a full slate of fall courses. Check out our schedule here: https://larsontrak.larsoned.com/63-Hour-Sales-Associate-Pre-License-Course

back to school larsoned

About Larson Educational Services:

Utilizing 40 years of real estate training and professional education experience, Florida real estate school Larson Educational Services is the premier provider of Florida real estate licensing, exam preparation, post-licensing, CAM licensing, mortgage loan originator licensing, and continuing education in Southwest Florida. Classes are available in Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota, and online. We are an approved Florida Real Estate School (License #ZH1002299), Florida CAM School (License #PRE31), Florida Insurance School (License # 370501) and NMLS Approved Course Provider.

Larson Educational Services

13040 Livingston Rd. #12,

Naples, Florida

34105

239-344-7510

LarsonEd.com