10 Questions to Ask Your Broker When You Get Your Missouri Real Estate License in Kansas City

10 Questions to ask your broker when you get your real estate license in Missouri or Kansas City

When you get your Missouri real estate license in Kansas City one of the most important days in your career is when you decide which broker to hang your license with. You will quickly find out the getting your Missouri real estate license is just the first part in a successful career in real estate. When you are new, you don’t know what you don’t know. Here are a list of 10 questions that your broker should be able to answer:

10 questiosn to ask your broker when you get your missouri real estate license

  1. What do you have in place as far as new real estate agent training or mentoring? What does it cost? Show me your last 12 months metrics on the success of the program. How many agents enrolled, how many transactions over what period of time?
  2. Can I see a copy of your local and regional training calendar?
  3. What Strategies, Systems or Techniques are your agents using to outperform the average agent in the market place?
  4. What is the commission split? Are all agents on the same split? Why do certain people get a different split? Why can’t I get that deal?
  5. At what point in my dollar volume production do I truly get to keep 100% of my commission? 
  6. Do you have hidden or added fees that I have to pay for if my clients will not cover them i.e transaction fee, administrative fee, additional marketing fee? If so, what do I get for those fees? When do they go away?
  7. How much of the owner’s profit did you share back with your agents?
  8. Would I be able to see the office’s financial statement? Are your books open to your agent population? Why not?
  9. When can I earn ownership in the office?
  10. Do I have a say in how the money that I contribute to the company is spent? 

Now that I know which questions to ask my broker, what’s next?

Getting your Missouri real estate license is just the first step in a fulfilling career in real estate. Make sure you partner with a company that views you as a business partner and not just the customer. You want to find an environment and a culture that matches up with yours. When choosing an office to hang your Missouri real estate license with, be sure that the answers you get to these questions make sense to you.

To have Keller Williams Platinum Partners answer all of these questions for you, feel free to set up a confidential consultation. 

-To your success.

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Getting Your Real Estate License in Missouri and Kansas City

Getting Your Real Estate License in Missouri

If you are considering getting your Missouri real estate license you may find that is is easier than you thought. The process of getting your real estate license, whether you are in Kansas City or St. Louis is pretty much the same. The Missouri Real Estate Commission mandates a certain number of classroom or online hours to get your Missouri real estate license.

Many real estate license schools in Kansas City and Missouri in general have both classes that you need.

Getting your real estate license in Missouri and Kansas City is easier than you think!

Getting your real estate license in Missouri and Kansas City is easier than you think!

Classes required to get your real estate license in Missouri

  • The first class needed to get your Missouri real estate license is called the Missouri Pre-License Course, which is exactly what it sounds like. This 48 hour class prepares you to take the Missouri Real Estate License Test. Once you complete this course, either in-class or online, you are ready to take the real estate license test for Missouri , which covers national and state specific questions.
  • The second class needed to get your Missouri real estate license is called the 24 hour Missouri Practice Course.  This class begins to show you the “Practice” or the business workings of real estate. You will go over forms, and some very basic best practices of running a real estate business in Missouri.

Additional Steps to Get Your Missouri Real Estate License

Along with your Missouri Real Estate Classes, you will need to take the Missouri State license test. If you took the classes at a school or online they will give you the information on approved real estate license testing centers. These will be proctored exams, so be prepared to remove all personal belongings.

One last thing you need to do to get your Missouri real estate license is to get your fingerprints taken for your background check. In Missouri, you are required to use an approved third party vendor for this. Yes, even if you are cleared for top secret defense contracts, and you just came back from a 4 year tour with Homeland Security, the Missouri Real Estate Commission would like you to submit new fingerprints.

I Just Passed My Missouri Real Estate Classes and Test, Now What?

So you have complete all the requirements for your real estate license in Missouri, now what? The next decision you make after this will be the biggest decision you may make in your real estate career – which company to hang your Missouri real estate license with. Getting your Missouri real estate license is one thing, partnering with a real estate brokerage that has the tools and resources to help you get your business off the ground is a whole blog post in and of itself.

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The Number One Real Estate Brand in Kansas City

The number one real estate brand in Kansas City has been and always will be – YOU!

Real estate in Kansas City, and every other market across the country, is a local business and people do business with whom they know, like and trust. The National Association of Realtors 2011 profile of home buyers and sellers, surveyed home buyers and sellers and asked them why they chose the agent they worked with. Here are their findings:

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If the number one brand in real estate in kansas city is YOU – let’s take a look at where most new and seasoned agents have the best opportunity for growth:

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More new agents and seasoned agents are beginning to PROFIT FROM THE TRUTH and are no longer buying into the rumors our competitors are feeding them.

Keller Williams is not threatened by the individual agent’s success. We believe in business conversations based numbers, in growth, education and training. The real estate company you choose to partner with has less to do with splits, and costs, and more to do with your NET result at the end of the year. We focus on building business worth having, careers worth owning and lives worth living.

Are you hitting your potential? What does the next level of success look like for you? Who at your current brokerage is helping you get there? How much longer are you willing to wait to make what you deserve?

Let’s sit down for a cup of coffee and go over these questions. Contact me today for a confidential business strategy session so you can get your answers from the source. You can always buy into the rumors, or you can PROFIT from the TRUTH.

Getting Seller Leads and Listing Leads in Kansas City

Are you having trouble finding and getting seller and listing leads in Kansas City?

Well you are not alone!

Seemingly overnight, our market has transitioned from a neutral market, 6 months of inventory, to a sellers market where we are seeing 4 months of inventory or less. Buyers are getting frustrated that the Buyer’s Market that they were hoping for is now all but gone. Homes are going under contract in the first week and are getting multiple offers, driving the final sales price over list price in many instances. While this is a good indicator that our market is strengthening, and buyer confidence is up, it poses a problem for the average agent  – your listing inventory is now low to gone.

So why is getting seller leads and listing leads important in Kansas City, or any city for that matter? Because Listings = Leverage! At Keller Williams Diamond Partners we follow the 3L’s model Leads-Listings-Leverage. Listing show themselves, buyers call off the sign and sellers need to buy as well. One listing could be three transactions or more, especially if the buyer for the listing also has a home to sell.

So how do we get listings leads and seller leads in Kansas City?

There are 6 main seller lead sources, but I will talk about one in particular. (obviously there are more than 6 but lets focus on the big ones)

  1. Your Database
  2. Business to Business / Vendors
  3. Open Houses <—I’m going to go into detail here
  4. Geographical Farm
  5. For Sale by Owners (FSBOs – Pronounced Fizz-Bows)
  6. Expired Listings/Cancelled Listings

Getting seller leads and listing leads from Open Houses

Open Houses? You can get listing leads and seller leads from open houses? YES!!! You just need the right scripts and checklists!

The main reason that I wanted to go over getting listings from open houses is that they are one of the best ways to get new business FAST. At Keller Williams Diamond Partners we take open houses beyond the basics and go for open house domination!

Successful open houses are about planning!

Successful open houses are about planning!

Top 2 ways to get seller leads from Open houses:

1: The people that walk into an open house are one of the next three:

  • Buyers
  • Buyer who has a house to sell
  • Neighbor (who may also have a house to sell)

The secret to converting these walk throughs to business is engagement and questions which = scripts! The good news is that I have those for you, and you can get your scripts to get seller leads and listings from open houses right here!

2: Door-knocking the neighborhood and inviting the neighbors to come to the open house.

People that door knock, and do it consistently want you to believe that it doesn’t work 🙂 In fact, door knocking is one of the best and fastest ways to build your pipeline and get your database full of quality leads. Door knocking when done well is amazing – and you can get your free door knocking scripts to get listings and seller leads right here!

So are you ready to take your unfair share of seller leads and listings in Kansas City this season?

To set up a private and confidential one-on-one to explore the other 5 leads sources for listings contact me today! There is no reason that you should not have a listing inventory as big as you want – go get it!

How do you get your real estate license in Kansas?

So how do you get your real estate license in Kansas?

So you have thought about getting your real estate license. You live in Kansas. Now what? Well to get your real estate license in Kansas it is a simple 4 step process.

  1. Take the 30 hour pre-exam course.  This course prepares you to take the Kansas real estate license test. There are in class and online options, we have recommendations, but you can find out what is best for you. During this class it is advised that you get your fingerprints and send them off to the state for your background check.
  2. Take the Kansas real estate license test. The test is comprised of a majority of general real estate questions and portion of state specific questions as well.
  3. Take a 30 hour real estate practice course. This course is designed to introduce you to the way that real estate business is done and how to negotiate your way through a transaction. Like the first course there are in-class and online options.
  4. Apply for your License with the state!

    Get your Kansas real estate license!

    Get your Kansas real estate license!

Getting your license real estate license in Kansas is actually not that difficult. One of the hardest decisions you will make is where to “hang” your license. In Kansas, in order to practice real estate you have to be supervised by a Broker. All that means is you have to choose a real estate office to work at. The options are literally vast.

Questions to ask when choosing a real estate company to work for:

When choosing a real estate brokerage in Kansas to work for, there are several questions that are pretty important, especially if you are brand new to sales and also brand new to real estate.

  1. What types of new agent real estate training do you offer? Do you have a real estate mentoring or shadowing program?
  2. What tools, technology and systems do you offer, and what are their costs? Are the tools and systems included in my monthly dues how are they paid for?
  3. Do you have any statistics on new agent successes in your office? What are the averages that your office has in regards to helping brand new agents in real estate get commissions quickly?

Getting your real estate license in Kansas is one thing. Choosing a great real estate company in Kansas to work with is another.

If you are thinking of getting your real estate license in Kansas then we should talk! I would love to set up a confidential no obligation meeting to go over your needs.

To your success!!!

-Mat

Real Estate Jobs in Kansas City and 2013 Trends

Right now may be the best time to get a real estate job in Kansas City.

Have you ever hear the term, “It’s all in the timing?” Timing plays a big role in those who succeed and those who wait.

Let me introduce you to the three main types of people in this world:

  1. Those who “Do”. These are the first to act, they take calculated risks when presented with all the facts, but also reap the majority of the rewards. They seem like magical fortune tellers. If you ask them how they do it their answers are simple, “All the indicators pointed in a particular direction and history indicated that the next ‘big’ thing was about to happen.”
  2. Those who “Watch and Wonder”. These individuals are on the sidelines watching those who “Do”. They often have the same information presented to them, but due to either fear or lack of understanding they fail to take action. So they stand on the sideline wondering what happened and how those who “Do” knew it would be a slam dunk.
  3. Those who have no clue. These individuals are completely out of the loop and are not even aware that there was an opportunity. They are content in their current situation and have no desire to change their status. They are often heard saying things like “Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees” or “Slow and Steady” or “Get a good job and work hard”

If you are in category number 2, I am about to share with you some very important information in regards to real estate and the housing market in Kansas City, Lawrence and the state of Kansas as a whole.

The market is shifting – Big time. If you have been considering a job in real estate in Kansas city, or investing in real estate in Kansas city then please pay attention because here is your opportunity to be a part of category number 1.

The center for real estate at the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University just released it’s 2013 Kansas Housing Market Forecast and the results should excite you.

For the Kansas City Market:

Home sales are expected to rise over 5.4% over last years total volume of 26,960 to almost 29,000 units sold. Prices will continue to see a nominal increase of 1.5% appreciation and lending rates are expected to remain stable for the next 12 months.

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For the Lawrence Market:

Existing home sales are expected to rise over 15.8% to 1,390 units which is near 2007 levels and prices are expected to climb 2.1%. One of the biggest indicators are that NEW homes permits are expected to rise 3.1%.

Lawrence Housing market activity and 2013 forecast Lawrence Kansas Home Price apreciation and 2013 forecast

So, now what are you going to do?

You have the information, now what are you going to do with it? Call me now to find out how a job in real estate my be the best thing for you and your family. Don’t be caught sitting on the sideline – you are now in the know, take action.

-Mat Lewczenko – 913.322.8379 – MatL@kw.com – www.KWcareersKC.com

Real Estate Sales Opportunities In Kansas City

Real Estate Sales Opportunities in Kansas City

Are you looking to start an amazing career in sales? Maybe you are looking to grow your sales career and are looking for the next best opportunity to do so. Whether you are new to sales or a seasoned sales pro – the opportunity in real estate sales in Kansas City is incredible!

Top sales career opportunities in real estate include:Real Estate Sales Career Opportunities in Kansas CIty

  • Foreclosure sales in Kansas City and Johnson County Kansas, including the suburbs of Overland Park, Olathe, Shawnee, Lenexa and Mission.
  • Short Sales in the Kansas City are and surrounding cities like Roeland Park, Leawood, Merriam and Mission Hills
  • Government HUD Foreclosures in Gardner, Prairie Village and Spring Hill Kansas.

So if you can spot the incredible sales opportunity in real estate in Kansas city then we definitely need to meet. Our systems, tools and training are completely independent of the market – meaning that you do not need to have a buyer’s market, a seller’s market or a neutral market to have the best sales opportunity available to you.

The next time someone asks you “How’s the Real Estate Market in Kansas City?”

You can reply, “It’s always good for SOMEBODY!”

Contact us now to take your sales career to the next level and take advantage of this amazing opportunity in real estate sales.