What is stopping you?

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Logan Real Estate Support

This blog was born out of curiosity more than anything else. Yes, I love to rave about my career and industry but that is not the motivation behind this piece.

Knowing what I know and doing what I do, I have to ask all agents..........what has stopped you from hiring an assistant, remote or onsite?

In talking with my clients and other agents who have hired an assistant, the only regret I ever hear is "Why didn't I do this sooner?" Is money stopping you? Are you just the type that prefers to do all the work yourself? Do you have a problem delegating? I suppose the reasons behind not hiring an assistant could be any number of things yet it still doesn't make sense to me. 

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One other thing I have found out is that many agents have trouble finding qualified assistants locally and they shy away from having to train and take on a physical employee and all that comes with it. Real Estate Virtual Assistants have really become the best choice for many offices and individual agents. No employee taxes, no training (other than agent specific tasks), they are self supporting and have their own equipment. No desk space needed! Here on Active Rain, REVA's even have their own group that every one of you should check out. The benefits of hiring a REVA are really endless. If you were to just simply use a REVA for Contract to Close transactions, their fee can be wrapped into escrow and paid at closing so guess how much time you just saved and didn't pay a dime!!

According to Clareity, the Transaction Coordinator is the MOST under-utilized asset in the Real Estate industry, so like I said in the beginning, out of curiosity, what is stopping you from hiring an assistant?

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Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker
I have to admit to being a control freak...if I don't do it myself, I cannot be sure it is done and done the way I WANT it done.  Even if I got past that, there is always the issue of money.
Dec 13, 2007 09:49 AM #1
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Jimmie Graham
Keller Williams Realty - Ypsilanti, MI
can you find real estate virtual assistance via AR? I'll look around because the administrating  part I don't like but I'm willing to check it out and  see the benefits of it!
Dec 13, 2007 09:50 AM #2
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John March
Charisma Media Group, LLC - Bluffton, SC

This is a good question. I am thinking about going on my own as a broker--don't want agents, or employees. This is one of the things I will be investigating in the coming weeks. I take my test in February.

I bookmarked this so I can check out the group.

Have a wonderful holiday

 

John

Dec 13, 2007 09:50 AM #3
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Sandi Logan
Logan Real Estate Support - Gulf Breeze, FL

Lisa - I can definitely appreciate the 'control freak' part!! :) I think you would be pleasantly surprised by the issue of money though. I have talked to all of my clients about this and found that they all agree that hiring an assistant actually saves them time AND money.

Jimmy - Yes you can find an assistant on AR. Check out the group I mentioned in the blog. There are also many directories that cater to Real Estate needs. One of the best directories is www.virtualcas.com I am listed there along with many other highly qualified REVA's.

John - GOOD LUCK on your test!! You will do great!! Let me know if there is anything I can help you with!

 

Dec 13, 2007 09:56 AM #4
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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Sandi, your enthusiasm is showing in the Virtual Assistant realm. I like that.
Dec 13, 2007 08:59 PM #5
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Sandi Logan
Logan Real Estate Support - Gulf Breeze, FL
Gary, one of the many things I have learned in life is to do something you love and do it with passion. I love helping other people become more successful and in turn that helps me become successful. It is truly a win-win situation. :)
Dec 14, 2007 11:32 AM #6
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Mark Horan
Resident Team Realty, LLC & Toni's Property Management LLC - Saint Cloud, FL
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Sandi- control freak here to. But, I do understand that in order to grow to full potential, I can't do everything.
Dec 14, 2007 01:00 PM #7
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Sandi Logan
Logan Real Estate Support - Gulf Breeze, FL
Mark - I think the key for "Control Freak Agents" is to take baby steps when hiring an assistant. There is no rule that you have to hand over everything. When I come across potential clients who are wary about hiring me due to control issues, I advise them to use my services for one "Contract-To-Close" transaction and see for themselves. 99% of the time, when they do this, they will find that the services are done in a way that keeps them involved and the closing goes more smoothly and they are actually less stressed and have more time to actually be out there writing up the next contract. Only you can put a value on your time.
Dec 14, 2007 01:11 PM #8
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Laura Monroe
Inman News - San Francisco, CA
Dir. of Industry Engagement & Social Media

Sandi~ I often wonder this myself.

I happen to think one of the biggest fears in hiring a VA or assistant, is a long-term obligation that perhaps agents might feel trapped in. Especially with market shifts, it can be difficult to start a partnership that works, only to find yourself having to go back to doing things on your own, or if things just don't work out. One benefit often overlooked is that we are only paid for time on task.

However, finding a great VA, one that you work well with should be considered an investment in your business just like any good website, lead generator or any other tools one might invest in for long term support and growth;)

Great post, and I'll check back for further responses! 

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