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  • Byron Kerr: A new brand of leader

    Byron Kerr isn’t afraid of declining stock levels. In the 2018-2019 financial year, when the Melbourne market was on a downward slide, the O’Brien Real Estate Mentone director and his team sold more properties than the year before. “It was a market with decreased stock levels of about 25 per cent,” he said. “Yet we…

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  • Make the most of your meetings

    The modern day workplace meeting is vastly different from days gone by. Forget serious, clinical boardroom events, today we have walking meetings, town hall gatherings and zoom coffee catch-ups. The intention is that a relaxed environment will make participants feel more relaxed and comfortable to share. The less formal and intimidating the meeting, the more…

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  • Business auditor reveals the 7 most frequent failures by Australian organisations

    A leading global risk management provider has revealed the most common reasons why organisations fail to meet the goals they set. SAI Global is a trusted global leader in risk management solutions through its standards, assurance and training offerings across more than 130 countries. Over the years they've audited thousands of organisations – from the…

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  • Divide your database in order to conquer

    Have you heard the term "divide and conquer"? Of course you have, but what does it have to do with real estate, you’re thinking? When it comes to your database you need to divide in order to conquer. More gently put, I’m talking about long-term nurture versus an active, short-term pipeline of potential vendors. Your…

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  • Business game plan

    Firstly, yes: a business plan is important and can help greatly, but a business plan has no hope without belief and action. Having the belief and intention of mind is what creates success, writing it down is just a reminder. So giving yourself a clear reminder of what you want to achieve in the form…

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  • Financial wellness for agents: Mikaela Patterson

    What’s the difference between success and financial wellness? In real estate, success is different from one individual to the next. It could mean pulling up at a listing presentation in the Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster or opening an office in the adjoining postcode. For others, it’s taking every second Friday off to play golf. So what’s…

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  • How agents can thrive in a challenging market

    Over the past decade, Australia has been in a golden age of property that has seen increasing house prices, happy vendors and competitive buyers – an environment that made things relatively easy for the average real estate agent. However, recent lower auction clearance rates and stagnating buyer activity means agents need to roll up their…

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  • 12 tips for better telephone technique

    It seems like one of the simplest tasks – making a phone call. Yet it is one so many professionals, real estate agents included, fear and fail at. Here are my top 12 tips for getting traction on the telephone. 1. Familiarity breeds liking. Do your homework before the call and make it feel personal.…

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  • What goes on tour lasts long after the tour: Hannah Gill

    One of my favourite things about our industry is the focus on and range of professional development opportunities. We have no shortage of conferences, forums, round tables and resources to choose from. There are also so many quality and diverse trainers, speakers, coaches and facilitators, we’re spoilt for choice! In the last few years, I’ve…

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  • Don’t run the risk of having to pay for company debts yourself

    Recent changes to company tax obligations could put company directors at increased risk of being personally liable for the Superannuation Guarantee Charge (SCG), according to legal experts Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers. They explain amendments to the Commonwealth legislation in April have extended the enforcement measures and decreased the reporting timeframes for a company’s SCG obligations. Meanwhile,…

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  • Workplace wellness key to success

    The best leaders are staying abreast of current global wellness trends and applying them to their own businesses. Then they are closing the gap between what employees value in regards to wellness and wellbeing and what employers provide. Finally, they are focusing on what they can control and influence to improve wellness and wellbeing in…

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  • Five signs you need to improve your business operations and how get started

    Efficiency is such a buzz word right now. In real estate, everyone is talking about how they need to become more efficient to remain competitive in a tech-enabled future. In part, much of this relates to having great, repeatable processes that allow you to manage more customers with fewer resources. In sales, you can scale…

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  • Four missed opportunities that are costing your business

    The agencies who will come out of this cycle stronger than they entered it are those who are proactively and critically assessing their people. Using processes and technology, they are taking care to implement changes and future-proof their business. Want to be amongst their number? An area you should interrogate is your underlying business systems.…

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  • Finding your break-even point to make better business decisions: John Knight

    In business, there are hundreds of numbers you could be tracking and the key is to know which one to focus on at the right time. Recently we’ve had a number of discussions with clients where they have expressed concerns about whether or not they should cut costs in their business. ‘Is it time to…

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