What skills should agents hone before the new year?

Now is the time for real estate professionals to get up to speed on a few skills they will need to be as sharp as possible when the new shopping season begins.

How can real estate professionals improve their communications?

Communication is key for any real estate professional, so being able to more reach current and prospective clients with greater effectiveness is vital to growing their business.

Agents should start planning for winter now

Any real estate professional knows that a big part of succeeding in the industry is having plenty of plans laid out in advance.

Boosting motivation as summer winds down

Just because the summer buying and selling season has largely come to an end, that doesn't mean real estate professionals have little or nothing to do for months to come.

New agents can rely on colleagues for critical advice

Many young people just coming into the real estate industry may need to lean on more experienced agents to help them navigate the industry.

Sellers rely heavily on agents' advice

For many of today's sellers, they've never approached the real estate sales process from this side of the transaction. As such, agents' advice is perhaps more important for owners than it is for would-be buyers.

How can new agents succeed this summer?

Anyone entering the real estate industry for the first time during the spring and summer is likely getting thrown right into the fire.

How can agents connect with potential sellers?

There aren't a lot of sellers getting into the market these days, but it may be possible for agents to identify potential leads in this regard.

Helping sellers with multiple offers

In this busy market, real estate professionals will likely see many of their selling clients field multiple offers on their homes.

Agents should work together to build a successful culture

Even when demand is high, agents working at brokerages need to understand they're part of a team.