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These Keller Williams pioneers have trained thousands and developed amazingly accurate systems that have served them well over the years to quickly spot the next rising star REALTOR®. I asked, ‘If you knew then what you know now what would you tell someone just getting started in real estate? And, what are some traits or characteristics you see in rookie REALTORS who go on to make it big time?’ We decided we need more chairs to bring in more KW pioneers to talk about those early, adventure-filled days spent clearing the path for the next generation in real estate!

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I had the immense pleasure of sitting down and casually chatting with Keller Williams’ Susan Hubek and Jan Richey in the beautiful, high tech recording studios at Supreme Lending’s American Dream Team’s office. [I can’t thank them enough for their generosity in allowing us to use their fancy schmancy new studio for this taping.]

However, any fears I had were quickly dashed with these two, who are lonnnnnng time friends, and are as downto-earth, funny, and thoughtful as can be. They have fun-filled stories for days! There was lots of laughter and some eye rolling as they traipsed down memory lane talking about the really early days of Keller Williams in North Texas.

Look for our video soon, but here are a few fun take-a-ways: • In 1994, while Susan was at an MLS meeting, it was announced that Mike Brodie left RE/MAX to start KW in Dallas. Mike wanted Susan as a Team Leader, but Susan said she couldn’t leave the office where she was working to turn it around. Although Susan knew she HAD to at least check out KW. The rest is history! In November, 1994, after 14 years of sales, Susan became a Team Leader for the first KW office in the North Texas Region. • Jan entered the real estate industry in 1983. Prior to real estate, Jan was a corporate jet pilot and flew a Lear 25 for a Houston oil firm! Susan and Jan - let’s get the whole gang together for more stories! I’ll bring the Fireball whiskey!v

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CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS

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Nancy Holzwath, Publisher

In the Studio With Keller Williams Pioneers...

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Marissa Benat, REALTOR®

Google Chrome Extensions you Should Know About

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Our business model is simple. . . Attract high-value readers. Connect our audience to our advertisers. Build our partners’ businesses.

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Option Period Horrors

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Kristen Robinson, REALTOR®

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person opens your email. More excitingly, it’ll show how many times they opened your emails, and if they clicked Crystal Knows was all the buzz at Texas Realtors Winter meetings in Austin on any embedded links. This ends the last month and for good reason! This ex- constant worry if the other agent has tension works within your Gmail account received your offer! Can a get a woohoo! by creating a personality profile on the Contact Monkey will person you’re emailing, and it will even help you draft emails for that specific per- also tell you which subject lines generated son. Cool huh?! the highest open rate, and which links people clicked on the most. Here are the cons I see: The free version will only allow you to track 100 emails per How does Crystal do it? Crystal gathers information that the person has sprinkled month, and let’s be real, a busy agent can send 100 emails in a day. The only over the web through various interactions to create the profile. Creepy or not, other negative I’ve found is that it does not track an email that originated from I had to give this a try so I did what any wife would do and I tested this out on my your phone. husband! The free trial version does not have email integration but it did take me Y’all be safe out there and remember if to LinkedIn and pulled a personality pro- you show a listing of mine please leave feedback! v file on him. For those of you who know him you can agree the results are spot on. High D. He avoids indecisiveness and likes quick action.

Marissa Benat The Benat Team Marissa is a Keller Williams real estate agent based in DFW Direct: 214-454-1728 Marissa@benatrealestate.com

There were a lot more suggested communication phrases which I will conveniently save for our next disagreement, but if you’re curious try it out for yourself. Marissa Benat is the spunky co-owner of The Benat Team Family of Realtors. She contracted and built her first home at the age of 18 after a brief struggle with cancer in 2000. She quickly learned the importance of having an experienced advocate guiding a transaction and became obsessed with learning. Since then she has sold thousands of homes by fiercely chasing her passion and staying on purpose. She is recognized by D Magazine as a Top Realtor and serves on the Collin County Association of Realtors Board of Directors.

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OPTION Period Horrors

The struggles are real. We may as well laugh.

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s a REALTOR® I often describe our job as multifaceted: we can be a babysitter, a hand holder, a cheerleader, a shoulder to cry on, a therapist - unlicensed, of course, a legal advocate - definitely unlicensed, and so on, and on, and on... If you’ve ever had a stubborn client that doesn’t receive instruction well, then you most certainly have worn all of those hats described above. You know the client — the who knows more than you about real estate.

Like that time I had a buyer whose cup was always half empty and she knew everything. In her great wisdom, DURING the option period, she decided to change employers, finance a new car, order furniture on a credit card and finance a fridge! I kid you not. The only thing she didn’t pile on was having taken on a spouse!

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she decided to change employers, finance a new car, order furniture, on a credit card, and finance a fridge! As you can imagine, this made getting her loan funded slightly problematic! Luckily, with great responsibility comes wisdom. I have a great team that makes the dream work — even in nightmarish situations!

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After lots of yelling and threats - on her part, and maybe a cocktail or two - on my part - and having jumped through every hoop one possibly can, our team was able to get her loan closed only two days behind schedule! In this wacky world we’re lucky enough to work in, if everyone can work together: Seller, Seller’s Agent, Buyer’s Agent, the Buyer, Mortgage, and Title - there generally isn’t much we can’t over come. Take a minute today to thank a client, affiliate, or real estate colleague for not being that person — that one who can’t take direction. If you are working with one, remember there’s always the magic of cocktails and the small comfort of knowing there are about 120,353 REALTORS® in Texas who can relate!


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ocial media and tech tools have become crucial across the board in almost all industries. For real estate, they have become some of the most important aspects in marketing and lead gen. Apps are an easy and convenient way to shape, mold, create, and step up your social media game. If you only read the following three tips, you will help your social media campaigns:

1) I often see the use of scheduled posting management apps being pushed to agents ‑ stay away! See Tip #2 to understand why! 2) Track your insights, post at the best times for engagement, and keep track of which posts perform the best so you know what future content to distribute that your audience enjoys seeing. You want to know when it’s best to post to your audience - that’s something the scheduled management apps can’t do as well as you.

Kristen Robinson A real estate agent based in DFW with Simply Texas Real Estate

3) Cross posting the same content to all your platforms is a big no-no! Each platform has a different feel and way of distributing information. Change up your posts, wording, and content to keep your audience engaged - especially if you have duplicate followers across the different platforms.

IT’S A LOT RIGHT? Fear not! I have suggestions to simplify your strategies with some of my favorite apps for creating social media content. Check these out! Canva: create custom flyers, market-

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McKinney in Collin County, is is a picturesque city

with a small-town feel. Located about 30 miles north of Dallas, it is part of the DFW metropolitan area. William Davis donated the land that makes up McKinney in 1849, ten short years later McKinney was incorporated.

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Named after Collin McKinney, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and congressman for the Republic of Texas, McKinney is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. McKinney’s friendly charm,

When you love the people you work with - it shows! Claudia Schubert and Roland Love

green spaces and comfortable pace belie the fact that McKinney, with a population of 180,000, is one of the fastest-growing cities in America.

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When you shop and dine in McKinney, a half-cent sales tax revenue is reinvested to enhance the community. You have helped fund community events and promotional activities year-round for you and your family, while also encouraging tourism and business development. Want to know MORE about McKinney?

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Page Austin at the colorful Mardi Gras party at Harvest

Hillwood Communities Win BIG at the 2020 National Awards in Las Vegas Harvest received 2 GOLD Awards for Best Community Lifestyle Program and Best Lifestyle Director - Page Austin! Union Park won a SILVER Award for Best Community Signage! Pecan Square won a SILVER Award for Best Digital Marketing Campaign! Shown: Taylor Campbell, Page Austin, Peggy Bessellieu and Diana Carroll

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“To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”

EXPERT | KNOWLEDGE From A Real Estate Professional and Contributing Author

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Viruses and the Risks to Real Estate Agents by Jlyne Hanback, Keller Williams REALTOR®

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y now, you have undoubtedly heard about coronavirus and its potential dangers to the public, but have you considered the risks that real estate agents face everyday during flu season? Agents typically come into contact with a variety of people, places, and objects on a regular basis, adding an increased risk of

catching a virus. Furthermore, many agents have no health insurance or savings,which can be a financial disaster in the event of infection/quarantine.

You may be thinking that it is not necessary to be concerned with coronavirus; however,

there is also the risk of catching influenza which has claimed more than 4,800 lives and

hospitalized more than 87,000 individuals in the U.S. in 2020 alone.

Jlyne Hanback, REALTOR® e-PRO®

IMPLEMENT THE FOLLOWING SUGGESTIONS, TO LOWER YOUR

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CHANCES OF INFECTION FROM A VIRUS:

• Set client expectations – Explain to your clients that you are concerned about their health

and are implementing precautionary measures to minimize risk of infection.

• Create your own personal care kit – Carry the following: tissues, disinfectant spray, hand

sanitizer, booties to cover shoes, antibacterial hand soap, alcohol-based wipes, and bathroom tissue.

Spray lockboxes, door handles and keys before entering a home. Wear booties to prevent your

shoes from coming into contact with potential virus

WHAT IS A ‘CORONAVIUS?’

particles on the floor and carefully remove/dispose of

According to the World Health Organization, a coronavius is a type of virus that is transmitted from animals to humans. When a new strain first infects humans, it is known as a ‘novel coronavirus.’ Other famous illnesses caused by coronavirus include Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). COVID-19 (coronavirus) first discovered in 2019, is a novel coronavirus.

them before you get into your vehicle. Use your own tissues and bathroom tissue to avoid contact with paper that may have been contaminated by droplet sprays from sneezing, coughing, etc. • Minimize your person-to-person contact – Avoid holding open houses, consider working from home instead of an office, and offer virtual showings

COMMON SYMPTOMS

instead of physical showings of properties where

CORONAVIRUS • Fever • Cough • Shortness of Breath

possible, which also helps protect your clients. • Offer an alternative to a physical handshake – One alternative method is to hold your hand over your heart and slightly bow your head in a positive nod. This allows you to be courteous while minimizing physical contact. • Wash your hands often while singing the ABCs Wash at least 20 seconds!

There’s no reason to panic, but it’s necessary to be prepared for COVID-19 and other

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HOW IS THE FLU DIFFERENT?

Both COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the flu cause similiar symptoms, but the flu is caused by different strains of the influenza viruses, whereas COVID-19 is caused by a single virus. The biggest difference between the two seems to be that COVID-19 may be able to be transmitted through cold air, even after the ill person is no longer near. The flu, on the other hand, typically requires closer contact, through a sneeze or talking.

NUMBER OF ILLNESSES*

INFLUENZA CORONAVIRUS INFLUENZA • Fever 87 1 • Chills THOUSAND BILLION • Cough Globally, about 50 Globally, about 45 • Sore Throat total confirmed cases million in the US • Runny/Stuffy Nose in the US alone • Muscle/Body Aches *Between October 1, 2019 and March 1, 2020 • Headaches • Fatigue As Scientists race to learn more about the • Vomiting COVID-19 virus, the flu continues • Diarrhea to also be a great threat.

Numbers from the WHO-China Joint Mission, published on Feb 28, 2020, Deaths appear to come largely from elderly and people with preexisting medical conditions.

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AVOID MAKING YOURSELF VULNERABLE TO VIRUSES: • Wash hands regularly • Limit contact with infected persons • Cough into the crook of your elbow to decrease the risk of transmission


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