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How Chicagoland agents are dealing with COVID-19, Insta-style
How Chicagoland agents are dealing with COVID-19, Insta-style

In this time of social distancing, there’s a fair amount of scrolling through social media happening. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Check out these posts highlighting acts of goodwill, charity and positivity from the local real estate community. 

Sean Conlon is back, and he has some advice
Sean Conlon is back, and he has some advice

With season two of “The Deed: Chicago” set to premiere on CNBC, real estate mogul Sean Colon talked to Chicago Agent about the market and the secrets behind his success.

No team required: How to succeed on your own
No team required: How to succeed on your own

How do solo practitioners compete without a team? We talked to successful top producers to find out what they do to stand out, and why starting a team isn’t on their to-do lists.

Busting the myths of top producer status
Busting the myths of top producer status

It may seem like there’s no path to top production without hiring a full-time assistant or focusing exclusively on the most expensive properties in Chicagoland. But Nicholas Colagiovanni flies in the face of that point of view.

Balance? What balance?
Balance? What balance?

It can be tough — some say impossible — to achieve harmony between work and family when you’re in real estate. Here, Chicagoland top producers offer some techniques that can help.

Two ways agents can fail buyers and sellers, according to clients
Two ways agents can fail buyers and sellers, according to clients

A new Century 21 study found that most consumers are satisfied with their experience during the transaction, but there are a few fixes that real estate professionals could implement to improve the situation.

Taking care of business: Shifting your mindset from agent to business owner
Taking care of business: Shifting your mindset from agent to business owner

Because most brokers are independent contractors, they often have to be their own accountants, marketers, office managers and schedulers. Here are some concrete steps for real estate professionals who are ready to get serious about the shift from “agent” to business owner.

Invest in what you know: How agents can build a real estate portfolio
Invest in what you know: How agents can build a real estate portfolio

What with their specialized knowledge in the product, one would think every real estate professional would have some real property as part of their investment plan. But that’s not the case.

Education: A simple — but vital — investment in your career
Education: A simple — but vital — investment in your career

Any real estate agent who’s spent time in the field can tell you that licensing classes and continuing education courses don’t prepare brokers for the challenges of running a business.

Real estate myths exposed
Real estate myths exposed

Just because something is repeated over and over again doesn’t make it true. Here’s are a few ideas that Chicagoland real estate experts wish they could finally put to rest in 2020.

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