Great site for New Home Information

June 17, 2016 No comments »

This is a great site for gathering data on New Housing.  For Agents or Loan Officers this is a site you want to stay on top of for your buyers.

United States Census Bureau

New Housing Census Bureau (CLICK HERE)

Market Forecast Great for Builders and Mortgage Companies!

April 6, 2016 No comments »

Great news for Home Builders and Mortgage  professionals!!  Check out the market forecast from our yearly Builder Dinner hosts…Riverfront Investments.  Usually they are spot on!

 

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Building Team Trust

February 29, 2016 No comments »

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By Shirleen Von Hoffmann Sales Coach and National Director of the Builder Group 

A team without trust isn’t really a team and it’s not fun to be around. It’s just a group of individuals, working together, often making disappointing progress. They may not get along, battle over responsibilities, and not cooperate with one another. It doesn’t matter how capable or talented your people are, they may never reach their full potential if trust isn’t present within the team. We want more than that.   When trust is in place, each individual in the team becomes stronger, because he or she is part of an effective, cohesive group.  “We’ve got your back” mentality is the only way to go!

So how can you, as a leader, help your team build the trust that it needs to flourish?

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Lead by Example

If you want to build trust within your team, then lead by example. This means trusting your team and being a person who is trustworthy. Never forget Trust rolls down hill and they are taking cues from you. 

Transparent communication

If you are transparent with your communication your team will observe and tend to be that way.  You need to give them permission to be safe in a transparent working environment. Many will feel unsafe speaking their mind at first but if it is honored as a safe policy and way of doing business, they will feel safe, heard and a more important part of the team. 

Team Therapy- Great Meetings!

Have great meetings, it’s important to a team:  Encourage your team and Leads to be very active and take a role in this very important step to team building.

  • The first meeting defines the purpose of the team, the mission, as well as each person’s role
  • Have many organizing team building exercises
  • Have games that break the ice and get everyone in-volved!
  • Include virtual partners to join the meeting via Blue Jeans
  • Encourage Fun with dress up days and celebration of wins at meetings
  • Have monthly competitions with prizes
  • Praise teams as a unit rather than individuals and do it publicly.

This time spent face-to-face is an important part of getting to know each other. It also creates opportunities for team members to talk, and to help one another solve problemsMake sure that you “walk the talk” here: whenever you have important or relevant information to share, do so immediately. The more you share with your team members, and thereby prove that you have no hidden agenda, the more comfortable they’ll feel trusting you and each other.

 Know Each Other Personally

One way to build trust is to encourage your team members to see their colleagues as people. This is super important with off-site colleagues. Think about creating situations that help them share personal stories, and bond on blue jeans so the team can get to know them personally. Ask about their families or interests, it doesn’t have to be long and drawn out but it has to be real.

 Don’t Place Blame

Instead, encourage everyone in your group to think about the mistake in a constructive way. What can you all do to fix what happened, and move forward together? And how can you make sure that this mistake doesn’t happen again?

 Building Trust Virtually

So, how can you build trust between people who are hundreds of miles apart?

Schedule a virtual “meet and greet” if it’s a new team, to help everyone get to know one another as individuals.  Then continue weekly online face to face meetings to help establish relationships.

Next, make sure that everyone on the team is aware of other team members’ expertise and skills, as well as the value that each individual contributes to the group.  Encourage your team members to treat each other just as they would if they were working face to face.

Keeping your promises is incredibly important in a virtual team, because your word is often all you can give. Positive follow-through builds trust quickly, and can raise the entire group’s tone and expectations.

Key Points

  1. Trust is an essential element in team productivity. Without it, you’re unlikely to get anything meaningful done.
  2. Make sure you practice and encourage transparent communication
  3. As a leader, it’s important that you set an example. Show your team members how critical trust is to you by demonstrating your trust in them, as well as in your colleagues.
  4. Next, make an effort to help everyone get to know each other on a personal level especially those off site. Encourage meetings on camera, online and conversations on values, family, or hobbies.
  5. Don’t play the blame game encourage effective solution minded processes.
  6. Nothing builds trust faster than personal relationships, feeling honored and feeling safe to trust.

 

 

My article in Mortgage Executive Magazine

February 23, 2016 1 comment »

I feel honored to write an article next to one of my mentors, Anthony Robbins.  Read my latest for mortgage sales professionals…tony robbins

Mastering Builder Business

I was doing some coaching the other day to a group and one of the students said, “I feel that Builders are too much work…they are too hard to get to, too hard to get and too hard to keep happy once you get them.”

So I am here to tell you…That is partially true!  Home Builders can be hard to find, challenging to get an appointment with and once gotten they can be difficult to keep happy.

But on the other hand, chasing a Builder and getting them is a huge win, there’s no feeling quite like it!  Here is another great upside…you don’t live month to month; you have a huge pipeline of loans that you can see as far as a year out and you always know what is coming down the line.  When you become a successful Builder Account Loan Officer and do it right, you become an enterprise.  Everyone will want you working for them.  Furthermore, there is no better feeling than a Builder awarding you with their business and trusting you to get it done.  It’s huge win.

Think about it, is anything worth getting, Easy? Do you want to get 15 loans a year from a Realtor (That’s easy!) or do you want 150 loans year from a Builder? (Challenge) And when you get four or five Builders in your pocket, you can imagine the enterprise you will create.  Nothing in this world, worth anything, comes easy. So instead of looking for easy, let’s talk about some strategy.

First I am going to make you a promise and want you to proceed with this knowing.  If you follow these steps below you will become wildly successful with Builders and have a ton of business.  With that said, you must prepare to be busy.  I always say, “Be careful what you wish for!” Preparation and planning will make you, “in it to win it”!     READ THE ARTICLE HERE

Team Trust

February 8, 2016 No comments »

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Part 1 of 3 Trust

As a Sales Coach, I talk about a lot of different teachings.  This might be one of the most important things I talk about…how to play nice in the sand box and building and caring for your Team, all of your Team.

One of the first rules I learned doing high volume sales production is that you need a lot of people to achieve your goals.  They are your Team and need to be aligned and trust you to be a Leader. You can’t let them down. You bring  in the business but your job doesn’t stop there.  You must create an environment for things to get done right and on time.  That’s where your team comes in. TEAM means everyone you encounter at your company.

Now, don’t get me wrong: I am not saying there won’t be conflict.  But that’s when you use your skills like communication, great systems, proper expectations and reasoning.  Never use Anger or rage at another person on your Team, it’s not cool and eventually you will be moved out the door for doing it.

Here are a 12 necessary elements to keeping your team thriving and aligned. 

You’re the leader so remember you are responsible for your actions and your team, always:

  1. Be the rock they can depend on.  Speak, act and live as the best human you can be.
  2. Smile instead of Frown, do your best to spread joy. People need it and will look to you for it.
  3. Make sure the entire Team is committed to the true Mission: Happy Clients and great service.
  4. Be transparent, set the right expectations, check results and give feedback in a positive way.
  5. Create systems and processes for the team to be successful.
  6. If you’re frustrated, don’t email or call…give it a minute; breathe, you will be glad you did.
  7. Always assume everyone is doing their best, before you think otherwise.
  8. It’s easier to persuade others with polite requests, words of praise and a positive attitude.
  9. Ask for help, let the Team step up, trust them, they want to do their best for you.
  10. Yelling, rude demands, talking badly about someone and negativity are NEVER okay.
  11. Demanding rudeness destroys your relationships and thus destroys the Team and your future.
  12. Lead them with vulnerability, be accountable for failure and get right back to trying your best.

But here’s the reality; bad days, bad moods and pressure are a part of life and our business. They don’t work in your life nor the workplace, they just make everything worse.  How you manage them is everything. Don’t bring that game.  Don’t shoot yourself in the foot.  You are trying to build an enterprise, it takes skill.

Be a good human, be a rock people can depend on, create trust, love and honor with everyone in your family.  In a company it takes Sales, Operations, Management and a bond between all, to get the job done.  You are one big family, working together to be the best you can be.  Honor that and have some fun growing in a market that’s thriving.  Now go get em!

Stay tuned for Part 2…

 

Join me at the Int. Builder Show in Las Vegas

January 18, 2016 No comments »

PrintIntegrating Tablet Technology into New Home Sales

Technology is changing so quickly that it’s tough to keep up, but it is critical that we do. Consumers are using tablet and mobile technology in their everyday life, and other industries, like retail, are spending millions to develop technology so they can better connect with their customers. The home building industry needs to do the same, but how? Finding the best uses for these tools in new home sales is actually fairly easy when you know where to start. This session will discuss the latest and most relevant tablet technology, apps and implementation ideas for new home sales so you can better connect with your prospective buyers and get results.

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Join Christopher Brown and I for a great session on Jan 21 at 11am in South Room 223

  • Learn about the various tablet platforms available, analyzing the pluses and minus for each, and how to integrate the technology into the sales office.
  • Discover 35+ free or low-cost apps that sales and marketing people can start using right away to be more organized, connected and relevant to today’s buyers.
  • Explore new technologies that are coming soon from other industries, and how home building can use them to more effectively market and sell homes.

Shirleen Von Hoffmann MIRM, CSP, CMP, Broker, President and Sales Coach

Home Builders Edge and The Queen of Sales

Christopher Brown MIRM, Broker and Principle (916)866-600-EDGE (3343)

New New Homes (916) 572-NEXT (6398

 

New Goals?

December 21, 2015 No comments »

 

 LIVE WITH INTENTION

When you live with intention, you set out on a predetermined path of success, every day.   You are present, engaged and authentic.  When you don’t live with intention you perform many mindless activities throughout the day that are random and most likely time wasters.Happy-New-Year-Greetings-2016-850x531

  • Do you ever get to the end of the day and feel like you didn’t accomplish anything. (Mindless)
  • Do you ever realize on Facebook, you were on there for hours? (Mindless-time waster)
  • Do you ever drive somewhere and not remember the drive there? (Mindless)

When you live mindless and roll from one thing to another without thinking about it or a predetermined path, you are not being intentional.  Though to-do lists and goals are necessary, living with the intention is having a regular practice that is done every day and every week, so as to not waste one precious moment of life.  Living with intention is to approach life in a bigger way.  Getting the bigger picture.

As we get closer to the New Year, let’s focus on living each daywith intention.  So as you set your intentions and schedule for Success in the New Year, try including a schedule that includes good habits that take care of YOU, the human being as well as YOU, the Salesperson.  In the Real Estate world many of us have goals and or visions that we do each year.  This year I would like to challenge you to make intention boards instead.   Fill them with things you will do daily or weekly that will help with the big picture goals and vision you have for your life. For instance; by doing this one task it will make a positive result in 5 different aspects of your life.  That is bigger picture.  Put pictures on those intentions to make them even more powerful.  Here’s an example:

INTENTIONAL LIVING TIPS

Personal                                                        Work

0  Hours of television                                  0  Hours of wasted time/Negativity

1  Hour of exercise daily                             1  Hour of email return daily

2  Liters of water daily                                 2  Hours of prospecting per day

3  Cups of green tea daily                           3  Hours of focused marketing per week

4  Short mental breaks daily                        4  Return call times 15 minutes each

5   Small meals                                            5  Minutes of chit chat with staff members weekly

6  am wake up time                                      6  Handwritten cards of praise, prospecting follow up

7   Minutes of laughter                                  7  New clients a week

8  Hours of sleep                                          8  Lunch and Learns and or Dinner meetings per month

9   Hours of reading/music per week.           9  Field calls per week

10   Statements of gratitude daily                10  Minute morning huddles

“YOU” TIPS

  • First thing take a morning walk and get some exercise. It gives you time to plan your day in your head, breathe, stretch, meditate, be grateful, starts endorphins and move your body all in one.
  • Before you arrive to work, have a plan on paper or computer of what you will accomplish that day. Fill your time with YOU elements and work elements. Drive the day don’t let it drive you.
  • Water and Feed your Body throughout the day.
  • Get enough rest both sleep and off time from work.
  • A daily gratitude and laughter practice are game chasers in mental attitude.

TIME TIPS

  • Always value Time as one of the most important components of your day.
  • As the CEO of your world, your time should be spent thinking of ways to make revenue.
  • You should never be bored nor waste time.
  • Focus your time on driving business, touching prospects and outselling your competition.
  • Realize and avoid time wasters.

PROSPECTS AND CUSTOMER TIPS

In Sales you have many bosses – they are just called customers and prospects and they should get TLC they deserve. Never, ever take a prospect coming through the door for granted as they are your golden goose.  A good way to keep yourself in check, after every prospect encounter is to give it the TLC check: 

  • TIME -Did I do everything possible to maximize my time and efforts with that prospect?
  • LISTEN -Did I listen carefully to that prospect for their needs, sell them those needs and did I hear and respond to their buying signals?
  • CLOSE -Did I close that prospect and get the deal?

GROWTH TIPS

There is a saying and it says, “As soon as you stop growing, you are dead.”  That saying is so true. You find most people who feel burnt out are people who have stopped growing.  When you stop growing, it seems like you stop loving what you do, you become negative, bitter and not fun to be around.  When you continue to grow, you continue to be engaged, optimistic and energetic and positive about the future.

  • Constant reading and growth.
  • Never stop learning your trade through Coaching and Training.
  • Build great teams, train and treat them right and Trust them to do the work.
  • Keep yourself fresh, adapt to change and renew yourself continuously.
  • Be a “10” in energy each day; bring influence and positive energy to all you touch.

Living with intention involves engaging all of your energies and strengths. It means both affirming what you want and having fun on the journey. It means honoring your intentions, as a number one priority.

By Shirleen Von Hoffmann President and Sales Coach for Home Builders Edge. Copyright 2015 ©.   For more information please go to www.homebuildersedge.com or contact shirleen at shirleen@homebuildersedge.com

Grow or Die trying!

November 17, 2015 1 comment »

Shirleen Von Hoffmann  Owner and Sales Coach for Home Builders Edge Copyright 2012

As I went for my walk today, I noticed my weeds in the front yard had grown double this week than last.  With our recent rain and then our sunshine, they just just shot up!  Which got me thinking about growth and how everything is meant to grow OR it dies.  Once anything in nature stops growing, it dies.  As babies, toddlers, then teens we were growing by leaps and bounds.  We must remind ourselvshocked guyes as Adults to continuing growing ourselves in many different ways.  Because when we grow, we are revitalizing and rebirthing ourselves. We are getting BETTER…older but BETTER! We are born to aspire ourselves upward and be ever changing and growing.

So the first argument I get on this is time…I don’t have time to start something new…blah, blah, blah…

Here are 15 ways to help you to grow…at work…doing what you do, that won’t take any time at all. It’s fun to grow so make it fun!

  • Give up 15 minutes of TV find a new book that’s inspiring and read for just 15 minutes.
  • Make it a challenge to find out and remember more about your customer than ever before.
  • Make it a goal to get 100% visitor card capture and have lots of client personal facts on them. These little gems are the first step to really reaching them on another level your competition doesn’t.
  • Connect through networking, social media and social networking-go where your customer goes…arrive first and leave last and take lots of business cards.
  • What is your value proposition?  Do you know?  Do you make sure to let others know?
  • Engage- Think about questions you ask.  Ask engaging questions.  Definition of engaging question? A question that makes them stop and think and respond to you.  Have a dozen or so.
  • Objections-What stands behind you and the sale?  Build your objections into your presentation.
  • Buying motive is key to a sale. What is your prospects motive for buying?  Do you know?
  • Manipulation is out relationships are in…you can’t manipulate your way to a relationship…you must create value.  How are you creating value to your prospects?
  • Stay in Touch-Communicate a value message, consistently or you will lose them.
  • Follow Through & great customer service – Be the best at this, keep your word.
  • Raise the Bar on yourself – Challenge yourself to be great- Set some new standards.
  • No one wants to hear about what you have, they want help…Today people do their research before they walk in the door.  Your job is to figure out what they need and give it to them.
  • What are your buyers specific goals, do you know? Did you find that out during the visit and write it down? Follow up is so much better and easier, when you realize and touch on the needs in your prospects.
  • When the prospects leaves, ask yourself; ”Did I maximize my time with this prospect?  What could I have done better?”

These are just a few small steps to making you grow towards being the best you can be!

Top 10% – What’s the Secret Sauce?

November 7, 2015 No comments »

There are only a handful of Sales Professionals that get into the top 10%. In fact the old saying 10% of the people do 90% of the business still rings0315_retirement-planning-late-start-start-saving-10-percent_485x340 true. After all of these years, it never changes. Just look at any President’s Club in any given company. I think this statistic is amazingly accurate and it always blows my mind.

So what is it that makes someone rise to this level? What is the Secret Sauce? Are they wired different? Why do some succeed where others fail? Is it personality, persistence, skills or just plain luck? It’s my belief that there are definite skillsets and personality traits that when put together make the best of the best.

Here are 10 things I look for when hiring.

Drive, Focus and Persistence

Top Producing Sales Professionals are driven…I know because I was one. They think about their game from the time they get up until the time they crash at night. Their mind is like a machine that seldom stops thinking and it’s usually about their business. They have focus like a race horse; fast and straight, o they don’t look up much, other than to see if anyone is passing them. Lastly, they never give up. They have an endless appetite for learning, knowledge, growth, processes, execution and they get up every day and do it; day in and day out.

Self-Sustaining, Big Picture Thinkers

Most Top Producers are great Managers of their own business. They are running their own enterprise. They know what they want and how to get it. As a Manager you really need to just support them, but they don’t need the day to day hand holding that some do. I have always found they take up the least time out of a Managers day.

Knowledge and Planning

I was always amazed at fellow President Club members. They knew the products better than the people who created them. They knew every inch of their products and could find the differentiation between their products and the competitor’s products very quickly. Though I do think luck could have some effect with success, to sustain success you must have a plan and be altering that plan, all of the time. Great Sales People have a plan to be great and they are able to maneuver that plan quickly, when it’s not viable.

Charisma and Confidence

Great Sales People have an energy you just want to be around. They know their stuff and are able to relay that confidence to the Client or Prospect. They have this confidence that is an energy you can feel. It’s says, I know what I am doing so step aside and let me do my thing. They don’t stutter or stammer; they know who they are, why they are good and can tell you that quickly.

Fierce Competitors

This may be the one trait that is a key ingredient in the Secret Sauce. Top Producers are fierce competitors even if they don’t appear to be on the outside. Whether they learned that at an early age from sports or activity, a competitive floor with a sibling or maybe an overbearing Parent driving them, it’s definitely a trait you will find in most Top Producing Sales People. They HATE to lose.

It’s my belief when you put all of this together, you have a very special individual that can achieve the highest levels of production, time and time again.

Is it only for the chosen few? Can this be learned?  I say YES, for those willing to step up and put forth the effort, anything is possible!  Remember a Secret Sauce is nothing more learning the special ingredients!

 

By Shirleen Von Hoffmann President/Sales Coach for HomeBuilders Edge & Sales Team Coaches  Copyright 2015

First Love Yourself

July 19, 2015 1 comment »

By Shirleen Von Hoffmann   Copyright 2015

Let’s face it, our jobs of changing lives by putting people into homes and helping those who are making the biggest purchase of their lives requires super human skillsets.  But you can’t change lives if you’re a hot mess inside.  When you mix in our High D personalities that drives us so hard we become nothing but driven hard, with nothing left in our fuel tanks.  Remember the old cliché?  “Take care of yourself first or you will have nothing left to give others.”  “Do or Die” also comes to mind and should be words we live by.

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But what is self-care really and why is it so difficult?

It is our responsibility to take good care of and treat ourselves with the ultimate respect. It begins and ends with YOU…always!

I speak from experience as this topic has been a constant challenge for me.  In fact this year, the theme of my dream board is FLY…First Love Yourself.  Then you can love others.  I remember my early years in business; I was so busy I would forget to eat.  I would run till about 2PM each day on a cup of coffee.  Just stress hormones and coffee!  Not a good combination!  Oh the chaos I put my body and mind through before I figured it out.  My advice to you would be to stop now before you cause damage to yourself and F.L.Y.  One thing to remember is this: No one cares about YOU more than YOU.  If you run out of fuel and break down, life will go on at work.  Part of being successful is mastering success in home and business life.  If you are worn out and unhappy, success will be hard to come by.  If you are feeling on top of your personal world, then success a work will be much easier and feel better. 

How do you know if you are not putting yourself first?  Do you find yourself?

  • Working overtime for others when you yourself are tired, overburdened and stressed out.
  • Going long stretches and not feeding your body. Pushing hunger back when you get busy.
  • Not getting exercise in. Pushing it off when you have meetings or time conflicts.
  • Not finding time to relax, read, do something you love with those you love.superhero-suit-superman-537x402
  • Returning emails and calls, when you arrive home instead of really separating home from work.
  • Filling minutes and hours with chaos rather than sticking to a plan and executing.

The long and short of it is, in the real estate business your day is filled with clients, goals, marketing, deadlines, bosses and never a spare moment to breathe.  You are a counselor, confidant, financial guru, real estate expert, sales person, employee and wizard all in one!  You must have super human powers and in order to do that, you must charge up our batteries or you won’t fly!  So with that said, here are three things to help. 

Here are 3 things you can do to Love Yourself First.  A must read for all Super Hero’s

Step 1:  Find time each day to stop, multiple times throughout the day and say, “Did I take care of myself today?  What do I need right now?” Listen to yourself, don’t judge, just act on your own inner wisdom.  Your intuitive side will talk to you.  Are you hungry, tired, sad, stressed? Do you need to go for a walk, workout, meditate, read a book, rest?  If the answer is yes, make time to do it.  No one can do it for you.

Step 2:  Put a reminder on your computer and a timer on your cell phone.  This should remind you to check in with yourself and take action making yourself a top priority.  You are a top priority.

Step 3:  One way to accomplish self-love, is to put the event you need, on your calendar and honor it no matter what.  It’s just as important as any other appointment, actually more important.

In a recent survey it was found out of a 16 hour work day, 85% of working professionals only gave themselves 90 minutes of attention.  That includes exercise, a shower, reading and activities that bring joy and happiness to all of us.  That’s only 10% of our entire day.  That’s 90 minutes out of 960!

You’re important and deserve your own love and attention first!  Honor thyself first and you will be better to serve the rest.

 “Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.” ~Parker Palmer

 

 


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