Take that Call!

March 25, 2010

If you are a busy real estate professional, you may want to consider the benefits of online real estate renewal classes.  You may currently take full advantage of every tool in the digital world to maximize your business opportunities, make the most efficient use of your time and create some additional personal time to enjoy friends and family, but you still find yourself sitting in a classroom setting with your phone and email off for several hours (or maybe even for a few consecutive days) in order to fulfill your real estate license renewal requirements before the looming deadline.  How much business does that cost you?

Most instructors will require that phones and email devices are off during a real estate renewal class.  Do you ever worry that you may be missing an opportunity to promptly respond to a call from an existing client or potential buyer or seller?  Oh, my goodness!  In today’s market, every call is potential income!

For example, you enroll in a scheduled real estate class, pay your fee, and then before the class even starts, your phone rings.  On the other end of the line is a prospective buyer sitting in the car in front of one of your listings, asking to see it.  If you are like most real estate professions, you would like to be out the door to take care of business.  Sure, you could try to close for an appointment “tomorrow” but you know, without a doubt, that the prospects will continue driving around until they find another sign and call that agent.  The result – business lost.

An alternative is to complete your required continuing education conveniently in your own office, at home, or even out by the pool – on your time schedule. Renewal Zone is the perfect place to keep up to keep up to date. Online classes are accessible 24/7 from anywhere you have an internet connection.  Most online real estate school websites are easy to navigate and have straightforward class material.  Many sites have a variety of classes to speak to specific disciplines within the industry, including commercial, new home sales, etc. Make sure your Chicago real estate license is up-to-date, you don’t want to miss out!

A “business-friendly” online class will offer the option to pause a class to take calls when your phone rings and respond to your clients and customers immediately.  Classes can be stopped, so you can take care of the business at hand, show a property, meet with a client, and then resume the class later at your convenience.

This is just one more technology-enabled efficiency that you can add to power your business.  After all, time is money!

About The Author

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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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