Welcome to the November episode of Learning With A Lender with Joel Schaub!

In this episode Joel Schaub discusses the recent rate cut by the Federal Reserve and how this is NOT necessarily going to reflect mortgage rates decreasing. Often these cuts are predicted (in-advance) and lenders already have baked them into current rates. Also, Joel provides a strategy about asking your loan officer for a no-cost loan, and why that often is preferable than the lowest rate (plus fees). You’ll be able to call your contacts with this information and provide incredible value!

Joel Schaub can be reached at joel@rate.com or 773.654.2049.

Joel Schaub

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Gogo Bethke arrived in the U.S. with only $6, no sphere of influence, and English being her third language. She proceeded to get her real estate license and start marketing on Facebook. Within a few years she sold 45mm in real estate and today commands a team of 110 agents. In this episode the social media queen talks about how most get brokers get social media wrong and provides best practices that you can implement today to find more clients online. We’re HUGE fans of Gogo and you will be, too!

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Gogo's Bootcamp

New weekly feature! In addition to continuing to produce long-form interviews with top 1% producers, we’re also going to serve you up some bite-sized audio goodness!

Keeping It Real Podcast producer Liz Lape is here to guide you on an actionable strategy to help your business.

In today’s Liz Lesson she discusses best-practices regarding stigmatized properties!

Liz Lape Keeping It Real Podcast

Haley Levine and Tony Mattar met years ago while working for a top 1% real estate team. They instantly bonded and in 2019 decided it was time to open their own brokerage, HomeCo Chicago. In this episode Haley and Tony discuss why they started a firm, what it takes to be a top 1% broker and why client events have been a critical component of their success. They also talk about what most brokers miss about social media and how to attract younger clients. Their passion and excitement shines through and you’ll understand why they’re the hottest new brokerage in Chicago.

Tony Mattar can be reached at tony@homecochicago.com and 248.568.6732.

Haley Levine can be reached at haley@homecochicago.com and 847.644.6848.

Melanie Giglio-Vakos of Team MVP at Compass is not only a top 1% agent – she’s currently the 12th highest producing real estate broker in Chicago (out of 45k brokers). Melanie talks about how a bad buying experience motivated her to get her license and how hard work is her secret weapon. She also discusses how she continually evolves her business to reflect the ever-changing market.

Melanie Giglio-Vakos can be reached at teammvp@compass.com and 312.953.4998.

Welcome to the October episode of Investor Insights With Brie Schmidt!

Brie Schmidt is one of the most well-respected buy-and-hold investors in Chicago. Each month we discuss an investment topic brokers should master.

In this episode Brie talks about one of the biggest challenges when starting to work with investors – making sure you have boundaries around the amount of time you’re willing to devote. Without a clear set of expectations in place you may find that you’ll put in more hours than is reasonable. Brie shares best practices on how to make sure the relationship is worthwhile to you, the broker!

Please visit Midwest Real Estate Networking Summit as mentioned on the show.

Brie Schmidt
Midwest Real Estate Networking Summit

Welcome to the October edition of Coaching Moments with Ryan D’Aprile!

How important is attitude? Ryan maintains it’s your single most valuable internal resource. Your attitude will provide you with the energy necessary to continue to scale a mountain while the rain is pouring down. It’s perhaps the only area of life where we have complete control. Ryan discusses how you should choose your attitude carefully and have it work for you, resulting in achieving more of what you want in life.

Ryan D’Aprile can be reached at 312.492.7900 and execassistant@daprileproperties.com.

Ryan D'Aprile
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New video feature! In addition to continuing to produce the long-form audio interviews with top 1% producers, we’re also going to serve you up some bite-sized video goodness!

Keeping It Real Podcast producer Liz Lape is here to guide you on an actionable strategy to help your business. It’s short, helpful, and also on video!

In today’s Liz Lesson she discusses how to market and retain Gen Z real estate clients through authenticity.

Liz Lape Keeping It Real Podcast

Welcome to the October edition of Monday Market Minute with Carrie McCormick from At Properties!

Fresh from her speaking engagement as a panelist at Inman Luxury Connect in Beverly Hills, Carrie McCormick tells our listeners some of the insights she observed. For example, the rise of the importance of staging – buyers expect homes to be move-in ready and staged. Also, how you can use video to tell a story better than pictures. I provide a marketing tip on how to personalize your holiday cards for clients!

Carrie can be reached at carrie@atproperties.com or by phone at 312.961.4612.

Carrie McCormick D.J. Paris Monday Market Minute
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New video feature! In addition to continuing to produce the long-form audio interviews with top 1% producers, we’re also going to serve you up some bite-sized video goodness!

Keeping It Real Podcast producer Liz Lape is here to guide you on an actionable strategy to help your business. It’s short, helpful, and also on video!

In today’s Liz Lesson she discusses why real estate brokers should price their seller’s properties ONLY in multiples of 10k.

Liz Lape Keeping It Real Podcast