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You’ll Never Become Wealthy Selling Real Estate



You May Say…

Many of you will read the headline and say, “Sure I can” or “I’m already rich” or “I can retire in 5 years”.  But you’re still not wealthy.  If you are wealthy, then you didn’t get there by selling real estate.

You May Be Rich, But Are You Wealthy?

I know there are many super-successful Realtors who read and contribute to Agent Genius.  There are probably many of you who are rich.  I am certain several of these rich contributors achieved their riches by selling real estate.  It is very possible to earn lots of income selling real estate.  There are even some get rich quick schemes to choose from.  But I’m not talking about the money you make, I’m talking about the wealth you create with the money you make.

Brokering real estate transactions can generate a lot of income and perceived riches.  What you do with that income can create wealth for you and your family.  No one becomes wealthy by just selling real estate.  They invest their riches to become wealthy.

So what are you doing to build wealth?  Do you invest in real estate, stocks, bonds, or do you spend the money you make and then try to go make some more?  I know now is a tough time for many to talk about investments.  We’ve seen the greatest free market system in the world lose 30% of it’s investments values this year.  But you’ve got to do something with your riches to turn them into wealth.  You can’t put them under the mattress and hope they grow in size.

You Can Become Wealthy Buying

I believe that real estate agents should buy real estate.  Who knows the market better than you?  Who sees deals hit the market before anyone else?  Who can analyze the pros and cons of a property better than you?  It only makes sense for you to be a real estate investor.  Not only will it help you build wealth, but it will also make you a better agent.  I’m not saying you should ignore buying stocks, mutual funds, bonds, cd’s, etc…  Diversity is key to building sustainable wealth.  But I am encouraging you to invest in what you know best.

How are you building wealth?  I’d love to hear your methods in the comments below.

Chaotic Good adventurer on a quest to optimize the lives of others. Husband & Father to Wolverines. Founder of RETSO + Managing Director at Path & Post.

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  1. Vance Shutes

    October 30, 2008 at 4:48 pm


    You are absolutely correct in your premise, and especially so right now. I bought my rental real estate at the peak of the market, and while the properties are fully rented, they are worth much less than what I paid. Still, I bought for the long term, which is what any Realtor should do with their investable income.

  2. Jonathan Dalton

    October 30, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    I don’t need to build my own wealth. I just need to wait for the election and the wealth will be spread my direction.

  3. Elaine Reese

    October 30, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    I’m in line right behind Jonathan for my share of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet’s wealth sharing. A guy named Joe is right behind me.

  4. Brad Nix

    October 30, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    @Jonathan good stuff! There are already millions standing in line, just turn around and get in another one.

  5. Eric- New Orleans Condos and Lofts

    October 30, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    I stay away from real estate investments other than my home and a beach condo. I do real estate for a living so want to be diverse in my investments. That is just my take.

    I have saved a lot as I knew times would not always be good. I learned that from my parents who grew up in the depression. Money was not an issue for them as there was none.

  6. Matt Thomson

    October 30, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Gary Keller’s book The Millionaire Real Estate Investor has been a guide for me of sorts for real estate investing. I don’t have many properties, but I’m pretty confident my daughter’s college will be paid for by my real estate.
    Unless Joe gets all my money.

  7. Steve Simon

    October 31, 2008 at 5:10 am

    From reading the Post and the comments I am sitting here smiling as I realize the entire world isn’t crazy. If you spend too much time on Twitter reading political tweets you will start to have a Russian accent… Just my thoughts and this is America, I am entitled to them (for at least another 5 days or so).

  8. Brad Nix

    October 31, 2008 at 6:52 am

    @eric Why do you stay away from real estate? Don’t you know real estate better than any other market? I’m not saying you should throw all your eggs in one basket, but you should feel confident that your real estate basket should be equal or slightly bigger than your stock basket.

  9. Paula Henry

    November 1, 2008 at 8:22 am

    Brad – Excellent advice for Realtors. If we believe in the benefit of owning real estate, we should be investing for our future.

    One of the investing options I propose is for my clients is buying a rental property before their child turns three and watch it grow to pay for their college.

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Use nostalgia as a marketing niche for your business today

(MARKETING) A market that is making waves is found in the form of entertainment nostalgia. Everyone has memories and attachments, why not speak to them?




Is it just me or does it seem like there is something for everything nowadays? Let me clarify, as that is a rather broad question…

With the way communicating through technology has advanced, it’s become much easier to connect with those who have shared interests. This has become especially evident with interests in the entertainment community.

Entertainment nostalgia

It now seems like there is an event for every bit of nostalgia you can imagine. Autograph shows, meet and greets, and memorabilia collections of all kinds are held in convention halls all around the world. (To give you an idea of how deep this thing goes, there was a “Grease 2” reunion convention sometime within the last five years. Being that I’m the only person I’ve ever met who likes that movie, it’s amazing that it found an audience.)

This idea of marketing by use of nostalgia is something that is becoming smartly tapped and there are a variety of directions it can go in.

For example, the new Domino’s ads feature dead-on tributes to “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

What’s your niche?

If you’re a fan of anything, it’s likely that you can find an event to suit your needs.

And, if you want to take it a step further, you can think outside the box and use nostalgia as a marketing tool.

I recently began dabbling in social media gigs that have brought me to a few different fan conventions. One was a throwback 80s and 90s convention that featured everyone from Alan Thicke to the members of N*SYNC. Another is a recurring convention that brings together fans of sci-fi, horror, and everything under that umbrella.

I was amazed by the number of people that came out to these events and the amount of money that was spent on the day’s activities (autographs, photo ops, etc.). I was energized by the fact that you can take something you have a great appreciation for and bring together others who share that feeling. Watching people meet some of their favorite celebrities is something that is priceless.

Hop onboard the nostalgia train

If you’re a fan of something, you don’t have to look too far to find what you’d enjoy – going back to the aforementioned “Ferris Bueller” example, there is a first-ever John Hughes fan event taking place in Chicago next month that will bring fans to their favorite Brat Pack members.

In the same thought, if you have an idea, now is the time to find others who share that interest and execute your vision.

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5 tips to help you craft consistently high-converting email marketing

(MARKETING) Email may seem too old to be effective but surprisingly it’s not, so how can you get the most out of your email marketing? Try these tips.



Email marketing

Email marketing might seem archaic in comparison to modern mediums like social media, blogging, and podcasting; however, it actually remains one of the highest converting options marketers and small businesses have at their disposal.

But Why Email?

Hopefully, you believe in email as an effective marketing channel, but in case you have doubts, let’s hit the reset button. Here’s why email marketing is worth investing in:

  • Email is one of the few marketing channels that you have total control over. Unlike a social media audience, which can disappear if the platform decides you violate their terms, you own your email list.
  • Email is considered very personal. When someone gives you access to their inbox, they’re telling you that you can send them messages.
  • From a pure analytics perspective, email gives you the ability to track behaviors, study what works, and get familiar with the techniques that don’t.
  • The ROI of email marketing is incredibly high. It can deliver as much as $44 in value for every $1 spent.

5 Tips for High-Converting Emails

If you’ve been using email, but haven’t gotten the results you’d like to, it’s probably because you’re using it ineffectively.

Here are a few very practical tips for high-converting emails that generate results:

  1. Write Better Subject Lines: Think about email marketing from the side of the recipient. (Considering that you probably receive hundreds of emails per week, this isn’t hard to do.) What’s going to make you engage with an email? It’s the subject line, right?If you’re going to focus a large portion of your time and energy on one element of email marketing, subject lines should be it.The best subject lines are the ones that convey a sense of urgency or curiosity, present an offer, personalize to the recipient, are relevant and timely, feature name recognition, or reference cool stories.
  2. Nail the Intro”: Never take for granted the fact that someone will open your email, and read to the second paragraph. Some will – but most will scan the first couple of lines, and then make a decision on how to proceed.It’s critically important that you get the intro right. You have maybe five seconds to hook people in, and get them excited. This is not a time to slowly build up. Give your best stuff away first!
  3. Use Video: Email might be personal, but individual emails aren’t necessarily viewed as special. That’s because people get so many of them on a daily basis.According to Blue Water Marketing, “The average person receives more than 84 emails each day! So how do you separate your emails from everyone else? Embed videos in your emails can increase your conversion rates by over 21 percent!”This speaks to a larger trend of making emails visually stimulating. The more you use compelling visuals, the more engaging and memorable the content will be.
  4. Keep Eyes Moving: The goal is to keep people engaging with your email content throughout. While it’ll inevitably happen with a certain percentage of recipients, you want to prevent people from dropping off as they read.One of the best ways to keep sustained engagement is to keep eyes effortlessly moving down the page with short and succinct copy.One-liners, small paragraphs, and lots of spacing signal a degree of approachability and simplicity. Use this style as much as you can.
  5. Don’t Ask Too Much: It can be difficult to convey everything you want to say in a single email, but it’s important that you stay as focused as possible – particularly when it comes to CTAs and requests.Always stick to one CTA per email. Never ask multiple questions or present different offers. (It’ll just overwhelm and confuse.) You can present the same CTA in multiple places – like at the beginning, middle, and end of the email – but it needs to be the same call. That’s how you keep people focused and on-task.

Give Your Email Marketing Strategy a Makeover

Most businesses have some sort of email lists. Few businesses leverage these lists as well as they should. Hopefully, this article has provided you with some practical and actionable tips that can be used to boost engagement and produce more conversions. Give them a try and see what sticks.

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Here’s how one employer was able beat an age discrimination lawsuit

(MARKETING) Age discrimination is a rare occurrence but still something to be battled. It’s good practice to keep your house in order to be on the right side.



Jewel age discrimination

In January, the EEOC released its annual accounting for reports of discrimination in the previous year. Allegations of retaliation were the most frequently filed charge, which disability coming in second. Age discrimination cases accounted for 21.4% of filed charges. As we’ve reported before, not all age discrimination complaints rise to the level of illegal discrimination. In Cesario v. Jewel Food Stores, Inc., the federal court dismissed the claims of age discrimination, even though seven (7) plaintiffs made similar claims against the grocery store.

What Cesario v. Jewel Food Stores was about

In Cesario, all but one of the seven plaintiffs had spent years with Jewel Food building their careers. When Jewel went through some financial troubles, the plaintiffs allege that they began to “experience significant pressure at work… (and) were eventually forced out or terminated because of their age or disability.” Jewel Food requested summary judgment to dismiss the claims.

The seven plaintiffs made the same type of complaints. Beginning in 2014, store directors were under pressure to improve metrics and customer satisfaction. Cesario alleges that the Jewel district manager asked about his age. Another director alleges that younger store directors were transferred to stores with less difficulties. One plaintiff alleged that Jewel Food managers asked him about his retirement. The EEOC complaints began in late 2015. The plaintiffs retired or were fired and subsequently filed a lawsuit against their company.

Age discrimination is prohibited by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, (ADEA). The ADEA prevents disparate treatment based on age for workers over 40 years old. However, plaintiffs who allege disparate treatment must establish that the adverse reactions wouldn’t have occurred but for age. Because none of the plaintiffs could specifically point to age as the only determination of their case, the court dismissed the case.

A word to wise businesses

Jewel Food was able to demonstrate their own actions in the case through careful documentation. Although there was no evidence that age played a factor in any discharge decision, Jewel Food could document their personnel decisions across the board. The plaintiffs also didn’t exhaust all administrative remedies. This led to the case being dropped.

Lesson learned – Make perssonel decisions based on performance and evidence. Don’t use age as a factor. Keep documentation to support your decisions.

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