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Robots are Starting to Do Showings

vre 80 stillA company called Zenplace in San Francisco is using robots to help its agents conduct showings. When people arrive at the unit, they’re greeted by what amounts to an iPad on a mobile stand that leads them around, but it’s personalized; it’s the agent’s image and voice that people see and hear. Other companies are coming out with their own versions of this.

It’s a good question whether this type of automation will take off. As people get used to buying goods at automated stores in which everything is done with your phone or credit card and no employees are around, it’s feasible mobile iPads will do the trick at showings.

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Screen grab from Zenplace video

Whether you like the idea or not, it’s a trend that’s poised to hit your industry. There are other tech trends you’ll be faced with whether you like them or not. One is a kind of virtual tour that’s more immersive than what you get by just wearing goggles. You get an additional tactile component, because you’re wearing gloves with sensors. Now you feel the door handle when you open the refrigerator as well as see it in multiple dimensions.

Will this be the norm six years from now? Who knows, but now that the genie’s out of the bottle, it’s not likely to get put back in.

REALTOR® Magazine spent a few days at CES in Las Vegas two weeks ago and brought back coverage of all types of tech innovations coming to real estate. CES stands for Consumer Electronics Show and it’s the big showcase each year at which companies try to wow people with what the’re cooking up for us.

You can learn more about CES and also about real estate robots in the latest Voice for Real Estate video. The video also looks at something the U.S. Department of Labor did a few weeks ago that could eventually be important to you because it promises to get the real estate industry one step closer to setting up association health plans (AHPs) for independent contractors.

The agency proposed adding “working owner” to the definition of employer for purposes of setting up AHPs, which would enable sole proprietors and small business owners to ban together for insurance under the large group market, which could make coverage available more cheaply than under the small group market. There remain a lot of hurdles, but this was a crucial step in the right direction.

The video also looks at the three-day federal government shutdown and what could happen to your pipeline of homes sales if there’s another one in a few weeks, which could happen since the short-term budget law expires in early February. If your buyers are applying for FHA-backed financing, they would probably be okay, although processing might take a bit longer. But if they[re buying a new house in a flood area, they might not be able to get flood insurance, and that would mean a delay in  closing.

Watch the video now.

Do Personality Assessments Work? Sometimes.

@maialisa, 2016. pixabay.com

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I’ve always been skeptical of personality assessments. After taking the DISC twice—once getting a D/C and more recently getting a high, nearly even I/D—I found that both results matched my personality on some levels and conflicted on others. This is where my skepticism come in. There’s truth in assessments to varying degrees.

Whether or not you’re looking into assessments for personal insight or to use as a tool for hiring, it’s important to find the right one for you. Recently, I wrote a piece for REALTOR® Magazine on EQ vs. IQ, which examines the concept of emotional intelligence and how it relates to working with clients. I interviewed experts in the field who offered actionable tips for getting in touch with your EQ and applying it to your job in real estate. The article is divided into three parts, and in the last section—which is targeted at broker-owners or hiring managers—I dive into how to recruit high-EQ candidates.

As part of my research, I took Keller Williams Realty’s Keller Personality Assessment (KPA), which I found to be the most accurate and enlightening assessment I’ve experienced to date. It encapsulated so many idiosyncrasies of my personality that it was astonishing. But I shouldn’t be surprised since their business model is all about building teams that work well together. What better way to get a window into a person’s true self than by asking them to take an assessment to learn how they’ll fit in with your group? The key word in that question is “window.”

Whether you’re using DISC, a brokerage tool like KW’s KPA, or another test, such as the Caliper Profile, look at it as one piece of the puzzle (e.g. don’t put all your eggs in one basket). You still need to make sure you’re recruiting the right person or making a good hire. Here are some takeaways after taking the KPA:

Know what you’re assessing. Hiring someone just because you like them or you “click” isn’t always a good idea. Really consider the skillset the job requires before administering the assessment. Know what you’re looking for and have a checklist. Make sure you’re judging candidates not only on their strengths but how those strengths might serve as either pros or cons in a specific position.

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@Clker-Free-Vector-Images, 2014. pixabay.com

Understand that an assessment might not tell the whole story. Some candidates can overthink their responses when taking an assessment, which may affect accuracy. That’s why it’s imperative to ask follow-up questions pertaining to the results of any tests you administer. Ask the candidate how they feel about the results and how accurate they think they are. Ask for examples pertaining to candidates’ assessed strengths as they’ve played out in real-life or on-the-job.

Don’t put people in a box. I hate using that box cliché, but it’s true. Many assessments cement a person as one way or another, failing to consider how one trait might inform other characteristics. For instance, my high responsiveness, spontaneity, and logical problem-solving skills, coupled with my desire for independence, means I work best in environments that are busy, active, and give me a range of responsibilities to manage. But looking at each of those traits independently, you might not draw that conclusion.

In-person interviews are best. It’s much easier to read someone’s comfort level when you see their body language. You can also give them insight into your company culture. And according to Karina Loken, president of The Loken Group with Keller Williams Luxury International in Houston, if a candidate feels your office is a good fit for them, it’s always good for your organization.

 Read More: Is EQ More Powerful Than IQ?

A Closer Look at CES’s Game Changers

ces-logoAt CES 2018, the consumer electronics’ mega show in Las Vegas this week, I hung out with robots, tried out the latest VR headsets, and talked—yes, talked—to a host of appliances, from a bathroom mirror to a refrigerator. After scouring the show floor, I found several products this year that hold real potential to shake up the real estate market. In the video below, I outlined what I think is some of the best tech I saw at the show this year. But of course, my rankings are subjective so use the poll below to vote for your favorite!

Check out all of REALTOR® Mag’s CES 2018 coverage.

 

Which of these 10 game changers from CES 2018 has the most potential to impact your business?
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Mike Smith
Broker/Owner

Premier Real Estate & Property Management, LLC
Licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Oregon
Office: 541-735-3507
Cell: 541-954-4946
Email: brokermike@comcast.net


Melissa Hillsman
Broker

Premier Real Estate & Property Management, LLC
Licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Oregon
Office: 541-735-3507
Cell: 541-852-1278
Email: brokermelissa@comcast.net

 

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Mike was a wizard with the details and having our best interest at heart. He is responsive, and his knowledge and expertise are invaluable. As a builder, we have used Mike in 4 sales and 3 purchases of real estate so far and will use him again. His demeanor is kind and gentle, and we feel confident in Mike's understanding, and negotiation skills, of the fine print. He is as attentive with small sales as he is the big ones. Mike is our real estate go-to guy and we would enthusiastically recommend him. Debbie & Curt
One of the best decisions we have made during the past year was the decision to list our house for sale with Mike Smith. Before meeting Mike, we truly believed that courteous, personal service was a thing of the past, particularly in the highly competitive "dog-eat-dog" world of real estate. We were truly amazed by the level of professionalism which Mike exhibited in listing our property. Mike worked tirelessly on our behalf, communicating with us on a regular basis and never failing to patiently explain each step of the marketing process. His knowledge of the real estate market is unsurpassed and is the type of knowledge that can be acquired only through many years of experience. Mike has continued to educate himself over the years and maintains a "state of the art" website which he is constantly striving to improve. We would wholeheartedly recommend Mike Smith to anyone who is interested in either buying or selling real estate. We are confident that anyone seeking his services would receive the very same extraordinary level of care and service that we have received. Richard & Nancy Prout
Now that our Cosmoledo house has closed and our life has become a bit calmer and simpler again, we just wanted to let you know how much we appreciated having your excellent services. While we can acknowledge that you were "just doing your job," we also know that there are many agents out there who would be receiving the same commission for considerably lesser services. We had very little experience with real estate buying/selling, so we realized many times during the process that your knowledge and advice was making a big difference for us. You stayed positive the whole time, and we never felt that you would suggest we accept an offer just to "get this over with." In a better market things would have been easier for you and for us, but in a difficult market we were fortunate to have your guidance. Evelyn and Peter Alford
I really appreciated Melissa's help in finding my home. My other experience's with a realtor had been irritable and argumentative. Working with you was a welcome change. Your thoughtfulness and calm nature made it much nicer to work with you. Buyer in Eugene, OR
I am relieved that the sale is over finally. I know you worked hard for this process; we all did. But we made it happen in spite of a bad real estate market. Thanks for the help with the remodel. I appreciate your honest, aggressive recommendations; that is what we needed for this market. I will recommend you to my friends with confidence. Keep up the good work. These kind of hard markets are made for aggressive agents like you. Luke
Thank you Mike, for all your help during this transaction. You made this process simple and easy. I have a respect for your professionalism and knowledge. Your attention to detail was very comforting and reassuring. Thank you for the excellent job you did for me. Terri Thiele
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