Real Estate Agents

A Message from the President

Our president, Peter Giese, is taking a few minutes to share with everyone why attending the 2015 United Real Estate Convention is a great idea.

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President Peter Giese, United Real Estate

I’d like to personally thank you for helping us grow as a real estate organization in 2014. Customer referrals are big part of a successful agent’s long term business success and agent referrals are part of our rapid growth as a real estate company. There is an incredible amount of excitement about our upcoming convention which is being in held in Dallas, Texas from March 19-21. As someone who referred an agent who joined one of our offices, you are also eligible to participate in the $5,000 drawing. To be officially entered into the drawing, all you have to do is register and attend the United Real Estate Convention and Awards Banquet. We will draw the winning name on Saturday March 21 at the conclusion of the awards banquet.

As a company, we believe the future holds great opportunities for leaders who are willing to leverage fresh perspectives, adapt to changing conditions, and incorporate new learning into how they pursue opportunities. Our convention will provide all attendees the ability to implement the positive business building habits and tools to grow. This also is a chance for us as a leadership team to hear from our agents who have supported us throughout the year, listening and learning from you. In addition to being entered into the $5,000 drawing, we would also like to invite you to meet with the executive management team at the convention for the first ever United Real Estate first ever national agent advisory group – STAR Roundtable. Your insights into why you joined United Real Estate and how we can continue to express the value we have to other agents and buyers and sellers is important to us.

Don’t miss this opportunity to position yourself as an expert in your local market. Being active with your company allows you to be recognized as an expert by your peers and clients. Buyers and sellers feel confident about doing business with those agents that are both recognized as experts in their local market and by their peers.

Thanks in advance and I look forward to your continued success with United Real Estate.

Best Regards,

Peter Giese
President
United Real Estate

A Career with United Real Estate

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Whether you’ve been in real estate your entire career or are interested in getting started, United Real Estate has the solution for you.

Our Jumpstart Program helps new agents get their careers started by teaching the stepping stones to being successful in real estate. If you complete the training requirements, your registration fee will be 100-percent reimbursed after you make a sale.

Or if you’ve been in the business for years, our Accelerate program helps agents boost their careers with listing/selling techniques, tips for enhanced productivity and marketing/prospecting best practices.

The best part? United Real Estate agents earn 100-percent commission. Our company doesn’t take any percentage of the commission our agents earn when clients buy or sell a home. Unlike other franchises, which sometimes demand up to a 50-sspercent split in commission, you’ll enjoy 100 percent real estate commission on every transaction. The only charges you’ll be dealing with are a small transaction fee ($300-$600; variable by region) and a $65 monthly office fee.

This arrangement also benefits clients. It motivates each agent to provide the best service available in order to earn that commission. It’s a win-win situation for our agents and their clients.

Want to learn more about joining our team? Stop by JoinUnitedRealEstate.com or visit our Facebook page for more information.

Keynote Speaker Highlight: Michelle Gielan

We’re proud to announce that a nationally recognized speaker will be joining us at the 2015 National Convention – Michelle Gielan.

Founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research, Michelle  is an expert on the science of positive communication and how to use it to fuel success. She works with Fortune 500 companies and schools to raise employee engagement, productivity and happiness at work. Michelle is a Partner at GoodThink, a positive psychology consulting firm,

aMichelleGielanHeadshotBlue_300dpind she holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Michelle is an Executive Producer of “The Happiness Advantage” Special on PBS. She formerly served as the anchor of two national newscasts at CBS News, as well as a correspondent for “The Early Show.” In 2009, Michelle produced “Happy Week”, a series focusing on fostering happiness in the midst of the recession. In 2011, she appeared in her own weekly health and wellness segment, “Manic Monday” on FOX News Chicago.

Michelle graduated cum laude in Computer Engineering. Her research and advice have received attention from Forbes, USA Today, CNN, FOX and NPR.

We can’t wait to hear what Michelle has to say. Stay tuned for additional announcements on speakers for the United convention. Or visit www.UREConvention.com for more information.

Tips for Achieving Email Marketing Success

With email marketing being such a large part of the real estate business there is no shortage of advice on best practices. Here are the basic mistakes many agents and brokers make when leveraging email marketing. Steer clear of these items and you will be miles ahead of everyone else. All guidelines below are courtesy of Mailchimp.com, a great resource for learning everything you ever wanted to know about proper email etiquette:

Not having permission: Before you send any email-marketing material, you should always have permission from every single one of your recipients. This is a non-negotiable.

Being in a rush: Rushing and not thinking through email design, content, and subject lines can have a big impact on your open rates and spam reports.

Assuming people remember who you are: Did everyone on your list specifically give you permission to email them? If not, then you‘re just assuming they want to hear from you. This could be the mistake that gets you reported as a spammer.

Writing like a used-car salesman: Don‘t use pushy sales copy, like “BUY NOW!!!!” or “LIMITED TIME OFFER!!!” in email. It‘s obnoxious. Plus, Spam filters will penalize you for using what they consider “spammy” content.

One last thing. If you think you are spamming then you are spamming: We all know that sending an open house announcement to a list of purchased names is highly frowned
upon. Spam doesn‘t work and negatively impacts your ability to communicate electronically on important things like deals closing. Go with your instinct and cross check with the list above.

Permission based email marketing can absolutely be effective in advancing your real estate business. When abused it can hurt your online and offline reputations. Use it wisely and prosper.

Good luck and feel free to reach out to me if you need assistance with your marketing efforts.

Agent Spotlight: URE Adds Presence in Houston Market

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If you’re buying or selling a home in the Houston area, you’re in luck. United Real Estate is pleased to announce that we now have a new three-person team joining the Houston real estate office.

The three high-performing members of our new team, Barbara Byrd, Kelly Lark and Judy Vinson, bring years of experience and a commitment to outstanding service to the Houston real estate market. They joined our company in late May after working for Keller Williams Metropolitan. Kelly Lark stated that the team decided to become part of United Real Estate after realizing that our franchise model is a perfect fit for them. They now have access to our national network of support and resources, while also having the ability to help their business grow and thrive. With their arrival, we now have a stronger presence in one of the hottest real estate markets in the country. Our company continues to expand, thanks to our outstanding customer service team and the talented new agents that are joining us across the country.

Ready to get started with buying or selling a home? Visit United Real Estate to find a local office, and stop byour Facebook page.

URE Triples Transactions in 2013

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Being part of a fast-growing and highly successful real estate franchise can make a huge impact on your career.

In 2013, we proved just how successful we can be by tripling our total closed transactions. How did we accomplish this? We did so by expanding our franchise into 12 exclusive-area locations that helped us end the year at an amazing 187 percent above our expected franchise revenue. As United Real Estate President Peter Giese explains, part of this success was due to the fact that we were able to expand into larger metro areas and build a reputation as a solid franchise opportunity for real estate professionals. Giese also mentions that 2014 will see the company building partnerships with high quality business partners, which will make additional opportunities available to brokers and agents. Many agents have joined United Real Estate thanks to our 100 percent commission business model, and they’ve helped push us well above our revenue goals.

Interested in learning more about joining our franchise? Visit United Real Estate, and follow us on Facebook.

The Future is Now: Join United Real Estate for Our National Convention, March 20-22, 2014

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United Real Estate has enjoyed an outstanding year and experienced tremendous growth. To help our company grow even more, we’ve started increasing our training offerings to support our new agents.

We’re pleased to announce that our inaugural convention will take place from March 20 – 22 at the Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre. This convention will be filled with special events, including informative talks by keynote speakers on the hottest real estate topics. We’ll also be holding educational breakout sessions to help our agents and brokers expand their knowledge and boost sales this year. Some of the topics we’ll be covering include using social media effectively, reaching new markets, working with foreclosures and short sales and boosting leads and sales. The convention kicks off with a charity golf tournament, which will be followed by a cocktail reception for managers and franchise owners. The convention will wrap up on Saturday afternoon after several educational breakout sessions. If you’d like to join us, you can register online or download the form and send or fax it in. We look forward to seeing you!

Want more info on the benefits of joining our real estate company? Visit United Real Estate, and follow us on Facebook.

The Future is Now: Join United Real Estate for Our National Convention March 20-22, 2014

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Attending real estate conventions is a great way to boost work productivity and build your career as a realtor. Join United Real Estate in Dallas for our inaugural national convention this spring.

Our convention takes place from March 20-22 at the Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre. The schedule is packed with keynote speakers and educational breakout presentations on a variety of real estate topics. The convention kicks off with a charity golf tournament on Thursday, then continues with all-day presentations on Friday and Saturday. The topics that will be discussed include marketing, using social media, selling properties through auction, working with global clients, acquiring luxury listings and boosting website traffic. You can register for this event online. As an added incentive, if you register by January 31st, you’ll be entered to win a free iPad. We also have a block of hotel rooms reserved for convention attendees, so make sure you request the group room rate when booking your stay. We hope you’ll join us and make 2014 a great year for your career!

Looking to become part of a highly successful real estate team? Visit United Real Estate and our Facebook page to learn more.

New Agents in November

United Real Estate would like to welcome our newest agents to the company. In November we added nearly 50 new agents. Congratulations and welcome to the company! For information on joining our team, contact us today.

URE Dallas

Afsaneh Bigvand
Ashley Herrera
Denise Cholak
Greg Miller
Jolene Ducommun
Pamela Reed
Sarah Neek
Shapour Sefidi
Tyler Haug

URE Houston

Cookie Noak
Dexter Ri’chard
Diana Lopez
Gang Li
Lesa Jackson
Monique Hawkins
Pedro Etcheverry
Robert Hood
Tim Pugh
Valencia Hudson

URE Philly

Colleen MacDonald
David Brandschain
Hazel Jones
Karen Wahner

URE Chicago

Daniel Zeman
Janice Zeman
Judy Brown-Marino
Karyn Hilborn

URE Kansas City

Bryan Elam
Cary Wriggles
Iris Alfino

URE Lexington

James W. Brown
Lori Tolson
Rachael Paulus
Waverly Ernst

URE Pasadena

Lynne Tran
Rosemary Tsang
Shu Sophie Chan

United Real Estate Welcomes Our New Office & Agents – September 2013

Please join us in giving our newest partners a warm United Real Estate Welcome!

New Offices: 

United Real Estate – Louisville, KY – Bonnie Mays, Broker
United Real Estate – Beverly Hills, CA – Annie Chen, Broker
United Real Estate – Pasadena, CA – Annie Chen, Broker

Agents who joined the company in September:

Dallas

Charles Seo
Sairam Kota
Shanda Buckley-Mitchell
Robert Bussman
Wayne Stewart
Joseph Cutcher
Robert Wood
Donald Murray

Chicago

Jessenia Zamarripa
Irma Sotelo
Jennie Ku
Vincent Amato
Tony Torres
Gonzalo Herrera

Washington DC

Bob Parnell
Erin Coleman
Maurice Saylor

Houston

Bob Canady
Jeff Lam
KimShawn Lane
Rebecca Privette
Hena Malkani
Sherrie Dalmanti
Sherron Southworth
Ronald Breaux

Kansas City

Adam Hays
Allison Harmon
Antonio Mendez-Barajas
Christina Mcintosh
Dave Teeman
Edgar Davis
Shivohn Roberts

Philadelphia

Angelo Gaydardzhiev
Terri Friend