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NAR Midyear is underway, don’t miss out on any of the action!

(BROKERAGE) The NAR Midyear conference in Washington D.C. is right around the corner. Stay in the loop on all of the conference happenings!

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Conference time! Woohoo!

The 2017 Realtor’s Kick off Legislative Meeting & Trade Expo Conference (NAR Midyear) has begun!

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The conference takes place from May 15-20 in Washington D.C., and it’s full of invaluable events for Realtors, whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned pro.

What to expect

Attendees at legislative meetings meet directly with Congress members and regulatory agency officials to get exclusive updates on issues affecting residential and commercial real estate.

Speakers this year include Dr. Ben Carson (HUD secretary), Mark Calabria (Mike Pence’s Chief Economist), John D. Worth (National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts senior VP of research and investor outreach), Roy Wright (FEMA deputy associate administrator), and Lawrence Yun (NAR chief economist).

Here’s a sneak peek of what to not miss at this year’s NAR Midyear:

Tuesday, May 16

Regulatory Issues Forum, 10-11:30AM
Dr. Ben Carson will share the new administration’s housing priorities and discuss the Federal Housing Administration’s efforts to ensure access to mortgage credit. Roy Wright, FEMA deputy associate administrator for insurance and mitigation, will speak on the National Flood Insurance Program’s current and future plans.

Thursday, May 18

Residential Economic Issues and Trends Forum, 8-10AM
NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun will share market expectations for 2017. Get up to date with U.S. homeownership rates with Jonathan Spader, Joint Center for Housing Studies senior research associate. Bonus: Mark Calabria, Chief Economist to Vice President Mike Pence, will offer market insights and the current administration’s view of the industry’s future.

Thursday, May 18

Commercial Economic Issues and Business Trends Forum, 1-3PM
Lawrence Yun is discussing economic activity, monetary policy, and future conditions of the commercial market. He will be joined by Dr. John Worth, senior VP for Research and Investor Outreach at the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, who will give insights on publicly listed company developments.

Friday, May 19

Housing Markets are International, 10:30am-12pm
Lawrence Yun will lead the forum, discussing the impact of foreign buyers and immigrants on U.S. housing demand. Cato Institute policy analyst Alex Nowrastheh will join him in the discussion, which will include a preliminary report on the 2017 Profile of International Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate.

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Make sure to check out the trade expo, open from May 17-18, where over 100 industry-leading companies will show their latest products and services.

Registration is free for NAR members.

Prices vary for non-members depending on if you plan to attend the full meetings or just the expo. You can register in advance as a member, nonmember, or exhibitor. Registration will also be available on-site.

Keep up with the conference by following the Realtors® Legislative Live blog, following @nardotrealtor on Facebook and Twitter, searching the Twitter hashtag #narlegislative, or downloading the NAR Legislative app

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Lindsay is an editor for The Real Daily with a Communication Studies degree and English minor from Southwestern University. Lindsay is interested in social interactions across and through various media, particularly television, and will gladly hyper-analyze cartoons and comics with anyone, cats included.

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How JetBlue earns undying loyalty, and how you can too

(BUSINESS NEWS) Getting people to remember, let alone love a brand is near impossible, but JetBlue shows a promising path forward.

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As customers become increasingly aware of marketing techniques and underlying motives for brands, it becomes more difficult to sell to them. Luckily, there are still a few brands whose techniques you can learn from – and, perhaps surprisingly, one of them is JetBlue.

JetBlue, a major airline, sees their customers as individual people, not just numbers. This “human” aspect of JetBlue’s branding is their most important trait; especially in the airlines industry – a market oversaturated with stale experiences (and peanuts)—it’s crucial to stand out. JetBlue does so by going the extra frequent-flyer mile to make customers feel at home through genuine, human interactions.

Another interesting JetBlue method is categorizing their customer engagement.

There are two different categories of interaction – micro and macro – that refer to small, one-on-one encounters and the big picture, respectively. With an emphasis on making the individual experience as pleasant as possible without losing sight of the forest in the process, JetBlue creates an atmosphere that balances hospitality and efficiency.

One of the most oft-overlooked aspects of customer engagement is that it goes two ways. Responding to customers is objectively important, but it’s an exercise in futility if you aren’t also listening to what they’re saying in the first place. Too often, a customer service team’s first response is to address comments or concerns with damage control in mind; instead, have a dialogue with your customers.

If the interaction doesn’t feel like a conversation, you’re doing it wrong.

JetBlue also has a profoundly healthy response to crises. Where others merely apologize, condescend, and/or brutally drag people off of the airplane when faced with an overbooking or a late departure, JetBlue bends over backward to ensure that their response is both heartfelt and actually useful to those affected.

This is something with which I actually have experience – at one point, JetBlue had to delay one of my flights for several hours, a circumstance to which their response was complimentary drinks and $75 vouchers for future flights. There’s no replacing convenience, but JetBlue did their damnedest, and that’s what I remember about them.

As you approach this year’s customer encounters, remember the two-way approach and avoid falling into the trap of talking rather than listening.

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Bill Gates’ big regret of a simple command haunts him, what haunts you?

(EDITORIAL) If BIll Gates is still living with a big regret, it’s time to ponder your own, your own humanity, and consider moving past it in a healthy way.

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It has come to light that Microsoft founder Bill Gates regrets some of the original design decisions of the PC. Namely, the CTRL+ALT+DEL command that allows you to log in to the computer, due to its lack of simplicity when trying to access a key part of a computer’s operating system.

I know Mr. Gates probably has other regrets when looking at the span of his more than thirty years involvement with being associated with one of the most profitable companies in the world. I am assuming that you also have some regrets you have also in regard to your own business and/or career.

We all do.

According to psychologists, regret occurs when an something perceived as an error is made that has some personal accountability tied to it. If you’ve ever been a part of a business team, supervising employees, or been the boss, you’ve had a wealth of personal accountability. And, since you’re human, you’ve definitely made some mistakes.

One of my former bosses told me after a long day, in which I made some mistakes: You did the best you could have with the information you had. More than likely, if you’re agonizing about that mistaken car reservation or wrong decimal point, you made a normal human error. Even if it isn’t a small day to day thing, but perhaps a big issue with some big consequences, you can move on from that. It will be okay.

A great way to move on from a failure or mistake in business is to use the situation as a lesson for the future. Chances are, if you’re a team leader who messed up a relationship with an agent, you will have more agents in the future to avoid that error with.

Learning from your mistakes, and using your errors as fuel to increase your motivation for the next project, is a great way to deal with regrets healthily. If you don’t process your regrets, you can deal with a wealth of mental and physical health problems like chronic stress, depression, and damage to the systems that regulate your hormones.

You will have mistakes, but those mistakes have gotten you to this point in your life. It’s impossible to guess how your life would change if you were able to go back and fix that one thing that feels like a turning point in your business life. Living in spite of regrets is one of the hardest challenges in life to face, but just like Gates, you will accept the past and move on.

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Recognize and use free time at work like the gift it is

(PRODUCTIVITY) Free time during your workday can lead to furthering your mind and productivity.

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Clocked in but clocked out

We’ve all had those slow days at work where we’re looking for ways to kill the time until the clock strikes five.

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While it can be tempting to use this time to text or mess around on the Internet, there are much better ways to use that free time that will make your future so much easier.

Cleanliness is next to godliness

First off, tidy up your workspace. Papers and items have a way of accumulating and may be distracting you even if you don’t realize it. By organizing your stuff and throwing away what you don’t need, you’re able to breathe and focus within your workspace.

It also does wonders for your work brain to clear up your email inbox.

Once that’s all done, plan out the rest of your work week. Make a list of the major goals you’d like to accomplish and then a sub-list of how you’ll knock those goals out. Update your calendar and make sure everything is on track.

Social media, networking, and research

It’s also beneficial to use this downtime to further yourself and your organization. Three ways you can do this is through: social media, networking, and research.

If you have access, take some time to look through your company’s social media and see what can be done to enhance it. Either throw up some posts yourself or pitch ideas to the social media manager.

Networking can be done in this small amount of time by sending out “catch up” emails to old colleagues, “welcome emails” to new clients or introduction emails to LinkedIn contacts.

Send them a “how’s it going?,” tell them what’s new with you, and see what they have going on. You never know where networking can lead so it’s always good to stay in touch.

With research, see what the latest trends are in your field and study up on them. This may give you new ways to look at projects and tasks at hand. And, it’s always beneficial to have continued learning.

Get Smart(er)

While on the subject of continued learning, take this time to mess around with something you may not feel completely knowledgeable of. Maybe dig around RPR data, perhaps practice using different computer programs it is never a bad a idea to nourish your brain.

Having free time during the workday is something of a gift. If you can help it, try not to waste it.

#FreeTimeNotWasteTime

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