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Q&A with Top Performing Real Estate Agent Joe Leddy

We recently sat down with one of Bean Group’s top performing agents, Joe Leddy, and asked him about his experience working in the real estate business. How long have you been in the real estate industry?:14 years What did you do before becoming an agent?:Staffing and recruiting, management, sales training. Why did you choose a career in real estate?:I’ve always been interested in real estate and liked the flexibility, no financial ceiling, and the freedom it offered along with working for myself. What is your favorite thing about the industry?:Helping buyers and sellers get what they want and getting them …

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Q&A with Real Estate Agent Tess Keeran from Bean Group’s Bangor, ME Office

How long have you been in the real estate industry?:Since 2006. What did you do before becoming an agent?:Retail management and international sports tour director. Why did you choose a career in real estate?:Someone told me when I was 20 that I should be a realtor. I did not have the confidence at that age to take something like that on. Fast forward to 2005, I had a Broker owner who was a friend tell me I needed to do it and it just happened to be the right time and I have not looked back. What is your favorite …

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Staff Spotlight: Q&A with Pam Vogel from Bean Group’s South Portland, ME Office

Title: Office Administrator What year did you start at BG?: 2017, however, I was with TMREN for over 7 years. Briefly describe what you do at BG every day: Support agents, clients, and staff along with the ability to multi-task many office responsibilities. What is your favorite thing about working at BG?: Being surrounded by the best real estate people that feel like “family”! What is your favorite BG memory?: “On May 1, We Become One”. Three words to describe BG?: Professional, fun, supportive. Do you have an office nickname? What is it?: Sunshine. What is your proudest moment at BG?: When Michael Bean mentioned me welcoming him …

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Social Media Q&A with Bean Group Agent April Cohen

We recently sat down with South Portland Bean Group agent April Cohen and asked about her social media presence and her thoughts on the importance of social media marketing in building a successful real estate business. What social media platforms are you on? Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn. Are your social media handles consistent? Do you believe consistency is important? Instagram and Facebook, yes. I feel it is the BEST WAY to stay top-of-mind in the least expensive way, although I do boost a lot of posts on our team Facebook page. But everyone knows me as SoPoRealtor. It’s pretty cool! Which platforms do …

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Q&A with Krysten Burns from BG’s South Portland, ME Office

Q&A WITH KRYSTEN BURNS FROM BG’S SOUTH PORTLAND, ME OFFICE Title: Accounting Assistant What year did you start at BG?: 2018 Briefly describe what you do at BG every day: Process closing checks and EMD. Help out with some of the behind-the-scenes accounting work. What is your favorite thing about working at BG?: My coworkers! Three words to describe BG: Fast-paced, dedicated, exciting! Fill in the blank: When not in the office, you can most likely find me ____________ Hanging out with family and friends, exploring new places, or at the dog park with my pups. Hidden talent or one …

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E&O Insurance Frequent Claim Scenarios: Case #2

As previously announced, to increase awareness of and ultimately help agents avoid legal claims, we’ll review several actual cases in The Daily Bean which E&O insurers advise are most representative of all claims. Case #2: Agent Sued for Failure to Disclose Offer and Provide Access to Property  The Situation: An agent agreed to list and sell a residential property. The agent had an interested buyer, and an offer was presented and accepted on the property. Subsequently, a neighbor was denied access to view the property despite stating that he would offer $85,000 more than the original offer. The seller ultimately claimed the agent …

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E&O Insurance Frequent Claim Scenarios: Case #1

With detailed transactions, competing client interests, and significant financial stakes all part of our daily business, it’s easy to understand why real estate agents and brokers are particularly vulnerable to lawsuits. In the interest of increasing awareness of – and ultimately avoiding – frequent claim scenarios, we’ll review several actual cases in The Daily Bean over the next few weeks which E&O insurers advise are most representative of all claims. Case #1: Failure to Confirm Can Result in Fraudulent Claims In the rush of completing paperwork and procuring signatures to close a transaction, it’s easy to brush aside the need for one …

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Time to Update your Real Estate Listing Photos?

Take a mental inventory of your listings – do the photos you have in MLS reflect the current season? If the season has changed, so should your outdoor photos. Regardless of how glorious the home looks in the summer, if your only listing photos were taken in July, and it’s now February, buyers will immediately suspect a problem. Nothing says “old, tired listing” more than photos clearly taken seven months ago. New listing? Ask the homeowner to put away any seasonal or holiday decor before the photographer arrives. This will allow use of interior photos year-round, if necessary. You may …

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The Daily Bean | Meet Bean Group’s Support Staff

Q&A WITH MICHELLE JOHNSON FROM BG’S BEDFORD, NH OFFICE Title:  Communications & Marketing Support What year did you start at BG? 2014 Briefly describe what you do at BG every day: Technical support & troubleshooting, file review for compliance, Listing Launch proofreading and flyers, commission and escrow check processing and deposit, testing of new agent tools prior to release. What is your favorite thing about working at BG? The genuine thankfulness our agents express every time I am able to solve an issue for them. Three words to describe BG: Smart, sleek, stylish. Do you have an office nickname? What …

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The Daily Bean | Forming a Real Estate Partnership

A partnership can be wildly successful and rewarding for all the associated parties. It can also become an emotional and financial nightmare. Think of a partnership like it’s a business marriage. Forming a true real estate partnership is fraught with a lot of potential pitfalls, not the least of which is the creation of a legal entity that will have its own name and identity. In the eyes of the law, your partnership is a person. Like any couple considering a marriage, you’ll probably want to have a lot of conversations to ensure that you share the same vision for …

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