Today is a best of series on how to serve billion dollar clients. These interviews are taken from Michael Carucci in Boston, ranked #25 in all of Sotheby's International Realty; Ryan Preuett, a top agent in Chicago with Sotheby's and Leonard Steinberg with Compass of New York City, ranked #1 in the country. In these interviews, we get insights from three agents with very different approaches yet very similar mindsets and an attention to detail and the client. In this interview, you find with each of them their story and specific examples of what broke them into the multi-million dollar industry, record breaking sales and top rankings, not just in their markets, but in the country.
Today I'm talking to Amit Bhuta in Miami with Compass. In the business for 15 years, Amit has grown a strong team that attracts clients through smart, strategic marketing rather than cold calling or chasing deals. Today, we talk about that and how to build a better business by creating deeper connections.
On this episode, Jere brings together some of the best Jere Metcalf Podcast episodes on Teams, Your Pitch and Negotiating.
Erin Krueger episode #113: How to Build a Team, With 450+ Transactions a Year
Matt Breitenbach episode #135: How to develop the pitch to win the listings you want.
Chris Voss episode#121: How Applying Proven Hostage Negotiating Skills Can Double Your Business, at a Minimum
Today I'm talking to Jim Remley of John L. Scott Real Estate in Medford, Oregon. Jim got into real estate at 19-years-old and within a couple of years in the business, listed over 150 properties in 12 months. By 24-years-old, Jim had built a brokerage of 17 offices which he eventually sold. He is now the managing broker for John L. Scott Real Estate, leading agents and helping them reach their goals as he did his. We talk about, even for the most audacious and rapid success, how the simplicity of action can eliminate complexity, overcome challenges, and create abundance.
Today back on the show, I'm talking with Joe Belz of Compass in Naples. Joe has over 20 years of real estate experience and is ranked consistently in the top 3% of agents in Naples as well as named, for ten years and counting, by Golf Shore Life Magazine, a five star real estate agent. His first interview, Episode 107, was how to run your business like a Fortune 500 company for massive success. But today, Joe decides to interview me. We talk about the podcast, being a real estate agent and success.
Today I'm talking to Matt Breitenbach of Compass in The Hamptons. Since entering real estate as a first career at 22 years old, Matt has sold over $1.5 billion in real estate and has over 12 years experience representing celebrity and luxury real estate clients. He works with clients such as NBA superstar Kyrie Irving and NBA superstar Jason Kidd's Watermill home. He also represented Truman Capote's original Hampton's estate. And most recently, he's representing the former UK politician's Sag Harbor Landford Wilson home. Matt is ranked by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top 250 brokers in United States. Today, we talk about how to develop the pitch to win the listings you want.
Today I'm talking with Joe Cilic with Palisades and Beverly Hills with Sotheby's International Realty. A little over a year ago before Joe entered the field as a real estate agent ,he was a managing real estate broker for Sotheby's International Realty. During his tenure, he managed over five offices and 400 agents. During that time, he participated in over 4,000 real estate transactions totaling over $5 billion in volume. In Joe's first interview with us, episode #76, he was less than two months into being a real estate agent already with eight listings and contracts pending. Since his first interivew with us he has closed $100 million in real estate. Today, we talk about his secrets to business planning and winning listings for $100 million a year business.
Today I’m talking to Caroline Bean of Compass in Houston, Texas. Caroline became a realtor nine years ago and doubles her business every year. In our interview, she talks about a simple approach of being available and knowing your market. She names the small things that go a long way in being an agent. We talk about keeping it simple and doubling your business.
Today I’m talking to Joanne Nemerovski of Compass Chicago. Within the first five years of her career, she was the youngest recipient of the Founder’s Award for selling over $100 million in real estate. Unique Homes gave her the title of Mega Broker of the Midwest and just prior to joining Compass, for five years running, she was the #1 producing individual agent for Berkshire Hathaway Home Services in the entire Midwest region. She’s a regular contributor to articles in several business and industry publications including Crain’s and Chicago Magazine and Chicago Agent. She’s received numerous awards from the Chicago Association of Realtors. In 2007, she was ranked simultaneously as the #1 agent at Koenig & Strey and the #2 agent at GMAC out of 22,000 sales agents nationwide. She has consistently been named one of Chicago’s Elite Top Producers by the Chicago Association of Realtors each year. Today we talk about how caring greatly is her competitive edge.
Today I’m talking to Levi Meyer of Compass Miami in Coconut Grove. Levi is known for closing deals everyone else says can’t be done. To bring this home for you, if you remember the movie, War Dogs, that’s right - the one about the 20-somethings that won a $300,000 million arms deal - Levi was their general manager. Today we talk about that experience, what he learned and the problem solving skills that will close any deal.
Today I’m talking to Jeff Wilson with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. Jeff is not only a top real estate agent and the #1 Team at TTR Sotheby’s, not only a top agent in Washington, D.C., he is a top agent and well known throughout his vast network of clients and top real estate agents throughout the country. On the Jere Metcalf Podcast, it’s not uncommon that we talk about how mistakes are the very reason and turning point for success in our careers. Today, Jeff shares with us what he calls his three biggest mistakes of his career and how they become the foundation of his success.
Today I’m talking with Brandon Voss, Co-Founder of Black Swan Group with Chris Voss, his dad and author of Never Split the Difference. Brandon talks about how, as a kid, he noticed the difference in how his dad handled situations compared to others. And, that his dad was able to turn any negative situation into an opportunity. He was intrigued from an early age and applied what he learned from watching his dad to all encounters. As a kid, he was always negotiating his way out of trouble, from things like not wearing his uniform to school and somehow getting away with it with the graces and good wishes of his principal. Well now, he coaches real estate agents, business owners and executives in negotiating multimillion to multi-hundred million dollar deals. Today we talk about how to harness negativity in any difficult circumstance.
Today I’m talking to Katie Machoskie of Compass in New Port Beach and all of Orange County. Katie has been recognized as one of the top 1,000 real estate agents in the nation. She consistently ranks in the top 1% of New Port Beach agents and has been named one of REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents in 2017 and 2018. She says the reason for her success is applying active listening, from helping her clients to building a team. Today we talk about how she does it.
Today I’m talking to Steve Hall, the Principal, Senior Broker Associate with Compass in the Palm Beach, Florida office. Steve has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal as a top agent in the state of Florida and Palm Beach. Working in a market with the average sales price of over $5 Million, with only 100 sales per year and over 1,000 licensed agents to serve them, Steve has overcome many obstacles and risen to the top. Today we talk about the simple secret to earning high-net-worth clients.
Today I’m talking with Jack Cotton, Luxury Real Estate Expert in Cape Cod. Jack is a former guest, back on the show for a third interview. He was one of the first in episode four about breaking into the luxury market and episode two about how to win listings in high or low inventory markets. Today, Jack and I talk about how to build standing with billionaire clients.
Today I’m talking to Erin Krueger of Compass Nashville, back on the show for a second interview. Last interview, episode 113, we talked about how she has built her team of just 8 agents, selling over $100 million a year and almost 500 transactions a year. Today, we talk about how, at this level, she has made and continues to make customer service her best tool for lead generation and growth.
Today I’m talking with Jason Cassity with Compass San Diego, back on the show for a second interview. Last interview, episode 119 we talked about Jason’s powerhouse team and how he is not only a top agent but building a team of top agents working cohesively together. Today we talk about how Jason has developed marketing for himself and his team that generates both short term and long term sales.
Today I'm talking with Kevin Sneddon with Compass in Manhattan and Greenwich and Founder of the Private Client Team at Compass. In his fifteen years in the business, Kevin has closed over $750 million in transactions including record breaking deals upwards of $38 million. Among Kevin's accolades, he is ranked by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top 250 brokers in the United States. As many luxury agents, most of Kevin's clients own homes in other parts of the country. Joining Compass, Kevin has harnessed relationships with top agents in other cities to best serve his existing clients and earn new business. Today, we talk about how he does it.
Today I’m talking with Josh Dotoli with Compass in Fort Lauderdale, an expert in everything in his community centered around Las Olas. He is a frequent contributor to ABC News Local 10 in real estate in South Florida. He was recently recognized by South Florida Business and Wealth Magazine with the 2018 Up and Comer award. Among his many top producer awards throughout his career, his is consistently a top 1% agent in Broward County. Since his last interview on the show, just a year ago, he has more than doubled his business. Today we talk about the four key steps that more than doubled his business in less than a year.
Today I am talking to Chris Voss, not a real estate agent. He is the author of the renowned, best seller, Never Split the Difference. Chris isn't just the author of a best seller, he is the Former Chief International Hostage and Kidnapping Negotiator for the FBI. Most of you know and have heard about Chris, his book, and probably his company Black Swan Group. They have taken these life saving skills in Chris's book and help people learn and apply them to their businesses. Black Swan Group clients find that when these skills are applied, it's not uncommon or unusual for their business to double or better. Before this interview, to bring it home, I have a list not shared often enough. It is a summary of Chris's experience and career accomplishments. Chris Voss was a member of the New York City Joint Terrorist Task Force from 1986 to 2000. He was involved in the monitoring of tear stop bombers after spending 3 years investigating the first bombing at the World Trade Center. He was the co-case agent during the investigation of the 1996 TWA Flight 800 explosion. He spent 24 years working in the FBI Crisis Negotiating Unit and was the FBI's Chief International Hostage and Kidnapping Negotiator from 2003 -2007. In 2006 he was the lead negotiator on the Jill Carol case in Iraq as well as the Steve Centanni case in the Gaza Strip. Voss also supervised additional hostage situations in the Philippines, Columbia, and Haiti. After working on more than 150 hostage cases, he retired from the FBI in 2007 and founded the Black Swan Group. In 2016, Voss co-authored the book Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As if Your Life Depended On It. Today, Chris and I talk about how applying proven hostage negotiating skills can double your business at a minimum.
Today I am talking to Shari Matluck with Compass, a top Real Estate Agent in New York City. Shari grew up with a family in real estate. Her mom an agent and her dad a managing broker. Shari knows the business all too well. Over the ups down and all of the dynamics of our business since her childhood and over the years she has learned at a core level what being a great agent is all about. Her biggest strength is engaging in her marketing and with her clients on a deep level. She says that simple and true engagement is what does, and always will, grow any real estate agent’s business. Today we talk about how she does it.
Today I am talking with Jason Cassity, a top Compass real estate agent in San Diego. Naming just a few of his accolades he's been named a Circle of Excellence winner by the San Diego Association of Realtors. He's been named one of San Diego's favorites on the favorite list of real estate agents in the Sand Diego Union Tribune. Hes also been named a rising star in the San Diego Real Producers Magazine and a top agent in the Top Agent Magazine nomination. He's also been recognized as one of the 19 agents to watch on social media according to the Inman Real Estate Blog. Jason has also spoken for Inman and, one of my favorites, Gary Vee. But most impressive and most important about Jason's business and his career are that he is building and combining a strong team, a strong brand, and strong sales. Today we talk about how he does it.
Today I am talking to Joy Bender with Compass. A top luxury real estate agent and co-founder of her team Aumann Bender & Associates. When Joy started her business in San Diego, one of the most competitive and primer luxury markets in the country, she didn’t know a single soul. Most impressive about her luxury real estate business today, is that she built it they way the everyone says building a real estate business is not possible: she did it with digital marketing. Today, Joy is San Diego’s premiere luxury real estate digital marketing expert. Until 2017, 100% of Joy’s business, all luxury clients came through her digital marketing. She has one page ranking on Google for Sand Diego luxury real estate search inquires and is a micro-influencer on Instagram with over 15k followers, and that’s just to name a couple. Among her many accomplishments, she has also been named in The Wall Street Journal as a California Top Real Estate Agent. Today Joy talks to me about how to do the impossible: how to break into luxury real estate digitally.
Today I am talking to Margie Halem in Washington DC. Margie has been voted top realtor by the readers of Bethesda Magazine since 2012. She runs a team doing $70 million a year, with an average of 70 transactions. Most find it compelling about Margie that she says her secret sauce is simple: it's kindness. Today we talk about how to apply the kindness that builds a power house team.
Today I am talking with Ivan Kwan, an Agent Success Manager of Compass in Orange County California. Ivan has been with Compass in Orange County from the beginning. He started as a Marketing Assistant for Megan Varga helping grow her business and presence in her market. Since then he has become an Agent Success Manager of Compass and oversees and helps agents succeed throughout the company. He talks about the common denominators for agents that includes finding your rhythm for success, defining what success is for you, and breaking through the next levels for success if that's what you desire. Today we talk about how the common denominator of all success is aligning your strengths to the needs of your clients.