Are you in the market for a real estate agent? Whether you're a first-time homebuyer, a seasoned investor, or simply looking to make a move, the key to a successful real estate journey lies in choosing the right real estate agent. This decision is not one to be taken lightly, as it can greatly influence your buying or selling experience. At Liv Real Estate®, we understand the importance of this decision, and we're here to guide you through the process of finding your ideal real estate partner.

Define Your Needs and Goals

Before you even start searching for an agent, take some time to define your needs and goals. Are you looking for a home in a specific neighborhood? Do you have a particular budget in mind? Are you a seller aiming for a quick sale or…

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We recently held our first (of hopefully many) Liv Better Days and celebrated our annual awards in person for the first time since Covid locked us down.

Our amazing culture here at Liv Real Estate® is not something we take for granted. The bonds and camaraderie among our people and the support and encouragement they provide to one another daily is so special and unique. It is something that has been built one good deed at a time, and all their efforts have contributed to our culture of collaboration, inclusivity, diversity and success. It reinforces what we have believed: YOU win by helping others. The work we do every day makes a difference in the lives of so many people. Our agents bring joy and happiness to families and help make their dreams a…

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We had a lot to celebrate this year at The 2022 REALTORS® Ball. One of Liv Real Estate’s own was recognized for their professional excellence. We are proud to share that Deidre Harrison is this year's recipient of The Young Professional of the Year Award from the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton. 

The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton’s Young Professional of the Year Award recognizes a young REALTOR® for their positive contributions to the real estate industry through hard work, determination and leadership. The recipient of this award has distinguished themselves as a leader in the industry through their achievements, professional values and ethics and their success in various challenges throughout their career. 

Those who know Deidre, her…

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This week‘s Liv Cafe had an extra celebratory feeling as we acknowledged our Liv Agents for their incredible work and announced our 2021 Liv Award Winners. Please join us in congratulating all of our winners this year. 

First, what are our awards really about?

While sales awards are still the standard in our industry, we did away with our sales awards back in 2009 and started measuring our customers' satisfaction. Broker, Owner, Sheldon Johnston firmly believes, “You are what you measure. If you measure sales, you are a sales company, and if you measure customer satisfaction and focus on your client's satisfaction, you are a customer service company.” We pride ourselves on being a customer service-focused brokerage, so it only makes sense that we…

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We recently gathered virtually for our annual awards night to celebrate our amazing team. Things looked a little different this year, but everything came together for a pretty amazing night. Care packages including a delicious 3-course ready-to-heat meal expertly executed by our friends at Rebel Food & Drink and an exceptional wine pairing (or mocktail kit for those who don't imbibe) among other treats were organized for delivery or pick up. We broke into Zoom 'dining rooms', where we enjoyed our delicious meals and great conversation. Then we celebrated last year's achievements and looked towards what we have planned for 2021. The night also included some friendly competition with a couple of rounds of trivia and ended with some good new-fashioned…

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Whether you are considering a career in Real Estate or considering a change in your career, you might be wondering what a team is or if you should join one. Sheldon Johnston and Sara MacLennan were live across our social channels yesterday discussing the pros and cons of joining a team, what you can expect from a team, important considerations when choosing a team or brokerage to work with as well as our approach here at Liv Real Estate®. We break it all down for you in this blog post, and the video is linked at the end for those interested in catching the replay.

What are some of the pros of joining a team?

  • Teams have a system for generating leads for team members
  • They have the structures and processes in place to help agents capitalize on…

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To succeed in real estate for the coming months and years, you will need to step up your mindset and find another gear. Right now that means extra forms, extra effort to set up showings, extra precautions when meeting with clients. You will have to sharpen your skills, take a hard look at your business plan, and your expenses. You're going to need to try new things such as video calls and Zoom meetings with clients, virtual open houses, and video walkthroughs. It doesn't need to happen overnight, but you need to adapt. We've already been in a down market for years, and there are going to be even fewer sales for the foreseeable future; so if you're not willing to accept a lower income, you're going to have to find ways to increase your market share. Our…

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It's astounding how many different business models exist in our highly regulated industry. As a real estate agent, how do you determine which is the best model and brokerage for you? There are two main business models for brokerages: desk fees and commission split. From there, you can find combination models, employee (salaried) models, multi-level models (where agents are rewarded for recruiting other agents) and more. In general, desk fee or "100%" brokerages charge a monthly fee, a deal fee, and additional fees for just about everything you can imagine from paper clips to training to answering calls. Meanwhile, commission split brokerages share in your success by taking a portion of your commissions (typically anywhere from 10-50%).…

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