Sales & Marketing Smackdown on Objections with Aaron Wittenstein

Sales & Marketing Smackdown on Objections with Aaron Wittenstein

When it comes to handling objections, there’s a way to nip them in the bud before they come up. How can you use marketing to do this? How do you handle objections like where you’ve sold, if a house should get fixed or being in competition with other agents? On this special episode, we do a sales and marketing smackdown with Aaron Wittenstein and Gene Volpe, who will have you handling objections like a seasoned pro!


You can’t really question the market data if it’s right in your face. -Gene Volpe

Takeaways + Tactics

You want people to know over a period of time that you’re good at what you do.

It never hurts to paint a house and it never hurts to clean the carpets.

Listing agents who make negative comments about a property during the listing consultation are less likely to get the listing.

Buyer mentality

At the start of the show, we shared on handling the objection of being in competition with other salespeople. Next, we talked about why buyer mentality drives everything, and why market data is so necessary. We also talked about dealing with a seller who want to consider renovations first, and towards the end of the show, we talked about bringing up the more technical details in a smooth way.

We also spoke about;

  • Minute-by-minute listings
  • Seller communication and why you shouldn’t ghost your clients
  • How to handle an objection about selling in the area

What is your goal?

Before you start on a new journey, make sure to always clear up your goals and ideas. Without a direction, you’ll end up getting nowhere. Find what makes YOU and your vision of the future unique and see how that’s best utilized. Sometimes that’s not in the job you are in right now – it does take courage to pick up something new, however if you find that courage, the benefits you reap will be worth the failures and the closed doors along the way.

Guest Bio

Aaron is a full-time, full-service Realtor, whose expertise as a seasoned real estate agent gives him a well-rounded background that will benefit a first-time home buyer, a homeowner veteran, investor, or a returning client. His qualifications include 15+ years of fast-track sales experience in diverse business environments, with 12+ years in real estate. Having been fortunate to work under multi-million dollar producers, he has extensive knowledge of the real estate business which will fully maximize his client satisfaction. Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/gotobjections/?ref=br_rs to join Aaron’s Facebook group.

Gene Volpe is the founder of GVI Media (formerly Your Real Estate Concierge), speaker and local marketing expert. He has over 9 years of experience in the marketing arena. He is also well versed in the real estate field including buying, selling, renting, marketing and consulting on over 200 real estate transactions. He is an expert in brand establishment and elevation and remains on the cutting edge of real estate marketing with a hard focus on video and social media. Go to http://www.genevolpe.com/ for more information.

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30 Under 30: How Jamie Tian Sold $23 Million In Volume & Works With International Clients

30 Under 30: How Jamie Tian Sold $23 Million In Volume & Works With International Clients

For many people, being young can be a disadvantage in the real estate business. How do you make yourself stand out and provide value to show your expertise? How can you employ social media tactics to get more clients? How do you go about hiring an assistant who won’t eventually become a rival? On this episode, we are joined by young agent Jamie Tian, who shares the strategies behind her successful career.


Social media is something you can continue to build up and it only grows exponentially once you have a following. -Jamie Tian

Takeaways + Tactics

Keeping in touch with old clients is the best way to get more listings and leads.

Link up with adjacent business owners who also work with the type of people you’re targeting.

You have to stick with your marketing strategy for a long time for it to stick.

Marketing Strategy

At the start of the show, Jamie shared how she got started, and where most of her business comes from. She also shared on the importance of taking a marketing strategy long term and how she uses social media to get clients. We also talked about finding the right assistant, signing buyer-agent agreements and what Jamie would do differently if she had to do it all over again.

Jamie also talked about;

  • Why geographic farming isn’t going to go away
  • Communicating with international clients
  • How young agents can prove themselves

Prove Yourself

You don’t have to be an old dog to win clients and become successful. Being younger just means you have to prove yourself more and show your expertise. Be reliable and overwhelm them with value and knowledge. Remember you’re not going to connect with every single person, so don’t take rejection personally. Just work on clicking with the right people, being valuable and everything else will fall into place.

Guest Bio

Jamie specializes in properties throughout Los Angeles including Bel Air, Beverly Hills, DTLA, Hollywood Hills, West Hollywood,West LA, Westwood and the Sunset Strip. As a top producing agent at Rodeo Realty, Jamie takes pride in her discretion while providing the finest service to clients ranging from first-time homebuyers to A-list celebrities. She also provides invaluable services such as reliable contacts to her investor and developer clients that make her a top choice for those looking to make a profit in the Los Angeles real estate market. Go to http://www.jamietian.com/ for more information.

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How to Avoid These 10 Social Media Mistakes

How to Avoid These 10 Social Media Mistakes

When it comes to social media, a lot of us do too much all at once. What are the biggest mistakes people are making with their posting and content? How do you gauge if a seller is really serious? What is a huge misconception people have about marketing? On this episode, we answer questions and discuss the common social media mistakes people are making.


Tailored content for each platform is what actually builds reach and engagement. -Matt Johnson

Takeaways + Tactics

Don’t post the same content across all social media platforms.

Share more than your own content on social media.

Make sure you’re not just using landscape photos and videos.

Share wisely

At the start of the show, we answered a question on leaving a brokerage gracefully, and we started talking about the 10 social media mistakes people make and how to avoid them. We also talked about getting an authority stance over your competitors and how to use your marketing money to get business. Towards the end of the show, we shared on why you shouldn’t just share your own content.

We also shared insights on;

  • iPad listing presentations
  • Creative handwritten notes for FSBOs and expireds
  • Why you shouldn’t over-post on Facebook

Be of value

Before you rush to be valuable across multiple social media channels, start out by being super valuable to one person in one place or to one group of people consistently. Once you’ve mastered that, you can do more for other people. When it comes to marketing, go after people you already have a connection with, who have an urgent need for what you need before you go after complete strangers.

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How to Ask the Hard Questions to Get Results NOW with Ahalya Kethees

How to Ask the Hard Questions to Get Results NOW with Ahalya Kethees

Waiting for the recognition of other people is a downward spiral. What are the hard questions you have to ask yourself to find what fulfills you? Why is it so important to celebrate what you’re good at and what you’ve accomplished? Why is clarity so important? On this episode, we are joined by executive coach Ahalya Kethees who gives us so much value.


The more clear you get, the more confident you become. The more confident you become the more clear you get about something. -Ahalya Kethees

Takeaways + Tactics

The more clear you get about your goals, the more confident you become, and it becomes a virtuous cycle.

Take time to acknowledge yourself for your wins AND drill down to acknowledge the character traits it took to produce the win.

Most people don’t get what they want because they don’t have clarity on what they want.

5 minute ritual

At the start of the show, we talked about success rituals and the power of using a five-minute journal at the end of your day. Gene gave us his tech tip of the week, which is using later.com for your social media posting. We also talked about the confidence-clarity loop, and towards the end of the show, we shared the questions we ask ourselves to get closer to our goals.

We also shared insights on;

  • The power of doing self-acknowledgement
  • How to be strategic and intentional about your inner circle
  • Starting with the end in mind

Goals are key

To get the results you want out of life, you have to have a burning desire to accomplish your goals. Ask yourself if you’re chasing artificial goals that someone else told you to have, or if you’re doing what matters to you. Be honest about where you are now and work on where you want to go. Have the belief that it’s possible and act as if it’s going to happen and be strategic and intentional about your inner circle. When in doubt about what you want, start with what you know for sure.

Guest Bio

Ahalya is an Executive Coach and Facilitator for Tech Leaders and Teams. Go to https://www.linkedin.com/in/coachahalya/ for more information.

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How To Become A Local Real Estate Rockstar Even If You Are Brand New And Don’t Have Any Customer with Nick Sakkis

How To Become A Local Real Estate Rockstar Even If You Are Brand New And Don’t Have Any Customer with Nick Sakkis

If you think sending an email a month is enough to effectively market to your database, think again. What do you need to do in order to be in front of the right people consistently? Why is Facebook Messenger the new email? How can you find the right people to feed into your database? On this episode, agent and marketing expert Nick Sakkis goes deep on building a wall around your database with good marketing.


I think most Realtors should crumple up the money they spend trying to generate cold leads. -Nick Sakkis

Takeaways + Tactics

Build a wall around your database by running Facebook ads to them. This creates the appearance that you’re “everywhere” for as little as $5/day.

People are continually chasing after the cold leads, but the real money is in the people who already know, like and trust you.

Build your Facebook Messenger list as large as possible, open rates for FB messages are 70-80% right now. Speak to people in the channel they want to be in.

$5 a day

At the start of the show, we talked about how Nick got started and why we’re a demand generation. Next we talked about how powerful $5 a day on Facebook advertising can be so effective. We also spoke about the power of building a wall around your crowd and how to get in front of the right people in the first place.

We also shared insights on;

  • The truth about email open rates
  • How to get in front of the right people
  • How to get people to opt into your Facebook Messenger

Target with Facebook

If marketing was basketball, Facebook would be your point guard. Target a high number of people with exactly what they want and you’ll succeed. You’ll gain the advantage of having people come to you in their time of need, instead of you constantly having to go out and prospect all the time. Learn to build a relationship with the right people and then build a wall around the people who know, like and trust you. If you can’t afford to spend $5/day to target the people that know, like and trust you that will be around for as long as you’re around, just get another job.

Guest Bio

Nick is the co-founder of the Sakkis Group, Nick acquired his real estate license in 2005 where he worked for Prudential Tropical Realty. Nick was born and raised in South Tampa, attending local schools, including St. Johns Greek Orthodox Day school, Plant High School and Hillsborough Community College. Growing up as a two sport athlete Nick developed a strong sense of what it takes to win and be successful. He has brought that same level commitment and perseverance to his real estate business. Go to http://www.sakkisgroup.com/ for more information.

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The Truth About Multiple Streams of Income (Live Q&A)

The Truth About Multiple Streams of Income (Live Q&A)

People with multiple streams of income start with one engine for their business before they add something new. What misconceptions do people have about this process? What misconceptions do people have about being the digital mayors of their local area? Why is it a bad move to dilute your focus? On this episode, we answer these questions and provide massive values to our listeners.


Before you focus on developing another stream of income, make sure the first one is actually working. -Matt Johnson

Takeaways + Tactics

If you can’t afford good photography for a high-end listing, partner with someone who can.

Most self-made millionaires build their wealth through their business then they get into real estate to preserve it.

Even if you have an online community, the only way to maintain the sense of community is to get people to connect in person.

Online to real life

At the start of the show, we talked about the importance of finding the engine of your business, and why you need to go deep and not wide. Next, spoke about how wealthy people use real estate to preserve their wealth, and the importance of not diluting your focus. Towards the end of the show, we talked about the power of online communities meeting in real life.

We moved on to talk about non-negotiables and how knowing what isn’t an option for you can really help you with your future plan. Greg, Matt and Lane all shared their non-negotiables as well. Lane then explained how Changing Lanes came to be and how being fired six times helped him build his own business. Lane also mentioned the importance of consistency. Then, with a personal story, Lane showcased how helping others can make you more successful. Finally, we stressed how important life is and how making the most of it should be a top priority for everyone.

We also shared insights on;

  • Photography for high end listing
  • How to handle a seller who micromanages a listing
  • The truth about being the digital mayor of the local area

Create your core first

If you focus on developing multiple streams of income at the same time, it’s very hard to focus on one thing and create the core of your business. Before you focus on developing another stream of income, make sure the first one is actually working. It’s impossible to be an inch deep and a mile wide, so have your priorities set before you try to diversify. Remember, the people who have the most money go deep on one thing first.

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