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The RealtyLab Zombie Test For Realtors

zombie blogZombies are not just the monster du jour. We all think zombies are dead and evil and must be destroyed. Well that may be true but maybe, just maybe, they can also teach us how to be great Realtors too.

First a few popular culture examples of how Zombies have filled our lives on the big screen. We have; The Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, The Return of the Living Dead, The Day of the Dead, I am Legend, World War Z, Zombie Apocalypse, Resident Evil, Resident Evil 2, Return of Resident Evil, Dead Rising, House of the Dead, Dead Island, Left 4 Dead, Dying Light, State of Decay, The Last of Us, Sean of the Dead, The Walking Dead and perhaps the most famous zombies of them all…..the zombies from Michael Jackson’s thriller.

Like it or not, zombies are here to stay! In fact while researching this post I came across the story of Adam Chodorow a professor of Law at Arizona State University investigated the estate and income tax implications of a zombie apocalypse under United States federal and state tax codes. He notes that being dead is different from being undead, and states that “most self-motivated zombies likely would be considered alive under most state law definitions”. Whether a reanimated zombie should be considered the same being as when it was originally alive is, according to Chodorow, much less clear. Due to such potential legal complications, he recommends that legislators enact special tax laws for the undead. Yeah, right.

It’s time to take “The RealtyLab Zombie Test For Realtors” to see if you share the same real estate enthousiasm as a zombie chasing a warm body.

Q1. Are you a machine with the sole purpose to sell real estate?
Q2. Are you meticulous and consistent?
Q3. Do you keep moving forward even when you have to change course?
Q4. If you have to change course do you stay focused?
Q5. Do you ignore obstacles in your way?
Q6. Are you always laser focused on their target?
Q7. Do you believe in lead capture?
Q8. Do you refuse to be demoralized?
Q9. Do you crave Belly to belly meetings?
Q10. Do you have fans?
Q11. Do you want to stay in touch?
Q12. Do you want longevity and stability?
Q13. Do you feel that some people want to eliminate you?
Q14. Do you sometimes feel misunderstood and just want to have friends?
Q15. Do you congregate with other Realtors?

If you said yes to between 10 and 15 questions you share all the traits of the undead. If you said yes to between 5 and 9 you are well on your way to zombie status, if you said yes to under 5 then you are still part of the land of the living and have a little work to do.

All joking aside, being a successful Realtor doesn’t just happen. It’s a full-time job and requires some serious commitment. Thanks to the writers and contributors at Inman News for feeding me the idea for this test.

mark mclean is the Broker/Manager at the Bosley Real Estate Queen St W office and Director at Large for the Toronto Real Estate Board and is currently a candidate for TREB President Elect in the upcoming Spring election.


Prospecting In The Future

This has been a brutal winter in Toronto. Not only did we get hit with an ice storm and then successive snow storms that left the sidewalks covered and dangerous all season long, we had extraordinary low temperatures. As a running addict, this is not good news for me. Sure, the stationary bike is ok in a pinch, but to really feel the burn of a good down to earth workout, please… just let me lace up my runners and hit the street. Two years ago I clocked over 1000kms. Last year in excess of 1300km. This year I basically suck. While I have found a couple of opportunities to get outside it’s only now that I can get out and really “get some miles on”.
Last year I also wrote a ton of blog posts on how running and prospecting required the same amount of effort and determination and, quite frankly, I thought I had run out of comparisons…until today. Having been relatively dormant for the last three months has been hard, but today I managed my longest run of the year and I can only assume it is because I haven’t forgotten the principles of running.
It should come as no surprise that prospecting is meant to achieve real estate success and longevity by adding qualified people to your database, then connecting with them and staying top of mind. Imagine filling up a huge bucket with potential and past clients. At some point you just can’t jam anymore names in the bucket. But that’s okay. If the bucket is big enough you may never have to add to it again. But here’s the good news…when business slows down you have the skills, experience and wherewithal to start filling it again. Easy peasy. The habits that you develop early on in your career will allow you to turn it on and off seamlessly.

mark mclean is the Broker/Manager at the Bosley Real Estate Queen St W office and Director at Large for the Toronto Real Estate Board.


Mark McLean for TREB President-Elect 2014-2015

After much thought and discussion with the many people in my life I made the decision to run for president-elect of the Toronto Real Estate Board. The last two years have been especially fulfilling, as I have been involved as the Chair of the Condominium Committee and the Communications Committee as well as the Vise-Chair of Finance. What I get out of my time in organized Real Estate is a clear understanding of the big picture, particularly what threats we face, what direction we need to take and most importantly the reasons why we make the decisions that we do. Our industry is changing rapidly and the directions we choose will impact us all for a very long time. Personally I am excited at the possibilities.
On-line voting runs 24 hours a day from April 30th to May 5th. You must be a member in good standing of the Toronto Real Estate Board. When you log in to Torontomls you will see voting instructions. It is simple and fast. As a member of the board you have every right to choose your future. I am energetic, enthusiastic and excited to represent you in the future. I kindly ask for your vote.

mark mclean is the Broker/Manager at the Bosley Real Estate Queen St W office and Director at Large for the Toronto Real Estate Board.


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