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Today's Article: "Skills of the Real Estate Investor: Creativity and Negotiation
Creativity in real estate is one of those unsung skills that can easily and effectively set you apart from your competition. Note that I’m not referring to creativity in the artistic or ‘left brain vs. right brain’ sense. Creativity in real estate means being willing, able, and committed to out of the box thinking, and bringing that philosophy to every aspect of your business. There are several primary areas of your business where this will benefit you.
First, you have marketing. Marketing is one of the easiest arenas in which you can express yourself creatively and it doesn’t just mean having the most unique appearance to your marketing message or media. It just means having a nice diversified approach to marketing your business and, by doing so, going the extra mile that your competition will not. Second, you have the actual approach to working with clients. Creativity here may mean nothing more than just being a good person and presenting yourself in a way your clients will not be accustomed to. Anything that sets you apart from other investors can be a form of creative expression, and such things will benefit you.
You want to have command of the fundamentals of real estate investing so you objectively are seen as competent. Beyond the basics, a creative or otherwise unique approach to your business will help to demonstrate that you aren’t afraid to march to the beat of your own drum and be comfortable doing so. Peers and clients alike will respect what makes you unique.
Ability to Negotiate
Negotiation is another one of the fundamental skills that all successful real estate investors possess. Why is it so important? The better question might be to ask why would it not be important? Negotiation is involved in establishing a professional team, interacting with clients, and getting your deals tied up and completed. It is an essential part of the business and, whether you educate yourself or get trained in it, or simply learn by getting out there and working deals, this is definitely something you need to work on because none of us are born negotiators.
My important fundamentals of negotiation that you should strive to command are:
- Educate yourself as to what all parties are trying to achieve.
- Ask good questions.
- Listen to what the other party has to say.
- Understand the needs of the other party.
- Have the courage to ask for what you want.
- Don’t always accept no for an answer.
- Be prepared to deal with opposition or objections to what you present.
- Learn to ask the same thing in different ways, multiple times.
- Be able to confidently justify your requests.
- Don’t make decisions based on desperation, impatience, or emotion.
- Be prepared to give if you receive, and vice versa.
- Have the wisdom to know when to walk away.
Focusing on these key areas does not have to be a monumental task. Just be committed to the fundamentals outlined above and remember that most anything is negotiable. Never just take things for granted and presume you have no opportunity to negotiate because few things are truly like that, either in life or in business. A mentor of mine said it best, “what comes out of your mouth goes into your bank account.” The worst thing that people can say to a request you make is no, and if that happens simply ask for something else, or ask it in a different way.
If you take away anything from this
article on negotiation let it be this,
you will never get what you don’t ask for.
Your commitment to being a good negotiator will be apparent to your clients and to your peers. Your goal is not necessarily to be seen as shrewd, but rather as someone who is always open to discussion and willing to find that ideal outcome that benefits everyone involved. This commitment becomes a part of your business philosophy.