The CarrotCast Podcast for Real Estate Investors & Agents

Meet Troy. Troy is a 10-year real estate investor, so he kind of knows his stuff. One day while driving to work, Troy thought “I’m not getting any leads through my Carrot website, I think I’m just going to cancel.” But Troy’s not a quitter, so he decided “Ya know what, I actually like making money. Maybe I’ll give it another shot.” So Troy started ramping up his marketing through PPC and got some help from the Carrot folks. It turns out his work paid off… Troy made over $50k last month by closing 4 deals he got through his site. Now Troy is getting results. Now Troy is ramping up his business. Now Troy is happy! Here’s how he did it...

 

2:29 - Troy's started out 10 years ago as a real estate investor and house flipper in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Right now, he’s averaging about 8-10k per PPC deal and closing roughly every 1 in 5-10 leads. Get in touch with the PPC experts he used HERE.

 

8:41 - What one thing is costing you the most money?  Lack of follow-up with your leads. Consistent follow up is key to closing your deals. Sometime we think we’re bugging people by calling, texting, and emailing him. Without his persistency through 8-10 phone calls, Troy would’ve missed out on $30k from someone who wanted to sell their house.

 

13:12 - How he plan to ramp up his marketing this next year. Doubling down in online, optimizing his website, and committing to larger direct mail campaigns.

 

17:32 - How much can you afford to spend per deal? Figure out your max cost per lead and max cost per deal with this calculation: https://oncarrot.com/blog/max-cost-per-lead/

 

18:16 - When something is not working, make a mindset shift and ask yourself "Have I truly given this a real chance?" Troy knew his time could be better spent on getting deals done so instead of going the DIY route with his website and marketing, he outsourced it and hired experts, and switched to Carrot’s advanced marketer plan.

 

21:15 -Suggestions for success from a carrot customer. Commit to finding a way to drive traffic to to your website. There’s a reason why we repeat ourselves at Carrot… the model works! Implement and educate, implement and educate.

Full show notes: https://carrot.ly/xxZd 


I invited my mentor and close friend Seth Buechley out to my house this past weekend to talk about what we’re learning on our journeys as entrepreneurs, some of the growing pains with scaling Carrot (#599 on the Inc 500/5000 & Oregon’s fastest growing software company) and what we’re doing in order to lead our teams well and continue building valuable businesses. Seth has sold multiple companies worth hundreds of millions of dollars, is the CEO of Cathedral Consulting, and the host of the Business Done Right podcast.

3:36 - Once you have a vision for your future, your dreams will begin to materialize quicker. Think long term for your family and your business - create a life list! Where do you want to wake up in 5, 10, 25, 50 years? The life I was living as a serial-entrepreneur and freelancer actually wasn’t the life I wanted.

 

7:27 - If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you tend to “cycle” every 3-5 years or so and get bored or distracted by the next big thing. We need to practice patience and persistence and focus on what resources that we have right in front of us in order to be successful. Become an expert in one thing before branching out and focus on niching down in your industry.

 

15:59 - Make yourself “less relevant”. Being a great leader sometimes means taking a step back and empowering your team to step in. Learn how Trevor has created systems and processes that have allowed him to gain more freedom and flexibility, while still being the voice of the brand.

23:31 - Leaders must make tough decisions. When we avoid them, we put the successes of our business, our team, and ourselves at risk. Hear why turnover is a sign of a healthy culture... to a certain point.

 

28:17 - What’s the difference between transactional leadership and transformational leadership? Transactional leadership worked for Trevor until Carrot hit around the $1 million revenue mark. It’s reacting and delegating. It’s creating basic processes for how to complete tasks. Transformational leadership is empowering and unleashing your team, ultimately freeing you up from small tasks. It’s done by asking “What’s the outcome we're looking for? and What’s the way we measure success? And “What’s blocking you?” Write down where they're blocked and invest in the time to train them on decision making - design a process that guides them through the right questions to ask.

 

46:20 - I used to say I wasn’t a morning person. A habit tracker is the key tool that helped me change that.... and I’ve never even been good at habits!

 

52.34 - Accountability is misconstrued. You can create it for yourself through social pressure, measurements, and honesty. Habits that get you thinking about things differently.

 

Full show notes at: https://carrot.ly/_KUI


Are you prepared for the changes up ahead? Investors, are you positioning yourself as the leader in your market? The housing market tends to shift every 8-10 years and we’re already starting to see more change in 2019 than in the last 3-5 years. Last week, we gathered 12 top-earning real estate investors from around the country for a 2-day long live Market Leader Summit to find out what they’re doing to thrive. Here’s what we learned...

03:19 - Where the market is heading? Experts don't predict a crash in 2019, but slower growth is anticipated and high-end markets will start to decline.

09:46 - Trends for real estate agents in 2019. Increasing time on market and more price appreciation, as growth starts to slow down.

11:59 - What about house flipping in 2019? With higher competition, slower closings and selective buyers, house flippers won’t be able to get away with as many mistakes in 2019. If you want to keep closing deals, you’re going to have to tighten up standards and pay attention to the details. Don't underestimate fix-up costs and consider increasing repair expenses to compete in a more competitive market.

21:43 - With new iBuyer programs from Keller Williams and Coldwell Banker homebuyers will other options over real estate agents. I believe this could be a good thing… as long as you’re building credibility and creating content to stand out in your markets. What are you doing in your marketing to position yourself as the only solution for buyers and sellers?

28:00 - What one thing ruins successful real estate investors? Choosing to not get creative with making deals happen. Even with consistent, predictable leads, looking at every deal and trying to fit it into a “box” can cause you to go hungry. Other Investors like Tang Nguyen will be picking up all the leads you passed up.

37:39 - Remember that every successful investor started with zero deals and zero experience. It’s time to get creative. Which method is continuing to grow and prove sustainable over time? The ONLY marketing vehicle that keeps gaining momentum and continues to get better is online. RVM, cold calling, direct mail are all cyclical marketing methods.


Often times, when we feel really overwhelmed, and are just struggling to keep up, it's probably because things are too complex. Maybe you've been trying to take more time off and get more freedom. Maybe you've tried everything, but can't quite seem to get there. The truth is, we can't grow our businesses and gain more freedom unless we simplify. On this mini CarrotCast episode I want to share with you a concept that has helped me de-clutter my life and get back more of my freedom and happiness.

02:26 - What the ceiling of complexity is and how it affects our happiness, our income, and our freedom.

03:28 - How simplification is the enemy of complexity.

05:56 - The first key to breaking through the ceiling of complexity: Process.

06:50 - Recognizing your productivity constraints and bottlenecks.

Direct download: EP_137_The_ceiling_of_Complexity.mp3
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In this annual planning call, Trevor is giving away his frameworks and strategies that helped Carrot land #599 the Inc 5000 list this year - the ones he is using every single day personally, and in business. Watch the video at Carrot.com/epic/replay and skip ahead to 23:15 to get started! What we’ll cover: My 2018… key things I learned, won, and lost. Why Goals and Resolutions often don’t work (and what DOES work for me). My 5 “F’s” exercise to diagnose the spots in your life you need to focus on the most. Some mindset things that worked for me in 2018. Creating a clear, exciting, and compelling vision for your life. My 1-page Annual Strategic Plan. How to create habits that stick (without setting goals). How an ancient Japanese concept called “Ikigai” changed my life.

Download all of your free resources + slides from the call here: https://oncarrot.com/epic/replay/

23:15 - Getting Started.

29:35 - What motivates entrepreneurs over time.

39:15 - My entrepreneur journey in a nutshell.

41:50 - My 4 step process to an epic year.

56:38 - Take a quick test on the 5 F’s: Fitness, Family, Friends, Financial, and Faith.

1:02:18 - How a lack of urgency is one of our biggest problems and the best fix for it.

1:48:21 - The ancient Japanese concept called “Ikigai” that changed my life.

1:52:58 - The 3 Step Personal Power Process: The Dreams Worksheet & 15-minute Energy Audit.

2:00:52 - The entire annual, quarterly, and monthly planning process we follow at Carrot.

Direct download: EP_136_Epic_Planning_Call.mp3
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