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Becoming a Life and Real Estate Alchemist

Written on September 2, 2014 at 8:12 am

real estate business building

by Nikki Buckelew

I've been on a bit of a literary binge recently as it concerns the topics of my blog posts here.

I've taken some thoughts from authors like Eckhart Tolle and Kahlil Gibran and expanded on them in ways that I think may be helpful to you in life and your real estate business.

So why stop now? Let's ruminate on the work of another author, specifically Paulo Coelho and his masterpiece "The Alchemist."

Paulo Coelho

As Wikipedia says, "The Alchemist is an allegorical novel, following a young Andalusian shepherd named Santiago in his journey to Egypt, after


Three Secrets of Social Media for Real Estate Agents

Written on April 7, 2014 at 2:14 pm

by Nikki Buckelew

Secret #1 of Social Media:

It's Intimate & Personal

At its core, the most powerful (and magical) muscle of Social Media is the way in which it allows people to get to know you and feel as if they have a bond or relationship with you. That's right; to become your friend. And that's what you wish, correct?

It's hard to put my finger on it exactly, and I know it seems a bit strange, but when I “Like” or “Follow” a well-known author, business leader, musician or “star,” for some bizarre reason, seeing their regular postings …


Hiring Help – Expense or Investment?

Written on April 8, 2013 at 7:10 am


People frequently call for real estate coaching or are involved in coaching groups I belong to or lead and when the topic turns to investing money or time into their “business” - especially money - they get audibly or visibly uncomfortable and edgy. I often hear comments like, “but that would cut into my commissions/income,” or “it’s too expensive to hire someone to _____.”

First, let’s define a business. Basically, it is where a person creates a system to exchange goods and/or services for money. Clearly there is a big difference between having just any old "business" and having …


We Are Expanding!

Written on August 31, 2012 at 10:12 am


The month of July has been a month of amazing change and expansion for us. Not only did we relocate back to Austin, TX after spending 18 beautiful months in sunny Southwest Florida, we also found ourselves launching an organization that has been 10 years in the making, the Seniors Real Estate Institute.

But wait...there's more!

And as if that wasn’t enough, with the nudging of several coaches and a few good friends, we began expanding our coaching practice to include affiliate coaches too! What’s weird is that it wasn’t all part of some master plan we envisioned …


Tony Jeary Shares Tips on Being an Effective Presenter

Written on July 20, 2012 at 7:37 am

When people hear that I have done a fair amount of speaking and training in front of large groups, I often get requests for pointers on things people can do to become a better public speaker.

Today I had  the opportunity to attend Take Shape for Life's 10th Annual National Conference in Washington DC and sit in on a training given by profesional speaker, trainer, coach, and author, Tony Jeary. Known as  "The Results Guy," Jeary recently authored the book, "Strategic Acceleration - Succeed at the speed of Life."

I haven't yet read the book (they gave us a copy …


Motivating the Unmotivated

Written on July 14, 2012 at 9:31 am

Many of my clients are working to leverage their time through hiring additional sales people.  This can be a double edged sword to say the least. The goal is to have someone on the team who is self-directed and capable of not only handling business given to them, but also going out and generating new business.

I can't tell you how many coaching conversations that start out with the client asking, "How do I motivate _____ to generate more business?" Well, I came across a great article  (below) that shares some insights directly related to that question. Enjoy...




Bye Bye Corporate. Hello Entrepreneurship!

Written on July 7, 2012 at 9:00 am


Have you seen the trend? I have. More and more people are getting into business for themselves than ever before.


Who knows. There are so many reasons.

  • Sick of corporate grind
  • Downsized
  • Need flex hours
  • Wanna make what you’re worth
  • Following your passion (this is my favorite)

Whatever the reason, if YOU are one of the lucky ones on the path to creating your own destiny...

Congratulations! Being your own boss rocks!


I have been self-employed or owned my own business since I was 20 years old. Over the last 20+ years, I have tried to be …


Can You Fog a Mirror?

Written on June 8, 2012 at 1:12 pm


You did it! You passed the real estate agent state licensing exam and you are now officially a REALTOR®.

Whoa Nelly. Not quite. There are still a few steps before planting that ‘for sale’ sign in your neighbor’s yard.

  1. Locate and register with a sponsoring broker.
  2. Join your local board of REALTORS®  and the state and national real estate associations.
  3. Become a member of your local multiple listing service (MLS).

Sounds easy, right?

Unfortunately, many new sales associates are so eager to get into production that they short-cut step number one and they sign on the …