Meet Your Board Members: October 2018

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In the October/November issue of Austin REALTOR® magazine, ABoR Board Members Teresa Scott-Tibbs and Ryan Rodenbeck share industry advice, fun facts about themselves, and advice for REALTORS® like you! In this blog post, you'll find expanded, exclusive content from those interviews. Learn more about your ABoR Board Members below.

Teresa Scott-Tibbs | Keller Williams Realty
2016 – 2018 Director

 

Teresa Scott-Tibbs, Keller Williams Realty

Tell us a little about your day job. Do you specialize in any local markets or housing segments?

My day starts off with prayer, reviewing my calendar, and ensuring my time is blocked for the entire day. As an ABoR Director, President of Austin Association of Real Estate Brokers, Chair of ABoR Bylaws & Policy Governance committee, and member of several other committees/policy teams, time management is the No. 1 priority of my day. Since becoming a REALTOR® in 2003, I have focused my real estate career on educating buyers and sellers on their biggest asset - a house. My business mostly encompasses Central Texas areas such as Austin, Pflugerville, Round Rock, Jarrell, Manor, Cedar Park, and Kyle; however, I have also completed transactions in San Antonio and New Braunfels.

Where is your go-to meeting place or coffee shop?

I love to meet my friends and fellow real estate co-workers at Starbucks. With the safety issues and concerns of our current environment, I instruct clients to meet me at my office for our first face-to-face meeting. There's no amount of money that's worth risking my life for, so if the client doesn't want to meet at my office, then I'll meet him or her at the property when my husband is available.

What's your favorite thing about Austin and/or Central Texas?

Austin and Central Texas have always been an area of many opportunities. After I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, I fell in love and stayed in the area to start a family and my career. I have worked with many clients who moved here from out-of-state because of the opportunities for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Austin is the place to be, but we are definitely not ready for the influx of people moving here on a daily basis.

What is your advice for new REALTORS® just beginning their career?

The best advice I can give a new REALTOR® is to educate yourself on top issues affecting the real estate industry. Don't let money drive your business but let your professionalism and empathy show in all your interactions with consumers and clients. If you meet someone that doesn't see the need for a REALTOR® in the transaction, then you must show them the value you bring to the deal. Lastly, to protect your real estate career and the real estate profession, you MUST invest in TREPAC (Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee). The availability of money for many new REALTORS® is probably slim to none, but you can't afford not to invest today. Invest $45 in TREPAC to protect your real estate career and private property rights for all.

What industry trends should our members be paying attention to?

I believe our members should be paying attention to the following issues: MLS consolidation, the development of advanced real estate technology platforms, and the value REALTORS® bring to a transaction. We can't continue to operate in the past and expect the future to stop. We must jump on the moving train and make strides to change things now and make improvements toward the future.

What is something interesting about you that most people don't know?

I was born and raised in a small town north of Houston called Cleveland, Texas. Yes, there is a town in Texas called Cleveland! So many people assume that I'm talking about Cleveland, Ohio when they ask "Where are you from?", but NO. I say, "I'm from Cleveland, Texas." Take Highway 59 north of Houston and you will see the small town of the Piney Pines: Cleveland.

Ryan Rodenbeck | Spyglass Realty and Investments
2018 – 2020 Director

 

Ryan Rodenbeck, Spyglass Realty

Tell us a little about your day job. Do you specialize in any local markets or housing segments?

Most of my day consists of working on marketing to bring in leads for my agents. Marketing is a passion of mine and I love to mess around with lead funnels. Currently, we're using Facebook Live to broadcast educational content that we then re-purpose into YouTube and make a marketing funnel with blog posts on our website. For most people, this isn't really exciting but I can spend a lot of time on this. I also farm my neighborhood of Barton Hills and 78704.

Where is your go-to meeting place or coffee shop?

I like to have meetings at Opa Coffee and Wine on South Lamar, which is right by my office. I used to go to Kerbey Lane but it's hard to have a conversation there. Opa is very homey and has comfortable chairs and is quiet, even when they are full. The coffee is great and they have decent Greek food if you're hungry.

What’s your favorite thing about Austin?

My favorite thing about Austin is that we embrace local here. Austin has a very local business-friendly environment and people seem to prefer boutique businesses to franchises. Austin is a great place to start a small or mid-sized business and we have a culture that is supportive of one another in the business community. There are a lot of great startups coming out of Austin these days.

What is your advice for new REALTORS® just beginning their career?

My advice for new agents is to find a mentor and shadow that person as much as possible. One of my agents last year was newly licensed and during our interview process, he asked if it would be okay if he could work in the office every single day and listen in on my conversations. When I would get on the phone, he would stop what he was doing and listen in. His ramp up is much faster than other agents that started at the same time.

For new brokers, my advice would be to go to conferences and make friends with top-producing brokers and team leaders in other markets. I've learned more tricks and tips in the hotel bar than any other place. If you make friends with brokers in other markets, they're much more generous with letting you know what's working than brokers in your own market. I've made lasting friendships with dozens of top-producing agents in other markets and they also send me referrals.

What industry trends should our members be paying attention to?

Video production is the trend we all need to be paying attention to and implementing in our marketing. The future of internet marketing revolves around making videos with content that is helpful to consumers. YouTube is the second-largest search engine in the world. HubSpot reports that 80 percent of internet traffic will be dedicated to video. Agents would be very smart to formulate a video strategy as soon as possible. I've been doing Facebook Live and YouTube videos for over a year now and there's a huge learning curve. It takes time to get good at it.

What is something interesting about you that most people don't know?

I'm a huge fan of The Godfather by Mario Puzzo. I have a signed first edition. One of the main characters in the book, Vito Corleone, got to where he was by helping his community in his early days. I've read the book twice and I've seen the movie no less than 10 times.

 

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