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Jay Thompson is the Director of Industry Outreach for Zillow. He was licensed as a real estate sales agent in Arizona in 2004 and got his broker's license in 2007 when he and his wife founded Thompson's Realty, an independent real estate brokerage that serves the Phoenix metro area. He is loving the "urban lifestyle" in a downtown Seattle condo he found on Zillow.

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    The 15 Best Books for Real Estate Agents

    Real estate professionals need a fundamental understanding of many subjects to have a successful career. These 15 books are a good start.

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    Maximize Your Sphere of Influence: 6 Simple Ideas to Get More Contacts

    Real estate agents should always have a plan for growing their SOI. Learn six ways to add more contacts to your SOI list.

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    Be Your Own Boss: 6 Benefits of a Real Estate Agent Career

    Benefits include growing your business as slow or as fast as you want, setting your own hours, and helping people achieve their dream of home ownership.

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    Agent Vacations: 5 Practical Tips for Taking Time Off Without Losing Business

    Vacations can help your business. A break from the routine, no matter how big or small, will make you a better agent.

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    Expand Your Expertise: 5 Real Estate Courses to Take Now

    Real estate agents need to take continuing education courses to keep up with the changing requirements and landscape of the industry.

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    4 Ways to Help Foreign Buyers Navigate the US Market

    How can real estate agents work effectively with foreign real estate buyers? Do your homework, learn the essentials and enjoy the process.

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    Real Estate Affiliate Programs: Are They Right for You?

    Real estate agents should understand, evaluate and weigh the pros and cons of affiliate programs before deciding to use them.

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    The Supercharged Open House Sweepstakes Winner Is ...

    … Tamarra Howell-Wright! Big congrats — like $5,000 big — to Tamarra, the lucky winner of the Zillow for Pros Supercharged Open House Sweepstakes! When asked what she was planning […]

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    A Day in the Life of a Successful Real Estate Agent

    Prospecting, marketing research, paperwork—learn more about the typical activities that a successful real estate agent does on daily basis.

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    Do You Need a Real Estate Coach?

    A real estate coach can help you generate leads, build your brand, identify prospects, manage contacts, improve sales volume, and more.