Why Having A Strategic Plan Is The Secret To Peak Efficiency

The very best actual property brokers and the individuals who function on the highest ranges of the business are usually not tactical, they’re strategic, writes Nick Schlekeway. Partly three of his five-part collection, he seems on the significance of strategic planning.

One yr following the launch of Inman’s The Fundamentals e-newsletter, our weekly dispatch of must-reads for brand spanking new brokers, we’ll spend the month of August digging deeper into what it takes to outlive in opposition to the chances as a brand new agent in a troublesome market.

That is the third in a five-part collection on the pillars that type the muse of agent success. Discover half one right here and half two right here.

Final week I wrote in regards to the first pillar to success, private improvement. At the moment, I’m going to speak to you in regards to the second pillar to success, strategic planning. I take advantage of the phrase “strategic” for a really particular and vital purpose.

Actual property tends to be a really tactical and really short-term business. Individuals in our business, sadly, appear to have a tough time looking into the longer term.

The very best brokers and the individuals who run this business are usually not tactical, they’re strategic. They make choices based mostly on what they wish to occur within the subsequent 5 years, not the following 5 months. They give the impression of being far past the following closing or the following gross sales cycle. They give the impression of being to the longer term they wish to create for his or her lives, the imaginative and prescient they see for his or her household, and the multi-generational wealth they’ll construct. 

You’re a enterprise proprietor, not a salesman

Salespeople work on transactions, enterprise house owners work on their enterprise, and so they have a strategic plan for doing simply that. Whereas there’s definitely nothing improper with being in gross sales, most of us obtained into this business and went 1099 in order that we might construct a enterprise. OK, so what’s your plan? A dream with no plan is only a rattling want.

The very best strategic plan is the one that you simply perceive and that you may comply with. Additionally it is the one constructed on confirmed fashions which have been examined in actual life. Let’s pause proper there as a result of that is vital. Not solely do you not must give you your individual plan from scratch, you shouldn’t. Don’t reinvent the wheel, and don’t assume that you’re so particular you can not study from the errors of those that have come earlier than.

The start line on your plan is to go discover people who find themselves doing what you wish to do and discuss to them about how they obtained there. The identical data is present in books and podcasts overlaying the habits, programs and tales of profitable brokers. 

 Listed here are some (not all) of crucial objects to incorporate in your planning:


It’s completely vital that you simply perceive some type of finances, some type of forecasting. You don’t must have a spreadsheet with 20 tabs on it, however it’s important to have some thought of the next:

  • How a lot cash you’re going to spend on advertising
  • How a lot cash you have got obtainable to pay your payments
  • How a lot you wish to have obtainable to put money into income-producing belongings every year

Most significantly, for actual property brokers (particularly new ones), how a lot cash do it’s essential to put aside for taxes? The tax man cometh, and a method or one other, you at all times must settle up with The Man.  

KPIs (Key Efficiency Indicators)

What are your KPIs and the way are you going to make use of them to drive progress? The obvious KPI for anybody in gross sales is prospecting cellphone calls, however some others embrace:

  • content material items delivered (e-newsletter, social media, podcast, and so on.)
  • purchaser/vendor consultations
  • open homes
  • one-on-one conferences with high-net-worth people
  • CMAs or fairness updates for individuals in your farming space

A very powerful KPI to know and to trace is for each agent to know what number of leads they should generate every month in an effort to hit their gross sales objective for the yr, with an understanding that these leads are a results of the actions listed above.  


Talking of objectives, what are your objectives for the month, the quarter, the yr, and the following two to a few years? Sure, gross sales objectives, but additionally objectives for what number of listings you wish to take vs. patrons, common sale value, particular markets to interrupt into, particular individuals or teams to begin working with, and so on.

Your objectives must be the benchmarks it’s essential to hit in an effort to proceed progressing in your strategic plan. All of it must be driving you to the longer term you wish to create. Your imaginative and prescient.  


What gross sales programs do it’s essential to create or rip off and implement in your enterprise to extend efficiencies or customer support? I extremely advocate ripping them off since we work in an very simple business, and also you probably received’t be capable to consider something that has not already been considered and applied by another person. 

With regards to programs like making ready a list for market or shifting a purchaser by way of the gross sales funnel, somebody is already doing it at a excessive stage. Simply copy them. 

Strategic belongings

What strategic belongings do it’s essential to purchase in an effort to execute the long-term plan? This could possibly be your individual workplace area, it could possibly be a particular instrument or expertise asset, it could possibly be a strategic lead technology asset like constructing the natural web optimization in your web site in order that it generates 5 leads a month or constructing the attain of your social media to the identical function.

It could possibly be the acquisition of all your personal staging furnishings (and a designer to put it), or it could possibly be hiring a advertising director to take your advertising to the following stage. What are the strategic belongings it’s essential to purchase that can assist catapult you? 

A quote to ponder

“Strategic planning is nugatory – except there’s first a strategic imaginative and prescient.” — John Naisbitt

plan must be easy and simple to comply with. For me, this implies it wants to suit on one or two pages. Possibly you want, or like, a bit extra element, however I might be cautious about moving into the weeds. Whereas we should always know the place we’re going, we by no means know precisely how we’re going to get there, and the route at all times takes surprising twists and turns.

One of many largest tragedies of this business is the variety of brokers who failed just because they had been both too ignorant or smug to comply with the map that profitable brokers have already drawn. Create your individual map and benefit from the rewards.

Nick Schlekeway is the founding father of Amherst Madison, a Boise, Idaho-based actual property brokerage. Join with him on LinkedIn.