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Join Steve Valentine and Bernie Espinosa for #thinkingOTB... a real estate industry podcast about finding creative solutions for every real estate transaction that puts the people over profit (and makes a lot of profit in the process). Although Steve and Bernie collectively bring more than 3 decades of experience real estate, they are anything but traditional. If you're ready to level up your business and create a meaningful career in any aspect of real estate, this one's for you.
 
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As real estate agents, we tend to wear many different hats in our business. We’re the CEO, accountant, saleperson, marketer, and so much more. As we are wearing all of these hats and heaing up all these roles, we tend to think we need to be all of these people in our business in order for it to be successful. But here’s the secret: unless we’re som…
 
There are many reasons for why the market moves the way it does, and not least of these reasons are in the winds of political fortune. It’s on each of us to keep up with what’s going on and make sure that we’re prepared for shifts in the market. What the past decade has shown us in stark detail is that anything can happen, no matter how stable the …
 
Times are getting weird out there. With interest rates going up and the market normalizing, in order to be successful, it’s time to be creative. Creative financing, that is! Unfortunately, this is not something you’re going to learn in real estate school. To get the best information about what kind of options are out there, agents are going to have…
 
We’re going to say it again, and louder for those in the back: today’s market will be won by those who have good, well-developed fundamentals. It means getting back to basics and taking care of those clients that you’ve won, staying in contact with those clients you are nurturing, and reaching out to potential clients. All of this can be accomplish…
 
The subject on everyone’s mind right now is all the different ways the real estate market has been changing. Not to beat a dead horse, but we’re moving from a bullish market where sales and transactions moved at an extremely high pace, to one that aligns more with what we might call a normal market. We’ve talked about it before, and until things se…
 
Thinking of starting a podcast? This week we’re talking about what we’ve learned since becoming The Thinking OTB podcast! If you’ve been thinking about starting a podcast, now is a great time to start. The truth is, anyone can get started whenever they feel like they’re ready. All you need is some kind of recording device and a will to share your k…
 
You may have noticed us talking about being on a nutrients drip for the past few weeks while doing the podcast. We’ve had Nurse Becca from Rejuvenetics Global in the studio to administer what’s called a NAD+ IV drip. This is something to think about if you’re feeling stressed out by your work or life, maybe you wish you had a little more energy to …
 
This week we’re very excited to have Mike and Courtney Weaver from the Weaver Sales Academy as guests of the podcast! The Weavers are longtime entrepreneurs who have run multiple businesses, mainly in insurance, and now have transitioned into training others with a comprehensive sales academy. While they do focus mostly on insurance sales, our conv…
 
In today’s real estate market, you have to ask yourself: are you a pessimist, an optimist, or a realist? The honest answer is that we all are one or the other at any point in time, but the key is inhabiting those roles at the right time to seize on success. In today’s market, so many people are pessimists about where the market is rather than being…
 
We’re doing things a little differently for this week’s podcast, with an episode focusing on Bernie asking Steve some questions about how he’s doing as an agent in today’s market. The truth is that things aren’t always sunshine and rainbows, even for someone who’s had success in the market like Steve, but even when times are hard, there is still op…
 
Are you presenting yourself professionally as a resource or as a salesperson to your potential clients? This week we have with us in the OTB studio Kacia and Seena, good friends of the show who recently had their own unique set of circumstances that made finding the right real estate professional a huge priority. This continues what we were talking…
 
We’re back talking a bit more about Emotional Intelligence and what agents today can expect from a cooling market and how that can affect our professional outlook. It’s no secret that the market we’ve been seeing has been bananas and even if it moves back to a more normal equilibrium that has more basis in history, it’s going to seem like a huge sl…
 
What is Emotional Intelligence? That’s the subject of this week’s episode, and it’s a subject that Bernie is very passionate about. So, what is it, and how does it relate to our business of Real Estate? It’s the ability to perceive, reason, understand, and manage emotions of others in our day to day lives. For agents, being emotionally intelligent …
 
Each week, Steve Valentine shares mindset tips and actionable strategies to help build wealth and impact families through your real estate business. Want more of this? Check out the Steve D. Valentine mentoring program: https://stevedvalentine.mykajabi.com/
 
Each week, Steve Valentine shares mindset tips and actionable strategies to help build wealth and impact families through your real estate business. Want more of this? Check out the Steve D. Valentine mentoring program: https://stevedvalentine.mykajabi.com/
 
One of the things that we like to think keeps people coming back and listening to us week after week is not just our ‘outside the box’ ideas, but our appeal as people in the business. We feel very strongly that the greatest strength of a successful real estate agent is the ability to network and be personalities people love to listen to and do busi…
 
In the studio this week we have one of the best partnerships in the business, two individuals who like Steve have made a huge name for themselves since the old days of crazy markets: Kevin Kauffman and Fred Weaver of Group 46:10 and Next Level Agents! We have a wealth of knowledge and shared stories that we’re going over this week, and how that exp…
 
It’s the culture club episode! Today we’re talking about culture and leadership in your organization and what works and what absolutely doesn’t. A huge blind spot that was exposed by the pandemic and the great resignation is that for many people in many professions, corporate and work culture had become a source for burnout for workers because ther…
 
You may have heard that interest rates are going up and that it’s a sign that the sky is falling and it’s 2008 all over again. Is it time to panic? We here at Thinking OTB are giving you a warm blanket, some tea, and telling you it’s all going to be ok. The market is changing, but that doesn’t mean it’s all doom and gloom. We haven’t been silent ab…
 
We’re back in town after traveling to New York to attend Inman Connect and let’s just say that we have a few notes. But first, shout out to all of the speakers and the city for having us! It’s always a treat to take a trip to the Big Apple, and to be among so many of our colleagues from around the country is an experience that doesn’t happen every …
 
Each week, Steve Valentine shares mindset tips and actionable strategies to help build wealth and impact families through your real estate business. Want more of this? Check out the Steve D. Valentine mentoring program: https://stevedvalentine.mykajabi.com/
 
Look, it’s no secret: this podcast is all about showing real estate agents in today’s market that using outside the box thinking to help they and their clients build wealth and legacy. It’s pretty much our whole thing, so when we have the opportunity to talk to a kindred soul, we’re going to be all over it. This week on the pod we’re interviewing D…
 
This week on Thinking OTB we’re bringing things a little closer to home to give you a little peek behind the Valentine Group curtain. Nicole Porter, one of our Rockstar agents is joining us on the podcast to talk about her life before joining up with Steve and how thinking outside the box and realizing her limitless potential has changed the way sh…
 
This episode is part 2 of our talk with our guy in the financial industry, Michael Velasco. This week we’re diving deep into 1031 Exchanges, which if you’re not in the know yet, get out your notebook for this conversation. When you’re talking with your clients about investment properties, the 1031 Exchange is a super-tool to increase wealth and bui…
 
The heartbeat of Steve's business is "turning people into homeowners and homeowners into investors." Learn more about why this is the center of his business model and how investing in home ownership creates generational wealth in today's bonus episode.
 
Social media is one of the best ways to reach out to potential clients but learning how to use it effectively can be a challenge. This week our guest Chelsea Peitz is here to show us the light about what we all can do to be more effective with our profiles and our posts. She is a grand master of using social media to market your brand and business,…
 
So many of the big-name financial advice coaches out there claim we need to live on rice and beans for 10 years and get completely out of debt before we can invest in real estate. But in today's bonus Limitless episode, Steve explains why investing is a wealth-building strategy that actually helps with leverage. For more information, check out the …
 
We’re going practical and tactical this week on Thinking OTB with our guest Michael Velasco from Provident Accounting and talking about something that should be on the front of every entrepreneur’s mind: properly managing your taxes. It’s one of those messy subjects where there’s so much to know that it can be paralyzing to know where even to start…
 
Are you having effective conversations with your clients? To say that the Arizona real estate market has been evolving over the last few years would be an understatement. For agents, it’s a huge part of our job just keeping up with the trends and changes that are happening on a sometimes-weekly basis. If things are that difficult for those of us in…
 
Life can be strange sometimes. The path that you envision for yourself one year might take an entirely different direction, depending on the decisions that you end up making. Our guest this week is Paige Callahan, a former employee of Steve’s and current real estate investor with multiple properties in her folder, and all accomplished by her 30th b…
 
This week's episode is part 2 of our conversation with industry veteran Sharane Dorrah. Last week we talked about Sharane’s past, this week we’re looking toward her present and future. Specifically, we’re talking about what she's seen as someone who knows the market but is approaching it with a fresh perspective. It’s the kind of outside of the box…
 
It’s a brand-new year and we’re ready to hit the ground running here at the Thinking OTB studios. After some much-needed R&R, we’ve come back together with our guest this week, Sharane Dorrah to talk about how important it is to give yourself some grace. Sharane is a veteran of the business who stepped away for health reasons but is back in busines…
 
Are you presenting yourself professionally as a resource or as a salesperson to your potential clients? This week we have with us in the OTB studio Kacia and Seena, good friends of the show who recently had their own unique set of circumstances that made finding the right real estate professional a huge priority. This continues what we were talking…
 
We’re rounding out the year here at the Thinking OTB studios by bringing you the story of Bernie and her journey to finding a new home. Luckily, she has a real estate powerhouse in her corner to help her build upon the buying power that she already has as well as helping her to get into a home for her and her family of pups! But it also was an oppo…
 
It’s our one-year anniversary here at Thinking OTB! One year ago, we got some equipment, hit the record button, and started something that’s grown into the podcast you know and love about success and building legacy as a real estate agent. And with 2021 coming to a close, what a year to start in with a market that is nothing short of bananas, but t…
 
A big part of building legacy as part of success in business is not just about how much you bring in, but what you’re giving back. We’ve talked about giving goals in the past and this week we’re speaking with guests that help expand upon that idea, that giving is not only transactional but can take many different forms, depending on what kind of im…
 
Our guest this week is none other than Brian Gubernick, Chief Real Estate Officer for Homeward, a home finance company. Brian is a prime example of someone who has come to realize that the best path to a lasting legacy in real estate is being open to outside the box ideas, and his company Homeward is one that teams up with agents to make themselves…
 
What is Mental Coaching? This week we have as our guest Al Fuentes to talk with us about mental coaching and what benefits can be had by agents looking to break themselves out of their professional slump and get on that next level. But what is mental coaching, and how can it help? According to Alfuentes.com: “Mental Coaching is not life coaching or…
 
Here at Thinking OTB we talk a great deal about legacy. What you leave behind for your loved ones is a huge part of working and investing in real estate. Part of what legacy means is not only what you leave behind, but how you leave behind when it’s your time to pass on. Life planning is not something that people like to talk about much, but it’s a…
 
This week we have with us one of the best in the business when it comes to getting veterans into homes. Julie Calza is with us here in the OTB studios to share with us how she uses business plans to keep her team on track and push her business to make as much of a difference in people’s lives as possible. We had a great conversation ranging from kn…
 
This week on Thinking OTB we’re very lucky to have in the studio with us Fred Delgado from the Keller Williams Group. Fred is a good friend of Bernie with years of being a successful real estate agent and team leader in the Phoenix area and he was gracious enough to come share some of his thoughts on Business Planning, having the right mindset abou…
 
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