When it comes to success tips from the world’s most accomplished people, there is one above all others that seems to be universal: Never stop learning. Real estate podcasts tend to be the clear winner when it comes to learning for the most ambitious agents and brokers we meet.
On paper, the choice makes perfect sense: You can listen to real estate podcasts in the car in between showings, while you’re doing the dishes, working out, or hell, even while you sleep.
There’s only one problem. There are a gazillion and one real estate podcasts out there to choose from. Since we know how busy you are, we decided to help you cut through the noise and get straight to the good stuff. Here are our picks for the nine podcasts every agent should be listening to in 2021.
1. Keeping it Real With D.J. Paris
Started by D.J. Paris, President of Sales & Marketing at Chicago’s Kale Realty, Keeping It Real has grown from a handful of interviews of top agents into one of the most successful real estate podcasts online today.
Of course, we’re a little biased, since our own Chris Linsell is a regular guest on Keeping It Real. Chris and D.J. Paris hold court on the state of the industry, tech, and what it means to be a successful real estate agent in 2021.
2. The Tom Ferry Podcast Experience: Tom Ferry
Host: Tom Ferry
Subscribe to The Tom Ferry Podcast Experience on Apple Podcasts
Learn more about Tom Ferry on his website
Best recent guests: Adam Contos, Gary Vee, David Goggins
New episodes: Every Monday
What more can we say about Tom Ferry that hasn’t been said? Over the past few years, Tom has managed to pull off a minor miracle and is now a household name (well, in real estate households, anyway) that is synonymous with top-shelf real estate coaching.
In his podcast, Tom doesn’t pull any punches. He gives you the same bite-size insights and takeaways you get from his YouTube channel and website. Expect to hear from top producers of all stripes, but especially top producers who are using novel tools and strategies to get ahead in 2021.
3. Think Like a CEO Podcast With Gary Keller
Although he may not post new episodes as often as the other podcasters on our list, we think Gary Keller’s backlog of episodes speaks for itself. The advice that Keller dishes out here is not only insightful and based on decades of experience, but is delivered in his trademark style that actually resonates with agents.
He can sometimes get a little high-level for some, but overall, having Keller talking about success on your headphones while you’re on the elliptical is a great way to get amped about crushing it at your next showing.
4. Keeping it Real: Real Geeks Ft. Jeff Manson
Hosts: Greg Harrelson and Frank Klesitz
Subscribe to Keeping it Real on Apple Podcasts
Learn more about Real Geeks on their website
Best recent guests: Dr. Cynthia Tant, Bill Jenkins, Lisa Chinatti
New episodes: Monthly
The Real Geek’s Keeping it Real podcast belongs at the very top of every agent’s list. Hosts Greg Harrelson and Frank Klesitz manage to cut away the nonsense and just get straight to the point with their top-producing agent guests.
The show’s bread and butter is interviewing agents with impossible-sounding but very real achievements. You’ll hear from agents who closed 54 deals in their first year, agents who tripled their gross commission income (GCI), and more. New episodes are somewhat sporadic, which means digging in their archives on Apple Podcasts or YouTube is a must.
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5. Eye on Real Estate With Dottie Herman
Subscribe to Eye on Real Estate With Dottie Herman on Apple Podcasts
Learn more about Dottie Herman on her website
New episodes: Monthly
You don’t become the richest self-made woman in real estate by accident. Elliman CEO Dottie Herman not only claims that title, but has dedicated a surprising amount of her (incredibly) valuable time to help educate agents and the general public about real estate. As the “self-made” in richest self-made woman in real estate might imply, Dottie Herman has a gift for cutting through the BS and getting right to the heart of the issues that we’re facing in our industry today.Even better, if you happen to be in the New York area, you can tune in the old- fashioned way on AM970.
6. GSD Mode: Joshua Smith
Short for “Get Shit Done Mode,” uber-successful agent Joshua Smith’s podcast gives aspirational agents and brokers a good dose of reality-based knowledge and inspiration to come out ahead in the often cutthroat world of real estate.
In order to get you there, Joshua channels the no-nonsense attitude of inspirational YouTubers like Jocko Willink and combines it with deep dives on how actual agents managed to do the impossible.
Expect to hear from wildly successful real estate agents, marketing experts, and even experts on nutrition and fitness to make sure you’re bringing your A-game every single day.
7. Real Estate Rockstars: With Pat Hiban
Learn more about Pat Hiban on his website
Best recent guests: Coltyn Simmons, Tara Carter, David Greene
New episodes: Mondays and Thursdays
For many industry insiders, Pat Hiban is the Joe Rogan of real estate podcasting. With more than 4 million downloads and legions of fans not just across the country but around the world, it’s easy to see why. He was a super-early adopter of the technology and for most of us, Pat Hiban is synonymous with great podcasting. His Real Estate Rockstars show still manages to bring the thunder years later. With interviews with the best of the best in the real estate industry and deep dives into technology and strategy, Pat’s podcast is a must-listen for new agents and old agents alike in 2021. While there is a ton of content to dig through here, intrepid agents will be greatly rewarded by looking through his archives for interviews with rock star agents who hold nothing back.
8. Lab Coat Agents
Learn more about Lab Coat Agents on their website
Best recent guests: Keri Shull, Mike Ferry, Howard Tager and Juefeng Ge
New episodes: Weekly
From a humble Facebook group, Lab Coat Agents has grown into a household name in the real estate industry. On their podcast, hosts Tristan Ahumada, Jeff Pfitzer, and Nick Baldwin go on deep dives with experts from real estate to marketing to basketball to bring you the inside scoop on how to become a better agent. Even better, though they cover serious topics, they manage to inject humor and personality into the mix.
9. The Relentless: Century 21
Learn more about The Relentless on Slates Studios
New episodes: Month
Sometimes, in order to get the big picture, you need to pull back and actually look at the big picture. Believe it or not, this can be much harder than it sounds. So many real estate trainers and podcast hosts get so buried in the weeds that you can’t help but come away scratching your head. What you really want is someone who can cut through the noise and get right to the good stuff. The Relentless focuses on deep-dive interviews with top-producing agents and other inspiring professionals who can offer insight to agents and teams.
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What’s Your Go-to Real Estate Podcast?
Do you have a favorite real estate podcast for motivation and strategy? Think it belongs on our list of the best-of-the-best? Let us know in the comments!