Category Archives: Career in Real Estate

Home Happens Here….Why Our Agents Choose Howard Hanna

Cclaudia-b-for-bloglaudia Bartok recently joined Howard Hanna William E Wood, and she offers her thoughts on why she selected Howard Hanna. 

Claudia said, “Life throws you curve balls…my mother, bless her heart, calls it change. ‘Change is the only constant the world gives us, embrace it’. I can hear her now. I made a professional decision to ‘Change’ a few months back. I decided it was in my best interest to be a part of the Howard Hanna Family and Team, both in Elizabeth City and Virginia Beach.

Howard Hanna, you have a great recruiter in Laura Ross!! We sat down for lunch and she graciously and proudly presented what the firm offers, and I was sold! She certainly was influential in my decision, but the marketing products and advertising they offer definitely helped seal the deal. 

Further, I have two wonderful, professional and knowledgeable BIC’s, Darin Martin and Jack Voss! And guess what? They are not my competition :) ! They are solely here to help me and other agents be the best we can be. I’m contacted by each of them daily and am motivated by them at all times. 

Since joining Howard Hanna I’ve attended two sales conferences, inspiration from these great events was unparalleled, and I look ahead to many more motivational conversations with a great company. Real estate can be challenging to say the least, but with a great team like Howard Hanna to back you, there is no room to fail!”

Welcome home, Claudia!


Congratulations to our Fast Start Graduates

image001Congratulations to our Fast Start Graduates!  They worked hard and have shown great dedication in learning this business.  Fast Start is a nine-day immersion program that includes a one-day orientation called Jump Start and eight full days of classroom training over four weeks. Trainees learn what to expect in handling their first transactions, the responsibilities of marketing and industry leadership, teamwork and the strength and support of a non-competing management team.

We look forward to helping them develop thriving careers for years to come!  Be Extraordinary!


Wise Words from Helen Hanna Casey

Every month, our agents receive advice from the President of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, Helen Hanna Casey.   Many of these tips she learned from her father, our Founder, Howard W. Hanna, Jr.  And, they still hold relevance in best business practices today.  Most recently, she shared the lesson: “Take a moment and think of just one more thing to do. Now do it.”  Imagine the difference ‘one more thing’ might do for your business when you think you are finished with your tasks for the day.

Here are a few ‘things’ that she shared might make the difference in the year ahead for every agent in our Helen Hanna Caseyorganization:

1.Brag about yourself. Check out the “Extraordinary You” campaign on GoHanna and customize the marketing pieces to send to your sphere of influence. Then post it on social media, and don’t forget to include it for listing presentations

2.Write a thank you note. Mark Zuckerberg wrote one a day, every day, last year and my Dad has done it every day for 50 years. In our digital age, a handwritten thank you note comes across as a remarkable and thoughtful gift. Even an emailed thank you note is appreciated

3.Check your list of buyers from open houses. Call them and see if they are ready to buy

4.Check out your dashboards and follow up with everyone on the list. There are lots of levels that can be converted.

5.Check your web page: update it to assure it grabs a potential client’s attention.

6. Schedule a 10-minute sit-down with your manager to review achievements and goals, and to share updates.

7.Schedule a 10-minute sit-down with your office Finance Manager to discuss how you can work together to assure success.

8.Check out HannaU for some extra tips.

Thank you, Helen and Mr. Hanna, for the wise words!


Howard Hanna William E. Wood to participate in Get My Vet a Job Career Fair on August 28th

Howard Hanna William E. Wood Will Be a Part of the Get My Vet a Job Career Fair

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This press release was orginally distributed by SBWire

Gilbert, AZ — (SBWIRE) — 08/14/2015 — Get My Vet a Job announces Howard Hanna William E. Wood will be a part of the Get My Vet a Job Career Event on August 28th, 2015 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Get My Vet a Job and Howard Hanna William E. Wood are partnering for a hiring event to assist Veterans, transitioning military, spouses, and family members. This career event will be hosted by Bryant & Stratton College in Virginia Beach, VA. Howard Hanna William E. Wood will be at the career fair recruiting candidates for their Military to Real Estate Scholarship Program.

“Howard Hanna William E. Wood offers a one of a kind program that is designed to help make the transition from military to civilian life easier for veterans. We are excited to have such an impactful company at our Get My Vet a Job Career Event,” states Michele Unangst, Founder & CEO of Get My Vet a Job. They understand the skills, talents, and success that Veterans and transitioning military members bring to their company.”

About Howard Hanna William E. Wood
Howard Hanna William E. Wood developed a Military to Real Estate Scholarship Program for transitioning military members, veterans, and their spouses. Qualified applicants will receive scholarship that covers the cost of tuition as well as the cost of the required textbook and subsequent post-license course and business sales training. Howard Hanna William E. Wood is making it easy to transition from a military career to a real estate career.

“We are so excited to offer our Military to Real Estate Program to our valued service members who are retiring or transitioning from the military as well as to their spouses. Our military and their families are such an integral part of what makes Hampton Roads so vibrant. Not only do we wish to keep our service members in our local area after leaving their military careers, but we believe their commitment to service, community, and excellence make them wonderful candidates for a career in real estate. This program allows them to enter the field of real estate more easily and know that we at Howard Hanna William E. Wood are here to fully support that transition thru our commitment to education and training,” states Laura Ross.

Get My Vet a Job and Howard Hanna William E. Wood are cordially inviting job seekers to this career event. On August 28th, 2015 from 10:00am EST – 2:00pm EST, Howard Hanna William E. Wood will be conducting interviews and eligibility for their Military to Real Estate Program.

To view details of the Military to Real Estate Program, go to

To register for this free career fair go to When registering, Get My Vet a Job will provide all Veterans, transitioning military members and spouses, attending the job fair, a free video cover letter and LinkedIn profile image at the event. Plus all job seekers can participate in workshops by industry experts in the areas of: Interviewing, Social Media, and Job Searching!

About Get My Vet a Job
Get My Vet a Job is renowned for world-class events featuring those companies that want and need Veterans. Companies that seek out all talent and backgrounds. Companies that are 100% committed to diversity, training, career, and growth.

Media Contact:
Michele Unangst
Gilbert AZ

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WELCOME to our recent Fast Start New Agents!

Today, we celebrated the Fast Start graduation of many of our new agents! We select only the best, and these agents are surely amongst the best! They each have been part of a training program that provides them with an ‘immersion experience’ in our best business practices as well as providing the practical foundation in generating career momentum quickly. We welcome them and are ready to support them in their new career!!!
New Agent photos- Aug 15

Growing with Experience: WELCOME!

We could not be more delighted to welcome these fine experienced agents to our Howard Hanna William E. Wood family. We value all of our agents and appreciate the trust of our experienced professionals who join our firm with the intent of growing their business thru exclusive company programs, marketing support, and education. We are so proud to have them aboard and look forward to watching them soar!
Experienced agent photos- Aug 15

People Are Talking About You. Do You Know What They Are Saying?



In her monthly advice column, our company president, Helen Hanna Casey asks the all-important question, “How much have you prepared to be seen 24/7, 365 days?  That is what happens every time something goes online.  Your own profiles reflect what you look like, your expertise, and your knowledge.”  Think about how you want to be seen and what your message is, because you never know who is looking.

Being intentional and prepared in your efforts to control that message is critical.  Since we know your BIO is the message you send to the world via the internet, we thought we might share a great article featured in Inman on how to craft an inviting agent bio.  Click on link for article entitled: 13 Knockout Examples of How to Write an Agent Bio


What is our Luxury Advantage?

When we say we offer the luxury advantage, we speak to the power of our brands, programs, and expertise.   Our Luxury Homes Of Distinction Specialists receive marketing support that stands alone in the industry.  See for yourself what makes our Luxury Homes of DistiLuxury Marketing Toolsnction Program so unique:

  • Unmatched marketing power.   Our strategies connect you with the right customers through business and lifestyle magazine advertising, direct mail, public relations, digital marketing, newspaper advertising, and custom video.
  • Specialized training.  Our Program members earn the designation of ‘Homes of Distinction” through specialized training combined with their years of experience marketing luxury properties
  • Relocation and Business Development.  Our teams provide great exposure for you by working with corporate referrals and transferees throughout the world.  Our association with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World opens the door to over 650 affiliates in 25 countries to assist you in the presentation of your listings.
  • Luxury Portfolio.  As exclusive affiliate partners we’re able to provide clients with an array of fine resources, extended marketing reach, and international advertising vehicles.
  • Customized marketing materials.  We offer a large menu of additional customized marketing tools for promoting yourself as a Luxury Homes Of Distinction specialist.

Are you looking to have an advantage in the luxury market?  Let us share more…it’s all in the details!