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The Altman Close: Million-Dollar Negotiating Tactics from America's Top-Selling Real Estate Agent

The Altman Close: Million-Dollar Negotiating Tactics from America's Top-Selling Real Estate Agent

by Josh Altman
The Altman Close: Million-Dollar Negotiating Tactics from America's Top-Selling Real Estate Agent

The Altman Close: Million-Dollar Negotiating Tactics from America's Top-Selling Real Estate Agent

by Josh Altman


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Land the deals you want and develop your instincts with million-dollar negotiation techniques

After selling over $3 Billion in real estate, including the most expensive one-bedroom house in history, Josh Altman, co-star of the hit show Million-Dollar Listing Los Angeles, wants to teach you the real estate sales and negotiation tactics that have made him one of America’s top agents. Buying or selling a house, whether for a client or yourself, is one of the most important (and most stressful) deals anyone can make, demanding emotional intelligence and a solid set of negotiating skills. But by mastering the same techniques that sell multi-million-dollar homes in Bel Air and Beverly Hills, you can attract buyers and close deals on any property.

Josh breaks down the art of real estate into three simple parts. First, he’ll help you get business in the door during the Opening. Then he takes you step-by-step through the Work: everything between the first handshake and the last. And finally, the Close, the last step that ensures all your hard work pays off as you seal the deal.

  • Learn how to open with a prospect, work the deal, close, open, and repeat
  • Build and market your reputation, creating more sales opportunities
  • Develop the traits of a closer in you and your team
  • Drive the deal forward and get the best price for your property by creating desire, scarcity, and demand

Successful real estate sales are driven by the same principles, whether they happen in the Hollywood Hills or just down the street. Josh wants to put those principles, and the techniques for applying them, in your hands. Learn them and discover what you can achieve.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119560111
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 04/09/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 334,000
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

JOSH ALTMAN is the co-star of the hit reality TV show Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles. He is one of the most successful real estate agents in the United States, specializing in the luxury housing markets of Beverly Hills, Bel Air, and the Hollywood Hills. With his older brother Matt, Josh created the Altman Brothers, a one-stop real estate firm that provides buyers and sellers with exclusive white-glove, VIP treatment.

Table of Contents

Foreword Robert Herjavec, Shark Tank xi

Preface: Pre-Game Pep Talk xiii

Part I Prep Through Open 1

Chapter 1 Game-Time Mentality 3

Chapter 2 The Players, the Field, the Shot Clock 9

Chapter 3 My First Close 19

Chapter 4 All In with LA Real Estate and BRAVO TV 23

Negotiating Is All 24

Going Hollywood, TV Time 25

Chapter 5 Rules of the Game: First Impressions 31

Impressions Matter 32

10 Rules to Make a Positive First Impression 35

Chapter 6 The Dream Team: You Can’t Do It Alone 39

Chapter 7 Fresh Eyes on the Prize 45

Chapter 8 All About the Open 51

Know More than the ’Hood 52

Watch Your Back 55

Networking and Giving to Get 56

Chapter 9 Open Houses for Clients, Brokers, and Insiders 59

Don’t Tour, Sell 59

Broker’s Opens 61

Insider Opens and Strategic Alliances 62

Chapter 10 Create an In-Your-Face Brand, 24/7 65

Working the Web: Social Media and the Press 66

Give Expert Advice 68

Concierge Extraordinaire 70

Chapter 11 Golden Hammers and 20 Questions for Sellers 73

Shut Up and Listen 73

The Altman 20 (Questions for Sellers) 76

Chapter 12 Size Up the Property: Pricing and Timing 81

Reading the Property: Questions I Ask Myself 82

Let’s Talk Pricing 84

Chapter 13 Close the Open on Sellers: Talk Marketing, then Sign 89

Chapter 14 Close the Open on Buyers: The Altman 12 93

Chapter 15 Off to Work: Take a Breath First 99

Part II The Work 101

Chapter 16 Working with Buyers: Part Chemistry, Part Therapy 103

Assessing Personality Types 104

Analyzing the Buyer 105

Calming the Buyer’s Fears 106

Chapter 17 Strategizing with Sellers: Getting Ready for War 109

The Battle Plan 109

Managing the Troops 111

Chapter 18 Weapons: Listing Language, Interior Design, and Staging 113

A Killer Description 113

Killer Design 115

Staging for Battle 116

Chapter 19 The Killer Combo: Drone and 360° Photos Plus Staging 119

Chapter 20 On the Battlefield: More on Open Houses and Broker’s Opens 125

Who to Invite? 127

Work the Party 128

What About Neighbor(hood)s? 129

Sell Strong Points and Knowledge 130

Chapter 21 Price Drops Are Not Always Downers 133

Chapter 22 Go Win the War 139

Part III The Close 141

Chapter 23 Making an Offer 143

Settling on the Price 144

Inspections and Contingencies 149

More Deal Sweetener Details 152

As for Curve Balls: Play by Your Rules and Get the House 154

Chapter 24 Getting an Offer 157

Chapter 25 Multiple and Counteroffers 161

Negotiating on the Clock 162

No Rules? Use Hammers for Leverage 165

Chapter 26 Psyching Out Business Styles 171

Chapter 27 Putting on the Poker Face 177

The Anger Hammer 177

Know the Classic Hard-Baller Moves 182

Use Confidence to Grab the Hammer 184

Chapter 28 The Walk-Away 187

How to Walk Away 190

Chapter 29 Be a Shark: Eat, Swim, Devour 193

Part IV Plays from the Book 195

Chapter 30 Play #1: Damn, the Studio Head’s Pissed 197

Chapter 31 Play #2: Three Clients, One Property 199

Chapter 32 Play #3: The Middle Men Kings 201

Chapter 33 Play #4: The Most Expensive Garage Ever Sold 203

Chapter 34 Play #5: The Paramedics of Real Estate 207

Chapter 35 The Final Play: Confession 209

Acknowledgments 213

About the Author 215

Index 217

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