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How Top Agents Are Winning on Social Media
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 11:00 AM PDT Marketing today requires a coordinated one-two punch of brand-building combined with predictable lead generation systems. Neither is enough on its own. But together, they provide the backbone of every successful team. In this webinar, we'll focus on simple tactics you can use to increase your brand-game on social media right now... which will create better lead generation opportunities in your future. Join us for the how-to on building success in real estate! Register now!
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5 Signs You Need a Business Coach
Running a business can have you feeling like you are taking one step forward and three steps back. A business coach will provide you with the insight and skills to keep your goals in motion! Whether you're just starting out or taking your business to the next level, if you're feeling any of these five signs, it's time to think about investing in a coach. 1. You don't know where to begin. You see no clear path for moving forward with your business. You don't know what your day-to-day tasks should look like. What a Coach Will Do: Establish your day-to-day responsibilities. Transform your vision into a goal. 2. You've hit a plateau in your business. Your income has stayed the same for months. You haven't increased the amount or quality of your clients. What a Coach Will Do: Implement a strategic plan to successfully grow your business. Boost your lead generation with a database makeover — you'll keep the quality relationships and remove the folks who aren't enjoyable to work with. 3. You tend to drift from marketing idea to marketing idea – no solid plan. You don't have enough time to create a marketing plan. You're not sure how to produce valuable content for your clients. What a Coach Will Do: Work on a personalized, easy-to-implement marketing strategy you can apply in your business. Provide you with ways to add value to your clients and relationships, so you can demonstrate strong character and stay top-of-mind. 4. You'd love to have someone on your side. You feel isolated when working alone as an entrepreneur. You find it hard to hold yourself accountable. What a Coach Will Do: Look at your tasks objectively, and identify how to more efficiently channel your time and effort. Serve as your accountability partner, keeping you on track with goals and lead generation. 5. You feel overwhelmed by having to balance everything. You spend time on activities that aren't yielding results. You feel the need to do everything by yourself. What a Coach Will Do: List which tasks to prioritize and which to delegate. Give you tips and strategies to perform more effectively based on your work style and personality. Sound like you? Get a coach! Hiring a business coach will provide you with ways to better your business and your life! At Buffini and Company, One2one Coaching sets you up with a coach who complements your personality and work style to help you win big in your business. Sign up for your free business consultation today, and find out how real estate coaching will work for you. A little accountability, guidance and planning go a long way!
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Save hours dealing with email and complete deals faster with DocuSign and Folio
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13 Last-Minute Halloween Events that Will Grow Your Business
Halloween is right around the corner. It's a perfect way to bring fun, sweets and treats to your community and build your business. Many real estate agents wait until the big holidays. Why not begin now? Want to get known in the community or a neighborhood? This is a great time go begin. Here are 13 spooktacular ideas that are fun and can be put together quickly:
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How to Generate Real Estate Referrals Using Local Online Groups
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From New Listings to Referrals: The Marketing Secret that Helps this Realtor Win Every Time
If you're like most Realtors, you probably already have a plan in place for marketing your listings. But how well are you able to communicate that marketing plan to potential seller clients--especially if that plan includes digital strategies that may be confusing to homeowners? Randy Durham has it all figured out. A practicing Realtor since 1994, Chattanooga-based Durham uses realtor.com Local Expert to market both specific listings and his brand. The tool employs ad retargeting technology to display his listing and branding ads to real estate consumers as they browse around the web. But how does he explain that to sellers during his listing presentations to help them understand how it will benefit the sale of their home? We sat down with Durham to find out. Read on to learn how he talks about Local Expert in his listing presentations, and how the program also helps connect him to buyers and past clients. How persistent is your brand on national websites? When consumers search a particular city or zip code on realtor.com®, I'm always there and present with either a listing or information about me. Even if they go from page to page, I'm still there with them so I stay top of mind. I've been pre-introduced. Someone buying a home will be familiar with you before they make contact. Does this help you with home sellers? When I'm on a listing presentation, I'm able to show that they're going to be in at least 50% of the searches for a buyer in their area looking for a home. That home will follow that person around as they're looking within the specific area where that seller is. So I'm showing the seller that they're going to get exposure continuously. How do you let prospective sellers know you have this advantage? You can use this in neighborhood campaigns or in specific targeting listing promotions as far as trying to solicit for listings. This is particularly effective with expired listings. You're showing them you have a way that other agents typically would not have to get additional exposure for their home. It's very powerful for expireds because they've already been-there-done-that—but now many are looking for new things that can happen to actually get their property sold. What are the longer-term benefits of being persistent with your brand? You've got to have consistent impressions of yourself out there for the public to see. Research shows it takes eight to 10 impressions of some sort of marketing to actually get a buyer's attention and recognize who you are and have recall ability. You want to continuously have your name out there, particularly in targeted areas. You want to be the agent that owns that area. It works to get yourself top of mind with your past clients as well as new clients. I just really took on the Chattanooga market with this branding. I just think that it's going to have a powerful impact. This is one of those things you've got to be in it for the long haul. You can't go out there in one month and say, "Okay how many transactions did I get?" But this has some power to it, and I'm quite impressed with it. Does this work into your repeat and referral business plan? A home seller generally starts their search on the internet. Even if there are past clients, they don't always usually pick up the phone and call me first. They're out there looking to see what's available or what's sold in their neighborhood if they are a seller. If you're there with a branding product like realtor.com® Local Expert in those searches in their neighborhoods, when they see you they say, "Yeah, that's the guy that sold me my house—that's who we need to call."
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Pre-listing Checklist: Use RPR to Nail Your Next Listing Presentation
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Do you fear anonymous reviews? Take back control of your online profile today.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 1:00 PM PDT With so many unverified, anonymous and fake reviews scattered all over the web, it's no wonder you may feel disempowered--like you're losing control of your online reputation. Verified reviews are your most valuable assets and they help you take back control! And collecting them is only the first step--if you're not leveraging your reviews by promoting them across all your digital channels, you're missing out on building trust with new clients and winning their listings! In a world that has become hungry for reviews, learn how RateMyAgent will empower you to feed your online reputation by collecting verified and trusted reviews, as well as how to utilize their suite of digital marketing tools to share and promote them across all your digital channels, including; your socials, your website, on Google search and all across the web! Want to make sure your verified reviews are here, there and everywhere? Register now!
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7 Ways to Compete With iBuyers
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Apple Users: Let's Set Up Notes to the Max!
First things first: Android users, I promise to update Google Keep often, and please don't feel slighted as I dedicate these tips to Apple users! Now, let's talk how we can maximize Notes on our iPhones and iPads. Many of the features I have covered in this series depends on having all your Apple devices connected to the iCloud. Before you panic about storage space and having to spend money buying more iCloud storage, we can talk about ways to use your iCloud storage wisely later (that's another article).
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Opendoor and Cloud CMA Partner to Give Agents More Options to Sell Homes
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The System for Real Estate Buyer Service and Referral Success
Last month, you learned an end-to-end system for real estate listing success. Now it's time to do the same for real estate buyers and referrals. What is your current plan for real estate buyer services success? As with the listings system, we're going to set up a system for buyers that is modeled after worldwide sales training. Here is the 7-Step Real Estate Buyer Services Success System.
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14 Easy Real Estate Photography Tips
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4 Reasons You Need to Update Your Web Browser Today
How old is your browser? If you are using Firefox or Chrome on your desktop or laptop PC, are you sure you have the latest version? Tech Helpline found that one-in-three callers were using a version of Firefox that was at least seven years old! Why should you need to be concerned about searching the web using an outdated version of any of the popular browsers? Let's look at four reasons that should motivate you to make certain your web browser is updated today:
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Marketing New Construction Homes: What Real Estate Agents Need to Know
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Real Estate Hashtags: Solving the Mystery!
You know about real estate hashtags, but if you're like many real estate agents, you're still a bit fuzzy about how to use them on social media. If you want to increase your online visibility, get more entries for your real estate CRM, and more home showing feedback for your listings, you need to solve the mystery of how to use hashtags. Read on to learn more.
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5 Signs You're Doing Real Estate Contact Management the Right Way
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Open House? Live Tweet It.
Social media is a great way to market yourself as a real estate agent. You may find yourself looking at new ways to share a listing or advertise for an open house. One great way you can showcase an open house is by live tweeting it. Twitter is a platform that is meant for short, quick messages that you can share with your followers and allow them to engage with you in real time. Twitter is a great way to keep a conversation going, but that isn't the only benefit to live tweeting an open house.
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Dictation, One of the Most Underused Features in Apple Notes and Google Keep!
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Friday Freebie: Download This Monthly Marketing Kit Sample
It's October, a time when our collective attention turns toward all things frightening. You know what's really scary, though? Losing out on hard-earned referrals and repeat business. It's not your clients' fault, however. Research shows that 85% of sellers and 90% of buyers would refer or use their agent again. The key to ensuring that they actually do is by making sure they remember your name between transactions. How? It's all about providing value. In this week's Friday Freebie, we'll introduce you to a marketing system that helps you do just that in order to stay top of mind, year after year. Download the Referral Maker Marketing Kit, courtesy of Buffini & Company If offering something of value to your database is what captures their attention, then consistency is what helps you keep that attention. Buffini & Company's Referral Maker Marketing Kit helps real estate agents accomplish this by providing an item of value and supporting marketing materials every month. Each month, Buffini & Company sends you a full kit of fresh, new marketing collateral that you can use to demonstrate your expertise, reach out to past clients, and generate more referrals. RE Technology readers can download a free version of the marketing kit today and try it out for themselves. Here's what it includes: A professionally written and designed Item of Value A corresponding cover letter 6 'Pop-By' tags to affix to gifts that you give to your top referring clients as a token of appreciation You can learn more about how to best leverage each element of this kit in this post. The full kit also includes 50 follow-up notecards, an eReport and more. You can learn about that here. Ready to download your FREE marketing materials from Buffini & Company? Get started here!  
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The Ethical Use of Photoshop in Real Estate Marketing
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Top 3 Underused Commercial Search Functions in RPR
The actions taken to do a property search really haven't changed much since real estate and the internet first came together. For decades now, we've gone to listing sites to be immediately greeted by that oh-so-familiar search bar, and within a few clicks (with a little help from the magic of the internet), properties of all shapes and sizes pop up. In RPR Commercial, the same basic process holds true, but the use cases for search have grown well beyond just finding available space. With that in mind, I wanted to share a few of my favorite, but perhaps lesser-known, non-listing search functions.
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5 Things an Agent Should Never Say to Leads and Past Clients
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How to Stay in Love with the Agent Life
Life as a real estate agent is full of ups and downs, busy seasons and slower spells. That rollercoaster can be part of what keeps the agent life feeling dynamic and rewarding--but it can also make agents feel overwhelmed and even burnt out. It might feel like the best agents are go-go-go 24/7, but the truth is that for you to do the job well, you need to take care of yourself. Here are some ways to keep yourself connected to the things that drew you toward a career in real estate in the first place.
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Sell That Listing Using Virtual Reality
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Want to Make More Money? Consider One of These Real Estate Niches
If you follow the annual "The 1000" list from RealTrends, you may wonder how those agents make it so big in real estate. In our opinion, the list tends to be a bit misleading, with team agents often listed as solo and vice versa. Then, there's Ben Caballero, always ranking number one in the "Individuals by Transaction Volume" category. He is most likely an excellent agent. But he is not your traditional "solo" agent, as the category implies. He "oversees a team of 22 people" who helped him sell "$2.2 billion worth of homes in 2018," according to BusinessInsider.com. For the purposes of this blog post, however, he makes all that money by specializing in a real estate niche. He sells only one type of home, which happens to be first on our list of profitable real estate niches.
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Want to Use Mobile Scanner Software? Be Very Careful!
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Friday Freebie: 100 Door Hangers Shipped to You
Afraid your direct mail pieces are being tossed away or drowned out by all the grocery flyers and credit card offers that stuff the average consumer's mailbox? We've got a solution for you--the door hanger! Not only do they inevitably catch consumers' attention as they unlock their front door, but RE Technology readers can see for themselves just how well door hangers can work… for free. Read on to discover how you can claim a free set of door hangers! Get 100 Free Door Hangers, courtesy of ProspectsPLUS! Have an open house to promote? How about a new listing? Whether you're promoting a new listing or event, or targeting seller leads, door hangers can be an effective replacement (or supplement!) to real estate postcards and flyers. If you've never tried door hangers as a lead generation tool (or your current hangers are just meh), there's no time like now to test them out. RE Technology has teamed up with ProspectsPLUS! to offer our readers 100 FREE printed door hangers in the design of your choice. Choose from 65 options that cover all of your promotional needs and niches, including: First-time buyers and renters Expired listings FSBOs Just Listed Just Sold Open house promotions Seller leads: free CMA, free consultation, free equity analysis, etc. Your can customize each door hanger with your own images, contact information, and more… OR you can upload your very own custom design. These door hangers are in full color, and are one-sided. A nominal shipping fee is the only cost to you. Ready to get started? Claim your 100 FREE door hangers (with promo code KNOCK) today!
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How to Achieve Success through Intent: One Real Estate Entrepreneur's Story
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Top Tools, Templates and Tech for Listing Leads
As real estate agents, we're constantly looking for innovative ways to get listings and stand out from the competition. Because these days, our competition is everywhere. Discount brokerages, iBuyers, other agents--everyone is competing for the same scarce inventory. That's why we're sharing our most creative, innovative, and proven methods for getting more listing leads:
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Annual Business Checklist for Real Estate Agents
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How to Create a Market Activity Report for Any Neighborhood
When your clients or prospects are interested in tracking a neighborhood's activity, the RPR Market Activity report is the perfect fit. First, it's flexible and can be generated for any geography, even areas drawn by hand using the RPR map. In addition, the report itself includes changes in a local real estate market based on listing information and MLS data.
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How to Go from New Real Estate Agent to Neighborhood Expert
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Headshot Ideas from the Pros: Stand Out from the Crowd
One of the biggest agent concerns is finding ways to stand out in the crowded marketplace of other agents. Why, then, do so many agents copy other agents? From websites to scripts, originality is sabotaged at every turn. And this is most apparent when it comes to an agent's photo. Nine photos out of 10 are absolutely identical. The hands are either on the hips or arms are crossed. Is it any wonder that consumers have the notion that all real estate agents are alike? Step away from the pack during your next photo shoot. Here are some ideas from the pros.
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How to Overcome the Pain of Passwords
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Friday Freebie: Guide to Staying Safe without Sacrificing the Sale
It's Realtor Safety Month, and to help agents stay safe on the job, we're highlighting a free eBook that offers comprehensive advice for selling safely. What do we mean by comprehensive? Well, this eBook runs an impressive 79 pages in length, offers insight into the criminal mind so that you can understand (and outwit!) predators, and features tips for evaluating safety products, and more. Read on to learn how to download your free copy! Safe Selling: A Practical Guide for Preventing Crime without Sacrificing the Sale Remember the powerful interview we recently posted with an agent who escaped a predator? The interviewer in that video was Lee Goldstein, CEO of Real Safe Agent, and the co-author of this eBook. Goldstein has a background in criminal psychology, and is an expert in how the criminal mind works. In this eBook, Goldstein breaks down how predators choose their victims, how they think, and even how they plan their attack. He then lays out practical advice for countering and outwitting the predator—from how you pose for your agent headshot, to how to recognize suspicious body language, to how to set up a showing to maximize your safety. Importantly, this eBook also recognizes that agents can't risk a sale by being overly cautious. Goldstein frames all of his advice in a way that lets the agent come off as gracious and professional to genuine prospects, all while discouraging the predator. It's an accessible, college-level criminology course with a healthy dose of sales strategy thrown in. In addition to theory and practical advice on staying safe, this guide also offers: An evaluation of safety apps and background checks Advice on selecting safety products A worksheet for assessing a prospect's safety risk Additional resources, including links to videos and recommended reading Ready to learn more about safe, yet effective selling? Download your free copy of Safe Selling: A Practical Guide for Preventing Crime without Sacrificing the Sale today!  
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What Does a Possible Economic Recession Mean for the Housing Market?
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Do You Have a System for Real Estate Listing Success?
What are your process steps for getting a real estate listing? Do you have a written or structured set of steps to take a listing, get it on the market, and then to get it sold? After the sale, do you have a well thought out plan for getting referrals from your listing client in the future? You may have plans set out that answer these questions. But, do they fit into a start-to-end set of steps that are all one process for real estate listing success? Whatever your level of success in getting listings and getting them to the closing table, are you concentrating on three short-term processes or are all three combined into a smooth flow for success?
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How to Create a Powerful Online Reputation
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Do You Need a Real Estate Website?
As a real estate professional, you know searching for real estate-related information on the Internet has become an important part of the home buying process. Whether it's to find an agent, view listings or educate themselves about real estate, home buyers are exploring online content more frequently to find what they need. According to the 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, as shared by the National Association of Realtors®: 44% of prospective buyers looked online at properties for sale as their first step in the home buying process 88% of prospects that used the internet considered their agent's online website as the most useful source of information 87% of buyers that used the internet found photos to be useful and 85% found detailed information about listings to be very useful Having a real estate agent website makes it possible to supply these potential clients with information they are searching for and establish a connection in doing so. However, if that is not enough. Here are four specific reasons why all agents should have a personal real estate website:
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Elevate Your Real Estate Marketing Success with an Elevate Educational Boot Camp
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6 Kinds of Infographics to Use in Real Estate Marketing
The real estate business is competitive. Marketers are competing for attention in the same arenas for similar audience profiles. With the digital sphere clogged with information, it is becoming harder for marketers to get their content noticed. While content marketing efforts make a difference in the amount of engagement real estate agencies receive, the best way to captivate an audience is by using strong visuals, like high quality images, charts, and infographics. But not all marketers have access to graphic designers nor the time or ability to start learning graphic design software to make such visuals. Fortunately, there are online resources now available to real estate marketers that offer stunning infographic templates, all of which are customizable and shareable. Today we will be looking at the six kinds of infographics you can use as a real estate marketer.
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Tips to Ace Your Next Open House
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Friday Freebie: Downloadable Report for Home Buyers and Sellers
If you've heard us say it once, you've heard us say it a thousand times: quality content is one of the most effective ways to reach buyer and seller leads. But rather than putting you through the rigmarole of creating your own content, today we're going to introduce you to a top-notch source of professionally created real estate reports. And, bonus, RE Technology readers get to download the report of their choice for free. Read on to find out how to claim your free report today. Free lead generating report, courtesy of ProspectsPLUS! Before we get started, here's a friendly reminder that today's offer is the fourth in a series of Friday Freebies that we're producing with ProspectsPLUS! Check out these links to claim more free real estate content, like a property flyer, 100 postcards, and a gift certificate for creating a new account. Today's offer is a free real estate report professionally designed to generate buyer and seller leads. How? By providing information that is valuable to real estate consumers. Choose your favorite from 60 reports like: 5 Powerful Ways to Build Equity in Your Home Common Mortgage Missteps Home Staging Checklist Six Tips for Selling in a Shifting Market What Every FSBO Should Know And more! Each report is customizable and prominently features your name, contact information, and even your headshot and logo. Your report is delivered digitally as a PDF that you can download and share online, print yourself, or at a local print shop. ProspectsPLUS! offers reports for a wide variety of real estate leads: current homeowners, cash buyers, FSBOs, and more. Ready to start warming up new real estate leads in your market? Claim your FREE report here (use promo code FREEREPORT at checkout)!
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Don't Make These Mistakes with Your Market Reports
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Privacy Changes Coming to Facebook Groups
Facebook, one of the largest social media platforms in the world, is one of the best tools you can use as a real estate agent. It offers endless opportunities for you to engage with potential buyers. One of those opportunities, Facebook Groups, enables you to create a group that can be targeted to a specific location or audience. While Facebook Groups are great, there are some upcoming changes that may impact the success of these groups. To get you ahead of the changes, we outlined them and how they may impact how you use groups for your business.
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How to Set a Location Reminder in Google Keep
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Top Pros and Cons of Verbal Real Estate Offers
What are the pros and cons of verbal real estate offers? Today we bring them to you. Pro #1 As the listing agent, you get to call the seller who is anxiously awaiting to get an offer. That is the only pro for listing agents. Yet, don't let it backfire on you. Read below to learn more. Pro #2 As the buyer's agent, writing up an offer can be a time-consuming process (there is the initial contract along with the addendums), especially when the buyer wants to offer a price much lower than you think the seller may accept. After all your hard work, the seller may balk at the offer and not accept it. So, you may think, "Why not just ask the listing agent before writing up the offer?" Sounds a lot better than wasting your time, right? Think again. Buyers mostly focus on price at first when making their initial offer with the seller. Most of the time, it is not just about the price. The purchase offer often encompasses terms and conditions that may or may not be acceptable to the seller. It's a complicated legal document. Many rounds of discussions may take place, and then nothing may become of it. When it is in writing, you can keep clearer track of all the elements of the transaction, whether it results in a sale or not. Example One: A real estate listing agent received a text for a property she had on the market in North Miami Beach, Florida. The text from the buyer's agent read, "My client wants to offer _____ cash on the above property. Please advise." The answer from the listing agent was, "Please put it in writing and show proof of funds." Did she ever hear back from the buyer's agent? The answer is NO. When the listing agent followed up with the buyer's agent, he said that he could not reach the buyer, which is why he never responded back. The buyer had disappeared. He had ghosted. The term may be familiar to those who are dating—yet isn't working with buyers also a form of courtship until the transaction is completed? Imagine if the listing agent had made the verbal offer to the seller and the seller said okay, only to find out that the buyer disappeared. Think they would be happy? Example Two: A week later, the same listing agent for the above property received a text from another buyer's agent. The text read, "Buyer just saw unit and is thinking about renovation costs and would like to offer your seller ____. I do not want to waste my time and yours. Please present this verbal offer to seller to get the process started." The listing agent's answer was still the same: "I don't accept verbal offers. If your client is interested, please present a written offer." Then the listing agent did what's a growing rarity in the real estate business: she picked up the phone and explained how it would benefit all parties to present the offer in writing, and the buyer's agent agreed. The offer was presented AND accepted by the seller. Who wants to waste their time? No one. Especially in today's world. That's why presenting written offers is a vital part of the real estate business. 6 Cons to Accepting a Verbal Offer as the Listing Agent Con #1 With no written offer, there is no proof that the buyer did make an offer. If the listing expires, and the same buyer makes an offer on the property, the protection period in the agreement may not protect your commission. Remember, there are cases when buyers try to go behind the listing agent and present an offer directly to the seller when it is no longer listed. The normal protection period in a listing agreement is up to 180 days (may vary by state). Without a written offer, if the buyer makes an offer months later, you may not receive any commission for all your hard work. Con #2 If the seller verbally agrees to a price, the buyer may re-think the offer and submit a lower offer. The thinking process sometimes goes like this: "If they accepted my first offer so quickly, maybe they will accept this one, which is a little less." The buyers threw in the initial bait hook and are now fishing again. Con #3 The verbal offer gets accepted and the seller is elated. Then…nothing happens. The buyer changes their mind and loses nothing because there is no written contract and no deposit. Con #4 When the written offer does not follow the verbal offer, the seller may begin to doubt the legitimacy of the offer. If the seller has any doubts about your efforts to sell their property, this will solidify it. And if the listing is set to expire soon, they may think it is a ploy for you to keep the listing. Also, if a seller is uncomfortable with you in any way, this may set them off to fire you. Con #5 Verbal offers usually don't consider all the important details as noted in the contract. Price is just one of the important elements of a contract. The type of contract being presented is important, as well as the following terms and conditions: inspection period, earnest money deposits, whether it is subject to appraisal, closing date and much more. All terms and conditions can be clearly defined when the agreement is placed in writing. Con #6 It is crucial to keep in mind that verbal agreements to sell real estate aren't legally binding. To be legally enforceable, a contract to buy real estate must be in writing, agreed to, and signed by both buyer and seller. Bottom line The advantages of a verbal offer are very small. The seller is at a disadvantage with verbal offers, as well as the real estate agents involved in the transaction. Be sure to consult a real estate attorney to make sure you have a binding contract or ask any other legal questions you may have. Yes, there are many demands made on your time as real estate agents each day. But remember, without a written offer and deposit from your buyer, there is no skin in the game. Stay fresh, focused and professional by following the above tips. Janice Zaltman is a Realtor, LEED AP, marketing coach and writer with more than 20 years of experience in the sales, marketing and media fields. To view the original article, visit the Form Simplicity blog.
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The 1-Minute Real Estate Video Strategy that Can Help You Win More Listings
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What Happened to All of Your Referrals?
One of the best sources for new business is the business of client referrals. Not exactly a life-altering statement, is it? How about when you take into account the fact that 88% of buyers say they would use their agent again or recommend them to others, and yet only 25% actually do. Now you recognize how important your referral pipeline is or could be to the future health of your business. So if you are questioning where your referrals went, it's time to re-evaluate your referral business.
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New Thought Leadership Series: 24/seven with Bondilyn Jolly, with Guest Molly McKinley
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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with a Realtor Who Escaped an Attack
"It was almost like there was enjoyment watching me squirm." That's what Debbie Morrisette, a North Carolina Realtor, had to say about the predator who tried to attack her last year. In this exclusive video interview, Real Safe Agent CEO Lee Goldstein speaks with Morrisette to learn more about the attack—from the first phone call, to the first meeting, and to the incident itself. Morrisette also bravely talks about the aftermath of the attack on her career. For eight consecutive years, she had been the top producing Realtor in her area. "This year, I'm probably not even half of where I was last year." Watch the video above to hear her story—and her advice to other agents and association leadership.
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5 Great Google Docs Tips and Tactics
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Using RPR to Close More Deals
RPR (Realtors Property Resource) is a real estate data platform made exclusively for REALTORS as part of their NAR membership. RPR is a tool that helps REALTORS be more informed, in sync with up-to-date property data, and more efficient in delivering answers to their clients. As the nation's largest property database, RPR pools and aggregates real estate data and puts it all together under one easy-to-use roof. The data, tools and reports that RPR offers helps REALTORS "wow" their clients and close more deals. In previous articles, we've touched on what makes up an RPR "wow moment." But what about the "closing more deals" part of our new tagline/mantra?
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Starting Your Business as a New Real Estate Agent
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Collaborating with Others Using Apple Notes and Google Keep
Collaboration using Apple Notes and Google Keep offers many features that will help REALTORS be organized. Over the next few weeks, I will be highlighting the benefits of using these FREE apps (hope you saw my "How to Grab Text from an Image Using Google Keep" article that I shared recently). Collaboration has so many uses in business and life. Let's start with business: you can have a note that updates instantly across all your devices, including the devices of those with whom you have shared the note. For example, this could be a note shared between a REALTOR and an administrative assistant; with every client you could start a collaborating note; teams could share information; brokers could have all agents and staff on the same notes.
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The Focused Strategy for Generating Real Estate Listings
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Analyzing the Good and Bad of a Property Photo Shoot
Today, we're analyzing a recently completed photoshoot of a property and will highlight what could be improved and what already looks great in the images. The goal of this blog is to give some tips and suggest things to look out for when shooting your next listing.
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Top 10 Seller Objections to Staging and How to Overcome Them!
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5 Simple Steps to Share Your RPR Market Activity Report on Facebook
RPR's Market Activity report is an ideal option for agents who want to create enduring and results-oriented relationships through social media. The report presents a snapshot of changes in a local real estate market based on listing and MLS information, and includes active, pending, sold, expired, distressed, new for lease, and recently leased properties, as well as recent price changes and upcoming open houses for a period of up to six months. Here's a quick tutorial on how to post your RPR Market Activity Report to Facebook.
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The Five Fifty-Five Program
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How to Grab Text from an Image Using Google Keep
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Why do real estate agents invest so much time and effort into online marketing? Simple. To grab the attention of new prospects and direct them to their website. The only problem is, most traffic that comes from social media and advertising tends to bounce when it lands on a real estate website. Why Do Most Real Estate Prospects Leave Your Website? When you create an advertisement, let's say on Google Ads, your goal is to make the prospects curious enough to click on your content. This can be done with a clever line of text or an intriguing picture. At the end of the day, a potential client will click on your ad because they believe it will bring them value. They have a need and you are offering some sort of solution. The Problem with Real Estate Home Pages If someone takes the time to click on your advertisement, why wouldn't they investigate your website once landing there? In most cases, the prospect likely experiences some level of disconnect. Let's say your advertisement was tailored towards confused first-time homebuyers. An ad like this might have a high conversion rate because the process of purchasing a home for the first time is daunting and confusing. First time home buyers are actively seeking out answers to their specific questions. The disconnect occurs when they land on your homepage or services page which doesn't provide the exact answers they were searching for. Most real estate agents set up their web pages to be fairly generic, proving a broad overview of all their services. While this might be a good place to start for your average client, when a prospect is looking for an exact solution, your homepage could have them looking elsewhere. How Real Estate Agents Funnel Traffic There are a few common ways that you can attract attention to your real estate website. Social Media Organic Search (SEO) External Linking Paid Advertising Agents use social media to build an online following. If you are looking to bring traffic from your Twitter feed to your site, you might share a timely insight followed by a call to action (CTA). This CTA would outline how you could help the prospect and link back to your site. Organic search brings users to your website after they have used a search engine to attempt to answer a question. If you have created content with SEO in mind, hopefully, Google directs the prospect your way. External linking directs traffic back to your site by mentioning your brand or services on an external source such as someone else's blog. And paid advertising is the process of creating marketing materials on platforms such as Facebook and Google that hopefully catches the attention of browsers and funnels them back to your site. Real Estate Landing Pages: A Specific Solution All four of these options have the ability to attract the attention of a potential prospect with a specific message. However, if you don't have a specific solution for the prospect to explore and interact with, you will likely lose their interest quickly. The solution: a landing page. What Is a Landing Page? A landing page is a single web page that is designed for a specific topic or purpose. Using our previous example, you could create a first-time home buyers landing page where all the corresponding traffic could be funneled. This way, when the visitor lands on your landing page, they will be interacting with the content that can directly answer their questions. All real estate landing pages should be created with one goal in mind: Conversion. All of the pictures and text found on your landing page are there to help lead the prospect to your call to action. The Fundamental Elements of a Real Estate Landing Page Ready to harness the power of landing pages? Here are the 8 qualities of a landing page that successfully converts online real estate leads… #1) Embrace Minimalism Have you ever landed on a webpage and instantly felt overwhelmed? Avoid giant walls of text above the fold on your web pages. A simple, clean, and minimalistic design will allow a prospect to easily see that the content pertains to their particular need. This style of landing page also leaves the prospect hungry for more information which will prompt them to begin scrolling down the page (towards your CTA). #2) Announce Your Offer/Value Proposition Right Away When a prospect lands on your page, they should be able to decipher your proposed offering within seconds. It should be extremely clear and exciting. Long lead-ins typically don't perform well on real estate landing pages. Additionally, ensure your main title and headers contain the keywords that relate to your landing page topic. #3) Utilize Endorsements and Trust Signals Every great landing page includes some sort of endorsement where a previous client explains the value that you brought them. This gives the prospect a glimpse into your abilities and also begins to create trust between the prospect and your brand. Real estate agents can also use "trust signals". These are images or logos that increase your credibility. Have you been nominated for the Top 40 Under 40 in your city? Perhaps you are accredited by the Better Business Bureau. Utilize the brand imaging from these recognitions to further build trust. #4) Match the Advertising Style When you are creating your landing page, use your advertisements as inspiration. The styles of your landing pages and your marketing materials should be very similar. Use the same type of language and phrases. You will also want to make sure that the color schemes are the same. Remember, a landing page is an extension of the ad that they first clicked on. #5) A/B Testing Your first landing page design may not be the most effective. The only way to find out is through some basic A/B testing. Create two or three landing pages and funnel similar traffic to all of them. After a set amount of time, perhaps a two week period, you can analyze the metrics and see which page converted at the highest rate. #7) Create a Sense of Urgency The best landing pages create a sense of urgency. Your ad copy should slowly build in momentum and push towards your end goal or CTA. Perhaps you are running a free course for first-time homebuyers in your city. Your landing page should touch upon the fact that there are limited spaces available and that the date is fast approaching. TIP: Countdown clocks can instantly convey a sense of urgency on any style of landing page. #8) Provide Alternative CTAs Always provide prospects with multiple opportunities to interact with you. Maybe the user isn't ready to contact you for home buying services today but they found your information very useful. This is where a secondary CTA can capture any of the leads that were not convinced by your main CTA. One of the most common and successful secondary CTAs is an email capture. If you have a monthly email or you have authored an ebook, provide an email sign-up at the very bottom of the page. Remember, if someone took the time to read through all of your copy and scroll to the bottom, they are very close to converting, you just have to give them the right outlet. Conclusion These 8 elements have the ability to increase your conversion rates 10x if implemented properly. Constructing the perfect landing page is not a simple task but it will be well worth your time. 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It's like selling a car. You have choices. You can FSBO it or you can take it to a dealer. It's common knowledge that you'll get more for the car if you sell it yourself, though. It's also a hassle to DIY a car sale. Those who want to avoid having to clean and repair the car, be available for showings and test drives, haggling over price and dealing with all the paperwork choose the dealer option. Basically, that is what iBuyers are – the dealerships of the real estate world. Just dump your current home and turn your attention to the new one. That's a bit simplistic, but you get the general idea. As with trading in a car, the big disadvantage to selling a home to an iBuyer is that the seller loses money on the deal. For many, that equity represents years, maybe decades of paying a mortgage payment faithfully, even in tough times. To trade that money for "convenience" just doesn't make sense. Which is likely why iBuyers aren't catching on with real estate consumers. Sure, home sellers are contacting them in droves. Out of those contacts, only about 1 percent of all requests end up in successful Zillow Offer. If you're feeling a bit intimidated by these "algorithm-powered home flippers," as Curbed.com's Jeff Andrews refers to them, get the facts. Arm yourselves with knowledge of how they really work, not what they promise in their marketing. "Zillow Offers buys and re-sells homes at full, fair market value" That is but one of the lofty and (so far) untrue marketing messages on Zillow.com. Yes, the homeowner won't need to make renovations or repairs or clean the home. That, however, doesn't mean that those tasks won't need to be done before resale. And, the cost of that will be deducted from the original offer. Depending on the home's condition, and the iBuyer's markup of costs, it could (and has) run thousands of dollars. "They offered around $298,000, with about $20,000 in repairs and fees, so I would have only walked away with about $276,000," one would-be Zillow Offers client reports to Jaclyn Allen of TheDenverChannel.com. Then, they'll deduct their fee, which is "around 7 percent," according to Zillow's website. But that's just Zillow. Others operating in the iBuying space may charge up to 10 percent. Are iBuyers the enemy or the inspiration? Hassan Riggs at Forbes.com claims that iBuyers are the inspiration, not the enemy. "Rather than trying to beat them at their own game," he suggests that "agents must instead focus their efforts internally, on evolving their approach, strengthening their relationships and leveraging technology to better serve today's changing buyers." It's not so much the buyers buying the iBuyer homes that seems to intimidate some agents we've spoken with, but the sellers who sell to iBuyers. Other listing agents aren't feeling at all threatened. After all, the iBuying process appeals to a very narrow segment of the seller pool. I have a friend who was tasked with selling her deceased mother's home. Her parents had lived in the home for more than 50 years and, sadly, Dad was a bit of a hoarder. When my friend flew home to clean out the house she was appalled. Even worse were the results of a home inspection. The home was basically a tear-down. It was also about three seconds away from foreclosure. After working with the bank to give her more time to sell the home, she hired an agent to sell it as-is, at a rock bottom price. It did sell, in less than a week, to another local agent who was buying it and planned to completely gut it for her daughter. That friend would be the ideal iBuyer client. She didn't want to clean the home, had no intention of staging it or making even one repair. She just wanted it sold, as soon as possible. So, relax. Not many homeowners are willing to part with huge hunks of equity in exchange for a chunk of time, regardless of what these iBuyers think. If you feel you must compete As a listing agent, you should be working overtime populating your website, newsletters and other real estate marketing vehicles with the truth about the iBuying process. Because, right now, all potential homeowners know is the hype they read on the iBuyer websites. Be honest but unflinching in your reviews. Give the pros as well as the cons. Create a static page on your site about common mistakes home sellers make when agreeing to sell to an iBuyer. Here are a few ideas to get you started: Not knowing their home's fair market value. Not being clear on who will pay for the mandated repairs/renovations. Taking the first offer. Counsel your iBuying clients to get offers from more than one company. Then, compare all aspects of each offer. Signing a contract they don't fully understand. Not understanding that the iBuyer will add a fee, and it will be higher than an agent's commission. Failing to take the time to add up all the expenses and the fees charged by the iBuyer to determine how much they will net at closing. It's time to change your approach Presenting your services in a more positive light will go a long way in combatting the lure of convenience and the "hassle-free" process that iBuyers promote. Sure, selling a home is somewhat of a hassle. Remind potential listing clients that with the right agent, it can be a smooth process and bring in top dollar, quickly, for the home. In researching iBuyers for this piece, the one thing that stands out overall is the positive sales spiel they present. They contrast, succinctly, what they offer with what you offer: "convenience, certainty and a hassle-free process," according to Zillow. Offerpad invites home sellers to "Skip the usual stress of home-selling," and Knock promises "a painless process," without "the hassle of repairs, listing, showings, and months of uncertainty." Notice how easy, breezy it sounds, especially when compared to what confronts a home seller on many agents' websites. "Selling your house can be one of the most stressful events of your life," one agent says. Reminding sellers of the nightmare that lies ahead, he warns them that they're "facing the daunting task of moving in the (hopefully near) future, and you're worried about the finances of selling your home." Then, there's the very well-known East coast agent who wrote an entire blog post about the challenges sellers face. "When selling a home, there are many different challenges that can arise throughout the transaction and even before you've listed your home for sale," he cautions. He then adds that some of these include "handling unrealistic home buyers [isn't that the agent's job?] and handling the emotions of selling a home." After reading the iBuyer sites and several agent sites, I think I'd seriously consider selling to an iBuyer. Either that or age in place. Fear is a common sales tactic, but it won't fly if you're competing against the unicorn and rainbows marketing of iBuyers. Vow to change your tune when writing content for your website, newsletters and social media posts. Become more positive about the process. After all, if you're truly offering amazing customer service, working with you to sell a home isn't quite as daunting as those other agents make it out to be.
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Every single real estate agent should be obsessed with finding new ways to funnel traffic to their site. More traffic means more potential leads, which in the long term, means more clients. The question is, "What is the best way for a real estate professional to drive traffic to their website?" The Top Methods for Driving Real Estate Traffic If you are striving to become one of the top agents in your area, you need to funnel a large amount of the search engine traffic to your brand. Some of the typical ways agents accomplish this are: Real estate blogging Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram, etc) Video Marketing (Vimeo or YouTube) Paid Advertising (i.e., Google Adwords and Facebook Ads) Email marketing These are all extremely effective ways to increase the amount of traffic you are receiving. So what else can you do? The Forgotten Platform that Homebuyers Are Using We know from our lessons in SEO that the forgotten areas of content are often the places where it is easiest to quickly stand out. There is a social media tool that most real estate agents have forgotten. Bypassing this platform is a big mistake if you are looking for new website traffic sources. The forgotten social media tool we are referring to is… Pinterest. When most people think of Pinterest, they conjure mental images of DIY crafts and delicious cupcake recipes. Pinterest is a great place for finding new craft ideas, but it can also be a powerful tool for real estate agents. Why Real Estate Agents Should Consider Pinterest If your go-to social media platform is Twitter, you may be surprised to learn that a "pin" is 100 times more spreadable than a tweet. What about Facebook? A pin has a half-life or is active 1,600X longer than your average Facebook post. What does this mean for you as an agent? A well-crafted piece of content on Pinterest may be highly visible online for a week whereas a Facebook post has about 90 minutes to gain traction. Pinterest Statistic for Agents to Consider Pinterest has about 175 million active users that use the social media platform at least once a month. 81% of all Pinterest users are females, with the median age of 40. We know what you are thinking, "But how much do they make?" Thirty percent of Pinterest users earn over $50,000 per year, while 10% of users have a household income of $125,000 or greater. That sounds like a large group of social media users who could easily qualify for a mortgage to us. First Things First: Sign Up for a Business Account If you are not active on Pinterest right now, simply signing up for a business account and regularly submitting content on the platform should give your traffic a massive bump. However, if you already have a personal account that you wish to use for your real estate business, be sure to switch to a business account. This will give you access to Pinterest analytics so you can see which pins are the most popular and who is viewing those pieces of content. Make Your Real Estate Pictures Pinterest Perfect There is an art to creating pictures and other forms of media for Pinterest. First of all, your image has to be the correct size. Pinterest is all about vertical imagery due to the fact that over 80% of Pinterest users browse their feed on their smartphone. Aim for an aspect ratio of 4:5 or 2:3. Example of Pinterest Image What does this mean in terms of height and width? Let's say you took a picture of a "dream home" to share with your followers. If the width of this picture is 500, the length should be 750 to achieve the 2:3 ratio. As a general rule of thumb on Pinterest, longer is better. Why? When a user is scrolling through their feed, a longer image will be on the screen longer, increasing the chances that they notice it. Pinterest Picture Tips for Agents If you are new to the platform, here are a couple of tips to keep in mind: Use the highest quality images you can find. If possible, work with a professional photographer or invest in a full-frame DSLR camera. Utilize text on your images. This attracts the user and helps them instantly understand what your pin is about. Not comfortable with Photoshop? Find a designer in your hometown! Don't show your face. Images without visible human faces tend to receive about 20% more repins. Make the background exciting. A pin of an object floating on a plain white background will receive less attention than the same object on an aged wood table. Regardless of your political opinions, red is better than blue. On average, images that utilize red tones get twice as many repins than those that use blue on Pinterest. Use Pinterest as a Funnel for Prospects As a real estate agent on Pinterest, you have two main objectives. First, you want to attract the attention of Pinterest users who are interested in buying or selling their homes. Your second objective is to take this attention and funnel it back to your website. There are many ways to achieve this, but the most common method is linking to your site in your pin descriptions. If you have created a valuable piece of content such as an infographic, offer further related content if a user decides to visit your site. For example, your infographic might be about the top five mistakes first time homebuyers make when selecting a home. At the bottom of your infographic, link to a blog post where you explain 10 further mistakes that a new homebuyer should avoid. Attention Is the Currency of Real Estate Pinterest is a valuable tool, but it is just as complex as the other social media platforms. Don't get discouraged if you don't have success immediately. 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Do you have a good "/" or a bad "/"? The slash (/) has many different names, like stroke, slant and right-leaning stroke, to name a few. Many of us define it as a substitute for the words "and," "or." For example, "his/her" is an appropriate use of the slash to mean "or." Looking on LinkedIn, I see slashes used a lot, like "Residential/Commercial" or "REALTOR®/Associate Broker," which I think is very good for explaining that you are working in the same field, just in a slightly different position. One of the most famous slashes in all of sports was Kordell Stewart with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a Quarterback/Wide Receiver/Running Back and became known simply as "Slash". For Kordell, having all those slashes enabled him to have a 11-year career in the NFL. First, let's discuss good slashes. Many of us have divisions in our career—I looked at my LinkedIn account and would need five slashes to list everything I am currently doing. All five of my areas are closely related and work well together and actually strengthen the different areas I list. A speaker needs research on a subject, which can lead to writing and can lead to training. Listing the same task done with different organizations can offer credibility—but again, like Kordell Stewart, it's all in the same basic vertical of expertise. Now let's look at bad slashes. When looking for a professional to provide you a product or service, you need to see if they have a slash. Would you go to a doctor/Uber driver? Lawyer/lawn care? Funeral director/exotic dancer? As you can see, the slash can help you or hurt you and cause people to doubt your commitment to the primary product or service you are offering. During the housing crunch of 2008, I saw many REALTORS® adding a slash to help them through rough times. I sure hope they have since removed the slash. I see new agents concerned about leaving a current position to take on a new challenge in real estate adding the slash. The public sees the slashes, and I am sure they consider the slash when selecting a person to help them with their needs. So, I ask again: do you have a good / or a bad /? Dick Betts is a national speaker, trainer and consultant. Learn more at www.DickBetts.com
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How would you like to net your listing clients an extra couple thousand dollars? According to recent research by Redfin, holding your listings open just might do the trick. Sure, there's a hitch: the open house premium only occurs in "certain metros," and it varies by region. For instance, in San Francisco, a home held open the first week it's on the market will sell a week quicker and for nearly 8 percent more "than homes with no open house," according to Dana Olsen at Redfin.com. Olsen also says that the listing agents' marketing may have as much to do with the premium as the open house. If sitting in your clients' home for a few hours, showing it to potential buyers, can net thousands more for your client (and a couple extra hundred for you), it's time well-spent. A successful open house requires planning, strategic scheduling and heavy marketing. Read on to learn more. Manage your expectations NAR statistics show that only 9 percent of homes are sold to an open house visitor. It would be amazing if one of your visitors were among the 9 percent, but don't count on it and don't be disappointed if it doesn't happen. That same NAR study found that almost half of all agents surveyed claim that open houses are "a waste of time." Be prepared for negative comments about the process from other agents. Whether this is your listing or a colleague's, your goal is to expose the home to potential buyers and, hopefully, pick up a buyer client or two in the process. Check the schedule Historically, the open house has been held on a weekend, typically on Sunday. This is when most homebuyers are out house hunting, so that schedule made sense. It doesn't make sense, however, for some listings. A home with a killer city view might show better in the early evening, around dusk. A downtown condo open house will most likely bring more traffic held on a work day, during lunch hour. Allow yourself enough time before the event to do some research. Check the MLS for other homes for sale in the area and tour them. Take notes as you do so because you may find yourself recommending one of these homes as a better fit for one of your open house visitors. The more informed you appear, the better. Then, if you aren't familiar with nearby amenities, bone up on them. Where's the closest park, school, grocery store? What's the commute time from the home to downtown? Once you choose a day and time for the open house, check that no popular local attractions will compete for attention. Market like a maniac To get feet in the door requires heavy marketing. Consider creating a dedicated page on your website or a single-property landing page for the listing. Share the page to your social media followers. During the open house, have the page open on your laptop and be sure to point it out. It's an impressive piece of marketing for any visitors who may be considering selling. Take a screenshot to use in your newsletters and emails and consider sending open house postcards to the neighbors. What to bring with you Ask your favorite loan officer to accompany you to the open house. He or she can hand out business cards in exchange for helping keep an eye on the door while you're giving tours. You'll need a sign-in sheet. If you have an iPad, download a sign-in sheet app, such as Open Home Pro or AM Open House. Of course, you can always go the old-school way with a clipboard and pen. Find open house sign-in sheet templates at FitSmallBusiness.com, EasyAgentPro.com or Google "open house sign-in sheet." Create lots of handouts. These can include: Branded promotional items A property flyer Neighborhood information (including which schools serve the neighborhood) List of repairs and updates the homeowners have performed Your bio Package these together and insist that each visitor take one. Remember, each item should be branded and include a phone number and, if space permits, your website URL.  Get to the listing early enough to get your directional signs and balloons set out, to set up a display of your packets, and to find or create a spot by the door for the sign-in process. Need more tips? We found some brilliant real estate open house scripts on Keller Williams' blog and digital marketing tips at DotLoop.com.
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Friday Freebie: Property Flyer to Download and Print
In honor of back to school season, we're giving you homework this weekend. But don't worry--we promise it'll be fun and that you'll walk away with an upgraded real estate marketing toolkit. Ready? Let's get started! Expand your marketing mix with a free property flyer from ProspectsPLUS! Today's assignment has one purpose: to expand your real estate marketing horizons by upgrading or adding a new lead generation piece to your repertoire. That piece? A property flyer of your choice. We've teamed up with ProspectsPLUS! to offer RE Technology readers a free property flyer (with promo code FREEFLYER) that you can customize, download and print right from your computer. Your homework is to choose a flyer that either upgrades a property flyer that you're currently using, or is a type of flyer that you've never used before. There are multiple designs to choose from, and various flyer types like: Single property flyers Multiple property flyers Multiple property 'Just Listed' flyers 'Just Listed' lead generation letter to neighbors 'Just Sold' lead generation letter to neighbors Once you choose a flyer, you can customize it on the ProspectsPLUS! digital platform. Next, you'll download the flyer as a PDF and either print it at your office or take it to a local print shop. (Homework cheat: Before you get started, read our last Friday Freebie to learn how to get a $25 gift certificate just for creating a free ProspectsPLUS! account.) Use your flyer to create A+ marketing campaigns that target buyers, build your brand awareness, and attract seller leads. Download your free property flyer now! Use promo code FREEFLYER at checkout.
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How Kyle Whissel became the #1 Team in San Diego
Kyle Whissel, with The Whissel Realty Group, is doing something right. Actually, he's doing a lot of things right. His business, The Whissel Realty Group, has been ranked the #1 team in San Diego and #76 team in the country! So what is the secret sauce behind this success? Step 1: invest in real estate technology that functions as a partner in your success. For Kyle Whissel, BoomTown is the only choice. "We initially got BoomTown in 2012. That first year that we implemented BoomTown, we went from 82 to 242 transactions... so that was a huge quantum leap for us!" A System that's Scalable The most successful businesses are built from a model that is (A) repeatable and (B) scalable. When Kyle's team began to see more and more listings, they knew that they had to take advantage of those listings to generate leads. But without a technology system in place that could support the level of transactions they were hoping to reach, they were leaving money on the table. "We needed to leverage those listings to get more leads. And then when we had more leads, we needed more people. The system we were on previously was not built to scale that up… so we went to BoomTown." With BoomTown, Whissel Realty Group was able to: Manage a large database of leads Generate a healthy pipeline of new leads Manage follow-up and long-term lead nurture Hold agents accountable and track performance "When you take a business that's on the right track, but when you actually implement systems in place that help you manage all of that, that's what takes you to the next level." The Best of the Best in Technology Think about your favorite car. Or the toothpaste brand you use. Those names (Mercedes, Ford, Crest, Colgate), they evoke a sense of familiarity and trust because they've been around for decades. BoomTown has been powering real estate professionals for over 10 years. With its beginnings in the Great Recession in 2008, BoomTown's technology and people have proven that they can adapt, grow, and continue to drive success for real estate teams. (And we're not slowing down!) For Kyle, it's all about working with a leader in technology. He doesn't have time for a platform that is playing "catch up" and working out the kinks. He trusts the company that powers 40% of the REAL Trends top 250 teams. "You can't catch up to what BoomTown has done in 10+ years. They are innovating at a really fast pace at BoomTown and you don't want to get left in the dust with something that's behind the times, because it's probably never going to catch up." Let's Talk Dollars and Sense Kyle Whissel is great at selling real estate. And he's even better at running a business. He knows that if you want to run a business that is scalable, efficient, and built for long-term success, you need to invest in the right infrastructure and processes. Sometimes that means not cutting corners and using the best possible technology available. "The saying holds true… you get what you pay for. You can get produce from a 99¢ store, but do you?" He compares it to when his team works with a FSBO. They let the seller know that the reason they should work with the Whissel Realty Group is that they're going to put the most money possible in your pocket. It takes more of an investment up front, but at the end of the day what matters is the "money in the pocket" AKA the ROI. Choosing the Right CRM So what should you consider when investing in a real estate technology partner? Your CRM should do the following: Hold Agents Accountable: For brokers, the accountability tools in a CRM can be invaluable. Track agent performance by making sure they're staying on top of lead follow-up and prospecting. Capture More Opportunities: With an organized database of leads (tags and segments), it is easier to keep track of where your leads are in the pipeline. Agents are alerted when follow-ups are needed, so no lead gets left behind. Generate More Leads: With a team of expert digital marketers, your brand is highlighted in the best quality advertisements on Google and Facebook, generating high-quality leads. Reduce Busy Work: One of the most important benefits of a CRM is that it can automate busy work, like emailing and texting new prospects. This frees up time for agents to expand their sphere, spend more quality time with clients, or even just take a vacation. Be Smarter with Prospecting: At BoomTown, we like to encourage "Smart Prospecting." This means organizing your lead database into workable lists. You're not just blindly scrolling through a Rolodex of numbers; you're working with targeted leads and you know what they want. Sync with Other Tools: There is no "one size fits all" tool in real estate. The best CRM will offer different packages that can better fit your needs, but even then, there are other tools outside of the CRM that you'll likely still want to use. This is why it's important to have a CRM that integrates with other technology. BoomTown seamlessly integrates with companies like dotloop (transaction management software). Improve Agent Experience: At the end of the day, real estate is all about providing an excellent customer experience. A good CRM will assist agents in providing this experience, but will go even further and improve the agent experience as well. A CRM should be intuitive, easy and enjoyable to use. And the provider should include excellent training as well as customer support. To view the original article, visit the BoomTown blog.
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