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22 Ideas for Showing Clients Your Appreciation
A thoughtful gift or act of service goes a long way. It not only inspires goodwill, but it puts you top of mind with your sphere. And gifts often beget gifts--whether that be in the form of recommendations, referrals, repeat business, or beyond. But what's an impactful way to show clients your appreciation? (Hint: It's not branded merch!) Jimmy Burgess, CEO of BHHS Beach Properties of Florida, shares 22 unique client appreciation ideas in the video above. Try a few to help establish and maintain warm relationships with your clients and community.
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How to Work with Millennial and Gen-Z Clients
Those in the Millennial generation and younger now make up more than half of the U.S. population and account for more than 38% of today's homebuyers--by far the largest proportion among all generations. That percentage will only keep growing as Millennials and Gen-Zers age and continue to enter the real estate market. So often, this is portrayed as a worrisome prospect since these individuals are more digitally minded and tech-savvy than any other generation. Business owners are told to adapt or get left behind. There is truth to this, but for real estate agents, it's not the gloom-and-doom scenario that it's made out to be. That's because agents have been incorporating online search and communication methods into the way they work with clients for years now. Consider this: More than 90% of Millennial buyers are using the internet to search for their dream home. While that's the highest share among all age groups, others also frequently use third-party search sites at high rates to search for homes. We've witnessed agents adapting as these statistics continue to rise. Every year, more agents across the country are using the Homesnap app to collaborate with clients on their home search. The upward trend we've seen at Homesnap, especially as it relates to mobile, reflects broader home-buying trends. Nearly 80% of Millennials who used their smartphone to look at properties ended up finding their future home on their mobile device, according to the 2020 NAR Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends report. This generation's clear preference for on-demand, on-the-go access is not something to feel anxiety over. There is no ambiguity in how they want to conduct their search—only an opportunity for agents to meet them where they are and work together in an efficient way. If you aren't already using Homesnap with your clients, you should be. It's the most user-friendly app, both for tech-savvy young people and older generations that aren't as digitally inclined. It's always ad-free, too, as we never sell space on listing pages to competing agents. Here are the top three ways you can use the Homesnap app to guide your clients on their home-buying journey. 1. Agent-Client Connection To use Homesnap with your clients, first make sure you are connected in the app. This protects your relationship by giving them a search experience that is branded to you. That means that as clients look at properties, the only agent they will see and be able to contact in Homesnap is you. This connected relationship also gives you clear insight into their home search. As their primary agent, you will be able to see the properties they view and favorite, as well as receive News Feed alerts when the status of a favorited property changes. To connect with your clients in the Homesnap app, simply tap the Invite icon in the Me tab or share your profile link via email or text. When they register or accept your invitation (if they already had an account), we will automatically create a connected relationship. You can view your client list to see who has accepted and resend an invitation if needed. 2. Searching for Properties We are a partner to your local MLS. As such, you can count on Homesnap to show accurate, real-time housing data. We continually sync our system with the MLS to ensure we capture new and updated listing information. When you start working with your client in Homesnap, be sure to show them these powerful search capabilities: Search by Commute: This handy tool allows you to input multiple addresses so you can find a home that is within a particular drive time of all locations that are important to you. For example, your clients can limit their search to only homes that are within 20 minutes of work, daycare, the gym, a particular school and grandma's house. Custom Area Search: Searching at the zip code, neighborhood or city level doesn't always capture all the locations a client is considering moving to. For added flexibility, you can draw a custom search area on the map and only see homes located within those borders. School Attendance Zones: Clients who have children often want to ensure their kids can attend a particular school. With Homesnap's Schools layer, you can search for homes located in a specified school's attendance zone. Saved Search: When you (or your clients) get to searching, you'll likely be adding filters on top of Search by Commute details within a custom-drawn area. You don't need to redo your specifications every time you power up Homesnap. When all your criteria are in place, just tap Save Search. You can name it (e.g., The Johnson's first choice) and enable push notifications and/or emails to alert you whenever there is new market activity within your search parameters. 3. In-app Communication Since you're already collaborating with your clients in Homesnap, it makes sense to centralize your communication in the app as well. That way, your clients aren't searching their emails and texts trying to find that one property you sent four days ago. It'll all be easily accessible within Homesnap. When you share a property with your client via in-app messages, that conversation is noted on the property listing page under the heading "Related Conversations." Agents and clients alike find this helpful when they've been viewing numerous properties and need help remembering whether they've already shared a particular home. A Final Thought Today's buyers expect their home search to include digital components. Make sure you're encouraging your clients to connect with you in Homesnap and use the app to make their home-buying journey a smooth one. The experience will make your clients feel like part of the process, instead of like onlookers, during the search for their dream home. To view the original article, visit the Homesnap blog.
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5 Do's of Superior Customer Service as an Agent
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How to Fire a Real Estate Client Gracefully
Doug Rogers brings us a great post about how to fire a real estate client gracefully. No agent likes to let go of business, but sometimes circumstances just don't play out right and you have to cut someone loose. So how do you initiate an amicable split? Here's Doug: The excitement of working with a new client begins to fade as the showings mount up. Perhaps they write low-ball offers or refuse to keep the listing show-ready. Whatever the case may be, at some you have to pull the plug. Questions to Ask Yourself Before Firing a Client 1. Will this relationship end in a check? Much like the world's oldest profession, real estate is all about the bucks. Ever worked with a client you KNEW would never buy or sell? Yep, me too. 2. Are the clients being realistic based on the market? Would your buyer's offer have been laughed at even during the Great Recession? Good luck getting that junk offer laced with concessions to be taken seriously in a seller's market. 3. Who is REALLY calling the shots? The name on the title indicates the owner, not necessarily the decision maker. Parents selling their home in Memphis may have know-it-all kids in Kansas telling them what to do. 4. Are they missing or chronically late for appointments? I respect my client's time, so a client who can't respect my time will not remain a client for long. 5. Do they take your advice? If not, that's a big red flag. You're the expert, and your expertise is what they're paying you for! 6. Are you dealing with a correctable issue? If so, talk to your client and be specific about what needs to change. Pay very close attention to how this conversation goes—you'll have to use your judgment to decide the fate of the relationship. If You Decide to Fire the Client, End the Business Relationship Gracefully 1. Make the choice to terminate a business relationship. Don't waffle. If you need to move on, decide to do it and stick to your guns. 2. Write down specific reasons why you are ending the relationship. Not only will it help you if your client has further questions, you can also refer back to this list in moments of weakness. 3. Formally end the relationship. The best way to manage this is to have a face-to-face meeting in your office. If there are safety concerns, the phone is your next best option. Whatever you do, don't have this discussion in the driveway at the end of a home tour (I have done this) or while the seller is cooking dinner for her kids (yep, been there too). Let's be honest—firing a client means you are missing an opportunity for a paycheck, right? Not necessarily. Difficult clients can be draining of your time, gas money and energy. Imagine all the LOST business opportunities this client may have cost you! Be sure to treat the soon-to-be fired client with respect and dignity. But most importantly, move on. Real estate is a numbers game! To view the original article, visit the Zurple blog.
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A Guide to Making a Great First Impression with Your Real Estate Prospects
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How to Stay Connected With Your Growing Clientele
Real estate agents who only focus on generating new customers risk losing the long game. If you want to stay connected with your growing clientele, continuous relationship building is key. This means staying top of mind, expanding your network, and generating repeat and referral business. Your current clients are the ones who can bring you referrals and ultimately more business. Staying connected with your clients is not only vital to your personal brand and business, but to increasing your bottom line over the long-term. Here's how to stay top of mind with your real estate clients: Get to know your clients – beyond their name, number and email Having a list of client names, emails, and phone numbers isn't valuable if you don't have the information you need to build lasting relationships. Developing a rich contact profile for each of your clients is important. This includes details like their contact history, market interests, birthday, and move-in anniversary. Remembering details beyond the basics can go a long way in building lasting connections. It's also these very details that you can use to develop and send relevant, valuable content to your clients. Organize your contact database and make it work for you Using a Customer Relationship Management system (CRM) to collect and organize your client information will help you stay on top of your clients' needs and capture new referrals in one easy-to-manage system. Automated CRMs will send you reminders to check in with your contacts. They will also help organize your contacts by their interests and location. Strategically timed follow-ups are the key to hitting the right balance in communication frequency. Connect with your real estate clientele by sending consistent, meaningful messages As you know, real estate is a relationship business and long-term business success is linked to whether or not you are helping your clients solve a problem. It's important to develop helpful and meaningful content that you can consistently share with your leads and current client base. Here are a few ideas: Send an automated monthly newsletter Monthly e-news is a great way to consistently stay in touch with your clients throughout the year. One touch point every month isn't overwhelming for your clients, but it's also timely enough to avoid being forgotten. Investing in a powerful real estate email marketing platform will give you access to high impact email marketing features that build professional and engaging email campaigns. Use a drip campaign By using drip campaigns, you can automatically send targeted market insights to your clients at the right time. To keep your clients interested, don't make the mistake of spamming them with useless information. Send them data, tips and community snapshots that they can use and take action on. Get social Creating a blog and using social media platforms is one of the best ways to stay top of mind. Be consistently present in clients' social media feeds by posting regularly to remind them of you. This also makes it so easy for them to share content from your blog, drip campaigns, and e-news with their networks. Be the expert your clients know and trust If you are seen as a trusted expert, contacts and clients are more than willing to reach out to you. The best content marketing is about a topic connecting the reader to the real estate industry. This includes topics such as home renovations or new neighborhood amenities. As a real estate agent, you are already familiar with the fact that it's more about the experience than the house. The same applies to content marketing. Your goal is to become a broader resource than an agent. This way, you are simultaneously strengthening your personal brand and positioning yourself as the expert. Remember: Gathering and organizing your client information is the first step You can't be top of mind, send relevant content to your clients, and stay in touch consistently if you don't have your client data organized in a single system. Whether it's through referrals, a website call-to-action, or new, updated information for an existing client, always capture client data and contact information in your CRM. To view the original article, visit the IXACT Contact blog.
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How Your Website Can Be a Resource
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5 Ways You Can Help a Non-digital Client Go Digital
When you have a client that struggles with technology, you might be inclined to print out all the transaction-related paperwork, providing them with only physical copies. But you might want to consider a different strategy to help make their life -- and yours -- a lot less taxing. And in the process, you will save a lot of trees. It's likely that even if you work primarily with younger home buyers and sellers, you will find that not all your clients are digital natives or tech-savvy. For these clients, technology can feel intimidating or make someone feel like they are failing if they can't get it to work. How can you help a non-digital client go digital? First, a caveat: this strategy may work for many of your non-digital clients, but not all. Some clients will be best served by providing paper copies of everything. However, you should find that most of your clients who resist using technology will be won over when they discover their WIFM: what's in it for them! 1. Like Facebook, show the value Vital to helping a client welcome a digital approach is to focus on the value of one technology tool. A great place to start is with a transaction management program such as Form Simplicity. Because Form Simplicity is both agent-centric and has client-facing components, it’s easy to show the value of a digital transaction right away versus a paper-intensive one. Facebook is an excellent example of technology that non-technology-centric people once resisted. Two things changed that. First, like Form Simplicity, Facebook became easier and easier to use over time. Second, people who were resisting discovered the value of using Facebook. They watch their friends use Facebook to see what is happening with family and friends all over the country. The value that Facebook delivers helps those who are intimidated by technology overcome their hesitations and try it out. Once a non-tech-savvy person figured Facebook out, they were often hooked. Facebook’s success with non-digital natives is striking, with more than one in five US users at least 55 years old. For agents, using a digital transaction management program like Form Simplicity for your transaction overcomes the ease-of-use obstacle and delivers value: everything is online, available all the time. In addition, digital documentation provides real value as paperwork is never lost or misplaced because when you go digital, every document your client needs can be found in one place.Clients can access and efficiently fill out forms online, saving them time. They don’t have to wait for a form to be dropped off – and with eSign, they can sign from anywhere. When the forms are emailed back to the agent, they are automatically tied to their transaction – stored in one place for their agent to access. Clients can also review forms and files that they are given access to and share comments, which their agent sees in real-time. Form Simplicity allows the agent to share eSigned files multiple ways. Anyone who was a part of transaction can receive a copy of the file when it is completed. Files also can be directly emailed from a transaction to other parties. 2. Start with easy When you are working with a client who is apprehensive about technology, slow and steady is the best approach to take in helping them become more comfortable with the idea that technology can offer some great benefits. Start with something easy, like showing them samples of what they will get because you are using Form Simplicity to keep track of everything for them. Show them what an email update looks like and see if they know how to open – and review – a PDF document. Or assign a task for them, such as sending back a Pre-Approval Form. In Form Simplicity, agents can assign any task to an external contact. The contact will get an email notification about a pending task assigned to them and a reminder when the task is due. When you demonstrate something that will provide an immediate benefit or value, you can start to win them over on the usefulness of a digitally supported process for their transaction. 3. Be their tech concierge If you are like the majority of active agents in the US, you have Tech Helpline available to support you when you have a tech glitch or need to figure out what's going wrong; you gain comfort in knowing that Tech Helpline has your back. You can provide the same comfort to your non-digital clients: provide tech support by offering to be their tech concierge. By becoming their tech concierge, you can walk them through everything. Give them a hands-on demo from your client’s point of view. Show them how Form Simplicity works to keep them updated and give them access to everything they need. Help them see the value and compare and contrast the digital solution you are showing with the alternative: a stack of papers and a loss of more trees. 4. Personalize everything One of the pain points that non-digital clients often have is how cold technology can feel. So do the opposite by making sure all of your communications – every email, text, and notification – is highly personalized. Keep the human touch aspect embedded in your digital communications. You want to make these clients recognize that technology doesn't need to feel impersonal – and can be made to be very personal and engaging. 5. Incentivize use and recognize success Treat your customer to one of their favorite beverages from your local coffee house at your brokerage conference room or bring it to their kitchen table. A small incentive can go a long way to turning apprehension into interest, as well as set the tone of a safe, helpful place. Be encouraging too. Cheer on your client every time they show progress. Small wins are meaningful when you don't see yourself as having any technical skills. Echo that sentiment. Most successful agents already spend a lot of time and effort to make clients feel appreciated. Helping them embrace technology like Form Simplicity by showing them how it will benefit them will make your clients appreciate you – and what you do for them – even more. Enjoyed this content? Check out these other articles: The 1 Thing You Must Do After Every Transaction 5 Problems That Form Simplicity Helps Brokers Resolve Tricia Stamper is Director of Technology at Florida Realtors®, which owns and operates Tech Helpline and Form Simplicity.
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3 Ways to Give Back as a Realtor
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Dealing with Pushy Real Estate Clients Who Refuse to Negotiate
Eric Kodner, Managing Broker at Wayzata Lakes Realty in Wisconsin and Minnesota, talks about how to deal with stubborn clientele who are unwilling to compromise. Here's Eric: We live in the era of the tough guy (or gal). We've all probably encountered this more than once in the course of real estate negotiations. Whether it's a seller who is absolutely unwilling to compromise or a buyer who is completely unrealistic and inflexible, the end result is the same. I counsel my clients that success in any real estate transaction begins with setting achievable goals and having realistic expectations. That requires parties to a transaction who are willing to negotiate. Unfortunately, some folks just don't understand what negotiating is. Here are some examples of what might be considered the "tough guy behavior" in real estate: Listing a home "as-is" —  The seller draws a line in the sand before the first property showing, essentially saying "whatever you find wrong with the house, don't ask me to fix anything or spend a cent. It's your problem. End of subject." Refusing to negotiate on price — The buyer who instructs their agent to tell the seller, "This is my one and only offer. Don't bother to counter it." In this instance, it's the buyer who is drawing a line in the sand. The offer (or counteroffer) with a 24-hour deadline for response — The party writing this kind of offer is saying, "Don't take too much time to think about it; just give me what I want." This type of a short-term deadline sends the message that the person making the offier is insecure and afraid. The tough guy is a deal-killer and, to some extent, a bully. Tough guy behavior resembles the way dogs bark and growl or bare their fangs when they are afraid. He (or she) wants to win something and they figure the best and easiest way to win is to start a conversation by flatly refusing to negotiate. Their plan is to implement simple scare tactic in the hopes that will produce a positive result. And who does the tough guy deliver this tough message to? Their listing agent (or buyer's agent) is the one who is the tough guy's proxy, the one who is expected to actually deliver the warning. The tough guy expects their agent to bark, growl and bare their fangs to anyone who dares to propose an offer or a counteroffer. It's a "my way or the highway" mentality. So what should a real estate agent tell their client who turns out to be a tough guy? Counsel the tough guy or gal to show some degree of willingness to compromise. Let them know that in the end, the problem with being an all-or-nothing negotiator is that you greatly increase the risk that you'll wind up with nothing. You may fail to get this message across, but if you succeed, you'll be doing your client a favor. All you can do is give it your best effort to guide your clients and provide proper expectations to set them up for success! To learn more about Eric Kodner, visit his website: www.wayzatalakesrealty.com To view the original article, visit the Zurple blog.
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Is Your Business People-centric?
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The 2021 Real Estate Give-Back Guide
BoomTown recently wrapped up the second annual BoomTown Give Back Awards, a very special initiative designed to celebrate the real estate professionals that are paying it forward and creating positive change in their communities. Three deserving recipients are awarded with The Walk-the-Talk Award, The Creative Changemaker Award, and The Helping Hand Award, and $1,000 each to help them continue to make an impact. With so many incredible nominations, we're able to learn about dozens of organizations and initiatives that are near and dear to our real estate community. If you are feeling motivated to pay it forward this year and make giving back an integral part of your business, you can leverage this Give-Back Guide to get started! GiveBack Homes Giveback Homes is a community of real estate professionals who are committed to creating social change by helping build homes for deserving families around the globe. We work together to organize fundraising events, mobilize teams of volunteer homebuilders, and we inspire others to take action for social good. Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home. We believe affordable housing plays a critical role in strong and stable communities. The Realtors Relief Foundation The REALTORS® Relief Foundation (RRF) is a charitable organization dedicated to providing housing-related assistance to victims of disasters. Created as a REALTOR®-driven response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, RRF continues to restore and rebuild communities effected by disasters such as wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes thanks to the generosity of individual REALTORS®, REALTOR® associations, and affiliated organizations. Together, through the RRF, our community has helped over 17,000 families remain in their homes. Salvation Army's "Real Estate Wednesdays" It began in the Spring of 2013 as many great things do, unexpectedly over a quiet lunch between friends. Super volunteer and member of the Salvation Army's National Advisory Board, Marlene Klotz-Collins, was welcoming Joseph and JoAnn Callaway to the organization's Phoenix Advisory Board. JoAnn told Marlene how dedicated she and Joseph were to the red kettles at Christmas. Marlene explained to JoAnn that Wednesdays were a challenge when getting volunteers. "The Army actually has to hire paid workers to ring bells at many of the kettle locations," Marlene said. JoAnn immediately volunteered herself and Joseph, and by dessert she had volunteered the whole home ownership industry. After months of planning, more than 1,000 real estate agents, title company officers, lenders, and affiliates came together to ring the bells at more than 180 kettle locations throughout Maricopa County. Real Estate Wednesdays was born. Realty Gift Fund Realty Gift Fund is a group of nonprofit and real estate professionals who recognize the unique problem of real estate donations, and who established Realty Gift Fund to make a meaningful impact on charitable giving through gifts of real estate. Opportunity Starts at Home Opportunity Starts at Home is a long-term, multi-sector campaign to meet the rental housing needs of the nation's low-income people. Housing affordability is central to other national priorities, like health care, food security, education and more. Yet the gap between rents and incomes is growing, and this is compounded by unprecedented threats to federal housing assistance. Proven solutions to ending homelessness and housing instability exist – what's missing is the political will to provide resources that will put these solutions into practice in communities across the nation. Homes for Heroes Homes for Heroes provides heroes with more savings than any other national program. When heroes buy or sell a home using Homes for Heroes, they also help other heroes in need because Homes for Heroes, Inc. donates a portion of its earnings to the Homes for Heroes Foundation. This Circle of Giving strengthens American communities by putting more money into the hands of our American heroes, and benefits American community programs, organizations and businesses. To view the original article, visit the BoomTown blog.
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8 Things Sellers Should Expect from You as Their Listing Agent
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How to Understand Your Clients' Emotional Needs to Serve Them Better
Every decision starts with an emotion, then gets a helping hand from logic. And while there's plenty to look forward to when buying or selling a home, the entire process can be one of the most stressful anyone will face in their life. When stress runs high, emotions tend to as well. Ambiguity – about things like financing, the logistics of the move, and whether it will be worth it in the end – triggers heightened states of tension. There's no way to know in advance how everything will play out, so these feelings can't be resolved completely. But the emotional component of real estate isn't just about distress. The full spectrum of emotions plays into decision-making. Let's look at it from the buyer perspective: There can be a great deal of excitement about the potential to become a homeowner There can be apprehension and emotional conflict about whether one is "really ready" They may be getting supportive or not-so-supportive feedback within their social circle And now, from the seller perspective: Depending on their relationship with their existing property, they may need to mourn They may be moving under positive (new job) or negative (death in the family) circumstances They might feel a strong attraction toward some future options, but not know what to pick All these possibilities and more swirl around every transaction. It's up to each real estate agent to get a fix on the emotional tone of the transaction their clients hope to have within the first few conversations, if not the very first one. The better you understand your clients' emotions, the better you can serve their needs. Should a Real Estate Agent Be a Therapist? In many customer care roles, representatives feel like they must "be a therapist" to those they're working with. Please do not, in your role as a real estate professional, try to be a therapist. If early conversations leave you feeling that there are intense emotions or highly charged circumstances you are unprepared to deal with, you can choose to pass or refer that client elsewhere. You aren't obligated to take on any client, no matter their story. Outside of those situations, what are real estate agents called on to do? What are some of the best ways to help your clients work through the myriad of emotions they'll inevitably feel when buying or selling a home? The answer is simple: Be empathetic, but stay grounded. Clients don't need someone to ride out all the highs and lows of their emotions with them. Instead, they need a trusted guide – someone who understands what they're going through but will focus on keeping them steady throughout their journey. That's where you come in, and this mindset gives you a much more focused set of goals with which to work! Providing the Right Level of Emotional Support to Real Estate Clients What "emotional support" looks like varies based on the stage of your transaction. While not all clients need lots of support, all should have the chance to use that support should they require it. Your initial investment of time in putting the right resources in place might be formidable. Still, the work is worth it. Once those assets are in place and optimized, you: Spend only modest time fine-tuning processes and will rarely rebuild them from scratch Deliver a consistent, high-quality customer experience to everyone who works with you This begins with the basic "DNA" of your business. Then, individual client interactions deepen it. Start with Clarity in Your Real Estate Website The vast majority of your future clients will find you on the internet. They often visit your site at a time when they haven't made a commitment to buy or sell. It's likely they do not know any real estate agents or brokers personally. At this stage, there is a lot they don't know, and they're not sure who can help. Ambiguity is the name of the game here, and that's true for both buyers and sellers. Reducing ambiguity is a valuable emotional service that guides leads to contact you. Since your website reflects your authentic voice, it has the potential to do much of the work. Here's how: Provide Helpful and Informative Content Aimed at Your Ideal Clients - Buyers and sellers have common questions and issues they struggle with. It may seem you're writing the millionth article on specific topics, but infuse them all with local knowledge and insight into your customers, and you'll create helpful resources that make life easier for them. Make It Simple to Contact You and to Schedule an Appointment - Understanding others' communication preferences is a vital part of being emotionally present. Not all clients want Facetime to pop up and start a call when they click "Contact us." It's wise to be available in several forms, including phone, email, text, and social media. Introduce Yourself, What You Do, and Who You Do It For - It's not always easy for people outside the industry to differentiate one real estate agent from the other. A dry list of credentials won't do it. One of the fastest, most powerful ways to make a human connection is to record a video that introduces you and answers questions in a relatable way. Once a lead becomes a customer, leverage that early trust with further support: Practice Active Listening - At its core, "active listening" means listening closely to what others say rather than waiting for your turn to speak. Clients will often give you all you need to know about their motivations, perceived limitations, and hot-button emotional issues. Prompt them with open-ended questions, then really hear them. Set Expectations for Each Stage of the Process - Each step in a transaction asks something different of your client. They'll need to align themselves with those requirements emotionally. Get used to explaining each fork in the road in a clear, calm way—as well as "why" things are done that way. Many people need this piece to feel confident. Provide a Logical Basis for Decision-Making - Emotions can drive clients to act in hasty, sometimes self-defeating ways. Bring data into decision-making whenever possible so clients have a factual basis for their choices. This is especially crucial in helping sellers set their asking price. A thorough comparative analysis is indispensable! Check in on Clients' Feelings at Key Junctures - It's rarely inappropriate to ask, "How are you feeling about this?" when talking to a client. That's extra true when unexpected news (good or bad!) has just presented itself. Sometimes, negative emotions can be nipped in the bud by "giving permission" for clients to be open and forthright. At its heart, real estate is about relationships. Relationships can't exist without emotions, and rapport is created when the other person feels heard and understood. By watching for opportunities to respect and validate clients' feelings, you can help them manage their buying or selling odyssey without feeling like they are trapped in a pressure cooker. That brings you both peace of mind. Serve your clients better with technology. RE Technology readers can try DeltaNET 6 free for 30 days. To view the original article, visit the Delta Media Group blog.
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How to Accentuate the Positive in Your Real Estate Career
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Keeping the Human Element in the Emerging Age of the iBuyer
Despite some disruption during the early days of COVID-19 shutdowns, the iBuyer model represents a growing segment of the real estate market. In Q2 2021, iBuyers represented a one percent market share, with 15,000 homes sold for $5.3 billion, according to a recent report by Zillow. Like many other technological breakthroughs, the advent of the iBuyer model brought with it fears of industry disruption and a retreat from the human-centered service model that real estate agents strive to deliver. However, the reality is somewhat more complicated. While iBuyer services offer additional convenience to both buyers and sellers, these are generally outweighed by the benefits of a more personal, human approach. In many ways, the unique value proposition (UVP) offered by an iBuyer service is not new. Most promise a quick turnaround of 24-48 hours for an initial offer, removing much of the uncertainty and ambiguity associated with a traditional market sale. In addition, iBuyers generally buy without the need for extensive repair lists, home staging, and long waits for offers from interested buyers. This is a similar service to that provided by many traditional real estate investors, and the seller appeal and overall business model is similar for both. This suggests that iBuyers may not be taking a bite out of the traditional market for most listing agents. They're simply using their data-gathering capabilities to target those homeowners who would have likely sold to and through an investor. Here's how to make the potential of iBuyers work for you: 1. Know and define the service you offer While iBuyers offer some advantages, they are nothing compared to the advantages of working with a well-qualified, knowledgeable real estate agent. These include: Marketing expertise and a professional network that puts you in touch with scores of buyer agents in your area Professional insight and an awareness of home value potential based on real-world experience in transactions and in your local market Expertise in negotiations and in-depth buyer insight along with a fiduciary duty to provide the best possible service to your clients Experience in dozens or hundreds of transactions, so that you can guide clients through every step of the process Ability and willingness to follow up after the sale with home valuations and community information as needed to optimize the potential of the property. 2. Clearly communicate your value proposition It's not enough for you to know the value you bring to the real estate transaction. You must clearly communicate your UVP so that sellers in your market understand what you offer — and how it translates into a higher sale price for them. Whether you send out emails to your SOI, send mailers to your geographic farm, write a blog, host a podcast, or make videos about your local market, getting the word out is an important part of raising your profile in the communities you serve. In addition, by staying in touch with your past clients, you can nurture an important source of referrals and recommendations. Let them know that you are always there for their family and friends and let positive word of mouth help you grow your business. 3. Help clients crunch the numbers for themselves One of the reasons that iBuying isn't for everyone is the reduced sale price they generally offer. This price is normally well below that which could be captured on the open market. Don't be afraid to let your clients entertain an offer from an iBuyer, then show them the comparable values of properties in the area. They will probably find that a traditional sale makes far more financial sense and offers a much greater return on their home investment. 4. Know when working with an iBuyer makes sense By contrast, there are times when an iBuyer just makes sense for your sellers. Perhaps they need to relocate quickly for a new job. Maybe they need to settle an estate or finalize a divorce settlement. Perhaps they have significant equity in the home and are more interested in a quick transaction than in maximizing their profit. Listen to your sellers, and if an iBuyer makes sense in their specific situation, help them explore it as an option, comparing offers from several services if possible. While you probably won't earn your accustomed commission, you'll generally earn a fee provided by the iBuyer. In addition, you'll make a big and lasting impression on your clients by putting their needs before your own. 5. Leverage the power of iBuyers in your market Compare the iBuyers that are active in your market and find ways to connect with them, and use that to your advantage. You may be able to become a partner agent or you may find ways to receive referrals from homeowners who didn't get an offer from the iBuying service. Remember that every movement in the market offers an opportunity. Find the opportunity iBuyers are offering and figure out how to put it to work for you. To view the original article, visit the Transactly blog.
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Have a Plan for Your Pets Most homeowners have a plan for how they'll move themselves and their families out of disaster zone, but not everyone plans ahead for their pets. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says it's imperative that pet owners follow evacuation orders and bring their pets with them in a disaster situation. The best way to protect four-legged friends is to build an emergency pet plan. Your Local Security has a detailed pet emergency resource page full of sample pet-specific disaster preparedness plans, guidelines for caring for a pet throughout a disaster, and pet supply kit lists.  2. Backup Electronic Data From tablets to TVs to smartphones, Americans have dozens of electronic items that could be destroyed if exposed to the elements during a natural disaster. Though you can encourage your clients to store electronic items off the ground and plug them in to surge protectors, there's little guarantee that sensitive gadgets will be able to weather a storm securely. Fortunately, most electronics are replaceable. What can't be as easily replaced is the data they contain. The general rule is to make three copies of data, store it in at least two different formats, and make sure one copy is stored somewhere safe. How-To Geek has a handy guide for handling data in natural disasters, which you can pass on to any clients who work with a lot of digital information. 3. Take or Safely Store Irreplaceable Goods One-of-a-kind items valued for family significance will be impossible to replace if destroyed in a natural disaster, as will antique collectibles. Fortunately, experts at the Smithsonian have an entire Cultural Rescue Initiative, a global effort to protect and preserve cultural artifacts in disaster-ridden areas. The Smithsonian also shares tips on how to prepare these valuable heirlooms for an emergency. Make sure your clients are apprised of the resources available for heirloom care before and after a disaster. The National Heritage Responders are a team of conservators that offer 24/7 advice and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has various tip sheets for salvaging flood- and fire-damaged family keepsakes. 4. Take Inventory of Specialty Items and Valuables Custom woodworking tools, a studio stocked with photography equipment, or a library of antique books — these types of prized possessions are often incredibly valuable and expensive. They can also be the most difficult to secure in the event of a natural disaster. While your clients may not be able to guarantee the safety of their specialty goods during a severe weather event, they can take steps to ensure easier replacement after the event is over. 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But this year, more than ever, it's crucial to make it easy for your prospects, and meet them where they are. Provide an intuitive search experience so prospects can navigate your website and search capabilities with ease. Beef up the information and helpful resources on your website to make it more convenient to find answers (and position yourself as a source of knowledge!). Make sure you have a solid app experience, so consumers can "look when they want to look." Offer virtual tools to aid their search: Virtual tours of properties on your website Virtual open house events to showcase new listings The ability to request a virtual showing of a property of interest Provide education, answers, and the strategic guidance they need Everyone is looking for answers. Homebuyers and sellers are definitely looking for answers. Don't make them think. 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Agents long for the day when they can again meet face-to-face with clients regularly and feel comfortable about it. And agents know that until then, they still need to rely on the digital tools that have helped them through one of the most challenging chapters in our history. By now, we all know that staying connected to your clients may be more important now than ever. And we know that understanding the importance and the value of the digital tools you are using can help you use them better to strengthen your relationships with your sphere of influence. Here are four ways you can digitally "hand-hold" clients and the benefits of doing so: 1. Arrange video calls Now that you've become a Zoom or Facetime expert, it's likely you may still have resistance to being on camera. It's important to remember that even on a screen, seeing a client is far more engaging than a telephone conversation, especially when you consider that the vast majority of person-to-person communications is nonverbal. It's also a lot easier to arrange a quick Zoom or Facetime call with a client than an in-person meeting. And in some ways, a video requires even more focus than an in-person meeting, as video calls create pressure to maintain visual eye contact the entire time. Best of all, you can see the impact you are having when you are working to solve a client's problem. While a video call is not quite the same as being with the client in person, it's closer than you may realize. 2. Use video instead of text messages Another great tool to connect is with video messaging, which can also provide an enormous value in building trust with a client. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth more than a million words. Research tells us that viewers retain 95 percent of a message when they watch a video versus only 10 percent when they read a text. A short selfie video update sent to a client is not only a more memorable communication, but it also has a better ability to connect with a client emotionally than a phone call, email, or text. It's the personalization of your short video message that is so powerful. 3. Live video home tours You may have given live video tours for clients who you worked with remotely long before the pandemic. Now live video tours are more popular than ever. One survey showed that more than 60 percent of home buyers made an offer on a home sight unseen in 2020. That's nearly double the amount reported the prior year. Taking a client through a house live on your phone using Facetime or Google Duo is far more effective than a standard video or 3D tour they can view online. It allows you to engage with your clients, answer specific questions, and your clients can get your perspective on the home and have a dialogue with you to resolve issues and answer questions in real-time. 4. Use transaction management software Tools like Form Simplicity can go a long way in providing your clients digital transparency. One important feature to leverage your transaction management system is to share key documents with clients. By doing this, you not only keep the transaction process moving faster, you are giving clients more immediate results and that means peace of mind. Using a transaction management system is a great way to "hand-hold" every client digitally as they know you can stay on top of their transaction 24/7. One final reminder: if your state or local association, brokerage, or MLS offers Tech Helpline as a member service benefit, be sure to take advantage of this free help for troubleshooting any of your video challenges. Tech Helpline analysts are ready to help. Tricia Stamper is Director of Technology at Florida Realtors®, which owns and operates Tech Helpline and Form Simplicity.
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Most real estate agents know that staged homes sell faster and for more money. Some, however, go beyond merely suggesting staging to their listing clients. Rather than lay the burden of staging on their clients, these agents bring in a staging team, at no expense to the homeowner. What seller services do you offer? Does that list on your real estate website include the usual? "Complimentary home value analysis!" "Open Houses and Broker Tours" "Your home will be entered into the MLS" "Your home will be featured on our website" "Place a distinctive [name of brokerage] for-sale sign on the property" "Active promotion to my expansive network" "I will bring the buyers to you" (for more information on how to do this by becoming a Market Maker, watch this video) These are actual "Seller Services" offered by agents on their websites. If you are tired of not getting the listing and want to truly offer value, thereby standing apart from the crowd, it's time to change things up. Read on for some tips. Complimentary Pre-Sale Home Inspection As you know, when a problem is unearthed by the inspector, the entire transaction is at risk. Why not be proactive and head off as many challenges as possible before putting the home on the market? Offer your listing clients a free, pre-market home inspection. Yes, some agents balk at the idea, claiming that the inspection now becomes a disclosure item. And that's true. The flipside to this is that the items on the pre-sale inspection list will most likely show up on the buyer's inspection report as well. A pre-market inspection allows the homeowner to make the repairs that the lender or buyer will most likely demand. If for some reason your client can't or won't make repairs, you'll have the time to determine upfront how to deal with repair requests and to have that heart-to-heart about lowering the asking price. Professional Photography I don't need to tell you that there are far too many agents out there who are still snapping listing photos on their smartphones. Since the first showing of a home typically happens online, it's needs to be ultra-compelling. We know many successful agents who have left the old ways behind and offer the services of a professional photographer to snap the marketing photos. Yet, that service isn't listed on any of the websites we researched for this blog post. Virtual Tours Over the past few months, the popularity of 3D tours has outpaced other types of virtual tours, including video. In fact, a recent study by the NAR claims that "Consumers Strongly Prefer Listings With 3D Tours." Here are a few other things you should know about virtual tours: "About 55% of survey respondents say they'd even consider buying a property sight unseen if there was a 3D tour available in the online listing." (NAR) Agents who use 3D tours in their marketing of listings sell them 20% quicker and for 9% more than agents who don't use them. (Matterport survey) Almost 80% of real estate consumers say they would switch to a real estate agent who offers 3D tours of homes for sale (Matterport survey) Consumers are demanding more than a video of a home's interior. They want the ability to virtually tour homes without someone else deciding what they can and cannot view. If other agents in your market offer this service and you don't, the chances are pretty good that you won't get the listing. Do yourself a favor and earmark some marketing dollars for at least one, true, seller service in 2021. To view the original article, visit the ProspectsPLUS! blog.
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3 Rules for Smoother Transactions and More Referrals
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9 Do's and Don'ts of Excellent Customer Service as an Agent
On any given day, a real estate agent has a thousand tasks on the go. Between your listing presentations, open houses, contract drafts and phone calls, it can be easy to lose focus on the kind of service you're offering your clients. Are you providing the best possible service to your real estate clients? Follow these nine customer service do's and don'ts for real estate agents and you'll be swimming in client referrals in no time!
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Who is Your Ideal Real Estate Customer and How Does Your Website Serve Them?
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5 Ways Using RPR Will Impress Your Clients
At RPR, we believe educated, empowered and successful REALTORS are essential for a thriving and sustainable real estate industry. Our aim is to provide technology solutions that help you, as a REALTOR, make profitable, well-informed decisions for you and your clients. Here are five ways that using RPR can impress prospects and clients.
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3 Strategies to Cut Through the Noise and Build a Lasting Business
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What Do Real Estate Clients Actually Want?
Buying or selling a home is a major emotional event. Clients put their faith on the line with a real estate agent to deliver and exceed their expectations--while remaining a rock throughout this roller coaster ride. While every client and situation is different, there are many similarities that stand out to help you navigate for a positive end-to-end experience. Here are five things that real estate clients want from you:
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The System for Real Estate Buyer Service and Referral Success
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Finding Rental Furniture for Staging
When selling a home, you want to catch people's attention. You want to stand out so every potential buyer remembers your listing. You want them to envision themselves living in your home for years to come. Creating these experiences for potential buyers makes a home sell faster and many times for a higher price. The most effective way to create these experiences is to use furniture rentals for staging your listing. If the sellers have moved out of the home before it has sold and taken all of their furniture with them, it is highly recommended to invest in furniture rentals.
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5 Tips for Building Trust with Clients
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How Personal Is Your Brand?
What was the name of your last Uber driver? What kind of car were they driving? What rating did you give them? After jogging your memory a bit, your answers are probably some version of: "No idea.""Ummm…probably a Prius?""Five stars." In 2019 and in the world of perpetual rating scales for nearly everything we consume, it's critical to take a step back and understand the meaning (or lack thereof) of such an arbitrary system.
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Managing the Meltdown: Successfully Navigating Your Clients through a Stress-Free Home Buying Process
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5 Types of Real Estate Clients You Need to Understand
In the "Age of the Customer," any business looking to survive puts their client at the center of their operation. Today, it's the consumer, not businesses, who are driving business decisions, which means that it's vital for real estate agents to understand their clients on a deeper level in order to make the sale. Don't assume you know what your real estate clients want
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Helping Consumers Make Better Real Estate Decisions, Confidently
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How MoveEasy Saves You Money When You Move
No one moves more than Americans. Across 16 major European countries, Gallup says the average European moves about four times in their lives. The average American? We move nearly four times as frequently — almost 12 times in our lifetimes. Moving is as American as hot dogs, baseball and apple pie. But unlike baseball, hot dogs and apple pie, for nearly everyone, moving isn't something we enjoy. For many people, moving causes stress — a lot of stress. One study in the UK, where people move just five times in their lifetimes, surveyed 2,000 adults who moved in the past three years. They found almost two in three people (61 percent) placed moving as No. 1 on their stress list! That's not surprising when you consider how much money and time moving costs. Think about this: if you move 10, 11 or 12 times in your lifetime, how much total time have you invested in moving? How much did all those moves, if you totaled them up, cost you? Making the right move As a real estate agent, if you could hook your clients up with a free, tech-powered concierge moving service that could save every client both money and a lot of time, would you be interested? That is the essence of MoveEasy: moving made simple by combining people plus tech. We provide a "white label" service that real estate brokerages can offer clients for free. It's both a moving and post-move concierge platform that combines a human concierge service with technology to make it easier to move and saves clients money. Because it's fully integrated with the brokerage's technology, MoveEasy streamlines the last mile of the transaction — the move. Agents can rest easier knowing their hard work to deliver exceptional customer service to their clients will continue until their clients are all moved in. Our human concierge not only provides excellent hands-on customer service but also helps clients select the right services at the right price. A new way to save Saving money when moving makes a big difference to the people making a move, and it's what MoveEasy offers every real estate client. When a home buyer or seller moves, there are a lot of changes, some beyond the client's control. The mover is often switching utility companies, phone and or cell providers, television and internet service providers, insurance companies and more. For example, digital services — internet as well as cable or satellite — are one of the most "switched" services when someone moves. And it makes sense. The average annual bill for television services jumped from $700 in 2000 to a whopping $1,200 in 2017, according to a study by Kagan, S&P Global Market Intelligence. Exploring all the digital service choices today can mean big savings over time. Because MoveEasy works with all providers, we can leverage our technology to compare the best local deals available instantly. Then our human concierge guides the mover personally through all of the details — covering what's in that fine print, so people are not caught by surprise. We use the same tactics with moving companies, as well as other local home services. Using MoveEasy provides not only a review of the competitive offerings by movers but also guides the person moving to ask the right questions. Because MoveEasy uniquely includes a human concierge to assist each real estate client personally, we can help match the services and special discounts that are available in the location where the client is moving. And because we manage a large volume of transactions, we can offer exceptional deals. In real dollars, the total savings across all services that MoveEasy offers quickly adds up to more than $500 for each agent's client. Saving more than money MoveEasy saves real estate clients a lot more than money. The amount of time someone saves using MoveEasy is stunning. Think for a minute how much time it takes your clients to complete all of their address-change notifications, reach out to their current utility companies to turn off the power and gas, cancel trash pickup, turn off the water, and stop their internet and cable or satellite services. Then they have to spend time researching which companies to contact for their new utilities, trash, water, followed by making calls to schedule appointments to set them all up for their new place. Your clients also have to spend a tremendous amount of time researching the best new packages for their internet and TV in their new home. All of this makes moving one colossal time suck. But with MoveEasy, a client can make just one call or click to begin a process that allows a human concierge to take over. MoveEasy handles many of the most time-consuming and mundane tasks to save an agent's client an enormous amount of time in the moving process. The best part for real estate agents is the fact that our human concierge service is designed to make the moving process go as smoothly as possible saving every buyer and seller time and money — so that an agent comes out looking like a hero for recommending MoveEasy to their clients. Venkatesh "Ven" Ganapathy is Founder & CEO of MoveEasy, moving made simple by people+tech at moveeasy.com. Also read Ven's column "Fixing the Last Mile in the Real Estate Transaction."    
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Anatomy of a Successful Real Estate Agent
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[Best of 2018] Fire Your Client: The 4 Types of Real Estate Clients You Should Cut Ties With
We're continuing an annual tradition of counting down our top 10 articles of the year. The following article was originally published in June and is #9 in our countdown. See #10 here. One of the most-discussed concerns of agents across the industry is finding and converting leads. This makes the idea of actually firing a client once you have one seem completely inconsistent. But sometimes firing a client is not only the best option, it is absolutely necessary. The following are four types of clients you need to cut ties with, and tips on how to break the partnership off in the most professional and graceful manner.
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Why Creating Value for Clients Is Important and How to Effectively Do It
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5 Tips for Smooth Client Management and Communication
As a real estate agent, you know that clients want your help buying or selling a home. But just as important, they want to know you're invested in them, too. When your clients like talking with you and trust your work, they're much more likely to refer you to their friends or call you the next time they're buying or selling. That's why smooth communication is key. Make sure you're doing these five things to maintain that consistent, positive communication with clients throughout the process:
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Helping Your Clients Cope with Rising Interest Rates
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Buyers vs. Sellers: What They Need and How to Adjust
In case you aren't already aware, agents are the real deal superheroes of the real estate market. Not only do your clients look to you for advice, guidance, and as someone to save the day when they get lost in the process, but they also expect you to seamlessly guide them into the next phase in their life (no pressure). In return, you look to your clients for clarity when it comes to what they are looking to gain from your relationship and what they are expecting from you specifically as their chosen agent. Clearly, real estate is one giant tango.
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Artificial What? 4 Tips for Appealing to the Traditional Consumer
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What First-Time Home Buyers Want to Know
As a first-time home buyer, where do you even begin? Saving enough cash to cover a down payment is a big enough hurdle to get over, but that's just the beginning. The entire process can be intimidating and overwhelming. Mortgages, offers and negotiations, inspections, homeowners insurance, property taxes, the list goes on. That's where you, the agent, come in.
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Realtors Make Moving More Affordable
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Want to Sell More Homes? Walk a Mile in Your Seller's Shoes
Time and time again, we see agents frustrated with the results they are getting from their marketing efforts. They studied the turnover, looked at the average sale price of homes, and found an area where there isn't a dominant real estate agent doing all the sales. Yet, they still aren't getting listings. Did they pick a bad area to focus their marketing efforts? No. Of course they didn't. They are just not touching homeowners with information that is relevant to them, and consistent with their current life circumstances.
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Fire Your Client: The 4 Types of Real Estate Clients You Should Cut Ties With
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What's Your Client Management IQ? 3 Questions to Ask
Realtors Who Get the "M" in CRM Get More Closings There's no "secret sauce" to customer relationship management (CRM), but there is a process that isn't followed by many real estate professionals, and it's costing them money. Often it's the simple things, those "I should have thought of that" moments, that take a Realtor from mediocre to top producer status. Ask yourself the three questions below to uncover where hidden weaknesses in your CRM process may lie.
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4 Tech Features Consumers Expect from Their Next Real Estate Agent
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Using Cloud Storage Apps for Real Estate Client Service
No matter how much you learn about "selling," we know that real estate is a client service business. If you want to succeed with solid referrals, exceptional real estate client service is how to do it. So how do you provide better real estate client service? While you help sellers to get their homes ready to sell and value them, and you help buyers find and purchase a home, your greatest involvement with clients is during the transaction process. It is also an excellent opportunity to build goodwill with your clients and create a referral resource in the future.
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4 Creative Ways to Stand Out in Real Estate
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5 Resources to Reconnect with Your Clients in 2018
The value of a gift isn't measured in how much it costs. It's measured in how much it gives to the recipient. Take some time this holiday season to reconnect with your old clients and leads by sending them something they can use! To help you do that, we've gone ahead and created some free eBooks, checklists, and other downloadable content for you to print, post, or send to your contacts! Just download your favorite resources, add your contact information, then save.
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Holiday 2017: Giving Gifts While Giving Back
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The Roadmap to Unparalleled Customer Service
When it comes to customer service, companies have an entire department dedicated to ensuring the success of their clients' experience. The wise ones understand that it should never be limited to a single department, but it should permeate throughout your entire company with every single interaction you have with your clients, prospects and anything on the digital sphere. As a real estate agent, positive client interactions are the backbone to longevity in an industry that gives little elbow space. People remember great customer service – but they're more prone to sharing negative ones. Don't be a cautionary tale.
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3 Ways to Help Your Client Meet Their New Neighbors
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Positioning Your Value Proposition Against Zillow Instant Offers
We've been talking a lot about Zillow Instant Offers. At some point, there will be buzz in your office about them and agents need to know how to clearly articulate their value. In our last post on this topic, we talked about what they potentially mean for agents and how important it is to continue to provide comfort and trust to their clients. But what does that mean in tangible terms? How does one properly position themselves then? Providing value, client satisfaction, and being the trusted advisor to all clients is easier said than done. To review, Instant Offers works like this: It connects homeowners with investors, helping them receive multiple offers based on their "home details and comparative sales." All the homeowner has to do is answer some questions, submit some photos, and pick an offer from a verified investor. They then schedule a free home inspection and close on the date they choose. Simple, painless, virtually no work done by the homeowner. There is an option to use a Realtor, but the fact that homeowners don't have to is the key. Here's how you can combat this and position your value proposition against it:
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4 Ways to Prioritize Follow-up Over Following Shiny Objects
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How to Start Marketing With Clients – Not At Them
Real estate marketing is not a one-sided conversation anymore. In fact, the consumer holds so much power nowadays that in this competitive business environment, they are a lot more educated than ever before. With so much information digitally accessible, they come equipped with an onslaught of data, resources and peer-to-peer knowledge that they bring to the table to support their buying decision. This provides a wealth of benefits for real estate agents looking to be better positioned in the market and differentiate themselves—because the client comes forward with real-time and actionable marketing insight and feedback that many agents and brands let slip by them.
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4 Ways to Build More 'Client for Life' Relationships
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Don't Be 'That' Agent! Remember Your Sphere
When it comes to being a Realtor, I am totally understanding of the fact that there are always many balls in the air, many hats you have to wear, all competing with the fact that there are only so many hours in the day. Based on this understanding, I understand why sometimes agents will drop certain things in favor of dealing with a more pressing, immediate issue. What I cannot forgive, though, and completely cannot comprehend letting slip is keeping up with your sphere of influence. Your sphere of influence is the lifeblood of your real estate practice. They not only are a support unit for you, giving you encouragement as you close listings, keeping you positive and moving forward, they are also an invaluable source of new business via referrals. For those of you that are behind in following up regularly with your sphere of influence, today I'll share four quick, easy tips to get you on the right track and growing your real estate practice.
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Why Your Neighbors Aren't Calling You to List Their Homes
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How to Balance CRM Data with Your Natural Gut Instincts
Humans have followed our gut instincts for as long as we have existed. Intuition is a key survival mechanism. According to Melody Wilding, a professor of human behavior, what we call our "gut" is really the collection of all our subconscious experiences. We may not be aware of all the insights that our gut holds, but that doesn't mean it is not a powerful ally that deserves to be listened to. One byproduct of the digital age is that our gut instincts seem to waste away from disuse. We rely on Google Maps to get us where we need to go, Tinder to tell us who to date, and Yelp to decide where to eat. Following our intuition has been replaced by data-driven suggestions. While data can help us make better decisions and be more efficient, it can be a mistake to rely on data alone. Whether you are considering what movie to watch or how to best approach a potential customer in business, balancing data with natural gut instincts will yield the best results.
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5 Steps to a Healthy Repeat and Referral Business
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How Healthy Is Your Sphere? 10 Tough Questions to Ask Yourself
In real estate, we talk a lot about the potential of your sphere. But we almost never talk about the individual contacts that comprise your sphere. Within the typical agent's sphere is a broad spectrum of close friends, random acquaintances and even online leads that perhaps only have the name and email address populated within a CRM. As automated "touch points" prevail over the more personal methods of truly keeping in touch, many agents are finding that their sphere isn't generating them much business any more. Could it be because we're treating all our contacts the same, when, in fact, they have very different potential to bring us business?
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5 Ways to Improve the Customer Experience
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What Do Real Estate Clients Actually Want?
Buying or selling a home is a major emotional event. Clients put their faith on the line with a real estate agent to deliver and exceed their expectations – while remaining a rock throughout this roller coaster ride. While every client and situation is different, there are many similarities that stand out to help you navigate for a positive end-to-end experience. Here are five things that real estate clients want from you.
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How to Generate Repeat Business in Real Estate
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Leads Are People, Too: 4 Ways to Persist without Turning People Off
Industry visionary Brian Boero of 1000 Watt Consulting recently wrote about how many top real estate companies are working their leads in highly aggressive ways — in short, he says, real estate agents are starting to “digitally waterboard” their leads with between 21 and 43 touches designed to convert at any cost. What agents aren’t considering, Boero says, is how these potential clients want to be treated after they come in as a lead. And while you can certainly work to repair a relationship that commenced with light stalking, wouldn’t it be better to start off on the right foot? Below are four tips for keeping it real and finding the human connection when you are working to engage and convert new leads. 1. Do some research before you reach out Yes, the five-minute response is important. You may consider automating an initial response to a lead saying that you’re busy at the moment but will be in touch soon. But in the time between that automated text (or email) and your initial call, be sure to spend a few minutes thinking about how to engage the lead on a personal level. If they’re a clear buyer lead, Google their name or look them up on Facebook. If they seem to be recently married or have an expanding family, work that into the call by asking if they had any major life changes recently or if they’re just looking for a new home. By giving them an opportunity to talk about their personal circumstances — and not just the deal you’re after — you’re stoking a real human connection that sets the right tone for them to work with you. If they’ve requested a CMA or price analysis on their current home, do some digging on the home’s exact location. In your call, discuss its proximity to a local park, pool, restaurant or emerging commercial district. Show them that you know about more than just their home’s value and local housing trends; you also know about all their community and what makes it special.
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How to Deal with Difficult Clients
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The Art of Planning Client Appreciation Events
One of the best ways to nurture your relationship with your database is to hold periodic customer appreciation events. It's a great way to have everyone come together and, at the same time, offer something different. There are two advantages to this approach for customer appreciation events: It gives you a chance to provide added value to your customers and mingle with them socially. You can suggest that they "bring a friend," which will then allow you to add them to your database and expand your numbers for future follow-up. Beyond just putting an event date in your calendar, your CRM makes it easy for you to plan and manage all the tasks that need to be done in order to pull off a successful customer appreciation event. Starting with creating and sending all event-related correspondence including invitation emails, direct mail, event reminders, and follow-up communications to your event – similar to how you would manage all of your listing and closing activity plans. Here are some ideas that have been successful for many of my coaching clients. Sleigh ride or hay-wagon ride Farm visit at Thanksgiving – pumpkin carving Movie showing Saturday morning for children at a theater Evening boat cruise Christmas festival in the local park Skating party Family picnic Potluck supper event
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The 5 Types of Real Estate Clients You Need to Understand
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Six Do's and Don'ts of Navigating the Busy Season
Spring is here, which means the busy season is upon us! So far, inventory is falling short of buyer demand and the median home price is on the rise—up $10,000 to $260,000 for the first time since May 2016. How do you prepare for this seasonal shift? In order make this season a successful one, you must dedicate time to effectively managing your relationships with current clients and nurturing leads to build new relationships. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to succeeding in maintaining and growing your pipeline, we've put together six do's and don'ts to guide you. Do respond to leads quickly Don't reach out to leads with nothing to offer Do block out time for lead generation and client nurturing Don't forget to keep track of your efforts Do ask about communication preferences Don't be too pushy with your communication Check out the infographic below for an overview of how these six tips can help you grow your business:
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How Tapping Into Your Community Builds Your Business
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3 Tips to Understand Your Clients Better
The biggest difference between a good agent and a truly great one is their ability to understand their clients' needs and fulfill them. Coach Tom Ferry reveals three keys to identifying your clients' values and building a plan to see that you meet those values. The second tip is a no-brainer!
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How to Deal with Buyers Who Love Property Portals
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The Power of Word of Mouth Marketing for Realtors
Word of mouth marketing is a powerful phenomenon in marketing. Since real estate agents are representing themselves and their firm, no matter where they are, and usually don't have the luxury of a high-powered marketing team behind them – it's important that they pay a lot of attention to detail and a provide a commitment to great customer service. Each happy customer can steer dozens of new ones your way and opens up a wider network for you to operate. What is Word-of-Mouth Marketing? Word-of-mouth is triggered when a customer experiences something far beyond what was expected. It's what consumers trust above all others and what will drive sales for your company. According to Nielsen, 92 percent of consumers believe recommendations from friends and family over all forms of advertising. Word of mouth marketing is a powerhouse movement that promotes your brand growth – it is essentially happy customers promoting your business. Develop phenomenal customer service "Slightly exceeding their expectations just won't do it. You've got to go above and beyond the call of duty if you want your customers to talk about you." People remember outstanding customer service. A good word of mouth marketing strategy, much like a great customer service experience, is credible, repeatable, measurable, and respectful. Remembering tidbits of information from the last conversation you had with a client, or something personal that they shared, goes a long way in strengthening a relationship.
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5 Ways You Can Use Video Chat to Boost the Services You Provide Your Clients
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The Keys to a Long-Term Real Estate Relationship
Regardless of the nature of the business, every type of client wants to be made a top priority. Especially in respect to real estate, they are well aware that you are likely juggling multiple clients, numerous showings, and prospects building on the horizon – but they want to feel like you're actively motivated to help them succeed and that you share in their vision. It's not uncommon for people to genuinely want to have a trusted, long-term partnership with a REALTOR® – as someone that is always looking out for their best interest. And considering that a referral is one of the best compliments that someone can give you, there are a few building blocks to grow positive long-term engagements with your clientele. Here are four essential ingredients into nurturing these relationships for the long haul. Be a useful resource A common misconception for many real estate agents is that once the transaction is done, the engagement is done. However, that's never the case for top performers who have built their reputation on trust and accountability – because they know how to become a valuable resource for their thriving clientele. Being a reliable source means to return calls and emails at lightning speed. Especially when relating to the digital sphere, setting up a baseline of responsiveness is important if you want to keep in contact in the future. They will be more receptive to engaging with your monthly newsletters, holiday cards, and interesting trends in the local neighborhoods that come in the way of blog news.
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When Your Real Estate Leads Become a Network of People
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The Real Estate Agent's Guide to 'Dating' Your Clients
Hey girl. That's a niiiiiiice house. Who's your Realtor? Hang on. No, this isn't a how-to on dating your client crush, so real estate courtiers: beware! Take your romantic interests elsewhere. But wait! Although you are not romantically dating your clients, the same investment of effort should be put into this professional, fiduciary relationship. Home buying and selling tends to be a personal transaction – someone is choosing where they want to return to at the end of a long day, pour themselves a glass of whiskey (or wine!), relax, and unwind. Agents should constantly remind themselves of this as they engage in this business partnership. How to treat your real estate client like the special someone they are: Dates While meeting with your client may just seem like another task on your schedule, on their side, it could be a potentially daunting activity. Having scheduled conferences exclusively in the office or over the phone may make your meetings as looked forward to as trips to the dentist (eeek!). Instead, every once in awhile take your client out for coffee or to a casual dinner and discuss business there. Offer to bring your office to them, and schedule around them, wherever they are, and they'll appreciate the effort. Not only will this lift any possible anxiety they might be feeling around your meetings, but it will also demonstrate to your client the length to which you are willing to actively invest in them and their needs.
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