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3 Ways to Get More Leads in 2021
If you haven't already done this, I'm betting you're pretty close. Just like people got addicted to, and subsequently stopped complaining about, how the pandemic was 'unprecedented' and working from home became 'the new normal,' I think we're ready to leave all of the '2020 complaining' behind us. 2021 is going to be a great year, and there's no time like the present to start taking advantage of the opportunities we'll find. Part of what is going to make this year so great is that we've got a fresh chance to take stock of the best ways for us to fill the real estate sales funnel. Listings are the lifeblood of real estate. And absolutely no one enjoys enduring feast and famine routines as they try and build sustainability into their business. To gain—and maintain—momentum month after month, we need to have in place some solid practices around listings and lead generation. Tips and Tricks Unless you've got homeowners or corporate real estate managers beating down your door every month, or leaving new business on your doorstep, give these tips and tricks a try. Cultivating listings takes effort, but there's also no reason to reinvent the wheel. 1. Top 50 Contacts Neighborhood networking and sphere of influence marketing is essential for every real estate agent. This is the easiest thing to do because you're simply reaching out to, and catching up with, people you already know. Quick conversations with your HVAC rep or your brother's cousin in the mortgage business are a fantastic way to keep your ear to the ground and stay top-of-mind for your contacts. Routinely (quarterly, every six months, or whatever makes the most sense for that person) offer to buy lunch, or grab coffee, or send a quick 'thinking of you' card. Those 50 people know 50 other people, and so on. Keep them close and happy and talking. 2. Social Outreach Include social media and real estate postcard campaigns. These are still a great way to get your name out there and to stay in touch with prospects, but it can take time to design and distribute. The advent of apps like Instagram and Snapchat provides you with a platform to instantly send a picture of a property, an open invitation to view your newest listings, or to show off your wonderful and hardworking team to the world. But don't just jump out there on your own if you're not skilled or confident. Make sure you've got the right approach, put some thought behind your postings, and remember that your brand is on full display once you hit 'Send' and especially when/if you comment on anything. 3. Help Distressed Homeowners It might not seem like it at first, but distressed homeowners could be a great way to find new listings. Homeowners behind on their commitments want to avoid declaring bankruptcy and foreclosure, if at all possible. One of the lingering effects of 2020 on homeownership is that there are bound to be folks who need the kind of help of a real estate professional to get out of their current home and into something they can more easily afford. That could be a true win/win situation and you could get started with a couple of simple online
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How Do Most Clients Find You? Why It's Vital to Stay Top-of-Mind
Referrals are invaluable in the world of real estate. It should come as no surprise to veteran agents that research conducted by the National Association of REALTORS states that the referrals from friends, neighbors, or relatives are the number one way buyers and sellers find their real estate agent. Should you take advantage of referrals? Absolutely. Should they be your only relied-upon source of leads? Absolutely not. Referrals aren't the only way sellers and buyers choose their real estate
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Get More Listings with the Right Seller Services
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!
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