If you had to guess the most effective digital media tool for acquiring new customers, what would you say? Facebook? Twitter? This digital marketing tool yields $44 back for every $1 you spend – a 4400% ROI. And it’s completely free.
Are negative online reviews a gift in disguise? Here’s how to navigate conversations with unhappy reviewers and boost your business’ online reputation.
Is your online reputation holding you back? These 5 steps will have you on your way to earning the stellar reviews that will get you noticed!
Are you ready to get the upper hand when it comes to your taxes? There are plenty of opportunities for legit write offs if you know where to look. Read more to see why this could be the most exciting and profitable read this week!
Think your online reputation management can wait? Although personal referrals still reign supreme, there’s no mistaking the up-trend in home buyers and sellers scouring online reviews to find a real estate agent. Part 1 of our 3-part series shows how you can make these word-of-mouth endorsements work to your advantage, creating a sense of trust with potential clients even before you meet.
High-dollar home sales make up one of the most sought-after niche markets for agents – and one of the most intimidating. The clientele and the properties in this category can radiate a sense of exclusivity that seems untouchable to new (or even seasoned) Realtors®, with those extra-padded commissions only existing in their dreams.
You just managed to get all your listings into escrow. Time to celebrate, right? Not so fast. It suddenly hits you that now you have no listings to show buyers, no more guaranteed commissions, and you basically have to start all over. Talk about a buzz kill.
What’s the most common word real estate agents hear on a day-to-day basis? That would probably be “no.” In fact, it’s not at all unusual to hear a long string of “no’s” before getting to a “yes.” If you’re in real estate, you’re basically in sales with your career constantly relying on new business for continued growth. Unfortunately, society has become so indifferent to, or even suspicious of, “sales speak” that it’s almost a reflex to say “no” when potential clients are approached by an agent.
As a Realtor®, it’s up to you to find your own clients, build your own business, and work for yourself. You know that your success depends heavily on the trusting relationship between you and your client.
Ah, the paradox of choice. We are obsessed with having options for everything, and are even more obsessed with making decisions. Complain though we may, being deemed the “decision-maker” feeds us with such a sense of importance that we tend to ignore the agony that comes along with making so many decisions.
It’s no surprise that sellers want to get top dollar for their beloved house. Can you blame them? They’ve likely put a large amount of money, time and love into the home, and they don’t want it to go unappreciated or undersold. But listing a home at a high starting price can be disastrous for the sale. Two recent U.S. News & World Report articles refer to the “list high, lower later” concept as both a ubiquitous real estate myth, and a sure-fire way to plummet a home’s selling price.
As many agents know, working in real estate often means being subject to the whims of events out of your control. This includes, but is not limited to, fickle buyers and sellers; a drastically-fluctuating housing economy; and natural disasters that may strike in your local market.
Home trends come and go, but one thing that is here to stay is home automation. Home automation refers to technology that automatically controls various parts of a home’s ecosystem including climate, lighting, and entertainment.
In our last article, we talked about the importance of home staging and how 77% of agents believe it made an impact on a buyers’ final decision. The statistics, as reported by the National Association of Realtors, demonstrate the need for an agent to seriously consider home staging.
A significant part of an agent’s pitch is selling the lifestyle that comes with a certain property. Even experienced buyers sometimes struggle with envisioning what their lives will actually look like in a property that seems to check all the right boxes. This is when the process becomes more about the “feelings” a property generates and less about the numbers.
A property listing is often the first encounter a potential buyer has with a property and can be the difference between a successful sale and a “pass!” Listings might seem tedious to write, but think of them as your sales pitch – this is a buyer’s gateway to working with you, so it’s important to make a great first impression for both you and the property.
As each generation comes of age, they also become prospective homebuyers. Although there is no shortage of challenges for younger generations, homeownership is still a goal that many aspire to – largely thanks to the abundance of media that showcases the joys and struggles of homeownership.
When you’re not marketing or working to improve your business, you’re likely out with clients conducting showings and facilitating deals.
What Realtor® isn’t constantly on the go? Few things have become more beneficial to Realtors® than a smart phone to help you work and prospect while you are out and about.
Once you delve into the world of blogging, it’s hard to ever leave! If you’ve been following our blogging series (part one and part two), you’ve likely begun your own blogging journey.
You’ve set up your blog, and you’re ready to go – but now the blank page stares back at you, and you have a meeting to go to and phone calls to make. How are you ever going to find time to write and promote content for your blog?
Being a successful Realtor® means demonstrating your value over and over again, and in order to do this, you need a platform where you can share your valuable knowledge. Increase your influence and entice prospective clients by starting a blog! You may be hesitant to spend time on something that doesn’t reap immediate rewards, but we’ll show you the true value of a routinely-updated blog.
In business and in life, time is money! Think of all the time you spend every day tackling tedious, menial tasks, such as emailing, scheduling, and organizing. It’s not that these tasks aren’t important – they certainly are! – but the time spent doing them takes away from time that could be spent on building relationships with clients and strategizing your long-term business plans.
What distinguishes a good Realtor® from a GREAT one? A successful, savvy agent makes continuing education a priority. The world of real estate is ever-changing, and agents need to constantly evolve with it. It’s not enough to just follow the market — Realtors® need to be on their game and constantly trying new approaches to earn and retain clients.
Expanding your network and developing meaningful long-term relationships with clients might seem like lofty goals, but what if we told you it’s not only possible, but it’s something you already do every day?
If you haven’t yet joined the 124 million Americans who have caught the podcast bug, now’s the time! (And if you have, congrats! You’re riding the rocket of one of today’s most popular and influential forms of edutainment.)
Marketing has come a long way! In the old days — and we’re talking medieval-era days — merchants would hire young people to shout their offerings to passers-by in the town square. This eventually gave way to a more “sophisticated” form of communication: communal bulletin boards.
Effective, innovative marketing is a must for all successful Realtors®, but choosing which strategies are most worth your time can be tricky. See how Instagram, a mobile-first, visual platform, can expand your network by thousands!
Social media is an undoubtedly valuable marketing tool for Realtors®, but be advised, not all platforms are equally effective or worth your time. Instead of rushing around creating profiles, writing daily marketing posts, or running ad campaigns on every...
Facebook is, without a doubt, the most popular social media platform in the world, making it a powerful platform for real estate marketing. But it’s not as simple as making a “Page” and hoping leads flock to it. Here are some tips on using Facebook’s features for greater exposure, bringing leads right to your door.
Did you know it takes just 5 to 10 seconds to form a first impression? Yep, it’s that fast. So, let’s say a potential lead lands on your website or social profile. You basically have 5 seconds to hook them! Don’t panic. We’ll show you how to use the power of video to capture them, hook, line, and sinker.
Do you want to catch the attention of new leads in your market? Are you willing to try something totally crazy that will get you TONS of new leads with minimal effort?
Try this: direct mail.
As unexciting as it might sound, dropping a personalized brochure, postcard, sales letter, or other marketing piece in the mailboxes of your clients and potential leads is an effective way to cut through the digital noise…
There are many words one can associate with Florida-based Realtor® team The Jills, including luxury, elegance, and sophistication. What do The Jills have that less-successful Realtors® don’t? Memorable branding.
Learn from the best! With top strategies from some of the most successful people in business and real estate, these 6 must-read books are sure to light a fire under your seat!
Vilfredo Pareto, a prolific Italian economist from the late 1800s, said that 20% of events cause 80% of the effects. This may sound complicated, but it’s a simple formula that applies to every type of business, activity, and industry, including real estate.
The most important tool in a real estate agent’s toolbox is your database. It’s the culmination of all of your outreach and marketing efforts, and it’s the heart of your business, storing the information of all the people you’ve worked with over the years. But your database is only what you make it.
But your database is only what you make it. This is where a customer relationship management (CRM) database comes in.
Lead generation: it’s a sore topic for many real estate professionals, but it’s crucial for growing your business and becoming a top producer. What’s the best way to generate more qualified leads in less time? The options are practically endless, but we’ve done our best to identify a few of our favorites.
It’s time for the last two habits in our series of “five habits of highly-successful agents.” Though habits #4 and #5 may seem relatively unimportant and even easy to dismiss, do not be fooled! Developing and practicing these two habits are an essential part of achieving top producer status!
It’s time for some brutal honesty: Do your communication skills fall short? Have you failed to return a few phone calls or emails this week? Might you have even lost a client because of it? Here and now, you can become a master communicator by following these few simple guidelines.
Do you ever feel like you are going nonstop, taking care of business – but you don’t have time to actually produce more business? Like your career is hitting a plateau even though you are working harder than ever?
This brings us to Top Producer Habit #2: They delegate!