7 words to strike from your blog (and vocabulary) (5/22/2015)
Blogs should effectively communicate a message, but certain words weaken content. If you use “honestly,” for example, it suggests everything else might be a lie.
Sales calls should build loyalty, not sell homes (5/20/2015)
“I called just to say ‘hello’” is often viewed as a veiled attempt to sell something. When calling clients, offer them something of value with no strings attached.
Realtor.com announces website improvements (5/18/2015)
To position itself for the future and further align with members, NAR-owned realtor.com introduced features that do more to connect Realtors with consumers.
Buyers can search home listings on their TV (5/18/2015)
MoveTube is an interactive property search channel that streams homes and information about listings nationwide.
How well do you know your clients? (5/15/2015)
To build long-lasting, happy relationships, you must listen and understand clients’ desires. Assessments, questionnaires and needs analyses can also help.
Open houses are old-school marketing – but they work (5/11/2015)
The founder of Weichert Realtors insists that open houses lead to thousands of yearly home sales for his company because buyers like to touch the merchandise.
Online marketing techniques of successful agencies (5/8/2015)
Successful real estate firms take steps to offer value to clients: they solve problems, offer free guides to the local market and create a stellar brand.
5 tips for better real estate photos (5/7/2015)
Good listing photos can move a homebuyer from online shopping to in-person viewing, so pay attention to details and plan the shots for every room.
News Corp launches luxury real estate website (5/5/2015)
The owner of Move Inc., which oversees NAR’s realtor.com, unveiled a new real estate ad site focused exclusively on high-end listings worldwide.
Online content: What you say and how you say it (4/29/2015)
Self-written content has the biggest impact. However, it’s fine to use data from an outside article and expand it with some local info and your personal opinion.
Tech shy? Get over it if you work with millennials (4/28/2015)
Technology may offer innovative solutions to old problems, but it’s just business as usual for millennials. Realtors must constantly upgrade to remain relevant.
Agent headshots: 8 do's and don’ts (4/27/2015)
If a photo is worth a thousand words and first impressions count, you need a good picture for business cards and online. It’s part of your personal branding.
Realtors’ rap racks up thousands of views (4/23/2015)
How do you get a listing viewed by thousands of people? Do something different. A Pa. Realtor put home info into a rap song and created a viral video.
Listings that include energy costs sell for more (4/22/2015)
A Chicago study compared homes with similar green energy savings. It found that buyers responded better to ones that included specific cost details.
Agents tinker with the timing of an open house (4/21/2015)
Rather than hosting an open house on Saturday or Sunday, some agents are trying the twilight open house during evening hours – sometimes on a weekday.
Tips to launch an inbound marketing plan (4/20/2015)
Inbound marketing is low-key and non-interruptive. The goal is to attract clients who may want to buy or sell, but still in the “thinking about it” stage.
Apple’s FaceTime a hot tool for international sales (4/16/2015)
Overseas buyers can “see” a property via FaceTime, which also allows Realtors to point out features and answer questions as they walk through the house.
Marketing idea: A suburban real estate ‘safari’ (4/9/2015)
Many adults, notably those getting married or having kids, want to move outside the city. A suburban “safari” can help buyers discover their more rural options.
Marketing tip: Don’t ignore the boomerang buyers (4/8/2015)
RealtyTrac: Ex-owners who lost out due to a short sale or foreclosure could soon re-enter the market, and there are a lot of them in the U.S. – about 7.3 million.
Don’t stereotype the single female buyer (4/8/2015)
To attract unmarried clients, don’t assume that women prefer condos or townhomes, or that they can’t afford higher-priced property. Listen to them first.
Seven homeownership tax-time tips (4/6/2015)
Ownership has its rewards, and some of those come at tax time. Mortgage interest and PMI are deductible, along with other less-known items that may cut taxes.
Add video to your marketing strategies (4/2/2015)
More consumers are looking for videos of listings. A Mashable study found 73% of homeowners were more likely to list with a real estate pro offering video.
Turn your listings into a video game (3/30/2015)
You know those video games where you can move forward, turn corners and open doors? Imagine an online listing video in which buyers can do the same thing.
6 great marketing moves you’ve forgotten (3/26/2015)
The glitter of new technology has expanded marketing efforts – not replaced them. Business cards, brochures, calendars, magnets and mugs still work.
A pivotal age for real estate marketing: 61 years (3/25/2015)
Study: At age 61, on average, adults shake off the burdens of child raising and jobs, and, for the first time, are free to decide where they want to live.
The secrets to selling a second home (3/24/2015)
A vacation home client has different wants and needs than someone who needs shelter. Realtors need to be patient and sell the community as well as the house.
Boost business through Facebook and Google (3/24/2015)
It’s not just getting noticed – it’s also about sealing the deal. One study found that a strong online presence helps “prove” worth when clients compare agents.
Do your emails hang low, do they wobble to and fro? (3/23/2015)
What’s a perfect marketing campaign email? Analysis: It’s best not to put in too much info, and, for top impact, make it 35 lines with no more than three images.
Get leads from your website’s home page (3/19/2015)
Go slow: If the free offer on your home page got a response, respond conversationally – don’t ask to represent them until you form a relationship.
The social media network that businesses hate (3/18/2015)
Business owners have a love-hate relationship with Facebook. It’s great for connecting to clients and prospects but challenging to maintain.
Study: Are bidding wars here to stay? (3/12/2015)
Bidding wars were once an exception: 3-4% of all sales. But a spike to 30% during the recession may have changed some Realtors’ sales tactics over the long term.
The hard-to-find niche: relocating first-time buyers (3/11/2015)
The number of buyers springing from corporate relocations is expected to rise, and real estate agents should be ready to identify and serve this buyer niche.
Be Prince (or Princess) Charming to get leads (3/5/2015)
Every new contact could be a future sale, and charming Realtors stand a better chance of success. Charm isn’t your strong suit? It can be learned.
You don’t have to write it all (3/2/2015)
To increase their website’s appeal, some Realtors use guest bloggers, such as attorneys or title insurers – and some even write guest blogs for other websites.
To boost marketing, first understand buyers’ needs (2/26/2015)
A Demand Institute study of buyers identified their top desires in a home, with nearby amenities (39%) topping the list, followed by a good school district (34%).
Survey: Builders need better Realtor training (2/19/2015)
If builders want more sales, they should understand how Realtors work, according to most agents who want selling details rather than construction info.
Drone Q&A for Florida real estate (2/18/2015)
Proposed rules released this week would allow drone use for most listing videos – but details could change before final approval, which could take two more years.
Some closing gifts really aren’t so great (2/16/2015)
As a marketing tool, a good closing gift keeps your name in front of clients. But ironically, the ones that stick aren’t about you – they’re about the relationship.
Up your blurb appeal (2/12/2015)
Property descriptions give real estate pros the chance to make an emotional connection with buyers. Use your listings to tell the home’s story.
Luxury agents selling the ‘sizzle’ need HD videos (2/6/2015)
High-end buyers expect high-end marketing, including most of the latest tech gadgets, such as drone photography, 3D imaging and GIS mapping.
Print real estate marketing: Dead or alive? (2/3/2015)
Most Realtors don’t know whether print advertising works well or not. Since most print ads include website URLs, seemingly web-based leads could be misleading.
Want more sales? Get referrals or first interviews (2/2/2015)
According to NAR, 52% of buyers find an agent through a referral or ongoing relationship; but 67% seeking someone new go with the first agent interviewed.
Builder taps into bridal home registries (1/21/2015)
A custom homebuilder has added a bridal registry option. Engaged couples don’t have to buy one of his homes, but they do need to get a loan through Wells Fargo.
Construct a safe and lucrative builder relationship (1/21/2015)
Real estate licensee-builder partnerships should be based on clear expectations and open communication, especially given concerns about fair compensation.
The MLS is accurate – online ad sites are not (1/20/2015)
Realtors should promote MLS listing accuracy, according to a Va. broker who found one ad site had 30% fewer properties in his area; another one had 28% too many.
Study: Facebook still the social networking champ (1/20/2015)
Facebook isn’t growing as fast, but users are more engaged. Twitter’s popularity has declined, however. It now ranks behind LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram.
How to handle client complaints on Facebook (1/14/2015)
Clients and potential clients judge your responses on social media, and an effective and honest response to one complaint may actually help you land more clients.
Zillow, ListHub to end listings agreement (1/8/2015)
The ListHub data loss will remove “a few hundred thousand listings,” according to Zillow, which says it will now focus directly on brokers and local MLSs.
Writing content? These topics attract attention (1/8/2015)
When writing a story or press release, use local data. While the media rarely runs a release verbatim, it scours them for story ideas and often quotes the author.
Looking for potential sellers? Check the data (1/6/2015)
The MLS, public tax records and Google searches can be tools agents use to compile a list of seniors, engaged couples and other likely home sellers.
Zillow, Trulia merger faces more delays (1/5/2015)
The FTC has again asked for more information about Zillow’s acquisition of Trulia, delaying the planned merger until at least Feb. 15 – but probably later.
More real estate listing services note accessibility (12/19/2014)
Almost one in five Americans has some kind of physical disability. As a result, more MLS listings now include a description of the home’s accessibility features.
Search keywords with the new Facebook tool (12/19/2014)
An update to Facebook’s Graph Search feature allows you to search your posts, photos, articles and videos using a keyword, such as “real estate.”
For leads, old-school tactics top online options (12/17/2014)
Imprev survey: 97% of industry execs say traditional lead generation – open houses, cold calls, etc. – gets better results than online ads and social networking.
Make your clients’ holiday gifts stand out (12/15/2014)
A thoughtful gift means a lot to anyone. Giving clients a bottle of wine, fruit basket or plant from a local business says: “Welcome to the neighborhood.”
Focus on social media over the holidays (12/3/2014)
Home sales may slow a bit in Dec., but more people visit social media sites like Facebook. It’s a good time to build connections that may lead to future sales.
It takes only one ‘wow’ to win a client (12/2/2014)
A good impression counts when competing for listings or buyers. Many go with the person who dazzles them with market insights or feels like a new best friend.
5 easy ways to get noticed online (12/1/2014)
If a buyer or seller looks online for a local Realtor, is your website one of the search results? One position-boosting trick: Get other websites to recommend you.
Use Florida Realtors Residential Price Index to help home sellers (10/16/2012)
Florida Realtors Residential Price Index helps sellers understand local price trends and its impact on current value.