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Sell More Houses With Videos!

Real Estate Video: a High Return for Your Investment

Why is video usage in real estate marketing so popular? It offers an unbelievable return on investment. Don’t let worries over added expense get in your way. This affordable marketing medium delivers amazing bang for the buck, delivering:

• Four-times the inquiries as home listings marketed without video.

• Double the click-through rate when included in emails.

• 75% less opt-outs.

• Business – 85% of buyers/sellers want to work with agents utilizing video marketing strategies – giving you an added edge over area competitors.

How Can You Improve Return on Investment?
Produce the right videos to cash in on prospects looking for video in their home/realtor search. Of those taking advantage of video in real estate:

• 86% use video to research a particular community – allowing you to create ‘evergreen’ content that can be used time-after-time.

• 70% use it to tour inside homes.

• Many use it to ‘find an agent,’ with such YouTube searches increasing 46% year-over-year.

Reap Huge Dividends with the Right Marketing Tactics

Take Advantage of Tools.
Tools like Virtuets make video production fast and affordable, providing a polished look that delivers more views than lackluster material.

Cozy-Up to YouTube.
With 51% marketing share, YouTube is a must for video marketing success. Now the top destination for house hunters – even over listing websites – set up your own channel and make YouTube your default upload location. Organize by playlist and optimize with search-friendly keywords, descriptions, and tags to boost your rankings.

Share, Share Alike
Now is the time to take advantage of boosting visibility on social mediums, while competition is minimal. The more places you post your video content (your website, the local MLS, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Snapchat), the more likely you’ll be to get noticed. Paste links to automatically embed videos (or look to site instructions).

You can’t afford to miss out on video usage in real estate marketing! Get started with the help of Properties Online today.

Teardowns May Affect Your Business

Why the Next Property You Market May Have Fallen Victim to the Wrecking Ball

Could the next property you sell be worth more without the home or commercial building that’s on it? In some areas, real estate trends are pointing to a rising number of teardowns, especially in locations where uber-thin inventory levels are causing home prices to soar. Big cities and hot markets such as coastal and other scenic fare are taking a big hit.

Whack!
Zoning often allows for an apartment or small condo complex on land where a small, single family home, school, or commercial property once stood, making the land beneath some tiny buildings worth far more than the structure on top of it. A flip in traditional market logic where the lot accounts for a mere 10% of overall property value.

Crash!
Teardowns are especially attractive for builders and developers due to the glut of environmental hurdles and zoning issues associated with acquiring land. And the industry is increasingly taking notice of such real estate trends, with teardowns on the rise to account for 10% of all new home construction starts in 2016. That’s an increase of 7.7% from the previous year.

Bang!
Popular in the late 90s and early 2000s before the financial crisis, teardowns are increasingly becoming common in the western U.S., where housing costs are highest. Some 33,400 structures in the west took a hit in 2016, followed by 23,800 in southern regions, 12,300 in the Midwest, and 9,800 in the Northeast.

Boom!
Some of the homes taking the hit aren’t even in bad shape. In fact, buyers are dropping a pretty penny on small and seemingly insignificant homes – just to get the land and rezone it for a multifamily project, such as condos or apartments so they can boost value via added versatility.

Are you up on the latest real estate trends for producing smashing sales results? Find them at Properties Online today.

Let Property Movies Deliver Customers to You Like That Drone.

Real Estate Videos are Morphing into “Movies” in the Luxury Marketplace

Video usage in real estate marketing is already evolving. Going beyond drone shots, agents with luxury listings are now experimenting with cinema-like property movies. These short films feature actors, music scores, story arcs and Hollywood-quality cinematography, cashing-in on online video platforms that are rapidly becoming a key component of successful property sales.

Old-School Walking Tours are Obsolete
People are more easily attached to a story, following it through to the ending – even with performances more Razzie than Oscar. The best movies showcase properties in a way that helps buyers see themselves there.

Over-the-Top – or– Out-of-this-World Publicity?
In some cases, homes cost more than making a movie, and sellers are looking for a little red carpet marketing treatment. How is video usage in real estate marketing playing out for this luxury fare? Movie-like examples include:

• A 14,230-square-foot Bel-Air home that sold for $39 million, marketed with a video featuring 2 kids who take a note from Ferris Bueller, playing hooky to splash in the home’s infinity pool, whack golf balls over the L.A. skyline from their yard, try on outfits in large walk-in closets, and have a puppy delivered by drone.

• Another home, a 5,500-square foot 5-bedroom Hollywood estate listed for $3.65 million, featured a fictional narrative of a couple passionately arguing their way through the sleek, contemporary estate, revealing high-ceilings, high-tech security, and marble fireplaces. The wife chucks her diamond ring in the pool, and the husband is kicked-out, showcasing the neighborhood.

Funding Production
Movie-style marketing videos can cost anywhere from $5,000-$30,000 plus – but they’re not only for extravagant fare. Consider another take: A lower-budget trailer for a 3,008-square-foot-home featuring little girls at a sleepover, traversing the home and ending with a late-night living room dance-romp to Taylor Swift.

Ready to add a little more sparkle with video usage in real estate marketing? We’ve got many ideas. Learn how PropertiesOnline can help you boost your business today.

Millenials Flock to Home Auctions

Moving Millennials Into the Home Buying Marketplace – Creating the Desire to Own

Will your neighbors’ millennial children (or your own) ever move out into their own homes? More than 76% of millennials report they’d like to buy a home, and real estate trends correspond with this, pointing to the high traffic volume on online real estate platforms. Millennials want to make a move, but why aren’t they opening the door? The answers are surprisingly simple.

No Dinero
Affordability is a major issue in the vast majority of U.S. cities. With a low to no affordable housing supply, demand has pushed prices into the ‘are you kidding me’ category for a generation who’s battling baby boomers for job positions. Underemployment and fickle freelancing, with its irregular cash flow, are rampant.

Give Me Some Credit
Getting credit for a home is likewise tough, and the country’s student loan debt crisis isn’t helping matters. Over 44 million borrowers owe $1.3 trillion in outstanding student loans across the U.S. The average ‘Class of 2016’ student is graduating $37,172 in debt, a number which has risen over the past 5 years.

Could You Hand Me a Band-Aid?
In the long-term, builders (with some incentive from local government), could help heal affordability issues. Added federal programs: (1) may or may not increase access to financing; and (2) find creative ways of dealing with student loan debt. But how can you tap into this market now?

Let the Bidding Begin
More millennials are buying auction properties than any other age group, with market changes breaking down previous barriers to entry. Buyers under 35 are the most likely to purchase a home in foreclosure. Here, marketing such listings to the public via an online strategy can net you great results in the millennial market. With a good listing video, a total online purchase isn’t out of the question for this genre.

Go all-in on the latest real estate trends. Open-up to new opportunities with Properties Online today.

Keep Your Public Relations Good

Zillow Tries to Enforce Photo Copyright with Popular Blogger

In real estate news, it’s a case of David meets Goliath as a graduate student supporting herself via her website faces off against Internet giant, Zillow.

Meme Me in Court
Kate Wagner’s site, McMansionHell.com, spotlights large, architecturally-icky houses on her site, making memes out of home-listing photos to point out the less-than-stellar features of such ostentatious home fare.

The 23-year-old master’s student from Baltimore, working her way through a thesis in architectural acoustics, stated she was petrified when she received a letter from the real estate database giant just a few weeks ago, instructing her to cease-and-desist using the website’s photos. “It’s pretty terrifying when someone sends you such a letter.”

Tweet This
Wagner posted Zillow’s letter to her blog’s Twitter account, receiving enormous public support – and legal advice – from about 200 lawyers. She then retained Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to represent her, pro bono.

The following day, Zillow’s downtown Seattle headquarters was plastered with colorful signs denoting “MCMANSION HELL FOREVER.” Wagner has earned about $24,000 since her website’s inception a year ago. It’s been her primary source of income in her quest to pay rent, eat, and earn her master’s.

Bad Press is Not Necessarily Better than None
The PR backlash shocked Zillow, who had to perform damage-control on national and local news sites. Vice President Katie Curnutte, Zillow’s head public affairs guru, defended the company, noting that Zillow doesn’t own the rights to most of the photos it uses – it licenses those from other parties. Their exclusive access is allowed under a users’ agreement.

According to Zillow, if they allowed other sites to publish these photos, it would become difficult to obtain them from realtors. Their letter wasn’t intended to be personal and their lawsuit has since been dropped, with the agreement Zillow’s photos won’t be used going forward.

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