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Your brand, more than a logo.

Your Real Estate Brand – Much More Than a Logo

In today’s real estate marketing tips, we’ll take an up-close and personal look at branding, and how effective agent marketing involves so much more than a winning logo design. To build a great brand, you have to look beneath the surface…

Your Brand and You
More than an emblem on letterhead, your brand is, in essence: You. What sets you apart, and how do you make this known? How do you interact with clients, building a foundation for trust in your relationship as they embark on the biggest financial and emotional decision of their lives?

Real Estate Marketing Tips for Building a Great Brand:

Consider What Sets You Apart
Like your human individuality, consider four core facets of yourself that set you apart from the competition, whether that’s a property type specialization, in-depth area knowledge, or personal life and interests. These factors, which distinguish you, should be reflected in your brand.

Decide & Focus on Your Marketing ‘Home Base’
Too often the marketing focus of agents is scattered. Though you should be active across multiple platforms (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Google ads, email), it is imperative to drive your traffic back to ONE destination, such as a personal website optimized to capture interest and convert traffic to leads.

Think Outside the Box
Consider your brand as an extension of yourself, showcasing it on signage, home photography and listing videos, open house flyers – even in the food you serve. All of these define the experience potential clients have with your brand.

Don’t Settle for the Status Quo
Instead of falling victim to a marketing rut, continually strive for improvement. Those willing to challenge what they know and explore new venues will ultimately rise above the masses.

Everything you do defines your brand. What does your online presence say about you? Step-up your game with the help of the real estate marketing tips and technology from Properties Online today.

Market Watch: What's Hot and What's Not in Home Design

Market Watch: What’s Hot and What’s Not in Home Design

We can’t always be experts on interior design, which is why a bit of professional advice is always welcome. In today’s real estate trends, we’ll look at what’s hot in home design from the 2018 Interior Design Show.

The Kitchen as a Focal Point
Kitchen upgrades remain a key investment opportunity, not just in design, but in technology. In today’s homes, there are an array of opportunities for design and technology to meet, and this is especially true in the kitchen. Now seen as a place to gather and even entertain, not just a place to cook, opportunities abound for kitchen personalization in both the design and technology genres. From multifunctional kitchen islands to smart refrigerators, stoves, and more, design elements turn the kitchen into an ideal second living space, the hub of the home.

Durable Materials with Clean Lines
Topping off favored kitchen materials: Engineered quartz, whose fabrication advancements have opened new doors in other areas of the home as well, surrounding tubs, showers and even fireplaces. Heavier, contrasting concretes are also quite popular surfaces around the home. Clean lines are big, with distressed wood cabinets replaced by cleaner, sharper surfaces, including boldly painted cabinet fascia.

Curvy Furnishings
Curves and soft round edges in all types of furniture, from chairs and tables to lighting, are cropping up. Lighting is more than functional, it is sculptural, with homeowners investing in lighting as they do artwork: The more fixtures the better.

Extending Living Space Outdoors
Due to limited space and sometimes crowded living quarters, extending living space outdoors continues to rise in popularity, making outdoor living spaces among the most popular real estate trends to date. Here customization opportunities abound as well, from outdoor kitchen, dining, and bar additions, to living areas, game rooms, private garden retreats, and even outdoor office space.

Strive for a listing that home buyers warm to with the hottest real estate trends from Properties Online today.

Shutting Down the Money - Chinese Real Estate Investments Dry Up

Shutting Down the Money – Chinese Real Estate Investments Dry Up

In surprising real estate trends, China’s investments in the U.S. real estate market are speedily drying up. A recent Cushman and Wakefield report highlighted the trend, noting a drop from $16.2-billion to $7.3-billion in 2016, and estimating a 55% drop in commercial real estate investments in 2017.

Why are Times Changing?
The unusually hasty retreat has been fueled by at least two factors:

Beijing’s Leaders Restricting the Flow of Cash Out of the Country
In August, China’s State Council imposed new regulations on outbound investments designed to keep capital at home and reduce the risk of runaway debt. With a massive impact on real estate trends, the move highlights the potentially dramatic effects of state-directed capitalism. Ordered by the government to sell or dispose of foreign properties, investors from state-controlled conglomerates are selling rapidly after acquisition – in some cases, before building.

Federal EB-5 Program Funding Drops, Limiting Green Card Access
The federal EB-5 program, which allows foreigners to apply for U.S. citizenship in exchange for investing $500,000 or more in a business that makes or preserves at least 10 jobs, is losing fuel. With a huge drop-off in funding, EB-5 cash from China has dropped to just 28% of its normal flow compared to the three preceding years. In the past, the millions of dollars raised in the green card program have funded major projects, including the Courtyard Los Angeles L.A. Live and the Dream Hotel complex in Hollywood.

Big Picture
Though the drop is dramatic, Cushman and Wakefield still predict Chinese capital will continue to play a significant role in the U.S. economy. Despite pulling back on new purchases, Chinese investors are not jumping ship, and are still buying more than they’re selling. However a shift is being seen, from state-controlled conglomerates to very high net worth individuals.

Are you evolving alongside today’s rapidly changing real estate trends? Stay in-the-know with the help of Properties Online today.

Transparency and You – What to Know About this Important Market Shift

Remember the days when availability, pricing, market trends, and histories used to be available almost exclusively to the professional real estate industry alone? In today’s real estate market, you are no longer ‘gatekeeper’ to this coveted ‘information key.’ In today’s real estate marketing tips, we’ll take a closer look at transparency in the industry, and how the Internet is changing the market.

Out of the Darkness
No longer in the dark, telling clients not to worry about the nitty-gritty, behind-the-scenes details of the MLS and other essential processes is not an option. The Internet has opened the eyes of clients to what previously went on behind the closed doors of the industry. Today, 80% of shoppers begin their real estate transaction online, where over the years previously coveted information has been compiled, offering today’s clients access to information that was once almost exclusively in the hands of real estate professionals.

Into the Light
With the Internet putting information in the hands of buyers, and the simplicity of the transfer of information to the MLS now well-known, informed buyers and sellers are begging the question, “Why do I need you?” For skilled agents, this is a boon in disguise, as less-than-stellar agents only willing to exert minimal effort for commissions are sure to be systemically cleansed from the industry, strengthening the profession.

Looking to the Future
As the real estate industry further jettisons into the coming “Era of Transparency,” those striving for real estate career success must come out of hiding, educating their clients on the ins and outs of transactions, and why they are uniquely skilled and valuable to clients in accomplishing transaction tasks. Those that do not will be sidestepped by clients in an era of alternatives that do not involve an agent.

Are you ready for the “Era of Transparency?” Take off your blinders, and step-up your game with real estate marketing tips and technology from Properties Online.

Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite: Bed Bug Issues in Real Estate Sales

Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite: Bed Bug Issues in Real Estate Sales

It’s a nightmare scenario. A buyer moves into their would-be dream home, only to find uninvited residents: bed bugs. As infestations rise nationwide, bed bugs are increasingly affecting real estate sales transactions.

Know the Signs

Bed bugs are equal opportunity pests and “dirty” has nothing to do with it. These masterful menaces hitchhike their way into luxury apartments, suburban homes, even the local library and theater. Though not known to carry disease, their nighttime shenanigans are cause for severe physical and psychological discomfort. How can you identify these pests?

– Like mosquitoes, they come out at night to drink blood, leaving behind itchy red welts on their victims.

– With apple-seed-like bodies, bed bugs hide in the nooks and crannies of mattresses and sheets.

– They often leave behind dark fecal/blood stains on linens, mattresses, box springs, and carpets.

– Pearly-white, pea-sized egg deposits may be found along headboards, electrical plates, baseboards, and window casings.

– White, rice-like, exoskeletons from moltings are often found under area rugs.

Discuss Disclosure Dilemmas:

Seller Beware

Though real estate sales agreements are broad, and don’t typically list bed-bug-specific issues, this doesn’t mean sellers are off the hook. Failure to list a bed bug infestation could be seen as a breach of disclosure of latent defects, leaving sellers liable for litigation.

Buyer Beware

Until states begin to incorporate bed-bug-specific realty regulations, hiring a pest control company, in addition to the typical home inspection, could be money well-spent.

Don’t Delay

If home sellers or new residents come across bed bugs, advise residents to seek professional help ASAP. Some home remedies are dangerous, and tossing bug-ridden items spreads bed bugs to neighbors. Bed bugs reproduce rapidly, and infestations can be costly to treat: $250-900 per room, and up to $5,000 for extreme infestations. Timely treatment is imperative.

Don’t let your career fall victim to bed bug bites. Stay informed on the latest issues effecting real estate sales with Properties Online today.