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How to Creatively Get More Seller Leads

How to Creatively Get More Seller Leads

Highly coveted, seller leads can help you gain more control of your time, represent both sides of a real estate deal, easily take-on additional clients, and earn higher commissions, especially in today’s low-inventory market. Do you have the real estate marketing tips you need to snag these valuable, yet elusive leads?

Seller Lead, Where for Art Thou?
According to 2014 NAR stats, 64% of sellers look to an agent’s referrals. The remaining sellers turn to other channels. Finding an agent runs a myriad of ways ranging from open houses to simple website research. How can you home in on these new seller leads?

Attract More Seller Leads with these Creative Real Estate Marketing Tips:

– Leverage Home Buyers
Handing over the keys doesn’t mean the transaction is over. Never overlook the importance of keeping in contact. Steadfast follow-up, from closing gifts to holiday cards, are a great way to earn seller referrals.

– Set Your Sights On FSBO
90% of FSBO listings never result in a completed transaction, typically from lack of knowledge and resources, overpricing, and poor marketing. Offering your services in the form of a free, no obligation consultation can help you swoop-in and save the day for stressed-out FSBO sellers.

– Give Expired Listings a Second Chance at Life
Much like FSBO properties, overpricing and poor marketing can leave properties to linger on the market. Though expired listings on your MLS sheet may have previously worked with another agent, the lack of a deal may motivate them to explore new avenues.

– Find an (Extended) Friend on Facebook
Search the box at the top of your profile page using keywords associated with selling a home (“packing,” “house hunting,” “moving…”), reaching out and snagging seller leads on social media.

Referrals are the lifeblood of the business. Do you have the real estate marketing tips you need to survive? Forge a new path to success with the help of Properties Online today.

You Can Make Mistakes with Home Staging - What Not to Do

You Can Make Mistakes with Home Staging – What Not to Do

Home staging can be a seller’s best friend, slashing sales time and boosting profits when done correctly. Poorly performed, however, it could be the nail in the proverbial coffin of the sale. In today’s real estate marketing tips, we’ll take an up-close look at staging, and why what seems cut-and-dry can backfire on those who miss the details.

Home Staging Mistakes that Can Sink Sales

– Overwhelming Design
Good home stagers know the home should be the belle of the ball, not its contents. Look to staging pros who know how to subtly achieve a winning design, without smacking buyers in the face with it as soon as they walk through the door.

– Bland Schemes
On the flipside, those versed in real estate marketing know homes that don’t venture far from the realm of ivory/beige won’t stand out in the minds of buyers. You’ll need some pops of color here and there.

– The Lone Aesthetic
If you’re staging a Victorian, don’t place fainting couches and oil lamps in every room. Buyers won’t be able to see their things in the space. Instead, opt for an eclectic mix, or more traditional, timeless pieces.

– Fake-Outs
If a potential stager suggests artificial fruit or inflatables, run in the other direction. Keep it real. Fake items blast buyers with the message this is not their home.

– Poor Scaling
Not staging to the right scale can kill a sale. Furniture and accessories should match home scale and proportion. Too small, and spaces look barren and lifeless, not spacious. Too large, and spaces feel cramped. You need to show good use of the room. Ditto for artwork. Too small = visual clutter. Avoid items smaller than a softball.

– Closed Doors
While this might appear ‘neat,’ closing doors limits movement, and can lead to buyers missing entire sections of a home.

Stage yourself for success in the real estate marketing arena with the help of Properties Online today.

Real Estate Video Marketing - Tips for Success

Real Estate Video Marketing – Tips for Success

New to video real estate marketing? You’re moving in the right direction. 60% of consumers prefer video when seeking online information. In the real estate industry, video listings net 403% more inquiries than those without. But you’ll need the right real estate video tips to ensure success.

What Video Marketing Tactics can Help You Gain an Edge on the Competition?

– The right location.
Placing a listing video on your agency website is a no-brainer. But outside of that, YouTube is the ideal locale. Google searches pull from YouTube. (FaceBook does not do this.) From here you can embed on other social platforms.

– The right content.
Beyond listing videos, you’re efforts will best be spent on ‘evergreen,’ hyper-local content: Content you can use and re-use for at-least 2-years. Think agent/agency promos and neighborhood reviews that showcase your expertise to earn the best ROI.

– The right look.
Leading real estate video tips point to the need for professional-quality content. A shaky selfie won’t suffice. These videos will be a representation of your skills. Luckily, with a decent phone/camera and Properties Online’s latest video builder tool, free with the POL family of products, you’ll be rapidly on your way to achieving stellar video results.

Simply upload content, indicate your preferences, and your video will be automatically built and syndicated to YouTube, alongside a non-branded IDX-compliant version for your local MLS.

– The right frequency.
Develop a content schedule, uploading at least one video per week to ensure success. This gives you time to create content, while expanding your online marketing reach. Ideas include:

Agent introductions
Recorded buyer/listing consultation presentations
Community videos
Local amenities tours
School interviews
How-to’s
Top-10 lists

Internet video traffic will account for 82% of consumer internet traffic by 2021. Do you have the real estate video tips you need to stake your claim in this new frontier? Find the tools and technology you need for success on Properties Online today.

What's Trending for 2018?

Realtor.com Shares Tips for Selling that Listing in Two Weeks

Sellers in a rush to leave their current home? Selling a home super-fast is possible – with the right tactics. In today’s real estate selling tips, we’ll look at advice from the experts at Realtor.com on how to sell a home fast, bringing in buyers in 2 weeks or less to seal the deal.

Cinch a Speedy Sale with these Expert Real Estate Selling Tips from Realtor.com:

1. Entice with price.
In real estate, price is everything, affecting whether a property sits or sells. The asking price says a lot about the seriousness and motivation of the seller. Consider listing at an aggressive, not ambitious asking price if you want to move the home fast.

2. Make it irresistible.
Dress it up. Stage it. Give it that ‘wow’ factor. You want to create ambiance on the level of a home decorating magazine. Sellers new to the concept of staging? Giving them a few tips ensures success.

3. Set a deadline…
A deadline for receiving offers. Think ‘Black Friday’ when it comes to real estate: You want to move your product (house) fast, and have priced accordingly – good deals don’t last.

4. Offer incentives.
Consider sweetening the deal by offering to contribute to the buyer’s closing costs, throwing in a year’s worth of cleaning services, or contributing to homeowner’s association dues. Get creative and tailor your offerings to what’s important to buyers in your market.

5. Tell your neighbors.
Someone may have a friend interested in moving to the neighborhood, or a family member who wishes to be closer.

6. Stay flexible.
It’s important to roll with the punches throughout the process. If someone wants to see your home at 6 pm in the middle of dinner – let them in with a smile.

Looking for winning real estate selling tips to help you move listings fast? Find them on Properties Online today.

What Are the Emerging Real Estate Trends for 2018?

2017 Real Estate Market Trends – Did They Happen?

From inventory shortages to western migration and video usage in real estate marketing, did these 2017 trends take the market as predicted?

  • Millennials & Boomers Driving the Market
    Millennials remain the largest group of home buyers (34%) for the fourth consecutive year. However, 85% of Boomers have no plans to sell in the next year, contributing to the lack of affordable homes on the market.
  • A Slow Down in Price Appreciation
    With inventory at 20-year low, and demand heavy, prices don’t appear to be slowing down, except in certain markets/neighborhoods where upward limits have weakened affordability. If mortgage rates continue moving on up, demand may slow with pricing/affordability, but they’re still higher than historical norms.
  • Fewer Homes, Faster Sales
    A record number of buyers and few affordable homes make this one of the fastest moving markets in decades. In May, 1-in-3 homes sold in under 30-days nationally, with a median listing time of 60-days.
  • Shoppers Turn to Video
    100% of home shoppers used the internet to research a specific home, with 86% of shoppers relying on video usage in real estate marketing to learn more about communities, and 70% of shoppers touring homes via video – some of which make the home purchase sight unseen!
  • Popular Western Markets Top the Charts
    The hottest markets in the country are currently:

    1. Vallejo, CA
    2. San Francisco, CA
    3. Boston, MA
    4. Sacramento, CA
    5. Kennewick, WA
    6. Colorado Springs, CO
    7. Columbus, OH
    8. Midland, TX
    9. San Jose, CA
    10. Stockton, CA
  • The Midwest Moving to the Top of the Affordable Housing Market
    Ranked on affordability by the U.S. Census. These cities, with populations of 1-million+, topped affordability charts:

    1. Rochester, NY
    2. Buffalo-Cheeektown-Niagara Falls, NY
    3. Pittsburg, PA
    4. Kansas City, MO
    5. Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN
    6. Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
    7. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
    8. San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
    9. Dallas-Arlington-Fort Worth, TX
    10. Oklahoma City, OK

Learn how video usage in real estate marketing can prove true for you in the upcoming year. Visit Properties Online today.