Stay Safe when You Use Drone Photography and Honor Other’s Privacy

As drones become ever more popular in the business and home entertainment sectors, privacy concerns abound – and incensed Americans are taking offensive action. With some states allowing private citizens to shoot at drones, safety and the protection of privacy and property are becoming an increasingly important facet with drone video usage in real estate marketing.

How Can You Protect Yourself?
New drone legislation proposals are turned in to states and cities daily. In 2015 alone, 45 states considered 168 pieces of drone legislation. Complicating matters, the FAA is maintaining its right to control where drones are allowed to fly, splitting authority between federal and state governments – with additional pending lawsuits/legislation to come.

Avoid Privacy Issues When Flying Drones
Since no one currently holds the authority to broadly protect privacy surrounding drone usage over people’s homes, common sense politeness is encouraged, especially surrounding drone video usage in real estate marketing, to protect your brand image.

Ask for permission, not forgiveness.
Don’t fly over private property, such as around neighbors’ homes for an aerial view, without asking first. 20 states have drone laws, with many on the books surrounding photography/videography. (Oklahoma recently enacted legislation protecting homeowners who shoot down drones not in public airspace over private property.)

Don’t disturb the peace.
Fly at a reasonable hour, trying to disrupt the daily lives of others as little as possible.

Never fly over people.
Or clueless creatures ranging from playful dogs to toddlers, who could become injured – or injure your drone.

Be friendly.
If a public spectator inquires what you are doing, reply in a friendly, accommodating tone. Your actions will have a huge impact on public opinion of drones – and your business.

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Real Estate Video & Marketing Go Hand-In-Hand

Real Estate Video & Marketing Go Hand-In-Hand

Despite being ‘mature’ technology, email is the longest lasting, most private social network venue available. And video usage in real estate marketing can help you make the most of this effective – and cost effective – marketing channel.

Achieving Top Video Newsletter Marketing Results
Closed, targeted, and permission-based, email makes the ultimate marketing ‘channel’ for clients, with 18.48% open rates. 98% of top-producing agents lean on such video emails for converting leads. Providing complete communication, video usage in real estate marketing newsletters gives your message a face, personality and voice that establishes the emotional connection customers crave and successful agents rely upon. Just ensure you’re using the right techniques to reach your potential client base.

What are the Key Steps to Video Email Marketing Success?

Labeling
Video newsletter sent from a person (i.e. JaneSmith@email.com) net better open rates than those from a company (RealEstateCity.com). Generic does not do well, and frequently sees the trash bin.

Segmenting
Instead of sending out one email to a massive list of prospects, targeting newsletter mails to 2-6 smaller lists can increase open rates by 27%.

Timing
Recent subscribers see higher open rates and increased activity compared to those receiving their fourth or fifth email – working to generate new subscribers and engaging new leads is key. Wednesday and Thursday offer the best open rates – but testing different days of the week may yield better results.

Tracking
Tracking open rates and reviewing who’s receiving which emails can give substantial insight into prospect engagement: Where are clients looking? What videos were watched? Which messages generated the most interest?

Function
Newsletters and videos must look and function well on a variety of devices, as 36% of all opens are on mobile devices, 33% on desktop, and 31% webmail.

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Should Your Real Estate Video Try to Go Viral?

Should Your Real Estate Video Try to Go Viral?

Taking center stage in today’s video usage in real estate marketing tips and tricks: Viral real estate videos. Done correctly, viral videos can help you reach your target audience in a different way, drawing in clientele through an uptick in shares, and building your brand and reputation.

Coming Up with a Theme
Viral videos take common topics, but apply an amusing or funny perspective to addressing them, such as…

• A song parody.

• A short movie of a luxury property.

Animated videos of property/area history.

• Neighborhood tours made interesting.

• Celebrity client testimonials.

• Funny web video series, such as ‘A Day in the Life of…’

• Hideous property montage (you’ve listed and sold).

Re-enactment of funny/memorable/uncomfortable situations.

• Provocative commercials that entice potential clientele to see a property or use your services.

Feel ‘Viral Fever’ Coming On – Not So Fast
With video usage in real estate marketing, always remember to use good judgement when creating your video. Offensive or off-color video can give a bad impression of you and your brand – which as expected, will spread like wildfire – and backfire. If you’re not sure of your idea, ask a colleague you can trust. Remember: The goal is to create business, gaining the most out of your video investment.

Remember, the Best Viral Real Estate Videos Are…

Funny
The easiest way to go viral – albeit with the right style of language, content and humor.

Creative
The most respected way to get attention, creative titles (optimized for quick retrieval) make your competition wish they’d dreamed-up the idea first.

Short
Less than 5 minutes. Your company’s branding and logo should likewise make a short, subtle appearance.

Provocative
Yet with the industry’s conservative persona in-mind.

Memorable
Like the viral video, “Gangnam Style.”

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Home Sale Secrets Top-Performing Agents Know

Home Sale Secrets Top-Performing Agents Know

In real estate selling, the devil is in the details. And top agents know the details to pay attention to, sharing them with sellers (if not with their fellow associates) to ensure sales.

What Are the Home Selling Secrets Real Estate Pros Let Customers Know?

Exaggeration will backfire.
If a buyer pulls up to a home expecting a lakeside view, only to find a goldfish pond, they’re sure to leave disappointed. Describe the best features of what you have to offer to avoid ‘dine and dash,’ blind-date style scenarios.

Curb appeal is king.
A well-manicured lawn not only makes a property look magnificent, but low maintenance. (Leaving the lawn unkempt is akin to pointing out annoying chores.)

Staging isn’t a one-shot deal.
Staging needs vary from season to season, with space and airiness essential in warmer months, and cozy environments more fitting in cooler ones.

Look to pricing ‘bands’ for added exposure.
Price within ‘bands’ in real estate selling to avoid missing out on a wider pool of buyers. Those looking to spend $240,000 will typically look in the $225-250,000 range. So that $255,000 price tag could put you out of range for a number of buyers – or disappoint those looking for ‘more’ of a house.

Beware of listing ‘black holes.’
Don’t initiate your listing during key vacation times (the Fourth, Labor Day), lest your listing be buried by new offerings by the time prospects return from vacation.

List in-season.
The home buying season runs February through September, with a hot spot in June prior to school returning to session.

Pay attention to timing.
If a listing sits unsold for 3-4 weeks, that’s a sure sign the home is overpriced. To avoid looking desperate, price realistically at the start.

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Why You May Want to Become a Real Estate Broker

In real estate selling, there’s such a glut of titles that clientele are often confused over monikers. Agent, Realtor®, associate broker, and the most auspicious, broker. What’s in a name? And why might you wish to aspire to something greater?

Varied Benefits
While any agent or broker can be a Realtor®, subscribing to the NAR and bound by its ethics and rules, the benefits and drawbacks of agent/broker titles vary. To give real estate advice, agents must be licensed, such that jilted customers have a means of recompense. Though license requirements vary by state, all must work under a broker, presenting less responsibility, but less opportunity.

To earn a broker’s license, greater knowledge is necessary to pass the more rigorous exam. However this added investment could net you…

  • The ability to venture out on your own, or become a manager.
    Agents must work for brokers, but a broker can work by themselves, keeping all commissions earned, or hiring and managing/mentoring others who work beneath them for a percentage split.
  • Greater commissions.
    While additional career options are a plus, the majority of agents choose to become a broker simply to earn a higher income. The NAR’s 2015 Member Profile illustrates the pay scale difference per title quite effectively.
  • Better splits.
    For those who don’t wish to venture out on their own or take-on added responsibilities, the position of associate broker at an existing firm typically commands a higher commission split than the average agent.
  • Property management.
    Every property management business must have a licensed broker on staff by law, offering an additional revenue stream – or an alternative career option. A boon in today’s hot rental market.
  • Added marketing opportunities.
    Whether you’re competing for a new job or new client, those with the initiative to earn a broker’s license rise above.

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