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Technology Disrupters Coming to Real Estate in 2019

Technology Disrupters Coming to Real Estate in 2019

Tariffs. Government shutdowns. Stock market shenanigans. 2019 marks a period of uncertainty, with a variety of disruptors affecting not only real estate trends, but national and global affairs. However, the greatest disruptor is predicted to be Technology!

What Technology will Impact the Real Estate World in 2019?

Despite the overall economic slowdown expected, these emerging trends in tech could provide new opportunity for a market in flux:

New Platforms for Home Sales

iBuying, offering purchase of homes sight unseen based on a proprietary valuation model, is among the real estate trends luring sellers (and buyers) to off-the-beaten-path venues. Digitally-driven platforms such as Open Listings, Door, Rex, and Opendoor are luring buyers and sellers alike with flat-rate commissions, sight-unseen cash offers, and a more digital listing/shopping experience.

Continual Rise of AI

We’re not talking robots giving home tours. We’re talking artificial intelligence that can perform sophisticated data analysis capable of predicting market trends. The latest AI-powered platforms can aggregate once isolated data, constantly updating to arm agents and consumers with with all the information they need. This can help buyers/sellers negotiate the best deal and agents to immediately jump on sales leads.

Virtual Reality

As property videos increase in popularity, VR will soon be on the horizon.

Blockchain

Redefining real estate transactions, blockchain technology is facilitating major transactions (like real estate) without intermediaries (banks, credit card companies). With ‘tokenization,’ blockchain is opening the door to new opportunities for sellers, granting multiple investors the ability to buy just a portion of a property (and resell it).

Smart contracts via Propy and other services are allowing for purchasing transactions with no human interaction, which streamlines the process. In the future, it is hoped to pave the way for a smoother road, reducing fees, closing times, property title issues, and fraud.

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Dual Agency? Make Sure You Cover the Details with Potential Buyers and Sellers

Dual Agency? Make Sure You Cover the Details with Potential Buyers and Sellers

Dual agency real estate transactions are often confusing for clients, and come with a number of significant benefits and drawbacks. Left unaddressed, misunderstandings arising from a dual agency transaction can leave behind a bad taste, especially in those situations where things go awry. If dual agencies are legal in your state, here’s how to come out on top without getting any egg on your face.

Addressing the Conflict of Interest Conundrum

Though playing both sides does streamline the process and minimize communication delays, dual agency real estate has some significant gray areas, which are important to explain to clients to keep things on the up-and-up:

– Advice

Because buyers want the lowest price, and sellers the highest, dual agents cannot take sides or give advice. Instead you’re more like a parent, you love both kids, and want to make sure the outcome of the situation is fair.

– Checks/Balances

There’s no one to catch it if you miss things, as you’re running both sides. And because you’re human, mistakes will inevitably occur.

Pointing out the Pros

That said, dual agency real estate isn’t all bad. There are also many benefits that should likewise be pointed out to potential clients:

– Full disclosure

Dual-agent/broker scenarios must be disclosed/consensual, and can’t occur behind the scenes.

– Potential savings

Dual agency real estate allows for potential savings in commission fees if the same person plays the seller and buyer’s agent, reducing fees.

– Increased potential access to properties

In large brokerages, who house a number of agents forming a different kind of dual agency scenario, sellers have more access to potential buyers, and vice-versa.

– More streamlined sales

A single entity makes communication issues moot. Communication between parties is timely and the process more streamlined with a single agency in charge of scheduling paperwork and deadlines.

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How to Help Buyers Shift to the Neighborhood They Can Afford

How to Help Buyers Shift to the Neighborhood They Can Afford

In this market, accommodating buyers that are frustrated at being priced out of their dream neighborhood is a common occurrence. In today’s real estate sales tips, we’ll take a look at this increasingly common speedbump to sales, and tactics for helping buyers open up to new possibilities

Need or Want?
Buyers come-in wanting it all, and the reality they can’t afford it can often be overwhelming. Help put buyers on the right path by separating needs from wants. School district, commute time, and yard space for kids and pets may be true must-haves, while other items on the list may be more flexible. Seek these out and narrow your focus there.

Favorite Features
After you determine what your client cannot live without, help them make a concrete list of favorite features. Be as specific as possible: Rather than ‘amenity-packed’ uncover what they really need, such as walking distance to coffee, groceries, or a dog park.

Weed Out Expensive Features
Also note features buyers don’t care about to maximize bang-for-the-buck. If a buyer doesn’t care about school district, why fork-out for it? If they work from home, why look in high-dollar metro districts – branch out. Features that are unattractive to other buyers (sub-par school district, suburbs) may be a feather in your cap.

Branch Out
Take baby steps from your buyer’s favored area, showing them added value and getting them more comfortable with the idea, until you find a neighborhood with similar features but affordable price point.

Move-in/Move-Out/Move-Up
Among common real estate sales tips, explain to your buyer the benefits of settling on a starter neighborhood that will allow them to resell and purchase their dream home later on. This can be done simply through price appreciation, or through updates/renovations for more hands-on homeowners.

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How to Become a Social Marketing Expert for Real Estate

Tips on What to Include in Your Real Estate Agent Website Privacy Policy

Who’d have thought real estate agent marketing would be fraught with such peril? Post-Facebook election snafu, privacy policy updates are bombarding customer emails nationwide. Aside from thanking Mr. Zuckerberg for adding to your endless to-do list, you must also ensure the compliancy of your agent website with an updated policy.

What Should You Include in Your Updated Agent Website Privacy Policy?

In real estate agent marketing, in light of recent events, it’s imperative that your privacy policy be easy to read and understand, including the following general facets:

– A general introduction noting how strongly you value and respect client privacy and safeguard data.

– A listing of the information you will collect, including:
Personal information provided by the client
Registration information
Email/phone information
Website use information (cookies)

– A section on how you will use client information (marketing, promotion, payment processing, to improve content/services, etc.)

– What information, if any, you share with third parties

– A section disassociating your business from websites linked to yours

– How you will protect information (physical/electronic/managerial measures)

– It’s also useful to provide clients a sort of technical dictionary post-policy. Information that defines cookies, dynamic ads, retargeting, etc.

– Opt-in/out procedures

– How you’ll handle privacy policy changes (email, post-to-site)

– Consent for use of website (that lovely box everyone has to check)

I’m No Shakespeare – Where Can I Find a Good Example?

A great example of a privacy policy that includes this information can be found here. Or if you prefer an easier approach, check out this free privacy policy tool. With about 15-minutes, give or take a few questions, you can ensure an understandable policy that safeguards you against liability, and adheres to most state/federal privacy laws and third party initiatives.

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Consumer Empowered Real Estate Information Changes Agents' Selling Models

Real Estate Market Watch – Consumer Empowered Real Estate Information Changes Agents’ Selling Models

Today’s real estate trends point to a shift in the real estate sales paradigm. With today’s consumers empowered by information freely available online through portals like Zillow and Trulia, home buyers and sellers are increasingly looking to alternative sales models they feel offer better bang for the buck.

Sales Evolution
Though many agents fear replacement, market information accessibility isn’t rendering agents nonessential. Instead the rise of accessible digital home information has consumers looking to new opportunities in digital property transactions. Like the travel industry’s shift from agents to online tools, consumers no longer need the middle man to safely conduct transactions.

The Shift to Digital
Rather than the traditional 2.5-3% agent fee on each transaction side, consumers are looking to flat rate services such as Reali, which offer value while upholding quality of service. With the typical fee at about $5,000 for homes valued between $250,000-750,000, this offers both buyers and sellers substantial savings.

On a $500,000 home, which at a 3% commission would normally run $15,000, buyer savings amounts to $10,000 – a pretty penny in an era where scrounging up the cash for a down payment remains a significant challenge. And such services are not discounted, but full service, providing all the services and protections buyers typically expect from a broker, including open communication 7-days a week.

The Realization of a New Era
In this new era of real estate sales, most buyers/sellers opt for a non-intrusive chat/text session. Video/photo tours are created online, and buying/selling documents scheduled and uploaded through the service’s app, including disclosures and an executive summary of each deal’s details.

From scheduling a showing to shopper questions, everything is managed digitally via a buying/selling process that is automated, efficient, and tech-driven, yet still protects both parties, providing essential transactional guidance. Transparent, real time transactions, from the source, with no middlemen.

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