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SEO Tips for Optimizing YouTube Real Estate Videos

SEO Tips for Optimizing YouTube Real Estate Videos

Struggling with real estate video SEO? We’ve got the information you need to tap into YouTube’s masses. The second largest search engine by volume (after Google), a winning marketing strategy for optimizing your content via YouTube search is one of the easiest ways to maximize ROI from your video marketing campaign.

Simple, Effective Tactics for Optimizing YouTube Real Estate Video SEO:

Optimize Titles
As with Google, optimizing your YouTube search begins with superior on-page content. On-page optimization helps YouTube understand the purpose of your video, identify related keywords, and sort/rank your video in search results, likewise increasing the chance your video will pop-up in Google search results as well.

Get to Know Key On-Page Ranking Factors
These include your video title, the most important, as well as video description and meta tags.

– TITLE: It’s best to put your main keyword at the beginning of the title. (Titles have a 100 character limit, but only search to 66 characters, so be careful.)

– DESCRIPTION: Place the main keyword at the start of the video description as well, with secondary keywords included in the body of the description, making sure content reads naturally.

– TAGS: Be sure to include about 5-10 tags covering your main keyword, but don’t go overboard.

Used Closed Captioning
In addition to helping the hearing-impaired take advantage of your content, closed captions can also strengthen your SEO. Adding them is easy.

Promote Outside YouTube
While views are no longer a top ranking factor, search results still ranks videos by popularity, making them essential in setting your video apart as an authoritative piece on its subject matter.

Regularly Add Fresh Content
YouTube’s search algorithm gives fresh content a boost in visibility, anywhere from 24-hours to 3-months, to drive traffic and assess performance/relevance.

Looking for more tips for boosting your real estate video SEO value? PropertiesOnline has the tips and technology you need to ensure success. Contact us today.

What to Know About the Luxury Real Estate Market in These Uncertain Times

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.

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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.

Things You Don’t Know About Mold that Could Land You in Hot Water

Things You Don’t Know About Mold that Could Land You in Hot Water

Mold is a hot-button topic in real estate sales. Today’s tightly-sealed, more efficient buildings provide an ideal environment for its growth, and as public awareness of the issue grows alongside multi-million-dollar mold settlements, it pays to stay on-point when it comes to evolving mold legalities.

You Aren’t Required to be a Mold Expert – But You Can’t Stick Your Head in the Sand

While it’s not up to you to detect and diagnose mold issues, you must be knowledgeable and aware of the basic signs of mold to protect your clients (and your reputation). Red flags include:

– Musty, mildewy odors.

– Stained walls, ceilings, and baseboards, from common to multi-colored varieties.

– Plumbing leaks and drainage problems.

What to Do if You Suspect Mold & Why You May be a Target

Unfortunately, for most states there are no standard practices in effect – though that is rapidly changing. California recently enacted the country’s first mold legislation, listing standards for acceptable indoor levels and requirements for home seller disclosure.

In the wake of recent lawsuits and legislation, home inspectors and pest control operations are rapidly adjusting disclaimer legalese to limit their liability, with homeowners insurance companies commonly limiting compensation. Thus agents should be prepared for the possibility of agent liability with buyer clients in real estate sales involving mold issues.

Tips to Reduce Liability and Protect the Health of Your Real Estate Career:

1. Be diligent about checking for red flags, including odors and visual cues.

2. If you notice mold, carefully word disclosures, avoiding ‘black mold’ and ‘toxic mold’ verbiage. You’re not offering expert analysis. Be generic: Note ‘mold-type’ or ‘mildew-like’ staining/odors and their location(s).

3. Refer clients to ‘contact a qualified specialist for review,’ insisting potential buyers have their own, independent home inspection conducted.

4. Get to know mold experts in your area. Provide a list, but do not recommend particular vendors.

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Timing of Your Client's Home Sale Means More Money

Timing of Your Client’s Home Sale Means More Money

In today’s dog-eat-dog world of real estate sales, where supply is low and housing prices rapidly rising, seller’s remorse is a common issue. If Steve or Sally Seller is driving themselves insane over timing issues, wondering if their home will be ‘worth’ more if they simply wait to sell, it’s time to get down to the brass tacks.

You Can’t Perfectly Time a Home Sale

Like stocks, you can’t time a home listing for the absolute peak of a housing market ascent. Without ESP or a Magic-8 Ball, you’re out of luck. Even staid economists and real estate agents cannot predict exactly what will happen next in real estate sales with any level of certainty. (Remember the housing bubble?)

Home prices could rise – or drop – in which case waiting would fall firmly in the ‘no bueno’ category. Like stocks, marginal differences based on timing will likely be insignificant. Taking a long-term perspective is key.

Housing Costs Will Rise Alongside the Value of Your Current Home

Let’s face it, you have to live somewhere, and the majority of Americans are looking to move up – not down or laterally – in listing their current home. If values are rising, they’re rising everywhere. The math simply doesn’t add up. The more you make on your current home, the more you’ll spend on whatever home you choose to buy.

Put Plainly: It’s Time to Sell When You Have To…

Like when you’re relocating for that great new job, making room for a new family member, or finding your dream home. At these times, when sellers worry about listing too soon, reminding them to look at the bigger picture can quell uncertainties, preventing listing limbo from becoming a stumbling block to bigger, better things.

It’s now or never. Are you ready to up your real estate sales game? Make the move with the help of Properties Online today.