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Do You Need a Celebrity Broker to Stay Competitive in the Luxury Real Estate Market?

The latest in real estate trends: Celebrity brokers are upping the ante on sales in the luxury market. With the popularity of reality TV in regards to the real estate and home improvement market, however, this probably will not come as a surprise to many agents, sellers, or buyers.

Who’s cashing in on the celebrity broker trend?
It’s no secret. CNBC’s “Secret Lives of the Super Rich” asked some of the top celebrity brokers how their starlit status is helping them cash in. Here’s what they had to share…

  • Ryan Serhart – “Million Dollar Listing New York”
    Actor-turned-agent Ryan Serhart leads one of the top-selling teams in New York. He credits his success in building his brand to the show. He had only been in business a year and a half before his audition, and remembers praying for his phone to ring. Now the phone is ringing, and his status is opening new doors he would otherwise never have been able to.
  • David Parnes – “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles”
    David Parnes has also identified his show’s capacity as a huge marketing platform, reaching sellers worldwide. “Our business is all about exposure and it really doesn’t get better than this,” he said. He and his partner James Harris are cashing in on video real estate trends as well, casting themselves and other reality stars in real estate listing marketing videos.
  • Luis Ortiz – “Million Dollar Listing”
    Luis Ortiz points to his show’s wide reaching exposure as the reason sellers seek him out to add value to their listings. He was once given a $19.5 million dollar listing from a fan.

Is the price right? Chances are you won’t need Bob Barker to prove your point, but a little help from the latest real estate trends never hurts. Come on down and discover what you need for success at Properties Online today.

Real Estate Tech Trends

Real Estate Tech Trends

Every year, Properties Online compiles a report compiling highly relevant real estate statistical information from a variety of sources, including the National Association of Realtors, the California Association of Realtors, RealEstateSites.com and 15,000 single property websites. The report provides a comprehensive look at real estate tech trends – invaluable information for today’s real estate professional.

The internet and agents – together they’re the magic mix

Ninety percent of home buyers use the internet to search for homes, with 52% using it as a first step. Eight-seven percent of home buyers used an agent to search, with 89% using an agent to actually purchase a home once they found one. This figure has risen from 69% since 2001.

Home buyers are relying heavily on online sources and their agents to provide information, with decreasing use of some sources, such as newspapers and open houses. Agents found purchased homes for 34% of respondents, while 42% found the home they ultimately purchased on the internet. For Sale By Owner, beware. Only 2% of respondents bought their house this way.

An internet presence is crucial to success in today’s real estate market. Sixty percent of buyers Googled their agent before hiring. And both buyers (70%) and sellers (75%) are looking primarily to the internet to find an agent.

Great expectations

For the typical home buyer, expectations are not being met. Seventy-seven percent of sellers expect a response from their agent within 30 minutes; however, only 24% of agents meet their expectations. A massive 45% of sellers expect an instant reply!

Buyers are no less demanding in their expectations. In fact, 88% of buyers expect a response from their agent within 1 hour, but only 30% of agents live up to this expectation. A similar 42% of buyers expect an instant response from their agent. Ninety-four percent of buyers say that agent response time is very important to their selection process. In other words, you’d better be available!

Technology gives agents an advantage by helping them to stay competitive (49%); respond to clients faster (49%); give an appearance of being up-to-date (22%); and save time (15%).

Here are some more tidbits from the report. To read the entire thing, click here.

84% of home buyers considered online photos to be very useful in helping to make a decision. 21% felt the same about video. 79% appreciated detailed property information.

  • Only 10% of buyers actually used an agent they’d used previously.
  • Agents who spend $1,000 or more to maintain their website generate on average 17% of their business from their website.
  • While 27% of agents still list their homes for sale in the newspaper, only 1% of buyers find their homes that way.
  • Mobile Traffic now accounts for 30% of the total traffic to real estate websites.

SOURCE: Real Estate Tech Trends 2013 / Properties Online Annual Report