[Infographic] Feel the Love with Community Videos

HDC_Community_Video_Blog_1200x600.jpgDifferentiating yourself through video marketing can make your leads more willing to wait for the opportunity to work with you, earn the trust of your clients, and get full commission on all your listings. Check out these tips from Anne Jones and Marguerite Giguere’s recent Secrets of Top Selling Agents webinar to find out more about the benefits of creating videos as well as tips on where to film! Read on to make the leap into video marketing! Continue reading

SEO Trends to Stay Ahead of the Real Estate Competition

HDC_SEO_Trends_2017_Blog_1200x600How do you win at a game where the rules are constantly changing? Simple, by staying ahead of your competition.

Search engine optimization (SEO) is one of those games in which the rules change on a constant basis and when you think you see a finish line, it moves. Since businesses want to win, many have created keyword creator platforms and linking farms to help them beat the SEO game. But giants like Google are making sure that everyone gets a fair chance to lead the game by creating algorithms (like Panda, Penguin, and Hummingbird) to catch those who try to trick search engines. By paying attention to industry trends and applying them to your SEO strategy, your real estate business can rank above your competitors in Google searches. Continue reading

Even FSBO’s Want to Do Business with People They Know, Like and Trust.

HDC_FSBO_Blog_2709_1200x600.jpgReal estate agents either love or hate working with FSBO listings, and due to the internet, advice on selling homes is more accessible than ever before. Despite this, only 8% of home sales in 2016 were FSBO (2016 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers), the lowest percentage of FSBO transactions since before 1981.

One possible explanation for this decrease is how complicated and time-consuming real estate transactions can be. Despite an owner having all the necessary forms, documents, contracts, and disclosures, the nuanced nature of the forms can make correctly completing them a challenge. Finding a buyer can also be difficult if the seller isn’t readily available to conduct showings due to work, family-duties, or any of the other things that compose ordinary life. And then when they do find a buyer, FSBOs have a median selling price of only $185K, compared with the agent assisted median of $245K (2016 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers). Continue reading

Professional Looking Photos Don’t Have to Cost a Fortune – Smartphone Photography

HDC_Photography_Blog_Image_8-1_2704_1200x600Not long ago, you either had to have a professional grade camera (along with the knowledge of how to use it) or hire a professional photographer to take your listing photos to compete with the images you see in magazines and on the web. Thanks to the advancement of today’s mobile technology, you can take and edit professional looking images on your phone.

Taking great photos on your mobile device isn’t just point and shoot; some skill is required. However, there’s no secret to amazing photos; with just a few tips and tricks you can capture the perfect image and add the finishing touches right from your phone. Continue reading

How to Write “Benefits” Ads to Attract More Buyers

HDC_Real_Estate_Ads_Blog_2701_v2_1200x600.jpgYou know it. I know it. Everyone knows it…you’re supposed to sell the “benefits” of your listings, not the “features,” but that’s easier said than done. Anyone can slap together a description for the “4 bed 2.5 bath home for sale with huge deck and great view.” It takes a bit more effort to describe the listing in a way that resonates with a potential buyer by recommending they, “Abandon busy city-living and envision yourself basking on your generously sized deck, enjoying a view most people can only dream of! Make the ‘possibilities’ realities with this spacious 4 bed, 2.5 bath home!” If you want your ads to show this liveliness and passion, read on to discover how you can transform them! Continue reading