With the constant growth of technology, real estate agents are always looking for new ways to connect with their audience. While many agents use social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, others are turning to different, more personalized platforms to reach younger buyers. According to a recent study, millennials now make up the largest group of homebuyers at 35%. Snapchat, one of the top three social apps used by millennials, can be a great way to connect with this younger generation. Here’s why real estate agents should use this growing social tool to reach younger buyers.
According to the most recent Homes.com Local Market Index Reports, 95 out of the top 100 markets have posted monthly gains over a three month average. This, along with spikes in traffic and leads on Homes.com, serves as evidence that national housing market conditions are improving and more home buyers are feeling comfortable about coming to market.
With ninety percent of home buyers starting their search online (NAR), it’s critical to have a partner that will expose your business to these potential clients. According to Omniture SiteCatalyst, the number of monthly visits in July searching for properties on Homes.com rose from 14.5 million to just over 17.5 million over the same month last year, a 22% increase! What’s more is that Homes.com has sent real estate professionals over 318,000 leads during July 2014 (Homes.com Internal Tracking). Continue reading
Whether it’s low maintenance costs, access to amenities or the uncertainty of committing to a mortgage, more and more people are starting to realize the benefits of renting. In fact, the National Association of Realtors found that five to six million new rental properties will be created within the next ten years. Working with these renters can offer real estate professionals a unique opportunity to grow your referral network, establish relationships with future buyers and ensure long term wealth. Here are three helpful tips that will help you build your rental portfolio by better marketing your rental properties, so that you can start taking advantage of this growing market! Continue reading
Are your listings staying on the market longer than you anticipated? Clients want their home sold as quickly as possible, so make sure you’re marketing tactics are moving these properties as efficiently as possible. It’s always frustrating when you can’t match the right buyer with the right seller, and with these five tips, you can better connect with the right buyer and ultimately sell your listings faster!
1. Listing Exposure is Key
Since 90% of consumers begin their home search online, you’d better make sure your property listings are there (National Association of Realtors). This is why Preferred listings from Homes.com is such a valuable tool, as it puts your listings in front of the 12 million visitors that visit the site each month. Preferred listings get 300% more views than basic listings on Homes.com, giving you a significant advantage over your competitors when potential home buyers are searching for properties in your area! Continue reading
Convenience may be the single most important quality that customers look for in a business in 2014. Today’s on-the-go consumer demands that they be able to find information exactly when they need it, and if a business is unable meet this demand, they’ll likely lose their competitive edge. With that being said, real estate professionals must ensure that they provide a one stop shop for clients and prospects that helps them through every step of the home buying process.
Over the past several weeks, Homes.com has discussed consumer trends that may affect the way you market your business to clients and prospects. This time around, we will be looking into another one of these consumer trends known as “Helpfull.” According to a study performed by Trendwatching.com, people have become accustomed to services online that preempt and fulfill their needs before they ask for it. What’s more is that they are starting to carry this need for real time information into the physical world. This means that you should continually improve what your business has to offer, so that when a client or prospect starts searching for information, you will have already provided the resources to help. Not only will this help you grow your reputation as the local expert, but it will also help create and strengthen your relationships.
Patience is a virtue that “Helpfull” consumers lack, so you must provide a service that keeps up with their fast-paced demands. Your website should provide tools and resources that cover even the most minuscule details of the home buying process. On the off chance that your website doesn’t have what they’re looking for, you can expect a phone call shortly after and you must make yourself available when this happens. Be sure to provide prompt responses to “Helpfull” consumers, because the likelihood of them waiting around to hear back from you is slim-to-none; instead they will find someone else that can meet their expectations.
Humanizing your brand is another important thing to consider when working with “Helpfulls,” as they are sick and tired of dealing with voicemails and automated systems! Think about it: how frustrating is it when you are trying to find information and you can’t talk to a real person? “Press one for this.” Or “press two for that.” While these operational strategies can be cost-efficient, it can completely change a person’s opinion of a business. Not only does it waste their time, but quite frankly, it’s downright annoying. Buying or selling a home is one of the biggest financial decisions a person will make in their lifetime, so make sure that YOU are there to help them along every step of the way. This one-on-one interaction is crucial for building relationships and connecting with local buyers and sellers, as it demonstrates your dedication and that you value their business.
“Helpfulls” are all about the here and now, so you must position yourself as a resource they can rely on to strealine the home buying process. Try adding widgets to your website that address frequently asked questions, helpful resources like the Mortgage Checklist and House Hunting Checklist from Homes.com, or even try something as simple as providing them with a phone number for contacting you past normal working hours. In short, make the home buying process as easy and stress-free as possible while adding a little personal touch, because it will go a long way when working with “Helpfulls”!