It’s hard to kick back and enjoy the summer when you’re constantly hunting for leads and trying to build your business. However, Homes.com can help. With options available to help your business from the time a person starts thinking about buying or selling to years after the sale has been closed, our programs can free up your time, allowing you to focus on converting only the best leads, leaving you plenty of time to relax. Continue reading
One of the most underutilized resources in real estate is the agent and/or broker website. Many agents see their website as a place to send buyers to search for listings after the lead has been captured. However, websites can be used to generate leads as well. Top agents generate hundreds of buyer and seller leads from their websites. To start making money with your real estate website, take time to add the following tips, tools, and techniques to your website strategy. Continue reading
During a recent Secrets of Top Selling Agents webinar, we polled agents about what their single greatest challenge was. Most agents answered, “getting enough new leads to generate the sales I want.” If this is an issue for you, too, and you want to overcome the lack-of-leads challenge, be sure to watch Homes.com National Speaker and Sales Director Joe Sesso’s webinar “Unlocking the Power of Homes.com.”
While there are many lead sources available to enterprising agents, a company or personal website is one of the best. To create a successful real estate website, you must have two components: good design and strong SEO. As Sesso noted, “If your site looks old, if it looks outdated, if it’s got broken links on it, if it’s not operating properly, it’s not [creating] a good impression.” Your website is representing your business all day, every day, creating first impressions with potential clients. Make sure these impressions are positive! Continue reading
By upgrading to Preferred Listings on Homes.com you gain exclusive leads and Preferred Agent branding. With Preferred Agent branding, all preferred listing lead inquiries are sent to the listing agent only. Additionally, no further advertisements (like Local Connect) will show on Preferred Listings. Continue reading
Real 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