What are you doing this weekend? Are you holding or attending an open house? If so, you’re not alone! This weekend, April 20th and 21st, is Nationwide Open House Weekend 2013!
As the housing market continues to come back around, more and more statistics are surfacing that give us hope for the future. According to our friends at Inman News, things are definitely looking up. CoreLogic’s home price index is dishing out some encouraging news – home prices are up significantly!
According to CoreLogic, home prices were up 0.7 percent in January from December. While that may not seem like a huge month-to-month increase, consider this: January’s year-over-year home prices made the biggest jump in seven years – national home prices were up in January by 9.7 percent from a year ago. This is the biggest increase since 2006.
CoreLogic’s home price index got these impressive findings by following the repeat sales of single-family homes.
Higher home prices means more confidence in the real estate market. For you, this means more people may be searching the internet to find a good, reliable real estate professional to help them find their dream home. Is your online reputation up to par? Will homebuyers find the best version of you there is to offer when they hit the search engines?
If you haven’t already, click here to download our FREE eBook, Maximizing Your Online Reputation: A Playbook for Engaging with Consumers and Winning Their Business. As the real estate market improves, be sure your online reputation doesn’t hold you back.
Your clients have finally sealed the deal on their brand new dream home. They’ve signed the papers and have gotten the keys and now it’s time to move in. The most fun part of getting a new house? Decorating it, of course! But in this economy, buying new home furnishings can really pack a financial punch. That’s where we come in.
We have just put together a helpful infographic for you to pass along to your clients on furnishing your home on a budget. From getting to the store before the rest of the crowd in order to get the best deals, to practical fabric choices that will last and save you money in the long run, our infographic has it all.
To check out this helpful infographic to pass along to your clients, click here.
When it’s time to purchase a home, most homebuyers turn to the internet before they contact a real estate professional. With Homes.com’s Q&A Community, they can do both at the same time!
The Q&A Community exists so that interested homebuyers and sellers can get in contact with real, live real estate agents like you who are knowledgeable in their field. It also helps you make connections with prospects that might not otherwise come in contact with you. Get involved today – it’s FREE!
If you’re ready to get involved, here are three easy starting points:
1. Set up your FREE MyHomes profile. Completing your profile really is half the battle. By setting up your profile, you are introducing yourself to the world. Be sure to fill out all the proper fields, and don’t forget to upload a profile picture. You want these contacts to see a face with your name and expertise.
2. Have unlimited questions alerts. The more questions, the more opportunities you have to answer and connect with interested parties.
3. Respond quickly with useful information! You want to be the first agent to answer a homebuyer’s question. Once you’ve established your knowledge and credibility, you are more likely to gain a client. Don’t let another agent make your connection!
It’s really all that simple!
We’ve got some more resources for you to check out before you get started. Click here to see our MyHomes quickstart guide, and click here to see five easy steps to maximize your experience in our Q&A Community.
Because social media is such an integral part of your real estate business, we’ve created an enhancement to your Homes Connect dashboard to be more socially efficient. A new section has been added to your profile section to allow you to enter the URLs of all your social platforms! Doing this will allow icons and links to appear on the front end of your Homes Connect website, giving your site visitors direct access to your social channels.