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Proactive Tips for Protecting Yourself as a Real Estate Agent
As an agent, you work diligently to make sure that your real estate business is doing its very best. Part of growing a real estate business is working with people you are not familiar with. Usually working with new people is an exciting perk of a real estate career, but you should always be aware of the potential dangers involved with meeting strangers. Your safety should play an integral role in your career. Whether you're doing a showing, traveling in the car, or just beginning the paperwork for the sale or purchase of a home, you should consider how you can protect yourself should the situation call for it. Open Houses When working an open house, you will be going into home to show it to potential buyers. Prior to hosting the open house, tell a coworker or your broker where you'll be and how long you'll be there. One option to make sure everyone knows where you will be is to set a calendar invite and share it with your colleagues, making sure to include the date, time, and location of where you will be. Also, when you host an open house, pay close attention to those who enter and leave the home. Before you lock up at the end of the open house, go through the house to make sure that everyone has left. When checking the home to make sure that everyone has left, you should make sure to do this safely. You can try leaving the blinds fully open to the home or maybe go through the home with a colleague on the phone with you. In the Car As a real estate agent, you likely spend large quantities of time in your car. Make sure you stay safe by taking regular precautions to avoid any breakdowns. Take your car in for regular maintenance as needed so that your car is able to perform at its very best. And, as a general rule of thumb, make sure that you keep the fuel in your car at least half full. Identification and Meeting Someone New Identity theft is alive and well, especially in the real estate world. When it comes to filling out important paperwork, or even just meeting a new client, make sure you verify the identification of the potential client. Ask for at least two forms of identification when there are major documents that need to be signed. When it comes to meeting someone new for the first time, take the extra step to meet the new client in a public place such as a local coffee shop or your office. Taking this step to vet the potential client can help ensure that the person is who they say they are and that they are truly interested in a home. Staying safe as an agent is incredibly important for you. You will be working with many new faces and showing many homes for sale. Take time to be cautious and stay safe out there! To view the original article, visit the Homes.com blog.
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Turning Renters to Buyers: Dispelling 5 Key Myths
More so than ever, misconceptions about the buying process keep renters from exploring the possibility of buying a home. Still, seasoned Realtors know that knowledge is power -- a gentle, educational nudge can go a long way in turning would-be renters into first-time homebuyers. Many highly qualified renters see homeownership as out of reach, citing barriers like a minimum 20% down payment, economic uncertainty, or a shortage of inventory as barriers to entry. At the same time, historically low mortgage rates make buying a home more attractive than ever. Renters need not sit on the sidelines and wait out today's uncertain housing market. Realtors can help them navigate the home buying process, establishing long-lasting relationships by pointing them to the right resources and helping them navigate both the decision to buy and a resale transaction. Millennials Making the Move According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau, millennials have surpassed boomers as the largest segment of today's homebuyers. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, Green Street Advisors – Advisory & Consulting Group At the same time, millennials represent roughly 65% of all renters. As the consumer segment hardest hit by macro-economic events, including the Great Recession and the global pandemic, Millennials had been significantly behind both baby boomers and Gen Xers in their rate of homeownership. However, Millennial earnings are on the rise. In a recent study, Harvard's Joint Center for Housing recorded a 157% increase in rental households making more than $150,000 per year, meaning more millennials are ready to buy homes today. Three out of eight millennial renters believe they'll rent for life. Yet millennials are aware of the drawbacks of renting, including missed tax break opportunities, the inevitability of rent hikes, and the inability to build equity. As such, 62% of younger millennials and 68% of older millennials plan to buy within five years. As a Realtor, you can help turn renters into home buyers by dispelling these five common myths: Dispelling Five Common Myths Among Renters 1. "I done make enough money." Income is necessary, but the amount of money someone earns plays a less significant role in getting a mortgage than many might think. Lenders consider much more than just a paycheck when evaluating would-be homebuyers. Debt-to-Income (DTI) ratios and one's ability to make mortgage payments are more heavily considered than how much one makes. Lenders look at the whole picture, including credit scores and and the amount a borrower has for a down payment. First-time homebuyers may need to pay down debt and organize their spending before entering the market. Realtors working in this segment take their time with these clients, placing them in rentals (and earning commissions) while helping them address these factors. Additionally, rates for 30-year loans, 15-year loans, and 5-year ARMs are historically cheap, lowering the monthly cost of owning a home. 2. "I don't have enough for a down payment." / "I don't think I'll get approved." Most renters believe you need 20% down to purchase a house. To buy a $300,000 home, you'd need $60,000 on hand—an overwhelming amount for most renters. Many first-time buyers close on a house with almost nothing down. The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers a 100% financing mortgage. The program, formerly known as a Section 502 mortgage, but more commonly referred to as a "Rural Housing Loan" or "USDA loan," is not just a rural loan—it's available to buyers in suburban neighborhoods, too. With a USDA loan, there's no down payment requirement, no maximum home purchase price, and eligible home repairs and improvements can be included Additionally, the upfront guarantee fee can be an add-on to the loan balance at closing. FHA-insured loans allow for down payments as low as 3.5% in all U.S. markets and come with guidelines with a liberal approach to both down payments and credit scores. The FHA will insure home loans for borrowers with low credit scores, provided there is a reasonable explanation. Additionally, a down payment on an FHA-insured loan can come entirely from down payment assistance, including gifted funds. Low-down payments are also available from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac via the Conventional 97 program. Down payments are 3%, and it's less expensive for many buyers than an FHA-insured mortgage. Loans are currently capped at $548,250 and can only be used for fixed-rate mortgages on single-unit dwellings. In addition, the Conventional 97 program doesn't enforce a specific minimum credit score beyond those for a conventional home loan, and the entire 3% down payment can come from gifted funds from a spouse, partner, guardian, or family member. The Veteran's Administration administers a no-money-down program available to members of the U.S. military and surviving spouses, with straightforward qualifications; and local municipalities often offer various levels of down payment assistance, 3. "There's nothing in my price range." Once your rental client is pre-approved, they have a good sense of their target price range. However, in today's resale inventory-constrained environment, they often find themselves up against an increasingly competitive market. Here's where Realtors can demonstrate their value. Experienced Realtors can leverage their hyper-local expertise to guide first-time homebuyers into neighborhoods with homes in their target range and find hidden gems—properties not quite move-in ready yet in a preferred neighborhood and within their client's price range. 4. "I might move in a few years." Renting rather than buying is prudent over a short term—say a few months to a year, but it makes more sense to buy when staying for at least five years, and, in some cases, buying can even offer value when planning to stay for as few as two years. It boils down to math. Renters considering buying should calculate how long they need to live in a purchased home before the cost of buying outweighs the costs of renting. The New YorkTimes provides a Rent vs. Buy Calculator that takes the most important costs associated with buying a house, including mortgage details, growth rates, taxes, and closing costs, with computing equivalent monthly rents. 5. "I'll wait until I find the perfect house." Renters new to the home buying market may have unrealistic expectations about the inevitable pros and cons proffered by every property. No resale home is perfect, and a first-time purchase will likely require a few concessions. Good houses go fast! Renters looking to buy should be ready to act. Would-be buyers often need to make an offer right after a showing, so have reasonable criteria in mind beforehand. Closing a deal will involve some trade-offs, but the accomplishment of homeownership almost certainly offset them. More so than ever, there's value in working with renters, and while converting renters to buyers takes a little strategy and a lot of chutzpah, it's one of the most proven and cost-effective ways for Realtors to grow their book of business. To view the original article, visit the Rental Beast blog.
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3 Zoom Tips to Look 10x More Professional
Last week, you read 3 Tips to Master Your Gmail Inbox. Those tips, once mastered, will help you save time every day. These next three tips on how to use Zoom will help you look even more like the professional that you are. You will learn how to add a virtual background, how to change your name, and what your camera angle should be. Zoom Tip #1: How to add a virtual background This is excellent, but not a requirement for your Zoom meeting. Having a virtual background can look both good and bad. Before I get into the good, the bad, and the better, let's talk about the "how." During a Zoom call, click the little up arrow ^ to the right of the start video button. Then select Choose Virtual Background. This will bring up the Settings. You can either choose an already existing virtual background, or you can upload a new one using the plus sign (+) on the right of the image. Voilà! Now you should have a virtual background. If selecting a virtual background is not an option for you, then your account settings have to be changed. For how to turn those settings on, I will refer you to this how-to article written by Zoom. Now for the good, the bad, and the ugly. As you can see from my image above, I selected an image of Earth. Which is fine, BUT that doesn't help tell my story. So, our recommendation is for you to create a background using a product like Canva. This helps to create something that has your company's logo in the top left or right corner and the rest of the image follows your company's branding. You might think creating your own image is scary, but it is not. Companies such as Canva now make it extremely easy for people to create their own images. Now for the bad. You may have noticed during your Zoom calls there is a distracting line around people when they have a virtual background. This can be very distracting to those in the meeting. If your background image looks like this you might want to question if a virtual background is right for you. This is where we get to the good stuff. The better. To make a virtual background look really good, use a green screen. This does not have to be expensive or troublesome. It really is just a green sheet that is stretched out flat behind you. When you select a virtual background, you would then also select the option that you are using a green screen. This will make your virtual background look professional and awesome. Zoom Tip #2: How to change your name I don't know about you, but I can be working in one of four different Zoom accounts. A problem that I come across all the time is no one knows who I am until I change my name. First, select Participants. Then, select More next to your name. Click on Rename. Change your name, select Rename again. And you are good to go! Changing your name so people know who you are is essential. I have been on hundreds of Zoom calls with both WAV Group and RE Technology and too often there are people that I don't know on the call. This helps the host know exactly who is there. BONUS TIP: If you are meeting new people, add the name of your business after your name, like this: "Michael Nash | RE Technology." This helps people not just know who you are, but also which company you are with. Zoom Tip #3: Pay attention to the camera angle I've saved the best for last. Pay attention to the camera angle. Many of us today use laptops. This causes the camera to be looking up at us. What do the people you are talking with see? Mostly up your nose! You don't want people looking up there! Instead, position the camera so it is at eye level, or slightly higher, like the image below. This angle is much better for others on the call with you and definitely makes you look more professional. Now it is your turn My homework for you today is to spend the next 15 minutes trying out each of these Zoom tips. They will help you look more professional during your Zoom meetings with clients, your broker or other professionals. Come back next week for an article on how to think, train, and eat for your business. I will be talking about Stu Mittleman's book, Slow Burn, and how it applies to your business. If you have any questions about these Zoom tips or have suggestions for more, please feel free to reach out to me at [email protected] or on LinkedIn.
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Recent Home Buyers Are Overwhelmingly Open to Renting Out Their Home, According to Realtor.com Survey
In the age of the sharing economy, younger homeowners see their home as a potential income stream and are open to having renters SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 23, 2021 -- In today's sharing economy, recent homebuyers are overwhelmingly open to using their home as a way to generate income and offset expenses. Realtor.com's latest survey found that while many owners are using traditional methods such as taking on a roommate, some are also employing more creative tactics when it comes to generating income from their home, such as renting out their outdoor space or parking spot. "As the next generation of home buyers has embraced ridesharing and short-term rentals, it's a natural next step that they begin to think of their biggest asset -- their home -- as a potential income stream," said George Ratiu, manager of economic research, Realtor.com®. "For people looking to take advantage of the sharing economy, in addition to traditional approaches it may be worthwhile to explore creative solutions, such as listing your home as a vacation rental when you leave town, or renting your outdoor space or pool. Even a small amount of income each month can multiply over a year or more and can turn into bigger returns. The survey of 3,026 consumers, which was conducted online by HarrisX in July 2021, found that: Sixty-nine percent of recent homebuyers would rent out part of their home if it had a separate entrance, kitchen and bathroom. Thirty-two percent of consumers have already rented out a room, space or outdoor feature of their property, most commonly taking on a long-term roommate (10%) or renting a room on a short-term basis such as on Airbnb (8%). Creative rental solutions that consumers have employed include: Renting outdoor spaces such as a parking spot (7%), or a yard/pool (6%). Six percent of those surveyed have rented their whole home while they were away and 7% have lived in a smaller unit on their property while renting out the main house. Consumers said that the biggest reason to rent out part or all of their home was: Extra income to save (53%), extra spending money (37%), to lessen the burden of general monthly expenses (35%), to offset major home expenses such as the mortgage (29%), and to cover a family vacation (16%). Rental preferences among homeowners include: Fifty-two percent of consumers would feel comfortable renting a part of their home that has its own entrance, kitchen and bathroom to someone they already knew, 30% would be comfortable as long as they could vet the renter and 29% would be comfortable with a renter that was vetted by a third-party, such as an app. A surprising 16% of people would rent a space to anyone if they really needed the money. Recent buyers were less picky about vetting, with 32% saying they would rent to someone they know and 23% being open to anyone. Among all respondents, long-term renters (24%) were preferred to medium-term (21%) or short-term renters (18%). "It is important to keep in mind that while today's sharing economy may make it sound easy to make rental income off of your home, there are many factors to consider before taking the leap. You should familiarize yourself with tenant rights in your state and locality, and understand any community restrictions. Along with those, making sure that renters have been properly vetted and that home insurance will cover any potential damage, are additional things to look into before inviting renters into your home," said Ratiu. Methodology: Realtor.com® commissioned HarrisX to conduct a national survey of consumers. The total sample size was 3,026 adults. The survey was carried out online from July 21-23, 2021. The sampling margin of error of this poll is ±1.8 percentage points. The figures represent a national view of U.S. adults. Results were weighted for age, gender, region, race/ethnicity, and income where necessary to align them with their actual proportions in the population. About Realtor.com® Realtor.com® makes buying, selling, renting and living in homes easier and more rewarding for everyone. Realtor.com® pioneered the world of digital real estate more than 20 years ago, and today through its website and mobile apps is a trusted source for the information, tools and professional expertise that help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. Using proprietary data science and machine learning technology, Realtor.com® pairs buyers and sellers with local agents in their market, helping take the guesswork out of buying and selling a home. For professionals, Realtor.com® is a trusted provider of consumer connections and branding solutions that help them succeed in today's on-demand world. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. under a perpetual license from the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information, visit Realtor.com®.
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During a Frenzied 2021 Market, Busy Real Estate Agents Processed More than 120,000 Offers Using ShowingTime's Offer Management Platform
ShowingTime also announced igloohome joined its Premier Lock Vendor program, a program that provides additional integration features for lockbox vendors with Bluetooth capabilities CHICAGO -- ShowingTime, the residential real estate industry's leading showing management and market stats technology provider, reported that its Offer Manager platform, used by listing agents and buyer's agents across North America, helped them manage more than 120,000 offers during the real estate industry's multiple-offer frenzy of the past year. Offer Manager provides agents with an experience that is intuitive, presenting a ‘submit an offer' button that can be used from any device. It reduces the number of panic-laden "Did you get my offer?" calls, emails and text messages between agents, and instead infuses clarity into one of the many challenging tasks real estate agents face: communicating clearly with each other about offers. "Before Offer Manager, it was the 'Wild West' – agents were inundated with multiple modes of offers, including faxes, emails and even text messages with pictures of offers," said Michael Barbaro, broker/owner at Huntsman, Meade & Partners Comp in New Haven, Conn. "Some people didn't even follow up, so if you weren't expecting their offer and you didn't know to look for it, and you're fielding another 15+ other offers, it could just be overlooked. The lack of a system was the worst possible scenario for the industry." "Delays often result from communication barriers between agents, leading to confusion on the status of offers while essential documentation can easily be misplaced," said ShowingTime President Michael Lane. "With Offer Manager, listing agents and buyer's agents have a full view of the status of an offer from start to finish, all from within the interface of their existing ShowingTime showing management service. The same philosophy that has guided the development of our showing management products was in place here: provide agents with a streamlined process that will pay dividends in efficiency and productivity to fuel their growth." Offer Manager works in parallel with ShowingTime's 'schedule a showing' process and is deployed MLS-wide in many U.S. and Canadian markets. A version for brokers, teams and individual agents, Offer Manager Premium, is also available. "We received so many offers at the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021 that it was beginning to put a strain on our admin staff and we clearly needed a solution," said Joe Kipping of Keller Williams Tampa Bay Home Team. "Before Offer Manager, all offer management would be done with an email inbox, a spreadsheet and Google Drive. Now, I can view the offer quickly and I know the buyer's agent will be sent a notification letting them know the offer was received, saving me a lot of time." MLSs in Mississippi, Nevada and North Carolina are rolling out the product for members, while multiple offices, teams and agents have signed up for Offer Manager Premium. In addition, the company announced that igloohome, the consumer brand under igloocompany, joined its Premier Lock Vendor program. They provide agents with smart lockboxes for hassle-free home access and Bluetooth® technology to provide one-tap access. "We're pleased to be a ShowingTime Premier Lock vendor," said igloocompany CEO and Founder Anthony Chow. "We share a common desire to facilitate easier, safer access to homes." About ShowingTime ShowingTime is the residential real estate industry's leading showing management and market stats technology provider, with more than 1.5 million active listings subscribed to its services. Its products are used in more than 370 Multiple Listing Services representing 1.4 million real estate professionals across Canada and the U.S. For more information, visit www.showingtime.com. About igloocompany igloocompany is the market leading smart access solution provider. The company operates a consumer line of business branded igloohome and an enterprise-focused line under iglooworks. With igloohome smart locks, consumers can grant time-sensitive access to their properties remotely leveraging on their unique technology - algoPIN™. iglooworks offers businesses a suite of solutions for remote monitoring and management of access for property and infrastructure management. Currently headquartered in Singapore, it has 13 regional offices including a U.S. presence in Texas. For more information, visit www.igloocompany.co.
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WATCH: Looking for Listings? Learn the Secrets of Legendary Lead Generation in 90 Minutes
It's a seller's market and real estate agents across the country are looking for ways to find more seller leads. To help you get a jump-start on your lead gen strategy, we recently hosted a webinar with two top real estate trainers on how to generate more seller leads and position yourself in today's competitive market. Watch the webinar recording below to learn more about: Organic leads - Social media and SEO Paid leads - Interruption and search-based marketing How to win the listing - What to bring to the listing presentation And more! Webinar Guests ‍Stephanie Alfonso, Business Development Consultant at Elevate ‍Dylan Handy, Business Development Consultant at Elevate Video Timeline 0:00 - Stephanie Alfonso introduces the topic and fellow panelist Dylan Handy. 7:38 - Why lead generation starts with an online presence. 8:26 - Dylan shares seller statistics. 9:58 - The importance of real estate websites in lead generation. 14:18 - Building SEO with blogs integrated into your website. 22:28 - The benefits of social media in lead generation. 43:00 - How to leverage YouTube for your business. 47:28 - Using paid traffic for lead generation. 48:23 - Difference between Google Ads vs. Facebook Ads. 50:43 - What a PPC (pay-per-click) ad campaign looks like. 51:31 - Seller lead keywords to use in your ad campaigns. 51:57 - How to leverage a lead capture landing page. 54:06 - Interruption-based marketing. 58:22 - How to nurture leads with email campaigns. 1:00:27 - Using direct mail to target seller leads at home. 1:03:58 - How to turn leads into clients with your listing presentation. 1:05:55 - What to say on your next listing appointment. 1:07:25 - Recap. 1:10:00 - Learn more about what the Elevate platform has to offer real estate agents. Next Steps Visit tryelevate.com to learn more. Email Dylan or Stephanie for more information. Read articles about Online Marketing and Social Media, or explore more Online Marketing solutions in our Product Directory Watch more webinars
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Rethinking the Inventory Shortage: How these teams are doing better than ever
Got inventory? The truth is, few areas do--and that's made for an extremely challenging summer real estate market. But challenges can be overcome, and to find out how, we turned to two top-producing team leaders. In a recent webinar, they shared their market challenges, how they leverage data to convince homeowners to list, tips for motivating their teams, and more. Discover their secrets to success by watching the webinar recording below: Webinar Guests Trey Willard, Team Leader, The W Group Becky Garcia, Team Leader, The Garcia Group Moderator: Marilyn Wilson, Co-founder and President, RE Technology Video Timeline 0:00 - Moderator Marilyn Wilson introduces the topic and panelists. 1:04 - Trey Willard shares what market conditions and inventory are like in the Baton Rouge area. 3:08 - Becky Garcia shares what market conditions and inventory are like in the Phoenix area. 4:31 - Will normal seasonal market patterns return any time soon? 7:05 - Which data, tools and reports help convince homeowners that it's time to list? 20:36 - How long does it take to warm up a lead? 25:05 - Why CRMs are a core tool for success in real estate. 30:52 - Becky and Trey share the other ways they use technology to combat low inventory. 36:25 - The panelists share how much time they spend working their CRM, and their team set-ups. 43:33 - How to focus on the long-term growth of your real estate business despite market changes. 53:06 - Tips for managing team member performance. 57:20 - Becky and Trey share their advice on how to take your business to the next level. Next Steps To learn more, watch this BoomTown product tour Read articles about CRM, or explore more CRM solutions in our Product Directory Watch more webinars Register for our next webinar, Looking for Listings? Learn the SECRETS of Legendary Lead Generation in 90 minutes
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WATCH: Conquering Social Media and Lead Generation in Your Market
Is social media a struggle? Do you need help with your online lead generation efforts? Learn from two top trainers exactly what to do to give your real estate business a robust online presence. Stephanie Alfonso and Dylan Handy, Business Development Consultants at Elevate, joined RE Technology for a comprehensive social media training session. Watch the recorded session below to learn the top seven online platforms that agents are underusing, how to leverage them, paid vs. free lead gen traffic, and so much more: Webinar Guests ‍Stephanie Alfonso, Business Development Consultant at Elevate ‍Dylan Handy, Business Development Consultant at Elevate Moderator: Marilyn Wilson, Co-founder and President, RE Technology Video Timeline 0:00 - Moderator Marilyn Wilson introduces the topic and panelists. 4:48 - Stephanie Alfonso briefly offers background info on Elm Street Technology and Elevate. 7:33 - The ultimate goal of online lead generation. 8:31 - The two types of lead gen traffic: free and paid. 9:33 - What are your social media weaknesses? What are your business strengths? 11:17 - The top seven platforms that agents don't fully utilize in their online marketing strategy. 12:44 - Platform #1: Blogging. Learn blogging's benefits, what to write about, tips and more. 20:37 - Platform #2: Facebook. Learn the difference between business vs. personal profiles, what to post, how to grow your audience, ads vs. boosted posts, and more. 36:36 - Platform #3: Instagram. Learn about business profiles, what to post, leveraging Stories and more. 39:43 - Platform #4: LinkedIn. Find out how to leverage LinkedIn's SEO value, what to post to the Activity Log, getting agent to agent referrals, and more. 42:12 - Platform #5: Twitter. How to reach Millennials, what to post, and more. 43:16 - Platform #6: YouTube. Learn about YouTube's high SEO value, video content to create, and where to share it. 45:27 - Platform #7: Your Website. The importance of your website as the online hub of your business, what a real estate website needs, and more. 47:54 - Online marketing starts with blog posts and integration. 49:53 - What to say on your next listing appointment. 51:19 - Paid lead generation for real estate: the two main sources of leads. 51:33 - Paid search-based marketing, or PPC (pay per click). 54:00 - Comparison between Zillow/Realtor.com vs. PPC/social media ads. 56:13 - The importance of nurturing leads, and the tools that can help: CRM and email marketing. 57:41 - The one word that best describes a successful online lead generation strategy. 59:56 - What holds real estate agents back from online and social media marketing? 1:01:26 - ‍Dylan Handy on Elevate's all-in-one system that integrates all aspects of your online presence. 1:20:27 - Q&A segment. Next Steps Visit tryelevate.com to learn more Email Dylan or Stephanie for more information Read articles about Online Marketing and Social Media, or explore more Online Marketing solutions in our Product Directory Watch more webinars
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WATCH: Being the 'Present Real Estate Agent' Your Clients Deserve
You must invest some time to watch this webinar from one of America's top producing real estate agents, incredible mom, and master of the Mommies and Mimosas parties: Rachael Adams Lee. Rachael operates her team of eight under the Keller Williams flag in Sacramento, Calif. In this webinar, she shares information on how she developed her successful business doing the hard work of door knocking 200 homes a week and script practice to hone her selling skills. Moreover, Rachael shares her 33 touch points for marketing to your database. Rachael is an enthusiastic user of BoomTown for managing her clients for life and offers tips on her most successful direct marketing pieces and other client engagement tools. As much as Rachael uses technology to support her business, she shares that it does not run her business. Her key tips for real estate agents include time blocking and task management to give her a chance to be present with her clients and her family. Rachael is a true professional—highly skilled, hardworking, and delightful to be with. Please take some time to click the play button below and enjoy all of what Rachael has shared. You will be glad you did.
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WATCH: Give Your Online Listing a Virtual Advantage by Using Reliable Property Data
What's the best way to impress your sellers with your marketing plan? By giving buyers what they want. And what do buyers want? Comprehensive property information, including virtual walkthroughs, accurate square footage, floor plans and more. This has never been more important than it has in the past year, as the home search process has shifted ever more online. But the market is hot, and agents are busy, so what's the easiest way to put all of this information online where buyers will see it? That's what we explored in a recent webinar. Watch the video below to learn the three steps that will give your listing the virtual advantage: Webinar Guests Michael Vervena, VP of Sales, iGuide Moderator: Marilyn Wilson, Co-founder and President, RE Technology Video Timeline 0:00 - Moderator Marilyn Wilson introduces the topic and panelist. 1:30 - Michael Vervena shares the webinar's agenda and explains what iGuide does for agents. 4:56 - What home sellers value from their agent. 6:08 - Why it's important to focus on buyer needs in your marketing. 8:09 - What is important to the home buyer? 10:00 - An intro to the three steps to give your online listing the virtual advantage. 10:48 - Step 1: Give buyers what they want. 24:34 - Step 2: Share and market your listing. 55:11 - Step 3: Show results to your sellers and demonstrate your value. 56:55 - How to learn more about iGuide. Next Steps To learn more about iGuide, visit GoiGUIDE.com To find a service provider in your area, visit goiguide.com/residential-real-estate Read articles about Virtual Tours, Floor Plans, and Online Marketing Explore more Virtual Tour, Floor Plan, and Online Marketing solutions in our Product Directory Watch more webinars
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