I've got a hypothetical scenario for you:
Imagine a buyer walks in and says, "I want to buy this specific house. We've found it online and want to pay you directly. Convince me why your fee, whether it's 2%, 2.5%, 3%, or whatever you charge, is worth it. What value do you offer beyond finding the house?”
Remember, they've already found it. This is crucial for buyer representation. Let me share some ideas about this, drawn from my experience teaching the Accredited Buyer's Representation (ABR) class for NAR for a decade:
Let me guide you through building value. When working with buyers, start using this language: “You know, finding a house is surprisingly straightforward. My real work begins once we've found the house.”
It's crucial to show that the house hunt isn't the challenge; anyone can do that.
“But what I do is special. Here's what I do: First, I conduct thorough research on the house. I...
I wanna give you two questions you should ask every buyer to test whether they're actually ready and willing to move forward in the process.
Your time is your most valuable asset. You don't wanna be spending it with people that are not ready to pull the trigger. So one question you can ask is this:
“Hey, you know what? The way I work is very low key. I never wanna pressure anyone. But I do have a quick question for you: If we find you the right house, the one that really clicks all the boxes for you, is there anything holding you back from moving forward?”
Now, that's a great kind of pre-close question that you can ask in advance before you go out and start looking at homes.
And here's another one:
“One question I ask everybody I start working with before we start looking at homes is, what's your biggest hesitation? What's your biggest fear about this home buying process? I wanna make sure I...
In a study of 10,000 sales calls, two different scripts were tested to set appointments with sales professionals.
I'll share those scripts with you, and I want you to think about which one you believe was more effective.
Script one: "I'd love to talk to you about a game-changing idea I just came across."
Script two: "I'd love to get your opinion on something."
Now, which script do you think had a higher success rate? Well, script two, where we asked for their opinion, outperformed the other script by a staggering 700%.
People love giving their opinion. It's irresistible. We see it on social media all the time. So when we use this language in our sales approach, it engages and opens up the conversation.
Try incorporating it when selling homes, talking to buyers, or engaging with sellers.
For example, ask Mr. and Mrs. Buyer, "I've found a few homes that could be a good fit. Can you tell me your opinion? Which...
Guys, you've probably heard about the class-action lawsuits targeting realtor organizations, MLS groups, and large franchises.
The plaintiffs claim that they were unaware they were paying both their own fees and the buyer's fees. The lawsuits aim to either eliminate seller-paid brokerage fees or ensure transparent disclosure of these fees. While similar lawsuits have been filed in the past, these recent cases are gaining traction, resulting in settlements.
For instance, a New England MLS paid a 3 million settlement to resolve the issue.
This poses a significant challenge to our industry's business model, which has operated on the basis of sellers covering the REALTOR fees for decades. We may face a future where we have to approach buyers and inform them that they must pay their fees at closing and make a choice regarding representation. If they want me to represent them, we'll have a conversation, sign a document,...
As a real estate professional, I often get asked about the biggest demographic group that's currently buying homes.
Well, the answer might surprise you:
In fact, they make up the vast majority of buyers on the market. So, if I want to get these potential buyers off the fence and into homeownership, I need to focus on their motivations, not just on getting more business.
Here are the top three reasons why millennials are buying homes.
1. Millennials want to build equity in their own home instead of building someone else's equity through rent payments.
This is a powerful message that needs to be a part of our marketing campaigns. Have you ever stopped to think that every time you make a rent payment, you're helping someone else build their wealth? What if you could start building wealth for yourself and your family by owning your own home? Homeownership is within everyone's capability, and I can help...
I want to discuss how to follow up with a seller effectively. Having a reliable follow-up process is essential to getting the seller to sell their house for the highest possible price.
Many agents don't have a set follow-up plan, so I encourage you to adopt a consistent and rigid one. This means that you are consistent in delivering your follow-up to the seller. It all starts with a conversation where you set the seller's expectations when you first take the listing. You say, "Hey, Mr. and Mrs. Seller, I'm super excited to be your listing agent and start working with you. We're going to get your home sold."
One of the things I like to do is to have a weekly follow-up call, and I will provide a complete update on what's happening. This includes virtual showings, physical showings, feedback from agents, the seller's peer group, and any new listings that hit the market. I will also send you a physical report every week.
Only 16% of buyers believe it's a good time to buy a home today. That's according to a new study from Fannie Mae. So when we hear that number, it's kind of a shocking number and it's a record low. Let's not put any sugar on this. It's not good.
So when we're talking to our clients that may have thought about buying but are on the fence right now, how can we have just an honest conversation about the market today?
Well, I like this idea of a "then versus now" conversation. The "then versus now" conversation is dealing with real world numbers. And so let's assume you have a situation where you say, "Hey listen, I know you're kind of on the fence about buying right now, but I just wanna walk you through something to think about. If you were back in time six months ago when we started talking about buying, and you bought a house back then, let's just run through some numbers. I'm gonna compare that to where we're...
What is the picky inspection?
Now, for years we've been in a seller's market. And the last thing we wanted an inspector to do is to come in and kill the deal, right? But today the market is shifting towards buyers. And buyers are starting to gain more and more leverage in the marketplace.
So when I'm counseling my buyers, I might say, "You know, we wanna get an inspection. That's a fair inspection. But I'm kind of leaning towards advising my inspector to be a little bit more picky than they might have been in the past. Let me tell you why:
Because what we're doing when we do an inspection is really looking at health and safety issues and really big structural issues. You know, the roof is going bad, or there's a bad foundation, or something like that. The minor stuff, the things like just noting the age of a water heater and you know that there's a crack in the sidewalk and you know, the basic stuff, the cosmetic stuff is...
Is it a good time to buy a house today?
It's an important question for us as REALTORS to be able to answer and really be passionate about it. This isn't just an answer we're giving because we wanna sell a house, but an answer that's actually backed up by real data.
That way, buyers will actually believe what we're saying and be influenced by what we're saying.
So here are 5 key reasons, backed up by data, why people should be excited about entering the market today:
1. Rents are rising quickly.
So if you're not a homeowner, what are you by default? In most cases, you're a renter. So latest reading shows that rents are up 14.8% compared to a year ago. And they're likely to continue to rise at a fast pace going forward.
2. Interest rates.
Interest rates have settled back down a little bit. They're not at the peaks anymore. So interest rates historically, when you look at the last five decades, have averaged 8%. Right now, we're in the high...
Now here's another question that a lot of us are getting:
Is the market turning into a buyer's market?
This is really a market-by-market conversation. But I will tell you that we could easily have a situation in a lot of markets where you actually have a couple different markets within the larger market.
Here's what that means:
Markets aren't just one thing. They are a whole list of price bands, right? So you have lower tier price bands, mid tier price bands, and higher price bands. And in your market, as the market is transitioning, it's not all one thing. So you could have a lower tier price band that's still a strong sellers market. Lots of demand because that's where first time home buyers go, right?
But then as you move up the ladder, you might see that at the higher tiers—the luxury housing, for instance—that it is a buyer's market.
So what's the defining factor here?
You gotta ask yourself, how do I...
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