How's your real estate business going?
When I ask some people this question, they seem to lack enthusiasm about where they're at with their business. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon as we've entered what I like to call the Real Estate Hunger Games, and here's what that means:
This year, we're projected to close about four and a half million transactions in real estate with around 1.6 million REALTORS. When we rewind the clock back to 2012, just about a million REALTORS were in business and we were still closing about the same number of transactions. With 60% more REALTORS doing the same volume of transactions, it's no wonder why it's more competitive than it's ever been in our industry.
So, the question is, how do you make sure that you're not market driven but strategy driven?
I'm going to share with you a simple strategy that's going to be so simple you might think it won't work, but it absolutely will work...
Hey guys, what's the best way to make your real estate marketing really pop, to come to life and generate more buyers and seller calls and emails and texts?
Well, the secret is using the AIDA approach, which stands for:
I want you to go back and measure all your marketing against this standard. It's simple and easy to understand.
It starts with Attention.
Is the marketing you're doing grabbing people's attention, shaking them and saying, Hey, you gotta look at me?When you look at marketing in magazines, on television, or on the internet, it has to break through the other 5,000 advertising messages the average American sees every day. So how do we break through? A lot of times, it's by asking a question, using photography, or creating visuals that are funny, ironic, or shocking. If it's the same old boring photos and headshots that you see with most realtors, it won't do that. We have to get outside the box.
I want you to think about how many homes you sold last year that were your listings. So let's assume you sold 10 listings or five listings. What if I told you that you could take that 10 in times by five and have 50 transactions as a result of those 10 listings? Or if you took five listings, you times out by five and you could have 25 transactions. Does it sound impossible? It's not impossible. It's totally doable. You just gotta rethink how you're approaching your listings.
What smart, wise, savvy agents do, superstars do is they say, "Hey, I've got one listing and I can turn this into five transactional sides. Now how can we do that?"
I'm gonna walk you through it right now.
What are the five transactional sides that we create?
Hey guys, do you want to be a little bit more assertive, not aggressive, but assertive in your market? Let me give you a technique, a tip, and I love this idea. It came from one of my coaching students, and that is the idea of a real estate resume.
So, you are interviewing for a job when you're working for a buyer or a seller, and how many times in the real world, when you get a real job, you have to turn in a resume almost a hundred percent of the time. But what if you just become proactive and you create a real estate resume and you give it to everybody in your database? And you say, "Hey, I'm accepting new buyers and new listings for the spring market coming up, and I just thought I'd give you my real estate resume that you can share with your friends and family about my background as a realtor and my qualifications to help them with all their real estate needs. Here's a copy of it. Feel free to share it with your...
Five things to do in the first quarter of the new year:
1. Refresh your brand
Refreshing your brand means getting new photos taken. Why? Because you are first and foremost your brand. So you need to get a new, fresh photo. You should do this every year, maybe twice a year. But that new photo is not just a straight headshot, it's multiple photos in different settings. Why? Because your photo is the most used branding element in your marketing arsenal.
But what happens when you don't do this? What happens is people then meet you and there's an immediate brand disconnect. There's an immediate feeling, at least at a subconscious level, that they've been deceived. If they can't trust you with your branding, what else can't they trust you with?
It's more important than you think it is. So get that brand updated and refreshed.
Also, look at your bio. So once you get this new photo, you're gonna update your bio for the new year. And...
Here's an interesting question for you coming into the new year:
How many clients did you fire in 2021?
If the answer is zero, then that tells me as a coach that you don't take your time as seriously as you should.
You see, we all have a value of our time. And we can all figure it out quickly. We can take the 2000 hours an average agent works for a year and divide it by our gross income for last year. And you'll know exactly how much you're making per hour.
So if you made $100k, for instance, divide it by 2000, and you made about $50 per hour. If you made $200k, then you made about $100 an hour and so on.
Let's say that you're at the top, you know, you're doing $200k-$300k a year. Meaning, your time is worth $100-$150 an hour, which is very true for many of my coaching students (and even far more than that), but they're not saying "no" enough.
Here's what I mean:
If you have somebody that's wasting an hour of your time and your...
What is your power base?
Have you ever heard that term before? Well, your power base is a measurement and it's a great measurement that all of us should understand and really work towards improving over the course of the next 12 months.
So here's what it is:
It's the amount of sales your database is producing every year per member. So I'm going to give you an example to kind of put this in perspective:
Let's say you have a guy named John. John's a realtor has been in the business for years. Let's say John sold 22 homes last year. And his database size was 232. So we had 232 people on his database, created 22 closed signs last year. He can simply divide the 232 by 22 and this gives him his power base number, which is 10.5.
What does that mean? That means for every 10 and a half people in his database, he's averaging one closed sale.
What's the national average?
It's about 10. So if you're doing 10 and a half, your database...
I have some good news for people that already own a home that are in your database.
Here's the stats:
According to the KCM blog, home equity is up 29.3% across the board — which equals $51,500 in added equity over the past 12 months.
So then the question is:
Well, what can people do with that equity?
And there are a lot of things they could do:
They could pull it out in cash with a refinance, of course. They could take that equity and use it as a way to move into their dream home by stepping up — and there's a lot of people out there that may not realize that they can step up into their dream home with very little changes in their payment because of their equity.
There are tons of conversations you can have here.
Take that data, repackage it, and push it out to your people in your sphere of influence and start having conversations with them.
You could say, "Hey, would you like to get a specific number for how much equity build...
If I were to ask you, what is your business strategy right now? Would you be able to write it down in two or three sentences — your specific strategy and how you're approaching the marketplace?
If not, you may have an issue because you might be market-driven and we don't want to be market-driven.
Because a market is kind of a high tide floats all boats kind of situation. What happens when the tide's not with you? And you're kind of fighting the market.
That's where you're going into a danger zone. And none of us want to be there. As Vince Lombardi said:
"Hope is not a strategy."
We absolutely have to have a strategy to survive and thrive in this business.
And one of the biggest things that we should be doing every day is understanding that we have a job that probably most people don't identify with. And our number one job isn't sales.
Our number one job is data collection. That is adding people to our funnel so that we can...
There's a question that we've had for a while now, which is: When are listing is going to come back in full force?
When can we have that expectation that we're going to start to see listings en masse start to come back to the marketplace?
We know there's been hesitancy because of COVID, but now that people are getting vaccines and the economy is strong. So when are we going to start to see people coming back and saying, Hey, I'm ready to make a sale. I'm ready to make a change.
There's an answer for us.
Zillow just did an extensive study talking to industry experts across the country. And the consensus is that it's going to be in the second half of 2021.
So we're coming right up onto that pretty soon here. And we're going to be right in the middle of 2021, which means we're going to start to see an acceleration of listings.
The question is: Are you ready for it? Are you out there lead generating to start stacking up that business now?
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