When somebody hears the word “real estate” in your market, what do you think comes to mind?
For most Americans, it's instantly Zillow. They've taken over this position in consumers' minds, being the first place they go for searches and home values.
So, how do we compete against a billion-dollar company?
A lot of you have given up and said, I'm just going to start buying my leads from Zillow. Keep in mind that's a negative 32% ROI, meaning for every $10 spent, you lose $3.20.
So, how do you win against Zillow and take over “Mindshare” in your local community?
You can't do it entirely, but it'll come from getting close to your consumers and your community.
Zillow can't create relationships with specific people in specific communities. But you can… by developing relationships with your own audiences, showing expertise, and connecting with local businesses and charities. Highlight why you love your community through videos and social media.
I've got three pieces of great data for sellers:
First off, the number of offers per listing sold has rebounded to three and a half, moving up from the previous high of five and a half offers last year.
This drop was influenced by rising interest rates, but recently, we've seen a resurgence in the number of offers.
Next, let's talk about pending home sales, which have been steadily increasing over the past three months.
These numbers have been consistently on the rise.
And then there's the excellent news about sales prices.
They've not only recovered to where they were in June of last year, which marked an all-time high for U.S. home prices, but they've actually surpassed that level by a considerable margin. It seems like this upward trajectory in prices will persist.
So, if you're considering selling your home, this might be the optimal time to do so. Looking back at the past decade, it's quite...
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.
As a coach, I tell my students that if they want to be highly visible on social media, they need to meet a minimum standard of five posts a week, two videos, and two stories.
Visibility is more important than ability because if you're invisible, no one knows to do business with you, no matter how good you are.
But many students struggle with knowing what to post. That's why I recommend two game-changing ideas:
1. Educational marketing: When was the last time you posted something educational on social media? Try to educate your audience about the real estate market. You could talk about interest rates, inspections, appraisals, down payment programs, and much more. People love learning new things, and an educational post will establish you as an expert in your field.
2. Opinion posts: People want to hear your professional opinion, and they trust experts who deliver them. Think about highly paid professionals like doctors and...
About a year ago, my wife and I decided to downsize as we hit our fifties. We have four kids, but three of them had already moved out, leaving us with just one. So, we moved from a bigger house into a smaller one. We realized that there are a ton of people just like us all around the country.
Before we downsized, we used to live in a big house near a golf course, and whenever we received marketing from REALTORS, it was always the same thing: The marketing was all about them getting a listing, and we could read right through it.
They just wanted our commission, and it wasn't very effective.
Over the years, we received door hangers, mailers, and all sorts of stuff, but as a REALTOR myself, I couldn't help but wonder if these methods were effective or not. Sure, anything is better than nothing, but what can you do to be more effective?
The key is to focus on the why of someone considering making a move, instead of what you need.
How old were you when you moved out of your parents' house? And how old were you when you purchased your first home? New information from the National Association of REALTORS shares the latest data with us on the averages in the US. The average age of someone leaving their parents' house today is... drum roll... 26 years old. And the average age for them to purchase their first home is 34.
So I'm gonna challenge you. Put this out on a social media post and ask that question:
When's the first time you moved outta your parents' house? When did you buy your first house? You're gonna get a ton of responses. Then answer the question yourself like I did recently, and I got a huge response on this, and my answer was, I moved out at 17. I bought my first house at 19.
Then you might dig deeper and say, what's preventing you from taking that next step? If you have some people say, well, I'm not a homeowner yet. Get into that...
Hey guys, some new interesting information from NAR regarding how far people move when they buy a new home.
For decades, the number was about 10 to 15 miles from where they were moving to where they were going to.
Now that shot up dramatically last year to 50 miles—an unheard of number. And where are people heading?
1. Small towns: up 9% from last year.
2. Rural areas: up 7% from last year.
So people are wanting to exit urban areas, kind of that urban exodus we've talked about for a long time. And why are they doing it? Well, they have remote working, they have a remote school, and they want to get out of the urban jungle. And affordability is a big issue. They can buy a much bigger house, much nicer house by going out to these rural and small town areas.
So what about your market? Are you starting to see this in your market?
Maybe you're on the flip side where you live in a rural market like I do and you're benefiting from people coming to you. And on the other side, maybe...
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...
Here's an interesting question I get a lot as a supervising principal broker, and that is this:
Can I, as an agent, talk to an appraiser? Lot of misinformation about this and some appraisers, it's true, just won't talk to you. But you are okay and it's totally ethical for you to talk to an appraiser.
In fact, NAR has a FAQ on this. You can go look it up, but in their FAQ, they specifically state that people that have an interest in the transaction are completely okay in talking to the appraiser. Now, why would we talk to the appraiser? Or what would be the reason?
Well, there's a lot of reasons. One of 'em, we might be just communicating information about the houseless condition. Improvements that have been done. If there was multiple offers on the home, if the comp sets you used are totally appropriate, you can give them a copy of your comps. If the appraiser wants to accept them, they don't have to. New pending transactions that have...
A number that we should be concerned with right now in the market is 16.1%.
So what does 16.1% represent?
It represents the number of transactions that were canceled last month. The last time we saw a number that high was at the beginning of COVID when buyers really didn't know what was gonna happen. March, April, when COVID really went into full effect in our country in 2020. That's when you saw this same level of cancellations. And that's what we're seeing again right now.
So how do we tighten down offers so that sellers have some clarity that they know they're gonna get to closing?
I'm gonna give you several things to think about. You might have a few more. But one of the things is getting the disclosure statement signed as quickly as you can.
Most states require a disclosure statement. This is where we're the seller's gonna disclose everything they know about the house to a buyer. But not waiting around, not delaying getting that...