Hey guys, here's a fun idea you're probably not doing now in terms of marketing your listings, which is doing a behind the scenes viewpoint of what you're doing to market listings.
And I what you're thinking: What does that mean? Well, a lot of us that watch television today, we'll see a lot of behind the scenes. Everybody loves to see behind the scenes. Like if you're watching your favorite show, whether it's House of Dragons or The Handmaid's Tale or whatever, at the end of the show, they'll circle back and they'll do behind the scenes interviews and so forth.
And people love it. They eat that up. That's when you bought the dvd—yes, we used to do that—we would get the DVD extras and that's what it would have on there.
You can do the same thing with your listings.
What if you started doing some behind the scenes work? And what do I mean by that?
What if you had you taking some photos or some, some...
We know interest rates are rising, right? I'm in contract on a couple of different investment properties right now. I'm still out buying despite the market conditions. Actually, it's an opportunity for investors. And when I got to the point of finding out what my interest rate would be on one of these properties at duplex, I was told that it would be 8.5%.
And I about fell over! 8.5%, that's nuts, right?
And she explained to me that, well, you could pay points, get that down to, you know, 7.5%, or even 7.1%. And there was a lot of strategies around that, but it was gonna be expensive on the point side. So when we're having this conversation, buyers like myself are gonna immediately think my, if I'm gonna pay that kind of points, I want somebody to share that cost with me.
Who do you think it's gonna be? It's gonna be the seller. If the sellers are gonna want top dollar, like these Impressment property owners do of course, they might...
Hey guys, I've got another tool for you:
When you are going out to take a listing and the seller is asking you about getting top dollar for their home, one question you can ask which relates to them getting top dollar is, can I ask you how much do you owe on your current home?
This is gonna reveal how much equity they have and how much they have left to pay off.
Some—about 30% of the people you're talking to—will own their home outright. And the vast majority will have some kind of loan. But a lot of those people have paid down their loans dramatically and they have a very small balance. What if you said something like this to them?
"I got something to ask you guys based on what you just told me:
We're in a high interest rate environment. So it's making affordability a really big issue. And because of that, when people are paying more in interest, they can't afford to pay at a higher price. But if we were able to offer an...
Hey guys, have you ever heard of a blended interest rate?
A blended interest rate is gonna become really important to a lot of us selling real estate in the coming months and years as these high interest rates stick with us.
So here's what a blended interest rate is:
Imagine a buyer has a budget, and they're gonna go out and buy, let's say, a $700,000 house. They have $100,000 down, and now they have $600,000 they're gonna finance. But they can't quite swing the high interest rates that are out there today. It's just gonna put 'em in a place where they can't afford it.
But they're willing to be creative and if you have a seller that's going to be creative, you can still put this deal together.
So here's an example:
Let's say that they were able to go out and get a first mortgage for $400,000 at the current interest rate. Let's call that 7.5%, which is probably where it's headed pretty quick. And the seller was willing to carry a...
I had one of my best agents come to me a couple years ago and she said, "Jim, I got a listing that's priced right. And we're getting showings. But we're not selling the property."
And I said okay, let's go take a look at it. So I made an appointment with her and we went up and looked at the property. And immediately when I pulled up, I knew what the problem was. The property had a steep driveway. And I told her I bet a lot of people were commenting on the driveway. And she said, "Yes, true. We're getting a lot of negative comments on the driveway. And I think that's really the biggest reason why people aren't, you know, looking at the house. Or looking at the house, but then rejecting it."
So we went in and explained to the sellers that they can have the best price property in the world. And actually, have the best house in the world, but that driveway could be the stumbling block for getting it sold.
So I'm gonna give you a...
What is the meaning of measuring market intensity and why does it matter?
Market intensity is an interesting way to look at the market. I was given this idea by my friend, Lennox Scott. So when we look at market intensity, the way we measure it is by how fast listings are going pending the first 30 days they hit the market. So if we go back in time and look a year ago in a lot of markets across the country, when you look at how many listings were going pending in the first 30 days, it was like 80%, 85%, 90% of listings were going pending at that point.
Fast forward to today: What's that market intensity reading? I'll tell you what mine is. For the last two weeks, in my local market that number is 60%. 60% of listings are going pending in the first 30 days.
It's still a high number. It's a lot, but it's not 80%. It's not 85%.
So that market intensity comes down a few notches, and that's the conversation we need to be...
New study out from the Mortgage Bankers Association shows that ARM demand has reached a 14-year high.
And now what's an ARM?
An ARM is an adjustable rate mortgage.
A lot of you that have entered the business over the last 10 years may have never used an ARM.
They became almost invisible for many, many years. Why? Because we've had the lowest interest rates in history. No one would bother doing an ARM. But over the last quarter, just to here in 2022 ARMs have gone up to a 14-year high.
So an ARM is an adjustable rate mortgage. Generally, it's set interest rate for the first 3, 5, 7 years. And then it resets based on the current rates of that time. There's a cap on it. Every loan's a little bit different, but here's some examples of what that looks like:
Right now, as I'm talking to you today...
The current interest rates are about 5.5% while the ARM rate is about 4.5%. So people are getting about a 1% discount for going into an ARM...
Hey guys, can you think of an investment that is safe, stable, and secure in today's environment?
We know the stock market's crashing.
We know the crypto market crashed.
And we know other market assets are crashing right now.
So is there an investment out there that people can really trust?
The answer is yes.
And Americans already know this:
The most recent study shows that for the last eight years straight Americans trust real estate more than any other asset class.
Here's the question mark I have for you:
Are you out there beating this drum? Are you the evangelist about real estate to your own clients and talking to them about the fact fact that they need to diversify their portfolios, you know, rebalance their assets, and get some of that money over into residential real estate?
One of the safest, most stable, secure investments they could possibly make.
Now, how do we know that?
Well, all markets are based on supply and...
One conversation that can come up as you're out there taking listings is, of course, centered on commissions.
And here's a great script to help your sellers look at the commission, not just cost, but as a marketing incentive to encourage showings and to encourage more offers.
So the script kind of goes like this:
"Hey, Mr. And Mrs. Seller, one thing I wanna talk to you about is the commissions that we charge. Now, I charge a listing marketing fee of X [fill in the blank, whatever you're charging]. And all we have to decide now is what we're gonna pay the buyer's agent. Now there's a little secret sauce here that a lot of people don't understand. Which is, that marketing fee that we're paying to the buyer's agent to bring that buyer in can actually incentivize them to show your home.
"Let me show you an example:
"I did a commission survey in your market area where your home is. I went out about a mile two miles, and I looked at every listing that...
Hey guys, we are still in a low supply market. It's the lowest supply real estate market we've ever seen.
Despite the marketing changes and interest rates rising and the market dynamics kind of influx, still low supply and high demand.
So based on that, how can we go out there and still crush it in the market? How can we thrive despite the market conditions starting to shift under our feet?
One strategy is use the "Pocket Listing Strategy."
It's one of my favorite strategies and it's totally underused. Very few people do it.
Here's the concept:
One in seven homeowners today has raised their hand and said they're interested in selling the next three years. That's 15% of the population.
Drive through any neighborhood, and one of every seven homes you drive by is thinking about selling in the next three years.
There's a massive pent up seller demand, but how do you turn the key to unlock it?
Well, a large group of those people may not be...
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