Have you gotten all of your reviews and recommendations from your past clients over the past year? If the answer is no, you're missing a huge opportunity because there's a young, aggressive, and strong agent that's rising rapidly and would like to capture your future clients.
These young agents are listening to podcasts, watching webinars, and they're learning about a secret weapon in the market — and they may be beating you without actually beating you.
Here's what I mean by that:
These young, aggressive agents are capturing reviews and recommendations. And they are hyper-conscious of getting five-star reviews from everyone and anyone who will give them to them. They're making sure that those reviews go on all the right places, which I'm going to outline for you. And what happens is you can have an agent that's only been in the business 2-3 years, but online, they look like they are super experienced because they've stacked up more reviews and...
Want to take a lot of listings rapidly?
The trick to do this is by targeting pre-foreclosure properties. There's 2.7 million homes in America today that are in a pre-foreclosure status. That number is so high because a lot of people have applied for a forbearance due to the COVID crisis, the struggling economy, and not being able to make their house payments.
A forbearance is where the lender gives the owner an opportunity to restructure their loan so they can either move or skip payments then make a balloon payment at the end.
But a lot of people are going into default because they're not able to get caught back up.
Here's the latest numbers we found from principal economist, Yanling Mayer from CoreLogic:
39.1% of all forborne loans are now 150 days behind payment. And 25% are 180 days past due.
Now, I don't say this to scare you that we're in 2009 again. The sky is not falling — and there are many differences between the market we were in then...
One question sellers often ask is this- "Should I improve my home or sell it?"
That's a interesting question because sometimes sellers will say, "I think I'm going to wait until I put the garage door on, or the garage door opener in, or the new dishwasher in, or I'm going to put a new roof on and repaint the house."
Usually we would say that's great because we want the house to be parade-ready and priced right but this is not a normal market. This is a frenzy market. We are seeing 71% of listings sell in the first 30 days for 99-100% of list price. Which creates a dilemma, sellers who invest dollars back into their home may not necessarily get 100% of that money back.
For example, fixing a garage door is the number one item that you could do to a home to increase its salability. But even today, you're still not going to get 100% of that money back as an investment. Sellers on average are getting about 85% of their investment returned. A deck edition is the second most important...
Do you feel confident when you talk to a buyer or seller for the first time? Do you feel like you own the conversation? If you don't feel that way, then the reason might be that you don't have competence.
When you come into a room, you want to be the smartest person in the room when it comes to your profession. Unless you've hit that standard you are never going to be at your highest level. Here is one easy way to gain competence that will help you feel more confident when you're having conversations with buyers and sellers.
Know your numbers. Every MLS has a monthly report which will give you the monthly stats to compare each month and year over year statistics. Look at the numbers for pending sales. Where are they in your market? How many properties sold last month in your market? How about new listings? How long does it take the average home to sell? What is the months of supply in your market? How do these numbers compare to the previous month and the previous year?
Here's a quick technique you can use in the field today to unlock more buyers, more sellers, and more opportunities.
It's the 'What's Stopping You?' technique.
This simple question can be added to almost any script to open up conversations, engage clients in a thoughtful conversation, and uncover leads that you may have missed using a traditional approach.
Watch this three minute video to see the technique in action!
One of the things that we're seeing across the country, at every level is that buyers are climbing the pricing ladder and purchasing more expensive homes.
A couple of reasons. First lower price categories have sold out in a lot of markets so they're forced to go up to the next price bracket. But another reason is interest rates. As interest rates decline it allows buyer to move up into price brackets they haven't been able to before without having as big as an impact on their house payment as in years past.
Interestingly what's happening now is that we are starting to see this really impact the luxury. This is an incredible opportunity! Now is a great time to dive into expired luxury listings that have been off the market for an extended period of time and start making contact. We call these legacy expired listings.
To get started do some deep research in your MLS. Go back two, three, or even four years on expired luxury listings. Can't find a phone...
The market is changing, we are starting to see double-digit appreciation returning to the marketplace. Unfortunately this can cause some sellers to get ahead of the market and demand prices that are unreasonable. In short some sellers are getting greedy.
As a real estate professional one of our most important jobs is to be be an educator. Try using the "Four Sales" - Script to help educate your sellers:
"We have to sell this home to four different people. We have to sell it to the real estate community, to motivate them to show the home. Then we have to sell it to the buyer. Then we have to sell it to the appraiser and finally we have to sell it to the underwriter for the bank. All of these people will measure your home-based other homes they have seen in the marketplace. Even if one of them agrees to pay over market – it’s unlikely the other three will also agree."
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What if I told you that there's a new opportunity in the market and no one's looking at? It's what I call a New Delta. A Delta is a point between two markets statistics which creates a gap, and that gap is opportunity.
Most of us have sent a just-listed/sold/pending postcard to a neighborhood. These can be an effective way to touch more potential sellers and unlock new listings.
But what if we had a different twist on this traditional marketing approach, that is more effective? Here are two different techniques which may dramatically improve your results:
The first is a pre-listing letter that you send out before you launch your next listing. Let's assume your sellers have given you permission to put their home on the market but strategically you are doing a coming soon campaign so you have a few days before the listing goes live in the MLS. This is a perfect time to do a pre-listing letter which will say something like:
"I will be marketing a new listing in you neighborhood in the next few days. As a courtesy I wanted to let you know will see some some increased activity. Also because I've done a ton of research in the area I thought I would reach out to you and offer my services. If...
If you are looking for a way to move sellers off the fence and unlock more inventory try using the Trade Up Script!
As buyer demand continues to surge our biggest challenge is finding quality listings. Using the Trade Up Script you can not only secure more listings you can also add more buyers to your pipeline (every seller becomes a buyer!)
“With interest rates hitting 50-year lows over the past 6 weeks (in the low 3% range) many homeowners are trading up to their dream home with very little change in their payment. The reason is if you are paying more than 4% on your current home and we can help you buy your next home at closer to 3% - that difference - gives you way more buying power. You can get that extra bedroom, the shop you always wanted, your dream kitchen, or even a pool. Seriously this is an amazing time to buy a home. Give me a call today to set up your dream home search.”
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