Why would you use a pending sign? A lot of REALTORS use a pending sign because they want to encourage people to list their home with them. And they want to show off to the marketplace that their marketing actually worked.
But a pending sign can actually be the worst possible thing you can do for your marketing.
Because when homeowners in your neighborhood see your listing go up, that's when they're most likely to call you and be curious about the home. The pending sign can help a little bit, but you're going to miss out on the most qualified buyers you can have.
And I'll give you a classic example:
My wife and I have identified an area of town we want to live in called Echo of the Pines. It's a beautiful area with some nice homes in the neighborhood but very few homes come on the market. The other night when we were driving home, we saw a new for sale sign. As a REALTOR, I get all these alerts, but they become noise and I tune them out....
You learn something new every day in real estate. Even after 31 years in this business, I'm still learning.
I learned something fascinating this morning based on a study from Zillow:
In the last half of 2020, the number of listings taken week by week were about even with 2019.
There's a sense that there's a lot less listings in the market as a result of of us not taking as many listings, but it's just not true.
In the last half of 2020, we've taken as many listings as a nation as we did in 2019. But it doesn't feel like that.
So why doesn't it feel like that?
It's like if you own a grocery store and had a delivery guy come every Friday to fill your shelves with the same order. But what has changed is the number of buyers walking into your grocery store and how many products they're buying each time they come in.
If more buyers are coming into your store and buying more products from your shelves, it's going to seem like there's not as much on the shelves...
One thing we're all challenged with right now is the speed of the market — or how fast listings sell as soon as they hit the market.
When you listed a house in a traditional market, you would have 90 or 180 days of market time. During that market time you'd able to be able to put out just listed cards, call and farm neighborhoods, host multiple open houses, and receive sign calls from your marketing. And with all that marketing, you would be able to convert those interested people into more buyers and sellers.
So every listing could easily lead to five or six more opportunities for more buyers and sellers.
But today things have changed. Every time you put a house in the market, it's generally selling within a few days with multiple offers. So you're getting robbed of that extra marketing opportunity.
But you can change that by using what I call a Marketing Sequence.
A marketing sequence simply means that you have a strategy about how you...
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