There's a new stat from the National Association of REALTORS, which states that 53% of our buyers and sellers now fall into a specific demographic group.
You can probably guess what that is...
It's the millennial generation.
Millennials aren't kids anymore. They're actually in their mid twenties or early thirties. They are definitely the driving force in the market. And they're far, far bigger than the baby boomer generation ever was.
So when we look at just statistically, the numbers of this, we have to embrace millennial marketing. It's super important.
And there's some things that we can do to do a much better job with them.
1. Social media
You know I was going to say that. That's where they're at. We've got to go where the audience is. That means we're doing 5 to 15 posts a week on different platforms that we know they use.
So some of you might be doing Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, you name it. You just got to figure out...
Okay guys, you've heard me talk about forbearance. I'm going to give you another opportunity within this market that you're all going to want to take advantage of right now.
So we know right now there's 1.86 million homes that are in forbearance. It's about 3.5% of all the mortgages in America.
So when you look at that number, it sounds like a scary number. But 87% of those folks have 10% or more equity.
Now, here is the kicker behind that:
The 12-month period of time that the CARES Act provided is coming to an end for a lot of people. Hundreds of thousands of these properties are now having their forbearance ending.
And this is starting really at scale in September when 450,000 of these homeowners are now going to be at the end of their forbearance period.
Now here's the good news:
87% of those folks have 10% or more equity because we've had such a massive equity buildup over the past 12 months. So they can actually sell....
The listing market is about to blow up. We've seen all kinds of stats around this. Everybody's looking at the same wave coming towards us. The question is, what are we going to do about it?
We know 77% of homeowners believe now's a good time to sell.
1 in 10 homeowner's plans to list in the next year. And 63% in the next six months.
Here are 5 things you must have to get ready for the super surge of listings that's about ready to break into your market right now:
1. An in-depth marketing plan
Now this is a step-by-step, point-by-point marketing plan that's unique to you. Not just your office, not your company, not your brand, but to you personally that you give to every seller.
If you haven't developed this, we've actually developed one for all of our coaching students, which will blow your mind. But you need to take some time to develop one yourself.
2. Recent testimonials
Have you collected those on an 8.5x11 piece of paper...
There's a new study out that shows that 77% of homeowners believe now is a great time to sell their home.
And when you combine that with a recent study we talked about — which is that 1 in 10 homeowners is going to place their home on the market over the next 12 months. And 63% of those will do it in the next six months alone.
What are you doing about it?
We know 80% of your business is going to come from a direct result of your sphere of influence. Either direct business or referred business. So we need to dive into that first and foremost.
I'm going to give you three ways to have impact at scale with these folks.
1. A weekly email into your database.
This doesn't cost you a dime, but it's one of the most powerful things you can do to stay top-of-mind.
But that email has to be value-orientated. It can't be garbage that people are going to look at it as spam. It has to be high value.
What's the highest...
Something super exciting happened in the last month that we haven't seen in the last 15 years:
Home prices on existing homes exceeded home prices for new homes.
Think about what I just said:
Existing home prices exceeded new home construction. So it was actually cheaper to go buy a brand new house nobody had ever lived in than buying an existing home. Absolutely amazing.
Lots of reasons behind that. But one of the reasons is normally when you're buying new construction, you're locking in a price six months earlier. And then they complete the new construction and you move in.
Well, the market has super accelerated in those last 6 months. And guess what's also happened:
Now, if you were to try to pull that off, what's happened with all kinds of lumber, supplies, and even appliances?
Prices have gone up.
So this will probably not be repeated anytime soon because now prices on new construction are beginning to rise again.
If you want a quick way to generate conversation through text with your Sphere of Influence, here's a great message that's resonating with a lot of my coaching students.
Look at your Sphere of Influence. Pull 5 or 10 people you're going to text today. And here's what you're going to say:
"Hey, have you ever looked at what your home is worth on Zillow? I'm curious as an agent, do you think it's sort of close, wrong, or right on the money?"
Watch what happens when you put this out to your Sphere of Influence.
Now, you can do it through a text or you could post it on social media. It's a great social media post and I guarantee you're going to get into a lot of conversations with people.
The end result of these conversations should be that Zillow is wrong 95% of the time.
In other words, 95% of the time, they don't get within 5% of their eventual sales price of the property. That Zillow's own data.
By the way, if you haven't looked at it,...
Have you ever heard of Dave Ramsey? A lot of us have heard of Dave Ramsey but he is someone that wasn't super popular like five years ago. But over the last few years, boy, he's really taken a leadership position even within the real estate industry.
So who's Dave Ramsey? Dave Ramsey is a financial author, consultant, and coach. He has a podcast and hosts a radio program, which is highly syndicated across the country in many different media outlets.
What Dave Ramsey is doing is interesting. Because a lot of people don't know that he's now earning upwards of $40 million a year just in real estate referrals.
What he's doing is he positions himself as someone that's the expert. And then people come and say, hey, who does Dave Ramsey trust in each of the markets to list my home? He then collects a referral fee by referring agents to his audiences.
What a brilliant idea.
But what's really interesting about this when we take a hard...
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?
How are you positioning yourself on social media to have impact?
A lot of us are doing a lot of social media, but is it having impact? Are people remembering you or are they just scrolling past your posts because they're filled with meaningless fluff?
If you want to have impact, here's one technique that'll really help you shine in your marketplace:
Telling a story about your client's experience and what your clients are going through will help you build a relationship with people that are in your audience. It positions you as the expert, as the authority, as a trusted figure, as an advisor, as a counselor. But it will also help people remember you as a REALTOR.
Because stories are remembered. Stories create resonance and connections with other people. People love reading about people.
So I'm gonna give you a couple of examples of that:
I've got a couple of my great coaching students that I work with in my company....
Hey guys, quick question:
Are you a global REALTOR or a local REALTOR?
What do I mean by that? I just had a phone call from a guy that I worked with years ago. His name is Dick and he's an amazing guy. He called me and said, Jim, I've got a referral for you. He's living down in San Diego now. But we haven't seen or talked to each other in 15-20 years, but he has a referral for me.
Now, keep in mind: Dick is 83 years old and still out there selling real estate — so congratulations to Dick.
But when he referred that client to me, it just made me remember this concept of being a global realtor versus a local realtor.
Sometimes I have agents come to me that are in coaching and they say:
"I've got my database, but it includes some people from my hometown or from a town I moved away from years ago, maybe in Texas, Florida, LA, or New York. Should I keep these people that are not local in my database? Why would I spend money...
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