Hey guys, the market's shifting. That's no surprise here — we've been seeing it for a few months. We're starting to see buyers put up some walls and say, "Hey, wait a second. I'm not going to pay infinity for a home."
And so buyers are slowing down their activity and we're seeing that. And it's also causing inventories to rise, which in turn, is causing sellers to try and avoid missing the boat so they're jumping in. This is causing inventories to rise even more.
So the whole market is starting to change. Not radically yet, but it will accelerate over time. And it's natural. It's normal. We're never going to have a straight up market forever. Right now, some people would argue that we're 12 years into a seven-year cycle.
Now for us, I have a question for you because you are either an agent that's market-driven or strategy-driven.
If you're market-driven, then high tide floats all boats. You do well in a great market and you do...
We just got stats that show listings have increased again. For the past several months, they've been increasing. And now they've increased again by another 4.1%.
So now we're about 2.6 months of supply in the country. Not a lot, but more than it's been in a long time.
So we're starting to see listings come back to market.
The question is: Are you starting to see more listings come into your portfolio?
If you're not, you have to ask yourself why.
The number one reason why we don't have as many listings as we should is we're just simply not asking for them. We're not asking enough people to give us listings as we should. And we're not asking for enough referrals.
I'll give you one technique that blew my mind recently that one of my students used. And I received it because I'm on his mailing list.
He sent me his resume, his resume letter, the resume letter had a cover letter, just like a regular resume. And on the cover letter, it...
What should you be doing right now?
It's a question I get all the time as a coach.
I'm going to hand to you right my 9 Point Ultimate Business Strategy for every single person that's listening to this.
If you just apply this by 30 days, I want you to email me personally and tell me exactly what happened. Feel free to DM me. I would love to hear how has a blown up your business because I know it will.
Nine points you can implement today in your business. Ready? Write these ideas down.
Here we go:
1. Implement the "5x5x5 Strategy"
This is five calls. Five texts, five cards every day. Okay. That's one strategy we can implement.
Networking is so important and it's one of the most missed opportunities. We should be doing 1-2 networking meetings a week with somebody in our sphere of influence. Where we're connecting human being to human being.
Ideally you want to go higher than that. But 1-2 would be the minimum. This...
If I were to ask you, what is your business strategy right now? Would you be able to write it down in two or three sentences — your specific strategy and how you're approaching the marketplace?
If not, you may have an issue because you might be market-driven and we don't want to be market-driven.
Because a market is kind of a high tide floats all boats kind of situation. What happens when the tide's not with you? And you're kind of fighting the market.
That's where you're going into a danger zone. And none of us want to be there. As Vince Lombardi said:
"Hope is not a strategy."
We absolutely have to have a strategy to survive and thrive in this business.
And one of the biggest things that we should be doing every day is understanding that we have a job that probably most people don't identify with. And our number one job isn't sales.
Our number one job is data collection. That is adding people to our funnel so that we can...
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?
Have you ever heard of the aggregation of marginal gains? I hadn't either until I read a story about the British cycling teams winning the Tour de France. They never won the Tour de France before 2010. But their new coach, David Brailsford, challenged them to look at everything they're doing — even the smallest things — to see if there was a way to improve it.
They started with the typical things you'd look at like their diets and exercise programs. But then he went a step further — and started looking at the pillows cyclists were using, the exact time they fell asleep and woke up, their daily routines and more to give them insight into their overall training system.
They figured out that even a 1% increase in any area of efficiency would aggregate marginal gains and finally create wins.
You can do the same thing in your real estate career. You have so many different avenues you're managing, but just getting 1% better in each of these areas can create big wins for...
One question we always receive as REALTORS is - What's going to happen next? What's the crystal ball for where prices are going over the next 12 months?
According to the NAR, Zelman, Realtor.com, Freddie Mac, CoreLogic, Fannie Mae and the Mortgage Bankers Association, the average of all those top industry insiders and economists within those groups, their prediction for the next 12 months is that we're going to see appreciation at 3.9%. You might think that sounds low. After all we just went through a year where we had double digit appreciation and in many markets we saw appreciation as high as 15-16% . Why would this group of economists predict such a low number when most of us would reasonably expect it to be double digits or high single digits (at the very least).
The reason is I think those economists know something - When you have a low supply and high demand, what happens? Prices go up. When supply increases, it puts pressure on...
Interest rates are at a three year low which is great news for home buyers and for home sellers but who else might this benefit?
Anyone who owns a home or investment property that may be in a position to refinance their property. For any of your clients that purchased a property as little as six months ago when interest rates were a full percentage point higher than they are today refinancing could be a huge opportunity to save tens of thousands of dollars.
By reaching out to your database and making this value added call (which has nothing to do with you asking for anything from the client) you can be a hero and your clients will love you!
Watch this quick video as Jim breaks down a simple script you can use as a text, phone call, social media post, or email.
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