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Selling Your Home – FSBO – Is it Time For a Total Shock and Awe Marketing Campaign For Your Home?

In today’s over-crowded real estate market to pull out all the stops when creating a marketing campaign for your home. You need to use every marketing means available.

You need to overwhelm the market with information about your property. If you don’t your home is likely to get lost in the sea of other properties on the market. You might want professional help for planning out your campaign, or else do a lot of reading to get knowledgeable on real estate marketing.

The first thing you will learn is that there are literally dozens of places to advertise your home-for-sale website. You will also learn that many of them are free to use if you comply with the website terms.

The only cost to advertise on these sites is the time to register at the site and set up your property advertisement. It may be more efficient to hire somebody to do this for you because there is a learning curve in working with all these websites out there for you to advertise on.

The same is true for other places online you can list information about your property for sale. By this I mean social bookmarking sites, social networking sites, blogs, forums and directories. There are more of these than you think, i.e., dozens of each kind that are available to you.

Then there is the non-internet advertising media. There are more of these than you think too. People think there are only two newspapers in Maryland (in Baltimore and Annapolis) but there are actually 36. The same for magazines and free distribution “shopper” type papers for classified ads.

The thing you won’t want to do is blow a lot of your money on one or two expensive ads (like a display ad in the Washington Post, for example). Every dollar you spend has to be analyzed to give you the most “bang for the buck” in terms of exposure, readership, and traffic.

Paying an internet marketing consultant with expertise in real estate marketing will give you access to dozens of free (or very cheap) advertising vehicles, and this will cost less than some expensive ads can cost.

Internet marketing even allows you to set up “word of mouth” advertising campaigns, which can be the most effective. There are dozens of paid advertisement websites online also, including Google, which now gives local real estate search results.

Pens, Still an Effective Promotional Marketing Product

Everywhere we go, we see pens with a logo on it, and even I have been guilty of thinking, oh, just another pen, why don’t they get something more exciting? The truth is that pens are still an extremely effective marketing product. People take pens keep it in their purse, car, or it ends up in their office or home where a family member or co-worker ends up walking off with it, they use it a while and it goes on to the next person. For some reason people don’t respect pens as “someone’s property” so they don’t think twice about walking off with a pen, in fact, most don’t even realize they are doing it. As silly as this is, it makes for great marketing, because people are distributing your logo all over the place, you couldn’t get that much exposure yourself with any other product if you tried!

At our company each sales person has their favorite items to show clients, one refuses to show pens because she believes they are boring and we have so many more cool products to present. Another we call the pen queen because she sells thousands upon thousands of pens every year. Knowing some of the statistics about how people use pens may change your mind about presenting pens to your clients. After all, just about everyone uses pens every day and most clients can fit some pen into their budget somewhere, even if they have to use an office supply budget.

PPAI (Promotional Products Association International) did a survey on the use of pens and found that 73% of people always carry a writing instrument with them. 83% use ballpoint pens on a daily basis and will keep and use it if given to them as a complimentary gift. What more can you ask for from a promotional product? If you can get 83% retention of your item, you know that most people aren’t just going to stash your item or give it away. Pens are both a functional product that everyone uses as well as an effective promotional product, so making sure to present some pens to every client is essential!

Some interesting facts to think about when presenting pens or other writing instruments: Of the people surveyed about the types of writing instruments they use on a daily basis 83% use ballpoint pens as mentioned above, but 36% also use pencils, 31% use highlighters, 30% use gel pens and 25% use markers with 20% using mechanical pencils and 20% using roller balls. So, if someone does want something a little different, there are other options in the writing instrument category. Of course as everyone in the industry knows, there are probably millions of options that we can present to our clients.

Statistics from PPB a PPAI publication July 2012

Real Estate Investing Basics – Choose Your Neighbor Marketing

A very effective, yet often overlooked method of marketing both your rentals and your houses for sale is door to door flyers in the neighborhood of your property. Residents who live near your property are likely to know someone – a friend, colleague or family member in the market for housing that they can pass your flyer on to. You may also attract the direct attention of a neighbor who is ready to buy or move up/down in their housing.

If you are local and don’t mind running around the neighborhood yourself, this method will only cost you a few hours plus the cost of printing. If you’re not available for the distribution, or just have better things to do, paying someone to distribute flyers is very cheap and incredibly cost effective if it results in a sale or a qualified tenant placement. Just remember to do a quick drive through of the neighborhood to ensure the flyers have been distributed if you’re paying someone to do it.

As for the content of the flyer, it’s worth it to take some quality photographs of the interior and exterior of the home. If your main selling point is the quality of the property, be sure to feature these in full color along with some of the basic specs of the home. If you are advertising a rent to own that’s a really great deal, make sure your analysis of the numbers is prominent and easily understood. Also, be sure to emphasize that this property is in their neighborhood and that this is an opportunity for them to choose their new neighbor. Lastly, don’t forget to include full contact information: your telephone number, fax number, email address and 24 hour recorded information line if you have one.

A more expensive variation of this method is to use direct mail to target your property’s neighborhood. Again, you’ll want to tailor your marketing message to let them know that this is their chance to mold the neighborhood by helping to select the new neighbors. To maximize your exposure, try using both flyer and direct mail distribution methods, timed several weeks apart to make sure that as many neighbors as possible get your message that you have a great property for sale or rent in their neighborhood.

Real Estate Marketing: 3 Ways Realtors Can Brand A Home For Sale

Executing an effective marketing campaign for your listings can seem like a dreadful undertaking – specifically for newer agents – but it doesn’t have to be. You’ll likely find yourself asking, “How should I present this property to the public? How should I present myself?” The solution to this seemingly beleaguering problem is actually found in this simple answer: there are essentially three ways to brand any listing.

What exactly is a brand? For our purposes, we’ll define a brand as a design strategy associated with a product. The application of the brand to a product or service is called Branding or Brand Management. Through regular branding, the consumer is trained to remember & recognize your product by its direct association with your design scheme. A brand establishes a feeling for a product – a visual connotation of sorts – that is essential for effective marketing.

There are three ways to brand your listings:

1.) Utilize your company brand

A great benefit of hanging your license at a real estate firm is the ability to use its brand to your advantage. Depending on the company, the brand can be a powerful marketing tool because all of the Brand Management has been done for you through years of consistent presence in the market. Therefore, the general public is already familiar with that brand – even if they do not recognize your name – and you should use this to your every advantage. Sotheby’s International Realty, for example, caries such an impressive reputation that you can enjoy the brand’s benefits with little effort, allowing you to do what you do best – selling homes.

2.) Develop & use your personal brand

A second avenue for branding a listing is the creation of your own personal brand as a realtor. Many of the world’s top producers understand this. They have a consistent listing portfolio, they are known in their respective geographical areas & they advertise continuously to their spheres of influence. This is achieved through persistent Brand Management. An agent’s personal brand can be anything from a recognizable logo to a consistent color pattern to a unique type treatment – or any combination thereof. A smart brand integrates well with the brand of the broker. An agent’s personal brand should never clash with the company logo & should always be versatile.

How does this effectively brand a specific property? This approach communicates to the public that you are a consistent producer of not only sales volume, but of quality marketing. With your personal brand, you build the same level of trust with your clients & prospects as any mainstream commercial product, giving the public confidence in you as their realtor.

3.) Create a brand that is entirely unique to a specific property

We all know an exceptional property when we see one – perhaps it’s a well kept mid-century modern in the suburbs or an early 19th century Spanish architectural in the hills. These special properties deserve special marketing. A talented graphic designer or marketing team can tailor your specific campaign to reflect the soul of the property in its design scheme, creating marketing materials that reflect the personality of the home. This route not only wows your sellers, but signals to the public that the listing belongs in its own category & should be treated as such.

Now you’re ready to go!

Now that you’re familiar with the three ways to brand a listing, you can more easily structure your “plans of attack” when releasing your listings onto the market. Each of the three above methods can be blended together or used singularly as desired – just remember to keep your brands consistent & complimentary of one another.

And now it’s time to sit back & watch your listings fly off the shelves!

Real Estate Transaction Process: Pricing, Marketing, Selling, Sales, Closing

Being an effective, quality, real estate agent, requires several skills, abilities, experiences, expertise, judgment, and actions, used together, to make the process, easier, less stressful, and far more efficient/ effective! This process begins with properly pricing a property, from the start, using a professionally designed, Competitive Market Analysis, valuable, properly designed marketing, well – considered, selling, bringing about a sale, and paying keen attention, until the closing. After more than a decade, as a Licensed Sales Representative, in New York, I have come to realize, the difference, the right agent, might offer, and, so, with that, in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, some of the key considerations, to understand, during this process, and period of time.

1. Pricing: Often, the initial, listing price, sets the tone, for how well the process will go! The best approach is to price it right from the start. Statistics, and data, indicates, the best offers, come, in the vast number of instances, in the first few weeks, after a property is listed, so, doesn’t it make sense, to attract, the maximum number of qualified, potential buyers, from the start, by pricing it realistically, and in a well – considered manner. Sellers should demand, their agents, explain, their pricing rationale, and closely review a Competitive Market Analysis, and use it, to its best purposes.

2. Marketing: What is the best way, to market, a specific house, and property? Choose an agent, who prepares, a fully considered, well – designed, marketing plan, which includes, the reasoning behind, the best media, for your home, and how to get the most bang – for – the – buck. Included in this planning, should be: the proper combination of media use/ usage; priorities; goals; the house’s niche; niche – marketing, etc.

3. Selling: Selling must be proactive, and, clients and agents, must work together, as a team, in order to achieve the best possible results. How quickly an agent responds to leads, answers/ addresses his client’s concerns, and perceptions, and the quality of his advice, in a well – considered, timely manner, often, differentiates, the right representative, for you, and the rest – of – the – pack!

4. Sales: The process of selling, must close the deal, with the results, which make the most sense! Only when the sale, is completed, and, brough to fruition, has the agent, provided the service, his client needs, and deserves!

5. Closing: Some falsely believe, the process is over, when the offer is made and accepted. However, many things, might happen, between, that step, and the closing, and, thus, experience, expertise, foresight, and planning for contingencies, are essential qualities, needed to be a great real estate agent!

Homeowners should hire someone, to represent them, who will pay attention, to all these factors, and create a scenario, where his client, receives the highest, possible price, in the shortest time period, with the best terms, and the least hassle! SInce, for most, their house, represents, their single – biggest, financial asset, doesn’t that make sense?

Real Estate – Selling – The Long List of What to Include in Internet Marketing For Your Property

If you are selling real estate in any form then you need to know about internet marketing. Do not spend your time with marketing methods from the past. Do not deal with Realtors who are stuck using old marketing methods.

The marketing methods for today and tomorrow are on the internet. You need a web marketing strategy for any type of property you are trying to sell. If your Realtor doesn’t have one for your specific property, then you must get someone else to do it for you, or get a different Realtor.

Often I am asked what is included in when we do customized Total Web Marketing Strategies for real estate properties for sale.

Below is a sample list of the types of things we recommend you do for properties after creating a custom website apart from Realtor or FSBO websites.

Sample Custom Internet Marketing Plan

– Website Marketing

– Onpage Optimizing with Keywords

– Search Engine Optimization

– Search Engine Submissions (Over 200 search engines)

– Authority Sites Back Link Development

– Email Marketing Campaigns to Targeted Buyer Groups

– Automatic Followup System – Setup & Maintenance

– Custom Flyer Creation & Distribution

– Buyer Contact List Building

– Video Marketing of Your Property (20 online video sharing sites)

– Audio Marketing of Your Property (30 online audio sharing sites)

– Press Release Distributions

– Google Local Search Engines Setup & Optimization

– Creation and Promotion of a Listing on Google Search and Google Maps

– Local Internet Directory Submissions

– Blog Creation & Blog Postings

– Real Estate Forum Postings

– Social Account Creation

– Social Bookmarking Submissions

– Article Directory Submissions

– RSS Feed Submissions

– Content Management

– Website Content Writing

– Graphic Design

– Property Branding

– Online Promotions

– Pay Per Click Advertising Setup & Maintenance

– Podcast Production & Marketing

– Webpage Sales Copywriting

– Web Traffic Analytics Setup & Analysis to Determine Website Traffic Sources

– Ongoing Monitoring to Determine Most Effective Channels for Marketing Your Property

5 Keys To An Effective Real Estate Marketing Plan

When a homeowner decides to sell his home, he should interview potential agents, and have a thorough discussion, about, why he should hire that individual (what is unique, or better about their service, etc), etc. Once, one feels comfortable with the individual’s quality of character, integrity, ethics, attitude, aptitude/ skill – sets, negotiating ability, and ability to customize an approach, to fit a specific property, it is essential to, take the time, and make the effort, to, understanding the basis, reasoning/ rationale, etc, of that representative’s marketing plan, and what will be included, and any necessary teamwork, involved. With that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, discuss, and review, 5 keys to an effective marketing plan.

1. How many Open Houses (Broker, and Community)?: Will Open Houses, be a component of this approach and planning? How might they, be marketed, introduced, and useful, in the overall marketing, of the client’s home? Should the house, be staged, or any other areas, addressed, and considered? How will your chosen, agent, introduce your home, to other local agents? Will they use a Brokers Open House? If a public, and/ or community one, is planned, how will it be promoted, where, and, who, do you believe, is the niche – market, for the specific property? What will the professional do, which differentiates his, from what others do, and make a significant, positive impact? How often will they be conducted/ held?

2. Where/ how promoted?: How will your home, be promoted, marketed, etc? Will your representative, explain his reasoning/ rationale, explaining, why, he will pursue a specific, course, and plan of action?

3. Pricing philosophy: After, well over a decade, as a Real Estate Licensed Salesperson, in the State of New York, I have witnessed, certain agents, who suggest, unrealistically, higher listing prices, in order to try to buy a listing. Ask individuals, when you interview them, what their pricing philosophy, is, and, why, they feel, it works best. Pricing is a significant component of the overall marketing system/ plan!

4. Agent/ client, regular discussions: How will the agent, you hire, interact, with you, and how, often, will, both of you, regularly, discuss, the process, etc, which are relevant, to the process? Avoid anyone, who won’t be ready, willing, and able, to fully communicate!

5. When price adjustment, and why?: How smoothly, effectively, and in a timely manner, will, price adjustments, be made, and what will be the core reasoning/ rationale?

The more, you and your agent, remain, on the same – page, the better, you can proceed, with the necessary degree of teamwork, to make a quality marketing program, even more meaningful and effective! Remember, for most, the value of their house, is their single – biggest, financial asset, so, do all you can, to follow a smart, course of action!