Published by Kartik Subramaniam
Regardless of the type of business you're running or even the industry that you're operating in, marketing is all about getting the right message in front of the right person at exactly the right time. This is especially true with regards to the real estate industry, where listings need to do everything they can to differentiate themselves from every other house available on the market in an effort to move as quickly as possible.
Once you've put in the hard work of collecting all information about the property you're trying to sell, taking stunning photographs and putting together that perfect listing, you then need to pull out all the stops to make sure that people actually see it. Therefore, if you really want to craft the perfect marketing campaign to make sure your listing moves quickly, there are a number of factors you'll want to take into consideration.
The first step you should take when marketing a new real estate listing involves using a multiple listing service, also commonly referred to as an MLS, to get the word out about your property. This is a database built by cooperating real estate brokers to provide data about homes for sale in a particular area. This lets agents see each other's listings of properties for sale, commission and agent details, all in the name of connecting buyers to sellers as efficiently as possible.
Note that an MLS and a site like Zillow are NOT the same thing and should never be treated as such. That's not to say that sites like Zillow won't be effective for getting the word out about your property, because they will be. Buyers can visit Zillow on their own and see great information and pictures of homes currently for sale, all without ever leaving their computer chairs, but also direct them to use www.realtor.com. This provides access to the MLS database on a user side.
Another important step you'll want to take involves harnessing the full power of social media sites to your advantage. Sites like Facebook, Instagram and even Twitter don't just connect you to countless potential buyers - you can also use social media to target your efforts to specific geographic areas and even towards precise demographics to help get your message in front of as many of the RIGHT potential clients as you can. Be sure to include an overview of the property and as many of your standout photos as possible. Even if someone sees your information on Facebook and isn't ready to buy a home, they may know someone who is - thus allowing them to share the post and get people to contact you as well.
Along the same lines, you should also send out email blasts to both current and past clients, as well as to all real estate contacts you've established. Again, you never know who is ready to buy a home and you shouldn't write anybody off at any point. By making people aware of the property, you could end up motivating someone who was "thinking of maybe moving in the next year or so" to get excited about doing so sooner rather than later.
Finally, be sure to send postcards to farm the area to drum up as much attention for the listing as possible. In real estate, farming is when you pick a particular geographic area and establish yourself as the local market authority. By bringing this new listing to everyone's attention, you'll likely increase the chances of selling it as quickly as you can. If nothing else, this is a way to stay in contact with those current and past clients to show them how active you are in their community.
So from that perspective, it's killing two birds with one stone, so to speak. You're not only selling your listing quickly, but you're further cementing yourself as the authority that people in the area can trust.
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