Ridiculous though that question might sound the answer is not as simple as “Sell my house!” Property sellers look to listing agents for more than the whole process. So what is the most important thing and how do real estate agents achieve it.
There are two important things sellers want and they both come close to the top spot. The first is to find a buyer for their home and second is to sell their home within their specific time frame. We’ll talk about time frames in our next post, today it’s finding buyers.
Barrington Listing Agents Need Marketing Plans
Every home seller is going to expect their home to be listed on the MLS (Multiple Listing Service). It’s the way to get your home in front of buyers agents and their clients. It’s also an effective way of gaining some exposure online through brokerage websites.
Not so long ago marketing was print advertising, newspapers, magazines or distributing flyers. Those days are passed. Why? The shelf life of these methods is very short, and the majority of buyers do not use them anymore as their primary resource of research. Now more than 90% of buyers start and use the internet to find homes.
Marketing plans are not complete if they stop with the MLS. Far from it. There’s individual property web sites to showcase homes; blogs to create story posts and add super sized photos; networking with Realtors® from around the country, to name a few. Whether you use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ or any of the smaller ones, social media is here to stay and most internet users engage in one or more of them.
Becoming a featured home on an agents website might sound like a fantastic proposition for any home seller. The question that needs to be asked is how much traffic does that agents website get every month. In reality there are very few successful individual agent websites. It takes a lot of time and commitment to build a website that attracts traffic. Some brokerage sites do better but then your homes is just one of hundreds.
Home Sellers Need Active Listing Agents
Sellers don’t want their homes for sale to be kept a secret. Exposure is the name of our game, marketing is the method and selling your home is the goal. So consider wisely when you interview real estate agents. Find out what their marketing plan includes and what it does not.
We don’t expect home sellers to understand all the marketing we do, that’s our job. What we want home sellers to know is that we do everything we can to get more buyers eyes on your home. More than the MLS alone can ever achieve. Whether buyers are local or not, the internet has become the go to place to search homes and research information. Your home needs to be there, everywhere.
Ready To Hire a Listing Agent That Does All This?
Awesome. We’re ready to put all these tools to work and find a buyer for your home.
- Contact us today and let us know your address.
- We’ll schedule an appointment to visit you and your home.
- We’ll deliver an honest opinion of pricing when we visit.
- If you are ready to get started right away, just let us know in your email, we’ll come fully prepared.
- Don’t forget to write down all the questions you have, we are happy to answer them all.
We look forward to hearing from you. You can call us at 847-363-3686.