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We applaud all of the great advice presented here to NEW agents who are starting a real estate career! We especially noticed Bill Dandridge's comment! Great Advice Bill... you are thinking on your feet!!!
We know HOW new agents and not so new agents can "JUMP START" their real estate business for less than $35 per listing!!!
A new agent will eventually cover the basics like ordering their business cards, their name badge and organize their real estate company printed hand out information along with securing their listing presentation materials.... plus there are those fees for board of Realtor associations, Realtor.com, lock box key and lockboxes, training classes, multiple listing service fees (if the agent's real estate company doesn't pay), office or desk fees, etc.
Once the above investment is in motion, the new agent will move on to their individual business plan which might include transportation expenses, home computer, lap top, iPad, camera, Internet cell phone, software, web site, Internet marketing and advertising for their property listings, etc.
Reviewing the above may make your head spin ... but there are NOT many business opportunities that allow one to start a business for so little!
The above may also separate agents who truly want to build a business and who are willing to work hard, FROM agents who may not be as serious. Since the Internet plays such a huge role in the real estate business... home buyers and home sellers will eventually learn which camp an agent resides in.
So if we all agree that the Internet is very important to one’s real estate business, HOW does a new agent get his or her Internet real estate business truly started???
To get started as an Internet savy listing agent, you NEED a listing! If you are NEW… home sellers will most likely know ...(especially if speaking with you In person), this makes it challenging for you personally to secure a listing because new agents are competing with seasoned experienced agents for listings. So what is a new agent to do?
If your license is ACTIVE and with your current real estate company… Immediately SEARCH your office listings. Look for a listing that is ACTIVE, located near your personal home location, that looks great, is priced at a fair market list price and is in a price range that would best attract the most potential home buyers.
NEXT… after finding just the right office property listing, go to the listing agent and ask PERMISSION if you can assist them with the marketing / advertising of their listing on the Internet… as a SHOWING AGENT! Which by the way, is YOUR title when showing other agent’s listings! Agents in your office should be very receptive to YOU helping them find a home buyer for their listing! TIP: keep your broker in the loop.
NEXT … with permission from all parties concerned, have UNLILMITED digital still photos taken of the property listing inside and outside of the home plus amenity photos like pool, lake and tennis and any areas of interest near the listing, like a historical area, park, etc.… OR you can save money and use your own camera to take your own UNLIMITED still photos. TIP: invest in the best digital camera that you can afford.
NEXT…Choose HomeScenes.com “Do-It-Yourself” Tours for your Real Estate Internet Marketing! After registering with us (no charge), you can upload your UNLIMITED photos to us and we will build you an impressive virtual tour INSTANTLY with two different size slide show presentations with optional background music. No software to purchase. Per your request we can adjust your title on your virtual tour that displays next to your name… to display “Showing Agent” so you are properly disclosing to the public... that you are the showing agent NOT the listing agent.
Your“Do-It-Yourself” virtual tour advertised on HomeScenes.com is like having an Open House 24/7! Just $34.95 per property!
JUMP START your real estate business by finding a way to quickly connect your name to properties for sale on line so interested parties CAN CONTACT YOU! Have YOUR “back up” properties for sale list, ready so you are prepared, when interested parties communicate with you!
In the future, when you have consistent listings, you can choose our monthly subscription... 5 Star Agent VT Subscription Service… $29.99 per month for UNLIMITED listings with UNLIMITED photos - no contract to sign, no software to purchase, agents can cancel at anytime plus you receive an Agent Web Page (displayed in our public Agent Directory) and bells & whistles are included!
Successful Closings translate to the number of listings you market or the number of home buyers you work with ... the more listings with your name displayed increases the odds of more potential buyer opportunities!
Agents nationwide can choose our “Do-It-Yourself” tours or our monthly 5 Star Agent Subscription Service. We are syndicated so we can also send your tour link to numerous web site portals! We provide access to IDX tour links for your multiple listing service.
We offer a FREE on line flyer program and many Internet marketing tools! We are an authorized partner with Realtor.com so agents can order tour links to be installed on Realtor.com listings!
Choosing HomeScenes.com virtual tours exposes your property listing (s) to the Atlanta, GA real estate market and beyond! THOUSANDS OF ON LINE VIEWERS from around the world view our tours! Since 1997 HomeScenes.com has produced professional quality photography for well over 180,000 properties with a combined market value exceeding 50 Billion Dollars! And, we have generated Millions of Video Impressions, on the Youtube.com network!
Good Luck Everyone! Never Give Up on Your Dreams!
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Consider everyone to be a prospect. When you hear NO interpret it to mean not now and keep trying. Keep a positive attitude and show high energy. It will win you some listings and buyers just by showing your enthusiasm. Be sure to tell the prospects that you want their business. People want to be appreciated and told they matter.
I would ad to all the great suggestions you got here, identify your marketplace and know it inside out like the back of your hand. All the best to you. A
Yay! Welcome to the world of real estate! Hand out cards, letters to friends and family announcing your new adventure. go to networking events and interview a few lenders they will usually add you to a few of those. Best of luck to you!
I would hook up with an experienced agent in your office that is willing to mentor you.
Go out and preview a bunch of houses to get a sense of proper list prices.
Step up your networking and hand out your business cards. Everybody likes to talk about real estate. You will always get the best results from face to face contacts.