Allan Stofer (Avalon Group - PalmerHouse Properties)

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I used direct mail for moderate priced properties in a specific community with an 8-10% turnover per year. After the first year almost every listing was mine.

For upscale buyers placed an ad four times a year in a luxury magazine. Took around 6 ads before I got my money’s worth 

Aug 16, 2019 10:46 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

direct mail marketing with postcards gets us listings.... they sell as fast as we get them.... I do a full page in the monthly newspaper and the two complement each other.....it's good visibility and branding!!!!

Aug 16, 2019 10:41 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Verizon Wireless, my iPhone-X and my fingers doing the dialing to my database/SOI!

Best ROI in the biz!

Aug 16, 2019 10:10 PM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

"Other Than"??? My best lead source has always been getting out into the community I serve and making myself useful. Volunteer, shake hands, attend ribbon cuttings, get involved. Do these things and you will have so much business Allan Stofer you wont have time to look on line for lead services.

Aug 16, 2019 11:31 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Direct mail with a call to action.

Aug 16, 2019 10:46 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker
Aug 16, 2019 07:25 PM
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Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty

Sorry to hear. 

I don't use any.

Aug 16, 2019 03:57 PM
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

New business is not easy... til you figure out what works for you. 

Aug 16, 2019 03:42 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

After referrals and SOI, I'd say sign calls.

Aug 16, 2019 04:51 PM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

I don't use it, interesting, reading answers.

Aug 16, 2019 04:46 PM
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I only use SOI besides calls from signs

Aug 17, 2019 08:39 AM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Website, downtown location for walk-ins, past clients.

Aug 16, 2019 11:36 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

It's all about working by referral for me.

Aug 16, 2019 11:29 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Allan,

What others have mentioned and being visible in the community.  Face to Face time.  A

Aug 16, 2019 11:10 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

You want us to share our best kept secret???

Here are your choices:
1. Out spend your competitor
2. Go where they are not.

Test, test and test.

As Barbara stated and I have experienced, direct mail is hard to beat and almost the only sure access an agent has to the citizen.

I live in a place where many vacation and where the meet up places of locals is predictable. An info box hanging from a rear seat window does attract the 90 day market.

However, what you should do is beg, borrow or steal a house in which to host a market research purposed open house. Only then will you know what those with real estate on their mind are actually doing and what they feel they NEED. That last piece is incredibly important.

Now you can spend your dollars intelligently.

Aug 16, 2019 10:52 AM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Lots of good ideas from our Rain friends.

And one more, Be Social.

                             Be Social

Aug 17, 2019 01:20 PM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

You already 'hit the nail on the head'

Aug 17, 2019 06:29 AM
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

None, Nada, Zip paid lead sources. Past clients and business relationships!

Aug 16, 2019 06:21 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

#1 and main: referrals. 

Aug 16, 2019 03:32 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I get great results from working facebook.

Aug 16, 2019 02:23 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Paying for leads is a giant waste of time and money. I find after referrals my Active Rain blog does a great job at attracting new buyer and seller leads

Aug 16, 2019 01:27 PM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

My website and blogs were my best source of business, other than referrals and SOI.

Aug 16, 2019 01:09 PM
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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Allan Stofer networking.

Aug 17, 2019 10:35 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I pay by working organically and getting leads online.  A niche helps.

Aug 17, 2019 07:45 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Go with your own skill set as well as your niche market needs.

Aug 17, 2019 06:59 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

FB Boosts

Aug 17, 2019 04:11 AM
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Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA

depends on the market and now saturated it is, but my brokerage is successful with google ads

Aug 17, 2019 01:30 PM
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Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

If you cultivate and spend time and money on your two "other thans" you will not need to look for a better lead source.

Aug 17, 2019 08:49 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

People you know socially. The rest amounts to 0.

Aug 17, 2019 06:42 AM
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Adam and Shari Hanes
Chamberlain Realty - Hendersonville, TN
The hardest working team in Greater Nashville area

Facebook groups

 

Aug 17, 2019 08:26 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Direct mail and anything else Barbara Todaro tells us.

 

Aug 23, 2019 09:39 AM
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Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
RE/MAX Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita

Past clients number one by far.

Aug 19, 2019 08:47 PM
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Corinne Guest
Corinne Guest, REALTOR® | Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
Barrington Lifestyles

I always relied on my website. I have tried paying for things in years gone by, nothing, nada. Oh, wait I did one short sale purchase as a result of foreclosure leads. I think I made money but not much and not enough.

Aug 19, 2019 10:16 AM
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Richard L. McKinney P.A.
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
For Results that MOVE you on the Treasure Coast!

Zillow, Realtor.com are my top two lead sources. If you wan to do volume (25+ properties per year) then you must be advertising with these sites. 

 

I also use almost every single referral web site out there ... homegain, homelight, upnest, local expert and others.. i get 25 to 30 listings per year from these sites. Some are better than others but I get a ton of leads and easy listings bc they are calling me or have requested into. 

But by far ... my best lead source is ZILLOW. 

 

You will hear agents in here bash them and call them Satan ... whatever, do not listen and go about your business with Z and R.com AND make money!

Aug 18, 2019 05:50 AM
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Thomson Macy
Local Presence SEO - Alamance, NC
Looking for the best SEO services in the Triangle?

Yes, need too!

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Aug 17, 2019 09:49 PM