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New Listing Checklists for Real Estate Agents

New Listing Checklists for Real Estate Agents

New Listing Checklists for Real Estate Agents Have a new listing?  Congrats! Whether you are a new real estate agent or you’ve been in the business for 20 years, it is always good to have a system in place to make sure that you don’t miss a beat when listing and marketing a property.  The easiest way to get organized is to have a new listing checklist. There are several different listing management tools you can use like Brivity, Top Producer and Broker Mint (just to name a few), but if you are a single agent, many times you can just add your checklists to an Excel or Google docs spreadsheet and effectively and inexpensively manage your listings from there. Feel free to customize the following New Listing Checklists to fit your brand, marketing and current processes. Your New Listing Checklist Prior to Listing the Home: ☑  Broker Listing Agreement – Signed by all parties ☑  Seller’s Disclosure Letter – Completed by Seller ☑  Complete any other disclosures required in your area – Signed if needed ☑  Confirm any neighborhood or condo rules and restrictions (i.e. sign placement, parking, etc) ☑  Confirm showing instructions with home owner (i.e. must give 2 hours notice or no showings after 7 pm) ☑  Bring in a staging company or consultant (if needed) ☑  Order / install yard sign ☑  Get key and any alarm instructions from home owner ☑  Install Lockbox on home ☑  Update any showing systems (like ShowingSuite) in order to make appointments and/or capture showing agent feedback ☑  Order / have professional photos taken of the home [how to get...
14 Ways to Get More Real Estate Listings

14 Ways to Get More Real Estate Listings

Want to Get More Real Estate Listings? Listings are the key to your success in the real estate business.   The old saying “List to Last” has remained true, no matter what kind of real estate market we are in. In our current real estate market (low inventory + rising home prices), many home owners would like to sell, but are holding out for top dollar.  The challenge with this strategy is that they aren’t in the real estate business and don’t realize when home prices are leveling off or even showing signs of decline. As an agent, this is the perfect time for you to go out and educate sellers and get as many listings as you can! When you are determined to get more real estate listings, there are four areas you can focus on and dozens of ways to connect with potential home sellers.  Below we’ve highlighted 14 ways to find those home sellers and get connected.  Yes, you’ll find that several are ideas that you heard before, but before you dismiss them, give it a TRY.   >> Here are 14 ways to get MORE real estate listings: YOUR SPHERE (Friends, Family, Past Clients, Local Connections) Yes, you could potentially list the homes of the people in your sphere of influence, but more importantly, you need to connect with them on a regular basis and ask them who they know that might be selling their home this year. You can accomplish this in several ways: 1 :: Just pick up the phone! If you have 120 people in your sphere, call 10 each month. 2 :: Send a monthly...
How to Get the BEST Photos of Your Listings

How to Get the BEST Photos of Your Listings

3 Tips to Get the BEST Photos of Your Listings If you want to get the best photos of your listings, the first place to start (and one that we highly recommend)  is hiring professional real estate photographer.  Usually photographers cost between $75 and $150, but may go as high as $400 for luxury homes and/or aerial shots.  If you aren’t planning on doing any other paid marketing for your listing, this is the one thing you should absolutely do for your client. Assuming that you are already using a real estate photographer for your listings, what else can you do to make sure the home photos look fabulous? #1 :: Get that blue sky in your listing photos! Having a blue sky on the front exterior photo really makes your photo stand out from the crowd, especially when buyers are searching for homes online.  If it isn’t the nicest day outside, ask your photographer to Photoshop a blue sky into the photo (usually they will!).  If the photographer won’t or can’t, you can go to PicMonkey.com and overlay a blue sky into the photo.  It’s not ideal, but it works. #2 :: Add photos of the neighborhood It’s also a big plus to give potential buyers an idea of what the community looks like, because many of today’s buyers feel that the neighborhood is just as important as the home they are buying.  If there is a neighborhood park or pool, include a photo in your marketing.  If there are annual events or festivals, snap a photo.  Also restaurants, coffee shops and even dog parks are a great way to entice the...
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