Posted on February 18, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Agent, Bradley Inman, Brokerage, Business, Buyer, buying real estate, cash investors, commercial real estate, communications, effective branding, ENewsletters, Ezine, Facebook, Fence, forclosure, Frog Pond, frogpond blog, green marketing, housing trends, Inman News, interest deduction, international real estate investor, investment, Marketing Strategy, marketing tips, mortage, mortgage, Mortgage loan, moving, Real Estate, real estate broker, second homes, stock market, Susie Hale, vacation homes, Wall Street Journal |
Yes, It IS the Right Time to Buy a House! Whenever I think about this housing market, the expression “buyers sitting on a fence” comes to mind. In my mind I walk behind the folks with the dangling feet and … reach up, give them a hug and tell them it’s time to get off the fence and buy a home!
Right now is the perfect intersection of historically low prices and historically low mortgage rates. Add in the wide availability of homes ranging from bank-owned foreclosures to well-priced, seller-owned resales and the message to buyers is, “you can afford more home than ever.” But are potential buyers hearing this message or do they figure it’s just another Realtor® puff piece they heard for years before the meltdown?
It’s not for lack of WANTING to buy a home: a study by John Burns Real Estate Consulting released on Jan. 30 says 60 percent of consumers agree, “I do not want to rent the rest of my life,” and 59 percent say, “Ownership is what I strive for.” Our fence-sitters know that rental rates are soaring in many markets, so the prospect of paying a landlord forever is not attractive to them.
They also know mortgage interest payments are deductible on their income taxes. (However, they may think they must now pay 20 percent down to get into a home. You must educate them on that.)
No, buyers are clinging to the fence top because they fear losing their jobs … and then their homes. They’ve seen millions of homeowners thrown out on the street and they don’t want to commit to that path.
So while the Wall Street Journal is publishing great articles such as “Is Now the Right Time to Buy a House?”, you will still have to craft messages aimed both at buyers’ heads – and hearts – to coax them off that fence.
What to do?
First, if you are not already a subscriber to the Housing Trends eNewsletter, then sign up right now. It’s free, it’s branded and customizable, and it’s full of the facts today’s younger adults need to make a baby step toward homebuying. Send it to your e-mail list and post the link on your Facebook page. Make sure you utilize the Messages section to focus on your very-local market. And be real. They don’t care you’re a “Top Producer.”(Certainly, that matters, but remember, it’s “what’s in it for me”, that matters most for consumers.) They want to connect with you as a person who can help them with a decision that will change their life. Your message needs to be filled with “You”, “Yours”, and more “You”, not me, me, me…
Second, realize these younger potential buyers will need a step-by-step plan. Think of this as putting a mattress next to the fence so they can land safely! Understand they need a realistic appraisal of their job security and ALL the expenses it takes to buy – and keep – a home. If you are totally honest, you may have to tell them to wait. But your payoff will be huge: they will tell their friends you are honest, and that “street cred” is hard to get. Tara-Nicholle Nelson recently wrote a column for Inman News, “4 steps to buying a house in 2012.” Start with that information and add what you know these buyers need to know.
Most importantly, understand it will take more than your selling expertise to help these folks. It will take love and a lot of extra effort. They do not want to be “leads”; they do not want to be “sold”; they want to be your partners in this process.
Can you do it? Sure you can! Start with a hug …Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 3 so far )
Posted on July 1, 2011. Filed under: Real Estate Housing Trends, News and Information | Tags: aerial view, Agent, Brokerage, Business, Buyers, Carbon Footprints, commercial real estate, communications, e-zinc email, email, ENewsletters, Ezine, Facebook, Frog Pond, frogpond blog, Internet Marketing, marketing, Marketing and Advertising, Marketing Strategy, marketing tips, Paperless, Realtor, satelite imagery, Social media, Susie Hale, sustainability, Twitter, Web conferencing |
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Hugs, The Frog
Posted on January 30, 2009. Filed under: Real Estate Housing Trends, News and Information | Tags: Agent, Bill Marriott, commercial real estate, Dottie!, e-zinc email, email, ENewsletters, Ezine, frogpond blog, green marketing, Houston, Internet Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Newsletter, Real Estate, Tough Attitude, Tough Times |
Special Wisdom’s of Dottie Walters
· When in doubt -take a survey
· Listen to the great conversation of mankind
· Never sell one when you can sell 2-3-4- or a subscription
· Look at the marks on your fingertips. You have been programmed to accomplish great things.
· When the angel knocks and yells at the door of your heart.-open it! The bolt is on your side. Then arise and go forth!
· Bill Marriott told me, ‘Failure? I never encountered it.. I just stumbled over a few temporary set backs.’
· Earl Nightingale told me when I was feeling low: ‘Arrogance is Gods’ gift to shallow people. Move on!’
· Mark Victor Hansen told me: “When they say ‘no!’, just say ‘next!’”
No one else knows what you are capable of.. put your fingers on your wrist and feel the beat of your own heart.
Dottie Walters passed away Feb 14, 2007. She was the world premier sales and motivational speaker, author, and consultant. She is perhaps most famous as the author of Never Underestimate the Selling Power of a Woman (Wilshire Book Co.), the first book ever written by a woman for sales women. Also, “Speak & Grow Rich” with Lilly Walters, (Prentice Hall-Simon Schuster); this book was selected in an industry wide survey – by an overwhelming majority – as THE most valuable book ever written for professional speakers.
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Posted on January 30, 2009. Filed under: Real Estate Housing Trends, News and Information | Tags: Agent, Brokerage, Case Study, commercial real estate, communications, e-zinc email, email, frogpond blog, green marketing, Green office, Houston, Internet Marketing, Marketing Strategy, marketing tips, Newsletter |
Most average newsletters and websites have several testimonials sharing the greatness of the product or service offered. That’s all well and good, but the way to really capitalize on your superior offering is to highlight a detailed example of a job well done through a case study.
A case study is a mini-article that is two to three short paragraphs long and includes two or three pictures. The pictures may be the ‘before’ and ‘after’ comparisons and a photo of the person. The text can describe the problem in the first paragraph, the solution you provided in the second paragraph and a quote from the satisfied customer in the third paragraph.
Case studies tell the story of your business brilliance. They are a much more effective way of saying how great you are because someone else is saying it. Including a single case study in each newsletter is a savvy way to keep people interested in your product and offering satisfied customers a way to show off their wisdom in choosing your product or service.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Posted on January 30, 2009. Filed under: Real Estate Housing Trends, News and Information | Tags: Agent, An interesting tip, Brokerage, commercial real estate, communications, e-zinc email, effective branding, email, email newsletter, ENewsletters, Ezine, Frog Pond, frogpond blog, green marketing, Green office, Houston, Internet Marketing, Marketing Strategy, marketing tips, marketing tools, People stories |
Your ezine or email newsletter can be one of the best and most effective branding and marketing tools you have. The trouble with most of them is that the all tend to blur together. Very few businesses take advantage of the opportunity to distinguish their product, services and people through this dynamic medium. Determine what you have to offer that will delight your reader and make them look forward to getting your message in their in box and actually reading it rather than deleting it.
Here are four fabulous facets to include in each issue:
An interesting tip- It should be related to your business, but not at all technical. The best tips are ones that include a statistic in one sentence that can be easily shared at a party or over a lunch.
People stories- People like reading about what other people are doing. They like doing business with people they know and even though they may never meet a single person in your company, highlighting a member of your team will make your readers feel like they know them.
News they can use- Include one article that talks about your product or service that educates your reader about your business. This positions you as an expert in your field.
Good looks- Make sure your newsletter has a consistent look that appeals to your readers. They will remember you through that look as much as through the content. Let a high quality company like FrogPond Publisher help you craft the perfect look for your newsletter. That consistency will make your reader comfortable about reading each issue.
Posted on January 22, 2009. Filed under: Real Estate Housing Trends, News and Information | Tags: e-zinc email, email, ENewsletters, Ezine, Frog Pond, frogpond blog, Marketing Strategy, readers, subscribers |
Now that you have your subscribers to your e-Newsletter or e-Zine, how do you get them to read it instead of immediately hitting the delete key when they see it among a hundred other emails?
The answer: Give them a terrific product!
Here are six steps to success for making your e-zine and/or
e-newsletter one of the ones your subscribers look forward to reading:
Make it look good. Balance text with visuals. To decide if you have the right look, email yourself a draft and just look at it with out reading anything. Does it appeal to your eyes?
Know what is most important. Use graphic elements to direct readers to the most important message in your e-zine.
Give them information they can use. Make sure there is some meaty material related to your industry that ties into your product or service. That will keep your readers coming back to you as an information source.
Include people. As much as readers like new information and facts they can use to better their business, people like to read about people. Include at least one story about an individual’s success either in the company or with your product or service.
Make it short. Write about only one topic per article and keep the paragraphs short, using no more than three sentences per paragraph.
Solicit feedback. Ask for comments on articles and perhaps even submissions from subscribers of articles.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )