Looking for More Millennial Engagement? Try Snapchat!
Get Started with Snapchat!With the constant growth of technology, real estate agents are always looking for new ways to connect with their audience. While many agents use social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, others are turning to different, more personalized platforms to reach younger buyers. According to a recent study, millennials now make up the largest group of homebuyers at 35%. Snapchat, one of the top three social apps used by millennials, can be a great way to connect with this younger generation. Here’s why real estate agents should use this growing social tool to reach younger buyers. Continue reading
Take Your Business to the Top with Responsive Web Design

Tips for Responsive Web Design From Homes.com A recent Google survey found that 72 percent of mobile users say it’s important that websites are mobile friendly. The same survey also found that 70 percent of mobile users say they are more likely to revisit a mobile friendly site. The demand for accessing information when and where we want it is at an all time high and if you don’t have a website that adapts to mobile devices, then you are missing out on valuable opportunities to connect with on-the-go buyers, sellers and renters searching for a real estate professional to work with in your area. Continue reading

Tell Buyers and Sellers to 'Keep Calm' With These Customizable Graphics!

Looking for a unique way to stay top of mind? Well “keep calm” because Homes.com has you covered! Add some flair to your proposals and real estate marketing materials while capitalizing on the latest catch phrase by downloading and customizing Homes.com’s ‘Keep Calm’ graphics!

As a real estate professional, you know the home buying process can be stressful for buyers and sellers. These handy materials serve as a friendly reminder that they can ‘Keep Calm’ and rely on you, the local expert, to help them with all of their real estate needs. Continue reading

How to Increase Engagement and Drive More Traffic with Pinterest
In the last Pinterest article, we helped you decide if this visually pleasing social network is right for your business. Since it’s one of the fastest growing and most visited sites on the Internet, you’ve probably realized that it can help with audience engagement. In fact, Pinterest is retaining and engaging with users as much as two to three times more efficiently than Twitter was at a similar time in history (Hubspot).

“Pinning” images is the key to success with Pinterest; if you are not pinning interesting content, then it’s unlikely you will ever benefit from using this social network. This doesn’t mean to pin everything you see – it’s important to create boards that people will want to follow by including content that appeals to them. Continue reading

Keeping Up with Consumer Trends: YOUniverse

Homes.com has been keeping an eye on consumer trends that may affect what your clients and prospects look for in a home. We’ve already discussed how status seekers are looking for guilt-free products that reduce their impact on the environment, and this time around, we want to shed some light on another trend called “YOUniverse.”

The key thing to remember about society’s YOUniverse trend is that everything’s about them! These types of consumers expect a high level of customization, involvement, personalization, and instant gratification, more than any other type of consumer.  Continue reading

Create the Perfect Real Estate Video with Your iPad

Michael Krisa, licensed real estate broker and freelance Internet marketing consultant, believes that real estate professionals are missing out on a great opportunity by not taking advantage of their iPad and its video possibilities. During Homes.com’s Secrets of Top Selling Agents webinar, “iPad Video Made Simple: Pinch, Zoom and Swipe Your Way to Profit!” Krisa stresses the importance of real estate professionals using the iPad to showcase their listings and communities with awesome real estate videos.

According to Krisa, agents and brokers who do not use the all-in-one studio applications of the iPad are essentially buying a Porsche and leaving it in the driveway, using it just to listen to the radio. Eighty-five percent of consumers say they are more likely to make a purchase after watching a video (invodo), making videos an essential part of any marketing plan.

“You can shoot with some simple apps and create high-quality videos, edit them and upload them directly to the web,” Krisa says. “When people watch videos, the subject is perceived as an authority. If you can articulate, you can be seen as an expert in your niche.” Continue reading

The “Secret Sauce” to Creating Real Estate Videos – Part 3: Hiring A Pro and Sharing Your Video

In the previous editions of “The Secret Sauce to Creating Real Estate Videos,” Homes.com discussed the three key things to remember when coming up with content for your video and how to film on a budget. In the final edition of this three-part series, Homes.com will be offering some advice to real estate professionals who may be seeking a little outside help and to provide some helpful hints on how to best share the video with your networks.

Homes.com realizes that the busy schedules of real estate professionals can make finding time to film your own video difficult, which is why seeking outside help may be a more viable option. Continue reading
5 Strategies to Get Your Rental Listing Off the Market Faster

How are you marketing your rental listings? If you’re like most real estate professionals, you’ve probably invested most of your time and money into properties for sale and wait for someone to contact you about a rental. While this strategy may have worked for you in the past, times are changing and more homeowners are deciding to rent their home rather than put it on the market.

Whether it was the need for additional income or it was time to move and they couldn’t get their home sold fast enough, a homeowner would only consider renting their house as a last resort. Nowadays, due to economic and lifestyle trends, we are starting to see an increase in the single-family rental market, and real estate professionals need to realize that it presents a great opportunity to grow your business. Continue reading