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So anyone who knows me, even just a little, knows that I am a huge believer in Social Media, and I’m a total tech nerd. I have so much technology in my car that I could land the space shuttle from it if I needed to. So this may come as a surprise to you when I say it…. Ready? STOP OVER RELYING ON TECHNOLOGY TO DO YOUR JOB! Yep, I just said that and I meant it. Let me explain. I jumped on the band wagon early on. Before Facebook was a big thing I was on there with a handful of friends. I had Foursquare when that was big and was the “Mayor” of any and every business I frequented, and, well, I hate to admit this but I was a MySpace master back in the early 2000’s. If it’s new and has anything to do with technology, I’ll probably buy into it. I spent $2400 on a GPS in car aftermarket navigation system in 1999 when people were still using Thomas Guides and the DVD/CD’s were out of date the day they arrived. I even bought the first Bluetooth headset before cellphones had Bluetooth in them and required a wired adapter and holster. So why the anti-tech blog post? It’s pretty simple. At this point everyone on the planet is using technology. Its not really that impressive anymore. Everyone has their version of the hottest and coolest tech and in the Real Estate business they all think it’s “revolutionary”, “modernizing”, and/or the answer to all of the woes of the average agent. “There’s an app for that” has gone to the furthest extreme. They even make an app now called Slydial that enables you to make sure you don’t have to talk to the person your calling and get their voicemail. Seriously?!
What I see is missing more and more nowadays is the Personal Touch. When it’s someones birthday now, we wish them Happy Bday on Facebook or text message. I’m guilty of this too! It’s like we’ll do anything to avoid actually having a live two way conversation with people anymore. In this world of super impersonal and flippant interactions, I can’t help but to see a HUGE opportunity that will actually yield some pretty great results when it comes to business growth.
Just think, in a world full of distant communication strategies, text messaging, instant messenger, emails, fancy CRM programs, etc. what do you think would happen to your business if you just picked up the phone and called to wish someone a happy birthday or just ask them how they are doing? What about the good old fashioned “pop-by” on the weekend? Or a kindly handwritten personal note? Think of the look on an expired listing homeowners face if you showed up to their door. Remember when we used to send a get well soon card to someone who was sick? Here’s a crazy one. Remember when we used to ask people “how have you been?” and we actually wanted to know how they’ve been?
In this short post, I just simply want to maybe spark some thought about how overplayed technology is becoming. Yes, I’ll still use it and I’ll still leverage it’s benefits and I do see value in it so let’s not go overboard. But with every agent in the world buying into every new hot tech thing that’ll “transform their business”, I’d just propose that you may stand out in a really good way if you just picked up the phone, wrote a personal note, or stopped by someones house more often. One thing will never change no matter how many cool devices exist. People like to connect offline as much if not more than they do online, and relationships, trust, and confidence can all be built faster and better when we make that effort. And please don’t tell me that “millennials don’t want to communicate by phone or in person”. Baloney! Just because someone was born at a different time doesn’t mean that they are aliens from another planet. Despite their hot pink hair, or permanently implanted Beats headphones, they will still be impressed, likely even more impressed, when you go out of your way to treat them like human beings and just talk to them. And in this day and age, it’s almost becoming a “revolutionary” idea again to actually talk to people outside of text, email, and social media. What a crazy concept. Talking to people, writing notes, and just sitting down and actually listening to people is on the verge of becoming the greatest secret business strategy out there.
So, in closing, feel free to call me a “revolutionary” for proposing these crazy ideas. 🙂 No need to abandon all of your technology, that’d be just stupid as there are a lot of good things that come out of it still. But take the crazy out of the box step to make things much more personal with your sphere of influence, past clients, and new prospects. It’s OK to like a post about someones kid who got honor roll, but imagine the impact when you call them to congratulate and esteem them for being great role models and parents.
Now I’ve got to go check my Facebook notifications, emails, and then order my groceries on Amazon so I don’t have to go into the store. 🙂
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Chicken Little said it and it’s become a great analogy for the perpetual fear and panic that has spread throughout the Real Estate industry since long before I got my license almost 25 years ago. Since I got into this business, I’ve heard the panic almost every single year. Whether it was the “Banks are going to take over”, “Internet is going to replace us”, or the seasonal discount broker that shows up with plans to “disrupt the industry”, so far, none of these things have managed to replace the skilled customer service oriented full service real estate agent and firm.
With that said, this is NOT a post about other business models, and it’s certainly not a post designed to discredit or discourage the entrepreneurial spirit and competitive nature of our business or any business for that matter. Over the years I have seen many businesses succeed and fail but I have always appreciated how these business attempts either prove me wrong or validate my beliefs.
So what is this post really about? It’s about VALUE vs COST! Most of the attacks on the full service brokerage model have been almost 100% focused on attacking the COST rather than the value of a real estate agent/firm. Oh yes… They try to diminish the value of the competitor by implying that they are overcharging for what they offer, but in the end, all that’s being sold is COST. Sometimes it’s because the market shifts up or down that drives the emergence of these COST focused businesses, but whatever the reason, the common sense is that no matter what business it is, there will always be a large majority of people who demand VALUE over COST. IF cost was all that mattered to the general public then expensive doctors, lawyers, engineers, and frankly every luxury auto maker would disappear in light a cheaper/less expensive option. Think of any business, service, or product… There is a low cost version and a high cost version and in every single case there are significant differences in their offerings/products. It really is about common sense. An entire industry like the real estate business would not be dominated by full service brokerages if there was such a demand for low cost/discount brokerages. It’s not like real estate or real estate agents are something new. And regardless of whether it is a company like Zillow offering “Instant Offers”, Discount Brokers, or a Tech Company wanting to automate the entire transaction on an APP or website, the ONE business model that has been sustainable and withstood the test of time has been the FULL SERVICE REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE model. The fear surrounding the “instant offers” offering by Zillow is not worth the drama either. Almost every home seller wants TOP DOLLAR for their home so those few who don’t, are willing to sell “under market” to an investor, and that is NOT the Full Service brokerage customers. So Zillow is welcome to do what they want but until they figure out how to replicate what the Full Service brokers offer and deliver on, they aren’t really our competition. I’d even venture to say that since Zillows model is to sell leads to real estate agents, that their “instant offers” program is likely a ploy to gather seller leads to sell back to the real estate agents at a premium… Sound familiar???
So the bottom line is this… IN THE ABSENCE OF VALUE OR EVEN PERCEIVED VALUE, PEOPLE WILL SEEK OUT COST. And overall, our industry has done a great job not only proving that we are worth our fees, but we have demonstrated it in our overall results over a very long period of time. Selling a home is NOT easy, and closing the escrow is even harder in many cases. The amount of skill, patience, strategy, & experience it takes to get through most transactions is staggering. In most cases, there are more things that could go wrong than could go right and it takes incredible insight, anticipation, and problem solving abilities to get these transactions closed. Furthermore, the amount and quality of marketing, advertising, and over all exposure necessary to drive the demand to achieve the top dollar price cannot just be duplicated by anyone. Some brokerages and agents simply do more than others and some do it better. This is an unarguable and easily proven fact.
So who do these other business models have any success at all? They literally bank on not having to compete with the top brokerages and agents in a competitive listing presentation. They often count on a seller just seeing a lower COST and assuming we’re all the same and calling them. Or they hope that a seller is so focused on saving money on real estate commissions that they don’t apply their normal way of considering VALUE in every other aspect of their life to this huge decision to sell their home. And lastly, they hope that if they do end up competing with a full service real estate agent that he/she will not be skilled enough to articulate their value proposition and justify their fee, leaving the decision to COST where they can always win.
What’s my advice to the full service real estate agents out there? BECOME EXPERTS AT KNOWING YOUR AND YOUR COMPANY’S VALUE PROPOSITIONS that WILL benefit the sellers and buyers. Don’t just say that Exposure Creates Demand and Demand Drives Price, but know how to showcase the specific dramatic difference in the amount of exposure that you and your firm can deliver to attract more buyers. Be able to articulate HOW you are able to deliver a higher level of service, safety, and overall end result to them when they choose you as their agent/company. And be able to help the customer realize that there is a significant difference between agents and firms.
If you can do that then there really is nothing to be afraid of. People demand VALUE… They demand SERVICE… And they demand RESULTS. These things are hard to deliver at a low COST.
I want to leave you with this great quote that really does make it clear as day. And it’s one that is nearly impossible to argue with. I would even go as far as to say it is a “law” in our society:
“There is hardly anything in the world that someone cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price alone are that person’s lawful prey. It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money — that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot — it can’t be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.” -John Ruskin
In the end and in closing, I believe there’s enough business for everyone. There is a market and a customer for every model. And what makes our country so great is that the customer is given choices. For me, I will always be a VALUE guy when it comes to large and very personal decisions that will affect my family. I drive a nice, safe, and expensive car, I seek out the best doctor, we have a great, but pricey family lawyer, I pay a little more for great insurance from a large company, and yes… I shop at Nordstrom almost exclusively because of their service. But I don’t fault those who choose the opposites of those to save money as that is a decision we all should be able to make for ourselves and options that should always be available for those who want them.
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What if you were unknowingly lying by omission to your clients every time you went on a listing appointment? Well, if your not paying Realtor.com, Homes.com, and others to be the ONLY agent being offered on your listings, then you may be lying by omission. I realize this could come off a little harsh, but it’s true, when you list a sellers home, it’s reasonable to believe that THEY believe and assume that when they sign a listing contract with you that YOU will be fielding all incoming buyer inquiries from the most common and trafficked websites like Homes.com and Realtor.com, among others. My point of contention is that any agent who is not ensuring that they are the ONLY agent being offered on the major websites for THEIR OWN LISTINGS, has a responsibility to TELL their perspective listing client that up to 4 different agents will be offered on their listing and that there is a 1 in 4 chance that they will get the call/inquiry from a buyer searching these sites.
Think of it this way…allowing up to 3-4 agents names and contact information to be offered on your listing is almost as absurd as allowing 3-4 different agents/company’s For Sale Signs to be placed in front of your listing. With nearly 90% of buyers beginning their search online, these calls are the modern day sign call.
While some sellers may not care, and some won’t realize the impact, it’s more likely that they do and will. Let’s deal with reality here. So it begs the question; Would they still list with you if they were told this information before signing? Maybe, or maybe not… But I believe they should be able to make an informed choice.
The reasoning is pretty simple and based in undeniable logic… Who’s the best person to field the incoming inquiries on a listing? A randomly selected agent who purchased some geographic area to get buyer leads or THE LISTING AGENT? Some would argue that a buyer shouldn’t work with the listing agent and should seek out individual buyer representation. And that’s not a bad argument or point in some cases and worthy of a healthy debate. But to make that argument the assumption/accusation must me made that the listing agent (who is legally allowed to represent both buyer and seller in California) won’t provide adequate representation. I’ve found that the vast majority of Realtors are good and honest people who work to create a win win scenario when representing both buyer and seller. So this leaves us to acknowledge the undeniable logic that the LISTING AGENT is generally the single best person and most interested person in ensuring that every buyer inquiry is responded to quickly and with solid information about the details and availability of the property.
So now one more question has to be asked…. Why wouldn’t EVERY listing agent pay the fees to ensure they are the ONLY agent being offered on THEIR listings on major websites? Here’s the answer: IT’S EXPENSIVE. For an agent listing between 25-50 homes per year, the cost could exceed $12,000! For agents doing less, the cost still is significant. So what we see is very many agents and companies just don’t do it.
FINALLY, I can’t go without mentioning this of course. At Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, our sales associates ALL have the ability to accomplish this for free with the MAXIMUM program! Because of our size and belief in this program, we have made every effort to make this affordable for the benefit of both our Realtors and their clients. When one of our great agents are on a listing presentation it simply
goes without saying that the seller can be assured that online buyer inquiries will be handled quickly and professionally.
In closing, I want to commend you if you are one of those agents with Coldwell Banker or any other firm, who have made the decision make the investment in ensuring that your sellers expectations are met and that the buyers are only being presented with ONE choice and in my opinion the BEST choice of who to call for information on your listings.
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So, it happens a lot… Probably the single most often asked question when I’m rolling out a new product or business growth strategy… “If I do this one new big thing, how much new business should I expect from it?” Along the same lines, this is just another twist on the same question “What does Mrs. TopAgent do to be so successful?” hoping that there’s one magical secret strategy that she’s discovered. Many of you know that my initial response to that question is “She works her &%$ off!” because it would take hours and hours to breakdown all of the things she does in a day, week, month, year, which by the way is why ongoing COACHING is so important too (Visit: https://bradpearsonsblog.com/2016/04/08/youre-paying-for-a-good-coach-whether-you-have-one-or-not/ ).
Whether I’m talking about implementing an Expired Listing strategy, Social Media marketing, or a new product like our $20,000 Giveaway campaign, too often, agents get overly focused on the single tool or strategy and begin to dig, question, and even investigate other past results, to determine whether they should do it and whether it will work for them. The BIG problem with this thinking is that they aren’t focused on the bigger picture when it comes to growing a successful business. There is almost NEVER a single thing, strategy, or tool that has lead to any agent experiencing massive life changing success. A good example is a website. We all know that we absolutely MUST have one to be in the Real Estate business, yet I’ve NEVER met an agent who’s entire success can be attributed to a website, heck, I’ve never met one who can share with me any “direct” significantly measurable results from one. Yes, someone reading this will think, “I got a listing from my website once”, and again, that is missing the entire point and I would argue that something else you did, lead them to the website that actually lead to getting the lead. But without a solid over arching online strategy with print, networking, direct prospecting, testimonials, self promotion, open houses, door knocking, cold calling, notes, follow up, and good presentation skills, then the website would almost be worthless.
The point I want to drive home in this post is that all we need to do is look at other super successful businesses and how they were built and grew in massive name recognition, reputation, and overall success. THEY ALL HAVE A SERIOUS UBIQUITOUS APPROACH TO MARKETING TO THEIR POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS. Take a business like McDonalds as an easy example. They’ve taken a very simple and focused business objective and continuously drive it out to the public so it reaches us from every direction. From billboards, TV, radio, bus benches, direct mail, strategic product or ad placement, newspaper, magazines/print media, social media, internet, etc. etc. etc. they are literally OMNIPRESENT in our lives. We couldn’t avoid McDonalds if we tried. Whether you eat there or not is not the question, but EVERYONE knows about them and knows what they’re business is all about.
From a Realtor’s perspective, all we need to do is to continuously strive to be omnipresent in our farm areas, communities, and online. We need to continuously ask ourselves if what we are doing is reaching our prospective customers in enough ways to where they cannot avoid us and will think of us when they decide to buy or sell a home. So if you’re a master telemarketer, if that is all you do, you will burn yourself out from calling if you don’t have a solid strategy to grow your business organically from your past clients, local community, referral sources, online image, social media, direct mail/print, expireds, FSBO’s, etc. etc. Recognizing that all of these strategies, and any other strategies you decide to implement must OVERLAP with your other activities, IS the SECRET SAUCE to building a massively successful business! This is also why geographical farming works so well when everything an agent does is focused in a relatively small geographical area. Becoming ubiquitous is much easier when you pick 500 homes and 4 or 5 different strategies to get in front of them regularly! This is also why there are agents out there who have been mailing (and nothing else) for a year and have gotten nothing and are frustrated and discouraged. It takes much much more than that one thing.
Now, once you’ve figured all of this out and implemented a multi-faceted approach that supports all other activities and overlaps in an omnipresent way, then you MUST master one more thing…
You’ve built the machine, the machine is delivering leads, now the leads need to me followed up on and nurtured until they result in a contract! You must have a great CRM program. (At Coldwell Banker we provide a powerful one for free that covers online, print, mail, and pre-built/branded campaigns with email/text reminders so you can make your calls on schedule!).
In closing, I offer my support and guidance after spending over 20 years in this great business and over 17 in leadership and business coaching, so don’t hesitate to post a comment, ask a question, or just reach out to schedule a meeting to discuss how you can grow your business and even find out why so many great agents have chosen Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and if you should consider the change too. Call, text, or email at 714-782-2723 or Brad.Pearson@camoves.com
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Yes…That’s right… If you have a great coach and you are coach-able, then you WILL have more success and make substantially more money! If you have a bad coach, or no coach at all, then you are likely missing out on a lot of opportunities, wasting time, and as a result, making less money than you could be. So in essence, not having a good coach is costing you money!
So this post is intended to get you to consider either getting a great coach or simply evaluating your current coach to determine if it’s time for a change. If you have a great coach already, then you’ve already realized that he/she is worth their weight in gold bars. If you don’t have a good coach yet, then you may not realize what you’re missing out on. And you’ve got to ask yourself the question “Why don’t I have a coach?” If your response is “I can’t afford one”, then that is exactly why you need one even more. But how do you afford one if you can’t spare money to hire one yet? It’s the whole cart before the horse story again. Here’s the simple answer… YOUR MANAGER SHOULD BE QUALIFIED AND CAPABLE OF BEING YOUR COACH as part of your current financial arrangement with your company! IF you just thought “NO WAY, is that guy coaching me!”, then you likely have the wrong manager. Sorry to be so harsh and direct, but there’s little any successful agent needs a manager for other than to help them incrementally and steadily grow their business. But how? Well many managers believe that it’s all about “accountability” so they meet every week to go over what you did and what you’re going to do. The problem with this as I see it, after many years in leadership and actually being coached myself by one of the best coaches in the industry for 5 years, is that MOST people are already very RESPONSIBLE and accountability is a very very small part of the coaching process. As an accomplished coach myself, I ONLY choose to coach RESPONSIBLE and MOTIVATED people. These folks don’t need much ACCOUNTABILITY… They simply need solid business building strategies, direction, collaboration, and focus. A great coach will bring new ideas, efficiency building strategies, and laser focus to doing the right things that will supercharge your business.
Here’s a simple list of what you WILL get with a great coach:
- Establish and take action towards achieving goals.
- Become more self-reliant and self confident.
- Gain more job and life satisfaction – SUCCESS
- Become more “responsible” for your success rather than “accountable” to it.
- Work more easily and productively with team.
- Communicate and present more effectively.
- Master the value presentation and objection handling.
- Become more strategic in your thinking, actions, and execution of your duties.
The next question is often “So HOW do I pick a coach?”. It’s pretty simple believe it or not. 1. Ask for a resume’ of accomplishments in the Real Estate industry and review that resume’ as though you were going to pay this person hundreds of thousands of dollars. Based on their resume’, do you feel they’re worth it? 2. Testimonials! What do the agents who are currently in coaching with them say? 3. Can the coach share a long list of verifiable, RECENT success stories? 4. If they are your manager, then other than being your manager, what is their most recent career success? These questions will help you solidly determine IF you should choose them to be your coach as well as the likelihood of success with them.
As a manager/coach myself, I am very proud of the incredible accomplishments of so many of the agents I’ve coached and truly enjoy helping Realtors grow their businesses. I’ve witnessed more breakthroughs than I can count and my resume’ speaks for itself. If you are looking for a coach or just would like more information on how a single 1 hour meeting could completely improve the direction of your business as well as provide you with tremendous clarity and direction and a go forward growth plan, then feel free to send me a private email at email@example.com or call/text (714) 782-2723.
So finally, here’s why I wrote this post! I received this incredibly flattering email from one of my top agents this week and it reaffirmed why I LOVE coaching and the reason I believe in it so much!
I can’t thank you enough for all your support. Some agents think they work for the best company and have the best manager, but they don’t. It’s simple, you have clearly taught me that our tools outweigh the competitors. I know for a fact, because with your help I landed 3 listings in 2 weeks. When I called freaking out because I knew I was up against 4 other agents, you assured me that we have the best marketing. After 2 hours of your coaching, I left feeling confident I could do it. You are always there for my call, whether big or small. I am not only part of great company, but have the BEST manager ever. There is no one that can compare. I am grateful to be a part of your team.
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Ever since I received my Real Estate license in 1992 and started going on listing appointments, I’ve found three main types of home sellers and it’s not changed since then. 1. “I want the most money for my home and I don’t HAVE to sell.” 2. “I want the cheapest commission deal.” 3. “I don’t care about anything, I’m in trouble, get me out of here fast!” What’s great about this industry is that there is always a real estate agent who will meet the needs of each. What I’ve found though is that 1 & 2 are often very similar in their objectives and simply want to net the most money from the sale of their home that they can. They don’t want to leave any money on the table. In the case of “2” they see little value in what a Realtor can provide and they simply want to get into the MLS for the lowest possible cost and hope that the low commission will make up for any possible, but still unidentified, drawbacks of hiring the cheapest agent. And in very many cases, they never even considered the possible risks involved in hiring the cheapest Realtor. In my opinion… This is OUR fault as full service brokers/agents if we do not share with them in detail the benefits of listing with an agent/company with a well articulated and executed marketing and negotiating strategy. Now this is where YOU must know and be able to convey your UNIQUE VALUE PROPOSITIONS and how they will help you accomplish substantially better results in terms of terms, sales price, time, and even security.
What I’ve found over the years as both a top producing listing agent and then in my leadership roles in large firms, is that a large portion of agents have/use no formal structured presentation and rather rely on their strength of personality, personal success and reputation, and sometimes luck, to win listings. While this works for many good agents most of the time, its the times when the seller prospect is interviewing multiple agents where the very expensive risk of losing the listing to a competitor who knows their UVP’s and how to articulate the potential financial benefits to them is a factor.
This brings me to the point I hope I can get across in this post… Regardless of how good you are, or how great of a natural sales person you are, you MUST have and know how to clearly show your seller prospect WHAT the benefits of working with you are, HOW you can solve their problem (get them top dollar), and WHY they should choose you over a competitor!
Now, if you are with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, then you have the single most powerful list of UVP’s available in our industry today! With a simple and indisputable belief that EXPOSURE CREATES DEMAND, AND DEMAND CREATES PRICE, you need to SHOW the seller prospect how you can expose, market, advertise, present, and negotiate better than anyone else they may be considering. Here’s just a few that are helping our agents WIN daily on listing appointments:
- The VIEW Magazine – Single largest print and online real estate publication in Southern California with over 1.2 million distributed each month to subscribers of local newspapers!
- The VIEW Magazine CHINA- Printed, published and distributed within the Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Shanghai!
- Truly Global Reach – 710 Offices outside of the United States! 273 Offices in China!
- Largest in Relocation!
- #1 in Southern California! #1 in the United States for closed volume! #1 on Social Media! #1 brand online! (Neilsen Ratings) #1 on YouTube! Proof that our strategies work in delivering exposure for our listings!
- #1 in Southern California in the $1,000,000+ price ranges!
- 40+ million visitors from around the globe to ColdwellBanker.com and millions more to ColdwellBankerHomes.com.
- PreviewsAdvantage.com showcasing our luxury advantages!
If you’re not with Coldwell Banker, then you probably should look into it, but either way, be sure to KNOW yours and your company’s UVP’s and be able to showcase how these will directly benefit your sellers if they list with you. Don’t wait until you lose a listing to learn them!
As always, I’m happy to help and share ideas and strategies to grow your business and deliver exceptional service and results to your customers, so thanks for subscribing and have a great year winning!
OK, so I told you so! Whew, had to get that out of the way right up front. Yes, it felt good to say. So for the past 3 months I’ve been standing up at sales meetings and preaching that the inventory drop we experienced in October last year through the holidays was not showing the normal signs of increase and that we would be seeing this in the news by March/April… Well here we are, the articles are finally being published in the news publications, yet we’ve been living this for 3 months now. And here we are as an office with over 80 sales for March (beating last March), and on our way to 90 new sales for the month! Yes, the market is hot, but our agents are definitely getting a large portion of the business too!
What does all this mean? Well, the bottom line is that “if you list it, it will sell!”… Be reasonable on the price, have professional photos, stage the property if necessary, and use all of the Coldwell Banker marketing and advertising, you will not only sell your listings, but you’ll likely have multiple offers! And if you are a really good negotiator, strategic thinking, and follow the multiple offer strategies, you’ll likely get a higher sales price for your sellers!
As Realtors, we need to get the word out to any sellers who tried to sell and failed in the past year. Share the current market climate and show them how our Coldwell Banker marketing strategies, and massive advertising/exposure, can help them get top dollar or their home right now!
Will this last? Who knows!? But my bet is that it won’t and that inventory will begin to rise and level off over the next few months. While we will still be in a great market, there are amazing opportunities for home sellers right now to have less competition and maximize their sales price!
As always, whether you’re with Coldwell Banker or not, it is my pleasure to share ideas, thoughts, and strategies to help you grow your business so don’t hesitate to reach out for a free coaching meeting! And don’t forget to subscribe above to receive all of my posts instantly as they are written!
Today signifies the beginning of the last quarter of 2015. This is the time to step on the gas to ensure you end the year strong! Important numbers to recognize: Q4 2014 in Orange County there were 5998 properties sold, each of those had a buyer making almost 12,000 opportunities for a pay check! 6726 homes closed escrow delivering almost 13,500 actual pay checks to Realtors in OC! Listing inventory dropped from 7049 to 5190 (almost 30%!) during Q4 opening massive opportunities for those who work expired and cancelled listings and creating a lower inventory market for home sellers looking to capitalize on the opportunity to get more money for their homes and negotiate with SERIOUS buyers! Do you have a plan to make sure you capitalize on all of this opportunity to end 2015 strong and begin 2016 with momentum? While so many Realtors will be slowing down and talking about the market slowing down, YOU know the truth and must stay focused!
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Sometimes in our business, it’s the most obvious things that are overlooked as the biggest opportunities for both Realtors and their clients. So many things in our industry are done only because that is what others do, or because what is believed as the right way, when in reality, so much of what is done in real estate now has become the absolute worst and in many cases the laziest ways of doing things. In this post, I plan to address one of the most ridiculous assumptions and most common mistakes Real Estate agents are making and how it could be hurting their clients.
Let’s deal with some reality for a second… MOST buyers are moving from somewhere verses buying as an investment/rental, and the best qualified and most motivated buyers are those that are selling a home to either move up or move down from their current home. Yet, in our industry, the “contingent” buyer is the LAST buyer that many real estate agents would advise their clients to accept an offer from and frankly the term has become almost tabu. The overwhelming common belief is that a “contingent buyer” is the most risky. Even if the buyer/sellers current home is in escrow, many real estate agents will advise their sellers to take the non-contingent buyer even when they are going to pay CASH upon the closing of their home. This is a scenario that has perplexed me for years. I’ve preached a million times about what a ridiculous practice this is. This practice and belief is so deeply ingrained into real estate agents in our industry that regardless of the common sense and logic behind it, so many continue to push away these great buyers sending them back home discouraged and often causing them to just give up on the whole process.
Let’s analyze this for a minute. EVERY single buyer is “contingent” upon one thing or another. Whether it’s financing, inspections, appraisal, etc. So the thought that any buyer is a lower or higher risk than another because they have a home to sell/close is ridiculous. In reality, the highest risk buyer is the buyer with the lowest MOTIVATION! All things being equal, a buyer who NEEDS to buy verses WANTS to buy is the one who is most likely to do whatever it takes to close. But even better is that the buyer who NEEDS to buy is almost ALWAYS willing to pay more and overlook small issues like inspections/repairs, and they are committed to closing the escrow on time!
My contention and the reason for this post is that I would like to end the unfair pre-judgement of serious contingent buyers who simply have a home to sell or close since in reality, many of these buyers are not only good solid buyers, but the best buyers a seller could ask for in today’s market.
Now as promised in the headline of this post… A simple strategy to get more listings while helping sell your listings and do a great job for your sellers; JUST SIMPLY HANG A SIGN RIDER ON YOUR FOR SALE SIGN (AS WELL AS WRITE IN THE REMARKS IN THE MLS, “CONTINGENT OFFERS WELCOME”. This simple strategy will help prospective move up or move down home sellers to reach out to you and ask you about your offering. It will attract buyers (who have a home to sell) that have been turned down by many other sellers/agents to reach out to YOU to see your listing. Of course, you need to do your homework and make sure the buyers are qualified and they price their existing home within salable market value, but frankly that is the easy part.
REMEMBER… The biggest fear for any seller is their ability to find a place to move to once they sell their home. As Realtors, whenever we can provide a solution to that problem, everything else becomes secondary and so on. By offering your listings to contingent buyers, you help solve the problem and this will get you listings!
I’d even go so far as to become and signify on my marketing that I am a “Contingent Buyer Specialist”!
Now how many of you would be opposed to taking a new listing and selling them your listing, contingent? I doubt anyone.
Think about it!
Oh… And try sharing this strategy on your next listing presentation and you’ll look like a genius! 🙂
Thanks for listening,
Well if I’ve heard it from our competitors once, I’ve heard it a hundred times… “Corporate owned is bad, Corporate owned is slow, etc. etc. etc.” For many years I believed the same thing and perpetuated that belief. Which unless we have been there, done that…bad on all of us to make such assumptions on anything, anyone, or any company, really without walking a day in those shoes. And then after nearly 20 years of working with several smaller independent brokerages and frankly loving many things about them, I made the move to the largest corporate owned Real Estate company in America. To say that I was a fish out of water would be an understatement! Almost immediately I was issued a “worldwide ID number”, given a list of usernames and passwords, and a 3 inch thick packet of orientation pamphlets, instruction sheets, and welcome letters. Of course, understand I was an employee and not an independent contractor…but I was certainly taken back regardless. Within a few weeks I was in a full day orientation meeting followed up with online ethics, anti-harassment, and, international commercial bribery classes. Not how to do it of course but what NOT to do! The look on my face when I got my tour of the enormous regional corporate office and support staff was reminiscent of the Clampetts when they arrived in Beverly Hills.
Now I’ll admit, I spent some time looking back early on in my corporate relationship and at times missing the simplicity and informality of my previous lives at the smaller independent highly personality driven firms. There was certainly some advantages to being small and nimble and I definitely admire the enormous personal investment an independent entrepreneurial owner brings to the equation when it comes to competing in a highly competitive industry like Real Estate, especially with the big brands at play in the sand box.
However, what I have learned in the past year and a half working within a very large corporation, would surprise many. The advantages FAR OUTWEIGH any of the perceived negatives. As a matter of fact, many of the things that I and others perceived as “negatives” are precisely what makes the company so great, so financially stable, and so professional. And when the perspective is changed to analyze the actual reasons behind many of the systems and processes, it becomes blindingly obvious that this is how any professional organization should be ran in America today.
Allow me to share some specific reasons a large public company offers so many more advantages and benefits to all of those affiliated with, employed by, or a customer of such a firm:
1. MAJOR DECISIONS ARE NOT MADE IN HASTE OR TOO QUICKLY – For a major decision to benefit an organization, it’s associates, employees, and the customers, time should be given to analyze and ensure that the decision can be announced, and executed upon in a clear and systematic approach. All departments involved have the opportunity to share input on their role and ability to deliver, a solid timeline is determined, and all front line employees are clearly directed on their specific roles, trained if necessary, and supported to deliver to the field. When time is given to properly and by the appropriate people, then once the decision is made, you can take it to the bank with a large company like Coldwell Banker. When a product is rolled out, it is here to stay and will not go away unless it is for an improved product/upgrade.
2. FROM THE FIELD TO THE BOARDROOM: I always though a corporate company leads from the board room down. Not here. It lives and breathes from the field to the boardroom. Input from the field is bigger than life in vison, philosophy and execution. Not only do employees and departments bring ideas, feedback and input but independent contractors and customers ideas and feedback is weighed heavily.
3. NO PERSONAL BIAS – In a large public company, decisions are made on the merit of the business objective. It is included in our education process and managed closely so that there is not a conflict of interest at any level. It’s really simple. We ask the right questions and evaluate the opportunities with full disclosures, proper checks and balances. Will it help grow the business, make the business more efficient, assist our independent contracts and customers, and reduce risk and liability exposure for all involved? It’s not about the person proposing it, or someones personal feelings or agendas. If the business and it’s people and customers will benefit, then it’s a no brainer and put into the queue to ensure a successful implementation at a strategically appropriate time. No… It doesn’t happen overnight, but it happens at the appropriate time and for the appropriate reasons. It happens right the first time and with no chaos.
4. LEVELS OF LEADERSHIP – While it’s great to say that “the buck stops here”, no one person in a large public company has the power to hurt the entire business unit. Certainly not for long before change is made. Everyone’s focused on delivering a positive result and outcome and having levels of leadership and approval processes ensure that everyone is protected with proper gate keepers that ensure the success of the organization as well as it’s longevity!
5. NO DRAMA – Just business! Drama serves no business purpose. Only personal agendas. It is unfair as well as unprofessional for drama to be brought into a professional organization at any level. Large corporations are able to manage this a lot more effectively than smaller mom/pop shops where personal dramas not only can interrupt business emotionally but financially.
6. SUCCESSES ARE REPEATED, FAILURES ARE NOT – Large public companies are held on high expectation and performance plans NOT to repeat them, especially in this day and age. Failures can make national headlines in large public companies as we have seen in past years. This scrutiny forces better decision making processes. This is good for all who are involved in and around corporate companies. Sign me up!
7. TRUE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT SUPPORT- The people make the business and in large public companies there is no higher priority than the fair and respectful treatment of its people. No one is above the law or the rules regardless of position in the company. Checks, balances, processes, and
experienced HR personnel are in place to ensure everyone is treated fairly and properly. Continuous training/education is in place to keep everyone abreast and up to date on all applicable laws, policies, and procedures. This creates a phenomenal work environment for everyone in the company leading to higher levels of productivity and service. Everyone knows exactly where they stand in the company at all times.
8. FINANCIAL RESOURCES – It goes without saying that with the extraordinarily large dollars in resources that better decisions are made, problems can be solved, and time and support can be given to realize bigger and better objectives for all. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage with its size and power is the only firm I know of that even offers their own legal assitance program vs just insurance which includes claims/disapprovals, large deductibles and probable delays and red tape. Coldwell Banker’s Legal Assistance program is the only one I have ever heard of that goes all the way to $20,000,000 per transaction in claim assistance with a NO Independent sales associate dollar participation – meaning that the independent sales associates are in good hands in the event of a legal challenge. On a good note, with large financial resources, it’s no wonder CB can offer so much more advertising, technology, branch and corporate staffing -including a marketing coordinators in each branch onsite, and world class facilities.
9. FINANCIAL STABILITY – A well ran large public company will do what is necessary, absent any ego, to ensure the longevity of the business for the good of the people within it and it’s customers and shareholders at all times.
In the past year and a half, I have learned to LOVE the large corporation from a business as well as a personal perspective. I have learned that good solid business principles with healthy accountability help to dramatically clear a path for employees, and independent sales associates to focus on and thrive in their jobs at work and their families at home while having the confidence that the business will be around for a very long time. With that said, I’d say that the biggest “aha” was in seeing all of the people who have affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage since I joined, fall in love with this organization and it’s immense professionalism with no complaints about it being too “corporate”. There’s no question that there are incredible smaller companies that are amazing places to work and do a phenomenal job so this article is not intended to take away from their amazing accomplishments but rather end/clarify the perception that large “corporate” is bad in comparison. Let’s just say that there are clear benefits to each and this article was to provide another perspective – mine, one I have personally lived through for over a year and half and feel quite qualified to comment on. These are my opinions and observations and should not even be construed or reflective as the view or opinion of Coldwell Banker or other corporate companies.
In closing I would challenge anyone who is still holding on to the belief that a big “corporate” organization is bad, to pick up the phone and call any of our independent sales associates who have joined us from a smaller or non-corporate run company and ask them what they think after affiliating. I’ll bet you’ll be surprised that the last thing they say is that “Corporate” is a bad thing or a bad word! Corporate to them is resources, stability and FUN!
If you’d like to come find out why Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is such a great place to work, then feel free to email or call me at Brad.Pearson@camoves.com or 714-782-2723 for a confidential appointment.
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