What Successful Realtors Say and How They Say It

ConfusedHave you ever hear the phrase, “work smarter, not harder”? In your real estate business, this can be the difference between earning over $250K per year and $70K per year. Using tried and true methods that have proven to work for others is a great way to minimize your effort and see greater returns.

One of the most important jobs of any realtor is converting leads into appointments, and appointments into contracts. Whether you are on a prospecting call, making an appointment, talking to past clients or connecting with your sphere of influence, using a script can help you breeze through this process.
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How to Make More Money in Real Estate by Restructuring Your Day

schedule_iphoneAs a Realtor, how do you organize your day? Do you have a strict schedule or do you just sort of see what comes your way and then wing it?  Here’s a little secret: the real estate agents who make $250K or more per year stick to a strict schedule. This schedule is one of the keys to their success.

Develop Discipline

Believe it or not, realtors who exercise regularly make more money than those who don’t. In fact, 74% of high earning realtors go to the gym at least 3 times a week. What does this have to do with my real estate business, you ask?

In his bestselling book, The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg explains the way one small but important habit can change everything. “Typically, people who exercise start eating better and becoming more productive at work. They smoke less and show more patience with colleagues and family. They use their credit cards less frequently and say they feel less stressed. Exercise is a keystone habit that triggers widespread change.”

By infusing discipline in one area of their lives, these real estate super stars are making it easier to create that same discipline in other areas. Make a commitment to develop a schedule that incorporates habits that will help you focus on what is important to your success

Increase Your Prospecting Time

In real estate, your leads are the lifeblood of your business. In order to make these leads work for you, you have to put in the time to foster them. Realtors who make the most money also spend the most time in lead prospecting each day.

The $250K earners prospect (on average) 4.6 days per week, while the $70K earners only spend around 3.5 days a week prospecting leads. Furthermore, the highest earning realtors spend 90 minutes or more on each prospecting session, while the lower earners only spend 45 minutes to an hour each time

This means that agents who make less than $70K are prospecting just under half the time, but are earning only one third of the income. A jump in only 30 to 45 minutes per session generates a tremendous amount of additional income.

Once Isn’t Enough

In addition to more days and more time spent on leads, $250K earners don’t give up when their leads don’t answer the phone or the door. Nearly one hundred percent of these agents make evening calls to those leads who didn’t answer their phone during the day with an occasional weekend call to those who didn’t answer at all during the week. They know that each prospect they contact is a potential sale, and lost opportunities mean lost income.

If you are struggling to make your real estate business as successful as you know it could be, consider infusing more discipline and structure into your day. These habits will continue to build on each other and you will see results as you increase the number of appointments you make each week and grow your bottom line.

How Agent Accountability Turns into a $250K Paycheck

What is the difference between a realtor who limps along making only $70K per year and one who pulls in $250K or more? Is the second realtor working exorbitantly long hours or tapping in to some kind of real estate superpower? Not likely.

While there are a number of factors that go into the success of a real estate business, one of the most powerful ways a realtor can impact his or her business is through accountability. (more…)

What $250k Agents Understand that $70k Agents Don’t

Tracking Numbers on Real Estate Leads

Prospect smart like a 250K REDX Top Producer

You’re an entrepreneur. There’s no question that you are full of confidence, intelligence, and ambition. But at the end of the day, the difference between a highly successful entrepreneur and a typical entrepreneur is one thing.

It’s all in the data. Entrepreneur Magazine says your best shot at success comes when you have “a complete understanding of the numbers that drive your business.” While the big numbers after the close of a sale are important, don’t overlook the data that came before and paved the way for that big commission check.

The REDX talked to some of the biggest money making realtors in the industry, the people making a minimum of $250k, and we asked them where their money came from.

What we heard didn’t surprise us. All agents know that prospecting and leads are the foundation of their business, but when we ran the actual numbers we found 2 astonishing things.

250k Agents Track their Business Numbers

$250k agents don’t only know that their business comes from great leads, but they know which leads are the most productive and have the numbers to back it up.

78% of the richest realtors in America track their numbers—compared to only 42% of realtors earning $70k or under. Ultra successful realtors track three things:

  • How many contacts need to be made before an appointment is set
  • How many appointments it takes before a listing contract is signed
  • Average commission made on each contract

Bottom line: $250k agents track more than their income. They track the specific investments of time and work they put in before they even get to the sale.

$250k Agents Understand the ROI of their Business

The playing field is pretty level from the outset. All agents, regardless of their take-home will get in contact with about 7.6% of all expireds they contact and 38% of the FSBOs they contact.

What happens after that is where we start to see the gap widen.

It’s clear that $250k agents are doing something differently than $70k agents. The value of the $250k agents’ monthly listings is over $2000 more than the $70k agents.

Not only did these successful agents track their numbers, but they understood them, let them inform their daily habits, and developed strategies for success based on them.

One agent we interviewed took her highest yielding commission checks and asked some questions about them:

  • What type of lead was it?
  • How hard did I have to work to get the lead?

The first question led her to find that certain leads were more profitable than others in her particular market. The second question clarified whether the time she had to put into generating the lead, making the calls, setting the appointment, and closing the deal was worth the return in money.

This particular agent broke down the numbers so that she knew exactly what each call was worth to her. If calls on FSBOs came out to $13 each but calls to expireds returned $8, she focused her time on the FSBOs.

Bottom line: $250k agents understand where the money comes from so they can focus on the things that give the most return on their investment.

Join us next week for a discussion about how principles of accountability turn $70k agents into $250k agents.

Can’t Keep Up? 5 Ways to Make Real Estate Lead Generation Faster

Are you struggling to find leads for your real estate business? Are you spending too much time generating leads and not enough time acting on them?

Here are five simple ways to speed the process of lead generation and free up more of your time to make appointments, sign listing contracts, and close sales. (more…)

Important Aspects of an Agent’s Business Plan

Building a career as a real estate agent is an exciting path to take. You are beginning a journey of essentially having your own business and working as a self-employed salesperson. But in order to succeed, you should have a quality business plan in place. At REDX we provide real estate agents with the tools and instructions you need for success, so here are some tips for building a business plan that will help you stick to the goal of long term success on the road ahead.
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What to Say to Old Expireds

REDXBack in  February, we interviewed REDX power user Craig Reger for one of our Tele-Seminars. If you haven’t listened to the interview, I’d recommend giving it a listen. We also did a post highlighting some of the key points that you can peruse. But something that I think deserved a little more attention was (enough so for its own post) was the way he approaches old expireds.

Craig works in Portland, OR, a market that is through and through a seller’s market at this point in time. Since the downturn of 2008, the average house in Craig’s market has appreciated by $50,000. This appreciation is largely due to the overwhelming demand for homes in Craig’s market. There is hardly any inventory on the MLS and most sellers are getting multiple offers. In a market like this it’s hard to work new expireds because most everything is selling. However, these conditions are perfect for working old expireds.

Craig’s market is very similar to many markets around the country. Low inventory, improved equity, and appreciation is getting to be pretty common. The people who may benefit most from the climate of this market are homeowners who gave up trying to sell years ago. Using REDX, Craig has pulled data for expireds all the way back from 2007 in some cases. In our interview with him, our very own Michelle Holt roll played with Craig to help listeners get a taste of what he’d say to owners who haven’t had their home on the market for years:

Agent: Hi this is Craig Reger with Keller Williams Realty, how are you?

Owner: Good.

Agent: Great, I saw your house expired from our Multiple Listing Service way back in 2008, did you ever sell that home?

Owner: No

Agent: Yeah most people didn’t, NAME. The market was really bad back then. You know, here’s the good news, I saw your house came off at about $250k. That’s the number you failed to get for your house. This isn’t exact but houses in your neighborhood right now are selling on average for above 300k. So may I ask you, have you thought about selling your house in this hot real estate market?

Owner: Not really.

Agent: No problem, Would you be interested in knowing your home’s value in this market?

Owner: Sure

Agent: Let me get your email, because I already have your contact info, and all your pics from when you were on MLS 6 years ago. If I can get your email, I can some quick numbers and I’ll send you an email and then I’ll call you back tonight when you’re not as busy and we could talk about what your value is today. Would that be ok?

Owner: Yes

At the end of his roleplay, Craig said that he’d usually try to push for a face to face appointment but the email is pretty good especially since he could put that email into one of his drip campaigns.

Hopefully this messaging helps. How much success you have working old expireds will depend on your market. Portland maybe an unusually good market but are there many places where houses are worth less now than they were back in 2008?

Robbyn Battles: Expired Mailer Campaign

 

Robbyn BattlesBy Jefferson Snow

Today we’re hopping in the REDX time machine to talk about a Tele-Seminar call we hosted back in December of 2011. This call featured an interview with REDX All Star Robbyn Battles. You can listen to the call by clicking here and going to seminar 7, but continue reading if you want the Cliffsnotes version.

Although this call was recorded some time ago and the real estate market is constantly in flux, there are still some great takeaways from this call that are still useful and applicable. The biggest of these is Robbyn’s mailing approach.

Despite going against the majority REDX’s most established and orthodox doctrines, Robbyn kills it by never making a single cold call. And when I say kill it, I mean that at the time of this call she was tracking between $225k and $250 in yearly commissions. She’s playing in the big leagues. And rather than using the phone, Robbyn’s weapon of choice is the mail piece . . . Lots of mail pieces.

Like most successful real estate agents, Robbyn is very systematic in her approach. She doesn’t shoot from the hip, she doesn’t start and stop, pop and fizzle week to week, and she doesn’t improvise. Everything is finely tuned, a well oiled machine consistently churning out reliable and predictable business. In Robbyn’s words, “It’s like turning on a faucet.”

When a property expires on the MLS, that property is sent into Robbyn’s system as a lead. After 10 days of being expired, Robbyn sends her initial packet. I know many of you are saying, “10 days? But that’s already too late!” But according to Robbyn, by giving herself this extra time, she is actually distinguishing herself from her competition. By not joining the frenzy that ensues the day after a property expireds, she brands with a more laid back and non-aggressive approach.

But back to Robbyn’s packet. This mail piece is sent in first class mail in a nice, glossy, white envelope. Inside this this package are the following 4 items:

1. A printout of the property’s details from the MLS, including all the remarks from other agents.

2. A 5-question Questionnaire assessing why the house didn’t sell and what they would have done differently if they were the agent.

3. A handwritten (as in they bought a font that looks like handwriting) note card that offers her services.

4. A one-line CMA specific to the homes and neighborhood around the expired property.

All these items are in full-color and professionally printed save for the one-line CMA (though this is printed on a nice color printer at the office).

This first packet however is but one of 7 mailers that will be going out to the expired over the next 78 days. These are also professional-quality postcards encased in first-class envelopes. Robbyn wasn’t as specific on what sort of content these contain but she did make sure that they are all consistent with her brand as far as layout, color, and tone and that they are randomly spaced so people don’t tune them out if they come to regularly.

Once these 7 mailers have been sent, the lead is then put on a continuous 45-day cycle of receiving what she calls her “Monthly Market Activity” report. This report includes something along the lines of a CMA for that person’s specific neighborhood. These reports are sent out every 45 days until the property re-lists with either Robbyn or some other agent. So yes, she is still sending out mailers to expireds that happened from a long time ago. She even has some in her database that she’s been mailing to since 2004. “But isn’t that a waste of money?” Some might ask. Hardly. Robbyn says she loves working with old expireds and says that every now and again, a few will come out of the woodwork and and ask for appointments. Some even refer business to her that have never used her simply because she has established herself as an expert by sending out her mailers so reliably over the last decade.

At any point in time, Robbyn says she has anywhere from 1400 to 1500 expired leads in her data base that she is currently mailing to. This may sound like quite a feat to keep up with so much, but the results are there. Robbyn has it pretty well calculated that by sending out around 1400 Market Activity Reports every 45 days, she generates about 7 requests for appointments, 5 of which become signed contracts. Considering she does this on a budget of about $7.50 cents per new expired and $467 on the mass Market Activity Report, she’s seeing great ROI.

Obviously, a campaign as intricate as this has a lot of moving parts to keep track of. Especially when it comes to staying on top of which properties ares still expired and which have gone active. With the enormity of this list, Robbyn says the only tool that makes it possible to keep up is the REDX. To listen to call in it’s entirety, click here and go to seminar 7. To get into the meat of the content, skip the first 19 minutes.

 

Desperate Times

By Mark Leck

It’s been said, “Desperate times call for desperate measure.” For many agents, the idea of knocking a door seems like just that: desperate. And yet, for seasoned prospecting agents, this tried and true method is a secret weapon for capitalizing on an untapped source of new business.

Think about this:

1. Not every homeowner is identifiable by a reliable telephone number or email address, putting them out of reach of the majority of phone-only prospectors.

2. Since mailers are the lowest barrier to entry contact method, every expired should expect to get barraged with letters and postcards when their listing expires on the MLS.

So how will you cut through the clutter and differentiate yourself? KNOCK ON THEIR DOOR.

Here’s are 6 tips to help you succeed:

1. Check yourself, before you wreck yourself!
Your dress and appearance should be professional and impeccable. This is your opportunity to make a first impression. Make sure it’s a good one. Don’t let anything in your appearance detract from your message.

2. Use a Script.
Just like prospecting from the phone, knowing what you are going to say is the best way to feel confident at the door. Remember to be well practiced — so you don’t sound rehearsed. A good script is direct and too the point — but should adaptable enough to allow you to ask questions and build a relationship of trust with the prospective client.

3. Use Body Language
The ability to use body language in your presentation is one of the best part of door knocking. Studies have shown that only 7% of our communication are the actual words we use. 38% is tone of voice and a whopping 55% is body language. While phone prospectors have only tone and words to use, you on the other hand have the full breadth of human communication to help you connect with the homeowner in person.

4. Slow Down
Though body language should give you an advantage in prospecting, it can also be a liability if conveyed poorly. Here’s a key pointer: slow down. Talk at a calm, comfortable pace. Use smooth, non-jerky movements when explaining how you can help. For example, when you talk about other homes in the area that are for sale or have recently sold, use a slow smooth hand movement to motion to the homes around you.

5. Always leave them with something.
I’m not talking about a fruit basket, but a market snapshot is great. Remember, their listing expired. The main reason for this has got to be price. Give them a list of all the homes that have sold in their area in the last 3 months. This data will be useful in helping you handle price objections later.

6.  Smile.
Smiles are contagious. Don’t knock doors without one.

Remember, if your business needs a jolt, it’s time to be bold. Find yourself 20 homes to visit over the next week and knock their doors. You’ll be amazed at the result!

Mark-Headshot2.pngMark Leck is the Founder and CEO of REDX (Real Estate Data X-Change).