Sales & Marketing Archive

Make Home Valuation Systems Work to Your Advantage

By Sam DeBord Online home valuations have a rocky history.  From automated valuation models (AVMs) used in lending during the mortgage boom to consumer-focused products like Zillow’s Zestimate, the accuracy of these valuations has always been an issue for real...

‘Coming Soon’ Listings: The Only Question You Need to Ask

By Sam DeBord There has been a lot of discussion lately about the propriety of pre-marketing listings. Promoting a “coming soon” listing on Zillow has been widely debated. I’ll attempt to make the discussion for a REALTOR® as simple...

When a Plank Stops Hurting

By Melissa Krchnak I’ve recently starting doing planks – a balance and core-building technique – along with my regular exercise routine. This plank business isn’t a joke though. They started off pretty brutal. I set my goal to add...

Give Them What They Can’t Google

By Melissa Krchnak For years I’ve been harping about highly suggesting agents give consumers “what they can’t Google.” That is, after all, where our value lies. Once upon a time, consumers needed a REALTOR® to tell them everything about a home. Now, they...

The Irony of Leading Trends

By Dave Robison Lately, I have heard numerous agents at many different brokerages talk about their experiences trying to get listings. These stories are from top performing agents, not rookies. One of the agents expressed how frustrated they are...

The Real Estate Pro’s Guide to Pinterest (Part 1)

By Charlie Allred Last month, I wrote “How to Capitalize on Pinterest,” where I said the main benefit of Pinterest for agents and brokers is driving visitors to your real estate website. Well, last week I read a statistic...

Marketing to Expired Listings

By Brandon Doyle Many books and seasoned real estate experts will tell you to go after the expired listings. Your competition knows this – they may be going after your listing that just expired right now! While there is...

The REALTOR® Value Proposition: Do You Have an Elevator Pitch?

By Sam DeBord This week I’m in Washington, D.C., for the REALTOR® Party Conference & Expo, and it got me thinking: Some of the most interesting committees I’ve worked with lately have focused on a range of issues surrounding...

Does Slow, Steady Growth Actually Create Real Estate Bubbles?

By Sam DeBord If “a stitch in time saves nine,” does a market that corrects itself frequently save itself from over-correcting? We’ve been told that slow and steady growth is the safest path for an investment. Real estate markets...

Keep it Relevant in Content Marketing

By Brandon Doyle Content marketing is all about creating original content that the reader values. A lot of people go wrong by copying and pasting another person’s works, or just regurgitating what someone else has already said. It is...