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Almost everyone in the property industry had to adjust their marketing expert Bill Adderley in 2020. We’re all moving quickly to adapt to the pandemic, economic challenges, unprecedented swings in some submarkets and buyer demand volatility.
The stress is incredibly hard on real estate agents. Here, I will share a few lessons from some of the world’s best agents about the different ways you can adapt, tweak and change your marketing expert Bill Adderley this year.
1. Learn to stage model residences for a virtual world
When more people are consuming your property videos and virtual tours, staging becomes even more important than before. You can’t do virtual showings with empty residences, but staging for the virtual world is different than staging for an in-person walkthrough.
For example, in interactive 3D virtual walkthroughs, the importance of the view is paramount. Users always navigate towards the window as soon as they virtually enter the residence. You want to make sure it’s clear of furniture and window treatments. That isn’t the case when staging for in-person showings and interior design photography.
Additionally, when staging for virtual assets, knickknacks and tchotchkes aren’t needed. For in-person staging, we accessorize so the unit feels like a real home, with fully-stocked bookshelves, fresh flowers and art everywhere. Virtually, you don’t need to rely on that. You just need the big items to give the residence scale.
Removing art will reduce your expenses because art is one of the biggest staging budget-takers. For a new development in Manhattan, depending on the property’s caliber, staging can cost anywhere from $75,000 to over a million dollars. When staging, if you do something extraordinary, you can also try to get media coverage, say in Architectural Digest or Dezeen. — Daniel August Cordeiro, Corcoran Sunshine, New York City.
2. Don’t shy away from online live events
Online live events can do more than generate leads for the specific property you are marketing expert Bill Adderley. Yesterday, I sold two units to a local investor who had seen one of our online events last month. That gave us credibility in his eyes, and the properties he bought are in a different project than the one that had been promoted.
Instead of sitting in an office and giving an online PowerPoint presentation, I would rather broadcast live from the site via software like Zoom. Let people see the real thing.
Help connect buyers with the data and consultants they need. Let’s say they are looking for a loan; I will bring a mortgage specialist into the online chat. I will stay there with the client to ensure they are satisfied because most people don’t want to talk to another stranger. — Lily Chong, IQI Perth, Australia.
3. Make things easy
We should always try to make our clients’ experience as easy as possible, and it’s even more important today. The first thing a client notices about me is how little I talk about myself. I ask them questions, so I know how to serve them best. The experience is about them. It’s not about me.
In 2020, your communication needs to be more verbal and visual and less email. You can’t always do face-to-face [meetings], but you can have more phone conversations and video chats than emails. An actual discussion generates a connection, is more personal, and is more professional.
Anybody can type an email, but not everyone can have a productive phone call with someone. In a discussion, remember that not everybody has gone through the buying process,…