Working Expired Listings

expired listing homeExpired listings provide a wonderful opportunity to find sellers to work with. In every area, there are bound to be people who listed their properties with agents and the property didn’t sell. Please note that with expired listings, you may need to handle the emotional aspects of the listing before getting down to business.

These people may be disappointed not only in the fact their home didn’t sell, but in the real estate industry as a whole. What you need to focus on is the fact that these people did have a need and desire to sell their home at one time and to find out what happened before you reached out to them.

  • Perhaps they listed it for too high an investment based on market value.
  • Perhaps their situation changed.
  • Perhaps there is something wrong with the property that the previous agent wasn’t bold enough to point out—something that kept it from selling.
  • Perhaps the market was flooded then with similar properties.

In any event, by contacting these people about their expired listing, you may be able to re-kindle that old desire and help them to market their home professionally and at the right price to have it sell.

Note: These people are likely to be disappointed in the entire process. If they had a bad past experience with an agent, you will have to tread lightly. Never knock the other agent. Just encourage the sellers to tell you everything they didn’t like. Then, tell them that you’re here to help them never to go through that again.

Move into your presentation on your personal experience, and talk about some creative ways you’ve helped others get happily moved. Your goal is to be  a breath of fresh air to their dilemma of selling their home.

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Copyright Tom Hopkins International, Inc.

Strategies for Servicing Listings

Happy couple real estateIn order to be successful in real estate in the long run, it’s important to learn strategies for servicing listings well. In an active market, and when your listings are priced right for that market, you won’t spend much time servicing listings because they’ll sell quickly. You’ll spend more time monitoring transactions through to completion.

But we aren’t always in an active market. And, in any market, there are properties that appeal to only a small percentage of the available buyers. So you’ll need to know how to service listings over a period of time until the right buyers are found.

The Champion sets the sellers up for a smooth running relationship at the time the listing is taken. He tells them what to expect, what the market is doing, and how prospective buyers and the agents working with those buyers will operate. Then the Champion stays in regular contact with those sellers until the listing sells. [Read more…]

Real Estate – Getting Price Reductions

Getting price reductions can be quite the challenge in the field of  real estate. However, with today’s market conditions and lower interest rates, more and more people have an interest in new or step-up homes. That means they must first sell their present homes. The challenges arise when they want the best of both worlds — the highest price possible for their used home and the lowest price possible on their next home. You, the listing Realtor®, have the enjoyable task of bringing a bit of reality into their lives by getting them to list their existing home at a reasonable investment — by reasonable, we mean reduced from what their fantasy amount is.

How do you get a price reduction? You do it by setting it up early in your listing appointment. That’s what the people who list with power do. Set it up going in. Do that every time you take a listing unless they are already prepared to list at market value when the general outlook and seasonal pattern indicates steady or rising prices.

Now, you can’t do this just with words. You have to back your words up with statistics. That’s why I teach my students to extensively research the values of property in the area and present the findings in a professional manner. If you cannot get the sellers to agree to the reduced amount, make certain they understand that you are not endorsing that amount. Get the seller to initial a comment to that effect on the Comparative Market Analysis while taking the listing. The wise agent also gets a commitment from the sellers to consider a price reduction if no genuine buying interest has developed after an agreed period of time.

When should you seek the price reduction? Just as soon as it’s apparent that the seller’s price is too high. Let’s face it. If their property isn’t moving, it isn’t doing either of you any good. “How long should that be?” you ask. You should already have the days-on-market figure on your CMA. Figure out the average length of time a property has been on the market in that area before it sold at market value.

When sellers first consider listing their properties, they don’t often set a deadline for when they want the property sold. It’s more important to them to get their price than it is to move the property quickly. Your job as a professional real estate agent is to help them set a goal for a date of sale, then show them the asking price they’ll need to consider to reach that goal. In determining the date, don’t use 60- or 90-days. Use events. Most people think in terms of holidays or other pertinent events. Ask if they want to move before Thanksgiving, or before the children start school, or in time to spend the summer in their new home.

Once you have the time factor commitment, show them the column on your Comparative Market Analysis that lists Days on Market. You might say something like this, “Mr. & Mrs. Jackson, it’s important that you both consider this column because it tells us a lot about the relationship between market price and speed of selling. I know that speed isn’t as important to you as price, but it’s at least possible that your attitude on this will change — or that the situation will change — making the timing a crucial rather than a minor consideration for you.” Then, start showing the comparison between asking price, days on market, and selling price.

Do you see how this works? Without directly saying so, you tell them that for less money than they’re asking, people can buy a home that offers the same or more in location or amenities. And, at the same time, you’re making vivid points about how overpricing will take them over their chosen time limit.

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How to Hold an Open House – Real Estate

House for SaleMany new or unsuccessful people in real estate don’t understand how to hold an open house. Nor do they understand that open houses often are better for listing than for selling.  When done well, holding houses open is a marvelously effective listing technique, but it’s not done well very often.  Doing it well enough to make big money requires work the week before.  Unless you do that work in time, your weekend open house has little chance of being worthwhile.

I would like to share with you some techniques you may not currently be using when holding your open houses.  This simple step-by-step process can provide you with great opportunities for listing and selling houses. [Read more…]

Selling Real Estate When They Want to See More Homes

It’s bound to happen. You’ll have buyers who are so afraid of making a bad decision that they’ll want to see every home that comes close to meeting their criteria. If you don’t know how to handle this concern, you’ll waste hours of your time and theirs. As a real estate professional, you need to know how to control the sale. You do this by understanding their fears, having empathy for them, and being the expert advisor. Once they learn to rely on your advice, those fears about missing out on the perfect home will dissipate greatly. [Read more…]

Real Estate: Selling with Emotions

From the moment we are born until the moment we die, everything we say and do is for the purpose of satisfying some want or need. A basic rule of selling is that a person will buy what they want, whether or not they need it.

One of the most common mistakes salespeople make is in assuming that a client will make the purchase because you have convinced them that your property is a great buy. Now, I don’t claim to be a psychologist, but in my selling experience, I have found that there are two basic appeals. We react from logic and emotion, and when there is conflict between the two, emotion will always win. [Read more…]

Fear,The Greatest Enemy of a Closed Sale

Fear is the greatest enemy you’ll ever encounter as a professional salesperson. Your fear, the prospect’s fear, market and trend fears and so on.

What do we fear? As salespeople, we fear saying or doing things that may halt a potential sale. Hopefully, you’ll learn to recognize and conquer your fears through continual education, practice, drill and rehearsal of strategies and tactics that will keep you ahead of the pack.

A tough part of our jobs as salespeople is in helping others understand and overcome their fears so we can earn the opportunity to help them make decisions. Fear is what builds that wall of resistance we so often run into. You must master the skills to either climb over or break through those walls.

Here are some other common, normal and potentially paralyzing fears that many people face in decision-making situations and what you should do about them. [Read more…]