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February 11, 2019

Valentine’s Day is almost here, the most romantic time of year — using you’re flying solo. If you’re alone, there’s no need to feel sad. Why not take your date in a different direction — say, to the office?

It’s possible that your love of real estate has been dwindling lately. With tougher market conditions, colder weather, and higher home prices, you may have lost the spark you once felt. This Valentine’s Day it’s time to bring back that loving feeling once and for all.

Instead of wining and dining your significant other, why not wine and dine yourself and jumpstart your business at the same time?

Here are the oh-so-romantic ideas you won’t want to miss:

  1. Set up an open house for singles.

Chances are high that you’re not the only one spending this Valentine’s Day alone. So how about making the most of it? If you have an available property on the market, schedule an open house for February 14 and advertise it as a singles mixer. Break out the champagne and chocolates, put on some feel-good music, and perhaps even set up a dance floor or a movie.

You could spark a love connection or make the sale!

  1. Play matchmaker with clients.

The real estate agent who pairs up the single mom and single dad living two blocks away from each other sounds like the romantic comedy of our dreams. But that’s not all that we’re talking about here. (Although if you have done this, please, let us know. We’ll help sell the rights to Hollywood!)

Today’s housing market is shifting, and more people are opting for buying homes together in the non-traditional sense. Take for example these two friends who bought a home in Niagara Falls, or these real-life Golden Girls.

Do you have a few clients who want to break into the housing market but just aren’t sure how they can afford it? You could be their real estate cupid!

  1. Have a “no bad ideas” brainstorming session.

Being a real estate sales professional is a busy job that involves a lot of nitty-gritty details. While those are necessary, they can sometimes suck the fun out of work.

Take the night to remember why you fell in love with real estate in the first place. Pour a glass of wine or sparkling water, light a candle, and make a list of your most creative ideas for revitalizing your business. Give yourself a number to hit — say between 20 to 50 — and don’t stop until you’ve filled out your list. No ideas are off limits; the wackier and kookier, the better.

Steve Jobs used to have his staff brainstorm 100 ideas and then narrow the list down to three. It’s how Apple developed so many great products. You can do the same!

  1. Remind yourself of past loves.

No need to walk down the ex memory lane. That’s not what we’re getting at here.

Instead, open up your old reviews and testimonials to remind yourself of past successes and happy clients. If you haven’t started an “I’m the best” folder yet (where you save all emails, notes, clippings, etc. from people complimenting you) take the time to build one now.

  1. Look for divorce leads.

Valentine’s Day is viewed as the most romantic day of the year but it’s also statistically one of the days with the highest rate of breakups. Couples getting divorces are highly motivated to sell for obvious reasons… Start thinking about a marketing campaign now and set the wheels in motion.

Admittedly this idea isn’t quite as romantic as the others on our list, but you’ll be feeling the love if it results in a sale so we’re calling it even.

  1. Find someone new.

You know those relationships where you give and give and give, but no matter how much you put into it you always end up… disappointed? This can happen with real estate, too!

If you’ve been putting the majority of your effort into single-family homes, for example, but are finding that the market is dwindling, it may be time to get a wandering eye — only unlike a real relationship, you won’t be breaking any hearts by exploring your options.

There are a lot of great new prospects on the market these days. Condos, multi-family units, even commercial spaces. Look at your listing opportunities with an open mind and an open heart. What areas are calling to you?

If you want to get scientific about it (online dating algorithms have nothing on you) you can access property data to really understand the potential opportunities in your area.

Need a date for Valentine’s Day? GeoWarehouse is happy to be your plus one. Contact us to learn more about our property insight data today. Call 1-866-237-5937 or visit www.geowarehouse.ca. We also won’t say no to a flower delivery 😉

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As interest rates increase and mortgage rules shut some would-be buyers out of the housing market, there are less real estate leads available for business.

But there are still the same number of real estate sales professionals — and perhaps even more.

So, with more people going after less business, how can you stay competitive?

One word: agility.

Agility is the key to keeping your real estate business afloat and finding leads even when the numbers appear to be dwindling. Here’s how to put it into practice:

  1. Create relationships.

Relationships have always been important in real estate, but that is especially true in a crowded marketplace. You want to make sure that you have people in your corner to send referrals your way.

This might look like the people you know in your neighbourhood — past clients, friends, family, etc. — but it also applies to other people in the real estate industry.

Think about the people who are your allies. For instance, if you are a real estate agent, who else do you work with regularly — mortgage brokers, private lenders, real estate lawyers, investors, etc.

It could help to expand your industry networks. Chances are that the real estate market is getting tighter for everyone, so creating alliances could be a big help to landing good deals.

It can also help if you are on the same page with the tools you are using. For instance, if you source your property data from GeoWarehouse, your partners can access the same data (either through GeoWarehouse or our tool for mortgage professionals, Purview), which can make working together that much smoother.

  1. Look for motivated sellers and buyers.

When the market is flooded, it can be easy to find motivated clients — they might come right to your door! But as leads are scarcer, you may need to do more legwork to find opportunities.

Think about the demographics of your neighbourhoods. Are there elderly couples who may be looking to downsize? Or younger families who might be looking for more space? If you have a large condo selection you may be able to find renters who are motivated to buy.

Another motivated opportunity — divorce leads. Consider creating relationships with your local courthouses or family attorneys.

  1. Up your digital real estate marketing.

The last two suggestions can be significantly easier using digital marketing.

Social media, SEO targeting, and the like can all help you identify more real estate leads, but it can also help you create partnerships.

For instance, you might search Facebook or LinkedIn for groups with other mortgage professionals in your area.

You may find the local college or university groups and advertise affordable condo opportunities — or break down the true cost of renting vs. buying.

Or you might look for a support group in your area for divorces or consider creating a pay-per-click campaign centred on divorce leads.

A well-rounded approach is critical to remaining competitive.

  1. Search for properties that aren’t on the market yet.

If you are only searching for leads based on properties already on the market, or those seeking you out, it will be harder to stay competitive.

In some cases, you need to take lead generation into your own hands and plant the seed in your clients’ heads.

Demographics can be a great way to do this. You can use a demographic report to search for up-and-coming neighbourhoods, niche markets, areas popular with cultural or generational groups, and the like.

You can then use this information in your real estate marketing.

  1. Consider expanding your listing sources.

If you have traditionally sold one or two dwelling types, it may be time to expand your reach.

Condos, multi-family dwellings, and commercial real estate is rising in popularity even as single-family dwelling sales fall. Assess your portfolio and see whether there is room for you to enter a new market.

  1. Make use of data for up-to-the-minute information.

To truly stay agile, you need to make sure that you are working with data that supports your cause. If you’re using outdated information, inaccurate numbers, or real estate tools that don’t tell the whole story, then you’re already behind the competition.

That’s where a comprehensive property tool is your best ally.

For instance, our tool, GeoWarehouse, allows you to access demographic reports, comparable sales, advanced property searches, and much more. All of this combined can help you find the most qualified leads and stay ahead of your competitors.

The competition may be heating up, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing — it just means that you need to look for ways to stay even more agile.

GeoWarehouse’s tools put in position to focus your marketing and find the most qualified real estate leads. Learn more today. Call 1-866-237-5937 or visit www.geowarehouse.ca.

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November 26, 2018

There is one real estate opportunity that seems to only be growing in popularity: selling condos.

The Canadian condo market continues to boom. From 2016 to 2018, more than 14% of private mortgages came from condominiums.

In June 2018, residential construction starts across Canada surged to 248,000 units, driven by condos.

“While there has been some moderation in price growth and less speculative demand in the single-family home segment, prices for condominiums have continued to increase rapidly in some markets,” the Bank of Canada noted in its July 2018 Monetary Policy Report.

Condos have also benefitted from tougher mortgage rules and increased interest rates. As house prices have gone up, condos have remained the more affordable option. This means that not only are younger buyers opting for condos over traditional homes, but so are older buyers. For instance, some members of Generation X are choosing to move into condos for a smaller mortgage.

In 2017, three out of every four homes built were multi-family units, compared to 65% the decade before.

If you sell real estate in Canada, the signs are there that this is the time to consider selling condos, too.

Should you decide to join the condo market, or ramp up your efforts, here are some best practices to keep in mind:

  • Look at property details. Just like you would request a property report for a single-family dwelling, you should do the same for a condo. For instance, with a GeoWarehouse report you can see all condo units in a building, search by level, look up related PINs, access the full legal description, and more.
  • Don’t only consider constructed condos. Look also at pre-construction condos. New condo buildings are being constructed quickly, especially in larger urban areas like Toronto and Vancouver. Sell clients on making a decision early to beat the rush.
  • Condos aren’t just for younger buyers. As we mentioned above, condos used to be the millennials’ residence, but that’s not always the case these days. More and more older generations are choosing condos amid new mortgage rules, increased interest rates, or wanting to stay in an urban area. While millennials are certainly still a big market, they’re not the only market.
  • Look at what else the building offers. There may be additional assets included with a condo sale, like a parking space or storage lockers. Unlike a traditional dwelling type, a condo can come with other perks, too — security guards, an on-site gym, a luxury view, etc. Play up these features in your sales pitch.
  • Focus on unique features. Condos are a space sacrifice, especially if a potential buyer is used to a larger home. But because they are rising in popularity, there are many more options for comfortable condo living today, like urban agriculture, unique storage ideas, and two-in-one furniture items. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your staging.Access condo status certificates online. There is no need to request your condo status certificates by fax anymore. Instead, use a tool like GeoWarehouse to do it all online.

While the condo boom is continuing to thrive, it makes sense to take advantage if it’s in your area. GeoWarehouse can help you stay on top of the latest condo trends and access property information.

Learn more by calling 1-866-237-5937 or visit www.geowarehouse.ca.

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During the winter, it can be tempting to make like a bear and hibernate until spring. But you don’t have to wait for the melt to start creating amazing listings — winter listings can be just as incredible. But as with most things in real estate marketing it’s up to you to make sure someone who is listing or looking for a home knows it.

The good news — technology makes doing this that much easier!

You can use your real estate marketing tools to build listings that show more — such as aerial imagery. Show how a property looks from the sky. It can even include adjacent properties and structures, which can really a potential buyer visualize the size of the yard when it’s not covered in snow.

And don’t forget about street view imagery. This will let potential buyers know how their property looks from the street at warmer times of year.

Winter listings also have a decided upside. Anyone who’s spent a winter in Canada knows how essential winter road maintenance is to your quality of life. So, shopping for a house in the winter, or putting a home on the market, can let would-be buyers gauge how the city or town maintains the streets, for example.

Another benefit of winter listings — if you get a home inspected during the winter season, it allows you to see how the home does in the most extreme weather. Buyers will get a taste of what type of shape the home is in. If you’re seeing a home in the spring or summer, you’re not necessarily thinking about heat retention or drafty areas — things that make the difference in home comfort.

Still not convinced winter listings are an untapped market? We’ve got plenty more reasons to put more focus on them. Consider the following:

  • Research shows homes listed in the winter actually sell faster. A winter home shopper is more likely to have to move for a reason — either a selling deadline, a job, expanding family, etc. Which means they are more primed to buy.
  • The slower season is a good time to try out different techniques. Especially if you’re still building up your real estate business, the winter season can be a good time to tweak and evaluate the effectiveness of your marketing efforts when there are fewer sellers demanding your time.
  • Shovelling a driveway for showings is much easier than maintaining a lawn and garden.
  • And finally, let’s not forget, Canadian interest rates are increasing. They’re likely to go up again in 2018. A potential buyer shopping now may be able to lock in at a lower mortgage rate than will be offered in the coming, warmer months — an unfortunate reality you can use to your advantage.

With the right real estate marketing mindset, you can take the challenge of selling a house in winter and turn it into an opportunity.

GeoWarehouse has the tools to help you make the most of your winter listings. Access aerial imagery, street views, property information, and more.

Visit www.geowarehouse.ca today.

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September 25, 2017

When it comes to being successful in real estate, one of the most important things you need to consider is how and where you market yourself. With so many different marketing mediums available, it can sometimes be tough to determine the best uses for your marketing dollars – some more expensive than others. However, real estate marketing ideas don’t have to cost you a fortune. There are creative – and inexpensive – ways to drum up business that won’t break the bank.

Previewing properties, knocking on doors around listings, and calling FSBOs are all excellent tactics to drum up new leads, but if you want to invest in some affordable and creative ways to entice prospective business, here are six creative real estate marketing ideas that will help position you as a go-to real estate professional:

  1. Partner with neighbourhood associations. This is a great way to meet new people, network and get your name out there with the movers and shakers in your community.
  2. Remember your past clients – they are your promoters and represent valuable referral sources – consider campaigns targeted specifically to them to promote referrals. Make sure you add value to the conversation by providing information on market trends or hot properties they may not know about.
  3. Create a digital presence for your services. As with many industries, social media often represents your most cost-effective marketing. Start with one platform, Facebook for example, and then built up as you get more comfortable. Be active, posting listings and sales, in a way that captures the attention of viewers. Engage as much as possible to get your name out there.
  4. Join social media groups about real estate and answer questions that people post and contribute content that would be valuable to them.
  5. Leverage sites like LinkedIn to meet and establish new referral relationships with other professionals like mortgage brokers for example. These may prove very valuable as time passes and could become your largest referral source!
  6. Leverage cheap and free social media and classified sites to promote listings. The more places people can find you, the more likely they will be to associate you with success!

With so many free resources available online – and a little legwork – you can draw upon hundreds of unique ideas to help generate leads and build your business.

With GeoWarehouse, you can access the reports and information to both land leads and then close your deals!

Visit www.geowarehouse.ca today!

 

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