Selling a unique home may require more than conventional real estate marketing
By Larry Stoller
A unique luxury home poses special challenges for real estate practitioners. The utilization of conventional real estate marketing methods may have to be supplemented by aggressive and specialized sales strategies. The very qualities that make a property different can become that property's strongest selling points when pitched to the right buyers.
Imagine a stunning estate home that has: 1. An elegant main residence, 2. An attached townhome , and 3. A spacious carriage house above the garage. That's like 3 homes in 1 and surely not the perfect property for everyone. Promoting this property in local and national multiple listing services (what all agents routinely do) is a great start, but much more may be required to reach the right buyer market.
All too often, marketing a unique home is a trial-and-error process. But it does not have to be. Here are some marketing methods that have been utilized by savvy real estate agents to sell unique homes:
Target the Market - Finding the right buyer often means tapping into a specialized market. Utilize nice marketing, online community groups, electronic message boards, email discussion groups to connect with potential select buyers.
Use the Web - Post the home listing on top real estate web sites and target special interest web sites as well. Finding niche markets on the Web is as easy as typing in keywords into Google that describe the unique property.
Price to Sell - Not all agents know how to optimally price unique homes. Pricing a home is neither a science nor an art, it's a combination of both. Knowledgeable agents have written documentation to support a recommended price range.
Marketing Materials – Utilize professional photography, home staging, and compelling copy to showcase the property (floor plan, room descriptions, special features, selling points, amenities, facilities, and local area highlights as well).
Exclusive Property Website - An exclusive property website is a great selling tool to combine photographs, descriptions, virtual tours, and property details into special site that promotes that property on the Internet 24/7! These one page sites may be easily syndicated to 200+ online real estate search sites.
Top selling real estate professionals will also "Create Excitement" to get exposure for a unique home. In addition to broker open houses, realtor home tours, and specialized newspaper & magazine advertising, some agents may send out emails to the more than One Million real estate professional across the country to market their unique listings.