Do you know your Gen Y home buyers? You better. There's about 70 million
of them. They're educated, motivated, and programmed differently than any generation that has come before. They're high performance as well as high maintenance. Whatever generation you come from, you should know who you're working with, how they want to communicate, as well as what to expect and what they will expect out of you...<!--more-->
Generation Y, interesting bunch
Gen Y is a funky bunch (disclaimer: I'm in the Gen Y pool too). Let's see why:
- They're fiscally smart - 37% of Gen Y expects/expected to begin saving for retirement before they reach 25. 70% of Gen Yers contribute to their 401(k) plan.
- They question authority as they questioned their parents. You better know what you're talking about when you talk to a Gen Y, otherwise, they're going to trip you up.
- They believe in work-life balance... seriously. They already know life is short so work, play, and family are more balanced.
- They're big on change. They've seen 9/11, the collapse of major corporations, and the ebb and flow of the economy. Gen Y doesn't expect to be in the same career in ten years, much less the same job.
- Tech Savvy, information happy, and multi-tasking fanatics. Don't be surprised to find Gen Y talking on their iphone, texting a friend, and trying to view homes on the internet at the same time. These are the tech adopters that use facebook to talk to friends, texts to close a deal, and skype to keep in touch with family.
A lot of this means that they have a pretty short attention span. They want relevant information quickly and without fuss. Can you give it to them? Here are a couple of tips for dealing with this group of home buyers 70 million strong...
Be on their level
If you're already behind, playing catch up to Gen Y (and the following generations) is a lose-lose game. But, there are a couple of things you can do to appeal to their sensibilities:
- Communicate 21st century style. The best way to find out how a Gen Y (or anyone for that matter) communicates is to ask them. Do you want to be contacted by phone, text, or email? Are you on Facebook? Do you use Twitter, Plaxo, or Linkedin? How often do you use these sites to communicate? Now, plan your communication with them accordingly.
- Be knowledgeable. You are the Pro after all. When a Gen Yer asks you a question about recent comparables, demographics, or nearby entertainment options... you need to know that answer, or at least be able to get it pronto. Have a system in place so that you stay updated on as much as possible and can find what you need to find at a moment's notice. Use a feed reader and bookmark good school, neighborhood, and demographic websites that you can reach easily. Subscribe to industry blogs like those from RISmedia, Inman News, AgentGenius, and of course, The Exit Pro.
- Treat them right. People that are of the Y Generation grew up pretty well for the most part. As a group, they grew up in suburbs, their parents were in the PTA, their educated and have an appreciation for art, music, and the finer things. Treat them the way they like to be treated, as an important client, and they'll reciprocate you're efforts by being a good client... and buying a home.
Above all, and this goes when dealing with all generations... Be a Professional. Be a Pro.
How else can we deal with this generation to deliver the service they desire in the way that they want? What are some of the challenges?
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