Ask An Ambassador: What's New In The Neighborhood?

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 SAL.2002007747

Keeping up with everything that goes on in my market can be a challenge.

I've got focused knowledge in certain communities, a broad knowledge about the overall market, and some really specific knowledge when it comes to our low maintenance living niche.

I've got sources that help me stay up to date.


If you haven't gotten to know a few key builder's reps in your area, you're missing a prime opportunity to get some inside knowledge that can prove VERY beneficial.

Where and when are the next communities going to be built?

They're rolling out a new model or two?

They're running a promo next month of $20,000 off options?

Maybe they can cut you a little slack when your buyer walks into the model without warning and WITHOUT YOU!


MLS search results for patio home communities I track are on my phone EVERY MORNING as soon as I wake up.  It's a quick check and a mental match game with active buyers and just knowing in general what's happening in my niche (Active, Pending, Sold).


Google alerts are set up too for a few keywords I want to track.  Mostly the results are garbage, but periodically a link to a local business newspaper leads to advance warning about a new community that will include patio homes.


Local Facebook groups come in handy too, if you can wade through the political fighting and the school levy brawling.  It's good to know the mentality of the locals and every now and then someone drops a gem that provides good insight into how home buyers and sellers think.


There are other things I do to keep up.  Google maps are handy for me, aerial views often give me a clue that there's a POSSIBLE patio home community for me to check out.  The local paper isn't as good for information as it used to be, but there is still some worthwhile info there.

And of course, there's no substitute for just being out and about.  You just never know what you might discover.


Bottom line, your clients look to you to know things they don't know.  Do what you need to do to make sure you're the source, not them.


Until next Tuesday, just Ask An Ambassador if you need help.

Bill & Liz aka BLiz


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The Liz Spear Team of RE/MAX Elite
Elizabeth Spear, ABR, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2002007747

William (Bill) Spear, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2004011109  Kentucky 77938
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Excellent advice, knowing the neighbohood leads to new listings and new buyers. I love to do alot of those things to get to know what is going on. Knowledge is power. 

Mar 03, 2020 04:56 PM #1
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

I have gotten in the habit of going to Open Houses once or twice a month to see what's available. But in our area it will probably be Under Contract the next day. Great advice for keeping up to date in your market.

Mar 03, 2020 06:10 PM #2
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I like to say it’s all good in the hood a lot as a phrase and this was an opportunity. Keep striving for greatness no matter what anyone tells you

Mar 03, 2020 10:11 PM #3
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Open houses and teach you a lot just by observing populations in different areas and people that inhabit them

Mar 03, 2020 10:12 PM #4
Realtyna Inc
Realtyna - Newark, DE
Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services

I love this blog Liz and Bill Spear. There is an opportunity for agents to be experts not only in their market, but their community—how it functions, who is coming and going, etc. No portal can compete with this on-the-ground intel!

Mar 04, 2020 02:11 AM #5
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Google alerts are a great asset to me!

Google alerts are set up too for a few keywords I want to track.  Mostly the results are garbage, but periodically a link to a local business newspaper leads to advance warning about a new community that will include patio homes.

Mar 04, 2020 04:13 AM #6
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Astute!~~!  I like how you keep on top of your niche.  Great ideas, thanks!

Mar 04, 2020 04:20 AM #7
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bill(and Liz too) - being a "local" real estate expert makes understanding/knowledge/the inside information about your market quite important.  It makes a difference.  

Mar 04, 2020 04:23 AM #8
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bill. To build a encyclopedia of information takes time and persistence with no breaks! Enjoy your day!

Mar 04, 2020 05:02 AM #9
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

You do a fabulous job of staying up to speed in your patio home niche. And, that's what it takes. You've really got to immerse yourself in it to be the best. 

Mar 04, 2020 07:15 AM #10
Peter Mohylsky. The Santa Rosa Beach Expert
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Knowledge is key to success and a little bit of luck thrown in.  Make technology work for you instead of the reverse.  That circles back to knowledge being a key to success.  

Mar 04, 2020 08:14 AM #11
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

You know how there are always those certain people who always know what's going on. They are sought out for that reason and if you're in real estate, it should be you that is that person.

Mar 04, 2020 08:40 AM #12
Erik Hiss
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Worthington, OH
You can trust me for all your real estate needs!

Good thoughts! Very good to stay on top of the market and know the new listings otherwise you're not the expert! 

Mar 04, 2020 10:50 AM #13
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Love the Google Alerts ... the things I've learned there!  Liz and Bill Spear ... it's a resource overlooked too often ...


Mar 04, 2020 11:52 AM #14
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Lots of great info here to explain the whys of so many things we should all be doing  And I need to go check on my google alerts, haven't had too many lately.

Mar 04, 2020 03:41 PM #15
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

You said it, Bill.  We can glean information from tech, from the daily MLS update, or from just chit-chatting with the neighbors.  Stay in the loop!

Mar 05, 2020 07:49 AM #16
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