"In a sea of other REALTOR® faces, what do you do to stand out?"
I've asked this question countless times to agents across the country and I am constantly astonished with the answers I get. Some reply that they give great service, some always wear a hat, some do coloring contests in their geographic farm. But most, just look like a deer in headlights, shrug their shoulders and stare at their shoes and mumble "I don't know."
I won't try to help those that work in real estate part-time here. Honestly, the kindest thing you can do for the field and your clients is to get out of the business and stop pretending. It's not that you aren't a great person, that Jesus doesn't love you or anything, it's just that both your family and your clients deserve better. Nor am I trying to help those who are content doing a transaction every few months and call real estate home because they need a social outlet. Again, there is room in the world for these fine people, we need those that have perfected making coffee and will work the up-desk in the office. But for those who really want to win and make real estate your profession and business, command of market share is not a luxury but a necessity.
90% of the market is controlled by 10% of the agents and it is not by happenstance. When all else is boiled away, the real estate business is dominated by those who understand how to market themselves and are willing to invest the money to do so. Yes, those that prospect can do well, but those who understand marketing create the rules and leverage them in an unfair way to work toward their advantage. In today's marketplace the "I'm number 1" is quickly losing ground to the values based marketing message. Authenticity is starting to rule the day and our consumers are demanding a level of transparency in light of the collapse of the major institutions that have ruled Wall Street for the last few decades.
Real Estate and the world in general is becoming far more consumer centric which is a very good thing. And those at the top of their game should be taking a look at refreshing their marketing and business before the next cycle takes hold. Now is the time to be making those changes, not when business picks back up and the cash flow is strong. The best place to start when looking toward your next marketing makeover look to connect to your perfect clients through those things you care most about and the values you hold most dear. When your business is based in those ideals you won't have to fake it, you'll love waking up each day and you will build a business that will never be in need of clients.
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