It is a given that we are living in a digital age. It is also a fact that homebuyers are doing their research online before contacting a real estate agent or broker.
Home Buyers Increasingly Use the Internet
In the Real Estate in the Digital Age 2017 report by the National Association of Realtors, more than 44 percent of homebuyers searched for properties online before contacting a Realtor.
Generationally, 53 percent of younger Baby Boomers (those aged mid-50s ) looked at online properties.
Of the Internet sources used in home searches, 95 percent of buyers used Websites, 72 percent used a mobile/tablet device or app, and 36 percent used video.
A shockingly high number of buyers — 58 percent — found a home using their mobile device. And 14 percent found a real estate agent using their mobile device.
But home buyers are not the only ones taking advantage of the digital age.
How do Real Estate Agents Use the Internet?
NAR reports that 93 percent of real estate agencies have a Website and that agents want their brokerages to expand their use of technology.
However, Internet usage in real estate marketing decreases with age. For example, those 29 years and younger were more likely to have a real estate blog or intending to start one, than real estate agents who were 50 and older.
And while NAR says that most members feel comfortable using social media (26%), there are many who do not. In fact, 7 percent of Realtors don’t use social media at all.
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How to Stay Ahead in Real Estate Marketing
There are many ways to get started using all that the Internet has to offer to stay relevant in today’s real estate digital age.
It is all part of creating an Web Presences so homebuyers and sellers can find you.
The first step is to have your own real estate Website. If your agency offers an integrated Website with theirs, that will be a bonus. If not, there are plenty of options to build your own or have a Web developers create one for you.
The next step in creating an Internet presence is to choose and set up the right social media platforms for your social media networking.
In addition to having a strong social media network where you can connect and interact with potential clients, it is also vital to have a well written, search engine optimized real estate blog.
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These three online assets — Website, blog, and social media network — will create a vital real estate Web Presence for your personal brand.
Do you have the time?
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✅Broadcast blog articles across your social media network and on targeted online real estate portals like Realty Times, Houzz, and similar sites.
✅Provide monthly reports tracking blog site traffic, fan growth and engagement, and brand sentiment.