The profession of real estate broker is a fascinating and challenging mix of social and technical skills. I know brokers who have come up with the most elaborate systems of building relationships with their clients and potential clients, sending gifts at holiday time and finding other ways to systematically and regularly remind them of their existence in a positive way. Their attempts to endear themselves to others demonstrated their drive and creativity.
That kind of drive is necessary, but the modern age of real estate brokerage is now affected by tools like virtual real estate brokerage, organizational tools, and social media apps. These tools allow the technologically up-to-date broker to soar ahead of the competition. Why take the risk and come up with your own haphazard method of building relationships when there are more polished tools already available for your convenience?
Virtual Real Estate Brokering
Real estate brokering is all about the clients. A virtual real estate brokerage can vastly expand your pool of potential clients, dropping opportunities in your lap that you didn’t even know you could fight for before joining. Policies vary from virtual brokerage to brokerage, but many provide access to all their advantages for only a monthly fee, with no other desk or franchise fees.
In most fields, keeping things organized is key to extracting the most value out of your time and effort, but in real estate brokerage, being organized is essential even to stay afloat. If you can take your organizational abilities to the next level, you can drain a lot of the pressure out of a very stressful field, manage difficulties with better capabilities, and contribute to your bottom line. Trello, Google Docs, and Evernote. If you know what these tools have to offer, then you know how useful they are and are probably already using them. If you don’t, then look into them and find which of them would be right for you. There are other tools you can use to help you remain organized and improve your time management.
While in-person connections and networking are key, various kinds of ads and marketing can more than pay for themselves. Canva is a great tool for designing paper materials like flyers, door hangers, and brochures. Canva has a highly accessible user interface and teaches you how to use it while you do it. You can make a successful product during your first time using it, and it’ll only be easier every time you use it. Once you see how easy Canva is, the promise of ease for the next time and the potential for a greater variety of products will be available for your use ever after.
MailChimp is another great tool for real estate brokers. This one is all about staying in touch with a hopefully long list of clients, and an inevitably very long list of potential clients. With so many possible people to keep track of, it can be a daunting task to do it without any help. MailChimp is your solution that has many great features and add-ons that contribute to its central use. You can use MailChimp to send mass emails, reminders, and invitations to your entire potential client list. With these and many other tools that you should familiarize yourself with, you can build your set of bring-to-the-table skills that contribute to your total brokerage success.