Question: Can real estate prospecting letters be used to produce sales leads, increase name recognition in an agent’s real estate farming area, and generate inquiries from prospective clients?
Answer: The short answer is “yes!” Here’s the longer answer: Real estate prospecting letters can and do accomplish all those things if they’re well written, targeted, and sent out as part of an integrated marketing plan. What that essentially means is that building “top of mind awareness” is an ongoing process in which one real estate marketing strategy reinforces another.
As an example, if you mail out one real estate marketing postcard to your farming area announcing a “just sold” or “just listed” property in the neighborhood, it may get noticed by a handful of people and produce a few phone calls. More importantly, though, you’ve begun the process of familiarizing people in your farming area with your name, your photo, and your proactive approach to marketing real estate listings.
Side note: Sending out real estate introduction letters, marketing postcards, or farming letters could be compared to planting seeds — which is probably why they’re called “farming letters”. Those individual contacts need to be nurtured, though, so they can grow into profitable client relationships.
Let’s say a few weeks later, you send out a real estate prospecting letter to the same group of homeowners, offering a free competitive market analysis — perhaps with an attention-catching blurb on the outside of the envelope, such as “Find out how much your house is really worth.”
Then, a month later, you sent out a real estate marketing newsletter updating your farming area on the latest news, trends, and relevant statistics in the real estate market. UPDATE: In my geographic area, for example, a local association of Realtors announced today that pending sales of new and existing single-family houses were 14 percent higher last month, than they were last year during the same period. This, coupled with a 16% decrease in local inventory, has created a “sellers’ market,” according to the association’s CEO. It’s exactly this type of timely real estate news that would be of interest to homeowners in your farming area — especially the ones thinking about putting their house on the market in the near future.
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By sending out periodic real estate news letters — using postal mail and/or email — you’ll be positioning yourself as a source of credible and up-to-date information about the local real estate market. You can reinforce that image and expand your visibility by creating a real estate blog and posting articles to it at least once a week. You can either create a blog on your own website (contact your web hosting service if you have any questions about doing this) or you can publish blog posts through your Linkedin account and have it shared with everyone in your network. It’s also a good idea to share your real estate blog posts with your followers on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and other social networks you post on.
So whether you’re mailing out real estate prospecting letters, publishing weekly blog posts, sending out real estate marketing newsletters to your farming area, or creating top-of-mind awareness through a real estate postcard marketing campaign, a combined approach to real estate farming is one of the most effective ways to get noticed and stand out from the crowd.
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