New Real Estate Agent Introduction Letter Tips

Whether you’re new to the real estate profession or just new to a particular real estate farming area, introducing yourself is a key element to generating leads and attracting new clients. Real estate agent introduction letters have been a staple of real estate marketing plans since time immemorial (well, maybe not THAT long), and will continue to be a valuable marketing tool for the foreseeable future.

If real estate agent introduction letters are such a great way to kick-start a real estate career, you might wonder, then why do they produce such inconsistent results — sometimes bringing in just a small trickle of inquiries and responses?

 Boosting Response to Your Agent Intro Letters

There are a variety of reasons that some direct mail campaigns are more successful than others:

  • A common barrier to a successful marketing letter campaign is the envelope. When some people in your farming area sort through their mail, every day, they may not even open a letter that looks like it might fall under the category of contain so-called “junk mail.” In many cases, it will go straight to the recycling pile. Thanks, in part, to all those unwanted credit card offers we’re all inundated with, people are becoming increasingly resistant to unsolicited offers and commercial messages of almost any kind. (Okay, maybe that was a little bit of an editorial comment, there!). But, the important thing to keep in mind is that there are ways to circumvent the problem. One way is to avoid using printed envelopes emblazoned with your real estate logo or even revealing the fact that the letter is coming from a real estate agent. Obviously, you’re going to make that perfectly clear in the introductory letter, itself, but you don’t necessarily want to give people the opportunity to prejudge the value of the letter and dismiss it before even opening the envelope. Other tactics for getting prospects to actually look at your introductory letter is to print, stamp, or write some sort of attention-catching blurb on the outside of the envelope (Actually, writing anything on hundreds of envelopes would probably induce a major case of “writers’ cramp!”) What you say on the outside of the envelope is only limited by your creativity and imagination, but it should either arouse curiosity, mention a free enclosure inside such as a calendar or packet of garden seeds, or make reference to updates or developments in the neighborhood or local real estate market. Enclosing a one-page real estate newsletter can also be a value-added approach to getting prospects to open your envelope. Developing an email list through your real estate website or blog is yet another way to potentially increase the “open rate” of your new agent introduction letter. When you switch to email marketing, though,  you’re faced with a new challenge: writing an attention-grabbing “subject line” that will entice people to click on and open your email message! The bottom line, however, is this: It’s all doable, and it only takes a few extra minutes to implement strategies that will get your real estate marketing letters read and responded to. (Note: These so-called obstacles are only small hurdles on your way to the “finish line.”)
  • Another possible reason for a marketing letter or new real estate agent announcement letter to get a low response rate is a lack of engagement. In other words, is your real estate introduction letter engaging your recipients by either asking a question, citing a relevant statistic, or making a thought-provoking statement that would draw people into your message?
  • Thirdly, all effective real estate agent introduction letters need to include more than one “call to action.” As you probably know, a call to action is a clear suggestion, request, or invitation to contact you  — to either make an appointment to discuss their real estate needs or to simply “pick your brain” about the local real estate market, the process of putting a house up for sale, or to find out what they need to do to prepare their house for sale. A “call for action” can also be an invitation to check out your latest listings on your website, Facebook page, or real estate blog. Another strategy is to offer prospects a free comparative market analysis. As I’ve mentioned in other blog posts, a great place to reiterate your call to action — especially if it’s a time-sensitive offer or invitation — is a “P.S.” at the end of your real estate introduction letter. Whether your prospects are reading your letter word-for-word or just scanning it, their eyes will typically be drawn to a P.S., because there’s the perception that it contains an important reminder or afterthought.

 

 

 

 

 

Marketing Letter Templates, Ideas, and Samples

If you’re at a loss of what to say in an introductory letter, you can download 12 variations of new agent introduction letters at this website*. The real estate marketing website also features a free sample of an expired listing prospecting letter. By the way, there are several elements of that sample letter that can be adopted for use in a neighborhood letter introducing you as a new real estate agent in your farming area. Visit the site* for an array of useful real estate agent marketing tools and prospecting letter templates for agents and Realtors. The marketing kit includes the following templates, marketing materials, and relationship-building content:

  • Introduction letters
  • New real estate agent announcement letters
  • Farm area prospecting letters
  • 22 different marketing letter templates for FSBO prospects
  • Real estate prospecting letter targeting renters
  • Short sale prospecting letters
  • Home staging letters
  • Referral letters
  • Real estate agent thank you letters
  • Buyer letters and seller letters
  • Networking letters to other real estate agents, Realtors, brokers, and other professionals

This extensive marketing kit of real estate letter templates and marketing strategies also includes a collection of 260 professionally written articles to catch the interest of homeowners in your farming area, other prospective clients, and your real estate newsletter subscribers. Get more information, here.


 

Thanks for checking out my latest thoughts on real estate marketing, direct mail strategies, email marketing, and — more specifically — ideas for improving the response rate of your new real estate agent introduction letters.

Stay tuned to this blog for more new real estate agent tips, marketing ideas, and prospecting strategies.

–Joel
Freelance writer, business blogger, marketing consultant
Email: prowriter30years@yahoo.com
Visit my website: Marketing Survival Kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: My real estate marketing blog posts often feature links to marketing templates, software, and/or digital products for which I am a compensated affiliate.

Getting Results From Your Real Estate Farming Letters

The analogy of tending to a garden or crop field (farming) is a perfect metaphor for being  a real estate agent or Realtor. When you stop and think about it, there are a lot of parallels between real estate farming and agricultural farming. Whether you’re cultivating crops or potential real estate clients, it’s necessary to adopt a patient, nurturing, and forward-looking mindset. (I took a closer look at this topic in a blog post I wrote for the website Real Estate Webmasters.)

As an example, it wouldn’t be too productive to plant some seeds in the ground, and then return a few months later hoping for an abundant harvest. It’s necessary to till the soil, add fertilizer, pull weeds, make sure the seeds receive enough water, and take measures to protect the seedlings from a variety of natural threats.

I don’t want to get all spiritual on you, but faith also plays a role in both real estate farming  and agricultural farming. There’s no guarantee that planting seeds — either literally or figuratively — is going to produce any results. However, when you infuse a feeling of faith and optimism into your farming efforts, your chances of a bountiful “harvest” are multiplied many times over. (It also helps to plant a lot of “seeds”!)

Another real estate tie-in with the idea of crop farming is the concept of “drip marketing.” To quote an article on Wikipedia, “The phrase ‘drip marketing’ is said to be derived from ‘drip irrigation’, an agriculture/gardening technique in which small amounts of water are fed to plants over long periods of time.” The Wikipedia article provides some excellent insights on the connections between drip marketing, lead generation, and effective business communication.

What is Drip Marketing?

Drip marketing is most closely associated with email marketing because of the ability to automate email messages. Web-based email marketing software, for example, enables you to set up a predetermined schedule for sending out a series of sales messages to your email subscribers, a system which can help automate and streamline your real estate farming letter campaigns. When you use email marketing services, such as Constant Contact, Mail Chimp, Campaigner, GetResponse, AWeber, and Fluttermail*, you can put a portion of your real estate farming efforts on “autopilot.”

Real Estate Farming Letters

If you need a series of real estate farming letters to use in your drip marketing campaign, you’ll find a large selection of prospecting templates at “My Real Estate Letters.” This versatile real estate marketing kit includes a series of prospecting letters and marketing letters for generating leads, inquiries, and real estate referrals. By downloading this real estate marketing tool to your computer, you can have instant access to professionally written letters for real estate agents and Realtors.

Visit the website* for more details and to check out a free sample real estate farm letter targeting expired listing prospects.

Those are a few of my thoughts on cultivating a real estate farming area using marketing techniques, such as email drip marketing, real estate prospecting letters, and direct mail marketing.

Good luck with your email drip marketing campaigns, and make sure to stay tuned to this blog for more real estate marketing strategies — as well as my main website: Marketing Survival Kit

–Joel
Freelance writer, business blogger, marketing consultant
email: prowriter30years@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: My blog posts generally include links to digital products, marketing templates, and email marketing services for which I am a compensated affiliate.

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Strategies and Ideas for Real Estate Prospecting Letters

There are a lot of opportunities to use real estate prospecting letters to generate leads, inquiries, and new client relationships, but without a clear-cut list of options, it’s easy to overlook good ideas. Whether you’re sending prospecting letters to your email subscribers or your farming area, there are dozens of strategies for reaching out to clients and prospects. Her are a few marketing letter ideas to consider, as well as market segments to target:

  1. FSBO prospects
  2. Expired listing prospects
  3. New parents or parents-to-be who may be ready for more space
  4. Retirement age prospects looking to downsize
  5. Apartment dwellers who are receptive to the advantages of home ownership
  6. Prospective home sellers interested in learning about things like home staging, security tips for home sellers, and pricing options.

Another potentially productive way to use real estate marketing letters is to request referrals from professionals who are in a position to point business in your direction. A few examples of the many networking opportunities available to real estate agents include the following:

  • Apartment managers
  • Appraisers
  • CPAs
  • Financial planners
  • Insurance agents
  • Real estate attorneys
  • Former clients
  • Friends, acquaintances, family

Other Opportunities For Sending Prospecting Letters

Brainstorming about ways in which to use real estate prospecting letters can generate a lot of good ideas, as well as strategies for requesting referrals and potential target groups you might have overlooked. Here are a few additional ideas for lead generation, relationship building, and networking.

  1. Distributing open house announcements and flyers
  2. New agent introduction letters
  3. Announcing a new real estate office or changed contact information
  4. Holiday greetings or seasonal home maintenance tips
  5. Acknowledging clients and prospects on an individual basis to congratulate them on a new job, promotion, a new birth, engagement, birthday, anniversary, or other milestones. Keeping track of all these occasions requires you to be ultra-organized and alert, but it can be productive because people love to be acknowledged and recognized for their accomplishments, special occasions, and even losses.
  6. Compiling and distributing a quarterly newsletter (or having an assistant or freelancer handle it for you) can be a good way to stay in touch, cultivate “top of mind awareness” in your farming area, and build a reputation as a credible source of information about home ownership, the local real estate market, and the business side of real estate transactions.

The inspiration for this blog post was a website called My Marketing Letters*, which is filled with marketing ideas and features examples of real estate prospecting letters and an assortment of ideas for building professional relationships, generating real estate referrals, and staying in touch with potential clients in your real estate farming area.

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post on real estate marketing ideas, prospecting letters for real estate agents, and strategies for generating leads, inquiries, and real estate referrals.

Stay tuned for more prospecting ideas and marketing tactics.

–Joel
Real estate marketing blogger, freelance writer, journalist
email address: prowriter30years@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer:  Many of my blog posts feature links to templates, digital products, and websites for which I am a compensated affiliate.

7 Ways to Make Your Real Estate Prospecting Letters More Effective

Producing successful real estate marketing results often requires some experimentation, a little trial and error, and a commitment to finding out what works best and implementing it on a consistent basis.

Real estate prospecting letters are a time-tested approach to generating leads and increasing your name recognition. They can be used both in email marketing and direct mail marketing, and can be tailored to the needs and expectations of just about any target group.

What many real estate agents don’t realize is that sending out prospecting letters is only the “tip of the iceberg,” when it comes to the potential of using direct mail marketing and email marketing to increase business. According to the website My Real Estate Letters, there are many opportunities to identify target groups and reach out to them with customized marketing messages. Here are a few prime examples:

  • New parents: Young couples who are in the process of expanding their family are probably starting to give some serious thought to the need for a larger house, a more spacious backyard for the kids to play in, and the possibility of moving to a better school district. Especially if they’re new to the area or just plain inexperienced, they could undoubtedly benefit from getting some guidance and advice from a knowledgeable real agent.
  • First-time home buyers
  • Existing home owners looking to upgrade. This is a popular trend when interest rates are low and home prices are favorable. (At the other end of the spectrum, of course, are Baby Boomers and Empty Nesters thinking about “downsizing.”)
  • Expired listing prospects
  • FSBO prospects
  • Renters who are ready for home ownership
  • Short sale prospects (buyers and sellers)

There are many other categories of potential clients that you can reach by emailing or postal mailing real estate prospecting letters, including executives relocating to or from the area, professionals who have just been promoted at their jobs, newlyweds, retirees, vacation home prospects, and real estate investors.

 

 

 

Increasing the Effectiveness of Prospecting Letters

  1. Use professionally written real estate letter templates: Not only do you save an enormous amount of time by using letters that have already been written, edited, and polished, but you’ll also find that your response rate will typically be higher. Over time, more responses, inquiries, and sales leads  translates into more commissions and income growth.
  2. Print, stamp, or write some sort of attention-grabbing blurb on the outside of the envelope. One of the biggest hurdles to getting your marketing message read is to get your prospect to open the envelope or the e-mail. Arousing curiosity or emphasizing the value of what’s inside can help increase your “open rate.”
  3. Include your studio-quality photo in the mailing. Whether your photo is on your business card, the stationary itself, an enclosed mini-calendar, or another insert, it will help add a personal touch that can help lower sales resistance and begin to establish a feeling of familiarity and recognition.
  4. In your letter or a separate insert, invite people to check out your latest blog post, visit your Facebook page, subscribe to your e-mail newsletter, or join your professional network on Linkedin.
  5. Whenever possible, allude to something surprising, amusing, amazing, helpful, important, or beneficial to them when encouraging them to subscribe to your email list or visit your real estate blog, Facebook page, Instagram posts, or Youtube channel. Some sort of incentive or “teaser” is usually necessary to get people to follow up or take a specific action.
  6. And speaking of actions… always tell people exactly what you want them to do, rather than leave them guessing, and provide them with a variety of methods to contact you. You want it to be as easy and comfortable for them as possible to inquire about your real estate listings or marketing services. While some prospects would prefer to call you directly on the phone, other people feel more comfortable visiting your website, sending an e-mail, or even reading your profile first on Linkedin, Google Plus, or Facebook.
  7. Increase the likelihood that your prospects will already have heard of you when they receive your real estate prospecting letter. For example, there are a lot of ways you can increase your visibility and name recognition, including sending occasional “letters to the editor” to your local newspapers, participating in discussions on Linkedin and other of social media, posting helpful comments or recommendations, being a columnist or guest blogger in your area, distributing press releases to the media when you have anything newsworthy to announce, being involved in business and civic organizations, volunteering for committees, pitching in with fund-raising drives, and being seen at local fairs, festivals, and school events.

Thanks for checking out my latest lead generation tips and marketing ideas for real estate agents. Stay tuned for more marketing strategies in the very near future.

–Joel
Blogger, freelance writer, marketing consultant

 

 

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: My blog posts often contain links to websites,
digital products, and services for which I am a compensated affiliate.

 

Boost the Response Rate to Your Real Estate Prospecting Letters

Whether you’re a new real estate agent or a seasoned Realtor, one of your primary objectives is generating new leads, real estate referrals, and inquiries. Over the past couple decades, the Internet has created a growing number of opportunities for connecting with clients, generating leads, and increasing your visibility, locally, regionally, and beyond.

Although effective real estate marketing can consist of dozens of techniques ranging from postcard mailing campaigns to social media marketing strategies, one thing that will never go out of style is a well-written real estate prospecting letter or email message. Letters to targeted prospects, existing clients, or business contacts you can network with can be a valuable tactic for keeping your pipeline active. There are many opportunities — many of which are often missed — to use a well-written real estate marketing letter or relationship-building letter to generate more business. Here are a few examples:

  1. Real estate expired listing letters
  2. FSBO real estate prospecting letters
  3. Short sale prospecting letters
  4. Home staging letters
  5. Real estate introduction letters
  6. Free comparative market analysis
  7. Open house letters
  8. Real estate thank you letters
  9. Letters to other agents and brokers
  10. Real estate referral letters
  11. Holiday and seasonal reminder letters
  12. Congratulatory letter to new parents
  13. Invitation to home buying seminar
  14. New office or agent announcement letters
  15. Just sold/just listed letters/postcards

With a little imagination and planning, you can identify many opportunities to use both email marketing and old-fashioned direct mail marketing to raise your visibility, cultivate business relationships, and generate inquiries, leads, and new real estate listings.

How to Write Effective Real Estate Prospecting Letters

What separates an “effective” real estate marketing letter from one that immediately gets relegated to the recycling bin? There are a lot of strategies to catching people’s interest and getting them to take action, but here are a few tips, observations, and pointers to help boost your response rates:

  • At the risk of stating the obvious: Envelopes that display the words “current resident” (or anything similar to that) will most likely produce a much lower response rate than mailings have a more personalized address on them.
  • You can often increase the percentage of mailings that will be opened (and read) by making reference to something valuable on the inside, such as [brainstorming here] “free calendar” … “money-saving tips inside” … “the latest neighborhood news” … “important update on property values” … “free comparative market analysis” … “I’ll spring for the coffee!”
  • In email marketing letters, announcements, or invitations, it’s the subject line, of course, that will entice the recipient to read the message. Using the prospect’s first name in the subject line is one effective way to maximize the number of people who open and read your message. Arousing their curiosity is another.
  • While real estate marketing letter templates can be an excellent starting point, it’s usually advisable to customize and personalize your letters as much as possible. By doing your best to infuse the letter with your personality and avoid empty-sounding promises or tired sales cliches, your letter will stand a stronger chance of being noticed and responded to.
  • In the real estate letter, itself, make sure to include two or three “calls to action.” In other words, invite the reader to take one (or more) of the following actions:
  1. Call you
  2. Email you
  3. Inquire with a text message
  4. Visit your website or Facebook page
  5. Check out your latest blog post on [some intriguing, timely, or attention-grabbing topic]
  6. Stop by at your office, a trade show booth you’re manning, a a fund-raising or community event you’ll be attending, or an upcoming open house
  7. Connect with you on Linkedin
  8. Subscribe to your email list, real estate newsletter, Twitter announcements, YouTube channel, or Instagram updates

As a side note, a good place to insert one of your “calls to action” is in the P.S. at the end of the letter. Many people tend to visually scan a letter, rather then read it word for word, so if you have a P.S., bullet points, plenty of “white space,” and maybe a sprinkling of bold, underlined, or highlighted words, you can make it easy to get your main points across without inundating your clients, prospective clients, and associates with TMI (too much information)!

By the way, if you love writing and blogging (like I do), then a blog can be an excellent way to connect with your target audience, raise your stature as a source of authoritative information, and increase your “search engine visibility.” Contact me, if you need an experienced “ghost writer” to create original and relevant content for your blog. You can also get already written content for use in your real estate newsletter, website, emails, real estate letters, and blogs from a website called “My Real Estate Letters.*”

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post on real estate marketing strategies, prospecting letters, and lead generation ideas.

–Joel
Freelance writer, marketing consultant, blogger
email: prowriter30years@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: My blog posts feature links to websites, software,and digital products for which I am a compensated affiliate.

Real Estate Prospecting Letters and Tools That Generate Leads

Whether you’re talking about the effective use of real estate prospecting letters or other forms of generating leads, it pays to be an eternal optimist. However, persistence and optimism only go so far if you’re barking up the wrong tree or traveling east looking for the perfect sunset.

So in your quest to generate as many qualified real estate leads as possible, what are some good strategies and ideas to keep in mind that will help you get the best return on your time and marketing costs? Here are a few suggestions that will help you avoid some common,,but avoidable pitfalls that many real estate agents tend to encounter:

  1. Don’t reinvent the wheel. Since time is money and eternal optimism has a limited shelf life, avoid the trial-and-error approach to real estate marketing, as much as possible. One way to save time, avoid frustration, and increase your productivity is by using real estate sales letter templates. That way, you don’t find yourself sitting in front of a blank computer screen waiting for your marketing letter to start writing itself. If writing effective real estate letters is not your forte, then starting with a professionally written template can help you avoid the energy-draining process of trying to create a persuasive, targeted letter that will capture your prospects’ attention and prompt them to take action — like picking up the phone, sending an email inquiry, visiting your Facebook page, reading your latest blog post, stopping by your open house this weekend, or whatever action you’d like them to take.
  2. Target your audience and customize your message. One of the least effective approaches to mailing out real estate farming letters or conducting and email marketing campaign is to attempt to be all things to all people. Keeping in mind that people like to be treated as unique individuals rather than one of many recipients of a mass mailing, it makes sense to segment your email list and send targeted mailings to postal mail prospects.
  3. Capture email addresses of interested real estate prospects who visit your website or blog. You can accomplish that by auto-responder form that is typically offered by many email marketing services, such as Constant Contact, AWeber, GetResonse, MailChimp, Fluttermail, and many other email marketing options. One of the many advantages of using a comprehensive email marketing service is that it includes an opt-in system, which assures that prospects who receive your email messages actually requested and confirmed that they want to be on your list. Opting out is usually as easy as clicking on a link or two, so that virtually eliminates complaints related to people receiving unwanted emails.
  4. Increase your visibility and name recognition as much as possible. Even before social media marketing came along, there were dozens of ways to increase your visibility, make your name more recognizable, and generate low-cost publicity. Now, with the availability of all kinds of online real estate marketing tools, the possibilities are only limited by your comfort zone, your budget, and your Internet marketing savvy! Online real estate marketing examples run the gamut from real estate video marketing and text marketing to social media marketing methods, such as Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Obviously, it’s not practical to do it all, unless you hire a social media marketing freelancer, agency, or employee to handle social media campaigns for you. Many real estate agents can’t justify the expense of doing that, but with all the cost-effective real estate marketing strategies available to you, an all-out social media marketing campaign is not necessary.
  5. Build relationships with letters. Making full use of your email subscriber list, along with sending out the occasional postal mail prospecting letter, can help cultivate ongoing relationships and boost your top-of-mind awareness in your farming area and beyond. In addition to sending our holiday greetings and periodic newsletters, you can also stay in touch with your current and prospective customers by providing local real estate market updates, property maintenance tips, home staging suggestions, just-listed or just-sold announcements, and even lists of trusted home improvement contractors — provided you’re really confident in their ability to consistently provide great service, quality, and value.

If you need professionally written content for real estate prospecting letters, referral requests, thank you letters, seasonal “stay in touch” letters, open house invitations, holiday greetings, energy saving tips, letters targeting renters, FSBO prospecting letters, and expired listing prospecting letters, then check out this website.* I’ve been affiliated with them for more than ten years, and I know they provide a valuable resource for real estate agents, Realtors, and agencies.

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post on real estate marketing ideas, marketing tools, and prospecting letters.

Stay tuned for more ideas and marketing strategies in the very near future!

–Joel (prowriter30years@yahoo.com)

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*Disclaimer: My blog posts feature links to products, services, and websites for which I am a compensated affiliate.