Give Your Real Estate Prospecting Letters a Tune-Up

The good news about real estate prospecting letters is that they can be a cost-effective marketing tool for generating leads in and around your farming area. The potentially bad news about using prospecting letters is that the results they produce often fall short of expectations.

There are a lot of reasons for real estate marketing letters performing poorly, but the thing to keep in mind is that many of those flaws are correctable. In other words, if you take a close look at the content and appearance of your real estate letters, there are frequently changes, edits, and improvements you can make that will enhance your response rate and help you produce better results.

 

Here are a few often-overlooked tweaks you can make that can strengthen your marketing message and help you produce more responses from prospective clients in your farming area.

 

Tips For Improving Your Real Estate Prospecting Letters

  1. As an example: Real estate agent introduction letters often begin by saying something like this:  “Hello. My name is John Q. Farmer, and I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and my real estate marketing services to you.” While that wording may occasionally work to generate a real estate lead or two, a more engaging way to get your prospects to read your letter is by either starting out with a thought-provoking question or a statistic that potential clients will relate to. A strategy that does not occur to many real estate agents — but that can be more effective — is to introduce yourself in the second paragraph, instead of in the first sentence. That way, you’ve used a strategy to catch their attention and get them thinking about things like the potential pitfalls of choosing the wrong real estate agent or attempting to sell their home on their own. The next logical step in your real estate prospecting letter (or introduction letter) would be to spell out the reasons you are the best choice for helping them achieve their real estate goals in the most efficient and effective way possible.
  2. Prospecting letter tips: Avoid the temptation to throw together and send out a boilerplate prospecting letter that looks cluttered, poorly organized, impersonal, and unedited. Taking the time to carefully proofread and review your marketing message can have a positive impact on your response rate. Another fatal flaw of many real estate farming letters is a failure to include a persuasive “call to action.” In addition to urging prospects to contact you for a free comparative market analysis of their home, you might also want to encourage them to visit your blog or subscribe online to your free real estate newsletter featuring articles on home staging strategies, household energy saving tips, the latest real estate market trends, home security tactics, and/or how to choose a real estate agent who will best serve their needs. Note: If you’d like to have access to a collection of professionally written real estate articles on topics like home selling, home buying, home staging, and real estate financing, then check out this real estate marketing kit.* It features 260 relevant articles you can use in your own blog, newsletter, or web site. The kit also includes 320 real estate prospecting templates and marketing letters you can easily customize and send out to your farming area or email subscriber list. One resource that can be of immediate benefit to you and your real estate marketing efforts is the free sample of an expired listing prospecting letter that is featured on the website. More details, here.

By the way, if you need professional, easy-to-use real estate flyer templates (for open houses, direct mail campaigns, new listings, and real estate flyer dispensers), you can request a free sample or purchase an entire set of open house/real estate listing flyers at Turnkey Flyers.*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for letting me share my latest thoughts on marketing strategies, real estate prospecting letters, email marketing, and direct mail techniques.

Stay tuned for more real estate marketing ideas!

–Joel
Freelance writer, business blogger, marketing consultant
Feel free to email me if you have any questions, comments, or inquiries.

Key Takeaways and additional points about real estate prospecting letters:

  • One formula for writing an effective real estate prospecting letter is to begin the message with an intriguing statistic, engaging question, or a statement that makes people sit up and take notice. The type of psychological response you want to elicit is something along the lines of “I didn’t know that!” or “Yes, that IS a concern of mine!” or “I can relate to what you’re saying!” or “Yes, that describes our situation perfectly!” From a sales standpoint, it’s beneficial to create a feeling of connection, agreement, or engagement as soon as possible in your message — whether it’s in an introductory letter, a real estate farming letter, or a expired listing prospecting letter.
  • One strategy for increasing interest in your real estate marketing letter is to enclose a brief real estate newsletter and print a short blurb about it on the outside of the envelop to arouse curiosity or trigger interest.
  • In addition to including the usual “call to action” in your real estate prospecting letter, such as “Contact me for a free comparative market analysis,” or “Call me if you’re thinking about putting your home on the market,” a good way to create more engagement and top-of-mind awareness is to encourage them to check out your latest blog post on a topic of interest to homeowners, such as home security tips, how to save money on energy costs, or “ten tips for selling your home faster”.
  • Make your real estate prospecting letter as visually appealing as possible by breaking it up into several paragraphs and including as much “white space” as you can. Including several “bullet points,” like the ones in this list you’re reading, will also help pull in the attention of your prospects and enable them to digest your message more easily. If your letter looks too cluttered and long, then many people won’t have the patience or time to sift through all those words!

I invite you to visit this real estate marketing blog again for more tips, strategies, and techniques for creating effective real estate prospecting letters, farming letters, and agent introduction letters. I’ll also include helpful sales and marketing tips, email marketing ideas, and strategies for creating an effective integrated marketing campaign in your real estate farming area.

If you’re interested in downloading a set of already-written real estate marketing letter templates and articles for your newsletter or blog, then visit “My Real Estate Letters.”

Contact me if you have any questions and/or need engaging blog posts written for your real estate website, newsletter, or blog. I’d be happy to provide you with links to samples of my writing that are now appearing on dozens of real estate agent websites.

 

 

 

 

 

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Maximize Response to Real Estate Prospecting Letters

Sending out real estate prospecting letters to your farming area can be an exercise in frustration if you do not do everything possible to maximize two things:

  1. Your “open rate” and
  2. Your response rate.

Appearances Are Everything (Almost)

The percentage of prospects who open your envelopes and pay attention to the message inside can be disappointingly low if your marketing letter looks like a typical mass mailing — especially one that does not appear to offer the recipient any benefits or value. Although the curiosity factor can sometimes cause people to open your letter, many may dismiss it, right away, if it looks like a sales pitch or advertisement.

If you stop and think about the overwhelming number of marketing messages we are all inundated with, every day, it’s no wonder that your real estate prospects (and you and I) automatically filter out the vast majority of them.

 

Overcome The First Hurdle Of Prospecting Letters

One solution to marketing letters that don’t get read is to enclose something of value inside the envelope and, if possible, make reference to it on the outside of the envelope.

 

 

 

Here are a few examples and ideas:

  1. A small calendar with your photo and contact information
  2. A packet of imprinted garden seeds
  3. An informative article or flyer containing helpful tips for homeowners on saving money, enhancing home security, home staging, reducing energy bills, lowering grocery bills, property maintenance, landscaping tips, or an invitation to a complimentary real estate seminar. (By the way, if you need ready-made content for your direct mail campaigns or real estate newsletters, you can get 260 professionally written real estate-oriented articles* on topics that grab the attention of home owners, house hunters, and property sellers. It’s part of a marketing kit for real estate agents and Realtors that can help put you two steps ahead of the competition. Get the details, here. [As a side note, I'm available to write unique, customized content for your blog, real estate newsletter, or website. Contact me for more details.]
  4. A free news letter about real estate trends, real estate resources for home buyers and sellers, news about real estate market conditions, and so on. You can also include “just listed” or “just sold” properties in your real estate news letter.

Increasing your marketing letter’s “open rate” can depend on a lot of factors, but it helps if you can give your prospects a reason to look inside. A short blurb on the outside of the envelope about there being valuable information inside, a free gift, the latest real estate news, or money-saving tips for homeowners can often be the “nudge” that’s needed to get your marketing message seen by more prospective clients. And since real estate marketing is essentially a “numbers game,” the more prospects you successfully make contact with, the better your chances for making more sales and commissions.

Ingredients of an Effective Prospecting Letter

Remembering that most people have short attention spans, so it’s a good idea to make sure your real estate prospecting letter is well organized, visually appealing, and engaging. One way to make it visually appealing is break up the text with a lot of paragraphs (white space) and “bullet points,” like in the list below.

Here are a few ideas for engaging prospects who receive your real estate farming letters:

  • Introduction to Letter: Start your letter with a compelling question, statistic, or problem that you can solve.
  • Unique Selling Proposition (USP): While there’s a thin line between bragging and proactively marketing yourself, it is important to distinguish yourself from other real estate agents and Realtors in your area. In other words, your prospecting letter will have more impact if it includes a few sentences or bullet points about your qualifications, your successful track record, your experience, specialized training, credentials, connection to the area, familiarity with your farming area, and — last, but not least — your commitment to being available, results oriented, and responsive to client needs and priorities.
  • Contact Information: Give your prospects a lot of options for contacting you. Different people have different communication preferences. Some may prefer to talk to you directly, while others feel more comfortable using email, text messaging, or a website inquiry form. Cater to people’s individual communication styles and comfort zones by offering choices for reaching out to you and/or learning more about your services.
  • Top Of Mind Awareness: Invite your prospects to follow up or learn more about your services by subscribing to your monthly real estate newsletter … visiting your website to peruse your newest listings and video tours … or check out your latest blog post on home staging tips, how to reduce household expenses, tips on family safety, increasing the value of your prospects’ home, strategies for keeping their basement dry, and other topics of interest to your target groups.
  • And by the way: Include a “P.S.” at the end because it catches people’s attention and is frequently read.

Other factors that can help make real estate prospecting letters more effective include a clear “call to action,” an offer of a free comparative analysis of their home, and a followup letter or postcard within the next month. As you know, it’s often necessary to contact prospects a few times before they seriously consider doing business with you. But as a wise man once said: “Persistence breaks down resistance!” (unless, of course, you’re trying to sell ice to an Eskimo.)

Real Estate Marketing Tools to Consider*

  • Real estate prospecting letter templates: Visit this site* to download or learn more about a real estate marketing kit consisting of the following time-saving and lead-generating tools: 320 proven real estate marketing letters for farming a neighborhood, approaching FSBO sellers, offering your services to expired listing prospects, generating referrals, approaching first-time home buyers, and positioning yourself as a a trustworthy real estate advisor and credible source of real estate information. This marketing kit* also provides you with 260 relevant articles for homeowners, house hunters, and house sellers that you can use in your own real estate newsletter, real estate blog, email marketing campaigns, or real estate farming letters. The website also contains a free example of an expired listing prospecting letter that you can adapt to your own marketing needs.
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Articles on Real Estate Marketing

The following articles on various aspects of real estate marketing will provide you with actionable ideas for increasing engagement with your target audience, expanding name recognition, maintaining Top of Mind Awareness in your farm area,  generating leads, and converting more prospects into real estate clients.

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post on how to get the most mileage out of your real estate prospecting letters, farming letters, real estate newsletters, and marketing campaigns.

Stay tuned for more real estate marketing tips in the near future!

Feel free to contact me if you need help developing a real estate blog to increase engagement, rank higher in the search engines, and attract more prospective clients to your website. (I can provide you with original content to help keep your blog relevant, fresh, and “search engine friendly”!)

 

Best of luck in all your real estate marketing endeavors

–Joel
Freelance writer, business blogger, marketing consultant

Email address: prowriter30years@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate for the real estate marketing tools, Web-based email marketing software, and informational products featured in this blog.
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