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Master The Art Of Networking: Secrets For Real Estate Professionals

Aug 17, 2007
It is not what you know but who you know. That is no truer than in the real estate business. Before you can land a sale, you'll have to meet the prospective client. This is what networking is all about. Marketing yourself is the key component to driving up business and finding new leads.

Traditional marketing like cold calling and posting flyers can essentially be replaced with networking if you put some effort into your network. So, where do you begin?

Objective
Is your objective to make millions in the real estate business this year? Networking isn't a money tree but it can serve as a sturdy branch. Set a clear, concise objective to your networking efforts. Do you need to gain understanding of the needs, concerns and problems of prospects? Of course you do. Without knowing this information, you won't be able to assess whether or not you offer the services they need.

Strategy
Get out of your comfort zone. Your friends and family know you're in the real estate business. Find places to meet strangers and don't be afraid to introduce yourself.

Lend an ear. Do not waste precious time with existing contacts by focusing on yourself. Spend time asking questions and collecting information.
Don't fumble your words. Come up with a list of standard questions to identify primary needs and concerns and a little personal information from prospects. Come up with a 15 - 30 second speech (elevator speech) for prospects and fellow real estate professionals. Key points should be the problems you solve, beyond I help people find houses. You need to stand out in the minds of those you deliver this speech to, both initially to get their attention and long term to keep their mind on you.

Find solutions to problems you can;t solve. If you only deal in commercial real estate but a prospect is actually looking for industrial, don't turn them away. Find a colleague that specializes in industrial property and refer your prospect. Not only will that prospect remember that you solved his problem, that colleague will remember the referral and may send one your way in the future.

Give it away. Do you have a weekly or monthly newsletter? If not, you should. Send it to your clients and associates to keep your name fresh in their mind. It also helps establish your credibility by providing valid information at no cost.
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Sarah Reiter Owner of the top Real Estate Assistant real estate virtual assistant professionals nationwide with all of their marketing, technical, and, administrative needs.Certified Real Estate Virtual Assistant
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