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How to Dominate Your Local Real Estate Market

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Success in real estate heavily depends on an agent’s ability to dominate their local market. If you’ve been on the outside looking in for the past few months or years, it’s time to break through and put your stamp on your local market.

It’s All About Your Online Presence

Having a strong online presence is essential for any real estate agent looking to dominate the local market. Most potential clients start their home search online, and they’re likely to research local agents long before they ever make contact. 

Here’s how you can strengthen your online visibility and appeal to more clients in your area.

  • Optimize Your Website for Local SEO. A well-optimized website is the foundation of a strong online presence. Focus on local SEO to ensure that your site ranks highly when people search for real estate services in your area. This includes incorporating location-specific keywords throughout your site – think “homes for sale in [Your City]” or “[Your City] real estate agent.” But it’s not just about keywords. Google also values user experience. Make sure your website is fast, mobile-friendly, and easy to navigate.

Do your best to create content that resonates with local audiences. You can blog about local market trends, community events, or tips for homeowners in your city. This boosts your SEO and also establishes you as a knowledgeable and engaged community member.

  • Leverage Google My Business. A Google My Business (GMB) listing is a powerful tool for local SEO. It helps your business appear in local search results and Google Maps, which is vital for real estate agents. Ensure your GMB profile is complete and up-to-date with your contact information, services, and hours. You should also make a habit of regularly updating your profile with new photos and posts about open houses or recent sales. Finally, encourage satisfied clients to leave reviews, as positive reviews can enhance your local search ranking and give you a bit of social proof.
  • Emphasize niche marketing. Too many agents try to be all things to all people, when the real key to success is identifying a niche and doubling down. Rather than trying to serve every town and suburb in your area, focus on becoming a local area expert in your specific part of town. Programs like HouseJet make it possible to build solid lead pipelines using a ‘local first’ approach. 
  • Engage Through Social Media. Social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter are important for engaging potential clients. You can use these platforms to showcase your listings, share success stories, and post about local news or events. Videos can be particularly engaging. You might consider creating short videos with home-buying tips or market updates. These share really well on Instagram, TikTok, and even YouTube.

Targeted ads on these platforms can also be very effective. Use Facebook or Instagram’s targeted advertising platforms to reach specific demographics in your local area. You can customize your audience based on interests, behaviors, and more, ensuring that your ads are seen by potential buyers or sellers in your market.

  • Utilize Video Content. Video content has become a cornerstone of effective online marketing. One suggestion is to create video walkthroughs of your listings to give buyers a detailed view of the property without requiring an actual showing. You can also host Q&A sessions where you answer common real estate questions live, helping to establish your expertise.
  • Implement Email Marketing. Email marketing allows you to directly reach out to potential clients with personalized content. Build a list by offering valuable resources in exchange for email addresses on your website – think free guides on the buying or selling process, market analysis reports, or checklists for new homeowners. (In the marketing world, these are known as “lead magnets” – and they work exceptionally well.)

Send regular newsletters that include your latest blog posts, market updates, new listings, and success stories. Use segmentation to personalize your emails based on the recipient’s stage in the buying or selling process or their specific interests.

  • Encourage Reviews and Testimonials. Positive reviews and testimonials can significantly influence how people feel about you as an agent. Encourage happy clients to share their experiences on popular review sites like Google, Yelp, and Zillow. You can then feature these testimonials prominently on your website and share them on social media. This improves your SEO and also boosts your credibility.

Find Success in Your Market

Dominating your local real estate market isn’t about doing one big thing right – it’s about doing many little things well. This includes some of the techniques and strategies highlighted in this article, as well as additional habits that you observe in other successful agents. By being willing to adapt your approach, there’s a chance you can find success as well.