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3 Tips to Keep Real Estate Professionals Afloat Throughout the Pandemic

3 Tips to Keep Real Estate Professionals Afloat Throughout the Pandemic

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), real estate sales declined by 9.7 percent during the month of May — largely because fewer homes have been listed amid COVID-19. However, housing transactions are expected to increase as the U.S. economy continues to reopen — and there are some things you can do in the meantime to land new clients and keep your real estate business going strong. To learn more about the different things you can do to keep your real estate business afloat during the pandemic, read on!

Update Your Website, Blog, and Social Media Pages

In the age of COVID-19, a strong online marketing campaign will be vital to your success as a real estate professional — especially as most buyers and sellers head online to avoid in-person showings and transactions. As such, your online presence is more important than ever before — and you’ll need an updated website, blog, and Facebook page in order to keep up with the competition and engage with new and existing customers.

 

Here are some tips to assist you in boosting your online presence during the pandemic: 

 

  • Regularly post content to your real estate blog and social media pages. 
  • Respond to all social media comments, questions, and messages in a timely manner. 
  • Make your online real estate listings as thorough as possible. In addition to writing an excellent description of the property and surrounding neighborhood, be sure to include virtual tours, 3D home walkthroughs, and high-quality photos in each real estate listing.  

Sign Up for a Business Referral Program

In addition to keeping your website and social media pages updated throughout the pandemic, a referral exchange program could also be worth considering. With the REALLY exchange program, for instance, you can track referrals, promote your business, boost your presence in the community, generate new leads, and connect with other real estate professionals. Plus, there’s no charge to become a member of REALLY’s Business Referral Community — and all members of the real estate industry are free to join. 

Why wait another minute?

REALLY is a referral processing utility that makes exchanging referrals fast & easy.  Business Professionals who send lots of referrals usually receive lots of referrals.  Use REALLY to make you and your business well known. 

Utilize Freelance Professionals

Unless you have the skills, tools, and time you’ll need to make these changes or upgrades to your real estate business, you may need to hire one or more freelancers to help with things like building a website, writing blog posts, and sharing content to your social media pages. There are many benefits to hiring freelancers to assist you with these types of tasks, especially if you can’t afford to hire full- or- part-time employees during the pandemic.  

 

If you choose to work with a freelancer during the pandemic, you could:

 

  • Hire ROR developer professionals (Ruby on Rails) to quickly create a website for your real estate business. ROR developers can create websites in less time, making this an excellent option for you if you don’t already have a website for your real estate business. 
  • Find a virtual assistant who can create and share content to your social media pages, website, and company blog. Additionally, a virtual assistant could help you to follow up with potential leads, respond to emails, and complete various administrative tasks. 
  • Hire a real estate photographer and/or videographer to assist you in taking high-quality  listing photos and videos for virtual tours and walkthroughs. 

 

While COVID-19 has impacted the housing market in a number of ways, things like boosting your online presence, joining a referral program, and hiring one or more freelancers to assist you in growing your real estate business will help you to stay afloat now and in the future. Even after the pandemic ends, however, a strong online presence will be vital to your success. Therefore, it’s important to create an online marketing campaign that you’ll stick with for the long haul. 

Special thanks to our Co-Author Tina Martin from ideaspired.com.

 

 

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June 8, 2020 Product Updates

June 8, 2020 Product Updates

Hello REALLY Members, and welcome to our June 2020 Product Update.  Every few weeks we will be providing you with product updates to the REALLY platform. Posts such as this one will keep you up to speed on all new features and bug fixes that have been completed for REALLY.  This is a great opportunity for our members to learn and take advantage of certain features such as, “ The Invite and Earn Program.” This feature gives you the ability to invite your referral partners that aren’t on REALLY, and in return for inviting them, you will receive 10% in commission of the total amount that they spend with REALLY.

Our Team is constantly working and making improvements to REALLY – The Business Referral Exchange™.  Many businesses have slowed down due to Covid-19, however, during this time we were able to correct issues and create a pipeline of new features. Please check out the release notes below and keep an eye out for the next product update.  Also feel free to contact us because we would love to hear your feedback and suggestions. 

Don’t forget, it does not require a referral credit to send an open referral. Don’t search it, Just send it and let the candidates come to you! Learn more 

 

 

Earn 10% of revenue generated from referral partners you invite.

 

Click here for full details on our invite & earn program.

Bug Fixes

  • New members were not able to see the large “Invite and Earn” card on the home screen. This has been corrected. 
  • The “Get Connected and Members Nearby” cards were disappearing on the home screen for our Members.  This has been corrected.   
  • Deleted users were still showing up when a Member performed a general search.  This has been corrected.  
  • Bugs have been fixed in the new member registration flow. 
  • The search bar was slow when looking up a member. That has been corrected 

 

Cosmetics 

  • Money Icon next to the profile picture has been added to the members home screen. When a member clicks on the “Money Icon” it will bring you to the invite and earn page. 

 

New Features

  • All Member types are now permitted to create posts in our community feed. 
  • “Invite and Earn Program” members can now invite their referral partners. If any referral partners accept your invite to join, you will earn 10% of all revenue that REALLY generates from your referral partner within 24 months of them joining.
  • Members are able to enter multiple emails into the “Invite and Earn Program” in order to send invites out. 
  • The “Invite and Earn Program” will not allow you to send invites to existing members and you will not be able to invite the same person twice.  
  • Members now have the ability to enter a return character when they are writing a post. 
  • When a member creates a post they will not be overwhelmed with notifications from comments made to their post.
  • When a member accepts your invite through the “Invite and Earn Program” both of you will automatically be connected. 
  • On the profile page, members can now enter a return character when editing their Bio. 

 

iOS specific release notes: 

Bug Fixes

  • Members were being asked twice to verify their phone number. That has been corrected.
  • The author was receiving a notification if he/she commented on their own post. That has been corrected. 

New Features

  • Members can now receive push notifications on Android and iOS

Why wait another minute?

Our Invite & Earn program provides you with everything you need to quickly and easily invite your referral partners to join REALLY.  The problem is that if someone else beats you to it, the opportunity is lost.  Get started NOW!

 

How to Create the Perfect Space for Your Home-Based Business

How to Create the Perfect Space for Your Home-Based Business

Making the decision to work from home can be a big one, and it comes with a lot to consider, not the least of which is where you’ll get the work done. Creating a home office can be a challenge, especially if you don’t have much space or are on a tight budget. Fortunately, there are several options these days for home-based entrepreneurs. You don’t have to limit yourself to a small room in the basement if you need to spread out; you can simply create a space for your work using a shed in the backyard. Designing and decorating can eat up your funds, but with a few careful decisions, you can turn any room into an envious office space without breaking the bank.  

 

Consider Buying 

 

If your current home doesn’t have the space for an office or workroom, consider leveling up and buying a new home that will accommodate you and your business. This comes with considerable advantages, including tax write-offs, but you’ll need to think about the details before making a move. Make sure you search online for homes in your price range (Orange County homes have sold for $275,000 over the past 180 days), but before you do that, think about a realistic budget that won’t leave you with regret down the road. Next, find out how to get pre-approved for a loan and research different fixed-rate loan options (conventional loans, FHA loans, etc.) so you’ll have peace of mind, and look for a real estate agent who will be easy to work with and understands how COVID-19 has changed the market. Your agent will be a major asset, so he or she should be experienced and able to meet your needs right off the bat. 

 

Build It 

 

If moving isn’t an option but you don’t have much space in your home for a business, consider building a shed on your property that will give you all the room you need. The average cost of erecting a shed ranges anywhere from $1,000 to $15,000. Many entrepreneurs are going this route because it’s an affordable way to create space and stay close to home. The right shed will keep you cool in summer and warm in winter and will have ample room for your office, plus some storage solutions if you need to keep inventory on hand. One of the major benefits of building a shed to use for your business is that you’ll be afforded some privacy, which is important if you have a family and want to keep your private and professional lives separate. 

 

Use a Spare Room 

 

Turning an extra room in your home into an office or workspace can be a challenge, especially if it doesn’t have much square footage. Take into account the location of the room within the home; if it’s near an area that gets a lot of use by the family, you’ll likely regret your decision to turn it into an office. The room should have a door, access to the internet, and plenty of light. Keep in mind that even a small space can be turned into an office if you have the right equipment; there are many different kinds of organizational tools and furniture on the market these days that will allow you to function easily no matter how big the room is. 

 

Make It Work for You 

 

Remember that not all home office spaces are made equally. You don’t have to model yours after another; it should be specific to your needs and accessible to you and anyone involved in your business. Many disabled individuals choose to work from home because it’s much easier for them to do so, and if you’re living with a disability, make sure you design your home office to work for your needs. You deserve a space to create and work that is a perfect fit! 

Creating the perfect space for your home-based business is a very personal thing, so take your time and do a little research on your options before making any decisions. Be realistic about what you require and how much you can afford from the very beginning. 

Why wait another minute?

REALLY is a referral processing utility that makes exchanging referrals fast & easy.  Business Professionals who send lots of referrals usually receive lots of referrals.  Use REALLY to make you and your business well known. 

Special thanks to our Co-Author Tina Martin from ideaspired.com.