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Getting Started with Your Gallery Wall

This article originally appeared on the BHGRE blog April 2017.

Creating a gallery wall is not only a great way to stay on trend, but creates a customized home. The Better Homes and Gardens Vintage Gallery Wall is ideal for the living room, entryway, or hallway. With just a few frames and nails, blank walls will transform into a beautiful focal point. The key to pulling all the pieces together is a balance of framing, mapping, and spacing. Although gallery walls have a reputation for being difficult, we have provided a few easy steps that will prevent any mishaps or unnecessary holes in your wall.

Frame Them Up

Frames are a great way to get creative or go for a more classic look. Selections can be uniform or eclectic to set the right tone for your statement. Just make sure the frames you choose do not leave an abundance of white space, which can give off a less than designer vibe. These BHG cover prints have been formatted to fit 11-by-14-inch photo frames that include matting for 8-by-10-inch photos. White matting works, but take care not to use cream as it may not be as pleasing to the eye as white. Select black frames with edges at least 1-inch wide. Frames of this type are inexpensive and available at Target, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Walmart, etc. The frames shown here are the Black Belmond Frame with Mat by Studio Décor® from Michaels.com.

Map It Out

Planning is essential to achieving the right look for your gallery wall. Consider the best location for your frames and make sure the gallery fits in with the surroundings. If your home has a fountain or a spectacular view, try not to compete, as a gallery wall might seem out of place there. Pick the grid formation that best fits your space from the options shown below.. Choose a horizontal or vertical orientation for all of your frames. Outer dimensions of the frames should be the same, and take care that mat openings are proportionate. Take the time to map out what works best with the other elements in your space. Use 12 prints over a sofa, or flanking a large mirror. If space is limited, either by windows or ceiling height, use only six or nine frames in your grid.

 Hang Them Up

To plan out the grid on the wall, start by making templates. Trace each frame onto craft paper and cut it out. Mark each template with a dot showing where the picture hanger lies. Use painter’s tape on the back of the templates and stick them to your wall so you can see the layout before nailing. Rearrange as needed and experiment with different spacing options between frames. When spacing frames of this size in a grid, leave about 2-3.5 inches of space between each frame. By using craft paper and tape, you’re not damaging the walls with the nail holes from trial and error. Before removing your templates, double check the alignment with a bubble level. Add nails or screws where you marked the picture hangers, then remove the templates and hang your frames.

Make Adjustments

If you have a large blank wall such as a hallway (as in the photo to the left), you can fill the whole wall. Don’t be afraid to have some frames lower than eye level. When hanging a gallery above a sofa or console table, the bottom row of frames should start 8-10 inches above the back of the sofa or the top of the table. Nails or screws provide the greatest stability but if you need to avoid making holes in the walls, try 3M’s Command™ Large Picture Hanging Strips.



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Colonial Furniture Styles

American Colonial style is a mix of English Gregorian and Native American influences. Original pieces were created in the time when furniture and fabric were exceptional luxuries. With a dash of vintage charm, Colonial furniture is the most traditional of American styles. Marked by minimalistic, high-quality construction with simple lines and rich hues, the style can be updated or remain in classic/true form. 

Kitchen

The spirit of independence is strong in each homespun element from carved wood to pewter hardware for kitchen. With stately design heavily featuring wood and metal, the style of kitchen is cozy and minimalist. Cherry, mahogany or pine wood cabinets and matching floors are the norm/foundation. This look is also customizable. If wood in this space is too bare or neutral, consider a makeover with red paint. If a stain is preferred, deepen the tone to espresso or walnut. Colonial kitchen pieces can also be updated by swapping out standard pewter or tin for brass or nickel. 

Living room

Marked by elegant simplicity, a Colonial living room can be functionally sophisticated. Many pieces were stunningly hand carved and can make a statement in a neutral or colorful space. When possible, opt for Chippendale (ornate style using cabriole legs and claw feet, primarily crafted from mahogany), Hepplewhite (little to no carvings, with a focus on serpentine shapes and cabriole legs) or Sheraton (inlays and painted decorations crowning straight legs) styles of furniture. Textiles for seating could be upholstered in leather or earth tone fabric. A handmade quilt as a throw or wall hanging can work as a sensational accent.  Sisal rugs will fit in with the theme as will ones made from rags for an authentic look. Accent pillows with understand floral embroidery will also work in a Colonial-inspired living room. 

Dining room

Start with spindle back chairs also known as Windsor-style or American Windsor chairs to create a dining room with Colonial flair. Offering a carved seat and widely spaced rods for back support, these humble wooden seats anchored formal eating areas during colonial times. The chair design may be centuries old, but the look is timeless and fits in any contemporary home without looking too retro. However, the classic chair has been updated with a lower back that still supports while being distinct. Traditionalists can stick with the high back for authenticity. Beyond seating, Colonial tables generally have curved/cabriole legs and a planked top that will gain character over the years. Complete the exceptional style with casual tablecloths and a lace runner.  

Bedroom

The phrase sleep tight comes from Colonial times. During that era, a comfortable sleeping surface was made by crisscrossing ropes on a bed frame. A bed with delicately tapered octagonal posts, also known as pencil thin posts, and a canopy offer a bedroom historical charm. Nowadays, the canopy is optional, but it does add flair and warmth. Beds were elevated during this period, so use raisers to achieve the same effect. Make use of the space at the foot of the bed with a vintage trunk that can store extra blankets or be a simple decoration. Another optional is to create a sitting area with up to three chairs anchored by a handmade rug. Top the look off/Put the look to bed with a simple or elaborate/ornate quilt. 

Walls, windows and floors

The traditional colors to match Colonial furniture include mustard, sage, ivories and gray-blue. To further dress up a space, colonists used bead board and wainscoting halfway up the walls and then painted the rest of the surface in nature-inspired hues. Curtains were also popular for style and warmth. For an authentic look, consider muslin or linen with a twine bow. For a modern look, tab curtains on wooden rods will earn compliments. To balance between modern and antique, shutters will work in any home, inside and out. Detailed crown molding and portraits with dark backgrounds will complement this style of furniture.  Without exceptions, floors must be hardwood. They can be restored, but given the rustic nature of Colonial-style, any other option would appear out of place. However, any wood is acceptable. 

Accents

For any room in the house, consider wood bowls, handwoven baskets and brass candlesticks as ideal accents. Stencils were commonplace in Colonial America, taking the place of wallpaper and borders. During this time, pineapple and willow tree motifs were quite popular. Pineapples signaled warm hospitality while willows were symbols of strength and devotion.  Simple chandeliers and wall scones also enhance the timeless look. Lighting should be minimalistic chandeliers of wood, tin, pewter or iron. Simple walls sconces also create an accurate historical ambiance. 

Craft a classic or updated Colonial look with the tips inspired by the July 1958 issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine. 

One-Color Looks to Help Sell Homes

We are all winners in the color game. While there are no guarantees of success, a one-color look is always a crowd pleaser. Monochrome does not have to translate into monotony. The look is easy to do, but challenging to get right. The trick is to vary shades and tints while mixing textures and patterns. 

Colors

The go-to color for monochromatic rooms is white. Glamorous and peaceful, the look is timeless. However, a whole spectrum of color awaits consideration. Blues are serene and popular. Purple is on trend and lighter shades can be soothing, especially in bedrooms. Gray is quiet and contemporary. Pink can be sophisticated if furnishings are kept simple. Black is sedate and elegant. While bright, yellow can be a great selection if done in muted shades. Get inspired by any views your designated space has or colors that already exist in features such as the flooring. Most designers stick to three shades of the selected color. Choose a base shade to define the design, then go one color lighter and one darker to complete a harmonized look. Shades of the same color create depth and definition. 

Textures

Texture increases the power of a room. Designers generally include two to three distinct textures in a space. Use two when you want to emphasize a focal point and three when you want the space to be considered as a whole. In a monochrome look, texture should heavily contrast to bring visual interest and harmony. Rough textures, such as wood or burlap, ground a room with rustic touches. Smooth ones, like glass or stone, set a more refined tone. Paired together, the rough will stand out and be balanced by the elegance of smoother textures. Tray ceilings and crown molding provide texture via architecture. Wood benches, marble countertops and satin loveseats do so with furniture. Other options include greenery, rugs, wallpaper and window treatments to give light surfaces on which to play. 

Patterns

Structured design, big or small, is a great way to vary color within a monochromatic look. Prints can be subtle or bold. Vary the scale to avoid visual clutter and make the space more inviting. Large-scale patterns can mingle with smaller ones within the same hue. A dominant print can be used in artwork or window treatments while complimentary ones can be used for accent pillows and textiles. Express creativity or recent travels with unique or exotic prints. Stripes, paisley, checks and flowers liven or anchor a space. Abstract geometrics are having a banner year for their ability to make almost any space contemporary. Wallpaper is a convenient way to celebrate a bold or subtle motif in the background of a space.  

Create a seamless and tranquil space with a single-color palette using these tips that were inspired by the July 1958 issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine. 

13 Essential Real Estate Marketing Videos You Should Be Making

This article originally appeared in BHGRE’s Be Better blog on August 2017.

The real estate mantra used to be location, location, location. With the impact of social media, it should now be connection, connection, connection. Videos are an excellent way to expand your reach by engaging with those who are interested in either buying or selling.

ComScore recently reported that online videos increase consumer preference by up to 25 percent. With numbers like those, it is time to review 13 of the most popular types of video to expand your reach with every upload. 

1) Interview

Testimonials are essential to building your reputation online. Video is the wave of the future, and it is time to climb aboard! No need to panic when it comes to finding willing participants; past clients are a great resource. If they are happy with your work, they will most likely be open to filming a short testimonial video.

Don’t forget that your colleagues in the real estate industry can also polish your reputation. Ask clients and colleagues for a brief interview explaining your professionalism and results. Make sure to ask sensible questions, like how you personalize the real estate process,  that will result in usable sound bites.

 Include a brief introduction in the beginning so viewers can connect the testimonial with your face. This is not the time to skimp on quality – invest in your future by doing research and selecting professionals who can help you look your best with the right equipment. 

2)  Informational

What is common knowledge to you might be mind blowing to someone else. Become the expert by sharing valuable information with brief, educational videos. If you are not sure what to discuss, it might be best to start with FAQs and do a short video on each answer. 

Brevity is key here as you don’t want to overwhelm viewers. Harness the power of social media by becoming a shareable source of reliable information. Practice your script a few times before going on camera and take the time to figure out which background you will use when positioning yourself as an expert. 

3) Local business reviews

To potential clients, a new neighborhood can be intimidating.  Show viewers the inside scoop on a community by answering the questions you would want to know as a potential buyer. For example, where would you like to eat? Which restaurant is the best and worthy of some viral attention? These types of topics will work to your advantage as people’s loyalty to local eateries are almost as strong as their devotion to local sports teams. This will start a conversation that others will want to join, which might boost your views. 

Local business owners will appreciate the free attention and may give you perks such as the best table when bringing in clients. Other videos can include community features such as great parks or landmarks. 

4) Local culture

Similar to local business videos, local culture videos are a way to showcase the community within a neighborhood. Show off popular gathering spots and those that are charming, such as parks or wishing wells. Ask clients that have just moved into the neighborhood for testimonials.

Every community has at least one event that makes it unique. Parades, celebrations or even a charity garage sale shows neighbors enjoying something that brings them together. Make each neighborhood personable and welcoming with engaging videos. 

5) Livestreaming

People want to see homes in real time and livestreaming is on trend. The advantage here is that it allows you to communicate in real time and engage a broad audience. Virtual open houses can be seen by those who are considering a move to the area. Go with the standard Facebook Live and make sure to create an event page for the property a few days beforehand to emphasize the address and time. 

Repeat the ihouse details multiple times throughout the broadcast. Other livestreaming options include broadcasting a Q & A session. Viewers can engage with you in real time, allowing you to nurture  new client connections.  

6) Listing 

Each listing is unique and should be treated as such. Now, you have the opportunity to share a home’s value with the world. Listing videos are a way to customize how a home is presented to the world. By taking viewers on a private tour, you can engage them with your expertise and welcoming personality. The starting point is figuring out which features of the home are stand-outs. It could be a great pool, Brazilian cherry wood floors or stunning views. 

Pick features that are so amazing they just have to be shared. Center the video on these features and get creative with background music or descriptions. Make your virtual tours must-sees. 

7) Brokerage/office promo 

Bragging, in the case of office promotional videos, will work in your favor. Agents and brokers now have a chance to talk about what makes them special. You can start by discussing the successes you have found in your specialty. Show off any awards you have won and explain their meaning. 

Brokers can discuss culture and why it works in the client’s favor. Be sure to go beyond the clichés – instead, take viewers on a short tour of the office and introduce them around as you would if they were right in front of you. 

8) “About Me”/agent profile

The human connection is the most powerful force on the planet. Harness the desire to know and be known with a video that shows a more personal side. This will not detract from your positioning as an expert as it will make you more human – more likable – to viewers.

 Share personal information that viewers can relate to. You can share that you love dogs or that fishing trips with your parent were a touchstone in your formative years. Once you have made yourself human, start sharing your credentials and why you are passionate about helping others find their ideal home. Stories are also a great way to connect. 

Talk about selling your first home or something industry-related that you are proud of. Future clients will feel as if you are now an acquaintance rather than a stranger. 

9) “How-to” 

A video that demonstrates your expertise is a great educational resource. Share hacks or advice to navigate topics that are complicated for those outside the industry. Ask friends and family for topics, or research which ones are trending on social media. People want to know things like how to pick an agent or how to read an inspection report. SEO counts here, so make sure “how-to” is included in the title. 

Another consideration is whether to have DIY project how-to videos. These can be targeted to Millennials who see DIY projects as an investment in their homes (include stat). Ask local experts to contribute for utmost credibility. To get more shares, show a unique way to do a common project.

10) Housing market updates 

The housing market can be a mystery to clients. Some reports are optimistic while others predict doom. It can be confusing to a person who is unable to decode sets of circumstances on a local or national scale. Clients can be clueless about terms like “buyer’s market” and “seller’s market.”

Whatever it all means, they want to be on the right side of the equation and want a friendly insider – you – to tell them if now is a good time to buy or sell. Give clients and potential leads the inside scoop on trends and rules. By consistently posting videos on the housing market, your clients may start thinking of you as their personal expert, which will lead to  great references. 

11) Humorous

 Explore funny options such as parodies of songs, sketches, and tours with amusing narration. The lesson here is to be careful with jokes and banter. However, if you’re naturally funny, there is a need for humor in the industry. The trick here is not to play the fool. You cannot expect to be taken seriously if you are purposely intending not to be. Make sure viewers know that you are in on the joke.

12) Instagram 

Social media is as much a part of real estate marketing as direct mailing. The key is harnessing the power of platforms and knowing how to reach your audience with curated videos. Instagram takes advantage of the inherently visual nature of real estate.

Content can include listings and open houses. Try to engage followers by giving an inside peek at your life or something personal you would not mind going live for a full day. 

13) Year-in-Review 

Let people know what a good year you have had by putting together a year-in-review video. Highlight your successes over the past 12 months. Include snippets of listings, open houses and events you have sponsored. 

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What is the Color of the Year for 2022?

For the first time, the Pantone Institute has created a brand-new color for the 2022 Color of the Year to define the next 12 months. The newborn hue, Very Peri, is a bright yet complex violet with electric red undertones. Members of the global color authority wanted it to evoke consistent energy and thrills. Some have started calling it the happiest periwinkle around. 

How to pair Very Peri with other colors

The saturated hue is an emotional one. It is perfect as an accent color. Pair with neutrals like taupes or creams. Add a little drama with navy or brown as darker neutrals. Consider using it on pillows, wallpaper or as the main color source in artwork. 

Play around with a multitude of textures, including velvet, leather or grasscloth. The striking hue should inspire bold and dynamic expressions that seek to establish creative communities. 

How to use Very Peri in the bedroom 

Your bedroom should be your sleep sanctuary. If you haven’t done so already, remove all devices and experience deeper quality sleep. Create a sleep-inducing scene with scented candles in Very Peri. Throw on some periwinkle bed sheets or blankets to contrast with white walls.  

How to use Very Peri in the living room

Invest in some big or small art pieces in Very Peri, or paint the walls to wake up a room. You could even add some vases or lampshades for a subtler effect. Put them in darker corners for unexpected vibrance. 

How to use Very Peri in your work area

Most work and study areas use darker tones to convey seriousness. You don’t need to lose all creativity when working – consider adding some joie de vivre with Very Peri curtains. Clock watching can be positive with a stunning vintage wall clock. 

How to use Very Peri in the dining room

Half the fun of hosting is presenting your culinary creations. Jazz up surroundings with Very Peri tablecloths. Pair with darling serviettes, leaving white napkins in the cabinet. 

Besides ensuring your dining room is spick and span, you can enhance the look by draping the dining table with a Very Peri-coloured tablecloth.

Gear up to surprise your guests with cute serviettes in this gorgeous shade. Ditch the regular white napkins and choose to go the Very Peri way.

How to use Very Peri in the kitchen 

Americans are moving away from all-white kitchens. If you are not ready to make that type of commitment, buy some crockery in Very Peri. Set the table with gold cutlery for a stunning aesthetic. 

How to use Very Peri in the bathroom

Add some pizzazz to your bathroom. Replace hand towels with those in Very Peri. Transform a compact space with a periwinkle shower curtain for a more relaxing vibe. 

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How to Sell a Lakefront Property

A lake house provides the perfect balance of fun and quiet. As a real estate agent who may know every cove by road or water, you know these luxe homes are highly coveted by a certain type of buyer. However, a one-size-fits-all approach will not close the deal. 

Potential buyers may want to go fishing or take the boat out every day.  They may be imagining drinking their morning coffee on the deck. You already know more or less what they are envisioning so use that to design a sales plan. 

Let’s explore how to create a lifestyle vision for your ideal buyer. 

What to clean 

Clear everything and anything that is blocking the path to the dock and shoreline. That means trash, fishing lines, discarded floats and plastic bags. 

Windows should sparkle to show off picturesque views of the lake. 

Make all windows sparkle. And don’t forget the boathouse, garages and storage constructions need to be pristine. 

Have a patio set up and some lounge chairs to show off lakeside living. Grills and a jet ski or canoe visible around the dock will let the buyer pool see how much fun they can have. 

Questions to ask: 

What is the orientation of the house? 

Where the sun rises and sets has a tremendous impact on the activities of the home. The deck may need sun protection. Winds may impact the heating of the home. 

Which type of lake is it? 

Include whether the lake has a rocky, sandy or muddy bottom. Talk about how busy the lake is during each season and which recreational activities are popular. Some lakes are perfect for kayaking, boating, fishing, diving, water fowl hunting and water skiing. 

Talk about mosquito season and the local wildlife. Discuss the variation in water levels based on the season and whether duckweed is a problem. Let the buyer pool know if there are local ordinances around noise or zoning. 

Is there a lake association?

A homeowner’s association or other organization may be in charge of the lake. Do some research into which situations they handle and their reputation. They may have some restrictions that need to be relayed. Most of the time, an association is a good thing. 

Will the property be used for a vacation home or primary residence? 

The top rule of real estate is to know your buyer pool. Cater marketing to their differing needs. Vacationers may not need to know the lake’s weather patterns, but year-round residents do. 

Check that the property’s HVAC and plumbing are winterized. 

How secluded is the property? 

Grocery stores, medical care, highways and dining options can be a few miles or hours away depending on the lake’s location. Some buyers may thrive in isolation while others couldn’t bear it. 

The right marketing plan helps you stand out in the luxe home niches. Keep your pipeline full and convert leads with high-end, quality copy and content. Call me at 786-208-0451 to dominate the luxe niche today.  

Create a Master Marketing Plan

Use a written marketing plan to get direction, motivation and goals to take your career and reputation to the next level.

Define objectives

Attainable goals are building blocks for success. Declare your vision for yourself as an agent, such as being the top producer in the area, entering a certain niche or earning a specific amount of money. Get more specific, such as getting 25 listings in the next year or receiving referrals from 40 percent of your network of past clients and industry professionals. 

Establish the target market

The next step is to determine your target market. The audience might be a certain age, such as Gen X buyers or retirees. Target a specific income bracket, such as first-time home buyers or luxury property buyers and sellers. Or explore the niche of non-commuters in various professions who might want to live in the area to be close to work. 

Focus on a niche geographic area. Research so you can be ready to offer insights about the housing market, financing and other areas of interest.

Know what makes you stand out

Dive deep into the market and competing agencies. Understand your competitors better by defining your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWAT). Write a mission statement based on your business value, philosophy and uniqueness. 

Generate a list of your qualifications and assets, such as knowledge about a specific niche, participation in a community or professional group, and educational accomplishments. Incorporate them into your marketing efforts. Speak in a way that resonates with your target audience.

Choose a message and media

Offer ideas, solutions, and valuable information based on your niche’s top two needs and considerations, such as security and a luxury lifestyle. Find out where they come to gather information, such as social media sites, local publications, educational sessions at local groups, and more. 

Develop marketing campaigns using these media choices. Include contact information with a link to your website and blog. Choose a consistent day to publish blog articles and post on social media. Include videos, market updates, the latest listings, and community happenings that might interest your target group.

Set a schedule and budget

Transform leads into clients with consistency. Schedule two or three specific marketing campaigns, such as email, text messages, and posting and sharing blog articles. Consistency makes your personal brand recognizable. Include a call to action so people know what to do. Figure out a marketing budget and its details. 

For example, busy agents might want to outsource blog article writing to me so they can always have great content ready to go for the next few months. 

Measure the progress

Measure the results of each marketing strategy by using letter codes to track mailings, for example. Ask callers how they found out about you. Create a landing page for online marketing efforts. If a strategy doesn’t work, stop spending money on it. Redirect your efforts to a different method, such as distributing brochures to local businesses or speaking at seminars and events.

Control the plan

You must exercise control over the marketing plan. Changing market conditions may impact your target market and how to reach out to potential customers. Be flexible and stay in control of the plan at all times. Although the plan is designed to provide discipline to achieve or exceed your goals, flexibility is also crucial to staying successful in a constantly evolving industry.

Write the guidebook to your career’s future. Always be open to finetuning your plan and approach. Keep track of your results and make periodic updates/upgrades to claim more sales and referrals. 

As the former copywriter for Better Homes and Gardens®Real Estate, I know how to make your marketing plan work for you. Call me at 786-208-0451 so we can get started today! 

How to Write Real Estate Agent Bios

Writing about yourself is never easy. You may be hesitant to brag, but if you understand how to write a real estate agent bio skillfully, potential buyers and sellers will feel like they are meeting an old/new friend. Keep in mind it is okay to brag if it relates to the reader. 

How to write agent bios

Expect to spend some time on your real estate agent bio. If you are a new real estate agent, don’t worry. You still make a great first impression. 

Knowing how to write a real estate agent bio is intimidating, even if you have years of experience. The most important sense you must generate is one of trust when writing your real estate agent bio. 

How to write agent bios

You will be chosen if you can convey that you will always have your client’s best interest top of mind. It will then be considered if you know how to negotiate the best price possible for them. And you must give off the understanding that you understand their market and pain points. 

Veterans should focus on their stellar track record of buying and selling homes. First-year agents can and should highlight their knowledge of the market until they gain more experience. 

How to write agent bios

In short, your bio needs to make you be perceived as a trustworthy person who understands the market. You must deliver an agent experience that your niche wants. If 80 percent of your niche wants it, highlight their desires in your bio. 

Make your real estate agent bio as SEO-friendly as possible. Why does this matter? Well, 70 percent of buyers and 75 percent of sellers use the web to find their ideal real estate agent. Your bio belongs on Instagram, your website, Facebook, LinkedIn and every piece of collateral. 

How to write agent bios

By writing the best real estate agent bio, your website can be a lead-converting machine. You need to stand out and convey trust. Keep reading to find out how to write a real estate agent bio that works for you 24/7. 

Real estate agent bios that speak to your niche 

Take into consideration that your target market has certain preferences when it comes to picking which real estate agent they want to work with. If you are a luxury real estate agent, make sure to have your bio polished for the Ivy League and startup crowd. 

Keep in mind that every niche within your niche has preferences. Those looking for vacation homes in the Bahamas want to know that you have ties to the island. The same way you have taken the time to select a great profile pic, you must also choose your words carefully. 

How to write agent bios

Let’s pretend there is an agent named Naomi Xavier who has 25 years’ experience as the top seller of Cape Cod-style homes in Malibu. 

Short version 

“From celebrities to foreign investors and everyone in-between, Naomi Xavier has been known as the top seller of Cape Cod-style homes in Malibu for the past 25 years. As a member of Hotwell Banker’s Malibu Colony office and the International Estates Director, Naomi has amassed $4 billion in career sales. She has been featured on <insert name of real estate-centric reality show/ HGTV’s Malibu Listings > alongside her husband and partner, Alexander Morten.” 

 Long version

“From celebrities to foreign investors and everyone in-between, Naomi Xavier has been known as the top seller of Malibu homes for the past 25 years. As a member of Hotwell Banker’s Malibu Colony office and the International Estates Director, Naomi has amassed $4 billion in career sales. She has been featured on HGTV’s Malibu Listings alongside her husband and partner, Alexander Morten.”

These achievements have helped Naomi earn membership into the prestigious Society of Golden Laurels, Hotwell Banker’s highest honor for their top 1 percent of international real estate agents. Naomi’s record-breaking listings and sales have made her the subject of profiles in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Forbes magazine and the Wall Street Journal

Naomi has been internationally recognized as an expert in all things luxury. She has been a staple on HGTV’s Malibu Listings and featured in Vogue magazine for its yearly predictions on design trends.” 

Naomi knows her niche and how to best serve them. She understands that Malibu isn’t in everyone’s price range and is fine with that. She speaks only to her market in person/on television and global publications. 

Naomi’s expertise in high-ticket coastal homes resonates with those who want to live in the highly coveted zip codes 90263, 90264 and 90265. 

How to write agent bios

Naomi isn’t afraid to niche. You shouldn’t be, either. 

Answer these questions when writing your agent bio: 

  1. Do you prefer working with first-time homebuyers, holiday home buyers or seasoned buyers?
  2. Are buyers or sellers your preference? 
  3. How deep into the luxury market do you want to go? 
  4. Which geographical areas do you have experience in? 
  5. Who do you want to serve? 

Your bio should answer all these questions because you want to build trust and crush any objections. 

Make a list of your niche’s potential objections

What worries them about buying or selling their home? 

Which anxieties do they have when choosing a real estate agent? 

Why would they be hesitant to work with you? 

Address these concerns in your bio and assure them that you are trustworthy. 

How to write agent bios

How to write a real estate agent bio for rookies

Being a first-year agent has a wealth of challenges. The first one being confidence. While there is a multitude of agents promoting their decades of experience, paint the picture your niche is looking for to get leads. 

Buyers and sellers want a smooth experience. They want someone they trust to handle their home situation while they continue living their life. 

Give them their dream agent experience. Negotiate on their behalf like your life depends on it and put money in their pocket while handing them the keys to their next home. 

How to write agent bios

Do this by understanding their fears and aspirations. Know what is important to them. 

I have written agent bios for top agents and brokerages. Call 786-208-0451 to schedule a discovery call to start making your bio work for you 24/7. If you want a template to help you write your bio, click here

How to Write Real Estate Descriptions

Being a storyteller is essential because everything you do as an agent is marketing. Why write better listings? Telling a story with your listings provides the opportunity to engage, build trust and improve your marketing. 

How to write real estate descriptions

You wouldn’t show up to an open house without shoes. The same goes for the copy and content that will make your properties stand out. Good real estate descriptions are essential to showing that you care about details. 

When you rely only on photos, you are wasting the opportunity to craft a story for your listing. People buy the lifestyle, not the home. You may not know how to write real estate descriptions that convert but keep reading to find out what matters most when writing real estate listing descriptions. 

Let’s explore

  • reframing negatives
  • following Fair Housing guidelines
  • generating compelling headlines
  • writing riveting opening statements
  • leading with features and benefits

Reframing negatives 

When writing real estate listing descriptions you may be tempted to only show the positives of the house to make the sale. This strategy can damage your credibility. Spin negatives into positives by understanding no home is perfect. 

How to write real estate descriptions

A small bedroom can be spun as a potential home office. Closed-off floor plan? It is now the perfect home for those would need privacy. Stress how separate rooms can be crafting rooms or libraries. 

If a home does not have a sizable yard or abundant natural light, highlight nearby parks. A note must be included to be accurate about renovations. New countertops do not even come close to being portrayed as full kitchen renovations.

Being honest with a positive spin enhances your reputation and will sell the home to the right buyer. 

Follow every Fair Housing guideline

Every real estate professional knows the mere mention of race, national origin, gender, disability or familial status when real estate listing descriptions is taboo. Don’t write, “This family-friendly home is perfect for parents of small children,” or “Given its proximity to local Asian communities, you will have access to the best dim sum in the city.” 

How to write real estate descriptions

Learning how to write real estate descriptions is easy once you know the basics. 

  • Headline
  • Opening statement
  • Narrative description of features
  • Call to action

Generate compelling headlines

Start by matching your lead photo and headline. Avoid overpromising and keep it simple for effective real estate copywriting. Choose the best two or three words to describe your listing. 

How to write real estate descriptions

Do this by making a list of adjectives and whittle it down to two words. Figure out what your unique selling point (USP) is. This could be natural surroundings or what the neighborhood is famous for. 

For example, Maine is the single largest producer of blueberries. Weave that into your headline. Examples include Wild Blueberry Estate or Blueberry Hills.  

Define at least one unique selling point (USP) of your listing when real estate copywriting. The USP determines the tone and scope of your listing copy. Luxury properties are all distinct; however, they have similarities. 

How to write real estate descriptions

For example, a wine cellar is not unique enough to be a USP. A wine cellar that has dual zones, a solid mahogany door, dark tiled floors and a biometric security system, on the other hand, is noteworthy. A pool on its own is not so special, but a pool that has won multiple design awards is. 

Rivet with the opening statements

What appeals most to your niche? Use that to write the story of your listing. It could be the location, architectural style, size of the property, and the number of bedrooms and extras, such as the garage and updates. 

How to write real estate descriptions

Think golf aficionados, nature lovers, entertainers and boaters. Car enthusiasts want to hear how many stalls a garage has. Big families deeply care if their kids will have to share a bathroom. 

Nature lovers are concerned with knowing how far they can walk on the property without being disturbed and which type of scenery the property provides. City dwellers are interested in which skylines they can drink their morning coffee to. Entertainers want to know if their parties will focus on a pool, patio, fireplace, dining room, yard or garden.  

Example: 

Exquisite Details

This custom Todd Johnston-built home in the Founders Club of Sarasota, Florida, offers exquisite details. A columned entryway, large-profile tile floor, coffered ceiling, art niches and a gas fireplace with a beautifully detailed stone surround with lighted built-in shelves are just some of the refined touches that can be found at this three-bedroom estate.

Lead with features and benefits

Balance features and benefits. Features are fact-based and cannot be disputed. In contrast, benefits evoke feelings. A state-of-the-art alarm system is a feature, while feeling safe is a benefit. 

How to write real estate descriptions

Buyers and sellers justify their feelings through facts. Present features as straightforwardly as possible and leave benefits somewhat open to interpretation.

Be as specific as possible when it comes to the features and benefits of a property for the best real estate copywriting. To get started, make a list of features and their corresponding benefits. 

Feature: wine cellar crafted from the oak ceiling of a 14th century nunnery. 

Benefit: wine cellar offers the security of being able to buy more vintages and trophy bottles. 

Copy: Show off your collection to other oenophiles/wine connoisseurs. 

Remember that number of bedrooms and bathrooms, square footage, size of the lot, location, extras (pool, garden, fireplace, etc.), recent renos (appliances, doors, floors, etc.), and unique characteristics (lakefront lot, scenic views, etc.) are what potential buyers want to now right away. 

Call to action

Once you have piqued the interest of your potential buyers and wowing them knowing how to write real estate descriptions, give them a way to act. This could be a phone call or text. Do what works well in your niche and do your best to respond right away. 

How to write real estate descriptions

Now you have a better idea of the basics on how to write real estate descriptions. This type of copy can take quite a while to master. Running low on time? Call me now at 786-208-0451 to start generating your listings so you can spend more time nurturing clients. 

You can also purchase my ebook on writing listings that convert or check out all of my templates.

How to Write a Press Release

Press releases have thrived in the digital age because they are still a powerful marketing tool. Also known as a news release, they help any business get the word out about an event, promotion and your side of a story in case crisis management is needed. Knowing how to write a press release will manage the perception of your business.

How to write a press release

What is a press release? 

A news release is a short document that spreads the word about something important to you. Sharing it with the press and other media outlets is essential. You need an account to eReleases.com or another paid site. 

You also have the option of pitching to journalists and editors once you know to write a press release. A pitch is just a cover letter summarizing the content and explaining why your press release is newsworthy. There is zero guarantee that it will be accepted and/or published. 

How to write a press release

Reasons to send a press release

  1. Media outlets have extensive reach to bring attention and awareness to your listings. 
  2. Relationships can be built with journalists and media outlets. 
  3. SEO-friendly releases are essential to ranking given the possibility of so many backlinks. 
  4. Your image is everything; press releases allow you to control how your business is viewed. 

What is newsworthy content? 

Anything you want to publish should be: 

  • impactful 
  • urgent
  • recognizable
How to write a press release



Two out of the three factors will make your piece newsworthy

Here are a few ways to stand out: 

Do research 

Ask what people are searching for and use an SEO keyword tool like SEMrush to understand the data needed to be picked up. 

Give an exclusive

Pair a scoop with data for journalists to be willing to work with you.

Newsjack 

Take a piece of existing news and insert yourself to increase your relevancy. If everyone you know is moving to Texas from California, weave yourself into that news narrative to gain traction. 

Get into their feelings

What does your targeted market really care about? Don’t judge. Craft your press release to make it something that gets a response. 

How to write a press release

Press release format 

  1. headline
  2. lede
  3. body paragraphs 
  4. quotes
  5. boilerplate
  6. contact details

Headline

  • Action verbs
  • Active voice
  • Summarize everything 

If you’re still struggling with your headline when learning how to write a press release, you could always try a headline analyzer to give you an idea of where you stand.

Q Link Wireless Stands United with You

The Q Link Wireless Friday Deal Is Here–Score This Stellar Deal While Supplies Last

Q Link Wireless Helps Those Who Are Unemployed

Sign Up for Q Link Wireless If You Already Participate in Medicaid

Q Link Wireless’s Newly Expanded 5G Network Is Now Serving Mississippi Residents

Lede

You may have heard the expression, “Don’t Bury the Lede” a few times in your life. This is essentially the hook of your press release. In 35 to 45 words, you must condense the whole point of your press release. 

How to write a press release

It answers the 

  • who 
  • what
  • why
  • where 
  • when

your readers will want to know. 

Body paragraphs 

Once your lede has been solidified, develop your body paragraphs. This must include all the details of your story. Pick your keywords and weave them throughout the body paragraphs. Pack a punch early on with the most relevant details first. 

How to write a press release

Quotes

Include at least two quotes in your body paragraphs. Quotes also give your press release personality and, more importantly, personality. Each one must fit in the context of your press release. 

How to write a press release

Boilerplate

The short paragraph that goes at the bottom of your press release is just your business’s mission statement, condensed facts and goals. Check out the one I wrote for when I worked at a telecom company: 

About Q Link Wireless

Q Link Wireless is a pioneer in the telecommunications industry. The company understands that wireless communication is a right and life essential to connect with loved ones, employers, schools and emergency services. Q Link Wireless is able to offer free and discounted wireless services because they are an approved provider of the federal Lifeline Assistance program. The Lifeline Assistance program was created in 1984 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under Ronald Reagan and updated in 1996. It allows low-income individuals who cannot afford a mobile phone to obtain one at affordable rates, ensuring they have basic communication services that help them live safely and productively. The Lifeline Assistance program is funded by collective fees that make up the Universal Service Fund (USF). These USF fees are collected by all wireless service providers. Created in 1997 by the FCC, the USF meets universal service goals to monetarily contribute towards the safeguarding and advancement of accessible and reasonable communication services.

Media contact details

Do not put your private cell phone number on a press release unless you want strangers calling you late on Saturday night. Give your email address and hope for the best. 

How to write a press release

Final press release tips 

Know your goals

Think like your target market

Pivot your pitch 

Post on Tuesdays between 9 a.m. and noon. 

Get maximum media exposure with Siren Publications. You can purchase my press release template or call me at 786-208-0451 to discuss your needs.