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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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A Miami Copywriter Explains How to Show Off Your Writing Skills

Every agent should understand how to write a listing that sells.

Your listings should be detailed and grab the reader’s attention. The goal is to use a listing as an icebreaker. Avoid sounding like a police reporter by listing technical details and get creative instead.

Creativity is one of those talents that some are blessed with. Being a good writer, however, is a skill you can hone with practice. Start by learning what works and what doesn’t for your target market.  Experiment with words and pay attention to what gains traction. Creativity is what helps you stand out.

Which qualities sell?

Real estate is a highly competitive industry. Every listing should stand out as much as possible. If you’re competing with homes in a neighborhood that have two-car garages, emphasize that your listing has space for three. Open floor plans remain popular, as do homes that have office spaces or pools/outdoor entertaining areas. Cul-de-sac placements, unique energy saving features, and expansion potential should also be highlighted.

Are there exceptional brands?

Kitchens are the heart of the home. More often than not, guests and loved ones gather here rather than the living room or patio. Quality brands make a kitchen luxurious and show off the status of the homeowner. Detail how this beloved space is a chef’s or gourmet kitchen. Don’t go overboard listing all the brands, but a few should be emphasized. Sub-Zero refrigerators, Wolf ovens, and Viking stoves are always crowd pleasers. These names embody quality and are hot-ticket items. Heating systems can also be named; Buderus and Viessmann are top European boilers.

How is the neighborhood?

Location is almost everything in real estate. The house should not be the only focus, as homes go beyond their structures. Neighborhoods have personality and school districts are ranked. Give a brief tour of the neighborhood in about five words. Being in the feeder pattern of an A+ school may be the top selling point. Proximity to museums or five-star restaurants may also be the rock stars of your listing.

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A Miami Copywriter Explains Which Words to Avoid When Generating Real Estate Listings

Every word counts in a real estate listing and the wrong ones are strikes against you. Whether the words are overused to the point of cringe or just confusing, a potential lead may be turned off by your language. They may think that since you are not imaginative/creative with something as powerful as a listing, you won’t come up with innovative ways to market or negotiate, either. Prove them wrong by avoiding the following terms.

Welcome home

Can you feel the cringe coming on? Allow clients to form their own opinions about a property. Write about the features that make it feel like a safe place. Maybe the location is close to highly rated schools and parks. This could also be an opportunity to write about security features or smart home technology.

Priced to sell

Every house is priced to sell. In a hot market, this can work favorably. Otherwise, these words come across as hostile. Have a home properly appraised and set it slightly higher than the appraised value. Most deals include at least one counteroffer that is often five to six percent below asking price. Put the odds in your favor by doing away with this term.

Has great bones 

Agents should present every house in the best light. Many buyers know a property will not be 100 percent to their liking and most are willing to invest in a few updates. To say a home has great bones may cause the buyer to perceive the property as a potential money pit. Focus instead on stellar features such as vaulted ceilings or the home’s proximity to A+ schools.

Charming 

Charming implies to many that the space is compact. Ask yourself what makes the neighborhood or property delightful. It could be a rustic setting, a tree-lined street or architectural details like molding or an intricate staircase. Harness the power of the home’s best features to show off its charm without using this cliche word.

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