Published by Kartik Subramaniam
The best real estate agents know that it is virtually impossible to become an expert on all real estate throughout the entire state. California (and basically every other state) is just too large to try and get significant market share in an area that big.
While you had classes at a California specific real estate school your real estate practice should be far more focused. Just because your license allows you to sell real estate throughout the entire state, does this mean you should try to sell in San Diego, Oakland and Los Angeles all at the same time?
Instead of trying to conquer the entire state, successful agents try and build hyperlocal market share within a particular city, specific neighborhood or even on a specific street or building to establish market dominance.
How is this done and why is this important?
Building hyperlocal market share involves establishing a strong presence and reputation in a specific geographic area, with the goal of becoming the go-to real estate agent for a particular community or area. As I mentioned earlier, it’s easier to pick up market share in a small localized farm than throughout an entire city, county or state.
Some real estate agents might call this local marketing “farming”. As a Realtor, farming involves establishing a strong presence in a specific geographic area. By focusing your efforts on a specific niche, you can become an expert in the local market and build a strong client base over time by building hyperlocal market share.
Here are some strategies that will help you build this local market share:
Focus on a specific area: When a real estate agent has focus, it means that s/he has a clear understanding of priorities, objectives, and target customers, and is committed to pursuing them with a high degree of discipline and consistency. Choose a specific neighborhood or community and be disciplined enough to focus your marketing efforts on that area. Become an expert in the local market, and make sure you understand the unique features and selling points of each property and model in the community. Get so good at understanding the floorpans and nuances of the neighborhood that when an owner tells you they have the 3-bedroom model you can ask them if it’s the one with the laundry area upstairs or in the garage because you know the floor plans so well. When a Realtor has a strong local presence, they are seen as an expert in the local real estate market which establishes credibility with potential clients, as potential clients are more likely to trust and hire a Realtor who has a deep understanding of the local market and appears committed to the area.
Attend local events: Attend local events and community gatherings to network and get to know the people in the area. Consider sponsoring a neighborhood event or local sports team to increase your visibility. Attending local events can help the individual real estate agent connect with potential clients. When agents engage with residents at these local events, they are more likely to be viewed favorably and become a familiar face within the community.
Use social media: Use social media to showcase your knowledge of the local market and engage with potential clients. Share local news and events, and use local hashtags to make your content more discoverable. Local hashtags are hashtags that are specific to a particular geographic area or community. These hashtags are used to help categorize content and make it easier for users to discover posts related to a particular location or event. For example, if you are a Realtor in Los Angeles, you might use local hashtags such as #losangeles, #LA, or #LAlocal to help your posts appear in searches related to the local area. By using local hashtags, you can increase the visibility of your posts among people who are interested in or located in the same area. When using local hashtags, it's important to choose hashtags that are relevant to your business and audience. Avoid using hashtags that are too broad or generic, as this can make it harder for your posts to be discovered by people who are interested in your specific niche or industry. Additionally, be sure to include a mix of local and industry-specific hashtags to maximize your reach and connect with the right audience.
Send targeted mailings: Send targeted mailings to residents in the area, highlighting your expertise in the local market and offering your services. Targeted mailings can help establish credibility with potential clients. By providing information about the local real estate market and highlighting the realtor's expertise in the area, targeted mailings can help potential clients view the Realtor as a trusted resource and expert in the local market. There are real estate specific mailing services like Farming Cards that can assist with printing and mailing.
Partner with local businesses: Partner with local businesses and organizations to cross-promote your services. Consider offering a referral program to incentivize business owners to refer clients to you. Create joint marketing materials, such as brochures or flyers, that feature both you the Realtor and the other business. This can help both businesses reach a wider audience and establish themselves as a valuable resource in the community.
Offer community resources: Create community resources such as local market reports, school district information, and guides to local businesses and attractions. Share these resources on your website and social media, and use them to establish yourself as a trusted resource for the community. When potential clients see that a real estate agent is providing valuable resources and information about the local area, they may be more likely to choose that real estate agent over others who are not offering similar resources.
Provide exceptional service: Above all, provide exceptional service to your clients. Word-of-mouth referrals are key in building hyperlocal market share, and satisfied clients can be a powerful source of new business. Remember that when you play the hyperlocal game reputation and word of mouth spread quickly.
Remember that building hyperlocal market share takes time and effort, but by focusing on a specific area and establishing yourself as an expert in the local market, you can attract more clients and grow your business over time.
If you want more tips as a new real estate agent to grow your career, I would recommend reading our Guide To Starting Your Real Estate Business.
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