Take your “real estate professional” hat off for a second.
Picture yourself as a homeowner who is beginning to think about selling his or her house.
What are you looking for in a listing agent?
At the very base level, what’s most important to you when preparing to sell your largest investment?
It’s not a trick question. It’s really simple, actually.
Here’s what I think it is:
Does this person know what they’re doing?
Have they done this before?
Convey Confidence Through Experience
Homeowners are looking to feel confident their largest financial asset is in capable hands.
Deliver that confidence, and you’re 90% of the way there.
“Okay, I’ll make sure to emphasize my experience in my listing presentation…”
No! No! No! No! No!
You only end up on a listing presentation AFTER they’ve done all their research.
You only end up on a listing presentation AFTER they’ve whittled their list down to a few agents.
You only end up on a listing presentation AFTER they’ve called you and happened to catch you when you could answer your phone.
This is their most important criteria when looking for an agent. It’s the first thing they’re looking for when assembling their list of potential agents.
So if you haven’t already demonstrated your experience to them, you’re already too late… Waaaaaay too late!
How to Prove Your Track Record… Proactively
The key to overcoming this dilemma is being proactive.
It’s about getting out in front of the decision-making process.
It’s about not waiting for people to ask you about what you have to offer, but instead putting it in front of them unsolicited.
And it can be done with one simple marketing tactic.
“Proof of Success” marketing piece.
The key is to visually convey ALL of your 2017 sales in early 2018.
You can do it with photos and descriptions of all the homes you sold.
You can use a mix of photos and maps.
It’s also a great idea to include any glowing reviews you received throughout the year.
Basically you’re trying to present your case to prospective clients by demonstrating how productive and helpful you were in 2017.