So I was on a coaching call yesterday and asked my Realtor what their biggest fear was around taking more listings. She said talking to them about price and what she offers vs what other Realtors are able to offer.

I said okay lets list all the things other Realtors can do to market a home and we came up with this list:

Open houses
Print advertising
Internet advertising
Sign, lockbox, mls
Brochures inside & out
Realtor tours & luncheons
Lead in signs
Staging ideas
Feedback from showings
Direct mail to neighbors
Calls to neighbors
Target mail/email to buyers and to other Realtors
Reports from internet activity
Communication and updates

I’m sure you can think of a few more ideas that we overlooked but this is the basic list of what we can do to market and advertise a home. So my next question to her was, are you doing all this and if not can you or are you willing to which she said yes.

So, that takes care of any fears or reservations you may have when thinking about what another Realtor can offer that you don’t, right?

Stop allowing that to stop you! If you just like working with buyers and prefer to focus on that, then that’s great! But if you want to build your listing inventory and control your schedule, your time, and your income then focusing on taking more listings is the best way to do that.

There are several ways to find listing leads and we listed those together as well. Here is that list, try to rate yourself on a scale of 1-5 one being you cringe at the thought and 5 being it totally excites you to think about doing it:

Prospecting (calling expireds, fsbos, past clients, sop, just listed, just sold, cold calling, banks, attorney’s,etc)
Open houses
Floor time
Internet / social media
Buying the business / self-promotion
Waiting / hoping for the business
Feeding off other Realtors who are too busy to handle their business
Short sales/foreclosures/distressed properties

If you can do them all and do it efficiently that’s great. My feeling is it’s best to focus on what resonates most with you because if you actually enjoy doing it you will do it better. The key to building a big business is to do whatever it is you do consistently.

The less we focus and worry about what other Realtors are doing and focus on what we need to do to grow our own business the better off we’ll be in every area both professionally and personally.

If you would like to join me for an 8 week course about how to take more listings, how to close more appointments, sell more houses, get more organized, and learn to handle objections more confidently to ultimately take your business to the next level then click here to register:

“Christy Crouch is the co-founder of You’re The Difference Sales & Life Coaching, co-author of the highly acclaimed real estate objection handler book, Now What Do I Say? a collection of more than 400 answers to over 70 of the most common questions and objections faced in the real estate industry. She is still an active agent in Virginia, has participated in closing thousands of transactions in her career, and was inducted in the RE/MAX Hall of Fame for her production. Christy is in the top 2.3% of her marketplace, the mother of two adoring children, a runner, cyclist, and enjoys karate, reading, writing, and spending time with her family in her free time.”