The property list, market, sell (repeat) process in the real estate in Maine has changed plenty in the thirty three years I have been wearing the blue and gold "R".
Like any industry, highly specialized and technical happens and you embrace new ways of doing things. Or stay analog in a digital society.
Communications have improved so much with up to the minute what's going on. And everyone is in the circle if online, with an email server to hit anytime.
With updates on what's going to happen next and what each player's role in the real estate hike to the closing involves.
Don't have to tie up lines playing phone tag to convey a message, make a request or one by one tap others on the shoulder in the twist and shout, list and sell process.
The clock is ticking but making better use of the time each day is easier with modern electronics. No more walking the weekly newspaper ad in, just load up an email torpedo, hit send, done.
No more walking in purchase and sale agreements to the attorney and banks, just squeeze them in the copper cable or carrier pigeon them on a wireless signal. Routed to multiply parties at one time.
(Washing hands without water gesture) Moving on to other items on the daily real estate check list. Being flexible like triage to move up something that becomes more priority. Keeping an opening for something new and different that comes in as a walk in.
Imagery is not a black and white Polaroid that in winter you hold under your arm to "cure", develop.
Or thrown on the dash over the defroster in winter months to ta da, appear. It's not 35 mm color taken to and picked up from a printer. It's sky is the limit in creative, wide, big and beautiful billboard size photos. A slew of them. Not just a few because that is not good enough. I have heard real estate agents say only give the buyer a couple images to tease them and don't spill the beans.
Don't tell them everything about the property listing because they won't call. Won't need to and nothing left for dessert. Hello. Take the real estate office to them is what the buyer wants. Everything on the dog and pony road show and seamless. No 9-5 about it, and available for a successful online real estate experience. No matter what the weather, time zone, state or country the real estate buyer is in.
The real estate portal that you open up for your local events, the community happenings is easy with an army of one, being a lone wolf.
Better control of the A to Z process so you are the guy before, after you on the assembly line moving, inching faster to the real estate closing. And the real estate market is not just a few streets in each direction from your real estate office shingle waving in the wind location.
The reach and frequency for a larger customer real estate marketing base is at your fingertips.
Strap on the REALTOR utility belt with the marketing ray gun. Other neat doo dads to make it happen completely. If the modern day real estate professional employs videos with sight and sound from the area, from the property listings one by one. If the blog posts are hunt and pecked, produced daily like this one you are eyeballing, scanning.
Networking in real estate is so much easier thanks to the Internet.
Due to regional, state, national real estate meet ups. Due to more than enough platforms to broadcast from and only limited by your ROI, trial and error to see what works best to increase your signal. The intensity, passion of how you list, market, sell (repeat). It shows through if you love what you do and feel there is more than enough building blocks to arrange, work with and create a real estate experience with happily ever after endings. Over and over.
I live in Maine. Love what I do and how it is done has evolved, but the basics are the same in marketing, in dealing with the public. But the array of high powered systems to do a better job with more ease, time saving maneuvers means more free up chunks of a real estate professionals day to add more components. To create media streams, to harness the information and direct the signal to show and tell, educate and help real estate buyers and sellers achieve their goals, go beyond their expectations saving time, gas, heartache and stress.
Because we all know real estate is an emotional ride for buyers and sellers and it's our job to handle the heavy traffic from listing to closing.
With banks, appraisers, home inspectors, marketing, pricing, and the human side of empathy no matter what the situation, mission, challenge is in peddling properties and matching making listings.