Pivoting in a Pandemic

    Today is March 27th, and we’ve been in the midst of this coronavirus pandemic for a few weeks now here in the United States. We, like many others all over the world, have been pivoting to adjust our business with the current situation, and we wanted to share an update with some positive, exciting news about the real estate market.

    This week we put 20 homes on the market. (And our expansion teams in markets across the country and in Canada put 6 homes on the market this week.)

    In the last 10 days we’ve signed more than 30 listing agreements with clients who will be listing their homes with us. Some of these clients we’ve met in person, some we’ve met virtually. Here’s just one fun example of how we’ve pivoted to connect and “meet” clients by conducting our business virtually:

    Last week, Bob & Tracy Lucido got a phone call from a couple who have a home in Clarksville. Bob & Tracy sold a house two doors down from theirs last year, and they wanted to talk to us about now listing and selling their home. They live in Florida now, and invited Bob & Tracy to tour the home in Clarksville, so neighbors opened the doors and provided access to the property. Bob & Tracy have had several conversations with these clients virtually, and last night they electronically signed the listing agreement with us. We will be putting their home on the market in two weeks at a list price of $2,975,000.

    When Bob shared this success story with our team he said, “I must admit I had a few limiting beliefs with virtually listing homes, especially listing luxury homes – but it really can happen. Keep the energy and positiveness going, partners. We will thrive and then throw a heck of a party when this is over.”

    We sell a home every 4 hours, so we know what it takes to get homes sold. With our proven seller approach, the Lucido Listing Blitz™, we strategically prepare and effectively market your home to sell.

    Because staged homes sell faster and for more money, we provide a complimentary staging consultation as part of our pre-marketing process to help make your home the best on the block. After you’ve had time to review and implement our stager’s recommendations, we’ll schedule your photoshoot. Our highly-qualified, professionally-trained photographers specialize in making your property look its absolute best. We utilize industry-leading equipment and techniques to produce high dynamic range (HDR) photography, which is ideal for capturing real estate. We then edit, refine, and process the photos to produce high-quality images that captivate buyers. Now with COVID-19, we have incorporated virtual tours and virtual showings. Based on your property’s features, we will craft an appropriate imagery strategy to effectively target your buyer profile.

    COVID-19 affects only ONE piece of this dynamic selling strategy, and we have implemented a virtual way around it. We are confident that we can sell your home during this unprecedented time – and here’s how:

    1. EXPERIENCE. We have been in Real Estate for 43 years. We sell a home every 4 hours, 6 homes a day, and over 37,000 homes total. We have years of experience with previous market crashes, pandemics, global events, and more. We have navigated through similar waters in the past, and have come out thriving.

    2. MARKETING. We provide a professional staging consultation and professional photography to help make your home the best on the block. We aggressively market your home through extensive advertising campaigns comprised of digital, social, geo-targeting, eblast, signage, direct mail, and more. Our website drives 1,000s of viewers per month and we have 1,000s of followers on social media who will be exposed to your active property. We will continue these marketing services during this time, as well as emphasize our digital marketing:

      DIGITAL MARKETING:

      + With nearly 44% of buyers starting their search online and 95% of buyers looking online at some point in their property search, mastering the digital space is a must. From Google AdWords to social media marketing to our SEO-optimized website, your listing will shine online. We take a multi-pronged approach to the digital promotion of your property, using innovative strategies to ensure the right buyers find your property and take action.

      + Multiple List Service (MLS): Any broker/agent throughout the area has the opportunity to sell your property. We will expose your home to every REALTOR® throughout the marketplace.

      + Our Website: Your property will be prominently showcased as a Featured Listing on the homepage of our state-of-the-art website specifically designed to engage consumers and allow them to easily find and view your listing from any device – desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile. Our website is engineered with a user-friendly interface clearly displaying your property highlights as well as other information buyers are looking for – neighborhood and school ratings, price history, a mortgage calculator, and much more.

      + KWLS: Keller Williams’ proprietary, exclusive system (KWLS) ensures your property is marketed online 24/7 through hundreds of the most popular search websites.

    3. VIRTUAL TOURS + SHOWINGS. To ensure the safety of our agents, buyers, and sellers, we are not hosting in-person Open Houses at this time. However, we are implementing VIRTUAL tours and showings. Buyers can tour your home virtually through video, facebook live video, social media, matterport video (if applicable), facetime, and more.

    4. NEGOTIATIONS. Our agents have a reputation of integrity and trusted by both consumers and brokers. When you hire an agent from our team, you are not just working with a trusted, respected agent, but also with a trusted team that has earned a highly-respected reputation in the industry for over 4 decades. Our agents are highly-skilled negotiators, trained with tools, scripts, skills, and practices that work. We strategically price your home right from the start, successfully driving buyer’s attention to your home, creating a bidding war of multiple offers. Negotiating is vital to ensure the sale and goes beyond the initial contract. We provide the best negotiating services to you, in regards to price, home inspection, and more.

                                                   

      Negotiations                       Offers +                       Home Inspection                     Appraisal                       Contract +
      ………………………………Ratification…………………………………………………………………………….Settlement.

    We know what it takes to generate a successful sale.

    We pride ourselves in our proven approach that allows our sellers to achieve their real estate goals by selling their homes in the quickest, most lucrative, most seamless way possible.

    So if you’re looking to buy or sell a home or have questions about the market, contact us today or call 410.465.6900 to connect with us and set up a time to chat or meet virtually with one of our agents.

    Check out how our business has continued to pivot + thrive throughout the past week by viewing this Market Update. 

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