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9 Aug 21

The Essentials for Marketing your Home – A Guide for Sellers

Your home has never looked so good – the windows are washed, hedges are trimmed, and you have got the interior looking like it just jumped out of the pages of a magazine. But how do you let the world know your beloved piece of paradise could be theirs? It all starts with a meticulously planned marketing and advertising strategy to create awareness and the all-important auction day demand. Here at First National Real Estate, we’ve got a firm handle on the essential elements for successfully marketing your home. Here are our 10 top tips.

 

1. Make sure you’re selling the right benefits.

Selling the right benefits is all about knowing who your potential buyer is. By understanding what makes them tick and what they’re looking for in a home, you can tailor your communication to pique their interest. For example, if your key audience is young families, you’ll want to scream and shout about the fully fenced, level backyard, or that park that your home backs on to. If your potential buyer is a retiring down-sizer, communicating that it is a single level home with low maintenance gardens and brick exterior is more likely to hit the mark. Once you’ve identified who you are talking to and found the benefits to match, you’re ready to start adapting these messages for different marketing and advertising environments.

 

2. A (property) picture speaks a thousand words.

Beautiful, professional imagery is worth its weight in gold. Real estate photographers know how to capture a property at its best – it’s all about the angles, the wide lenses and getting the lighting just right. In fact, they’ll often make your home look so good you’ll wonder why you’re selling at all! Amazing home photography aside, it’s worth snapping local amenities like parks, dining precincts and more for buyers that are unfamiliar with the immediate area.

 

The essentials for marketing your home - a guide for sellers drone

 

3. Boost your impact with a video tour.

As above, visual content is key to presenting your home for sale. Adding video content takes this to the next level, and according to this article, property listings that include video receive over four times more enquiries than those without. While the real estate sector has embraced video for a while now, the pandemic has seen a significant surge in digital adoption. Newer technologies like drone footage to showcase the surrounding area, and 360-degree videos like those offered by professional photographers and videographers are enhancing the buyer experience and having a positive impact on enquiries.

 

4. Social media isn’t just for socialising.

Regardless of whether you’re personally a fan of social media or not, Facebook, Instagram and even TikTok are fantastic platforms for reaching large audiences. Platforms like Facebook enable advertisers to tightly target audience profiles (from geographic locations, to gender, age group and interests) so you can ensure your message gets in front of potential buyers. Aside from paid advertising, it always pays to share amongst your own network and our First National Real Estate networks too.

 

5. Maximise digital exposure.

While not all properties make it to market (that’s why it’s always worth a call to your local First National Real Estate office if you’re after something specific), those that do always start with a listing on the First National Real Estate website. From there, key portals like Domain and Realestate.com.au follow to ensure maximum exposure. For buyers who may not be looking at neighbouring suburbs, First National Real Estate can serve advertisements in their search results featuring your home. This has proven to be an effective method to extend listings beyond a buyer’s initial consideration set and drive increased enquiries.

 

The essentials for marketing your home - a guide for sellers looking at houses online

 

6. Leverage our email database.

With over 300 offices nationwide, First National Real Estate has a vast database that can be leveraged to sell your home. From simply directing people to your home listing or directing them to a bespoke property website that includes a property video and stunning imagery to showcase your property, there are options to suit all sales.

 

7. Get in front of potential buyers as they roam the internet.

While the days of property print campaigns aren’t dead, digital advertising provides unparalleled transparency and real-time feedback that print just can’t compete with. Ads featuring your property can be served as potential buyers browse on major publishing platforms like your capital city newspapers, as well as local newspaper print, and even as they visit retail sites or perform Google searches. With some decent analytics behind a digital campaign, you’ll be able to see how much it costs to draw people to your listing (known as cost per click) and gauge real-time results.

 

8. Embrace new technologies.

Property marketing is continually evolving, and as generations of digital natives begin to grab hold of the property ladder, things are set to become even more digitally led. For one, with virtual reality becoming more accessible, future buyers will be able to skip the open homes and walk-through potential properties from the comfort of their living room. While it can be tricky to keep up with emerging trends (like these from our recent blog), at First National Real Estate, we have a team dedicated to marketing and digital – so you don’t have to. We’re confident in embracing new tools, resources and technology that help to achieve the best outcomes.

 

The essentials for marketing your home - a guide for sellers virtual reality

 

9. Don’t underestimate a good old fashioned ‘for sale’ sign.

A well-designed sign will generate phone calls and can drum up interest from those passing by (who may not actively be home hunting or considering your neighbourhood). Signage can be particularly effective if you’re located on a road with high traffic.

First National For Sale Sign

 

10. Engage the experts for a tailored approach.

Each property is unique and needs to be treated that way. With a wealth of experience, First National Real Estate is equipped to effectively market homes in a rapidly changing landscape. Whether it’s utilising the latest technologies or sticking with a traditional approach, we expertly adapt our marketing strategy to capture the attention of your potential buyers. By staying abreast of trends and innovations in the real estate space, we are equipped to ensure the best return on investment for your marketing dollar. Our award-winning team has an approach centred around driving demand, creating healthy competition and ultimately, generating the best sales results for you.

 

 

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