Building your network is critical when it comes to starting out as a new real estate agent. As a new agent, however, it can seem overwhelming. Where do you even begin?
Read below as we provide a few tips when it comes to building your real estate network.
Create a website for your real estate business
Though it will be an initial investment, creating a personalized website for your real estate business will add credibility behind your name. Often with new real estate agents, their online presence is nonexistent resulting in distrust with potential clients. We know what you’re thinking, a professionally designed website will cost thousands of dollars, but there are actually many affordable options out there.
Squarespace and Wix are two website platforms that make it easy for anyone to design a website. All you have to do is pick a theme, add your logo, fill in the text boxes, and add images! It may not look perfect, but a simple website will be better than nothing. Once your business is thriving, you will be able to afford to hire a website designer to build a custom website for you.
Social media presence is essential
Like a website, social media presence is very important when it comes to building trust with future clients. Brand recognition is vital when starting any new business, especially real estate when buyers are making a big, costly decision. Social media is an easy way to boost trust with potential clients.
Social media can be used to share knowledge about the current market, engage with current and potential clients, and share more about yourself. Getting involved in social media trends can increase trust and your reach which means more clients! Stay active on social media by posting and engaging daily and responding to messages in a timely manner.
Join local networking groups and attend events
By joining local networking groups and organizations, you can keep in touch with other real estate professionals and up to date with current market trends. As a new real estate agent, you’ll be able to learn so much from seasoned realtors. Their experiences and knowledge are invaluable when it comes to your own real estate business.
Attending these networking events provides the perfect opportunity to connect with your peers and build friendships in the industry. Knowing each other’s complementary talents will allow for collaboration in the future. You’ll never know when someone’s talents and connections will come in handy for your business and vice versa. Instead of working against each other, work with each other to better serve your community.
Get involved in your community
Along with local networking groups, getting involved with your community is a great way to build your network. Connecting with your community is not only a great way to give back, but it will also open up many networking opportunities. Working with small organizations, charities, and nonprofits is also a great way to present yourself and your business. As people, we are attracted to businesses and those who are involved and giving back to their community.
Surround yourself with great people
Surrounding yourself and your business with great people is essential in the real estate world. Often, clients will look to you for recommendations when it comes to vendors. For instance, they probably won’t know any home inspectors, so they’ll expect you to recommend someone trustworthy. Same goes for plumbers, contractors, roofing companies, anyone they need in the home buying and selling process. Networking with people in these industries will allow you to create your go-to list for client recommendations.
In addition, as your internal team begins to grow, choosing the right team is very important as they are a direct representation of your business. Make sure they can be trusted and come with great endorsements.
Thinking of starting your real estate career?
Please give us a call at (574) 551-0316 or visit the contact page on our website to reach out to us. We’d love to answer any questions you have about the real estate industry and networking in the real estate world.