Mastering the Merchandising Review
By Julie Escobar
Using visuals when giving presentations helps you effectively communicate with your client or customers. They lend an extra layer of authority to the conversation, appeal to the both the “listener” in the room and the “visual” person in the room (and if there are a husband and wife or more than one person who is a decision maker – there’s usually one of each!), and it help you and your ‘audience’ to stay ON TRACK.
Working with Expireds is almost always a great listing-generating activity. Granted, some are disillusioned, some worried and some flat out angry that they didn’t get the results they wanted the first time around. But most of the time – they’re still motivated to sell. One of the first things you have to do is to help them figure out the “WHY” for their dilemma. Was it price? (Many times!) Was it condition? (You can sell anything for the right PRICE.) Was it the terms?
Whatever it was – the key to keeping that from happening again is to make sure your sellers are just as vested as you are in creating a successful end result – the sale of their home, preferably sooner rather than later.
Enter the Merchandising Review. This handy dandy little form is great for walking sellers through the potential pitfalls that can happen if you don’t follow a success track when listing a property. It helps put some of the “monkey” if you will on their backs – not just that of the sales agent. And truly – it should be – right?
The Merchandising Review is a great way to sit across from the seller and say, “Listen, selling a home in today’s market is challenging at times, there’s no doubt. But I like a good challenge and when you have the right tools, the right price, the right plan and the right agent – we can get you to your goal of getting this home sold. Let’s do this – let’s walk through what I call a Merchandising Review and take a look at some of the top reasons that a home will sell (or won’t) in our market – OK? That way we can make whatever adjustments we need to get you and your family to the next chapter of your life. Sound good? Here, I brought two copies – let’s go through it…”
It’s easy to use and easy (and free) to get! Click here to go to our Resource Page – scroll about half way down the page until you see “Merchandising Review” – then just click download! Easy, breezy! Then if you really start wanting to drive up your production and attract Expireds in your market – use our ‘7-Series for Expireds’ – the messages are perfect for entering the conversation that’s already going on in the minds of these disappointed sellers. (While you are there, download the 6 Pitfalls of Overpricing free report – it’s a must-have for today’s listing presentation!)
At least twice a week, pull the Expireds in your market and send them a series of 3-5 postcards, mailing one every 5-7 days. Use the alternative back on the postcard to write a little more – and share that you have a very special tool that can help them first, determine what went wrong in the sale of their home and two, ensure that it doesn’t happen again and invite them to call you for a copy of their own.
It’s a great way in the door for these potential sellers. Go for it!
Need help choosing the cards that are right for you? Simply call our marketing specialists at 866-405-3638 today. They’re smart, knowledgeable, friendly and just the folks you need on your side to ensure that your marketing is TIMELY and DONE! Good luck and go get those Expireds!