Real estate is often a social industry with much business done through referrals and networking. Often, word of mouth has the highest closing ratio of any other lead generation efforts, yet the effort can be daunting. However, the positive reputation spread through word of mouth is easier to capitalize on when other real estate agents are involved.
Imagine if you had connections handing over the right real estate clients without you having to do any of that grunt work? Investing in this type of opportunity can increase your sales as one referral from another real estate agent might create opportunities for further referrals and so on. The power of word of mouth would be in your favor, and the more agents you know, the less time-consuming it would be.
How to Win Client Referrals from Other Real Estate Agents
Referrals from other agents is an often neglected but highly lucrative method for generating real estate leads. Unfortunately, networking with other agents takes more than just being likeable. Check out our strategies below:
Join a Real Estate Referral Network
Some real estate agents report that up to half of their leads come from industry referral or networking groups. Just imagine having access to a huge network of professionals that have the capability of sending you business: these might include agents in other niches than yours, lenders, etc. that can steer clients your way.
Targeting Real Estate Agents Who Specialize in Relocating
One way to efficiently increase the number of client referrals you get from other real estate agents is by targeting real estate agents who specialize in relocating. They address the client's needs in their area, and you take care of everything involving the client's destination. This method could prove especially lucrative if you operate in a city or area with a large number of regular relocations.
Real estate agent conferences are one of the best places to make connections with fellow agents. Local conferences can prove even more invaluable as you make connections with agents operating in the same area and share relevant information with each other. It’s a possibility that while you share a common location, you specialize in different components of real estate. Being helpful to their needs might even convince the other real estate agent to refer a client or even multiple clients to you. If not, building a relationship with them will benefit your reputation regardless.
Using Social Media to Nurture Relationships with Other Agents
All the strategies we’ve discussed thus far are more traditional, in-person tactics. However, since we live in a digital age, it is important to consider integrating technology and more specifically social media to develop and deepen relationships with other real estate agents.
You're passionate about what you do, so share it with the world. Both potential clients and other agents will view you as a thought leader in your space, and that could lead to future referrals down the line.
Furthermore, commenting on the Facebook page of another real estate agent is a great step to take in initiating a relationship with them. For more in-depth discussion, you might want to think about messaging their Facebook page and talking there. You can also interact on a broader level in a Facebook group for real estate agents in a certain field or city to create beneficial connections.
Doing Outreach via Direct Mail marketing
With the right list, direct mail can be a powerful tool to make previously unaware prospects focus their attention on what you offer. Whether you focus on a specific zipcode or you are targeting landlords, you'll be able to tailor the messaging to your target audience and deliver it right to their mailbox.
Tailoring the Right Strategy to Meet Your Needs
So, which of the aforementioned strategies will work best for you? It depends on your specific needs. A combination of strategies might also benefit you the most. Most importantly, you should always remember to leave a good impression with other agents so you can get client referrals and improve your reputation in the business.
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