real estate virtual assistants: 6 Questions to Ask Your Clients at the Beginning! - 05/19/14 05:49 PM
As a real estate professional, there are certain questions at the beginning of any client relationship that must be addressed right off the bat. Not only does this allow you to get to know your clients and identify their real estate needs, but it also enables you to provide the best possible service to them. Some professionals have a standard, introductory questionnaire that they fill out while asking their clients pertinent questions about their real estate goals. Others maintain a detailed file on each client that they can quickly and conveniently review as needed. Regardless of what your personal system may … (2 comments)

real estate virtual assistants: Great Real Estate Quotes to Remember! - 04/06/14 07:05 PM
Oftentimes, it can be hard to find just the right words to describe an industry, a profession and a life. As a Real Estate Virtual Assistant team, we are firm believers that a picture is worth a thousand words - But also that just the right quote can be worth a thousand more! Here are several excellent real estate quotes to keep in mind, ponder and reflect upon when it comes to your unique way of living your profession:
-“The smallest patch of green to arrest the monotony of asphalt and concrete is as important to the value of real estate as … (1 comments)

real estate virtual assistants: 5 Things to Look for When Hiring a Social Media Marketer - 11/14/13 02:39 PM

We all know social media is a huge part of today’s marketing, and is a medium that can’t be ignored.  Yet, as real estate agents, finding the time to stay on top of your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media sites can seem daunting!  When it comes down to it, you’d rather focus in on your clients daily needs, listing appointments, getting that home sold, and all the other real estate related tasks about which you find you’re passionate. 
 
This is why many real estate professionals are turning toward hiring an in office person or company to handle … (0 comments)

real estate virtual assistants: Remember, Your Time Is Never Free - 02/01/13 01:33 PM
As real estate virtual assistants, we are often asked about the benefits of using our services. Since we work virtually for industry professionals all over the country, many are skeptical. The most common question that we get is, “Isn’t it more effective for me to hire an in-office assistant?” In some cases, yes, having someone in-office might be what works for you. The main response that we give is, “Your time is never free.”
What do we mean by that, exactly? Well, let’s consider a few things. Sure, social media sites, some listing marketing sites, and marketing efforts that you use … (2 comments)

real estate virtual assistants: How Can Twitter Help With My Engagement? - 01/22/13 11:44 AM
Many real estate agents have already embraced social media, particularly Facebook and Pinterest. What I’ve also noticed is that there are still several professionals out there who just don’t understand Twitter. It’s understandable. Twitter seems to be a platform with a language all its own. In a forum where you only have 140 characters to express your thoughts, there are a number of abbreviations and “Twitter-isms” that the average agent might not understand upon first glance. This causes many to throw in the towel early-on and disregard Twitter. This is a mistake. Studies show that in terms of effectiveness, Twitter is … (2 comments)

real estate virtual assistants: Kick Procrastination to the Curb! - 01/15/13 12:56 PM
Be honest: How much of your work stress is related to procrastination? Are you one of those people that procrastinate regularly and find reasons to rationalize it? Part of it is that some produce their best work when they’re under pressure and have a tighter deadline, but the bigger, more truthful fact of the matter is that most are just easily distracted. Sometimes, when there’s something that people really need to get done, they opt to do the easier tasks first than tackle the big project, or they decide “this can wait until tomorrow.”
The description above is one I’m sure … (15 comments)

real estate virtual assistants: Take a S.M.A.R.T Approach to Social Media - 01/08/13 01:52 PM
It’s a new year and with that come a fresh set of goals. If you’re like me, one of your New Year’s resolutions is probably to be more active on your social networking sites.
It has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that social media is effective. As real estate virtual assistants, we have to be S.M.A.R.T in how we approach our clients’ social networking initiatives. Yes, I’m throwing an acronym at you. Trust me, if you can keep S.M.A.R.T in mind, you’ll have a successful social media presence sooner than you think. It’s all about getting people to … (4 comments)

real estate virtual assistants: Visual Social Media- The Biggest Marketing Tool for 2013! - 12/20/12 12:43 PM

It’s no wonder with the success of sites like Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube; we see our society moving from social media to visual social media.  While blogs began to be overshadowed by Facebook and Twitter due to length, our culture is now gravitating towards even more fast paced, visual content.
 
Now, this isn’t to say that you shouldn’t be providing great content on your real estate blog or even smart posts on your social media sites, but for 2013, it will be the visuals that will draw people to your online presence.
 
In a recent article by social … (3 comments)

real estate virtual assistants: The Lowdown on Google+ Communities From Your Virtual Assistants - 12/11/12 02:56 PM

If you’ve logged in to your Google+ account at all this week, you may have noticed a brand new icon on your sidebar called “communities.” This is yet another new feature that Google+ has added to their growing social media platform. It’s funny: many people gripe about the social networking site and how they don’t find it useful, but it is a necessary element of your online marketing, so it’s important to keep up with their new features. Any and all aspects of the social media platform are designed to improve your search engine rankings, particularly in Google.
So, … (3 comments)

real estate virtual assistants: Balance Personality and Professionalism in Social Media - 11/27/12 02:53 PM
A large part of our job, as real estate virtual assistants, is to attempt to capture our clients’ “voices” on their Facebook, Twitter and Google+ profiles. We want to come across as engaging, personable and approachable while still maintaining a certain level of professionalism. This is complicated, and it’s something that many real estate agents throughout the industry struggle with. How can you remain professional without being boring, and how can you show your personality and humor without being inappropriate? It does, admittedly, present a bit of a conundrum.
There a few ways that you can successfully capture an adequate balance … (0 comments)

real estate virtual assistants: Create Eye-Catching CTAs! - 11/13/12 02:53 PM
One of the most important elements of your website are your call-to-actions. They are what create lead generation from your online presence. This has also become incredibly important on your Facebook page, too. With the Timeline layout, you have the ability to create custom CTAs on your Facebook page that you can showcase to your fans immediately, and they can match the branding of your timeline! Within these two major online marketing mediums, call to actions have become imperative to their success. Many still struggle, however, with making their CTAs eye-catching and creative.
This is where your real estate virtual assistant … (0 comments)

real estate virtual assistants: The Top Four Reasons You SHOULD Outsource Your Social Media - 11/06/12 05:08 PM
Many in the real estate industry seem to think that you shouldn’t outsource your social media efforts. As real estate virtual assistants, this puzzles us. We work long and hard on creating and executing successful social media strategies for our clients. We’re firm believers in using sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google+ as a marketing tool. Many of our clients are too, but the problem is that they don’t understand the logic, strategy, and methods behind it.
That last sentence is the exact reason why you SHOULD outsource your social media. Real estate agents are busy human beings. Your … (0 comments)

real estate virtual assistants: Boost Your LinkedIn Business Page! - 10/04/12 09:56 AM

We all love LinkedIn for its ability to connect us with colleagues and make those imperative connections, but have you tapped into LinkedIn’s latest feature?
 
LinkedIn has been undergoing quite the overhaul and has recently rolled out new updates to its’ Business Page feature!  You may be thinking, “LinkedIn has Business pages?”  Yep!  If your real estate company does not have a business page with LinkedIn; now’s the time to create one!
 
Ted Prodromou, author The Ultimate Guide to LinkedIn for Business, recently pointed out three key things you’ll want to be sure to do to boost your … (6 comments)

real estate virtual assistants: Facebook & Dropbox- The Perfect Pair - 09/27/12 12:54 PM

Don’t you just love when two of your favorite things are put together?  For me, things like ice cream and cookie dough, wine and chocolate, and rainy days and a cup of hot tea are ideal combinations that make me smile.  I’m sure you can think of your own perfect pairs that tend to lift your spirits no matter what mood you’re in.
 
Here at RealSupport, our Vice President Erica, just came across two of our favorite things that just teamed up and the news spread quickly throughout our office.  You’re probably wondering what could possible bring that much … (3 comments)

real estate virtual assistants: How To Make Your Website More Social - 09/13/12 01:37 PM

When you first think of social media, what comes to mind?  Your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and a myriad of other accounts come to the forefront.  You are well aware of the need for engagement and consistent interaction on these sites.  Which is great!  All of your social media platforms deserve your attention as clients and potential clients oftentimes find it easiest to interact with you through these mediums.
 
But have you considered your website as a means of social media interaction?
 
Oftentimes, people focus on how their website looks at first glance and work hard to make sure … (0 comments)

real estate virtual assistants: Take a Break & Enjoy Our Free Gift! - 08/30/12 01:16 PM
 

If you feel like this, we completely understand.  

With a long summer now behind us and a four day weekend in front of us; most of us are shutting off from work and getting ready to enjoy time with family and friends for Labor Day weekend.
 
So, today I thought we’d get the celebration started early by offering you something for free! 

Now, our goal is to give you great tips and cutting edge advice for marketing for your real estate company, and we always offer this information for free.  But, we rarely take … (4 comments)

real estate virtual assistants: Boost Your Real Estate Business with Pinterest! - 07/17/12 11:34 AM
With so many social media sites on the internet nowadays, a big question is, “Which sites will I benefit from?” One of the newer websites which has taken over the social networking sphere is Pinterest, a collection of online bulletin boards where members can add their own original pins, repin, or like pins of fellow members. You follow people with similar interests, and people follow back.  As a newer technology many people are not aware of how exactly to use Pinterest in order to gain business.
One important tactic is to build relationships with your followers and the people you follow. … (4 comments)

real estate virtual assistants: Uploading Listing Photos Just Got Easier with Bump! - 06/07/12 12:57 PM

As real estate agents; you’re always on the go.  From showing appointments, to meeting with potential clients, to making sure marketing efforts are underway at your office and all those other daily tasks; you’re constantly running from one thing to the next!
 
Making sure you stay on top of everything can mean that every minute of your day is accounted for and there’s not a lot of wiggle room in your schedule.  Because of your busy life, we wanted to let you know about a service that can save you a few extra steps; creating a little more time … (0 comments)

real estate virtual assistants: 5 Compelling Reasons to Use Google Plus in Your Social Media Strategy - 05/31/12 01:28 PM
Recently, Bob Stewart of Active Rain talked about the importance of Google Plus. In fact, Bob said that Google Plus is something you can’t live without! To see if that’s true, we’re sharing the best of Bob’s presentation along with our own insights!Google Plus is Google’s answer to Facebook. These two web titans are in a battle for online traffic, coming in at number 1 and 2 respectively. Here’s how they stack up in social media:
•    Facebook: 845 million users•    Google Plus: 100 million users
Google Plus was first released in July 2011. In less than a year, Google Plus … (7 comments)

real estate virtual assistants: Use Every Door Direct for Efficient, Cheaper Mailings! - 05/30/12 01:59 PM
A large part of our job, as real estate virtual assistants, is to find ways to find the best, most efficient tools that our clients can use to complete their high-priority marketing tasks. While many of our efforts focus on the most tech-centric methods, we still assist many of our clients with mailings. Sending out letters and postcards is still one of the most effective ways to keep in touch with your sphere of influence. The problem for most is that printing and mailing companies are quite expensive. Most are willing to pay, since mailings are a necessary part of their … (2 comments)

 
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