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Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

A great photo, business cards & then network, network, network.

Send a letter to your sphere, letting them know you'll be reaching out to them in the next month. 

Host open houses and market them on all of your social media sites. 

Apr 03, 2019 09:14 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Start with business cards, a phone and some door hangers.

Apr 03, 2019 08:09 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good advice from Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D not being a "secret" agent with no photo is a very good start.

Apr 04, 2019 03:58 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Free ways are good ways when you don't have a lot of money.  Host open houses for people, volunteer at community events your association or office does.  Get out there and shadow another agent.  Blog.  Learn your market.  Wear a name tag or "Wanna buy a house" shirt (although that can be seen as tacky).

Apr 03, 2019 09:07 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Nicole Christiansen I would recommend that you sit down and visit with your Broker and ask what his/her  policies are. Some Brokers will give you co-op dollars and some will have very specific demands. You also need to find out what your State requires. Here in ND even your texts must have all your broker information on them.

Apr 03, 2019 07:03 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Nicole Christiansen, Mortgage Loans -purchase (Academy Mortgage)

A photo is a great start.

Build your database and begin with adverting to it.

Then a target niche. Don't be all things to all people. Focus.

Apr 03, 2019 06:51 PM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Start with a nice professional photo of yourself. 

Apr 03, 2019 06:19 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Depends on you marketing budget.  If your funds are limited start with business cards and a goal of handing out 28 per day.  That would be over 10,000 for the year.

Apr 04, 2019 04:00 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Get a mug shot. Don't stay in the shadows of trying to sell the house with blue lights. If you think you have a face for radio, upload a local landmark you pick to let the audience know every time you market, they will instantly realize it is you. You are not in the witness protection program right? Step on into the branding stage spot light to build an identify unless you have something to hide or are painfully shy. Dale Carnegie can for a small fee help you fix that condition. Get in the game Blue Man... Chew up, tear apart and be a force in the local market swinging both arms, kicking with the pair of feet.

Apr 04, 2019 02:04 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Network as much as you can, and be sure to get in touch with your sphere (and build that database). Do some open houses, blog and use social media, and learn the inventory and understand your local market conditions so you are prepared to answer those questions about "how's the market?"

Apr 04, 2019 09:47 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

pay for a website to be created for you and then write a blog post every day.... write localism posts.... focus on different areas of your town/city.... write about restaurants; retail shops; local luncheon places; places to drink; clubs; social events; and an authority on your area....

Apr 04, 2019 08:56 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I would start with consulting with your broker and learn the office policies. 

Then move to the basics, business cards and as others have stated, call your sphere and let them know you are in business.

Apr 04, 2019 07:16 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

Contact everyone you know & say you just were licensed & are looking for opportunities to help them, or anyone they know, who may be buying or selling real estate.

Apr 04, 2019 05:04 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Given your budget how and where to get you bang for the buck?

First I will get on this site and all other sites under agent to have a profile, phone #, and a photo.  Each link counts as one and your most paid membership gets one link also.

Good Luck.

Apr 03, 2019 07:44 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Very carefully because each dollar counts....

Apr 03, 2019 06:44 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

You are doing it now....

Apr 03, 2019 06:40 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Like Debe Maxwell, CRS said, network, network, network. 

Apr 04, 2019 10:43 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Find a local broker who is ad savvy.

Apr 04, 2019 05:52 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

Start blogging & using social media. Use other people listings with their permission.

Apr 04, 2019 05:30 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Give your business card to everyone you meet and make sure you are meeting many new people every day. Put the information on those contacts in your database and your email lists. Keep them posted on your market.

Join your local builders association and volunteer to serve on committies.

Apr 04, 2019 05:11 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Start with a photo, business cards and assistance from your broker to reach those who yuo already know and tell them what you do. Then expand to social media, newspaper and mailers

Apr 04, 2019 04:59 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Business cards and pressing the flesh is the most economic way to get started!

Apr 04, 2019 04:06 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


You have great suggestions. A

Apr 04, 2019 07:17 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Buy as many 'Buying? Selling? Call Nicole" ads as you can afford. Put them ever where.

This will make your exit from the industry fast and painless.

Or, you can take a look at your business plan and reacquaint yourself with your preferred business population. Then reacquaint yourself with the resources you have that are detailed in your business plan. Finally, in the research you completed, you identified the attributes you bring into a transaction that equate to a solution or benefit  or privilege that you can market.

As you can see your advertising will have a real message and highly targeted delivering more responses that are conversion ready.

To answer you question..."More data needed."

NOTE: following the above empowers you not only with media advertising but those face-to-face meet-ups where folks ask you, "What do you do?"

Would it not be nice to respond, "I bring organization and assurance in the chaotic and stressful home selling process."

'How do you do that?"

At this point you are the only on on stage. Be well prepared not in preponderance but in resonance.

Apr 04, 2019 05:44 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Don’t worry they’ll find you !

Apr 04, 2019 05:03 AM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL 305-931-6931

Great answers. 

Jun 18, 2019 04:07 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

No idea. 

Jun 18, 2019 03:42 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Start blogging about neighborhoods with good key words.

Apr 19, 2019 07:15 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

With little money till you have asome dollars,  Knock on door and work a farm.


Apr 08, 2019 04:58 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty


Apr 07, 2019 06:06 AM
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

Word of mouth.. 

  1. Talk to people in person
  2. Join civic groups
  3. If your church or (place of worship) has advertising in a NL 
  4. Get involved at your kids school
  5. Find good networking groups (face to face) but something that fits your personality
  6. Community blogs 
  7. Active Rain posts
Apr 05, 2019 09:28 AM
Brian Ford
Building Futures Marketing, LLC - San Tan Valley, AZ
360° Photography, SEO, and Sales Training

The first thing I would do is to set up your online properties (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Website, Google Maps Business Listing) and make sure they are all cross-branded. It shows a level of professionalism and that you are serious about your business. It also gives you more platforms to start building your real estate brand. 

Apr 04, 2019 03:09 PM
Celeste Salzberg
Coastal Realty Associates, LLC - Wilmington, NC
Realtor in Downtown Wilmington's Historic Dist.

Have a professional photo done.  That is so important.  Nothing cheesy.  The first one you want to pick is the wrong one.  Look at all of those photos for about a week.  The photo should be all business but still warm.  We are selling the idea of "home", so make sure warmth and charm come through.  


Secondly, preview homes and when you find a home that you really like, ask the listing agent if you can post it.  For example, "I'm so excited to tell everyone about this great condo/investment/home that just came on the market.  It has (fill in the blank).  Let's go take a look at it or with just a little lipstick it would make a great flip, or whatever.  You just need to seem like you know what's out there.  


Thirdly, when you really like a neighborhood (that's the only way it's bareable), knock on the doors and pass out your cards.  After introducing yourself and saying you're a local realtor, you need to say something like, Everyone is talking about this neighborhood or This area is exploding in value, then... for the right price, would you consider selling your home?  It's a win if you get invited in or they leave their phone number.  You can do the CMA the next time.  I have moved a lot and have had to start from scratch so many times...

Apr 04, 2019 01:27 PM