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As much as I, a copywriter, hate to admit it, I know that property photos are more important than property descriptions. However, this doesn’t mean a well written property description isn’t important. The photos grab potential buyers attention, but once they invested, they need the property description to tell them details that photos cannot.
Property descriptions don’t have to be lengthy or pulitzer prize winning, but they need to be effective. Here are a few tips for ya:
Use spell and grammar checks!
Every time you market a property you are also marketing yourself and you don’t want people to think you are incompetent because you don’t know how to hit spell check on a Word Document.
Don’t just describe photos, enhance them.
If the kitchen photos clearly show an island with a granite countertop, you don’t need to waste time repeating that in the property description. However, if there are drawers on the island that aren’t visible in the picture, you should highlight those.
Don’t use fluffy adjectives.
The phrase “stunning views” is overused and doesn’t really mean anything. But “unobstructed views” or “360 degree views” are much more descriptive and set your listing apart from others.
Use second person language.
In all property marketing, you are trying to get potential buyers to imagine themselves living in that property. Help them out by using phrases like “You will love…” “Your new home is…”
Talk about the community.
Although the community is not the focus, it is important to mention community highlights. Many potential buyers want to know about community pools, gate access, nearby parks and schools, etc. (Pro Tip: Put full community descriptions on your website so potential buyers can learn more. Even if they don’t follow up on a particular listing, you may sell them on the community.)
Did you know One Step offers copywriting services? When you order a property flyer or brochure through us, just ask us to write a description based on the photos and bulleted amenities list you send over.
How are real estate agents marketing their listings? How are they marketing themselves and their businesses? If you’re looking for fresh marketing ideas, or just wondering what the competition is up to, check out these 5 real estate marketing trends we are seeing from clients.
The Conversion Craze
Every year we run a report of our most popular products. And every year the top two are the same: Postcards and Property Flyers. These real estate marketing staples continue to be the cornerstone of successful strategies. What has changed is digital conversion. Many agents are asking us to take their postcards and and flyers and convert them into social media images and email content. Agents are learning that they need print and digital and that its much easier to do both when you repurpose content.
Much Ado About Matte
For many years, glossy card stock was THE paper choice for real estate marketing. And while this remains popular for postcards, many agents are opting for matte papers and finishes on property flyers and business cards. Many agents opt for matte because they feel it looks more sophisticated and it attracts fewer fingerprint smudges. Others, however, feel that the matte diminishes the quality of photos.
Whatever your preference, matte or glossy, One Step has a variety of different paper thicknesses and finishes to give your pieces a unique quality look.
Better Business Cards
At One Step we are noticing that more agents are looking for highly creative business cards. Not only do they want creative design, they’re also looking for creative production. Things like soft touch finishes, spot UV, painted edges, unique shapes, embossed and extra thick cards are very popular.
Previously, the main purpose of a business card was to communicate contact information. But now, digital business cards and apps can do that for free. Real estate agents are now looking to make a statement with their cards and they are more selective about who they give them too. They are willing to invest a little more money for a lesser quantity but higher quality business card order.
Photo focused marketing has been trending for a while and it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. More and more agents are investing in professional photography for all listings, not just the really expensive ones. Those agents who want to take photographs themselves are getting educated on best practices and are investing in equipment the equipment necessary to take high quality photos.
Arial photography and videography is a relatively new trend that is becoming increasingly popular and, we predict, will become a staple in real estate photography very shortly.
Leave Behind Listing Books
Large expensive listing books are being replaced with smaller books that agents can leave with clients. Advances in print technology have made it possible to print professional books at smaller quantities and more reasonable prices. Plus, smaller books can be more easily updated, something many agents are opting to do 1-4 times a year. Leaving behind a listing book keeps the agent top of mind with the potential clients.
Today’s listing presentation books give just the highlights of an agents career and direct a potential client to the agent’s website for more information. Many agents are ordering 12-, 16- or 20- page listing books with gloss or matte cardstock covers and gloss text pages. These books are full color and bound with saddle staples.
What to implement these trends into your marketing strategy? Give us a call at 949-587-5301 or call firstname.lastname@example.org and schedule a free consultation.