Real Estate: Then and Now
|CPS, a poorly chosen name for a real estate company|
Back in the early days, print media was king! I spent tons of money running my listings in the classified section of the Press Democrat and taking out half and full-page ads in Homes and Land Magazine. Print media got the best results, but it came at a high cost. When people said "It takes money to make money in real estate", they meant it! I'd easily spend $1000 a month advertising my listings, and my services.
|It's easy for anyone to see homes for sale with online tools|
I have a hard time saying that anybody inspired or prepared me very well within our office. It was "sink or swim", and you better learn to swim fast! I think the turning point for me was in 2005 when I took a Technology in Real Estate seminar by Dick Betts at our local association office when I made a concerted effort to have an online presence.
Fast forward 15 years. I rarely use print media except to advertise my open houses. I have noticed that most of the visitors to my open houses learn of them through apps like Trulia, Zillow, and GreatHomes.org. Perhaps the open house guide in the paper will be coming to an end soon too. I blog weekly and still get calls from clients who found me while searching the internet for a Rincon Valley Realtor.
If you are a new agent, hang in there and be proactive with marketing. If you have been in the business for a while, embrace technology and stay in the game. Don't sit idle. Technology is a fast game changer. Agents and brokers need to predict what the next big change is going to be. It is no longer important to have a brick and mortar store on Main Street. Now you need to be accessible on the internet. Be prepared for business models like Zillow, Trulia, and Redfin to try to take your market share away with automated services. Ask yourself, what will real estate look like 5 years from now?
I love living in Rincon Valley! I've lived here since 1995 and can't imagine living in a better North Bay community. Call me today if you're interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you'd like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.
|Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor|
- Jim Cheney, Broker
- Saint Francis Property
- (707) 494-1055
- Rincon Valley - Santa Rosa