How to Get Listings as a New Real Estate Agent (Do This NOW)
Updated: Oct 30
Are you a new real estate agent eager to secure listings and focus on selling properties?
You're not alone. Many newcomers to the industry are keen to dive into the world of listing agents but might be unsure of where to start.
In this blog post, we'll explore the journey from becoming a new agent to making your mark as a listing agent in the competitive real estate market.
Step 1: Determine Your Focus
First, identify your niche and decide where you want to concentrate your efforts.
As a new agent, you might be tempted to work with buyers. However, if your heart is set on becoming a listing agent, don't be deterred.
It's your career, your choice. Focusing on listings can grant you greater control over your time and transactions.
Step 2: Knowledge is Power
To kick-start your career as a listing agent, you need to build your skills and knowledge base. Look for resources like books to guide you through the process.
A book that comes highly recommended is "How to Develop a Six-Figure Income" by Mike Ferry. It's an excellent starting point for aspiring listing agents.
On top of books, look into the methods and techniques of successful agents. You can find free resources online, such as my free 20 page guide on generating leads. Take full advantage of the information you find online, and then use it in your business immediately.
Step 3: Overcoming the Fear of Rejection
The fear of rejection is a common hurdle for new agents, especially when making cold calls.
It's crucial to understand that rejection is part of the business. Some clients will be tough to crack, but you never know when the next call could lead to your biggest deal.
Shift your mindset from feeling like a bother to being a problem solver. You're there to help clients achieve their real estate goals.
Step 4: Scripting and Role-Playing
Developing scripts for your conversations and role-playing can help you build confidence.
While having a script handy is essential, being able to adapt and engage in genuine conversations is equally important.
Mike Ferry's scripts or Kevin Ward's scripts are good places to start.
Step 5: Listening Skills
Listen actively during conversations with potential clients.
Hear their pain points, their motivations, and their needs. Tailor your responses to address these specific concerns.
This personal touch can set you apart from the competition.
Step 6: Go After 'Low-Hanging Fruit' Leads
To get started, go after the 'low-hanging fruit' leads – these are individuals who've already expressed an interest in selling their property.
For Sale By Owners (FSBOs) and expired listings fall into this category. While not all of them might be motivated or serious, the fact that they want to sell is a promising sign.
Step 7: Systems and Tools
Invest in systems and tools to make your job more efficient. Tools like Vulcan7 can provide you with the contact information you need, including leads on expired listings, FSBOs, and neighborhood phone numbers.
Efficiency is key in your journey as a listing agent.
Step 8: Mindset is Key
Believe in yourself and your potential as a listing agent. Know that you're offering a valuable service, and be prepared to walk away from clients who aren't aligned with your pricing or terms.
Overpricing a property can lead to problems down the road, so be sure to set realistic expectations with your clients.
Step 9: Door Knocking and More
In addition to making calls, consider door knocking as a strategy. This is a great way to get leads and is an effective way to be remembered by potential clients.
Going above and beyond the standard practices can make a significant difference. Not all real estate agents go door to door, but it shows initiative, and may get you leads you might not get by phone call.
Step 10: Build a Strong Listing Presentation
Learn how to create a compelling listing presentation.
It's not about PowerPoint slides; it's about how you communicate and engage with potential clients.
Role-playing and practicing your presentation can significantly impact your success. I’d suggest joining a group like my Facebook community to find roleplay partners, rehearse your scripts, and memorize them.
Step 11: Aggressively Price Properties
Price properties aggressively to attract multiple offers. This approach can make you look like a hero to your clients and maximize your results.
Want to get listings in real estate?
Remember, as a new real estate agent looking to break into the world of listing agents, your success hinges on your dedication and commitment.
Embrace rejection, build your skills, and invest in the right tools.
By following these steps and staying true to your goal of becoming a listing agent, you'll be well on your way to building a thriving real estate career.