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So are you an aspiring real estate agent or someone in the field looking for ideas to refine the business process? If so, this is the post for you!
To become a successful real estate agent in Arkansas, one needs to have a systematic approach to generating high-quality leads and effective techniques to close deals. Sales agents need to understand the clients’ needs and guide them through a complicated process. This takes years of experience, knowledge about trends in your area, and understanding what clients are looking for.
There are many activities that can contribute to success in the real estate business. For example,
- Work on developing relationships with potential clients and referral sources.
- Have an effective marketing strategy to reach your potential customers.
- Join professional organizations like the National Association of Realtors (NAR).
- Attend conferences and educational seminars for realtors.
- Keep your license current by taking continuing education classes.
In this blog post, I will go over practical strategies that can be applied to your Arkansas real estate practice.
But before we start, I want to give a brief disclaimer. This post is not intended as legal advice or state/federal real estate training. It is for general information only. Please always follow your State laws and best practices. Business result is not guaranteed as your success really depend on the effort you put in.
Define your business niche
At the beginning phase of the business, it’s likely that you don’t have many clients, so you would have the urge to take up whoever comes along. However, this might not be a good strategy to grow your real estate business in the long run. After all, you cannot be everything to everyone.
It’s better to clearly define your ideal client segment so you can focus your marketing budget, time, and resources on them. You may define your niche based on the properties’ location, type of real estate, the client’s family condition, occupation, or income range.
Here is a real estate agent who specializes in Central Arkansas!
I came across the Youtube channel by Nicole Nark, Realtor®, as I was researching for this article. She did an amazing job in showcasing different neighborhoods in Arkansas – for example, below is a clip where Nicole took a tour at West Little Rock.
Nicole also has a blog post which covers “The 5 Most Affordable West Little Rock Neighborhoods.”
Focusing in a specific region truly help her to stand out from the crowd in such a competitive space. If you were searching for a property in Central Arkansas, would you hire Nicole or just a random agent you see on a newspaper ad?
Her channel provides valuable information to her viewers and helps to brand her as an expert in the area. There are also many engaging comments in her videos, which I believe could turn into a great source of leads for her business.
Build your brand in the local neighborhood
After you define your targeted audiences, you need to think about how you can reach them. The traditional advertisement (i.e., flyers, bus stop ads) could still be useful, but you need to do so in a much more strategic way. For example, rather than spending a fortune in national newspapers and radio, it’s better to place ads in the neighborhoods you are servicing.
Is there any magazine that people in a specific neighborhood loves to read? If so, you may reach out to see if they are accepting any guest posting. To showcase your real estate expertise, you should share helpful ideas that are relevant to the readers. (i.e., The Top 10 Home Maintenance Tips for this Summer; The Best Kid-Friendly Activities in the Neighborhood.)
You may want to check out the following publication:
Effective ways to generate leads
Unless you are a multi-national large corporation who just wants to build brand awareness, the ROI of your advertising must be justified.
The importance of generating online leads can’t be overstated for real estate agents. With the rise in popularity and accessibility of homebuyers through the internet, it is imperative that you are promoting your business through social media and different online platforms.
Numerous online advertising tools allow you to reach your targeted audience in a very effective way. Facebook can display your ads to viewers with a precise criteria (i.e., age, location, interest), while your Google ads would show up when someone enters a particular search term.
You may direct the ad viewers to a landing page, where you capture that contact info, such as email address. With their consent, you may keep in touch with them and continue to build trust virtually.
According to the 2020 NAR Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report, 93% of all buyers used online websites as information sources in their home search. Here’s a guide that explains how having a professional website can benefit your real estate business, the features you should include, and affordable ways to build it.
Keep up with the Arkansas real estate laws
Real estate agents are constantly tasked with new responsibilities and challenges. With the rise of technology, and compliance requirements, it’s important for sales agents to be up-to-date on the real estate laws.
The best is to review the Arkansas Real Estate License Law. It has 7 chapters which pretty much covers all the rules you need to know about the real estate profession.
- REAL ESTATE LICENSE LAW – GENERAL PROVISIONS.
- ARKANSAS REAL ESTATE COMMISSION.
- APPLICABILITY – REAL ESTATE RECOVERY FUND – DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS.
- RENEWAL OF LICENSES.
- INTEREST ON TRUST ACCOUNTS PROGRAM
- INTERFERENCE WITH REAL ESTATE LICENSEE RELATIONSHIP
As part of the requirement to stay in good standing with the state agency regulating realtors, you must complete the required Continuing Education. Real Estate Express is an online school that I like and received excellent feedback from its students. You may check out their CE courses here. (**)
Differentiate your practice with expert knowledge
Rather than being just another sales agent, you may consider getting a Professional Designation or Certification. National Association of REALTORS® is one of the largest trade associations in the real estate industry. They offers designations such as Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), and many more.
I personally like the Green Designation. It can equip you with the knowledge to help clients make informed choices about the resource efficiency and performance of the homes.
Even though the Designation Courses are not part of the pre-license education requirement, your enhanced knowledge will help set you apart from others in such a competitive market.
Select areas with strong housing demand
When you are deciding the regions to conduct your real estate business, you should target areas that have a high housing demand. After all, transactions can only occur when there are potential buyers. Consider cities that where the housing price is on the growing trend.
Here are the Top 10 Metros with the Fastest Growing Sales Price in Arkansas:
- Hot Springs
- Hot Springs Village
- North Little Rock
- Little Rock
Source: RedFin (July 2021)
Join the Arkansas Association of REALTORS
The Arkansas REALTORS Association is the leading advocate for real estate professionals in Arkansas.
The benefits of joining are great. You get to attend conferences, trade shows, and other events that will help you grow your business. This allows you to connect with other real estate salespeople and brokers, thus learn from their valuable experience and share ideas with one another.
You’ll have access to other great resources such as REALTOR Safety Kit, housing reports and industry updates
To become a REALTOR® in Arkansas, you must obtain a real estate license from the Arkansas Real Estate Commission, affiliate with a sponsoring Arkansas REALTOR® broker, apply for the membership through a local Arkansas REALTOR Board or Association and submit the membership fees.
Learn from other successful real estate agents
What’s a better way to learn about the real estate business than from the best agents in the field? RealTrends is a trusted source of news, analysis, and information on the residential real estate industry. Every year, they will compile a list of the most productive real estate professionals in the field.
Here are the most productive Arkansas real estate agents in 2020.
|Evelyn Dean||RE/MAX Elite Conway||129|
|The Val Hansen Team||RE/MAX Properties Little Rock||246.50|
|The Limbird Team||Limbird Real Estate Group Rogers||618|
I don’t have any personal connection with them. But if they could close so many sales in a year, they must be doing something right.
You may try to connect with them through LinkedIn or their websites. Learn about their process of doing business. Furthermore, if they are expanding their team, perhaps, it could be an excellent opportunity to join their force.
Even if you are unable to connect with them directly, you may be able to pick up some helpful ideas by reviewing their online marketing.
Build your own real estate firm
If you have been working as a real estate salesperson in Arkansas for some time, and wish to bring your business to the next level, then upgrading your license to become a real estate broker could be a sensible choice.
Rather than making income solely based on your sales production, being a broker allows you to build a team of real estate agents. You’ll be recruiting, providing training and support to your underlying agents. In return, you would get a share of their commission.
To become a real estate broker in Arkansas, you must:
- Be at least 18 years and have a valid SSN;
- Have at least 24 months of active real estate salesperson experience;
- Complete 60 hours of prescribed broker classes from an approved provider;
- Pass the Arkansas Real Estate Broker Exam;
- Go through a criminal background check;
- Submit an application and fees to the Arkansas Real Estate Commission
Keep in mind that if you were setting up a real estate brokerage, the cost of getting a broker license is only part of the expenses. There is also other expenses such as marketing, salary of administrative staff, office lease, furniture, equipment, software subscriptions.
Here are more helpful resources about the Arkansas real estate career
This article is part of the “Arkansas Real Estate Career Series.” If you want to know more about being a real estate agent in Iowa, I invite you to check out the following articles:
- How to Become a Real Estate Agent in Arkansas?
- How to Pass the Arkansas Real Estate Exam?
- How Much do Real Estate Agents Make in Arkansas?
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