Today I want to move forward to Step #2 of our process: BUILDING your house list in both size and quality.
One of the most common questions I get from agents who start this process is…
“How Do I Create My House List Big and
Responsive Enough to Generate Clients?”
My answer is…it’s EASY once you put your mind to it. In fact, I have “wet behind the ears” rookies right now who…in just 6 to 12 months…followed this process and they’re making more money than 90% of the agents in their areas – many of them making multi-$6-figures.
I’m serious. Here’s just one out of hundreds of comments I’ve received about our marketing system (and you can see more by clicking here)…
Over the next few weeks I’m going to share with you 5 proven strategies for building your House List BIG and FAST – starting with today’s strategy…
The BIG LIST™
The very best place to start building your House List (or quickly adding to an existing one) is by capturing names and contact information on people you already know.
That’s why I created The BIG LIST™ strategy.
The BIG LIST™ is designed to be a ‘memory helper‘ in adding names to your House List Tracking System™ database. It’s very easy to use…and very complete.
You’re going to be surprised at how many people you already know who can be part of your House List from day one. Here are 3 tips to help you in the process:
Your Goal is NOT To Have the Largest House List…
But to Have the Most PROFITABLE List!
This process is very helpful even if you’re an established agent who wants to supercharge your database to start harvesting more new clients, referrals and repeat business.
To start the process, take out a pen and piece of paper.
There are 10 categories of contacts I’m going to walk you through. Under each category, I will list out people you should consider. Remember, if you don’t have full contact information right now, just write down the immediate information you have on these people.
One more tip: with each person, you can also write down the “Category” of the contact (for example, “C” for client, “S” for supplier, “P” for prospect, “R” for other REALTOR®, etc. – as we talked about in Article 8).
Also, you should write down the “Quality” of the contact (for example, “A” for highest quality contact – someone who’s referred to you in the past – your “Power Players”, “B” for past client who could refer in the future, and “C” for your general House List member).
Category #1: List People Who Have Already Sent You a Referral:
Category #2: List out People You ALREADY Know – Closest Contacts:
Category #3: People You Meet or See in Your Practice on a Regular Basis: Each day you meet and see people who could go in your database if you make a habit of remembering to ask them. Make a point to get them on your database.
Category #4: People Who Provide PROFESSIONAL Services to Your Practice: These people can be very influential in generating new business because you’re already working with them and/or sending them business. So there’s a natural tendency to reciprocate with you. Remember, you get what you give – actively make referrals, harvest the professional relationship and you’ll see more business coming your way.
Category #5: People Who Provide PERSONAL SERVICES to You:
Category #6: People Who Belong to the SAME ORGANIZATIONS as You: Here’s an opportunity to leverage your database very large, very quickly. Remember this: your best strategy is to be considered part of your “Network’s network.” The secret is to gather names of other members in organizations you belong to, and create a common connection with them.
Category #7: People Who Can Send You Business BEFORE Anyone Else Knows: Think about who some sellers and buyers contact before they list or hire an agent? If you have a relationship with those people, you’ll be first in line for a referral (some are duplicates from earlier).
Category #8: People Who Have the Ability to Send You a Large Volume of Business: Around your community there are people who have the ability to give you a lot of business – they’re in contact with clients you want to work with on a regular basis.
Category #9: Targeted Residents in Your Farming Areas: If you target farm correctly, over time you’ll create relationships with many of these folks. When you speak with someone in a farm area, and you’re confident they’ll know who you are, you should get them into your house list. You’ll be amazed how much business you can get from this activity. I’m going to share with you an amazing strategy for “target farming” later in this course.
Category #10: Build Relationships with Other REALTORS®: Many agents are hesitant to cultivate relationships with their “competition.” But there are many agents you don’t compete with who could send you business. They include…
Whew! That’s a pretty long list. It’s long because I wanted to give you as many possible “memory triggers” for adding folks into your database.
Don’t get overwhelmed. The most important point is that you simply START the process. You’ll see, very quickly your list will grow larger and larger – once you make the commitment.
Remember, you’re building the most valuable asset in your business. And when you employ a Monthly Calendar Contact System (you’ll learn more about the “7 Contact Systems” in Step #3), like Service For Life!®, your list starts producing regular new clients, referrals, converted leads, and repeat business.
Believe in the marketing – it’s worked for thousands of agents who are making real estate a fantastic, hugely-profitable career.
And sure as spring flowers bloom…it will work for you too.
Every day I meet agents who either have no House List…or they have a House List with whom they’ve never communicated – except for a calendar at the end of the year or some other occasional contact.
And that’s not going to cut it in this business.
So let’s get your House List started – or if you have a House List…let’s get it tuned up and ready for action.
Take 30 minutes right now and go through The Big List. Add as many people as you can think. If you don’t have their contact information, don’t worry about it – just get them on the list.
I’ll show you how to follow-up and get details on your House List shortly, but for now, just get it started.
Oh…one more thing. I need another commitment from you. Commit to me (actually yourself) that you will make the process of managing your house list a lifetime priority.
This means you’ll need to commit to regularly adding folks, purging names, and progressively increasing the quality of people throughout the life of your business.
Focus no this simple process and give it priority, and your production will grow and grow automatically.
If you start adding folks to your House List, you’ll find a lot of missing information on your list. It’ll be things like birthdays, kids names, home anniversary dates, etc.
Would you like a simple resource to help capture this information…and in the process get new listings and buyers?
Then let me help you get it done.
In Article 10 I’ll share with you a simple “letter system” that will 1) get you reacquainted with your House List, 2) help capture important information you’ll use for your House List Tracking System, and 3) most likely get a bunch of new business in the process.
(Hint: This very same “letter system” can work gangbusters for a targeted farming area too.)
See you in a few days with this amazing system…