Closing on a house is an exciting day for the buyers and agent who helped make it happen. From the initial house search to the final inspection, every step is emotionally-charged until the deal goes through. When the clients are happy, an agent has an opportunity to encourage future business. Use these seven tips to stay connected with clients and get more referrals.
Be Available After the Closing
During the hectic days of buying or selling a home, clients communicate regularly with their real estate agent. Maintain that connection after the closing. On the day after closing, follow-up with an email, call, or text to congratulate them on owning their new home. While the clients are moving in, stop by with flowers, food, or anything they would appreciate based on past conversations. If they are private people, have something special sent to the house with a congratulatory note. After a month, reach out with a postcard or quick call to inquire if they need anything.
Create an Exclusive List
Over time, a client might forget an agent unless they stay connected. Create a follow-up list to reach out to clients long after closing on a house. Stay in touch by using the client’s preferred method of communication. Send cards, emails, or text messages to wish clients a happy birthday and joyful holiday season. Affiliated Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate agents can send subscriptions to Better Homes & Gardens magazines and other magazines of interest to the buyers with a customized label with their headshot and personalized message on the cover. As a buyer is settling into their new home, they are sure to appreciate the inspirational design ideas as they make the home their own. Remember to send closing day anniversary messages that encourage them to contact you if they need assistance and refer you to others who are buying or selling a property. Be willing to provide free advice to past clients, such as a home valuation or a recommendation for a home renovation contractor. The information an agent provides freely today can turn into new business tomorrow.
Bring Them Into the Fold With Branded Merchandise
After closing on a house, give the clients branded merchandise – express pleasure in being able to help them find a home. State how proud the agency was to help make their dreams come true. Branded merchandise can make clients feel connected with the agent and company. And whenever clients wear or use the branded items, they act as an ongoing advertisement for the business. Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate affiliated agents can offer a variety of quality branded swag including apparel, gifts, business accessories, golf products, and more.
Connect On Social Media
Establish connections with clients and associates on social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Become a valued resource with something interesting to share. Post listings, useful advice for homeowners, and local updates. Share targeted information with clients based on their interests. For example, a client who likes comedy might appreciate an occasional joke. Or someone with a neighborhood business would be happy to get a shout-out on social media from a local real estate agent. And offer to meet locals for a cup of coffee at the local diner or café for a personal touch.
Support a Charitable Cause
Local charities are always looking for support, volunteers, and donations. Supporting a charity is a wonderful way to stay active in the neighborhood while doing something good for someone else. People see a volunteer in action or read when a company sponsors a charity. Attend a charitable event, such as a marathon or cocktail party to connect with former clients and prospect for new ones. Besides doing something important, helping a charitable cause builds trust because clients know an agent cares.
Become a Local Resource
What are the current market conditions for buying or selling a home in the area? When is the best time of year to do specific home renovations? Where are the local hot spots, and why does everyone in the neighborhood love them? Answers to these types of questions turn an agent into a valued local resource. Provide consistent updates on a blog, social media, or by sending an email newsletter. Agents with localized expertise build trust and become well-known for their dedicated community involvement.
Host an Annual Event
Hosting an annual event is an easy way to stay connected with former clients. An agent can hold a holiday party and visitors to bring an item for those in need. Agents can give away candy on Halloween, encouraging former clients to visit the office to trick-or-treat. Get involved in local happenings by having a float at the local parade with a banner advertising the agency. Remember to share all the activities and events on social media to give attendees something to look forward to each year. And prospective clients will see an agent who is committed to being an important part of the neighborhood.
Agents help clients get through the ups and downs of a house search. Closing on a house with a client is a significant accomplishment for everyone. Continue to celebrate it in the weeks and years ahead by staying connected with clients – and reaping the rewards of repeat business and referrals.