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If Listings Could Talk - Five Tips To Help Your Listing Stand Out

You have worked hard to get the listing appointment, beaten out the competition and have secured the listing.  During your listing presentation, you demonstrated your knowledge of the market and the neighborhood.  You relied on your reputation and sales record as well as your brokerage and brand recognition to speak for your success. 

Since most sellers are now keenly aware of the power of the internet, you lay out your marketing plan to demonstrate how you will use the internet, social media and social networking to sell their home,.

With the property details and pictures in hand, you create the MLS listing and upload your photos.  You schedule the open house, prepare newspaper ad copy and send out “Just Listed” announcements to the neighbors, and all your buyer prospects and agents.

You are off to a great start!  Now, how do you get your listing to stand out from all the others and get your potential buyers interested enough to come see the house, while at the same time “wowing” your sellers with your marketing savvy! 

Here are some ideas often missed that could make a big difference:

  1. Add More Pictures! Add the most pictures allowed by your MLS and also  Buyers will search by “Number of Photos” and your listing will rise to the top.
  2. Create a Virtual Tour. allows buyers to search by “Featured Tours” and again, your property will rise to the top of the search.  And you don’t have to spend a lot of money, you can “Do-It-Yourself”.
  3. Add Video.  YouTube is the second highest search site on the internet next to Google, and Google owns YouTube, so your listing will show up faster in online searches. And again, it’s easy and free with some virtual tour services.
  4. Add Personal Narration to your virtual tour.  Nobody will be as excited and emphasize the key features of your listing like you will.  Get excited, smile when you talk and use your passion to tell your homes story!
  5. Get Social!  Add your virtual tour and listing to Facebook and Twitter.  Promote your open house on Craigslist and Backpage and write a blog in Trulia, RealTown and/or ActiveRain.

Special HouseYou want your listing to stand out and grab the attention of the buyer, and your seller for that matter.  Anything you can do to differentiate your listing, and move it to the top of the online viewing stack, will help sell your listing faster.  And you will probably find some new buyers and sellers in the process.  We have all heard the saying; “it only takes one buyer to sell a house”.  You just have to do the right things to find that one buyer before another listing does.

And none of this needs to be difficult or time consuming.  Working with the right tools, all of the above can be done in a matter of minutes, not hours! If your listing could talk, you would want it to say “Hey, look at me, I’m special”.    What does your listing say?

Written by Tim Denbo


VirtualTourCafe, LLC is based in Dublin, California and was co-founded by Timothy Denbo and Hannele Rinta-Tuuri.  The business is operated as a limited liability company and has an advisory board made up of professionals in the real estate, technology, and marketing fields.

Comment balloon 6 commentsTim Denbo • March 09 2011 09:30AM


Tim, Cool Tips and very important.

Posted by Sham Pathania (Zolo Realty, Brokerage) over 8 years ago

When you post pictures name the picture for your keywords

Posted by Jack O'Neal (HomeSmart Elite Group) over 8 years ago

Sham, Jack:

Thank you for taking the time to read my post and especially for leaving a comment, it is truly appreciated!  Tim

Posted by Tim Denbo, Tim Denbo, VirtualTourCafe (VirtualTourCafe, LLC) over 8 years ago

I love the posting of an Open House in Craigslist * I think that is a GREAT idea and should get some good feedback for sellers

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 8 years ago

Wallace - Thank you for your comment.  Yes, we have many agents who have tremendous results with Craigslist for the Open House postings.  It's probably the best real estate use for Craigslist from our experience.  Thanks again for your comment.

Posted by Tim Denbo, Tim Denbo, VirtualTourCafe (VirtualTourCafe, LLC) over 8 years ago

I think #1 and #5 are huge !!!!!!!!!!! AR is a great tool to use to do #5 !

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) over 8 years ago

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