October 23, 2019
10 Time-Saving Hacks for Real Estate Agents
As a provider of title products, closing and escrow services to lenders, brokers, realtors, title agencies, telecom companies and due diligence providers nationwide, we know a thing or two about process. In the fast-moving world of real estate, it makes or breaks a business.
For many agents we work with, just keeping up with daily tasks is too much. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to experiment with new sales and marketing techniques or learn about new technology.
But with this list of time-saving hacks for real estate agents, you may be able to shift time spent on mindless tasks to the higher-level thinking and strategy that can help you grow your business. We hope you find them useful!
- Try Discoverly
This smart Chrome extension will cut down the time you spend vetting new clients and researching cold leads. It will show you the social media accounts of anyone you’re researching, and even tell you if you have connections in common.
- Use the VSCO App
Are you spending a lot of time trying to correct or filter the images you have of a property? The VSCO app can help. Several of their preset settings quickly fix common errors in real estate photography.
- Invest in an Appointment Service
You’re always arranging appointments, which often means calling your client/contact, waiting for them to look at their calendar, and haggling about time and place. An appointment service like Showingtime can do all of that work for you. The time savings really add up.
- Hands-Free Calling
While it’s smart to relegate simple conversations like appointment scheduling to an appointment app, sometimes naturally, you need to speak directly with your client. Why not do it when you’re on the road? For safety and convenience, invest in some hands-free calling technology to get it done. Two birds, one stone in the name of the game.
- Hire Administrative Staff
This is often the last thing a real estate agent considers; after all, there are complications involved in hiring and supervising staff. However, administrative staff can significantly cut down the time you spend doing menial work, especially if you’re experiencing solid growth. Think of it as reinvesting in your business.
Is there something that you know you should spend more time on, but you just never get around to? Try setting aside specific time blocks where you focus on just that thing. For instance, every day from 10:00 am to 10:30 am you might check and respond to comments on social media, which is a key to growing business in the digital age. It’s always hard to find the time for ancillary tasks like this, but it won’t feel that way if you have a set time for it every day.
- Introduction Packages
This one comes down to the power of the written word. You may find that when you first gain a client, they have a lot of questions. You may notice you’re answering the same questions over and over. Creating an introduction package that covers the most common questions can save a TON of time.
- Curate Social Media Content
You likely do a lot of reading to keep up with the industry. You might also do a lot of content creation to engage your customers. Combine the two by sharing your favorite articles on your social media. For example, browse through our blog to find some thoughtful pieces.
- Automate Social Media
Speaking of your social media content, there are other ways to make it take even less time. Automate it through a service like Hootsuite or SproutSocial so you don’t need to manually publish across different channels (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.). Then, you can spend a single block of time creating your social media posts for the month (Step 6).
- Try the One Tab Extension
This is another useful Chrome extension that can save you time. This one allows you to close multiple tabs at once, and open them later when you need them.
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