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How to Develop Your Realtor Brand

By Lindsay Goebel Last Updated March 21, 2022 4 min read

Once you pass your real estate exam, become a licensed agent, and join a brokerage, you should develop your real estate brand. The brokerage who hired you likely provides a real estate agent branding guide and marketing materials. But an individual real estate brand is essential for individual real estate professionals, too. 

According to The Ideas For Real Estate podcast, a brand is no longer logos and catchy slogans but more of an emotional experience and relationship between you and your clients. 

If you’re interested in creating long-term success for your real estate business, consider the four strategies below to help develop your real estate branding. 

Find a Niche

Real estate is one industry where having a niche works exceptionally well. Because most agents depend on referrals for business, specializing in a specific property, location, or client type can set you up for tremendous success in your local real estate market. 

There are several niches to consider. When searching for your real estate niche, think about the latest market trends and changes in buying interests. Once you determine your ideal customer and customer base, you can plan a strong branding strategy optimized for your future success. 

Here are a few niches to explore: 

Expired Listings and FSBO

Expired listings are properties that a real estate agent represented but couldn’t sell within the contract deadline. An FSBO is a For Sale By Owner property where the seller did not hire a listing agent. Both of these property types are lucrative niches for a new or seasoned agent to find success. 

If you aren’t sure how to win an expired listing, take a look at this guide. Additionally, this article is a fantastic resource to share with potential clients who are FSBOs. 

The expired listing/FSBO niche is prosperous because it can quickly drum up more referrals and potential customers. When your previously disgruntled client has a great experience with you, they will refer your services to other expired listing or FSBO contacts. 

Multifamily Units and Condos

When discovering your ideal real estate niche, consider property types. If you live in a major city and understand the advantages of living in a condominium or apartment complex, maybe that should be your niche! 

Should you choose multifamily properties as your niche, you can become highly educated in the design, architecture, and lifestyle they offer owners. Additionally, this niche allows you to build your sphere of influence significantly in your farm area. 

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If you live or work in an urban area, multi-family listings could be a profitable niche!

First-time Home Buyers

Did you know that nearly one-third of home buyers are first-time home buyers? That statistic alone is why the first-time home buyer niche is a viable option. While you may need to be more hands-on with your clients, the reward is two-fold. 

It’s exciting to help a first-time home buyer find and purchase a property. Also, this client base definitely has an abundance of referrals to send your way. First-time home buyers likely know plenty of other friends and family also searching for their first house. Any niche that elevates your referral network is one to consider. 

Active Military and Veterans

Another niche that will help with brand awareness is representing active military and veterans. Military home buyers, both active and veterans, have the option to apply for a VA loan. If you decide to be in this niche, it’s crucial to understand the ins and outs of the VA loan process. 

Military home buyers often search for a real estate agent who specializes in helping Veterans and active-duty personnel. This niche is occupation-specific, which means a higher chance of targeted referrals. 

Build Relationships

After you determine your real estate niche, turn your focus to building valuable relationships. While a name, logo, and mission statement are essential to your branding, so is how those in your sphere of influence spread your message. A visual representation of your personal branding can help build these relationships. Strong relationships are a foundational element to any successful real estate brand. These relationships include vendors, colleagues, friends, family, and satisfied clients. 

You can maintain these relationships with in-person meetups and online communications through your social media channels and by sending email blasts with updates on your business. Contacting your sphere of influence on a consistent basis with genuine conversations helps maintain these vital relationships. 

Develop Content

A brand thrives with valuable content. When you develop content for your website and blog, you’ll see a boost in online exposure. Content creation is an essential marketing strategy for most businesses with any sort of online presence. 

Not only can content improve SEO, which helps you rank higher on search engines, but it also signals to potential clients that you are an expert in your industry. When you publish real estate resources for your target audience, you are essentially telling prospective clients that you are the real deal. 

Content is sharable, too. In fact, it’s vital when it comes to real estate marketing. You can repurpose and share your content on your social media platforms and in your email marketing campaigns.

Optimize Your Social Media 

Another way to develop your real estate brand is by optimizing your social media channels. If you don’t have a social media business page for your real estate business, go ahead and create one on Facebook, Instagram, and even TikTok. Social media presence is an essential piece of your real estate branding strategy. You should market your social media posts to potential clients in your real estate niche. 

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Sharing photos of your listings on social media can increase your sphere of influence. Consistent, professional photos will build your branding!

Social media is an ideal way to connect with your audience while displaying your real estate brand online.

Developing a cohesive and attractive brand is critical for real estate agents in any market. A real estate brand is so much more than aesthetics. Your real estate business will succeed if you develop your brand for a specific niche while building relationships, developing valuable content, and optimizing your social channels.

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