This is a special podcast on prospecting and Cold Calling for Commercial Real Estate Agents. There are 5 topics to help you understand the best ways to prospect for new clients. 1. The Cold Calling System is Not Dead, 2. Some Effective Cold Calling Tips, 3. How to Improve Client Connections, 4. Don’t Hang Up in Calling, 5. 10 Ways to Improve Your Commercial Real Estate Agent Career Opportunities. These are training programs by John Highman for Commercial Real Estate Brokers and Agents around the World.
Here are some MP3 audio tips for brokers and agents today in our recent pod-cast. You can listen to them on your iPhone or Android device.
There are 3 topics for you:
- How to create a prospecting letter system in commercial real estate brokerage
- Understanding how to deal with rejection in prospecting today
- Knowing where to find the opportunity in the commercial real estate market today
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Every commercial real estate broker should be putting out a newsletter by email once a week or once per fortnight. This strategy will help you stay in touch with your clients and prospects whilst also telling them of the changes in the market and the listings that are available.
To make this work you need an autoresponder, and some good marketing material to feed into the newsletter on a regular basis. Make it interesting in every way possible.
Here is an MP3 audio file for agents and brokers considering starting this process.
When it comes to commercial real estate presentations and pitches for new listings, you can set up your competing agents to fail in their presentations to your prospective client.
You can raise questions and ideas that make it difficult for the competition to appear relevant or real in the listing consideration for the client.
Listen to the MP3 audio and hear what I have to say on that.
In commercial real estate from time to time, you will get a slump in sales. That will come from a variety of challenges and market changes. When that occurs, it is important that you adjust your prospecting processes and market focus.
A slump in sales is a reason to shift your personal business practices and market segments. If the sales activity is genuinely slower for a long time, then you should start to look at the alternatives of helping landlords with leasing activity in the local area. Invariably you will find that a new commission opportunity still exists, albeit in a different way.
Here are some rules that should apply to the changing market conditions and a personal slump in sales:
- A slump will only continue if you fail to adjust your prospecting and business efforts. In many respects, the downturn may have been created through a lack of personal prospecting and client connection. It is easy to stop prospecting when you have plenty of business on the go. That is the most common problem we see when it comes to this type of industry downturn.
- Review your activities when it comes to new business generation. Take a serious look at your database to ascertain that it is up to date and accurate in every respect. If your database is lacking in any way, it will require immediate attention and that will involve plenty of phone calls talking to those people that you have overlooked or not connected with recently.
- Talk to all of the clients that you have serviced over the last five years. It is a known fact that property owners and investors work to a cycle of ownership and disposal. Many property owners will act on a property decision or transaction once every 5 to 7 years. That is why the cycle of contact is so important to the business that we generate.
- Ask for referrals from the clients and the prospects that you know. This is the easiest relationship building process available to us.
- Get back into your sales territory and the streets that contain the quality properties. Door-knock the local businesses to introduce yourself and question them about their current property needs and activities. Most business owners and proprietors will know a lot more about their immediate local property market than you do. They are likely to share some of that information that can lead to some good leads and other connections.
- Look for any new property developments and any rezoning applications. You can get this information from the local planning office. Whilst some of these transactions take months if not years to come to fruition, you can position yourself to help those property owners impacted by the changes.
- Lift your presence on the Internet through social media activity and also specific property blogging activity. Show the online world that you are a real expert when it comes to the property type and the location.
To get over a slump in sales activity, it is simply a matter of changing your focus and your business habits. Put yourself back into a prospecting mindset and reconnect with the market in every way possible.
You can get more tips like this at our main commercial real estate training website right here.