Whether you marketed your property for sale or for rent during 2020, the pandemic, shelter in place rules, and quarantines sure proved to be a challenge. As we enter 2021, some of the challenges we faced might actually serve as lessons and help us bring creativity into our real estate marketing efforts.
Take video for example. Video has long been an effective marketing tool, with real estate listings utilizing video receiving 403% more inquiries than those that don’t, however, up until now, video had not been used widely, but rather for luxury or top tier properties, and rarely used as a substitute for in-person showings. 2020 and people’s inability to see properties in person, made buyers and renters more willing to buy and rent sight unseen, relying on video alone. This was a huge step in embracing technology in an industry as traditional as real estate, however, we have a long way to go from landlords and sellers walking around a home with their video conferencing apps on.
To provide your property with a strong and attractive presence in the market, you need good quality video that affords your prospective tenants or buyers with an experience as similar to an in-person visit as possible.
We understand video can be quite intimidating, but we are here to help. Whether you decide to give your audience a live tour or pre-record a video, video can be a fun way to make your property the talk of the town.
Here are some tips for making your videos pop:
Tip #1: Strategize Video should be part of your marketing strategy, and as such, should be properly planned and implemented. Some of the things you should keep in mind in the planning phase are:
The real estate industry is all about aesthetics. If a home is not visually pleasing, it will be difficult to get off the market. Whether you are pre-recording a video as part of your marketing campaign, or giving a live tour to a potential tenant or buyer, make sure the property is ready to be shown. If the property is empty, make sure it is clean and well lit. If it is occupied or furnished, make sure all areas are decluttered, particularly the kitchen (kitchen counters should have as little as possible on them), beds are made, shower doors and toilet lids closed, curtains drawn/open, etc.
Tip #3: Make your videos human
Buying and renting a home is a personal experience. While it is true that this may be one of the most significant financial decisions an individual makes, it is also an emotional one. Your videos, whether pre-recorded or live, should tell a story that touches people’s emotions, so get in the habit of storytelling.
Tip #4: Use 360 views
Showing a tangible, three dimensional space in a two-dimensional surface is not easy, especially a property in which you need to showcase several large, multi-functional spaces. Combining standard video with 360 views can immerse buyers and renters into the space so they can truly experience it.
Tip #5: Sell the lifestyle
When you sell a home, you sell its location and amenities as much as you sell the features of the property, so make sure you include the building’s common areas and the neighborhood’s city life (closeby gym, restaurants, etc) in your story.
So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and film!