There is a new blog network in Birmingham, Alabama! The Realtors at Weichert, Realtors – Access Realty have joined together and created the only real estate blogging network in Birmingham.
The blogs are titled simply by their city names such as: Homewood Homes, Hoover Real Estate, etc., making them easy to find.
The blogs contain the latest homes for sale and real estate news about the local communities. I have included links to the citys that are up on my link list to the right. Check them out!
Generating Online Interest in Your Property
The internet is all the rage when it comes to real estate. According to the National Association of Realtors, when a buyer starts thinking of buying, the first place they turn is the internet. Just 10 years ago – it was getting in the car and driving around.
With gasoline prices approaching $3 a gallon, more and more people will search online first before they do any driving.
So – if you are an agent or a seller, how do you get your property noticed online?
Let’s talk about being an agent first. If you are with a national franchise and/or your company is affiliated with the local board of Realtors, there is a good chance that your listings will get streamed to Realtor.com. Relator.com is the #1 property search engine in the world and just keeps getting bigger and better. The site is ranked by Alexa.com as the #8 site – in the WORLD. That’s pretty big. Real estate agents already have this site in their favor.
As a home seller, you do not have such an advantage. You can either buy into one of the FSBO (For Sale By Owner) products out there that will put your home on the internet for you, or you can put up your own site and sales page for your home. Of course, if someone is searching for a home in your area, and your site doesn’t come up on the first page or two of the major search engines, no one will ever see it.
With people shopping more online and doing less driving around, it puts todays home sellers (those selling without an agent) at a pretty big disadvantage. If they would list their home with an agent whose company has a popular internet presence, their home would sell a lot faster because of the increased exposure.
Our company site is such a site. If you go to Google and search on “Birmingham Alabama Homes for Sale”, you will see that the Access Realty site comes in at #3 or #4 on the first page. That’s a huge advantage for anyone who wants to sell a home in Birmingham.
One other way to sell a home is to generate a large roster of interested buyers. This can be accomplished online by setting up what are called mini-sites designed to capture llists of people who are currently in the market for a home. This works great for real estate agents but may not work so well with a seller of just one home. You can get more information on these mini-sites and how to accomplish this HERE. As I said before, this type of buyer generation works extremely well these days because almost everyone shops online before getting in the car and driving around looking for homes.
Alabama Real Estate in Recovery
(Birmingham, AL) The Alabama real estate market is already recovering from recent lows. Evidence is everywhere.
Inventories of property on the market hit an all time high at the end of november 2007 into the first of December 2007. Since then, the inventory of property for sale has been shrinking. This is always the first sign. As property inventories decrease, the demand for property rises. This causes price support and shores up values.
Mortgage applications, or new people applying for a home loan, increased 12% just last week. This is yet another sign that more buyers are entering the market to buy a home. If you combine this with the fact that inventories are shrinking, it doesn’t take a genius to see that values will stop declining soon and prices will again start to rise.
New listings coming soon!
Access Realty, Inc.