From Contacts to Contracts: Building Relationships in Real Estate

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Before we discuss building relationships in real estate, we want to emphasize that relationship building should not simply be a business strategy because real estate is more than a business.  As a real estate agent, you’ll participate in one of the most significant financial and emotional decisions your clients will make. 

In addition, if you live and work in the same community, you and your family will interact with your clients on a personal level. Your kids will go to school together, and you’ll worship together. You’ll be there for each other when tragedy strikes and support each other’s businesses. So, instead of looking at relationship development to increase business, consider it a byproduct of building meaningful relationships.  

Forming these types of relationships solely as a sales strategy won’t work. Authenticity is essential. Genuine engagement resonates more deeply than any business strategy. Plus, it makes life more enjoyable. 

How do you form relationships with others in your community? Gold Coast Schools has created a guide on how to build relationships in real estate as a part of our Agent Blueprints for Success. Click on this link to sign up to receive downloadable ebooks filled with actionable strategies.  

Here’s a sneak peek of how to build relationships in real estate. But first, let’s discuss why it’s important.  

Why It’s Important to Build Relationships in Real Estate 

We’ve discussed the importance of building community at a personal level, but there are also advantages of being part of a close-knit community at a professional level. Here are some reasons why building relationships as a real estate agent is important.  

  • Trust and Credibility: Active involvement in community events and organizations helps a real estate agent establish trust and credibility with potential clients. People are more likely to trust and do business with someone they perceive as invested in their community. 
  • Increased Visibility: Participating in and sponsoring community events and volunteering your time helps others and increases your visibility as a real estate professional. This heightened visibility can lead to more leads and referrals. 
  • Word-of-Mouth Marketing: Word-of-mouth referrals are the truest form of organic marketing. Engaging with the community increases the likelihood of referrals. 
  • Access to Information: Involvement in community organizations often provides access to information and market insights. You’ll learn about what is happening in your community, such as upcoming developments, enabling you to know when you might be of service. 
  • Personal Fulfillment: Contributing to the betterment of your community through volunteering and supporting local causes can be personally fulfilling. It allows you to make a positive impact beyond your professional endeavors. 

How to Build Relationships in Real Estate 

Our free ebook will guide you on how to build relationships in your community as a real estate agent. However, before you dive in, it’s important that you realize that these tips will not work overnight. Building relationships takes time and effort.  

Here are the main topics our ebook will cover. 

Identifying your community

What specific communities do you want to engage with? What are you hoping to achieve by engaging with this particular group? These are questions you must ask yourself as you embark on your real estate career.  

Be an active participant in your community

Being actively involved demonstrates your commitment to your community. Show that you are a valuable community member by offering your expertise and showing support to others.  

Offer value

How can you contribute to your community? Instead of focusing on your professional knowledge, think about your other skills and talents. For example, you could coach a youth soccer team or volunteer to speak at a high school career forum.  

Leverage digital platforms when establishing connections with your community

Leave online reviews of local businesses, comment on people’s Facebook posts, and share valuable content. These are three easy ways to use the online world to become a more integral member of the in-person world.  

Foster genuine connections

Examine your heart before you interact with community members. You may struggle with authenticity if your real estate business is at the forefront of your mind during every interaction.  

There’s more to building relationships in real estate than just being an extrovert. In fact, extroverts sometimes struggle even more with relationships because they are quick to speak but slow to listen.  

Whether you are starting your real estate career or have a few years under your belt, check out Gold Coast Schools’ real estate blog. We have tons of valuable content to help real estate agents of every experience level. And when it’s time to take continuing education courses to renew your Florida real estate license – or upgrade your license, we can help with that, too.