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Tips for Writing Effective Yellow Letters

The more technologically-advanced the world gets, the more some of us are tempted to abandon methods of communication that seem quaint and out-dated. Well, a yellow letter is a method of communicating with sellers that seems quaint on the surface but can be effective when it is crafted in the correct manner. In other words, communicating with potential sellers is never going to be out-dated. And communication – both written and oral – is a large part of what we as real estate professions do.

What Are Yellow Letters?

Yellow letters are a form of direct mail marketing utilizing yellow, lined paper in order to look more personal. As such, some of the rules governing how to effectively use other kinds of direct mail apply to yellow letters as well. Some of them do. Yellow letters can be very effective when you create them in such a manner as to stand out from the tons of other mail your prospects receive on a daily basis. Here’s a quick primer on how to add color to your real estate marketing efforts using yellow letters.

  • Know your audience: You must know something about the people you are trying to reach in order to tailor your pitch to fit their needs. Otherwise you will be taking shots in the dark and blowing your advertising budget. Do your research first.
  • Carefully draft your letter: Make a draft before composing your letter and watch things such as length and word usage. Be sure to add as much detail as you can so that interested consumers can reach you if they want.
  • Tell them what you want them to do: Never assume readers know what it is that you want them to do. Make your call to action clear and succinct.
  • Create the actual letters: After you have created a framework for your letter it will then be time to write them. If you are not confident in your writing abilities, you can hire others to do this.
  • Track your data: Just as with any advertising campaign you will need to be able to track your results so that you will have actionable data when you need it.writing

Although there are expenses involved in creating, tracking and utilizing the data gathered by yellow letters, they should still be an essential part of your overall marketing strategy. Another part of your marketing strategy that you should utilize is our probate real estate leads. These – and the education our archival phone conferences can bring you – can help give you the edge over the competition. Real estate lead generation websites are also a tool that the successful professional can use to grow his/her business.

Closing Tips for Master Real Estate Professionals

You can schmooze clients, build relationships with various partners and acquire the best real estate leads possible via our probate lead list but at the end of the day it’s all about making the sell. This is the biggest challenge that real estate professionals face. In order to advance your career and propel your business forward, here are some of our carefully researched closing tips.

  • Keep it simple: Don’t overwhelm your client with facts and figures. Yes, they need information to make the best decision, but communicate this data in a personable and direct manner. Of course, you will want to provide the client with any information he/she solicits from you but do this mainly when you are sure they are interested in using your services.
  • Offer multiple options: By presenting multiple options to a potential client you will be able to guide them towards the outcome that works best for them. The reward you will get for these efforts is a customer who trusts you.
  • Listen: There is an old saying that goes “selling isn’t tell, its listening.” You can easily end up pushing your client towards a property he/she is not interested in by not listening to him/her. Ask key questions of your client and listen closely. This will help you know what they need from the start, it will help you gain their trust and respect and it will prevent you from wasting your time in that it will prevent you from guiding your client in a direction they do not wish to go.house
  • Work on your script: Scripts are not bad things. They are not amateurish. They are good. Scripts help you to organize your thoughts and direct your pitch to your client.
  • Ensure constant contact and communication: Make sure that your client can reach you when they need to. Having your client believe you are ignoring them is a surefire way to alienate him/her. Upon your first contact with them, give them all your contact details and let them know when they can reach you.

Of course, we can give you more detailed information on how to expand the following tips. These are just a thumbnail of some strategies you should be using to seal the deal as it were. We have on our site a conference call archive that you can access for more details and of course we have Probate Mastery training that consists of three comprehensive sessions (7 to 9 hours total). These will tell you everything you need to know to turn our vetted leads into clients.

Best Home Staging Tips (Including Virtual Staging)

Even the best real estate leads are only as good as the property that is being sold. Or to put it more precisely, the best leads are made better with the proper staging of the property involved. And let’s face it – in real estate it is all about putting the best face possible on a given property. This is why we’ve boiled down five essential home staging ideas that are both easy to do and proven to bring in the money. Hopefully, these tips will add to your arsenal of education, our probate marketing courses and our vetted leads.

  • Go digital to stage on a budget: Virtual staging is the latest thing and it expands the scope of who your potential clients can be. Use one of the many real estate imaging services to create virtual furnishings that look almost impossible to differentiate from the real thing. This will help potential buyers picture themselves in the home you are trying to sell them far easier.
  • Have pictures taken of the home before you stage it: To give potential buyers a better idea of how they would decorate a space, have your photographer take pictures of the listing empty before you stage it. This will also spare you the cost that your virtual stager would charge to remove furniture and then photograph that space.home
  • Change outdated lighting fixtures: Lighting fixtures are usually such a prominent feature in most homes that it would be a huge mistake to not replace old ones as a part of the staging process. Fortunately, lighting fixtures are non-structural features of a home that can be switched out fairly easily. Moreover, a shiny new lighting fixture adds a touch of class to a home.
  • Make sure the home is cleaned inside-and-out before you stage it: Take the time and effort to make sure that the outside of the home is in tip top shape and that it has curb appeal. Make sure that the home is power-washed, that its gutters are clean, that its lawn is manicured, etc.
  • When in doubt, bring in a professional home stager: The majority of sellers and even real estate professionals have no idea to how stage a home so that it has optimal appeal. If needed add professional stagers to your network of partners.

According the National Association of Realtors, staging a home increases its value by anywhere from 6 to 10%. This is why it would be foolish to neglect this vital part of selling an estate once you have the leads and education we can offer you.

5 Psychological Tools for Power Selling

There’s no doubt about it – human beings are complex creatures. And a great part of selling anything you can imagine to other human beings takes a bit of psychological understanding. You have to be able to read people, to understand what motivates them and to integrate that into your sales strategy. For no matter how good your listing leads are, you will ultimately have to convince other members of our flawed species that your services are best suited for their needs. So, how do you do this effectively? How do you sell better, faster and more profitably from the probate lead list we can provide you with? Take a look at some of the psychological tools “power sellers” use to close the deal.

  • Give your prospect fewer options: Don’t make the decision making process overly complicated for your potential clients. You can best accomplish this by researching your prospects ahead of time in order to determine their specific needs. Also, boil your presentation down to a few specific benefits you can produce for him/her.
  • Understand the 3 types of buyers: Experts have broken down buyers into three types: spendthrifts, tightwads and average spenders. Their percentage in the general population breaks down to 15%, 24% and 61% respectively. If you are selling to tightwads be sure to bundle your services and explain why this saves them money in the long run.
  • Flaunt your expertise to build credibility: The more of an authority you are as a seller the more confidence buyers will have in you and your services. We can provide you with probate mastery training that will instill confidence in your prospects and help your business to become more profitable. With our program and our archived conference and video calls we can give more information on turning leads into prospects and prospects into clients.
  • Use urgency in a smart way: Let people know about the deadlines that exist as far as the courts are concerned. People will be more likely to choose your services if you let them know that you are prepared to act quickly on their behalf in order to put them at the greatest advantage.selling
  • Ask hesitant prospects to explain their reasoning: One effective way to poke holes in a prospect’s objections to using your services is to ask them to explain why they are hesitant. People like to appear to be consistent and logical even when they are not. Use this. Take this opportunity to chip away at their defenses and to further promote your service, explain your qualifications and to state your expertise in the field.

In short, great leads + a power seller = great profits. Great leads + a poor salesperson = poor sales. By pulling back the curtain and looking at what motivates people you can stand among the world’s most effective sales people, marketers and politicians. This – along with our quality leads and the education we can provide – will boost your sales and response rates to the next level.

Myths about Wills and Probate

At All the Leads, we’ve long contended that knowledge is power. If you browse the blog posts on our site and learn a little about the education we offer via our conference call video archive, you will see this principle in action. As a real estate professional you will be called upon to delve into a number of areas and interact with professionals in many different fields. So that you will not have to deal with the topic and professionals in the field, e.g., probate attorneys, from a position of ignorance, we are going to debunk the following myths about probate and wills in general.

  • If someone dies without a will, the state gets everything: This is a very common belief among a lot of people and one that is totally wrong. Although inheritance laws vary somewhat by state, when someone dies the spouse and children are usually the first in line to inherit the deceased person’s estate. Usually assets only go to the state when no relatives can be found. It is still a good idea to have a will to clear up any confusion.
  • It takes a lifetime to probate an estate: Usually the probate process is delayed only for a period of time as to allow creditors to file a claim. This period varies from state to state but is generally not very long.
  • The costs associated with probate will deplete the estate’s assets: For most estates probate isn’t even required in the first place. If an estate does need a formal probate, then the cost of probate is usually less than 5% of the estate’s total value. Sure, survivors are likely to face attorney’s fees but in some states attorneys charge a percentage of the estate’s value rather than a flat or hourly fee. This fee is usually less than if those same survivors were to pay a flat out hourly fee to a probate attorney.myth
  • The oldest child is entitled to be the executor of a parent’s estate: Birth order does not hold any water when it comes to who will be the executor of an estate. The court usually goes with whoever is named in the will regardless of whether or not they are the eldest sibling. The only exception to the court respecting the wishes of the deceased in these cases is when there is a compelling reason to not have the person named in the will be the executor.

Now that you’ve learned about some of the common misconceptions and misunderstandings regarding wills and probate, you can start the probate real estate investing process with accurate information and with confidence. This knowledge will also help you when you purchase listing leads from us. Don’t let probate be the one area that you are lacking knowledge.

Probate Case Study – Michelle Knobloch – All The Leads Reviews

All The Leads reviews are my favorite content to share with Real Estate Agents and Real Estate Investors.  Every day we live our #1 core value – Provide Value First – to help others find success in doing the same.  We provide a full system to help our Subscribers meet their business goals but, more importantly, a system that offers a huge impact in hundreds of communities to thousands of people every month across the US.

I’m thrilled to have finally captured Michelle’s story on camera so you guys can see the potential of becoming a Probate Expert in your market.  Her opening line says it all…


“All I can say is, it has brought so much joy and peace to be able to do what I do; becoming a specialist in this area.  The lives that we’ve touched, the difference that it’s made, it really is a blessing and we are all passionate about changing lives and making a difference.”
– Michelle Knobloch


Now, we ARE all running a business so it’s not always about “the feels” and emotions…sometimes it IS about dollars.  Serving as a Probate Expert can certainly make a difference in the lives of others but the value provided can also result in a 10x or greater return.  As you will see in the video, Michelle has invested $6,382 to make $61,042 in her first three years as a Probate Expert, which yielded a return on investment of 856.47%

 

Tenure:  3 Years

Probate Closings: 23

Total Cost: $6,382

Total Commissions: $61,042

Pipeline:  6

 

See more Case Studies and All The Leads reviews from our Subscribers HERE

 

If you are a real estate agent or real estate investor looking for real estate leads and you want to offer a service to your community then you really need to consider becoming a probate expert.  Over the next 40 years over $136 Trillion in assets will pass from one generation to the next and nearly 80% of that wealth is locked up in real estate.  This is an opportunity for you to build a strong pillar in your business while your competition is still out begging for business from the same leads they’ve worked for the past 20 years.  All The Leads provides a system driven by ever-expanding knowledge and experience.  To see how many leads we gather in your county each month click here.

5 Tips for Upping Your Social Media Marketing Game

If you’ve gotten nothing else from this blog then we hope that at least you’ve gotten the message that as a real estate professional you must utilize every tool at your disposal in order to grow your business. Several of these tools and resources we’ve already discussed at great length. For example, we’ve talked about how our probate listing leads will help you increase your profits and your success rate. We’ve also talked about how our conference call video archive can educate you further about the complex probate marketing process. In this post, we would like to talk about marketing your company via social media. Here are some social marketing tips for real estate experts.

  • Add reviews & services: If have not already posted reviews from your satisfied customers on your Facebook page you must do it now. Reviews are like gold for real estate agents. Also, make sure that your client testimonials and information about your services are clear on both your website and your social media pages. Demonstrating that you are willing to allow your prospective clients to have access to former customers lets your new clients know that you have confidence in your services.
  • Post photos on Instagram to generate leads: According to the latest social media studies, there are more than 700 million users on Instagram. Post your best photos on Instagram since it is very user friendly.
  • Tweet to promote listings: Though not as popular as Facebook or Instagram, real estate professionals can use this platform to connect with some of the strategic partners we discussed in past posts such as attorneys, clients, local business people, brands and influencers. social media
  • Have a presence on LinkedIn: This site has become the number one site for business professionals who are interested in growing their professional network. Its discussion boards, private messaging and blogging are perfect for savvy real estate professionals who desire to grow their presence.
  • Don’t forget the power of video marketing: According to a 2016 study by HubSpot, 45% of people watch more than an hour of Facebook or YouTube videos a week. And while it may be tempting to skip using YouTube in order to market your site, this would be a mistake. Real estate is a visual profession. Videos create a connection to actual places and things (such as estates, homes, etc.)

These seven sure-fire ways to market on social media should help you reach out to your target markets and consequently improve your performance. So will ordering our leads and educating yourself using the wealth of materials we have on our site.

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Myths about Wills and Probate

At All the Leads, we’ve long contended that knowledge is power. If you browse the blog posts on our site and learn a little about the education we offer via our conference call video archive, you will see this principle in action. As a real estate professional you will be called upon to delve into a number of areas and interact with professionals in many different fields. So that you will not have to deal with the topic and professionals in the field, e.g., probate attorneys, from a position of ignorance, we are going to debunk the following myths about probate and wills in general.

  • If someone dies without a will, the state gets everything: This is a very common belief among a lot of people and one that is totally wrong. Although inheritance laws vary somewhat by state, when someone dies the spouse and children are usually the first in line to inherit the deceased person’s estate. Usually assets only go to the state when no relatives can be found. It is still a good idea to have a will to clear up any confusion.
  • It takes a lifetime to probate an estate: Usually the probate process is delayed only for a period of time as to allow creditors to file a claim. This period varies from state to state but is generally not very long.
  • The costs associated with probate will deplete the estate’s assets: For most estates, probate isn’t even required in the first place. If an estate does need a formal probate, then the cost of probate is usually less than 5% of the estate’s total value. Sure, survivors are likely to face attorney’s fees but in some states attorneys charge a percentage of the estate’s value rather than a flat or hourly fee. This fee is usually less than if those same survivors were to pay a flat out hourly fee to a probate attorney.probate
  • The oldest child is entitled to be the executor of a parent’s estate: Birth order does not hold any water when it comes to who will be the executor of an estate. The court usually goes with whoever is named in the will regardless of whether or not they are the eldest sibling. The only exception to the court respecting the wishes of the deceased in these cases is when there is a compelling reason to not have the person named in the will be the executor.

Now that you’ve learned about some of the common misconceptions and misunderstandings regarding wills and probate, you can start the probate real estate investing process with accurate information and with confidence. This knowledge will also help you when you purchase listing leads from us. Don’t let probate be the one area that you are lacking knowledge.

Reasons Wills are Contested and How to Prepare for the Unexpected

As most real estate professionals know, it is typically very difficult to successfully challenge a will. This is generally because it is thought that the last wishes of the deceased should almost always be respected even if the living sometimes find some of these wishes to be arbitrary. However, simply because successful challenges are relatively rare, it does not mean that you or anyone else should be complacent when it comes to the probate process. The wrinkle of a challenge to a will can have a profound effect on attorneys, real estate professional and of course the survivors. Let’s look closely at a few grounds for which a will may be challenged. Then, we will look at how you can handle this and some of the other wrinkles that can arise during the probate process.

  • Testamentary capacity: When adults are assumed to lack testamentary capacity, it usually means that the adult in question has senility, dementia and insanity or was under the influence of alcohol or other substance that affected his/her judgment. In order for a successful challenge to be mounted on these grounds the individual must show the person who filled out the will did not under the consequences of said will before signing it.
  • Fraud, forgery, and undue influence: A will can be challenged if it has been proven that it was procured by fraud, forgery or undue influence. If this is proven to be the case then this is, of course, a deal breaker for you as areal estate professional.
  • The will wasn’t signed in accordance with applicable state laws: Each state has its own laws about how a will and testament must be signed. Although it sounds like clerical issue, it is an example of how a will can be successfully contested. It also happens to be the most common reason a will is successfully contested.

How You can Prepare

So how do you prepare for the unexpected, the unlikely and the undesired? You can do so by learning as much about the probate process as possible via our site. We have courses that will help you plan on such unexpected contingencies. We also have real estate leads for sale that will help you move your business forward. Next, you can prepare by-establishing a network of strategic partners such as a probate attorney, bankers, etc. This network can increase your knowledge of when something unplanned may happen.

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Top Probate Attorneys Give Pointers on How You Can Help Them

One of the key people who will increase the value provided by your services is a probate attorney. There are primarily two reasons for this: First, the probate process is very complex and the average layperson has problems negotiating the various legal twists and turns that are involved in even the simplest case. Second, probate is required in most cases. As such, many issues can arise; people can contest the will, etc. So that you have a hand up on helping facilitate the legal process of probate for your client, we’ve gathered together some advice from top probate attorneys.
Make self available to clients and to the probate attorney: Probate cases can rapidly evolve as wills are contested, etc. Nothing is static. For this reason, your client may need to reach out to you often. Make yourself available to your client so that the probate attorney can have information he or she may need to adjust his strategies.
Know probate process in and out: Only by understanding the ins and outs of probate can you be of assistance to your client and/or the probate attorney. Professionals who are not so equipped can lose money, clients and cost the attorney time. You can increase your knowledge and indeed become an expert through training on our site. At the same time you can grow your real estate seller leads in a cost effective and efficient manner.
Be empathetic with client: Ultimately, it is all about making a sale. However, you must not forget what the client has just gone through. They have suffered the loss of a loved one and are experiencing a difficult and confusing time. You can help the probate attorney by acknowledging this and by letting clients know you understand their current situation.probate lawyer
Be ready to form network of associates: There are others involved in the probate that will help your client and indeed help your business. These people include bankers, lenders and of course, the probate attorney. Be someone who is an expert on team building and knows that it often takes a group effort to accomplish a goal. Probate attorneys can help you. You can help them. And both of you can help clients and their relatives in a time of loss.
There you have it. These are some ways you can help probate attorneys help others and at the same time grow your client base. You can also help yourself by enrolling in our program. Leads don’t just grow trees. Put the time and effort into your business that will accelerate it to the next level and increase your value for clients, attorneys and anyone else who uses your services.