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SUPERHOST SUPERHEROES – Create A Guide Book For Gold

So, what do I mean by this?

Well, imagine I’m flying in from a far corner of the world to stay at your place… I have no clue as to where anything is or how anything works. How does one get a cab or a pizza? How does one find the beach, the best restaurants?

I see this happen all the time in the review section. People loved the property but had no idea about the ins and outs of it or the area. If you create a guide-book for gold, you’re on your way to making sure your reviews are golden as well.

How do you do this? You can do it electronically or make a physical book, just be sure to map everything out.

Start with the house and utilitarian stuff; the cooker, microwave, gas, emergency services, etc.

Then, move on to the experience; recommendations of restaurants, clubs, activities, points of interests.

It ALL needs to be laid out in front of them! You can never give TOO much information.

And what is all of this golden information going to do? It’s going to turn you from host to superhost, which can help you to earn double!

Thanks for watching and being part of the rebellion

Pete

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Peter Lorimer: “Stay Here” Netflix Show is Helping People Get More ROI From Airbnb

Peter Lorimer, co-host with Genevieve Gorder of the Netflix show “Stay Here” which helps people successfully rent their homes on Airbnb. “To succeed in the world of short-term rental you have to offer more than just a comfortable place to sleep,” said Lorimer in a promo for the show.

Helping People Get More ROI From Airbnb

We call it the ‘junk drawer’ kind of philosophy. I think it is changing, the business is evolving now, but it used to be Granny’s old apartment or the garden shed, you just throw a little bed in it and it was full of rotten old furniture and horrid flowery sheets. Too much stuff… and too much old stuff. But now people are looking at it as a business and our show is one of the first out there helping people get more ROI.

People Making Massive Income on Airbnb with Minor Modifications

There are a fraction of people right now that are making a massive income with just minor modifications. The worst thing people can do is leave their Airbnb rental in kind of a soulless vacuum to fend for themselves. If I’m flying into Frankfort, Germany and I want to stay in an Airbnb I want to experience Frankfort through the eyes of a local. I don’t want to roll up with my three screaming kids wondering what the wifi is, no snacks, and the place being a little bit dirty.

Dirty is the Worst

Dirty is the worst. What I try to do with my clients in Los Angeles, and I’ve been doing Airbnb before it was even cool, I say remove your head and pretend this is not your home. Pretend you are walking in for the first time and what you don’t like and then I have to point it out. Too much clutter is number one. Bad taste is number two. There is a little bit of bad taste in L.A. and all over the country. Then number three is to anticipate what the guests want before they want it.

Why Are People Renting on Airbnb?

Some people are getting extra houses and some people are flipping into extra properties. I have a client and a friend who is the marketing director of a big Fortune 500 company and he said, “Pete, I’m taking off to Bangkok, I’m going  to stay there for nine months, can you rent out my place, I’m just going to be on the beach banging away on my laptop and I want to make a profit to cover my travel, all of my expenses, and have my mortgage paid.” And he’s doing it.

Millennials Embracing the Shared Economy

I wanted to forge my own flavor of real estate which was very kind of rock and roll and that seemed to work really well with the newer generation, the Millennials and younger who embraced the shared economy.

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BombBomb: Peter Lorimer "Real Estate Video Influencer Award Winner"
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After such a successful release of the 2017 Real Estate Video Influencers Guide and Awards, BombBomb began the process again this year to to honor and celebrate talented video influencers in real estate for 2018.

After months of gathering over 1,200 nominations and watching tens of thousands of videos, BombBomb completed a comprehensive guide that we are so excited to share with you. PLG Estates is proud to announce that our leader, Peter Lorimer, was honored with a Real Estate Video Influencer Award, in the Video Influencers Category!

Click HERE to learn more about the ranking, the educational guide, and see tangible tips from all the winners.

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The real estate social media category was another extremely competitive section to judge. The people we chose as the top ten individuals in this category could all run their own media companies if their real estate career didn’t end up working out. But they won’t need to because they are killing it with their transactions, too!

The best social accounts we saw were consistent in more than one category and were not afraid to post simple one-to-one videos when they had the right topic to talk about.

Peter does an amazing job at balancing high production videos and simple video! He not only has a Netflix show called “Stay Here,” but he also has a simple video vlog full of educational content for his following. He is regularly posting content on all of his social channels and he has an extensive amount of content on IGTV. Peter understands that quality and variety is key with social media video, ranking him high in this category.

See all the winners HERE!

Monday Mantra - Your Financial Enema For 2019

What on earth do I mean by this? In short, it’s the ability to look back on what we have done this year, what we have spent money on, what has worked and what hasn’t worked. This is essentially tracking your finances.

It’s an ever-evolving market that continues to change, and as business professionals, as CEO’s of a small company, this is basic stuff that will hopefully help you grow your business.

What I would suggest is to take out a pen and paper, go back through all of your credit card receipts and make a note on everything you are spending on your business and what you have allotted funds for.

Then, go back through your client list and all of the deals you’ve made. See how you made them; were they referrals, did you get them through your social media, networking, etc. See where you have done the most business.

Where I’m going with this is the numbers never lie, but they always change and evolve. This is where you win though because you can see what not to do that isn’t working, so you won’t keep wasting time.

Here is the crucial tip though- Take some of the money you allot for things that are working and put it into something that you think WILL work. This is a way to predict trends and get ahead.

We have to call ourselves out on our shit and be honest about what the numbers say and the work we are putting in. When we evolve, we win, and when we don’t, we die.

As of right now, the reset button has been hit, and the real estate industry has completely changed forever. Like I have said for a long time now, it’s all about you and your narrative.

Think of it this way- All of your clients are on social media. They are already there and a captive audience, so use the forums. Through written word, audio or visual showcase your voice. If you aren’t quite there with your confidence or unsure of what direction to go, you can get help with your voice if you are struggling. There are endless amounts of people out there who you can hire hourly to help you establish your digital identity.

I’ll end with this- Most people don’t like change. I happen to be one of those weirdos that love it, but what I want you to do at least is embrace it.

To recap- Go through your numbers, lay it all out, see where the deals came from. And most importantly, take some of the money out of what has worked and deploy it into strategies that you think will work. Commit to something that makes you uneasy and go for it. It’s all about evolving.

Let’s face the New Year and start it based upon faith in yourself and your digital identity. There is nothing to fear, as we are incredibly fortunate to live where we do and have the endless opportunities that we do.

Thanks for watching and being part of the rebellion

Pete

Annual Charity Event: Peter Lorimer Host
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Apex Estate Group and Mia La Maven Luxury Aesthetics Presents Annual Charity Fundraiser

“Dubbed the ‘Mia La Maven No Limits Charity”’ in honor of Mia Helena Sidaros (1997-2015) benefitting Wags and Walks animal rescue and UCLA Pediatric Cancer”Since 2010, Jack Steven of Apex Estate...

Since 2010, Jack Steven of Apex Estate Group has brought Los Angeles entertainment benefiting various charitable organizations. The awareness and fundraising events included fashion shows, product/venue launches, music performances, art exhibitions, toy drives and industry mixers.

Jack Steven, a LA native realized at an early age that he had a knack for bringing people together. Jack found that giving back to his community was most rewarding to him.

This event will honor Jack’s niece Mia Helena Sidaros, who was a world traveler, a straight-A-student, and an accomplished fashion blogger with plans to start her own animal rescue organization. Unfortunately, she was taken from her family and this world at the young age of 13 due to Ewing Sarcoma, a bone cancer that kept her fighting the last four years of her life  while remaining committed to living life to the fullest. After an arduous four-year battle, the cancer took over and she passed away. While we lost a beautiful young soul, her memory lives on and she continues to inspire others to live a full life.

Ed Sidaros and Danielle Sidaros, parents of Mia Helena Sidaros founded Mia La Maven Luxury Aesthetics, The spa’s name is inspired by the courageous battle Mia Sidaros fight against cancer. Mia was a source of strength for everyone she encountered. Part of her legacy is a commitment to help others. As a result, a portion of the spa’s profits are donated to Pediatric Sarcoma Research at UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.


Keeping with the spirit of appreciation and the upcoming holiday season, the event will take place on November 11, 2018 at 12pm at The Riveter located at 2236 S Barrington Avenue in Los Angeles and will promote charitable giving and awareness. In addition to the  generous prizes provided by the donors the night will feature various engaging experiences including Silent Disco, Puppy Play Pen, photo booth, silent auction, NFL Sunday Football Lounge, gift bags, various celebrities and influencers, complimentary food and drinks, Zen spa with Massages, facials and guided meditation and will be hosted by Bruce Buffer of the UFC and Peter Lorimer from Netflix hit series “Stay Here” include a Q&A session with John Cynn, the 2018 World Series Main Event winner.

“Our goal is to raise awareness and aid in saving the lives of Children and Animals, the most innocent in our community, Mia will be proud!” – Jack Steven

For More information on Apex Estate Group please visit apexestategroup.com

For More information on Mia La Maven Luxury Aesthetics please visit: www.mialamavenmedspa.com

For More information on Wags and Walks animal rescue please visit: www.wagsandwalks.org

For More Information on UCLA Pediatric Cancer please visit: www.uclahealth.org/mattel/cdi/

BACKSTAGE PASS - Netflix Manic NYC Press Tour

I’m delighted to give you this inside scoop into my first ever press junket for ‘STAY HERE’ on NETFLIX, which was in none other than my favorite (east coast) city, New York! 

I wore my sharpest suit and lucky reds (fav red sneakers for those of you who don’t know).  First stop, Build Brunch on AOL!  The gang was amazing.  We shared the ins and outs of ‘Stay Here’ and took some rather fun and festive group shots. 

Next stop, I braved the brisk weather and got to catch up with a guest we had on the NYC episode of the show, Gordy Jackson.  It was great seeing him and also great getting the excellent news of how incredible his property is doing on Airbnb.  It truly warmed my heart to know that some of my guidance and expertise truly helped someone.  I only hope that I can be of service to more and more folks out there down the line. 

Then on to Yahoo Finance!  Kennedy couldn’t have been nicer or more interested in what I had to say, which was such a surreal feeling I must say.  I thought the lot of the interviews went smashingly and I hope you all agree. 

On my way back home, I thought there was no better way to top off the whirlwind of a trip than to stop in Times Square!  I couldn’t have been happier to visit the always-bustling city and have the opportunity to talk about ‘Stay Here.’   Thank you New York!

Thanks for all of the support and for watching

Pete


Monday Mantra - Nothing Else Matters But Making You The Brand

This is a topic I have been incredibly passionate about for years.  And now we are finally at a point where there is simply no denying it’s all going to come down to who you are in the digital world.  I’ve always said this, but with technology in the driver’s seat and the change in the market looming it’s even more important than before.

 An advocate is someone who influences someone else and has their best wishes at heart.  I’ve steered clear from the term “influencer” since it’s so buzzy, but advocates and influencers are essentially the same thing.  And right now, influencers are running the show.   

This is the end of passive careers and for people who don’t have an identity online.  Millennials rely heavily on influencers to get their information to make decisions. 

 The ground has shifted and there is a whole new generation of people who are going to be buying.  Millennials are the biggest group of buyers and seller and will be for a while, so get to know them.  We must evolve at the same time.   

Let’s talk about how to find a niche.  Try it all!  It took me a really long time to get to where I am and how comfortable I am with it.  Ask yourself this- What part of the industry are you great at?  Write down the top 3 things, then get in tunnel vision mode and go after them hard.  If you don’t know what your niche is... go out, experiment and find it.  Just keep trying until you do and then go full speed ahead. 

#1 thing to be successful is- work ethic.  It comes down to this simple fact… In every moment you’re either moving closer to your goal or moving further away from it.  There is no in between.  If you outwork em’ you’re going to get ahead.  If you grind it out, you will get ahead of the vanilla masses and then it’s up to you to find the last bit of fairy dust to push you over the finish line. 

So, work hard, but also don’t be afraid to take chances.  Something I always found paralyzing was caring about what people thought about me.  I learned really quickly after keeping my mouth shut and my head down and being just like everyone else AND miserable… that people actually like strong opinions.  I learned to speak up and I stopped worrying about what everyone thought about me.  So, the only guide to your destiny should be you and you should only care what you think.  Don’t rely on anyone else to propel you. 

If you’re not on social, if you don’t know who you are, if you don’t find your niche, you are dead in the water.  This is it.  We are in a generation that want and value influencers. Embrace it. 

Thanks for watching and being part of the rebellion

Pete

 

 

FOX BUSINESS: Netflix’s ‘Stay Here’ Host On How To Make Money Off Of Short-Term Rentals

It was an amazing evening talking with Kennedy over at Fox Business about ‘Stay Here’. I stepped it up a bit and even wore a collared shirt under my usual jacket for the occasion.

Somehow, we covered a crazy amount of topics in just a mere few minutes; We got into some of the most important tips on how to run a super successful Airbnb business, how it all really works, what people are doing to forge their own way in the booming industry and how the world is evolving around it.

Watch the full interview HERE! I hope you enjoy and thanks for watching

Pete

Yahoo Finance – NETFLIX’S ‘STAY HERE’ STAR PETER LORIMER On The Real Estate Biz

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What a cool experience for me to have the chance to be a guest on Yahoo Finance, which is a slight departure from my usual interview outlets.  AND… what an intro they gave me!

We got in the thick of it straight off and jumped right into my thoughts on the truth about the current housing market.  I said that as a whole, I think it’s taking a breath right now and waiting to see what’s going on politically and with the stock market in the months to come.

We also got real about where Airbnb fits into the hospitality space and even looked at a chart that Netflix provided, which showed the leads of shows IG followers before and after the premiere of their show on the streaming platform.  What we found was quite interesting! 

Tune in to get all the rest of the interview nuggets here!

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SUPERHOST SUPERHEROES - Greetings, Greeting

Greeting your guests is an art form.

Its one of the most crucial parts of being a short-term rental owner.  First and foremost you need to know what type of guest you have staying at your property.

Some people want all the bells and whistles with a whole concierge experience and to know all the ins and outs of the property.  Other people just want a hello, and a quick squeeze of the hand and some people don’t want to be greeted at all!   All people want to know you are available though.   That’s of the utmost importance.

The trick is to learn what your guests want ahead of time, so you don’t over-step or under-step.  If either of those things happens, you will get bad reviews, which equals bad time for your property.   Reviews are after all your “lifeblood.”

So, simply email your guests, ask them what kind of greeting they would like and then go from there.  It’s as simple as that. 

Just remember to always let your guests know that you are always available, so you over-exceed expectations, which will make you go from a host to a superhost! 

Thanks for watching

Pete

AOL BUILD BRUNCH SERIES – Guest Appearance

I had a blast at the table chatting with the gang over at BUILD BRUNCH; a fantastic live interview show focused on influential personalities speaking to breaking new & hot topics.  I was delighted that they asked me on as a guest!

The five of us sat down and did a deep dive into ‘Stay Here,’ where we covered the ins and outs of the show and much more.  We discussed mine and Genevieve’s wild horse ways and cohost vibes, my favorite place on the journey, the biggest hurdles in filming the show, granny couches, my shift from music to real estate, my knack for knowing the next big trends and I may even give some stock tips along the way. 

Be sure to tune in to get the full interview HERE

Peter

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#MondayMantra – Your #1 Asset in the Economic Shift

Everyone in real estate at the moment can sense a shift.  It’s nothing to be worried about, but what we need to do is adapt and evolve based on the change coming.  


We’ve all had it really good for a decade now, since 2008 after the crash, but good times cannot go on forever, unfortunately.  For any economic system to function there has to be the natural ebb and flow.  We have had a phenomenal run, but it’s about to change.  How much?  We’re not sure.  Houses are getting reduced and spending more days on the market, so that is a clue.   


Next year the market is going to shift to those who can procure business out of the air and not just stumble on deals like it’s been this past decade.  


We’re at the benchmark in the market where a change is coming.  It’s going to be a leaner time.  Those of us who have the skill set and old school techniques can still flourish though.  


Something to consider… “PNS”- (a phenomenon)- the Priority of Neck Saving. The corporate mentality of when shit hits the fan then the top people scramble to save their owns necks first and then people at the bottom of the chain find out last. 


Here is where the indies can take the reigns and run.  Wouldn’t you want to work next to the guy who has everything to lose, in order to succeed, and follow his lead?  I know that is where I’d want to be.  


This leads me to the perception of the public.  The common person cannot tell the difference between brokerages, but they can tell the difference between individual agents.  This is the time for you indies out there to charge and pounce on the confusion in the market. 


What is the #1 asset in the economic shift?  Self-promotion! 


If you don’t blend in, you stand out! 

Top 3 Tools to flourish in this shift (of course you still have to do all the grunt work; prospecting, sit open houses, etc.)

1-Social Media

2-Social Media

3-Social Media


Use the internet as your own personal PR company to flourish in this changing economic climate.  


Thanks for watching 

Peter

BRAND NEW – BACKSTAGE PASS – How To Rave At 7AM In San Francisco

On my last morning in San Francisco, for the Inman Real Estate Conference, I decided to really go out with a bang… My mate Jessie Beaudoin coaxed me into going to a Daybreaker Morning Rave on a boat. This one wasn’t like the old ones though, as they swapped out drugs and drink for yogurt and yoga!

I honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into, but ended up getting the full monty. Unbelievable things occurred on the water that morning. While there, I got to rub elbows with some of the most super lively and fun partygoers I’ve ever seen.

Truth be told, I hadn’t experienced such energy, atmosphere, and an overall amazing vibe since I was in Ibiza. It goes down as one of the most unexpected and incredible experiences I’ve had so far.

I was sad to go, but kept the glow of that glorious rave with me when I headed back to reality.

Thanks for watching and being part of the rebellion

Pete

REALTOR.COM Article: How to Make Big Bucks on Airbnb: Vacation Home Secrets From the Netflix Series 'Stay Here'
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Don't you wish your home looked so dreamy, you could make money on Airbnb if you rented it out? A new Netflix series, "Stay Here," can show you the ropes.

On the series, designer Genevieve Gorder and real estate broker Peter Lorimer show homeowners how to prepare properties to make a killing on short-term rental sites such as Airbnb.com and VRBO.

Sure, you can put clean sheets on a sofa bed and make a modest side income letting travelers crash in your den. However, if you want to make a serious profit off your rental and have it booked every night by return visitors, you have to go the extra mile.

And the proof is in the bookings. For the first season of "Stay Here," Gorder and Lorimer revamped a number of properties—including a houseboat in Seattle, a vineyard cottage in Paso Robles, CA, and even a former firehouse in Washington, DC.

Every property they touched has ended up booked solid clear into next year, with rental income that has "doubled, tripled, even quadrupled," says Lorimer. "It's surpassed even what we estimated on the show."

So whether you're hoping to drum up more business for your own short-term rental or just want your home to look like it could, check out this advice from Lorimer and Gorder to get more of a vacation hideaway vibe in your own home.

'The bed is the throne of the house'

"No matter how beautiful everything else is, if they can't sleep well, guests have a bad experience, give you negative reviews, and will never return," Gorder says. "So make the bed clean, white, and high quality. Invest in great sheets!"

But isn't white almost impossible to keep clean?

"It's actually the most forgiving of colors," contends Lorimer. "If it's high-quality, you can bleach it again and again. And it doesn't fade in the sun or the washing machine, like most other colors do."

The hosts suggest using a cozy throw on the bed for color and texture.

Create a unique welcome basket

"Anticipate what your guests need before they know they need it," suggests Lorimer. That means stocking the fridge with bottled water. Plus your guests will swoon if you provide a goody basket filled with local delicacies, beyond "just granola bars and salty snacks."

Gorder suggests spending as much as "10% of the price of a one-night stay" on the goody basket, and to make sure the contents are directly connected to the area.

For example, the goody basket for the Seattle houseboat contains smoked salmon and locally grown apples; the guesthouse in Brooklyn comes filled with brilliantly colored bagels from a nearby shop.

Pick a 'theme experience'

Guests will pay extra for "theme experiences" corresponding with the location.

For instance, since the property in Paso Robles was located on a vineyard, Gorder and Lorimer helped the owners put together a vineyard tour/farming experience that include tending grape vines and riding on a tractor. And in Austin, TX, they put a brand-new, fabulous barbecue in the backyard and came up with a professional griller who could come over to help renters use it.

Purge personal items

Similar to staging a home to sell, you should remove all personal items—e.g., photographs and mementos—from the premises.

As Gorder points out, "Wouldn't you find it creepy if you checked into a hotel and there were family photos hanging around? Remember that it's not about you anymore. It's about style, geography, and comfort."

She advises replacing personal items with accessories unique to your geographical location—a jar of shells if it's a beach house, or colorfully painted oars if you're near a body of water.

Never take the listing photos yourself

Once you have your property decorated and ready to list, Lorimer says, "It's absolutely essential to hire a professional real estate photographer to best present your property in all its glory.

"You should get a return on that investment within the first month," he says.

Create a social media footprint for your property

The first step is to "decide on a simple, descriptive, and memorable hashtag," Lorimer says.

Do not go with the plain and obvious, like #1BRRentalNearSantaBarbara, he says. "Pick something more fun and descriptive, like #ArtistHideawayInOjai.

"Then use that hashtag on the property's own Twitter account, Instagram account, Facebook page, and website," he advises.

Be sure to post some gorgeous photos as well, he says, and "encourage guests to post photos of themselves in your place using your hashtag. It's free advertising!"

Keep your short-term rental clean, clean, clean

"There is no such thing as too clean," notes Lorimer. One mucky dish or soiled towel can result in a bad review, and "that's extremely difficult to overcome."

"Clean is the first impression you want to leave when they step in the door," agrees Gorder. "If it looks bad, or smells bad, you've lost them."

Find all episodes from the first season of "Stay Here" on Netflix.

BRAND NEW - MAGIC MINUTE - What Is A Sellers Market?

Real estate goes in natural cycles both up and down… Currently, we are in a very long lasting seller's market.

What does this mean?

It means that the advantage in the market goes to the “sellers”, so, if you are a buyer you, unfortunately, have to compete against endless other buyers to obtain a property.

Conversely, when the market contracts it will become even for a moment and then swing in the direction of favoring “buyers”.

Thanks for watching and being part of the rebellion

Pete

#MondayMantra - Acceptance - Life On Life's Terms And How To Turn Them Into Your Advantage

Today’s Mantra is fresh off the back of a major life event for me. Whilst I was in the UK I had to handle an incredibly personal matter and I choose to handle it in a very specific way. The strategy I choose worked beautifully, it’s a strategy I have used in business for years to my advantage. 

Life on life’s terms, for me, is the way I get to see the road map rather than force it that has allowed me to garner harmonious business relationships of meaning and length rather than a quick win. 

Life on life’s terms truly is the way to win the long game and in my opinion the only game worth winning is the long one!

Thanks for watching

Peter

10 Instagram Hacks All Real Estate Agents Need To Know

From geotagging to IGTV, we rounded up the best Instagram hacks to help you promote your brand, showcase properties and get more leads

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With all the things real estate agents have to keep up with on any given day, staying on top of the ever-changing world of social media can be a whole new job in itself. The thing is, if you’re a real estate professional and you aren’t on Instagram, you’re seriously missing out.

Peter Lorimer, of PLG Estates, says Instagram is tailor-made for real estate. It’s a visual, fast-paced platform that is almost like Facebook, Snapchat and YouTube — all rolled into one; and it’s where everyone is, so if you aren’t there, neither is your business, he told Inman.

Eight years after the social media platform was founded, Instagram’s audience is still growing — it hit the 1 billion active users mark this summer. The platform is evolving (read below to learn how to use features like Stories and Highlights), and an increasing number of agents are using it to sell homes online.

We rounded up the top 10 best hidden Instagram features to help you promote your brand, showcase properties and get leads.

1. Set up a business profile

First things first, you should separate personal social media accounts from professional ones where you post a steady stream of real estate content.

Instagram makes this easy by giving you the option to choose between a business account (if you have a company name) or a personal one (if you work for a larger company and want to use your regular name) that you use for professional purposes.

You can, if you like, also change an existing personal account to a professional one by clicking “Switch to business profile” in the Settings.

But whether you operate under your name or have a small real estate business, be sure to post content — for example, listing photos and information on open houses  — that is relevant to a real estate audience.

2. Read, follow and use popular hashtags

One of social media’s most powerful weapons, hashtags are clickable word labels that allow users to search for specific topics.

On Instagram, hashtags like #realestateagent, #realestatedeals and #luxuryproperty have generated millions of posts. If you’re new to the platform, use these hashtags to see what kind of content other agents and brokerages are posting. (You can also view hashtags by tapping any hashtag you see on Instagram and then clicking “Follow.”)

But hashtags will not only help you find what you want to see — they are also an excellent tool for making posts that are visible to others. As you build your audience, use hashtags that describe what you write (one example could be something as simple as #kitchendesign or #luxuryhomes for a property) to reach a wider audience of users specifically looking for real estate on their account.

3. Geotagging is your friend

Similar to hashtags, geotags are a good way to reach Instagram users in a specific location — one as narrow as a house listing’s address or as broad as the city of New York.

Although geotags are not an effective way to search for real estate properties (an address of anything other than a brokerage will turn up everything from Starbucks photos to selfies), they are a good way to reach your local base.

When posting photos of homes you’re selling, be sure to tag their locations for local users to find.

4. Use the ‘Photo album’ feature for multiple shots and videos

Many people still don’t know that Instagram lets you put up as many as 10 photos and videos in a single post.

Agents and brokerages frequently use the “Photo album” to display multiple photos of the same property. Those who are interested can scroll through them while those who are not can quickly move on to the next post.

“Video, video, video! Storytelling, storytelling, storytelling!” Lorimer said. “Forgive my emphatic nature, but this is where the gold is.”

Here, according to Instagram, is how you use the feature.

5. Stories, stories, stories

As photos and video snippets that disappear after 24 hours, Instagram Stories are a good way to share more fun aspects of your life as a real estate agent or the properties you’re selling.

Some agents use the Stories feature to give quick house tours while others post photos of their pets and kids (as you know, some clients really like that) without clogging the main feed.

Learning how to use this feature might take more time, but the payoff can be huge. Sue “Pinky” Benson, a RE/MAX Realtor who recently presented at ICSF, regularly uses Stories to walk around her Florida neighborhood and discuss the types of homes that are up for sale.

6. IGTV lets you post longer house tours

This summer, Instagram launched a feature with potentially groundbreaking implications for those who work in real estate: IGTV, which lets you post videos up to an hour long.

Use the IGTV app, which works both as a button inside Instagram and as a standalone app, to put up videos of yourself talking about properties or longer house tours.

“We are seeing a lot of engagement on Instagram and decreased numbers over on YouTube, so this evolution of IG makes sense to us,” Anne Jones, a Realtor and owner of Windermere Abode real estate firm, told Inman earlier this year.

7. Highlight your best moments as an agent

Once you’ve mastered the art of Instagram Stories, save the best ones for a permanent place on your profile — here’s how. For many agents, this is a way to display the best properties that they’ve sold, feature for-sale listings or have a personal highlight reel for clients who are more interested in agent’s home life than others.

“Vanilla is choking the industry, so think clearly and carefully on who you are and what you want to present to the world and don’t be a fraidy cat,” Lorimer said.

8. Coordinate posts with other platforms, like Facebook or Twitter

Any social media pro will tell you that cross-posting on different platforms is key to reaching as many people as possible. As great as Instagram is, it’s user base leans young — a vast majority of its user base is under 34.

But if your content is great, you shouldn’t always have to write a new post for a different platform — just coordinate the same content to go out on everything, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. This is how, according to Instagram.

9. Set tag approval to your posts

As you become more active on Instagram, clients may start to take photos of homes and tag their agents. This can give your posts greater reach and exposure, but it can also put photos that are off-brand or that you may simply not want others seeing on your account.

To stop this before it even happens, set a filter that makes you approve any photo that somebody else tags of you. Here’s how.

10. Save posts you like for future reference

Although built as a way to share photos with the world, Instagram also has features for your private use. Just like you would make a bookmark of a site you like on your homepage, make collections of property photos or other interesting real estate posts on Instagram.

To do so, tap the bookmark icon in the top-right menu above your profile, choose the Collections tab, and use it to start and name a new list. From then, every time you see a photo you want to save, hit the bookmark icon to bring it to the collection. (Remember: the account owner does not find out if you’ve saved one of his or her posts.)


BRAND NEW - MAGIC MINUTE - What Do I Do If My Offer Gets Rejected?

It’s a vicious market out there, and if you’re a buyer, you’ve probably been struggling with buyer’s fatigue.  That is where you keep putting offers in and you keep losing out from a combination of low inventory and high demand for houses.

It stings and may hurt for a moment when your offer gets rejected, but I promise you will find another house and all of that sadness will melt away.

If you’re a buyer out there be prepared.   It’s like being in the ring with Tyson… but eventually, you will win.  You just have to stay in the game. 

Rates will be higher next year and continue to go up, so hang in there, take it on the chin and move onto the next one.

Thanks for watching

 Pete

#tbt – My Very First Video

With the weather about to change and the start of the holiday season right round the corner, I thought this was a great time to do a bit of reflecting.  Talk about cringe-worthy… here is a look at the very first video I shot of myself back in 2015. 

I remember vividly how much I desperately wanted to crawl out of my skin.  I had never been so self-conscious or uncomfortable.  The point is though, I knew in my gut that video was the future, so I forced myself to get over my fears by sticking with it and staying on that path.  I lost the tie and started to own my voice and thoughts. 

I made more and more videos and eventually they went from decent to good to great.  3 years later, I landed a show on Netflix by being exactly who I am and putting myself out there. 

If I can give you one piece of advice, it’s to just keep grinding.  No matter how clueless or embarrassed you feel, you have to start somewhere.  I promise you will only get better from that point forward.  This video is proof of that!   

Thanks for watching and being part of the rebellion

Pete

INTERVIEW - The Margaritas and Marketing Real Estate Show
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Branding, Social, and Video Marketing with Peter Lorimer of PLG Estates

I had a fantastic time doing this interview.  Listen to hear Jorge and I discuss my music career, how I moved into real estate and the start of PLG’s unique vibe and culture.  I also dish out all the ins and outs of marketing strategies and tips.    

“In this episode we get into marketing, branding, Facebook, and video with Peter Lorimer. Peter has built a successful boutique brokerage in Beverly Hills, CA by using a combination of digital marketing and relationship marketing. This interview is full of value and Peter doesn’t hold back on anything”.

To hear the full interview CLICK HERE