A solid Real Estate CRM with all of the features you need to operate should be at the heart of your real estate business. Here are the Real Estate CRM features you should look for.
Real Estate Agent & Brokers across everywherer are reflecting internally on their business and asking What can be done better? How can I save money?
The answers to these questions will likely involve either investing in new technology or doing away with what’s not paying its way.
At the center of that debate should be your real estate customer relationship management system (Real Estate CRM) / Real Estaete CRM solution.
Today, your options are almost too many to mention. The onslaught of options make it more difficult to shop.
When it comes time to choose your Real Estate CRM (or your next real estate crm), this shortlist of baseline features may help make your due diligence a little easier.
In no particular order here are the key Real Estate CRM features you should be looking for:
Real Estate CRM Features
Action plans and automations
These include static descriptive tips, sales coaching on what to do with a new lead or current client, automated outgoing emails and texts, and in-app actions based on lead behavior.
This might include auto-editing the status of a contact or other productive, invisible actions. Marketing automations are not “artificial intelligence,” nor do they use “AI engines.” It’s just clever wording and programming — but some are better at it than others.
This feature allows you to view, usually by timeline, every interaction with a contact, from initial meeting to buyer or listing agreement. It usually includes a record of all communications sent to a lead. It’s helpful for monitoring engagement and the quality of leads over time.
Buckets or groups
This function is a way to categorize similar leads or contacts according to sales viability, lead source, etc. They might be something like, “listing lead,” “cold lead,” “open house,” “do not call.” This type of grouping helps determine where to spend time prospecting.
A stand-alone, mobile app that works in unison in a two-way sync with the web app. Expect it to be lighter and more alert-driven with connections to the device’s native messaging and phone tools, especially when a power dialer is in play. Should be quick-input and rapid response-motivated.
Essentially, account representatives. Some will handle all aspects of onboarding, and some simply manage the transition from one CRM to another. They offer training, one-on-one coaching, drip campaign setup and website launches, and they oversee early stages of use. The point here is for them to speed onboarding and, thus, nurture system adoption.
Contextual location tracking
This is not at all common, but it will prove important as the remote workforce solidifies in a post-pandemic market. Connection and collaboration of saved search locations, travel habits, ZIP code preference, and use of tracking pixels can overlap lead data with physical places.
This will be executed through a broad range of tactics typically carried out through a provided website, as well as social media networks. A shortlist includes: seller or buyer predictably, free CMAs, property valuation calls to action, mortgage calculators, content marketing appeals using blog posts or long-form advice narratives, home-showing appeals, paid and organic social media content, SEO and SEM, saved home searches, and website pixel tracking (retargeting).
Typically, this materializes as drip campaigns — a terrible term for keeping in touch with different categories of contacts over time. Some CRMs include ready-to-go campaigns with all included messaging, and others offer customized, “if this, then that” funnel setups.
Lead nurture tools often include alerts and recommendation engines for who and when, and some even include collateral to send. Advanced versions will tie together paid and organic social media content and retargeted display advertising.
A form of measuring who should be contacted each day based on a number of factors, typically activity-based, such as “Looked at five listings yesterday.” This is sometimes presented as lead scoring.
It’s best when given prominence in the user experience, such as the first thing presented upon login. Some CRMs base it solely on when last contacted, but that doesn’t equate to interest. The more effective CRMs integrate behavior-tracking algorithms to further justify contact.
In addition to, or in the absence of, lead generation, expect to find intricate systems for assigning leads from multiple paid lead source connections, such as Zillow, realtor.com and other common sources.
Lead funneling can be configured for individual agents and teams and will use round-robin, time limits, “on-floor” availability, sales rankings, etc.
Exactly what they sound like. The more effective of these will include a lead priority algorithm that surfaces a shortlist of the most viable and immediate leads. They should automatically log call details in the contact’s record and make it efficient for users to input notes.
Retargeting deposits a tracking pixel on homeshoppers’ devices to serve them branding or listing content as they later browse news and entertainment websites.
Tagging is a quick, effective way to assign labels and classify individual contacts, usually color-coded and customizable. It’s similar to buckets and groups, but it’s typically more flexible and able to leverage the language of the individual user. If used in a disciplined fashion, it can be very effective productivity aids.
You know the numbers on text engagement, so text. Create campaigns and links to action plans, but ensure the texts are relevant, not random, and written professionally. In-app response tracking is common. Be very careful with daily timing of texts — use common sense guidelines.
Just about every CRM will offer you a website, and it’ll likely come from a box of templates. The more custom the solution, the better. The opportunities vary widely.
- Limited page counts
- Individual agent pages
- Landing pages
- Included copywriting and content management
- The ability to pay for advanced development, high-end photography, and different levels of support
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You’re likely to see a great deal more than this list is offering, which has become a problem these days. It’s become harder for CRM solutions to differentiate, for agents to adopt and for brokers to decide on what to provide.
Although most vendors you chat with will have these tools, not all of them are executed in the same way. User experience is crucial, as are technical support structures and brokers’ ability to facilitate adoption.
Look for efficiency in onboarding and practical-use cases for how you do business.
Don’t think about what you “could do” with the software based on what it offers — ask how it supports how you do business today.
CHEM.digital is a leading provider of marketing and technology soluions to real estate agents and brokers. Our iMaxCRM Real Estate CRM is one of the most fully featured real estate CRM systems available and includes all of the features above and many more.