New Blitz Signs

Our on-demand print vendor, Alexander’s Print Advantage, has designed two new blitz signs for Help-U-Sell. You can see the designs and order them at

These signs are simple and affordable, so they’re perfect for blanketing a target neighborhood to build brand recognition or to use in conjunction with open house signs.

Images of the two versions are below.

Help-U-Sell Real Estate Blitz Sign
You can customize the new Help-U-Sell Real Estate blitz sign with your text and phone number.
Help-U-Sell Blitz Sign with QR Code
Send people directly to your site by using the blitz sign with QR code.

Both signs measure 11.5″ x 17.25″ and are made of heavy-stock cardboard that is gloss laminated on both sides. You can order as few as 25 signs for $40, and 100 signs go for $135. On the QR code sign, you can specify the URL that you want the code to link  to. You might want to create a URL just for your signs to measure how many responses you signs generate. If you’re targeting a neighborhood, why not link to the search results on your site that feature property listings from that area? If you’re looking for sellers, consider linking the QR code to the Seller Savings Calculator. Get creative with where you send your potential clients and think about what would resonate most with them.

We want to hear your ideas and, if you’ve already used the blitz signs, what your successes were.

OMS Upgrades – Dashboard and Listing Module Redesign

We are almost finished upgrading the Office Management System to match your broker and the corporate website redesign and to make the OMS easier to use.

Here is a preview of how the new OMS Dashboard will look. The graphs will be moved below the Alerts in the actual working version.

New Help-U-Sell Real Estate Dashboard redesign
Here is a preview of the new Help-U-Sell Real Estate Dashboard redesign.

In the new design, you will also be able to add custom events to the calendar. We expect to have the new Dashboard up and running by the end of the week.

We are also redesigning and streamlining the Listing Module. It will resemble an MLS form, and the number of tabs will reduce from the current eight down to just four.

We want to hear your feedback on the new look and, once it’s live, the functionality of the OMS redesign. Comment below or contact Tony directly.

Broker Focus: Marc Dosik

Marc Dosik of Help-U-Sell Federal City Realty
Marc Dosik of Help-U-Sell Federal City Realty

For buyers and sellers, real estate might be all about “location, location, location,” but for agents and brokers it’s “referrals, referrals, referrals.” Marc Dosik of Help-U-Sell Federal City Realty in Washington, D.C., actively pursues reviews and referrals as a major marketing tactic.

“I just closed a transaction with a guy in California who read my reviews on Yahoo!,” Dosik says. The buyer called based on the strength of those reviews and asked to speak to a couple of Dosik’s past clients for more feedback. Understanding the power of good testimonials, the new buyer just wrote Dosik a positive review.

As a Premier Agent on Zillow, Dosik solicits happy past customers to post their experiences on the site. He makes it easy for the customers by sending them links to his profile. He also collects reviews for Yelp and Angie’s List and puts them in Redfin.

“You can parlay these [as marketing tools],” Dosik says. He uses the reviews in listing presentations and sends prospective clients a link to his Zillow reviews. “They really help me get the listing,” he says.

Dosik encourages new and veteran brokers to ask for reviews and referrals. “Don’t stop keeping in touch,” he says. He focuses on his customers and always says “yes” to their requests. “Try not to say ‘we don’t do that’ at Help-U-Sell. Go above and beyond. You’re going to get referrals by doing that,” he advises.

Past customers’ reviews and referrals have helped Federal City Realty have a successful spring, and so has Mother Nature. “In February, we had a big increase in transactions,” Dosik says. “Normally, spring starts in March but we had a warm winter, so buyers were out there.” A lack of sellers created pent-up demand. “Since then, it’s been very busy.”

The D.C. Metro area has been steadier than most other markets during the past few years, but the housing market is stronger in some locations within the greater D.C. area than in others. The more affluent cities that are closer to Washington, D.C., such as Chevy Chase, Md., and Arlington, Va., have experienced appreciating home values, while cities that are farther away and that have a lot of new inventory, like Chantilly, Va., and Germantown, Md., are not faring as well. Dosik adds that reurbanization efforts in D.C. combined with a low unemployment rate have young professionals and investors snapping up properties in transitional neighborhoods.

With the overall strength of the D.C. Metro market, Dosik is on his way to reaching his goal of transitioning from being a one-man show to focusing more on marketing-oriented activities. He plans to add another assistant to his staff, as well as hire buyers’ agents.

What are your tips for getting the most out of testimonials?

Top Producers for May 2012

Help-U-Sell Real Estate offices had such a great May that making the top producers list required double-digit closings!

1) Help-U-Sell Detwiler Realty in Carlisle, Penn., closed 12 sides to tie for first place.

1) Help-U-Sell Heritage Real Estate, out of Owatonna, Minn., also closed a dozen sides, almost evenly split between buyers and sellers.

2) Lake Havasu City, Ariz.’s Help-U-Sell Real Estate Specialists is all by itself at #2 with 11 closed sides.

3) Help-U-Sell Direct Savings Real Estate, located in Waynesboro, Va., closed five buyer sides, three seller sides and one double-side for a total of 10 sides.

3) Help-U-Sell Honolulu Properties also finished with 10 sides, making the top producers list for the third month in a row. (Also, congratulations to Richard Cricchio for being named one of Hawaii’s top Realtors by “Hawaii Business” magazine!)

Congratulations to everyone for a great May! Keep up the good work this month!

[Figures as of June 5, 2012.]

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