Real Estate Map Technology Helps You Create A Story About Amenities That Will Boost Home Prices

real estate map technologyEmbedding the right real estate map functionality on your website can be a powerful tool when you approach sellers.

Let’s face it. Experts will tell you that people love to talk about themselves and second to that, people love to talk about their homes.

What if you could use real estate map technology to talk about their home in a way that would blow them away?

As every real estate professional knows, there are many factors that contribute to the value and attractiveness of a home beside the home itself.

When you are asking buyers to pay $200,000 for a property, they’re important. When you are talking about asking someone to plunk down $1 million for a property, those factors are very important. (And the added value you show those million-dollar-homeowners is also critically important.).

According to CheatSheet.com, there are several factors outside the home that can boost home prices.

Savvy brokers and agents know this already.

But here’s a tool that will help sellers see how you are going to use those amenities to boost the value of their home in the mind of potential buyers.

Use real estate maps to show rather than tell

Here are some suggestions:

Schools – of course, we all know the value of good schools to home buyers (and sellers who live near them). Here’s where the right real estate map technology and data come in handy (both provided by Home Junction, of course).

For one, Home Junction provides in-depth, valuable school data. A complete breakdown of the school including the name of the principal, location, phone number, etc.

There’s more. A broker or agent can also post critical school data such as teacher/student ratios, demographics of the student population, etc.

Sure, an agent can tell a seller they are going to let the seller know, “There are really good schools in this area.”

A savvy agent will show a seller how they are going to provide factual in-depth data on everything a home buyer needs to know about a school.

Who is going to impress the seller more?

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Home Junction’s real estate map technology plug-in.

Parks – people love parks. What’s great about this amenity is that this can be a critical selling factor that costs the home owner nothing. Sure, remodeling the kitchen for $30,000 is always a great upgrade. But don’t dismiss the value of a park two blocks away. You can turn that greenery into some greenery for the seller’s pocket.

With Home Junction real estate map technology, a broker or agent can point out on a map relative to the location of a property for sale, just where all the parks are located and their proximity to this home. That’s powerful.

Home Junction achieves this by integrating their geospatial mapping functionality with a local MLS database.

So, as a savvy agent, you discovered that a couple of potential home buyers are big hikers. Use the Home Junction map to show them where there are great hiking trails nearby.

Does the home buyer own a dog? Point out the nearest dog park and that buyer will practically jump up on the couch and wave their tail in glee. (Yes, people are that passionate about dogs).

Found a couple that love to bike around town? Use the map to show them bike paths and bike lanes nearby.

Cheat sheet said trees are a big plus. Parks have plenty of them. Be sure to point them out. Places photos of the parks on your website. (If you used a WordPress real estate website, this would be very easy to do with their user-friendly platform. Ask Home Junction about this valuable service as well).

All of those park amenities can start to erode away the presence of a not-so-great kitchen. You can always fix a kitchen, Mr. and Mrs. Homebuyer, but you can’t find too many houses this close to a hiking trail/dog park/bike path.

Stores and Restaurants – researchers have found that properties located close to trendy stores historically sell for higher prices.

Using the real estate map technology, show buyers how that Starbucks is just two blocks away. Or a Whole Foods is just around the corner. Maybe there’s a Trader’s Joe’s about to go up on a vacant lot located here.

Do your potential home buyers like to read? Check out cool clothing stores? Do they have a hobby?

Point out the cute little downtown retail area. Trendy shops. Vintage clothing stores. An independent book store/cafe. A hobby shop nearby.

What if they are foodies? Show them how they are going to love this Zagat-rated new age Italian restaurant right over here. Or, this Asian fusion sushi shop just down the street.

Community Associations – a community association is a big plus for home buyers. It shows that all of the home owners nearby have teamed up together to make their neighborhoods pleasant and well-maintained, you can point this out on the map as well.

In fact, with the map, you can point out all boundaries involved. County and municipal boundaries. School district boundaries. As you know, these boundaries are important in regard to where children can go to school, who will able to use city water and sewer, and also how much people are going to be taxed.

Tell a better story about amenities near any property

Imagine showing a potential seller how you going to present their home in regard to all of these neighborhood amenities.

You can almost see the smile growing on their faces. Be sure to remind them how all of these amenities that you plan to show will also grow the value of their home and in the minds of the buyer.

After all, at the end of the day, the true value of any property is what people are willing to pay for it. Hey Mr. and Mrs. Seller, this is how I’m going to show buyers why they should pay top dollar for your home.

It’s will become very apparent to them very quickly. This broker or agent knows how to package their home in regard to neighborhood amenities. And this particular broker or agent has the most sophisticated real estate map technology embedded on their website to make a very persuasive case, not just verbally, but visually as well.

It’s a fact, neighborhood amenities can boost home prices. It’s also another fact, displaying the latest real estate map technology can boost your value in the minds of sellers.

 

Be The Source Of Local Home Sales Data When The National Data Is Released

national real estate dataHere’s one simple tactic agents can use with hyper-local home sales data to impress customers, competition and the media.

This tactic will impress buyers and sellers.

This tactic will establish an agent as the local agent with local knowledge.

This tactic is very easy to implement (because other people do all the work).

Here it is. Every month the National Association of Realtors releases their Existing Home Sales Report.

Those releases cover the latest home sales data and then compares it to previous months and years.

The report also mentions median existing home prices, average time homes are on the market and breaks down activity for single family homes, condos, townhomes, and co-ops.

They also examine regional activity for the Northeast, West, South, and Midwest.

For extra measure, the researchers will throw in some facts about mortgage rates from Fannie Mae.

Tie in local home sales data with national news

Then the NAR economist will add some analysis. Such as this one in the latest release:

“Closings were down in most of the country last month because interested buyers are being tripped up by supply that remains stuck at a meager level and price growth that’s straining their budget,” said the economist.

“The demand for buying a home is as strong as it has been since before the Great Recession. Listings in the affordable price range continue to be scooped up rapidly, but the severe housing shortages inflicting many markets are keeping a large segment of would-be buyers on the sidelines.”

“The good news is that sales are still running slightly above last year’s pace despite these persistent market challenges.”

Certainly very interesting information. So interesting in fact, that you will see those national home statistics read by newscasters on the major TV networks. You will even see that home sales data reported by regional TV broadcasters. Local newspapers will be sure to pick up this information as well.

It’s a fact. Everybody loves to hear how home sales are performing.

Make your own observation about local home sales data

This is where hyper-local home sales data comes into play and makes a powerful statement about your value as a broker or agent in your particular marketplace.

Sure, the national information is important. It will catch the attention of many home owners and every home owner to be.

But here’s where an agent can swoop in.

With your own hyperlocal real estate feed, from reliable providers such as Home Junction, you can provide insight into a place where it matters, your target neighborhoods.

Because after all, Jim and Jan Homeowner don’t really care what happens in Manhattan, NYC if they live in Manhattan, KS.

You can cite the statistics from the NAR report. But with your local home sales data, you can point out how in XYZ neighborhood, prices are escalating even faster than the national average.

Or, with local home sales data trend charts, an agent can show how property sales are flat in an area, and the national increase has not hit this neighborhood yet.

In fact, you can offer consumers an insight into their particular zip code or even dig down to the neighborhood level.

Tease them with the information and offer to show them an in-depth report if they call you or fill out a lead form.

Or, let them know the full search functionality for local data is available on your website.

Play up the contrast between national real estate data and your local data on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Contact a business editor at the local newspaper. They are always looking for a local angle to national news. Offe to make a comment about local conditions.

A website visitor is not easy to generate. These are effective ways to get them to your site. Perhaps while there, they will start browsing through listings. And turn into a buyer.

For sellers, perhaps it’s just enough to convince them that you are the go-to agent in that area.

Act like an economist. Cite the NAR economist’s remarks. Then make your own. After all, you are in essence a real estate economist in your town when it comes to real estate. Show people how nobody knows the current state of their neighborhood better than you do.

As an added bonus, let consumers know there is a full array of tools for them to research all the relevant information they need about a neighborhood. There’s school information with enrollment figures and student/teacher ratios. There are cost of living indexes. Demographics breaking down the profile of who lives in the area. Even crime statistics.

National home sales data is attention-getting information. You see it all over the media.

Provide contrasting local home sales data with a local analysis to show everybody that you as an agent, know their particular neighborhood where it matters most.

 

 

 

How To Be Recognized As THE Local Real Estate Data Statistician

real estate data statisticsHere’s a strategy on how you can use real estate data to establish yourself as the leading local property statistician in your target market.

Let’s face it, people love statistics.

Since the first caveman threw the first rock, people have been recording statistics.

Take sports for example. People eat this stuff up. How many hits has Derek Jeter managed to blast out of the infield? How many passes has Dan Marino completed? How many basketball shots did Michael Jordan take and make during his incredible career?

Statistics get attention. And they have a beautiful way of cutting through all the b.s.,  noise and hype.

There are three huge advantages of using statistics.

  1. Clarity – sure, people can sit in a bar and argue all night long about who is a better ballplayer, but that argument is easily settled when you pull out the statistics on the number of home runs, runs batted in and overall batting average. Those numbers are an acceptable means of measurement. The same is true of home prices, sales trends, etc. Someone can claim a market is hot, but where’s the proof?
  2. Perspective – statistics also give people a sense of perspective, a way to compare one entity to another. Maybe ballplayer 1 and ballplayer 2 are super popular one season, but when you dig into the numbers, you can see one player was great at getting on base, but could never cross home plate. While the other player may have a lot of strikeouts and a low batting average, but still managed to drive in more runs. It’s a way to contrast and compare that humans can comprehend. A way to measure apples to apples. Ditto for properties. How does this current market compare to last year? Are home sales rising since the last quarter? Is it time to list a home for sale?
  3. Honesty – in this day and age of fake news, fake advertisements and fake information flowing all over the internet, this attribute is more important than ever. Sure, someone can claim Joe Shmoe is the greatest ballplayer since Babe Ruth, but when you dig into the statistics, you can see it’s nothing but hype. The hype that is perpetrated by a player’s agent for a multi-million, multi-year contract. Same goes for homes. What is hype and what is real? Numbers don’t lie. And the last thing a home buyer or home seller wants to hear are lies and hype.

All those qualities of actual, hard numbers apply to real estate – Clarity, Perspective, and Honesty.

An agent can offer those numbers with a hyper-local real estate data widget embedded on their website.

In this day and age of big data technology, where you can store a thumb drive that holds 64 gigabytes, the equivalent of an encyclopedia in your pocket, data is more accessible than ever.

By partnering with a national data provider such as Home Junction, a broker or agent can easily embed an API that allows them to tap into a gigantic warehouse of real estate data, or in other words, local statistics.

How to compile real estate data statistics

There’s a wealth of data available on:

  • Local schools – enrollment, student/teacher ratios, demographics
  • Property sales – charts showing the latest trends in a marketplace for home sales. Not just the county, or the zip codes where properties can vary greatly, but down to the neighborhood level.
  • Demographics – who lives in what area and what are they like? Demographic data gives you an idea on local incomes, education levels, gender, etc.
  • Crime statistics – every parent is concerned about crime in their area. Here’s a way to avoid any opinions or hype and to give hard numbers on the safety factor of a particular area.
  • Market trends – someone can say a particular neighborhood is “hot” or in “high demand” all day long, but if they can’t back it up with actual data on home prices, well, how credible is their assertion?
  • Cost of Living indices – a person might make a remark to give the impression that a particular area is “way too expensive” but when you pull out the stats, maybe that is not actually the case. Sure, it seems like everybody in that area drives a Mercedes, but when you dig deep into the numbers, the stats show most of those people might actually be leasing those expensive cars rather than owning them.
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Sample market trend data.

Here’s the point. Sure people love sports. But at the end of the day, who hit a home run the night before is not that important compared to what a consumer is about to spend on a house.

By using Home Junction real estate data, you can establish yourself as the local real estate statistician with all the relevant facts about properties in your target marketplace.

Social media is a perfect medium for this. The great thing about these platforms is that they are free. The bad thing about social media is that it’s free to everybody else to flood with inane information.

To stand out, you need to post content that counts.

Post regular market stats on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Consistent content has a powerful impact. Put a note on your calendar to post new real estate data every time it comes out on your data feed.

People will notice. Over time, they will start to look forward to reading your posts about local real estate statistics. They will turn to you for a realistic picture of the marketplace.

Because after all, you are not talking about their favorite ballplayer, you are talking about where they live or where they are about to invest a large portion of their paycheck.

As we said, people love numbers. They believe in numbers. They will trust people who provide them with those valuable numbers.

Add real estate data to your website and you can knock it out of the park when it comes to promoting your brand as the broker or agent with real, trustworthy local knowledge.

 

 

Hyperlocal Content

Does Your Website Suffer Through Lack Of Hyperlocal Content

What is the state of your hyperlocal content on your website?

If your real estate website has not provided you with the website traffic that you have hoped for, it may be time to re-examine the content on its pages. Google and other search engines are increasingly not ranking websites where the content does not bring real benefits to their users.

If we look at local search results from this prospective, we may find that they are faced with many issues when ranking local real estate websites.  For sites that aggregate MLS listings, they can be faced with determining which website has the most authority and provides the best benefits to the user.

Ranking in Google with aggregated content

Real estate websites that use MLS data to populate listings, provide direct access to properties that users are searching for in their local market.  Google can be challenged as to which website to rank, if there is not additional content on the webpage, and/or other factors such as relevant links to the page. Many times Google will crawl the exact same data across different websites.  Google poses the question: what makes your webpage unique from countless other real estate websites that are displaying the same MLS data?

Providing value to web visitors, while selling the location

When hyperlocal content is well written, it compliments aggregated data.  For that to happen in your local real estate market, the content needs to inform the web searcher, why they might be interested in purchasing a home in the city/Geo they are searching in.

Typical sub-topics:

  • Amenities
  • Local Attractions
  • Resources
  • Homes Values
  • Investment Opportunities

All sub-topics need to be relevant to the area, and the surrounding Geo farm pages.  This is always a great way to add internal linking to neighboring Geo farm pages.

In addition, you should not be afraid to link out to the local amenities, attractions and resources. Not only does Google like this, but you can then start up a conversation with the local business that you linked to, after you are acquainted with each other, and ask for a link back to this specific page.

This starts your local link building process.

What does Google look at when they rank web pages?

Hyperlocal Content – A website providing additional hyperlocal, static content, that helps sell the location, educates the potential home buyer to the amenities, attractions and resources in the town they are looking to purchase in, with links to these resources.

Domain Rating – The domain authority or domain rating of the website is a large factor. Domain Rating, is a metric that is used by Ahrefs.com to calculate the authority of a website domain by the amount of links they receive from other referring domains to their website. Domain rating can help in the ranking of keywords, without direct links to webpages.

URL Rating – The URL rating is a metrics that measures the amount of backlinks,  and their quality to your page’s URL, and the likelihood of the page ranking.

Learn more about SEO metrics and domain rating and URL Rating here

Gaining authority through hyperlocal content

In order to gain authority and relevant links to your pages, you need to have content.  You need hyperlocal content for your pages that are showing MLS listings.  At Home Junction they are called Geo farm pages.

How can build authority to your hyperlocal content:

  • Using Link Magnets – A link magnet is great piece of content that can be served up on your blog. In real estate, this content usually comes in the form of local guides to an area. These guides go in depth to local resources and typically are between 2,500 to 3,500 words.
  • Passing Link Juice Through Internal Links – Link magnets internally link to hyperlocal content. This is important as most sites will link to great content, but typically do not link to sales pages. This process allows the link juice from the linking site to travel through internal links to the hyperlocal page.
  • Warming Up Potential Linker In Link Outreach – When starting a link outreach campaign, you do not want to be seen as a spammer. The easiest way to avoid this is to warm up the potential site for link building.

This can be done through:

  • Relevant comments on their site, after reading their posts.
  • An e-mail introduction, where you can once again comment on their site, (this can also be done through their contact form).
  • You can also directly introduce yourself with a phones call, and tell the webmaster how their post provided value.

Only after warming up the contact do you e-mail them back and ask for their opinion on your piece of  content that is acting as a link magnet. You are forming relationships!

All of this can’t happen until relevant hyperlocal content, and link bait content is researched, and written your site.

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Real Estate Data Is The Honey That Attracts, Not Repels Customers

real estate honeyTimes are a’ changing and the use of real estate data may be more important than ever.

Why? Take a look at what is happening in several boroughs in New York State.

The residents there have become fed up with super-aggressive real estate solicitors.

Apparently, home prices in that area have skyrocketed.  Disreputable agents are climbing over each with overzealous marketing campaigns to try to find more sellers.

People talk about having agents walk in their offices and drop five or six brochures on their desk every day. Mailboxes are stuffed. People are approached on their front porches. Daily.

Residents there have had enough. They actually contacted state legislators who created a “cease and desist” zone where residents can sign up for a “Do not contact” list.  Real estate solicitors are not allowed to bother them anymore. There could be severe penalties. It’s gotten that bad.

Don’t think this practice doesn’t just take place in New York. Probably happens all over the country. Especially in markets that are overheated.

What’s the result? People get turned off by real estate professionals, which ends up throwing the reputable ones in the same basket. The trusted agents who will greatly assist a consumer when they do decide to sell.

This could be a future trend. Certainly one that agents need to be concerned about and to monitor in the event there are grumblings in their marketplace.

Real estate data is a powerful magnet

There’s a lesson here.

It starts with the old adage, “You can attract more flies with honey than vinegar.”

Naturally, we’re not saying home buyers and sellers are insects. They are people. Who deserve not to have their privacy violated.

What we are saying is that you will attract more customers by offering the right product to help them, rather than harass them.

One of those products is hyperlocal real estate data.

After all, what is the role of a real estate agent? One of their main responsibilities is to be an “information resource.”

An agent can approach consumers in one of two ways. They can constantly bug them about why they should be selling their home or buying one (and giving the agent a big fat commission check).

Or, they can act in a consultancy position. Provide consumers with a big helping hand to lead them through one of the most complex, expensive and nerve-wracking decisions they will make in their lives.

Providing local, relevant real estate data is one way to be THE RESOURCE for consumers.

Add real estate data on your web site showing recent home sales, charts with trends in prices, school information such as rankings and student/teacher ratios, demographics, crimes statistics, cost of living indices, municipal boundaries, tax districts, and more.

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Local school data.

That’s the “honey” that will attract buyers and sellers.

You can promote that honey in a number of ways.

On social media, share recent developments in the local marketplace. Perhaps sales reached an all-time high last quarter. Post a link that goes back to your website showing a chart with housing trends.

Send out a direct mail piece (not every day) with local real estate data stats (and the web address to find out more information).

Make it known you and your website are the place for buyers and sellers to turn to when they are ready to act.

Many people interviewed in those New York boroughs acknowledged that most real estate agents are not annoying. But those few nasty real estate agents in New York still don’t get it.

People don’t want to be “sold.” They want to buy. And they want to talk to professionals with in-depth local knowledge who will help them make a decision, not trick them into selling or buying.

Let your valuable hyper-local real estate data create an atmosphere where customers want to reach out to you, not run away from you.

 

 

Home Value Estimates Gain In Accuracy and Popularity, Nearly Challenging Appraisers

home value artworkHere’s another indicator that every real estate broker and agent must have a tool for home value estimates  on their website.

And it’s a little bit scary. At least for real estate appraisers.

Perhaps you’ve seen the news lately.

Real estate pundits are sounding the horn that perhaps the days of real estate appraisers might be approaching an end. Just like the knockout punch that hit travel agents for example and cut their numbers way back.

There are an estimated 78,000 licensed appraisers in the US right now. That number used to be 120,000.

Should they be worried?

Why are the experts saying this?

Zillow and Redfin for two reasons.

Tools for home value estimates becoming more advanced

Experts are noticing that the Automated Valuation Models used by both Zillow and Redfin are becoming more refined as the years go by.

Those companies are diving deeper into relevant databases to supposedly report a more accurate estimation of the value of a property.

They are continually tweaking their algorithms.  Scraping more relevant data. Their machine learning techniques are becoming more sophisticated.

And both companies are now boasting how accurate their home estimator tools are becoming.

Well, just like people keep hinting at the demise of real estate agents (which will not happen since 95% of the population still employs an agent to buy or sell a home). They are predicting the same thing for real estate appraisers.

Even Zillow admits this is very premature.

The challenge is, home value estimates are still just that, estimates. Even both Zillow and Redfin sometimes show big differences in the value of a property.

As seasoned real estate professionals know, there are quite a few factors that go into establishing the value of a home such as market conditions, mortgage rates, the condition of the home, upgrades to rooms, etc.

Here’s the big point.

As machines for home value estimates become more sophisticated, they are becoming more popular. It’s a proven fact that consumers love them. They get to instantly see the rough value of their most precious possession.

And the more buzz that is generated by home estimator tools, the more popular they are going to become.

The good news is that with advances in data coding and algorithms, these valuable tools are no longer the sole propriety of the mega real estate sites.

Basically, any broker or agent can now add the same type of tool to their websites.

home value estimates tool

Home Junction’s Automated Valuation Model format for home value estimates

National data providers such as Home Junction have made it their mission to provide similar data resources to individual brokers and agents to level the playing field. Even to related companies such as mortgage brokers and banks (and perhaps real estate appraisers, too).

It should be evident by now, that adding this type of functionality to a local real estate website is a necessity.

If you are going to compete with the big boys for customers, you need to provide the same benefits that they offer.

And you can.

With Home Junction’s home estimator technology, consumers can enter their home address and instantly get a result with an estimate of their home value.

Home Junction’s functionality goes several steps further to give home owners a broader picture.

For example, included in the home value estimate are high and low ranges. So a home owner has some parameters for where their property might appear within those estimates.

Next, Home Junction gives additional insight into individual appraisal factors.

For example, it will indicate the average prices per square foot. Then it will give a percentage on how homes in the market fit that particular window of data.

Same with the age of the home.

For example, one property might be relatively new, so the readout will show how that home is in a smaller percentage of homes in that marketplace, thereby adding more value.

All of these factors help to give that property owner a true consensus on their property.

They will appreciate that. Even to the point of filling out a lead generation form if necessary.

Those consumers will also establish in their minds that this local real estate broker or agent is on top of the game in the marketplace when it comes to local knowledge. They will also recognize this broker or agent as being a real pro when it comes to the latest in real estate-related technology.

What it will also do is persuade consumers that they don’t need to go to the mega sites for information. Their local broker and agent provide it for them. That’s including the local in-depth market experience and knowledge that those mega sites will never have.

The writing is on the wall folks. Home estimators tools have taken a quantum leap as far as reliability.

You must add this functionality to your website if you are going to survive in the 21st century. Compete with the big sites. Generate your own leads.

Fortunately for savvy brokers and agents, the ability to add functionality for home value estimates is now in your hands.

 

 

 

 

Real Estate Data Feeds Are A Great Resource For Bloggers

real estate bloggerReal estate data can help you write that all important 1,000-word plus blog.

A 1,000-word real estate blog you might say? Are you kidding? Doesn’t “War and Peace” have that many words?

Yes, coming up with something to write about on a regular basis is certainly not easy.  Most people have a hard time writing any blog. To think of one every week, well that’s downright torture. And now you want a 1,000 words?

Sure, the first month that a blogger starts they are chock full of great ideas. Then comes month three, four and five, etc. In fact, the months don’t stop. They just keep coming.

All of a sudden that keyboard isn’t so friendly anymore.

The key to writing a blog on a regular basis is to have a source of information that provides you with fresh ideas on a regular basis.

One of the best sources for hyperlocal ideas is a hyperlocal feed of real estate data from providers such as Home Junction.

With a real estate data feed, you literally have a fire hose constantly feeding you constantly changing local information.

  • Recent homes sales.
  • Trends in home prices.
  • School information.
  • Local business information.
  • Demographics
  • Cost of Living Indices
  • Crime statistics.
  • Etc.

Use local real estate data to lengthen blogs

Because here’s why you need as much hyper-local information as you can gather.

Google and Bing. That’s why.

The search engines Google and Bing and all the others like content. (Inman says so.) Fresh content.

And they like in-depth content.

The quality of content is one of the main factors that Google and Bing use in determining rankings. (Sure, there are about 200 other factors as well, but Content is a Big One. Be sure you have that one nailed down. It’s within your reach).

What do Google and Bing prefer in regard to content?

First of all, the verbiage needs to be relevant.

So, if you want your website to rank for Lucky Putter Country Club, it’s smart to have content about the Lucky Putter Country Club on your website and add words related to the club.

With a WordPress real estate website (also offered by Home Junction) you can easily upload tons of content on any subject. WordPress is one of the best platforms in the world for Search Engine Optimization. The software is coded in a way that Google and Bing can easily understand and index in their rankings of websites.

That’s why more than 25% of the content based websites out today use WordPress.

The second item that Google and Bing look for after relevant content is updated content.

Sure, someone can set up a web page about the Lucky Putter Country Club and not touch it for years. But if someone else posts updated and fresh content about Lucky Putter, well Google and Bing are going to notice.

Search engines are all about determining which sites offer the best answers to search queries. Fresh content is one criterion they use. Too many sites are just created and left abandoned with outdated and many times, wrong information.

Google and Bing see that a website that is continually updated, is a website worth paying attention to.

Third, there’s the length of the content.

Sure, the bots that Google and Bing deploy are very sharp. They are equipped with many mechanisms to determine quality content.

But after all, they are still bots (mini-robots).

They aren’t human.

So, one of the factors these bots rely on to measure quality content is the number of words written about a subject. Most experts say a blog or any bit of content should be at least 300 words. Many say the optimum length is 1,000 words (Yikes!).

Some experts will claim blogs should really be 2,500 words. (You’ve got to be kidding. That’s the length of a phone book, right?).

Yes, those numbers are daunting. Or writing anything on a regular basis, say weekly, is challenging as well.

That’s where real estate data can come in handy.

With your own real estate data feed, you have access to an incredible database of local and yes, relevant information.

For example, you could talk about certain neighborhoods you are targeting.

Provide a write-up about the community. The type of homes. The number of homes. The location.

Then go into your real estate feed.

Start pulling up charts for Recent Home Sales in that community. Talk about the results.

Do a screen shot of the chart. (Another key factor that Google and Bing like are images with blogs. Images, break up long blocks of text and make it easier for people to read).

property sales data charts

Do the same with trends in Home Prices in that neighborhood. Talk about where the market is going – up, down or in between. Give some predictions on where you think it is going.

With your real estate data feed, you can also talk about recent homes sold in the community. Point out how that home over there sold for a record amount per square foot, or how that home over here sold in record time for that neighborhood.

Dig deeper.

Talk about the demographics of the community. Maybe the average income is above average for the area. Or perhaps there are a lot of young people who happen to live in this particular area.

Check out your real estate data feeds for the latest school information. Talk about enrollment sizes, student-teacher ratios, rankings for the middle school that sits in the middle of that particular neighborhood.

If the population skews older, use the information from the feed to talk about the different medical facilities in that community.

Crime statistics are always important.

Not only can you use local real estate data to talk about a particular neighborhood, but it’s also great as a comparison tool (in fact Home Junction offers a comparison function that consumers can use themselves).

Comparisons are powerful for helping people sort out information and make decisions. It gives them perspective. A way to evaluate.

For example, perhaps Neighborhood A is a hip, super-desirable neighborhood. The perception that everybody has is that this is the place to be. But, with your real estate data tools, you can do a comparison with Neighborhood B and show it has as many of the EXACT same characteristics as the other neighborhood, but with home prices that are not as inflated.

Perhaps by now, the point is sinking in. Real estate data provides you with plenty of information to elongate your blog posts or your posts about a target neighborhood you want to farm.

With that information, it makes it a lot easier to reach 1,000 words in length. Just like we did here.

Do yourself a favor. Tap into real estate data feed. Your fingers and your followers will thank you.