You originally accepted the challenge of a real estate agent for many reasons. It may have been due to your love for meeting new people, or finding just the right house for the specific needs of a family. Then you discovered all the planning and paperwork involved in the process. There is marketing, contact management, client acquisition, client retention, design, along with many other administrative and development issues.
In a perfect world you could hire someone who would only come to work when you really needed them and they?d always know just what to do. They would never call in sick, take up space in your office, or bother you with insurance concerns.
Welcome to a Perfect World!
The idea of a virtual assistant may sound unique and perhaps even a bit futuristic, but a Real Estate Virtual Assistant can provide the perfect opportunity for you to do what you do best without the hassle of many undesirable elements of real estate sales including transaction coordination, marketing design work, client database management, data entry, lead follow-up, and lead generation.
A web-based virtual assistant can aid you in critical times, allowing you to more fully concentrate on what you enjoy most – serving your clients and selling property.
Virtual assistants never take up room in your office, they never call in sick, they aren?t entitled to workman?s compensation and best of all they take care of you in some very specific ways.
? Reduce administrative tasks
? Increase market awareness
? Handle design tasks
? Coordinate Transactions
? Free up time for agent
? Track and follow up with leads
? Stay in touch with past clients on agents behalf
? Perform direct mail marketing campaigns
? Configure and maintain contact database
? Develop and manage email marketing campaigns
You might already have a capable assistant in your office, but by learning more about the services of a Real Estate Virtual Assistant you might think twice about hiring a replacement when they leave.
A Virtual Assistant – What Do They Do?
A virtual assistant will make your business their business for as long as you need them. They take care of all the details you know are needed, but hate doing. Ask yourself, who do you think would do a job better?someone who wishes they weren?t doing it or someone that makes it their specialty?
A virtual assistant is someone who makes use of available technology to help you build and maintain your business.
Change Can Be Good
We understand this idea may seem strange to the sensibilities of some, but as communication methods, technologies, and software have advanced so have opportunities for cost effective outsourcing that frees real estate agents to pursue more lucrative endeavors.
If you have a need for an assistant, but wonder about the cost effective nature of such a hire, consider the benefits of a virtual assistant providing both a viable short and long-term strategy as well as saving you time and money.
Benefits of Hiring a Certified Real Estate VA
Adding a virtual assistant to your team benefits your business in the following ways:
? There is MINIMAL TRAINING necessary!
? You do NOT compensate VA?s for: benefits, insurance, vacation, holiday, sick pay or retirement plans nor do you have to pay Social Security, Medicare, Worker’s Compensation, payroll tax, or unemployment taxes. There are NO EMPLOYEE COSTS associated with a virtual assistant
? There are NO EXPENSES for computers, office equipment, software, or furniture. VA?s use our their equipment, work from their own office, and do not take up space in yours
? You can INCREASE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY during busy times without hiring additional employees
? You can HANDLE SPECIAL PROJECTS without sacrificing another aspect of your business or disrupting your office
? You only pay VA?s for the time they spend on your business?NO DOWN TIME
? You have ACCESS TO A PROFESSIONAL with skills and technology that you may not have time to learn, implement, or maintain
? You will have MORE FREE TIME to focus on growing your business or to spend leisurely!
Keep in mind?you can have the best software, marketing ideas, and strategies, BUT if you don’t have time to implement and maintain them they are worthless to you! The PEOPLE who put them into ACTION are PRICELESS!
Certified Real Estate Virtual Assistants | Online VA
Sarah Reiter graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S. degree in Communications and is president of Creative Agent Solutions, a virtual marketing company that specializes in real estate services. Sarah Reiter is an ethics checked Certified Real Estate Support Specialist (CRESS) with the International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA), Professional Real Estate Virtual Assistant (PREVA) with the REVA Network, CyberStar VA, and a Certified VA (CVA) with the SettlementRoom?. Association affiliations include the Southeast Valley Regional Association of Realtors (SEVRAR), Scottsdale Association of Realtors (SAAR), and Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA).