According to the National Association of REALTORS®, Millennials currently make up 34% of U.S. home buyers – the largest share of buyers for the 4th consecutive year. NAR research also shows that while there are barriers to break through such as student loan debt and fast-moving inventory, 94% of Millennials WANT to own their own home.
While many Millennials are putting home buying off slightly longer than previous generations, their time is coming. This means you should be paying attention to this important group and learning how to best market to them – you can’t afford not to!
Below are 3 simple tips to help you win over Millennial home buyers.
Tip #1 – Improve your online presence
Millennials are part of the ‘Yelp generation’ – even if an agent was referred to them by a friend or family member, they will still do their due diligence and be looking online for information. Plus, an online search is the next most popular option for finding an agent after a referral, with 34% of Millennials finding their agent on the Internet. You need to be sure that you are not only easy to find, but also putting your best foot forward when it comes to your digital presence. Testimonials from outside sources, recommendations from friends and colleagues, and a social media presence are key to winning over Millennial consumers. One of the best places to start is with your free agent profile on realtor.com®.
Tip #2 – Share your knowledge
Most Millennials are new to the home buying process and want to work with a knowledgeable real estate professional that can walk them through the process start to finish; highlighting next steps along the way and explaining what will be needed from them at each stage. In fact, 74% of Millennial buyers noted that help understanding the purchase process was the most beneficial part of working with an agent.
Tip #3 – Optimize for mobile
The average person spends 90 hours per month on smartphone apps. Millennials are glued to their phone – rarely spending a minute of the day without it by their side (even in bed!). In fact, a recent survey found that 39% say they interact more with their smartphones than they do with their significant others, parents, friends, children or co-workers. WOW!
Want more tips on how to win over Millennial home buyers?
Check out our recent webinar for 5 Tips to Win Over the Millennial market. You don’t want to miss this! Get a sneak preview below…
Watch this free webinar for a brief overview of the Millennial home buyer, and information on how Millennials search behavior and communication preferences can inform your marketing strategy and help you win their business! We’ll also answers the following questions…
- What are Millennials looking for in a real estate agent?
- What can I do to improve my online presence?
- How can I communicate with Millennials more effectively?
- What tools can I use to streamline these tasks and win over the Millennial market?