Virtual Results is happy to present a new blog series of Tips and Techniques for your WordPress Real Estate Site. This post comes from one of our newer members Colleen Kulikowski, who is a successful Realtor and real estate blogger in Buffalo, NY. Colleen has years of experience blogging on her real estate sites and has been successful at getting many buyers and sellers from those efforts. For ongoing discussion and additional insights, Virtual Results members should access our private Real Estate Facebook group. Apply for group membership by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your facebook email address.
Here Are Three Types of Posts That You Should Write
By Colleen Kulikowski
Right now, I have over 2,000 blog posts over several of my websites. Recently, I shared the foundation of those sites is is my Market Reports. I find that at times it is helpful to have a great variety of posts on your site. This time of year you have a lot going on and some great topics can be timely for many buyers.
Answer Those Questions
In many areas, parents are looking for homes now because the school year is ending and they want to be moved and settled by the time the school year starts in the fall. You also have parents looking to purchase a home or condo for a college bound student and parents faced with an empty nest thinking about down sizing.
Families come in all shape and sizes, and they all need information on buying and selling homes. They are first time home buyers, move-up buyers, down sizing, they may be relocating or investing. They have lots of questions, these questions are a wealth of topics for you to write about on your site.
Use Thought Provoking Titles
Title a post in the form of a question and in the post answer that specific question. Great questions include:
- Should I stay in my current home or move up?
- Are there any grants for my community?
- How can I help my parents stay in their home as they age?
- How can I reduce the anxiety of our move on our kids?
- Should I purchase a condo/home or have my child go into the dorms?
- What are the pros/cons to purchasing a condo for my college bound student?
- What should I know about buying a home while selling my current home?
- How safe is that neighborhood? –Now before you have a heart attack about Fair Housing, I have a post titled that and in it I share every resource that they can research that question along with an explanation why I cannot answer that question.
A great source for these questions, are the Q&A on Trulia.com or Zillow.com’s Advice tabs. I like to answer the questions on Trulia, because I can place a link to my answer on MY website. If there is one consumer asking the question, you know that it is possible that they are starting to ask that question at Google. And a post that it titled in the form of a question is more likely to rank when someone wants to know about the topic. But be warned! If you write about it – they will come. Even after reworking a post that answered a question about Rent to Own, I get at least 2-3 phone calls from people that want to Rent to Own and are frustrated. I can’t help them. So learn from my experience.
Another great series of topics that you should have on your site are focused on financing. Consumers are confused and need help understanding the complexities of financing their home purchases. But don’t forget to cover the following topics:
- Types of Loans – Conventional, FHA, VA etc.
- Credit Scores
- What you need to bring to your mortgage professional
- Alternative financing options
- Grant programs available to your community
Investors and Commercial Real Estate
The last area you should consider writing about is what Investors are looking for. But be warned, you may not want to work with Investors. Especially those that just watched an infomercial where they can purchase homes for $10,000 and have them cash flow $900 a month. Although, you may want to work with parent investors, looking to purchase a multi-family home for their child to live in while they are going to college. You may want to write to the small mom and pop shops that may be looking for a new location.
Don’t forget to place a search in the bottom of each post you write!
This post comes from one of our members Colleen Kulikowski, who is a successful Realtor and real estate blogger in Buffalo, NY. Colleen has years of experience blogging on her real estate sites and has been successful at getting many buyers and sellers from those efforts. For ongoing discussion and additional insights, Virtual Results members should access our private Real Estate Facebook group. Apply for group membership by emailing email@example.com with your facebook email address.