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Social media is a leading way real estate agents in which market themselves and their properties to potential buyers and sellers. Technology has created new ways for consumers to buy properties and for real estate agents to market those properties and themselves. Finding a real estate agent who is able to help you maneuver through financial and legal paperwork is important in order to decrease the stress and mistakes that may come along with trying to buy or sell property. People turn to their computers and the Internet to research every aspect of a sale, from their potential agent to property values and past sales of homes. While traditional avenues of marketing such as direct mailings, newspaper ads and magazine layouts are still utilized, online marketing avenues are necessary to compete in the real estate market.

Social media savvy real estate agents market themselves online by posting images, commenting on posts, and creating relationships by sending personal messages and responding to inquiries. Building physical relationships by placing advertisements in the newspaper and answering phone calls was once the standard in real estate marketing. Since computers and portable devices are a huge part of people's lives, engagement online is critical to building a brand and creating trust.

Online marketing can be automated to save the real estate agent time and energy while still creating leads and referrals. Many real estate agents invest several hundred dollars in online marketing to achieve a return of several thousand dollars. It takes money to make money, and whether they are placing targeted ads on Facebook and Twitter or paying search engine optimization gurus to ensure people are finding their services, agents interested in successfully marketing their skills understand the need to invest in advertising to build larger networks.

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