Real Estate Marketing

Real Estate Marketing: How Much Should I Be Spending to Get Deals?

Expertise: Real Estate Wholesaling, Real Estate Marketing, Business Management, Personal Development, Flipping Houses
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How much do I spend in my marketing budget? Today let’s talk about what the “magic number” is for you to spend to get deals every month (or maybe your first deal). The secret is: there is no magic number. And you probably have to keep spending it to get leads in the door. That’s why its called a “marketing budget.” I see people quit after one mailing of 1,000 postcards or letters. I’m going to be honest; a thousand postcard or letter campaign done once is probably not going to cut it.

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I do 2,000 postcards sometimes and get no deal. The key to marketing is to keep doing it. If you can only afford one marketing strategy, stick to that. I know sometimes paying for marketing campaigns can feel like you are flushing money down the drain after a failed marketing campaign. Let’s face it — you are a business owner so you have to think like one and act like one.

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Varied Results

I get people who tell me, "I put out 25 signs, sent 200 letters, ran Google Adwords for sellers, and drove for dollars," etc. Then they ask, "When should I expect a deal?" I'm not saying you are not going to get a deal. I've seen some people get a deal after driving for dollars once; meanwhile, it took 8 months for me to get a deal. Remember, the purpose of marketing is to get a response. Once you get these people on the phone, it's up to you to close them out. Is every lead ready to take your offer? Absolutely not. The key is to keep marketing, follow up with current leads and keep leads coming in. As a wholesaler, you need to be constantly evaluating deals and talking to sellers.

Now, for the people who have limited income like I did starting out, you need to ask yourself, how much can I afford to spend every month? Can you afford $50, $100, $500, etc.? Pick one marketing avenue and stick with it. Let’s say you only have $50 to spend. Well, that means you might need to write your own letters or postcards. Is it going to take a while to get a deal? Probably yes, but don’t come into any business expecting success in 90 days.

Find One Thing

IF you are going to put out signs, then you should stick with that until you get a deal. If you are going to mail, stick to that until you get a deal. My point is find one thing. I know I told you that already, but a lot of people seem to overcomplicate it. We are all marketing for deals, and sometimes your campaigns will fail. If you have to cry, go to your room, cry — and then tomorrow, do it all over again. Wholesaling is a business and needs to be treated like one if you want to become successful. Any successful business needs marketing.

Now, if you don't have any money and you are flat broke, Craigslist, FSBO sites and cold calling might be your friends. I know someone in my local market who monitors the local real estate look up. She finds out who is an absentee owner. And then she goes to, looks them up and begins to cold call. It sounds easy, but it is not. You will probably talk to 100 people before getting a deal. That one deal may net you $10k. So is a $10k deal worth it to you? For me, it is because I used to work in a call center paying $10.00 an hour and we took 100 calls per day. But most people are not willing to do the work.

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In conclusion there is no super secret marketing number to get a deal. You will get a deal when you come across a motivated seller. My suggestion is to stick to one form of marketing. Master one step before moving onto the next step. In my personal opinion, postcards are the best money spent. However, I have a friend who understands Google Adwords and does $250k a year off this avenue alone. At this point I don’t understand Adwords and have tried outsourcing it. I quickly learned that trying to manage something you don’t understand is not the wisest decision. I flushed $3k down the drain. I tell you that to save you from messing with a beast you don’t understand. So keep it super simple and start with mail.

What have you been most successful with when it comes to real estate marketing? How long did it take you to see results?

Leave a comment below, and let’s talk!

Nasar El-arabi has been involved in real estate for 12 years. During those 12 years, Nasar has wholesaled houses, rehabbed properties, built new properties, created a buy and hold portfolio, and fl...
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    Replied over 5 years ago
    Great article here! Unfortunately there isn’t one magical solution to it, but this leaves some solid tips on getting started. Thanks for sharing!
    Nasar Elarabi
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Thanks for reading..
    LeeAnn Putnam from Dublin, Ohio
    Replied over 5 years ago
    This is a good reminder to all newbies to keep it simple and not try to reinvent the wheel. It does help to hear the same things over and over to reinforce the information.
    Nasar Elarabi
    Replied over 5 years ago
    YUP, thats the point I was trying to make. Thanks for reading
    Tom Cyr Flipper/Rehabber from Grand Prairie, TX
    Replied over 5 years ago
    If there was something like a reliable constant, it would be constantly changing depending on where the local real estate cycle was. (Not much of a constant then, I know) In a hot sellers’ market, there are going to be far fewer leads because motivated sellers have so many more opportunities to find an exit before the investor finds them. In a buyer’s market, deals may be abundant but then finding someone to sell to will be more challenging. I agree with Nasar in that one needs to stick with a method long enough to give it a chance to work. But ALWAYS know where the RE cycle is so that you can put your entire operation in context.
    Nasar Elarabi
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Thanks for reading and reenforcing my point..
    Morris Lucas Rental Property Investor from Atlanta, GA
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Good article. I have gotten good response rate with 2-300 letters a month. I would probably get more closed deals if i ramped up to 1000 or more. But poster is right, no magic number, just need a good motivated list and consistency.
    Nasar Elarabi
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Thats all man.. Thanks
    Deshan Kennedy Real Estate Agent from Fredericksburg, VA
    Replied over 5 years ago
    Great article Nasar. I like how your writings help the Investors recognize that the success isn’t made overnight and you have to work in order to be successful just like any other business. People see others who have hit gold and they feel that it was done overnight but we know that it wasn’t but it is possible. We all need to remember that persistence is the major factor on the path to success. I wish you continued success on your paths.
    Ralph Pena Rental Property Investor from philadelphia, PA
    Replied over 5 years ago
    It’s articles like these that reminds you to stick with the basics when you’re excited and amped up to try any and everything new to get more or a deal. At times I feel people just aren’t receptive to my marketing, until you receive a call from marketing done 6 months ago. Good article, really touched on the moment I’m in right now.
    Laura Ludwig
    Replied over 3 years ago
    This is a really great piece.
    Account Closed Wholesaler from Arlington, Texas
    Replied over 3 years ago
    Very good article! Have you ever tried or know about Facebook Ads to get leads? Thanks.
    Arjun Kanak
    Replied about 3 years ago
    What is meant by “driving for dollars”?
    Caren Connolly
    Replied almost 3 years ago
    What I have found helpful when determining what to spend money on is 2 simple questions. 1, what is the cost vs. value will I be receiving? 2, how hard will it be to be ROI positive on this investment. Inside Tip: I have been using smart sign riders from Low ROI huge value! Smart sign riders!