Local MLS, ads pay off for agents

Part 2: Marketing to today's buyers and sellers

Where should you concentrate your marketing efforts in 2009? What strategies work with today’s consumers and which ones should be discarded? The NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers for 2008 provides some important clues that you cannot afford to ignore.

1. Increase your online advertising budget. If you’re throwing your money into newspaper advertising, magazines or buying guides, you may want to shift some of those print advertising dollars to online advertising. According to the survey, only 1 percent of consumers found their agent through the newspaper, Yellow Pages, direct mail, or specialty advertising such as calendars and magnets.