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  • Writer's pictureChristy Murdock

Yes, you can grow even in a low inventory, high interest rate market

There's a kind of split personality happening in the real estate world right now. Many agents, brokers, and team leaders are wrestling with financial challenges caused by the down market of the last couple of years. Agents have left the business in droves and the anxiety caused by ongoing commission lawsuits has folks wondering how they'll even stay in business in the years ahead.


At the same time, we're seeing a lot of super-positive happy talk from real estate leadership. Now, part of that is caused by a sort of finger-in-the-dam effort to stop bleeding agents and revenue. But a lot of it feels authentic, as industry leaders bank on lower interest rates in the months ahead and plenty of pent-up demand from buyers this spring.


The question is, what can you do even in the worst markets to stay in business and exercise some control over your business? The biggest challenges over the past few months have come from the lock-in effect of low inventory and high interest rates. Is it possible to improve your GCI in an environment such as the one we've experienced and set yourself up for more stable income as you weather the ups and downs of the market?


Here are 10 suggestions for making your real estate business more bulletproof:


  1. Focus on listings: With low inventory, listings become even more valuable. Invest time and resources into securing listings by prospecting aggressively, networking with homeowners, and offering innovative marketing strategies to attract sellers. Consider a combination of direct mail farming, sphere of influence marketing, and community events to raise your profile and stay top of mind.

  2. Leverage technology: Use technology tools such as predictive analytics, AI-powered lead generation platforms, and virtual staging to identify potential sellers and attract buyers. Virtual tours and 3D walkthroughs can help showcase properties effectively despite limited inventory, differentiating your service and allowing you to showcase your effectiveness.

  3. Target niche markets: Identify niche markets or underserved segments of buyers and sellers, such as first-time homebuyers, downsizers, or investors. Tailor your marketing efforts and add ancillary services to meet the specific needs of these demographics. Consider additional training, certifications and designations to become a true expert in one or more new niches.

  4. Offer creative financing solutions: In a high-interest-rate environment, creative financing options can make properties more accessible to buyers. Explore options like seller financing, lease-to-own arrangements, assumable mortgages or partnership programs with lenders to help buyers overcome financing challenges and create content marketing around the solutions you've identified.

  5. Provide value-added services: Differentiate yourself by offering value-added services that go beyond traditional real estate transactions. This could include assistance with home staging, renovation referrals, property management, relocation services, or neighborhood tours to help buyers make informed decisions.

  6. Stay educated and informed: Keep abreast of market trends, economic indicators, and interest rate forecasts to anticipate shifts in the market. Attend industry conferences, participate in professional development courses, and connect with other agents to stay informed and adapt your strategies accordingly. Bonus? This also allows you to develop your referral network.

  7. Build strong relationships: Focus on building long-term relationships with clients and industry partners. Provide exceptional service, communicate transparently, and exceed client expectations to earn referrals and repeat business that will sustain you, even in challenging market conditions. Continue to add value past the closing table and cultivate referrals from past clients.

  8. Offer valuable content and resources: Establish credibility and provide value upfront with educational blog posts, market reports, virtual property tours, or personalized property recommendations. Cultivate your online presence to distribute content and generate warm leads. Continuously test and refine your lead generation strategies based on data-driven insights and feedback from prospects. Experiment with different messaging, targeting criteria, and channels to identify what resonates best with your target audience.

  9. Diversify your portfolio: Explore additional revenue streams within the real estate industry, such as real estate investing or commercial leasing. Diversifying your services can provide stability and additional income opportunities during market fluctuations.

  10. Stay positive and persistent: Mindset is everything, but it can be tough to keep yourself motivated in challenging market conditions. However, maintaining a positive mindset and staying persistent is crucial. Self-care, affirmations, and surrounding yourself with others who are like-minded can help you stay on track. Most of all, focus on the opportunities available, adapt your strategies as needed, and continue working diligently to achieve your goals.


Real estate isn't for the faint of heart, but setting yourself up for success and putting in consistent effort offers the rewards you're looking for. Don't wait and try to play catch-up when the market's tough. Implement best practices every day of your career to stay on track.

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