If you’ve been anywhere near the MLS in past few weeks you probably came across Homesnap.
It’s a mobile home search app directly linked to our MLS.
Unlike Zillow, Homesnap does not sell advertising. Users will only see the listing agent or their preferred agent when they search for homes. So, make sure you get the app on the phone of your clients.
I really like HomesnapPRO – the agent version of the app. It’s free for Columbus Realtors.
To learn exactly how to use it go to Homesnap University for Agents.
While HomesnapPRO is free for Realtors, there’s an upsell. It’s called HomesnapPRO+ and costs $599 (if you pay monthly).
Should you invest in Plus?
Before you decide you need to know what’s included.
Homesnap promises PLUS users a verified Google Business Profile, including regular posts on the profile and client reviews. You may also get access to Flashback Photos – pictures of earlier listings of a property.
Why You Need a Google Business Profile
A verified Google Business Profile is the easiest way to rank on Google organically for local searches and on Google maps.
Google wants to be the directory of all businesses. But they rely on you to provide the correct information.
As most agents don’t have their profile optimized there’s a good chance you will outrank your competitors if you verify your profile and keep it up to date.
Watch this short video to see why you need a business profile.
How to Set Up Your Business Profile
Setting up a Google Business Profile is free. Simply go to Google My Business and follow the instructions.
You can verify your profile instantly by text or email. There’s no need for a postcard to be mailed to your business as they used to do in the past.
It’s important to fully complete your profile and include a short description, business hours, and photos. Use the address of your brokerage or your home address to show up on map search.
Don’t forget to create a few posts and ask your clients to write reviews on Google instead of Zillow or other portals.
How Will Google Rank Your Profile
Initially, your profile will only rank for very specific searches, like “Your Name, Realtor in City”. However, over time your ranking will improve based on these criteria:
- Accuracy and currency of your profile.
- Number of client reviews and how fresh they are. You will rank well if you can add a new review every few weeks.
- Frequency of posts. You need to post on a regular basis – at least 2 times a week. This is a business profile! Go ahead and post listings, closings, open houses and anything related to real estate and your community.
So, should you invest $249 or $599 for HomesnapPRO+?
You can do it all yourself, but it takes time. You have to be consistent. Posting and asking for reviews has to become a habit.
Do it for 3 months and you will see results.
If you can’t commit to post on a regular basis it’s better to outsource these tasks for a full year for $249. That’s the discounted price Homesnap offers to Realtors in Columbus.