Learn how to nurture leads and close more home sales with real estate text message marketing.
Profitable, successful real estate doesn’t come down to your well-designed business card or your impressive speed at finding listings.
It’s all about strong relationships.
With that in mind, it’s not surprising that you’ve turned to text messaging to connect with your clients and prospects and sell homes more quickly.
Here’s how to use text message marketing and software like SimpleTexting to give you more flexibility and control over your communications.
There’s a contradiction at the heart of modern real estate sales and marketing. There have never been more ways to reach people, yet people have never been harder to reach.
That’s because people are exposed to between 4,000 and 10,00 ads per day—and notice less than 100.
Text messages, on the other hand, have an average open rate of 98% and a response rate of 45%.
Texting helps real estate agents like you:
If that all sounds good to you, I’ve got even better news: The majority of people want you to text them.
In our 2023 SMS Marketing report, 71% of consumers said they opted in to a business’ text messages. That means they trusted the business enough to give them their personal phone number—and home buyers and sellers may do the same for you.
You can enjoy most of these benefits of texting from a standard cell phone. Keep in mind, though, that you’ll reach more people in less time when you upgrade to an SMS marketing platform.
With a dedicated text messaging service, you can:
This doesn’t just go for SimpleTexting’s real estate text messaging app (though there are plenty of reasons why SimpleTexting is trusted by hundreds of agents and brokers). You can compare top SMS platforms to see which is the perfect fit for your business—check out the section below “Top 5 SMS Marketing Services for Real Estate Agents” to get a head start.
9 real estate text messaging ideas
Engage potential clients who’ve shown interest in your real estate website but haven’t taken any further action.
Example text: “Hi [NAME], thanks for requesting more info about my services! Are you looking to buy or sell?”
Inform house hunters about new or existing property listings that may be of interest to them.
Example text: “Exciting news, [NAME]! We just listed a stunning 3-bedroom home in [NEIGHBORHOOD]. Take a virtual tour and explore the beautiful features: [PROPERTY LINK]. Let me know if you’d like to schedule a showing.”
Notify buyers about price drops on specific properties to encourage them to reconsider previously overlooked listings.
Example text: “Great news, [NAME]! The price for the property at [ADDRESS] you showed interest in has been reduced by [PRICE REDUCTION AMOUNT]. Check it out here: [PROPERTY LINK]. Interested in scheduling a showing?”
Invite potential buyers or interested parties to attend an upcoming open house event so they can explore the property in person.
Example text: “Join me this Saturday for an open house at [ADDRESS] from 12 PM to 4 PM! You’ll have the chance to experience the spacious rooms, scenic views, and modern amenities. Will I see you there?”
Keep open house attendees engaged and answer any questions they may have.
Example text: “[NAME], thank you for visiting the open house at [ADDRESS]! If you have any further questions or would like to schedule a private showing, feel free to reach out. I’m here to help you throughout your home search.”
Schedule and confirm appointments with clients and prospects, like property viewings and consultations.
Example text: “Hi [NAME], I have you down to view the property at [ADDRESS] on [DATE] at [TIME]. Does this time still work for you? If not, let me know and I can find an alternative that suits your schedule.”
Ask satisfied clients to provide reviews or testimonials about their experience working with you to buy or sell their home.
Example text: “Hi [NAME], I hope you’re enjoying your new home! I’d greatly appreciate it if you could share your experience in a review. Your feedback will help others make an informed decision. Here’s the link to leave a review: [REVIEW SITE LINK]”
Encourage past or current clients to refer friends, family, or acquaintances who may be interested in buying or selling real estate.
Example text: “Hi [NAME], I’m honored to have helped you [BUY/SELL] your home! If you know anyone who is looking to buy or sell a property, I’d be grateful for your referral. I strive to provide the same exceptional experience to those you recommend. Thanks in advance for your support!”
Share informative or engaging real estate-related content, like market updates, tips for home buyers and sellers, or relevant articles to stay connected with clients and nurture leads.
Example text: “Good morning, [NAME]! I thought you might find this article about [TOPIC] helpful: [CONTENT LINK]. Let me know if you have any questions or if there’s anything I can help with!
💡 For more real estate text examples, check out our real estate SMS templates and scripts guide.
Before you send your first promotional text message, keep this in mind:
SMS marketing is legal for real estate, but only if you follow industry compliance guidelines.
It’s a common myth in real estate that you can buy or scrape a list of potential buyers and sellers and start messaging them. I see threads on Twitter and Reddit about cold texting all the time, especially for wholesale real estate.
When it comes to texting people who haven’t signed up for your promotional texts, though, there’s no gray area. It’s considered spam, and it’s not allowed.
5 real estate SMS compliance rules you should know:
⚠️ I’m not a lawyer, so please consult your legal counsel if you have any specific questions about SMS compliance guidelines or texting laws. You can learn more about how to legally text real estate contacts in our text message marketing compliance guide.
Agents use real estate text message marketing in two main ways — to nurture leads and follow up with contacts.
I’ll outline how both work and cover some other ways you can use them in your text messaging strategy.
Real estate text message marketing can help you attract and nurture leads. You can collect contact information for interested buyers and sellers, promote listings, generate sales, and even handle sign-in sheets for open houses.
There are a couple of different strategies you can apply here.
One of the most popular approaches involves keywords. An SMS keyword is a word that people can text to your number to agree to receive your messages.
Here’s how easy it is to create one.
Now that you’ve created a keyword, you’re probably wondering how they work in practice.
Let’s say a house hunter walks by one of your listings and spots a sign or flier with the keyword “321MainSt” alongside your phone number.
You now have a new lead you can follow up with. To save time, you can automatically send them a series of texts using our autoresponder feature.
With text message marketing, you can also send a real estate text blast to prospective buyers’ phone numbers.
You can use that text blast to let your new contacts know about a new property that’s for sale, including photos of the property and links to the online listing.
Along with generating new leads, you can use texting to get quick responses from your contacts.
SMS is by far the quickest way to engage your leads, given that over 30% of consumers check their text notifications within 60 seconds (according to 1,400 respondents of our 2023 SMS Marketing survey).
To make contacting you even easier, add a click-to-text button to your website to encourage leads to send you a text.
This tool is more important than ever as mobile devices continue to take a bigger slice of the real estate web traffic pie, with 89% of new home buyers using their mobile devices to search as they look for a home.
Short response times leave a positive impression on clients, making them more likely to use your services and recommend you to others.
As you send texts to your leads and clients, don’t forget to:
Use details like the contact’s name and location so they feel valued and like they’re talking to a real person.
Include your name and company in your welcome text, and prompt subscribers to add you to their contacts. This will help them remember who you are so they’re more likely to respond to your message.
Keeping a message as brief as possible allows the contact to scan it and respond before you lose their attention.
Make your texts stand out and pique your contacts’ interest by including media like real estate photography, videos, GIFs, audio, and PDFs.
Texts that include media are known as MMS, so make sure your SMS marketing platform has this service available.
📚 Read our real estate texting etiquette guide for more tips and best practices.
Not sure which text messaging platform is right for your real estate business? I get it—there are dozens to choose from, and evaluating them can be overwhelming.
Here are a few popular SMS marketing services for agents:
If you’re just getting started with SMS for real estate marketing, here are some of the boxes you’ll want to tick when choosing a service:
It’s also worth understanding whether your credits will roll over from one month to the next.
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This article was published June 28, 2023. It was updated August 31, 2023. Nathan Ellering contributed to this piece.