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President Voltz: Navigating Market Fluctuations — Strategies for Success

May 24, 2024 in Guest Columns

By Amy Voltz, 2024 Heartland MLS President

As REALTORS®, we know that the real estate market is a rollercoaster. The ups and downs can be challenging, but they also present opportunities for growth and success. Here are some strategies to help you navigate market fluctuations and come out ahead.

Stay Informed and Adaptable

First and foremost, staying informed about market trends is crucial. Subscribe to real estate news, follow economic indicators and keep an eye on local market reports, such as the KCRAR stats delivered to your inboxes monthly. They are also available broken out by region at Understanding the current landscape allows you to anticipate changes and adjust your strategies accordingly. It also helps you educate your clients and to navigate them in making informed decisions. Flexibility is key; what worked in a booming market might not be as effective during a downturn.

Diversify Your Portfolio

Diversification isn’t just for investors. Expanding your expertise across different types of real estate—residential, commercial, rentals and even foreclosures—can help cushion the impact of market shifts. If one segment slows down, another might pick up, keeping your business steady. Luckily, educating yourself in new sectors of the market has never been easier. The KCRAR virtual and in-person education campus offers a wide variety of trainings such as new construction, buyer agency, condos, commercial and much more. These classes can be found via Zoom or in either KCRAR classroom locations, some even on demand. These high-level classes are often taught by industry leaders within our KCRAR/HMLS community, with information tailored to our local real estate market. The best part is nearly all of these classes are offered at no additional cost to members.

Focus on Building Relationships

During uncertain times, strong relationships with clients, colleagues and industry professionals become even more valuable. Trust and loyalty can lead to repeat business and referrals. Keep in touch with past clients, offer them valuable market insights and be their go-to resource. Building a solid network can provide stability and new opportunities regardless of market conditions.

Enhance Your Marketing Efforts

When the market tightens, standing out becomes even more important. Invest in marketing that brings value to your clients and audience. Use social media and digital marketing to reach a broader audience. Highlight your expertise and the unique value you bring to clients. Showing consumers all that we do for them outside of what they consider the role of a REALTOR® makes a lasting impact. Don’t be afraid to show the less glamorous and practical side of things, such as always having cleaning supplies in your car and not being afraid to use them, jumping up and down on signs to drive them into the ground in the freeze of winter and the dry ground of August (usually in dress shoes), or chauffeuring your client’s cute but noisy dog around the neighborhood during an important showing. Effective marketing can attract more leads and keep your pipeline full, being real and showing value is what will make them clients for life.

Educate Your Clients

Clients rely on us to guide them through the complexities of buying and selling, especially in fluctuating markets. Educate them about current trends, explain the implications for their specific situation and provide realistic expectations. Informed clients are more likely to trust your advice and make decisions that lead to successful transactions. We should be educating our current clients as we guide them through the buying and selling process, but I challenge you to think about topics that your sphere of influence or database may be interested in and create some educational content for them. Maybe you work with many first-time homebuyers or retirees that would appreciate tips and information tailored to their needs. You could take this a step further like some of my colleagues and volunteer to educate the future homebuyers in your area by teaching a skills class related to real estate at your local high school.

Stay Positive and Resilient

Maintaining a positive attitude and resilience is crucial. Market fluctuations can be stressful, but they’re also temporary. Focus on your long-term goals, celebrate small wins, and keep pushing forward. Your determination will inspire confidence in your clients and help you weather any storm. Navigating market fluctuations requires staying informed, being adaptable and focusing on relationships and marketing. By being yourself, listening to your clients’ needs and using the tools you already have, you can turn challenges into opportunities and continue to thrive as a successful REALTOR®.

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