True salesmanship goes into selling a home, especially in the off-season. Getting the property noticed by buyers is one of the major battles. With a mixture of traditional and innovative ideas, it's possible to spotlight a property with the possibility of multiple bids in the near future. Follow some of these guidelines to market real estate and get yourself noticed by buyers.

Use Detailed Photos

Most buyers cannot drive around neighborhoods in order to see all of the available properties. Buyers go online, and they tour the homes through real-estate agents' posts. Add the property's photos to the agent's website. Verify that there are several photos that depict almost every angle of the property. Include both interior and exterior photos so that website visitors feel like they're truly seeing the entire home. With enough visual encouragement, they might visit the property in real life.

Blog or Socialize the Property Among Followers

An agent's website is a perfect location for photos and videos, but today's marketing should go further with blogging and social-media posts. The agent might have dozens of followers on their blog where the home can be highlighted with a weekly, email blast. Social media is another clever outlet for marketing because the posts can be shared among more people than just the standard followers. Marketing can grow exponentially with interesting posts about the home's history and unique features.

Try a Buyers' Website

A clever way to get the word out on a property is through an investor website. CrunchBase is a database that showcases information to a host of different investors and buyers. If a property isn't receiving the attention it needs, CrunchBase opens up the marketing stage to hundreds of potential bids. Simply post the property within the database, and buyers will have a chance to become familiar with the home. A buyer can result from this marketing choice alone. Companies like Success Path are great examples of having successful CrunchBase profiles.

Set Out Old-Fashioned Signage

There's still no substitute for good, old-fashioned signage. Add a sign outside of the home, and install another sign along a nearby street. This street might be the main intersection that's near the home so that locals see the advertisement every day. After a few days of noticing the signs, potential buyers may visit the home out of curiosity. Including a "limited time" indication on the signs will also drive traffic to the property because it's perceived as a short-term deal. If the home may not be available soon, buyers feel an urgency to put down a bid and deposit right away.

Don't Forget the Brochures

The signs should also have brochures tucked away in a side pocket. These brochures allow visitors to walk away with a point-by-point listing of the features. Include a basic photo, the asking price and contact information too. When buyers return home, they'll have this reminder of the property on the counter. Keeping the property in their minds will only help get it noticed by serious bidders.

Hold a Preview Night

Agents might hold a preview night where they invite colleagues from the neighborhood. These contacts survey the home, and they try to match it to their current clients. This marketing technique is incredibly useful because some buyers may be more difficult to reach than with just basic advertising. The buyer's agent encourages the bidder to visit the property, and a sale might be the result.

At times, the real-estate market may be facing a downturn. If a property doesn't sell within a few weeks of its listing, take it off the market. Allow some time to pass before relisting it. Buyers are often wary of a property that's been waiting on the market for too long. By making it appear as if it's just been released to the public, the property might sell faster with a second listing.

Author's Bio: 

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball.