How To Find Strategic Real Estate Partners as an Agent

How To Find Strategic Real Estate Partners as an Agent

You might have heard me talk in our other articles about real estate partners. And how collaborating with non-competing professionals is a great way to boost your credibility and generate referrals as a real estate agent. Today I want to take you deeper on that subject.

Hyperlocal Strategies

Nelson Quest
Founder & CEO
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This article is part one of two, covering Real Estate Partners.

Check out Part Two

“How To Get More Listings With Strategic Partnerships”

Welcome to part two! We’ll assume that you’ve already read about real estate partners in our other article and how collaborating with non-competing professionals is a great way to boost your credibility and generate referrals 😉. Today we’ll go deeper on that subject.

We’ll go over the steps you need to take in order to find and screen potential partners.

We will also cover how to approach the individuals or businesses you want to work with. First, lets’s cover the concept of what a strategic partnership or alliance is.

What Is a Strategic Real Estate Partner?

A strategic partner (or alliance) is an entity outside of your own business which you can collaborate with for mutual business benefit. A partner can be an individual, a real estate team or brokerage, a business etc. You must ensure you work with a non-competing entity.

For example, you can work with other non-competing agents or teams. Most of the time, it’s best to avoid working with Realtors in the same community, targeting the same demographic.

You can collaborate in a number of ways, combining your efforts in the way of content, marketing and branding. Or help each other out with referrals. There are many different ways to work with partners, as I cover in part two of this series.

In order to find relevant partners, you need to ensure you are targeting the same audience.

Active vs Passive Partnerships

There are two main types of real estate partnerships: active or passive. In an active membership, members have specific roles and responsibilities. Alternatively, in passive partnerships, some members may be silent and only provide capital to fund specific activities or projects. Being the best agent to your client means being clear on the requirements of your partnership from the beginning to make sure you are providing the best service possible. 

Who Works With Homeowners?

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Think of services that are typically provided to homeowners. Below is a list of many different entities to choose from.

1) Financials/Legal
  • Mortgage brokers
  • Lenders
  • Insurance brokers
  • Lawyers
2) Home-care
  • Interior designers
  • Furniture companies
  • Builder supply stores (For DIY projects)
3) Trades & Services
  • Painters & roofers
  • Landscape companies
  • Electricians, Plumbers & HVAC
  • Builders & Construction Companies

Brainstorm anything that would ever need to be added to or fixed in a house – especially in the trades and services area. Boom. You’ll find hundreds or thousands of these businesses exist in your city. A few specific professions are especially relevant to consider as partners.

Contractor for Home Repairs

Connecting with a contractor will greatly lower costs while providing timely and consistently high-quality repairs to your clients home. Your listing may need anything from minor repairs to sale-making renovations. Your contractor gains from the consistent business and your clients benefit from the convenience of having someone trustworthy and professional available – thanks to your help. 

You may need to have different contractors for a variety of purposes including: plumbing, carpentry, and external home repairs. 

Home Stagers

Home stagers are magic workers for transforming an unimpressive space into a bright and warm home that others can see themselves living in. Stagers can make all the difference in catching client’s attention in listing photos and open houses. 

Creative Agency or Websites

Professional marketing is an essential part of every business. It’s important to maintain a good relationship with graphic designers that understand your brand and your unique marketing aims. Our AgentFire designers have a track record of completely transforming the visual brand of real estate businesses into standouts in their hyperlocal areas. 

Mortgage Lender

Having a list of qualified mortgage brokers on hand will help your clients get the best rates quickly and in time for the sale.

How To Find Strategic Real Estate Partners

When looking for a strategic partner, you want to ensure you’re working with a reputable business. We’ll talk more about screening in a second.

Below is a list you can use to find potential partners.

1) Through your network

Are you friendly with any other business owners in your area? Have a friend or acquaintance that recently received some type of service? Get the information for the business or individual you wish to contact.

2) Online directories

Go online to search the Better Business Bureau, Yellowpages or Yelp. A side benefit of using these directories is their review systems. We’ll talk more about using this later.

Another plus is that the contact information of the individual or business will be right on their company page.

3) Referral groups

Referral groups are structured groups that focus on providing referrals for each member. You can use them to find other individuals or businesses you already know are open to collaboration.

4) Business networking groups>

Business networking groups are organizations developed to help network and develop ties with other professionals in the community.

This is a very important subject. For that reason, we’re going to go more in-depth.

The Mini-Guide To Business Networking

Since this is a huge opportunity to meet successful people, I wanted to go deep in covering how you can use business networking groups.

Using these professional groups will likely net you better outcomes than cold calling potential partners. Although both works, finding people here means they are more active in the community and already collaborating with other businesses.

The Best Business Networking Groups

Below is a list of the best organizations to network with other professionals in your community. I have personally used or know someone who has used each option on this list.

A) Chamber of Commerce

The chamber of commerce is where business owners throughout the community connect to discuss current events, network and socialize.

B) Business Networking International

BNI is a business referral group. Their purpose is to generate the most amount of referral business as possible for each member of the group. Read more about that here. (insert link to referral group article)

C) Rotary Club

The Rotary Club is generally a collective of influential professionals with the goal of positively affecting the community. As a result of the kind of person Rotary attracts, you will have the opportunity here to network and create connections with other successful people.

D) Entrepreneur Associations

Check out the Entrepreneurs Organization. I believe they are one of the biggest associations for entrepreneurs in the world. As a Realtor you are an entrepreneur. This route may work for you as well.

E) Create your own online or offline club

By doing this you can control the audience of partners whom you are trying to reach. You will also be the leader – which offers you leverage if you can grow a decent club.

P.S You can also check out Toastmasters, The Kiwanis Club or Yacht Club in your area. Although these are not business focused groups, they still tend to attract the people you would want to connect with.

How To Use Business Networking To Find Real Estate Partners

Join the above groups. Get in deep with the crowd. How do you do that? By obtaining a leadership position within the group.

When you join these organizations, you want to make sure you’re maximizing your reach. Don’t go to events and hold up the wall. Speak at the events.

Be a person the other members look up to. At the very least become interested in the other members and provide value to their lives. Have you read “How To Win Friends & Influence People”? If not, do it now.

You can get a lot of value out of these groups. Be it strategic partnerships or simply friendships. But you have to approach it the right way.

Don’t slither in and be a business card hoarder (which believe me a lot of people are). Develop real connections and get people to trust you.

  • Organize after event dinners
  • Set up dinner parties
  • Take people out for coffee
  • Send regards when you hear of member success (like speaking at a conference)

Go deep and create a strategy for following up your business networking efforts.

How To Develop Your Real Estate Partnerships

Before anything, you want to make sure that your partners are reliable and trustworthy service providers. This means that you need to screen your potential alliances prior to approaching them.

How To Screen Your Real Estate Partners

Think of what kind of person you want to do business with. Also, think of what kind of work or collaboration you envision with your potential partners.

Are you interested in co-authoring content? Your partner should have an online presence. Do you want to package your services? They need to be open to discounts etc.

1) Check their online reviews.

Using those online directories as mentioned under “How To Find Strategic Partners” you will usually be able to see some sort of reviewing system.

If the entity you are screening has no or low reviews, or a poor rating, you should stay away. If they get great reviews, go ahead and contact them.

2) Read their testimonials. 

They should have testimonials on their website, Youtube or other social profiles. If they do not have any reviews or testimonials, you may want to cross them off your list.

3) Look at their social profiles.

A company with absolutely no social presence whatsoever is a warning sign that they are not doing well/not adapting to the changing times of marketing and branding.

If you are reading this, you most likely ARE adapting to the changes. Partner with like-minded entities.

Approaching Potential Real Estate Partners

Have your ducks in order when approaching a potential partner. Understand what you have to offer for the other party’s business. Propose a win-win situation and show that you’re serious.

It’s always good to have your plan set in place when making the first contact. How would you like to leverage the partnership? Think about that long and hard.

When you’re ready, give them a call or email. I usually do email because people generally hate getting phone calls these days. Example email below so you have an idea of what to send on the first contact. This is exactly what I would use myself.

Hey (Name),

I noticed you are active on social media – writing content and sharing etc. Would you ever be interested in collaborating together? I also write and think we could pump out some great stuff.

Let me know if you’re open to talking more.


How to Best Manage Strategic Partnerships

  1. Partnerships are grounded in balance, allowing both parties to fairly divide and conquer necessary work. 
  2. Whichever type of partnership you choose, that partner should fill a distinct and measurable need. 
  3. Put together a formal contract that outlines the scope of responsibilities, deliverables, schedules, and service standards. 
  4. Your professional partners should reflect your business mission and ethos. 
  5. Invest the necessary time to build rapport and a relationship with your partners. If they are involved in your principal business, they can be considered part of your team. 
  6. Adapt to natural changes that come with new partnerships. These could include necessary improvements that require you and your partners to be flexible and responsive to changing goals. Collaboration can bring fresh perspectives and solutions to your real estate challenges. 
  7. Be open to feedback. 
  8. Identify what roles each of you will play clearly and in advance. 
  9. Support each other throughout your  partnership. You can gain a competitive advantage and improve your efficiency as a team if you are invested in innovating together.

Tips to Benefit Both Individual Businesses 

  1. Exchange plenty of business cards with your partner. If you’re working with a local business, they can keep your cards on display in their storefront and you can display theirs at your open houses. If you have partnered with real estate professionals, they can keep your card with them and offer it to relevant clients whenever someone is looking for an agent with your specific expertise and vice versa.
  2. Cross promote each other’s content and service on social media. This demonstrates that you share the same values and openly give the stamp of approval for each other’s services.
  3. If you or your partner have an email or print newsletter, openly share and promote your relationship to those readers. This can naturally provide audiences with the social proof and information they need to reach out.

In Conclusion

You know what a strategic partnership is. It’s up to you to go out into the community and develop those connections. Just remember, you have a ton of leverage to grow your business exponentially with the right partner(s)!

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This article is part one of two, covering Real Estate Partners.

Check out Part Two

How To Get More Listings With Strategic Partnerships

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