You’ve officially added your home to the real estate market; now, you just need to generate interest among family members, friends and others who may consider purchasing your house.

Fortunately, there are many great ways to share an online home listing with others, including:

1. Facebook

As soon as your home listing becomes available online, feel free to share it via Facebook, a leading social network among men and women of all ages.

Sharing a link to your home listing via Facebook enables you to provide information about your residence to friends and family members instantly. Plus, Facebook enables your friends and family members to share your post with others, further increasing your reach.

Don’t be afraid to include high-resolution photos with your Facebook posts, too. This will improve your chances that your Facebook posts will be noticed, and ultimately, could help you garner attention from prospective homebuyers.

Also, each Facebook post should consist of one to two sentences. Ensure that each Facebook post is easy to understand and encourages readers to click on the link to view your home listing, and you may find that a large variety of homebuyers could become interested in your residence.

2. Twitter

With only 140 characters at your disposal, sharing information about your house via Twitter may seem nearly impossible. However, those who understand what it takes to put together a great tweet could generate significant interest in their homes by using this social media platform.

Typically, a great Twitter post should include a brief description that explains your home is now available. You also may want to highlight one feature of your home (like the style of your house, where it is located or the number of bedrooms it offers) and include a call to action that encourages readers to click on the link to view your home listing.

Like a Facebook post, you will want to incorporate a high-resolution image into your tweet as well. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words, and a first-rate picture of your home’s exterior may encourage dozens of interested homebuyers to evaluate your home listing.

3. Email

Have friends and family members who shy away from social media? No worries, as you can send them a link to your online home listing any time you choose.

If you send an email to a friend or family member, be sure to include a clear, concise subject line. This will allow you to minimize the risk that your message could wind up in a recipient’s junk email folder.

Furthermore, be sure to include your real estate agent’s contact information in your email. Because if a homebuyer knows how to reach your real estate agent, he or she can contact this real estate professional to set up a home showing immediately.

An online home listing increases your house’s visibility. And if you share your online home listing with others, you may be able to increase interest in your home accelerate the home selling process.

It’s easy to feel alienated when you move to a new city or town in today’s world. Traditionally, being friendly with neighbors was much more valued in decades past than it is now. And, with the help of things like Facebook and Skype, it’s easier to stay in touch with your old friends from your previous town than it is to make new ones in your new town. 

There is, however, much to be said about becoming involved in your local community. You’ll meet new people, discover new places to explore, and can make new friends in the process.

So, how can you go about involving yourself in your new town? Read on for our advice.

Say “hi” to the neighbors

Meeting the neighbors can be beneficial in a number of ways. They’ll be able to give you the lowdown on your neighborhood, including any issues you might want to be made aware of.

They’ll also be able to tell you if they notice anything strange or concerning around your house when you’re at work. And, if you go away on vacation, a good neighbor might volunteer to take in your mail for you or water your plants.

Find local events

There are a number of ways to find out what’s happening in your new town and get involved with them. Some places we recommend that you check frequently are:

  • Local newspapers and magazines

  • Library and town hall bulletin boards

  • Facebook groups for your town

  • Craigslist community boards

  • Meetup.com groups

You could also check out some local businesses, including cafes and restaurants, to introduce yourself to some of the people who likely live and work in your town.

Learn a new skill

One of the best ways to become involved in your new community is to find out what classes are offered nearby and to join one that you’re interested in. If fitness and wellness are one of your priorities you could consider joining a yoga or fitness class.

If you’re more into crafting, see what classes are available at the local library. And, while you’re there, ask the librarians for recommendations for local places to visit, whether it be museums or specialty stores.

Volunteer your time or skills

If you’d like to give back to your community a great way to do so is to volunteer for a local cause. Many cities and towns have neighborhood or park cleanups. Others have food pantries and assistance for the elderly.

If you have a skill that you think could be useful, such as carpentry or graphic design, find out if any local groups could use your skill.

Go to town meetings

If you want to quickly learn some of the ongoing issues and conversations in your town the weekly or monthly town meetings are a great way to familiarize yourself. Most towns and cities post their meeting schedule online and even offer recordings of past meetings if you want to get a feel for what the meetings are like before attending.

Other places that meetings are held that could be of interest are the local library, churches or spiritual centers, and parks or the town common.

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