Anthony started selling homes in 2011 - with 12 years in the construction business under his belt. Today, he owns his own brokerage (WCI Properties), has built a quality real estate team and has integrated Zurple into his long-term success strategy.
WCI properties, a premier brokerage in Rochester, NY, provides full service real estate solutions to buyers and sellers. The team at WCI properties is dedicated to consistently providing top-notch service. Every agent is armed with the real estate and community expertise that is essential for industry success. Buyers and sellers who work with WCI Properties can expect to be navigated through their real estate transaction with ease.
From Construction to Real Estate
Prior to beginning his career in real estate, Anthony spent 12 years in the construction industry. After working around the clock day after day, Anthony decided that if he was going to put such long hours, he may as well be working for himself. Anthony started his real estate career in 2011 and quickly realized that buyers were the key to faster turn around business. With that in mind, Anthony began to focus his time and budget on generating buyer leads from Trulia and Zillow and on building an impressive listing inventory. A couple years later, Anthony decided to supplement his lead investment by joining Zurple – a move that would help him consistently turn cold leads into hot leads without cannibalizing his time.
Automation and timeliness is especially critical when it comes to initial lead inquiries. Recent data from the California Association of Realtors shows that 78% of leads expect follow-up within 30 minutes or less. Anthony rarely if ever has the opportunity to connect that quickly. Having a system that can respond within five minutes on Anthony’s behalf has been invaluable. As Anthony brought on more team members, the timeliness and relevance of the Zurple’s messaging consistently created new opportunities for business – allowing everyone at WCI Properties to grow and thrive.
Commitment to Others Above Self
Anthony’s drive and motivation helps him succeed in real estate – but it also makes him a great team leader. He takes pride in his brokerage and is passionate about coaching new team members on how to effectively build their business. Anthony is also very active in his community – a trait which contributes greatly to his real estate success. Three years ago, he co-founded a charity, IAC Kids, that provides assistance to middle-income families that are facing financial hardship due to a sick child. (Learn more about Anthony’s foundation at www.iackids.org). His strong connection to his team and to the community are key attributes in Anthony’s long-term success.
Just over 12 months ago, Anthony made a move that was out of character for him – he scheduled a demo with a Zurple product specialist that changed his life. Today, Anthony receives 3-5 personal replies to emails sent from Zurple’s automated system every week. In most cases, the replies are from leads asking for a viewing. Thanks to Zurple, rather than identifying and tracking new leads, he invests time into a new lead when they are ready to seriously consider entering a transaction.
As for leads that aren’t quite ready yet – Zurple’s system monitors lead behavior, and if a lead starts exhibiting hot behaviors, the system automatically notifies Anthony so he can prioritize his follow-up. Zurple’s automated reply-optimized system works. Anthony and his team are thrilled to save time on prospecting and to work with a proactive system that allows them the freedom of managing much of their business from a smartphone.
WCI Properties: A Success Story - Recap
Anthony hit the ground running with Zurple in 2014, and doesn't show any signs of slowing down. In 2017, he opted to do his own marketing and imported an estimated 480 leads into his back office. Anthony averages 194 site visits per day and 96 hot behavior triggers (a Zurple back office feature indicating a lead is very interested).. He must be doing something right because through the use of Zurple's software, 50% of his leads are communicating with him. The majority of his transactions are from leads routed from Zillow and Trulia. The fact that he has closed at least 25 transactions this year reinforces the effectiveness of Zurple.