Real Estate Lead Generation and Time Management

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Successful real estate lead generation requires focus and commitment. That’s why one of the best things agents can do is create and adhere to effective time management strategies. Why? Because unlike many other professions, real estate professionals must balance myriad tasks in a given day: role-playing,  door-knocking, listing presentations, follow-up meetings, open houses, closings, and the list goes on. But they could compromise their business if they don’t pay attention to their most critical task, real estate lead generation.


Effective time management is crucial for real estate agents for several reasons:

  • As we mentioned above, effective time management places a priority on focused time for lead prospecting. The best listing agents know they must stick to a daily regimen of phone prospecting to meet their goals.
  • Real estate transactions involve numerous clients, including buyers, sellers, and other professionals. Managing time efficiently ensures that agents respond promptly to client inquiries, arrange meetings, and provide timely updates, fostering better client relationships.
  • Beyond real estate lead generation, our business involves myriad tasks, such as property research, market analysis, paperwork, and property showings. Proper time management allows agents to prioritize tasks and allocate time effectively, maximizing their productivity and accomplishing more daily.
  • Real estate transactions have specific deadlines, such as contract dates, inspection periods, and closing dates. Failing to meet these deadlines can lead to legal complications and a breakdown in client trust. Effective time management ensures that agents meet these critical timelines without unnecessary stress.

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  • Real estate markets are dynamic and can change rapidly. Agents need to stay informed about market trends, property values, and changes in regulations. Effective time management allows agents to allocate time for ongoing education, research, and staying current with market dynamics.
  • Without adequate time management, agents may find balancing work and personal life challenging. This balance is crucial for avoiding burnout and maintaining overall well-being. You might gain some helpful tips from our post on MINDFULLNESS AND TIME MANAGEMENT
  • Follow-up is vital in real estate, whether checking in with past clients, following up on leads, or maintaining relationships with current clients. In fact, it’s estimated that as much as 70% of an agent’s revenue can come during lead follow-up. Effective time management ensures that agents have time for consistent and meaningful follow-up, which is crucial for client retention and referrals. Visit our blog on LEAD FOLLOW-UP STRATEGIES for some helpful tips.
  • Building a successful real estate career involves networking with other professionals, attending events, and establishing relationships with potential clients. Time management enables agents to allocate time for networking activities that can contribute to the growth of their business.



Above, we laid out a few general reasons why effective time management is essential to a successful real estate business. Here are a few more tips you might find helpful:

  • Your GOALS should dictate your approach to time management. By knowing your numbers for the year, you can develop a schedule that is designed to best help you reach those goals.
  • EVERYONE should be aware of your schedule. This means your family and your associates. By sharing (or even publishing/posting) your weekly schedule, you hold yourself accountable to others but also help to establish boundaries that others should not breach.

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  • Your business is your JOB. This might sound strange but think about it. People who get up each morning and drive to an office for their 9-5 job are automatically tied to a given schedule each day. Entrepreneurs and independent contractors need to create their own sense of urgency, and one of the best ways to do that is to define your work as your job by developing the same routine to guide your daily activities as you would with a traditional job.
  • If you do not have a dedicated time management system, take 3-4 weeks to TRACK your hours to see how you currently spend your time. Make sure every minute is accounted for. Tracking your time allows you to see where you have strengths and soft spots in your business approach. At that point, you can develop a plan to shore up the soft-spots and exploit the strengths.
  • PRIORITIZE your tasks each day. Specific tasks are both important and urgent, must get accomplished. But make sure you always set aside time for the things that are important, but might not be urgent. These are things like long-term business strategy, coaching sessions, learning new systems, etc.
  • Remember that TECHNOLOGY should work for you and not the other way around. Don’t let emails and texts override your daily priorities, especially when it comes to real estate lead generation. Consider “time-blocking” specific tasks, like checking email. One of the most important technology strategies you can adopt is to use Espresso Agent’s best-in-class CRM platform to keep yourself organized and on-task.
  • Consider the Pomodoro time management strategy, that we detail in our blog: THIS TIME MANAGEMENT HACK IS A GAME-CHANGER. Briefly, Pomodoro suggests that you block your time into 30-minute increments, with 25 minutes devoted to important tasks and 5 minutes for breaks before the next 25-minute segment.


Indeed, time is money, and if you’re not managing your time, you’re likely not maximizing your revenue potential. Find a time management plan that works for you and stick to it.

CLICK HERE to learn how Espresso Agent’s Lead Generation and CRM platform can help you build efficiency and effectiveness into your real estate lead generation program.

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Doug Spak joined Espresso Agent as a Content Marketing Specialist in 2016. Doug brings nearly four decades of experience as a copywriter, blogger, and screenwriter to his role with Espresso. Since joining our team, Doug has actively updated website content, published more than 300 blogs, and created countless social media posts.

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