Why I created CRM for Property Success.
It was hard work and good fun (think table tennis!), and it’s where I first started to think and behave like an entrepreneur.
Typically, as with many businesses, keeping track of our research, proposals and contract documentation started to become a nightmare.
We quickly became overwhelmed with endless emails, calls and meetings. We were spending more time fire-fighting than closing deals.
The benefits of CRM software.
CRM transformed how we worked by becoming the single point of truth for everyone we were building relationships with, for researching, for analysis, for tracking and closing deals and ultimately making money.
Something had to change.
Being an accidental landlord with a couple of serviced accommodation units, I knew property was the answer. However, first, I wanted to get properly property educated. I learnt about several strategies like Buy to let, Service Accommodation and Commercial Conversions.
After meeting and talking to seasoned property entrepreneurs, I realised that no matter which strategies I focussed on, two core activities would be fundamental to my success — networking and finding deals.
Learning to network.
I started using a simple technique to make networking pain free and using my CRM to capture and follow-up with people. This helped me quickly build strong relationships with investors, estate agents, refurb teams and create a power team of property professionals I could rely on.
Typically I was analysing 40 – 50 deals to find one that stacked up. Each deal was generating a lot of documents, spreadsheets and emails that I needed to be able to track, and it was a time-consuming and laborious process. I knew that a CRM is built for efficiently managing this type of activity.
By mapping out my deal analysis workflow, I was able to build out a pipeline – a set of repeatable stages, e.g. ‘Initial Analysis’ > ‘Viewing’ > ‘Offer’, with each stage containing multiple activities, such as tasks, meetings, phone calls etc.
It was only when I started talking about this to my peers that I discovered many didn’t understand what a CRM is, or how a CRM can be configured specifically for property to make things easier.
In 2016, I left my day job and became a full-time property entrepreneur. Now I’m able to support my family using only my property investments, and I want to help others do the same.
About the author
Steven Lai is a property investor, founder of Super Developments and creator of CRM for Property Success. He is a CRM expert with over 12 years commercial experience of managing sales teams.
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