I own a Real Estate Brokerage with 40 agents. What do I tell my agents when they can not create a GMB?

jasonfox

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We are a John L. Scott affiliate real estate office. We have 40 independant contractors (agents) that work out of our physical location.

About 12 of them have been allowed to create GMB profiles. But the rest are getting rejected.

How can we get them each a GMB as they are all invidual businesses running out of the same address?
 

Colan Nielsen

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Hi Jason, can you clarify what you mean when you say the listings are getting rejected?

One thing to keep in mind is that even if the listings do get verified there's low chance that most of them will even rank due to a filter that Google has for businesses with the same category at the same address.

Thanks
 

jasonfox

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Hey Colan. I am not sure the agents are just telling me that GMB will not allow them to create a profile.

I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for best practices. Not using an address, using virtual office or a home office??

Jason
 

Yan Gilbert

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They would probably have a better chance each getting their listing at the home address, and they wouldn't deal with the rank overlap at the office address. However they would need to hide the address on the listing if verified at home.
 

BipperMedia

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Hi @jasonfox - we have a real estate company client with several agents.

First, we build agent micro-sites for each agent where they can feature their own listings, etc... sort of like them having their own branded world with with the agency.

Second, I've consulted with them on this issue before and told them exactly what @Yan Gilbert is recommending... have them create GMB listings at their home address and hide the address.
 

chadkimball

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If they do not do business out of their home would this not violate the Google TOS?

They would probably have a better chance each getting their listing at the home address, and they wouldn't deal with the rank overlap at the office address. However they would need to hide the address on the listing if verified at home.
 

Yan Gilbert

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When they hide their home address, they are considered to be an SAB. This fits with what an agent would do; travelling to other locations to meet with clients.

@EmilyW using a home address is allowed but if they do not have outdoor signage then it is required to hide the address. Also, you can't use a home address to create an additional listing for a business if one already exists at a different location.
 

EmilyW

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@EmilyW using a home address is allowed but if they do not have outdoor signage then it is required to hide the address. Also, you can't use a home address to create an additional listing for a business if one already exists at a different location.
Thanks for the elaboration!
 

keepkalm

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Did you try creating and/or verifying the listings at the office?

I would try that for the agents who are still having problems. Make sure location services are on while you do it so Google can see that it is happening at the physical location.

If the agents have offices or suites that they are assigned, that might help also.
 
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