Published at Thursday, March 21st, 2019 - 07:43:51 AM. Kitchen Room. By Adela Weber.
When Bedgood moved his business to Atlanta, he took it up a notch. He added Facebook and Instagram pages to his Savannah-born outreach strategy. Rather than being a place for Bedgood to post listings, these social pages allow fans to share photos of local examples of the architectural style and discuss plans for updating their own midcentury homes. “I really didnt begin it as a business opportunity,” Bedgood says. “I thought of it as a community, an opportunity to put people together.” Eventually he brought this collection of like-minded individuals together in the real world. Bedgood now organizes events, often in the form of a cocktail party at the midcentury home of one of the online communities participants, once every quarter. He estimates that about 20 percent of the 50 transactions representing $15 million in sales that the team closed in 2017 were for midcentury modern properties. Succeeding as a style expert, he says, ultimately has less to do with the type of home style you choose than with your own zeal: “It needs to be a passion. I dont know that it would really work otherwise. You could do it, but it would be work—not fun.”
Early on, Mangas saw an opportunity to engage with the wider modern architecture community by featuring other professionals prominently in his listing marketing. He features the architects who designed his listings and makes sure to always display photo credits for photographers, whose work elegantly captures the beauty of modern architecture. “I try to support the whole team that helped put such a unique product on the market. And that helps support me in the long run.” Mangas also helps connect consumers with this professional community. Every year, he puts together a modern home tour, generally featuring contemporary homes that are not on the market. He invites the architect and others involved in the homes story to the events, which helps draw significant crowds. Though these tours cost $40 to $60 to attend, Mangas says hell get 300 to 500 visitors in a day.
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