What's the difference between pre-qualified and pre-screened leads?

While "pre-qualified" leads are like gold for most agents, "pre-screened" leads benefit from a cost and competition standpoint.

Pre-Qualified Leads 

What are Pre-Qualified Leads?  These are homeowners who have actively expressed interest in selling their property. They've essentially raised their hand and said, "I'm looking to sell my house."

Example: Mrs. Thompson contacts a real estate agency or fills out an online form indicating she's considering selling her family home in the suburbs now that her children have moved out.


  1. High Intent: The homeowner has already shown a clear interest in selling.
  2. Time Efficiency: Agents can prioritize these leads, knowing there's a genuine interest.
  3. Clear Communication: Direct interaction with the homeowner allows for better understanding of their expectations.


  1. Competition: Other agents might also be in touch with these homeowners, given their clear intent to sell.
  2. Higher Expectations: Since they've reached out, they might expect quicker results or more attention.

Cost: The cost for these leads can be higher due to their higher quality and intent. This might involve advertising costs, website maintenance for lead capture forms, or fees paid to lead generation platforms.

Pre-Screened Leads:

What are Pre-Screened Leads? These are leads generated based on publicly available information. Using demographics and other data, agents predict which homeowners might be considering selling their property, even if they haven't expressed it directly.

Example: Based on data, a real estate agent identifies Mr. Rodriguez, a homeowner who is 45 years old, purchased his house 12 years ago, has equity in his house, and his children recently moved out.  He lives in a rapidly developing area with rising property values, as someone who might be considering selling.


  1. Proactive Approach: Allows agents to tap into a market segment that might not be actively looking but could be persuaded.
  2. Larger Pool: Provides a broader range of potential leads to approach.


  1. Uncertainty: There's no guarantee these homeowners are interested in selling.
  2. Requires More Effort: Convincing someone who hasn't expressed an interest can be more challenging and time-consuming.

Cost: The cost for pre-screened leads might be lower initially, as it's based on data analysis. However, there could be additional costs in terms of time and resources spent on nurturing these leads to fruition.

While "pre-qualified" leads are like gold for real estate agents due to their clear intent to sell, "pre-screened" leads offer a chance to tap into a potential market based on predictive analysis. Both have their own set of advantages and challenges, and understanding the difference can help agents strategize their approach effectively.