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Have you been taking advantage of Instagram’s highlight features for stories? This feature allows you to click a little button on your Instagram Story settings and select “highlight” to save and pin this story to the top of your Instagram profile so any future visitors can view it. This makes utilizing Stories much more worth your time!

Whether you’ve already gotten started and you’re ready to start taking advantage of Instagram stories for real estate agents today, you’re going to want to make sure you do one extra step and that is adding Instagram highlight covers.

Instagram highlight covers for Realtors are so important because they help your highlights pop on your profile, contribute to the overall aesthetic and design of your page, and help you stay organized when sharing tons of valuable information!

So how do you make real estate Instagram highlight covers? It’s easy! And contrary to what a lot of people think, you don’t even need to upload them to your story first.

To get started, make sure you’re on a desktop computer (not a phone or tablet) and log in to Canva. If you’re not already signed up, go ahead and do that now – don’t worry, the free version works just fine for this!

Creating Real Estate Instagram Highlight Covers

If you’re not a Restate Social member, follow these instructions. If you are a member, click here or scroll down to the next section!

 

1. In Canva, click “Create a Design” in the top right corner of your dashboard. Then select “Instagram Highlight Cover” from the dropdown menu, or type it in the search box. 

2. Next, you can select a design template on the left side of your screen. 

3. Now, you can change the colors and fonts of your design. You can also change the font size and size of any element in your design. Just drag the rectangle boxes around each element (once you’ve clicked on them) to your desired size.

4. Then change the wording to whatever you want your highlight cover to say. Our Restate Social members commonly use highlights for these categories:

  • Buyers
  • Sellers
  • Our Team
  • New Listings
  • Sold
  • [CITY NAME] Stuff
  • Things to Do
  • Around Town
  • Travel
  • Day in the Life/Realtor Life

5. When you’re done customizing, click “Share” in the top right corner of the screen. Then select “Download” and download your highlight cover as a PNG file. 

6. Now, we need to get these highlight covers from your computer to your phone. If you have an iPhone, you can AirDrop them to yourself. If you have another kind of device, you can email them to yourself. 

7. Once you have the images downloaded to your phone, open Instagram and go to your profile page.

8. If you already have highlights, click on the one you want to customize. 

If you don’t already have highlights, skip this step and go to step 13 you can add Stories to this highlight later when you have content for it!

9. Click “More” on the bottom right.

10. Click “Edit Highlight”

11. Then click “Edit Cover”

12. Select the photo icon on the far left side and find the highlight cover that you just downloaded to your phone. Adjust the size to fit perfectly in the border of your highlight. And Select “Done” and you’re done!

13. If you don’t have any highlights, or just want to add new cover options for when you have new Stories, click “New” plus icon button where your Story Highlights would be.

14. Select any stories you want in your highlight album, then click “Edit Cover” and head back up to Step 12.

Restate Social Members:

If you are a Restate Social member, follow these steps to customize your highlight covers in your dashboard. (PS – it’s just like how you customize your social media posts, emails, listing flyers, Instagram Stories and all other templates in the membership!)

1. Start by logging in on Restate Social and going to your Member Dashboard. 

From there, select “Branding Library” from the drop down menu or the image option in the bottom right.

2. From your “Branding Library,” scroll down to and click on “Instagram Highlight Covers.”

3. Now choose which design you’d like to use from all of the Restate Social options.

4. Click “Use template for new design.”

5. Now, you can change the colors and fonts of your design. You can also change the font size and size of any element in your design. Just drag the rectangle boxes around each element (once you’ve clicked on them) to your desired size.

6. Then change the wording to whatever you want your highlight cover to say. Our Restate Social members commonly use highlights for these categories:

  • Buyers
  • Sellers
  • Our Team
  • New Listings
  • Sold
  • [CITY NAME] Stuff
  • Things to Do
  • Around Town
  • Travel
  • Day in the Life/Realtor Life

7. When you’re done customizing, click “Share” in the top right corner of the screen. Then select “Download” and download your highlight cover as a PNG file. 

8. Now, we need to get these highlight covers from your computer to your phone. If you have an iPhone, you can AirDrop them to yourself. If you have another kind of device, you can email them to yourself. 

9. Once you have the images downloaded to your phone, open Instagram and go to your profile page.

10. If you already have highlights, click on the one you want to customize. 

If you don’t already have highlights, skip this step and go to step 13 you can add Stories to this highlight later when you have content for it!

11. Click “More” on the bottom right.

12. Click “Edit Highlight”

13. Then click “Edit Cover”

14. Select the photo icon on the far left side and find the highlight cover that you just downloaded to your phone. Adjust the size to fit perfectly in the border of your highlight. And Select “Done” and you’re done!

15. If you don’t have any highlights, or just want to add new cover options for when you have new Stories, click “New” plus icon button where your Story Highlights would be.

16. Select any stories you want in your highlight album, then click “Edit Cover” and head back up to Step 12.

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