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IDX That's Fast, Smart and Easy: Live Spring IDX Demo
Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM PST Buyers and sellers have many options for home search, so much so that you may think having your own website is a lost cause. Not true! In fact, it's a necessity. If you're like many agents, however, having the resources to hire a developer might be out of reach. Yet, you know getting to that next level means having a professional looking website. In this webinar we will introduce you to the all-in-one features of SpringIDX where you will see: How easy it is to set up and maintain your own site Smart content resources and blogging tools How to customize pages to be unique to you and your brand How to get a free consultation personalized to your needs Register now!
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Top 10 Tech Christmas Gifts for Real Estate Agents
What's on your gift list this year? Whether you are a real estate agent or you have an agent on your shopping list, we've compiled a list of 10 awesome tech toys for real estate agents in 2019. 1. Charging Bracelet Cell phone battery always running on low? Consider a bracelet charger you can wear on your wrist for portable, accessible recharging on the go! 2. Phone Camera Lens Most modern smartphones have plenty of power to take incredible listing photos and headshots, but there's always room for improvement. Invest in a phone camera lens kit to take your next photo or video to the next level. 3. Smart, Reusable Notebook Jot down notes the old fashioned way, then upload them to programs like Google Drive, Evernote, or Dropbox, wipe the notebook clean, and take more notes—all without using paper! 4. Tech Organizer Already got too much tech? Keep it all organized with a tech folio. Choose a stylish case to hold a tablet, charger, phone, notebook, pens, credit cards, and other on-the-go essentials. 5. Smart Keychain There's nothing like a mad dash around the home or office looking for your car keys when you're running late for a meeting. Find your keys with ease by adding a tracking keychain to your key ring so you can pull up their location on your phone. 6. Wi-Fi Booster Many real estate agents work from home. Stay connected in every corner of the home with a Wi-Fi booster. 7. Heads Up Navigation Display Few careers will take you as many places as being a real estate agent. Arrive safely with a heads up display (HUD) that will project your navigational directions, speed, and other important data without requiring you to look away from the road. 8. Portable Bluetooth Speaker A portable Bluetooth speaker is a great way to liven up any open house. Just play your favorite music and enjoy a high-quality audio experience. 9. Backup Camera Agents spend a lot of time in their cars. Make your vehicle a little bit safer with a backup camera. Just mount the camera to your license plate and add the viewscreen to your dashboard to add a convenient view of what's happening behind your vehicle. 10. Wearable Safety Device Stay safe out there with a wearable safety device! There are plenty of options to immediately connect yourself to family, friends, or the police if you're in a dangerous or uncomfortable situation. Homes.com also has a library of free business and consumer eBooks that make great gifts. With topics ranging from how to sell your home and staging advice to Google for Real Estate and Holiday Marketing for Real Estate, there's something for everyone on your list. Check out the consumer eBook library here and the business library here! To view the original article, visit the Homes.com blog.
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Real Estate Smartphone Tricks: Using Your Phone's Calendar
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Friday Freebie: Let this CRM Coach You to Success in 2020
Determined to hit all your commission goals in 2020, but need just a little bit of help to get there? In this week's Friday Freebie, real estate CRM meets real estate coach… and you get 30 days to try it out. Free 30-day Trial of Referral Maker CRM by Buffini & Company Setting goals is a simple thing to do. Making a plan to hit those goals? Well, that can be more challenging. Referral Maker CRM makes it easy to achieve your New Year's real estate resolutions by creating a plan for you. Just input your financial or personal goals and the platform will generate a personalized plan-of-action for you. It will coach you on who to reach out to, how to reach out to them, and when—and even what to say. Here are a few standout features that you'll be able to test out during your free trial: Dashboard where you can see your appointments, goals, and tasks for the day and week Mobile app Activity Tracker The ability to rank your database contacts Marketing campaign management Manage your transactions and expenses from the CRM Calendar and To-Do List Generate a variety of reports to monitor your productivity and gain other valuable insights And more! So if you're looking for a better way to reach your business goals in 2020, give yourself the gift of a CRM that will help you save time, money and generate more leads. Try Buffini & Company Referral Maker CRM totally FREE for 30 days and get your business on the right track for the year ahead.
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8 Ways to Generate Free Real Estate Leads with IFTTT
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9 RPR App Features to Increase Your Productivity in the New Year
Another year has flown right by. And while it's time to enjoy the holiday season and reflect on the past year's accomplishments, it's never too early to get a jump on next year's path to success. A sure-fire way to "wow" your clients and close more deals is incorporating the RPR Mobile app into your everyday real estate business tasks. This "secret menu" list of pointers and shortcuts will ensure that your next experience with the RPR app is a productive one.
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Making the Connection with Online Consumers
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5 Important Tips for Posting on Your Real Estate Social Media Accounts
Chances are, if you have been in real estate for years, or are even new to real estate, you know that social media is paramount. When it comes to marketing, there are endless opportunities to showcase your real estate business, with email marketing, text marketing, drip campaigns, agent websites, etc. However, social media has come to be one of the most dominant and effective marketing tools used by real estate agents, especially when it comes to gaining leads. In fact, according to an article published by the National Association of Realtors, social media has been regarded as one of the top three tech tools that have given REALTORS® the highest quality leads with an astounding 47% of leads coming through social media. Since social media platforms are so popular in the real estate community, we have compiled some tips for you to consider when you are posting on your social media platforms. These tips are often disregarded or overlooked, but may benefit you in the long run.
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How to Score a Touchdown in Your Career with a Real Estate Seminar
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Your Complete Real Estate Prospecting Guide
Figuring out how to get new clients can be daunting for many real estate agents, even those with years of experience under their belt. As the industry, local markets, and technology all change, the best practices for how to prospect are ever-evolving as well. Here's everything you need to know about prospecting for buyer and seller leads, so you can keep growing your business. This is ideal for the slower months, so you can "farm" for prospects and then have a wealth of clients in preparation for the busy season.
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What Is CRM?
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Down Payment Programs 101: What Every Agent Needs to Know
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 10:00 AM PST The main reason your buyers postpone their homeownership dream? Saving for a down payment. But there are valuable programs to help today's buyers. Learn the basics about the three most common types of homeownership programs, how to find out who offers this help, and what's available across the country--and right in your backyard! Join us and take the first step towards educating more of your sidelined buyers about these opportunities. Register now!
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Top 10 Closing/Housewarming Gifts for Your Buyers
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Holiday Tips for Electrical Safety
The holiday season has arrived and your clients and contacts may be getting ready to decorate their homes for the holidays. If your clients are gearing up to go all out, be prepared to offer some guidance to help them stay safe as they decorate. As their real estate agent, you might be able to provide some tips that will keep them (and their home) safe during the holidays – especially if they're thinking about selling their home or if their home is currently on the market.
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Real Estate Smartphone Tricks: Using Your Phone's Contacts as a CRM
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RPR's 2019 Product Highlights
It's hard to believe, but 2019 is almost in the rearview. It's time to look back, reflect and review all the key enhancements that RPR released throughout the year. In a focused effort to help REALTORS "wow" their clients and close more deals, RPR launched various platform and app upgrades throughout 2019. Each one designed to position you at the center of every transaction, and to help your business grow and flourish.
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5 Quotes that Will Motivate You to Become the Best Real Estate Agent in the New Year
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Time to Get Ahead of the 2020 Real Estate Market
While it's impossible to predict the future, it is possible to get pretty close to understanding the 2020 real estate market using information from top analysts and economists. At Buffini & Company, our chairman and founder, Brian Buffini, leads the charge on that front. Each year he uses his over 30 years of experience to distill current real estate market trends and make educated predictions for the next year. Let's just say, Brian hasn't been wrong yet. Among other events, he accurately predicted the Great Recession, the impending automation of industry and the inventory shortage. This year, he's bringing you his Bold Predictions for the 2020 real estate market in a free online broadcast on Tuesday, December 10, at 9 a.m. PST.
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3 Easy Holiday Marketing Ideas for Real Estate Agents
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Rebuilding Your Real Estate Business After a Disaster
Would your business survive if a natural disaster hits your city? Hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, and fires can have long-term effects on the real estate market in your city. But that doesn't mean you have to shut down your business. With the right precautions, you can ensure your business survives and put yourself in a position to help your community rebuild.
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Run Your Real Estate Business with a Smartphone: Text Replacement
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The 6 Trends We're Seeing in Top Real Estate CRMs
The following is an excerpt from RE Technology's latest Success Guide: CRM is a constantly evolving category of technology for real estate. Vendors in this category regularly introduce new functionality to improve the breadth of services that agents or brokers can accomplish. Here are a number of new functions and trends that we see emerging across the real estate CRM landscape.
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Make 2020 Your Best Year Ever with the Best CRM
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C2EX: Professional Growth for REALTORS
We know you're on top of your game when it comes to "wowing" your clients and closing more deals. If you want to boost your professionalism even more, look no further than C2EX. Short for "Commitment to Excellence," C2EX is an NAR program that was designed to empower REALTORS to elevate every single aspect of their skills, strengths and standards.
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3 Strategies to Cut Through the Noise and Build a Lasting Business
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5 Components of the Best Agent Websites
A real estate agent's website says a lot. It can either be helpful to its audience of prospects, or not. It can either contribute to an agent's goals of building an online brand and generating leads, or not. The best agent websites have the boxes checked in both of these categories. Now the question is, what do the best agent websites look like? What components do they have that set them apart? And most importantly, how do you get the best real estate website that will benefit your business? Let's examine the features that make an agent website stand out from the crowd, and how you can get it:
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Why Lead Follow-up Is So Important
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Real (Estate) Talk: How a Single Mom and New Agent Achieved Success in 6 Months
How did you feel when you first started in real estate? If you're anything like Tina Minshall, you probably felt worried—worried about building your pipeline, worried about supporting your family, and worried about navigating the ins and outs of the industry. As a new real estate agent and a single mom to an autistic son, Tina had those same concerns. But those concerns quickly receded as Tina built a real estate family of mentors and caring clients. In just six months, she has created an impressive book of business and far exceeded the goals she initially set for herself. How did she do it? In a recent video interview with Bondilyn Jolly of Elevate and 3sixtyfive.agency, Tina shares the secrets to launching her business and achieving success so quickly. Tune into this interview for an inspiring conversation and some key takeaways. Here are a few highlights: 1:50 - On creating one big, happy real estate family: "My family is first. However, my clients become family most of the time, which is awesome. And I've managed to integrate my son into some of those families." 2:55 - Tina's secrets to work life balance: "Be you, be human … You just can't pretend your way through it." 4:30 - Tina on the technology that drives her success. "I understand that social media is where it's at, or video is where it's at. None of that is my gig. I like to meet people and sell houses, but I understand that I have to do all of it." She uses the Elevate platform to automate her social media and blog posts on busy days, generate leads, nurture leads, and more. 6:55 - Tina shares how Elevate saves her time, but also lets her personality shine: "Elevate lets me be me when I want to be...me. I don't want a stuffy, everyday Realtor's site or image or anything like that. I need me to come out. I have a personality, so people should know that." One of her goals is to change the public's sometimes negative perception of REALTORs. 9:45 - Tina on her #1 piece of advice to other real estate agents: "Be you. Be human." Watch Tina's full interview for more great advice:
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6 Success Tips for the New and Pro Real Estate Agent
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How to Grow Your Business with Leads from Instagram
Real estate is more visually driven than ever before and to be a successful real estate agent, these days you need to know how to utilize all the tools. That is exactly what Marki Lemons-Ryhal explained when she shared her tips and best practices to help your Instagram business boom during her recent appearance on the Secrets of Top Selling Agents webinar, Increase Your Presence and Leads Quickly with Instagram and IGTV. Lemons-Ryhal is listed in the top 10 percent of REALTORS in the Chicago area and has earned the REALTOR Achievement Award and The President's Award from the Chicago Association of REALTORS. She shares her expertise by speaking at conventions and other classes to teach agents to use social media to benefit their business.
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Can You Run Your Real Estate Business with a Smartphone? YES!
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Success Story: How One Agent Knew It Was Time to 'Level Up'
Realtor Don Harkins took his business to the next level—twice. Like other agents, Don realized he was "leaving money on the table," and decided to take steps to maximize his profits. Find out how in this week's Success Story. Taking His Business to the Next Level Don's journey to the next level began when he decided his real estate technology stack needed an upgrade. His list of marketing tools was almost as long as a drugstore receipt—and the costs were adding up quick: Landing pages for $99 per month Facebook ads for $200 per month A CRM for $60 per month "A couple hundred bucks for Zillow" And even more "We were already spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars on all these different, random tools and pieces. None of them were playing together. There was no accountability for the dollars spent. There were just, like, surprises when somebody actually called on one of them," says Don. "We were being pulled into a lot of different, more affordable, but less effective solutions." So Don began to search for an integrated platform that offered everything he needed in one place. He landed on BoomTown. "As soon as BoomTown got up and running, I could drop off all those other expenses," says Don. "And I had higher conversion rates, tracking and accountability, a way to communicate and follow up with these leads I was generating, and we could spend more time talking to people about real estate." Within his first 90 days, Don had already seen a profitable return-on-investment (ROI). Within a few months, he saw an $11,000 commission close. It was a lead who registered on his website within 30 days, and who he began showing listings to within 50 days—much faster than what he had been averaging. But there were more commissions to be had, as Don was about to learn. Teamwork Makes the Dream Work Don wanted to be sure he was taking full advantage of his new technology platform, so he went to Unite, BoomTown's annual user conference. But while he "learned a lot of stuff," it was who he talked to that really helped him understand his next step towards success. "I felt like I was the only single agent at Unite," says Don. "Everybody I talked to had a team. I didn't meet one single agent there. That's when I started seeing agents, for the first time, that are doing 100 homes a year, 200 homes a year, 400 homes a year." That's when something clicked for Don. "I think being in that room, being around those people, hearing what they were doing, how they were doing it, and realizing, like, dang, I'm sitting on this platform; [I've] really underutilized it. I have the lead flow. I have the platform. I have the ability to train and coach them. The only thing I'm missing are the team members." The month after Don went home from Unite, he brought on his first buyer's agent. "Having BoomTown gave me the value to go out and get that agent. I'm just focused on growing my business. I don't want to do trial and error. I just want to find out what the best is and put it in place and start working with it." Technology that Grows with You As Don grew his team, he switched to from BoomTown's Launch version to their Core version, the next step up. Here are some of the features Don took advantage of as he transitioned from single agent to small team: Seller Lead Suite - Drive more seller lead traffic, capture their information, and manage the conversations. Community and Sharing Library - An online network of agents and brokers, working together and sharing knowledge. Accountability and Reporting Dashboards - Insight into agent performance and opportunities for improvement. Best-Fit Leads - Expertly match leads to their ideal properties. Advanced Lead Filters - Know exactly who is who, and which leads you need to talk to so no opportunities fall through the cracks. Bulk Texting - Send personalized communication to a large pool of leads in seconds. Watch this product tour to learn how BoomTown can help you "level up" your profits. Can't decide which BoomTown product is right for you? Compare packages.
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What Do Real Estate Clients Actually Want?
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How Real Estate Coaching Can Help You Achieve Your Goals in 2020
Think of the biggest professional goal you'd like to achieve in 2020. Maybe it's a goal you've had your eye on for years, or a new feat you'd like to accomplish. No matter where this goal came from, real estate coaching is the surefire way to make sure it actually becomes a reality! The independent nature of the industry increases the demand for accountability. If you need a hand keeping yourself on track, look into real estate coaching. To get you motivated, here are just three ways real estate coaching will help you achieve that big 2020 goal.
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Using Online Marketing to Grow Your Luxury Real Estate Business
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Enhancing Photos and Virtual Staging: Know the Rules
Did you know that enhancing a listing photo could be a violation of your local MLS rules? It could be if you run afoul of your local MLS guidelines. There's another catch: the rules surrounding enhancing photos and using photos are unique to each MLS. Knowing your local MLS guidelines about listing photos "dos and don'ts" is essential, especially if you are uploading images that use virtual staging technology.
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Brian Buffini's Bold Predictions: 2020 Real Estate Market Outlook
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5 Tech Tools to Elevate Your Next Real Estate Video
There are a lot of considerations to make before you film a real estate video: what to say, what to wear, where to shoot. However, one of the biggest questions real estate agents face before delving into the world of video marketing is what to buy. What technology will help you produce the best video and how much do you need to invest? If you're just starting out and have a decent smartphone, that's a great place to start. The camera and microphone should be able to record a decent video. If you are thinking about taking your quality up a step, consider pairing some of these items with your smartphone for higher quality results without having to invest a fortune in video equipment.
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How to Quickly Switch Between Programs and Apps on Computers and Smartphones
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Friday Freebie: 2020 Real Estate Market Outlook
A special annual event is upon us—and no, we're not talking about the holidays (yet). It's Brian Buffini's Bold Predictions: 2020 Real Estate Market Outlook, a free live webcast on Dec. 10 that we're telling you about a FULL MONTH in advance so that you can be sure to secure a seat. Why is this event so in-demand? Read on to learn all about it in this week's Friday Freebie. Free webcast: 'Brian Buffini's Bold Predictions: 2020 Real Estate Market Outlook' Reason number one for this event's popularity: Brian Buffini knows his stuff. Among other events, he predicted the Great Recession, the impending automation of the real estate industry, and the housing shortage. "I've been in this business for 33 years, and the only constant I've observed in real estate is the change in market trends," says Buffini. "This broadcast is meant to help agents navigate these shifts so they can better serve their clients and handle anything the 2020 real estate market throws their way." Here's what Brian will cover in this year's webcast: The state of the market How to future-proof your business against industry disruptors Where your best leads will come from in 2020 How to capitalize on current trends to supercharge your business So if you're wondering where the real estate market is headed next year, register for this event before it fills up. Tip: Take notes, because you can share this information with your clients—via blogs, social media, newsletters, or during friendly conversation. Sharing up-to-date market knowledge establishes you as their go-to real estate resource. Don't miss out. Sign up now and secure your FREE virtual seat!
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5 Keys to Building a Real Estate Team
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Virtual Tours: The New Qualification Tool
If you put 10 real estate agents in a room and asked them to swap their most interesting viewing stories, you could come back hours later to find them still trading tales and acting out anecdotes. For all the diverse colour and detail, however, there will be two common themes – the majority of the stories will be about negative, odd or downright rude viewings, and the agents will have spent large amounts of time away from their office in the process, accompanying people who have no intention to proceed.
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10 Things Google Loves About Your Website
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5 Reasons You Need a Real Estate CRM
Do you want to be more productive, better organized and have more control over your business? Use a real estate CRM. A Customer Relationship Management program is intended to help professionals stay on top of their businesses and succeed. Here's how an investment in a real estate CRM will take your business to the next level.
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How Much Do Bad Real Estate Photos Cost You?
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What Does Your 'Workbench' Look Like?
Over the weekend, I was working on a few DIY projects. Before I started, I realized that recently I have just been piling up my tools on my workbench, leaving small piles of tools in the house and around the garage. I grab the small piles of tools, carry them to my workbench and drop them, making a bigger pile. I got to thinking about professionals like auto mechanics and folks working in a shop—all their tools are neatly organized and they know where every screwdriver, wrench and pair of pliers are located. Me? Not so much—mine are in a big pile. My first weekend project was replacing the charging cable on my golf cart. Items needed: wire cutters, screwdrivers, ½ wrench, black electrical tape and my ratchet set. It took me 15 minutes digging in the pile to find everything I needed. I thought about the mechanic who has everything in place on a peg board and tool cabinet. He would have a 15-minute head start on my unorganized life, and the job only took 15 minutes! How clean is your digital workbench? So where am I going with this? Pull out your smartphone, open it up and look at your apps. Are they neatly in order like a mechanic's tools, or are they in a pile like my tools? This really makes a difference in productivity and is so easy to correct. You have two options, and they are both right—it's whichever one you feel works best for you: Option One - Decide which apps you use the most and move them to the first page of apps. I personally think page one should be all productivity and the apps needed to support your career, but it's your phone. Either way, start organizing the apps so you quickly can find what you are looking for. Put your most frequently used apps where you can find them quickly. Option Two - Build folders by category. For example, put all social media into a folder, another folder with news, maybe a shopping folder. I use a travel folder with all my hotel, airlines, rental cars, Uber, etc. in one folder. I also use a News folder which saves space. I have over 150 apps on my phone, which is seven pages of apps. Recently, we had a new garage door installed—and of course it has wi-fi. When I downloaded the app, it went to page seven of apps. First time I used it, I had to scan seven pages of apps looking for my garage door app. Yes, I moved it to page two! Discharging smartphone battery myths While we are talking apps and using your smartphone smartly, let's discuss the battery. So many myths out there about batteries and charging, so let's clean a few up: Is it hard on your smartphone battery to charge overnight every night?Answer: NO. Today's technology and batteries are just fine charging overnight. Should I discharge my battery until it's under 50% before charging?Answer: NO. Again, it's not hard on the battery. Plus, it's better to have a fully charged battery available. Does completely draining your smartphone battery hurt battery life?Answer: YES. Smartphone batteries come with a chip to prevent total discharge. This still is not good, as deep drains can shorten battery life. Dick Betts is a national speaker, trainer and consultant. Learn more at www.DickBetts.com
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How Rookie Real Estate Agents Can Survive in Any Market
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5 Ways Agents Can Make Their Holiday Social Media Content Shine
The holidays are fast approaching, and with them comes the chaos of packed schedules and constant holiday advertisements for the latest sales and events. With so many messages vying for your audience's attention, a strong content strategy will help your brand stay bold instead of buried. Follow these tips for social media content:
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Is the Square Footage of Your Listing Fake News or Are You Selling Properties Using Accurate Square Footage?
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7 Tips for Growing Your Business in 2020
As we speed towards the holidays and the end of another year (gulp!), be sure that you set aside time to prepare yourself for 2020—personally and professionally. Here are my top seven tips for making the coming year as profitable and stress-free as possible.
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6 Real Estate Trends to Keep an Eye on in 2020
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Customize Your RPR Report Cover Photo with These Simple Steps
It's often said that, "You only get one chance to make a first impression." That couldn't be more true than in the real estate industry. So when you find yourself sharing a report with a less than flattering cover photo, take a moment to update it. The process is quick and simple, and can be done from the website or mobile app. RPR makes it easy to do so—here's how.
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3 Ways Real Estate Agents Can Use Time Management to Improve Their Business
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Building an Engaged Email Marketing List
What's in a list? Ideally, as many subscribers as possible! Your email list should be one of your most valuable marketing assets as a real estate agent, allowing you to stay in touch, share your expertise, build strong relationships with your subscribers, and generate leads. Almost everyone has an email address and most people check their email multiple times per day, which means that email is a direct line to your audience. Whether you're building an email list from scratch or looking to extract more value from your existing list, there's plenty you can do right now to help your email marketing create customers for life. Take your email marketing to the next level with our guide to building an engaged email list for real estate agents.
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Success Story: San Diego Team Triples Their Transactions with Software Switch
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Real Estate Agent Sets New Guinness World Record
America's No. 1-ranked real estate agent, Ben Caballero of HomesUSA.com in Dallas, Texas, has been honored by Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking achievements, for selling 5,801 homes last year. Caballero broke his own industry-first Guinness World Record title for 3,556 verified home sales in a single year. He continues to hold the Guinness Worlds Record title for "Most annual home sales transactions through MLS by an individual sell side real estate agent – current."
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Top 22 Real Estate Marketing Tools and Strategies for Agents
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Your Listing May Be Haunted If...
Do your sellers seem a little too eager to move out? Are buyers hesitant to hang around? If so, you may be dealing with a haunted house. Here are some tell-tale signs that your listing may be haunted.
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13 Spooky Listing Photos that Will Terrify Prospects
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7 Reasons Why Real Estate Video Marketing Is a Wise Choice for You
Marketing has evolved at breakneck speed and Realtors that don't keep up fall behind fast. Take video, for example. What wasn't even a "thing" in digital marketing a few short years ago is now the THING that catches the attention of your prospective clients. Moreover, video isn't just for your website. Video has come to CRM, even to the most common communication channels like email and text. What makes using video with your CRM so powerful for real estate, you might ask? Just count these ways – seven to be exact:
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Should Real Estate Agents Be on Instagram? The Pros, Cons and How to Get Started
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How to Ask Your Clients for a Referral
The best time to ask for a referral from your clients is when you're working with them on a transaction. Your current clients are the best advocates for your business. Think about it — they're excited about closing on their home purchase or sale and are talking about it with family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and acquaintances. Additionally, everyone is asking your clients about their experience — how it's going, when do they get to move in, etc. Since you're also in frequent contact with your clients on the phone or via text or email, you have many opportunities to ask for referrals. However, many agents are nervous about asking for a referral because they don't want to seem pushy. They assume that their clients will automatically refer them so they don't ask. Don't assume your clients know to refer you; like everyone at one point or another, they need a reminder. We developed the Referral Dialogue to make it easier for agents to ask for a referral. It makes the asking part feel more natural so you don't feel like you're being pushy. The beauty of the Referral Dialogue is it explains how you're different from your competition, the concept of working by referral and why their referrals help drive your business. First, you'll educate your client about how the traditional real estate business works: "Most people spend the majority of their time and resources prospecting for new business—things like cold calling, door knocking, advertising, etc." Then, you'll explain how you work: "I don't do any of that. I devote myself to serving the needs of my clients before, during and after each transaction. All I ask is that while I'm working for you, I would like you to refer me to people of comparable quality to yourself, who are thinking of the type of service I provide, and who would appreciate this same level of attention." Finally, you'll explain how working by referral benefits them as clients: "You see, as long as you and my other clients keep referring me, I don't have to go out prospecting like everyone else and I can do an even better job working for you. Does that make sense?" Practice this dialogue often so you can refer to it whenever you speak to your clients, especially early on in your relationship with them. It also helps to gently remind them to refer you at the end of your communications with them, whether it's written at the end of an email or at the bottom of the cover letter that you send with your flyer. You might even say it before you hang up the phone. Use this dialogue to remind your clients to refer you: "Oh, by the way… if you know of someone who would appreciate the level of service I provide, please call me with their name and contact information. I'll be happy to follow up and take great care of them." Another great way to generate referrals is by mailing monthly items of value to your clients — these can be anything that teaches them something new or provides them with useful information to apply right away. By doing this, keep your service top-of-the-line, making clients even more excited to refer you to others. Referral Maker PRO is a monthly marketing kit that can take care of the entire process for you. Each month, members receive Items of Value, eReports, notecards and many more helpful materials. Give it a try and download your free marketing materials today to get started!
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Seasonal Tactics to Keep Your Momentum Going this Fall
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10 SEO Hacks for Your Real Estate Website
No matter where you're based or what your specialty is, most of your future real estate clients will find you online. Search Engine Optimization – usually called SEO – makes the difference in whether they discover you or a competitor with comparable offerings. SEO is a series of techniques combining best practices in digital marketing and website design. It has two main purposes:
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Let's Make Your Smartphone Smarter!
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5 Reasons Every Real Estate Professional Needs to Be Advertising on Facebook
Tell us if this sounds familiar: you created a Facebook page for your property management or real estate business and posted a few times a month. But as time passed, you did not feel like the page was boosting your lead generation. As more people use Facebook to post content, there is exponentially more competition for your target's attention. It is not enough to write a post on your page and hope people find it. Facebook ads ensure that your content reaches the right people at the right time. Below, you will find five reasons why you need to be using Facebook advertisements and several great services to make the most out of your investment.
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Friday Freebie: Don't Ghost Your Leads - Try RealContact's Lead Concierge!
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How RPR and Curbio Work Together to Get Sellers More for Their Home
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A group is a perfect environment to facilitate this value swap. Provide value. Then provide more value. Then provide even more value. And then, feel free to ask for all the referrals that you want. As long as you are giving something in return, LinkedIn users will be open to referrals every day of the week. Reddit for Real Estate? If you are unfamiliar with Reddit you may only know it as a website for sharing funny videos and ridiculous cat pictures. Reddit is one of the most under-utilized marketing tools out there. Every professional should be interacting with it in some capacity. The groups on Reddit are referred to as subreddits. There are large subreddits that cover topics such as global news or viral videos. There are also smaller subreddits which can be localized and tailored to serve a small area such as a city. And, like Facebook or LinkedIn, you can look to join pre-existing subreddits or you can embrace your leader role further and create your own. The Reddit environment is a little different than traditional social media platforms and might take some time to get comfortable with it. The advantage, however, is that Reddit is full of consumers and it is not known as a marketing environment. Users don't have their guard up like they do on Facebook. That being said, if you can find ways to provide value on Reddit, cultivating referrals should come easily. Taking Your Meetups Online You already know the power of local meetups and mastermind groups if you follow Parkbench in any capacity. In order to increase the scope and reach of these groups, consider taking them online. Online meetups can serve many different purposes. Everyone in the local group might be looking to increase their knowledge in a particular area (real estate investing, negotiations, etc.) or the goal may be to simply network. One of the biggest advantages to an online group like this is the turnout rate. When you host a physical meetup, people may be hesitant to enter a new environment or they might be too busy to travel to the meeting location. With an online group, they can join the conversation with a click of a button. It might take a little longer to create and grow these groups, but trust us, it will be worth it. These meetings will be much more intimate than a Facebook or LinkedIn group, especially if you use video for the calls. Don't be afraid to start small and invite some of your friends and current clients. Remember, just like any other group, if you are providing value, you will eventually get that value in return. Step into Your Role as a Local Leader Are you ready to join and start some groups of your own? Can you feel your identity as a local leader growing? Don't let this motivation fade! Go and join two or three groups right now and add a post about the current real estate conditions in your area. You have so much value to give as a professional beyond your real estate expertise. If you consistently share that value, you will have more referrals than you know what to do with! Did you enjoy the insights from this article? If you want to learn more about becoming the real estate leader in your community, consider sponsoring your area with Parkbench. Click HERE to see if your area is available! To view the original article, visit the Parkbench blog.
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