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How to Take Advantage of the RPR and zipLogix Integration
Big things do come in small packages. And when those simple, lightbulb kind of innovations do come our way, they are likely welcome changes to the ways in which we conduct business. Such is the case with one of the more popular features offered by Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®)––with notable regard for listing agents. Through a partnership with zipForm®, the nation's leading online real estate forms provider, REALTORS® who use zipForm® and RPR can easily jump between the two platforms via one simple click, providing instant access to forms and property data needed to complete your transaction. Moreso, the integration allows REALTORS® to create new zipForm transactions using auto-populated public records from RPR. The partnership is a neatly packaged bundle of benefits that not only saves time but alleviates the pain points of having to use two of real estate's most powerful platforms independent of one another. Here's how to maximize the integration to your advantage in two minutes or less... Set up the Integration Sign onto RPR at narrpr.com. Search for your subject property. Then, from the RPR Property Details page, most REALTORS® using zipForm will automatically see the zipForm Transactions button. If not, connect by way of your RPR User Profile. Choose Link Accounts and a series of simple prompts will help begin the process. Once complete, the zipForm Transactions button will display on the RPR Property Details page. You will then have the option to: Go to specific transactions for that property address in zipForm® Start a new transaction for the street address pulled up in RPR Go to the RPR homepage
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Keep Yourself Trending with the NEW zipForm® Mobile
Monday, March 13, 2017 at 8:00 AM PST Start a Transaction on the Go with the Mobile device of your choice. The new zipForm® Mobile brings many of the zipForm® Plus functions directly to your phone or tablet. Create a New Transaction Add a Template Add Property information Add Parties information Fill in additional information using MLS-Connect (optional) Start a digital signing with both TouchSign® and zipLogix Digital Ink® Register now!
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Getting the Most out of the RPR/zipForm Partnership
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7 Apps that Make Dealing with PDFs Easy
When's the last time you received important real estate documents as a JPG or other image file? How about a lengthy disclosure where each page was its own, separate PDF file? Such is life in today's digital world. Fortunately, there are tools out there that can make managing real estate documents easier. We've rounded up a few of the best apps for editing, merging, reducing, and converting real estate documents into the industry standard file format--the PDF. 1. Adobe Acrobat - Let's start with the obvious choice. As the gold standard of PDF editors, Acrobat can handle pretty much any task you throw at it. The downside? It's pretty expensive. Buying the program outright costs several hundred dollars, and Adobe's monthly pay-as-you-go plan starts at $12.99 and requires an annual commitment. Not exactly gentle on the wallet--and that's exactly why we created this list. The rest of the apps highlighted in this article are free or low(er) cost. Check 'em out below! 2. PDFescape - This is a perennial favorite with agents. PDFescape is a free online tool that lets you edit, annotate, and fill out PDFs. There's also a desktop version that runs on your computer--great for when you don't have an internet connection (or it's painfully slow). For advanced features, like converting file types, there are premium versions that run $3 to $6 per month. 3. PrimoPDF - Need to convert a Word doc, PowerPoint, or Excel file to a PDF (or vice versa)? PrimoPDF is a free tool that can do the trick. You can also create PDFs and do basic editing. PrimoPDF is software that you download to your Windows computer. Don't have a Windows machine? Check out our next option.
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Five Fabulous Features of zipForm Plus (9/20)
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zipForm Plus Timely Tips and Tricks (9/14)
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 12:00 PM PDT Use zipForm® Plus and its time-saving features to get you up and running for your next deal! Enhanced User Interface, E-Signature Integration, Notifications, and Advanced Search Tools are all available to help create a smooth transaction process. Build consistency with time-saving templates Complete forms with Cloud Integration capabilities Quickly search and filter transactions and Save results Register now!
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Learn Simple Paperless Transaction Processes with zipForm® Plus (8/29)
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Transaction Management made easy: NAR & zipLogix New Member Benefit (8/22)
Monday, August 22, 2016 at 11:00 AM PDT In 2016, National Association of REALTORS® and zipLogix™ offer REALTORS zipTMS™ as a nationwide benefit. Each member will have access to technology that has been shaped from over 20 years of industry expertise and feedback from REALTORS® across the nation. See how zipTMS™ Transaction Management System allows you to optimize workflow offering a comprehensive set of tools that provide the essential online workplace for real estate professionals. Features of zipTMS™ include: Managing transactions with task checklists; Create checklist templates; Adjust the task view with calendar or list mode; zipForm® Plus notifications for tasks; Transaction history records all tasks and more! Register now!
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Learn simple Paperless Transaction processes with zipForm® Plus (8/15)
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zipForm® Plus and Paperless Transactions (6/15)
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 10:00 AM PDT Use zipForm® Plus and it's time-saving features to get you up and running for your next deal! Enhanced User Interface, E-Signature Integration, Notifications, and Advanced Search Tools are all available to help create a smooth transaction process. Create Templates Complete Forms Capture Contact information Register now!
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Automate Your Business with zipForm® Plus and Zapier
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The Plus Side of Auto-Populating Forms (and the pitfalls!)
Here at RE Technology, we're huge advocates of anything that saves time for real estate agents. After all, saving time is one of the key benefits of real estate technology! If a tool is creating work for you, you need to take a hard look at the cost-benefit analysis. Today, I'm going to focus on just one timesaving tool, auto-populating forms, and the pitfalls you should be aware of in order to be successful with them. The Plus Side State real estate associations and the National Association of REALTORS® have worked with legislators to create forms that protect all the parties to a transaction. This is a huge leap from the days when real estate agents had to lawyer every document for every transaction. But forms are just the beginning. Modern technology has taken it a step further with the ability to auto-populate these forms. Depending on the complexity of a transaction, the total number of pages of documents can exceed 300. Some forms providers have replaced "dumb forms" with "smart forms." To clarify, dumb forms require you to enter the buyer's name every single time it is required – which is often as many as 20 forms in a transaction. Smart fields, however, allow you to enter the information just once and it populates everywhere else in the documents that that information is required.
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New Features Added to zipForm® Plus
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Using Your iPad with Buyers
Today about half of the real estate professionals in real estate have iPads. As business professionals, having information and resources at your fingertips can be a significant way to improve your business. This has always been the promise of mobile computing, but laptops are too clunky to carry around, and for most of us, the size of the keypad and mobile screen on a mobile phone are too small for any significant jobs. The iPad turns out to be just the right size. Up until recently, MLS systems were off the mobile grid for most real estate agents. Today, things are much better. The leading MLS solutions are either adopting responsive designs that allow you to access the MLS thorough the Safari browser on the iPad, or offer apps that allow MLS search. These advances are terrific time savers for agents who need access to the MLS to research buyer needs anywhere, anytime on the iPad. A new trend emerging with the iPad is the buyer CMA. There are a number of companies now offering CMA solutions that work great on the iPad and help agents deliver outstanding presentations that can be created in minutes. If you have not looked into CMA solutions for the iPad, check out these mobile-friendly products: Cloud CMA ToolKitCMA TouchCMA Realtors Property Resource®
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Product Review: Form Simplicity
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Product Review: Form Simplicity
There is a world of solutions available to agents and brokers. It's no surprise, though--real estate is one of the largest sectors of our economy, and many technology companies have recognized our industry for the opportunity that it offers. While there are plenty of solutions offered by industry "outsiders," a smaller number are created by professionals with hands-on real estate experience. Today, we're going to introduce you to one such solution. Form Simplicity is a transaction management solution created by a professional real estate organization, Florida Realtors®. Its ongoing development is, in part, shaped by a panel of REALTOR® members who ensure that the program stays in step with what agents and brokers need to be successful. A Closer Look True to its name, Form Simplicity is simple. Right from the home page, users will notice its pared down interface that offers only what agents need to work fast.
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A Closer Look at zipForm® Mobile
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Closing the Circle with Electronic Signatures
To borrow from The Lion King, even real estate documents have a "circle of life." They begin as forms and end up as documents. Closing that circle has gotten infinitely easier with the advent of electronic signatures. You're probably nodding your head, agreeing that this is a no-brainer. But, the truth is that digital signatures have been legal for many years (protected by federal statute) and yet adoption was growing at a snail's pace until only recently. What caused this shift? Consumers are the driving force behind the growth of electronic signatures. "The downturn in the real estate market led to the growth of investors making deals in other states. Those out-of-state buyers loved the convenience of electronic signatures," explains Marilyn Wilson, co-founder of the WAV Group. "International investors also became much more active during the real estate crash. They, too, were the perfect user group for electronic signatures." Wilson also points to eCommerce as a driver of electronic signature adoption. "Consumers are used to entirely digital transactions and feel comfortable when their real estate transactions are digital as well," she says. Wilson and other thought leaders discussed a range of issues associated with electronic signatures in their webinar, "Not All Electronic Signatures Are Created Equal." You can view their full discussion here:
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zipForm Plus - Beginning Training (1/29)
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Product Review: zipForm® Plus
Have you heard about zipForm® Plus? It's the new web-based version of zipForm®, the flagship product of real estate forms pioneer zipLogix. zipForm® Plus takes all the functionality that users are accustomed to and wraps it in a new, more attractive package. The updates are more than just superficial, though. zipForm® has always been a powerhouse of a solution--sometimes to an intimidating degree. zipForm® Plus' clean new interface makes navigating the program simpler, more efficient and, yes, more enjoyable for the end user. Here a quick rundown of what's new in zipForm® Plus: 100% browser based - no plug-ins or software installation required Ability to personalize files and emails Full screen form-filling capability Real-time search Integration with third party real estate applications (for the most up-to-date information, click here) zipVault integrated document storage Advanced search capabilities with real time results Feedback link for instant suggestions
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Cartavi Adds Gusto to Version 3.3
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Agents as Liaison between Client and Contract
So many real estate processes have been digitized and automated – it's understandable that many professionals and consumers are afraid that the personal element of real estate is getting lost in the shuffle. You, the real estate agent, have the power to be the solution to this problem. You can demonstrate that technology will enhance personal connections rather than diluting them. Real estate agents have to have two very distinct, often contradicting skill sets. You need to understand the nuts and bolts of impersonal legal documents, but also have a warm and appealing interpersonal style. Technology shouldn't further separate these two sides of your personality. Instead, it should be used to draw them together. Contracts are where this fusion can really be seen. They are notoriously confusing to a layperson, so your buyers or sellers need your support in making sense of them. It's a perfect opportunity to enlighten rather than push-away your client – and technology can help. "There's no replacement for responding to your clients' questions or concerns," says Greg Robertson of Cloud CMA. "But there are ways that technology can be used to enhance and support this response. Cloud CMA was built with this in mind. Reports are approachable for the agent's consumer."
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Product Tour: zipForm 6 Professional
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How to Make Loan Pre-approvals Work in Your Favor
Agents, have you ever had this happen to you? An enthusiastic would-be buyer calls you up, eager for you to show them a certain property. "I'd love to help you out," you might reply. "Go ahead and send me a copy of your pre-approval letter and I'll get in contact with the listing agent." Did the mere mention of the word "pre-approval" stop the conversation dead in its tracks? Perhaps the caller was just an inexperienced buyer, or they were a lookie-loo. Regardless, no agent should waste their time on prospects who are not pre-approved for a mortgage. Consumers with pre-approvals in hand are serious about purchasing a home. As an agent, your time is precious. You should be spending your time with the prospects most likely to result in a completed transaction. However, don't think of unapproved buyers as a hassle--think of them as an opportunity. By tying the pre-approval process to the signing of a buyer representation agreement, you come out ahead--and with a qualified new client! Here's how.
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4 Steps to Find the Perfect Tenant
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Are You Meeting Your Goals for 2011?
June is officially here, marking the middle of the year. It's time to start asking yourself if you've accomplished, or set the wheels in motion to accomplish, the goals set early in the year. For many Realtors®, that goal was to ditch traditional real estate practices and adopt the right technology solution to make their business interactive. The end of 2010 promised the future of real estate as more people were adopting smartphones and tablets – meaning Realtors® would quickly need to adopt a solution to meet prospective home buyer and seller demand.
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