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Green Home vs. Smart Home (and the Top 9 Features)
Smart homes and green homes are growing in demand in many parts of the country. Yet, when people think of a smart home, some may think it is the same as a green home. Yes, they work beautifully together, but they are actually different. This article will highlight each and show you the key features that buyers are looking for now.
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What's the Difference Between Transaction Management and Going Paperless?
Just about any business owner can tell you the benefits of having a paper trail. Most consumers could, too. But having a paper trail doesn't mean having paper. In recent years, there's been a huge shift in the real estate industry from the overflowing file cabinets of the past to digital file storage. It's all about going paperless—leaving out the paper, but still keeping that proverbial paper trail. Here's the thing, though: Going paperless doesn't necessarily translate to a smoother workflow. It's a good foundation, but nowadays, there's so much more we can do thanks to things like transaction management. So what's the big difference between a paperless office, and one that uses transaction management? Let's start by looking at what "paperless" means—and where it came from.
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Examining California's New Solar Power Requirement and What It Means for Buyers
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3 Brokerages Leading the Way Through Social Responsibility
We were at Inman Connect last month. The conference opened with a discussion on 15 changes that will occur in real estate over the next five years. One of the 15 changes discussed was that socially responsible brands will become more popular with consumers. What does leadership in social responsibility look like in real estate—today? Let's take a look three brokerages that are leading the way:
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7 Innovative Ideas for New Brokerages
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RPR Data Strengthens Smart Growth Initiative
Real estate professionals are investing in their communities well beyond helping consumers achieve the American dream of homeownership. They know that healthy neighborhoods, towns and cities prosper in ways that attract families, businesses and investors to the area. That is why REALTORS® across the country are becoming increasingly more interested in sustainable community development, also known as Smart Growth. REALTORS® are uniquely positioned to create added value within our communities," said Nate Johnson, President of Real Estate Solutions and Chair of NAR's Smart Growth Advisory Board. "They are responsible for making sure our neighborhoods are developing in ways that we want by working alongside elected officials, real estate developers, chambers of commerce, transportation and urban planning professionals, governors, and leaders in Washington, D.C., to improve everyday life for people across the country."
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Give Your Brokerage a Fresh Green Start
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A Great Way to Cut Small Business Costs
You already know the importance of being financially smart. Handling finances the "right way" is a skill that many of us struggle to master. What a lot of people fail to realize is that there are so many easy tricks to saving money. Here's a tip on how every small business owner can cut costs. Cut Costs By Going Green Aside from the environmental benefits, making eco-friendly adjustments to your everyday life can, and will have significantly positive outcomes—especially for those running small businesses. The first move that most entrepreneurs often make is to go paperless. Operating electronically means less energy consumption, faster turnaround when communicating with clients, vendors, and employees, and much more data security. Businesses can lean on digital technology to handle things like tracking sales, analyze data, automate billing and more. Cutting out paper consumption saves money and associated costs while simultaneously directing your business on a more efficient path that you can capitalize on.
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Green and Smart Homes Top the Want List for Luxury Home Buyers
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5 Tips for a Greener Real Estate Business
Have you started thinking about having less of an impact on the environment? Do you want to increase the efficiency of your real estate business? We are constantly looking for ways to make an extra dollar, but a penny saved is a penny earned and creating an environmentally friendly business might cost you in the short term, but in the long run it pays. Here are five tips that will get you started in your mission to become a more environmentally conscious and paperless real estate business! Manage Your Paper Waste: This is one aspect most businesses are trying to get a handle on. It's doing things like printing on both sides, realizing that a sheet in your notepad can be used for more than one meeting, and looking at one of the many great paperless real estate solutions available to you, like an Electronic Deal Sheet. loadingDOCS is a huge step for real estate businesses because it is a fully integrated solution that makes the move towards an efficient paperless solution even easier. Electronics Can Sleep, Too: You can save a lot of money by making sure your office is set up for energy conservation. Computers don't need to be on all day, every day. Put them to sleep or turn them off when you are finished using them. Switch your office lighting to a more efficient bulb like CFL or LED. And don't forget to turn off the lights when you head home for the day.
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Sell More Homes By Tapping Consumer Needs
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Going Green: Real Estate’s Paperless Movement
Chris Drayer of RealSatisfied says: Emerging trends in Real Estate that deserve our attention are often not very related. However today, there is a strong correlation between harvesting data and going green. Green is in. Todays consumers desire green products and services. 20% will pay more for recycled products and opt to work with companies that are careful with resources and care about the earth. Green is a growing market segment. "Twenty-five percent of consumers will buy a green product," says Kathy Crosett, "if it makes them feel like they are contributing to saving the environment." REALTORS® can appeal to those with an eco sense by selecting green products to work with. Consumers are voting for environmental sustainability – thus paperless is in.
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How to Reduce Your Paper Consumption
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Choosing the Best Cloud Drive for Your Real Estate Business
When news first started circulating about the mysterious "cloud" and how it would change our personal computing way of life, the actual benefits might not have been exactly clear to the average user. Then, the first time you lost some important files and then were able to recover them because they had automatically been saving themselves somewhere, it was truly exciting. I myself lost a few song files recently when my iPod crashed and found them a few days later hanging out on Google Music, where they'd been uploaded six months before. Now that news of Google Drive has been leaked and finally announced, real estate agents have a lot of choices of which cloud-based storage services to use. Not only do these programs save your important files, they enable you to send and share files that had once been too large for email. Ideal when it comes to sending photo galleries and home-tour videos to clients. So, why is Google Drive getting all the buzz right now? It's offering 5 GB of free storage and allows you to manage and share all your Google files.
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Top 10 Articles About Going Green, Paperless, and Digital Signatures
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12 Tips to Sell Your Home Faster – Go Green!
These days, it seems as if everyone is growing more concerned with protecting the environment and going green; especially home buyers. Because of all the great benefits of owning a green home, there is an increasing demand for eco-friendly, green friendly homes in the housing market. According to a recent survey constructed by McGraw-Hill, “70 percent of buyers are either more or much more inclined to purchase a green home over a conventional home in down housing market.” The benefits of owning a green home are innumerable: green homes are safer for your health, much cheaper and easier to maintain, and better for the environment. Buyers are looking to make that switch to gain peace of mind, and to drastically cut utility expenses. How can a green home benefit the home seller? Being able to state your home is eco-friendly is a huge draw for buyers, giving your home a leading edge in the tough housing market competition. Buyers are also willing to pay more for a home with energy saving additions; the Earth Advantage Institute has determined that homes with third-party environmental certifications (such as a LEED certification) sell for 30 percent more than conventional homes without such ratings.
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The Bank Rejected My E-signed Document! What Can I Do Now?
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How Realistic is the Idea of a Paperless Office?
Guest contributor, GoPaperless Solutions, says: For some, the paperless office is all about conservation and environmental protection. For many reasons conservation and protection are good ideas; therefore, so are paperless offices and paperless document management. For those not-so-tree-huggerish folks out there, for whom the paperless office has had no draw at all, it's definitely time to take a fresh look at this idea. A paperless office can benefit the bottom line as much as it does lakes and streams. Sometimes a good idea is just, well, a good idea.
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Green Building Practices Reduce Utility Costs and Entice Buyers
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Why Your Real Estate Operation Should Go Green
There has been a lot of emphasis on teaching REALTORS® how to work with clients and their green homes. Not as much emphasis has been placed on how real estate organizations themselves can deploy tools to reduce their costs and environmental impact. WAV Group recently published a paper to help real estate organizations understand the positive impact they can make by reducing their own carbon footprints, while attracting green customers and employees. Want to help save 1.5 billion gallons of gas? How about 2,000,000 trees? Real estate organizations can do the right thing for the environment while strengthening their own bottom-line. They can save money while creating the potential to attract new customers and increasing the loyalty of their current customer base.
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Eco-Friendly Practices for Your Business
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