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Top 5 Real Estate YouTubers to Follow This Year
The internet made everything easier and available for everyone. Just imagine, with several clicks you are able to have access to thousands of blogs/videos related to your subject of interest. If you know how to use the internet, you can achieve success and gain a huge range of knowledge. YouTube, which is a huge platform for videos, connects people around the world. This is the best opportunity for any influencer around the world, especially for those who are already professionals in the industry. Real estate professionals are no exception; they actively use YouTube to promote their ideas and to help others on the road to success. Today, we are going to talk about five real estate influencers and their channels on YouTube. We will discuss their videos and how they can help new real estate agents, brokers or anyone else interested in the industry. Grant Cardone According to Forbes, Grant Cardone is one of the top social media business influencers in the world. He is the author of eight books written about business, and he is the CEO of seven privately held companies. He is very active on social media, especially on YouTube, which he joined in 2007, and now he has more than 1.9 million subscribers/followers. He is an "undercover billionaire," which is mentioned in almost all of his video titles. His YouTube videos include different topics for discussion: Roleplay and sales scripts for sales people Pitfalls to avoid — real estate investing Ryan Serhant Ryan Serhant is one of the best known YouTubers in the industry. He joined YouTube in 2013, and he has more than 1 million subscribers. Ryan is an American producer, TV personality and real estate mogul who tries his best to express his success and visions in his videos. He speaks about different subjects in his videos and covers everything that real estate agents should know while being in the industry. The titles of his videos on YouTube include: How much do real estate agents actually make? How to find real estate leads using social media ads What $4.5 million gets in Manhattan vs. Brooklyn Inside a $16 million massive NYC apartment with private pool Enes Yilmazer Enes Yilmazer is a YouTuber who shows his subscribers' stunning houses in California and what they have to offer. His videos mostly consist of house tours. To have a better idea, let's have a look at his video titles: Inside an affordable Los Angeles mid-century modern home Touring a $44,000,000 Lake Tahoe waterfront mansion Inside a Los Angeles modern home with a secret room He joined YouTube in 2010, and as of 2022, he has over over 1.6 million subscribers. His community is mainly interested in households as Enes mostly shows property interiors in his videos. He lives in Los Angeles, but his area of activity is broader. Kris Krohn Kris Krohn is one of the successful real estate influencers on YouTube. He started uploading videos in 2014. To know more about what he offers to his subscribers, let's check some of the video titles: How much does it cost to invest in real estate? How to perform financial analysis Why you should sell your house over the holidays He has 764,000 subscribers, so his community is very big. As he mentions in his description, his main goal is to make his followers wealthy and to acknowledge what it feels like to be a part of the real estate industry. After watching some of his videos, you will definitely have a general idea of how this industry works and how you can become successful in the real estate industry. Graham Stephan Graham Stephen is one of the most influential people in the real estate industry. He has over 3 million subscribers on his YouTube channel despite the fact that he only joined the YouTube platform in 2016. He is also active on different platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. He also has his own website where he shares his experiences. If someone wants to be a professional in the real estate industry, then this is definitely the right person to follow. On his YouTube channel, he stresses his success, failure and, most importantly, his experience in the real estate industry. Some of his video titles include: The next market crash—7 ways to make money Real estate is about to drop—again Millionaire TikTok entrepreneurs must be stopped The ultimate guide to investing in real estate step-by-step As you can see, he is open to speaking about his way of success, his career, what you need to have in order to achieve your success and much more. He is also very open to stressing his own ideas. While he is making videos on what he thinks about TikTok influencers, you can easily see how his subscribers love his vision and thoughts. Last Few Words YouTube marketing has become the main tool for influencers and for beginners. Influencers share their experiences and newcomers get information about the industry they are interested in. Choosing the right YouTubers to subscribe to can be considered a first step towards your success. To view the original article, visit the Realtyna blog.
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[Best of 2021] Best Closing Gifts Under $100
We're continuing an annual tradition of counting down our top 10 articles of the year. The following article was originally published in August and is #9 in our countdown. See #10 here. It's no secret that referrals are the bread and butter of our business. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors, more than 42% of new clients came to agents by referrals, including renters and buyers. Giving your clients a small token of appreciation at closing is a thoughtful and effective way to complete your transaction on a high note while teeing up a referral ask. Closing gifts are a meaningful gesture that go a long way in maintaining a long-lasting client relationship and generating referrals. Closing gifts don't need to break the bank to be valued and appreciated. Whether you are looking for a gift card, treat basket, or anything else to give your clients as a housewarming gift, we got you covered. Here are a few affordable options that are big hits with clients. Personalized Cheese Board or Throw Blanket Cheese boards and throw blankets are long-lasting, memorable gifts that, especially if personalized, show that there was a great deal of thought put into the purchase. Options: Personalized Cheese Board with Name Watercolor House A custom watercolor house portrait is a digital painting that can be the perfect housewarming gift for a new homeowner. It's simple to order and will leave a lasting memory for your client. Options: Watercolor House Paintings A Welcome Plant or Tree If your client has a knack for nature, a potted plant or fruit tree could be the perfect gift. Placed in pots for indoor use, or planted outdoors, these inexpensive gifts are a living reminder of the service you provide. Options: Small Plants Small Trees Pet Gift Basket and Treat Subscription Box Gifts for a furry family member are always appreciated by pet lovers. Small gift baskets with toys and treats show pet owners you care by helping them pamper their fur babies! Options: Pet Lover Gifts Here are some tips when choosing the best gift for your client: Avoid cookie-cutter gifts or perishables like fruit baskets. Instead, find lasting, usable objects or art with a hint of personalization. Monogramming and engraving are easy to order and relatively inexpensive and can elevate even the most simple gift. Assume every client will close, keeping a mind's eye to identifying a meaningful closing gift. Ask questions about their hobbies and after-work activities. Pro tip: Don't spend money adding your brand to closing gifts. Most people do not want brand-based products in their brand new homes and will often throw them away. Make it about your client, not you. To view the original article, visit the Rental Beast blog.
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6 Real Estate Coaching Programs to Level Up Your Real Estate Game
Nobody enters into real estate intending to fail. In reality, most agents begin their careers in real estate to make it a lifetime profession. However, the irony is that many novice agents give up after their first year in the industry. Adults may likely overlook the usefulness of a mentor or coach. However, agents who constantly learn new tactics to increase their efficiency and revenue are the most effective. In addition to seminars, networking activities, staff training, and on-the-job learning, real estate coaching services are another way for agents to expand their businesses and keep up with industry news, resources and procedures. If you're at a stage in your career where you'd like to devote more time to studying, but don't want to waste time looking for coaching programs online, here are six of the best real estate coaching programs available for real estate agents. 1. Mike Ferry Mike Ferry is a household name in the real estate industry. He was the first modern real estate coach who accepted teaching his peers and the entire industry in many respects. Whether he's laying down actionable lead generation strategies on YouTube, presenting at an event, or sharing inspiring quotes on Twitter, if you're an agent, you'll find it challenging to ignore Tom Ferry. Ferry has a variety of coaching options for agents. Ferry's counseling strategy is diversified, ranging from one-on-one sessions to complete retreats. There are three distinct real estate coaching packages available: Core+, Team+ and Elite+. Each package covers a range of subjects, including sales confidence, leadership skills and lead generation. 2. Brian Buffini Brian Buffini's coaching program is another well-known brand in the real estate industry. Brian Buffini, a former top-performing real estate agent and owner of Buffini & Company, North America's most extensive consulting, coaching, and growth firm, founded Buffini & Company Coaching Solutions. Buffini & Company has spent the last two decades helping agents in becoming more productive in lead generation. To date, over 3 million agents in 37 countries have completed the initiative and expanded their businesses. There are three coaching options available: One2One Coaching Group Coaching Referral Maker PRO These programs are made to assist agents in generating more leads, sales and streamline operations. It was developed to help agents generate more leads, generate sales and streamline processes. Additionally, each program includes Referral Maker CRM for generating leads and a monthly marketing kit. 3. The Real Estate Trainer The Real Estate Trainer was established by the real estate executive, speaker and mentor, Brian Icenhower, powered by Icenhower Coaching & Consulting (ICC). Brian is highly esteemed in the industry as the former CEO of Kansas City's Keller Williams realty company. Since June 2019, ICC has helped 500 real estate agents through coaching to achieve their goals. Agents experienced growth in average sale price, lead generation and gross commission income. 4. Tim and Julie Harris Tim and Julie Harris are expert coaches who used to be top-selling real estate agents. They're also best-selling authors who've collaborated with other experts to provide cutting-edge strategies and business expertise to help agents thrive. Five program choices are available. Each program provides considerable value and a comprehensive list of resources: Premier Premier Accountability Premier Plus Premier VIP Elite The major distinction between the programs is that the private and semi-private participants receive phone calls each month. Agents are eligible for one or four calls each month, depending on the package they select. 5. Tom Ferry Coaching Tom Ferry is one of the most influential real estate brokers in the country and a leading educator. He has over 30,000 hours of coaching experience and has matched his clients with their certified coach for private sessions. This company offers three separate coaching programs, including Core+, Team+, and Elite, concentrating on strategy, sales skills, and lead generation. Tom Ferry's services focus on real estate agents personally, empowering them to make meaningful changes, set goals, and provide them with tools to keep them accountable. 6. Floyd Wickman Finally, let's take a look at Floyd Wickman's coaching services. The Floyd Wickman Program is now led by Mike Pallin, who founded the organization with Floyd. Floyd has a legendary reputation as one of the most potent agents in history, and Mike is carrying on that tradition! The program's courses are designed for those who want to learn from a business pioneer with decades of experience. Their training focuses on selling techniques and marketing strategies. Final Thoughts Having gained some insight into the value of coaches, you might be curious about the ones who can help you. There are many excellent real estate coaching services available, but they are all different. The package you choose should be based on your budget and your personal goals. Consider your objectives and compare each program to find the one that best meets your needs. To view the original article, visit the Realtyna blog.
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RPR's 10 Best Real Estate Apps for 2021
Tech is no stranger to the real estate business. Nowadays you can perform a laundry list of tasks by just using your phone. Not to mention market yourself, post to social media, manage relationships, generate leads, create content and so much more. However, sometimes all that technology can get a bit overwhelming and it's tough to keep up with all the tech tools available to you. Perhaps you just need a quick list of helpful tools, in the form of digital applications, that can make you a more proficient and efficient agent. RPR's annual "Best of Apps" article's got you covered! Read on to see how your tech stack stacks up to our 2021 list. 1. RPR (Realtors Property Resource) Topline: Property data, tools and reports that will "wow" your clients and help you close more deals. Summary: Well, of course we're going to include RPR in our list of "favorite apps." But first one on the list? Bold! As a REALTOR®, RPR is your exclusive NAR member benefit. And with it, you can perform transactions, service your clients and build your business by: Researching properties for up-to-date data and information Creating Property Reports, Neighborhoods Reports, School Reports, Market Activity Reports and more Viewing recent activity and local market conditions around you Accessing tax, mortgage, historical and distressed data, and flood zones Searching for schools within an area or school district Adding photos, text and audio notes to any property Using geographic farming techniques to prospect for leads Utilizing maps to discover travel times and traffic counts Building bullet-proof CMAs and listing presentations Using the RPR app to respond to clients in seconds when you're in the field And that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how much RPR can do for you and your real estate business. Get your app downloaded today: RPR from Apple App Store, and RPR from Google Play. Cost: Free! RPR is included in your National Association of REALTORS® dues as a member benefit. 2. Magisto Topline: An AI-powered, computerized video editor that makes video storytelling super easy. Summary: Magisto is an offering from Vimeo, who obviously have major video cred. This app (along with a desktop software version) helps its users create high quality video content, and do it quickly. Users edit the photos they want to include, then select stock templates, then add a title and select a music bed. Then the real fun starts! Magisto's AI program puts it all together into an eye-catching version which the user can edit or use as-is. For real estate agents, it's perfect for video home tours or promoting a highlight reel of yourself on social media or via email. Cost: $10, $20 or $70 per month 3. Sentrilock Topline: Offers the first and only combined lockbox, showing service, and experience management solution. Summary: SentriLock, which is owned by NAR, is an industry-leading electronic lockbox manufacturer and provider of property access solutions. SentriLock prides itself on being easy to use, reliable and secure. And of course, it has a digital application, called SentriConnect®, which allows REALTORS® to easily manage home access, showings, and client communication – all from their phone or tablet. In addition, REALTORS® using SentriKey Real Estate® have one-click access to property data via the RPR app on their iOS or Android devices—an integration that will prove highly valuable to REALTORS® who want to present on-the-spot data and reports to their clients. (Click here for details). Cost: For REALTORS®: $137.80 per month, plus a $50 one-time activation fee. 4. Forewarn Topline: Safety! Forewarn allows agents to work safer and smarter by instantly verifying a prospect's identity and potential risks prior to a face-to-face meeting. Summary: By nature, the business of real estate can sometimes involve talking and meeting with strangers. 99.99% of the time everything is perfectly fine and safe, but you can never be too careful. With the Forewarn app, agents can properly and safely plan for showings with a higher level of confidence. In seconds, with as little information as a phone number or a name, agents can verify a prospect's identity, criminal records, bankruptcies, liens, judgments, address history, and property records all in one place, leading to safer and more productive interactions. Basically, find out if people are who they say they are and do a little extra digging for good measure. Cost: $20/month with an annual agreement for individual agents. However, discounts are available for brokerages and associations purchasing licenses in volume. 5. Clicky Topline: Clicky tracks website traffic and behavior to help you improve user experience. Summary: Clicky helps you track important data on how your website is used by your visitors. It works very much the same way as Google Analytics, but several reviewers say Clicky's interface is more user-friendly. It offers metrics and heat maps that track individual website navigation. In other words, you can see what areas of your website visitors are clicking on and engaging with most, and conversely, what areas need improvement. Cost: Free, limited to one site with a maximum of 3,000 daily page views. Premium plans also available starting at $10 per month. 6. Stride Topline: Easily track your mileage, expenses and more. Summary: As a self employed, independent contractor, REALTORS® need to keep track of business expenses for tax purposes. The Stride app puts you on cruise control when it comes to keeping track of mileage by automatically uploading your miles. It's got some other nifty write-off features too, such as allowing users to import expenses from their bank account and keep track of receipts. And as a bonus, it also suggests deduction options, integrates with tax preparation software, and offers an IRS-ready tax summary. Cost: It's free! 7. TurboScan (Apple)/ TurboScan (Google) Topline: Make high quality scans of any hard copy document from your phone. Summary: TurboScan (Apple) / TurboScan (Google) turns your smartphone into a full-featured and powerful multipage scanner for documents, receipts, notes, whiteboards, photos, and various other everyday hard copies. However, you're not just snapping a pic and converting it to a PDF or JPEG. TurboScan uses advanced technology (algorithms) to accurately detect document edges, straighten out and correct perspective, eliminate shadows and set a perfect black and white contrast. Crisp, clear, scanned docs and the price is right! Cost: One-time $6 fee 8. Follow Up Boss Topline: An entire CRM in your pocket that streamlines sales activities for real estate agents, teams and brokerages to help them better manage their leads. Summary: If you're looking for an all-in-one customer relationship management software tool, Follow Up Boss sits proudly in the corner office. This well-reviewed real estate CRM is designed to help sales agents follow up faster and more often, with the people most likely to turn into deals. Notable features include auto-send for emails, inbound and outbound call management, drip emails, and automated text messaging in one streamlined interface. Another huge benefit of Follow Up Boss is that it integrates with tons of lead sources including Zillow, Realtor.com, Homes.com, Ylopo, Facebook and many more. And its list of business-building features is never-ending with categories including basic CRM, Marketing, Reporting, Lead Providers and Integrations. Check out their site for full details. Cost: Free trial for 14 days, then $69 per month, with price increases depending on the number of users. There's a reason Follow Up Boss is pricey—it packs a performance punch and should be looked at as an investment vs. an expense. 9. Mojo Dialer Topline: Dialing system and lead generation platform. Summary: If you're not familiar with auto dialing systems, here's how they work: you make an outbound call from your phone through the Mojo platform. Once you connect, the system begins dialing the numbers in your list. When a lead answers, you hear them immediately. As you progress through the list, Mojo knows what phone numbers to dial next. Users don't even hear the ringing, which makes long prospecting sessions a breeze. Numbers that ring busy, are disconnected or don't get picked up, roll over to the next number automatically without manual input. And if you run into an answering machine, you will be able to leave pre-recorded messages. One last thing: this app is the mobile companion app for the Mojo Dialer, which means you can untether from your desk and make your calls from anywhere. If you're an old school prospect dialer, Mojo might be for you. Get yours on! Cost: $99 for a single user, per month 10. Cloze Topline: A smart CRM and AI assistant in one that automatically keeps track of your email, phone calls, text messages, meetings, documents, and social media. Summary: Besides being one the best-named apps we've ever seen, Cloze is also the hassle-free way to manage everything about your business in one place. When you need client information fast, the Cloze app syncs and pulls data automatically from your most used platforms to provide you with every detail needed to stay on top of client relations. And data entry? A thing of the past with this app. It also compiles your communication history with a client, including emails, calls, and exchanged files. And their proactive artificial intelligence prompts you to keep in-touch, with the right message at the right time. Cost: From $17-$42 per month And that's a wrap on our best of apps for 2021! To view the original article, visit the RPR blog.
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Staycation Activities for Every Season
Real estate is a fantastic business, but everyone needs a break from time to time. Vacationing is back on the menu for many Americans, but if you're more comfortable sticking close to home, you should still take some time off to relax and unwind. Here are some fun ways to spend your time off in any season without straying too far from home! Summer Turn a kiddie pool into a mini-tropical paradise. Challenge your friends, extended family, or neighbors to do the same and share the picture on social media! Start an herb garden. Go fishing or kayaking. Fall Create your own outdoor movie theatre. Build your dream theatre with a projector, screen, and some comfy outdoor furniture. Plant some low-maintenance plants. Go camping in your backyard. Winter Spruce up your firepit. Add some string lights or nice seating around a firepit. Consider adding an outdoor bar or drink station for added relaxation potential. Get inspired by building a gingerbread house (or gingerbread village). Learn a new hobby online. Spring Start a vegetable garden. Go for a drive in the countryside. Take a bike ride. Any Time! Catch up on a TV series. Host a game night via Zoom. Go geo-caching. Take a virtual vacation by touring a zoo or museum. Whenever you choose to schedule your time off, remember that while you're away, Homes.com has your back. Visit profile.homes.com to create your free account. To view the original article, visit the Homes.com blog.
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10 Creative Ideas for Memorable Closing Gifts
Finding just the right closing gift isn't always easy. You want something special and thoughtful that stands out and communicates how much you value your clients' business. It also needs to be memorable -- you don't want them forgetting your name for possible referrals any time soon! There are a few things to keep in mind when you're searching for just the right closing gift. First, forget cost -- it will only constrain you at the start, and you can make price adjustments later. Next, consider what you know about your clients and what is meaningful to them. Maybe they are newly married and would love a gift with their family name on it. If they are coming from another state, you may consider giving an experience that gets them out of the house and into the neighborhood (see idea #4!). Lastly, don't give them anything that is branded. Keep your headshot, phone number and logo off your closing gift. Clients will see that as marketing, not as a gift from the heart. If you're struggling to find just the right thing, get inspiration from our 10 creative closing gift ideas.
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Free Video Editing Apps for Real Estate Videos in 2021
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The 7 Best Real Estate Podcasts to Listen to Right Now
Podcasts aren't just books for your ears. This is an entirely different medium for learning and entertainment. Episodes are guided by a host(s) and range in format from one-on-one interviews to Q&As to personal narratives. The variety of content and depth of information are part of what makes them so engaging and worthy of your time. Whether you're just getting into podcasts or want to breathe some fresh air into your library, we've collected the seven best real estate podcasts that you should check out this year. Together, they provide a good mix of inspiration, business tips, industry news and tech trends. You may not end 2021 subscribed to all of them, but give each one a listen and stay devoted to those that you find most useful and engaging. In no particular order, the seven best real estate podcasts are:
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[Best of 2020] 8 Real Estate Closing Gifts That Return Your Investment
We're continuing an annual tradition of counting down our top 10 articles of the year. The following article was originally published in October and is #8 in our countdown. See #9 here. Closing real estate deals is fun, right? Of course it is! You should extend your excitement of a job well done with a token of appreciation for your clients. Here are some thoughtful gift ideas you can give to your clients:
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[Best of 2020] 5 Real Estate Apps that Will 'Wow' You and Your Clients
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Home Office Necessities for the Busy Real Estate Agent
You may have had to stop working in a physical office and begun the process of working from home. If you didn't already have a home office, and are looking for ways to improve your workspace, we've got you covered.
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These Are the 5 Best Real Estate Apps for 2021
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8 Real Estate Closing Gifts That Return Your Investment
Closing real estate deals is fun, right? Of course it is! You should extend your excitement of a job well done with a token of appreciation for your clients. Here are some thoughtful gift ideas you can give to your clients:
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Real Estate Essentials for New Agents
You are a new real estate agent. You are just starting out in the field and have no sense of direction. Yes, you learned a lot while getting your real estate license. However, common sense things such as what to bring, what to have with you at all times, or what to do before you get out there wasn't really explained to you. You've just come from a 9-5 office job and do not know what this entails. We've put together a quick list of a few things that could help you out when you are getting out there. These real estate essentials will surely get you off on the right foot.
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Restream for Real Estate: How to take a home showing live everywhere
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Time Management Tools for Busy Real Estate Agents
Knowing what to do to stay on top of your to-do list doesn't always mean you know how to do it. Here are some tools that can help you manage your time and stay on schedule so your real estate business can succeed.
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5 Real Estate Apps that Will 'Wow' You and Your Clients
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Instagram for Real Estate Agents: Top Accounts to Follow Today
As a real estate agent, you are always on your phone. Answering calls, replying to emails and then all of your other time gets occupied by social media. If you have Instagram already, we have compiled a list of a few top real estate accounts to follow today. Whether you are looking for inspiration, motivational quotes, interesting photography, or humor, these real estate accounts are key to starting you off on the right foot for the day:
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Trello: A Great App to Help You Organize and Prioritize Your Workflow
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4 Tech Tips Every Agent Should Give Their Clients
Agents often look for technology that can save them time processing transactions so they can spend more time producing new business. But what technology can your clients use to improve their selling or buying experience? Here are four tech tips you can share with your clients, tech advice that can take some of the stress out of buying or selling a home. 1. Faxing without the fax machine Your clients have paper documents you need, but you don't want them wasting their time driving them to you or waiting for the documents to arrive in the mail. Our phones have replaced fax machines, making it easier than ever for your clients to create a PDF from any paper document in a snap. The app stores are full of options, from Genius Scan to Easy Fax, all allowing the instant creation of a compressed PDF that is simple to create and email to an agent quickly. You can even send encrypted PDFs for enhanced security. 2. Connecting to you with a push of a button Today's top real estate apps – from Homesnap to realtor.com, as well as many brokerage apps – allow clients to connect directly to you, their agent. This is the one feature that agents should focus on to encourage clients to download their app and get them engaged. Communication is the number one thing most clients want. Encourage them to use just one app to reach you. It helps and organizes and tracks text conversations in one place. This can be a great time saver for your clients – and you. 3. Organize the house hunt Agents know that their customers are going to visit open houses. Help them better organize their route. Yes, they can use Google Maps to maximize their trip, but there are alternative apps that can automatically build the most efficient route for multiple addresses. These route planning apps can optimize a list of open house visits quickly and easily. Two top options in the app stores include Route4Me and Road Warrior. 4. Checking off the checklist If your firm has a transaction management system, such as Form Simplicity, you understand the value of checklists. Helping your clients keep track of the homes they prefer can be done in most of the leading search apps. However, keeping it simple for your clients with a home shopping checklist might be a more welcome solution for your clients. A house hunting checklist app also helps them use the more logical side of their brain when shopping. Checklists also help clients remember which homes have the key features they really liked. The app stores offer a few solutions. GoCanvas is a business forms app that offers a Home Buyer's Checklist. An app called Checklist allows clients to create their own custom lists and offers a suggested template of items online as well. Finding ways to help reduce the stress many clients experience is important. After all, a recent survey found about 15% of buyers were reduced to tears during the process. Another 20% got in a fight with their spouse or partner. Share these tech tips as another way to make it all a little easier. And remember that if you have access to Tech Helpline, analysts are ready to help you with any tech questions you may have. Tricia Stamper is Director of Technology at Florida Realtors®, which owns and operates Tech Helpline and Form Simplicity.
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Using Slack to Help Run Your Real Estate Business
I am a big fan of using the apps that come on your smartphone, but we all need a few extra things to help us be efficient and productive. If you have been following my recent articles on getting the most out of the apps preloaded on the smartphone, you know I love the calendar, contact, reminders and notes available from Apple and Android. But sometimes we need more, and I want to share a few apps over the next few articles that I think can help change the way you do business. Let's start with Slack. I used Slack for about three years and loved it! Slack allows you to have one-on-one conversations or group conversations. Slack, Microsoft Team, Rocket Chat and Mattermost are all communication programs that accomplish about the same task.
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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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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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Top Tools, Templates and Tech for Listing Leads
As real estate agents, we're constantly looking for innovative ways to get listings and stand out from the competition. Because these days, our competition is everywhere. Discount brokerages, iBuyers, other agents--everyone is competing for the same scarce inventory. That's why we're sharing our most creative, innovative, and proven methods for getting more listing leads:
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Best Real Estate Instagram Accounts to Follow
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Safe Selling: Protecting Yourself as a Real Estate Agent
It's September, which means it's Realtor safety month. Real estate can be an extremely rewarding career, but it comes with its own set of dangers. The people and even places you run across can be hazardous. Even driving in your car puts you at risk. Here are some things you should keep in mind when going about your job. We've also included some apps and programs you should consider investing in to make sure you are as safe as can be.
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6 Tools to Help Your Social Media Thrive
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Must-Follow Pages and Facebook Groups for Your Real Estate Business
Social media is a great place to build your business and showcase the many projects you're working on as a real estate agent. You also have the opportunity to learn new things for your business, discover new real estate trends, or even read breaking news about the real estate industry via social media--if you know which pages to follow and what groups to join.
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Top 10 Closing Gifts for Your Clients During Hurricane Season
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Top 10 Real Estate Podcasts (in Our Opinion)
Are you searching for a fun, convenient way to learn more about the real estate industry, and pick up tips from a wide range of experts? Real estate podcasts make it easy to learn from the best in the business, keep up with current trends, and discover new ideas to help grow your brand. As an added bonus, you can listen to podcasts at your desk, on the road, or while you're taking care of tasks around the house, so there's never a bad time to discover new real estate ideas. Start your search for the perfect podcast with our guide to the ten best real estate podcasts.
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5 Facebook Groups Realtors Should Join Today
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10 Real Estate Apps that Will Amplify Your Productivity
Welcome to our annual "Best Apps" article; a yearly entry that has proven to be very popular among agents. Once again, we've researched and gathered up an impressive collection of digital applications that will make you a more efficient and more successful REALTOR. Gone are the days when apps were strictly for early adopters and tech wizards. Nowadays, incorporating business apps into your everyday workflow is the price of admission in the ever-changing, on-the-go real estate landscape. Using these apps can make you more productive, more responsive, and more capable to serve your clients and gain new ones. Enjoy this year's 10 Real Estate Apps That Will Amplify Your Productivity:
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The 5 Real Estate Apps Every Agent Should Be Using
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Top 10 Podcasts for Real Estate Pros
When you want to improve your business, those who've already walked the path are a valuable source of insight. With years of experiences and knowledge of the business, they're often willing to share their secrets to help other real estate professionals get ahead. One of the most popular methods to share their advice is through podcasts. But with thousands of real estate podcasts to choose from, which ones should you listen to? Here are ten of our favorite podcasts for real estate agents and brokers.
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Get Ready to Knock Your 2019 Taxes Out Cold with These Apps!
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Thoughtful Closing Gifts to Give Your Clients in 2019
How many buyers will you help find a home this year? How will you celebrate when the last sheet of paper is signed, money orders exchanged, and keys handed over? Many agents choose to mark the occasion by presenting their clients with a closing gift – something that will leave a lasting impression and help them settle into their new home. If you want to join in the closing gift tradition but aren't sure where to start, these closing gift ideas for 2019 are for you.
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[Best of 2018] 10 Apps that Boost Your Real Estate Marketing Firepower
We're continuing an annual tradition of counting down our top 10 articles of the year. The following article was originally published in September and is #7 in our countdown. See #8 here. For this year's awesome apps article, we've focused on apps REALTORS can use to quickly and effectively ramp up their marketing prowess. Some of these apps have been around for a while, while others are new, but they all provide a unique and polished offering.
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Holiday Gifts Your Clients Are Sure to Love
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10 Gorgeous Gadgets and Accessories for Road Warriors
Your car isn't just a way to get from place A to B: it's a mobile office, your space to sing and so much more. We've put together a list of 10 gorgeous gadgets and accessories that every road warrior could use. We tried to choose a mix of high-tech and low-tech items. We also looked at a variety of price points. Which is your favorite gadget or accessory?
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5 Essential Apps for Real Estate Agents
Before helping a client buy or sell a home, real estate agents must first keep their own organizational houses in order. This requires putting in place the infrastructure you need to meet and communicate with clients, help them find and view the home of their dreams and sign on the dotted line. The best apps for real estate agents will help you check off all these items on your agent to-do list — and more. Keep reading to find out which real estate apps make the cut.
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9 Ways Real Estate Agents Can Boost Their Productivity
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Get Organized! 6 Business Apps that Can Help
When you're busy, it's easy lose track of important tasks or meetings, documents, and even your sanity! But you don't have to get comfortable with chaos on the job. In fact, you can download the solution to everyday disarray through one of many business organization apps on the market. Read on for a list of the best organization apps for business.
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From Books to Podcasts: Best Resources for New Real Estate Agents
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10 Apps that Boost Your Real Estate Marketing Firepower
For this year's awesome apps article, we've focused on apps REALTORS can use to quickly and effectively ramp up their marketing prowess. Some of these apps have been around for a while, while others are new, but they all provide a unique and polished offering.
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6 Apps to Help You Take Better Listing Photos
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7 Helpful Tools to Digitize Your Real Estate Business
Real estate is changing. These days, you don't have to meet your clients face-to-face every time you need something from them. The internet and the tools that come with it make it possible to conduct much of your business online, even from your phone. Read on for information about helpful tools you can use to streamline your real estate business on the go.
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Good Small Business Solutions: What They Are and How Agents Can Take Advantage
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Top Apps for Real Estate Agents and Brokers
To successfully run your real estate business, you need to make sure you're leveraging the right tools so all operations, customer interactions, and daily tasks are contributing to your success. It's not difficult to establish good habits and effective strategies, but consistency in effort and execution is where a lot of real estate entrepreneurs get tripped up. If you are still building your success-oriented habits, you may find that you need some digital help. Here are the top apps that will help you achieve your short-term and long-term goals as a real estate professional.
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Top Apps for Real Estate Agents in 2018
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Top (Free) Apps for Real Estate Agents in 2018
Happy New Year! It's time to strategize and plan for an even more successful 2018 business year by reviewing the previous year's successes and failures. As a business owner, you don't have to spend much to achieve success, and with the proper apps in place, you can save time and improve workflow. Here are the top FREE apps for 2018!
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9 Apps for Mastering Productivity
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Top Phones for Real Estate Professionals in 2017
There is no 'best' phone for real estate professionals as everyone's needs differ. You may prioritize the phone's operating system for better communication apps, while your colleague may put more importance on the two-way camera to take selfies at his desk. I sat down with smartphone enthusiast Jeremy de Souza to break down this year's top phones. Let's take a look at what he told me re: the best phones from world's leading smartphone brands in 2017:
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The 12 Top Real Estate Podcasts
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Must-Have Apps for Real Estate Pros
Real estate agents can attest—there never seems to be enough hours in the day to accomplish everything you need to do. There are, however, quite a few tools available that will help you make the most of your time. Real estate apps are a great solution for agents because you can take them with you on the go, access key data from your phone at any time, and use them in the office to maximize productivity. There are plenty of valuable options to choose from, and we're here to help you take a closer look at the most effective apps for real estate agents. Top-Rate Real Estate Apps to Make Life Easier and Earn New Business
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14 Best Apps for Real Estate Agents in 2017
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The Road to Recognition: How Do You Market Your Real Estate Brand?
It's rare that you find a marketing book that's not only a joy to read but packed so full of actionable advice you're going to want bookmarks for your favorite sections to read again and again. The Road to Recognition is that book. Written by Seth Price and his co-author Barry Feldman, this is one book you'll want your entire team to read. According to Nobu Hata, director of member engagement for the National Association of REALTORS®, "If you're a living, breathing human being doing business in this world, you're a brand, and no one understands that more than Seth and Barry. Here is a roadmap to success worth reading." Organized as an A-to-Z guide to personal branding, Seth and Barry don't just cover the why of good branding, they detail the how in 26 easy to digest chapters covering everything from authenticity, content marketing, and design, to influencer marketing, websites and how to write emails people want to read. This begs the question—how do you market yourself today? How can you leverage your brand to accelerate your success, but also that of your team, organization, and community? Authors Seth Price and Barry Feldman have examined these questions and transformed their years of research, and hard work into an A-to-Z guide detailing the exact strategies and tactics accomplished personal branders master. It's called The Road to Recognition.
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5 Email Tools to Make Follow-Ups Easier
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How to Use Google Keep for Real Estate
Google processes 40,000 searches per second and over 3.5 billion searches per day. That's incredibly impressive, but Google provides much more than just a search engine. Google offers internet users a large range of products free of charge. In this new article series, we'll share how you can use Google's free products to grow, manage, and organize your business. Here, you'll learn how Google Keep can help your business, where to find it, how to use it, and more. What is Google Keep? Google Keep lets you "Save your thoughts as notes, lists, and voice memos from anywhere." Basically, anything you want to remember, take note of, scribble down, photograph, or have available for quick and easy reference can be stored in Keep. Keep also syncs across all your devices (phone, desktop, laptop, and tablet), making it easy to access your data anywhere. Why use it? Keep allows you to share and collaborate with your contacts on your notes. Keep's advanced sticky note functionality also lets you add labels to your notes for easy sorting. Creating labels for things like buyer resources, seller resources, and individual properties or clients will create tabs in Keep that contain all items with that label, making it easy to keep track of notes relevant to a particular person or property. Where can I get it? Android iOS Computer Browser
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Four Time-saving Tools that You Need For YOUR Real Estate Practice
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10 Top Apps for 2017, Recommended by Top Agents
There are literally millions of apps out there. Some of them may not be very useful (doesn't mean they're not fun), but others can reinvigorate your business and change the way you market, manage, and collaborate in real estate. Because nobody has time to comb through all the apps out there, we've asked some of real estate's top agents and coaches for recommendations. Here is a list we pulled together of the best of those apps! iMovie – This all-in-one video app recommended by Marguerite Giguere makes it easy to create, edit, view, and share videos on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple computer. PicPlayPost – If you're tired of the standard click-click-click technique of scrolling through images, this is the app for you. Marguerite Giguere recommends this app for creating multimedia collages that incorporate pictures, video, and sounds into one incredible collage. Haiku Deck – Make professional looking presentations on the web, your iPad, or your iPhone with this app, recommended by Chris Smith. Haiku Deck gives you access to thousands of templates and millions of free images, making it easy to create a presentation that complements your branding. WordSwag – Text is more relatable, digestible, and memorable when you add it to an image. Debra Trappen introduced us to WordSwag as a quick, easy way to add text to your photos. Use this app to add descriptions to listing photos or share inspiring stats, quotes, etc.
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3 Real Estate Tech Tools This YPN Chairperson Can’t Live Without
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10 Must-Read Books All Agents Need to Study
Any successful business person knows that to be the best, they need to study their craft and perfect their skills. So in the interest of continuing to learn, Kevin Ward of YesMasters Real Estate Success Training lists 10 books that every real estate must read and how it benefits them. The fourth book is sure to help you up your game.
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5 Professionals for the Best Real Estate Partner Referrals
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10 Real Estate Influencers to Have on Your Radar
How do you keep up with the latest happenings in the real estate industry? In an ever-changing landscape, keeping up with the most up-to-date trends can make all the difference in closing more home sales and gaining more clients. Real estate has so many players and firms that you may find yourself overwhelmed by the plethora of options on who to follow professionally and socially. That's why we put together a list of some of the top real estate influencers out there in the USA, based on their careers, accomplishments, and social presence. This is by no means the be-all and end-all of lists, and we know there are plenty of real estate pros and influencers out there. But, if you're new in the industry (or a seasoned pro) and you're looking for some of the experts and influencers out there to keep an eye on for advice and the like, this list is a great jumping-off point. Real Estate Influencers to keep your eye on: Leigh Brown: Coming from a sales background, Leigh Brown is now a partner and chief broker at Leigh Brown and Associates located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Leigh's work has made her one of the top selling real estate agents in Charlotte. She has been a longtime speaker and advocator for real estate, especially in terms of sales and motivation advice. She's a writer at REALTOR®Mag, her own blog, as well as many other media outlets as a guest writer. Follow her on Twitter: @LeighBrown
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Best Online Tools and Apps for Real Estate Agents
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5 of the Best Apps for Real Estate Agents
Two blog posts that continually get a lot of reads are 9 Apps for Real Estate Agents on the Go and Best Tablet Apps for Real Estate Agents. And while both of those articles are chock-full of useful apps for real estate professionals of all stripes, we have to admit that we're always coming across new (and new-to-us) tools that we want to share. Today we're going to take you through 5 apps we think every agent should download. And we'll even tell you why! (We're helpful like that.) Ready? Grab your smartphone or tablet because here we go! Click to download for iOS or Android: MileIQ (FREE*: App Store, Google Play) The smart mileage tracker that uses drive-detection technology to capture, log and calculate your business miles. It runs quietly in the background, automatically recording your mileage every time you drive. You simply swipe one way to categorize personal miles and swipe the other way to categorize business miles. (We think this is pretty neat. Watch the video.) Better still, it stores data in the cloud and enables you to easily compile and export reports as needed. With MileIQ, you get an accurate record so you can confidently log your miles and claim any reimbursements or deductions. *MileIQ is free for your first 40 drives every month, forever. Upgrade to unlimited drives for $5.99/month or $59.99/year.
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Gift Guide: What to Get Real Estate Agents
Last year around this time, we published the Savvy Agent's Guide to Holiday & Closing Gifts. While we still stand by that post 100%, we have noticed one glaring error: it was all about what agents should be giving other people. But what about our agent friends? Surely the people who work tirelessly to make transactions happen, who drive us around, show our houses and make sure our paperwork is in order deserve a gift or two this season. If you're wondering what to give the real estate agents in your life – whether they helped you buy or sell your home or they're a dear pal or even a relative – this list is for you. Without further ado, check out our top 6 gifts for real estate agents: For MacGyver Types The tool pen is the ultimate gift  for do-it-all agents. So much more than a pen, it's also a ruler, level, and Phillips or flathead screwdriver. It's the perfect pocket companion for showing and staging listings, and it costs less than $30!
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Krisstina Wise: The Birth of a Brand
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How I Took My Real Estate Business Paperless
As I look back on 2013, I'll definitely remember it as the year that I took my business paperless. Why was going paperless such a goal of mine? I am sure you can relate – I don't sit behind a desk from 9am to 5pm – I am out meeting clients, signing paperwork, showing houses and on the move. I am driving from location to location for a large part of my day. So why would I want to lug heavy stacks of files when everything I need can be at my fingertips on an iPad or iPhone? I love my iPhone and iPad, but finding the right combo of apps was the biggest challenge. I think I finally have a winning combo that gives me peace of mind while I am out of the office so that I won't miss a beat – either an opportunity or a client's deadline. My paperless arsenal includes Tempo Smart Calendar to prepare me for what's next, Evernote to keep client files and MLS sheets, Wise Agent for CRM (Top Producer also fully syncs with Gmail and is therefore fully compatible with Tempo), and DocuSign for signatures. I want to tell you about Tempo because it was my missing link for going paperless. Tempo connects to my Gmail, Contacts and Google Calendar and finds everything I need for each appointment. It retrieves all of the info I need for both my business world and personal life – from emails and documents, maps and locations to background info about the client I am getting ready to meet. It's a waste of my time and so frustrating jumping from app to app to find what I need. I get a lot done with Tempo in a single tap without leaving my calendar. It's like having an assistant prepare me for what's next. In Tempo, I title my appointments like this: "Buyer Appointment – Client Name" or "Seller Appointment – Client Name." Then, Tempo finds everything I need that's related to the appointment, including contacts, locations, conference calls, and related emails and documents.
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Forget Buyer Leads, I Need Sellers
In business, inversion is a deviation from the normal conditions of economic stability represented by a dramatic shift when conditions hit a tipping point. It is hard to spot the tipping point in real estate economics because it happens in local markets at certain price points first, then spreads systemically until it saturates a region or the nation. Clearly, we have moved from a buyer's market to a seller's market in real estate. Now it is time for a shift in marketing from buyer lead generation to seller lead generation. Its time to shift marketing money from online advertising over to direct marketing. The good news is that technology can help. I have written before about tools that leverage big data to power brokerages that want to predict the likelihood of customers purchasing affiliated services. There are a number of monitoring tools that can signal a mortgage company when it becomes in the consumer's best interest to refinance. Using the closing date of a home purchase, insurance companies can target renewal or take away business for homeowner's insurance and other insurance bundles. These solutions should be fundamental in the operations of brokerages offering a complete line of homeownership services. The new emerging category is using big data to predict what homeowners are likely to sell. There is a unique intersection in business between businesses and marketing that usually takes on the term of market research. Marketers build profiles of target customers, then the magicians or mathematicians take over. In today's parlance, they call it algorithm development. In the simplest of terms, any real estate professional can tell you what and who is selling today. Using those signals, algorithms can be developed to ascertain a model for predicting who is likely to sell next. It is not intuition, it's predictive math.
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5 More Awesome Apps for Your Real Estate Business
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Make Over Your Tech Tool Collection to Sell More Homes
This post comes to us from the HomeFinder.com blog: Looking to boost your go-to tech arsenal? We've compiled the must-have apps, gadgets and services you need to add to your collection, to make this summer your most successful selling season yet! Eliminate paper clutter: Eliminate unnecessary paper and clutter by scanning papers, documents and receipts onto your iPad. Download the Scanner Pro app ($6.99, iOS) to transform your iPhone and iPad into your own personal scanner. Your paper documents automatically become PDFs you can save, share or email at your convenience. Track your belongings: When you're juggling multiple sets of keys, a phone, a tablet and a laptop bag, you're bound to misplace one of them. The Garmin GTU ($119) is a small device you can attach to your most important belongings. If one of your designated items has entered or left any of the ten areas you have predetermined, its GPS technology it will automatically inform you by email or text. Take professional quality photos: Photos are a real estate agent's best friend. Invest in the ultra sophisticated Samsung GC110 ($449) camera to attract potential buyers before they even set foot inside the home. Thanks to this camera's Wi-Fi connectivity, you can immediately share photos and videos with your clients via email or social media. Also, consider bringing a digital photo frame to open houses, so you can keep a running photo loop of the neighborhood and nearby amenities, so potential buyers can have an idea of their possible future lifestyle.
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New Home Inventory Search Tool - Builder's Update
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Top 13 Apps to Start Your New Year Off Right
This past November, Homes.com's Joe Sesso presented the "Top 13 Apps for Success in 2013" at the National Association of REALTORS® Expo in Orlando. The presentation was a huge hit among real estate professionals. If you were unable to attend, don't worry — we've got a video for you, as well as the links to download all of these apps! Get your iPhone, iPad or Android device handy and start installing these as you watch! (Click through to the next page to find the links.)
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5 Mobile Apps That Streamline Your Real Estate Business
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Build Your Portfolio of Online Recommendations
Online reviews are an increasingly important part of real estate agents' lead generation arsenal. In fact, a recent survey found that 72% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations. Search technology relies heavily on consumer recommendation data, too, further underlining their importance. Bing and Siri, the iPhone's voice search, both use data pulled from Yelp in their results. Google uses data from Google Places to determine which search results are most relevant. Online Ratings and Reviews Sites Here is a brief overview of important sites to begin building your portfolio of recommendations on. Yelp – This ratings and reviews site has achieved appeal across a variety of industries. This familiarity makes it more powerful, because it's where your customers are already going to pick things like a restaurant or dentist. You may be surprised at the volume of consumers who look you up using their iPhone, or in their automobile's navigation system. If you are not on Yelp, they will not appear in the results.
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5 Local Directories to Bolster Your Online Reputation
According to the National Association of REALTORS®, reputation was the second most important factor when choosing an agent. Consumers are researching online and looking for a good brand presence and strong online footprint via online directories and social networks. The phone may ring a few more times this month because you read this article, so read on to discover more ways to brand yourself online. Increase your online presence by sharing your brand and contact information within several online directories. The conversion rate for local directory marketing can be up to 50% in some directories, which is significantly higher than traditional advertising like print and radio. That means that you could convert 1 in 2 leads into a potential customer!
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5 Simple Steps to Making the Best Real Estate Videos
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22 Real Estate Twitter Accounts You Should Follow
If you're starting to use Twitter to kick start the social media marketing plan for your real estate business, you're probably looking for some quality people to follow. One of the biggest complaints from new users to Twitter is the process of finding people to follow. This process has become a lot easier than it once was, with the introduction of Twitter lists and the revamped Who to Follow search. However, it still can be a bit of a chore, so that's where this list of real estate Twitter users comes in handy. When creating this list, I looked for Twitter users who are doing a great job of engaging with their Twitter feed. Many of them manage to mix in a little personality with relevant information about the real estate market as a whole, as well as local to their area. I have varied the list, so they are a mix of accounts ranging from a couple hundred to thousands of followers. This list displays users from across the spectrum of real estate tweeters, from agents and brokers, to mortgage brokers and home stagers. I've made it easy to get started. Just click the official Twitter follow buttons in the list below! Note that the buttons may take a few moments to appear. Real Estate Tweeters Follow @MsREAgentLA Angelena with a love for homes and my city. Follow my tweets and come talk to me. North East Los Angeles Real Estate Services. Follow @Agentopolis Real estate agent directory, REALTOR® directory, realtor marketing, home search, real estate information. Follow @RobMcKichanRLP Award Winning REALTOR® at Royal LePage Oakville; Broker, Accredited Senior Agent. Also serving Burlington, Milton, Mississauga, Etobicoke, Toronto/GTA. Follow @Ryan_TopleyC21 REALTOR® with Century 21 Lloydminster. I am a dad, a husband, and all around good guy. Follow @homingCloud A real estate information social and matching platform, connecting home owners with home seekers so they can bypass the middleman and be happier, not broker.
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Two Approaches to Commute Calculation
Offering information about commute times to people shopping for a new home is, quite simply, a great idea. This is particularly true in our current culture, one focused on reducing expenses and protecting the environment. Today, we'll take a look at two different approaches to doing just this – courtesy of Trulia and Walk Score. My Commute Matters I should explain that I don't live in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago or another thriving metropolis. However, I do have a commute to work (about 35 to 45 minutes, in fact). And it's a huge part of my day. Lengthening or shortening that commute will be a major consideration for me in making my next home purchase. I'm not alone. Many Americans are hampered by a long commute, and are looking for ways to cut it down. They want to save time, spend less money on fuel, and be kinder to the environment. So, like me, as they make their real estate choices, the length of the commute could be an important factor. Smart real estate professionals will recognize this priority, and will respond by offering information about commute times. New online tools, like the ones we're about to discuss, can be a great first step. Trulia's Commute Map I was actually inspired to write this article after spotting a recent post on the Trulia blog announcing their new Commute Map. I decided to give it a try for myself. Before I share my experience, I want to point out that Trulia's Commute Map lives on Trulia.com. In order to recommend this tool, agents will have to direct their clients to Trulia.com – away from their own website. However, the Commute Map represents another feature that Trulia offers to provide a richer home searching experience to online visitors and may encourage visitors to spend more time on the site (and, in a perfect world, more time viewing any listings that you have syndicated there). Alright, that being said, here's my experience with the Trulia Commute Map.
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Top-Ranking Cameras from Consumer Reports
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Top-Ranking Tablets from Consumer Reports
The August 2012 issue of Consumer Reports ranks some important real estate technology tools: Smartphones, laptops, cameras and (our subject today) tablets. We'll be dripping out some of their key findings to help those of you who haven't made these important purchases yet or are looking to upgrade. Let's talk tablets! With our upcoming webinar, "WOW Your Clients with Your iPad," we've had tablets on the brain. So we were particularly interested in seeing which brands and models Consumer Reports recommended. iPad Receives Top Score The third generation 10-inch Apple iPad with 4G and 16GB receives the highest overall score of any tablet Consumer Reports reviewed. Why does this model receive such high marks? Consumer Reports touts the excellent display, realistic colors, great camera, long battery life, and extensive app store. If you already have an iPhone, you should seriously consider leaning in this direction because all of your apps will populate to your iPad and you will not need to learn anything new. Looking to spend less money? The prior-generation iPad 2 also receives excellent marks and earns the accolade of "the best deal available for the iPad" from Consumer Reports with an overall score of 80 for Wi-Fi only and 82 for 3G.
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How to Write a Press Release
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Kodak Playtouch Review
VScreen recently heard about Kodak's new Playtouch Camcorder and created a video review of this hardware. If you would like to be able to shoot your own listing photos or video tour but also want to have an easy-to-use camcorder, this tool may be worth checking out. Learn how the Kodak Playtouch could help you grow your business.
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