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Ben Caballero Becomes the World's First $2-Billion Real Estate Agent
Ben Caballero, the first Guinness World Record holder for home sales, broke his world record for an individual real estate agent, selling 5,793 homes totaling $2,270,911,643 in a single year. That's according to data from local MLSs of the Houston Association of REALTORS, North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, San Antonio Board of REALTORS and the Austin Board of REALTORS.
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May in Review: 5 Amazing Things that Happened in Real Estate Technology
From AI-powered property search, to the debut of .realestate website domains, to the latest crop of real estate tech startups, May was an exciting month. What happened? Here's our round-up of the latest and greatest developments in real estate technology during the past month.
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Real Estate Agent Ben Caballero Named Guinness World Record Holder
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The Top 10 Most Popular Articles from April
Know what your lockbox and the Google Maps app have in common? They both offer ways to keep you safe. That's one handy fact, courtesy of last month's 10 most-read articles (check out articles #2 and #3 on our list below). April offered our readers plenty more tech tips, like how your public records tool can help you sell more (#4), and how to build a sales funnel for your Facebook ads (#9). If you want to find out what hot new apps are debuting at NAR Midyear in May, check out article #8. Want more? No problem—just check out the list below for the latest and greatest in real estate tech! 1. 5 Seller Tips for Speedy Home Sales It's every seller's dream to have their home listed under perfect conditions in order to sell quickly and for top dollar. While putting on a great open house and making a remarkable first impression are crucial to attracting buyers, there are other variables to consider when selling a home in 2017. Luckily, 2017 is a great year for your seller clients. Here are the top five things for sellers to consider to list their home to sell. 2. Hidden Features: 3 Google Maps Tricks Agents Should KnowGoogle Maps is a free tool with a lot of neat features that real estate agents can appreciate, and the program has advanced leaps and bounds in the last few months. Did you know Google Maps offers a personal safety app now? Neither did we. And that's just one example—there's a lot more where that came from. Here's a look at the latest Google Map features you may not have heard of just yet. 3. 3 Ways Your Lockbox Can Keep You SafeA tool that real estate agents use every day could be a powerful ally in staying safe on the job. That's great news for REALTORS®, 77 percent of whom report being always or often alone when showing a home to a new prospect, according to the WAV Group Real Estate Victimization Study. Here's how the humble lockbox can help you stay safer in the field.
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Ben Caballero Becomes the First "Billion Dollar Agent"
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Top 10 Most Popular Articles of April
It's official—spring is here and real estate markets across North America are about to heat up. If you're looking to better prepare yourself for the busy season ahead, look no further than our most popular articles from April. We've got everything from door knocking and open house scripts (#3), generating seller leads (#10), and even advice on recording a sales-oriented voicemail (#5). Want to know what else captured the attention of agents and brokers last month? Check out our list below: 1. 6 Proven Ways Consumers Find Their Agents If you could predict the method that consumers use to find you, would you make more of an effort to be available and prominent on those channels? We know how they're finding you... you don't have to guess. Consumers choose their agents thanks to two main agent efforts: marketing and relationship skills. Within both of these categories, there are some big winners. 2. Learn How to Make a Killer Listing Presentation in Under 12 MinutesWhat kind of listing presentation do you show to your potential clients? Make your listing presentation stand out from the rest with these fun and inspiring tips from one of the best in the business. Learn the secret to creating an incredible presentation in this short video! 3. 4 Lead Generating Scripts for Listing AgentsSouthern California based Realtor April Kass signed 16 listings and closed 9 escrows in her first year in real estate. Part of her secret to winning so many listings is how she approaches conversations while door-knocking or at open houses. Due to popular request, here we share four scripts April uses to generate seller leads in person.
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Top 10 Most Read Articles of March
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Top 10 Most Read Articles of February
Communication was on the minds of RE Technology readers during the month of love. Our #1 article, on appropriate email providers for agents, sparked controversy and many a passionate response. Data on what makes an email subject line alluring and what channels are best for communicating with clients captured your attention, too. What else were agents and brokers reading this month? See the list below to find out! 1. Why Agents Should Never Use Personal EmailI saw a news article recently about why real estate agents should use their personal email addresses. The article talked about the 10,000 selfish reasons why it benefits the Realtor®. It was a grand display of the underbelly of self-centered real estate professionals. I am here to tell you that using a personal email for real estate business is STUPID and perhaps illegal. 2. How to Educate Buyers to Make Good OffersRealtors see this again and again. As a listing agent, you are required to submit all offers to your seller, even the lowball offers. It is a horrible situation for the agent. Indeed, it is probably a horrible situation for the buyer's agent, too. It is embarrassing for a buyer's agent to submit a lowball offer to a seller. Buyer's agents should spend some time educating their buyer on the best tactic to win the home they are looking for with a good strategy for success. Here's how. 3. 5 Super Easy Tips to Make You a More Successful Real Estate AgentMany real estate agents are successful because they are focused and have a consistent game plan that they follow on a daily basis. Today, I won't tell you how to run your business. Instead, I want to share a few common and helpful tips that we sometimes forget during our daily grind that can benefit you moving forward.
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December's Top 10 Articles: A Final Look Back at 2015
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Top 10 Most Popular Articles of November
With Thanksgiving behind us and the major winter holidays just ahead, we're sprinting towards the year's end. Before we settle in to our December routines, let's pause and take a look back at our most read articles of last month. From apps to advertising and lead gen ideas, November offered helpful advice for powering through the winter months ahead. 1. 3 Apps for First-Time Home Buyers Owning a home for the first time can be scary. With that new set of keys comes concerns about property upkeep that former renters have never had to worry about before. If you sense anxiety from first-time buyers that you work with, direct them to the following apps. They ease the apprehension by helping new homeowners understand how their home works and offering actionable steps for keeping up with critical maintenance tasks. 2. 7 Funny Things Real Estate Agents DoReal estate agents mean serious business... most of the time. But every now and again we have to take a minute to laugh at ourselves. Probably no other job can be as stressful, as rewarding and, happily, as humorous. And now, as the joke goes, you might be a real estate agent if... 3. 5 Ways to Find Buyer and Seller LeadsWhen it comes to real estate, there is one unavoidable truth: leads are life. Of course, if leads were easy to come by and, more importantly, close, you wouldn't be reading this post. That's why we'll be going over buyer and seller leads today, giving you the information you need to...lead. See what we did there?
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Top 10 Most Popular Articles of October
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The 10 Most Popular Articles from September
What were your peers reading on RE Technology last month? Our top 10 most read articles provide insight into the interests of Realtors. Safety was on the mind of everyone last month. This September marked the one-year anniversary of the murder of Realtor Beverly Carter--and Realtor Safety Month. To help prevent similar tragedies from happening, all month long we published excerpts from a course on Realtor safety and crime prevention. These weren't just your typical boring safety tips--readers learned about the mindset of criminals, how they choose their victims, and how to read and behave with unfamiliar prospects so that you stay as safe as possible. Several articles from our "Safety series" made it into the list below. Click on any to gain access to all 12 articles in the series. 1. Realtor Safety: Screening Prospects Before a ShowingUnderstanding how to evaluate the prospect, property, and circumstances is the first step in assessing the overall risk of an appointment so you can make better decisions about your safety and the safety of your colleagues. Evaluating a prospect in your initial conversation is easily done with a sales technique you are probably already using – Active Listening. In addition to allowing you to gain a deeper understanding of a legitimate prospect's needs and wants, it also allows you to uncover inconsistencies and red flags if a prospect is not legitimate. 2. How to Back Up Your Text Messages, Email, Calendars, and MoreWorried that a lost or broken phone means losing all of your text messages and all of the important conversations you've had with clients? You're not alone. An RE Technology reader recently wrote to us in search of an easy way to archive her text messages and prevent disaster from happening. Here's how you can backup not only your texts, but your email, calendar, contacts, and more! 3. Emergency Items Every Agent Should Keep in Their CarAs an agent, you spend a great deal of time in your car zooming off to showings, meeting new clients, and running errands for your business. And while your car should always be clean for clients, it should also be prepared for possible emergencies. Mother Nature is unpredictable at best, so it's important to have a car survival kit that can get you through floods, blizzards, basic medical distress, and the occasional flat tire.
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The 10 Most Popular Articles from August
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Top 10 Articles from July
With July a thing of the past, it's a mad sprint to the summer finish line--and to closing transactions before the new school year begins. Between all the hustle and bustle, take a moment to check out our top articles from last month. You'll likely find something to help you in your dash towards fall. 1. 6 New Headshot No-No's for Agents Your agent photo is a critical component of your marketing. In this very personal business, your face is your brand more often than not. But no matter how confident you are in real life, stepping in front of the camera can be unnerving and even intimidating. To help you keep your cool—and avoid looking like one of these agents—we've put together this list of headshot no-no's that you can refer to on picture day. 2. What Successful Agents Do Before, During, and After the Open HouseThe most successful real estate professionals know that getting the most from your open house requires more than just cleaning the house and placing an ad in the paper. It's important to have a strategy for each phase of the open house: before, during, and after. 3. How to Set Up Your First Facebook Ad!You can get your first Facebook Ad up and running in under 10 minutes by following these eight easy steps.
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Top 10 Articles from June
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Top 10 Articles from May
May was a whirlwind of activity, from NAR Legislative Meetings in Washington, D.C. to the release of our 2015 Technology Guide. And with the spring/summer selling season finally underway, things are only going to get busier! So relax and take a minute to catch up on what your fellow agents have been reading lately. We've rounded up our most popular articles of May right here for your reading pleasure. 1. 4 Examples of Automatic Responses for Agents (Yes, You Can Steal These) If you're setting up emails to automatically follow up with your leads, we want to help. Here are some templates of automatic responses that let your leads know you have their information and you'll be in touch soon. 2. How to: Create a One-page Property Flyer in RPRAn exciting new option has been added to the already robust line-up of RPR® reports--the one page property flyer. As of February 2015, REALTORS® can now create a customized, branded marketing piece for any property. Here's a step-by-step guide. 3. 3 Ways to Wow Sellers at a Listing AppointmentWinning more listings is a key way to grow your real estate business. If you're getting plenty of seller leads but can't seem to seal the deal, try one of these strategies at your next listing appointment.
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Top 10 Articles from March
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Top 10 Most Popular Articles from February
We're almost there, agents--just three weeks from the official start of spring. That means warmer weather and the industry's busy season are just around the corner. Many of you are already gearing up, judging by our site traffic last month. Here's a list of the top articles that drew you to RE Technology in February. You can use these posts as a starting point for preparing for the transaction-filled months ahead. 1. The Top 10 Listing Turn-Offs that Kill DealsOnce you secure a highly coveted listing, the last thing you want to do is blow your chances at securing a hot offer. But making one of these mistakes could sink your sale. Find out how to avoid these all-too-common listing pitfalls and the smart staging, photo and marketing tips to turn it all around. 2. 5 Facebook Cover Image Ideas for AgentsAgents, how often do you update your Facebook cover image? Monthly? Annually? Never? This is prime marketing space that you could be using to attract prospects. Used wisely, your Facebook cover image can get leads to visit your website or even give you a call! Here are 5 easy ways real estate agents can optimize their Facebook cover photos. 3. How to Find Quality Real Estate LeadsIs real estate lead generation one of the primary things on your mind when it comes to your business? If so, you're not alone. Considering the average REALTOR® gets only 12 leads per year, it's no wonder many agents are researching ways to obtain more high quality real estate leads. This blog post shares some valuable real estate lead generation ideas and examines the tips and tricks for how an agent can get more quality leads.
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20 Amazing Statistics that Real Estate Pros Need for 2015
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Top 10 Articles from January
Making 2015 the best year it possibly can be is a theme that runs through our list of the most popular articles from January. The latest edition of our monthly coutdown includes all three parts our "preparing your business" Friday Freebie series. Each article features a free download that you can use to organize your business, set goals for 2015, and develop an achievable plan to meet those goals. Checklists and mobile app suggestions were other popular items in January. But don't think it's too late to put into practice the suggestions you'll encounter in the list below! 2015 is still young and you still have every opportunity to meet and exceed the goals you've set for yourself. Read on for some needed inspiration. 1. 15 Remarkable Apps for your Real Estate Business Our phones and the apps we use have become central to our daily productivity. Some apps streamline an existing process, or simplify a task, while others introduce new services we never thought we'd use on our phones. What's great about each app is the freedom and anytime access it affords us. With 2015 underway, I'd like to share 15 fresh and powerful apps that should be on every Real Estate agent's phone. 2. January To-Do List for Real Estate AgentsHappy New Year, agents! We wish you all a very prosperous 2015. To help you get started on the right foot, we've created this easy, week-by-week to-do list for the month of January. These weekly tasks will clear out last year's clutter and position you to close more sales than ever before. 3. 5 Most-Loved Listing Photos and Best Practices for Capturing ThemIf you really want buyers to fall in love with your listings in 2015, you need to make a mega-splash with your online listing photos. Trulia research shows that visitors not only spend most of their time on our site looking at photos, but also that when it comes to pictures, having a single shot from your cell phone is not enough. To create the listing love you need to sell during this market season, follow these five simple tips.
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December's Top 10 Articles: A Final Look Back at 2014
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November's Top 10 Articles: Apps for 2015, Listing Presentations, and more
Welcome back from the long holiday weekend everyone! Before we settle in to our December routines, let's pause and take a look back at our most read articles of last month. November is that time when we start to see the year ahead appear on the distant horizon. In fact, our most popular article last month offered app suggestions for a successful 2015. What else was popular last month? Read on to find out! 1. 15 Apps that Will Make Your Job Easier in 2015 It seems that every time you turn around, there's a slew of so-called top apps that people claim to be "game changers." Well, as you may know, this is not always the case. Apps are supposed to make your job easier, but it seems that most them are just another thing to keep up with. This list offers apps that will help streamline your operations, better manage your business and help your clients enjoy their home. 2. 5 Things Real Estate Agents Should Do Every DayBeing a real estate agent is tough, and there are always plenty of ways to fill your workday. No matter how busy you are, here are five things you should make time to do every day. 3. 4 Statistics that Sellers Love and Can Win ListingsWhen it comes to standing out amongst the competition and getting a signature on the dotted line, agents need to know how to show off why they are the best agent in their market. So how do you do that? The answer is simple: Data. To increase our listing business, we have to level-up our ability to deliver the data points that trigger potential clients' trust and confidence that we can, in fact, do what we say we can do.
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October's Top 10 Articles: Lead pick-up lines, Apps, and more
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September's Top 10 Articles: Photos, Freebies, and more
The best part of our monthly 'Top 10' posts is getting a glimpse into what type of articles our readers care about the most. This month? It's free stuff. Three of our 10 most popular articles from September are Friday Freebies! We can't blame you, because a) free stuff is awesome; and b) we arranged a couple of great deals just for our readers. Read on to discover what else rounds out the rest of our Top 10! 1. The 4 Biggest Listing Photo Mistakes Even when the market is hot and homes are selling fast, you've got to make sure your listing sets itself apart from competing homes in order to get the best deal. Pictures move the masses and if you're not careful, they can move prospective buyers away from your listings online. Check out these four buyer photo turn-offs to avoid then read tips for making sure your listings are getting the right attention online! 2. Rock Your Next Open House with this iPad AppAgents are replacing traditional pen-and-paper sign-in sheets with their iPads --and reaping great benefits in the process. For one, most open house apps play nice with your CRM system, making it easy to add anyone who attends your event directly to your contact database. Today we'd like to introduce you to the latest app to enter the open house scene. We've even wrangled a special 90-day free trial for our members, too. Read on to learn more! 3. 1 Way to Get Back in Touch with Neglected ContactsHaving a real estate CRM you barely use is almost as bad as not having one at all. When you neglect your CRM, what you're really neglecting are your prospects, clients, and lucrative future business. However, if your current CRM is complicated to the point of being difficult to use, we sympathize, but offer a few words of advice: Get a new one! Today we're going to introduce you to one that will let you try before you buy.
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Top 10 Articles from August
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Top 10 Articles from July
July may be the glorious middle of summer vacation, but the educational content never stops at RE Technology. In addition to articles on taking mobile photos and generating leads, we launched a new article series. In the "Tech 101" series, we explore the spectrum of technology products available to real estate professionals. Each post covers what a specific type of technology does, how to evaluate solutions in that category, and available options. You can read our latest here. Then check out our list of the 10 most read articles from July to catch up on more educational posts. Consider it real estate summer school! 1. Tips for Taking Better iPhone® Photos Nearly 90% of prospective home buyers surveyed said that photos were more important than any other feature. How can you take advantage of the technology at your fingertips to take better photos? We polled our tech-savvy team to find out which apps are worth the money and which free products can brighten up even the darkest photo. 2. 6 Ways For Realtors to Sell More HomesIn real estate, 20 percent do 80 percent of the business. Whether you're new to the game, looking to join the 20 percent or resistant to slipping into the bottom 80 percent, here are some ways to increase your home sales. 3. Become a Stronger Listing Agent in 4 StepsA healthy real estate strategy includes cultivating both buyers and sellers. After all, the two groups have a symbiotic relationship with each other. A robust pool of buyers to market to enables you to sell listings faster, while a set of solid listings helps you attract higher quality buyers. Here are four strategic steps to attract listing leads, convert them into clients, and sell their homes.
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Top 10 Articles from June
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Top 10 Articles from May
What a month! May was a whirlwind of activity, from NAR Midyear in Washington, D.C. to the public reemergence of broker Krisstina Wise (see #6 below) to the release of our 2014 Technology Guide. And with the spring/summer selling season well underway, things are only going to get busier! So relax and take a minute to catch up on what your fellow agents have been reading lately. We've rounded up our most popular articles of May right here for your reading pleasure! 1. Beating Zillow and Trulia at Their Own Game What if I told you that just about everything you find unfair about the way that Zillow and Trulia display your listings can be changed? Guess what? An insider understanding of how these sites work has allowed thousands of listing agents to get hundreds of dollars worth of free marketing on these sites without paying a dime. 2. 4 Great Mobile Apps to Help Real Estate Agents SucceedThe power of the World Wide Web is now as portable as a pocket watch, and this is changing the way real estate is bought and sold. How can you keep up? Here are a number of tools that may help you become a more productive and successful agent. 3. 5 Things That Should Not Be on Your Real Estate WebsiteWhen deciding what to add to your website, keep the user in mind. Ask yourself this one simple question: What are their real estate needs and how is adding this particular piece of content going to meet those needs?
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Krisstina Wise: The Birth of a Brand
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Top 10 Articles from April
Spring selling season is underway--a fact underscored by our list of last month's most popular articles. In April, articles on open houses, home improvements, all varieties of marketing and preparing homes and clients for real estate's busiest time of year were all the rage. Here's a look at what else captured the attention of agents and brokers. 1. Home Improvements: Make them Count! - by Kristen Hernandez Have you ever sat with a client who asked you what their remodeled bathroom is worth? Clients want to get the most for their house, and who can blame them? For most homeowners, every penny counts. And as a REALTOR®, you want to provide them with accurate information to make these decisions. Here's how. 2. Common Real Estate Myths for Home Sellers - by Geneva IvesWhether someone is selling a home for the first time or the fifth, these real estate myths can lead to major gaffes that cost sellers money. How many of these sound familiar to you? 3. 5 People You Will Meet at Your Next Open House - by Katie WeismillerWhen planning an open house, attracting visitors is the first step to find the perfect buyer for your listing. Despite your best efforts, not all open house visitors arrive with the intention of purchasing a home. Here are the five types of people you may meet at your open houses and tips on how you can turn these browsers into potential buyers.
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Top 10 Articles from March
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Top 10 Articles from February
February may be a short month, but that doesn't mean we were short on good content. Last month, for example, saw the return of our monthly blogging plans--a series of articles that maps out topics for agents to blog about for every week of the month. For the latest list of topics, see March's blogging plan. Then, check out our list of the most popular posts from February below. 1. 6 Easy Questions to Ask an Expired Listing - by Tanya Fears The expired listing is one of the easiest sources of inventory for a savvy agent. Most homeowners who have experienced the marketing process without a sale may have had a bad experience or were unprepared from their initial listing experience. This makes it an easy addition to your inventory when you simply ask the right questions! 2. The Importance Of An Email Address For Real Estate Agents - by James Harris There are a lot of things that go into crafting your image as a real estate professional. While you may think an email address is just a means of communication, it really does speak volumes about you and can serve as a first impression to your potential customers. 3. Top 10 Ways to Sell Your Client’s Home FAST! - by RET Staff Great news! You were able to secure a new client interested in selling their home. Now what do you do to sell the home as quickly as you can? Well, we've got a few suggestions for you.
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Top 10 Articles from January
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A Portrait of the Agent – Realtor® Habit Survey
This post comes to us from the Market Leader blog: Market Leader surveyed 1,967 Realtors® in August 2013 to learn about their habits. We asked questions about offbeat topics not covered in NAR's Annual Member Profile or similar studies. Questions touched on topics as diverse as their procrastination habits, cell phone usage while driving, and favorite cuisine. Read on to discover what Market Leader's survey uncovered about Realtors® – from habits common across the profession to the differences in habits between the most and least successful Realtors®!
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Top 10 Articles from December
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Top 10 Articles from November
It's December. While we're still wondering how exactly that happened, let's take a moment to reflect on the month that just ended. So what was on the mind of real estate professionals in November? Craigslist (or "Hurricane Craig" as one of our contributors called it) definitely caught the attention of our readers. A rule change at the classified ads website has forced agents to re-think their posting strategy (see article #2 below). Agents and brokers are also beginning to think about the year ahead, judging by our round-up of November's most popular articles. For more on what your peers are reading, see our list below. 1. How to Lose a Listing - by Emily Williams My neighbors really like their original real estate agent, Agent One. They wanted to work with her again. But they tell me that they probably won't choose her to list their home. This is pretty catastrophic for her, whether she knows it or not, because repeat and referral business is a real estate agent's bread and butter. 2. How the New Craigslist Changes Affect Real Estate Ads - by Properties Online Craigslist has recently made changes to its posting guidelines, specifically around what HTML tags are allowed in their sales categories. The Craigslist changes are having a dramatic effect on the real estate industry, because images and links posted using HTML code or the use of images to link to external pages do not work post-change. 3. Write Listing Descriptions That Sell - by Shannon O'Brien Writers are admonished to always remember their audience. Real estate agents would do well to remember that advice too, but to also keep in mind that their audience is two-pronged: buyers and other real estate agents.
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Top 10 Articles from October
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Top 10 Articles from September
School started last month, but judging by the list of our most popular articles in September, it looks like your kids weren't the only ones with learning in mind. Agents and brokers devoured our articles about new products and--perhaps reflecting the slower autumn selling season--lead generation strategies. Read on to find out what other RE Technology posts got the mental wheels turning during September. 1. Which Real Estate CRM Should I Use? - by Matthew Collis of IXACT Contact Are you looking for a real estate CRM? There are so many systems on the market these days that weeding through them is often difficult and time-consuming. We feel your pain! That's why we want to make it as easy as possible for you to understand what to look for in a real estate CRM. 2. Do's and Dont's for Thriving in the Electronic Information Age - by Home Zone MediaBeing a top agent means more than listing and selling more homes. Today's agent must be tech-savvy and prove to potential clients that they can leverage leading edge tools. Real estate technology is moving at such a blistering pace, most agents will eventually fall behind if they don't have a strong electronic marketing campaign. Here are a few "do's" and "dont's" to help get you started. 3. Lead Generation: What Works? - by Maya PavezaI am often asked about lead generation systems: What online services work? Where should I be investing my money? What's the best product? What do I like? What do I use? You know what? It's not really relevant what I like and what I use. The reality is that any lead generation system or leads are only as good as you, who's working them.
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Top 10 Articles from August
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Top 10 Articles from July
We publish well over 100 articles each month, so it's inevitable that some get lost in a sea of content. That's why we like to take a moment at the beginning of every month to highlight 10 of our best articles. Read on to see RE Technology's most popular articles from July! 1. 10 Real Estate Contact Management Tips Every REALTOR® Should Know - by Matthew Collis of IXACT Contact From using listing and closing activity plans to identifying hot leads with email campaign reports, these 10 tips will help agents get the most out their CRM solutions--and their client relationships. 2. Choosing an iPad App - by Emily Williams Real estate agents are notoriously on-the-go, covering a great deal of ground in a hurry. Thankfully, technology has finally caught up with the realities of our industry – with mobile devices that provide key functionality no matter where you are. The applications (or "apps") that are built to run on these tablets can help real estate agents with many of the nuts and bolts of their trade. 3. Do's and Don'ts of Creating Real Estate Videos - by Jared Daniel of Homes.com Innovations in technology, along with our ever increasing on-the-go lifestyle, has shifted real estate marketing away from traditional practices toward an online approach with more visual stimulation. Of all of the online tactics used by marketers, videos are proving to be the most valuable way to reach home seekers.
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Top 10 Articles from May
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Big Announcements Kick Off NAR Midyear Trade Expo
Day one of the National Association of REALTORS® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo saw major news break in the real estate technology space. The biggest announcement of the day came this morning, when DocuSign announced its acquisition of transaction management platform Cartavi. Reactions to the deal were more delighted than surprised. The two companies have been partners for 16 months, with DocuSign providing eSignature capability to Cartavi users (see our recent webinar for more on how this works). That integration has proven so successful, that today's marriage of the two solutions seems inevitable in retrospect and, well, just right. Cartavi co-founder Glenn Shimkus said as much in a blog post earlier today. In it, he looks back to the early days of the partnership, where he previewed the integration for the first time at Inman Connect NY 2012: The reception for [the integration] was even better than what we had hoped. In fact, it was at that show that I met Krisstina Wise and Jack Miller from The GoodLife Team for the first time. [By the way, that one interaction led to The GoodLife Team becoming a customer of Cartavi and what has turned out to be an AMAZING partnership!]. I'll never forget Jack Miller's words after I showed him a demo of our integration with DocuSign. He said, and I quote "Wow. Amazing. DocuSign is going to buy you guys!" [Jack, you nailed that one!].
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Top 10 Articles from March
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ChangeLog: Has your real estate vendor released important updates lately?
Has your real estate tech vendor made important updates recently? RE Technology's new column, ChangeLog, will keep you up to date with changes you need to be aware of. Since we always keep a close eye on real estate technology news, let us share our knowledge with you! Here's our round-up of the latest changes in the tech sphere. To learn more about each update, click on the links provided in each story. Check below to see if any of your vendors are on the list. Imprev unveiled an upgrade to the RE/MAX Design Center last week at the RE/MAX R4 Convention in Las Vegas. New features include single property websites with responsive layouts, YouTube ready video tours and easy-to-manage campaigns. To celebrate, the company also released a "40-Touch" social media campaign in Design Center. The campaign is available to a all Premium subscribers, as well as those who have purchased the Campaign product. Cartavi released version 2.7 for iOS devices late last week. The update includes a new bulk action feature, map view for mobile devices, as well as extra security provided by new passcode capabilities. Additionally, in response to customer input, Cartavi has enabled "envelope owners" to rename and delete documents. In his monthly update, CEO Dale Ross announced RPR's new alliance with Fannie Mae. This partnership is designed to help REALTORS expedite the short sale approval process by expanding REO listing information, among other features.
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Top 10 Articles from January
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Inman Connect NY: Day 3
In its final day, this year's Inman Connect conference in New York City set its sights abroad with a morning of sessions focused on the global real estate market. Sponsored by The Wall Street Journal, "The Globalization of Real Estate and Its Impact on You," taught agents about luxury real estate and how to attract foreign buyers interested in investing in US property. Selling internationally can be complicated, though, so we've compiled a handful of resources from the sessions to guide you: Read about the Know Your Customer law from the Patriot Act Learn about the EB-5 visa for foreign nationals who invest in the US Read Attracting Global Real Estate Buyers by Philip White, President and COO, Sotheby's International Realty Join FIABCI: International Real Estate Federation to connect with international agents Check out NAR's Global Resources page See The Foreign Buyer's Guide from Manhattan Miami Real Estate Once again, we followed the conference on Twitter and have compiled the best tweets of the day, organized by session. See our coverage of Day One and Day Two here.
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Inman Connect NY: Day 2
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Inman Connect NY: Day 1
Though our CEO, Victor Lund, is attending Inman Connect in New York this week, the rest of the RE Technology team is holding down the fort in sunny California. If you're like us, though, you're still anxious to keep up with all the conference goings on. That's why we turned to Twitter, where we followed the hashtag #ICNY to watch the conference unfold in real time. We're sharing our favorite tweets here, organized according by presentation. Agent Reboot Opening Keynote, Marc Davison, 1000Watt @TuckerWanna - Being curious is 1st tenet of being innovative. Being open is second. Invite serendipity into your life. #ICNY @LisaArcher - How empathetic are you to your clients? Being innovative requires being empathetic to your customer. @1000wattmarc #agentrb#ICNY @kerrybarger - "Be great at one thing, not good at ten things." @1000wattmarc#ICNY #agentrb @NikkiBeauchamp - Creativity is about immersing yourself deep into your ideas. [email protected] #agentrb #icny #nycre   How to Use Real Estate Data in Your Business @RebeccaChandler - #icny An agent's only value is not access to data. It's using the data to better serve their clients. @Onboard_Info - "Data is the most powerful thing we have at our fingertips to build a sustainable business." #icny #agentrb
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Highlights from NAR Annual in Orlando
Today marked the final day of the NAR Annual conference in Orlando. Attendees left with new connections, new ideas, and tons of inspiration to push them to new heights in 2013. We followed the conference on social media--the perfect medium for such a tech-oriented event! We saw lots of Instagram photos (like Chris Nichols' pic of NAR President Moe Veissi), iPad giveaways, educational sessions on digital marketing, and so much more. We were especially impressed by NARconferencelive.com--a fantastic site full of up-to-date conference happenings! For those of you who couldn't make the conference--and for those who did, but couldn't possibly attend every session--we've compiled a list of Twitter updates from the conference. Each one is a bite-size nugget of great information. Real Estate Trends @RETrends - ECONOMIC TRENDS: Lawrence Yun, NAR’s Chief Economist, on His 2013 Forecast (video) @NAR_Research #NARAnnual Rod Alderink @NAIwmRod - "You can't sow the seeds of mediocre patterns and expect extraordinary results" NAR Convention #cre #NarAnnual #naiwwm
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Top 10 Articles from October
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Top 10 Articles from September
True to its back-to-school spirit, September was chock-full of educational topics. We saw a lot of trends in the articles we published this month--plenty of discussions about the importance of Google+, and tips for improving your blog and website. We also strove to keep you up-to-date with technology related events that occurred during the month. When GoDaddy crashed, we took the opportunity to teach our agent and broker audience more about the ins and outs of website hosting. Take time to peruse our Top 10 articles from last month and learn more about how technology can help you grow your real estate business. 1) 5 Mobile Apps That Streamline Your Real Estate Business - by RE Technology Staff Everyone's got a favorite--so we've compiled a list of ours! These fabulous apps let you to keep your business moving on-the-go and help you stay organized. 2) Closing Gifts That Give Back - by Karli Larson A wonderful way to make a lasting impression with your clients is by giving them a unique closing gift. Long gone are the days that a bottle of wine or a calendar with your logo on it will impress your clients. Your closing gift may be the last contact you have with them for quite some time, so it's important to let your clients know you care.
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Top 10 Articles from August
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Introducing Inman’s 2012 Innovator Awards Winners
Inman News recently announced the winners of their 2012 Innovator Awards during this year's Real Estate Connect conference in San Francisco. Here's a look at the creative thinkers and companies shaping the real estate industry today. Innovator of the Year (individual award) Austin Allison, co-founder and CEO, DotLoop - As a former real estate agent, Austin Allison found that the greatest threat to his efficiency was "the 'choke points' in the paperwork process." DotLoop was his solution--transaction management software that integrates online forms, e-signatures, and a custom CRM onto a cloud-based platform that's accessible from anywhere. Allison's success has been impressive. His business savvy helped DotLoop gain over 100,000 paying subscribers in its first year alone. In 2011, he appeared on Forbes' "30 Under 30" list and was named as one of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders by Inman News. This spring, his company launched DotLoop-NOW, a free version of their popular transaction platform. Perhaps RE Technology's own Victor Lund best summed up Allison's forward thinking mindset in our Follow the Leader profile: "Austin reminds me of Steve Jobs at Apple. The reason: he has created a product that is not underdeveloped or overdeveloped. This is difficult for a leader, as they are so personally invested in their products – they have a hard time stopping, even when they've hit the 'sweet spot' of usability and functionality. Austin is a leader because he understands this balance."
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#ICSF: Final Day
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#ICSF: Day Two
Many of my RE Technology teammates are representing at Inman Real Estate Connect in San Francisco this week. Unfortunately, I am not among them. So that I don't feel like I'm missing out completely, I'm following the conference on social media and sharing it with you nice people. If you missed my coverage yesterday, you can read it here. Now let's get started with today's highlights from ICSF. Follow ICSF 2012 If you'd like to follow ICSF yourself, you can check them out here: Twitter – also check out #ICSF Facebook RealEstateConnect.com/sf12 #ICSF on Twitter Some of my favorite Tweets for Thursday, August 2nd: Alain Pinel Realtors @alainpinel : Quote: "Can we stop calling it social media? It's media! Why call them Internet consumers? They're consumers!" @MattBeall #ICSF Matthew Shadbolt @Corcoran_Group : Nice advice at #ICSF from @LisaArcher "Any time you receive a compliment, ask for a referral, and build your lifelong book of business." Jeffrey Kershner @jeff_kershner : 5 ideas to get the mobile experience right: 1. Play to your strengths. @1000wattbrian #icsf Jeffrey Kershner @jeff_kershner : #2 Deliver the greatest good to the greatest number of users. Search should be simplistic. Forget the weirdos. @1000wattbrian #icsf Jeffrey Kershner @jeff_kershner : #3 Care about the design: Think about the beauty of your application. Make the interface pleasing. @1000wattbrian #icsf Jeffrey Kershner @jeff_kershner : #4 Kill friction. Don't make it hard to use your mobile app, ie remove passwords, usernames and barriers @1000wattbrian #icsf Jeffrey Kershner @jeff_kershner : #5 know what you want: define the goal of the mobile app. Is it to generate calls, leads, showcase brand etc. @1000wattbrian #icsf Cynthia Hoskins @Cynthia_Hoskins : "Pulling Your Listings from Aggregator Sites: Who Wins?" session at #ICSF. Now this conference is going to get good!
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#ICSF: Day One
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Get Ready for Real Estate Connect SF!
Inman News is hosting another spectacular Real Estate Connect convention in San Francisco this year! The event is scheduled for August 1st through 3rd at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. If you haven't already, take a moment to register today. Why Real Estate Connect is Awesome RE Technology will be attending the Inman Real Estate Connect convention for a variety of reasons – opportunities to network with and learn from other industry thought leaders, exciting technology announcements and education, and robust learning opportunities with cutting edge sessions. But perhaps Inman News explains it best on the convention website: At Real Estate Connect you'll experience: Unparalleled networking with industry leaders including the executives at the top real estate franchises; entrepreneurs bringing new products to market; marketing execs; top-producing real estate agents and brokers; and executives from the leading financial service and title companies...in other words, the people who are driving change in our industry. A fantastic set of exhibitors representing the players you already know and our Startup Alley participants that have new and exciting products you haven't heard of yet. Keynote presentations and fireside chats featuring leaders and innovators describing what's ahead for the industry In-depth tracks such as Broker Summit, ConnectTech, Digital Marketing and MLS Solutions If you are an industry leader, or you just want to rub elbows with them, you've got to be at Real Estate Connect. Register now to reserve your space!
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11 Entertaining Facts About Losing, Damaging and Getting Back Your Smartphone!
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What we can learn from the new Nike+ website
Running is quite arguably one of the most uncomplicated fitness activities in the world (unless of course you count the Ab Flattener). Now as more runners hit the road with the GPS and pace tracking slapped on, the beautifully simple sport of running is yet another thing potentially at risk for drowning in what is being buzzed about in the industry as big data. With Nike+, the omnipresent running coach application for Apple devices, a ton of data is stored and processed with each stride. But the outputs are as simple as the inputs on feet on pavement. Nike understands that I'm not coming to the website because I want to look at a bunch of numbers, or even do analysis on crisply-presented charts. I'm here for answers. How far do I run on average? Is my pace improving since my ACL surgery recovery? At what point in the run do I lose momentum?
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Following #Midyear (Wednesday)
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Good Industry News and How to Use It
For the real estate news hound, good news might seem hard to come by in general, but during the last few days headlines have surfaced that could make real estate agents feel good about the future. But how agents take advantage of the news is crucial. The first story is about investment property sales and second home sales projections. According to the National Association of Realtors' 2012 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey, investment home sales increased 64.5 percent in 2011, and vacation home sales rose 7.0 percent. According to NAR Chief Economist Dr. Lawrence Yun, "During the past year investors have been swooping into the market to take advantage of bargain home prices. Rising rental income easily beat cash sitting in banks as an added inducement. In addition, 41 percent of investment buyers purchased more than one property."  
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How Can The iPad 3 Help Real Estate Agents Sell More Listings?
We spotted this article on the Showing Suite blog. Rumors have been swirling ever since Apple announced the release of the new iPad, unofficially dubbed the “iPad 3”, which will be available for delivery March 16th. If you’ve been curious but still on the fence about purchasing an iPad, with the new iPad coming out, is it finally time to give in and utilize the iPad as a tool for real estate? Technology is changing faster than you change your clothes, is it a good idea for real estate agents to invest in the new iPad, and can it really help you sell more listings? High Resolution Display The new iPad will have a 2048 x 1536 resolution Retina screen, which means the pixels on the tablet’s screen will be virtually indistinguishable to the human eye. Basically, the iPad will have 1,000,000 more pixels than your 1080p living room TV. But how can the new display help you sell more listings? This allows you to show your clients beautiful, visually stunning pictures of your listings from the MLS. Clients will also love the idea of home video tours being displayed on the new, ultra high resolution screen.
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Reminder: Real Estate Marketing Summit
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Real Estate Marketing: How to Avoid Your Buyer Calling Another Agent
I had a listing flyer on my doorstep last night with a sticker across the top that said “Buyers Wanted!”. Of course it’s implied that a buyer is always wanted for a listed home, but it’s been a while since I’ve seen an Agent advertise that they really need one. Having a client who is looking to purchase Real Estate is always of value, but in most “markets du jour” with excess inventory and economic uncertainty, Buyers have become a highly valued commodity. As such, competition can become fierce for Buyers and, as any Agent knows, a potential buyer spends a lot of time on the internet researching listings on their own. What they find there, other than Real Estate listings, are loads and loads real estate marketing online for many other Agents in the area – some of which will have a listing that your Buyer is interested in.
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Webinar: dsIDXpress Showcase
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Video: Regulatory Changes
Today, MRISTV tackles the regulatory changes that will be impacting real estate agents and brokers. Their panel of experts weighs in on regulatory changes that may be in our future and their potential affects on the real estate market. To watch the video, click on to the next page. To view more videos, visit MRISTV.com.
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What’s driving the changes in the real estate market and how will they impact your business?
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HomeGain Releases 2nd Quarter 2011 National Home Values Survey Results
Guest Contributor Louis Cammarosano from HomeGain Says: Fifty percent of surveyed real estate professionals nationwide expect home values to decrease over the next six months; Sixty-five percent disapprove of Obama’s performance as President. HomeGain, the first company to provide free instant home valuations online, announced the results of its nationwide second quarter 2011 home values survey. Over 750 real estate agents and brokers and over 2,600 homeowners were surveyed. Most real estate professionals and homeowners continue to expect home values to decrease or stay the same through the middle of the year. Fifty percent of agents and brokers and forty-two percent of homeowners think that home values will decrease over the next six months. In the first quarter 2011 HomeGain National Home Values Survey, thirty-nine percent of agents and brokers and 30 percent of homeowners thought that home values would decrease over the next six months.  
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Smooth Operators: Android vs. iOS
Okay. You've made the wise decision to buy a smartphone. Now what? You're going to be offered several options (determined largely by your cell service provider). Which smartphone, with which operating system, is right for you? Today, I'm going to discuss the main contenders: Android and iOS. These aren't the only operating systems you'll find running on smartphones, but they're the two I've been reading the most about lately. The Basics Here's the basic info you should know about these operating systems before you start your selection process.
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Severe Spring Weather Brings Possible Perils to Homeowners
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Bringing the U.S. Housing Market Back TOGETHER!
Are you sick of watching the real estate market flounder in these trying economic times? Have you spent many an hour on a soapbox outlining where the fault lies? You are not alone. But instead of simply spouting the ills of a market, consider joining with other thought leaders in crafting a solution to the problem this Thursday, April 21, 2011. In an effort to bring some of the main players in the U.S Housing and Real Estate markets together to create a blueprint for housing reform. Industry thought leaders, Congressmen, CEOs and real estate professionals are gathering in San Diego at the end of this week to bring about change to our complicated industry. Presented by 1parkplace, the Real Estate & Housing Symposium is the brain-child of Steve Hundley, CEO and founder of 1parkplace. This is the first symposium of its kind and it has been generating a great deal of interest. As a hot topic this spring, we decided to interview Steve Hundley.
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The Queue: A Look at RETechSouth, Bob Hale, and 4 New Technologies!
I have been to a conference or 12 this year. I had a chance to attend RE Tech South in the Atlanta suburbs this past week and for lack of a better analogy I am dubbing it the Roy Jones Jr. of real estate conventions. Pound for pound this was the best event of the year.          
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Midwest Real Estate Data LLC (MRED) Offers Service to Speed Up Short Sales
 If you feel like you need more assistance with Short Sales, consider asking your local MLS to provide a technology solution to meet your need. A modern example of an MLS expanding services to meet their customers' needs is MRED. Midwest Real Estate Data LLC (MRED) recently announced a new service providing short sale assistance to their customers. Yesterday MRED announced it has entered into an Agreement with Fannie Mae to provide its customers the Fannie Mae Short Sale Assistance Desk (“Assistance Desk”). The Assistance Desk provides brokers and agents the ability to significantly shorten the time they have to wait for approval from Fannie Mae on short sale transactions.  It helps real estate professionals with the handling of post-contract issues such as loan servicer responsiveness, the existence of a second lien or issues involving mortgage insurance.  
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The Queue: Live from the Keller Williams Family Reunion
I have to say that the Keller Williams Family Reunion conference was a blast. In this week's episode of The Queue I was able to interview several industry thought leaders and get the inside scoop on some innovative new technology solutions. This week I cover Ben Kinney, Stefan Swanepoel, eEdge, Tiger Leads, Howard Tager and more.
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How Facebook Likes Increase Impressions and Brand Awareness
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Google Eliminates Real Estate
The real estate industry is ever changing.  For better or for worse Google just made a big annoucement that could make a difference to real estate professionals.  Tech Savvy Agent reports below: This just in. Google has announced that they will be removing all listings from their Google Maps platform on February 10th of this year! We have written in the past about gaining exposure via Google Maps and also about the fact that they include foreclosure data in their system.    
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Are You Onboard for Inman?
Many attend Inman's Real Estate Connect for the opportunity to discover the trends that will help shape the real estate industry in 2011. For Onboard Informatics, however, it's an opportunity to continue the conversation about lifestyle search, a paradigm shift in looking for property online. "Real Estate Connect helps set the tone for 2011," said Scott Petronis Senior Director of Product Management for Onboard Informatics. "There are many great sessions talking about the trends driving the industry that help focus effort and are good reminders for the year to come."
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Want to Track the Effectiveness of Your QR Codes?
Did you know you can Google “Free QR codes” and create your own QR codes? It’s true. This technology is not patented and therefore costs nothing to generate.  Better yet, real estate technology vendors are offering this service for free too! The next step with a marketing tool, like QR codes, is lead generation. How do you track the success of your marketing efforts? If you can’t measure it, does it have the value or reach you expect? The good news is that QR codes can be harnessed to validate marketing efforts, providing real estate agents and brokers with and understanding of who viewed your marketing, and more importantly – your QR code will track the potential customer’s phone number. This week we were able to preview the Goomzee QR code solution (www.goomzee.com) for real estate professionals. We spoke with Mike Sparr, founder of Goomzee.  Before founding Goomzee, Sparr worked for Nokia and believes in keeping a pulse on mobile consumers to target emerging technology trends. While Goomzee started working with QR code technology three years ago, Sparr believes the time for QR codes is just now in the beginning stages.
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How to Maximize the New LinkedIn Share Button
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Idaho Valley Foreclosures Down 25% in October!
The peaks and valleys of local NOD filings continue. After a 21% increase in September with775 filings in Ada and Canyon Counties, defaults are back down 25% for the month of Octoberwith 582 filings. The 582 filings is the second lowest monthly total in 2010 only behind June when 557 defaults were recorded.Since January of 2010 Ada County has averaged 418 default starts a month and Canyon County has averaged a total of 280 default starts. Together Ada and Canyon Counties have averaged 697 foreclosure filings a month to date in 2010.
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Dangers of Using Firefox Browser on Public Wireless
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New Developments on the Palm Pre
Great news for Palm Pre owners! On Tuesday, HP (the new owner of Palm) announced webOS 2.0, "the most significant update" to Palm's mobile operating software since its launch in June 2009, the company says. Among the promised enhancements: improved multitasking with a feature called Stacks that keeps related items together; a new Exhibitions feature that lets you set your phone on an optional Palm Touchstone Charging Dock and see a slideshow of Facebook photos or your agenda for the day. Developers (who will be critical in any success the phones might have) can better take advantage of certain phone features, including the Synergy feature that automatically populates the phone with your personal data when you sign into Facebook, Google, Microsoft Exchange, LinkedIn and Yahoo. Also, webOS 2.0 will support a beta version of Adobe Flash 10.1. It is not clear at this point if Sentrilock or GE Supra support the new webOS 2.0.
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Want to Grow Your Real Estate Business? Go International!
Capturing business from American homebuyers has been tricky in the current housing market. But take heart. While real estate is local, foreign buyers are still buying in the US! REALTORS® focused on international homebuyers are seeing increases in that portion of their business. According to a 2009 study by NAR, “The 23% of REALTORS® with international clients seem have seen an increase in overall business. “Fully a quarter of [REALTORS® with international clientele] indicated that their international business had increased.” NAR also reported that, “A relatively small share of REALTORS® appears to account for the bulk of international sales in 2008/2009.” Statistics to this effect include: 10 percent of the over 1.1 million REALTOR® membership had 6 or more international clients Five percent of REALTORS® reported that more than 50 percent of their transactions were with international clients; of those, two percent indicated that 76 percent or more of their transactions were with a foreign client. The median number of foreign clients purchasing property was approximately 1 for those REALTORS® indicating that they had a foreign client. Many REALTORS® on the buy-side of a transaction have told us that they are familiar with the language, customs, culture, and needs of the specific nationality of buyers served, frequently having either been born in that country or having parents from the country. Given these statistics, it may be profitable for real estate professionals to look into engaging the international community of homebuyers. The study answered the following questions:
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More Women Use Social Media
RESTON, Va., July 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- comScore, Inc., a leader in measuring the digital world, today released a global report on women's online usage titled, Women on the Web: How Women are Shaping the Internet, which provides an in-depth analysis of the female Internet user, highlighting key trends by Internet activity, worldwide region and digital channel. Among its results, the report found that social networking sites reach a higher percentage of women than men globally, with 75.8 percent of all women online visiting a social networking site in May 2010 versus 69.7 percent of men.  "Understanding gender-specific differences in Web usage is valuable to any digital stakeholder looking to successfully reach and engage both women and men in the online environment," said Linda Boland Abraham, comScore chief marketing officer and executive vice president for global development. "We have seen that women across the globe share some similar usage patterns online, such as strong engagement with social networking sites, but it's also important to understand gender differences on a regional, country and local level, where cultural differences are continually shaping online usage and content consumption."
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The Real Estate Confidence Index and One Big Prize
Over the past year, many of have received emails from Point2 seeking feedback about the real estate market in your area. This has allowed them to track current market trends, and long term outlooks – ultimately providing real estate professionals insight into what is happening in the market and where it may be headed. By participating each month, Point2 was able to gather data from some of the best in the field (like you!) and develop an informative document called The Real Estate Confidence Index. This June marks a bit of a milestone…it was one year ago they first created the Real Estate Confidence Index. The past year has seen some pretty cool things, including being featured in some of the industry’s highest profile publications, such as INMAN News, REALTOR Magazine Online, and RIS Media. While there has been market ups and downs, Point2 can only hope for more positive change in the real estate market.  They enjoy reading agent and broker feedback each and every month. They’ll admit – they have it pretty good here in Saskatchewan – and the opportunity to hear about what’s going on in other parts of North America can certainly be enlightening. Not only are they able to take your valuable input, compile it into a digestible format and provide it back to you – but hearing your thoughts and concerns about the real estate industry in general helps them continue to grow and understand their members. Continue reading to learn how to access the research ...
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Smarter Agent Sues 13 Real Estate Technology Vendors!
Smarter Agent, provider of mobile search services for the real estate industry filed a law suit on March 26, 2010 in Delaware District Court to sue the following companies for infringement of their patent 35:271. Boopsie Inc. Classified Ventures LLC Hotpads Inc. IDX Inc. Move Inc. RealSelect Inc. Primedia Inc. Consumer Source Inc. Trulia Inc. Zillow Inc. ZipRealty Inc. Multifamily Technology Solutions Inc. dba MyNewPlace TRSoft Inc. dba Planetre
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Palm May Face Obsolescence
WAV Group has been following the story of Palm, Inc., the makers of the most popular handset among real estate professionals. Palm raised private equity last year from a group led by U2 singer Bono in an effort to launch their competitor to the iPhone, Google Android, and the popular Blackberry devices that have taken significant market share away from the smartphone handset pioneer. If you are considering a mobile phone today and a new two year contract, choosing a Palm may be a mistake.
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