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Revive Is Changing the Way Homes Are Sold. Realtors, Be Ready for Incredible Opportunities!
Unlike a finely aged wine, homes that show signs of aging are not going to pique the interest of potential buyers, let alone capture the attention of image-driven millennial home buyers (the highest market share at 43%) when they are online shopping. In the U.S., the median age of a home currently stands at 39 years old. In California, the state with the most housing stock, that number increases to 43 years old. And while some could argue that being in your 40s is simply the new 30s, think about how much style has changed since the 70s – even the 80s! (Do any of you remember the glass brick phase? Yikes...) The fact of the matter is, while some design styles return hotter than ever, most do not, at least not all at once. And so, the need for renovations and improvements grows. But hey, maybe your client is a homeowner who's on the fence about whether or not it makes much of a difference to renovate their home before you, their Realtor, puts it on the market – it makes a huge difference! Here's why. Again, it's all about what the buyers want. Millennials prefer move-in-ready homes. Research shows that 70% of Millennial home buyers would choose a smaller home, giving up the need for more space, to secure a move-in-ready home. That's huge. One of the biggest annual home buyer studies also found most recent buyers who purchased new homes were looking to avoid renovations. While most homeowners getting ready to sell their homes would benefit largely from pre-sale renovations, most lack the funds, time, or industry insight needed to make them happen. And, so, a change began. The move-in ready movement An innovative new solution for homeowners emerged, becoming one of the hottest real estate movements today. It's known as the concierge category, which includes companies like Revive Real Estate—a presale renovation firm that specializes in $0 down, pay-when-you-sell, major and minor remodeling. It gives homeowners the option to turn their as-is property into the move-in-ready home today's buyers want. Still, sellers have two options. First, there's the DIY (do it yourself) approach. But for most home sellers, undertaking even minor improvements is too daunting. Why? Well, there's the hunt for reliable, available, and proven contractors – which is especially tough in today's market, not to mention having the available cash to front the cost of needed repairs and renovations. Add in the time to meet with the designers, contractors, and hunting down the right materials to get the job done, it's a nightmare. A DIY project quickly becomes a hurry-up-and-sell project which causes homeowners to lose out on thousands of dollars! When sellers go at it alone, they also assume all risks and liabilities, and that's often something most homeowners would rather avoid. Despite the best-laid plans, ask anyone who has undertaken a kitchen or bathroom remodel, and they are likely to tell you that when you involve multiple contractors, you are at the mercy of their schedules. But this is nothing new! Many people already understand these are common concerns. Thankfully, there's another option. You bring in the experts. The BIG $$$$ benefit Working with an experienced and proven firm like Revive gives homeowners more than just a move-in-ready home to put on the market. It gives them, as home sellers, the opportunity to maximize the sales price of their home. What does that mean in actual dollars? Most sellers who sell their homes as-is leave 15-20% in potential profits on the table. Imagine leaving hundreds of thousands of dollars in built-up equity behind. That is life-changing money! Revive homes sell for more – a lot more. In fact, the average Revive home seller nets over $186,000 more by undergoing pre-sale renovations. The return on their investment – using Revive's funds, not their own ­­– is a stunning 257%. The average net return to Revive home sellers is even higher in higher-priced markets where homes are often worth more than $1 million. The smart way to renovate When Revive works with a homeowner and agent to get a home ready to sell, they are partnering with a team that includes a property advisor (the point person for improvements), in-house designers, and other real estate specialists. Because knowing what to improve is the secret to unlocking the greatest value the home has to offer. Revive's design team has that knowledge. The biggest mistake in home improvement is fixing and replacing the wrong things. Every home is different, and having current market knowledge of what homes are selling and why is vital to the renovation's success. Smarter renovation means more than just knowing the trends – it also is knowing what materials are available and properly priced. Home sellers want to stay on time and budget and still maximize the value of their improvements. That's where Revive's expertise excels. Quality is also paramount – you can't settle on a contractor simply because they are the only ones available. Revive maintains a network of fully vetted, experienced contractors who are loyal to Revive because of the unmatched support they get and the steady stream of work they get from Revive. Revive keeps its contractors busy and focused on what they do best, the work, with Revive handling their back office support, material sourcing, ordering, scheduling, and more. Curb appeal attracts more prospects. Pre-sale renovations make homes market-ready, and that also means improving the curb appeal. After all, you don't get a second chance at making a first impression, and that's why homes with excellent curb appeal sell faster – and for more. Curb appeal sets the tone of what home buyers can expect to see when they step inside. Securing a positive first impression through exceptional curb appeal sets the stage for a sale. And the nicer your curb appeal, the larger number of prospects you will attract. In fact, homes featuring well-kept lawns and professional landscaping sell for 7% more than similar homes without! The Washington Post reported that 87% of home buyers rely on photos when house hunting. Those professionally photographed homes showcasing their features, including their curb appeal, sell 32% faster than other listings and net a 47% higher asking price per square foot. Different types of renovations – what makes sense? Getting a home in move-in-ready condition is a huge undertaking and varies from property to property. Real estate professionals and home sellers can benefit by having a team of Revive experts who do this daily. Revive takes on projects from big to small. There are no project minimums or maximums, and every project is designed uniquely to that home's unique design and neighborhood style. Minor fixes with Revive Interior painting Exterior painting Appliance replacement Roof repairs Carpet and flooring Window repair Door replacements Deep cleaning and professional staging and more Major improvements with Revive Kitchen remodels Bathroom replacement and additions Roof replacements HVAC replacement Window new installations Mold removal and prevention Basement finishing Deck and patio installations Outdoor living spaces and more Many markets also have unique locally related improvements that can maximize the property's value. Revive can help uncover those as well. From repairing a dock for a waterfront home to building a complete entertainer's space in the backyard, Revive's goal is to maximize the return on the sale of the home. Bottom line: Revive homes sell for more and sell faster. When completed – often within 90 days or less – Revive homes are move-in ready. Homes renovated with Revive often massively increase a seller's asking price, creating significantly more wealth for the seller. Just look at all of the case studies that provide the before and after photos of dozens of Revive renovation projects here to see how much more sellers made using Revive. And the best part? In addition to Revive fronting the money for the cost of renovations, there is no interest, fees, or financing charges due from the seller or agent. Revive is a win-win-win-win for homeowners, contractors, agents, and brokers too, because everyone benefits when a home is renovated to sell for its highest price. Jessica Morrow, a seasoned real estate veteran, is Revive Real Estate Head of Operations. Revive's mission is to guide home sellers through presale renovations without upfront costs. Working with Revive, home sellers gain an average of $186,000 in additional profit when selling their homes.
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3 Ways Presale Renovations Firms Are Not the Same
Presale renovations are one of the hottest tools agents can add to a listing presentation. Sellers are often blown away by the massive property gains possible by avoiding the urge to rush and list, and instead wait and renovate. They are shocked to learn that when they sell "as is," they could lose out on 15 percent to 20 percent -- or more -- of the home's potential value. For agents, introducing sellers to the newest sales tool distinguishes them from the competition. By showcasing how a move-in-ready home generates the highest possible sales price, agents are winning over more sellers. Explaining how a presale renovation works can be a huge differentiator for agents, especially among sellers who have likely seen several nearly identical listing presentations. While the basics of a presale renovation program are often the same — free evaluation, no upfront costs, pay when you close, net a high sales price, and your home sells faster — the companies offering these services are not. Here are three major criteria to consider when helping your sellers choose a presale renovation firm. 1. ESP: experience, service, and process First and foremost, look for a firm with a proven track record based on actual experience. The personality and culture of a company are most often a reflection of its leaders — and especially its founders. A firm led by someone with proven real estate DNA has a significant market advantage that can benefit agents and their sellers, especially in a shifting market. The real estate business is complicated — especially when it is undergoing a transition. But when leadership has successfully navigated through tough waters, that's experience and deep knowledge you can't get from a book. Do they share their real estate experience by showing you the details — including the math — behind completed renovation projects, or do they offer just video testimonials instead? When the firm is transparent on its website, you will likely find them to be equally transparent when doing business with them. Not all presale renovation firms have the same service orientation. For example, some presale renovation firms treat real estate agents as their "customers." By contrast, others focus on the seller — yet still ensure the listing agent remains at the center of the transaction. Finally, the process among presale renovation firms varies greatly. Some renovation firms are the general contractor, and all your eggs are in their basket. Others use a network of contractors, structural engineers on call, in-house designers, and other resources that strive to deliver the highest-quality product to the local markets they serve. 2. Contractor-centric As mentioned, while some firms are the general contractor and handle all renovations in-house, another approach is to work with a network of vetted contractors. The second approach helps maintain a high-quality work product and faster turnaround times. For example, Revive Real Estate provides its contractor network with a complete back-office technology solution that frees contractors to focus on the work. Revive handles the process. It's a model borrowed from successful home flippers. Because Revive handles the details that are needed to run a renovation business, Revive contractors have more time to complete the projects on their list. 3. Seller certainty Real estate technology often touts the need for speed, assuming most sellers want to close fast. But that's not typically the case. Most sellers don't want speed, which shouldn't be surprising; how hard would it be for you to move if you just found out you are closing in 10 days? What most sellers really want is certainty: knowing they will close on time, with no unpleasant surprises. So sellers (and agents) want to work with a presale renovation firm that can deliver what they promise on time. Sellers also want to maximize the sales price of their homes. They are typically willing to take a little more time to get their home in spectacular shape if they can make more money — often a lot more — with a presale renovation. In today's marketplace of picky buyers, sellers must bring a move-in-ready home to market if they don't want their home to linger on the market (and possibly face a price reduction). A presale renovation increases the certainty of sale and maximizes the sales price. You can see dozens of before-and-after photos of real homes that have used Revive's presale renovation services, complete with project costs and the net increase in profits to sellers, here. When agents explain to sellers that the biggest market of home buyers today are millennial buyers, who don't have the time — or the desire — to fix up a home, smart sellers will jump at the chance to do a presale renovation. Dalip Jaggi is at once an active entrepreneur, a highly skilled technologist, and a profoundly passionate business leader. Today, Dalip is co-founder of Revive Real Estate, a PropTech with a goal to democratize house flipping.
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Why Pre-Sale Renovation Is the Hottest Tool in Real Estate
Americans spent $420 million in 2020 remodeling their homes, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. While you may think the pandemic was the catalyst, according to the National Association of Realtors, most consumers who remodeled – 83% – said they would have remodeled regardless of the pandemic. Consumers are accustomed to upgrading their current homes. Research tells us that the most common motivation for nearly one in three consumers (30%) is to replace worn-out finishes, surfaces, and materials. About one in five renovation projects add features and improve livability. A majority are pleased with the result. Renovating a home increases one's desire for a home significantly, a recent NAR study reports. Renovating a home before you list it for sale is arguably the hottest and one of the fastest-growing trends in real estate today. Why? Because a pre-sale renovation increases wealth. With a marketplace of 5-7 million homes sold every year, the pre-sale renovation sector has the potential to generate billions – yes, billions with a "B" – of increased wealth for home sellers by maximizing the return on their most significant asset: their home. What does pre-sale renovation offer real estate brokers and agents? Potentially billions of dollars increase revenue, both company dollar and gross commission income. Understanding the individual impact Before they go on the market, most homes need a little love. Sellers often rush to list their homes in a hot market, but that's often not the best choice. Revive found that most homeowners who put their home on the market as-is are missing out on between 15% and 20% of the value. When sellers take a little more time and make smart renovations, they maximize their profit. Digging into Revive data, we found that sellers who choose a smart renovation path typically earn $186,000 more when they sell. Remarkably, the average return on a seller's renovation investment (or ROI) is an incredible 257%. Most importantly, using Revive, sellers renovate now and pay later. Remember that the ROI they achieve doesn't come from their funds, as Revive fronts the dollars needed for the pre-sale renovation. Moreover, Revive also found that renovated homes sell 72% faster. When you think about how the financial benefits of a pre-sale renovation could impact the overall marketplace, you can better understand its burgeoning growth and vast potential. Measuring market potential According to a recent report by Redfin, the number of US homes now worth $1 million or more is at a record high of 6 million properties as of February. That's just under 10% of all homes in the US, nearly doubling from 4.8% or 3.5 million homes in 2019. With about one in ten home sales nationwide, California also has the most million-dollar-plus property markets: 7 of the Top 10 Metro markets with the highest percentage of homes worth $1 million or more are in the Golden State. Last month, the average price of a new home in Orange County eclipsed the $1 million threshold. In San Francisco, 89% of all homes are worth $1 million or more. In San Jose, it's 86%, and more than half the homes – 55% – in Oakland. If just one in 10 sellers of all homes worth $1 million or more opted for a pre-sale renovation, sellers could potentially gain tens of billions of dollars in additional net proceeds from their sale, when you consider the average ROI at Revive is 257%. Pre-sale renovation is a massive wealth-builder. Consider the overall US real estate market annually. Between 5 million and 6 million total existing-home sales occur in a typical year. Revive data reveals that if just 5% of these homes chose to perform a pre-sale renovation, sellers would net an additional $56 billion from their home sales. Real estate agents collectively would earn more than $1.4 billion in additional real estate commissions. If the brokerage nets .5% of the sale, that's an additional $280 million in revenue. Impact on personal lives While the market potential of listing concierge companies that can scale like Revive will be attractive to investors, pre-sale renovations are creating something profound. People's lives are changing for the better. As a former highly successful home-flipper in Southern California, I turned over 1,000 homes. It was gratifying to see a renovated home's impact on an entire neighborhood. Yes, it was financially rewarding because I created a process and system that could scale. But the greatest pleasure came from watching surrounding homeowners improve their homes. It often seemed to have a chain effect. Pre-sale renovations make a more direct impact on people’s lives because it increases their wealth. I remember helping my parents complete a pre-sale renovation and the difference it made. For my father, the windfall created was the difference between retiring with dignity or not retiring at all. Revenue generated from a pre-sale renovation does more than creates a business that lifts all boats – agents, brokers, and sellers – it gives lives a lift. Learn more about pre-sale renovation and Revive at revive.realestate. Michael Alladawi, CEO and Founder of Revive, is a Southern California real estate veteran with a proven track record as a builder, investor, and respected home flipper. Michael created Revive to share his spectrum of knowledge and help homeowners maximize their profits when selling their homes.
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Quick Quiz: Are you a digital agent?
One big takeaway since the pandemic is the real estate market becoming rapidly more digital. As brokerages rely more on agents working remotely, almost everyone has adopted more digital solutions to meet client needs. Tech-savvy agents were best positioned to adapt, but many more agents joined the digital ranks. Some agents have resisted the move to digital and remain happily "analog agents." Others have joined the ranks of becoming a "digital agent." Where do you stand as a real estate agent? Are you a digital agent? Take this quiz to find out. Please pick that answer that is closest to being accurate: Question #1: Do you use a digital transaction management program, and if so, how often? For every transaction For most transactions For some transactions Occasionally I don't use a digital transaction management program Question #2: How advanced is your agent website? Pick the description that best describes your website: Modern design is 3 years old or newer, mobile-responsive, fast loading pages, with rich and current content, uses ongoing SEO and features built-in IDX search. Design is not more than 5 years old, has at least three of these features: mobile-responsive, fast loading pages, rich and/or current content, ongoing SEO, and built-in IDX search. Has at least three of these features: mobile-responsive, fast loading pages, rich and/or current content, ongoing SEO, and built-in IDX search. Don't have a website or don't maintain it regularly. Question #3: How often do you use email marketing? At least once a week At least once a month At least once a quarter Rarely Never Question #4: What is your social media presence? I post and/or comment at least three times a week I post and comment at least once a week I use social media now and then I rarely sign in I don't use social media Question #5: Is your smartphone less than 3 years old? Yes No I don't know I don't have a smartphone Question #6: Do you offer a real estate blog, and if so, how often do you post? At least twice a week Weekly Every other week Monthly I don't have a blog Question #7: How often do you utilize virtual and 3D tours? For almost every listing For most listings For only certain listings Rarely Never Question #8: How frequently do you use video for your real estate marketing? I use video all the time I use video frequently I use video occasionally I rarely use video I don't use video Question #9: How often do you use your CRM (customer relationship management software)? I use my CRM every day (or my assistant/team does) I use my CRM at least once a week or as needed I don't use my CRM enough I want to use my CRM, but have not had time to set it up I don't have/use/need a CRM Question #10: Do you invest in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) or online advertising (such as Google ads or Adwerx)? Yes, it is part of my monthly marketing spend Yes, frequently but not monthly Yes, but only a few times a year or less Rarely, but I have in the past No, and what's SEO, Google Ads, and Adwerx? Scoring System 5 points for every (a) answer 4 points for every (b) answer 3 points for every (c) answer 2 points for every (d) answer 1 point for every (e) answer Results 45-50 points: Congratulations! You are a digital agent. 31-44 points: Almost a digital agent, a few analog tendencies. 25-30 points: Mostly an analog agent, but moving in a digital direction! 13-24 points: Much more analog agent than digital. 12 points or fewer: Proudly an analog agent! The day in the life of an agent is increasingly reliant upon technology. Tech Helpline's goal is to provide friendly technology support for all your devices. Our talented, US-based analysts share a passion for technology and are here to help you with your technology questions. Collectively, Tech Helpline technical advisors have over 300 years of technical knowledge and specialize in supporting real estate brokers and agents. Today, Tech Helpline is the real estate industry's #1 tech support service. You can learn more at TechHelpline.com. Tricia Stamper is Director of Technology at Florida Realtors®, which owns and operates Tech Helpline and Form Simplicity.
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Why You Should Call Tech Support First, Not Last
Before cars had GPS navigation systems, people got lost a lot more often. Researchers explained that men were predisposed only to stop and ask for directions as a last resort response when lost. The same type of reaction is true today for many of us when a technology glitch occurs. We often try to first fix the problem ourselves instead of immediately reaching out for help. The problem often becomes what we think will take a couple of minutes to correct ends up taking a lot more time than we ever imagined. Ten minutes of troubleshooting can quickly turn into 30 minutes or more before we give in and seek assistance. The best practice? Go ahead and pick up a phone and call, chat or email tech support – first, not last. That's what Don Rathbun, a Realtor Emeritus with Florida Realtors, did when faced with a tech problem. He reached out to Tech Helpline, which for him is a member benefit. That means his call to Tech Helpline was free, but the help he received was priceless. "From the start," Rathbun shared, "[Alex] understood [the] problem. He was extremely patient and went above and beyond to make the necessary adjustments so that I would not have the problem in the future." He also thanked Tech Helpline for "having people like Alex available to help us." For Sally Harasz, a Florida Realtor member from Ponte Vedra, getting professional help was the only option. She explained that Tech Helpline analyst Adrian "was a huge help to me today, and I am most grateful." "I gave him the challenge of finding and restoring 22 GB of files, and he methodically looked through various computer systems and functions and restored all the documents. I am now back up and running and in business," Harasz said. Agents rely on technology now more than ever During the pandemic, real estate became more dependent on technology than ever before. The 2021 Technology Survey from the National Association of Realtors documented the impact. Some 78% of all respondents said that eSignature was their single most valuable technology in the last 12 months. Local MLS apps/technology was second (54%), and nearly tied for second was social media (53%). With 90% of respondents using Facebook in their real estate business, it's clear that agents rely on technology to remain connected to their clients. More technology tools coming While tech tools for transaction management, CRMs, lockboxes, video calls, and showing software integrated deeply in the day-to-day workflow for nearly every agent, the chance of an agent that needed help has also increased dramatically. For example, in 2020, Tech Helpline and Form Simplicity provided more support and training for more Realtors than ever in a single year. More technology is coming, so the need to have reliable and accessible tech support isn't going away. The Technology Survey also found that in the next 12 months, respondents say that the five technology tools they will use in their business will be eSignatures (73 percent), social media (53 percent), local MLS apps/technology (47 percent), customer relationship management or CRM (44 percent), and lockboxes (43 percent). Looking 24 months ahead, respondents believed that drones (37 percent), cybersecurity (34 percent), 5G (31 percent), and virtual reality (30 percent) would be the most impactful emerging technologies to their businesses. Adopting and adapting to new technology always can be a struggle, as Diana M. Gardner, President of the Albermarle Association of Realtors in North Carolina, noted. Call for help first, not last For agents like Greg Gosselin, a member of the 2020 NAR Housing Opportunity Committee and the Maine Association of Realtors, contacting tech support first saved him a lot of time, allowing him to focus on his business. He encountered a "Windows nightmare" and reached out to Tech Helpline, provided by his Realtor association as a member benefit. "My day was not consumed with technical issues but with income-producing work." The bottom line: let the tech experts focus on helping you fix your glitch and get back to business by reaching out first. Hopefully, your association or brokerage provides you with free access to Tech Helpline. If not, ask them to check out techhelpline.com, as the importance of getting fast tech support is now a must-have for agent productivity. Do you have a Tech Helpline story to share? Tag #TechHelplineHelpedMe in your social media post. Tricia Stamper is Director of Technology at Florida Realtors®, which owns and operates Tech Helpline and Form Simplicity.
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Recent studies indicate that 41 million homes across the US are at risk of flooding -- a number significantly higher than is indicated by FEMA flood maps. This new data highlights a nationwide cause for concern for homeowners, including many in areas previously thought to be at low risk. In South Florida, as many as 1 in 3 residential properties are in danger of sustaining flood damage. Leading Realtors are getting ahead of the curve by integrating "The Flood Discussion" into their real estate practice. Here are five takeaways to integrate flood into your work with your customers, to make you the most knowledgeable, confident, and profitable Realtor in your market. 1. On the Buyer Side, include flood as a housing criteria We are used to setting criteria based on location, pricing, number of bedrooms, etc. Flooding, for example, has historically been an afterthought. With a 30-year investment — typically the biggest investment of our customer's life — it's critical to put flooding on the list of criteria, especially with the frequency of storms all across the country. Note: while flood has historically been a 'coastal' issue, flooding is occurring more frequently across the interior of the US. 2. On the Seller Side, do your research on the listing property More and more, the question of flooding and impact of weather is going to come up regarding the listing. So get out in front and ask your owners the 'tough questions' about the history of flooding and other climate-related issues. It will be better to know the facts, so you can present them professionally, accurately, and appropriately in the marketing of the property. 3. Understand the 'total cost of flood ownership' As we evaluate properties with the customer — listing price, taxes, utilities, homeowners insurance — it's important to integrate new terms like Flood Zone, Flood Risk and Flood Insurance. Note: It's important to remember that flood insurance is NOT included in homeowners insurance, and it is a separate insurance policy. Yes, no one likes to add costs. Yet, given that one storm can cause $$$$$ of damage in the blink of an eye, it's critical to evaluate a property's risk profile with your customer's risk tolerance. Across much of South Florida and the United States, home buyers can secure 'peace of mind' flood insurance for reasonable rates. 4. Investigate the two flood insurance options: NFIP and Private Insurance Most Americans are aware of NFIP — which stands for National Flood Insurance Program, managed by FEMA. Based on a flood mapping system, NFIP has standard coverage limits of $250,000 for buildings and $100,000 for personal property based on the flood zone where the property is located. In the South Florida market, for example, more than 30 private insurance companies have begun to offer flood insurance over the last several years. Private insurance companies generally price flood insurance based on a property's latitude and longitude coordinates, as well as over 200 data points to calculate the exact price-risk profile per property. To better understand these differences and the options available for a property, consider getting one NFIP and one Private Flood Insurance Quote. 5. From Contract-to-Close, engage a licensed flood insurance expert Let's be honest, Flood Insurance is confusing and is best left to the experts who practice it each and every day. Most importantly, engaging a licensed flood insurance professional separates any potential issue of Errors and Omissions from the REALTOR® and their customer's real estate transaction. Acadian Insurance offers a free consultation for all Miami REALTORS® and their customers. In 15 minutes, the Acadian Team can provide you with all the knowledge you and your customers need to make smart, informed, confident decisions. If you are interested in learning more, access our free eBook: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Flood Insurance* (*But Were Afraid To Ask) CartoFront is a technology services company that is simplifying flood insurance for REALTORS(R), their clients, and insurance agents. If you are interested in learning how you can bring CartoFront to your MLS for free, please contact [email protected]
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It is estimated that e-commerce sales in the U.S. will grow to nearly $1 trillion by 2023 as shoppers become increasingly comfortable with buying online. With this change in buying habits, retailers have started to embrace more payment alternatives that allow their customers to purchase goods and services without using traditional forms of credit. Perhaps the most popular option today is "buy now, pay later." What Is Buy Now, Pay Later? Buy now, pay later is a straightforward concept: customers are given the option while shopping online to purchase something now, but instead of paying full price up front, they pay later, typically with easy-to-manage installments. It's clear why the option to pay over time is valuable to customers. Having the ability to break up the cost of purchases with no interest or fees gives buyers a greater sense of confidence in making purchase decisions. For retailers, the benefits are equally clear. Buy now, pay later lets them attract more customers that may have otherwise put off purchasing due to cash flow constraints or credit availability. Offering the option to pay over time has shown to result in higher conversion rates for retailers and increased order size. Access™: Buy Now, Pay Later for Real Estate This emerging trend is now available to the real estate industry with the launch of Access™ by eCommission®, a unique payment option tailored around the timing of when agents earn their commissions. Access enables agents to buy goods and services online from their favorite real estate vendors, but pay for their purchases later using future commissions as an alternative to cash or credit cards. Access funds the order on behalf of the agent immediately and offers the convenience of up to 90 days free of charge to repay from their next closing. How Access Works The process of using Access is simple: An agent selects an item to purchase while shopping online, including such things as subscriptions, MLS dues, advertising, staging costs, lead generation services, lawn signs and so on, then prepares to checkout. At the point of sale where they would otherwise enter their credit card to pay, the agent is presented with the option to choose Access and pay when they close their next sale. This sets off an instant approval verification. Once finished, the agent is returned to the vendor's site to complete their purchase – all within a matter of minutes. Business Advantages of Offering Access There are several benefits real estate vendors can gain through offering Access, including an ability to attract new customers by providing a flexible payment option tailored exclusively to the timing of when they get paid their commissions. Responses from vendors involved in beta testing reported a 32% increase in average order values, and a 26% bump in conversion rates after introducing their customers to Access. Happy Customers Buy More Real estate agents, like everyday consumers, crave ease of use. The secret to the success of Access involves a simple API integration within the vendor's point of sale that completes a risk assessment and finalizes the agent's purchase instantly to create a truly frictionless experience. This presents customers with the ability to get what they need today, but pay later once they close a sale, which means less time spent debating the purchase and more time buying. Costs to Vendors and Agents Similar to credit card issuers, Access charges vendors a 5% processing fee for completing the sale and transferring funds on the agent's behalf to the vendor's bank within one business day. It costs agents nothing out-of-pocket to use Access, and they have up to 90 days free of charge to repay using commission proceeds from a future sale. If it takes longer than 90 days, the agent's balance accrues a charge of 0.03% per day. Even if it took a year to close a sale, the equivalent APR is just 10.9%, compared to the average credit card rate of 24.9% — making Access a more convenient, less expensive option for most agents than using traditional forms of credit.
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iBuyers: The Pros and Cons Your Next Seller Should Consider
Low listing inventory over the last several years has created a great market for sellers and investors. iBuyer programs, like those offered by Opendoor, Zillow, and OfferPad, provide a convenient, low-stress option for sellers looking to cash out of their investment quickly. However, real estate agents offer most sellers a better overall value. Find the pros and cons of working with iBuyers vs. a real estate agent here!
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8 Ways to Generate Free Real Estate Leads with IFTTT
IFTTT (If This Then That) is a free internet tool to get unrelated apps and websites to talk to one another. IFTTT works by connecting two apps and designating triggers. Whenever an event occurs in one app, a second event automatically occurs in another. It's a fantastic service that has led to an explosion of productivity across the web. As real estate professionals, there is a lot we can do with IFTTT. We can save time by setting our blog to automatically post to Facebook. We can be more responsive to clients by setting up email reminders for a missed call. We can be more organized by synching our phone contacts to a Google Sheet.
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3 Reasons Why Every Agent Must Embrace Digital Transformation
Did you realize that a dozen states allow or are testing a digital driver's license? That's right: no more fumbling in your purse or wallet to show your vital ID. It is digital, and all you need is your smartphone. You don't even need a paper passport at many ports of entry into the U.S. today with the Mobile Passport app. This is not a fad; it's our future as experts predict that it's just a matter of time that all IDs will be digitized. The world is undergoing a digital transformation. Whether you like it or not, it's a reality that for your business is worth embracing. Why? Because it will increase your productivity and that can be a big bump to your earnings, personal time, or both. Embracing Transaction Management Fundamental to the digital transformation in real estate is transaction management software. If you haven't included transaction management as one of the core services you offer your clients, you are not only falling behind competitively, you are missing out on a huge opportunity to boost to your business. Florida Realtors® has been a pioneer in the digital transformation movement. Our Form Simplicity transaction management program was created by Realtors for Realtors and is the only Realtor-owned and operated, major solution today. Hundreds of thousands of Realtor members in Florida and nationwide use Form Simplicity as an essential business tool to power their ability to provide a paperless transaction process. The benefits of using transaction management software like Form Simplicity include some obvious ones and some hidden and delightful surprises. Here are three major reasons why you will immediately appreciate your transaction management solution—as will your clients: 1. All forms are digital. Digital forms mean faster everything. Digital forms make it faster to create a transaction, faster to fill in the data because the forms are 'smart,' faster to monitor the status of the transaction, faster to manage the transaction process, faster to collaborate with others, faster to close your transactions, and finally, faster to go back and find the transaction later—with all of its details needed for compliance and legal protection. Transaction management is also safer. No more missing paper pages and everything is secure and easily accessible to you in one place (and backed up for you). Form Simplicity, for example, allows you to add other documents, files, and photos related to your transaction in a transaction folder. Files are always up to date, which protects you and your clients. 2. Convenient, instant, safe, and secure collaboration with others. Transaction management software, like Form Simplicity, makes collaboration easier and more convenient than ever. Buyers and sellers and participating agents all are part of the digital process. You get to control what everyone sees. Their dashboard allows them only to view the documents they should be able to access. And because everything is stored safely in the cloud, transactions can be accessed anytime, anywhere, and from any device with internet access. This makes the ability to collaborate more accessible than ever before. You also can let others add documents and comments in real-time, eliminating back and forth emails—and it tracks all these conversations in one place, reducing misunderstandings and mistakes that can be caused by broken email chains. Most importantly, top-of-the-line transaction management software like Form Simplicity uses bank-grade security, making digital transactions the safest kind. For compliance and legal security, going digital provides the assurance and protection your clients—and your business—need and deserve. 3. E-signing. When your business is powered by a transaction management software like Form Simplicity, digital forms give you another essential benefit. You get expedited signing with digital signatures through the most secure way to get a proper signature: e-signing. Electronic signatures are a godsend: First, you don't need to find time to schedule everyone to meet up, so it's convenient. And because you don't have to drive, you are safe from going out in areas, or bad weather, late at night. Also, clients won't miss a signing a specific page because your transaction management software makes sure your clients sign where they are supposed to before the form is finalized and submitted. That means never having to drive around getting a missing form signed by all parties or waiting for a returned fax. Plus, the final documents and signatures are easy to read—not degraded from all the scanning/faxing/copying/downloading/uploading that could take place. Digital logs track all the signers. And distribution to all parties, including admin, lenders and title company, is super easy. Research shows that you can reduce your signature time by as much as 95 percent. A study by Forrester Research showed one bank cut documentation errors by 75 percent, cut client visits from 3 to 1, and avoided $8 million in administrative costs. The bank saved more than 80,000 hours annually, the equivalent of 40 full-time employees. The best part, once a customer participated in an e-signing, 90 percent said they would do it again. Because of e-signing, an entire end-to-end paperless transaction is not only possible but a reality in some 15 states and growing. In the future, it should be commonplace as already every state today allows electronic signatures. The bottom line You are not only saving trees by embracing the digital transformation in real estate with transaction management software, but you also are proving the added value a real estate professional brings to today's real estate transaction by embracing new technology. A transaction management solution should free you from a lot of paper pushing, and that means more time to build relationships with existing and new clients. The time and cost savings are enormous, but the extra time you gain spending more time with people will make deciding to go digital with a program like Form Simplicity priceless. Tricia Stamper is Director of Technology at Florida Realtors®, which owns and operates Tech Helpline and Form Simplicity.  
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New Technology for Real Estate Agents
Looking to stay ahead of the competition and the latest technology? Check out these three innovations that'll help you impress sellers, generate leads and build a name for yourself as an agent who is one step ahead of the rest.
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10 Things You Probably Didn't Know Google Could Do for You
It's not often that a company provides a service so popular that it becomes a verb, but you probably have heard the phrase "Just Google it" many times. Doing a search using Google has become part of most people's daily routine: there are 4.4 billion worldwide searches every single day. But did you know that Google is much more than just a search engine? It is also a highly complex math calculator, a real-time currency converter, a sophisticated multi-lingual translator, a digital dictation machine and more. In fact, Google has so many hidden talents built into its search bar, these five may be only scratching the surface of what Google search can do for you. Here are five things that you can do with Google search shortcuts that you may not know about, but may save you an enormous amount of time.
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7 Young Tech Companies Poised to Reinvent Real Estate
REach®, NAR's tech incubator program, announced its 'Class of 2017' last week. Each year, the annual program selects seven companies whose products or services show the potential to benefit NAR's 1.2 million members. The program runs from one NAR conference to the next. Each class debuts in May at the NAR Legislative Meetings in Washington, D.C. and 'graduates' at NAR Annual in November. Hundreds of companies applied this year—up significantly from 2016—and the seven chosen after an exhaustive review of their business models and execution strategies truly represent la crème de la crème. This year's class ranges from early- to mid-stage companies who, in total, have raised over $50 million in funding and whose total valuation tops $350 million. The goal of the program "is to move these organizations rapidly forward beyond their initial successes through education, mentorship and market exposure." REach® has had a successful track record so far. The tech incubator hit the half-decade mark this year, and its previous four classes have, on average, doubled their customer base and, in total, raised more than $60 million in funding during and after the program. So which hot tech products does REach (and NAR, by extension) think will benefit Realtors? Let's take a look. 1. Centriq: You keep maintenance records for your car--why not do the same for your home? This app helps homeowners digitally track property-related receipts, invoices, documents, notes, and even a home inventory. All of these records can be transferred from buyer to seller in the event of a sale. Realtors can sponsor this digitization of their 'listings' and give the new owner their home's records as a closing gift.
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5 Real Estate Tech Tools in 5 Minutes
When Jeff Lobb took the stage at Inman Connect in New York this past January, everyone got out their note-taking tools—five real estate tech tools in five minutes. Because in what was a whirlwind event of high-minded, conceptual talk, Jeff was ready to drop some serious knowledge and tangible takeaways. Jeff's message was clear — the tools alone won't make you a successful agent. It's how you use them. 1. Big data This phrase from the tech world has infiltrated real estate, but few really know what it means. "We are sitting on more money in our database now than ever before." But that's it — we're just sitting on it. And it's not complete. By harnessing the power of a tool like Revaluate Pro, agents can use data to "create the person behind the email," and know more about when buyers and sellers are ready to make a move. 2. Emotional marketing Agents need to connect with clients by being: memorable, mobile and visual. Be memorable, mobile and visual! Animoto has been around for a few years, but most agents aren't using it strategically. Using the personalized videos before, during and after the sale can help cement your brand in the sellers' mind and integrate you into the buyer's world.
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The 4 Best Content Curation Tools for Real Estate Agents
Now that you know the basics of what curating content is (and how to leverage previously published content without plagiarizing), it's time to dig into the best tools for aggregating content. Below are our top four recommendations, plus information on service levels and pricing. Pocket If you're an internet junkie, you probably need Pocket, an app that allows you to save articles to read later. Whether you're scrolling Twitter and see a long read about the housing market, or get an email from your mother sharing Great Uncle Harold's big win at the county fair, you can now save every "not now, but later" URL you come across. Whether you save articles to Pocket from your computer, tablet or mobile phone, you can access them later from any connected device — even when you're offline. And if you prefer Pinterest to Reddit, you'll be delighted by the service's sleek display and design. Who it's best for: Pocket has a pretty terrific free service, but its Premium service level — which is ad-free, searchable and includes personal back-up of your content — is just $4.99/month.
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3 Real Estate Tech Tools This YPN Chairperson Can’t Live Without
Young people are entering the real estate industry in waves, and among them is a new breed of tech-friendly enthusiasts who believe digital is today and tomorrow's path to success. Yet, with new tech tools introduced almost daily to the real estate market, identifying and adopting only the most valuable digital assets becomes a challenge—and sometimes with very little return on investment. Five years ago, Jesicca Skoloda, a degreed business major who worked about 70 hours a week managing a jewelry store, decided she had more to bring to the table. Recognizing her aptitude for generating business, her love of technological tools, and her entrepreneurial spirit, Jesicca set out to earn her real estate license. Today, Jesicca is within the top one percent of producers for the Luzerne County Association of REALTORS® and is consistently a Top Producer at Classic Properties—a company that serves more than five Pennsylvania counties with about 100 agents. Jesicca, 30, has already sold nearly 20 million dollars in real estate since entering the industry. To what does this rising star and chair of her local Young Professionals Network (YPN) attribute her good fortune? In addition to intrinsic qualities such as self-determination, energy, and confidence, Jesicca says her success stems from a willingness to embrace the tools that keep her and her clients informed and on track. Here are Jessica's top three producing apps.
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5 Awesome Brand Builders You Can Get for Just Five Bucks
When it comes to creating and deploying customized marketing offers, you might expect (and be turned off by) the cost it takes to execute something truly top-notch. That's where Fiverr.com and the Fiverr app on Android and iOS come into play. Fiverr.com was started on a very simple premise: What would someone do in exchange for just $5? If you're not expecting much, you're underestimating this platform. Fiverr has helped millions of business owners turn around quick, specialized projects they're either not qualified for or don't have time to execute on their own. While the possibilities on Fiverr are truly endless, below are five quick examples of how real estate agents and professionals can take advantage of Fiverr to knock off everything from logo woes, to profile pic updates, to snappy blog posts. 1. Design a logo Whether you belong to a massive franchise or a small boutique firm, it's important to create a brand identity for yourself or your team. Rather than spending hundreds of dollars on a custom logo from a designer, consider asking one of the designers at Fiverr to take a stab at it. Their list of designers is truly endless, and you can choose from retro design, flat modern aesthetic, or something truly wacky. Check out the logo designers on Fiverr.
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A Look at the Latest and Greatest in Smart Home Technology
Are more are of your clients asking about smart home technology these days? That's no surprise--according to a Coldwell Banker survey, 45% of Americans are expected to have some sort of smart home technology by the end of 2016. The survey found that smart home technology appeals to both potential buyers and sellers, with 54% of homeowners stating that they would install smart home products if they were selling their home and knew that the technology would make their home sell faster. Over half of buyers said that smart home technology like security and temperature controls would be most appealing in a home. The survey results were revealed just before this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where attendees got to scope out all the latest gadgets, from laptops and cameras to virtual reality headsets to automotive gear and, yes, smart home technology. Halo Smart Smoke Alarm - This sophisticated device can detect both smoke and carbon monoxide and send alerts to your phone, so you're informed of emergencies even while away from home. The alarm can also issue voice-driven weather alerts. The best part? Its battery lasts a whopping 10 years! TOTO smart toilet - We get it, a smart toilet sounds like a potentially awkward idea. But how's this for a selling point? The TOTO smart toilet only has to be cleaned once a year, thanks to high tech materials and a system that uses ultraviolet light and electrolyzed water to clean with every flush. The Toto will also lift its own lid for you, pre-heat the seat(!), and even clean you off with a bidet-like feature. How's that for taking care of all the dirty work?
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Resources to Maximize Your ROI in 2016
In his appearance on a recent Secrets of Top Selling Agents webinar, Jimmy Mackin, co-founder of Curaytor.com, shared these great sites you can use to grow your business in 2016. Check out the best of team management, lead gathering, and branding ideas below! BestAboutPages.com has examples of some of the best "about" pages on the internet. Everyone in real estate is saying the same thing on their about page – take a look at these to get inspiration on how you can infuse your about page with personality to help it stand out. Theknot.com, a hub of wedding planning, may seem like a strange place to go for real estate, but here you can search for professional photographers. Mackin suggests that you "get professional photography of your team, get professional photography of your area. You will reuse it over, and over, and over, and over again." Slack.com is a team communication and messaging app. To help minimize the time lapse in business communication that can turn what should be a quick communication into hours of back and forth texting and calling. Mackin uses Slack because "it allows you to set up a very simple portal where you can communicate with your entire team in real time." Upwork.com and thehiredpens.com are two sites you can use to outsource your copywriting. Mackin recommends you start by getting a professional bio and 'about' page made.
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Best Online Tools and Apps for Real Estate Agents
It's a wonderful time to be an agent with all the helpful tools available to the real estate industry. Technology offers us so many ways to stay connected, safe, organized and keep learning about real estate. Are you taking advantage of the powerful apps and websites online to help you save time? We've compiled a list of 10 terrific online tools and apps for real estate agents to help you accomplish more and make your life easier: Wi-Fi Finder - For members of an industry who spend a lot of time on the go, searching for Wi-Fi can be a tedious process, but still preferable over data charges! Check out Wi-Fi Finder, a free app that will help you locate free or paid Wi-Fi wherever you are. The app uses the GPS function of your smartphone to tell you exactly where the closest Wi-Fi hotspot is, and how to get there. Bonus: it doesn't require Wi-Fi to use the app! Prezi - Looking to make a real estate listing presentation that will really wow your audience? Check out Prezi. This visually stunning presentation editor allows you to display information on or offline, collaborate with teammates, and import images and videos. Since Prezi is a cloud-based program, you can use it to present from your desktop, iPhone, or iPad, making it a terrific option for displaying information at an open house or a last minute meeting in a coffee shop. Prezi is free if you're okay with all of your presentations being public. There is a low monthly cost for making your presentations private. Google Alerts - One of many useful tools from Google, this free service allows you to receive notifications every time your name, business name, or any topic that interests you is mentioned online. You can control how often alerts will be emailed to you, keeping you in the loop each time your business is mentioned. Try setting up an alert for the geographical area you farm, or homes for sale in your city.
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How to Create the Perfect Real Estate Marketing and Lead Cultivation Platform (a Tutorial) - Part 2
Last week, I shared part one of building the perfect real estate marketing and lead cultivation platform. If you missed part one of my article, you can read it by clicking here. Let's pick right up where we left off and address the last four critical considerations related to the creation of this platform. 4) It has to be multi-channel It might be enticing to just find one great product (a mass email tool, for instance) because it does take time to research and select many different tools. But never lose sight of the fact that there is no "one size fits all" type of marketing vehicle. This is because there is no one type of homeowner in the world. Everyone responds to different things. To have a truly successful platform, you must have a little bit of everything. You want to have a comprehensive platform that includes email marketing, text messaging, print marketing, inbound marketing and social media. 5) Data integration (across all platforms) is KEY No matter where your leads are coming from (your website, your broker's website, your email system, Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia, open houses, etc.), ALL data must flow seamlessly into your platform in an automated fashion. If you have to manually do any data input, you do not have a good platform. This is a critical step and there is no wiggle room here.
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How a 72-Year-Old Realtor Embraces Technology
Are your so-called selling tools behind the times? Afraid you're too old to jump on today's technological bandwagon? Even if you didn't grow up with a mouse in your hands, the technology to streamline your business is not out of reach. Just ask 72-year-old real estate agent Ed Robinson about his tips for Realtors®. Ditch the filing cabinets. Go digital. This Canadian agent has put together a simple mix of tips for Realtors, including devices and software to help you save a few trees – and a lot of time. How does he do it? An iPad - Command central. Scanner Pro - Transform paper documents into digital files for storage and editing. PDF Expert - Download, view, edit, annotate, and sign paperwork electronically. Dropbox - Cloud-based storage, accessible by any device, agent, or client. How does it work? A buyer makes an offer. You scan it into a digital version, then fire it off to the listing agent. Done. You download MLS listings for a client, easily add notes in PDF Expert Saving it for future reference... Emailing it... Share it via Dropbox You get a deposit check, scan it onto your iPad, import it into a receipt template, then send a digital receipt
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The Technology Habits of Successful Real Estate Agents
To be successful in today's real estate market, it's necessary to use technology to its fullest potential and implement systems whenever possible. Using the right technologies can save time and money, and ultimately lead to greater earnings. If you have not already adopted various technologies as essential to your real estate business, now is the time to start. Not only will this keep you in touch with your clients – as most are just as or more technologically savvy than the average real estate agent – it will also allow you to stay competitive with the other agents out there. According to a study by Keller Williams, 68 percent of all new agents are under 35 years old, and 32 percent are under 25. This generation grew up with technology. They understand it, and they use it every single day, both in their personal life and in their business. In order to compete with this up-and-coming influx of new, tech-oriented agents, there are a few key strategies you can execute in bringing your real estate business up to the standards of the Digital Age. Going Digital If you are still are pushing papers around, filing documents by hand, and getting forms signed in-person, you are falling behind. Going digital with your real estate business, if you haven't already, is probably the best place to start. Using a real estate transaction management system gives you the ability to go paperless. You can upload all of your documents, organize all of your contacts, and allow guest access in order to share files with your clients, broker or team.
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Real Estate Technology is Not an Expense. It is an Investment
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Spotlight on Real Estate Tech: Our Top Product Reviews from 2014
Throughout 2014, we've been publishing a series of articles that guides agents through the technology selection process (see the full list of articles here). While those provide a helpful overview of broad technology categories, the next step is to learn more about a single product in more detail. That's what our product reviews column does. Each review offers an in-depth look at an individual product, complete with screenshots and an overview of all major features. In 2014, we published over a dozen product reviews, and we've rounded them up here for your convenience, sorted by category. Take a moment to learn more about a new technology that could help you grow your business in the year ahead. Transaction Management/Forms Form Simplicity - A solution created by a professional real estate organization, Florida Realtors®. Its ongoing development is, in part, shaped by a panel of REALTOR® members who ensure that the program stays in step with what agents and brokers need to be successful. Realty Commander - Realty Commander excels in handling multiple different file types, short sales, and HUD. DocuSign for REALTORS® PLUS - A first look at DocuSign's new "Transaction Rooms" that wed transaction management capabilities to DocuSign's eSignatures. zipForm® Plus - zipLogix upgrades their forms stalwart with a clean, new interface that makes it easy for agents to use. CMA Cloud CMA - The reports you print directly from the MLS are stale, say the folks at Cloud CMA, and don't offer any opportunity for your unique branding. Their solution was built to fix this problem.
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Your Guide to Real Estate Technology in 2015
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11 Gift Ideas for the Techie You Love
Many people around the world are or will be shopping for presents for their loved ones in the coming weeks. Sure, TVs, laptops, and tablets are cool, and kudos to you if that is what you have planned to purchase! Now for those of you who are looking for something special, quirky even, and perhaps not as expensive, we prepared a list of interesting tech gadgets that are popular right now. Listed below, in no particular order, could be gifts for fellow real estate professionals or for the techie you love. Virtual keyboard – The WOW factor is pretty high with this one. Cube video action camera camcorder – While Go Pro has very cool cameras, they may be a bit much for a teenager. These might be a better option for someone who on his way to becoming a Pro. Bluetooth location tracker – There is always someone in the family who could use one of these. Swivel socket with surge protector – A practical gift to use at the home or the office. Light for real estate sign - While there are some more expensive ones out there, these might just do the trick.
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4 Digital Basics Every Agent Should Master
We talk a lot about tech tools agents can use to grow their business. I won't lie--some of these solutions get pretty advanced. That's why we thought we'd turn the tables and look at the tech basics today. We're taking our cue from a new video featuring Chris Smith, the founder of Curaytor and co-author of Peoplework. Smith shared his real estate expertise with the winners of HomeFinder.com's Agent Makeover Sweepstakes. The video below is a sampling of the advice he shared with the winning agents. In it, Smith recommends that agents master the following basics: Hardware selection Your calendar Email Your online reputation Click through to the next page for details, helpful articles and app suggestions!
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30 Top Tools for Agents in 30 Minutes (8/19)
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 10:00 - 10:30 AM In order to take your business to the next level and win the best buyers and sellers in the market, you need the right tools for the job! But who has the time to filter through all the productivity tools and sites and apps and find out what's worth your time? We do! Join Trulia Trainer Jovan Hackley for a rundown of the latest must-know tools, apps, and services used by agents like you to generate business and impress clients! Attend this session for: tools you can use now to improve your marketing ideas to help you wow potential clients at your first meeting real advice on how to decide which tools you really need Register now!
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2015 Technology Guide: Find Tools that Profit Your Business
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Do You Use the “Tie-Breaker” Advantage?
Digital? Paperless? Virtual? If you find the latest tools and resources overwhelming, confusing and just plain uncomfortable, you might find the next few tips an easy solution bring your presentations, communications and marketing systems in line with today's demands using technology. When you incorporate cutting edge innovations into your buyer and seller service model, you are confidently deploying a secret weapon to beat out your competition. According to a recent article in the March issue of the Harvard Business Review, this elevation of value offers you the "tie breaker" advantage. When customers or clients are faced with making a decision to hire you, these enhanced service options clearly emerge as the unfair competitive advantage. To keep pace with what consumers are expecting, simply incorporate one simple step at a time to differentiate your service model, save precious time, alleviate stress and WOW your customers and clients. All you need to do is to add one of these new steps every couple of days, and you'll be up to speed and beyond in no time! Start with a few basics: 1. With any project, having the right tools makes the process easier. Smart phones are good, but when you need to engage a client or customer, having a larger screen like an iPad makes it a more professional and engaging experience. Garry Wise, of Paperless Agent, recommends that after you demonstrate the CMA or review videos or virtual tours on the device, turning over the iPad to the customer to "move" the program along builds trust and confidence.
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10 Ways Technology Can Save Agents Time and Money
The Web celebrated its 25th birthday last month, according to the Pew Internet Research Project. It's hard to believe, but true. And despite some early skeptics, the web has been saving people time and money ever since its debut. It's easy to think of examples. Email, something we now take for granted, saves people the time and expense of sending letters. Netflix saves its subscribers the hassle of schlepping to the nearest video store--and the monthly cost of unlimited streaming is far less pricey than the per video charge (and late fees!) that Blockbuster once charged. Over the past quarter century, the Web has affected virtually every industry and many aspects of our lives. Real estate has been far from immune. Gone are the days of printed MLS books or of being chained to an office desk and landline. Mobile technology has enabled agents to conduct business from anywhere, and websites, social media, and more have made the Web an affordable and efficient marketing channel. In what other ways can the Web make agents' lives easier? We've rounded up 10 of our favorite examples of how technology can save real estate professionals time and money. 1. Build a DIY Website - Gone are the days when coding knowledge was necessary to build your own website. Today, multiple turnkey website solutions exist. If you're looking to build a site for your business, we highly recommend exploring real estate specific website solutions. They come loaded with features agents need, like a built-in IDX search and specialized templates. Other solutions, like WebsiteBox, offer a wealth of backend tools like an integrated CRM, drip marketing capabilities, Google Analytics, and more. Most can be set up in under 15 minutes.
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How Paperless Are You?
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Agents, Teams and Technology
Sometime soon, I will be selling a rental property and buying a different one, taking advantage of the 1031 Exchange program. I am probably like most consumers. You begin shopping for something to buy before you sell. The relationship between a buyer and an agent (or team) will typically have three phases. The first phase is the time you shop before listing. The second is the time you shop while your home is being sold. The third is the time when you are ready to buy. Right now, I am in the first phase, doing casual research. I do not plan to list my home for sale until the spring in Buffalo – if that ever comes ;-). I started driving neighborhoods around Thanksgiving. Flyers are not very popular in the area where I have been cruising, so I have been using a number of mobile apps. Occasionally, I call the number on the sign and leave a message. Nobody ever answers the phone anymore. Take Away #1: Signs are important in real estate. I did not even contemplate contacting a buyer's agent who was advertised on a listing agent's listing. Friday night, an agent contacted me from a phone message from four months ago. She sent me an email and called me by some other name like John. Not sure what happened there. I replied to the email and she called me right away to apologize. We had a nice chat and I told her what was up. She told me that her clients love Listingbook and that she would set me up with an account.
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The Weather Outside is Frightful – Now What?
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2014 Technology Resolutions
Technology is changing our lives – and our industry – on a daily basis. And as they say, you're either with the times or behind them. With that in mind, I wanted to roll out three New Year's resolutions I'm asking my agents to adopt when it comes to technology in 2014 and I'd love to see you implement them into your success plan for 2014 and beyond. 1. Let's See That Beautiful Face! Every slogan and catchy phrase that can help you sell more homes in 2014 has already been plastered on a billboard somewhere at some point in the past. No matter what you say, and how well you say it, there are simply limitations to the things you can convey through pen and paper. Instead, turn to video. For $200 we purchased (and you can too from any number of online retailers) an "iPhone film pack" for use with pretty much any smart phone. The kit comes with a clip on and boom-style mic, tripod-adapter mount, and a magnetic camera lens that fits over the phone's camera to give a wider-angle view. With this kit, we can now shoot video both in the office and out in the field with a maximum 3-minute set-up time. Think of the possibilities: neighborhood reviews, client testimonials, and interviews with local business owners, etc. The sky is the limit with video, and the added benefits (increased SEO, higher click-through rates, etc.) make this a great way to distinguish yourself from the crowd.
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Top Product Reviews from 2013
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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Real Estate Solution
Real estate agents always need to be learning and growing to keep their business thriving. Sometimes that involves personal development--earning new designations, learning new sales strategies, seeking advice from a real estate coach, or even just sitting down with a good book. Other times, thriving means embracing new technologies. Learning new apps and programs can be daunting, though, especially if you're unfamiliar with a certain type of product. What should you look for? What options are available? It's hard to know without a lot of research. Fortunately, we've developed a series of guides that helps you answer exactly those questions. Each guide offers helpful questions to consider before making a purchase and lists specific products that may suit your needs. Kick off your research by choosing the type of product you're interested in from the list below (see our list of broker-specific guides here): Property Search Website Online Marketing Mobile Solution Online Reputation Management Market Analytics Listing Syndication Lockbox Lead Generation iPad Apps Electronic Signatures Document and Transaction Management CRM CMA
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Will Google's New Helpouts Affect Realtors®?
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The Cloud is for Collaboration
Most people are familiar with the Cloud primarily for its storage capabilities. From music and movies, to documents and other files, the Cloud has become the place for saving the things you care about but don't want to store on your computer. In industries like real estate, however, the Cloud also serves another essential purpose--collaboration. Real estate transactions involve many parties--not just agents and their buyer or seller clients. There are appraisers, loan officers, attorneys, and home inspectors, just to name a few. You can pick up the phone and call any of these people easily, but what happens when you need to share documents or have forms signed? Do you really want to drive all over town, or wrangle everyone's schedules to have a meeting in some central location? What if one of the parties lives out of the area? The solution is simple: take your collaboration to the Cloud. Web-based products for transaction management, document management, and electronic signatures make this possible. With mobile technology and the use of permissions to grant the appropriate level of access to the appropriate parties, Cloud technology can allow you to collaborate with anyone over any distance for a more efficient transaction. The best way to clarify this concept is to use some examples.
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REach™ Accelerator Class of 2013 to conclude at REALTORS® Conference & Expo
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"It Pays for Itself with One Sale"
"It pays for itself if you get just one sale," says the technology salesperson. I would not be surprised if you hear that a few times a month when real estate technology salespeople pitch their products. The keynote is "if" you get a sale from using their product. As an agent, you should despise this sales pitch. How on earth could any technology company justify taking all of your commission on a sale? If you purchase three or four of these "technology solutions" from "technology partners," you could wind up spending a huge part of your income on technology. As they say in church, "Be leery of the snake's voice, and the tempting sweetness of the apple." As a REALTOR®, there are dozens of products and services that you get through your affiliation with NAR, your state association of REALTORS®, your MLS, (sometimes franchise) and your broker. Here at RE Technology, we do a lot to emphasize these products in our product directory. You will notice that if your MLS or association offers services like free IDX, free website, free CRM, free CMA, free forms, free digital signatures, etc., we highlight those products on RE Technology at the top of the category list for that product. We update this list on a quarterly basis. It's not perfect, but we try.
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How to Set Up Your Virtual Office on a Shoestring Budget
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Real Estate Agents finding innovative solutions from REach™ Accelerator Companies
This year the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®' investment arm, Second Century Ventures (SCV), launched the REach™ technology accelerator program to bring the latest cutting edge technologies to the real estate industry. The inaugural class has reached the halfway point and the results have been outstanding for virtually all who have been involved in the program, especially agents, brokers, associations and the companies themselves. Agents and Brokers are finding the products offered by the companies to be valuable tools that are helping them run their businesses more effectively and provide more value to their customers. Associations are finding that they can provide more value to their memberships and even help attract and retain members. Meet the REach™ Class of 2013 as they continue to solidify and refine their offerings: BombBomb: Get more listings and recruit more agents with the power of video email. BombBomb provides a complete e-mail and video marketing platform for developing, sending and tracking results of traditional and video e-mail campaigns from any device. Lumentus Social: Social media made easy and effective for real estate agents and brokers. Lumentus Social gives companies a measurable edge in identifying, understanding and engaging social media communities keeping social media communications on brand and on mission.
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7 New Technology Companies to Innovate the Real Estate Industry
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Friday Freebie: Free Tools from realtor.com®
Did you know that realtor.com® offers a wide selection of free tools that help real estate agents grow their business? This week, we're taking a peek into realtor.com®'s tool box and providing readers with a full list of apps and services available to them. If you already use or are planning on investing other realtor.com® products, like Top Producer® and Showcase Listing Enhancement(SM), this page will show you exactly how the tools below complement the products you already use. Free tools from realtor.com® Here's a comprehensive list of tools from available to real estate professionals for free from realtor.com®: Agent Profile - Build repeat and referral business. Use this tool to manage what people learn about you on realtor.com® and from major social media networks. Listing Presentation - Download this presentation tool for use on a laptop, iPad® or as a printable document. It demonstrates how consumers habits have changed, including the importance of marketing a home online. HyperSocial™ Tools - This tool lets you get recommendations from your satisfied clients and share them with the world.   Collaborative Search App - Invite your clients to use a version of realtor.com® mobile apps branded with your photo and contact info. All primary inquiry actions are routed to you, and you receive immediate notifications on your smartphone or tablet. 
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Real Estate Software/ Technology: What to Invest In
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Find the Right Tools for Your Business with our 2013 Technology Guide
RE Technology's third annual Technology Guide is finally here! Just released today, this free resource helps agents and brokers find the right technology solutions for their business. Trying to navigate the crowded sea of available tech tools can be a daunting task for real estate professionals. With so many options to choose from, things can get confusing fast. By providing detailed information and points of contact for 127 products in 23 categories, the 2013 Technology Guide acts a valuable reference during your research process. Use it as your starting point whenever you're considering a new tech purchase! How to Use the Guide The guide is simple to use, and this year we've made it even easier for readers to navigate. You can download the entire guide as a PDF or thumb through it right from your browser. Below are a few ways you can navigate the web-based version. Choose whatever method is most comfortable for you! Turn pages like a book: Love the feel of turning pages in a book? You can do that with the guide, too! Just click and drag the top or bottom page corners to move forward or back. Use the arrows: Click the arrows on either side of the guide to move forward or back. Click to turn: Double click the top or bottom of any page to go to the next. Jump to a specific page: Know exactly where you want to go? Just type the page number in the input field to view it instantly. Use the Table of Contents: If you're looking for a specific product or category of products, use our handy table of contents to find it. From there, just click on the page you're looking for and you'll be sent there immediately.
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9 Holiday Deals to Start 2013 Off Right
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A Day in the Life of a REALTOR® Geek
Guest contributor Nobu Hata of NAR's The Member's Edge blog says: For my first NAR blog post, I was asked to nerd out on you guys a little bit, so I decided to take the "Day in the life of..." route.  It's a glimpse into one of my final days as a practicing agent – just a couple months ago – with all the tools and practices I used in my business, plus a couple other bonus links to cool things agents across the country are implementing. I hope you enjoy it! Tuesday, 7:30 am: A new day! Meeting day. Broker open house day. Buyer and seller decision day. Large coffee day, because I'll need it. 8:00 am: It's time to prepare for the all-office meeting. It's the first Tuesday of the month, so pouring over the previous month's MLS stats – absorption rate change, sales by neighborhood and zipcode, month-over-month and year-over-year change – is the name of the game. I dump the stats into a Powerpoint presentation which is then deployed to agents via the company shared Dropbox folder. 9:00 am: (Okay, more like 9:05ish-am.) The meeting begins! Agents, already prepped, come ready for conversation. Agents unable to attend in person are looped into the morning meeting via join.me. Heading into the fall, it's time to prepare for the winter lull and prepare for the following year's marketing with the stats at hand. Best tips for new marketing techniques are shared, best buys for technology are presented (iPad, Dell laptop/tablet hybrid, wifi, writeoffs baby!), emerging trends like collaborative client technology like Relay and Ziplogix are discussed, donuts are eaten.
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Follow the Leader: Top Agent Justin Havre on the Value of Technology
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Is That Tech Investment Worth It?
Summer is winding down and, for many real estate professionals, this means preparing for budget season. Now that we're well into the third fiscal quarter, you're probably just starting to think about how to best allocate your resources in 2013. Should you set aside money for the rumored iPhone 5, or would finally investing in a CRM make more sense? When considering a new tech purchase, it's easy to be distracted by the "wow" factor of the latest gadgets without thinking about their often high price tag. In order to preserve your bottom line, think of that new phone or software as more than just a toy--it's a tool that can help your business grow! In order to decide if a potential tool is a worthy investment, ask yourself if the benefit gained is greater than the money spent. Does it save you time? Will it streamline your workflow? Is it something that you will use frequently? If it's something that you will only use once or twice, it's probably best to just hold off. If you do decide that a new gadget or software program is a worthy investment, here are a few things to keep in mind in order to maximize its value.
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Video: Making the Most of RE Technology
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Thank You to Our January Sponsors!
Access to RE Technology’s invaluable articles, product descriptions, reports, and news is provided to you as a free member benefit from your MLS. In order for us to continue to offer this for free, we are supported by a select group of site sponsors. There is no cost for companies to be listed in our product directory, but our premium sponsors buy banner ads and other services – and, in this way, they allow us to provide our content to you for free. This series, published once a month, will thank those companies that “keep the lights on.” Please join us in thanking the technology companies that joined us in January, either with a renewed sponsorship or a brand new one!  Take a moment to read their product descriptions and visit their websites to learn more about their innovative products and services. You can click on the logos to learn more. We also have additional details on the next page!
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Friday Freebie: Clikbrix
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Friday Freebie: Housing Trends eNewsletter
We took a break for the holidays, but now we’re back with our popular Friday Freebie series. Today’s Freebie comes to us from FrogPond. Free Housing Trends eNewsletter To register for the free Housing Trends eNewsletter from FrogPond, click here. Features and benefits of the Housing Trends eNewsletter include: Existing home statistics for 159 cities and metropolitan areas, including prices, percentage changes and home sales, neighborhood info by zip codes Statistics are from the National Association of REALTORS®, MLSs and other sources including the U.S. Census Bureau, theFinancials.com and Inman News Homeowners want to see tips on how to maintain and enhance their home; sellers want to know info on their local housing market and tips on selling; buyers want info on community amenities and statistics and the local housing market – HTEN provides all these in an effortless manner The newsletter is easy to personalize. Agents just click to their branded Website when they receive the new monthly HTEN issue, add a message and click "Submit"; posts are limited to 350 characters and can link to whatever online page the agent chooses, such as the agent's Website or local MLS press release on housing sales or neighborhood news and happenings It's easy to send the Housing Trends eNewsletter. Just cut and paste draft email letter into your email delivery system then hit "send" to clients, prospects, family and friends – also, post the link to your HTEN on your Facebook page, add your personalize banners to your email signature and on your Website To learn more about FrogPond, visit their website (www.FrogPond.com) or our Product Directory.
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The Top 5 Technology Stories of 2011 and the Lessons Learned
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Thank You to Our December Sponsors
Access to RE Technology’s invaluable articles, product descriptions, reports, and news is provided to you as a free member benefit from your MLS. In order for us to continue to offer this for free, we are supported by a select group of site sponsors. There is no cost for companies to be listed in our product directory, but our premium sponsors buy banner ads and other services – and, in this way, they allow us to provide our content to you for free. We’re beginning a series, published once a month, to thank those companies that “keep the lights on.” Please join us in thanking the technology companies that joined us in December, either with a renewed sponsorship or a brand new one!  Take a moment to read their product descriptions and visit their websites to learn more about their innovative products and services.
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Top 10 Articles of 2011
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Technology Leaders Make Forbes "30 Under 30" List
We believe that technology will be a guiding force in the future of the real estate industry. Apparently, Forbes agrees with us. On their list of the “30 Under 30” for real estate, they’ve named some brilliant tech minds. These technology thought leaders include David Vivero of RentJuice and Austin Allison of DotLoop. Click onto the next page to learn more about these amazing under-30's.
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The Recipe for Repeat Rental Business
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RE Technology is Making New Friends!
Did you know that RE Technology is also a product directory? In addition to the wonderful article content we provide on a daily basis, we are a rich depository of all things real estate tech. Any company is welcome to join our directory, and we’ve seen a massive onslaught of them lately. Rather than letting all our new friends tiptoe into our midst, I thought I’d take a minute to introduce you to a few of them. Masterdigm - Web-based software to capture and manage the leads that come in from your website. Digital Delivery – a digital signature solution focused on improving he closing process Build Fax– provides a “background check” on a property by collecting and organizing construction records on millions of properties Foreclosure Radar – is a smarter approach to the foreclosure market Process Peak – helps you optimize brand performance from the corporate to the franchisee level Short Sale Commander – Web-based transaction management software focused on short sales Easy Mile Log – Track your mileage, and get ready for tax season with the Easy Mile Log GPS unit Cartavi (Now Partnered with Docusign) – Web-based solution for document management and sharing Wise Agent – a CRM system designed specifically for REALTORS® with tons of bonus features! Equator – a suite of software, training, and ecommerce solutions designed specifically for real estate professionals VOBRE® – Virtual Office Builder® offers solutions for transaction management, digital fax, voice services/lead generation, virtual tours, and custom websites
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Friday Freebie: Cartavi
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Friday Freebie: ForeclosureRadar
We’ve seen a wonderful response to our Friday Freebies series. By popular demand, we’ll continue to share the free and trial versions of products so that you can find the right solutions for your business. Today, we continue with ForeclosureRadar.   Free, 3-Day Trial from ForeclosureRadarDuring your free 3-day trial of ForeclosureRadar, you can:    Gain market knowledge and position yourself as the foreclosure expert  Check the foreclosure status of every property before you list, sell, manage or close  Identify and find the short sale opportunities that are most likely to close  Use foreclosure comps to get listings priced to sell and short sales approved  Preview upcoming REO listings and find REO listing opportunities  Partner with auction investors and generate buyer interest  Add foreclosure listings and search to your website   New features of ForeclosureRadar include:   ForeclosureRadar Alerts: New foreclosure filings matching your detailed criteria. Opening bids. Auction results. Changes in foreclosure status. ForeclosureRadar can now proactively alert you. ForeclosureRadar Moblie App: Find nearby foreclosures, search foreclosures, view daily auction schedules and update saved properties anywhere and at anytime using your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Printing and Mailing: You've searched ForeclosureRadar for the new foreclosure notices and trustee sales. Take those search results and create a customized postcard or a door hanger in seconds!
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How Skype Ruined My Morning (And How You Can Avoid a Similar Fate)
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Tips to Improve Your Rental Business
Today we continue our series about the challenges facing rental professionals. You can read the first part of our series here: “Do You Want to Move More Rentals.” In the first article, we addressed the problem of deal flow. Now, we’ll take a look two more, equally problematic challenges. Challenge #2: Ineffective Ads Creating and publishing an effective ad is an art and a science. RentJuice provides an excellent whitepaper about publishing ads. We highly recommend you download their whitepaper, which will tell you the best practices for publishing your rental listings online. The report is full of useful info, but here are just a few key findings: 1) Post ads on the weekend. RentJuice’s research indicated that Friday was the worst possible day to post ads (they were viewed an average of 18 times) while Sundays were the best, with an average 27 views.
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Agents, Will You Be a Winner or Loser?
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New in RPR v1.8: Saved Properties and More
We found this article, written by Reggie Nicolay on September 12, on the RPR blog. Last night we released Realtors Property Resource version 1.8. Let's take a look at some of the highlights included in this release. Save a property. Now you can save any property by clicking on the blue "Save" button in the upper right of the Property Details page. The property can be saved using its street address or a customized name chosen by the user. The user's saved properties are accessible via the "My Searches" pull-down menu in the Search bar (grouped in the Properties section) and the "My Saved Searches" box on the homepage.
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Customers Don't Jump Out of Computers
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Prescription for Wireless Congestion
If you have sinus congestion, there's an entire aisle of the drugstore dedicated to bringing you relief. But what if the congestion is in your wireless connection? Given the exponential growth of Smartphones and tablets, wireless carriers are experiencing significant congestion in their cellular networks. The very companies that have been encouraging the use of Smartphones are staggering under the heavy use. Unfortunately for wireless carriers and Smartphone/tablet users, the fix for wireless congestion isn't as easy as treating sinus congestion.
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4 Twitter Tools Your Competition Doesn’t Want You Using
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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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Want the Inside Scoop about 5 New Products? Be the First to Know!
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Missed the Boat: Six Sad Reasons Most Agents Fail
I just read an article in an online real estate publication entitled "Six Sad Reasons Most Agents Fail" written by Laura Duggan. Here are her six reasons... They don't know their numbers. They focus on the buyers instead of the sellers. They don't prospect consistently. They fail to hire staff. They fail to implement systems. They don't write a business plan. This article triggered a whole bunch of feedback from online readers. By and large, the feedback was fast and furious about how her perspective on buyers vs. sellers is somewhat out of date. I found the whole discussion fascinating, mostly because the entire discussion missed the most significant reason that agents fail: they allow themselves to fall into a mental trap of mediocrity. Agents don't fail because they take the 'wrong course of action'. Agents fail because they take NO action with respect to getting their heads in the game, and they subsequently fall prey to all the common threats of their profession.
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