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How to Turn Facebook 'Bullying' into a Steady Stream of Listings and Leads
Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 9:00 AM PDT Facebook can be downright mean sometimes. A real bully on the schoolyard. New ad rules that make your ads useless. Can't target like before, turning all your hard work and effort into a gigantic waste of time and even bigger drain of money. Well, not any more. Because this Thursday, you'll discover how to put Facebook back in its place – and simply ignore the bullying forever. We're going to GIVE YOU 5 simple Facebook campaigns that WORK, right now – even after all the crazy changes they've thrown at us. Get it ALL and we'll see you on Thursday! Register now!
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Friday Freebie: Downloadable Report for Home Buyers and Sellers
If you've heard us say it once, you've heard us say it a thousand times: quality content is one of the most effective ways to reach buyer and seller leads. But rather than putting you through the rigmarole of creating your own content, today we're going to introduce you to a top-notch source of professionally created real estate reports. And, bonus, RE Technology readers get to download the report of their choice for free. Read on to find out how to claim your free report today. Free lead generating report, courtesy of ProspectsPLUS! Before we get started, here's a friendly reminder that today's offer is the fourth in a series of Friday Freebies that we're producing with ProspectsPLUS! Check out these links to claim more free real estate content, like a property flyer, 100 postcards, and a gift certificate for creating a new account. Today's offer is a free real estate report professionally designed to generate buyer and seller leads. How? By providing information that is valuable to real estate consumers. Choose your favorite from 60 reports like: 5 Powerful Ways to Build Equity in Your Home Common Mortgage Missteps Home Staging Checklist Six Tips for Selling in a Shifting Market What Every FSBO Should Know And more! Each report is customizable and prominently features your name, contact information, and even your headshot and logo. Your report is delivered digitally as a PDF that you can download and share online, print yourself, or at a local print shop. ProspectsPLUS! offers reports for a wide variety of real estate leads: current homeowners, cash buyers, FSBOs, and more. Ready to start warming up new real estate leads in your market? Claim your FREE report here (use promo code FREEREPORT at checkout)!
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Privacy Changes Coming to Facebook Groups
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How to Set a Location Reminder in Google Keep
Has this ever happened to you? You are told during the day to stop and pick up milk and bread on your way home. You walk into the house empty handed and you get that look (you know that look) and realize you have screwed up. Without saying a word, you turn around and go to the store. How about the number of times you drive past the dry cleaners or a store you need to stop by and forget to stop? Well today, I am going to change your life with the location reminder setting in Google Keep! As soon as you are asked to pick something up, "Keep" it. Need to drop off dry cleaning? Keep it! Want to remember to pick up something in a town you will be in next month? Keep it.
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Perfect Pricing with Easy, Accurate CMAs from RPR
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How to create a killer neighborhood page
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 11:00 AM PDT A step-by-step guide to creating hyper-local pages that engage and convert. Generating great lifestyle content is one of the best ways to attract serious buyers and sellers to your IDX home search site. Come and learn: What is the definition of hyperlocal? Great examples of neighborhood pages that include IDX content How to maximize the SEO of your pages Best practices for creating complete neighborhood guides How to power up your social media strategy with hyperlocal IDX Come and see how real estate pros like you are leveraging unique lifestyle content to capture leads. Register now!
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Top Pros and Cons of Verbal Real Estate Offers
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The 1-Minute Real Estate Video Strategy that Can Help You Win More Listings
Videos are essential for a real estate business--and to put it simply, if you're not doing videos, you're not making money. If you look at these three facts about video marketing, you'll see why: 80% of viewers recall video ads they saw in the last 30 days. Viewers retain 95% of a message when they watch it in a video (compared to 10% when reading it in text). People and firms using video get 6X more leads. And real estate marketing videos don't have to be complicated or fancy. You can look just as good as other top agents in your market, boost your word-of-mouth, and get more clients without hiring contractors or buying expensive equipment—all you need is a phone!
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What Happened to All of Your Referrals?
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New Thought Leadership Series: 24/seven with Bondilyn Jolly, with Guest Molly McKinley
In this exciting new thought leadership series, industry leader, tech marketing entrepreneur and investor Bondilyn Jolly interviews inspiring professionals to "get to know the person behind the professional." The basic premise is that underneath the professional, the title, the paycheck, and the prestige is a person with hopes, dreams, fears and a lifetime of inspirational and motivational stories that have led them to where they are today. With each guest, Bondilyn conducts a series of interviews that are then presented in a variety of consumable formats: podcast, video, written and photographic. To kick things off, Bondilyn's first interview features a well-known face in real estate, Molly McKinley. Below is a snippet from this interview, along with links to enjoy the complete experience.
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How to Optimize Your Real Estate Brand
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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with a Realtor Who Escaped an Attack
"It was almost like there was enjoyment watching me squirm." That's what Debbie Morrisette, a North Carolina Realtor, had to say about the predator who tried to attack her last year. In this exclusive video interview, Real Safe Agent CEO Lee Goldstein speaks with Morrisette to learn more about the attack—from the first phone call, to the first meeting, and to the incident itself. Morrisette also bravely talks about the aftermath of the attack on her career. For eight consecutive years, she had been the top producing Realtor in her area. "This year, I'm probably not even half of where I was last year." Watch the video above to hear her story—and her advice to other agents and association leadership.
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5 Great Google Docs Tips and Tactics
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Not Enough Inventory? Check Out These Tips for Finding New Listings
Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 10:00 AM PDT Looking to build your listing inventory? Many REALTORS are using RPR as a great resource for prospecting. Join us for this class where you will learn effective ways to leverage RPR to target potential sellers and build inventory. We'll focus on how you can: Leverage your circle of influence Spark conversations with homeowners using the RPR Mobile Aapp and reports Identify distressed properties Utilize RPR Market Activity Reports to demonstrate your market knowledge Getting listing leads from an Open House Join us to learn how RPR can help build your listing inventory! Register now!
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Getting Started with Cloud CMA and Cloud Attract
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Your Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Top Real Estate Agent
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 10:00 AM It isn't about having the best looking photo on your lawn signs or having a secret resource sending you hundreds of leads every month. It isn't even that you were born with the skill to negotiate great deals. Becoming a top real estate agent is about acknowledging the requirements of the job and then equipping yourself with the right tools to excel at what you do. This one-hour long, complimentary webinar will not only show you how to stay organized, keep in touch with your contacts and brand yourself as a top performing real estate agent, but will also show you how to use a reliable, next-generation CRM to its full potential. Our webinar will outline the building blocks of a successful real estate career, by showing you key features of our real estate CRM, ultimately helping you stay organized, keep in touch with your contacts, identify your hot prospects and market yourself as top real estate agent in your community! Take advantage of this opportunity now and learn all there is to know in order for you to build your real estate career. Register now!
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zipLogix Digital Ink and zipForm Mobile TouchSign: Digital Signing Made Easy
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Using RPR to Close More Deals
RPR (Realtors Property Resource) is a real estate data platform made exclusively for REALTORS as part of their NAR membership. RPR is a tool that helps REALTORS be more informed, in sync with up-to-date property data, and more efficient in delivering answers to their clients. As the nation's largest property database, RPR pools and aggregates real estate data and puts it all together under one easy-to-use roof. The data, tools and reports that RPR offers helps REALTORS "wow" their clients and close more deals. In previous articles, we've touched on what makes up an RPR "wow moment." But what about the "closing more deals" part of our new tagline/mantra?
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Starting Your Business as a New Real Estate Agent
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Collaborating with Others Using Apple Notes and Google Keep
Collaboration using Apple Notes and Google Keep offers many features that will help REALTORS be organized. Over the next few weeks, I will be highlighting the benefits of using these FREE apps (hope you saw my "How to Grab Text from an Image Using Google Keep" article that I shared recently). Collaboration has so many uses in business and life. Let's start with business: you can have a note that updates instantly across all your devices, including the devices of those with whom you have shared the note. For example, this could be a note shared between a REALTOR and an administrative assistant; with every client you could start a collaborating note; teams could share information; brokers could have all agents and staff on the same notes.
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The Focused Strategy for Generating Real Estate Listings
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Analyzing the Good and Bad of a Property Photo Shoot
Today, we're analyzing a recently completed photoshoot of a property and will highlight what could be improved and what already looks great in the images. The goal of this blog is to give some tips and suggest things to look out for when shooting your next listing.
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Top 10 Seller Objections to Staging and How to Overcome Them!
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5 Simple Steps to Share Your RPR Market Activity Report on Facebook
RPR's Market Activity report is an ideal option for agents who want to create enduring and results-oriented relationships through social media. The report presents a snapshot of changes in a local real estate market based on listing and MLS information, and includes active, pending, sold, expired, distressed, new for lease, and recently leased properties, as well as recent price changes and upcoming open houses for a period of up to six months. Here's a quick tutorial on how to post your RPR Market Activity Report to Facebook.
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The Five Fifty-Five Program
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How to Grab Text from an Image Using Google Keep
As many of you have read, I prepared a one-hour webinar titled "Digital Note-Taking Tips and Techniques" for a national education company, and plan on sharing parts of the webinar. The great thing about building this presentation is that I am talking about FREE programs and apps. Too many times, an app or program gets you hooked with basic features and benefits, but then if you want the balance of the product, it costs you! Apple Notes and Google Keep are both free, plus Keep can be loaded on Apple devices. I think having both Notes and Keep available on all your Apple devices makes sense so you can use features you like from both. My first share is a feature I love on Google Keep: "Grab Image Text." Oh, the uses are endless on this one. For example, say you are attending an event and they are displaying a slide show—simply take a picture of the slide. Need info from a document? Take a picture. See a poster about an upcoming event? Take a picture. I'm sure you get the picture (sorry, I couldn't resist)! You can then use Google Keep to change the words on the image into text that you can use. Here is an example I did using my computer: As you can see, it also pulled info from my keyboard. Keep is available from the App Store and Google Play. I personally have Keep on all my Apple devices and use this feature and a few other features regularly (which I will be sharing). More tips are coming, and I will be loading them both as a JPEG and PDF on my Facebook page. Please feel free to share, and if somebody wants to use in a newsletter or other publication, let me know. I would be happy to work with you! Dick Betts is a national speaker, trainer and consultant. Learn more at www.DickBetts.com
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Best Real Estate Instagram Accounts to Follow
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Safe Selling: Protecting Yourself as a Real Estate Agent
It's September, which means it's Realtor safety month. Real estate can be an extremely rewarding career, but it comes with its own set of dangers. The people and even places you run across can be hazardous. Even driving in your car puts you at risk. Here are some things you should keep in mind when going about your job. We've also included some apps and programs you should consider investing in to make sure you are as safe as can be.
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Friday Freebie: 100 'Just Listed' and 'Just Sold' Postcards
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6 Real Estate Marketing Lessons from Kim Kardashian
Love her or leave her, there is no argument that Kim Kardashian is a powerhouse marketer. With 146 million Instagram followers and 61.7 million Twitter followers (the highest in the world), Kim's international social prowess makes her one of the largest brand influencers out there. Whether or not you follow or tune in for the latest in Kardashian/Jenner/West drama, there are definitely lessons to be learned from her marketing expertise. As Kanye told GQ magazine, "In order to win at life, you need some Kim K skills, period." So... here you go:
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RPR Reports: A Member's New Best Friend
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Digital Marketing Strategy Wins Agent 3 Transactions from 1 Inquiry
How would you like to win multiple transactions from a single online inquiry? That's what happened to Realtor Terry Grayson of The Grayson Group when a lead from realtor.com referred him to family members who owned a construction company. And although those referrals already had a decades-long relationship with another agent, they decided to transact with Terry because of the online exposure they knew their listing would get. We recently spoke with Terry to learn how he differentiates himself online, his secrets to converting more leads, and more. Today's topic is multiple transactions from one inquiry. Apparently, you have been able to make this happen with your online leads? How did you get started with this and what triggers the "extra business" from your online marketing? In 2014, I started off with purchasing leads from two of the national websites. Also, the company I was with at the time would send me their brokerage overflow leads if the listing agent did not pick up. This introduced me to the whole concept of online advertising and reaching out to clients when they have an inquiry about a property. When I switched over to realtor.com, I could just see a difference in the quality of the lead. The others were not as serious or as ready to engage immediately. As an example, I have a realtor.com customer right now that I'm working on. This one realtor.com lead turned into three transactions so far because he was not only a buyer looking for property; his parents have a construction company that does concrete work and they met me at the showing. They came along just to make sure that my buyer made the right decision and they were looking at the structure of the property. Six months after we closed, his parents reached out to me and they went forward with me to list their property based off of that relationship. It was an interview process because I was competing with a more well-established real estate agent that had a 25-year track record in the community. And yet they felt that I would do a better job listing their house and selling it—just due to the fact that they knew they would get online exposure. What is it that you can offer your buying customers on the listing side to facilitate double-ended transactions? The likelihood of the house selling would be better than if it were just to be put online because I have the realtor.com branding. With this new Local Expert product, we are coming up 50% of the time in local home searches. I own market share in ten different markets, and I'm showing up in the fourth position on the front page for all of them—and so are my sellers' properties. This is really awesome because they can see that they're going to get that exposure where the other competing real estate agents wouldn't. I've already have used it for listing presentations, and it worked out perfectly. It's quite impressive that you can just show up 50% of the time in somebody's neighborhood. Do your clients take notice of your branding? Yes, and if they're using, for instance, Facebook, it attaches itself to that and all of a sudden my ad pops up. I've had customers come back to me that are still actively looking for homes (they like to do their own house search even though I send them listings through the MLS). They come back to me and say, "Terry I see your face all over the internet—you're everywhere." Since you have closed an abundance of customers you met online, how does this position you to get additional listing business, repeat sales and referrals? It really is pretty impressive. I feel very confident that the past clients that I serviced realize that I am the agent of choice in the area because my face just continually pops up everywhere they're looking. When they come back in the market to move again, they're the ones really looking online on a daily basis and they see us over and over and over again. Sample of a flyer that Terry uses in his business:
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Information Management: An Important Part of Being Organized
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Property Fraud Is Rampant. Don't Let This Happen to You or Your Clients
There are many types of fraud prevalent today in the real estate industry. Property fraud or "house stealing" is a white-collar crime that if left undetected can lead to a variety of issues. Property fraud can happen when a scammer files fake deeds and/or makes it appear as if it is their home when it is not theirs to sell. Along with deed forgery, identity theft and mortgage fraud are top in line for the hottest home crimes happening today, as seen in FBI's news releases. Let's look at what types of properties are at the highest risk.
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What Every Agent Should Know About Podcasting
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5 Blogging Mistakes... and How to Fix Them
Blogging has been a pillar of a powerful marketing plan for some time now, and has the staying power of a long-term, sustainable strategy. It helps drive traffic to your site, effectively nurtures leads and can be an incredible brand enhancer by helping to position you as a thought leader. However, you can't just blog for the sake of blogging, nor can you think to cheat Google's algorithms with keyword stuffing just to get ahead in the search engine race for its coveted number one position.
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The 8 Elements of a High Converting Real Estate Landing Page
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6 Tools to Help Your Social Media Thrive
Most agents know what social media platforms they should be using. What they don't know, however, is that there are many tools that can make success on social media easier. Take a look at these six recommended tools to help your social media thrive.
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Are iBuyers Competition?
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Think Your Lead Generation Is Expensive and Ineffective? Watch This Short Video for 3 Lead Gen Tips from Industry Experts
Lead generation: two words to strike unease in the heart of any dedicated agent or broker. Funneling potential clients into a sales cycle takes time, energy, and resources... and then comes the actual nurturing of the lead to convert them into a customer. Technology continues to change the way we market ourselves to clients. Lead generation has moved from the tactile world of newspaper listings and flyers to a digital landscape with seemingly endless options. And yet, navigating this terrain of resource-hungry advertising platforms can be treacherous on all sides, especially when only an average of 2% of leads are ready to move to contract within 30 days and it could take up to seven years to close a deal for the other 98%! If it seems like a daunting task to come up with new leads, you're not alone. Many agents face similar issues in their campaigns to create business through lead generation, whether they hire a service or pursue new leads themselves. Recently, Bondilyn Jolly, VP of Marketing at Elevate, an online lead generation and marketing provider, sat down with Denis Pepin, Broker/Owner of United Real Estate Professionals in Huntington Beach, Calif. to talk about common lead generation challenges and their solutions. Here's the video and recap: Problem: Lead generation is expensive. Solution: Generate new leads from your current clients. As an industry average, for every $1000 spent on lead generation, only $10 is spent on lead nurturing. Disrupting this statistic will set you apart from other agents who simply walk away after a deal closes. Actively maintaining a relationship with past clients positions you at the top of their minds when someone they know starts talking about moving. According to NAR's 2018 Home Buyer and Seller Profile, 90% of buyers would use their agent again or recommend to a friend—take advantage of this fact. Problem: More leads exist than actual business. Solution: Lead gen that specializes in analytics could provide higher quality leads—meaning, customers that are more likely to buy. Investing in companies like Elevate that work closely with dedicated and experienced marketing professionals to add value to their lead gen services can help ensure you're seeing a profitable return on your dollar. Problem: Most agents do not have a system to effectively handle and nurture inbound leads. Solution: As part of your sales funnel model, it's extremely important to send potential clients down a tested, proven track towards contract to get the most out of your leads. If you're losing clients at a certain step in your cycle, don't keep trying the same methods over and over until you wear yourself out—change your approach! The best thing to do when you're feeling stuck is to find a reliable, consistent company to work with that responds to agent/team needs.
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How to Boost Your Real Estate Website Traffic 10x with Pinterest
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Is Your 3D Property Tour TRULY 3D?
Do you remember when virtual property tours were just glorified slide shows stitched together into two-minute YouTube videos? Digital property tours have grown up a lot since then. Now a high tech version, the 3D virtual tour, is dominating the space. However, like all exciting new technologies, the 3D tour has spawned a sea of copycats—and despite their claims, many are not actually 3D at all. Today, we're going to explore what makes a 3D tour actually 3D, and how real estate agents can tell the difference. Will the real 3D tour please stand up? First things first: what is a 3D virtual property tour? Well, a three-dimensional property tour lets real estate consumers remotely "walk through" a virtual model of a home. It's perhaps best described as "reality capture," as that's precisely what takes place, and the process brings any built environment directly to anyone, from anywhere, on any device. Viewers can navigate the space simply by clicking or tapping their screen; they can look up or down, as well as side to side, just as they would in real life. The transition from one point to the next within a tour is seamless. There are no visual distortions in a true 3D tour. So what differentiates a true 3D tour from imitators? It's all about the depth. Any virtual tour can capture two dimensions—height and width—but true three-dimensional tours also capture depth. Typically this is done via a specialized camera equipped with multiple lenses and infared that can sense, measure, and capture depth. However, in utilizing the spatial context of spaces already captured from around the world, Matterport has trained its AI-powered software to add depth to images captured with simple 360 cameras. The resolution and features vary depending on your camera but the experience remains. In other words, Matterport can create true 3D from 360. "Our technology has depth sensors that actually capture spaces with 3D depth perception and allows us to stitch it together into a true 3D walkthrough," says Mark Tepper, Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Matterport. Matterport is a pioneer and the leader in 3D tour technology. "Others call their tours '3D,' but they're not. They're a 360-degree panoramic photo that's stitched together with a non-3D walkthrough." Now that you know the difference between a real 3D tour and the stitched together panoramas that call themselves 3D, that begs the question—does it really matter? What 3D tours make possible One big difference between 3D tours and 360-degree tours is their verisimilitude, or how true to life they are—there's a reason it's known as "reality capture." When virtual property tours are true-to-life, consumers are more likely to substitute them for in-person tours. This offers real estate agents benefits like: Fewer disruptions to your seller, thanks to buyers being able to narrow down whether or not a home is right for them before requesting an in-person showing Out-of-area buyers are more likely to purchase a home with a 3D tour, as they can "tour" a property without physically being there, opening greater opportunity to "sight-unseen" sales Serious buyers are able to make a purchase decision without requesting multiple showings of the same property What to ask when evaluating 3D tours Now that you know the basics of what makes a virtual tour truly three-dimensional, we're going to leave you with a brief checklist you can use to evaluate vendors in the future. Use it to not only determine whether a tour is truly 3D, but also to determine if a tour offers other benefits for your business. Does this tour require capture by a specialized camera, or can you capture it on your phone? If your tour doesn't require a depth-sensing camera, it's probably not 3D. Does the tour offer smooth walkthroughs, or is the navigation rough or somewhat jarring? Rough transitions indicate a tour that's probably not 3D. Does the tour offer a "dollhouse" view of the property? Real 3D tours like Matterport will create a virtual model of an entire property that you can zoom into and out of. What other assets does the tour vendor offer? A single Matterport shoot gives agent a 3D property tour, a virtual reality tour, high-res listing photos, floorplans, and more. Where can I distribute my tour? Marketing is important, so look for tours with partnerships with major online property destinations. Matterport tours, for example, can be automatically distributed to Realtor.com, Homesnap, Homes.com, and beyond. They also offer animated teaser GIFs of your tour that you can easily share on social media and boost client engagement. Want to learn more about 3D virtual tours for real estate? Visit Matterport.com.
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5 Ways to Lose a Lead Real Quick
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Finding Rental Furniture for Staging
When selling a home, you want to catch people's attention. You want to stand out so every potential buyer remembers your listing. You want them to envision themselves living in your home for years to come. Creating these experiences for potential buyers makes a home sell faster and many times for a higher price. The most effective way to create these experiences is to use furniture rentals for staging your listing. If the sellers have moved out of the home before it has sold and taken all of their furniture with them, it is highly recommended to invest in furniture rentals.
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Have You Ever Considered What Your Slash Says About You?
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3 Ways to Leverage HOAs for Leads
There are nearly endless lead generation strategies that opportunistic real estate agents can use to create new business. One underused strategy is connecting with and leveraging home owners associations (HOAs) in your area. HOAs often have well-established communications with homeowners and renters in their neighborhood.
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The New Agent's Guide to Open Houses
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The Generational Cheat Sheet: Best Ways to Communicate with Each One
We live in an age of ever-changing ways to communicate: social media, email, text (SMS) and telephone. Which one is the preferred method for your clients? In an industry like real estate, it's vital to know the best way to communicate with your buyers, sellers, peers and just about everyone. What makes this fascinating is how communication styles can differ by generation. Right now, there are six generations that comprise our society. Every one of these six generations plays a role in the real estate marketplace. And today we bring you the best ways to communicate with each generation. So keep this cheat sheet handy!
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Friday Freebie: Property Flyer to Download and Print
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WTF? No, it's not what you think.
What the FUNDAMENTALS? Last month, at the Inman Connect conference in Las Vegas, top producing agent Molly Hamrick dropped some serious knowledge on how to get yourself out of a sales rut: Ask yourself, "WTF?" or, What the Fundamentals? In other words, what actions am I taking on a daily basis to improve my business? Below are some key takeaways to help kick you into gear:
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Real Estate Agent's Ultimate Live Streaming Guide in 2019
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We Don't Rise to the Level of Our Expectations, We Fall to the Level of Our Training
First, let's settle who I am quoting in the title of this article. According to many sources, it was Archilochus, a Greek lyric poet from the island of Paros who lived from 680 BC until 645 BC. But it really doesn't matter who said it. What matters is the point of the quote. Many times over my 19-year career in real estate, I have heard REALTORS say, "Every time I get a new designation like GRI or CRS, my income increases." Many will attribute increased income from even 3-hour classes, seminars and webinar as the agent expands both knowledge and confidence.
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Use These Holidays for Great Social Media Content
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Transaction Management Update: Form Simplicity gets a brand new look
One of the real estate industry's most popular and advanced paperless transaction management solutions, Form Simplicity, recently released its newly redesigned application to more than 200,000 REALTORS nationwide. The update to Form Simplicity is more than just a designed facelift. The changes improve transaction productivity and speed up agent and broker workflow. Florida Realtors®, the nation's second-largest Realtor state association that owns and operates Form Simplicity, rolled out the newest version in stages between April and July. Today, 187,000 Realtor members in Florida, 8,300 members of Arkansas Realtors Association, 2,300 members of Wyoming Association of Realtors, 7,300 members of Iowa Association of Realtors, and 10,300 members of Idaho Association of Realtors all have access to the newest version. A robust transaction management platform, Form Simplicity's Ultimate Edition includes unlimited access to eSign, its highly-secure electronic signature feature, an expanded set of broker management tools to simplify compliance and improve agent-broker workflow, and unlimited document storage. Form Simplicity's new, uncluttered look includes four key sections in the home page: Menu, Recent Transactions, Upcoming Tasks, and Useful Tools. Among the improvements: Menu: The navigation menu has been grouped so that there are fewer tabs while retaining access to all the features. Recent Transactions: A professional's most recent transactions are visible and accessible from the home page. He or she can also create a new transaction from the home page. Moreover, the flow to creating a transaction will be smoother, with colorful buttons that are easy to identify, and an expanding page to view all information together instead of toggling through tabs. Upcoming Tasks: All future tasks are color-coded and available on the home page for easy access. Useful Tools: Professionals can quickly locate the button to add a new contact, create clauses and more—right from the home page. The initial launch has generated an avalanche of positive comments, as it is being incredibly well-received by agents and brokers across the country. The most common observation: it's faster than ever. That's because Form Simplicity is running on a new and modern application architecture, from hardware to software. Change is never easy, especially when making major changes to something tens of thousands of agents and brokers use every day as the backbone of their business. But rank-in-file agents are expressing their support – and delight. Matthew Lemons, a South Florida real estate broker, notes that the new Form Simplicity has been a welcome change. "I just tried out the new Form Simplicity style now, and I have to say it is amazing. Love how convenient the new layout is. Extremely professional. I'll be sticking with you guys for a long time," Lemons said. Satellite Beach, Florida agent Peggy Hall added, "I began using the new and improved Form Simplicity...(it's a) super easy transition!" And Shermeka McSwain, a Cutler Bay, Florida agent said, "The recently updated changes are extremely great. Using the navigation, location of information and the program structure is very user-friendly." Real estate agents also appreciate what hasn't changed with the new Form Simplicity redesign. All the great features agents and brokers already love remains the same, and the new redesign is giving added attention to how important transaction management is today. Transaction management is no longer a nice to have but a must-have for real estate agents and brokers. For any transaction management solution to effectively serve the greatest number of agents and brokers possible, it needs to be easy to use and inviting. The redesign of Form Simplicity is all about making it easier to navigate, and making sure that it works on any device, because that's what agents and brokers tell us they want. Tricia Stamper is Director of Technology at Florida Realtors®, which owns both Tech Helpline and Form Simplicity.
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What's the Safest Way to Manage Your Passwords?
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Market Dominant Yet Still Marketing: One Agent's Secrets to Success
If we've said it once, we've said it a thousand times: the biggest ingredient for marketing success is consistency. That's the secret to Realtor Rosemary Allison's success as well. The luxury real estate veteran of 40+ years still diligently markets her brand across her market area. In this interview, she shares the online and offline methods she uses to become one of the most recognized names in her local real estate market. Your brand, your name and your image is associated with real estate all over Ventura County. Tell us what this does for you. I think it's very important to my success. I spend a lot of money to make sure that people know who I am. But at the point when they're thinking about who they're going to call for real estate, I think it's real important that they remember to call me. I believe that they go to the name that they recognize. Of course it is in support of the most important branding I have going, which is having good client relations. I make sure they're happy with my services because most of my business, honestly, is referrals. One thing I'm proud of is that at this point I've been selling real estate full-time since 1975. I am now selling the children of previous clients their homes. That's really neat to me. The fact that the parents are recommending me to their children really says that they did know that I gave them the best service and that they could trust me to handle their real estate needs. The branding reinforces these bonds and reminds them I am still serving the community. How are you directing your marketing to reach the consumers you will be most successful with? What I try to do is target market towards the buyers of the homes that I'm selling—the luxury market. I have a kiosk outside Nordstrom's, and advertise in Homes and Land, Society Magazine, and Westlake Magazine. Then, of course, I've got realtor.com, which is branding for a precise community. When you specialize in an area, you pay the money to get those additional imprints. You're getting attention from the potential buyers and sellers for your area. I find that realtor.com not only is a wonderful website, but it's one that brands you very well when you specialize like I do. I focus on an area of Ventura County, Calif. The mall kiosk is almost industrial branding, but it's not something that's specifically targeting real estate prospects. It's not going to give you return, which realtor.com can. When we have someone going to realtor.com, they're most likely either looking to sell a home (they want to see what the homes in their neighborhood are selling for), or they're interested in buying in a particular area. Are you able to track the success of your branding on realtor.com? Honestly one of the great things about realtor.com is that I see inquiries in my contact base. I can see people that are asking about properties and asking me questions. It's very easy to track, because with the realtor.com dashboard, you can see activity. I utilize that not only for potential buyers, but I think it's also a great tool to show sellers the tracking of the imprints of people interested in their home who have clicked or viewed their home. How are you using this on the seller / listing side? I now have the Local Expert city tool and I am so excited! I just did my ads and I'm really looking forward to seeing what I can do with it. Basically, on a listing presentation, I can tell my clients their home will be featured first and it will not go down the scoreboard on realtor.com because I've paid for the Local Expert ad. You said that your primary business is referrals – has this had an impact on repeat business and referrals? People you know three, five years down the line. I got a call recently from someone from decades ago when I sold them their home. Although I hadn't spoken to them, they had seen the other branding I do and when they looked at properties online, they saw my picture pop up. Of course they said they were going to call, but reminding them to do so and making it easy to contact me helped make sure they did.
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3 Tips to Attract Your Ideal Real Estate Clients
As an independent contractor, you have the freedom to make choices in every aspect of your real estate business. From the broker under which your license is hung to how you market and advertise your business and, yes, even the clients you work with. New agents can't imagine turning down or even firing a client. But as the years go by, they begin to understand that some clients are just not worth the time spent on them. From those with champagne tastes, shopping on a beer budget, to those who are just downright toxic, you have a choice to avoid or embrace each client that enters your sphere. How to choose the embraceable ones is what we'll show you with three basic tips.
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Stay in Your Lane: How Hiring Professional Photographers Saves You Money
Time is money and you need to make the most of both, especially in real estate. Don't waste your time acting like an amateur real estate photographer snapping photos with your iPhone. For around $150, you can have a pro do the job and return the photos to you in as little as 14 hours. Hire a professional and get back to doing what you do best--selling properties.
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5 Real Estate Retargeting Tips for Local Marketing
Are you frustrated with the bounce rate of your website? Do you have potential leads visiting, only to never return? You're not alone. On average, more than half of website visitors will leave a website almost instantly after landing on it. This is like a person walking into a clothing store and not being satisfied with the merchandise that is being displayed. Convinced that they won't find what they are looking for, they turn around and head to another store, or in your case, another agent.
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Top 10 Issues Impacting the Real Estate Industry: Annual Forecast Reveals
As a data junkie, I love Top 10 lists. So, when The Counselors of Real Estate releases its member survey of current and emerging issues that will have the biggest impact on real estate in 2019 and 2020, I'm all ears – and eyes. The 1,100 member Counselors released its Top Ten list once again at the National Association of Real Estate Editors conference, this year in Austin. The top concern? U.S. infrastructure was identified as the #1 issue impacting real estate.
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Facebook Messenger Bots: How to Automate Conversations to Qualify Leads and Stay Top of Mind
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First-Time Home Buyers Are Dangerous: Fact or Fiction?
First-time home buyers have historically been a large niche for real estate agents. As each generation enters the workforce, their desire to own a home logically follows right after. This trend has been hotly debated as the rise of the millennial home buyer has spurred some interesting opinions. Conversations in recent years have resulted in many agents believing the millennial generation is the first group to break the status quo of homeownership. Are you a real estate agent that feels as though first-time home buyers are not worthwhile? In this post, we get into whether or not first-time home buyers are an asset to your real estate career.
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The Missing Ingredient that Can Ensure Your Success in Real Estate
Time is money! How to get off the real estate hamster wheel and be more dollar-productive Here is a pretty simple pattern. The larger your lead database grows, the more successful your real estate business will be. We have seen a direct correlation between real estate growth and the size of a lead database. Seems like a no-brainer, right? More leads equal more opportunity for success. In fact, we've discovered that teams and businesses investing in lead generation efforts experience a compounding growth effect. Over eight years, they typically witness growth in production volume by four times. On top of that, we've uncovered a formula to virtually ensure success in real estate.
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How to Snag Baby Boomer Real Estate Leads
Need listings? Our advice is to get very familiar with the older generations. According to the chart on page 96 of NAR's latest Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends, 55 percent of all home sellers are members of the baby boomer (age 55 to 73) and silent generations (age 74 to 94). When it comes to buyers, Millennials make up 39 percent of the pool, but those 55+ generations loom large as well, making up 37 percent of homebuyers. As you know, Millennials are typically first-time homebuyers. The chances are quite good, however, that since 76 percent of boomers own homes, your older client will gift you with two transactions, both selling and buying. You'll need to earn their business, though. First, get to know them They may be older, but they're not "old." And they aren't "seniors" either. In fact, "they flat out reject the term 'senior citizen' with all of the implications that come with the phrase," according to John Brandon, contributing editor at Inc. magazine. If you want to market effectively to this generation, dump the stereotypes, warns Brent Green who wrote the book Marketing to Leading Edge Baby Boomers. "They will not tolerate … generational stereotypes and clichés," he warns. This brings us to the second misconception about baby boomer real estate consumers. They're not tech dolts, either Remember: the World Wide Web was created by baby boomers, so there's always been a certain curiosity about tech advances among the cohort. Today, nearly 90 percent of adults between the ages of 50 and 64 use the internet regularly while nearly three fourths of those age 65 and older do, according to Pew Research. Surprisingly, more than half of adults age 75-79 use the internet (there goes another stereotype!). They make up a large part of that 90 percent of homebuyers who shop for homes online before calling an agent. How to market to older Americans If you plan on concentrating your marketing efforts on the baby boomer generation, start with your website; ensure that it's boomer friendly. Remove anything that may be offensive or makes you appear out-of-touch. Remove the words "seniors" and, most especially, "elderly." Use "mature," "50+" or "baby boomer" instead. Avoid referring to them as "retirees," as boomers make up nearly 30 percent of the workforce. Use a slightly larger font to make your content easier to read so they'll stick around longer. Sprinkle your pages with testimonials – this type of social proof means a lot to this cohort. Then, work on beefing up your content to match what boomers are seeking: Community descriptions and resources Keep it hyper-local Educate – it's been awhile since they've been involved in a real estate transaction. Not all of your content should be about real estate. Use your hyper-local posts to highlight nearby businesses or amenities that serve their interests. Some of these include: Dining out Entertaining Gardening Golf Home improvement Online and video games Travel Walking, jogging, hiking Working out at the gym Don't neglect to share your content on social media. This generation is especially prevalent on Facebook and LinkedIn, according to Irfan Jafrey at Forbes.com. Additional marketing ideas Two themes regularly appear in real estate articles and studies of baby boomers: they will either age in place or sell their homes and rent. They may say they want to age in place, but reality is setting in: it's going to take a lot of time, effort and money to retrofit their current homes. Even if they have the time, effort and money, they simply no longer need as much space. It turns out, however, that aging in place doesn't necessarily mean aging in this place. Older adults are "redefining what it means to age in place, with one in four planning to move to a new home to accommodate changing needs that come with aging," according to recent research from Home Instead Senior Care. "A growing number of older adults no longer see aging in place as having to stay in the same home where they've lived for decades and perhaps even raised their family," according to the company's gerontologist, Lakelyn Hogan. One-story homes, less square footage and low-maintenance landscaping are about to become quite popular in the real estate world. Use your real estate postcards, newsletter articles and social media shares to help educate boomers on the benefits of buying another home instead of renovating their McMansions and of owning over renting. Overall, your older clients expect to be taken care of with excellent customer service. Provide it and you'll get the bonus – they love to refer their friends and family members to those who have served them well.
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Facebook Ad Campaigns: 5 Common Mistakes You Don't Want to Make
Facebook ads can be a powerful part of a real estate agent's marketing repertoire. Digital ads are attractive for their ability to spur immediate response to your listings or services. Unfortunately, the learning curve for using them is much steeper than it first appears. Some approaches to Facebook ad management seem like intuitive sabotage and can negatively impact your results at the end of the day. When this happens, your ad budget can become pure overhead: You'll either get no website visits or visits only from people who never follow up.
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How to Create the Perfect Neighborhood Guide for Your Real Estate Website
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Homesnap Launches New Net Sheet Calculator: Tell a Seller How Much They Could Make Today
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10 More Ways to Increase Real Estate Leads Using Instagram
Out of all social media, Instagram users are the most likely to "take action" on posts. Because of this, Instagram has become a very welcoming place for businesses. Engagement is encouraged in a much stronger way than on other social media platforms, and there are endless possibilities when it comes to advertising on Instagram. Take a look at these ten ways to Increase your real estate leads on Instagram and take your profile to the next level.
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Tips for Working with Saved Properties and Searches in RPR
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Turn Your Listing Descriptions into Sales
Think back to 2006. You may remember hearing about the launch of a new social media platform, Twitter. You most likely didn't, because it had little fanfare. Posts to the social media platform were dubbed "tweets" and tweeters were limited to only 140 characters. Jack Dorsey, one of the platform's founder, claims they chose the word Twitter, because it was "perfect," defined as "a short burst of inconsequential information." Today, tweeters are allowed to use 280 characters to tweet out their inconsequential information, but the majority use only 33 characters, according to Sarah Perez, at TechCrunch.com. Remind you of anything?
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Gen Z is Buying Their First Homes! Here's What You Need to Know
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Secrets of a Top Listing Agent
Back in 2014, Chris and I took a trip to Mississauga, Canada for a real estate conference. It was there where we first met Chip Barkel. Today, Chip has a pipeline of over $36,000,000 of upcoming sales. But on that day we first met, he had just started his real estate career. Over the last five years, I've been able to follow Chip's career--and I've seen him go from $0 to over $15M in sales production.
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Email Marketing Makes Customers for Life
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10 More Ways to Increase Real Estate Leads Using Facebook
People often feel like their company needs a Facebook page, rather than wanting to have a Facebook page, because many people do not know how to properly use Facebook to help their company. Not knowing the right way to use Facebook to help increase leads can cause people to dread having an account altogether. By following these ten steps to increasing real estate leads by using Facebook, you will be more excited than ever to set up a company account and get started.
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6 Quick Tips For Real Estate Contact Management
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How to Get More Reviews and Boost Your Google Reputation
No doubt you've used online reviews to make shopping and dining choices before. Consumers similarly beeline to the internet when they start thinking about buying or selling, so agents should always be thinking about how to get more reviews. An impressive 86% of consumers read online reviews before choosing a business, and 91% trust online reviews as much as referrals from friends. A recent J.D. Power study found that first-time buyers and sellers actually valued reputation — read: online reviews — more than the referrals they got.
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Instant offer companies are a real thing and they are here to compete with you for their fair share of the real estate market. However, you should enjoy that people are reacting to instant offers as they have. Why? Because it opens up a whole new kind of untapped marketing strategy that might lead to you closing more clients. In this guide, we will teach you how to create marketing campaigns and close these instant offer clients.
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Real Estate Pipeline Management: 6 Tips to Manage Your Pipeline
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Why Agents Should Try 'Cluster Tasking' over Multitasking
I admit that I am as guilty as everybody else by neglecting my own attempt to improve my time management by not multitasking. For example, a few weeks ago, I had a social event to attend at 5pm, errands to run from 3:30 to about 4:30, and a plan to start preparing an appetizer for the event at 1pm. I had my act together and all the ingredients on the counter ready to start—and the phone rings. It's a possible client who asked if I had time to talk. Did I have time to talk? No. Did I talk? Yes, for over an hour.
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3 Lazy Listing Tours to Stand Out as the Expert Agent
As a listing expert, you know one of the ways you stand out amongst other listing agents is how you market and sell homes. You can use the method and technologies you use to market homes as a point of distinction in your market place. For example, if most people are just listing homes in the MLS, you can tell prospective sellers how you do things differently. Maybe you use Facebook Ads, or online videos, or Google to get prospective homes in front of buyers. Whatever combination of steps you use to market homes becomes your competitive advantage. And you can stand out in the marketplace when you communicate and share your competitive advantage and what makes you different. In our real estate practice, we use a lot of online video to stand out in our market. One of our favorite types of videos for marketing listings is what we call a "Lazy Listing Tour." In these videos, we simple show people one or more highlight features in a home. Why do we call them LAZY? Because we don't use expensive equipment or contractors to produce these videos. We typically use just our phones or our computer's webcam to create these videos. And even though they are easy and free to make, they get great engagement and results in our marketing. Let's take a look at three different examples of Lazy Listing Tours that you can use to stand out as a listing expert through the innovative marketing of real estate... Garry's Walking Tour In this video, Garry just used his phone's camera, his ear pods as the mic, and a selfie stick to hold his phone. Then he just walked and talked to give some insights into this home. After posting on Facebook, we created Facebook Ads to promote this video and got rewarded with tons of engagement. Facebook's algorithm favored this style of informal, yet interesting information. Wood from the Chicago Stock Exchange This is a short yet effective video. Chris just used his phone's camera and mic with a selfie stick. In this example, we're just showing one highlight feature of a home—in this case, the wood beams featured in the house. After posting on Facebook, we created an Facebook Ad to promote the video. We only spent a $1 a day on Facebook for a few days, but got thousands of videos and dozens of people clicking to get more information about this listing. Angelwilde Lazy Listing Tour For this example, Chris never left the comfort of his own home. Instead of physically going to the listing, we pulled up pictures of the home and talked about them while recording his screen and video on his laptop's webcam and a screen recording app. Tools like Wistia's Soapbox make it easy to create this type of screen sharing video. Now that you've seen how easy it is to make videos to market listings, all you need is the real estate. If you don't have a listing of your own you can use, we suggest asking your broker for help in getting a listing you can use for marketing purposes. Another option is to partner up with a listing agent with a listing to host an open house where you can market the open house and feature the home. To view the original article, visit the Paperless Agent blog.
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Making the Best of the Facebook Pixel Changes
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