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NAR's Commitment to Excellence Program Selected as Learning! 100 Award Winner
CHICAGO (August 12, 2019) - The National Association of Realtors has been selected as a 2019 Learning! 100 Award Winner for its Commitment to Excellence Program, also known as C2EX. Previous winners of this award include Amazon, the U.S. Department of Defense and the American Heart Association, with NAR joining this group in recognition of its superior learning and development programs. Unveiled by NAR less than one year ago, C2EX has aimed to help Realtors® demonstrate their commitment to professionalism and the association's Code of Ethics, ensuring NAR's 1.3 million members continue setting the real estate industry standard in client service and ethical conduct. The 2019 Learning! 100 Award specifically honors organizations for fostering a culture of professional growth, innovation and organizational performance while "investing in a truly immersive learning culture," according to sponsoring organization Elearning! Media Group. "When we launched Commitment to Excellence in November of 2018, we envisioned a program that could help lead us into a future where consumers everywhere recognize that Realtors® are a step above the rest in their knowledge, skills and ability to serve their clients," said NAR CEO Bob Goldberg. "The program gives our members a tangible way to demonstrate their commitment to professionalism." C2EX's self-guided assessment and training course generates customized learning paths in 10 competencies of professionalism (11 for brokers), including the areas of data security, technology, client service, and professional reputation, among others. Program completion leads to an endorsement from NAR that members use to show peers and clients that they conduct their business at the highest professional standard. Participants can get started by logging in to www.C2EX.realtor. "As the real estate industry is always evolving, we know that our members must have access to every resource needed to thrive in a quickly changing market. We remain active in our pursuit of approaches to grow and improve the C2EX program. We thank Elearning! for the added motivation as we work to ensure Realtors® are differentiated from real estate licensees who haven't made professionalism their hallmark," Goldberg concluded. The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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Realtor.com Reveals the 10 Secrets Every First-Time Home Buyer Must Know
Realtor.com empowers first-time home buyers by unveiling the most powerful, yet simple tips to ask informed questions, learn what you can afford and help seal the deal SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 13, 2019 -- Realtor.com, the Home of Home Search, today unveiled its top 10 tips and tricks for a successful first time home purchase from its recently released book, "The Essential First-Time Home Buyer's Book." This extensive guide provides home shoppers the essential tips and advice needed throughout every stage of the home-buying process and is the very first book published by realtor.com®. "Buying your first home is one of the most important, daunting and high-stakes decisions anyone can make, so it is important to be as informed as possible before getting started," said Judy Dutton, realtor.com® editor. "Our mission is to equip homebuyers with the most important information to help make their home buying journey as simple and successful as possible." When it comes to buying a home, the 10 must-know, simple secrets for first-time home buyers from realtor.com® are: 1. Identify your home buying power: Understanding how much house you can afford can give you a leg up when it comes to buying a new home. Estimating your monthly housing payments using the realtor.com® Home Affordability Calculators can help to determine how much monthly mortgage payment you can afford and calculate a feasible home price range. 2. Give up unnecessary expenses and save more: Saving cash for a down payment takes time. A good way to get started is to trim unnecessary spending. Find simple ways to save extra cash, like, skipping the extra coffee and saving that money in a dedicated account so you can watch your progress. If you struggle to save, automating the process can help. You can have your employer deposit some of your paycheck into a savings account or have your bank automatically deposit money into your savings account. 3. Work with a local agent: Purchasing a new home is a huge financial decision that can be fairly complicated. Work with a local real estate agent who has the experience, negotiating chops, a large network and local knowledge to help get you through the process to close on the right home for you. 4. Interview several real estate agents: It's wise to connect with several agents before deciding who you'll work with in your home buying journey. Ask questions like: How long have you worked in real estate? How long have you lived in the area? Do you have a team or do you work alone? What's your schedule like? Are you taking any time off in the next few months? 5. Create a must-have list and stick with it: Before you begin your search, write down the non-negotiable features your new home needs - the more specific, the better. If a home doesn't have everything on the list, skip seeing it to avoid compromising. For the listings that do have all your must-haves, document your open house or showing visits by taking notes and photos of each property so you can review them later when making a decision on which house has what you need and ultimately, is right for you. 6. Make an informed offer: Negotiating can be tricky. Make sure to discuss the following aspects of your offer with your agent to ensure you have a complete understanding of the financial implications before you sign a contract: Market price: Your agent can help you determine a fair price based on your budget, market dynamics and comparable homes in the area. Earnest money deposit: Placing a portion of the purchase price in an escrow account can demonstrate to the seller that you are serious. Just make sure to discuss the scenarios that could cause you to lose this deposit. Contingencies: Contingencies are provisions that can allow you to get out of your contract without losing your deposit under certain circumstances, such as passing a home inspection or appraisal or securing a loan. Make sure you understand how they serve to protect a buyer's interests and what impact they can have on a sale. 7. Avoid saying these things when buying a home: While the home search can be a very long process, it's imperative to keep your emotions in check, especially around the seller or listing agent. To maintain a strong negotiating position, keep your composure, as over-enthusiastic potential buyers can wind up overpaying. With that said, avoid the following statements: "This is my dream house!" "That couch is hideous!" "I can afford to spend this much." "I can't wait to get rid of that." "Why are you selling?" "You'll never get that price." 8. Appeal your appraisal if necessary: If you've applied for a mortgage, your home-to-be still has to undergo a home appraisal. Appraisers will estimate the home's exact value based on home condition, location, square footage and renovations. If the appraisal comes in lower than what you have offered, you have options, which may include: Appeal the appraisal: Appealing can extend the process by a few weeks. Get a second appraisal: This is an added cost and can extend the process. Negotiate with the seller: Sometimes a seller will lower the price or help in other ways. Walk away: You'll likely lose the money already paid for inspections and/or appraisals, and your earnest money deposit may be at risk if you don't have an appraisal or financing contingency in your contract. 9. Follow your home inspector checklist: Your inspector should be trained to check your soon-to-be home for any issues. Join your inspector during the inspection to ask questions and find out hidden details of the home. Here are some of the main items a home inspection should vet: Structural issues  Roof problems Mechanical issues Plumbing concerns Electrical troubles Overall condition and basic home functionality (ie. windows, doors, vents, lights, fans) Safety - mold, hazards, faulty smoke detectors 10. Don't break the deal! Avoid these things: Remember, a sale is not final until you sign all the paperwork and get the keys, anything you do before closing could impact the sale. Most states do not have in-person closing meetings anymore; however, if you do wind up in an in-person closing meeting, it's best to avoid voicing these potential deal-breakers: "I can't wait to get all the new furniture we bought." "I can't wait to gut the house." "Could you remove that swing set from the backyard?" About "The Essential First-Time Home Buyer's Book" Written by the seasoned editorial team at realtor.com®, "The Essential First-Time Home Buyer's Book" draws from the top articles written by the company's editorial team, sourcing information from a network of experts, which publishes more than a dozen real estate-related articles every day. It is available now in paperback for $14.99. About realtor.com® Realtor.com®, The Home of Home Search, offers the most MLS-listed for-sale listings among national real estate portals, and access to information, tools and professional expertise that help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. Through its Opcity platform, realtor.com® uses data science and machine learning to connect consumers with a real estate professional based on their specific buying and selling needs. Realtor.com®pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago, and today is a trusted resource for home buyers, sellers and dreamers by making all things home simple, efficient and enjoyable. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. under a perpetual license from the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information, visit realtor.com®.
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Realtor.com Publishes "The Essential First-Time Home Buyer's Book" to Simplify the Home-Buying Journey
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SOLD.com Launches First-Ever Educational Resource and Comparison Engine to Empower Home Sellers
Company is founded by real estate and technology veterans behind Auction.com, Ten-X, Money360 and more IRVINE, Calif. -- A group of serial real estate technology entrepreneurs, including founders or current and former directors of companies including Ten-X, Auction.com, LendingTree, Realtor.com, Fizber and Money360 today announced the launch of SOLD.com, a first-of-its-kind educational resource and proprietary recommendation engine for homeowners researching and evaluating the many ways to sell a home. In a housing market that offers sellers a rapidly expanding array of innovative options, matching the right option with the needs of a unique seller in a particular market requires education. SOLD.com will revolutionize the home selling experience by allowing consumers to compare dozens of home selling options so they can decide which approach and resources enable them to sell for the highest price in the shortest amount of time, while minimizing fees. SOLD.com is completely free for the consumer. Click here to see how it works. SOLD.com's recommendation engine is powered by machine learning that considers thousands of data points for individual properties, local markets and individual seller preferences. Users are asked a few simple questions about their home and their top objectives during the sales process. SOLD.com's proprietary technology then evaluates the top local real estate agents, institutional buyers, discount agent models and more to match the seller with the option that will best help them achieve their goals. SOLD.com also provides a personal concierge to assist the homeowner through their selling experience. "Selling a home is one of the biggest financial – and often, most emotional – decisions people make, and because it may only happen once or twice during a lifetime, it's not something that becomes second nature over time," said Matt Woods, President of SOLD.com. "SOLD.com is committed to helping home owners understand all of the options available to them for selling their homes while protecting their valuable equity, and will serve as a trusted, unbiased resource throughout the home selling process." SOLD.com's board members include Jeff Frieden, co-founder and Chairman of Auction.com and Ten-X; Evan Gentry, founder and CEO of Money360, Inc. and Fizber; and Steve Ozonian, lead director for LendingTree and former CEO of Realtor.com, who provide the company with a wealth of expertise spanning technology, finance and marketing in the real estate arena. SOLD.com's partnerships include emerging brands like Purplebricks, Home Bay, Homie, Redefy, Roofstock, REX, RedfinNow, Reali, Properly, as well as thousands of the top traditional real estate agents across the United States. "Because there are countless new models available in the home selling space in addition to the traditional real estate broker model, there is a critical need for a service that makes sense of all the available options," continued Woods. "SOLD.com solves for this knowledge gap by bringing both traditional and emerging methods for selling a home all under one roof and providing free and unbiased guidance that is personalized for each home owner." About SOLD.com SOLD.com is the first-of-its-kind free, unbiased, educational resource and comparison engine for home owners researching the best method to sell their homes. The SOLD.com platform aggregates disruptive real estate services and top local brokers in one place to inform and educate users about the many options available to them. SOLD.com then uses its proprietary technology and personal concierge services to analyze objective and subjective factors – including local market characteristics, customer service rankings and personal preferences – to provide users with a free and unbiased recommendation for the most efficient, cost-effective route to selling a home. For more information, please visit https://www.SOLD.com/.
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Realtors Reassert Role as Leader in Blockchain Technology Education
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Secrets of Top Selling Agents Podcast Now Streaming!
How often do you have the chance to sit down with a top selling agent and learn their methods for success? Well, with the release of the new Secrets of Top Selling Agents Podcast, you can do it every week. Tune in to hear from industry leaders, authors, trainers, and of course, top selling agents. Today's experts didn't become successful overnight. They put in years of hard work, dedication, and trial and error to develop business strategies that really work. In each podcast, you'll learn methods for success in today's industry from the experts themselves, so you can take their lessons and apply them to your own business. Each week will feature timeless advice from over ten years of the Secrets of Top Selling Agents Webinar program for success in today's real estate market. Topics range from time management, to social media best practices, lead generation, team building, and much more. Subscribe below to learn how to grow your business. Playable on iTunes, Stitcher, Tune-In, and Alexa (say "Alexa, play Secrets of Top Selling Agents Podcast") and many other podcast players. To view the original post, visit the Homes.com blog.
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Residential Real Estate Council Offers Free Membership with Education Program
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Secrets Live, Coming to a City Near You
Secrets of Top Selling Agents webinars have offered free online seminars with real estate's top agents, coaches, and leaders since 2006. Now you can experience these real estate secrets in person in a high energy, 3-hour course that is guaranteed to transform your business and help maximize your success. Currently on tour with Secrets of Top Selling Agents Live is world-class real estate consultant and coach Sherri Johnson. No other coach matches her distinguished 20 years of experience as a top agent and executive of a top-three independent, nationwide brokerage. She has recruited, trained, and coached thousands of agents, and was responsible for leading over 700 real estate agents and over $1.6 billion in annual sales volume. Johnson's proven strategies produce immediate results and can triple your income regardless of current production. Johnson's live seminars will help you dramatically increase production by teaching you the steps to making $50K at your next open house and to creating a pipeline worth over $10 million in listing and buyer leads with your personal BluePrint for Success™. Don't miss your chance to supercharge your business and start achieving your goals with these easy-to-implement techniques! Visit www.SecretsLive.events to see where we'll be and to sign up for advance notification of event dates and locations! To view the original post, visit the Homes.com blog.
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New Virtual Pro Education Package From Residential Real Estate Council
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Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary with Relaunch of Industry-Wide Beta Brokers Program
Platform allows brokers to showcase innovation and inspires industry to think differently MADISON, N.J., Jan. 23, 2018 -- In celebration of its ten-year anniversary, Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate today announced the refresh and relaunch of the Beta Brokers program, formerly known as the Beta Brokerage® project, an online network of pioneering brokers who are revealing their keys to success. The reimagined platform allows real estate professionals to gather and employ best practices across marketing, operations, technology, business planning and more. By building a centralized hub that showcases ideas from trailblazers in real estate with a shared commitment to differentiation, the Beta Brokers program creates an ecosystem for professionals to network, brainstorm and learn. In addition to promoting peer-to-peer engagement, brokers have the opportunity to construct their own collaborative spheres of influence. With access to informative case studies, the program provides real estate professionals with a behind-the-scenes view into next generation business strategies, intended to help the industry spark new interpretations of longstanding practices. "As we reflect on our core values and brand identity across the past decade, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate has been consistently committed to sparking new conversations and challenging the status quo," said Sherry Chris, President and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. "To celebrate our brand's exciting ten-year milestone, we've identified an innovative group of real estate pioneers – continuous proofs-of-concept who are taking exciting, measured risks to evolve the art and science of real estate. In return for their commitment to ingenuity, we are excited to magnify their voices across the industry for the benefit of everyone in real estate." The Beta Brokers program teamed up with esteemed real estate creative agency 1000watt, which conducted extensive research to identify a core group of brokerages to kick off the relaunch. Categories available on this network include community, core values, culture, marketing, philanthropy, recruiting, social media, technology and training. "RESF is proud to be a part of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate's Beta Brokers program," said Jorge Guerra, President and Chief Executive Officer, RESF Real Estate in Miami, Florida. "We share BHGRE®'s commitment to collaboration, and hope that by sharing our story, we can contribute to the continued evolution of the industry. We know from experience that the richest pool of innovation and transformational ideas often comes from our colleagues and professional networks. We are proud to be a member of the Beta Brokers network of brokers to share ideas with like-minded companies, both to teach and to learn." The Beta Brokers program salutes the entrepreneurial spirit of these real estate brokers, and will package and share compelling content as new contributors join throughout the coming year. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate also invites interested innovators to apply to join the growing network. To view the case studies or to learn more about joining, visit www.BetaBrokers.com. About Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate LLC Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC is a dynamic real estate brand that offers a full range of services to brokers, sales associates and home buyers and sellers. Using innovative technology, sophisticated business systems and the broad appeal of a lifestyle brand, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC embodies the future of the real estate industry while remaining grounded in the tradition of home. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC is a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services. The growing Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate network includes over 11,000 affiliated sales associates and approximately 350 offices serving home buyers and sellers across the United States, Canada and the Bahamas. Better Homes & Gardens® is a registered trademark of Meredith Corporation licensed to Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC and used with permission. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Each Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate Franchise is independently owned and operated.
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Homes.com at NAR 2017: Find All the Presentation Slides Here!
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Real Estate Startup zavvie to Break with the Status Quo at Big Tech Show
zavvie Taps Top Pros for Inman Connect to Educate Agents, "Debunk" Tech Hyperbole DENVER, CO--(Aug 2, 2017) - A hot Colorado-based real estate tech startup is breaking with marketing convention by assembling some of the marketing world's and real estate industry's most accomplished professionals for a Learning Lab it's presenting at the nation's largest real estate technology conference, Inman Connect at the San Francisco Hilton, August 7-11. zavvie, based in Boulder, Colorado, which is making its debut at Inman Connect, is the nation's first hyperlocal marketing platform designed to provide every neighborhood with a "go-to" local real estate pro. But instead of investing its marketing dollars to convince people to use its new platform at the big real estate tech gathering -- which Is expected to draw 4,000 attendees -- the firm is putting a spotlight on lineup of top speakers who are expected to debunk conventional wisdom on topics that address what consumers want, lead generation, real estate farming, blogging, and predictive analytics. The zavvie Learning Labs at Inman Connect are schedule for Wednesday, August 9 and Thursday, August 10, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on both days. zavvie Learning Lab Speakers and topics include: Noelle Bortfeld, CMO, Windermere Real Estate, Seattle, WA and Marilyn Wilson, Founding Partner, WAV Group, and President of RE Technology, Arroyo Grande, CA present "What Consumers Really Want Will Shock You (Hint: It's about them, not you!)" Bruce Gardner, national speaker and best-selling author of Seven Styles: How To Design Your Real Estate Career of Success and Significance and Director of Agent Development for Your Castle Real Estate presents "Farming Is Back: Hyperlocal Marketing in The Digital Age." Jimmy Mackin, Co-Founder, Curaytor and one of the nation's leading experts on Facebook marketing presents "Using Facebook To Dominate Your Neighborhood." Dave Fratello, Manhattan Beach, CA Confidential Realty broker who is known for one of the nation's best hyperlocal real estate websites, MB Confidential, is paired with former Inman News reporter Paul Hagey, HageyMedia, and real estate marketing and agent blogging wunderkind Heather Elias, former VP of Marketing for Washington DC-area Century 21 Redwood Realty present "Stop Blogging! How To Build A Hyperlocal Content Machine." John Heithaus, a DC-area based, third-generation real estate professional and real estate marketing veteran is joined by Abbie Higashi, General Counsel and Manager at McGuire Real Estate, and Neil Cohen, a nationally renowned brand marketing expert who also teaches marketing at San Francisco State, and they present "Could Predictive Analytics Become Tomorrow's QR Code?" Eric Stegemann, CEO, TRIBUS, who became a REALTOR® before reaching the age of 20 and in 2004 built one of the largest independent brokerage firms in St. Louis, presents "Real Leads Are Back: How Social Lead Gen Will Change The Way You Look At Lead Gen Forever." Lane Hornung, zavvie Founder and CEO, explains his company's novel marketing strategy. "Educating agents by providing them with honest information of how to grow their business will drive them towards zavvie as part of their business solutions," he said. "The age of 'me' marketing is dead. Not just for agents, but for companies too. It's not about us -- it's about our customer and the value we can offer agents: it's about them. "By educating agents about what they need to rapidly grow their business -- which is what social media and the right technology is offering real estate agents today -- we know a lot of top agents are going to include zavvie in their marketing budgets because we offer the right stuff," he added. Hornung speaks from experience. He not only is a founder and owner of one of Colorado's most successful and award-winning brokerages, 8z Real Estate, he's also a former top producing real estate agent for RE/MAX and is in their Hall of Fame. Hornung's background includes a deep real estate technology background as well, having been part of the original management team of ZipRealty. Zip was the company that pioneered online real estate brokerage and now powers technology for the largest real estate brokerage brand in the U.S., Realogy. "At Inman Connect our Learning Labs, we know our speakers have the experience to cut through the hyperbole and tell the truth about what works in marketing and technology and what's just a shiny object that's likely to fade away," added Stefan Peterson, co-founder of zavvie, who is also COO of 8z Real Estate. "Agents are going to get takeaways they can use to immediately begin to build their business. That's what they need. Not a brochure about zavvie," said Peterson. zavvie is hosting its Learning Labs at Connect SF, during the afternoons of Wednesday, August 9 and Thursday, August 10. About zavvie zavvie is the nation's first hyperlocal marketing platform, the place where savvy, trusted local real estate agents go to tap into the most powerful way for a real estate agent to grow and maintain a successful real estate business. zavvie delivers to a real estate agent, a complete social media and hyperlocal system for top agents to build their listing business and make -- or keep -- them the dominant agent in their neighborhood. Discover more about zavvie at www.zavvie.com.
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Realtor.com® Names the Top 10 Affordable Towns with the Best Elementary Schools
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Century 21 Real Estate Launches 'C21® Adulting' Digital Program
Madison, N.J. 03-20-2017 — Century 21 Real Estate LLC, franchisor of the iconic CENTURY 21® brand, announced today that it has launched C21 Adulting, a digital and social program designed to engage and educate Millennials, first-time homebuyers and prospective sales associates on a variety of topics nestled under four core themes – House, Money, Work, and Life. As a go-to-resource for Millennials in every facet of their adult lives, C21 Adulting will feature humorous content including quizzes, how-to videos and blog posts. "Whether looking for tips on dressing for an interview, a tutorial on how to hang a picture or a quiz that helps determine where they should live, Millennials will find everything they need to help conquer life's challenges—large and small—at C21Adulting.com," said Cara Whitley, chief marketing officer of Century 21 Real Estate LLC. "With this initiative, we're hoping to showcase the CENTURY 21 brand as an innovative global real estate leader with its finger on the pulse of and uniquely positioned to anticipate, meet and exceed the distinctive needs of first-time homebuyers." C21 Adulting will be supported via the brand's social channels and will include content such as videos, photos, GIFs, parodies and surveys. Examples of content that will be featured include "Medicine Cabinet Must-Haves," "The Art of Laundry," "Home Buying Knowledge Explored," street interviews and Adulting #Fails. About Century 21 Real Estate LLCCentury 21 Real Estate LLC is comprised of approximately 7,330 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in 77 countries and territories worldwide with more than 110,000 independent sales professionals. Century 21 Real Estate has numerous websites to help answer specific consumer needs. They are century21.com, century21Global.com, commercial.century21.com, century21.com/finehomes, and century21espanol.com.
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NAR Tech Edge Events Keep Realtors® Apprised of Latest Tools
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Realogy Announces Plans for Development of Integrated Learning Institute to Enhance Sales Agent and Broker Productivity
Madison, N.J. 02-01-2017 — Realogy Holdings Corp. today announced its plans for the development of a new, integrated learning institute for its leading real estate franchise brands and NRT, its company-owned brokerage business. The new learning center of excellence will operate under the direction of Bryon Ellington, who today was appointed as senior vice president of learning for Realogy. Ellington comes to Realogy after serving in a number of key senior executive roles at Keller Williams Realty, Inc., where he has worked for the past 15 years. Most recently, Ellington served as the company's chief learning officer since 2014, where he was credited with building and implementing its learning platform.Going forward, Ellington will lead the effort to integrate and strengthen the learning and development resources from across NRT-owned brokerages and the Realogy Franchise Group brands, which include Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, ERA® and Sotheby's International Realty®. As part of its strategy, Realogy also has engaged Miller Heiman Group, a leading sales performance company, to collaborate on the development of a world-class learning platform. Realogy intends for its integrated learning institute to offer customized learning opportunities serving new and experienced sales agents and brokerage managers affiliated with Realogy's franchise brands and company-owned brokerages. "We view learning as a strategic asset, and we are making a strong investment in creating a world-class learning platform across our franchise brands and NRT. We look forward to Bryon Ellington's leadership to help guide our learning initiatives in the future," said John Peyton, President and Chief Operating Officer, Realogy Franchise Group. "Realogy's commitment to creating a learning and development center of excellence will help enable our brokerages to enhance their respective agent value propositions and provide their affiliated sales agents and brokerage managers with a competitive edge," said Ryan Gorman, Chief Strategy & Operating Officer, NRT LLC. With a background in education and technology, Ellington began his real estate career in 2002 with Keller Williams. In 2016, he was nationally recognized by Training Magazine with its Emerging Training Leader award. Ellington previously served as the company's chief operating officer for its international master franchising efforts and spent four years as the company's chief products officer. In his earlier years in the industry, he served as director of research, development and implementation and as an agent sales and technology curriculum team leader. Ellington received his bachelor's degree and teaching certificate in secondary education from the University of Texas, and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from the Acton School of Business in Austin. About Realogy Holdings Corp.Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) is a global leader in residential real estate franchising and brokerage with many of the best-known industry brands including Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, The Corcoran Group®, ERA®, Sotheby's International Realty® and ZipRealty®. Collectively, Realogy's franchise system members operate approximately 13,650 offices with more than 268,000 independent sales associates conducting business in 111 countries and territories around the world. NRT LLC, Realogy's company-owned real estate brokerage, is the largest residential brokerage company in the United States, operates under several of Realogy's brands and also provides related residential real estate services. Realogy also owns Cartus, a prominent worldwide provider of relocation services to corporate and affinity clients, Title Resource Group (TRG), a leading provider of title, settlement and underwriting services and ZapLabsSM, its innovation and technology development subsidiary. Realogy is headquartered in Madison, New Jersey.
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Realogy Program Graduates Its Second Class of Future Real Estate Brokerage Leaders
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Real Estate Game Works Expands Simulation for Continuing Education
SEATTLE--The Oregon Association of Realtors has just committed to offering the next generation of CE products, developed by Real Estate Game Works (REGW), for real estate agents in the state of Oregon. Real Estate Game Works, a Seattle-area startup, has developed an entertaining online simulation for real estate agents to meet their continuing education requirements. The software employs a concept called "gamification" to convert dry subject matter into a powerful 21st Century learning experience. "Our simulation will revolutionize the way real estate agents renew their licenses," says CEO Jed Etters. "Say farewell to countless hours of sitting in a classroom or taking mind-numbing multiple-choice tests." The simulation allows players to hone their skills by replicating a "day in the life" of a real estate agent. Players will find clients, negotiate prices, buy and sell homes, and engage in marketing. As a reward for good work, players can upgrade their office from a shabby basement to a downtown suite. The "clients" that players meet in the simulation, such as the Drill Sergeant and Geeky Professor (and many others), will keep them entertained in ways that traditional continuing education cannot. "For the first time, continuing education will be fun. Real estate agents will be eager to play this," Etters states. Contained within the simulation are learning modules on topics of interest to real estate agents. These modules, combined with the simulation itself, provide the 30 hours of continuing education required by regulators in Oregon state. Crucially, the product is currently endorsed by the Oregon and Washington Association of Realtors. Players can access the game on desktop computers, laptops, and tablets such as the iPad. "We work on issuing top-of-the-line programs and products for our Brokers. Real Estate Game Works has proven itself as a revolutionary tool with interactive learning. We are proud to be the sole provider of gamified real estate continuing education in Oregon," said Jake Conley, Education & Communications Coordinator. The Oregon Association of Realtors follows the Washington Association of Realtors, which launched the next-generation, simulation-based CE products developed by Real Estate Game Works in September. REGW is expanding their offering to additional states in the near future.
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RPR Presents 'Quick Start Guides'
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Coldwell Banker Enhances Its Luxury Real Estate Program
MADISON, N.J. 10-17-2016 — Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, a global leader in luxury home sales, has enriched its Coldwell Banker Previews International® luxury program by elevating its Previews® agent certification program, expanding global marketing offerings and cultivating growth in its digital and print content. Coldwell Banker®, a leader in global luxury real estate with over 25,000 sales of homes worth $1 million or more last year, is renowned for selling some of the worlds most distinguished properties. The new Previews luxury program is designed for the ever-expanding global reach of luxury real estate sales."Coldwell Banker has been a leader in luxury real estate for more than 80 years," said Sean Blankenship, chief marketing officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. "That's not by luck, rather it's by continually improving our program to ensure it serves the next generation of luxury customers all over the world.  Each enhancement we make ensures that agents are prepared to succeed in the luxury real estate market and can effectively collaborate with their peers in our global network." Coldwell Banker is enhancing its Previews certification course for agents that include an immersive and exclusive approach to learning how to operate in the luxury real estate market. Led by top agents in the luxury space including Jade Mills, Jennifer Ames and Wendy Walker, this multi-day experience brings the Previews International program a real-world application. Jade Mills, a leader in luxury real estate based in Beverly Hills, has closed more than $4 billion in real estate transactions throughout her career and was named the #1 real estate agent in the world for Coldwell Banker in 2012. Jennifer Ames is a 20-year real estate veteran with more than $1.5 billion in career sales based in Chicago. The Wall Street Journal named Jennifer one of the top 50 real estate agents in the United States. Wendy Walker is a luxury agent based in Phoenix who was named among the top 1% of Coldwell Banker agents nationally and internationally, winning countless other industry accolades as well. The fortified Previews certification course pairs the experience and first-hand knowledge of successful luxury agents with industry-leading resources to help agents meet and exceed the expectations of their most affluent clients. The new Previews program provides learning, networking, marketing resources and mentorship to the newest generation of up-and-coming luxury agents. A completely redesigned luxury website, ColdwellBankerPreviews.com, makes it easy for agents to collaborate and share marketing materials for listings with their peers around the world. The platform will power the Previews® website in multiple languages, underscoring the global appeal of luxury real estate and the strengthening the Coldwell Banker global network. The all-new platform engages luxury real estate agents in over 75 countries globally. Building off of past years' successes, Coldwell Banker® recently unveiled its quarterly Homes and Estates magazine. For the first time ever, the magazine, which features top listings from around the world alongside luxury lifestyle content, will be available globally on newsstands and at Barnes and Noble. The magazine will also be distributed to subscribers of Unique Homes and will be available for download on the Previews Inside Out blog. About Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC Since 1906, the Coldwell Banker® organization has been a premier provider of full-service residential and commercial real estate brokerage services. Coldwell Banker Real Estate is the oldest national real estate brand and franchisor in the United States, and today has a global network of 3,000 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in 47 countries and territories with more than 84,000 affiliated sales professionals. The Coldwell Banker brand is known for creating innovative consumer services as recently seen by taking a leadership role in the smart home space, being the first national real estate brand with an iPad app, the first to augment its website www.coldwellbanker.com for smart phones, the first to create an iPhone application with international listings, the first to develop an iPad application (CBx) to easily bring big data into home listing presentations, and the first to fully harness the power of video in real estate listings, news and information through its Coldwell Banker On LocationSM YouTube channel. Coldwell Banker is a leader in niche markets such as resort, new homes and luxury properties through its Coldwell Banker Previews International® marketing program delivering exceptional experiences for all consumers served. About Coldwell Banker Previews International® The Coldwell Banker Previews International program has been a world leader in the marketing of luxury homes since 1933. The Previews® program was acquired by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC in 1980 and launched as Coldwell Banker Previews International®, the brand's luxury homes program.  The exclusive group of certified Previews Property Specialists make up approximately 8.5 percent of the independent sales associates affiliated with the Coldwell Banker brand worldwide.  Coldwell Banker Previews International participated in more than 25,000 transaction sides of homes priced at $1 million or more in 2015. On average, Previews handles $133.5 million in luxury homes sales every day. Coldwell Banker, Previews and Coldwell Banker Previews International are registered marks licensed to Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Each office is independently owned and operated.
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Real Estate Game Works Launches Simulation for Continuing Education
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Buyers and Sellers Benefit From Bank of America's New Real Estate Center
Thursday, September 8, 2016 -- Bank of America has announced the launch of its new Real Estate Center, a comprehensive online education center for homebuyers and sellers that provides simple ways to transition from homebuying preparation to home shopping and purchasing. "The Bank of America Real Estate Center is built to be intuitive, putting critical information at both prospective buyers' and existing homeowners' fingertips and helping them stay connected with experts every step of the way," said D. Steve Boland, Bank of America Consumer Lending executive. The Real Estate Center is a comprehensive homebuying and selling education center that includes extensive property search functions and home valuation information for buyers and sellers, as well as tools and information to prepare buyers. Prospective homebuyers can easily search new, existing and bank-owned homes for sale, as well as look up home values, previous purchase prices and recent home sales based on the latest data coming from approximately 95 percent of the available residential MLS listings across the country. Neighborhood data, like walkability scores and school information, can aid buyers in their decision process by providing information on how specific neighborhoods fit their personal needs. The mobile-friendly design of the updated Real Estate Center will allow consumers to search properties and research home values anytime and anywhere from a mobile device. The new experience will be seamless for mobile users, ensuring that the Real Estate Center remains a valuable resource ? even when used on the go. Calculators and tools help would-be buyers experiment with potential monthly payment scenarios, predict closing costs, and complete an affordability snapshot. Homebuyers also have access to financial education tools provided by Better Money Habits, a financial education partnership between Bank of America and the Khan Academy, and can search for down payment assistance programs in their area through our Down Payment Resource Center. Homebuyers can be alerted via e-mail when a new home comes on the market in their area or price range or when a house sells or changes to pending offer or sold status in the MLS®. About Bank of America Bank of America is one of the world's leading financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 47 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 4,700 retail financial centers, approximately 16,000 ATMs, and award-winning online banking with approximately 33 million active accounts and more than 20 million mobile active users. Bank of America is a global leader in wealth management, corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and more than 35 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
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More than 700 Agents Have Earned Their Real Estate Digital Marketer (REDM) Certification
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Graduation of Inaugural T3 Fellows Class
June 24, 2016 - Orange County, Calif. T3 Fellows today announced the graduation of the inaugural class of its Executive Management Brokerage Program (EMBP) for real estate entrepreneurs desirous to grow their residential real estate brokerage company and sales teams that are rapidly expanding. The T3 Fellows programs delivers a year-long curriculum through twice-annual mastermind workshops, monthly web conferences, and extensive one-on-one guidance counseling to create business specific solutions for each brokerage company. The curriculum covers all vital aspects of growing a real estate brokerage business and specifically focuses on: Growing revenue by recruiting the best agents to the brokerage; improving profitability by increasing agent sales; creating powerful branding and marketing programs; and leveraging internet lead generation and conversion for more sales. "Growing a brokerage or team into a substantial and thriving business is an enormous challenge, but these graduate have stayed the course and dedicated the time, energy and resources required supercharge their companies to the next level", said T3 Fellows President, Jack Miller. The inaugural class of 11 graduating brokers were individually selected and had completed a lengthy selection and interview process to establish whether they were at the right place and time in their personal and the company's lifecycle to take on the commitment. T3 Fellows program graduates are: Joe and Jennifer Boylan, Springs Homes Real Estate, Colorado Springs, CO Carla Brinkoetter, Brinkoetter Real Estate, Decatur, IL Danny Dietl and Adam Duckwall, BRIX Real Estate, Minneapolis, MN J Philip Faranda, J Philip Real Estate, Westchester County, NY Elizabeth Cooper- Golden, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville, AL John Jackson, John Jackson Neighborhood Real Estate, Kirkwood, MO Jackson-Fuller Real Estate Team, Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco, CA Jennifer Kjellgren, Intown Expert Realty, Atlanta, GA Stephanie Lanier, Lanier Property Group, Wilmington, NC Michael Meier, Meier International Real Estate, New York City, NY Nick Solis and Ryan Evanson, One80 Real Estate, Brentwood CA The T3 Fellows program was also conducted by real industry strategist and 33-times author Stefan Swanepoel who served as program advisor and guest speaker, and Swanepoel T3 Group President Jack Miller who served as principal lecturer. The program was supported by Jonathan Kauffman of Nest Realty, Katie Minkus of Hawaii Life, Leighton Dees of Better Homes and Gardens Generations, Garron Selliken of M Realty, and Lindsay Reishman of Compass Real Estate, and Vanessa Bergmark of Red Oak Realty who all served as T3 Fellows Mentors. The Mentors are practicing brokers who operate some of the most highly regarded and innovative brokerages in the country and share firsthand experiences with the students. The next T3 Fellows class begins next month 2016 and applications can still be submitted at www.t3fellows.com. About Swanepoel T3 Group The Swanepoel | T3 Group has been one of the nation's leading research firms since 1998 and is responsible for the publishing of the annual Swanepoel Trends Report, the annual Swanepoel Power 200, the T3 Tech Guide, and a number of national studies such as the D.A.N.G.E.R. Report (Definitive Analysis of Negative Game Changers Emerging in Real Estate). The Group also hosts the annual T3 Summit (USA) and T3 Summit (Canada), two of the industry's two foremost leadership events.
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Homebuyers Gain Expanded Access to Education, Down Payment Help During National Homeownership Month
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Social Media Academy Launched for Top Real Estate Professionals
PLEASANTON, California – June 14, 2016 – Katie Lance Consulting, one of the real estate industry's leading social media marketing firms, announced today that their new learning portal, #GetSocialSmart Academy will be launched today. The academy was inspired from Katie Lance Consulting's successful 6-week coaching program, also named #GetSocialSmart, that has been running for the past three years with more than 100 graduates in the program. The #GetSocialSmart Academy is an online learning platform where members will be able to access a complete library of social media training tools. The academy will launch with more than 40 training videos and downloadable materials plus access to Katie Lance's signature 6-week #GetSocialSmart coaching program. Academy members will be able to access the Academy 24/7 on any desktop or mobile device. In addition, all Academy members will have exclusive access to Katie Lance through the private member-only Facebook Group. Each month, Katie Lance Consulting will be unveiling additional new training materials to the academy including live webinars, video content and downloadable material. According to the National Association of REALTORS® 2016 Member Profile,? 91% of all real estate professionals use social media in some format. "The #GetSocialSmart Academy was created out of an enormous need in the industry for smart social media education at the agent and broker level," Lance said. "Top agents and brokers want to do better when it comes to social media, but so many don't have the time, or don't know where to start. The academy was created to solve this problem, and to bring social media education and training to more agents nationwide." Topics covered in the #GetSocialSmart Academy include training on: social media strategy, content strategy, blogging, Facebook Personal Profiles and Business Pages, Facebook advertising, Instagram, Pinterest, video marketing, Facebook Live, Periscope, LinkedIn, Twitter and much more. The Academy is designed exclusively for the real estate industry.  All of the training materials are geared toward helping agents and brokers build better relationships with their clients through social media, and generate new leads and business through an intentional social media strategy. According to Lance, the ideal Academy member is, "The type of agent that wouldn't miss a closing. You are the type of agent that always drops the keys off to your clients - because they are more than a transaction, and so much more than a 'deal.' They are a family who are about to create a lifetime of new memories in their new home and you understand this sacred space. Every home and every client of yours has a story." The #GetSocialSmart Academy launches on June 14, 2016, with the support of 11 top industry companies including: Adwerx, Inman News, Deductr, SmartZip, HomeKeepr, Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Fidelity Title Phoenix, Happy Grasshopper, Lab Coat Agents, d11 Consulting and Contactually. Real estate professional can sign up for the #GetSocialSmart Academy by visiting http://getsocialsmart.com. Membership rates are $97 per month, or $970 for an annual membership. For a limited time, through June 30, 2016, agents and brokers can sign up for the Academy with an Early Bird Rate to save $50 off their monthly membership (using the promo code SAVE50) or $500 off (using the promo code SAVE500) off an annual membership. For more information, please contact Katie Lance at 5425 Sunol Blvd., Suite 10-233, Pleasanton, CA 94588 or by email Katie[at]katielance.com About Katie Lance Katie is the Founder of Katie Lance Consulting – a social media marketing firm. Katie's clients include companies such as RE/MAX International, DocuSign, Realtor.com and many others. Since 2012, Katie's firm has worked closely with hundreds of companies in the real estate, mortgage and start-up space. Katie has been ranked the last two years by Inman News as one of the top 100 individuals in real estate.  Katie is also a frequent keynote speaker, having spoken to tens of thousands of real estate professionals in the last five years. She has also been listed in the Swanepoel Trends Report as one of the 20 most powerful social media professionals in real estate. She is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and her first book will be published in 2016. For more information, please visit www.KatieLance.com.
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Coldwell Banker Real Estate Announces First-of-its-Kind Smart Home Education Curriculum Exclusively for the Coldwell Banker Network
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Realtor® University Receives Accreditation
  WASHINGTON, March 7, 2016 — Realtor® University, the only advanced online education institution centered exclusively on real estate, has received accreditation from the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, or DEAC, an organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Since its inception in 2011, accreditation has been a top priority for Realtor® University; the process takes nearly two years and can only be started once the school has already been stably operating for two years. Realtor® University first enrolled students in 2012 and began the accreditation process in 2014. "Accreditation is a rigorous process that every new university must go through to be recognized as a legitimate and credible institution of higher learning," said Sharon Millett, chair of Realtor® University's Board of Regents. "Realtor® University has met the DEAC's strict criteria for education, ethical and business practices, affirming our program's unique blend of practical and applied learning for real estate professionals." Realtor® University was established to provide a Master's degree program for real estate professionals and bring even more value to their home buyer, seller and investor client. "As the voice of real estate, the National Association of Realtors® created Realtor®University to serve as the ultimate resource for advanced education in real estate and to raise the bar of professionalism in our industry," said NAR President Tom Salomone, broker-owner of Real Estate II Inc. in Coral Springs, Florida. "We are excited that this is only the beginning for the university, and there are plans underway to expand the programs available and further advance professionalism in our industry." Courses are offered in eight-week sessions, six times annually and taught by Ph.D.-level academics and practitioners. The program includes a business and real estate core curriculum with concentrations in Residential Sales, Marketing and Management; Commercial Real Estate Investment and Analysis; Real Estate Asset and Property Management; Real Estate Appraisal and Valuation Services; and Real Estate Association Management. "In receiving initial accreditation from DEAC, Realtor® University provided evidence of its commitment to educational standards and ethical business practices that assure quality, accountability and meaningful opportunities for students to engage fully in higher learning," said Dr. Leah K. Matthews, executive director of DEAC. "The DEAC is pleased to welcome the institution to the DEAC community of educators, where a focus on service to students reflects a longstanding commitment to best practices in teaching and learning in distance education." Realtor® University also has the largest real estate library in the world and the Richard J. Rosenthal Center for Real Estate Studies, a think tank and real estate research laboratory that provides current, hands-on and results-oriented data and analysis relevant to practical applications of industry trends and policy issues. For more information on Realtor® University, visit www.RealtorU.com. Realtor® University is an Illinois 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation established and operated exclusively for educational, research and related purposes. Realtor® University operates a degree granting educational institution offering a graduate degree in real estate and real estate business. The affairs of the University are governed by its Board of Regents. The Richard J. Rosenthal Center for Real Estate Studies at Realtor® University  provides high quality practical research that enhances practical knowledge for the practitioner.  With a Research Advisory Board comprised of distinguished real estate researchers and professionals and an Editorial Review Panel of experts from prominent universities nationwide, including the Wharton School, DePaul University and NYU, the Center's research is targeted toward the practitioner, public policy makers, legislators, and the general public. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1926 that operates as a national accreditor of distance education institutions. DEAC's goal is to ensure a high standard of educational quality in the distance education institutions it accredits and a quality education for the more than two million students who annually study at its accredited institutions. The National Association of Realtors®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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National Association of Realtors® Sponsors "Now I Get It" Video Series on Yahoo Finance
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NAR Offers New Pricing Strategies Certification, Launches Center for REALTOR® Development
  WASHINGTON (January 14, 2016) — To capitalize on growing demand for expert property assessment and increased interest in online learning courses, the National Association of Realtors® is now offering a Pricing Strategies Advisor certification available entirely online through the new Center for Realtor® Development. The Pricing Strategy Advisor certification combines a course and webinars to enhance Realtors®' skills in pricing properties, working with appraisers, and understanding, finding and making adjustments to comparable properties. The course is designed for Realtors® of all experience levels and those who work with either buyers or sellers. "The market demands accurate property value assessments, so NAR is excited to provide Realtors® with enhanced tools, education and expertise to determine the most accurate value for a home and give their clients a leg up when buying or selling," said NAR President Tom Salomone, broker-owner of Real Estate II Inc. in Coral Springs, Florida. "Realtors® have extremely demanding work schedules, so it is also incredibly important for NAR's certification courses be flexible and accommodating to their busy lifestyles; as with all of the nearly 100 courses offered through the Center for Realtor® Development, the PSA certification can be completed entirely online and at a pace and schedule set by the Realtor®." The certification's release coincides with the launch of a new online platform called the Center for Realtor® Development, www.onlinelearning.realtor. The distinct online platform of activities is devoted to lifelong learning, career advancement and specialized credentials. The site serves as the course portal for 13 of NAR's certifications and designations. The educational offerings on the site provide Realtors® with the expertise they need to build their businesses, better serve clients and differentiate themselves in a competitive marketplace. Realtors® can learn more about the requirements to earn the PSA certification at pricingstrategyadvisor.org/. Throughout this year, the Center for Realtor® Development will continue to roll out additional, high-quality coursework and products while also embracing contemporary, innovative media formats, including the launch of a new Realtor® Code of Ethics experience, where users can take interactive quizzes and gain access to new written and video content. A new one-day course, Working with Investors/Becoming an Investor, will also soon be offered, which will provide tips and advice for buying real estate investment properties. The National Association of Realtors®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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New Acquisition Highlights Education and Training Opportunities for Real Estate Professionals
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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Introduces CIPS Training for Agents Seeking Business from Foreign Clients
IRVINE, CA (Dec. 1, 2015) -- Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has introduced specialized training to help its agents complete international real estate transactions seamlessly and with reduced risk. Through the training, agents will earn a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation, which is the only international designation recognized by the National Association of REALTORS®. "Currency issues and tax laws alone make international transactions more complex, and then there are visa laws, financing and other considerations," said Marie Shoemaker, director for Network Education Services, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. "An agent who's trained to handle these challenges can make the difference in a home sale or purchase." Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices' CIPS training includes up to five full days of study covering international business in domestic markets and transactions in Europe, Asia/Pacific and the Americas. Instruction will involve transaction tools, currency and exchange rate issues, cross-cultural relationships, regional market conditions, investment performance, tax issues and more. "Few brokerage networks offer CIPS training," said Peter Turtzo, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices' senior vice president for International Operations. "With help from this unique opportunity, we want our agents to earn their unfair share of the $104-billion international market in the U.S." Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has grown to nearly 40,000 agents and 1,200 offices operating in 47 states since its launch in September 2013. About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, based in Irvine, CA, is a real estate brokerage network built for a new era in residential real estate. The network, among the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, brings to the real estate market a definitive mark of trust, integrity, stability and longevity. Visit www.berkshirehathawayhs.com. Irvine, CA-based HSF Affiliates LLC operates Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate franchise networks. The company is a joint venture of which HomeServices of America, Inc., the nation's second-largest, full-service residential brokerage firm, is a majority owner. HomeServices of America is an affiliate of world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
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Realtor.com® Premieres Exclusive Digital Video Series with Actress Elizabeth Banks Targeting First-Time Home Buyers
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NAR Unveils New Realtor® Safety Resources
  WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 -- To aid members and Realtor® associations in developing safety protocols, the National Association of Realtors® has expanded its Realtor® Safety Program resources with new classes and materials. "NAR works constantly to promote the core components of Realtor® safety: knowledge, awareness and empowerment," said NAR President Chris Polychron, executive broker with 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, Ark. "As with most jobs that require interacting with the public, selling real estate involves some risk. But ensuring the personal safety of members is a top priority of mine, and the association remains committed to providing ongoing education about potential threats and the resources Realtors® need to protect themselves." NAR introduced a new course this week for Realtor® associations to host locally for their members called "Real Estate Safety Matters." The three-hour course is a critical primer on how real estate professionals can reduce and limit risk to preserve safety and deliver positive business outcomes. The Realtor® University-sponsored course and its associated course materials are provided at no cost to associations or brokerages. A few of the topics covered during the "Real Estate Safety Matters" course include safety protocols for showing properties, understanding physical and instinctual responses to threats and attacks, and the various safety tools and systems currently available. NAR's Realtor® Safety Program has also expanded its distribution of safety tips. Every Monday, NAR now shares safety tips via its Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. The image-based tips offer safety information on an assortment of topics, including open house safety, garage safety, cyber security, home security and more. These tips can easily be shared with and by associations, members and clients. These new and expanded safety resources for members and associations - including materials to share in the office, online or for safety presentations; videos; articles; and archived webinars - are available online at www.realtor.org/safety. Information on safety smartphone apps and safety products are also available as well as a list of safety experts. The safety of its members is a top priority for NAR, and the association will continue to roll out new materials for the Realtor® Safety Program throughout the year. NAR established the Realtor® Safety Program more than a decade ago to empower and inform members of the potential risks they face in this profession and how to navigate them safely. The entire month of September is designated Realtor® Safety Month and is dedicated to bringing more awareness to Realtor® safety among members. The National Association of Realtors®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing 1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. Information about NAR is available at www.realtor.org. This and other news releases are posted in the "News, Blogs and Videos" tab on the website.
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Homes.com Launches Innovative Social Marketing Suite
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Webinars for the Week Starting September 3rd
We hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! Now that the dog days of summer are at an end, the kids are heading back to school. Do you ever miss your school days? Just because you don't have a classroom to go to doesn't mean you have to stop learning! RE Technology has six great webinars lined up for next week that you may want to pencil into your schedule. Staying current with technology in real estate is a personal development initiative that will help develop your skills to sell more real estate. Here's a look at what's coming up this week: Tuesday 10 am PDT / 1 pm EDT Incubate your prospects and maintain consistent contact with a drip email marketing system Don't lose clients or prospects due to lack of regular contact. We understand that your day is busy and your time valuable. If you find yourself too busy to maintain high levels of contact, let a drip email marketing system lend a helping hand. Consumers need constant reminders of who you are, what you do and what does that mean for them. 1:30 pm PDT / 4:30 pm EDT Agents, Why Buy Reports? The Key to Getting More Listings and More Referrals Your broker has made a big step forward in online marketing by signing up your office for the nation's number 1 listing distribution service! ListHub sends your listings to the websites selected by your company - requiring NO additional maintenance, and always distributing the most up-to-date information from the MLS. Agenda: About ListHub Online Marketing Best Practices Power of the ListHub Platform: Free Tools Measuring Your Marketing: ListHub Reports Wednesday 8 am PDT / 11am EDT Know Your S.W.O.T. (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities, Threats) In this first session of Market Leaders 4-part "Real Estate 101" webinar series, students will evaluate their real estate business and develop a custom checklist for quick improvement in September. 9 am PDT / 12 pm EDT The Home Zone Real Estate Marketing Suite Learn how real estate agents can utilize electronic marketing to gain listings, impress buyers and sellers, saturate electronic avenues and create marketing and lead generation campaigns. The webinar will cover the entire Home Zone Marketing Program. After this one hour session agents will have a better understanding of electronic marketing and will be fully trained on the Home Zone System. 10 am PDT / 1 pm EDT DocuSign Live Interactive Training – Using Templates for Real Estate Transactions This session is designed for current DocuSign users to learn how to utilize DocuSign Templates. Using templates you can save frequently sent documents as pre-tagged documents to reused at the click of a button and save even more time using DocuSign. 10 am PDT / 1 pm EDT Be the Local Expert and Win More Clients How is the real estate market? Do you think I can sell my home and make some money? Is it a good time to buy? Buyers and sellers fire these questions at you every day, and we will show you how Market Snapshot helps you turn them into your clients with the answers they are looking for. Join us for step-by-step walkthrough of how Market Snapshot amps up your marketing, protects your advertising investment, AND get you more clients. This FREE Webinar will show you how to: Generate Leads from Open Houses with the BrightOpen™ App for iPad and Tablets Follow-up effortlessly with Buyers through a series of neighborhood-specific newsletters Stay in touch with Seller Prospects with local market updates that are sent AUTOMATICALLY Bring your Local Market Expertise to Facebook with seamless integration with the Social Connections App Generate Referrals & Repeat Business by staying in touch over the long-term with timely market updates Daily 10:30 am PDT / 1:30 pm EDT Sales Are Looking Up! Join us for this half-hour webinar that will give you an overview of Cloud CMA. This webinar is perfect for anyone wanting to learn more about Cloud CMA or new Cloud CMA subscribers wanting to get a jump start on using Cloud CMA. Topics include: Cloud CMA setup Overview of the Cloud CMA user interface Creating Cloud CMA reports Overview of Cloud CMA report content Viewing and e-mailing Cloud CMA reports Creating and sending Cloud CMA reports from your smartphone
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IMSD 'Real Estate Systems' Training Series Starts January 8
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DotLoop Introduces New Edition to Make Its Collaborative Workspace a Revenue Stream for REALTOR® Associations
CINCINNATI, OH--( Jun 7, 2011) - For more than two years, real estate brokers have been utilizing DotLoop to improve their agents' productivity through paperless transactions with its collaborative workspace. Now, DotLoop has introduced an Association Edition, developed specifically for large real estate enterprises. The DotLoop Association Edition provides real value to association members at a subsidized price. The Association Edition also provides demanded vendor benefits and a revenue stream for Associations.DotLoop has seen an increase in interest for association revenue generating opportunities. As a result, the Association Edition will provide a sizeable stream of revenue and affordable option for adopting associations."DotLoop is an open source platform for all REALTORS®," said DotLoop CEO, Austin Allison. "So it was necessary to introduce an association solution. Now associations can equip their members to reach a deal in a more efficient manner while providing a higher level of consumer experience."While DotLoop has experienced significant success within associations in the past and maintained adoption rates as high as 85%, DotLoop felt the demand for an association specific edition.The unveiling of the Association Edition occurred at the National Association of REALTORS® Midyear Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo in early May. Just after presenting the Association Edition, DotLoop began working with five large associations. By the end of May, DotLoop announced its first Association Edition partnership with the North Alabama MLS. DotLoop is excited to deliver its collaborative workspace to the association and power faster and easier transactions."WOW what a time saver," said Mike Strange of Keller Williams Consultants Realty. "I wrote a purchase contract and sent it to my buyers. I had to run to another meeting -- while in that meeting I received a text that my buyers had signed. So I pulled out my iPad and logged in to DotLoop and sent the contract forward to the listing agent. All this while not having to leave my meeting or work with a fax machine or email attachments!"Providing DotLoop's collaborative workspace to associations is just one more step in helping people work together in a seamless, transparent manner to reach an agreement. Increased transaction speed among an association's large membership base means more deals are being completed faster, thus increasing influence in the regions their members occupy.About DotLoop?Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, DotLoop is transforming the real estate industry by providing a collaborative workspace where any real estate agent can share and sign transaction documents. As the leading provider of collaborative negotiation services, DotLoop is available to service all real estate professionals throughout the United States and Canada. The innovative DotLoop platform is a collaborative, wholly web-based negotiation platform that lets users add, adjust, approve, and sign documents digitally -- addressing the challenges of security, efficiency, and overhead costs in today's real estate industry.  
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Free Webinar: Social Media Update for 2011
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Live Webinar: Strategies For Capturing Prospects and Closing Sales in Any Market
Attend this live webinar featuring seasoned real estate veteran Staci Dancey, a Southern California agent with a proven track record of success—earning the Century 21 Centurion Award and ranking #46 in the U.S. for sales! Learn the techniques she's using to effectively expand her business in new markets. You'll receive a $25 American Express® gift card just for attending. When: Thursday, May 19 Time: 10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern Cost: None Who should attend: New and experienced agents looking to close more business Staci will share her strategies for capturing prospects and closing sales in any market, while easily staying organized with a variety of time-saving contact management tools. Sign up now and learn how innovative technology can help you reach the top.
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Free Webinar: Choosing a Contact Manager Software
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Learn How to Take Advantage of Facebook
Title: Facebook 101 Date & Time: Thursday, April 28, 2011, 10:00 AM Description: Do you want to know all the ins and outs of this popular social network? Do you want to start using it efficiently to promote your listings and your business in general? During this one-hour presentation, we will be showing you how to take advantage of Facebook as a real estate agent! Click here to register Title: The MLS-Office Facebook Integration: Market Your Listings and Business like Never Before! Date & Time: Thursday, April 28, 2011, 1:30 PM Description: Your software is now fully integrated with Facebook which will allow you to keep in touch with your clients and market your listings like never before! Click here to register Contact:Marie LeducTraining Coordinator/Coordinatrice à la [email protected] Learn more about MLS-Office.
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The Hip Roof Launches This Week
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Join MLS-Office and Learn How to Turn Prospects into Loyal Clients
The Fortune is in the Followup: Turning Prospects into Loyal Clients   Monday, February 7, 2011 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM PST In the webinar, we will show you how to keep in touch and followup with your circle of influence, your clients and your prospects effortlessly!   ONLINE TRAINING SCHEDULE You need to register! To provide a high-quality learning environment, our training sessions have limited seats. Reserve yours today! Don't be late! We recommend that you join at least 15 minutes before the specified time. All trainings have a duration of approximately 1.5 hours! (*) Private sessions are also available at only $75/hour. Email us at [email protected] or call 1-888-765-9221 to schedule your session.
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Free Expert Q/A Session! Tighten Up for 2011!
  It’s Wednesday, December 22, 2010 and at 3pm EDT Matthew Ferrara will be hosting a free open mic session.  Agents and brokers are welcome to join in and ask him any question they have. The goal of this webinar is to provide knowledge insights necessary to improve strategies to make 2011 a profitable year for those in real estate. As a bonus to attendees, Matthew Ferrara will receive a one month trial account to Matthew Ferrara’s Learning Network. For two decades, Matthew Ferrara has been a driving force for evolution in the real estate industry. His mission has been to revolutionize the business by empowering brokers to create consumer-centric companies that meet the needs of modern buyers and sellers. Matthew’s philosophy is simple: forget about the past, study the consumer and deliver fast. Matthew’s company helps brokers do this through innovative ideas, consulting, management coaching and sales and technology training. Matthew is rewriting the book on how real estate is done today – and in the future.  This event is past. If you would like to know more about Matt Ferarra's Learning Network, please click here.  
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This Wednesday Market Leader is hosting a webinar featuring real estate agent Deanna Storms, an expert marketer who's using innovative relationship-building techniques to close more business. When: Wednesday, Novemeber 3, 2010 What time:11:00 AM Pacific/2:00 PM Eastern Cost: None Who should attend: New & experienced agents looking to close more business Your success starts with effective, targeted marketing, right? Sign up now to learn cutting-edge strategies for marketing tools that clients love—from Deanna Storms, a successful agent with a thriving business. Her relationship-building tools are helping her create customer loyalty and close more business than ever! To discover how you can use her secrets to build your business and receive the $25 gift card, simply click here and register now. To learn more about Market Leader, click here.    
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This Tuesday Market Leader is hosting a free webinar featuring Mandy Eads, a real estate agent who uses a system to ensure she only works with 'active, motivated, ready buyers.' When: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 Time: 10:00 AM Pacific/1:00 PM Eastern Cost: NONE Who should attend: New and experienced agents looking to close more business If you want to achieve work-life balance while increasing your income, sign up now. This gives you an opportunity to learn more about the system Mandy uses to balance her work and family, so she only spends her time with active buyers. As a 20-year veteran of sales, marketing and customer service, Mandy can show you how to make your career more rewarding than ever. Attract motivated buyers and sellers who contact you directly Enhance your business to generate new prospects Quickly identify your most motivated prospects Convert prospects into closed business To hear Mandy's secret and receive the $25 American Express gift card, simply click here and register now. Talk to you soon! The Market Leader Team
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CoreLogic and HAR Extend Data Licensing Agreement
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Stay Connected: AMA's July Webcasts and Podcasts
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Announcing the Official Launch of Tomato University
It is finally here! We are so excited. We’ve launched Tomato University (beta): “Technology Education For The Real Estate Industry” The success of our first three Virtual BarCamp events made two things very clear: 1. There is an overwhelming interest in learning how to use technology to improve one’s real estate career. 2. Participating from the comfort of your home or office is a hugely popular alternative to learning in person. Please Note: If you were a participant in any of our Virtual BarCamp events, then you are instantly a member of the University. You will have received an email notification of your membership… and if you haven’t, simply login and request a reset of your password. Our mission with Tomato University is to scale back a bit on the intensity of the VREBC experience, and give everyone an opportunity to learn in a much more relaxed and engaging environment. The success of our first three Virtual BarCamp events made two things very clear: 1. There is an overwhelming interest in learning how to use technology to improve one’s real estate career. 2. Participating from the comfort of your home or office is a hugely popular alternative to learning in person. Please Note: If you were a participant in any of our Virtual BarCamp events, then you are instantly a member of the University.  You will have received an email notification of your membership… and if you haven’t, simply login and request a reset of your password.  Our mission with Tomato University is to scale back a bit on the intensity of the VREBC experience, and give everyone an opportunity to learn in a much more relaxed and engaging environment. Rather than spending the day drinking from the fire hose of VREBC (28 live classes over 7 hours), we are launching the University with just 5 classes per week (1 per business day). See University Schedule: http://www.tomatouniversity.com/courses The other major distinction from VREBC is that the classes will be limited to much smaller audiences, allowing for direct engagement with the professors, in real-time, during class.  Classes will last between 1 and 2 hours, and in most cases will be limited to just 40 students. See University Professors: http://www.tomatouniversity.com/professors During this beta period (roughly 45 days), all classes will be held at 11am PST (2pm EST).  In addition to the great schedule we already have in place, we will be adding classes and professors on a regular basis, with constant turn-over and growth. Soon we will be offering intense Labs and Tutoring Options to our schedule.  The labs will be limited to as few as 5 students, and the one-on-one tutoring sessions will be available for those that want our undivided attention. Even though the University is in a beta phase, our commitment remains in providing our students with the most relevant and effective technology training available.  Here are a few of the ways you can instantly take advantage of the University: 1. Sign up for upcoming classes taught by some of the Real Estate Industry's finest minds. 2. Shout out from your Dashboard to the entire community, Twitter style! 3. Hold conversations with any other member(s) in real-time using "@membername" Twitter style! 4. Rate and Comment on classes you have taken to improve our offerings. 5. Friend other members to send direct messages and get updates on their activity within TU. 6. Post your RSS feeds to your profile to gain more exposure to your blog articles. 7. Submit your ideas for classes and/or your application for professorship. 8. Update your profile details. 9. Connect with Twitter and Facebook to broadcast status and connect with others. 10. Manage your email update preferences.   To begin taking advantage of your free membership you will need to register or login: Once logged in: To view your Dashboard: http://www.tomatouniversity.com/members/dashboard To see our Upcoming Classes: http://www.tomatouniversity.com/courses To meet our Professors: http://www.tomatouniversity.com/professors To update your Profile: http://www.tomatouniversity.com/members/edit We are going to be making an enormous amount of usability and functionality improvements in subsequent phases.  Many of these improvements are already in the works, but we would love suggestions from you. Our goal is to create an incredibly resourceful learning environment that thrives as a social network. This initial phase is intended to be interactive, so don't be shy. Near future upgrades we already have planned: - Fan Classes for notification of updates and future related content and classes. - Uploading of instructional videos to a tutorial library by both professors and members. - Direct Message other members, privately. - Participate in a community blog discussing high-level real estate technology topics. - The addition of a Tomato University Blog for system news and updates. - Browse and view an archive of recorded classes from past VREBC events. - RSS/XML Feed of upcoming classes for affiliates and professors to showcase on their websites.
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Property Portal Watch is part of the Classified Ad Ventures group and is an online publication specifically designed to serve the owners and operators of property portal sites around the world. They often conduct interviews with key real estate industry leaders. Alice Allen, editor of Property Portal Watch, recently interviewed Dan Daugherty, CEO of rentbits.com. rentbits.com is a Rental Property Search service. Get to know more about this service by reading this in-depth look at this company through the CEO's eyes. Tell us about the rentbits.com business model and the people behind it. rentbits.com launched to the public in 2008 with a mission of organising all of the world’s rental information. Internal and third party data shows that over 90 percent of all renters search multiple rental sites looking for their ideal rental. rentbits.com solves the problem of fragmentation by giving renters a tool to search multiple rental sites from one place. Feedback from renters said they wanted a search experience that was fast, comprehensive, free and didn’t require them to login. rentbits.com offers all of these features. rentbits.com monetises in two ways: cost-per-click advertising (sponsored results) and rental distribution advertising (a monthly fee to distribute rental listings to over 100 rental sites). The rentbits.com management team consists of ex-Googlers, technologists, and real estate gurus. rentbits.com indexes over 500,000 rental properties each day and over 400 websites. What was involved in building the search engine? Vertical search is a difficult problem to solve. Unlike other search engines that crawl the web in a generic way, vertical search needs to collect structured data that often varies from site to site. rentbits.com says its mission is to organize all of the world’s rental information. Does this mean we can expect to see an expansion outside of the US in future? Yes, you can expect to see rentbits.com outside of the US shortly. rentsbits.com saw a huge spike in traffic in January according to Hitwise – it went up 51 places to land at number 75. What do you think contributed to this? Do you expect to maintain that position in the market? Our technical and advertising teams have done a tremendous job evangelizing and ensuring rentbits.com exceeds expectations with our users. We anticipate our traffic to continue to climb as we add more features that make the rental search experience better. What are some of the websites that offer a similar service to rentbits.com? What does rentbits.com offer that makes it different? rentbits.com is 100 percent focused on the rental market. There are other similar vertical search engines that either focus on many verticals like jobs, cars, or real estate as a whole. Our plan is to be the best we possibly can be within the rental vertical. This has allowed us to roll out features like the average rental rates data that collects historical rental rates from over 8,000,000 rental listings and tracks rental rates from over 4,000 cities in the US monthly. The website has just been redesigned and a neighborhood search capability added. What’s next on the to-do list? Our users are going to continue to see improvements within the search functionality on an ongoing basis. Renters should be able to find a rental home or apartment anytime, anywhere on any device. rentbits.com is working hard to ensure this vision becomes a reality. Our advertisers can also expect to see an increase in distribution and other services to help get their properties rented as quickly as possible. To read the original interview, click here.    
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Vovici Corporation, creator of Vovici online survey web service, is offering  a free webinar called "Earn your Customers' Rave: 5 Decisions that Drive Extreme Customer Loyalty in Good Times and Bad." Vovici offers the following: What makes the difference between having customers who like you and having customers who are passionate, loyal and vocal fans? Delivering exceptional customer service – it’s the most meaningful way to earn a customer recommendation. In this Vovici Webinar, customer service pioneer Jeanne Bliss and Vovici VP of Customer Experience Nance Porte will discuss customer loyalty, word-of-mouth marketing and how some of the world’s largest and most respected brands went from simply getting customers talking about them to getting customer recommending them. Using the case studies she highlights in her acclaimed book, "I Love You More Than My Dog," Jeanne Bliss will discuss the exceptional customer service decisions of such companies as IKEA, USAA, Amazon, Trader Joe’s, Wegmans and more. Webinar details: Speakers: Jeanne Bliss, CCO and author Nancy Porte, VP, Customer Experience Date/Time: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 1 p.m. Eastern Those who should attend: Anyone responsible for customer service, customer loyalty or customer experience and engagement.    
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Touchscreen Mobile Device Sales Will Grow 97% in 2010
STAMFORD, Conn., March 4, 2010—The worldwide market for touchscreen mobile devices will surpass 362.7 million units in 2010, a 96.8 percent increase from 2009 sales of 184.3 million units, according to Gartner, Inc., By 2013, touchscreen mobile devices will account for 58 percent of all mobile device sales worldwide and more than 80 percent in developed markets such as North America and Western Europe. "Touchscreens are no longer the preserve of high-end devices and are now being included in many midrange phones as more companies have been driving the consumer market for affordable touchscreen phones," said Roberta Cozza, principal research analyst at Gartner. "As phone capabilities increase, consumers are becoming much more aware of the benefits of touch interfaces, and vendors are responding." With mobile phone vendors now focused on integrating touch technologies, many are now going a step further and beginning to deliver user interfaces (UIs) that are truly optimized for touch input. They are also increasing their software skills to deliver deeper integration of touch UIs with the underlying platform, rather than software overlays. Ms. Cozza said that the success of the iPhone has shown the viability of capacitive touch technology in mobile phones, which enables more-natural, responsive and intuitive gestures. Gartner predicts that capacitive and resistive touchscreens will coexist in the short term in mobile phones. Capacitive touch will be the mainstream technology; however, resistive touchscreens will still be around because of its lower cost. "As we saw at Mobile World Congress touch interface technology will continue to be one of the key areas of innovation during 2010," said Ms. Cozza. "Vendor and industry focus on touch UI will bring increasing sophistication and spur adoption of touch UI in other consumer electronics devices." However, vendors need to concentrate on delivering an experience rather than just a product. "Consumers won't buy a mobile device purely for the touch UI," said CK Lu, research analyst at Gartner. Touch technology is just an enabler, and ultimately, it is a compelling user experience—which includes good UI design, applications and services—that will make or break a product." Mr. Lu advised vendors to invest in expanding their UI design capabilities and ensure that designs for touch-driven UIs integrate closely with the underlying device software, allowing for an uninterrupted experience. He also said that vendors should consider integrating touch with other form factors, such as numeric or QWERTY keypads, because touch UI cannot fulfill all kinds of operations. From a sales volume perspective, Asia/Pacific is the leading region for touchscreen mobile devices. In 2010, touchscreen mobile device sales in Asia/Pacific are projected to surpass 129.1 million units, accounting for 35.6 percent of the global market. By comparison, Western Europe and North America are expected to account for 26.8 percent and 24.4 percent of global touchscreen mobile device sales. Looking at penetration of touch devices as part of overall sales in their regions, however, Western Europe leads the way with 49 percent, followed by North America at 46.65 percent. Due to the much larger size of the overall market, touchscreen sales will account for just 23.4 percent of total mobile device sales in Asia/Pacific.  “The Asia/Pacific region adapted touch very early since handwriting is great for Chinese input,” Mr. Lu said. “Looking at worldwide performance, touch technology is mainly driven by high end smartphones and feature phones. However, in Asia, the percentage of smartphones are relatively low compared to their sales in Western Europe and the U.S. Although the touch experience is generally welcome by users, price remains an inhibitor for wide adoption of touch phones, particularly in emerging markets.” Additional information is available in the report "Forecast: Touchscreen Mobile Devices, Worldwide, 2006-2013," which is available on the Gartner website at http://www.gartner.com/resId=1288713. About the Gartner Wireless, Networking & Communications Summit 2010 The Gartner Wireless, Networking & Communications Summit 2010 offers new concepts and best practices to increase ROI on wireless investment, insights on the future of wireless, and unbiased perspectives on devices, systems, integration and the latest trends. Gartner analysts will provide advice and best practices for successful wireless and networking implementations at the Gartner Wireless, Networking & Communications Summit 2010 taking place April 19-21 in San Diego, CA. Additional information is available at www.gartner.com/us/wireless. Members of the media can register for the Summit in by contacting Christy Pettey, Gartner Public Relations, at +1 408.468.8312 or at [email protected] Additional information from the event will be shared on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Gartner_inc and at #GartnerWireless. Contacts: Christy Pettey Gartner +1 408 468 8312 [email protected] Ben Tudor Gartner Tel (Media Hotline): +44 (0)1784 267738 Tel: +44 (0)1784 267298 [email protected] About Gartner: Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. Gartner delivers the technology-related insight necessary for its clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to technology investors, Gartner is the indispensable partner to 60,000 clients in 10,000 distinct organizations. Through the resources of Gartner Research, Gartner Consulting and Gartner Events, Gartner works with every client to research, analyze and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual role. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A., and has 4,000 associates, including 1,200 research analysts and consultants in 80 countries. For more information, visit www.gartner.com. To view the original press release, click here.  
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March 31, 2010—2010 is the Year of the Short Sale, and HAFA is the most important short sale initiative in residential real estate industry history. On April 6 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time, Alex Charfen, CEO of the Distressed Property Institute, will host a live broadcast to explain this important yet complicated program, and let you know how you can use HAFA to help homeowners and increase your business. Industry Alert: HAFA Decoded Free Live Informational Webinar April 6, 2010 - 4 p.m. Eastern Time http://www.cdpe.com/webinar/hafa/100406.html   In this industry-leading broadcast, you will learn: How HAFA works How it can help Who is eligible What are the benefits How and what forms to fill out We want you to help as many distressed homeowners as possible. You are why we created Industry Alert: HAFA Decoded—specifically to give you the answers you need. See you on April 6th! Celeste Roberts Distressed Property Institute, LLC 800-482-033  
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Negative Equity and Home Values Decline
Despite some areas experiencing flattening or reversal of home value declines last year, one in five markets now showing signs of a possible double dip in homevValues, according to Q4 2009 Zillow® Real Estate Market Reports. Key facts: Negative equity remains high at 21 percent of all single family homes with mortgages, but was flat quarter-over-quarter. U.S. home values fell 5 percent year-over-year, and declined 0.5 percent quarter-over-quarter, marking the 12th consecutive quarter of year-over-year declines. In one in five, or 29 of the 143 markets tracked by Zillow, home values have flattened or have begun to decrease again after showing at least five consecutive monthly increases during 2009—early signs of a what could become a “double dip.” SEATTLE—Feb. 10, 2010—Home values across the country declined again in the fourth quarter of 2009, as the Zillow Home Value Index[i] fell 5 percent year-over-year, and 0.5 percent quarter-over-quarter, to $186,200. That marked the 12th consecutive quarter of year-over-year declines, according to the fourth quarter Zillow Real Estate Market Reports[ii]. Despite home value declines seen across most of the country throughout 2009, some markets experienced what appeared to be a bottom in home value declines, or even increases in home values during the year. However, the fourth quarter of the year brought signs that the fledgling recovery of home values in many of these markets is slowing again. If the declines are sustained, the result will be a “double dip[iii]” in home values, defined as two periods of sustained declines in home values separated by a brief period of stabilization or recovery. One in five, or 29 of the 143 markets tracked by Zillow, showed at least five consecutive month-over-month increases in home values during 2009 before beginning to flatten or fall again in the second part of the year. These markets include the Boston metropolitan statistical area (MSA), the Atlanta MSA and the San Diego MSA. Home values in an additional 29 markets, including the Los Angeles and New York MSAs, increased on a month-over-month basis each month throughout the fourth quarter. However, the rate of increase slowed from November to December in 21 of those markets, and several appear likely to experience several months of sustained decline in early 2010. The percent of single family homes with mortgages in negative equity was essentially flat from the third to the fourth quarter, changing from 21 percent in Q3 to 21.4 percent in Q4. This comes after a decrease in negative equity from the second quarter’s 23 percent. The number of homeowners losing their homes to foreclosure[iv] across the country reached a peak in December, with more than one in every thousand homes being foreclosed—a number not reached since Zillow began recording national foreclosure data in 2000. “While we have seen strong stabilization in home values during 2009, there are clear signs that they will turn more negative in the near-term,” said Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries. “What we saw in mid-2009 was a brief respite from a larger market correction that has not yet run its course. The good news is that, for those markets that will see a double dip in home values before reaching a definitive bottom, this second dip will not be a return to the magnitude of depreciation seen earlier, but rather will look more like a modest aftershock of the earlier downturn. “The recent stabilization owed a lot to policy support in the form of tax credits, lower interest rates and increased Federal Housing Administration lending. The remaining correction in home values we’ll see in the first half of this year is a function of market fundamentals, such as the increasing flow of foreclosures, high levels of inventory in the market and a probable decrease in demand as the impact of the tax credit wanes and mortgage rates rise. While the next few months are likely to bring further home value declines in most markets, we do expect to see a national bottom in home prices by the middle of this year. Thereafter, home values are likely to bounce along the bottom with real appreciation remaining negligible for some time.” Foreclosure resales[v] across the country remained high, making up more than one-fifth (20.3 percent) of all U.S. home sales in December. Foreclosure resales also made up the majority of sales in several MSAs, including the Merced, CA MSA (68.3 percent), the Las Vegas MSA (64 percent) and the Modesto, CA MSA (62 percent). Additionally, 28.5 percent of home sales nationwide sold for less than what the seller originally paid. Several markets across the country showed positive longer-term appreciation. Home values increased year-over-year in 27 of 143 markets and remained flat in 15. The Boston MSA was the largest area with year-over-year appreciation, despite its more recent downturn in home values. The area’s Zillow Home Value Index rose 1.9 percent in 2009. Home values in the Boston area rose for eight months in 2009, which outweighed the recent declines. To view the original press release from Zillow News, please click here.  
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Tech and Real Estate May Lead the Way
TORONTO, Sept. 22 /CNW/ - Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) surveyed plan on making investments once the economy improves, and the top areas they are targeting include information technology and real estate. Twenty-one percent of respondents said they will be sourcing new or upgraded information technology systems and 20 percent plan to invest in new locations or real estate. More than one-quarter (27 percent) do not plan on making any investments. The survey was developed by Robert Half Management Resources, the world's premier provider of senior-level accounting and finance professionals on a project and interim basis. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 270 CFOs across Canada. CFOs were asked, "In which one of the following areas are you most likely to invest once the economy improves?" Their responses: Will invest - 64% New or upgraded IT systems - 21% New locations or real estate - 20% New products or service lines - 16% Mergers or acquisitions - 6% Other - 1% None/will not invest - 27% Don't know/refused - 9% "As companies emerge from the downturn, previously postponed investments will again be considered, including technology infrastructure, new office locations and new product or service offerings," said David King, Executive Vice President for Robert Half Management Resources' Canadian operations. "Although finance executives may remain cautious when making large expenditures, they understand that these initiatives will help the company emerge stronger and more profitable." King added, "When making new investments in areas such as technology, companies will need to secure the right mix of specialized talent necessary to manage complex initiatives. Creating a staffing plan can help businesses maintain efficiency and effectiveness through periods of growth and transition." Wise Agent is Now Integrated with DocuSign First American Title Announces AgentFirst Real Estate App For iPhone and iPad Inman's Top 100 Most Influential People  
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