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VirtualTourCafe Awarded Best of Houzz 2018
With over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users, Best of Houzz winners like VirtualTourCafe represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry PLEASANTON, CALIF. (FEBRUARY 01, 2018) -- VirtualTourCafe, a national real estate virtual tour service, has won "Best Of Customer Service" on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The best-in-class real estate virtual tour service was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners' work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A "Best Of Houzz 2018" badge will appear on winners' profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz. "Customer service is our number one priority, so to be recognized by Houzz and our clients in this way is a great honor to our team, and validation that we are on the right track! Our values as a company come from a place of respect and love for each other, our employees, our customers, shareholders and the community. Our policy is to do what is right for the customer, employee, vendor or person with whom we come in contact. Doing the right thing should always come first. This is part of our company value statement and we are proud to have received this recognition!" – Tim Denbo, President/CEO VirtualTourCafe "The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year's recipients should be very proud," said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. "Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise." Follow VirtualTourCafe on Houzz. About VirtualTourCafe VirtualTourCafe is a best-in-class online real estate virtual tour and marketing service to help real estate agents, brokers and associations create automated virtual tours, print flyers and videos for their listings, providing more exposure and faster sales for their customers. Headquartered in Pleasanton, CA, VirtualTourCafe also has offices in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, visit VirtualTourCafe.com. About Houzz Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.
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Redfin Expands 1% Listing Fee to 18 Additional Markets, Now Reaching 80 Percent of Redfin Customers Across 25 Markets Total
Home Sellers Get Full Service and Save Thousands in Fees Listing with a Redfin Agent SEATTLE — Redfin, the technology-powered real estate brokerage, announced it has extended its 1 percent listing fee to home sellers in 18 additional markets. Now approximately 80 percent of Redfin's home-selling customers will pay Redfin just 1 percent of the final sale price, subject to a minimum of between $3,000 to $5,500, depending on the market. Sellers typically pay their listing agent a commission of 2.5 to 3 percent of the home's sale price. With a 1 percent listing fee, sellers working with a Redfin agent will save between $7,000 and $10,000 on a $500,000 home sale. The 1 percent listing fee does not include buyer's agent commission, which is typically paid by the seller. The lowered listing fee is being offset by a reduction of the Redfin refund for buyers in the new 1 percent listing markets. Buyers can continue to see the amount of the refund, which is based on the price of the home, on the home listing page. "This pricing better reflects how our customers want to pay a real estate agent," said Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman. "Especially in today's hot market, the most value-conscious customer is the one selling, not buying, a home. We first tried shifting more savings from buyers to sellers nearly three years ago, with 1 percent pricing in Washington, D.C., and then later in four other markets, and our overall share gains in those markets have outpaced other Redfin markets." Every seller who works with Redfin receives the following, included in the fee, paid for by Redfin: A dedicated listing agent with experience selling homes in the local area, backed by a team of support staff who make the process run smoothly. One of the industry's most thorough pricing analyses, which combines Redfin's proprietary algorithms for estimating the value of a home and the expertise of a local Redfin agent. Professional photography. A Redfin 3D Walkthrough tour, letting buyers view a three-dimensional floor plan online, then interact with every aspect of the home from any direction, as if walking from room to room. Open houses, hosted by a Redfin agent, with visitors registered by our own iPad application for immediate follow-up. Online marketing with the listing featured above others on Redfin.com, the U.S.'s #1 brokerage website. Redfin also runs email and digital advertising campaigns to reach just the right buyers. Pre-marketing of Redfin listings, where permitted by local rules, with tools for gathering feedback on the number of interested buyers and what price they would pay for the property. Professionally designed and beautifully produced print brochures. The Redfin Home Dashboard, letting sellers track online visits to their listing and the latest competitive market conditions in their neighborhood. The 18 new markets join Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, San Diego, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia, where Redfin rolled out a trial test of 1 percent listing fees. Redfin will continue to charge a 1.5 percent listing fee in the other markets where it operates, which is already a significant value. "Offering the Redfin home-selling experience for just a 1 percent listing fee builds on Redfin's mission to make real estate better for consumers," said Karen Krupsaw, senior vice president of real estate operations. "We are addressing every pain point for sellers-- not only the cost of selling a home-- but the challenges of setting the right price, getting the property ready to list, making a strong debut on the market and keeping track of logistics and paperwork." For three consecutive years, Redfin has sold listings for more money, with a higher rate of success than the industry average. Specifically, homes listed with Redfin sell for an average of $3,000 more and had a higher chance of selling, with 75 percent of listings selling within 90 days, compared to 69 percent among comparable listings across the country. Redfin publishes comprehensive information about each of its agents, including homes they have sold, areas of expertise and customer reviews, so sellers can choose an agent who has the local knowledge and experience that meets their needs. Homeowners who are interested in selling can visit www.redfin.com/why-sell to learn more about Redfin's service and connect with a Redfin agent in their neighborhood. About Redfin Redfin is the next-generation real estate brokerage, combining its own full-service agents with modern technology to redefine real estate in the consumer's favor. Founded by software engineers, Redfin has the country's #1 brokerage website and offers a host of online tools to consumers, including the Redfin Estimate, the automated home-value estimate with the industry's lowest published error rate for listed homes. Homebuyers and sellers enjoy a full-service, technology-powered experience from Redfin real estate agents, while saving thousands in commissions. Redfin serves more than 80 major metro areas across the U.S. The company has closed more than $50 billion in home sales.
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Moxi Works and MoveEasy Team Up
MoveEasy joins the Moxi Cloud to deliver agents a comprehensive moving concierge service July 18, 2017 – Seattle, WA – Moxi Works recently announced another tool that has been added to their open platform ecosystem, called MoveEasy. MoveEasy is a comprehensive moving concierge service offered to homeowners directly from your website while saving you valuable time on researching post-transaction tasks for them. York Baur, CEO of Moxi Works said, "We're delighted to have MoveEasy on the Moxi Cloud. They provide a unique solution to a common problem in the industry. It's not an agent productivity app, but rather, a great app for agents to extend to their sphere of influence – keeping the agent in-flow and valued." MoveEasy works by helping organize a move, assisting in completing tasks, and connecting clients with vendors in addition to helping agents stay top of mind even after the transaction has closed. It does this by creating a personalized moving dashboard where clients can complete various moving tasks and receive branded weekly email reminders. Tasks include anything from updating utilities and changing their address, to finding moving and storage options, and shipping their car. Agents can add all of their preferred cleaners, painters, and other vendors that can assist in the home selling/moving process. Since the entire service is branded, agents can stay top of mind, even after the transaction has closed. Everything stays accessible from the unique dashboard. MoveEasy is integrated into the Moxi Engage CRM. When a transaction moves from active to pending, MoveEasy pulls all the necessary details from Moxi Engage into the MoveEasy dashboard. The client can access the dashboard and keep up to date with everything happening and organize schedules for tasks. Everything done on the dashboard is sent back to Moxi Engage, within the activity section. While the client can access everything on the MoveEasy dashboard, the agent can access everything they need right in their CRM. Venkatesh Ganapathy, CEO of MoveEasy said, "We are extremely excited to be part of the Moxi Cloud. With so many different tools available for the real estate agents to help their clients, they have to constantly keep learning different systems. Our integration allows agents to continue using Moxi Engage CRM as they normally would, while MoveEasy operates in the background, guiding their clients through the stressful moving process." About Moxi Works Moxi Works is a residential brokerage services company that makes agents significantly more productive and brokerages more profitable by helping them effectively run their businesses. Moxi Works' integrated tools are centered on a sphere-based selling process that drastically increases agents' repeat and referral business, while lowering overall technology, training and support costs for the brokerage. With Moxi Works, brokerages are able to make their agents' lives simpler and their businesses more successful. More information at moxiworks.com. About MoveEasy MoveEasy is a comprehensive moving concierge service offered to clients directly from your website while saving you valuable time on researching post transaction tasks for them. MoveEasy assists consumers before, during and after their move, through a comprehensive moving dashboard featuring timely reminders and targeted resources, resulting in a stress-free move experience. Discover move at moveeasy.com/realestate.
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MLS Listings Now Available Through IDX's iPhone App
EUGENE, OR—IDX, Inc., is excited to introduce the very first and only integrated and brandable Multiple Listing Service (MLS) search application for the iPhone. This is a unique product offering and the first of its kind in the real estate industry. This new iPhone app is officially being released today, just in time for the 2009 National Association of REALTORS® conference beginning November 13, 2009.  This innovative and highly anticipated application, named myAgent by IDX, now puts the power of an iPhone app in the hands of every single real estate agent and broker nationwide. With 300+ MLSs already covered by IDX, Inc.’s, existing IDX platform, myAgent by IDX is the Nation’s first and solitary integrated IDX application that has the ability to serve agents, both big and small, without them having to spend excess and valuable time building their own custom iPhone application. So how does this particular IDX iPhone application differ from other already existing iPhone real estate applications? -     Although IDX, Inc., manages over 4 million listings nationwide on a daily basis, it is not a national aggregator of data, like Trulia or Zillow, rather it is a utility that enables a local agent in a specific MLS market to have a competitive advantage through the use of innovative and brandable tools. -     IDX, Inc., already has existing relationships and contracts with over 300 independently owned and operated MLS systems throughout the United States. No other company has direct feeds from this many MLS systems, nor can they service any agent throughout the US with an integrated iPhone data feed. -     This is an integrated application, therefore the home search tools are built directly into the application through an advanced map search function; Other real estate apps that display MLS listings do so through a window that displays a webpage online, making myAgent by IDX much more functional and desirable to individual agents and brokers. For over 5 years IDX, Inc., has provided real estate professionals with a plethora of unique features, as well as a customizable interface, enabling them to integrate local MLS listings into their already existing websites, without the need for complex programming. This brand new iPhone application, myAgent by IDX, extends this same unparalleled and innovative service, to the mobile Web. Home seekers with the desire for this new IDX iPhone application can receive a special Agent Code from their participating real estate professional. Consumers that do not currently have a specified agent or broker can receive a code automatically through the geo-location tool, built directly into the app, catering to each individual looking for a new property. Some of the benefits to users include: The ability to search for homes within the actual MLS, in their local and surrounding areas. Having access to the most current MLS listing data available, which is updated in all markets every 24 hours. The ability to locate a property using map search tools, allowing them to tour neighborhoods and view all homes on the market within that specific area, which is great for partaking in a mobile self-guided search and/or tour. This brand new and advanced IDX iPhone application is provided free of charge to all existing IDX, Inc., customers and their clients. According to the latest mobile usage studies from Admob, iPhone users compromise 48% of all mobile browsing sessions, thus opening a previously untapped marketing channel for tech savvy agents and their clients. This unique IDX iPhone application, myAgent by IDX, caters to each individuals' want and need, developing a whole new era of IDX technology,   About IDX, Inc. Based in Eugene, Oregon, IDX, Inc., is nationally known as a leading provider of real estate search applications. IDX, Inc., actively manages over $1 trillion worth of active listings data from over 300 Multiple Listings Services (MLS). IDX Broker is IDX, Inc.’s, principle real estate software utility and myAgent IDX is its principle mobile application available for the iPhone. The easy to manage and customizable software helps real estate professionals display home listing data from their multiple listing service (MLS) on their individual and/or office websites. For more information on all the services provided by IDX, Inc., please visit www.idxbroker.com. For more information about this release, please contact: Cara Coffey IDX, Inc. Director of Media & Public Relations [email protected] Eugene, OR 800-421-9668 (phone) 541-343-3915 (fax)      
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SentriLock Releases BlackBerry Card Utility
RISMEDIA, March 8, 2010—SentriLock, a property access control system for Realtors®, announced the release of its BlackBerry Card Utility. SentriLock users will be able to renew their SentriCards using any BlackBerry phone running OS 4.2 or higher and a BlackBerry Smartcard Reader. Chris Ralstin, senior manager of Customer Relations for the company, says, “REALTORS® always want more face time with their clients and this new tool allows them to be even more productive and focus on what’s most important: generating showings to make the sale happen.” Among the smart phone users responding to the 2009 Technology Survey by the National Association of REALTORS®, 32% use a BlackBerry as their primary mobile device. Always looking for ways to improve agent efficiency, SentriLock developed the BlackBerry Card Utility for this large market segment. Says Ralstin: “REALTORS® on the SentriLock system will now be able to complete full SentriCard renewals on the go, anytime and anywhere their busy day takes them. System users can purchase a BlackBerry Smartcard Reader V2 directly from SentriLock for $199, with shipping included. The SentriLock BlackBerry Card Utility application for the phone is free. For more information, visit www.sentrilock.com. To view the original press release, please Click Here.  
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