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Florida Realtors Tech Helpline Debuts Mobile App
Tech frustration? Help is a finger-tap away. Florida Realtors Tech Helpline's new app works on all mobile devices. Find it in Google Play or Apple's App Store. ORLANDO, Fla. -- Florida Realtors Tech Helpline offers free and easy service to members who need help with their technology projects – but the "easy" part just became easier thanks to a new app that allows members to connect with an advisor while on the road. The app works only on mobile devices. iPhone and iPad users can find it in the App Store by searching for "Tech Helpline." It's also offered on Google Play. The app gives users three options: They can directly call a Tech Helpline analyst or chat via the app. They also can choose to "open a case." The analyst who works on the case will then email them a response. The menu bar provides more information about the Tech Helpline and the services offered, including: About Tech Helpline What we support How can this be free? How we help you Account settings Share this app Sign out "We're here when you need us," says Florida Realtors Vice President of Technology Services Eric Forsman. "And now, thanks to the new Tech Helpline app, it's faster and easier to reach us no matter where you are when a technology issue arises."
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NAR Relaunches 'Right Tools, Right Now' to Help Realtors Face Coronavirus's Impacts
Program from 2009-10 being revived to offer resources and guidance to NAR members during COVID-19 crisis CHICAGO (March 27, 2020) -- The National Association of Realtors announced the return of its 'Right Tools, Right Now' program, which will make numerous business-critical resources immediately available to all of the association's 1.4 million members at reduced or no cost. Originating in response to the financial crisis, nearly one million Realtors® accessed $54 million worth of similar NAR products and services between March 2009 and December 2010. In light of the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, NAR is re-engaging the program in an effort to support its members through trying times. "The well-being of our members, their families and their businesses is of paramount importance to NAR's Leadership Team, myself and our staff," said NAR CEO Bob Goldberg, who also issued a corresponding video announcement to NAR members. "Effective immediately, I would like to announce that NAR is re-launching the Right Tools, Right Now program for all members – agents and brokers. This initiative, which was activated in 2009 in another time of unique need, will make new and existing NAR products and services immediately available to Realtors® at reduced or no cost. I want NAR members to know we will continue fighting so every Realtor® has the tools and information they need to emerge from this crisis stronger and more prepared for their future." Among the resources now widely available, members can access webinars with tips for managing finances in uncertain times; educational resources to build or hone professional skills; and a free copy of the widely used Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. "Over the past two weeks, we have seen the direct and often significant impact this crisis has had on our members," said NAR President Vince Malta, broker at Malta & Co., Inc., in San Francisco, CA. "With that uncertainty hanging over all of our heads, NAR is striving to present solutions that will bring Realtors® relief and allow them to continue living their lives and conducting business with as much normalcy as possible." Visit this link to view a full collection of the programs and resources available to members through RTRN. The page will be updated regularly. In addition, NAR is offering evolving guidance to help its 1.4 million members navigate the coronavirus crisis. The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.4 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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Florida Realtors Tech Helpline Now Available to Support Tech Firms
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Tech Glitch? Why It's Not the Time for DIY
Your computer crashes: it unexpectedly shuts down. Or your smartphone gets wet, and you immediately shut it off. But now you're not quite sure the best way to make sure it will power back up. Or your monitor has started to show an occasional flicker. You suspect it is caused by malware that installed itself from a single website visit. Do you search Google for a solution and try to fix these tech glitches yourself? Here at Tech Helpline, as real estate industry's No. 1 technical support team with more than 250 years of combined IT experience, we want you to know that you can often do more harm than good if you try to do it yourself when it comes to self-help tech support. We encourage you instead to reach out to us as early in the process as possible simply because it's the safer, smarter option Why you don't have to go it alone The number one reason people go online for advice and try to fix a technical glitch themselves is to save money. But because you have access from Tech Helpline, its free to you. That's because your local MLS, Association or your brokerage is making sure you can get the tech support you need as a member benefit. You can contact Tech Helpline at no additional cost for as much help as you need. Our team of friendly, U.S.-based experts is just a call, click or chat away. Most importantly, our analysts deeply understand what you, as a real estate broker or agent, need for your technology solutions. More importantly, we are incredibly familiar with the most common technical problems and challenges that brokers and agents encounter every day. Online shortcuts can be dangerous Another reason people are tempted to fix their tech glitches themselves is the wide availability of automated software repair tools and malware removal tools. The problem is the web features malicious sites that disguise themselves as reputable, and tout repair tools that do just the opposite. If you don't know which link the safest link is to click on or the right repair tool to install, you could be corrupting your computer instead of fixing it. Best bet: Just reach out to one of our Tech Helpline analysts and we can walk you through the process. One of our analysts can provide you with trusted software and the right links to help you remove malware that has caused your computer problems. Bad actors prey on folks with tech problems Have you ever entered a website and had a screen pop up and make it look like it was scanning your computer and then warn you that your computer was in bad shape? These were ads, of course. Your computer wasn't scanned, but the popup ad was a scare tactic was designed to get you to download their software to "fix" the fake problems. If you installed their software, you would most likely be causing your computer to have more problems than before you installed their software! The fact is bad actors – malicious firms – target people with computer issues. You are most susceptible to downloading and installing software when you are trying to attempt a do-it-yourself repair and these firms know it. That's precisely why we want to hear from you when you encounter a tech glitch – big or small. More ways Tech Helpline can help Our friendly team at Tech Helpline is eagerly waiting to help fix any of your technical glitches. But keep in mind that we also do more than help you solve your tech woes. You can get help on everything from setting up email to resolving Wi-Fi connection issues, just by contacting us and asking for help. Want to know all the different ways we can help? Here are two stories on more many of the different ways Tech Helpline helps agents and brokers every day: just click here or here. To view the original post, visit the Tech Helpline blog.
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Introducing The Lone Wolf Support Center
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Florida Realtors® Tech Helpline Adds 15,000 More New Users
Orlando, FL – May 3, 2016 – Tech Helpline, a service owned by the Florida Realtors® and the real estate industry's number one tech support service for a wide range of software and hardware, hit another growth spurt this month. More than 15,000 real estate professionals in Maine and Pennsylvania now have access to Tech Helpline for the first time, which assists real estate agents and brokers with their smartphones, tablets, desktops, laptops, email problems, virus issues and more. Nicknamed "the Genius Bar for real estate," Tech Helpline is available for nearly half of the Realtors® in U.S. and Canada: more than 510,000 real estate professionals in North America have access to Tech Helpline. Last month, Tech Helpline announced that it had added 9 local and state Realtor® Associations in just 50 days. The latest Associations to add Tech Helpline include: Maine Association of Realtors® Suburban West Realtors® Association (PA) Bucks County Association of Realtors® (PA) Montgomery County Association of Realtors® (PA) "Tech Helpline is a member benefit that has become a must-have as technology empowers the day-to-day business of real estate agents and brokers," said Ed Gardner, President of the Maine Association of Realtors®. "Members are now supported by a highly-trained and responsive staff who understand real estate agents and their tech needs and challenges," Gardner said. "Membership in these four Associations, which total more than 15,000, will benefit from Tech Helpline's office and staff of professional tech analysts, who possess more than 250 years of combined IT experience," noted Tricia Stamper, Director of Technology Products at Florida Realtors®. "Associations across the nation tell us that once they add Tech Helpline, the member feedback is so immediate and positive that it is the best received and most popular new member benefit they offer," Stamper says. Stamper explains that when agents are renewing memberships in their association, they often scrutinize their benefits to make sure they are getting great value. Tech Helpline has been remarkably successful in helping with member retention, Stamper says, because there are so few options for IT support to small businesses. John Gormley, Chief Executive Officer of the St. Louis Association of REALTORS®, which added Tech Helpline just two months ago, echoes Stamper's comments. "We received great feedback from members almost immediately," said Gormley. "It really adds to the value we provide our members as clearly there is a need we are able to fulfill with Tech Helpline," he adds. "Tech Helpline was created by Realtors for Realtors," says Stamper, "and because they uniquely understand the real estate business it makes a huge difference because real estate agents live a highly deadline-driven business life." Uniquely, Tech Helpline services are unlimited and free for real estate agents through their association, MLS or brokerage: There is no limit to the number of calls an agent can make and no limit on the length of a call. Moreover, because the service is provided to agents as a benefit, there are no direct costs to agents. A U.S.-based staff offers assistance in both English and Spanish, and it is available by phone, online chat or email. About Tech Helpline Tech Helpline began almost fifteen years ago as a service for members of Florida Realtors®. Known for its no-nonsense technical advice and warm, friendly, customer service, Tech Helpline rapidly grew by offering its service to other Realtor® Associations, Multiple Listing Services (MLSs) and real estate brokerage firms. Tech Helpline is the real estate industry's #1 tech support service, available to one in three Realtors in North America – more than 500,000 in the U.S. and Canada. Tech Helpline's office and staff of professional tech analysts, with more than 250 years of combined IT experience, are located in Orlando, Florida, and are available to provide technology support by phone, chat or email. More information is available online at www.techhelpline.com. Florida Realtors®, formerly known as the Florida Association of Realtors®, serves as the voice for real estate in Florida. It provides programs, services, continuing education, research and legislative representation to its 155,000 members in 56 boards/associations.
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Florida Realtors® Tech Helpline Registers Record Growth in 50 Days
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New Freddie Mac Online Resource Aims to Help Real Estate Professionals Do More Business
MCLEAN, VA — 01/21/16 — Today Freddie Mac launched an online Real Estate Professionals Resource Center, a comprehensive resource designed to keep real estate agents, brokers, housing counselors and other practitioners on top of the latest affordable mortgage products, training and networking opportunities, and customizable promotion tools from Freddie Mac. "America's real estate professionals are critical in guiding and informing homebuyers about their best options to become successful homeowners. Freddie Mac's Real Estate Professionals Resource Center will give agents and brokers up-to-date information on the mortgage products and solutions offered through our lenders to responsibly expand affordable homeownership opportunities, especially for first-time homebuyers," said Jerry Weiss, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Freddie Mac. The new Real Estate Professionals Resource Center is a single, easy-to-navigate webpage that connects users with information to help them strengthen customer connections, educate clients, and do more business as their market's trusted advisor. Real Estate Professionals Resource Center users can access separate sections dedicated to increasing referrals, becoming a stronger housing expert, and finding and registering for networking and training opportunities hosted by Freddie Mac with the National Association of REALTORS® or other professional organizations. The new Freddie Mac webpage displays Twitter updates on related and significant housing developments. A special section called "In the Spotlight" focuses on the latest market challenges, changes and solutions. "In the Spotlight" currently covers ways to dispel widely held myths about the need for 20 percent down payments to buy a home. It also discusses alternative sources for covering closing costs or down payments. Because trends are always changing, housing professionals should subscribe to the Real Estate Professionals Resource Center for the latest updates to Freddie Mac's website. Freddie Mac was established by Congress in 1970 to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the nation's residential mortgage markets. Freddie Mac supports communities across the nation by providing mortgage capital to lenders. Today Freddie Mac is making home possible for one in four home borrowers and is the largest source of financing for multifamily housing. Additional information is available at FreddieMac.com, Twitter @FreddieMac and Freddie Mac's blog FreddieMac.com/blog.
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Florida Realtors® Delivers Form Simplicity and Tech Helpline to Leading State Realtor® Associations
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Tech Helpline Now Available to Orange County Association of REALTORS®
ORLANDO, FL (Oct 28, 2015) — California's Orange County real estate agents are more dependent on technology to help them buy and sell homes than ever before, and now when a computer crashes or a smartphone glitches out, they can get immediate assistance. Tech Helpline, the real estate industry's #1 tech support service, is a new, included member benefit available to more than 13,600 members of the Orange County Association of REALTORS®. These Southern California agents and brokers join nearly 400,000 REALTORS® throughout the U.S. and Canada that have access to this service. "Tech Helpline will help our members boost their productivity by increasing their 'uptime'," says Rita Tayenaka, President of the Orange County Association of REALTORS®. "Technology has become a key part of every real estate transaction, and that's why we want to help our members to quickly and conveniently resolve technical problems by simply making a phone call," she adds. OCAR REALTOR® and Affiliate members can call the dedicated OCAR Tech Helpline number or access support from its online chat service. Once connected, Tayenaka says a friendly US-based analyst — located in Orlando, Florida — verifies membership in the Association and then assists with all computer and technology-related issues. For OCAR REALTORS®, the new Tech Helpline member benefit includes: No limit to the number of calls No time limit per call Multiple questions and topics may be addressed in a single call Analysts connect to one's computer via remote software to diagnose and repair (if needed) Assistance is available in English or Spanish Support Monday–Friday, 6:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturdays 6:00 am – 2:00 pm PT Tech Helpline was created by Realtors® for Realtors®, notes Tricia Stamper, Director of Technology Products at Florida Realtors®, which owns and operates the services. "Realtors think of us as the Genius Bar for real estate staffed by a team of savvy tech advisors who specialize in supporting real estate agents and brokers," she says. Today more than 70 Realtor® Associations, Multiple Listing Services (MLSs) and real estate brokerage firms offer Tech Helpline to their members and agents, which has become the fastest growing company of its kind in real estate. Tech Helpline supports both Windows and Mac operating systems, smartphones, tablets and more than a dozen different hardware products from computers, monitors and printers to scanners and storage devices. "If an agent is in the middle of a transaction and a printer freezes, one phone call or a click of the mouse is all it now takes to get immediate help," Tayenaka says. She also believes her members will especially appreciate the ability to ask for assistance with multiple issues on a single call, a benefit not widely available in the tech support industry. "Agents have lots of questions about technology and now they can get those questions answered, and it won't cost them a dime as it's part of their core member benefits," she said. Tech Helpline has grown organically since it was first offered to Florida Realtors in 2001, primarily through recommendations from existing clients. In addition to the support it provides through MLS firms, Realtor® Associations and real estate brokerages, Tech Helpline also provides support for Form Simplicity, one of the industry's most popular transaction management software programs. About Tech Helpline Owned as a service by Florida Realtors®, Tech Helpline began almost fifteen years ago as a service for members of Florida Realtors. Known for its no-nonsense technical advice and warm, friendly, customer service, Tech Helpline rapidly grew by offering its service to other Realtor® Associations, Multiple Listing Services (MLSs) and real estate brokerage firms. Today Tech Helpline is the real estate industry's #1 tech support service, available to one in three Realtors in North America — nearly 400,000 in the U.S. and Canada. Tech Helpline's office and staff of professional tech analysts, with more than 250 years of combined IT experience, are located in Orlando, Florida, and are available to provide technology support by phone, chat or email. More information is available online at www.techhelpline.com.
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Tech Helpline Now Provides Support for 1 in 3 Realtors® in North America
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Press Releases Zillow Forms New Customer Support Team Exclusively For Real Estate Professionals
SEATTLE, Jan. 13, 2015 -- Zillow, Inc., the leading real estate information and home related marketplace, today announces the formation of a new customer support team specifically to support MLSs and brokerages who send direct feeds to Zillow, as well as providing support to agents and brokers who use Zillow services. Zillow has hired experienced customer support expert JR Gast to lead the new Client Experience and Account Management Team as director of client experience and account management. Gast brings nearly 15 years of customer support experience to Zillow. Prior to joining Zillow, Gast served as a senior director of global support for online music service Rhapsody, helping 2 million customers across 35 countries. "We are developing a new, world class customer support experience," said Greg Schwartz, Zillow chief revenue officer. "Real estate professionals have very different needs than the consumers who use Zillow, and they need a dedicated team of people who can quickly resolve any issues that may arise. Under JR's experienced leadership, this team is streamlining the customer experience and taking customer support at Zillow to a new level." In addition to providing customer support to agents and brokers, the new team has a specialized group of support specialists who will focus on direct feeds, including multiple listing services and brokerage feeds, as well as the new Zillow Data Dashboard. Now, customer support will be available to industry professionals seven days a week. "I'm very excited to be building this world class support team from the ground up," said Gast. "Real estate pros are critical to Zillow's success, and my team will ensure that the services we are providing them are working flawlessly. I'm looking forward to making the customer support experience as seamless as possible." About Zillow, Inc. Zillow, Inc. operates the leading real estate and home-related information marketplaces on mobile and the Web, with a complementary portfolio of brands and products that help people find vital information about homes, and connect with the best local professionals. Zillow's brands serve the full lifecycle of owning and living in a home: buying, selling, renting, financing, remodeling and more. In addition, Zillow offers a suite of tools and services to help local real estate, mortgage, rental and home improvement professionals manage and market their businesses. Welcoming more than 74 million unique users in November 2014, the Zillow, Inc. portfolio includes Zillow.com®, Zillow Mobile, Zillow Mortgages, Zillow Rentals, Zillow Digs®, Postlets®, Diverse Solutions®, Mortech®, HotPads™, StreetEasy® and Retsly™. The company is headquartered in Seattle.
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Goomzee Achieves 100% Help Desk Satisfaction Ratings
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TRIBUS Announces Full-Service Concierge to Brokerage and Agent Clients
Chicago, IL (November 17, 2014) -- TRIBUS is excited to announce its newest addition that will serve both agents and brokerage clients to the utmost level: Concierge. Assisting in alleviating stress and confusion, Concierge offers proactive support to keep brokerages and agents working at top speed from the launch of service with TRIBUS. TRIBUS' team will work directly with brokerage staff members to create a customized launch for their company, including interviews with stakeholders, launch marketing plans directed toward agents, an on-site visit, and ongoing live chat, phone and email support directly to the agents. "We love being able to fully customize our systems and marketing for our brokerage clients, and because of all the intricacies we wanted to offer our clients a service that makes them feel comfortable every step of the way," says Director of Strategy Eric Stegemann. "By launching Concierge, we are able to be a full-service solution to our clients so they don't have to get consumed by the technology and the support aspects of our products and services." TRIBUS' knowledgeable support team will be available Monday through Saturday via phone, ticket and chat, and will work proactively to reach out to agents regularly to ensure that the products and services are working to the best ability. Not only that, but agents and brokerages will have full access to a library of resources, including marketing collateral and informative webinars. "We're so excited to launch this program to our brokerage clients since we understand that introducing new technology can be an internal challenge," says Director of Marketing Rachel Rusnak. "It's great to know that we'll be assisting in making adoption of TRIBUS services just that much easier." Concierge eliminates the need for brokerages to spend unnecessary money on in-house support and management teams to assist agents, allowing them to allocate those resources to more productive areas of the business. "We strive to be able to answer agents' questions before they even have them," says Brian O'Connell, Client Care Manager. "With Concierge, we're taking a proactive approach to making sure agents are 100 percent comfortable and happy with their services." ABOUT TRIBUS Founded in 2009, TRIBUS provides a suite of integrated products and services created to make the lives of real estate brokerages and top-performing agents not only easier, but also more productive and efficient. Through fully custom websites, CRM tools and a suite of marketing and concierge services, TRIBUS assists clients turn more leads into sales, enhance brand identity and build lasting relationships with past, current and prospective clients. Headquartered in Chicago, TRIBUS serves over 7,500 brokerage and agent clients throughout 33 states and Canada. TRIBUS most recently announced its acquisition of Displet - an IDX and VOW company that offers 100 percent responsive design, endless API integration and WordPress capabilities. The announcement marks the company's dedication to providing a fully-integrated suite of high-quality services to its clients.
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