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RPR®'s favorite REALTOR® stories of 2015
As a company, innovation and technology advancement excite us, but at the heart of it all is making sure that every enhancement and addition benefits the REALTOR®. Every year we ask REALTORS® to share their stories on how RPR® has helped grow their businesses. Our hope is that these stories from the field help you find new and innovative ways of using the latest technologies in your own market. See how one REALTOR® is using the RPR app to impress online prospects "By working RPR Mobile™ into the equation, I'm able to reply instantly to the lead from the side of the road, in a parking lot, or at any office—capitalizing on the opportunity to elevate awareness of my brand, earn clients and close more deals." – Dale Chumbley   Mobile app delivers on-the-go access for on-the-run agent "You don't remember everything you've been told but when you see something, and you are told something, your mind retains it much better. RPR Mobile™ makes that whole process smooth with its slick performance and incredible options. And it's so easy to use, even for those who feel challenged by technology." – Bill Lublin Pay-it-forward style of leadership pays off for Ohio-based broker "I may not have the resources that franchises have, so in order for me to attract and retain a top-notch teams of agents, I have to be at the top of my game in terms of the leadership I provide and resources I bring to the agency." – Jerry Holden A Member Benefit with Better Data and Branded Reports "RPR is a source of value that I just can't put a dollar amount to. There is no other single source that I know of that compiles this much data into one report. And it's included in my NAR dues!" – Adrienne "Abe" Wagner To view the original post, visit the RPR blog.
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Is WebsiteBox Too Good To Be True? Here is What Realtor® Courtney Drennon Has to Say!
This week in our Too Good To Be True series we have Courtney Drennon, a Realtor® from Olympia, WA who was really surprised when she found out that she could have a real estate website with IDX for a one-time-fee of $99. In this interview she explains the importance of having her own branded website and being able to promote yourself effectively without having to depend solely on her company website. Rui: Please introduce yourself, how long have you been in real estate? Courtney: Courtney Kelley Drennon, I've been in the business for over 10 years. Rui: Did you have a website before WebsiteBox? How much were you paying? Courtney: I used to rely solely on my company website, but soon realized I wanted to be able to brand myself apart from my bio and contact page on the company website. With WebsiteBox I can feature only my listings, and market just myself. Rui: What was your first reaction when you heard about the $99 price? Did you think it was too good to be true? Courtney: Yes, I was impressed that for such a cheap price I could have a perfectly functioning, great looking website. Rui: What WebsiteBox feature do you like most? Courtney: Being able to have IDX access for my local listing provider is huge for me. My website automatically updates when the listing service does. So I never have to worry whether or not listings that come up on one of my many search options are updated. My clients can access the multiple listing service essentially directly through my website. Rui: Would you recommend WebsiteBox to other Realtors®? Courtney: Yes, for the price you can't beat it. Easy to operate both as the owner of the domain and easy for clients to navigate. Rui: How has WebsiteBox improved your business? Courtney: It's been great to help build my brand. I use social media sites to frequently share my website, which gets me maximum exposure. Rui: What are your future plans for your WebsiteBox site? Courtney: I am currently working on syncing my blog to the front page of my website. Interconnecting all of my Social Media sites with my website helps drive traffic to it. Check out Courtney's Website: CourtneySellsOlympia.com If you would like to share your story with WebsiteBox, please feel free to email me at [email protected] To view the original post, visit the WebsiteBox blog.
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Is WebsiteBox Too Good To Be True? Here is What Realtor® Anna-Marie Ashe Has to Say!
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Scott Louser Uses RPR to Educate The North Dakota House of Representatives
  Scott Louser uses RPR to educate the North Dakota House of Representatives Scott Louser has been very involved in real estate for the past 17 years. From serving as the 2005 President of the North Dakota Association of REALTORS®, to being the 2012 Vice President and Liaison of Government Affairs for NAR, Scott has seen his fair share of technology and initiatives. What makes Scott unique is that he is also a member of the House of Representatives in North Dakota. He represents District 5 and is up for reelection this year, which makes knowing his constituency and their issues paramount. The Challenge North Dakota is a state unlike any other; they do not have voter registration. Not knowing exactly who the voters are in a district in North Dakota affects not only elections, but can impact the debate of a bill. For example, when the legislature is debating a bill that affects homeownership, oftentimes they are doing so without truly knowing who the voters are. Do they own homes, or are they renters? What is their economic status? What is their education level? Without knowing this, it can be harder for legislators to anticipate how a particular bill will affect their district. The Result Because Scott is not only a legislator, but a REALTOR® as well, he can leverage RPR's data and reports to help him and his colleagues understand their district. Created for Associations and their volunteer staff, such as FPC's, the RPR Dashboard reports offer a window into demographics and consumer behavior in an area. With the RPR Dashboard, Scott can create Federal and Local Economic Reports at a state, district or even more local level like city council, mayor or school district race. The data provided in these reports "is something that's going to be valuable where politics hits home the most, all the way up to the congressional level," says Scott. One of the most powerful aspects of the Local Economic Reports is the REALTOR® branding that each report can be customized with. "We can take our member benefit and provide that to a legislator and do so with our REALTOR® brand and really reinforce that REALTOR® image with Congress and the State Legislature." Through these reports, REALTORS® are reinforcing their relevance to the industry. "We beat everyone else to the punch with these reports. You will not find this anywhere else." To view the original article, visit the RPR blog.
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Is WebsiteBox Too Good To Be True? Here is What Realtor® Leticia Ferraro Has to Say!
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MyRPR User Story: Raphael Barta, REALTOR®
  Using RPR® to search areas in three different states, Raphael Barta was able to help his clients successfully relocate West. Raphael Barta is a REALTOR® in Sandpoint, Idaho. Although he's been a REALTOR® for thirteen years, he has been a real estate developer for about 30 years. His real estate development background focused on resort communities, which lead Raphael to Sandpoint, Idaho. It lies along the shore of Idaho's largest lake, Lake Pend Oreille, and is home to large ski resorts. Many of the clients Raphael works with are looking to drastically change their lifestyle by moving out of a city and relocate to a resort community The Challenge Raphael recently had a young family from Wisconsin that wanted to relocate to the West. They were considering Colorado, Montana and Idaho. Sandpoint is not as well known an area as Aspen or Vail, or other famous resort destinations, so Raphael had to give the family information to be able to compare Sandpoint to those more recognizable places. They were looking for information on schools, recreational activities, job prospects, demographics, etc. Raphael needed a source he could go to, not only to get all this information, but a way to easily put it together for his clients. The Result Using RPR to search each of the three areas the family was interested in, Raphael created reports and spreadsheets to show his clients how far their dollar would stretch in each area. He was then able to help the family narrow their search down to Idaho and helped them close on a new home. "It's like I belong to 25 MLSs for resort communities," Raphael says when talking about the value of RPR. He can use RPR to tell clients how much a 4-bedroom, 2-bath resort home in Utah, Colorado, Montana or other resorts areas cost. But beyond that, Raphael can also educate clients on the schools, and other nearby points of interest by using RPR. "I'm able to access housing market details, in real time, for active listings in a wide range in other states. Previously, this was not possible in our business without RPR." To view the original article, visit the RPR blog.
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Is WebsiteBox Too Good To Be True? Here is What Realtor® Kent Schwager Has to Say!
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MyRPR User Story: Pam Ruggeroli, REALTOR®
  Pam Ruggeroli is a REALTOR® with Long Realty Company in Tucson, Arizona. Like many other REALTORS®, she has different tools in her arsenal that she uses when working with different clients. From her MLS CMA, to her favorite feature in RPR: the Comp Analysis, Pam prides her self on providing a detailed and thorough package with everyone she works with. The Challenge In Pam’s particular Tucson market, there are a lot of distressed properties. She works with clients when they need to short sell their home, or are looking to buy a distressed property. Recently, Pam presented a bank a short sale offer for one of her clients. The bank sent back a counter offer with a price that was much higher than what Pam felt the property was worth. Pam wanted a fair price for the property and knew she needed to provide as much documentation as possible to reverse the bank’s decision. The Result By using RPR as a resource, Pam created an RPR Market Activity report, and along with her MLS CMA, submitted it to the Value Dispute department of the bank. After reviewing her documentation, the bank reversed its decision and went with Pam’s proposed value. “I truly believe that if I had just used the CMA out of our MLS, it wouldn’t have carried as much weight without the RPR report to back it up,” Pam says. The RPR platform has become a foundational tool for valuating properties for Pam. Finding the right comps for a property, easily refining the value of a home, and the comprehensive reports are just a few of the features Pam uses on a daily basis in her business. Pam believes more REALTORS® need to be using RPR. “It amazes me as I travel across the country and I meet other agents, both local, state-wide and nationally, how many of our members don’t even realize RPR is available to them. It’s a free tool and is invaluable to them and their clients.” To view the original post, visit the RPR blog.
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Real Life Agent Stories: Is WebsiteBox Too Good to Be True?
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Is WebsiteBox Too Good To Be True? Here Is What Realtor® Paul Lykins Has To Say!
The number one question we get asked by Realtors® is "How do you guys do it? A website for $99 seems too good to be true!" Rather than me going on and on about how our product is the real deal, I would rather let our clients speak for themselves. This week on our "Too Good To Be True" series, Paul Lykins a Realtor® from Delray Beach, Florida, talks about his experience with WebsiteBox and how our website solution is a critical part of his business's success. Rui: Please introduce yourself, how long have you been in real estate? Paul: My name is Paul Lykins and January is the beginning of my second year in Real Estate. Rui: Did you have a website before WebsiteBox? How much were you paying?Paul: No, I was lucky enough to choose WebsiteBox for my very first website. Rui: What was your first reaction when you heard about the $99 price? Did you think it was too good to be true?Paul: I was suspicious when I first heard about the $99 price, since most lure you in and then add fees on top of fees. Luckily, that was not the case with WebsiteBox! Rui: What WebsiteBox feature do you like most?Paul: My favorite feature is definitely having hosting for life, because I don't have to worry about renewing it every year. Rui: Would you recommend WebsiteBox to other Realtors®?Paul: Yes, in fact I already have. Rui: How has WebsiteBox improved your business?Paul: It is a little too soon to tell, but having your own website is critical to your success in this business, and I am really pleased with mine. Rui: What are your future plans for your WebsiteBox site?Paul: The next step for me now is add the Lead Capture App so I can capture more leads and follow up on them. Check out Paul's Website: www.paulglykins.com If you would like to share your story with WebsiteBox please feel free to email me at [email protected] To view the original post, visit the WebsiteBox blog.
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