Posts Tagged ‘Real Estate Technology’

Photoshop Basic Navigation

Many agents and REALTORS are now using Photoshop to clean up pictures of properties, neighborhoods, communities etc. Photoshop has many features and tools but can be overwhelming most people. Without a basic understanding of how Photoshop works, and what does what, it’s difficult to find a starting place to begin. This video will give you a “basic” tour and navigation of the menu, the tools, and some of the features offered in Photoshop.

If you like these tools and want to take your photo editing to the next level, use Photoshop. Since the program is more on the expensive side, we’re also providing readers with an opportunity to get a “Lite” version of a similar application called GIMP for free. It’s like Photoshop, has many of the same features, is just as difficult to learn, but it’s available online absolutely free. Enjoy!

Mixing Radio with Blogging

Blending Radio with Blogs is a fascinating concept. Based on the information in this video, it appears to be headed down an even more useful path then we had imagined in the past. Not only the resources and tools out there are starting to have a real impact on business, but some of the companies using them will impress you.

Mixing Radio with Blogging may be a combination to consider blending if it truly increases your search engine ranking and reaches an extended audience who is more the audible type. BlogTalkRadio is one of the few sites that has created a very successful and reputable platform for small and large business owners.

Communication is the name of the game, and reaching the largest audience possible with your message is the goal. Using a combination of Blogs, Radio, and Video seem to be the most effective trends and tools for captivating an audience and creating an online interest from viewers and listeners all over the world.

Twitter Tips from 32 Tweeters

Do you use Twitter? If so, how? If not, why? Do you even need to be on Twitter? Since the birth of the site, these are age old questions that have been and will continually be asked regarding the popular micro-blogging social network. Millions are on Twitter, but how many use it effectively?

The following tips may very well help to save you time, money, and frustration if you’re considering diving into the twitter-sphere as so many other business owners have. The following tips were given to a tweeter when they asked for advice on “How To Use Twitter” with the best tips their twitter friends/followers could offer? This is yet another great way to use twitter.

Do you have a question about Twitter or any other site, application, product or service? Try using Twitter to ask your question, create a discussion, and get fast and valuable information about pretty much anything you want to know? Keep in mind that there are always people willing to share their findings, tips, and solutions with you and the best part is that they’ll do it for free!

Great Summary of Zillow Zestimates

Today, Screenr.com featured an excellent video by a Zillow Staff member, Rachel Rosen who does a superb job at explaining the Zillow Zestimate.  A special shout out and some link love to Rachel over at Zillow.com, and an extra special tid-bit of information for our readers if you really want to know “WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW” about Zillow’s Zestimates.  See two-minute video below, it’s a MUST VIEW!

http://screenr.com/LXk

The Embedr – A Multiple RE Video Player

The Embedr – A Multiple Video Player

Embedr.com is a fantastic tool for allowing Youtube users to place multiple (up to 50) videos into a single player.  Search by topic or use individual video URL’s to compile and provide a unique and powerful video experience for your readers, subscribers, and viewers.  The Embedr is Free to use and only requires that you spend a few moments of time creating a video play-list or view-list that will benefit your target audiences.

Here’s an Embedr player featuring the Top 50 Most Viewed Videos on Youtube.

Imagine creating a relocation player, a Virtual Community tour and Listing compilation, maybe even interviews and updates about your hyper-local areas and neighborhoods.  Using a tool like this makes watching videos convenient, easy, and fun.  The best part is that you can setup multiple videos and use multiple players to share a variety of topics and useful information.

Gen “Y” Impact on Real Estate and Technology

Gen “Y” Impact on Real Estate and Technology

Jason Ryan Dorsey “The Gen Y Guy” shares his research, views, and experience with CEO of CKJ International on BestAgentTV.com.  This is a longer video than we would normally post here but felt our viewers and subscribers will find great value in the information Jason imparts.

The Gen “Y” years, according to Jason, make up the generation of people born between 1977 and 1995 which makes up the largest and most powerful and influential generations of our time.   “This will be a painful challenge for individuals and companies who choose not to adjust” quoted from Jason.

There is a completely new way that expectations are met, and a “NEW” way business gets done!  Watch and learn, most of you will be able to relate.

Lights, Camera, Flickr & Action – Google Maps

Real Estate, Your Camera, Flickr, & Google Maps – The World as One Big Photo!

We all new that one day the real world and technology would find a way to somehow join and unite together to bring more value and fun to the Internet user experience.  The world is all considered Real Estate whether being bought or sold, it’s still “Real Estate!”  Google Maps has done something incredible using photos taken from all over the world by people just like you.

You and your camera provide the great shots, flickr hosts’ them, and Google Maps combines them all together to allow anyone to view nearly the entire world via photo images.  It won’t be long before every crack and corner of the globe is photographed and viewable from any computer screen or cell phone.  You can even view an individuals entire photo library with Google Maps new feature.

So what are you waiting for, get out there with your camera, shoot em up wherever you travel, load em up to Picasa or Flickr, and see your photos appearing in Google Maps and share with the world.  It’s Real Estate Exposed in a whole new way!

Tech Savvy Agent Interviews ActiveRain CEO

Tech Savvy Agent Interviews ActiveRain CEO Jonathan Washburn at the Keller Williams Family Reunion in New Orleans.  Jonathan Washburn discusses tips for the ActiveRain Real Estate Social Network, and shares insight about the much sought after RainCamps that are currently touring the Country.

RainCamp is a one day “magical event” that has recently toured Seattle, San Francisco, New York and Dallas.  Their next stops will be Denver on March 9th, and then Las Vegas on April 1st.  ActiveRain is a Real Estate Network hosting profiles and blogs for their more than 175,000 Real Estate Industry Professionals.

Head on over to ActiveRain.com, read some blogs, join the community, and see what the “buzz” is all about.  You can also find out more about RainCamp by visiting their site at RainCamp.com.  So far we’ve heard nothing but great feedback and compliments about the event.  There’s a RainCamp Squidoo page that hosts many Blogs written about the event along with comments, a live twitter stream, and some pretty cool photos and videos.

Google for The Real Estate Professional

Google for The Real Estate Professional

Who’s looking for a home on the Internet? Who’s using search engines to find out information about an area or to relocate?  Who researches the web to find a lender, inspector, home warranty or title company?  The consumer is, which might be your next potential client.  What is the #1 most used search engine in the world?  Google.com followed by the #2 Youtube. So instead of farming the traditional old school way, you might want to start farming where the shoppers are going, and use the tools that the “Store” provides for you.

Google for the Real Estate Professional provides a variety of services to help your content on the web get exposed to the “searching” individuals that are on their Google.com site everyday. You should be taking full advantage of things like Google Maps, Adwords, Youtube.  You should look into improving operations using tools like Google Apps, Google EarthAnalytics, and Sketch-up.

The majority of home buyers use the Internet to research properties. See what Google has to offer you in reaching and connecting with that majority.  The services are FREE, easy to use, and overlooked by many Real Estate Professionals in the Industry today.

350 Real Estate Technology Companies

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350 Real Estate Technology Companies including Links

1000WattConsulting has done a really nice job creating a “customizable” Real Estate Technology Company Directory.  The Index page is broken down into 30 categories that can be customized and sorted to your liking.

You’ll find links to company sites that provide everything from Document Management, Marketing Solutions, and iPhone Apps, to IDX Solutions, Marketing Tools, Lead Generation/Management, Listing Syndication, Mapping, Video, Transaction Management and more.

If you don’t see a particular company that you feel should be listed there, be sure to click on the link and add them.  There can never be too many resources, especially on a page that’s built with this kind of benefit and power.


The gang at 1000WattConsulting does an excellent job informing the Industry
about great tips and tools, and obviously has no problem sharing their findings with their readers and visitors.  Hats off to their TEAM, visit them at 1000WattConsulting.