Posts Tagged ‘Real Estate’

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

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.

The OfficePOD for Telecommuters

Do you work out of your home? Are you distracted by your surroundings and finding it hard to “get the job done?”  Freshome has a great solution if your home office isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.  It’s the OfficePod.  Obviously someone who has experienced having to deal with separating the workplace from homefront knows first hand what it’s like and has designed the ultimate office.

“The OfficePOD provides the user with an efficient use of space with innovative storage and desktop solutions. High quality materials have been carefully chosen for their combination of visual, physical and environmental characteristics. Power is provided via a discrete and protected connection to the house or garage; IT and phone connectivity is generally wireless but can be similarly cabled. The POD is provided with a secure locking system of the highest quality.”

If you want to know how much your “New Office” is going to cost and add to your business overhead, you’ll be quite surprised to find out that you can pick up one of these prefab suites for a few pounds, but unfortunately, you’ll have to go to London to pick it out and have it sent back home.  Watch for the copycat model and knock-off coming to the US soon… no doubt.

3D Virtual Real Estate Company

3D Virtual Real Estate Company – Realty and Reality

It’s a new day in the world of Real Estate and the uses of Technology. Discussions and the topic of a 3D Virtual Real Estate Office were only that in that past, just discussions!  Not anymore.  eXp Realty allowed us an exclusive “virtual tour” yesterday of their 100% Virtual Real Estate Brokerage.  While the concept may be new to many Brokers and managers in the Industry, it’s nothing new for the team and developers over at eXp.

Is this truly what the Real Estate Brokerage and Company’s will look like in the future? Here’s what this one looks like in a Virtual 3D environment today, and it’s fully functional and 100% operational!


A Virtual Real Estate Office brings an entirely different value to today’s “Tech Savvy” Real Estate Agent and Broker. The possibilities and benefits of this concept are limitless.  The cost of a brick and mortar office, the overhead, the management of staff and meetings, training, and collaboration can be daunting and expensive.  The time spent traveling with traffic, gas prices, daily interruptions, all while living in a world that is trying to go green may have just found a solution! 

This may very well be considered the new WEB 3.0, at least for the Real Estate Industry.

MLS Cloud – Network of Public MLS Sites

MLS Cloud – Is a HUGE Network of Public MLS Sites

Nearly every Real Estate Agent in the Country is part of a local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and in many cases, a member of multiple MLS systems for their geographic areas in which they are licensed to sell Real Estate.

Over 80% of Consumers are investigating and searching for homes on-line, and are likely to end up on an MLS site either via a search engine Keyword search, or by an option or link provided to them from a website or Blog article.

From the beginning of the search, to the end of the purchase and beyond, consumers just like you and me are constantly and continuously searching the web for items and information of value. MLSCloud brings both “items” and “information” of value.

MLSCloud has taken many of these MLS sites and combined them in a single site that hopes to Connect Consumers and REALTORS®.  There are currently over 611,745 Agents in the Cloud, and it’s growing everyday.  Agents use an animated Badge to promote their site.


If you’re in the Real Estate business or Industry and part of an MLS or have an association, be sure to check out MLSCloud to confirm that YOUR MLS is a part of this fast growing resource that is readily available to the buying and selling consumer.

There’s a likely chance that at some point during the online home search process, that Buyers and Sellers will come across MLSCloud.  It’s good to have eggs in multiple baskets especially for consumers on the “Year Round Easter Egg Hunt!”

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Get The Most from “AllTop” Internet Resources

Getting The Most Out of “ALLTOP” Internet Resources

There are millions of articles being published weekly on the web. Your search for relevant content that will be useful to your business and social media efforts will take longer and be more time consuming as the internet resources continue to grow. How do you get the most out of the web in the least amount of time and with minimal effort?  What tools do you have in place to help you maximize and manage the mass amounts of content that are flooding the web each day?  You don’t want to miss anything right?

AllTop is a fantastic site and resource to scan and review on a regular basis that allows you to find topics of relevant information, and then create your own page to keep on top of those desired topics, categories, and sites that provide you exactly what you want and are looking for on a daily or weekly basis. Some of the greatest resources of information can be found here.

See what some of the best content providers on the WEB are bookmarking and reading on their Alltop page.  If you are reading content that is powerful and priceless to you, then just imagine the value of the content that is being read by that resource.  It’s like having access to your hero’s HERO! It doesn’t get any better than this folks.

Here are some other areas you might want to explore if you’re interested in keeping up with this fast paced, Business and Technology world we live in today.

Alltop will be one of the best resources you will ever find on the web and will help you get the most out of the Internet resources that are available.  You’ll have up to the minute fresh new content that will help you in just about any area of education or desired growth.

If you are looking to enhance your knowledge or refine your skills, then you’ll need to find a way to “Get the most out of the Internet Resources” available, and ALLTOP is one of the “BEST” resources that will help you accomplish this goal.

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NAR 2009 EXPO – Top Real Estate Technology

NAR 2009 EXPO – Top Real Estate Technology

The National Association of REALTORS 2009 Convention, is always a great place to learn about the newest, latest and greatest products, tools, and services that are being used or newly introduced to the Real Estate Industry. One of our favorite pastimes is to venture the isles of the NAR Exposition Hall to revisit returning vendors, and to discover and explore the NEW vendors and their products.  These are the people, companies, and products that are changing the world of Real Estate and how business gets done today, and in the future.

The Real Estate Industry is changing, the market is changing, and the process for buying and selling homes in America is changing.  The question to be answered by ALL Real Estate Industry professionals is “Are You Changing with it?”  As new Real Estate Technology is introduced to the consumers who spend a great deal of time online researching many different aspects of the local Real Estate Markets, be sure you are providing them the products, tools, and services that will meet and exceed their expectations.  Websites and Blogs are no longer a place to “showcase” your trophies and successes!

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Real Estate Video – On The Rise

WellcomeMat announced today, and confirmed that Real estate Video is on the Rise.  Are consumers more inclined to be interested in text, photos, or video?  If you were to consider purchasing a home out of the area, property characteristics would obviously be important to you.  Photos are undoubtedly the number one item that draw your interests, but video is what takes a piece of Real Estate and and brings it life.  Video is the closest thing to reality and being there.

“Is video the new photo in real estate marketing? Not yet, but the use of video by real estate professionals and companies is up 95% in the first half of 2009 relative to the same time period in 2008 indicating a clear path to a tipping point.”   (according to WellcomeMat)

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As video hosting sites like Youtube.com and others continue to grow, the demand for video in Real Estate will be inevitable. As consumers begin their search to discover potential Real Estate Investments across the Country, many will not invest their time in reading “Text Only” or “Template” style listing cards.  Investors and Home Buyers want photos (lot’s of them) and now video, period. Whether you decide to have a professionally created and designed video, or you just shoot it yourself, the important thing to consider is making Real Estate Inventory as “Visual” and “Real” as possible for potential buyers.  Download and view Report.

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The Art of Real Estate Blogging

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The Art of Real Estate Blogging

Blogging for most people is not something you just jump into and experience immediate success. There is an “Art to Blogging” and like anything else, there is a learning curve, and you only get better by doing.

You’ll start off reading a bunch of How-to-Blogs, then you need to learn the mechanics of Blogging along with the technical aspects and skills.  These are the three most important principles that must be established up front before you create ANY BLOG and for any niche or market.

3 Important “MUST HAVE” Principles before you Begin

  • You must determine your audience
  • It’s important to find your voice
  • Blog with great content and transparency

Once you’ve hurdled these small stumbling blocks, then you have to overcome the three major issues that keep most people in Real Estate from Blogging.  If you can get past these procrastination causing issues, you are well on your way to becoming a “Successful Real Estate Blogger!”

3 Biggest Blogging Enemies and Excuses

  • Finding the “Time” to Blog
  • Coming up with “Content” to Blog about
  • The “Fear” of Blogging and the Unknown

It’s not easy to come up with valuable and useful content for your readers day after day, month after month, year after year.  It’s no easier to find the time of day in this fast paced society we live in.  And the fear we lacked as kids when rolling down the hillside is ever-present in our ego as adults.  So how is it that some Industry Professionals have overcome these obstacles and others have not, or can’t?   More importantly, how do YOU learn the Art of Blogging so you don’t get left behind in the Powerful World of Social Media and WEB 2.0 Marketing and Networking?

6 Tips To Begin Your Successful Blogging Endeavor

  1. Determine your audience by thinking ahead and planning “WHO” you want to reach with your Blog content.  If you have more than one niche, then have more than one blog.  Manage your time effectively.
  2. Finding your “Voice” is nothing more than Blogging with the same voice you talk to people with.  People can read deeper into your 10 pt font than you think.  Be Yourself, be real, it’s your “natural” voice that is the most important tool to use in Blogging.
  3. Great “content” and “transparency” come from your “Heart and Passion”  Blog using both consistently.  Write with emotion and devotion, don’t try to be “A Writer” or an “Author” be yourself and just share.
  4. Finding time to Blog is no different than finding the time to respond to email, or return phone calls. Make it part of your “Daily Plan” to read, write and comment. This will result in learning, sharing, connecting, building relationships, and growing your business.
  5. There is more content to Blog about sitting in your email sent folder than you’ll ever use in a lifetime.  Share your knowledge, experiences, expertise, useful tips and tools, hyper-local content, community events or happenings, and do it with the things you’re passionate about.  Don’t sell!  Everyone wants to buy, but no one wants to be “Sold!”
  6. Overcome the “Fear” of what readers might think.  Don’t compare yourself to others.  The voice in your head that says “I’m not a good writer, or “What will people think of me” has to be eliminated from your thought processes.  People who like and connect with you do it because of who you are, not what you write, or what you do.  Think beyond fear, and focus on the power and results of Blogging.  There’s no better way to reach a larger audience and connect with others, and do it at any less of a financial marketing and networking expense.

The Art of Real Estate Blogging is an “ART” and should be considered “critical” to your business plan.  It should be carefully planned out and then implemented.  It’s like any other tool in your business that is weighed and researched for the “return on investment!”  The ROI from Blogging is the best return you can get for the time and cost invested.  Stop thinking about the who, what, when, why, and how of it all, and begin understanding that the reach, the content, the consistency, and the results from your efforts is really what matters most.

As you begin the journey and start to understand the “Art of Blogging,” only time and experience will convert your childlike crayon type paintings into “Masterpieces” of valuable art.  Keep it simple, keep it real, keep it passionate, and keep it going.  You can’t help improving if you just keep doing.  Now before you click your mouse on the next article, sit back in your chair and contemplate, visualize, then realize that the very next step is ALL up to YOU.  Good luck and Godspeed to you and your success!

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