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Screen shot of Evernote.com Evernote: very cool real estate tech tips No. 6

Evernote: very cool real estate tech tips No. 6

Evernote is a very cool program that, like Dropbox, you can put on all of your devices for access. Also, like Dropbox, it is one of those things that I have had for a couple of years and never used. It wasn't until I saw the CEO of Evernote, Phil Lib...
By ActiveRain | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Home inspector image via Shutterstock. This is what you and I see -- and this is what a thermal camera sees!

This is what you and I see -- and this is what a thermal camera sees!

This is what you and I see. A pretty basement wall, in a flip, with new drywall, new receptacles, new floor molding and new carpeting. This is what my clients saw online. Along with a couple dozen other photos. All of the photos were just as spectacu...
By ActiveRain | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Anker Charger Wanna borrow my 'lipstick'? Very cool real estate tech tips No. 5 (5 of 10)

Wanna borrow my 'lipstick'? Very cool real estate tech tips No. 5 (5 of 10)

How many times have you looked at your phone and worried that your battery is about to die? My solution to this phone battery phobia is the Anker Astro Mini Charger, or as I like to call it, "the lipstick charger." ......
By ActiveRain | Friday, April 18, 2014
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Washington, D.C., Steve Heap / Shutterstock.com Realtor Code of Ethics once required discrimination

Realtor Code of Ethics once required discrimination

I've been doing research on the code of ethics as it applies to fair housing and the new "religious freedom" laws. I still have a lot to learn, but I found some very interesting details about segregation. In the late 1910s, protective covenants be...
By ActiveRain | Thursday, April 17, 2014
Dropbox logo Dropbox: very cool real estate tech tips No. 4 (4 of 10)

Dropbox: very cool real estate tech tips No. 4 (4 of 10)

I am one of those guys who has had Dropbox for two years and had done nothing with it (same goes with Evernote, but that I will save for another time). However, when I had a problem with a closing while traveling overseas (this was when I was still a...
By ActiveRain | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
refresh_logo Refresh: very cool real estate tech tips No. 3 (3 of 10)

Refresh: very cool real estate tech tips No. 3 (3 of 10)

So, what makes the iPhone and Google Glass app Refresh so interesting? Refresh creates an instant dossier on the people you know and the people you want to meet. It helps turn you into a great conversationalist by giving you something to talk about w...
By ActiveRain | Friday, April 11, 2014
Supra eKEY Supra eKEY: very cool real estate tech tips No. 2 (2 of 10)

Supra eKEY: very cool real estate tech tips No. 2 (2 of 10)

In Las Vegas, most agents use Supra lockboxes on their listings. The vast majority of agents unlock these blue boxes using a key fob that is about the size of a deck of cards and has to be synced each day with a computer. That system was so frustrati...
By ActiveRain | Thursday, April 10, 2014
slydial Slydial: very cool real estate tech tips No. 1 (1 of 10)

Slydial: very cool real estate tech tips No. 1 (1 of 10)

Technology can be a great help in your real estate career. However, just because it is the new 'flashy' thing doesn't mean that it will actually make you more productive. I can say from experience that many tools end up just getting in the way and ac...
By ActiveRain | Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Blog image via Shutterstock. How to instantly revive old blog content

How to instantly revive old blog content

One of the greatest challenges for bloggers is content creation. The second greatest challenge is what happens after that content is created. While promotion is key to a successful blog, the astonishing truth is that most bloggers write an article, h...
By ActiveRain | Monday, April 7, 2014
Frustrated agent image via Shutterstock. An open letter to anyone wanting to get their real estate license

An open letter to anyone wanting to get their real estate license

Several times a year I am approached by people who want to become a Realtor. Many of them think it's a great way to supplement their income while they keep their day job. A lot of others are interested in a career change. I decided to type this blog ...
By ActiveRain | Friday, April 4, 2014
Website checkup.jpg Does your real estate website answer these questions?

Does your real estate website answer these questions?

Does your real estate website answer the questions that buyers and sellers are asking in their minds? They wonder things like ... Who are you? Some websites don't offer the agent's name or their photo. Where are you? When prospects land on your pa...
By ActiveRain | Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Open house image via Shutterstock. 4 don'ts of open house marketing

4 don'ts of open house marketing

Most of us are all too familiar with the television channel HGTV with its lavish home remodels and spunky hosts. Although it has given the common man both firsthand glimpses into the ins and outs of home maintenance and great tips for buying and sell...
By ActiveRain | Friday, March 14, 2014
Infographic for real estate Grow your market share with real estate infographics

Grow your market share with real estate infographics

As those of you who regularly follow my blogs know, I have recently begun using infographics in some of my blog posts. First, being as transparent as possible here, I have not created any of my own infographics. My oldest daughter, who is the creativ...
By ActiveRain | Thursday, March 13, 2014
Internet leads image via Shutterstock. Mining for Internet leads? Take it slow

Mining for Internet leads? Take it slow

When I find a slow week/weekend coming up, I go gold mining. I head into the database of Internet leads that I've gathered and see what I can do to drum up some face-to-face activity. "There is gold in them thar hills." ......
By ActiveRain | Thursday, March 13, 2014
RealEstateMarketReports.jpg Market reports done right can make you the neighborhood expert

Market reports done right can make you the neighborhood expert

I have to admit that I find writing and reading market reports less stimulating and fun than any other type of posts. But I also consider it a necessary part of my blogging and marketing focus; therefore, I make myself do it every week. Changing it u...
By ActiveRain | Friday, March 7, 2014
Bunch of bitcoins image via Shutterstock. Bitcoin and real estate: bump in the road or end of the line?

Bitcoin and real estate: bump in the road or end of the line?

It was only last month we posited that Bitcoin at some point could become a standard and accepted currency to use in real estate transactions! Now, however, turmoil has struck this decentralized noncurrency store of value as two major players in the ...
By ActiveRain | Saturday, March 1, 2014
Example of a bad listing photo, via Shutterstock. Top 10 photographic crimes agents commit

Top 10 photographic crimes agents commit

Since cameras have been getting better and better over the past years, why are the photos most real estate agents make not getting any better? Most agents take photos of rooms without a thought as to what it will look like in print or online. The pho...
By ActiveRain | Thursday, February 20, 2014
Online leads image via Shutterstock. Don't pay for online real estate leads without knowing risks

Don't pay for online real estate leads without knowing risks

There is a lot of talk about the quality of leads on the Internet. Some camps believe that the Internet provides poor-quality leads, is expensive and should be avoided, and others believe that the Internet is a great source for high-quality leads. Th...
By ActiveRain | Saturday, February 15, 2014