Recent Articles by Bill Risser

How one brokerage makes the big move kid-friendly

How one brokerage makes the big move kid-friendly

Locals have known for quite a while the town of Gilbert, a suburb about 25 miles southeast of Phoenix, is a great place for families to live. Confirmation arrived this summer when Move.org ranked Gilbert as one of the top 10 best cities to raise a fa...
By Bill Risser | Thursday, September 22, 2016
10 questions you should ask lenders regarding TRID

10 questions you should ask lenders regarding TRID

As a real estate agent, it is important to be ready for Oct. 3 and the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures Rule. Much of that preparation is checking with your lender. In fact, an interview of sorts is appropriate to determine how prepared the lender i...
By Bill Risser | Tuesday, October 6, 2015
5 agents who hinder closings

5 agents who hinder closings

I handled roughly 7,000 closings in my decade-plus in escrow. Most of these appointments proceed without a hitch, and I liked to commend agents and lenders for their attendance. Then there were those who I would have preferred had a conflicting appoi...
By Bill Risser | Monday, January 12, 2015
A step-by-step guide to using the new Evernote for iOS8 widget

A step-by-step guide to using the new Evernote for iOS8 widget

After making the move to the iPhone over a year ago, there was one thing I really missed: Widgets. I had a lot of widgets set up on my Android phone, and I used them all the time — especially when using Evernote. ......
By Bill Risser | Thursday, November 20, 2014
IOS 8 and the Evernote widget

IOS 8 and the Evernote widget

After making the move to the iPhone over a year ago, there was one thing I really missed: Widgets. I had a lot of widgets set up on my Android phone, and I used them all the time — especially when using Evernote. ......
By Bill Risser | Thursday, November 20, 2014
5 quick tips for Google Drive

5 quick tips for Google Drive

From the simple beginnings of Google Docs, Drive now has some serious integration with the rest of the Google family. In this post, Bill Risser shares five of his favorite tips to maximize Google Drive. ......
By Bill Risser | Monday, November 17, 2014
5 quick tips for Google Drive

5 quick tips for Google Drive

From the simple beginnings of Google Docs, Drive now has some serious integration with the rest of the Google family. In this post, Bill Risser shares five of his favorite tips to maximize Google Drive. ......
By Bill Risser | Monday, November 17, 2014
What are you doing with all those business cards from NAR Annual?

What are you doing with all those business cards from NAR Annual?

You had a great time in NOLA. You attended your committee meetings, listened to amazing presenters, saw the latest and greatest technologies, networked with other Realtors from around the country and collected a massive stack of business cards. Now ...
By Bill Risser | Saturday, November 15, 2014
What Are You Doing With All Those Business Cards From NAR Annual?

What Are You Doing With All Those Business Cards From NAR Annual?

You had a great time in NOLA. You attended your committee meetings, listened to amazing presenters, saw the latest and greatest technologies, networked with other Realtors from around the country and collected a massive stack of business cards. Now ...
By Bill Risser | Saturday, November 15, 2014
Rekindle your Evernote love affair: 5 ways to start small

Rekindle your Evernote love affair: 5 ways to start small

So you’ve heard about Evernote more times than you can count and you’re ready to start using it in your real estate business. Maybe you’re tired of that Evernote geek in the office asking over and over if you’re using it yet? Perhaps you’ve...
By Bill Risser | Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Facebook custom friend lists: a more effective way to engage your clients

Facebook custom friend lists: a more effective way to engage your clients

Many people I talk to in the real estate industry feel far too much time is wasted on social networks, especially Facebook, but with a couple tweaks, Facebook can be a relationship machine. ......
By Bill Risser | Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Haiku Deck: the perfect presentation tool for your real estate listings

Haiku Deck: the perfect presentation tool for your real estate listings

Looking for a simple presentation tool for the iPad? Sure, Keynote is cool, but it has a bit of a learning curve for most people. I really dig Prezi, but it is much better for presenting on an iPad, not ......
By Bill Risser | Thursday, October 31, 2013
Evernote as a distribution solution

Evernote as a distribution solution

Evernote’s motto is “Remember everything,” and it does that extremely well. Whether snapping a quick picture, clipping from the Web, recording a speaker or typing in a note, Evernote remembers everything. Lately, I’ve been foc...
By Bill Risser | Tuesday, October 1, 2013