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Agent reviews and Ratings How to effortlessly use online reviews to grow your real estate business

How to effortlessly use online reviews to grow your real estate business

Consumers have always relied on the opinions of others to help make their buying decisions, but where they find those opinions has migrated online over the last decade. Increasingly, consumers are searching online to find service providers, the best ...
By Seth Price | 7 hours ago
Changing seasons image via Shutterstock. 5 steps to gear up for the fall selling season

5 steps to gear up for the fall selling season

The kids are back to school and the fall selling season is upon us. What can you do to take advantage of this great time of year before winter sends seasonal chills through the real estate market ......
By Bernice Ross | 11 hours ago
Key image via Shutterstock. More than 100,000 agents to get 'single sign-on' access to NAR programs

More than 100,000 agents to get 'single sign-on' access to NAR programs

Imagine a dashboard where agents can access their multiple listing service, the third-party products they’ve purchased, resources from their local association and tools from the National Association of Realtors — all with a single logo...
By Andrea V. Brambila | 12 hours ago
Susan Feldman of One Kings Lane talks about what consumers want at Real Estate Connect San Francisco. What consumers really want

What consumers really want

Susan Feldman, co-founder and chief merchandising officer for online shopping marketplace One Kings Lane, talks to Inman News founder and Publisher Brad Inman about the lessons she learned building a whole new way to buy online. ......
By Inman News | 12 hours ago
The European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. Rob Wilson / Shutterstock.com As Fed tapers, Europe may just be getting started

As Fed tapers, Europe may just be getting started

Fed tightening is theoretically imminent, but U.S. bonds are falling in yield, even as the Fed tapers its bond purchases. Everyone is prepared for very dramatic action by the European Central Bank, some form of quantitative easing ......
By Lou Barnes | Friday, August 29, 2014
l i g h t p o e t / Shutterstock.com Google just officially axed its Authorship program

Google just officially axed its Authorship program

Google just officially axed its Authorship program. If you’re not familiar with Authorship, the idea was a way to connect your online real estate content (like your blog) with your name and photograph in Google search. ......
By Guest Contributor | Friday, August 29, 2014
Drive thru image via Shutterstock. How NOT to negotiate a real estate transaction

How NOT to negotiate a real estate transaction

One of the most important aspects of my duties is to be able to negotiate the best price, terms and set of conditions for my client. Over the last 10 years I've learned a lot about myself and about people in general. It's almost always a give and tak...
By ActiveRain | Friday, August 29, 2014
HubSpot's Laura Fitton talks about building a social business at Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2014. Moving beyond social media as the next shiny object

Moving beyond social media as the next shiny object

HubSpot's Laura Fitton explains how to graduate from using social media as the next shiny object to running a social business that attracts visitors and converts leads into closings ......
By Inman News | Friday, August 29, 2014
Prospects image via Shutterstock. CRM provider Contactually signs its biggest deal ever

CRM provider Contactually signs its biggest deal ever

Customer relationship management provider Contactually has signed up Southern California’s First Team Real Estate, giving the firm’s more than 1,600 agents free access to the tool. It’s Contactually’s biggest enterprise-level...
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, August 28, 2014
Screen shot of ReaLync demo. Walk your clients through listings even when they can't be there

Walk your clients through listings even when they can't be there

Some real estate agents share live video of properties from their mobile devices to help faraway clients virtually scope out homes. But what if you could expand those private showings into virtual open houses? That’s one service that video-sharing...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, August 28, 2014
Things to do Big questions cloud decision to start own brokerage or join existing one

Big questions cloud decision to start own brokerage or join existing one

Many people say I am my own brand and yes that is true. That, however, does not provide infrastructure or support for creating a strong business. I want to stick to what I do best: meeting people and negotiating deals ......
By Aaron Woodman | Thursday, August 28, 2014
Costa Rica image via Shutterstock. Why homes in Costa Rica, Belize and Mexico are showing up in Chicago's MLS

Why homes in Costa Rica, Belize and Mexico are showing up in Chicago's MLS

Recognizing that its member agents and brokers are not only selling to international buyers but representing listings in other countries, one of the nation’s biggest multiple listing services has streamlined the process for its members to enter, se...
By Inman News | Thursday, August 28, 2014
Zameen.com screen shot Listing portal Zameen.com seizes the day as 3G comes to Pakistan

Listing portal Zameen.com seizes the day as 3G comes to Pakistan

The Pakistani listing portal Zameen.com has rolled out a listing search app for the iPhone. That wouldn’t be an earth-shattering achievement for a U.S. listing site, but it’s kind of a big deal in Pakistan. The country just auctio...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, August 28, 2014
Google Analytics reporting (1) Definitive guide to Google Analytics for real estate professionals: Part II - The Overview Reports

Definitive guide to Google Analytics for real estate professionals: Part II - The Overview Reports

In Part I of our Definitive Guide on Google Analytics, we reviewed how to set up your account and configure your settings. Now we’re going to take you through the Overview Reports so you can understand whether your website is working for your busin...
By Guest Contributor | Thursday, August 28, 2014
Audio waveform image via Shutterstock. Turn your listing photos into narrated slideshows in minutes

Turn your listing photos into narrated slideshows in minutes

Some real estate agents are finding the narrated slideshows they create with SpeakingPhoto are an attractive marketing alternative to listing videos, or that they complement them. SpeakingPhoto lets you add voiceovers to photos and combine them into ...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, August 28, 2014
agent match us news and money Surprise: There's serious support for agent matching

Surprise: There's serious support for agent matching

Realtor.com’s experiment with AgentMatch may have been short-lived, but a majority of Inman News readers say they approve of services that match agents with consumers based on sales data. Nearly 6 in 10 Inman News readers (57 percent) respondin...
By Inman News | Thursday, August 28, 2014
Hacker image via Shutterstock. Portal hacks: how to get your money's worth out of online leads

Portal hacks: how to get your money's worth out of online leads

The big real estate search sites -- Zillow, Trulia, realtor.com and homes.com -- attract tens of millions of visitors every month, and real estate brokers and agents are paying big dollars for the leads the portals generate. Some who know the game be...
By Inman News | Thursday, August 28, 2014
dotloop2 Broker success: the top brokers' blueprint to choosing a transaction system

Broker success: the top brokers' blueprint to choosing a transaction system

In our latest webinar we took a look firsthand at how brokers can and SHOULD choose a transaction system for their agents and their office. Joelle Senter of dotloop and Craig McClelland of Metro Brokers Better Homes and Gardens Real ......
By Laura Monroe | Wednesday, August 27, 2014