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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 | 14 hours ago
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 | 14 hours ago
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 | 15 hours ago
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 | 16 hours ago
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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 | 17 hours ago
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 | 23 hours ago
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 | 23 hours ago
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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 | 24 hours ago
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 | 24 hours ago
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
Fizzle image via Shutterstock. NAR-backed agent ratings pilot fizzles

NAR-backed agent ratings pilot fizzles

An agent ratings pilot program backed by the National Association of Realtors has ended without being renewed after reportedly low adoption rates by agents and lack of support for the program at the national level.   In August 2012, survey-base...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Facebook.com screen shot 5 reasons real estate agents should dump their Facebook business pages

5 reasons real estate agents should dump their Facebook business pages

If you're a celebrity real estate agent, this article is NOT for you. If you have a team of agents and you sell hundreds of homes a year, this article is NOT for you. If you have a big social media marketing budget and 20 hours per week to dedicate o...
By ActiveRain | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
New job image via Shutterstock. Zillow hires 2 more industry vets to woo MLSs, Realtor associations

Zillow hires 2 more industry vets to woo MLSs, Realtor associations

Zillow has added two more real estate industry vets to its industry development team to help bolster its relationships with multiple listing services and Realtor associations around the U.S. Both Steve Allen and Chris Kiel now serve as directors ...
By Paul Hagey | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Kelly_Margaret_ICSF_2014 What consumers want from brands, brokers and agents

What consumers want from brands, brokers and agents

In a one-on-one talk with Inman News founder and Publisher Brad Inman, Re/Max CEO Margaret Kelly shares insights about what the franchisor has learned about what today’s consumers want from brands, brokers and agents — and what the indust...
By Inman News | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Screen shot of time-lapse video stablized using Hyperlapse by Instagram. Instagram's 'Hyperlapse' app just might revolutionalize real estate video

Instagram's 'Hyperlapse' app just might revolutionalize real estate video

Instagram's time-lapse video app, "Hyperlapse," could be a valuable asset for real estate agents by giving them the ability to make high-quality property tours and neighborhood videos on the fly. The free app's image-stabilization technology helps us...
By Paul Hagey | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Why real estate brokerages should operate like Chipotle

Real estate is notorious for its inefficiencies when purchasing and selling a home. Technology has helped, to some degree, to streamline the housing search and transaction, but in general real estate often lags when it comes to adopting new tech and ...
By Will Caldwell | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Savvy! Here's a crafty way brokers can milk mobile for leads

San Francisco-based brokerage Zephyr may have found a crafty way to tap mobile for leads. Listing search apps are a dime a dozen these days, so brokers can find it challenging to generate new business off their branded mobile products. But Zephyr may...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
The truth about your real estate career- (1) 5 things your recruiting broker didn't tell you about a career in real estate

5 things your recruiting broker didn't tell you about a career in real estate

I got into real estate for a few different reasons, but none of them had to do with the desire to look at homes every day or to wear suits. Honestly, I thought I would get to golf more than I do, but I am not complaining. ......
By Trulia Pro Blog | Tuesday, August 26, 2014