Lists (2) 6 powerful lists every Realtor needs to succeed

6 powerful lists every Realtor needs to succeed

Lists can be powerful when used properly. They imply organization, impart control and enable understanding. Instead of a “to do” list, I’m talking about lead lists …

By ActiveRain | Thursday, September 18, 2014
Three dollars image via Shutterstock. What would you do with $3 in your pocket?

What would you do with $3 in your pocket?

“In your opinion, what is the best thing you can buy for $3 or less? I say it’s a case of bottled water.” This was my most recent Facebook post …

By Guest Contributor | Thursday, September 18, 2014
Open House tip Recharge your open houses

Recharge your open houses

How about adding a branded “welcome mat” at the front doorstep of every open house you sit? How about three balloons per sign, with an eight-sign ratio? What are the best ways to use social media to get people to your open houses …

By Laura Monroe | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
BadHabits_Shutterstock_191691272 How bad habits are killing your brokerage

How bad habits are killing your brokerage

This recent article outlined the most difficult pitfall for agent’s to avoid: losing your business plan in the chaos of the transaction. Often, agents find it harder and harder to return to their original good habits of daily prospecting and follow-ups. Instead they just start jumping from one chaotic sale to the next, until their business looks more like a tornado than a profession …

By Guest Contributor | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Blogging image via Shutterstock. Over 300 real estate blogging and video ideas to last the rest of your career

Over 300 real estate blogging and video ideas to last the rest of your career

Writing is a passion for me, but, as a novelist, my blogging seems to have taken a back seat. A friend and I have been meeting to discuss how we’re going to get back to blogging and doing videos regularly …

By ActiveRain | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Hyperlapse app How to decide which property tour technology is right for you

How to decide which property tour technology is right for you

Every so often, new technology comes along that improves the way we do things, and unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably noticed Instagram recently introduced Hyperlapse, a free smartphone app that is going to be a game changer for real estate professionals who use audiovisual tools to market their listings …

By Stephen Schweickart | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
RealScout_Cookies_Hero How RealScout's free open house cookies campaign went viral

How RealScout's free open house cookies campaign went viral

Since its beginnings, RealScout has focused on building an innovative and empowering home search experience that keeps the agent in control while giving buyers the search tools they’ve come to expect. So when it came time to develop relationships with new agents, we didn’t think in terms of how many people we could reach — we asked ourselves how many people we could truly delight …

By Guest Contributor | Monday, September 15, 2014
Twin Design / Shutterstock.com. Google killed Authorship, but Author Rank is a much bigger fish

Google killed Authorship, but Author Rank is a much bigger fish

Google’s Authorship program was touted as the tool to identify work from quality content creators. Built to use authors’ Google Plus profiles as unique identifiers and using simple markup language to distinguish their content across the Web, Authorship looked like a valuable way for authors to improve their search results …

By Sam DeBord | Friday, September 12, 2014
Eighty-nine percent of buyers use mobile devices in their search for a new home (photo courtesy of HouseLens). Find and implement the right mobile solutions for your business

Find and implement the right mobile solutions for your business

You probably don’t need me to tell you that mobile is important. According to the National Association of Realtors, 93 percent of Realtors use their smartphones to conduct business — and they spend a median 44 percent of their time working on the go. …

By Kathryn Royster | Friday, September 12, 2014
Working on iPad image via Shutterstock. Go paperless and streamline the closing process

Go paperless and streamline the closing process

If you’ve been hoping for a no-holds-barred discussion of how regular brokers, agents and real estate professionals have incorporated paperless transactions into their business, this is it. We had a great webinar with three brokers: Carol Farrar of 1850 Realty; Joe Schutt of Unit Realty Group Boston; and Aaron Wheeler, president at The Oakville Group in San Francisco …

By Laura Monroe | Thursday, September 11, 2014
ChooseBrokerage_shutterstock_111131417 How I chose which real estate company and brokerage to join

How I chose which real estate company and brokerage to join

Well, Nike never called Zach! That said, I have made a decision on whether to start a brokerage or join an existing one. Follow me for a minute while I tell you how I came to my conclusion …

By Aaron Woodman | Thursday, September 11, 2014
TonyV3112 / Shutterstock.com. Apple’s new products are impressive, but game changers for real estate? Not yet

Apple’s new products are impressive, but game changers for real estate? Not yet

Apple held its long-awaited product launch this Tuesday in Cupertino, California. The event was one of Apple’s most hyped product releases in recent history, complete with giant, white cube buildings it created just for the event. …

By Guest Contributor | Thursday, September 11, 2014
Internet leads 3 tips to find success with Internet leads as quality decreases

3 tips to find success with Internet leads as quality decreases

With consumers entering the online housing search earlier than ever before, the amount of Internet leads has increased as a direct result. Capturing and selling these leads has become a big business …

By Will Caldwell | Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Weird neighbors 7 hidden reasons buyers will hate your home

7 hidden reasons buyers will hate your home

If you’ve shown many homes, you might have noticed that some homebuyers have a love-hate relationships with the properties they see. They either fall madly in love with a place, finding no faults, or are totally disgusted, even outraged that you would dare show them something so terrible …

By Trulia Pro Blog | Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Safety in real estate 14 tips for safer property showings

14 tips for safer property showings

Thankfully, I’m not an alarmist and realize that MOST (as in the majority of) Realtors are safe, will be safe, and will never have any on-the-job safety issues. Unless, of course, the safety issues are: tripping in the backyard; pulling blinds down on the old noggin; climbing under a low deck to retrieve fallen door keys … don’t ask! …

By ActiveRain | Tuesday, September 9, 2014