Think safety image via Shutterstock. Real estate agents using apps, wearable tech to stay safe

Real estate agents using apps, wearable tech to stay safe

With the recent, horrible, kidnapping and death of Realtor Beverly Carter in Arkansas after showing a vacant home to an unknown person, personal safety is first and foremost on people’s minds today. As it should be. Every day …

By Guest Contributor | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
XYZ Real Estate Why every agent should 'own' their marketing -- literally

Why every agent should 'own' their marketing -- literally

I believe that owning your own marketing is critical to being a successful Realtor. By marketing, I specifically mean the tools and materials that you use to promote your real estate business …

By Guest Contributor | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Untitled design (36) Do you have - gasp! - HGTV Syndrome?

Do you have - gasp! - HGTV Syndrome?

HGTV is a fun escape for many of us and a glimpse into the world of all things real estate and do-it-yourself. Even though I can work up to 80 hours a week as a Richmond, Virginia, Realtor, I still indulge in an episode of “House Hunters,” “Property Brothers” and “Flip or Flop” from time to time …

By ActiveRain | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Reesio webinar replay Inman News Demo Day with Reesio - take a peek

Inman News Demo Day with Reesio - take a peek

One of the things I love the most about our Demo Days at Inman News is that we get to show off firsthand the new technologies and services available to our readers. Even better is when developers can come back ...
By Laura Monroe | Monday, September 29, 2014
Part-time job image via Shutterstock. 4 must-knows before jumping into real estate part time

4 must-knows before jumping into real estate part time

Starting a new career as a real estate agent can be intimidating, to say the least. Gone are the days of that “guaranteed” paycheck that most people depend on to survive. …

By ActiveRain | Monday, September 29, 2014
You're  FIRED 5 reasons your sellers are looking for another agent

5 reasons your sellers are looking for another agent

Your reputation earned you the client, but are you sure you can keep them? These days many sellers are coming down with cases of the wandering eye. …

By Trulia Pro Blog | Friday, September 26, 2014
Listing data image via Shutterstock. Brokers may undercut MLS's attempt to win better terms from portals

Brokers may undercut MLS's attempt to win better terms from portals

An MLS is attempting to deliver slimmed-down listing feeds to portals. Others are keen to follow. They want prominent direct links back to listing brokers’ sites and fewer photos on the portal listing pages to create more direct traffic to their agents and brokers. …

By Sam DeBord | Thursday, September 25, 2014
Party image via Shutterstock. 3 easy ways to capture new real estate leads

3 easy ways to capture new real estate leads

How do you capture leads for your business? Are you utilizing your website, events and social media? …

By Matthew Collis | Thursday, September 25, 2014
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Instagram just might be the best social site in the world for marketers

Size isn’t everything. Instagram may not be the biggest social network in the world, but it is the fastest-growing social network in the world. And marketers are flocking to Instagram because of its phenomenal engagement rates …

By Marci James | Wednesday, September 24, 2014
shutterstock_199193120 Convert Internet leads without wasting your marketing dollars

Convert Internet leads without wasting your marketing dollars

In light of the stats showing major internet usage among buyers and sellers, why isn’t your Internet marketing working? The answer for most agents is that they respond too slowly to lead inquiries …

By Eddie Earnest | Tuesday, September 23, 2014
-What does a Realtor do all day, What do Realtors really DO all day?

What do Realtors really DO all day?

My neighbor asked me this the other day. It was 3 p.m. and I was checking the mail. He came over and said, “Busy day today, I see. Are we lounging this afternoon again?” …

By ActiveRain | Tuesday, September 23, 2014
New Picture Is social media REALLY just a 'conversation'?

Is social media REALLY just a 'conversation'?

I hear it all the time from real estate agents and from social media experts: “Social media is a conversation.” It is interesting to hear this statement floating around, a strong hold-out from old-school social media “best practices.” …

By Christina Ethridge | Monday, September 22, 2014
shutterstock_210089851 7 steps to build a Google Plus real estate following

7 steps to build a Google Plus real estate following

By now you are surely signed up with Google Plus. You know it’s an important platform to help grow your real estate business, but it doesn’t seem to be helping you as much as you had hoped. In fact, you may even blame its lack of success on the limited traffic the site seems to be bringing you. Well, I have news for you: There are millions of Google Plus users logging on every day. So if you aren’t getting their attention, it’s all on you …

By Guest Contributor | Monday, September 22, 2014
iPhone 6 What the new iPhone 6 camera and video features mean for real estate

What the new iPhone 6 camera and video features mean for real estate

They said it wouldn’t be done. Late Apple founder Steve Jobs, specifically, said his company would never develop a larger smartphone like those rival Samsung and others were deploying, because, in his words, “No one’s going to buy that.” …

By Stephen Schweickart | Friday, September 19, 2014
Five ways to qualify rental leads 5 ways to better qualify your rental leads

5 ways to better qualify your rental leads

Trying to find a resident to fill a vacancy? If you’re a property manager or a landlord, you’ll want to refine your understanding about a “good lead” — a prospect likely to convert into a high-quality, long-term resident — versus a prospect that will simply waste your time (or worse) …

By Trulia Pro Blog | Friday, September 19, 2014