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One of the luncheon speakers this year was guest Jason Dorsey, a recognized "Gen Y" representative who spoke to the group about how Gen Y IS ready to buy. The information Jason shared in a more than enthusiastic and exciting manner was well received by the audience but more importantly was "DEAD ON" regarding the Gen Y culture and mentality. If you were there, you know exactly what I'm talking about and if not... I'm sorry you missed out.
I was fortunate and able (12 comments)
technology: SEO Tools - You Should Know, about SEO - 07/12/08 03:11 AM
SEO? There are Groups, Blogs, Website Graders, those who claim they know it all, and those who confess they know nothing whatsoever about it. Both in and out of the community, many have benefited greatly from the SEO that comes from Google, Yahoo, MSN etc. What about those who haven't a clue about SEO, what it is, how it works, why they need it, and who the heck cares? This site, SEOBook has some fantastic information and tools for any beginning Blogger new to SEO. All of you experienced Bloggers may already know this stuff, but for some, SEO is still difficult (135 comments)
technology: Mobile Real Estate Technology - Is It Necessary? - 05/27/08 06:58 PM
AccessU2 claims to have the easiest 24/7 mobile real estate information access for buyers.... Is this really the way buyers will be shopping for homes now and in the future? That's what they're saying. I like that they have incorporated text and photos for cell phone users, (which pretty much includes the entire planet) but how much impact does this type of technology really have when considering buying or selling your greatest investment? What Exactly is Global Property Information? So is this more a tool for the seller or the buyer? Is it possible this is the next "Mobile Shopping Network" (53 comments)
technology: FLOCK - The New "Social Web" Browser - 01/26/08 11:22 AM
Microsoft has a great browser that most of you use for touring the Internet called Internet Explorer. Duh! Some of us have had issues with pages loading slowly, letters getting missed or skipped while typing, and screens locking up with no reasonable explanation. Many of us have to use Microsoft IE for MLS applications and other purposes which I totally understand. I have found that Mozilla and the Firefox Browser have eliminated most of the issues I have had interfacing with Active Rain and many other sites and social networks. Pages load faster, no typing glitches (other than my own mis-spellings), and (70 comments)
WOW, what a year! Certainly one for the History and Record Books. I was asked to write this "Year In Review" by Jennifer Fivelsdal as a combined effort along with a few of our other Active Rain Members. A reflection of a year now past! Jennifer asked that I cover three areas: Title and Escrow, Technology, and my pick for the Top 12 Member Posts in 2007. I'll give it my best shot, but 2007 was one "INCREDIBLE" and life changing year! This will be a challenging task to try and cover in a single post! Here are ALL (69 comments)
technology: Tech-Know-Babble - 09/19/07 02:49 PM
I'm looking for a bumper sticker that says, "My other car is a Brand Spanking New Model 2.0 Blog." Many of you know that I am a total gadget, widget, and techy kinda guy. When I'm not out trying to find title orders and escrows, or helping my clients find buyers and sellers, I like to dabble with "new" technology, and try to find ways to increase my clients marketing skills with all that's available out there in the cyber-world. This past week, I have spent most of my extra time creating an outside Blog. One that will focus on Technology (91 comments)
technology: 20 Google Tools for Your Business - 09/05/07 09:40 AM
These are some really great tools that are ALL provided by Google for FREE. It's obvious that they are on a mission to remain the leader in Internet services and tools for us in our business. You will have seen some of these before, but I am certain you have not seen or used them all. You'll be amazed at what Google can do for you and your business, your websites and Blogs, and for your overall health and wealth. :-) Google SearchEveryone knows about Google's search engine and it's capabilities. This is one of the most universal search engines and (272 comments)
technology: RELAY - The Baton has been passed! - 05/18/07 01:50 PM
The Solano Association of Realtors is proud to now offer RELAY as a local member benefit. All Realtor membersof the Solano Association of Realtors are now entitled to a FREE RELAY account. The normal cost is $149.00 peragent, per year, if you are not a local member. What is RELAY?RELAY is the easy internet tool for real estate transactions. Realtors can complete transactions online using a secure, custom transaction website. RELAY is owned by both the California Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors and run by REBT.
Document Management - Easily update, track and save the latest version of (19 comments)
technology: Thinking OUTSIDE the box... you're welcome to come IN - 04/06/07 01:33 AM
A "Virtual Office" Just Point and Click! It's Not just the next best thing to being there, It's BETTER! I got this idea from Craig and his "new door" idea for the Active Rain Network. I've often dreamed ofan office that was equipped with everything I would need to do business, yet not have to be there physically. This is a photo of my office (and desk), that used to be located in Benicia. When I moved to a new location in Vallejo, some clients were worried about not having access to me or my office. Hmmmm....... Well.....here was my solution. You know what they say, (59 comments)
technology: NEW Google Maps for TREO... FREE?...AWESOME!! - 03/16/07 08:28 PM
If you like technology tools, this one's for you! Do you own a TREO phone? How would you like to never get lost again? If you own a TREO mobile phone, and have internet access, you can have google maps right at the touch of a button. I read an article today in PC Magazine that talked about this new FREE download from google. You can actually download the application right onto your phone, and install it without hooking up to your computer and doing a hot-sync. You know me, first to jump on the wagon to see if it works, (28 comments)
technology: How Old Is Your Computer? ..."In Computer years" - 03/14/07 06:48 AM
Is it time for a new computer? Are you sure? When did you buy your current computer, or when was the last time you did any upgrades? Do you constantly find yourself waiting on the computer instead of it waiting on you? Have you calculated (like dog years) how old your computer really is? (5 years to 1)These are the questions I found myself asking, as I was patronizing the computer department at a local Best Buy store. Once I took a good look at some of the systems that are now available, I was no longer there to just get milk (47 comments)
technology: RSS Feed and Windows Vista - 03/13/07 01:33 AM
I just found that the new Microsoft Windows Vista operating system has a built in RSS Feed reader, right on the desktop. You can select any group from Activerain, click on the "RSS feed", subscribe, and the information from that group gets routed to your Windows Vista Reader.Really cool, now only one click away from all the information you need, and everything you want to be kept up to date on. I know there are many different readers out on the web, this one is nice because it's right on the desktop of the computer. Literally 1 click away, running in (17 comments)
technology: The "NEW" Daylght Savings Time (DST) - Tech Tip! - 03/09/07 12:33 AM
Does anybody really know what time it is?Here's a talking point for you with your customers and clients: Beginning in 2007, daylight saving time (DST) will be extended in the United States. DST will start on March 11, 2007, which is three weeks earlier than usual, and it will end on November 4, 2007, which is one week later than usual. This results in a new DST period that is four weeks longer than in previous years. Unless certain updates are applied to your computer, the time zone settings for your computer's system clock may be incorrect during this four-week period. In (2 comments)
technology: Microsoft Outlook Tech Tip - Spam and Pop-ups! - 03/05/07 06:52 AM
I DON'T LIKE SPAM...To reduce your email spam, turn off the preview pane in Microsoft Outlook. This will allow you to still partially read the email without actually opening it. The preview pane is usually on by default. By clicking on the email to delete it, you aren't opening it and exposing yourself to future spam from the sender, or others that might purchase your email address from other spammers. I have found this to be a very effective way to minimize spam without losing potential clients and referrals that find me on the internet. You can setup rules in outlook to (23 comments)
The http://www.norcalrealestateexpo.com/ will happen on May 11th and end on May 13th 2006. 9 Pavillions, 50,000 people, The largest Real Estate event in the history of the Solano County Fairgrounds. It Promises to be a very successful event for all vendors and fair goers! Click the link above or below for all the details. Turn your speakers down a little, the commercial comes out a bit loud. If your blogging at 1:00am in the morning like me, you might wake the kids. Don't miss this event in May this year! http://activerain.com/blogsview/50240/The-Northern-California-Real
technology: Electronic Signatures and Real Estate - 03/02/07 01:09 PM
I often wonder where technology is going to take the real estate transaction. Is buying Real Estate online really the way of the future? Will Online transaction management systems like AgentFirst, Sureclose,Settlementroom, or REBT's RELAY be the way we do business in the days ahead? Now there is electronic signatures. Sending your clients contracts via email, (in a pdf format), that they can sign online, from any computer, anywhere in the world. WOW! The question is, where does it go from here? What will happen to the notary? We can never replace the handshake and a smile, but will technology take us to a place where we (60 comments)
technology: ActiveRain Generates Referrals!!!! - 03/01/07 09:45 PM
I just got another referral from Activerain today! I love you guys!! I signed up 6 days ago and already, it's changed my life, my business, my outlook on blogging, my placement on google searches, and my income. If you are not a part of this phenomenon, you just are missing the boat! I have told so many of my clients and my resources, they are all getting on the wagon. I am teaching aclass on the 15th of March to share this awesome network with others. In 6 days, I have had over 51 people sign up, 3 referrals, 3 Featured headline posts, and found 3 (31 comments)
technology: Realtor.com -vs- ActiveRain.com - 02/28/07 05:38 AM
After mulling around in the rain network for the past 3 days, I have come to realize that this network of Realtors, Lenders and affiliates has become quite valuable to me. I am already getting referrals and doing business with others that are in and out of my area.
The amount of resources available here, and because the knowledge of the Real Estate Industry is "SO WELL" represented here, do you think that consumers will catch on and come here to ActiveRain.com to find their Realtor? Thousands of consumers go to Realtor.com to search and find proerties for sale, do (8 comments)
technology: The Northern California Real Estate Expo - May 11-13, 2007 - 02/27/07 01:53 AM
This is going to be HUGE!!!! You don't want to miss this event if you're a realtor, lender, title company, homeowner, investor, builder, developer, etc. The list goes on and on. I was asked to consider putting on the Bay Area Real Estate Tech Fair again this year, but in lieu of this coming event, our committee has decided to wait until next year to do it again. Look at the sponsors, pavillions, and the size of this event. This will be just like the state fair. The 3 day event is the first of it's kind ever at the Solano Fairgrounds. See the info (5 comments)
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