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Posted by: DotLoop, Where Deals Get Done™ After a long weekend, many people return to work for a shorter week requiring them to make up for lost time. For Realtors®, running their business requires diligent time management that allows them to make the most of their days. However, whether you work to live or live to work, taking a day off from time to time can be both relaxing and positively impact one’s business. Most people can agree that come Friday, the thought of the weekend fills them with a sense of accomplishment and anticipation for time off. That’s because (2 comments)
What Qualities Make a Neighborhood Desirable? Things You Should Consider - 05/27/11 10:36 AM
Anyone who’s ever purchased or thought about purchasing a home knows it can be very stressful, with many things considered. Common things we consider are price, getting a home inspection, asking for utility bills and how close the home is to schools, fire, police and airports. All of these things affect the decision on whether or not you will purchase the home. What many forget to consider is the people already living in the neighborhood. It seems like a no brainer, but often times we fall in love with a home and don’t investigate what the rest of homeowners in the (0 comments)
Top Priority: Improving the Experience for Home Buyers and Sellers - 05/26/11 03:39 PM
With technology fueling the way we do business, providing the best technology solutions to clients helps a Realtor® thrive. Consequently, a thriving Realtor® contributes to improved market conditions in their respective regions. That’s why DotLoop is committed to providing the best technology solution for Realtors®, Brokers and Associations across the country. Incorporating document sharing, real-time adjustments and electronic signatures, DotLoop is the first collaborative workspace for Realtors® to serve their clients.
DotLoop enabled Realtors® maximize their efficiency with “Version-Now™” technology to adjust documents in real time wherever they and their client have Internet access. Now, real estate transactions can be (2 comments)
Technology in Real Estate: Convenient or Necessary? - 05/25/11 10:58 AM
Smartphones, netbooks, and the Internet…. Technology consistently transitions from convenient to necessary. We often don't realize how much technology is subconsciously integrated into our lives. It's daunting to remember a time when you couldn't search the nearest pizza joint while updating your twitter account from your Smartphone. We often forget how integral these conveniences have become in our daily routines. It’s hard to identify when we became a so “synced” with our pocket computers. We can't always explain why it’s absolutely necessary to update our facebook pages or why we panic if our phones die. While it’s hard to understand, (although, (2 comments)
Text in Video: A Crucial Component in Conveying Your Message - 05/24/11 11:18 AM
Posted by: DotLoop, Where Deals Get Done™ A growing number of Realtors® are incorporating video into their marketing through sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, TwitVid and many others. These videos vary in quality as a result of budget, equipment and basic know how. While no Realtor® is expected to produce an epic masterpiece, executing proper techniques can make one video stand out over the others. In previous articles, we’ve shared techniques that help plan, produce and edit videos that employ more professional and effective tactics. However, one component many Realtors® continue to struggle with is text. Some examples include, poor choice (0 comments)
Using New Technology. When Do You Feel is the Right Time to Adopt? - 05/23/11 11:07 AM
Society is being presented with new technology every day to increase connectivity and overall productivity. Like most products, different types of people adopt technology at different times. For real estate professionals, it’s important to be familiar with new technology and the merit it presents towards productivity in business. At DotLoop, the first collaborative workspace for real estate, we’re experiencing growth among Realtors®, much like other technologies do with their respective niches. With any new technology, there are five categories of people that adopt at different times. The Innovators-They typically buy new products or use the latest software as soon as it’s (2 comments)
Does Your Online Presence Mirror Your True Self? - 05/20/11 10:39 AM
Posted by DotLoop, Where Deals Get Done ™ Often times in television or film, sales people are portrayed as sleazy, conniving and immoral. While these underhanded sales practices are often embellished for dramatic effect, today’s sales practices actually require a great deal of transparency and honesty. The prevalence of technology has created a virtual world where people willingly reveal information about themselves, inviting others to connect. Realtors® are among the more prolific social media users, connecting with potential home buyers, sellers and other Realtors® as well.
While social media is spawning a generation of unprecedented openness, many maintain a healthy (0 comments)
Over the last few months, Americans have seen gas prices jump 20 percent or more. The significant spike that occurred over a short period of time has forced people to change their habits and balance their budgets around the rising prices at the pump. Realtors® leveraging the right technology recognize this unfortunate trend and serve their clients from the convenience of a computer or mobile device. Driving Is a Financial Burden on Some Many people only drive when absolutely necessary, because doing otherwise has become a luxury. Consider how this affects Realtors® and their clients during real estate negotiations. Often (2 comments)
Investing both time and money are necessary to succeed in any business. That’s why most businesses take every measure to lower the costs without losing productivity. In an effort to increase profit margin, it’s important to take strides in reducing expenditures. Office overhead in particular can place a big strain on a budget, so care must be taken to reduce these costs by any means necessary. Utilities Costs associated with electricity to power computers, lighting, and air conditioning can add up, but those hefty bills can be lowered if every employee does their part to follow instructions on using as (2 comments)
REALTORS® Help Buyers Realize the Dream of Home Ownership - 05/17/11 11:56 AM
There’s nothing like the feelings of pride, security, and tranquility of owning a home. A place to raise family, make improvements or contribute to the well being of a neighborhood is some of the benefit homeowners enjoy. Everyday, REALTORS® help home buyers achieve this dream of home ownership that provides so many more that just a roof over one’s head.
Price appreciation and equity
Although the value of a number of American homes went down as a result of the recent economic crisis, most should regain their worth over time. As the value of the home appreciates, home equity (0 comments)
Reaching Customers of Tomorrow by Building Relationships Today - 05/16/11 11:27 AM
Every business needs to put a fair amount of focus on the future Understanding where markets are headed, how potential clients shop and the technology they use to share and obtain information are important considerations when looking to expand business. It’s a matter of making business related hypotheses and preparations to compete and surpass quarterly goals. The real estate industry is no different, even when markets are at a low point. This may sound counterproductive, but the fact is markets will eventually bounce back; prompting a lot of buyers to contact REALTORS® whom they know or have been referred. It’s vital (3 comments)
Improving Social Media Marketing for Real Estate Professionals - 05/13/11 10:50 AM
REALTORS® are among the vast users of social media for marketing, lead generation and relationship building. As the next generation of communication evolves, exist vivid ways of connecting with home buyers and sellers. A couple of the ways that these sites can be used by realtors as a paperless solution for marketing are: Marketing with videos Perhaps the most popular content online, video can be posted to a channel set up on YouTube, Vimeo, Viddler and the list goes on. REALTORS® can establish channels on these sites where each video can be named with terms typically used in a search for real (0 comments)
There are many strategies that can help a REALTOR® connect with buyers, but the most important strategy for becoming a successful agent is building and maintaining good relationships with clients. This is often viewed as cliché, but deserves emphasis because of its vital importance. Realtors that don’t take the time, nor make necessary efforts to build upon relationships are probably going to be out competed by agents who do. There is simply no way around it, so even REALTORS® with the latest technology or flashiest marketing need to remember this basic aspect of business. Taking the time to meet with (0 comments)
REALTORS® from across the country have taken over Washington DC for the National Association of REALTORS® Midyear Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo. The event brings members of America’s largest trade network to discuss pertinent issues, share strategies and technology that benefit the industry --ultimately stabilizing the economy. May 11-13 mark the days of the trade expo where thousands of REALTORS® are exposed to new technology solutions designed to improve their business. DotLoop welcomes all REALTORS® to join them at booth #315 to see what this online collaborative workspace for real estate transactions can do to increase efficiency and customer (0 comments)
Millions of people throughout the U.S. want to buy a home. It’s one of your top priorities but you just aren’t sure if now is the right time to buy. You could purchase a reduced-priced home now, or continue waiting to see if prices dip any further. Or, you might own a home and are ready to invest in another property such as apartments, a condominium or vacation properties. However, the same questions that potential home buyers are asking themselves are also running through your mind: “Should you buy now, or keep on waiting”? The answer to this question differs (0 comments)
Real estate news over the last few years has been consistently negative as foreclosures plague the market and lending tightens up on new home buyers. While it seems the idea of home ownership escapes millions these days, there are numbers that indicate the early stages of a recovery. The National Association of Realtors reported an increase in existing home sales during March 2011; marking a 3.7 percent increase in existing home sales compared to February of the same year. However, it’s a bit tempered when one takes into account that this increase is still 6.3 percent lower than existing (0 comments)
The National Association of REALTORS® Midyear Trade Expo begins next week and DotLoop is excited to meet with attendees to discuss their plans for the future. From May 11-13, the trade expo brings together thousands of attendees from various networks and associations to share products and ideas to benefit the industry. As the collaborative workspace for buying and selling real estate, DotLoop has simplified the lives of brokers, agents as well as the home buyers and sellers they serve. After powering many brokerages on a per-agent basis, DotLoop is taking the next step to include association services to the online collaborative (1 comments)
The real estate industry is constantly bombarded by uninspiring news on a daily basis as the housing market struggles to rebound. Fewer selling opportunities mean REALTORS® can’t afford to make mistakes or miss out on any chance to connect with potential clients. To stay in the game, REALTORS® need to pay more attention to marketing themselves. Here are a few easy to ways connect with buyers and sellers: Using the Internet effectively- Agent, broker or association websites need to be attractive as they are scalable for users. If home buyers and sellers don’t immediately see a benefit to your site, they’ll (0 comments)
There is this new social media site that connects neighborhood residents called Home Elephant™. Currently in its beta phase, it acts as a local hub for neighborhood residents to interact and share information with each other about events, alerts and notices; which could prove beneficial for real estate professionals. Real estate professionals can use information obtained from Home Elephant™ to create online visibility and credibility as the expert in real estate for that neighborhood. Additionally, there is great lead information like names, email addresses and contacts for the residents. On event pages, one has the ability to market online to (5 comments)
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