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You’ve probably heard about “the cloud” in association with technology and the Internet. Phrases like “cloud-based solution” or “working in the cloud” seem to spring up in most technology-related conversations these days. Reason being, the cloud has completely changed the way we use the Internet. What cloud-based technology means for REALTORS® in the simplest terms, is sharing resources, programs and other applications hosted from a remote network that are accessible via Internet connection. Save Storage Space “The cloud” removes the strain placed on your home or office PC in terms of storage and processing. Using “the cloud” also tends to (2 comments)
document storage: DotLoop Tip of the Day: Removing Unnecessary Forms/Attachments from Your Loop - 08/25/11 09:36 AM
Being a real-estate agent in the 21st century is all about keeping up with the fast-paced, technology-driven culture that has enveloped our society today. DotLoop aims to do just that by simplifying the electronic transaction process through our easy-to-use collaborative workspace.Here is your daily tip to increase production through the DotLoop system: Need to get rid of those pesky forms or attachments that you no longer need? You've come to the right place! Getting rid of those forms that are becoming an eyesore since they are no longer pertinent is an easy process in the DotLoop system. In your Loop Summary(Listing/Buying/Basic/Form), place a check mark by each form/attachment you want (0 comments)
document storage: Want to Be a Better REALTOR®? Just Ask - 08/24/11 10:00 AM
Powered by DotLoop. Where Deals Get Done™ As a REALTOR®, you always need to work at attracting and establishing good relationships with clients. This is the foundation of your real estate business so its importance can’t be emphasized enough. Consequently, engaging with industry peers is also beneficial because their experience can help make you a better REALTOR®. As is the nature of all business, some REALTORS® are more successful than others. They work from a larger client list generated over several years, have a knack at finding the right properties for the right people or they might use real estate technology (0 comments)
Anyone working in real estate is accustomed to dealing with large numbers of documents and the numerous copies that follow. For many deals, tracking the transfer of properly signed and dated documents among all parties can be a challenge for even the most organized and meticulous real estate agents. How often have you experienced the frustration of driving back and forth to acquire signatures, only to fax them once again to make sure everything is correct? If not, you drive yet again to acquire the same signature on the newly revised document. Differences in schedules and distances among all parties (0 comments)
When it comes to Generation Y home buyers, as a real estate agent you’re going to find that their needs are different from the previous generation of home buyers. Who is Generation Y anyway? Generation Y is anyone born between 1977 and 1995. This generation is accustomed to operating in a world with remote controls, Internet and smart phones. In other words, they are accustomed to instant communication at the tips of their fingers. When it comes to building, selling and marketing to this generation – it’s totally different. They'll expect home to be wired with the necessary technology and connectivity to accompany (1 comments)
document storage: Bottom Line...A Collaborative Workspace Saves Time and Money - 03/23/11 02:33 PM
The highly competitive atmosphere in the 2011 economy puts more pressure than ever on real estate brokerages and agents to close deals with as little overhead as possible. Since many potential clients are still very financially cautious, the hefty overhead fees related to an agent’s travel, meetings, and office space might be enough to keep them from committing to a significant purchase such as a home. Fortunately, real estate management software that uses an online platform provides an easy solution to cutting overhead. Here are a few of the ways that such technology reduces expenses: · Efficiency- The ability to save time (1 comments)
document storage: In Case You Haven't Noticed...The 90's Are Over - 03/22/11 02:48 PM
So I decided to purchase a condo in downtown Cincinnati a few months ago and found myself engulfed by the overly cumbersome financing process. It’s been a few years since I had been in the market, so I expected to jump through a few more hoops than were necessary. My expectations were reminiscent of ‘05 or ‘06… but little did I know we actually fell back into the 90’s. Like anyone with a busy life (isn’t that everyone these days), the thought of sitting down with my wife and signing a bunch of documents during the day is just not practical. So when (1 comments)
document storage: Green Building Practices Reduce Utility Costs and Entice Buyers - 03/17/11 11:27 AM
The term “Green”, once thought of as a fad, has now transcended almost every sector of business, namely real estate and construction. Whether it’s green building or LEED certified structures, you noticed the growing influence environmental consciousness is having on the industry, particularly in terms of heating and cooling.
Long-term costs for utilities are reduced when structures are designed to be highly efficient in terms of heating and cooling. Building in relation to the natural heat of the sun has considerable effects on energy costs. For instance, a house built in a desert climate such as Arizona would benefit from (1 comments)
document storage: Agents Reestablishing Their Brand for the Market's Return - 03/03/11 10:24 AM
When the real estate market isn’t going as well as we would like, realtors should think about how they can best adapt to current situations no matter how challenging this may appear to be. Since the dynamics of marketing have been rapidly changing as a result of Internet related technologies that have vastly facilitated communication, realtors should take this into account before making a career change.
One of the main steps to take now as opposed to waiting until the markets bounce back is reestablishing your brand. No matter how well a real estate brokerage is doing, it’s critical to (1 comments)
document storage: Increased Consumer Confidence Means Agents Should be Prepared - 03/02/11 12:24 PM
According to the Consumer Confidence Index collected by the Neilsen Company, consumer confidence in the U.S. is higher than it has been during the past three years with consumer spending growing at its fastest pace since 2004. Apparently, consumers are becoming confident enough about their incomes and have seen enough job gains to feel more comfortable about spending their money. This is good news for anyone in retail including real estate, especially since mortgage interest rates are also very low at the present. Unemployment is still rather high, however, so it’s hard to predict if consumer confidence will continue to rise. (1 comments)
document storage: How Mobile Communication is Affecting the Real Estate Industry - 02/23/11 12:36 PM
If you’ve been in real estate for more than 20 years, heck, even more than 10 years, then you’ve undoubtedly noticed the drastic change mobile communication has brought to the industry; making it faster paced and more efficient.Here are some ways in which increased mobile communication is affecting the real estate industry: Mobile phones – It’s pretty rare these days to find someone that does not own a cell phone. In fact, many people have done away with their home phone or land line because they find it easier to use their mobile phone for everything. Moreover, a mobile phone (2 comments)
It took us 20,000 years to invent the automobile, and it’s only been 30 years since home computers started showing up in our office cubicles. And last year saw an explosion of tablets, smart phones and 3D tv’s, along with new ideas in software and advances in cyber security. Just think what can happen in the next 10 years. It boggles the mind. It’s likely that the things mentioned here will be fully realized and as common as the stapler on your desk in less than two years. What will be everyday in 2020 is anybody’s guess. But here is what’s current now and (0 comments)
Build the relationship The best salespeople seem to be able to talk to their clients with ease. That’s because they’ve built a relationship with them from the start. Personalrelationships sell easier because people naturally tend to think negatively of salespeople. It’s easier to say yes to someone you like, so take the time to get to know the client on a personal level and you’ll find it much easier in the end to close the sale. Keep the conversation about the customer In building the relationship always remember that it’s about what the client needs and what they want. You have the solution to (0 comments)
document storage: New Features Further Optimize DotLoop Experience - 02/09/11 02:28 PM
At DotLoop, we’ve added new features to our platform in order to further simplify the lives of real estate agents, brokers and the clients they serve. To optimize the DotLoop experience, we’ve added more flexibility with customization options, document management and account activity. Perhaps, the most notable update to the DotLoop platform is enabling listing agents to invite a buying agent into a loop (the group of forms associated with the buyer or seller’s side of a transaction). In the past, only a buying agent could invite a listing agent into a buying loop. Allowing both parties to invite one another into a collaborative workspace (2 comments)
document storage: Sell More, With Less...Words - 02/07/11 12:09 PM
It’s true. The best advice I ever got as a salesperson was to shut up. Too often we tend to think a moment of silence is only for dead people or church, but one of the keys to making more sales is to quickly make your point, ask for the sale, and then be quiet. Nine out of 10 times the first person to speak owns what you are selling. If it’s you, then you are still stuck with what you wanted to sell, and that’s not who you wanted to buy what you are selling, is it? Most salespeople I know tend to talk on and (4 comments)
DotLoop is joining the Xplode Real Estate Technology Conference in Austin, Texas on Feb. 10, 2011 as a featured sponsor. The conference is the first in a series designed to educate real estate professionals about technology as it pertains to marketing and business solutions. Topics to be discussed at Xplode include: · Digital Transactions · Mobile Marketing & Lead Conversion · Social Media Madness · Wordpress & 2011 bloggers update
DotLoop CEO, Austin Allison is a featured speaker among many others at industry leaders at Xplode including: · Todd Carpenter @tcar: Social Media Manager for the National Association of Realtors®; (1 comments)
document storage: New Real Estae Agent. New Car. No Sales. - 01/27/11 12:37 PM
In the little time I’ve been in real estate, my perceptions of the industry have changed drastically. My first instinct when entering the world of real estate in 2010 was to appeal to clients by showing off my newly whitened teeth and my four-door luxury sedan. This is what they want right? They want to be driven around in a nice car, with a smiling agent happily complying with their ever wish, right? While this may not be wrong, it certainly isn’t the only piece to the puzzle I now realize. Through the eyes of my clients, everything was going great…at (3 comments)
South Carolina agents are buzzing about the positive impact DotLoop is having on their business. As the trusted source for sharing and signing documents online, DotLoop allows agents to realize and achieve their potential by eliminating the cumbersome practices--printing, faxing, phone calls and meetings--of traditional real estate.
Now more than ever, the majority of prospective homebuyers begin their search online and DotLoop enables agents to address this phenomenon. Now, users can complete the home buying process with DotLoop’s secure platform that merges document management with electronic signatures.
For agents hesitant to integrate new technologies into their business, (0 comments)
DotLoop, the trusted source for sharing and signing documents online, is further simplifying the lives of real estateprofessionals in the Carolinas upon reaching a partnership with Keller Williams Realty International. The first leg of our journey since the national partnership announcementthis week is Charlotte, North Carolina. After the snowpocalypse that engulfed the city this week, many agents were immobilized by the inclement weather. Now, such problems are nonexistent with DotLoop. Real Estate Agents utilizing the traditional paper process endure the struggles of fighting traffic during adverse weather, while DotLoop users can collaborate with clients in real time from anywhere with internet access. Agents using the DotLoop solution experience more flexibility (0 comments)
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