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Not to Complain, but RealTown Blogs Seem to Have Fewer Server Problems - 07/31/10 11:40 PM
I love my ActiveRain blog, but I've noticed a few things about RealTown that I really like. It's just plain easier to upload photos and graphics on RealTown, especially those with large file sizes. I can load bigger photos and larger file sizes. I don't receive all the "Bad Gateway" messages that I get here when I try to upload photos. The RealTown server stays open to uploads in progress that take longer than 30 seconds. The last one is a huge advantage when you are in a remote area like I often am. My wireless broadband signal is really wimpy on Madeline (13 comments)
Garbage in, Garbage out - Slow Broadband in the North Country - 07/31/10 01:32 PM
Broadband consumers have forgotten the old adage, "garbage in, garbage out". In a world of fast processors and Web-optimized browsers, there is an air of unreality about "wireless broadband". In rural and low population density areas, it's often more like worthless broadband. Obviously, the tasks you perform online will only crank as fast as your wireless broadband signal allows. When your wireless signal is weak or nonexistent, you may not be able to download files & programs, or upload information to the Web, without difficulty. Advertised signal speeds and upload speeds are wildly exaggerated. It seems the wireless business is its own little kingdom where companies are (2 comments)
When Your Business Laptop Bites the Dust Part II – The Geek Squad Experience - 07/30/10 11:06 AM
Once you quit deliberating and make that choice of a replacement laptop, the next step is getting out the door with your skin on. I chose a Sony Vaio VPCF126 FM/B, with an Intel Core i7-740QM Processor, NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M Graphics, a 16.4-inch display, 6GB of total memory and 640 GB of HDD storage. I could care less about the Blu-ray disc player, but it's part of the package. Good old Sony. I'd never buy another laptop without an extended warranty. I don't care what financial experts say about service contracts. I've encountered hinge problems with both my last two laptops, a (2 comments)
Rest in Peace: When Your Business Laptop Bites the Dust! - 07/29/10 05:03 AM
If you were one of the unfortunates who purchased the same model Hewlett-Packard Pavillion Entertainment PC laptop as I did three and a half years ago, my condolences. On Sunday morning, I discovered that my HP laptop with the big, bright screen wouldn't boot up. It would display the HP logo, then the Microsoft Windows boot screen, and then the whole screen went dark. I was then treated to a "light show", with linear streaks of blue, yellow, red and green streaking across the screen, both vertically and horizontally. I tried booting up in "Safe Mode" and made an effort to revert the hard drive (13 comments)
I'm not writing this to embarrass any particular individual. Learning how to market real estate is a continuous process. And we can all learn from one another, particularly on a site like ActiveRain where there are so many great resources available.
Nobody can't watch jittery, shaky video footage for very long without feeling like they've had way too much coffee. It's extremely distracting to view a video that is blurry and shaky. But I've noticed some in the real estate business uploading property videos to YouTube which are really hard to watch. Remember that your goals are pretty basic when you use YouTube for real estate marketing. You (20 comments)
A Tripod is Still a Vitally Important Piece of Equipment for Best Results in Real Estate Photography - 07/25/10 06:23 PM
Let's talk tripods. Until someone figures out how to develop image stabilization that works well in all situations, photographic tripods will still be around. In low light and for shots where you want a level horizon, a tripod is essential. Yeah, you can level the horizon later on in most photo editing software, but you'll need to crop and you'll lose frame width. The place where I see tripods least often used, and most often needed, is in video tours for real estate. Going handheld with a videocamera when shooting a home tour is pretty unwise. No one enjoys watching a jittery, bouncy image (2 comments)
The statistics include source tracking, both direct visitors to our Previsite virtual tours and referrals from other sites such as ActiveRain and RealBird. Naturally, I like being able to quote hits and page views by property to my listing clients. At present, I believe Madeline Island Realty is the only LaPointe, Wisconsin real estate firm that makes this information available to their sellers.
In the July-August issue of Realtor Magazine, Editor-in-Chief Stacey Moncrieff wrote, "Eric Kodner's Madeline Island Real Estate blog on ActiveRain is a lively mix of business and human interest stories." Last month, Stacey commented, "Eric, you have a very entertaining and informative blog!" Stacey sees a huge number of agent and company real estate blogs in the course of a year, so it's a great honor to be praised by her in a Realtor Magazine article. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time (3 comments)
Hat Trick - Featured Three Times in Major Real Estate Publications This Year! - 07/25/10 12:17 AM
2010 has been a pretty awesome year for me, at least from a public relations standpoint. Since the beginning of the year, I've been privileged to be featured three times in major real estate publications. In the January/February 2010 issue of The Residential Specialist magazine, I was interviewed by Regina Ludes in an article entitled "Letter Perfect". The article focused on ways to promote the CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) designation to clients and colleagues in the real estate industry.
In the March/April 2010 issue of The Residential Specialist magazine, I was interviewed again by Regina Ludes, for a "State of (13 comments)
Nice Webinar, but no Content - 07/24/10 11:17 PM
Last week, I signed up for a webinar on photographic techniques that I was curious about. I teach a course on photography for real estate and was interested in seeing if there was something outstanding or current that I was missing. The course was taught by a fellow whom I admire (no names here, I don't wish to embarrass anyone). He has a good style of delivery and is very personable. He's a competent instructor and I had confidence that the one-hour online webinar would be worth viewing. Everything was fine, as they say, until the curtain went up. The WebEx (5 comments)
An access trail on Stockton Road leads to sand beach and shared community dock, with views of Stockton, Hermit and Basswood Islands.
The delightful wooded path leads to the North Shore Heights beach and community dock.
Pathway bridge along the way, as you approach the beach
The North Shore Heights dock at sunset
The sunset view from the North Shore Heights dock is stunning! PRICED AT $67,500 MLS #3946906 CONTACT BROKER ERIC KODNER, CRS, ABR, E-PRO, AHWD, MADELINE (0 comments)
My Article in the Wisconsin CRS Chapter Newsletter - 07/20/10 05:13 PM
I was delighted to see an article of mine published in the June Newsletter for our Wisconsin CRS Chapter. The article was entitled "Referral Etiquette" and it outlines some ideas I put together for making real estate referrals a more successful part of your business. The article may be found HERE or by clicking on the photo below
In the same issue of the Wisconsin CRS Chapter newsletter, there's an ad for the NAR "At Home With Diversity" course which I'll be teaching on October 21 in Madison, Wisconsin. The course is being offered back-to-back with the 203k Specialist course on October 20th. Both (0 comments)
One of my listing clients asked me the other day why we take the time to desktop publish our listing brochures and flyers. I responded by saying that pre-printed listing flyers are, in my opinion, a waste of money. They don't allow for price changes or photo substitutions. They also don't allow for new or withdrawn listings. We have a relatively short sales season here in the Apostle Islands area, although it is possible to make sales any time of the year. (0 comments)
Part of the Big Bay "horseshoe", sheltered from the west, north and south, this is remarkably calm and over 150 feet of peaceful Big Bay waterfront. Level 2.39 acre lot with heavy tree coverage assures your privacy.
Cool, clean, incredibly clear waters that only Lake Superior can offer! Lake frontage faces south, looking across the water at Big Bay Point and Big Bay State Park area.
Perch on a boulder or spread out on the (0 comments)
Enjoy clear, clean Lake Superior and an expanse of pristine sand beach lake frontage. The lot is level and an area has been cleared for construction, with roadway into property from Chippewa Trail. Chippewa Trail is a secluded private road, with no outlet at the end of the street. There's no traffic noise to interfere with your enjoyment of the property.
Other real estate agents will show you lakeshore with brownstone banks and (0 comments)
Spacious dining room and living room area with lots of light plus sliding doors which open to the front patio and lakeside deck. The remodeled kitchen features custom hickory cabinets, island with breakfast dining area and track lighting.
Step into the roomy master bedroom suite with private bath, large closet and sliding door to the deck.
Roomy "Crew's Quarters" guest cottage provides extra room for your weekend guests.
3442 Big Bay Road, LaPointe, Wisconsin 54850 Madeline Island Real Estate "Murphy's Landing" Log Home on Big Bay, Madeline Island, Listed by Madeline Island Realty
Serene lakeshore living on Madeline Island at a remarkably affordable price Rustic decor blended with luxury amenities to create comfort & charm in this delightful Big Bay log home Billiard room with wet bar and large yard, with ample room to play Five large bedrooms, each with private bath, ideal for entertaining and large gatherings This property offers huge rental potential in the seasonal home rental market PREMIUM (2 comments)
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