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Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
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These state pages or hyper-local pages provide content directly related to a specific geographical location.
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Buying technology with confidence! - 02/23/09 01:20 PM
Purchasing new technology can be a scary thing. It's easy to wonder if that shiny new phone or laptop will become obsolete within the first four months you own it. It's also easy to wonder if you made the BEST decision. Often times we purchase items only to find out that a better model just went on sale at a lower price. So what's a savvy consumer to do? Well it turns out that if you know where to shop, and how to price match you can take some of the fear out of that next big purchase. First off let's (0 comments)
Educate the public about this so-called down market - and help improve it - 02/11/09 10:30 AM
Okay brokers: Not sure how things are for you locally, but for us in Southern Oregon our new media tends to over dramatize the condition of the local real estate market. There's a lot of doom and gloom coming from the media here, which is sometimes directly impacts the local public. In fact its not that bad at all. According to Southern Oregon MLS stats, and local market and home value experts - Jackson county hasn't been a declining market since last spring. In addition to this sales, are up. And up quite a bit. Also, in many areas home values (5 comments)
Free Search Engine Submission For Your Website(s) - 02/11/09 10:11 AM
Good morning AR, Here's a little gem I'd like to pass on to you. Or in this case, two gems. Todays website technology is based around search engine presence. If you have it, you have website visitors. Without it, you don't. Your website may be the next big deal in the industry, but unless people know about it - its useless. But how do you get on all the search engines? Well, you don't. There are literally thousands of them out there, but the good news is that you only need to focus on a select few - which can syndicate (2 comments)
Search engine science: The art of effectively using search - 02/10/09 04:55 PM
SPEND LESS TIME ON FRUITLESS SEARCHES!!! While people organize and catalog subject directories, search engines rely on computer programs called spiders or robots to crawl the Web and log the words on each page. Because these databases are very large, search engines often return thousands of results. Without search strategies or techniques, finding what you need can be tough. To use search engines effectively, it is essential to apply techniques that narrow results and push the most relevant pages to the top of the results list. Below are a number of strategies for getting better results! IDENTIFY KEYWORDS When conducting (7 comments)
Yes...I'm a geek. And proud if it! - 02/10/09 04:54 PM
The word geek has evolved quite a bit over the years. It's now being used more than ever as our culture changes to embrace the many technologies we use in our daily lives. Once used as a moniker for anyone whose hobbies were not understood or embraced by the masses. But today the term is no longer limited in use as it once was. With the inception of computer science into almost every corner of our existence, modern day citizens find themselves compelled to learn and understand this technology. Those once deemed as geeks are now in charge of maintaining, creating, (4 comments)
If so: How does FREE TECH SUPPORT sound? Too good to be true right? Well thanks to numerous social networks and computer user forums - its now easier than ever to get free tech support when your stuck. How do I know? Well, because Im the guy local Southern Oregon Realtors call when they get stumped.
It's quite impossible for me to keep up on all the newest changes, operating systems, software, and hardware. But I still manage to answer the constant barrage of questions I get. I can do so, because I (7 comments)
The Debate: How many photos should I take / add to MLS? - 02/10/09 04:28 PM
Good morning AR, Something that came up recently in conversation here at Chaparral Realty Group, and has also come up numerous times while teaching my Digital Photography Composition class to agents: HOW MANY PHOTOS SHOULD I TAKE / POST TO MLS? On one hand many brokers post to MLS with around four to six photos - while sometimes you see agents posting rediculous amounts of photos including mutliple angles from each room and even pictures taken from the crawlspace in the foundation. Thus the conversation sparks: how many photos would be consider enough without being overkill. Well think of it this (10 comments)
Hi There - Newbie Alert!!! (expect bad puns and poor attempts at humor) - 02/10/09 03:23 PM
Hello Active Rain! Long time reader, first time poster. So who am I? Well, Im a technology and marketing trainer in Southern Oregon - and a part-time website and graphic designer. Check my "about me" area for a serious example of how to oversell your experience. Just kidding folks, although my about me area does run long - I am confident that Ill quickly prove to be a useful teaching resource for many here at AR. My experience in 30 seconds: Five years sales / office mgmt, Ten years teaching, managing offices and performance improvement, Five years design and marketing exprience, (10 comments)
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