realty connect: Alphabet soup - what the #@$% do all those real estate acronymns mean?!?! - 02/03/10 09:27 AM
Ever wonder what all those abbreviations mean behind a real estate professional’s signature?  We did too, which is why for the past year we have collected all designations and their definitions/criteria that have come across our radar.  We call this list “Alphabet Soup”.
The list below may be useful to you; if you find any designations we’re missing, please add a comment to this post with as much info as you can and we’ll keep on top of updating the content.  If you are re-posting this list, please give credit where credit is due and link back to Goomzee's Mobile … (3 comments)

realty connect: Montana’s Goomzee Mobile Technology Solution Selected By North Carolina Multiple Listing Services To Help Connect Buyers and Sellers - 12/11/09 09:51 AM
Home buyers in North Carolina will soon be able to receive for-sale home pricing information, and photos, sent directly to their phone using text messaging (SMS) thanks to Goomzee. The Wilmington Regional Association of REALTORS® recently joined the growing number of REALTOR® associations, multiple listing services (MLS), brokerages and real estate agents choosing Montana’s Goomzee as their text message marketing solution provider.
Goomzee’s real estate text message marketing solution, Realty Connect®, combines integration with MLS data systems and innovative features to help connect buyers and sellers. Real estate professionals place signs or ads prompting home buyers to send a text … (0 comments)

realty connect: With Our Powers Combined: R.E. Investing & the "Four-oh Wunk" - 11/25/09 08:14 AM
A little bird fluttering about the office last week told me of a tantalizing opportunity for my 401(k).  For those of you in the dark, a 401(k) is a retirement savings portfolio and can be used to facilitate investments.  You may hear experts refer to it as a “four-oh wunk”; don’t be alarmed, this pronunciation also points to the same section of IRS Tax Code that serves as both an IRS Tax Code and the name of a retirement portfolio that can be used to facilitate investments. 
Among other things, the bird mentioned that I should be primarily looking … (2 comments)

realty connect: Goomzee Heats Up The Summer By Signing Four More Multiple Listing Services - 09/10/09 10:33 AM
Missoula MT Sept 8, 2009 - Agreements with Intermountain MLS of Boise and Northwest Montana Association of REALTORs in Kalispell, plus two others, continue to grow Goomzee’s nationwide footprint.  Goomzee®, a leading text message marketing and lead generation provider that connects buyers and sellers in real time, announces agreements with four more multiple listings services.   Intermountain MLS of Boise Idaho spans southern Idaho and eastern Oregon and is the largest multiple listing service provider in Idaho.  Northwest Montana Association of REALTORs spans Montana’s beautiful Flathead Lake communities and is the largest multiple listing service provider in Montana.  Goomzee also has … (0 comments)

Missoula, MT - August 25, 2009 – Goomzee, a leading provider of text-message marketing solutions for real estate professionals, announced today one of its latest innovations for marketing professionals, drag and drop photo organizing.  This functionality is available within its web-based campaign management software that its customers use to publish and manage text message marketing campaigns.  The new functionality will allow any user to reorganize photos and captions in seconds right from their web browser with a simple drag and drop interface.
Sales professionals realize that photos are essential when marketing any product or service today, and real estate marketing is … (5 comments)

realty connect: How Being ‘Hyperpersonal’ Helped Me Meet New Bloggers - 07/13/09 07:54 AM
Everyone knows the importance of having ‘hyperlocal’ content on your blog, but how many people, I wonder, recognize the importance of being ‘hyperpersonal’?  Last week I was tasked to uncover some hyperlocal blogs in our current clients’ markets.  Most ‘experts’ will say the best way to get on another blogger’s radar would be to lurk around the site until you find a post you feel comfortable commenting on.  But I must say that I am not a fan of waiting, plain and simple.  I found several blogs across the States worth following and here is how I went about garnishing the … (3 comments)

realty connect: "What happens if I put a '0' here..." - 06/29/09 10:07 AM
Last week’s team meeting produced an interesting tale of ‘overpricing woe’.  The parents of one of my associates listed their house in mid-2006 at $590,000.  The inaccurate list price was determined by their real estate agent, and the property sat on market for nearly 2 years, suffering a price drop of almost $200K.  By the time my co-worker’s family unloaded the property, they had to settle for only $400,000; this unpleasant situation could’ve been avoided if only it had initially hit the market in the correct price range.
Overpriced listings are, unfortunately, a common practice in real estate.  Some agents … (13 comments)

realty connect: Wishing I Was a First-Time Homebuyer in '09 - 05/28/09 04:06 AM
I am in no position to stand on a soapbox and preach a “How To” on revitalizing the real estate market. I can however let you in on today’s most un-secretive, yet still ambiguous headline that stands to be one of your greatest selling tools for 2009: The $8,000 First-Time Home Buyer’s Tax Credit.
With more than 300,000 buyers ‘coming off the fences’, one could attribute the recent industry uptick to several factors: a reduced inventory of agents which means a higher quality offering from those that remain; constant technological innovations serving to assist agents and streamline the closing process; the … (2 comments)

realty connect: 'Green' Goomzee - 05/21/09 06:07 AM
A recent sign order resulted in our supplier mistakenly printing over 30 extra sign riders.
Acknowledging the mistake, our supplier offered to dispose of them at no charge, a courteous gesture...
...but in today's economic and environmental climate... could we just throw away 30ish perfectly good signs?  Instead, we returned the signs, and asked our provider to simply re-label them when the time comes for the next order.
Fantastic!  An environmentally-friendly, all-around 'green' solution to a potentially wasteful problem!  Goomzee also reduces paper waste by delivering listing information to homebuyers via text message.  In fact, I even get 'THE … (3 comments)


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