Week Long Technology Company Interviews - Active Rain and Altos Research

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At the Keller Williams national convention last week I spent some time learning about new technologies and services the exhibiting companies had to offer.  So this week on my blog it is Vendor Week!  Each day I'll post interviews with people who will share what's new with their companies. 

Monday- Active Rain and Altos Research

Tuesday - Homes.com and KWKLY

Wednesday - ListHub, Mozy and Oodle

Thursday- Sharper Agent and United Lane

Friday - Visual Tour and Zillow

Active Rain - This company shouldn't need too much introduction, but it was exciting to see them exhibiting.  Bob was delivering seminars on blogging and SEO all week, but for those that couldn't be there in person, here are the cliff notes on what's new with AR and he gives some great tips on how to best utilize the network. 


Altos Research - This company closely watches market data, analizes it and packages it up for agents to use with thier clients.  This is a great video with Mike Simonsen as he talks about his company, but also gives great insight into trends and forecasts he is seeing based on their data.

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Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

I appreciate you doing this, and will follow your updates.    We all learn from each other, especially these days!  

Mar 01, 2010 03:56 AM #1
Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

Great information found the video's very informative and useful. Thanks for sharing.

Mar 01, 2010 04:06 AM #2
Marianne Cherico
Interiors by Marianne Cherico - Foxboro, MA
Home Stager -Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Sara, Thanks for the post. I am a newbie Rainmaker and learn something new every day! That Active Rain mural was REALLY cool!
Mar 01, 2010 09:16 AM #3
Mike Yeo
3:16 team REALTY - Frisco, TX
Thanks for the information. Looking forward to your other post.
Mar 01, 2010 09:43 AM #4
Roland Woodworth
Q Realty - Clarksville, TN
Q Realty - Power In Real Estate

Sounds like a week full of great information. Looking forward to your post

Mar 01, 2010 10:29 AM #5
Cassie Harrison
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate - Sacramento, CA

Thank you Sara, this is really good stuff.  The video clips are great!  Cassie

Mar 01, 2010 10:38 AM #6
Barbie Burke
Respect Realty - Tempe, AZ
Thanks for sharing this info and I look forward to seeing all that you come up with from your interviews.
Mar 01, 2010 10:45 AM #7
Marney Kirk
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Towson, MD
Towson, Maryland Real Estate

Sara, thank you for sharing this! It was SO nice to meet you in person at Family Reunion! I think you are amazing, and so good at what you do. Keep it up! And Mike, too, rocks! Great interview!

Mar 01, 2010 12:50 PM #8
Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

Hi Sara - Thanks for sharing, I look forward to seeing the rest of your posts.

Mar 01, 2010 12:55 PM #9
Esko Kiuru
Bethesda, MD


Looking forward to listening to the rest of the interviews as well. This is a neat idea.

Mar 01, 2010 01:50 PM #10
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

This sounds like there might be some really interesting info with some of these interviews.

Mar 01, 2010 03:35 PM #11
Aaron Vaughn | Builder | Investor
Conifer Homes - Buda, TX
If the deal makes sense, the cash will follow.


I do appreciate you sharing this valuable information.

Mar 01, 2010 03:47 PM #12
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
I love tech tools so I want to follow your series this week. Thanks for posting!
Mar 01, 2010 07:22 PM #13
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

Useful  information. . I will bookmark it and come back later to check it out

Mar 01, 2010 09:06 PM #14
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Sara, I wish I could have made the Family Reunion but ahhh life happens.

I love my Altos Reports and Mike is the best at support, no need to say how much AR has enhanced and grown my business.


Mar 01, 2010 10:20 PM #15
Pam Turner, REALTOR®, e-PRO®, SFR
Century 21 Belk Realtors Dalton GA - Dalton, GA

Thanks for the info, this gave me some new things to check out.

Mar 01, 2010 10:57 PM #16
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Altos is awesome and I am glad that more and more it is being used to give market updates by national news sources. it is also a great lead generator.

Mar 01, 2010 11:41 PM #17
Sara Bonert
Zillow - Atlanta, GA
Real Estate Internet Marketing

Hey all-  Thanks for all of the comments.  It was fun shooting these clips, and I learned a lot too. 

Just posted the second day, homes.com and kwkly.  I am sure you've heard about homes.com, but they are now offering free agent profiles, which the video discusses.  And kwkly is really interesting, as it uses texting to get more information to people who see your signs and also has a way to turn that into lead generation for you. 

Here is the link to Day 2. 


Mar 02, 2010 01:10 AM #18
Lori Churchill Cofer
Beasley Realty - Pullman, WA
Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA


Very Cool!  And as always I learned things from Bob...things I need to be doing!  Thanks as well for the zoom in...I was curious if that was made up of pictures....and imagine my surprise to see myself!

Mar 02, 2010 01:37 AM #19
Marcia Hawken
Naples Luxury Specialist

Sara, Thanks for the excellent videos.  I am going to check out Altos Research.  Sounds like a great tool.  Thanks again.

Mar 02, 2010 11:34 PM #20
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