For Agents: Are you using free tools?

Real Estate Agent with Residential, Investment properties, rehab projects, property management, luxury homes, new construction!

The internet is a HUGE place!  So huge that it's just impossible to know about every cool tool and gadget out there that might be applicable to you as a real estate professional (some of this may apply to everyone so feel free to check out the links even if you're not in real estate!).


One great way to be able to shorten a link for use on Twitter is to use a service that will do that for you.  If you use this tool, it also adds tracking (so that you can see how many people have clicked on your link): BITLY.
You can find BITLY by clicking here!    A very cool tool indeed for seeing how effective what you post is!  I like to use BITLY to post to facebook and then I can see exactly how much traffic my facebook site is drawing!

If you would like to have a place to store and share some documents (I like to share different reports and various information with my buyers and sellers) you can find a great free tool at BOX.NET .   You can have a personal account and get 5G of storage to help you distribute information!


I'm pretty forgetful when it comes to dates and while I COULD use my calendar to remind me of birthdays, I found an online service that will send me an email and a text message.  I can get a reminders 30 days out, 14 days out, 7 days out, the day of the event...or any combination of those reminders!  It's nice because it goes right to my phone on my text message and I have it set to go out right when I'm usually getting my day in full swing and can actually do something with it...the service also allows you to send ecards, regular cards, and gifts (some of those are extra charges of course) but it's VERY handy!  That site is Located by clicking here.


Finally,  how crowded has your website and business card become with all the different social media, websites, networks and blogs become?  Wish there was an easy way to direct people to you?  There is.  It's called GRAVATAR.  Gravatar allows you to build a page that hosts everything you do from Linkedin, to Skype, messenger, blogs, websites, facebook and everything else.  It's a flexible platform to direct people whereever you'd like them to find you AND has all your contact information as well.  You can get your very own GRAVATAR by clicking to my GRAVATAR page and clicking on SIGNUP when you get there (I'm not aware of any benefit to going through my link other than you'll understand what your GRAVATAR will look like!)  CLICK HERE for MY GRAVATAR!




Comments (3)

Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

Thanks for the information, Ron.  I know that I will be able to use some of it. 

Aug 31, 2011 09:10 AM
Ron Tarvin
Residential, Investment properties, rehab projects, property management, luxury homes, new construction! - Katy, TX
Broker, Katy, Houston, Cypress 77450,77494,77095

I meant to put in this article as well that the bitly URL shortner also creates QR codes as well for each link, making it an even better tool!

Sep 02, 2011 05:50 AM
Georgia Elite Realty
Georgia Elite Realty - Kennesaw, GA

Great info! Thank you for the free tools!

Sep 06, 2011 05:04 AM