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Don’t Look Now But You May Be Out of a Job

Have you been paying attention to what’s going on in the real estate industry lately? Mergers and acquisitions abound. Hardly a week goes by without us hearing about another major M&A event. Think about some of the major acquisitions in just the last few years. Move Inc. (operator of Realtor.com) bought ListHub, Point2’s syndication business, and picked up several smaller players like Doorsteps, SocialBios, Relocation.com, FiveStreet and TigerLead Zillow acquired Postlets, HotPads, StreetEasy, Retsly, Mortech, Buyfolio and RentJuice Trulia purchased Market Leader and ActiveRain Nationstar acquired Real Estate Digital Cozy ... Read More »

Is Your Business Down 15% Since July?

The numbers are in and sales of existing homes fell 1.8% from July 2014 to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.05 million in August, according to National Association of Realtors data released yesterday. Forecast for September is 4.88 million or another drop of 3.5%. At the same time, sales were down 5.3% from a year earlier, when the pace stood at 5.33 million. As you can see from the chart above, we are entering our seasonal slowdown, off from the highs of the traditional summer moving season. Many of ... Read More »

The Ultimate Website — It’s Better than Ever!

The numbers are in for last month and they are better than even we expected! Of course many of you know that our company has long been an innovator in the field of online lead generation for the real estate professionals and was featured by CNN’s Pulse on America program almost a decade ago as, “changing the way real estate is done in America”. Still we’ve continued to perfect the science of online marketing and help agents generate their own business and not be dependent on national aggregators like Zillow, ... Read More »

The Most Important 5 Seconds of Any Real Estate Transaction

For every closing… every single deal… there is that one moment… that one crucial moment where things can go terribly wrong but don’t. The “tipping point” of any transaction where if you handle it right the result is a commission check, and if you handle it wrong, there is the frustration of yet another missed opportunity. Sure, you may tell yourself that the lead was just a tire-kicker — a poor quality lead — but in your heart of hearts you know that it really came down to that moment… ... Read More »

The Most Popular Page on My Real Estate Website

Well I’m excited to announce that the new search feature of the Ultimate Website has been a huge success! Our objective was to give our agents another option — not to replace the IDX search that many offer their visitors, but rather to enhance it. After all, nearly every home search website out there pulls from the same central database using a RETS feed. RETS is an acronym which stands for Real Estate Transaction Standard created to overcome the difficulties presented by the existence of a large number of organizations ... Read More »

Learn Some Zillow Ju-jitsu

Ju-jitsu is the ancient art and technique of using your opponent’s force and momentum against him rather than confronting it with your own force. First developed and practiced during the Muromachi period in Japan (1333-1573), this old style of martial arts training was focused on teaching the unarmed or very lightly armed farmer/warrior to fight a heavily armed professional soldier.  “So what does that have to do with me and Zillow?” you ask. It has everything to do with you and Zillow.  First let’s get a couple of things straight: One, ... Read More »

Little Ditty About Tom and Marian…

I was working at my desk last night around seven when my phone rang. It showed to be a Missouri number and I thought it might be an agent needing help so I answered. I met the wife of a husband and wife real estate team. Marian. Tom and Marian work for a local franchise real estate company. I didn’t ask for their permission to share their names so I have omitted their last name. Marian was very youthful and energetic sounding so I was floored when she told me ... Read More »

The Secret to Stopping the Slinky Effect

What would you do if you had no active clients and you needed to generate some income?  Many of us have experienced that before — hectically finishing up with a flurry of deals, depositing the last commission check and then waking up the next morning “unemployed”. For many of us that means dusting off the database and starting to call our sphere of influence.  Others will head down to the nearest shopping area and start trolling for business.  Still others will volunteer for floor duty, model home duty, or host ... Read More »

A Huge Craigslist Opportunity!

It is not often when changes in major destination websites create real opportunities but the most recent change on Craigslist has created a huge one to anyone using our LCM technology or Ultimate Website.  Check this out! Over the last couple of weeks Craigslist has changed their site to prevent HTML “<a> tags” or clickable links on real estate ads. The changes took place market by market, but near as we can determine, last Thursday, the changes became global. What that means is that where before you could post a ... Read More »

Advertising 101 (Part 7)

In this final installment I’m going to give you the key that will make you money: knowing how to test your results.  If you can’t test and measure your results, you can never make an intelligent and informed decision about various advertising ideas that come your way. In the 1980s when Lee Iacocca was CEO of Chrysler Corporation, he was asked about the millions of dollars that the company spent every year on advertising.  He said that he was convinced that half the money they spent on advertising was wasted. ... Read More »

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