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It’s Crushing Season!

Several years ago I traveled to San Francisco to attend the NAR Annual Convention. Being a big fan of California red wine, I arranged to arrive a day early so I could visit the world famous Napa and Sonoma valleys. Both are well-known for producing some of the best wine in the world, and I intended to taste as much as I could. (I even brought my own driver so I could taste responsibly.) As it turned out, the conference was in October, and the weather was perfect. When we ... 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 »

Zillow: Checkmate!

Brad Inman says “Checkmate!” Yesterday Brad Inman, real estate industry pioneer and founder of Inman News, commented on the Zillow (NASDAQ: Z) acquisition of chief rival Trulia (NYSE: TRLA) in an early morning press release: “In my view, this is checkmate. Soon, Zillow will control the chessboard, like Amazon does the publishing industry. The only meaningful consumer destination, Amazon, after many savvy moves, now controls pricing, merchandising, the data and the market. Soon, Zillow will control the pricing, the listings, the merchandizing and, for sure, the consumer.” That is a ... Read More »

Rethinking Your Promo Photo

Several times in the last week I had almost identical conversations with different agents, so I thought it might be a good idea to share it with my readers.  During the course of showing agents around my website we would eventually come to my photo. The reaction is almost predictable.  There is a weird kind of stunned, nearly audible silence where you can almost hear the wheels turning in their minds as they try to decide what to say.  On the one hand, they almost universally like the photo, but ... Read More »

A New Twist on Sphere of Influence Marketing

When I was a new agent, one of the first marketing ideas I tried was “sphere of influence”, or “SOI” marketing.  If you are not familiar with the term, it is marketing to your personal network — those people who know you, like you, and would do business with you or would refer business to you.  Seems simple enough, right? The experts all say that if you have a SOI of fifty people, you can stay busy doing nothing but referral business from your personal network.  Maybe once upon a ... Read More »

Online Marketing Webinar Notes

First, I’d like to thank all of you who took time out of your busy day to join me on yesterday’s webinar.  Based on your phone calls and emails, I’d say it was a success.  We covered a lot and based on the questions during the Q&A session, I have some of the sharpest agents among my readers. “Hi Matt! I had trouble getting on the call. is it recorded?” — Jean “Matt,  Excellent presentation, however I had to leave at 11:40 your time, so missed much of the walk ... Read More »

The Ultimate Blog

Let’s face it: Blogging is like flossing… Everyone knows they need to do it and yet nobody does it.  I remember going to a seminar or training class and listening as some blogging guru got me all excited about starting my own blog and so I decided I would bite the bullet and start my own blog. While I waited for my blog website to be built I imagined filling it with all of the real estate wisdom that so unceasingly flows from my vast wells of experience (sarcasm).  I ... Read More »

Give Yourself a Raise!

When is the last time you had a pay raise? If you’re like most agents it’s been a while.  I was talking to an agent just the other day and we were discussing increasing our incomes and this agent seemed to be thinking about her income being something out of her control.  Here is what I mean. If you ask most agents what they would need to do to make more money, they will almost universally give you the same answer — sell more houses.  In other words, increase the ... Read More »

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