Real Estate Resolution Solutions

Happy 2014! It's a new year, a fresh start, the perfect time to "start over" and envision how you want the next year to unfold. We thought of some common resolutions agents like you might be making for 2014 and how we can be your ally to make those resolutions a reality!

 

Learn something new

Ready or not, emerging technologies are making a huge impact on the way business is done in the real estate industry. But who's to say that the transition and learning process can't be fun?

Solution: Try downloading a new app once or twice a month. Whether you stick with the app or not, keeping up with what's new will give you an edge. We love the Magic Plan app, that let's you create 3D floor plans instantly just by using your iPhone or iPad.

 

Be more organized

We are all human, so it's natural to have some things fall through the cracks. But are you starting to feel like you can't keep up? As business picks up its easier and easier to keep track of all of your to-dos.

Solution: With Real Estate Ally's Task feature, your to-do list will automatically update as you update leads, listings and complete sales. Created and modeled on best practices, you'll never forget to complete paperwork, call a customer or send a closing gift ever again!

 

Boost your social media presence

Did you start a Pinterest or Facebook page but haven't been keeping up with it? Do you have trouble remembering to update?

Solution: Dedicate a time slot each week for social media and create a content calendar. With Facebook and Twitter features that allow you to schedule posts, you can plan out content and announcements you want to share in advance. Don't spin your wheels either, learn about the Facebook lead generation process here.

 

Manage your time better

Better time management means less time in the office and more time out in the field selling homes (and at home with your family!). Are you frustrated with the amount of time it takes you to input the same information across multiple places (your MLS, CRM and transaction systems)?

Solution: With Real Estate Ally you'll have open platform integration, meaning everything you use to manage your business will become syncronized and controllable from ONE PLACE. Create a listing in REA and it will automatically be updated in your MLS and CRM, your to-do list will be generated and you'll be able to push through to your social media channels all with a click. You'll be saving a third of your time, if not more!

 

If you're interested in learning more about the Real Estate Ally platform contact us, check out the demo, or start your 60 day free trial today!

Here's to a robust 2014!

 

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Top Real Estate Trends in 2013 Infographic

As the year comes to a close and agents and brokers alike start gearing up for 2014, there isn't a better time than now to reflect on some trends from 2013. We designed our own infographic to illustrate some trends found by realtor.org. What we found most interesting: "Nearly every REALTOR® and brokerage in the country introduced a mobile app this year to make it easier for buyers and sellers to access information from their smartphones and tablets, including realtor.com®". You can read the original article here. Enjoy!

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Why Real Estate Technology Isn't as Scary as You Think

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Inman hosts a series of FREE webinars throughout the year, if you haven't had the chance to tune in to any, definitely check them out in 2014! You can access past webinar recordings here.

We're particularly excited about their latest webinar from last week, a discussion panel with brokers about how to bridge barriers in real estate technology adoption. Changing or updating systems can seem overwhelming or frustrating. Hear some real world tips and tricks from brokers Joe Schutt, Tammy Stuart and Kim Knapp.

The panel helps answer other questions like:

  • As you move towards creating a digital/paperless office how do you determine which digital platforms are best?
  • Are you settling for the technology that is given, or do you choose your own?
  • What are the biggest challenges in choosing and adopting technology?
  • How do you manage employees with lower levels of technical ability or those who don’t want to adapt? 
  • What are your biggest challenges with using technology in your transaction work flow?

Check out the recorded session here. Tammy mentions the value of technology coming down to how it can streamline processes and make your day-to-day simpler.

Real Estate Ally prides itself on its simple and easy-to-use interface. The REA platform unites the three core systems real estate agents and brokers are already using (think MLS, Cartavi and your CRM system) and gives them the empowering ability to manage it all from one place (instead of having to constantly move between them all!)

Check out our demo to see for yourself! We're also running a free 60-day trial!

 

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Cristina is a Marketing intern for the Real Estate Ally team. Real Estate Ally’s mission is to empower Real Estate Agents, Brokers and Owners to take better control of their businesses and manage for improved results through a unified and convenient cloud-based business intelligence solution.

 

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The Best Holiday Gifts for Real Estate Agents

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Looking for that perfect gift for your boss or coworker? Want to thank your agents for all their work in 2013? We're sharing our favorite gift ideas for the real estate professional in your life.

 

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Silicon Valley start-up, Nest, is revolutionizing one of the most archaic yet necessary devices in our homes -the smoke alarm - with a smart and intuitive product: Nest Protect. Gone will be the days of swinging towels and incessant I-don't-know-what-why-its beeping. Give the gift of savvy safety this year for only $149 - purchase online - or at your local Home Depot.

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With winter upon us your agent will need to stay warm, but connected! You could go for the simple cotton kind or up the ante with leather/cashmere for $59 a pair from L.L. Bean.

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It might seem impersonal but there's no doubt that this gift won't get put to use! With rising gas prices you might be surprised how appreciative receivers will be of this gift. Many stations including Exxon even allow you to use the card for more than just gas - on-the-go needs like snacks, a car wash or repairs! From broker to agent, this could be a great way to say thank you for all their work in 2013!

 Massaging Insoles

Being out in the field means being on your feet all day long, so why not give the gift of Happy Feet! Right now HappyFeet is running a holiday promotion: Buy 2, gift 3 free! That's 5 gifts for under $100, with enough to maybe keep one for yourself :) HappyFeet Original Liquid Insoles are clincally proved to increase blood circulation in the foot, allowing you to stand, walk or work 16 hours per day pain free! Starting at $44.99.Bogo-gift-buy-2-gift-3

 Happy Shopping!

Cristina is a Marketing intern for the Real Estate Ally team. Real Estate Ally’s mission is to empower Real Estate Agents, Brokers and Owners to take better control of their businesses and manage for improved results through a unified and convenient cloud-based business intelligence solution. Learn more about how Real Estate Ally can revolutionize your business here!

 

 

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What Are Home Buyers and Sellers Saying About You?

 

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NAR recently published their annual report for 2013 seeking to profile home buyers and sellers. Here are some of the highlights we found particularly interesting:

  • The typical home buyer searched for 12 weeks and viewed 10 homes.
  • 88% of buyers purchased their home through a real estate agent or broker
  • Buyers that found their agent through a friend or family referral: 42%sellers: 39%
  • Two thirds of home sellers only contacted one agent before selecting one.
  • Buyers using the Internet in the home search rose slightly to 92%

 

What does this mean for you? It's evident that a having a web presence is becoming increasingly vital in today's market. But referrals still play a large role in agent selection, mandating great impressions and superior customer service.

To view more highlights or purchase the full report click here.

Cristina is a Marketing intern for the Real Estate Ally team. Real Estate Ally’s mission is to empower Real Estate Agents, Brokers and Owners to take better control of their businesses and manage for improved results through a unified and convenient cloud-based business intelligence solution. Learn more about how Real Estate Ally can revolutionize your business here!

 

 

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5 Keys to Success for New Real Estate Agents

Real Estate Ally works with a variety of real estate professionals, including the new real estate agent. We love this infographic from Placester about how new real estate agents can hit the ground running. Our favorite of course is #4 - maximizing your time and money with the right technology! You know when you ask us we'll tell you that simple, intuitive business tools are the drivers to success in the real estate industry. Integrate all your needs into one platform with Real Estate Ally - we're like your technology tool belt - getting things done efficiently and on the go. Check out the other great tips from Placester below! Interested in learning more about Real Estate Ally? Check out the demo here!

Cristina is a Marketing intern for the Real Estate Ally team. Real Estate Ally’s mission is to empower Real Estate Agents, Brokers and Owners to take better control of their businesses and manage for improved results through a unified and convenient cloud-based business intelligence solution. Learn more about how Real Estate Ally can revolutionize your business here!

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Tech Got You Down? Let Us Be Your Ally

With the overabundance of new technology and software, figuring out how to best incoporate new programs and gadgets into our daily lives can be frustrating and overwhelming. Here we point out some ways Real Estate Ally is making that process of technology integration feel easy, like Sunday morning (open house that is!).

Syncronize

One of the most common painpoints we've heard from agents and brokers is having to enter the same data in multiple systems including their CRM, MLS, marketing tools and social media outlets. This wasted time and energy could be better put towards being out in the field, generating more sales and ultimately putting more money in the bank! That's why we've developed a solution that acts as a hub for all of the major platforms agents and brokers use so that they can enter important data once and be done!

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Say you're an agent who just closed a sale - update your current listing in Real Estate Ally and instantly that property will be marked as contract pending internally, on your website and across social media outlets. 

Measure

Metrics are an important part of managing a business, but gathering all the right data can be challenging. Real Estate Ally gives managers a birds-eye view of all activities, not just one piece of the puzzle.

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They can see how agents are performing, pinpoint process bottle necks and forecast cash flows. Real Estate Ally does all the heavy work compiling data across the organization, leaving managers to access reporting and analytics with the click of a button!

Simplify

You want your programs to do complicated things for you but why does it have to be so complicated? We think this is the most important thing when applying software solutions in business - its got to be SIMPLE! Real Estate Ally gives you powerful tools to run your business without all the extra hours spent on trying to learn how to use them. One of the ways we do this is creating a simple interface thats easy to learn and use and include only the important features you'll ACTUALLY use, like task manager. When an agent adds a new listing, their task list automatically updates to include all the things they need to do to maintain that listing from tagging keys, paperwork, room measurements, etc. That's valuable time saved from having to remember and write a phsyical to-do list because it's already been done for you. Simple. Useful. It's what you need!

Real Estate professionals like you are already taking advantage of these benefits and more! Are you ready to see how Real Estate Ally can help you change your business for the better? Join the limited group of customers to try Real Estate Ally for FREE before its full release.

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Cristina is a Marketing intern for the Real Estate Ally team. Real Estate Ally’s mission is to empower Real Estate Agents, Brokers and Owners to take better control of their businesses and manage for improved results through a unified and convenient cloud-based business intelligence solution. Learn more about how Real Estate Ally can revolutionize your business here!

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Real Estate on the Move: 3 Real Estate Apps We Love

The business of Real Estate is constantly evolving as innovative technology provides new and easy ways to go about our daily tasks. Here are three new apps in real estate that we think are changing the game for agents and brokers.

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Powered by a Montreal-based software publisher, Magic Plan is making floor planning well, magical. Real estate professionals can now create floor plans quicker, easier and cheaper without tools or expertise - just their smartphone or iPad! Users simply take pictures of each room and Magic Plan measures and creates a floor plan in seconds. So easy even an 8 year old can do it! We couldn't resist trying it out for ourselves at the home office! Plan 1 - 1st Floor And now partnered with Floorplanner, users have a complete solution from plan creation to web editing to 3D visualization. Magic Plan is available for free download (with additional pricing for on-demand or monthly subscriptions) on iOS and Android platforms.

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