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Popular Technology: Here Today, Overrated Tomorrow

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By Laura Rubinchuk Schwartz It seems there’s a new hyped technology in real estate every week. Old favorites include Facebook, Craigslist, Twitter, Blogging, YouTube, and LinkedIn. But what about those sites that were so popular so fast and now we never hear about them anymore? Remember Posterous, Postlets, and now Pinterest? Real estate agents tend to kill technology quickly. With …

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Minding the Gap

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By Jason O’Neil One of the places where I have focused my business is on referrals and past clients. This isn’t unique. But the way I look at it is unique, and it has to do with what I call “The Gap.” Here’s what I mean: According to NAR, in 2011, 69 percent of all sellers said that they definitely …

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5 Tips to Get More From Your Real Estate Testimonials

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By David Krichmar Testimonials are a very important asset to you.  Heck, what better way to show your “The Best REALTOR®” then with testimonials from past clients?  Here are five great tips to get more out of your testimonials: 1. Content– “Dave is great,” is not a testimonial.  You will want to be at least a paragraph, four-to-five sentences.  Let the client …

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The X Factor

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By Stefanie Hahn The letter X hasn’t fared too well in the dot-com era.  Once the mark of secret pirate treasures and “sign here if you would please” contracts, it has been relegated to second-class status ever since Microsoft introduced Windows95 as the letter you looked for when you want to make things go away. Facebook also selected the X …

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What’s the Magic Bullet to Create More Transactions this Spring?

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By Jared James Spring is the time when more people will be making a decision about who to use as their REALTOR® than at any other time of the year. So is there a magic bullet to create more transactions in the next couple of months?? Watch the video below and you decide. I look forward to your feedback and …

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Is It Time to Break Up with Your Facebook Business Page?

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By Stefanie Hahn Just like chocolate and peanut butter, being social and Facebook go hand-in-hand. But are you really being social through your Facebook business page? This tutorial video will give you tips and advice for getting the most out of Facebook by simply being friendly. Stefanie Hahn is the education director for Coldwell Banker Hearthside, REALTORS® in Malvern, Pa. …

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To Cut, or Not to Cut Your Commission: That is the Question.

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By Subhi J. Gharbieh A week or so ago, I was approached by a long time friend who I have known since elementary school. We grew up in the same neighborhood, went to the same high school, and even graduated from the same university. I remember as kids, we would always talk about how successful we wanted to be when …

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What? Your House is on the Market with Someone Else?!?

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By Jared James Tell me that you have not ever had the experience of being fully committed to someone else, passing all of your leads to them, only to look on the MLS one day to see that they have listed their house through some other REALTOR®. Is there anything more frustrating in the world? Well, of course there is. …