Happy New Year 2009

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Inman Connect 2009 - New York

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Inman Connect promises to be an exciting and informative event this year charting out the map to your Local and Global Real Estate Success. Come see what new technology, tools, and services are available to make this happen. It's the innovative and creative people helping those who want to survive in 2009.

We'll see you there!!

Create FREE Websites and Pages in Minutes

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Wix is a product that allows you to register on their site for FREE, then create some very cool webpages, cards, flyers, templates etc. for your web or Blog. They even offer limited FREE hosting. Here's a sample eBook that was created with wix. These videos will give a better explanation of WIX.com and what you can do with their tools.

Twitter - New Advertising and Marketing Tools

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Twitter, one of the fastest growing and most popular micro-blogging and social networking platforms has many third party applications being created and developed on a daily basis. Twittertise is the newest way to advertise on Twitter using their third party product. It works with your existing Twitter account and it's FREE.

Using Twittertise you can schedule your communications on Twitter and using URL tracking technology measure the effectiveness of your traffic driving techniques on the platform.

The True Difference Between MLS and IDX

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Many of today's Real Estate Websites and Blogs include a link or button that allows visitors and viewers to search for homes that have either sold, are under contract, or currently listed for sale. The question is, what are you telling your traffic that they are searching? The MLS or your IDX? Using the "Proper" and "Correct" term is important to understand. What is IDX?

What's the difference between searching "MLS" and searching "IDX" and why is it important to know? So you can make sure your clients know.

Reaching 50,000,000 - Did you Know?

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Here's some information that was compiled from a meeting that took place in Rome this year. These numbers are shocking, and are proof of why YOU need to be connected on the World Wide Web and to Social Media Networks and Marketing Platforms. Watch this video and be prepared to witness some statistics and numbers that might very well stagger you.

Real Estate Tools for iPhone

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Here's a new tool for the iPhone that is included with the services offered by Utopria. You will most likely see more applications coming for the iPhone that apply to Real Estate. There are developers all over the Country finding the needs of consumers, and designing applications that make mobile access to Real Estate and other Industries simple and fast. These new applications and tools make it easy to access almost anything with the iPhone.

Phishing Email Scams - What Are They?

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Here's a great explanation of email Phishing scams presented by CommonCraft. It's very important to understand what they are and how they can harm you or your company. Take a moment to review this video and protect yourself.

Google Making Online Business Easy

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Today, there is a better way. While many think that Google is just a search engine and only good for SEO and page placement, they in fact offer many more tools for you and your business. The world has become a place of online research and e-commerce. See what Google can do for you and your business as they continue to grow and evolve in the online world. It's Power to the PC!

TurnHere Inc. - Video Spans America

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With over 2000 videographers strategically placed all through-out the Country, Brad Inman, CEO at TurnHere discusses the Company, the Need, The Quality, and the Vision of TurnHere and their video product. The future of video success depends on Companies like Brads.

The Big Bailout - Here's an Idea

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Here's a funny suggestion I got from a friend: Many of the best ideas are so simple as to be overlooked. Read on, and see if you agree:

Hi All,

I'm against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG. I'm also against the $700,000,000,000++ bailout being proposed in Congress right now!

Instead, I'm in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a "We Deserve It Dividend." To make the math simple, let's assume there are 200,000,000 bonafide U.S. Citizens 18+.

Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman and child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up.

So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billion -- that equals $425,000.00.

My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a "We Deserve It Dividend."

Of course, it would NOT be tax free. So let's assume a tax rate of 30%. Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes. That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam.

But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket. A husband and wife has $595,000.00.

What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family?
* Pay off your mortgage – housing crisis solved.
* Pay off credit card debt.
* Repay college loans – what a great boost to new grads Put away money for College – It'll be there for Junior.
* Save in a bank – create money to loan to entrepreneurs.
* Buy a new car – create jobs
* Invest in the market – capital drives growth Pay for your parent's medical insurance.

Remember, this is for every adult U S Citizen 18+ including the folks who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company that is cutting back. And of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces.

If we're going to re-distribute wealth let's really do it...instead of trickling out a puny $1000.00 ( "vote buy" ) economic incentive that is being proposed by one of our candidates for President. If we're going to do an $85 billion bailout, let's bail out every adult U S Citizen 18+.

10 Tips For Selecting A Domain Name

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This video from Bob Parsons really sums up the Domain Name selection process. Check out what Bob shares with viewers on his Video Blog about Domain names hosted on the GoDaddy.com website. This is a great place to start if you're thinking about getting your own domain name for your Blog or Website. These 10 tips will really help you make a good choice.

Bob is the CEO and FOUNDER of GoDaddy, The Place to Get A Name!

Motivation - Is It Mind Over Matter?

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Perception is everything. What does it take to get you motivated? Is it just believing in yourself? Is it others believing in you? Know that you can do and achieve anything without setting boundaries, and you will be successful, you will win. It takes being blind folded sometimes to really SEE what we are capable of in this world. See with your heart, not your eyes.

Video Sells Real Estate

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This was a video emailed to me by Bob Sokoler, an Active member on the popular ActiveRain Real Estate Network. This is an interesting video, with a plain and simple concept as to why and how video DOES sell Real Estate. Video is the future of many industries, especially Real Estate.

Social Bookmarking

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Here's a new way to maximize the use of all those Bookmarks you've created and added to your Browser and Online Social Networking sites. It's called Diigo.com and it's FREE.

What Can We Learn from Kids?

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There are all too many kids these days that are not eating healthy. Candy, Sugar Cereal, drinking Jolt and Redbull etc. Here's an 11 year old's perspective on how to shop and eat healthy. Using the Flip Video camera, this is what we were able to get on film. This could truly be the new and best way to really "Watch What You Eat!"

HitTail - Inside Secrets on SEO

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HitTail claims to be the easiest way to drive more qualified traffic to your Website. This video shows details of how HitTail works and how to use their site effectively. This is a great alternative to pay per click if you like SEO. Get suggestive keywords for your site for FREE.

"Analytics for the rest of us."
- PC World

"To be a click magnet, a blog should study how it got its past hits."
- BusinessWeek

An Internet Candidate for President?

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This one might take you a bit by surprise. We just picked this up from News3Online. A Social Networking Guru as President?

How Tough Is The Real Estate Market?

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My friends Frank Garay and Brian Stevens host the TBWS Daily Show. They had some interesting news to share about the Real Estate Market and where we are right now. Glenn Beddow, a late night guest, commented on what it's going to take for you to get through this market if you're in the Real Estate Industry. The voice and view of a Pro for over 30 years.

What is Seesmic Video

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The High-Yah Gas Crunch

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Chuck Norris says "Drill here, Drill now!" Are gas prices going to raise the cost of technology? Or are we going to use technology to lower gas prices. Can it be done? Should we wait and see? Gas prices are predicted to go up another dollar to 5.50 avg per gallon. See what Chuck Norris has to say about that!

Google Street Maps - They Just Get Better

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With these types of maps and tools available, you may never have to go visit some places in the world ever again. For example, traveling to an area that is unappealing, crowded, no parking, bad road conditions, the list could go on forever. Next, there will be the Virtual GPS with the ability to go right into homes for sale. Once Google figures out how they can link to a specific property address, and it's virtual tour (they probably already have), imagine what that would do to/for the Real Estate Industry.

Real Estate Video Marketing

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Don't Trash Your Identity

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Nationally, identity theft is a rising concern of many consumers. In the Real Estate arena, we are seeing some areas of neglegent identity theft. In most cases, consumers are very careful about keeping their identity safe and secure, but what about those companies who are careless and neglegent with personal and confidential information of yours. This news broadcast demonstrates how easy it is for your identity to be stolen. Watch and learn, take every precaution to prevent this from happening to you.

What Is A Blog?

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Are you new to the Blogosphere? Is there an easy explanation of Blogs and this new phenomenon? Yes! Blogs or Weblogs are explained in this easy to understand video that puts it all into plain English. Don't procrastinate about creating a Blog because of all the techknowbabble that you hear, watch this video, and it will all become clear!

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Real Estate Connect 2008 in San Francisco

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Well it's back! The RE Connect in the City By The Bay! Brad Inman from Inman News is doing it once again. This year looks very promising. It should be a great event. There will be mass amounts of information made available to hundreds of Real Estate Industry professionals. July 23-25, 2008 at The Palace Hotel.

Guest Speakers and panels, Vendors & Exhibit Hall, Breakout Sessions and one of my favorites, the Bloggers Connect. If you're in the Real Estate Industry and within 2000 miles of San Francisco, I would recommend this event, I know we'll be there!

Photo Video from Last Years Event

The opportunity to connect with others in this business is one of the main purposes of Real Estate CONNECT. Come see why WEB 2.0 and RE.Net are so important to you and your business.

Viddler Video Commenting - Is This Vlogging?

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Today I was reviewing one of the Video's I put together for my kids called "The Magic Floating Dollar!" I was explaining to them some ways that a REALTOR® could use this as a demonstration when at a Listing Appointment. Instead of a dollar, the agent could use their business card to perform a memorable and fun presentation.

I have been spending lot's of time reviewing many different Video hosting platforms: YouTube Yahoo Video MySpace DivX Stage6 CrushedPlanet.com OurStage.com Google Video VeOH Grouper iFilm Caught On Video TinyPic Multiply YouAreTV OverairTV Yourfilehost MetaCafe DiDGU WellcomeMat and I am sure there are many others I may have missed, but Viddler is one that had a feature that really kind of impressed me.

Viddler is a Video hosting website with some limitations, but what I thought was cool is the ability to add comments at certain points during the video. You can even add video to the video. I started thinking how this would apply to the Real Estate Industry and my imagination began to run wild! LOL!~ How would you use a tool like this or would you? What about your visitors and subscribers to your Blog? Is there value in having comments added to your video, or giving others access to add their comments?

I'm using the Video below for you to experiment with to see how this all really works. Feel free to comment, add your video uploads, make suggestions or just brainstorm ideas on where the value may or may not be in this type of video tool. It's really kind of cool, but is it practical and beneficial to you or our industry? I'd love to hear your comments and opinions, both good and constructive. Just click on the little play bar as it's scrolling across the video, look for the green plus sign, then click on it for options.


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If there were a place on the planet that you could run to, and getaway from all the stress and "TechKnowBabble" for awhile, where would you go? Here's a place that we have spotted that seems like the perfect location to visit.

Dubai, is this place for real?

Walk Score - A Great Service That Scores

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What is Walk Score? They help homebuyers, renters, and real estate agents find houses and apartments in great neighborhoods. Walk Score shows you a map of what's nearby and calculates a Walk Score for any property. Buying a house in a walkable neighborhood is good for your health and good for the environment. I think you're gonna really like this site!

It's as easy as 1,2,3 to use. In fact it's easier, it's just 1. Type in any address in the Country and Walk Score does the rest! This is great for relocation information, buyers looking for services and vendors, and for just knowing what's around your neighborhood where you live or are thinking about living. Then get out and walk. Saves gas, money and health! Great site, techknowbabble rates Walk Score 8 out of 10!

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Furnished Homes For Rent

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Furnished Homes and Rentals

Now this is a very cool company! They provide a FREE list to all the "Furnished Homes" that are available for rent. I see this site is going to grow very fast in this Real Estate Market! Click on the image above if you're interested in finding out more, and the link below if you're interested in becoming an affiliate. The above image is FREE, the link below, they will actually "PAY YOU" money as an affiliate. What the heck, why not make some extra money and help provide a really great service to others in your area.

Click Here To Find Out How To Become An Affiliate!
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Realtools 4 Realtors

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What does your Business card say about you, and where does it end up? Do people keep your Business Card? Do you think it's even important?

Look into your Business Cards as much as the people who look at them do! Make your business card stand out!

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