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Real Estate Connect Videos Now Available

Real Estate Connect is an incredible biannual event held by Inman news.  This past event held in NYC last week was a great success, judging from the blog posts and buzz.  Inman has released some video highlights of the program, for anyone who is interested… Keynote: Chris Smith & Katie Lance: Diving into the Mind of Today’s “Free Agent” http://shar.es/WN7r4 [incredible ground-breaking data revealed] New Kids on the Block: 5 New Start-Ups To Keep an Eye On  http://shar.es/WNqMV Keynote: Fireside Chat with Evernote CEO, Phil Libin (and Chris Smith) http://shar.es/WNtrZ Keynote: Jason Baptiste – CEO of Onswipe “How Tablet Publishing is Transforming the Way We Consume Media” http://shar.es/WNttv  Share...

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Here we go again with Patent Infringement Issues

Here we go again with Patent Infringement Issues

After settling the patent infringment case about property map searching based on map, [Berkshire MLS paid selttlement to license this type of searching for all members], we learn of a new batch of lawsuits filed by Earthcomber (including NAR) They have patented technology that aides mobile device users in locating special interests nearby, by users manual entry of ZIP code or current intersection rather than through GPS or triangulation. Earthcomber files patent lawsuits against 12 real estate companies – AGBeat. Share...

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The Best SmartPhone Apps

The Best SmartPhone Apps

I would say this site is worth every penny, but it is totally free!  And doesn’t hit you with pop-ups and an annoying “cost” for getting great information. Lifehacker’s App Directory is a constantly maintained and updated directory of the best applications and tools for computers (Windows, Mac, and Linux) and smartphones (Android and iPhone). Want to make sure you’ve got the best of the best installed on your system? Simply click on your platform-of-choice below to get started. Apps News, Videos, Reviews and Gossip – Lifehacker. Share...

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HEADS-UP! Realtor.com Makes Major Marketing Changes

HEADS-UP! Realtor.com Makes Major Marketing Changes

Realtor.com is making major changes to their lead generation products that surround free property displays.  This program is called “Connections” and agents can now purchase zipcode leads, for listings that are not enhanced with a paid product (agent or broker package). If you pay for an enhansed package, all leads will continue to go directly to you.  All members have the ability to “buy” zip code leads, provided they are in the same MLS. If you pay to enhance your listings on Realtor.com, your listings will not change (but you have additional marketing opportunities) If you do NOT pay to enhance your listing on Realtor.com, your free listing display will significantly change. Inman News had a great article about this with screen...

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Zillow Acquires IDX Vendor: Diverse Solutions

Zillow Acquires IDX Vendor: Diverse Solutions

Zillow, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z), today announced it has acquired substantially all the assets of Diverse Solutions, an Irvine, Calif.-based company that helps real estate agents market their businesses and improve their personal websites, for approximately $7.8 million in cash and stock. Diverse Solutions’ software services include providing listings content and property search functionality for the Web and mobile platforms. With this acquisition, Zillow® adds another key set of tools to help agents grow their businesses and enhance their online presence. What Does It Mean? In FBS Blog (FlexMLS) by Michael Wurzer Zillow announced today that it acquired IDX vendor Diverse Solutions for $7.8 million in cash and stock.  I’m interested in learning what others think...

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The End of Business as Usual

The End of Business as Usual

Normally, I don't promote a book that I haven't read yet, but I make an exception for Brian Solis' book, "The End of Business As Usual". I'm compelled to share this book, because I'm a big fan of Brian's brain... his website is full of free and compelling content and his take on business use of social media is incredibly on target. His posts always inspire me to think about technology and online interaction as it relates to our business of service - our customers, our clients and ourselves...

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MLS Statistics: Available as a WordPress Widget

I thought I'd share a few Wordpress widgets for FlexMLS users... below you can see a sample of some of the cool, dynamically generated content that is available for an annual fee, directly from our vendor. For complete information, please see the FlexMLS page dedicated to Wordpress widgets

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Best Blog is in Berkshire!

Best Blog is in Berkshire!

Our recent Massachusetts REALTOR Awards banquet offered a nice suprise… Marlene Goldstein, Broker-Owner of Berkshire County Homes Real Estate in  was named as runner up of ”Best Real Estate Blogs in MA”. Woot-woot to Marlene for offering home seller and buyers such great tips to help the in the transaction process! Berkshire Country Homes , LLC, 34 Silver Street, Great Barrington. Share this:EmailFacebookTwitterPrint

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Fuze Meeting: Multi-Party HD Video Conferencing

Fuze Meeting: Multi-Party HD Video Conferencing

If you have a need to host multi-party online meetings that allow you to present material, interact with multiple attendees, track and record sessions, then this might be a good option to consider.

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The Number One Least Asked Question in Social Media…Why?

The Number One Least Asked Question in Social Media…Why?

When Brian Solis asked, “Why do you think it is that people line up for Apple products when they’re released?”, it really got me thinking. I’m one of those people who wants new apple products like a kid in a candy store – wide-eyed, impossible to resist. So taking that thought an applying it to the members I’m trying to serve…. The Number One Least Asked Question in Social Media…Why? - Brian Solis The number one least asked question in social media is also the most important…  Asking “why” in all aspects of business and life in general is unexploited. Day in and day out I help businesses understand the opportunity that lies within new media, not because of Twitter or Facebook. I do so because opportunity is...

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RE Technology launches VScreen Training Videos

RE Technology launches VScreen Training Videos

    RE Technology launches VScreen Training Videos by WAV Group Consulting Leading real estate technology media site, RE Technology, has partnered with VScreen to create agent training videos from top industry trainers. Arroyo Grande, CA (September 2011) – As a leading technology resource for the real estate industry, no one understands the value of video for websites better than the team at RE Technology. The company has partnered with VScreen, a leader in real estate training video creation and distribution, to improve their website’s home page: www.RETechnology.com. “We’ve published many articles about video on our website,” [...] Keep Reading Share...

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I Live in the Future and Here’s How it Works

I Live in the Future and Here’s How it Works

I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works: Why Your World, Work, and Brain Are Being Creatively Disrupted by Nick Bilton. This is a great, quick read that can open your eyes to the speed and power of technology changes, and how it is impacting the way we have to provide service to our potential customers today and tomorrow.  I felt like a dinosaur reading the hard cover book instead of the eBook… but now I can lend it to anyone interested! “Nick Bilton has written a rollicking, upbeat guide to the digital world—a peek into our near future, where news, storytelling, and even human identity are transformed. It’s a fascinating book from a man who has helped pilot the New York Times into a new age of online journalism. If you’re...

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