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  • Palm Beach County Condominium Luxury Sales Jump 28 Percent in December

    Jan 22, 2019
    Palm Beach County condominium luxury home sales jumped 28 percent in December as $1-million-and-up homebuyers continue selecting Palm Beach’s incredible live, work and play lifestyle, according to the MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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  • Broward Single-Family Home Median Prices Increase in December

    Jan 22, 2019
    Broward County single-family home median sale prices rose 2.9 percent to $350,000 in December 2018 as Broward existing condos sold between $400K to $600 increased 4.3 percent year-over-year, according to the MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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  • Mid-Market Miami Single-Family Home Sales Rise 9.4 Percent in December

    Jan 22, 2019
    Mid-market Miami single-family home sales rose 9.4 percent in December, evidence of strong demand in one of the nation’s most sought-after real estate markets, according the MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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  • MIAMI Realtors Sign Four International Agreements at Miami International Congress

    Jan 07, 2019
    The MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) signed four international collaboration agreements during its recent Miami International Congress. MIAMI now has 204 international partners. These alliances create business opportunities for MIAMI members, enhance Miami’s global position and strengthen the local economy. The bilateral agreements also provide resources, visibility and connections for MIAMI’s international partners.
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  • MIAMI Realtors Partners to Host Miami Shores Plaza 98 Monthly Events

    Dec 26, 2018
    The MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) is partnering to host free monthly community events from 5-8 p.m. on Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 9 and April 13 at Miami Shores’ new community destination, Plaza 98, at 9802 NE 2nd Ave. The events are open to all ages and feature family entertainment and games and food and drink for purchase.
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  • Palm Beach County Condominium Sales Continue Rising in November

    Dec 19, 2018
    Palm Beach County condominium sales have now increased in 12 of the last 13 months after another strong November of condo sales, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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  • Broward Condo Sales Rise for Eighth Consecutive Month

    Dec 19, 2018
    Broward County existing condominium sales increased for the eighth consecutive month in November as total Broward home sales increased 4.3 percent year-over-year, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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  • Miami Real Estate Posts Fifth Consecutive Month of Rising Home Sales

    Dec 19, 2018
    Total Miami-Dade County home sales increased 7 percent year-over-year in November, marking the market’s fifth consecutive month of year-over-year transaction gains, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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  • MIAMI Realtors Signs 15 New Collaboration Agreements with AMPI Chapters in Mexico

    Dec 17, 2018
    The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) is honored to have recently signed 15 new international collaboration agreements with local chapters of AMPI, the Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals, at the 2018 AMPI National Real Estate Congress in Oaxaca, Mexico.
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  • South Florida’s Biggest Open House Weekend Set for December 8-9

    Dec 07, 2018
    The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) is organizing South Florida’s biggest open house weekend of the year for December 8-9. MIAMI expects more than 2,000 properties at every price range to host open houses in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties. More than $1 billion in houses and condos are participating.
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  • Palm Beach County Home Sales Register Robust October

    Nov 21, 2018
    Total Palm Beach County home sales increased 17.1 percent year-over-year in October as median prices and dollar volume rose for all properties, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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  • Broward Existing Condo Sales Continue Upward Trend, Surge 20 Percent in October

    Nov 21, 2018
    Broward County existing condominium sales increased for the seventh consecutive month in October, this time rising 20 percent year-over-year, as total Broward County home sales surged 15.1 percent year-over-year, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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  • Miami Real Estate Posts Fourth Consecutive Month of Rising Home Sales

    Nov 21, 2018
    Total Miami-Dade County home sales surged 14.7 percent year-over-year in October, marking the market’s fourth consecutive month of year-over-year home transaction gains, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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  • MIAMI Realtors Partners with FIABCI-Arabic Countries

    Nov 21, 2018
    The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) recently signed an international collaboration agreement with FIABCI-Arabic Countries during FIABCI World President -Elect and FIABCI-Arabic Countries President Walid Moussa’s visit to Miami, increasing MIAMI’s international partners to 180 (the most of any U.S. Realtor association). The alliance will create business opportunities for MIAMI members, enhance Miami’s global position and strengthen the local economy. FIABCI-Arabic Countries includes United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Bahrein, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait.
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  • MIAMI Realtors and Turkey Federation Sign International Partnership

    Nov 21, 2018
    The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) signed an international honorary reciprocal agreement with Türkiye Tüm Emlak Müşavirleri Federasyonu (TEMFED) at the 24th Annual Miami International Real Estate Congress in Coral Gables, increasing MIAMI’s international partners to 179 (the most of any U.S. Realtor association). The alliance will create business opportunities for MIAMI members, enhance Miami’s global position and strengthen the local economy.
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  • Total Palm Beach Home Sales Increase in 3Q 2018

    Nov 07, 2018
    Total Palm Beach County home sales increased 7.4 percent in 3Q 2018 as median prices for all properties rose, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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  • Total Broward Home Sales Increase in 3Q 2018

    Nov 07, 2018
    Total Broward County home sales increased 5.9 percent in 3Q 2018 as median prices for all properties rose, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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  • Total Miami Home Sales Jump in 3Q 2018

    Nov 05, 2018
    Total Miami-Dade County home sales surged 15.2 percent in 3Q 2018 as median prices for all properties rose for the 27th consecutive quarter, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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  • MIAMI International Real Estate Congress to Feature Delegates from 12 Countries

    Oct 22, 2018
    Delegates from 12 foreign countries will participate in the 24th annual MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) International Real Estate Congress on Oct. 28-30 at the Biltmore Hotel. More than 300 real estate professionals will attend the prestigious event, which will feature 20 industry speakers, numerous panels and marketing sessions.
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  • Total Miami Home Sales Surge a Year after Hurricane Irma

    Oct 19, 2018
    Total Miami-Dade County home sales surged 35.7 percent last month a year after Hurricane Irma brought minimal damage and stalled hundreds of sales in September 2017, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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10 Ways Technology Can Save Agents Time and Money

by | Apr 24, 2014

hourglass_with_moneyThe Web celebrated its 25th birthday last month, according to the Pew Internet Research Project. It's hard to believe, but true. And despite some early skeptics, the web has been saving people time and money ever since its debut.

It's easy to think of examples. Email, something we now take for granted, saves people the time and expense of sending letters. Netflix saves its subscribers the hassle of schlepping to the nearest video store--and the monthly cost of unlimited streaming is far less pricey than the per video charge (and late fees!) that Blockbuster once charged.

Over the past quarter century, the Web has affected virtually every industry and many aspects of our lives. Real estate has been far from immune. Gone are the days of printed MLS books or of being chained to an office desk and landline. Mobile technology has enabled agents to conduct business from anywhere, and websites, social media, and more have made the Web an affordable and efficient marketing channel.

In what other ways can the Web make agents' lives easier? We've rounded up 10 of our favorite examples of how technology can save real estate professionals time and money.

1. Build a DIY Website - Gone are the days when coding knowledge was necessary to build your own website. Today, multiple turnkey website solutions exist. If you're looking to build a site for your business, we highly recommend exploring real estate specific website solutions. They come loaded with features agents need, like a built-in IDX search and specialized templates. Other solutions, like WebsiteBox, offer a wealth of backend tools like an integrated CRM, drip marketing capabilities, Google Analytics, and more. Most can be set up in under 15 minutes.

 

2. Capture Drive-bys - Remember the little box of flyers that agents used to attach to their yard sign? Thanks to QR Code and text messaging technology, keeping that box filled is no longer a necessity. Instead, add a QR code or text message number to your sign rider that consumers can scan with their smartphone or text for more information. It's a great way to capture leads, too, as many solutions will save the contact data of consumers and send it to you for follow-up.

3. Photos and Virtual Tours - Speaking of more information, what consumers most want to know is how a home looks inside. Modern technology makes it easy for you to take and manage photos with a digital camera and editing software. If you don't have editing software (try wallet friendly options like GIMP or Photoshop Elements), many website andvirtual tour solutions give you access to basic editing functions like cropping, rotations, color corrections, captions, and more.

4. Better Navigation - If you've ever gotten lost on the way to a showing, you understand exactly how much easier GPS makes life now. Whether you use technology like Garmin, a smartphone or tablet with Google Navigation, GPS has prevented many a navigational headache and missed appointment. Bonus: Some showing appointment solutions will email you and your client maps and itineraries ahead of scheduled showings.

5. Field Calls on the Road - In addition to making driving easier, technology can make it safer, too. Most recent car models let you sync your smartphone to your auto's audio system, allowing you to safely make and answer calls and, yes, even respond to texts while on the road--no hands necessary!

6. Advertise Globally - U.S. real estate is a hot commodity abroad, and today's technology makes it a lot simpler to reach potential foreign buyers. You can start your global efforts with your site. WebsiteBox, for example, offers an on-site language translator in multiple languages. For reach that extends beyond your site, ListHub Global syndicates your listings internationally while still enforcing the data protection standards that we're used to at home. For your social networks, Real-Buzz offers translated IDX search widgets for your Facebook page.

7. Consolidate Your Tools - Did you know that there's technology that can improve your technology? While that might sound pretty meta, what we mean is that there are solutions that can consolidate your existing tools, making your life simpler. Take HootSuite, for example. From a single dashboard, you can update and manage your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and other social media profiles. For a real estate example, we'll again turn to WebsiteBox. They have a website lead capture app that integrates directly into their aforementioned CRM. Leads flow directly into the CRM so agents don't have to worry about retrieving leads or entering extra data.

8. The Ease of Going Paperless - Ah, the paperless life! Products liketransaction managementforms solutions and electronic signatureshave greatly streamlined real estate workflows. Thanks to them, agents are better able to compete in hot markets, spend less time collecting signatures, and can collaborate on multiple documents involving multiple parties right from their computer or mobile device.

9. Improve Communication with Data - When it comes to technology, data is everywhere--the analytics from your website, the open rate of your emails. Smart agents can use this information to improve their communication efforts. Not sure which headline to use in your email newsletter? Try A/B testing and track the analytics to see which one performs better. Also, agents with CRMs that integrate into their website, like WebsiteBox, can track exactly what kind of properties, price points, and neighborhood their clients are searching for. They can use that data to suggest homes that their buyers are more likely to be interested in, and avoid wasting time with irrelevant properties.

10. Education from the Comfort of Home - Thanks to the web and distance learning technology, Realtors can keep up with their CE requirements and earn designations outside of a physical classroom. Real estate professionals can learn plenty more via the web, too, like tips for using their favorite technology solutions, selling strategies, and more. Check out our Webinars section for inspiration.

What's your favorite technology for saving yourself time and money? We'd love to hear your suggestions below!

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