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  • Colombia Continues to be Top Country Searching for Miami Homes

    Jul 09, 2018
    Colombian consumers registered the most international web searches for Miami homes in March, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI). Colombia registered 11.9 percent of all international searches on MIAMI’s portal, www.MiamiRealtors.com, in March 2018. Colombia has led the rankings for four consecutive months.
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  • South Florida Multifamily Transactions, Prices Rise in 1Q

    Jun 26, 2018
    South Florida multifamily real estate transactions jumped 8.5 percent year-over-year in 1Q 2018 and per-unit multifamily prices increased in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, according to the new 1Q 2018 The Quarterly Report – South Florida Commercial Real Estate
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  • JTHS-MIAMI Realtors Collect 364 Pounds of Food for Needy Palm Beach Residents

    Jun 25, 2018
    The Jupiter-Tequesta-Hobe Sound Council of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (JTHS-MIAMI) collected 364 pounds of non-perishable food for the Palm Beach County Food Bank in April as part of its annual JTHS-MIAMI’s “Move for Hunger” Food Drive.
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  • Colombia Leads Countries Looking for Miami Homes in February

    Jun 25, 2018
    Colombian consumers registered the most international web searches for Miami homes in February, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI). South Florida remains the most-searched U.S. market by international consumers and a top-five market for homebuyers in the world’s six largest regions, according to February data.
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  • Miami Luxury Home Sales Jump in May 2018

    Jun 20, 2018
    Total Miami luxury home sales rose 24.1 percent year-over-year in May as existing condominium sales rose for the second consecutive month, 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 Join Chapman Partnership to Feed Homeless

    Jun 18, 2018
    Continuing its changing communities initiative, MIAMI Association of Realtors (MIAMI) members and peers again fed dinner to 500 homeless residents on June 14 at the Chapman Partnership’s Downtown Miami Homeless Assistance Center.
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  • Miami Existing Condo Sales Jump 24.6 Percent in April

    May 24, 2018
    Miami’s existing condominium market posted its best April in three years as condo transactions jumped 24.6 percent and condo dollar volume surged 40.8 percent year-over-year, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system. Miami single-family home sales and residential prices rose.
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  • MIAMI REALTORS® Launches MIAMI Platinum PLUS for its Members

    May 17, 2018
    The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) is now offering its members subscriptions to MIAMI Platinum PLUS, an exclusive and unparalleled suite of upgraded Realtor products and services, so Realtors can utilize an even higher level of industry tools to improve and expand their business while enhancing the home buying and home selling process for the public.
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  • Miami Luxury Home Sales Soar in 1Q 2018

    May 15, 2018
    Total Miami luxury home sales surged 12.3 percent in 1Q 2018 as median prices rose for the 25th 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 REALTORS CEO Named to South Florida’s Most Influential Business Women

    May 14, 2018
    MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) Chief Executive Officer Teresa King Kinney was named one of the top 25 Most Influential Business Women in South Florida. The South Florida Business Journal honored Kinney’s strong record of leadership, community involvement and industry innovation at an event on May 11 in Fort Lauderdale.
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  • Miami Luxury Single-Family Home Sales Jump in March

    Apr 23, 2018
    Miami luxury single-family home sales posted double-digit gains as median prices for all properties continued rising in March, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.
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  • South Florida Industrial Real Estate Prices, Transactions Rise in 4Q

    Apr 23, 2018
    South Florida industrial real estate prices increased 11.4 percent year-over-year in the 4Q 2017 and the Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach tri-county region posted its second highest industrial transaction volume for the year,
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  • Patricia Anglero Elected 2018 Broward President of the MIAMI Realtors

    Apr 07, 2018
    The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) has elected Fort Lauderdale broker Patricia C. Anglero as its 2018 Broward Council president. She and all of MIAMI’s leadership boards were installed Feb. 2 at the MIAMI 2018 Inaugural and Awards Celebration.
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  • MIAMI REALTORS Commercial Partners with Research and Data Firm Vizzda to Provide South Florida Commercial Statistics Reports

    Apr 05, 2018
    MIAMI Association of Realtors Commercial (MIAMI Commercial) has formed a strategic alliance with Vizzda (Visual Data) to provide The Quarterly Report – South Florida Commercial Real Estate, which will offer comprehensive commercial research and statistics to MIAMI’s 46,000 members and the consumers they serve.
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  • MIAMI Realtors Commercial Association Rebrands as MIAMI Commercial

    Apr 05, 2018
    The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) has rebranded its commercial real estate organization, to MIAMI Commercial. MIAMI Commercial’s new name and logo is part of MIAMI’s successful expansion of the commercial reach of the Miami Association of Realtors that enhances the 25-year-old organization, which was formerly the Realtors Commercial Alliance MIAMI (RCA MIAMI).
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  • Miami Condo, Luxury Home Sales Rise in February  

    Mar 21, 2018
    Miami existing condominium and total luxury home sales increased in February, 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 Expands Presence of South Florida Real Estate at Global Expo

    Mar 14, 2018
    The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) has increased its presence by 400 percent at the world’s largest commercial real estate conference, MIPIM. MIAMI Realtors will have exhibits promoting South Florida at MIPIM from March 13-16 in Cannes, France as part of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) expanded U.S. pavilion. This year, MIAMI has significantly expanded the U.S. and MIAMI/South Florida presence by adding its own adjacent exhibit space.
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  • Colombia Leads Countries Looking for Miami Homes in January

    Mar 13, 2018
    Colombian consumers registered the most international web searches for Miami homes in January, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI). South Florida remains the most-searched U.S. market by international consumers and a top-five market for homebuyers in the world’s six largest regions, according to January data.
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  • Urgent Legal Alert from Florida REALTORS General Counsel

    Mar 06, 2018
    Recently, Florida Realtors became aware of several lawsuits filed against real estate brokers in Miami Dade and Broward counties concerning allegations of discriminatory advertising—a violation of fair housing laws. Specifically, brokers are being sued for discriminating against tenants with Section 8 vouchers. These violations, however, pertain to local ordinances, not the Federal Fair Housing Act. Under these local ordinances, landlords and Realtors are precluded from discriminating against tenants with Section 8 vouchers, as this falls under the protected class "source of income."
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  • Miami Condo, Single-Family Home Sales Jump in January

    Feb 22, 2018
    Miami existing condominium and single-family home sales rose in January as $1 million-and-up luxury transactions jumped 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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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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