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The Best Real Estate Agent Tools

The Best Real Estate Agent Tools

Being a real estate agent is challenging, and it’s especially hard when you aren’t aware of the tools that can help you. Trust us – there’s a ton out there that can help if you know where to look.   As time goes on, more apps are created, websites are updated, and other tools are developed, so it’s important to keep up with the latest and greatest. We’ve compiled a list of the best real estate tools from mobile apps to CRM services to help you do your job even better. Read ahead to start adding to your real estate tech toolbox and become the best equipped agent you can be. Arm yourself with the best real estate agent tools: CRM Tools: As a real estate agent, one of the most important tools to have is a customer relationship management (CRM) tool. They help you follow up with your customer base with the appropriate message at the optimal times and ensure that you stay top of mind. Here are a few suggestions: Contactually: (yes, it’s us!)   Easy-to-use and affordable, Contactually is a virtual assistant for your email. With a little help from your inbox, it helps you to determine opportunities within your contact list. It provides reminders of when to reach out to people you haven’t spoken to in a while and email templates for easy and quick communication. Contactually offers plans starting at $39/month. Follow Up Boss: Like Contactually, Follow Up Boss helps you manage your leads accordingly so that you can follow-up with them. In addition to email, it allows agents to integrate text messaging and...
Three Must-Have Features for a Real Estate Agent CRM

Three Must-Have Features for a Real Estate Agent CRM

Real estate agents who use a CRM are 26.2% more productive than agents who don’t use one. The solution: get a CRM, right? Wrong. Or to be less black and white about it, you’re only halfway to the answer. More specifically, you’ll need a) a CRM with features designed with real estate agents in mind, and b) a CRM that your employees will actually use. A CRM that doesn’t really meet your needs is a cost. On the other hand, a CRM that optimizes your working practices, improves efficiency and helps your agents close more deals is an investment. If you’re smart about the CRM features you look for, your software can have a significant impact on your bottom line. Below are three features that can help you make that leap. Read on for what real estate agents need from their CRM: 1. An easy-to-use mobile app Salespeople are generally quite a mobile bunch, but none more so than real estate agents. Due to the nature of the product your agents have to sell (big and hopefully rooted to the ground), the ability to do business on the go is important. Those dealing in real estate often spend all day out of the office, so mobile CRM functionality is absolutely essential for estate agents. Sales reps need access to client data at their fingertips to maximize their chances of closing a sale or turning a top-of-funnel prospect into a concrete lead. They also need a way of updating CRM data remotely post-meeting. Expecting them to do it when they’re back in the office is a disaster waiting to happen – the...
70 Top Real Estate Agents Using Contactually

70 Top Real Estate Agents Using Contactually

These successful agents use our real estate CRM to grow their businesses. Contactually evaluated the most recent rankings of 2016 (“The Thousand”)* and highlighted over 60 top-ranked real estate agents using Contactually. According to REAL Trends, those on the list are “recognized as the top one half of one percent of more than 1.1 million licensed Realtors® nationwide.” The agents below believe in the importance of building and maintaining strong and lasting relationships with their clients, and they are using technologies like ours to help them grow their businesses. *In partnership with The Wall Street Journal, real estate industry resource REAL Trends has released rankings of top individuals and teams every year in a list called The Thousand. For the past 11 years, firms submit applications to represent the most qualified candidates, and REAL Trends ranks sales professionals in categories of average price, sales volume and transaction sides. 70 Top Real Estate Agents Using Contactually: Average Sale Price #5   Karen Kemp Average Sale Price $30.72M The Corcoran Group/NRT New York, NY @corcorangroup With over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry, Karen has built a reputation of paving the way for up-and-coming neighborhoods in New York City. She was involved with the successful revamping of commercial properties into artist lofts in areas including Williamsburg, DUMBO in Brooklyn and Harlem. Karen’s network of domestic and international investors has made her one of the top real estate agents in the market. #17 Debbie Loeffler Average Sale Price $14.38M The Corcoran Group/NRT Bridgehampton, NY @corcorangroup Before settling down as a real estate professional in the Hamptons, Debbie lived in...
Contactually’s Real Estate Dictionary

Contactually’s Real Estate Dictionary

Blockbusting? Lien? It sounds like I’m speaking another language, doesn’t it? Well, I sort of am. I’m speaking real estate. Confusing right? Hopefully not anymore. We recognize that real estate lingo isn’t easy to figure out, especially if you’re new to the job. So, whether you’re looking to become a real estate agent or just looking for a refresher on your vocabulary, the Real Estate Dictionary is for you.A quick Google search will prove that there are plenty of terms and glossaries out there for you to skim through…and overwhelm you. To save you the time and the effort of sorting through it all, we’ve sifted through and picked the most important terms for your convenience. They’re terms that all real estate agents, old and new, must have in their vocabulary to impress their clients and close some deals. Here are just a few examples of the terms we’re debunking and breaking down for you: Appurtenance: a right, privilege, or improvement belonging to and passing with a principal property. Client: a customer that is in a binding contractual relationship with a realtor or broker. Personal chattels: an item of movable personal property, such as furniture, domestic animals, etc. Download the Real Estate Dictionary here: Have more to add? Let us know in the comments...
The Top 19 Real Estate Listing and Agency Sites

The Top 19 Real Estate Listing and Agency Sites

Finding the right website for your real estate needs can be overwhelming. Whether you’re looking for your next home or selling a property, there are dozens of real estate websites that can get the job done. Instead of having to filter through the results, we break it down for you — we’ve compiled a list of the most popular real estate sites based on the total number of page listings on Google, with every website having more than 1 million indexed pages. We split the list in two categories: search engines and agency-specific sites. Real estate search engines display properties put up for sale and rental by owners and brokers, often also including various tools and resources to help potential buyers make informed decisions. Agency-specific websites host a database of real estate listings and connect users with the company’s own realtors or partner agents. Most Popular Real Estate Listing Sites: Real estate search websites are comprehensive and detailed, commonly featuring search filters beyond pricing and home amenities. The search engines we’ve listed here are some of the most popular on the web based on how many pages Google has indexed on each site.  Top 12 Real Estate Search Engine Sites: 1. Realtor.com Realtor is the official website of the National Association of Realtors and hosts listings for homes, lands and rentals. Like Zillow and Trulia, Realtor.com gathers its information from multiple-listing services (MLSs) — databases of listings compiled by real estate professionals. Launched in 1994, the website is one of the first real estate companies to operate in a digital space. Why you should use Realtor.com: The company website...
When Your Real Estate Leads Become a Network of People

When Your Real Estate Leads Become a Network of People

Full disclaimer – leads are great for business.  A healthy funnel of leads typically means that your business is gaining some recognition, and the public is generally interested in your services, and the solutions you’re offering.  Converting leads to closed transactions is a healthy sign of business growth as well. Yes – leads are good, and everyone in real estate would love to get more. Here’s the thing – when our business is about catering to an experience – in this case, it is home ownership – we can’t speak about lead generation and conversion in the same manner as other industries.  Real Estate is about caring for arguably one of the most emotional transactions a person will ever make.  If we were to trade places with our clients, we would want to have an agent on our side looking out for our interest – both from a financial and a personal perspective. The moment we sense that our agent only cares for his commission, and sees us as the conduit to that commission, we will lose faith in the transaction, in the agent, or worse in the industry all together. No one wants to be treated like they don’t matter…or worse, like something to be used and disposed of afterwards. Start treating your real estate leads like the people they are… How are you defining your clients? Here lies the conundrum: how do I properly scale my real estate business AND not make all my leads feel like they’re just a number? The only way we can solve this issue is to shorten the amount of time it take us to think...