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10 Technologies and Tools for Real Estate Blogs

10 Technologies and Tools for Real Estate Blogs

Today technology has simplified lives beyond belief, creating ample opportunities for budding businessmen to make it big in the industry. Gone are the days of old and obsolete techniques, from manufacturing to real estate, every sector has been revolutionized. There are industries and enterprise popping up everywhere thank to the developments and innovation in technology. Good news for real estate agents! The shift of population and changing dynamics in the market has led to an increase in the demand for land. Armed with the high tech tools and technologies, property developers have now ventured out in the virtual platform to attract more customers. Read on for our picks of the top 10 tools and technologies that can boost the performance of real estate blogs online.  10 Tools for real estate blogs: 10. Boomerang: Boomerang is a tool for Gmail users who want to keep track of the important mails and manage their cluttered inbox. It helps you compose a mail and schedule the time when it should be sent, it even offers reminders in case you get a lead. Setting up the Boomerang email scheduling tool allows you to mark the mails to be sent at a later date. The boomerang button next to it brings the mail back to the inbox with the reply from the recipient. 9. DocuSign: Real estate work involves a lot of documents and paperwork that can be really cumbersome to manage this is where DocuSign comes into the picture. It manages and integrates with the major CRM systems allowing you to save the documents on cloud storage. This simplifies data storing and retrieval...
5 Ways a Term Loan Will Unlock Your Next Big Growth Opportunity

5 Ways a Term Loan Will Unlock Your Next Big Growth Opportunity

The start of a new year is a great time to think about what you can do to expand your real estate business. Taking stock of where your business has been—and what you’d like to achieve over the next six to 12 months—is one part of the equation. The other involves finding the financial resources necessary to transform your goals into action. Fortunately, a term loan may be just the solution you need when an opportunity for growth comes knocking. If you’re not familiar with what a term loan is or how it can help you widen your business horizons, don’t panic. Here’s everything you need to know. What Is a Term Loan Anyway? Simply put, a term loan is a type of small business financing that features a fixed repayment term. Just like a mortgage, you’d repay a term loan over a set period of time (as little as one year and as long as 10 years). Term loan limits usually top out at $500,000, which is more than you could borrow compared to a personal loan or a small business credit card. Another advantage of term loans is the convenience factor. If you’re borrowing through an online lender, it’s possible to get the money you need in as little as two business days. That’s a huge plus over a traditional bank or Small Business Administration (SBA) loan, which could take weeks to fund. Using a Term Loan to Grow Your Real Estate Business Now that you know what a term loan is, let’s talk about why this form of debt financing could work for you. There are...
Contactually Announcement: A New Partnership with First.io

Contactually Announcement: A New Partnership with First.io

We’re very excited to announce the launch of our partnership with First.io, a great step forward for Contactually as a whole in intelligence and real estate agent productivity. This partnership will generate a new Contactually product, powered by First, that will give real estate agents unseen, proactive knowledge about their network and will automatically provide recommendations to users when a contact is likely to list their home in the next six months. A brand new way to use Contactually The new partnership with First – a platform that uses Artificial Intelligence to pinpoint when homeowners are most likely to move – will help real estate agents better respond to and manage clients needs. “Our platform allows users to stay top-of-mind with their entire networks, resulting in more leads and referrals,” says Contactually co-Founder and CEO Zvi Band. “Agents want to ensure they are always building relationships with the right people, so being able to predict who is more likely to move is something we’ve always wanted to offer. With our powerful yet easy to use platform, users can automatically begin communicating with these contacts as soon as their moving intentions are predicted, keeping them many steps ahead of their competitors.” This is the first of many initiatives involving artificial intelligence and machine learning that will further add value to our customers moving forward in 2017 and beyond. This new product we’re rolling out with First will regularly assess a real estate agent’s contacts in Contactually using a market-leading AI and machine learning platform, and then predict when a client is most likely to move. The business or agent will be automatically...
Increase Your Email IQ

Increase Your Email IQ

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by RISMedia, you can view it here.  Building relationships through email At Contactually, we believe that the most successful businesses in the world are built upon personal, authentic relationships with clients and partners. Since 2013, we have helped tens of thousands of users do just that—strengthen and grow their professional relationships. We have helped users send more than 60 million emails to their contacts using our automated reminder system and market-proven templates, resulting in an average increase of 42 percent in the growth of their businesses. Our users organize their contacts into “buckets,” groupings of people who will be contacted at a similar frequency or have common traits. Real estate professionals will often categorize their leads into hot, warm, and cold lead buckets, each requiring a different contact cadence. While the short-term goals of each of these leads may differ, they share one important commonality. As a real estate professional, you want each and every lead to positively think of you and enthusiastically mention you when a friend or family member even hints at a real estate need. This begs the question: What can real estate professionals do to increase the likelihood of this happening within their network? To help answer this question, we analyzed the performance of emails sent by real estate professionals. We took a sample of over 150,000 emails sent to contacts categorized by the Contactually user as either a “Hot Lead,” “Warm Lead,” or “Cold Lead,” and evaluated performance based on whether the email was opened, responded to, or simply ignored. We further evaluated important, actionable elements, such as...
Contactually Named in Swanepoel Power 200

Contactually Named in Swanepoel Power 200

Every year, Stefen Swanepoel’s firm names the top 200 leaders, movers, shakers, and all around trendsetters in the real estate industry. Past honorees have included leaders from realtors.com, Zillow, Realogy and HomeServices of America. Swanepoel notes that countless debates, research and discussion goes into the final list of 200 and those that are chosen are picked because of what they’ve contributed to the real estate industry. “We aim to hold a mirror up to the industry, reflecting residential real estate back to itself by noting who wields the most power and influence (and in what order), whether by position, personal power, employee count, reputation and trajectory.”  Beyond the Power 200 This year, in addition to their annual Power 200 list, Swanepoel created a few new supplemental lists alongside the Power 200 of folks that shouldn’t be left out or forgotten. These four lists are the 20 Under 40, the Trendsetters, the Social Influencers, and the Outside Powers. If you check out the Trendsetters list, you’ll find our very own CEO and Co-Founder Zvi Band right there at the top. What it means to be a trendsetter Swanepoel’s criteria for the trendsetters they named on the list were “innovators, dealmakers, and movers-and-shakers who made a noteworthy impact over the last year.” Zvi is in good company here and you’ll find everyone from Conor McCluskey, the Founder and CEO of BombBomb, to Amber Taufen, the Editor-in-Chief at Inman, and Chris Drayer, the founder of Revaluate on the list. All of these folks have found innovative ways to implement technology into the lives of real estate agents to make their day-to-day more productive, the lead...
Real Estate Statistics for 2017

Real Estate Statistics for 2017

Here we are yet again, at the end of the year and very ready for the new one! In following our annual tradition, we’ve put together the list of the some of the most important statistics to keep in mind for the Real Estate industry and things we think that real estate professionals should be aware of as they move into a brand new year. After what felt like a very turbulent 2016, we’re facing a new year with a new President here in the US and plenty of questions as to how the election may or may not affect the housing industry. But, we’ll let the numbers speak for themselves! Take the time to look over the stats and give them some thought. How can you use them to your advantage this year and how can you implement their implications into your strategy for the new year. As our CEO, Zvi, recently advised in his latest EPIC webinar, this year you ought to be focusing on setting better goals and strategies, rather than lofty resolutions that often get forgotten by March. How will you make the numbers work for you, this year? And the winning numbers are…. Ready to start strategizing? We’re breaking down the statistics we think will be the most relevant for the real estate industry in 2017 and what their implications could be for you and your business. Take some notes and then let us know how they could affect you this year. Top real estate stats for 2017: 1. Millennials will make up 33% of homebuyers in 2017. Tweet this stat. This stat is pretty impressive and should help...