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Month: May 2013 (Page 1 of 2)

App Highlight: Card Munch by LinkedIn

By Jaime Westman

Are you tired of carrying around an assortment of business cards in your wallet? Well then CardMunch is the solution for you. Acquired by LinkedIn in January 2011, CardMunch is a free iPhone app that allows you to take a photo of that business card you were given at that last mixer, which then gets sent to CardMunch’s tech support where someone manually types in the contact information listed on the card and stores it in the “CardFlow Mobile Rolodex.” This human element ensures that all the proper information will be inputted into the rolodex and not just auto populated by a computer. Your new contacts should appear in the rolodex within 24 hours.
Apps for Real Estate Agents
Since CardMunch is powered by LinkedIn, you can automatically connect to the business card holder through LinkedIn with the tap of a button. And you don’t have to worry about your new contacts cluttering up your address book as CardMunch features its own contacts section that is separate from your iPhone’s address book. And don’t even worry about losing your contacts as CardMunch will back up and sync your contacts on your web account.

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App Highlight: Bump

By Jaime Westman

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to share files, photos, and other documents with the help of a cloud based service, Bump is definitely an app that’s worth checking out.

Free for both the Apple iOS and Google Android operating systems, Bump is a free app that allows users to easily import their files from their phones to their computers, and vice-versa. Users can even gently “bump” their phones together and share their files that way too.
How is this app relevant to real estate agents? Think about it: no longer will you have to rely on your assistant to scan a document after it has been signed and then email it to you—that could take all day depending on his or her daily workload. If you just came back from taking a few quick photos of a new listing that just came on the market right before your appointment with your clients, you can easily share them with your clients just by bumping phones instead of uploading them onto your computer with a USB drive. And all you need is your smart phone and an Internet connection—talk about living in the future, right?

So how does Bump work?

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3 Reasons Why New Real Estate Agents Fail

By Jim Droz

Many seasoned real estate agents will tell you that they love their job and that it’s one of the most fulfilling careers out there. They will also tell you that it takes a lot of hard work, patience and determination to be successful.

A lot of times it can take years for agents to see results and despite that, many agents stick it out and make real estate their career until it’s time to retire. Oftentimes, however, many agents decide to leave the real estate field altogether for any number of reasons. But why is it that new real estate agents end up leaving the industry so early on in the game?

Here are 3 reasons why new real estate agents fail and end up leaving the business:
3 Reasons New Agents Fail

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Bender and Aumann Earn Platinum Award at HouseHunt

Published by Jim Droz

“Over $160,000 Gross commissions came directly from my HouseHunt websites in 2012.” Joy Bender

by Wendy Durand

The Rob Aumann and Joy Bender team of Prudential California Realty has earned the company’s Chairman’s Circle Platinum award for their sales in 2012. The achievement ranks Aumann and Bender at the top one percent of more than 54,000 Prudential agents nationwide.

“Rob and Joy had an incredible year and I’m proud to honor them for their success,” said David M. Cabot, CEO of Prudential. “Their discretion and sense of responsibility to their clients have made them leaders in San Diego’s luxury real estate market.”

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5 Tips to Increase Real Estate Sales Production

By Jim Droz

Every now and then we’ll hear from agents that they are not too pleased with what they consider a mediocre level of sales production. They are always looking for ways to generate more business and earn more income, but we’ve wondered if they’re truly doing everything they can to increase production. This includes keeping in touch with their sphere of influence and past clients, building, marketing and maintaining their image within their territory, and offering top-tier service that builds repeat and referral business, as well as loyal customers.

To ensure that you won’t go into a slump, here are five tips to create a system that will help you build and increase real estate sales production for your real estate business.
Sell more real estate

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