By Jesse McCarl
By Lolly Spindler
Joy Bender of Canter Brokerage has been a HouseHunt agent since 2012, representing several communities in the San Diego area. She relocated to San Diego from Minnesota in 2011, and after only a few years and with help from HouseHunt, has already received some very prestigious designations.
On October 24, 2013, Bender was named a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) by the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM). The IHLM, according to their website, is “the premier independent authority in training and certification for real estate agents working in the luxury residential market.” It helps real estate professionals provide high quality service to both luxury home buyers and sellers. The CLHMS designation is recognized as “the mark of accomplishment in luxury markets around the world” and is given to those who have documented performance in the top 10% of their markets.
LinkedIn, the social media network for professionals, has over 238 million registered members across the globe. Unlike other social media sites, LinkedIn is all business. It’s where you put your best professional foot forward, from your personal profile to your company page. LinkedIn will not only help brand you as a professional in the world of real estate, it’s also a great place to promote your business. Here’s an inside look at LinkedIn for Realtors.
As a real estate professional, you may be publishing a lot of original content on your website, whether it be home buying tips, step by step guides or expert advice. As many website owners/operators know, original content is key to a successful site, and with Google Authorship, now you can get credit for all of that content while potentially improving your Click Through Rate (CTR).
We all know what Google is, but what is Google Authorship? Essentially, Google Authorship links any online content you publish on a specific domain (like your real estate business’s website) to your Google+ profile. By doing this, not only do readers know the content was written by an actual human being, your headshot shows up next to your article’s title in search results.
By Michael Bearden
According to the most recent Current Market Conditions national grass roots survey conducted by HouseHunt.com, home prices continued to accelerate in most areas of the country with over 89% of the areas surveyed reporting positive price appreciation and 54% of the areas reporting double-digit price appreciation. This is compared to 43% in the last quarter and 6% in the third quarter of 2012.
HouseHunt member-agents are reporting that both buyer and seller activity increased in the third quarter. Seller activity increased in 49% of the areas reporting and buyer activity increased in 74% of the communities surveyed. Repeat buyers and investors dominated the buyer activity in 85% of the markets, while only 15% of the markets reporting that first time buyers were the most active in their communities.
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