Tech & web
You might think that this whole Internet thing has made the world smaller and removed geography from a lot of equations. If you have instant access to everything, so many people don’t need to be on location. Telecommuting means you can live in the middle of nowhere or in the heart of a city.
It turns out, though, that the same technologies that can render geography less important can also make location more important.
You might think of the Net as virtually instant — send a message and moments later it’s received. You can easily video chat with someone on the other side of the world, or watch a movie streamed from YouTube or Netflix. Need a document while you’re in your hotel? You can pull it from your office computer lickety-split.
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A quick visit to a government Web site could make sure you don’t lose your Internet connection in July.
The FBI says that hundreds of thousands of computers are infected with a virus, and those machines will lose Internet access on July 9.
Remember the hubbub a few weeks ago when NAR revised some of its home-sales data? It’s happening again — but this time it’s Zillow on the receiving end.
And people are not happy about the changes.
Quoth the Wall Street Journal story:
On June 14th, Bill Trumbo, a 68-year-old retired financial analyst in Phoenix, Ariz., logged onto his bank’s online personal financial management account and found that his house in Phoenix had lost nearly $100,000 in value overnight.
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Interesting post by Jeff Brown over at Bloodhound Blog on social media and the real estate business. His point: All talk, not a lot of action.
“My years online have shown me widgets and SM [social media] pretty much add sales every now and again,” he says. “Agents don’t need shiny toys and Facebook to do that.”
And: “For years now, agents from coast to coast have paid good money to hear about widgets and SM ‘how to’, only to learn they can’t find one example of anyone who’s added 25 sales a year to their production.
Finally, he offers a challenge to the social media cheerleaders:
I’m not sure what to make of these two stories.
Business Insider: “Zillow And Trulia Face Backlash From Real Estate Agents“
Among their complaints are that the sites allow any agent, for a fee, to have their name and photo appear prominently beside homes listed for sale in a given region, even if they aren’t the agent who represents the seller.
Some realtors also claim that many listings on the largest sites are inaccurate. “The wrong photos often appeared with our listings,” says San Diego realtor Jim Abbott, whose firm no longer shares data with the national sites.
The Basics of Using LinkedIn for Real Estate
Over 85,000,000 professionals use LinkedIn to exchange information, ideas, opportunities and network. Advertise your properties, join groups to increase your knowledge and share ideas, meet new connections and more. But where do you begin???