Thursday, June 30, 2011

US Real Estate: Excluding Distressed Sales, Are Home Prices Just Fine? - CNBC

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Working on the web site for Jon Green - Crye-Leike Realtors - Ooltewah office.
Meeting with Diane of a product line of honey and beeswax based skin care.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

RealBird does not accept listing feeds!

Yesterday I had a very interesting conversation with a company representative at RealBird. We discussed the possibility of adding listings into their system from McDougal Design. I was very disappointed to hear that they do not accept listing feeds! Actually, I find it baffling that they do not. Listings are the life blood of our business. Without them we do not exist. The McDougal Design Website system, for both Brokers Office and Agents creates listings from MLS data then automatically adds "Call To Action" text to the listings "Remarks" for display on the listing page and in their syndication feed. We create a web page for every listing in the customers MLS inventory and update them from the settings at the MLS three times per day. We syndicate a feed of these listings using our customers branded domain name as the landing page.

 As we continue to develop our product we seek partners to provide a level of service faster, more efficient and better than we can on our own. We use this business plan as it is in our clients best interest to diversify their web assets. If any one component fails the remaining assets stay in tact. I could develop a suite of products to provide the services similar to RealBird to my customers. But why should I? RealBird already has them. Is it not better to cooperate than compete? Once RealBird accepts listings, via XML feed, our customer could seamlessly integrate RealBird into their current marketing strategy by subscribing to their system. I cannot recommend RealBird to my customers. They do not want to create their listings more than one time on the Internet, nor should they. We make it possible for them to maintain a single record for each listing at the MLS and insure that it will be kept up to date everywhere in the cloud seamlessly. Accepting our feed is the key missing component. I urge RealBird to do so.
Field day at Parkview I'm directing dodgeball.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Weekly update for the missionaries in Tanzania we support.

Just posted the weekly update for the missionaries serving in the Northeast portion of Tanzania, East Africa just West of the city of Arusha in a village called Kisongo.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Syndication hoops - the rules of listing marketing at Real Estate Portals

Does your Website have a listing page for each of the properties in your inventory? Are you syndicating those listings to real estate portals? Have you claimed your listings there? These are some of the hoops Real Estate Professionals must go through to market listings at many of the major RE portals on the Internet. Yes the Internet is an important place to market listings. There are rules that are set by the portals, that brokers and agents must follow to have their listings in the portals inventory and "Trump" other listing sources so the leads generated by those listings come back to the listing provider. If you do not follow the process provided by the portal the leads are distributed by the portals agent selection process. @YourHomeDream we know the rules and insure our GCAR and RCAR clients maximize their lead potential with their branded Website.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Having fun with Juanita McDowell's blogging class at GCAR

I am attending a class on blogging at the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors today. I am constantly looking for ways to help my customers improve their business plan online. One of my customers is here too .

Monday, June 13, 2011

Just published the next issue of the Home Guide® of Yolo Co., CA online!
We are proud to support these missionaries serving in the Northeast portion of Tanzania, East Africa just West of the city of Arusha in a village called Kisongo.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Building your brand.

Building a brand means reserving, then using your brand ID everywhere you can. Social and Industry Website profiles are FREE and are an important generator for promoting a brand ID. @YourHomeDream we do it for you as a part of our standard branded Website set up package.

Syndication lead generation.

I am working on improving the quality of our syndication feeds for our customers. Already seeing some good results! As of today, listing syndication now uses the agent branded URL for the landing page and syndication ID at the syndication Website! An agent's listings are theirs, we believe the leads generated by those listings should be the listing agent's as well.

Friday, June 3, 2011

@EvelynWilliamsRE has a new web site check it out! She has learned the value of building her own brand!