23
Feb

Tips & Tricks, Issue 1, 2017

Room Scheduling It has come to our attention that some administrators have become creative when it comes to using the Appointments feature in our Front Office platform, quick!Office Commander, as a scheduling tool. By creating a new “listing” with the indicated room/meeting address, users are booking appointments to record the “showing” agent and reserve the date and time. Although we

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10
Feb

Did You Make a $3000 Mistake with Your 1099s This Year?

$30. That’s what it costs per 1099 if you miss the IRS filing deadline by even one day. Let’s say you have 20 agents. That’s $600. Or maybe you have 100 agents. That’s $3000. Turns out that one overlooked day will cost you. So, what do you do to prevent those $30 fees from adding up? Like a lot of

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6
Jan

The #1 Reason You’re Still Using That Old Accounting System

A new year signals new beginnings. A fresh start, a blank page. For some reason, there’s something invigorating about regularly going to the gym. That bucket list you didn’t have a chance to finish can now be revamped and expanded. You are ready for a new year, new me – and possibly a tropical getaway in the near future. But,

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19
Aug

How to Tell if Cloud Hosting Is Right for You

Quick, what’s your brokerage’s Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP)? Do you even have one? If your answer is somewhere along the lines of, “What’s that?” or “No, we don’t have a plan in place,” then it’s pretty easy to tell whether hosted software is right for you: Yes, yes it is. It’s difficult to overstate the importance of having a DRP

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12
Aug

Enterprise Brokerage Management Software: Four Tips to Ensure a Smooth Implementation 

Changing and implementing a new enterprise software system in your brokerage is a costly proposition, both in terms of fees and time. Some brokerages make the mistake of viewing this as an expense, but software is an investment, and good investments return more than what you put into them. A bad implementation can sour the return on your investment. Based

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12
Jun

Real Estate Recruiting: Three Tips to Keep the Agents You Have

Brokers spend a lot of time recruiting new agents. With the high rate of churn among agents, it’s a necessity. But have you ever stopped to consider how much time you would save if you did a better job of retaining the agents you already have? According to a recent Inman Special Report, “most agents at least think about leaving

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30
Oct

Visit Us at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in New Orleans

Emphasys Software has been in the software industry for a while now (over 35 years, in fact), and we’ve noticed a trend in the recent expos: a lot of newcomers have been entering the arena, always with the “latest and greatest” new thing to make running your business “easier” or “faster” or even “revolutionary.” Continue reading

2
Sep

The Successful Broker’s 2 Rs: Recruiting and Retention

Finding, hiring and keeping successful real estate agents are critical factors in every top brokerage’s success. Recruiting was the “number one business worry for the nation’s top real estate brokerage executives,” according to a survey highlighted in a RISMedia article. Retaining talent is as crucial as attracting it. Can anything hurt worse than watching your number one agent defect to

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19
Aug

Easy QuickBooks Integration for Real Estate Accounting

QuickBooksTM is a popular accounting choice for real estate brokers, and for good reason. It’s easy to use, reliable, and seemingly universal. When your brokerage hires new people in finance, you don’t have to worry about training them. There won’t be a learning curve. They’ll already know how to use it. An equally important factor: with QuickBooks, your data belongs

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24
Apr

Integration or Bust: The High Cost of Separate Systems

As the business world evolves, it continues to move away from analog processes in favor of digital. Technology companies have sprung to life to meet the challenge (and reap the profits) associated with helping brokers make the transition. Thousands of products are displayed charismatically at conferences around the U.S. and Canada by players big and small who profess to have

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