Technology

5
Apr

Killer Apps: When technology kills productivity

If you’ve ever spent 45 minutes on hold just to talk to a tech support rep, then you have a good idea of what it’s like when technology distracts you from what you really want to be doing. Whether it’s selling more houses, recruiting more agents, or spending more time with your family – technology should be helping your accomplish

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16
Mar

Best Practices for Tracking Agent Commissions with Spreadsheets

In terms of productivity applications, it’s hard to think of one with more impact on business than the humble spreadsheet. Excel and other programs are used in brokerages across the country to track agent commissions, and they work well, but do have drawbacks – not the least of which is accuracy. Studies show that 88% of spreadsheets contain errors. You

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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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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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10
Oct

Do you know the 3 digital realities that brokers face?

These digital realities did not develop overnight. They have evolved over the last decade. If your software hasn’t evolved to keep up, it’s a sign that your vendor doesn’t really understand your business needs. Digital Reality #1 Work environments have gone mobile. Regardless of how impressive your offices are, attracting top agents means you have to give them the tools

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11
Apr

Build or Buy? Considerations for Acquiring Real Estate Broker Software

To build or to buy? In the world of software, it’s an age-old question some might even consider a “question of Shakespearean proportions,” according to InfoWorld. This question also applies to the real estate industry. Should you build your own real estate broker software or should you implement a pre-existing solution built by a third party vendor? There are typically two

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21
Feb

Do You Supply What Consumers & Agents Demand?

The real estate industry has evolved immensely over the years, in large part because technology has changed the way we do things. In fact, technology has a major influence on the shift in expectations by consumers. What has stayed the same, however, is the basis on which business functions. Economics 101 Business starts with the consumer. If a consumer demands

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