It’s been a year!  We have relocated our company and family from Chicago to Sarasota, Florida and have been living here a year now.  It’s quite the change, to say the least.

We have started to meet new people, make new friends, acquire new business and are just settling in nicely.

One of our neighbors is a gentleman by the name of Bill Bohack, who happens to be an activist and businessman for the claimants of the Big BP oil spill that happened in the gulf several years ago.  Bill’s site is http://bpclaims.info/ and they are starting to work with BP again after the most recent court ruling that favored the claimants of Sarasota and the many affected regions of the Gulf coast of Florida.

Since we reside in Sarasota now, we felt it necessary to get the word out to local businesses that may not be aware of the process.  If you need questions answered about how to file a claim against BP for the oil spill, please contact Bill or someone from his company as they can help facilitate the process.

 

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I don’t normally do this, but I’ve worked alongside Jim at Heritage Plumbing for several years and I just wanted to pass on my thoughts about working with them.  Heritage Plumbing in Hoffman Estates, IL, is a company that you can trust to get your plumbing emergencies taken care of quickly and professionally.  They serve most of the NW Suburbs of Chicago and have done quite a bit of work in Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights and the surrounding areas.

I can wholeheartedly recommend Heritage Plumbing for your plumbing needs.

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Every once in a while, the dust settles.  This would be one of those times.  Working in technology and working with REALTORS® requires a constant seeking of knowledge on our part.  The web, without a doubt, is ever-changing as is the Real Estate market, both for consumers and for agents.

Today, we’re tasked with maintaining our education, our technology, our marketing, accounting, paperwork, taxes, websites, design, our phones and who know what all else?  We’re overwhelmed with OPTIONS> This is the quicksand of our businesses.  Reading about everything yet doing nothing – or nothing much, that is.

If you feel overwhelmed by technology, I know that’s our thing and we can help you.  If you’re overwhelmed with your taxes, sorry.  Point is, if you are freaking out about all the things that you should be doing but aren’t, then don’t.  Find what works for you – if blogging every day is in your wheelhouse, then go for it.  If you won’t, then find something that does work for you – and if you do that – you’ll be better off at the end of the year – in many ways.

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We have recently signed agreements with more than 20 companies in order to offer our REALTORS® and customers discounted prices on McAfee products and a slew of others.  We are currently building the new pages but you can find some of them on our homepage.  http://www.theagenthouse.com 

We look forward to more offerings for you soon.

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Well, I guess we all have decisions to make with regards to the Real Estate business – As a provider, we surely feel the hurt from the recent recession just as you do – so when it comes down to it – what are you going to do?

We have seen so many good REALTORS® leave the business – but could they have done something differently?  Probably – but even the best of the best can show you their bottoms lines have gone down from years past – SO – If you are in it – you are in it.  Have you done anything at all with your website?

Have you taken off all of the old tax information?
Have you updated it with the new programs like HAMP, HAFA, HARP and the rest of the acronyms that are being tossed around?
Have you updated your marketing plan for your prospects?
Have you given your site a facelift or added anything to it at all?
Have you changed the meta data to relflect your new markets?
Are you short sales centric? – Your site needs to change or additions should be made.

So this is what I’m saying – if you are in this business for good – do something to help yourself down the road.   You can do it……

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We are authorized resellers for GoDaddy through Wild West Domains.  This helps our customers because we are able to keep prices down while providing real 24/7/365 service. We’ve seen so many REALTORS® lose their domain names for myriad reasons.  This allows us to keep an “eye” on our customer’s domains if they so choose. 

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People will be surfing for things to do this summer – What do you have up on your Real Estate website?  Do you have the local pool info?  The skateparks?  The parades?  The fireworks schedule?  The local Farmer’s Markets?  Recent home sales in your neighborhood?  What are you doing to attract your market?

Hard questions, easy answers……

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I’ve been teaching some free technology available to REALTORS® this last 2 months with mixed reviews.  Since the market is still very soft, I thought that offering these classes on the free technology would be well recd.  Don’t get me wrong, they are well recd, but implementation is where it usually falls apart. 

There is still a large contingent of agents that will not embrace technology.  If you are reading this, you are not one of those agents.  The mere fact that you are reading a blog makes you a go-getter in our industry. 

That being said, make sure you and your business are listed on Google Places and Yahoo Small Business.  I’m unsure of Bing as far as their rules for submitting your business, but it’s worth submitting there too.  What else?  IDX is free for almost all of Illinois and many other parts of the country from 2 vendors that we work with.  FREE!!!  Now you can have your own search for homes feature, branded with your info on every listing.  More?  How about Squidoo or Hub Pages?  You can set these up for nothing and it’s easy. 

C O N T E N T – how about content?  Always free to write about your market, the summer events, the myriad government programs and anything pertinent to your real estate market.  Always keep in mind that Content is KING on the WEB….

Part of what we do is teach, the other part is motivational – which can be accomplished by providing stats and a kick in the butt with love……Of course, you can just hire us to do these things for you at a cost that no other company will match….

But whatever you do – you should be helping yourself for next year by working on your website this year when you have time…..How’s 1 hour every 90 days?  If you did that, you’d be doing more than your competition and you would reap the benefits of your work – this I can promise……

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Do it right now – go to Google Places (or Google it) and sign up your business right away!  You will be vaulted to the top of the search engines for your markets.  Most of your competition is not doing this – so take advantage now.  Almost 90% of searches are “local” – don’t miss out!

Have a great weekend…….

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no spam!

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My goodness – that was crazy!  Deleting 3,900 SPAM messages is no fun (I forgot to activate my Spam filter) SO – this topic is about SPAM.

Even after all the lawsuits, the government intervention and who knows what else – we are still inundated with SPAM every single day of our lives.  It’s estimated that now more than 90% of all email is SPAM - 90%!  Insanity. 

So – do yourself a favor and install any of the freebies from WordPress or invest in Askimet for your blog – as far as Email, Outlook does a great job.

Sorry for the lengthy absence – now you know why….

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