Technology
July 21, 2014

Facebook Adding ‘Save’ Feature

If you’re like me, you see all sorts of articles, songs, videos, etc. on your Facebook timeline that you don’t have time to read or watch. However, with the way Facebook’s timeline is setup, if you don’t get to it right away, you’ll never get back to it and it may…
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July 17, 2014

ZipRealty Purchased for $166 Million

Realogy, owner of such industry-leading real estate brands as Century 21, Coldwell Banker, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, and Sotheby’s, has reached an agreement to purchase ZipRealty’s residential brokerage operations, including its technology platforms. The acquisition will push Realogy’s aggregate size to almost 250,000 real estate brokers and sales…
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July 14, 2014

News Radio Interview with Patrick F. Stone: Brian Bushlach’s Business Briefing on FM News 101 KXL Portland and 770-AM KTTH in Seattle

Patrick Stone, President and CEO of Williston Financial Group (WFG) and WFG Title Insurance Company, and Brian Bushlach discuss employment, confidence levels, and the state of the housing market. Listen Now! http://wfgnationaltitle.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/BRIEF2_A_20140714.mp3   <!-- #Title News Radio Interview with Patrick F. Stone: Brian Bushlach’s Business Briefing on FM News 101…
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TechnologyUseful Apps
July 10, 2014

LinkedIn Connected: The smart way to strengthen your professional relationships

It’s been a while since I’ve been “active” on LinkedIn, but they’re doing some pretty cool stuff these days that’s been catching my attention. For example, they just relaunched their “Contacts” app today with the rebranded name of “Connected” (iTunes link here). It’s a new look and feel, more user…
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Skill DevelopmentTechnology
July 3, 2014

Work in the Blue Ocean

If you’re looking to succeed in the real estate market, you need to figure out how to differentiate yourself from the crowd. Most agents I talk to are trying to play the exact same game that every other agent is playing. It’s hard to win a game when there are…
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Skill DevelopmentTechnology
July 3, 2014

Building a Personal Brand With Social Media

 If you are looking to build your personal brand through social media, Gary Vaynerchuck is the guy to emulate. For those of you who don’t know Gary Vaynerchuk, he wrote the books ‘Crush it’, ‘The Thank You Economy’, as well as ‘Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook’. He is also renowned for his ‘Wine…
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Technology
July 2, 2014

Data doesn’t sleep: Social media stats by the minute

The amount of data flowing through social media channels every minute is mind numbing. Some of the main stats that jump out at me: 72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. That’s a lot of video. I predict that number will keep growing too, especially with some…
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MarketingTechnology
July 2, 2014

Digital Scent: How does your marketing smell?

There’s a subtle, underlying trail that we follow as we experience transitions in marketing. Think going from a postcard to a website, or a banner ad to a landing page, for example. Colors, shapes, fonts, copy. These all create what I like to call a “digital scent” that can affect…
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Technology
July 2, 2014

Coming Soon: Interactive real estate listing videos

Imagine watching a listing video and having the ability to click around inside the video as it plays, exploring details and features of the home, getting related neighborhood statistics, and even changing color of the walls from room to room. Sounds pretty far fetched, right? Well, not if Fuisz (pronounced…
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Technology
July 2, 2014

StreetScore: how safe are streets in your neighborhood?

StreetScore is an interesting project created by a small group of MIT students that assigns a numerical score to Google’s Street View images, based on how safe it looks to a human — but using a computer algorithm. The original data came from a crowdsourced visual survey of images where…
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