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  • Posted: March 4, 2014
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Top 7 Apps for Real Estate Agents in 2014

Women’s Council of Realtors – Mardi Gras Luncheon
March 4, 2014
John Reinhardt’s Notes

The real estate industry is one where communication and the ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the market differentiate you from your competition.  Here are some of the tools that may be helpful in your quest to stay better organized and to have valuable information available to your clients and for your clients with only a few clicks..no matter where you may be or what device you may be accessing the information from.

The first thing to do is to get yourself organized in the cloud.  Create a place where you can store and access important documents and files from anywhere.

www.Dropbox.com

The next step is to use some sort of program that can help you to organize all the date into nice compartments and folders.  Evernote is a great tool for organization and it can be used on any device. The information is automatically synced and kept up to date.  You can share Evernote files with your customers.
www.evernote.com

Although I don’t think that the consumers are all there yet, I find that it’s great to have a digital signing solution available to get that signature on the spot.  Online document signing is becoming more popular as it keeps track of all changes which can be made to a contract and saves time of printing, signing, revising and then getting signatures again.
www.DocuSign.com

 

If you need to access your files that still reside on your computer, you could benefit from a remote access program such as LogMeIn
www.logmein.com
Social Media is the way to go to communicate with our potential customers and to stay in touch with current or previous customers.
The photo sharing sensation Instagram is a great one to start sharing photos with.
www.instagram.com

Pinterest is another photo sharing board where people curate items of interest and attract followers with similar interests.
www.pinterest.com

What’s App is the new sensation that already has swept the international scene.  You can now text for free over wifi networks.  This saves people from cellular plans and if a popular way to communicate with clients around the world.
www.whatsapp.com

These are a few of the applications and websites that I use most frequently.  Technology always changes and I will also keep you posted on the changes that occur and offer my opinion as to how I believe they can benefit our industry.index

 

  • Posted: October 23, 2013
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Fillmore Pink Party Destined to Break All Records!

As of this writing, the attendance for the Fillmore Real Estate Pink Party is now over 350!  The most we ever had at the previous events was around 220 which was the previous venue’s capacity.  The decision to move to a new place was a tough one, but as you have proven to us, it is a necessary one that has taken this event to the next level.  The efforts of all involved has been over the top as we’re truly getting better at this with each year’s experience and as our friends of the Pink Party grow year after year.  It’s the type of event that once you go to it, you’ll want to come back.

This year’s attendees will be entertained with some special music by Francesca as we walk around the room selecting which of the 250+ gift baskets to choose from.  The decision is going to be a tough one, as you will discover that there is a basket for everyone’s taste.  “I think they thought of everyone,” claims event chairperson Pat Reinhardt, “there are baskets for just about every season, holiday, hobby, and things that will entertain you like spa’s, restaurants, and trips!”

We are excited that there are more prizes and more attendees, but most of all we are proud to be raising more money to help in our fight against breast cancer!
Get ready for a great night, with great people…for a great cause!

  • Posted: May 17, 2013
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Hurricane Sandy Relief and Inspiration – Steve Harney Motivates Brooklyn Real Estate Agents at BBOR Agents Day

Steve Harney at Brooklyn Board of Realtors Agents Day 2013

Steve Harney at Brooklyn Board of Realtors Agents Day 2013

The Brooklyn area was one of the most devastated by Hurricane Sandy over six months ago.  The real estate business took a back seat as agents were getting their homes and lives back together.  Homes were lost, businesses destroyed and many real estate agents discontinued their mailings and marketing efforts as they put those funds into repairs.This week, Steve Harney came to town and helped us all to get back on track and back to making this year a strong one.   Those of you who know Steve, surely know that he has the power to deliver a strong message in a way where it sticks.  To those of you who have not yet had the privilege of participating in one of Mr. Harney’s presentations, may not be able to appreciate the impact that one person can make on an entire room.

The standing room only crowd at the El Caribe Caterers in Mill Basin, Brooklyn came to be inspired…and INSPIRED they were.  I heard stories of agents that haven’t been back to business since the storm, who came to this meeting with the hopes of getting their hope back.  Sure, some agents have been back in the offices, but they just haven’t had the fire that they once had.  One agent, Josie Liascas was flooded out in the storm and struggled to get out of her home as the flood waters came in.   She has since broken her ankle and then her wrist as the string of unfortunate incidents continued.  Josie arrived in her wheelchair as she was the person who I believe needed and wanted inspiration more than anyone.  Steve’s message hit her right in the heart and she is now back in the office and has two new listing appointments since Agents Day; which was only 3 days ago.

Josie Liascas attends BBOR Agents Day 2013 via wheelchair to see Steve Harney

Nothing would keep Josie Liascas away from seeing Steve Harney at Agents Day

 

Over 300 attendees left Agents Day all fired up.   Steve Harney enlightened the group with statistics and facts that proved without a doubt that the real estate market is back, and it’s back strong.  Steve brilliantly used examples of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Earthquakes in California and Hurricanes in Florida to poignantly point out that those areas came back and are still strong.  The common factor that makes these areas so strong and vibrant is that these places are SPECIAL.  “Brooklyn is special,” pointed out Harney.  You could see the look on the crowd as they nodded in agreement and felt that there is hope in the market.

Now, Brooklyn is the tale of two cities sometimes, where the downtown areas and areas like Bedford Stuyvesant are booming, but some of the areas affected by the storm on the south shore are still suffering from sluggish sales and lack of confidence in the buyer pool.  While home prices in downtown are increasing over 20%, prices have decreased the same amount in flooded areas.  Some people are afraid of these areas.  They are worried about the next storm.  Steve also helped to point out that it is our job as real estate agents to explain the market and the opportunities that exist in it today.  There are so many of our neighbors moving back into their homes now, and for those who are not, there are a lot of buyers that always wanted to be here that are bidding on these homes. Brooklyn is hot, and people want to be here.  Real estate agents have to go out there and spread the word.  Prices are increasing rapidly all around town and as interest rates are still low, it’s a great opportunity for people to buy.  Agents that already get this message are having strong sales.  I even know quite a few agents that are having the best year of their careers this year.  It’s all how you look at it, and Steve Harney gave us all a fresh set of eyes to see the amazing opportunity we have to help our communities to see the light and get on with their plans of selling and buying homes.

So many people have helped us out when the Hurricane first hit back in October of 2012.  They helped with donations, food, clothing and shelter for those in need.  We are grateful for the love that was shown to us at that most trying time.  This week, Steve Harney gave us a gift that will impact our agents, our brokerages, and our community for  a long time to come.  As Steve pointed out, “This was not just an event in Brooklyn, it was more…so much more!”  Brooklyn agents are not only empowered with a great message of hope and opportunity, but we also have the tools to go out there and spread the word.  Many of our agents are also excited to be subscribing members to Keeping Current Matters; which is Steve’s brilliant tool that keeps agents up to date with the latest market trends and data.  The great thing about this program is that it helps agents to tell the story that we all believe in to our buyers and sellers.  The graphs, charts and visuals really help us to sent the message home.

I would like to commend the Brooklyn Board of Realtors for putting together this successful event, and thank those who attended and sponsored the day who made it all worthwhile.
Most of all, I would like to show my extreme gratitude to Steve Harney for fitting us into his schedule and giving back to Brooklyn in a way that has touched our hearts forever.
Steve, you own the key to the hearts of Brooklyn Real Estate Agents.  Your message and generosity at such a crucial time has helped our agents to change our lives for our families and our communities.  The impact of this day will reach deep into the communities of Brooklyn.  THANK YOU!