Tag Archives: RE Technology

Photoshop Basic Navigation

Many agents and REALTORS are now using Photoshop to clean up pictures of properties, neighborhoods, communities etc. Photoshop has many features and tools but can be overwhelming most people. Without a basic understanding of how Photoshop works, and what does what, it’s difficult to find a starting place to begin. This video will give you a “basic” tour and navigation of the menu, the tools, and some of the features offered in Photoshop.

If you like these tools and want to take your photo editing to the next level
, use Photoshop. Since the program is more on the expensive side, we’re also providing readers with an opportunity to get a “Lite” version of a similar application called GIMP for free. It’s like Photoshop, has many of the same features, is just as difficult to learn, but it’s available online absolutely free. Enjoy!

32 Tweeter Twitter Tips

Do you use Twitter?If so, how? If not, why? Do you even need to be on Twitter? Since the birth of the site, these are age old questions that have been and will continually be asked regarding the popular micro-blogging social network. Millions are on Twitter, but how many use it effectively?

The following tips may very well helpto save you time, money, and frustration if you’re considering diving into the twitter-sphere as so many other business owners have. The following tips were given to a tweeter when they asked for advice on “How To Use Twitter” with the best tips their twitter friends/followers could offer? This is yet another great way to use twitter.

If that’s not enough, here’s another 140 Twitter Tips:

Do you have a question about Twitter or any other site, application, product or service? Try using Twitter to ask your question, create a discussion, and get fast and valuable information about pretty much anything you want to know? Keep in mind that there are always people willing to share their findings, tips, and solutions with you and the best part is that they’ll do it for free!

Great Summary of Zillow Zestimates

Today, Screenr.com featured an excellent video by a Zillow Staff member, Rachel Rosen who does a superb job at explaining the Zillow Zestimate.  A special shout out and some link love to Rachel over at Zillow.com, and an extra special tid-bit of information for our readers if you really want to know “WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW” about Zillow’s Zestimates.  See two-minute video below, it’s a MUST VIEW!


Roost Now Provides Data From Zillow

Image representing Roost as depicted in CrunchBase
Image via CrunchBase

Some really exciting changes are happening at Roost

Expanded Data for Your “Real Estate” Tab

“Roost now provides data from Zillow as an improvement to the previous “Active Listing” data.  This set of aggregate charts provides average square foot & dollar amount per listing, median home value, home value distribution, year built, and commute time.  These changes will allow you to be a greater resource for your potential clients and give you expanded market coverage.  (And your visitors will never be prompted to go to another tab or site.)

If you’d like to turn this data source off, visit the “Facebook Tab” area in the Roost Social Media Toolkit and uncheck the “Zillow” option on the “Local Data” page.  This week the “Active Listing” area on your tab will migrate to this fresh and frequently-updated Market Data.

Premium Features
You’ve asked, and we’ve built!  In the coming weeks, you’ll be able to upgrade to Roost Premium and use following features:

  • Multiple Locations:  Provide tab visitors local data for up to six markets
  • Homesearch Module:  Drive tab visitors to the homesearch/IDX solution on your website
  • Unlimited Featured Listings:  Feature, promote, and manage all your listings

This information was provided to the Real Estate community via an email announcement which we felt was important to share with our readers here at RETechWorld.  Though this information is NOT OUR original content, we feel our friends on the Roost Team will appreciate us spreading the word!  A special thanks and “Shout Out” to Roost.com for their efforts and diligence in providing value added tools and information to their fan base.

Gen “Y” Impact on Real Estate and Technology

Gen “Y” Impact on Real Estate and Technology

Jason Ryan Dorsey “The Gen Y Guy” shares his research, views, and experience with CEO of CKJ International on BestAgentTV.com.  This is a longer video than we would normally post here but felt our viewers and subscribers will find great value in the information Jason imparts.

The Gen “Y” years, according to Jason, make up the generation of people born between 1977 and 1995 which makes up the largest and most powerful and influential generations of our time.   “This will be a painful challenge for individuals and companies who choose not to adjust” quoted from Jason.

There is a completely new way that expectations are met, and a “NEW” way business gets done!  Watch and learn, most of you will be able to relate.

How To Improve Video and Images – Get SEO

How To Improve your Video and Images for Higher Ranking in the search engines.

Matt Cutts from Google explains a few ways you can accomplish this. He shares some great ideas on using and adding meta-data and user generated content.  The idea of using captioning in Video is brilliant!  You provide the transcripts and youtube will auto-align the text.

Matt also shares some great ideas on how to use flickr, he gives some great examples and says “it’s almost like crowd sourcing!”  Flickr has great SEO but you need to understand how to use tags, descriptions and some of the tips in this video will help you understand how and why.

Dodgeball HTML – The Google Code Playground

This is a great site that allows you to sample, test, and Debug HTML code in a variety of formats. Work with multiple API’s and discover the possibilities.  If you’re one that always thought you could get away with having an online presence without learning HTML code, then read no further.

However, if you’re one that’s ready to explore and learn the art of how to use HTML to better your online presence and create a more vibrant and professional website or Blog, then check out the Google Code Playground.

You can’t hurt it, or break it, just practice and learn. It’s one of the better playgrounds out there for adults, and of course the Real Estate Industry Professional.  My recommendation would be to first check out some of the things you can create and do with Video, players, and API using custom HTML codes.

Ok kids, the “Playground” is open, have fun.

3D Virtual Real Estate Company

3D Virtual Real Estate Company – Realty and Reality

It’s a new day in the world of Real Estate and the uses of Technology. Discussions and the topic of a 3D Virtual Real Estate Office were only that in that past, just discussions!  Not anymore.  eXp Realty allowed us an exclusive “virtual tour” yesterday of their 100% Virtual Real Estate Brokerage.  While the concept may be new to many Brokers and managers in the Industry, it’s nothing new for the team and developers over at eXp.

Is this truly what the Real Estate Brokerage and Company’s will look like in the future? Here’s what this one looks like in a Virtual 3D environment today, and it’s fully functional and 100% operational!


A Virtual Real Estate Office brings an entirely different value to today’s “Tech Savvy” Real Estate Agent and Broker. The possibilities and benefits of this concept are limitless.  The cost of a brick and mortar office, the overhead, the management of staff and meetings, training, and collaboration can be daunting and expensive.  The time spent traveling with traffic, gas prices, daily interruptions, all while living in a world that is trying to go green may have just found a solution! 

This may very well be considered the new WEB 3.0, at least for the Real Estate Industry.

CoolPreviews – The BEST FireFox Add-on EVER!

CoolPreviews – The “BEST” FireFox Add-on “EVER!”

Access any link from any site or any page without ever leaving the page you’re on. The CoolPreviews Firefox Browser addon allows you to open any link or hyperlink within a webpage or site and it keeps the page you’re currently on open.  It’s a separate window that opens up and allows you full access and full interaction with that specific links landing page.

Let’s say you’re on Youtube looking at a List of Popular videos
, just hover your mouse over the title of any video, and Coolpreviews opens and plays that video in its own window right on your screen.  Want to know where that link and tiny.url go on Twitter or FaceBook?  Again, just hover your mouse over the link, and a window opens allowing you to preview, interact, comment, or even close without ever leaving your Twitter stream.

How Does It Work?

CoolPreviews adds a tiny little icon next to every title, link, hyper-link etc. and allows you to fully utilize any site, blog, or website without opening a new tab, launching a new Browser window, or leaving the page you’re currently on or reviewing.  Talk about a powerful tool when using Google Search??  No opening the link in a new tab, review sites and links on one screen faster and more effectively.  With CoolPreviews, you’ll Never hit the “back” button on your browser again.


CoolPreviews – The Firefox Add-on for “speed & efficiency” in Web Browsing.

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Top FREE Sites and Tools for Your Business

These are all Free On-Line Sites, Tools, and Services you can use for your Business. They will save you time, increase your efficiency, and help you grow and promote your business. Many of the tools and applications we have been using in the past,  paying a fortune to purchase and learn, are now available on the Internet.  They’re easier to use, and they’re FREE. Watch this video if you’re looking for some really great tools to implement into your business!


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