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2008-02-02 14:00:00

101 Tools to List and Sell More Real Estate and Have Fun Doing It

The Real Estate Net is a fascinating place to meander these days, rich with new possibility at every turn. We've uncovered some goodies in cyberspace that lie within easy reach of any real estate agent or broker at a computer.  Please feel free to add your favorites to the list.

Brian Boero, Partner, 1000watt Consulting, (shown at left) shared some gems at the recent Inman Real Estate Connect Conference in New York City. We have borrowed heavily from his presentation, "50 Tools and Technologies to Help You in a Slow Housing Market."  His PowerPoint presentation is available to Inman News subscribers and to Connect Conference attendees.



Things That Will Help You Work Smarter and Cut Costs

Use simple (and cheap!) online tools to manager your deals.

ActionThis.com

BaseCampHG.com

VREO Real Estate Dashboard is secure place for your documents. Send and receive faxes right from your computer.Go paperless with e-signatures.

EchoSign.com

DocuSign.com

VREO.com

Kill your fax machine. Buy a Tablet PC.

dell.com

hp.com

lenovo.com

toshiba.com

MotionComputing.com

Store your docs online, not in a file cabinet.

carbonite.com

DocumenTree.com

box.net

Play The Real Estate Game® with leading coaches Joeann Fossland, e-PRO, GRI, PMN, SRS, ACRE and Patti Kouri (and me, sometimes).Have FUN playing the real estate game.

TheRealEstateGame.com

Use your lawyer less! FREE

docstoc.com

Stop buying software. Work on the Web.

google.com/a

ThinkFree.com

zoho.com

Never forget anything. FREE

jott.com

RememberTheMilk.com

Get a FREE conference line.

FreeConferenceCall.com

TheBasementVentures.com

Use your cell phone. Never "have to run back to the office."

Cnet.com

engadget.com

tech.yahoo.com

Computer tech support for real estate agents.

MatthewFerrara.com

Control headcount. Use freelancers.

elance.com

guru.com

Hire a virtual assistant.

TeamDoubleClick.com

Things That Let You Engage Customers and Prospects in New Ways

Learn a new language.

babbel.com

Conduct meetings online. FREE

yugma.com

Send a stylish electronic newsletter.

ConstantContact.com

MyEmma.com

VerticalResponse.com

Offer discounts to your clients and follow-up with personalized mailings.

Lowes.com

Add chat to your web site. FREE

Meebo.com

Plugoo.com 

Collaborate with clients and colleagues using wikis. FREE

pbwiki.com

realPING offers your Web visitors a chance to connect with you on the phone TOLL FREE, and there are no long distance charges on either end of the call.Connect your web site to your phone.

realPING.com

LivePerson.com

Organize and share property photos with everyone -- or someone.

flickr.com

PhotoBucket.com

Picasa.google.com

Markup photos, maps, and floor plans online.

skitch.com

Share neighborhood, city, county, and state demographics.

eNeighborhoods.com

Share your presentations with clients and prospects. FREE

SlideShare.net

Things That Will Help You Grow Your Professional Network.

Send and receive referrals online.

Zolve.com

ePRONAR.com

Reconnect with old colleagues. FREE

LinkedIn.com

Learn from others. FREE

RealTown.com

Blogs (and Web Sites) You Should Read (and Watch).

Make sense of change.

FutureOfRealEstateMarketing.com

Get news from the newsmakers.

RISMedia.com

InmanTV.com

FrogPond.com

LOREmagazine.com

The Good News Place to Be

PositiveNewsForPositveRealtors

Keep an eye on real estate geeks.

GeekEstateBlog.com

Read the award-winning Inman News/ActiveRain blog.

LiveInLosGatos.com

Niche blogs are a smart move for real estate agents. This one is downright spooky.

HauntedRealEstateBlog.com

Be inspired.

blog.joeann.com

Real estate bloggers learn how to blog in an eight-week Webinar series.Learn how to blog.

NoBloggerLeftBehind.com

Look at things from a different angle.

1000wattblog.com

My favorite real estate fauxtographer ... real estate advertography in the Big Apple.

JustiNYC.com

Dive into things that confuse you (at first).

mashable.com

Seth Godin told REALTORS recently in Las Vegas, "Get a FREE RealTown Blog!"Escape conventional marketing wisdom.

SethGodin.typepad.com

Understand the power of reputation.

ILoveMyAgent.org

womma.org

Market Smarter - and Cheaper

Create a single property web site for each and every listing.

SinglePropertySites.com

AgencyLogic.com

RealBird.com

Send your lisings everywhere -- from one place.

nls.point2.com

postlets.com

Create video. audio, and photo tours -- from one place.

HomeZoneMedia.com

Create virtual tours. Tour properties and neighborhoods.

VisualTours.com

REHomeShow.com

RealEstateShows.com

Microsoft.com/photostory

Add floor plans to your virtual tour.

FloorPlanOnline.com

Change the colors of the walls and ceilings. Use a virtual pallette.

OBEO.com

Create killer online flyers. Distribute them everywhere.

vflyer.com

Turn plain docs into great looking PDFs. FREE.

PrimoPDF.com

Know who's coming to your web site and measure your marketing.

visistat.com

Sitemeter.com

google.com/analytics

Find out what on your web site visitors like -- and don't like.

ClickDensity.com

CrazyEgg.com

New Advertising Opportunities

Create hyper-targeted ads in Facebook.

Facebook.com/ads

Advertise online - in your neighborhood.

ouside.in

Target your advertising to your farm.

adwords.google.com

Advertise on many sites in your market from one place.

adbrite.com

Zillow offers advertising opportunities as well as a host of FREE options to share information about your listings and other properties in your market area.Target homes in your zip code.

zillow.com

Technologies That Help You Leverage Your Knowledge.

Reevaluate your web site. Start with a blog. Seth Godin says, "Get a RealTown Blog!"

FreeBlog.RealTown.com

Things That Shrink Space and Time

Create your own maps. Put them on your web site. FREE.

zeemaps.com

maps.google.com

Bring the house or neighborhood to them with video.

vimeo.com

WellcomeMat.com

MLbroadcast.com

TurnHere.com

Technologies That Help You Meet the Neighbors

Mingle with property mavens in your community. FREE.

PropertyQube.com

Answer real estate questions from consumers in your market. FREE.

Trulia.com/voices

(Frances Flynn Thorsen, e-PRO, SRS, ACRE, is Managing Editor of RealTown.com. She publishes several blogs, including RealTown Report, The REALTYGram Blogger, No Blogger Left Behind, The FAT Lady Blog, and Web Women Giving Circle Blog.) 

The Real Estate Net is a fascinating place to meander these days, rich with new possibility at every turn. We've uncovered some goodies in cyberspace that lie within easy reach of any real estate agent or broker at a computer.  Please feel free to add your favorites to the list.

Brian Boero, Partner, 1000watt Consulting, (shown at left) shared some gems at the recent Inman Real Estate Connect Conference in New York City. We have borrowed heavily from his presentation, "50 Tools and Technologies to Help You in a Slow Housing Market."  His PowerPoint presentation is available to Inman News subscribers and to Connect Conference attendees.



Things That Will Help You Work Smarter and Cut Costs

Use simple (and cheap!) online tools to manager your deals.

ActionThis.com

BaseCampHG.com

VREO Real Estate Dashboard is secure place for your documents. Send and receive faxes right from your computer.Go paperless with e-signatures.

EchoSign.com

DocuSign.com

VREO.com

Kill your fax machine. Buy a Tablet PC.

dell.com

hp.com

lenovo.com

toshiba.com

MotionComputing.com

Store your docs online, not in a file cabinet.

carbonite.com

DocumenTree.com

box.net

Play The Real Estate Game® with leading coaches Joeann Fossland, e-PRO, GRI, PMN, SRS, ACRE and Patti Kouri (and me, sometimes).Have FUN playing the real estate game.

TheRealEstateGame.com

Use your lawyer less! FREE

docstoc.com

Stop buying software. Work on the Web.

google.com/a

ThinkFree.com

zoho.com

Never forget anything. FREE

jott.com

RememberTheMilk.com

Get a FREE conference line.

FreeConferenceCall.com

TheBasementVentures.com

Use your cell phone. Never "have to run back to the office."

Cnet.com

engadget.com

tech.yahoo.com

Computer tech support for real estate agents.

MatthewFerrara.com

Control headcount. Use freelancers.

elance.com

guru.com

Hire a virtual assistant.

TeamDoubleClick.com

Things That Let You Engage Customers and Prospects in New Ways

Learn a new language.

babbel.com

Conduct meetings online. FREE

yugma.com

Send a stylish electronic newsletter.

ConstantContact.com

MyEmma.com

VerticalResponse.com

Offer discounts to your clients and follow-up with personalized mailings.

Lowes.com

Add chat to your web site. FREE

Meebo.com

Plugoo.com 

Collaborate with clients and colleagues using wikis. FREE

pbwiki.com

realPING offers your Web visitors a chance to connect with you on the phone TOLL FREE, and there are no long distance charges on either end of the call.Connect your web site to your phone.

realPING.com

LivePerson.com

Organize and share property photos with everyone -- or someone.

flickr.com

PhotoBucket.com

Picasa.google.com

Markup photos, maps, and floor plans online.

skitch.com

Share neighborhood, city, county, and state demographics.

eNeighborhoods.com

Share your presentations with clients and prospects. FREE

SlideShare.net

Things That Will Help You Grow Your Professional Network.

Send and receive referrals online.

Zolve.com

ePRONAR.com

Reconnect with old colleagues. FREE

LinkedIn.com

Learn from others. FREE

RealTown.com

Blogs (and Web Sites) You Should Read (and Watch).

Make sense of change.

FutureOfRealEstateMarketing.com

Get news from the newsmakers.

RISMedia.com

InmanTV.com

FrogPond.com

LOREmagazine.com

The Good News Place to Be

PositiveNewsForPositveRealtors

Keep an eye on real estate geeks.

GeekEstateBlog.com

Read the award-winning Inman News/ActiveRain blog.

LiveInLosGatos.com

Niche blogs are a smart move for real estate agents. This one is downright spooky.

HauntedRealEstateBlog.com

Be inspired.

blog.joeann.com

Real estate bloggers learn how to blog in an eight-week Webinar series.Learn how to blog.

NoBloggerLeftBehind.com

Look at things from a different angle.

1000wattblog.com

My favorite real estate fauxtographer ... real estate advertography in the Big Apple.

JustiNYC.com

Dive into things that confuse you (at first).

mashable.com

Seth Godin told REALTORS recently in Las Vegas, "Get a FREE RealTown Blog!"Escape conventional marketing wisdom.

SethGodin.typepad.com

Understand the power of reputation.

ILoveMyAgent.org

womma.org

Market Smarter - and Cheaper

Create a single property web site for each and every listing.

SinglePropertySites.com

AgencyLogic.com

RealBird.com

Send your lisings everywhere -- from one place.

nls.point2.com

postlets.com

Create video. audio, and photo tours -- from one place.

HomeZoneMedia.com

Create virtual tours. Tour properties and neighborhoods.

VisualTours.com

REHomeShow.com

RealEstateShows.com

Microsoft.com/photostory

Add floor plans to your virtual tour.

FloorPlanOnline.com

Change the colors of the walls and ceilings. Use a virtual pallette.

OBEO.com

Create killer online flyers. Distribute them everywhere.

vflyer.com

Turn plain docs into great looking PDFs. FREE.

PrimoPDF.com

Know who's coming to your web site and measure your marketing.

visistat.com

Sitemeter.com

google.com/analytics

Find out what on your web site visitors like -- and don't like.

ClickDensity.com

CrazyEgg.com

New Advertising Opportunities

Create hyper-targeted ads in Facebook.

Facebook.com/ads

Advertise online - in your neighborhood.

ouside.in

Target your advertising to your farm.

adwords.google.com

Advertise on many sites in your market from one place.

adbrite.com

Zillow offers advertising opportunities as well as a host of FREE options to share information about your listings and other properties in your market area.Target homes in your zip code.

zillow.com

Technologies That Help You Leverage Your Knowledge.

Reevaluate your web site. Start with a blog. Seth Godin says, "Get a RealTown Blog!"

FreeBlog.RealTown.com

Things That Shrink Space and Time

Create your own maps. Put them on your web site. FREE.

zeemaps.com

maps.google.com

Bring the house or neighborhood to them with video.

vimeo.com

WellcomeMat.com

MLbroadcast.com

TurnHere.com

Technologies That Help You Meet the Neighbors

Mingle with property mavens in your community. FREE.

PropertyQube.com

Answer real estate questions from consumers in your market. FREE.

Trulia.com/voices

(Frances Flynn Thorsen, e-PRO, SRS, ACRE, is Managing Editor of RealTown.com. She publishes several blogs, including RealTown Report, The REALTYGram Blogger, No Blogger Left Behind, The FAT Lady Blog, and Web Women Giving Circle Blog.) 

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