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Real Estate Widgets for Your Blog or Web Site

Are you a real estate agent and BLOGGER?  Are you searching for ways to add interesting and compelling content to your blog or web site?  How about adding a widget or two to your sidebar?

In case you are not yet familiar with the term “widget”…

What is a Widget?

According to Wordpress.com
A Widget is a fancy word for tools or content that you can add, arrange, and remove from the sidebars of your blog. Widgets make it easy to customize the content of your blog sidebar – the part of your blog to the left, right or sometimes top or bottom of your main content. So long as you’re running a widget enabled theme, you can customize what goes into those sidebars.

Here are the best real estate-related widgets I have come across…so far:  (Do you know of a great RE widget to add to this list?  Tell us about it in the comments.)

Zillow

  • New Local Market Explorer Wordpress Plugin – Creates “City Pages” based on a mashup of these services -  Zillow market stats and info, Yelp, Walk Score, Flickr, School Data from Education.com. The plugin does not support neighborhoods or ZIP codes – Zillow is working on that for next version.
  • Here’s the LME widget in action – I just installed it on my Business Blog Consultant  Wordpress blog:

    LME widget
  • Real Estate & Mortgage Widgets – Make sure you have a Zillow Profile and you can Co-Brand these widgets for your site.  Zillow has a myriad of widgets to choose from including:  Mortgage Calculators and rates, Your Listings, Recently Solds, and some new ones for Home Buyer Tax Credit and Loan Modification qualifiers.

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Trulia

Or here they are listed individually:

  • TruliaCarousel Add real estate listings to your web site in an interactive and easy to use property carousel.

  • TruliaMap The TruliaMap widget shows listings from you, the real estate professional, on a colorful, interactive and easy-to-use map.

  • Trulia Snapshot With the TruliaSnapshot widget, you can show off Snapshot on your own website for free.

  • TruliaVoices Broadcast your real estate expertise with the TruliaVoices Q&A widget – an easy way to show off your answers from Trulia Voices on your own blog or website.

  • TruliaCalculator. This mortgage calculator widget adds great real estate content to your own web site or blog.

  • TruliaHomeroll The TruliaHomeroll widget shows the latest properties for sale on Trulia in your local area.

  • TruliaMinistats The TruliaMinistats Widget is a great way to keep your website visitors up to date on how prices are trending in your market.

  • TruliaStats This widget is a custom chart of the average listing price and available inventory for any city or neighborhood in the US.

  • TruliaSearchbox Now you can give your users the ability to search homes for sale on Trulia directly from your website or blog.

  • TruliaChart The TruliaChart widget is a free chart for your website or blog that gives your users helpful market trends for your local real estate market. You can show listing price, sales price, number of properties sold or number of properties for sale for any US city.

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The Power of Social Media for Business

If you haven't seen this video - take a look...Very powerful and compelling stats and facts about how social media is impacting us on all levels. 

Are you ready to learn more about Business Blogging & Social Media?  Don't miss our next CE training Class:

Real Estate Blogging 101

Wednesday, September 23rd, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
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Blogging & Social Media for Business - CE Class on Sept 23, 2009 - Las Vegas

Real Estate Blogging 101 Register for Blog Class NOW!

Sponsored by Lucky Katz Seminars

Wednesday, September 23, 2009,
1:00 to 4:00 pm

First United Mortgage Building
(215 - between S. Buffalo and S. Durango - off W. Sunset)
Not on Mapquest - Here is a MAP
   
$45 in advance; $55 at the door

Register online at http://www.careerrealty.com/contact_training.htm

Download  - Blog Class Flyer Sep2009

Jan O’Brien      858-9191, jan@janobrien.com
Kathryn Bovard 348-7191, www.KathrynBovard.com
             
Three hour (CE Approved) training seminar covering…
o    What is a Blog? Who Is Blogging? Why should You Blog?
o    The anatomy of a blog – understand all the components
o    6 Questions to Consider before Launching a Blog
o    Learn the 15 Top Tips for A Successful Blog
o    How to generate leads using a blog and other social media
o    Learn how to use FACEBOOK, TWITTER, ACTIVE RAIN and LINKEDIN to optimize and drive traffic to your blog!
o    How does Web 2.0/social networking impact the real estate industry?
o    At the end of this class, you will be ready to know if you want to blog or not and the steps to take to be successful

Bonus Materials - Receive a copy of:

o    Wordpress.com Tutorial ($20 value) A step-by-step guide to launch your blog
o    Real Estate Agents Internet Resource Guide ($10 value)
A comprehensive guide to online Listing Tools, Blogging and other Web 2.0 services, tools and technologies

Approved by the Nevada Real Estate Commission

3 Hours Continuing Education (PD) CE.3706000-RE

 

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Are You Ready to Learn How To Blog? Our Next CE Class is July 15 in Las Vegas

Real Estate Blogging 101 - How the Internet is Changing Business
Sponsored by Lucky Katz Seminars
Approved by the Nevada Real Estate Commission
3 hours (PD) Continuing Education CE.3706000-RE

Date:                     Wednesday, July 15, 2009

                                   

Class Time:            1:00 - 4:00 pm

 

 

Location:                First American Title
7201 W. Lake Mead Ave. Ste. 200
Las Vegas, NV 89144 
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Cost:                      $45 in advance; $55 at the door

Register online at www.CareerRealty.com 
 

 

Instructors:           Jan O’Brien   858-9191, www.JanOBrien.com

Kathryn Bovard 348-7191, www.KathrynBovard.com 
             

Download BlogClassFlyerJuly2009


 

Three hour (CE Approved) training seminar covering…

  • What is a Blog? Who Is Blogging? Why should You Blog?
  • The anatomy of a blog – understand all the components and how a  blog differs from a conventional website
  • 6 Questions to Consider before Launching a Blog
  • Learn the 15 Top Tips for A Successful Blog
  • How to generate leads using a blog and other social media
  • How does Web 2.0/social networking impact the real estate industry?
  • Learn how to use FACEBOOK, TWITTER, ACTIVE RAIN and LINKEDIN for Business!

 

Bonus Materials: Receive a copy of:

o        Wordpress.com Tutorial ($20 value) A step-by-step guide to launch your FREE blog

o        Real Estate Agents Internet Resource Guide ($10 value)

A comprehensive guide to online Listing Tools, Blogging and other Web 2.0 services, tools and technologies

 

Seating is Limited.  Register & reserve your seat online:

www.careerrealty.com

 

 

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Learn to Blog...Real Estate Blogging 101 Class set for April 17 in Las Vegas

Real Estate Blogging 101 - How the Internet is Changing Business

Approved by the Nevada Real Estate Commission
3 Hours Continuing Education (PD) CE.3706000-RE

Date:                  Friday, April 17, 2009
           
Class Time:        1:00 - 4:00 pm

Location:      MetLife Home Loans

1401 N. Green Valley Pkwy #250, Henderson 89074
From I-215, north on Green Valley Pkwy to 1401

Cost:  $45 in advance; $55 at the door
Register online at www.CareerRealty.com 

Instructors:       
Jan O’Brien     858-9191, www.JanOBrien.com
Kathryn Bovard 348-7191, www.KathrynBovard.com

Three hour (CE Approved) training seminar covering…
o    The State of the Internet – How Blogging can Generate Business
o    Blogging 101
o    What is a Blog? Who Is Blogging? Why should You Blog?
o    How to get started blogging. How & Where to Find Blogs
o    Lead Generation and Business Applications; Legal issues, Disclosures
o     How does Web 2.0/social networking impact the real estate industry?

Bonus Materials: Receive a copy of:
o    Wordpress.com Tutorial ($20 value) A step-by-step guide to launch your FREE blog
o    Real Estate Agents Internet Resource Guide ($10 value)
A comprehensive guide to online Listing Tools, Blogging and other Web 2.0 services, tools and technologies

Seating is Limited.  Register & reserve your seat online:
www.careerrealty.com

Download BlogClassFlyer2009


Technorati's State of the Blogosphere Report September 2008

Technorati has posted the State of the Blogosphere 2008 in a 5 part series packed with trends, stats and details about the who, what, why and how of blogging.  This year, as discussed by CEO Richard Jalichandra at the recent Blogworld & New Media Expo, Technorati conducted a random survey of the 1.2 million Technorati members (approx 1300 participants from 60 countries). 

Some of the highlights of the report and from the Blogworld 2008 presentation:

  • Technorati has indexed 133 million blogs since 2002
  • 76,000 blogs have an authority of 50+ (Technorati assigns an authority rating based on the number of sites linking ot the blog - the more links the higher the authority rank)
  • Two-thirds of bloggers are male
  • 50% of bloggers are between the ages of 18-34
  • 70% of bloggers have college degree
  • One in four have an annual household income of $100k
  • The top 10% of blogs producing income blog multiple times daily and use multimedia formats
  • Bloggers are also active Web 2.0 participants (social networks, Twitter, Videos, podcasts, social bookmarking)
  • Bloggers are self-identified as Personal, Professional or Corporate

Technorati_state_of_the_blogosphere


Blogging for Buyers - Las Vegas Fox 5 News Interview about Social Networking and Real Estate

I did a mini-interview for the local FOX affiliate for a story they were doing on "Blogging for Buyers" - how some agents are using social networking and blogs to reach more consumers (Gen Y in particular).  Here's a link to the story and video clip: Realtors Use Internet To Attract Young Buyers

If you are not familiar with the term Gen Y (aka Millenials), here's an excerpt from Wikipedia:

Gen Y represents more than 70 million consumers in the United States and refers to a specific cohort of individuals born, roughly, between 1980-83 and 1994 (first half) and 1995-2001 (second half). "Generation Y" alludes to a succession from Generation X (used to describe generations in many countries around the world born from 1965 to around 1982).

Generation Y & technology

In their recent book, Reynol Junco and Jeanna Mastrodicasa (2007) found that in a survey of 7,705 college students in the US:

  • 97% own a computer
  • 94% own a cell phone
  • 76% use Instant Messaging.
  • 15% of IM users are logged on 24 hours a day/7 days a week
  • 34% use websites as their primary source of news
  • 28% author a blog and 44% read blogs
  • 49% download music using peer-to-peer file sharing
  • 75% of college students have a Facebook account[23]
  • 60% own some type of portable music and/or video device such as an iPod.

Go Green with the Eco-Safe Widget for Your Blog or Website

Ecosafe_blog_widget_2 I discovered the Eco-Safe widget today on Chris Brogan's blog as I was reviewing my blog feeds. What a great idea and a way to promote more environmentally-friendly alternatives to printing.  I immediately installed it on my blog and checked it out - brilliant!  Works as advertised, simple and green.

The widget allows visitors to your blog alternatives to printing thus helping to reduce the to staggering amount of paper used daily for web printing:

  • Send the page via email
  • Email a PDF of the page
  • Download a PDF of the page

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New Location for Real Estate Blogging 101 CE Class

We have a new location for the upcoming Real Estate Blogging 101 classes in Las Vegas.

Download BlogClassFlyer_2008.pdf

Countrywide
7660 Dean Martin Drive Suite 201E
Las Vegas, NV 89139

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Class Time:  1:00 - 4:00 pm 

  • Wednesday, July 30, 2008
  • Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Cost:    $45 in advance; $55 at the door
Register online at www.CareerRealty.com 

Instructors: 

Jan O’Brien  858-9191, www.JanOBrien.com
Kathryn Bovard 348-7191, www.KathrynBovard.com
             
Three hour (CE Approved) training seminar covering …
o The State of the Internet – Stats – Trends – History
o Blogging 101
o What is a Blog? Who Is Blogging? Why should You Blog?
o How to get started blogging. How & Where to Find Blogs
o Lead Generation and Business Applications; Legal issues, Disclosures
o  How does Web 2.0/social networking impact the real estate industry?

Bonus Materials: Receive a copy of...
o Wordpress.com Tutorial ($20 value) A step-by-step guide to launch your FREE blog
o Real Estate Agents Internet Resource Guide ($10 value)
A comprehensive guide to online Listing Tools, Blogging and other Web 2.0 services, tools and technologies

Seating is Limited.  Register & reserve your seat online:
www.careerrealty.com


Interview on Blog Fiesta

Thanks to Todd Carpenter for including me in his rotation of Blogger Spotlights.  He recently interviewed me for his Blog Fiesta.

Todd has compiled a wide array of interviews with a focus on other real estate and mortgage bloggers.
Blog Fiesta also provides some great tools and links for bloggers. 

Check out these valuable resources:

Great Posts About Blogging

Blog Building Basics