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March 2008

Real Estate Blogging 101 Class Schedule for Las Vegas

Kathryn Bovard and I have scheduled three additional dates for our "Real Estate Blogging 101" Continuing Education Class: Class Time: 1:00 to 4:00 pm Wednesday, June 4, 2008 Wednesday, July 30, 2008 Wednesday, October 1, 2008 Classes are held at Equity Title Training Center (Flamingo/Tenaya). The cost: $45 (advance) / $55 (at the door). Register for an upcoming class at: The class will cover the basics of blogging, benefits of a business blog, web 2.0, legal issues, the anatomy of a blog, tops tips for blogging, and much more. All attendees will receive a Tutorial outlining step-by-step instructions... Read more →

Lists of Real Estate Blogs and Resources

If you are searching for lists and links to real estate blogs - everything from real estate agent bloggers to real estate marketing, industry and news - here are some resources I've bookmarked for future reference: Bloodhound Blog maintains this potentially canonical list of real estate weblogs. Todd Carpenter of Lenderama and Blog Fiesta created REMBEX, a customized Google search of a thousand+ real estate blogs You can also add the Rembex search engine as a widget for your blog. See my sidebar for an example - just scroll down to right above the list of blog directories. Don't forget... Read more →

Business & Life Lessons from a Marathon Runner

Steve Matthews is a Las Vegas Real Estate Agent, entrepreneur, business-owner, dedicated family man and a marathoner! Last year, at the age of 54, he ran and finished his first marathon in Chicago after only 3 1/2 months of training. He has since completed several marathons and running events. Steve has an excellent blog entitled A Runners Rant where he writes about his running experience and how it relates to life and business. His first post: Everything I Need to Know in Life I Learned from Running outlines 45 lessons that he expands on in his individual blog posts. Steve's... Read more →

Top 12 Real Estate Marketing & Industry Blogs

This is my current list of the best blogs covering the real estate industry, blogging, marketing, technology and news... in no particular order - they are all great! Transparent Real Estate - Pat Kitano blogs on real estate industry and technology issues. The Real Estate Tomato - Jim Cronin's blog is packed with blogging tips, advice and strategies. RE Tomato also builds custom real estate blogs. The Future of Real Estate Marketing - Joel Burslem and contributors blog on real estate web 2.0 and marketing. Bloodhound Blog - Greg Swann leads the way with this popular, collaborative, cutting-edge blog on... Read more →

Real Estate Online Marketing Tips - Consider Joining These 3 Social Networks

Social networks, social bookmarking, Web 2.0, social media, blogging, wikis ... there's a lot to keep up with these days in terms of internet and online marketing strategies. Here are 3 social networks I recommend joining to enhance your online presence, business networking and overall marketing plan. Active Rain - The largest real estate networking and blogging site for professionals. Membership continues to grow at a record pace - as of today there are 77,952 AR members. My blog posts on AR come up in Google keyword searches faster and higher than on this blog! Check out these posts from... Read more → - Affordable Online Marketing Solution for Personal Promotion and Real Estate Listings is a wonderful, user-friendly and affordable solution for Virtual/Visual Tours for your listings. You pay $125 per year and get unlimited tours Free 14 day trial - take it for a test drive Use your digital photos to create Internet Shows in less than 5 minutes Very easy to use - simple tutorials to walk you through the entire process Create a 30 second (5 photos) or 60 second (9 photos) video Create internet flyers and distribute free to Google Base, Oodle, Trulia, Zillow, Vast Hotpads, Geebo Embed (post) your video on your blog, You Tube, craigslist Real Estate... Read more → for Online Marketing of Your Listings - Real Estate Agent Success Tools

vFlyer is an online service that enables you to create a standardized, professional-looking classified ad and post it to the leading classified websites. You can also use vFlyer to distribute via: email Printable PDF format Embedable widget for your blog Posting to Craigslist Zillow, Trulia, Google Base, Oodle, Lycos, Vast, Hotpads, Olx, and Geebo Prices start at $12.95/month. Watch this 95 second demo video to see the power of this online marketing service. The vFlyer blog has tips and marketing ideas on how to get the most from their product. Read more →

The Eleven Things Everyone Must Know About Earnest Money Deposits - Real Estate Agent Tips

Welcome Back to Guest Contributor: Steven Kitnick Earnest money is the deposit paid by a prospective Buyer as evidence of their "good-faith" intentions to complete the real estate transaction. The Buyer is promising to be diligent in their efforts to fulfill the terms of the Residential Purchase Agreement ("RPA"). Additionally, if the Buyer and Seller agree, the earnest money deposit ("EMD") may also serve as a source of payment, and act as the Seller's sole legal recourse, as "liquidated damages," should the Buyer default, that is, fail to perform in accordance with the terms of the "RPA". Earnest money deposits... Read more →

Real Estate Agent Tips - Marketing Your Listings Online

There are a ton of online services and tools available to post your listings and gain additional exposure for your sellers, generate new leads, promote your services and even sell some homes! I've been compiling a list of these resources since last year. Let me know if you have more to add and I'll keep the Online Resource Guide updated and posted. Download marketing_your_listings_online.pdf Online Listing Services: Classified Ad Sites and Resources: Visit to learn more about our coaching program and online training membership... Read more →

Las Vegas Real Estate Market Update - March 2008

In December I wrote a post entitled Understanding the Las Vegas Real Estate Market. I listed a variety of recommended resources to educate yourself and ultimately your clients about current market conditions and trends. Here are a couple more resources to bring you up to date on the Las Vegas Real Estate Market as of March 2008: Equity Title recently produced a graph that defines past peaks and valleys in terms of pendings and contingents. The graph suggests the market is entering a time of great potential for those who are prepared. Pending and Contingent graph Forrest Barbeeā€™s Blog -... Read more →

Visit - Inspired talks by the world's greatest thinkers and doers

I discovered this amazing website today... TED - Ideas Worth Spreading. About TED - from their website: "TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. TED is devoted to giving millions of knowledge-seekers around the globe direct access to the world's greatest thinkers and teachers. The annual conference now brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes). This site makes the best talks and performances from TED available to the public, for free.... Read more →

I'm Back....and ready to continue blogging on all things real estate, blogging and more

OK, after a 2 month hiatus from blogging at The Real Estate Coach - I'm back and ready to get back to work and fun. I've been a little preoccupied at my day job - I recently became the General Manager for Prudential Americana Group, Realtors in Las Vegas. We are a locally-owned and operated brokerage with 6 branches located throughout the Las Vegas valley. I have been getting my blogging fix, however, by creating a recruiting blog/website for those interested in a career in real estate or considering a move to our company. You can check it out at... Read more →