Have a Yahoo email account? Change your password (9/23/2016)
Information from at least 500M Yahoo accounts was stolen in 2014, making it easier for thieves to hack Realtors’ email and pull off a common closing scam.
Smart homes could soon read visitors’ emotions (9/22/2016)
Do potential buyers like your home? Ask the house. A new device from MIT uses wireless signals to read bodies and, based on the data, determine moods.
Drone operators want to fly out of sight (9/21/2016)
Operators say drones won’t reach their full potential until the FAA relaxes its line-of-sight rule that restricts flights to areas the pilot can physically see.
Official envisions millions of drones filling skies (9/20/2016)
In the nine months since the FAA created a drone registration system, more than 550,000 unmanned aircraft have been registered – 2,000 per day.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recalled over fire fears (9/6/2016)
Sales of the smartphone have been stopped for now and all the devices will be replaced over the coming weeks due to the battery posing a potential fire risk.
FAA forecast: 600K commercial drones within the year (8/30/2016)
New drone-flying safety rules allow more businesses to pilot a drone, and the FAA predicts that many brokers, agents and other businesses will increasingly use unmanned aircraft.
You’re always the expert if you know how to Google (8/30/2016)
Agents who can expertly search Google – who know search secrets for getting fast-and-correct answers – look like tech geniuses and real estate experts.
RPR listing data accessible using SentriLock app (8/16/2016)
A new partnership between SentriLock and Realtors Property Resource gives Realtors direct access to RPR property data through SentriLock’s SentriSmart app.
Emerging tech trends could ‘wow’ buyers (8/8/2016)
Early tech-adopter agents often gain an edge by offering tools that are not yet commonplace, such as virtual reality home showings and live streaming.
DOT and FAA finalize drone rules (7/19/2016)
The rule, which takes effect in late August, says a drone operator must be at least 16 and keep an unmanned aircraft within visual line of sight. It also specifies height and speed restrictions and other operational limits.
Technology: Realtors’ top five complaints (6/15/2016)
What tech issues stress agents the most? Florida Realtors Tech Helpline put together the top five. Leading the list? A computer that’s too slow followed by viruses, malware and adware.
Realtors don’t need to worry about Snapchat yet (6/8/2016)
While social networking has become a must-do task for most agents, experts at the recent NAR convention agreed Snapchat, for now, isn’t one of the top formats.
Fla. builder makes solar panels a standard feature (6/1/2016)
Stellar Homes Group says that PV solar systems will be a standard feature in all new homes. They’ll install it at cost and buyers can keep the tax credit.
Size matters: Technology has to fit the business (5/31/2016)
“Really cool” tech is many times “hard to use.” Rather than being awed by how much a product does, agents should first decide what they want to do with it.
Twitter marketing will get easier (5/18/2016)
Twitter says that messages will still be limited to 140 characters but photos and links won’t count. That will allow longer messages to accompany listing photos.
Can technology help buyers find the perfect home? (5/11/2016)
Google’s algorithm analyzes search words to provide answers, and a company says its algorithm works the same way to link buyers’ desires with available listings.
What makes a smart home smart? (5/10/2016)
It’s no longer enough to call a listing a smart home. Because tech can range from a single thermostat to a whole-house system, consumers often want more details.
Design trends that boost websites (4/27/2016)
Realtors have websites to grow leads, and effective ones attract and keep visitors. In addition to good, useful content, some emerging design trends can help.