Local gov’ts starting to police illegal drone use (11/19/2015)
Miami is latest city to consider drone laws. If approved, it would allow local police to confiscate drones and charge operators with a misdemeanor offense.
What’s the best time to add social media posts? (11/18/2015)
Experts say certain times of day work best for engaging customers on various platforms. For example, Facebook user activity is highest between 1-3 p.m.
360-degree cameras: Listing photo game changer? (11/13/2015)
A bevy of new cameras make it easy to take 360-degree photos. At first they’ll be novel – used by early-tech adopters – but could become an industry standard.
Sharing files in Dropbox? It has competition now (11/6/2015)
Tech can be a fickle business with a short memory, so Dropbox – facing competition from Google, Apple and others – says it will boost its services.
NAR-RPR ‘game changing’ pact simplifies data entry (11/6/2015)
Upstream – a broker-driven plan to create a master database that feeds MLSs and websites – could begin beta tests in early 2016 under an agreement announced yesterday.
A safe way to talk in cars? Study says no such thing (11/4/2015)
For many Realtors, a car doubles as an office. However, a study suggests voice-activated calling isn’t 100% safe because it takes cognitive focus off the road.
Real estate technology’s two-edged boom (10/28/2015)
Investors could make a lot of money if their real estate tech tool takes off – and money is flowing – but they still can’t create a product that holds a buyer’s hand.
With security, smart homes aren’t so smart (10/22/2015)
An Internet-connected home makes the owner’s life easier, but it also has a dark side: Each connected device gives hackers another chance to take over.
Listing data theft is very common and hard to stop (10/8/2015)
Scrapers often steal listing data from IDX and VOW feeds, and existing protocols to stop them are outdated and ineffective, a recent study claims.
Cut the cord: Self-charging cellphones are here (10/7/2015)
The self-charging tech should go mainstream next year, but the charging methods – a pad, built-in chip or beamed power – could vary for a while.
5 ways big data makes real estate better (10/5/2015)
While 24/7 phone access created new real estate pressures, big data has made many tasks easier. Public records, for example, are now just a click away.
Move Inc. acquires Reesio transaction management (10/1/2015)
Move, the oversight firm for Realtor.com, says it can soon offer users a full transaction management tool that will also integrate with Top Producer.
Agents can no longer ignore ‘smart home’ listings (9/24/2015)
It’s a numbers game: As more listings claim to be “smart homes,” agents must be prepared to explain what that upgrade would mean for their buyers.
Tech Helpline backs 1 in 3 U.S. Realtors (9/23/2015)
Florida Realtors Tech Helpline, a free benefit with association membership, now serves one-third of all Realtors in the U.S. – almost 400,000 people.
More buyers turning to Realtors for home advice (9/17/2015)
NAR study found that buyers increasingly rely on the web for home search info, but more also eventually turn to a Realtor – 83% did in 2010; 88% in 2014.
Buyers using virtual reality to buy luxury homes (9/14/2015)
Some upscale buyers can now virtually tour properties online. However, the tours can cost $300 to $700 and may go mainstream in a few years – but maybe not.
NAR to Congress: Legalize the safe use of drones (9/11/2015)
Realtor President Polychron asked a House subcommittee to protect Americans’ privacy and safety, but also allow drone use by the real estate industry.
Instagram moves beyond square photos (9/8/2015)
Marketing on Instagram? The social network’s square-photos-only restriction once limited views, but the change now offers flexibility when sharing listing photos.
What is proper etiquette for mobile phone use? (9/1/2015)
Is it worth offending a potential buyer by taking a call from a seller? A survey finds only 5% believe it’s OK at a meeting and 38% at a restaurant.
Google+ disconnects from YouTube (7/29/2015)
Realtors who upload listings and other videos to YouTube will soon no longer need a Google+ account to share media or make comments on YouTube.
3 ways technology could disrupt real estate (7/27/2015)
Pundits once said technology would replace Realtors. They’re wrong so far, but new tech tools continue to redefine a traditional real estate agent’s role.
Are scented messages coming to your smartphone? (7/14/2015)
Virtual home tours are pretty sterile affairs without the smell of bread baking inside or the whiff of orange blossoms in a backyard. But that could change.
New buyer tool rates level of neighborhood noise (7/2/2015)
It’s not in Fla. yet, but a beta test of HowLoud in Los Angeles allows buyers to discover a neighborhood’s relative noise level before buying a home.
Data storage safety: Your security role (6/11/2015)
The number of news stories about a major data breach continues to climb. In real estate, brokers oversee data security, but Realtors and staff must do their part.
A glimpse of the future: The ‘24/7 open house’ (6/9/2015)
A Phoenix firm allows buyers to tour listings anytime they want. Using a smartphone app, buyers request admission and wait for a text with a lockbox access code.