Apple unveils 10 new software enhancements (6/15/2016)
Review: Apple’s iPhones, iPads and Macs will receive upgrades, the company announced yesterday. One perk for Realtors: Photos will be easier to find.
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.
Smart homes? You ain’t seen nuthin’ yet (6/2/2016)
Amazon’s Echo speaker responds to voice commands, and homes obey when owners say things like “Open curtain” or “Make coffee.” Experts predict a voice tool will be mainstream in less than 20 years.
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.
Virtual reality home-tour tech developing rapidly (5/27/2016)
If Facebook’s Oculus Rift mission was to bring virtual reality gear to true believers, Google’s evolving VR vision is introducing otherworldly tech to the masses.
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.
The best time to charge your phone (3/24/2016)
A new study suggests that, in general, if you want your phone to charge faster, let the battery dip super low before you plug it in.
Tech changes make Realtors’ jobs easier – and harder (3/17/2016)
RealtyTrac added “nearby criminal offender risk” to a report any homebuyer can access – the latest step toward instant and free neighborhood evaluations.
Is voicemail dead? If not, an app could kill it (3/14/2016)
Some clients, notably younger ones, find phone calls annoying, and new apps allow them to avoid it altogether. Instead of voicemail, calls just ring and ring.
Why don’t search engines like me as much? (3/7/2016)
A good search engine optimization (SEO) strategy should place your website near the top of a Google search, but sometimes it drops. Here’s what you should do.
Florida Realtors Tech Helpline: 89K users in 50 days (3/2/2016)
The Florida Realtors-owned Tech Helpline – a member benefit that offers free technology advice – is now used by almost half of all Realtors in the U.S.
Using a public Wi-Fi? Don’t email confidential data (2/26/2016)
A reporter flying on American Airlines discovered that someone had easily accessed his files – and every other passenger’s files – simply by hacking into the plane’s public Wi-Fi server.
Google to end its mortgage tool in March (2/25/2016)
The Compare service offered to help consumers track down a mortgage, but Google said it wasn’t as successful as hoped – or as profitable.
Virtual reality: A new dimension in home buying (2/16/2016)
Headsets allow potential buyers to see virtual 3-D listings, including balcony views from buildings not yet built. But the tech tool is still in its infancy.
The other side of smart home tech: Spying (2/16/2016)
If a “smart” TV, appliance or security system connects to the Internet, usage data resides elsewhere, making it easier for governments and scammers to get to it.
Recognize these passwords? Stop using them (1/26/2016)
Realtors don’t just protect business data, they’re also responsible for sometimes-very-personal client info. These passwords make that data easy to steal.
The self-running home? It’s here (1/20/2016)
Amazon announced a “replenishment” service yesterday that will allow washers, printers and glucose monitors to automatically order supplies when they run low.
Drone suit considers issues of trespassing, privacy (1/19/2016)
In Kentucky, a homeowner shot down a drone and the drone owner sued. Courts must now consider drone use rights and responsibilities for the first time.
The new USB-C – not just ‘any port in a storm’ (1/11/2016)
Your USB port is getting a makeover. Techies say the USB-C will become the new standard for electronic devices because it’s smaller, faster and more versatile.
‘Internet of things’ changing real estate industry (1/10/2016)
Tech advances – such as 3D printing, virtual decorating and enhanced security – are redefining the way buyers search for and rent property.
Don’t look stupid when selling a smart home (1/8/2016)
Agents today often find they must explain listings’ high-tech features, such as how to control lights, thermostats or appliances from a smartphone or tablet.
Realtor.com agreement boosts rental market share (1/5/2016)
An agreement between realtor.com’s oversight company and Cozy will add new rental listings content and simplify the rental process for property managers.