Michael Audet

How To Take The Pain Out Of Technology Costs

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Recently, I had I conversation with a technology consultant advising a real estate company. They had significant investments in a custom website and system but there were some additional improvements that were recommended. We were talking about how staying current with technology is critical for their image, recruitment and agent retention and I thought we had a productive conversation about how upgrades like this were a necessity. I assumed he was passing this invaluable knowledge to the...

“The Psychology of Success” session at the REW Summit in Austin

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Whether you succeed or fail often has more to do with how you view an experience than your actual ability.  The world is full of high ability individuals that fail and those with less than impressive abilities that succeed.  Why does this happen? I have always been a student of success.  I am interested in understanding why some people get it and some miss it even though their abilities seem to be very equal.  I was talking with Morgan, who is totally into this as...

What's the True Cost of Technology?

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How Much Should I Pay and Budget For Technology?      Before I get into what technology should actually cost for real estate professionals today I think we need to look at why this is even an issue.  You could argue that the cost is the cost, etc., but I think there is a deeper issue that impacts many real estate professionals when it comes to paying for technology that we need to look at as part of this conversation.   We get to see it all the time since ...

Who's Steering? You or Your Technology?

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Do You Like Software Developers Defining Your Business Processes? How many times in your business or personal life have you installed a new piece of software and realized after doing so, that to use it, you were going to have to make some process changes.  In other words, whether it was budgeting software, contact management or lead management software,  you realized after the purchase that to use it successfully you were going to have to ADAPT AND CONFORM to the thinking proc...

REW Goes Into Hyperdrive!

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If you have been keeping up with what’s going on at Real Estate Webmasters over the last 8 months or so you have been witnessing a company going into hyperdrive!  This acceleration is happening on multiple levels and the way it is happening illustrates our underlying philosophy, namely, we want to be the best at what we do and we want to integrate and partner with other best of breed companies in areas we don’t want to re-invent.  From partnering with Barbara Corcoran t...

New Year Resolutions - Turn 3 Keys For Success in 2015!

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We just finished a comprehensive strategic planning session at Real Estate Webmasters and I want to share three keys from our plannin1.g process with you that will help you take your business to another level in 2015!  I promise you if you take the time and apply these principles to your business you will reap the rewards.  It’s not magic, it’s just tried and proven processes that get results and yet the vast majority of real estate professionals will never do them, whi...

Benchmarking Can Take You From Good To Great

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If you haven't read the book, "From Good To Great" by Jim Collins, I highly recommend it.  The sub-title is "Why some companies make the leap and other don't". The book is all about benchmarking.  Simply put, benchmarking is all about understanding where you are today, objectively, so you have a way to measure progress again the benchmark to see if you are gaining ground or losing ground.   We have all heard how people with goals are so much more successful than people witho...

Why The Enterprise Model May Be Right For Your Company

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Systems Engineering Guide Enterprise technology, information, and infrastructure refers to the concept of information technology (IT) resources and data that are shared across an enterprise. Wikipedia Enterprise software, also known as enterprise application software (EAS), is purpose-designed computer software used to satisfy the needs of an organization rather than individual users. The Enterprise Model Benefits The concept of enterprise technology is pretty simple, but why is it...

Timing and Why I Joined Real Estate Webmasters

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I joined REW five months ago and I still get asked quite frequently why I left the WAV Group and joined Real Estate Webmasters.  If I had to simplify my decision down to a word, it would have to be “timing”.   Timing is the critical element for so many things we do, like when you buy a stock, when you sell, when you move, when you introduce a new product,, etc.  For me, when the opportunity arose at Real Estate Webmasters and I looked at the industry and REW and th...

NAR Policy Changes Great News For the Industry

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During the recent NAR Conference in New Orleans, the NAR policy committee passed a number of significant changes, that impact all of us that work in the world of real estate data.  It's amazing to me how long it has taken to get some of these changes made but our industry, unfortunately, moves slow  It is that slowness that has made the real estate business an easy target for the big portals.   But, the changes approved by the NAR Board are important and a welcom...