Year of 2017

Found 57 blog entries for Year of 2017.

MirandaWhat would you say you do here?

As as a Squad Leader and Senior Web Designer I have a player/coach role, where I facilitate team standups, work assignments, and perform the leadership function for squad members. As a Senior Designer, I work on a wide variety of projects ranging from small customizations to full custom websites.

What’s your favourite part about your job?

I love solving problems! I especially enjoy finding elegant solutions to complex problems - whether it be a design, code, functionality, or user experience problem. I also love the fast pace environment at REW. It’s really energizing, and it’s never boring.

What are some of the best challenges you overcome as a designer?

For me, the biggest challenge on any design project is

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In one week, we will be launching the world's first website that offers a virtual reality feature set for both main page presentation and listings details pages. Truly, this is our biggest innovation in website design at REW ever and I am so excited! 

My vision is this: You roll up on a listing presentation a few minutes early with a 360 / VR camera (relatively inexpensive under $1,000 for a good one)—before going in, you put down a tripod in a nice location, and you take a 360 degree photo or video. 

You then upload the photo to your site using the brand new, fully responsive REW CRM along with other property details and hit save. Instantly, you have the listing added to your site and available to view even before you have landed it. 

Now walk into the

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Great!

You’ve read all about the benefits of blogging: keeping your website up-to-date with relevant and timely content, capturing long-tail keyword traffic and building a following. But where should you start?

Making the decision to start a blog is one thing, but maintaining a consistent and a steady stream of top-notch content is another animal altogether. Luckily for you, the real estate industry can be complex, so there is a wealth of material for your real estate blog to cover—you just have to know where to look.

With that in mind, here are 7 blog topic ideas to help get the creative juices flowing on your real estate blog.

Highlight Some Great Local Events

When it comes to engaging your local community, helping to promote local events

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We've been thinking a lot about "big picture" SEO strategies, and how we can apply them to the real estate industry. To start, there's convincing evidence that page one content continues to get longer, yet each industry also has its own content trends.

Over the past couple weeks, we ran an experiment to help determine a better content baseline for the real estate industry. We looked at page one results for "[city] real estate" for 22 major cities across the United States and Canada, and recorded the amount of content on each of the top results.

This experiment gave me a better idea of what our clients' competition is doing, and helps set new content targets, based on the average number of words on top-performing pages.

The result? 1,568 words.

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I recently had the pleasure of attending the Gathering of Eagles, an invitation-only conference for top executives who work within the real estate industry.

Gathering of the Eagles with Morgan Carey and Vy Luu

As I listened to influential speakers and leaders share their take on real estate technology, I thought about our clients, and how the current trends can make them more successful. In fact, with every trend is a lesson, and those lessons teach real estate agents how to thrive for decades to come.

1. Transactions Are Becoming More Complex

The era of simple real estate deals is over, as brokerages are starting to break out of their traditional molds and take on new verticals.

As top producers and increased competition have impacted profit margins, brokers are seeking new opportunities

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real estate technology

Technology is constantly evolving, and real estate technology is no exception. As an industry, we're always improving, reinventing and re-considering the systems that help real estate agents and their businesses thrive.

At a recent Clareity conference in Scottsdale, AZ, we talked about a number of issues impacting the real estate market, as well as future changes we foresee happening within the industry sooner than later.

This blog will tell you a bit about 3 of the future tech topics on our radar:

1. MLS Data Will Become Even Better

Many real estate tech enthusiasts are familiar with RETS, which attempts to standardize the way in which real estate data is shared. But an organization called "Real Estate Standards Organization" (RESO) is

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email marketing with CASLLast Updated: June 23, 2017.

We've received a few questions lately about impending Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation changes, and just wanted to take the opportunity to help clear some things up.

Let's start with a disclaimer that this is only one interpretation of CASL and its implications, and you should review the original legislation and seek proper legal counsel if you think CASL may impact your business in any way.

This post is going to focus on email marketing, but remember that CASL applies to any commercial electronic message, which includes emails, texts, instant messaging, social media messages, and so forth.

Back when CASL first went into affect on July 1, 2014, the legislation included a three year transition period to help

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So, you want to be #1 on Google. It's the most common reason people stumble upon SEO, and ultimately look to hire a real estate SEO expert. While there are plenty of high quality experts out there, it can be hard to identify them and there are still some shady folks out there looking to make a fast buck off trusting real estate agents who are none-the-wiser.

Hiring the wrong person can be a costly, if not devastating expense, which is why we want to help you choose the right expert from the get-go. Here are some important qualities you'll find in a real estate SEO expert worth hiring:

5. They Tell You The Hard Truth

If you tell an SEO that you want to be #1 and all they say is, "Great, you got it!" it's time to run for the hills. The real estate

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Last month, I was putting together the final touches on the perfect page. Everything looked fantastic, and I sent it to one of the developers I had been working with, for a final technical review of the content.

"The image is blurry."cinque terre low res on ipad

Pardon? I know my way around an image or two and was confident he made a mistake. I triple-checked for the second time, and confirmed it wasn't blurry in any of my desktop's browsers.

Satisfied, I shared my conclusion with the developer. His response?

"Use your iPad."

...And there it was. A perfectly optimized, strategically placed, undeniably blurry image.

What happened?

High resolution screens, that's what. We've been so caught up in speed optimizing our real estate websites that developers are only

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The Challenge

PPC case study 1Gary Zimmel first came to Real Estate Webmasters because he wanted a new website for his brokerage, Challenge Realty, in Edmonton, AB. That website, MyEdmontonHomeFinder.com, went live on January 6, 2015, and a PPC campaign for the site was launched January 16, 2015.

Gary started a PPC campaign because he wanted a website that would pay for itself, while also helping his real estate team of close to 100 agents secure more clients. New agents would be able to get a foot in the door, while experienced agents would have a steady stream of client traffic.

"The reason why we started Pay Per Click was to not only help our new people out, but to help established realtors, if they

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