We’ve added a new module to One Place called Farm Lists. It allows you to create targeted mailing lists for marketing from tax records, your contact lists or a combination of both. These lists are saved and can be mailed to at anytime. You can generate envelopes, labels or postcards and even export the lists for use elsewhere. Lists can also be merged together. I’ve created a step by step tutorial on how to use this cool new feature. Click the graphic or the link below to view the PDF tutorial and call or email me if you have any questions.
We have recently activated MLS Connect for Realcomp on all of our zipForm® Plus agent accounts that have access to the zipForm® Realcomp forms library. MLS Connect allows you auto populate your forms with basic listing information directly from the MLS.
I created the short video below to show you how it works. If you have access to the Realcomp forms library then your account now has access to the Realcomp MLS Connect data. Now all you have to do is figure out what you’re going to do with all of the extra time you’ll have back in your life.
If you have any problems or have any questions when accessing this new feature, feel free to call or email me anytime.
Realcomp MLS Connect from REO Scott's Tech Tips on Vimeo.
Protect yourself and your clients. Using spoofed email addresses and increasingly more difficult to identify phishing scams, cybercriminals are constantly improving their techniques and their attacks are becoming more sophisticated. It’s very important to stay in the know when it comes to the latest email scams.
I’ve provided a detailed diagram below (click on the image to open a larger version) with great tips on exactly what indicators you can look for to help you to identify a fake email. I’ve also added a few links at the bottom to some additional information on identifying fake emails, phishing scams and email spoofing.
Take the time to look through this information and stay up on the latest internet scams. Knowledge is your best protection against these constantly evolving criminal master minds.
We’ve added a new page to the CMA program called Our Success Map. It’s a great piece to use to show your sellers how active our company is in their area. It uses the subject property address to run a search in a half mile radius for any properties that were sold by the Real Estate One Family of Companies and displays their locations on a map. A maximum of the most recent 25 sales will display on the map.
The new page will print automatically as part of both of the full company CMA reports and can be added manually to the custom pages as well. If you set up the Subject Property page by entering an address and not by looking up an existing MLS listing, you will have to remember to select the Map This Property option. Select the link below for step by step instructions.
The I.T. Department has received a huge wave of frustrated callers since early August regarding slow internet performance. Please read on as to how you can help us and your office “Save the Internet!”
We would like you to know that how the internet is handled for home use and the bandwidth that’s available and how it’s measured and managed, is vastly different than how it’s handled for a large enterprise with multiple businesses operating under its umbrella. We operate over a wide area connected network that allows us to protect our entire network and data, print commission checks directly to offices, guarantee a level of service for voice and internet, and more. The technologies and level of security that we need as a large business are completely different than what a Comcast cable connection can support. The Real Estate One I.T. Department is always working on ways to improve our office internet capacity by upgrading connections, testing, tracking down congestion issues and upgrading hardware and software. Our goals are the same but the approach is quite different than what you may experience at home or in a small office.
Since the beginning of August we have seen an enormous uptick in update activity from Microsoft and Apple clogging our network like never before. It appears it’s largely because of 4 GB (4000 MB) update for Windows 10. This is being called an “Anniversary Update.” Because of it’s enormous size, we believe they are staggering these updates and that’s why we’ve continued to have internet issues ever since early August. When we look at our logs and activity when there is an issue, it’s because of these updates. Although this has caused us to revisit the sizing of our internet bandwidth (there has never been an update as large as this or that has impacted us so dramatically), we have determined you can be of enormous help in managing the problem as well.
Our office computers are all programmed to update automatically in the off hours when the office is empty, late at night or in the early hours of the morning. We would like to encourage all of you to change your device’s auto update settings to do the same thing or prompt you to choose when they are done.
If the device is your own personal desktop or laptop that stays in your office all of the time, turn off the auto updates feature and manually run your updates after hours when your office is empty and you won’t be affecting everyone else’s bandwidth. If your device goes home with you every night, turn off the auto update feature and run your updates after hours or wait until you get home to run them while everyone is asleep. You may also just schedule them for off hours if your computer is normally connected and on during that scheduled time.
I have included links below to step by step instructions that guide you through the process of changing your desktop or laptop’s auto updates settings. I have included instructions for computers that are running Windows 7, Windows 10 and the Mac OS. We appreciate your efforts to help us to most efficiently make use of our office bandwidth and so do your fellow office mates.
We’ve added a new page to the One Place CMA module. It’s called the Comparative Market Analysis page. It aligns all of your comparable properties into a side by side comparison chart format.
The new page is available to use now. It’s been added to the full company CMA packages. If you select any of the Company Packaged CMA options, the Full CMA – 1 up or 2 up Comp, with or without adjustments, the new page will be generated automatically.
It’s also available as a choice in the custom packages list. If you have custom packages set up, you’ll have to add this new page to them.
Change the Name of your Featured Listings Page
We’ve added the ability to change the name of the Featured Listings section of your One Place Agent Web Sites. You can now call it My Listings or Our Listings or anything that you’d like.
To change yours now,
log into OurOnePlace.net
Choose My Website
Choose Site Customization from the side bar links
Scroll down, there’s a field named Featured Listings Custom Label located just below the Homepage Custom Box.
Enter your new name for the page and choose the Update Agent Record button located at the top and bottom of the page.
Agent Contact Report
You have uploaded all of your contacts into One Place using a file that you exported from your last contact database program. You have also been adding new contacts directly into One Place using the web site or the mobile app manually for the past 2 years. Clients have been added to your Contacts from joining your 1st To Know program or by filling out the email capture forms on your website. Now you don’t know who’s in your contact list and who’s not. Well, we’ve added a quick report that you can run that shows you exactly who’s been added to your One Place Contacts without having to export the entire list. It’s new and it’s called the Agent Contact Report.
To generate this report,
Log into OurOnePlace.net
Choose My Contacts
Choose Agent Contact Report from the side bar links to view the list.
Choose Print Report to print.
Choose Export to Excel if you’d like to export list.