Friday, December 14, 2007

Have you Tried This Forum? Agents Online Real Estate Idea Center

I am always looking for new forums that will help real estate agents. I ran across this forum. It may not be new to many. But I have already found helpful information for REOs.

It is called Agents Online Real Estate Idea Forum.

Agents Online Idea Center Real Estate Forums

Some of their forums deal with real estate agents to exchange ideas, network, and discuss issues. They have forums for aspiring agents. You can learn from the experts! You can ask questions or start a new discussion. Other topics include selling, buying, home inspections, mortgage lending, home insurance, web site marketing, and much more.

They also have a real estate products and services section where you can solicit.

If you find it helpful, I would like to hear your thoughts on this forum that I have found helpful.

Roxanne Tidmore, NAR Certified REPA

How a Real Estate Virtual Assistant can Help you Through the Holidays

In this holiday season as a real estate agent, is your time precious to you? Do you have more administrative tasks than time to do it? Would you like to free up your time yet still keep your business moving ahead profitably and in an organized atmosphere? Is the cost of hiring an employee and paying benefits just not worth the return? If you answered yes to any of these questions, what will you do to alleviate the workload and some of the pressures you are running into at this busy time of the year?

Many businesses have a high percentage of vacation leave during this time. Real estate virtual assistants can alleviate the enormous amount of stress that comes from running a business especially during the holiday season. We want business owners to be able to enjoy it rather than suffer through this time!”

Real estate virtual assistants can offer services when you need help in an emergency or for project work. You do not have to worry about lag time because REVAs are trained and experienced in working with many different type of web-based software programs for real estate agents.

If you need last minute help to create a marketing piece or need to make phone calls to help convert those contacts to leads, an online real estate assistant can be there for you. We are only a phone call or an email away!

Roxanne Tidmore, NAR Certified REPA

Sunday, December 9, 2007

REO and BPO Support Services – How a Real Estate Virtual Assistant Can Help.

Foreclosures are on the rise and Ohio ranks 9th in the nation according to a national report. As a result more and more real estate agents are finding that they need a competent assistant to complete the myriad of details associated with the REO process.

Did you know that a real estate virtual assistant can help you plow through all of the forms that you as a real estate agent have to fill out? A REVA can help you with pulling comps, processing the BPO forms, service ordering and much more. We can reduce the amount of time all of these processes take so that you will have more time to be out building and nurturing your business leads.

1. Do you have time in your day to pull public records and comps from the MLS?

2. Do you have time to complete all of the forms?

3. What about ordering and collecting quotes, scheduling property repairs and cleaning?

4. Do you have time to create effective marketing materials for the properties?

5. What about collecting feedback and providing monthly marketing reporting to the asset

6. Do you have time to perform the transaction management details involved?

These activities are not all inclusive. But a real estate assistant can give you back the time it takes to accomplish all of this and more.

Roxanne Tidmore, NAR Certified REPA

Closing Gifts – A Real Estate Virtual Assistant can Help With Follow Up

A closing gift is a great idea, but did you know that the follow up to that can be utilized as a great marketing technique? The agent can always let the client know that referrals are appreciated.

A real estate virtual assistant can help an agent develop and maintain an “After the Sell” database. Messages can be geared toward helping the homeowner. Such as videotaping their possessions, how to make their home more secure, doing an energy audit and maintaining financial stability.

Or the agent can invest a small amount of money into a thank you gift for clients that are referred to the agent.

When you follow up on a regular basis, it can solidify the relationship. The client is more likely to refer you to a potential client because they know you; thus generating referrals!

The agent should not send follow-up gifts to everyone. Instead, target your communications and dollars to those past clients most likely to result in referrals or repeat business, and contact them multiple times over the course of a year.

A real estate assistant can help the agent develop customized a “After the Sell” campaign that will nurture your relationship with past client and generate more leads for you in the future.

Roxanne Tidmore, NAR Certified REPA