Tuesday, December 25, 2007

CMAs - Help the Agent Make The Sale

There is a free appraisal tool on the net which you probably have heard of. It is www.Eppraisal.com

It offers free home appraisals as well as access to neighborhood information like schools, lifestyle, employment, local professionals, and more.

It can be used by real estate virtual assistants to create powerful CMAs. It is very user friendly and free! It features graphs so if you are not good at making graphs you can just cut and paste.

It offers the following features and more:

Property information:

* Sale price

* Distance from subject property

* Price per square foot


* Elementary, middle and high

* Student to teacher ratio

* Grade span

* Degree levels

* Sat scores

Marketing stats:

* Foreclosures filings and sales

* Best and worst performing zip codes

* Most expensive zip codes to move to


* Prominent lifestyles broken down in categories such as

o Home ownership,ethnicity, employment and education level

Employment/Local Professionals:

* Highest vs. lowest paid occupations

* Unemployment level

If you have tried it, I would like to know what you think about using this to create a CMA.

Roxanne Tidmore, NAR Certified REPA

GPS on your Cell Phone – Helpful Technology for the Real Estate Agent

As a I work more and more with real estate agents, I realize that they are very busy professionals. They appreciate time saving techniques that will help them improve their business. An agent really appreciates it when their real estate virtual assistant can research and help them implement these techniques.

A real estate agent travels frequently to neighborhoods during their day. The agent needs to know the area well. But sometimes they do need help. Recently the Google Mobile Maps crew has launched a new “GPS-Like”’ technology called “My Location”. The feature is free and available for most web-enabled phones. And better yet, you don’t need to have GPS on your device.

Or if you do not have a cell phone you can sideload and sync directly from your PC.

Here are some of the features that come with this free download.

*Real-time traffic

*Detailed directions

*Integrated search results

*Easily movable maps

*Satellite imagery

*Pinpoint your location within 1000 meters

This technology is new, and I know there will be further additions. But it is a free and helpful tool for the agent as they are conducting their business.

Roxanne Tidmore, NAR Certified REPA