ShowingTime launches new real estate messaging app

The messaging platform will be available to more than 950,000 agents in 200 markets across US and Canada

ShowingTime, a Chicago-based showing management and technology firm, last week launched a messaging platform geared specifically toward real estate agents.

The agent-to-agent messaging system, which will allow agents to use an MLS feed and other ShowingTime products to communicate by text, instant message and email, was announced on Tuesday. ShowingTime President Michael Lane said the app will also help track real estate information like listings, sales and property tours.

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Voiceter Pro says voice-activated real estate search is here to stay

The app developer has launched its voice-activated home search and valuation skills in major markets

Amazon has found yet another way to connect with the real estate industry — or rather, talk to it. And Voiceter Pro, an app developer for Google Home and Amazon’s Echo, is helping perpetuate the conversation.

Miguel Berger, Voiceter Pro co-founder and broker with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Tech Valley, talked last week about a number of new developments for the voice-activated internet (VAI) company, which he runs with his son Amitai Berger.

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Ricoh launches 360-degree virtual home tours platform

Ricoh Tours costs $45 per month and will allow agents to make, host and share virtual tours of homes they are marketing

Ricoh Innovations Corporation, a subsidiary of the electronics giant that specializes in everything from computer software to cameras, has launched Ricoh Tours, a subscription-based virtual property tour and visual marketing content platform.

Launched on Wednesday, the 360-degree home tour platform costs $45 per month and will allow real estate agents to make, host and share virtual tours of homes they’re marketing for clients, Kay Iwaisako, Ricoh Tours’ Business lead informed.

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6 ways agents can thrive in an AI-driven world

Artificial intelligence will create winners and losers in real estate. Which will you be?

When some people hear “artificial intelligence,” their mind jumps to robots so advanced they can eliminate humans and take over the world. Think Skynet in The Terminator or the machines in The Matrix.

Or they envision the loss of countless jobs as human workers are replaced by machines. Neither of those scenarios is likely to occur for real estate agents as a whole: there will be agents for decades to come and AI could make them more successful than ever. The real question is: Will you be one of them?

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Location, Inc. makes neighborhood data available via API

Data analytics platform will allow real estate tech professionals to purchase local data and figure out how to use it themselves

Location, Inc. owns millions of data points about local weather, crime, demographics, real estate and more. The platform, which owns NeighborhoodScout, will now make much of that data available for purchase on its own.

Instead of selling only data products that already turn its vast quantities of data into a usable product, Location, Inc. is now making its data available via an application programming interface, or API. That means that other tech companies and developers can use Location, Inc.’s data to develop their own products.

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What Google Analytics can tell you about your lead gen problems

If you aren’t getting leads, the wrong types of visitors may be coming to your website

Do you want more real estate leads from Google? Looking for real estate lead generation ideas? Then, you’re in the right place. Your website can be a gold mine for free leads if you know how to bring them in.

First you have to know if people are finding your website. And if they are, who are they? What pages do they take time to read and what pages do they hit the back button on?

If you can’t answer the questions above, keep reading. I’ll walk you through the basics of understanding your Google Analytics data so you can find out how your website is performing.

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15 smartphone apps agents should be using

The best tools for real estate in 2018

Real estate agents are among the busiest professionals nowadays. Meetings, sales, open houses, marketings and many other activities can be very stressful without proper organization.

Fortunately, tasks can be made simpler with the help of the right technology tools. The best part is those tools and applications can be all be stored on their smartphone!

To help you stay organized and juggle your daily tasks, I’ve come up with a list of my top 15 apps for real estate agents.

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