We’re Going to NAR 2011! Are You?

Homes.comHomes.com is heading to the National Association of REALTORS Conference and Expo in Anaheim, California November 11-14! If you’ll be in attendance, stop by and say hello!

We’ll be in booth 1726 and would love to talk to you and extend exciting offerings, such as our iPad a Day Giveaway! Also, meet our experts and top executives that can answer any and all questions you may have for us.

Speaking of freebies, you can register for a FREE trade expo right now, courtesy of Homes.com!

That’s right! Before you head to NAR, register with promo code 1058 to snag your complimentary Expo-Only Registration to the 2011 REALTORS Expo, featuring more than 400 exhibitors, from Homes.com!

Don’t wait to take advantage of the opportunity to discover the industry innovations that will take your real estate business to a new level and connect with thousands of REALTORS who are finding success every day despite the challenging market.

Click here to register today for your FREE pass! We’ll see you in Anaheim!

Get More Exposure with Homes Connect and Craigslist

Homes.comIf you want an easy way to get more traffic on your website, putting your listings on Craigslist can help!

In a recent study, a sample of real estate agents posted multiple listings on Craigslist over the period of a month. The study found that these agents gained an average of about 60 to 100 extra hits on their website per listing posted. That’s amazing! The study findings went on to show that the majority of the traffic came from the first three days the listing was live. And, even though traffic naturally tapered off a bit after that, the agents who re-posted their listings a few weeks later saw the same spike in traffic.

If you’re still wondering if you should switch to Homes Connect, here’s another reason why: the Homes Connect dashboard frames Craigslist, which means you can add listings to Craigslist directly from your Homes Connect Platform!

To add a listing to Craigslist, follow these easy steps through your Homes Connect dashboard: Continue reading

What the New Facebook Interface means for you

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Recently, Facebook rolled out a completely new interface for user profiles called the Timeline. Not all users have been switched from their tried and true profiles as of yet because Timeline is still in its beta stage, but since most real estate agents in today’s market are using Facebook as a way to enhance their marketing strategy (and if they’re not, they should be) it’s probably a good idea to get acquainted with Timeline before it becomes mainstream on October 18th. I was able to implement the beta version on my own profile and I can tell you that personally, I love it.

The look and feel of the user profile is completely different with Timeline. What used to be a blocky, text-heavy profile is now a continuous stream of pictures and information, going back as far as when you were born! (Or, as far back as when you joined Facebook, if your page represents your real estate business and not you personally.) And, according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, you will have full control over what is and what isn’t on your Timeline. You and you alone will have free reign over what people do and don’t see on your page.

Timeline’s addition of more visual elements will only help Facebook users. Continue reading

Homes.com Releases Mortgage Calculator App for Android

Consumers can quickly calculate whether they should rent or buy.

NORFOLK, Va., October 12, 2011— Homes.com, a division of Dominion Enterprises, announced today the release of its Mortgage Calculator application for the Android. The Homes.com Mortgage Calculator follows a very successful release for iPhone earlier this year. It joins Homes.com’s already extensive mobile suite, including home search applications for iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7 and Android users.

Homes.com’s Android Mortgage Calculator app offers an assortment of calculators to help home buyers and renters searching for their next home. The “Buy or Rent” calculator determines the home seeker’s best financial option based on factors like monthly rent, estimated home purchase price, years the home will be owned, and taxes. It is the first of its kind offered for the Android platform. Continue reading