Chris Smith – iPad Apps for Real Estate, The Webinar Everyone is Talking About!

Last week Chris Smith, Cofounder of CURAYTOR, presented a FREE webinar sponsored by and Secrets of Top Selling Agents entitled “iPad Apps for Real Estate Agents”.  If you missed it, don’t fret – you can watch the recording by visiting the previous webinars page of the Secrets Webinars website.  There, you can also see all of the other archived webinars, hosted by big wigs like Gary Keller, Larry Kendall, Sue Adler, Barbara Corcoran,  Brad Korn, and Michael Maher.Watch this webinar and see what everyone is talking about!

In this packed-house webinar, Chris Smith shared in a matter-of-fact, easy to understand way, what are his best suggestions for strategies using the iPad for real estate and which apps are key. It also doesn’t matter which model you have! Whether you’ve got a first-gen or the latest edition, Chris Smith says there’s something for everyone. Here are some of the topics Chris covered in this webinar: Continue reading

Swing on the Vine with!

Have you heard about Vine, Twitter’s new video sharing application for iPhones? In recent weeks, this new social medium has blown up in popularity among iPhone users and is no exception. We are all about Vine and think you should be, too!

Vine is a video sharing social media app created by Twitter that hosts brief, 6-second videos. Through the app, you can create and view short (6 seconds max) videos, complete with audio, that loop within the news feed, much like a Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn feed.


As a real estate agent, there are several reasons why Vine should be the next iPhone app you download.

1. It’s very new. By downloading it and beginning to use it now, you’ll be on the cutting edge of social media technology, which can connect you to your younger, more tech-savvy clients.  Of course, with all new social apps, we encourage you to evaluate this one to determine if it’s a good fit for your social media marketing.

2. Quick and creative marketing. While you can’t produce a large-scale virtual tour of a home with Vine, a quick six second clip is a creative way to attraction attention. Post a quick video to promote an open house. Showcase popular amenities like a pool, wine cellar or fireplace, an exterior shot, the kitchen and master bedroom and scenes from the neighborhood.

3. Promote your brand or office with highlights from your community. For example, Sea Coast Advantage, a Coldwell Banker office in Wilmington, NC made a quick and creative post at the beach by writing their name in the sand as waves crashed against the shoreline.

4. Film special events like a new homeowner closing the deal or entering their new home for the first time, or sticking a “SOLD!” sticker on a listing sign.

5. Before and After scenes. Also, because you can take as many shots as you’d like, you can create a “stop-motion” video using really short shots, almost freeze frames. You can create a time lapse video to show off before and after scenes of a newly staged room or a kitchen renovation.

Are you on Vine yet? We can’t wait to share with you and see what comments you have for our videos! Download Vine here and follow us – HomesPro! If so, do you use it for your business, personal, or both? 


Official Rules and Regulations: “Secrets Webinar Join the Facebook Conversation for Dave Liniger’s Book Drawing”



Official Rules and Regulations: “Secrets Webinar Join the Facebook Conversation WIN Dave Liniger’s book drawing”



Promotional Period:  Entry period begins May 22 2013 at 1 pm EDT and ends at 5pm EDT May 22 2013.  Entry forms received after  5pm EDT May 22 2013 will be disqualified.  THREE  winners will be selected by a random drawing on or about  May 22 by 5pm EDT.

Eligibility Requirements:  Each entrant must comment under the image dedicated to this contest labeled “Join the Conversation” during the designated time. A comment will be considered that is at least one word answering the question in the image, there is no right or wrong answer. Entrant must be a legal resident of the 50 United States or District of Columbia and eighteen (18) years of age or older to be eligible for this contest (or the age of majority in their state of residence). This offer is void wherever prohibited or restricted and subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws. Residents of the states of  (Florida or New York, if prize value is $5,000 or more) and (Rhode Island if prize value is greater than $500 and a retail establishment is involved in registration or online registration is allowed) are not eligible to win. Employees of Dominion Enterprises, Landmark Media Enterprises, LLC and their divisions or subsidiaries, and immediate family members (or those living in the same household with an employee, whether related or not) are not eligible to enter or win.



HOW TO ENTER: Entrants can only enter by commenting on the designated image on Facebook. Limit one entry per person. Sponsor will not be responsible or liable for lost, late, illegible, damaged, misdirected, incomplete, or garbled entries.  All Entries become the property of Sponsor.


ONE (3) GRAND PRIZES: Three winners will receive a copy of Dave Lineger’s book titled, “My Next Step” – Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): Thirteen U.S. dollars (see details below).

Grand Prize: Three grand prizes will be awarded consisting of: (3) copies of Dave Liniger’s book titled, “My Next Step.”  Retail value of the book is equivalent to $13.00 cash.  The winner may not elect to take a monetary award instead of the Grand Prize.



Any portion of a prize not accepted by the winner will be forfeited.  Winner is responsible for the reporting and payment of all state, federal and local taxes applicable to the receipt of this prize.  The winner acknowledges that the prize is taxable and agrees to provide information for, and verify by signature, the appropriate IRS and other forms as determined by Sponsor.  Odds of winning will depend on the number of entries received. The winner(s) will be notified by phone, e-mail and/or U.S. Postal Service mail, based on contact information supplied by the entrant.  Any winner who does not respond to notification within 7 days  of receipt of notification will be disqualified, and an alternate winner(s) will be selected.  No transfer, assignment, cash redemption, or substitution of a prize is permitted except that Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to substitute a prize (or portion of a prize) with a prize of comparable or greater value or cash value. In the event that a prize cannot be awarded for any reason or a winner is not capable of redeeming a prize for any reason, Sponsor shall not be obligated to award any prize.  If, for any reason, more than the stated number of prizes are available and/or claimed, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prizes in such category by random drawing from among eligible prize claimants in such prize category or in a manner to be determined by Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion.   All decisions of Sponsor relating to this contest will be final.  All entry materials submitted become the property of Sponsor.

WINNER SELECTION:  At the conclusion of the Entry Period, Sponsor will select the name(s) of the potential winner(s) from all eligible entries received during the Entry Period by random drawing.  The odds of being selected as a potential winner depend on the number of eligible entries received during the Entry Period.  Potential winners will be notified via contact information supplied on Promotion Entry and will be asked to provide their full name, age and mailing address within a specified time period.  If a potential winner does not respond within the timeframe stated in the notification, the Sponsor may select an alternate potential winner in his/her place.  Winners will be required to complete, sign, and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and, where lawful, a Liability/Publicity Release within ten (10) business days of receipt of notice of such winning status in order to accept and receive the prize. If the required forms are not signed and returned by the time indicated on the documents, or if a Prize Winner does not meet the eligibility criteria, declines the prize, cannot be contacted within the time frames set forth herein, or is otherwise unwilling or unable to comply with these Official Rules, an alternate Prize Winner may be selected at and in a manner to be determined in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion.

GENERAL CONDITIONS:  This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.  By participating in the Promotion, Entrant fully and unconditionally agrees to and accepts these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and/or Administrators, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Promotion and releases Sponsor and its affiliates and subsidiaries from any and all claims and liabilities. The Sponsor and its agencies are not responsible for technical, hardware, software or telephone malfunctions of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incorrect, incomplete, inaccurate, garbled or delayed electronic communications caused by the user or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Promotion or by any human error which may occur in the Promotion. Sponsor reserves the right to cancel the Promotion if any aspect of the Promotion becomes technically corrupted, and determine the winners from eligible entries received prior to cancellation. The Sponsor reserves the right at their sole discretion to disqualify any individual that tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Promotion; violates the Official Rules; or acts in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.  All decisions of the sponsor are final.  Winner agrees, by acceptance of the above-mentioned prize(s), to the use of their name and likeness for advertising and publicity purposes at the discretion of management of Sponsor and agrees to be bound by these rules.  Winners will be required to complete, sign, and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and, where lawful, a Liability/Publicity Release within ten (10) business days of receipt of notice of such winning status in order to accept and receive the prize. If the indicated forms are not signed and returned by the time indicated on the documents, or if a Prize Winner does not meet the eligibility criteria, declines the prize, cannot be contacted within the time frames set forth herein, or is otherwise unwilling or unable to comply with these Official Rules, an alternate Prize Winner may be selected at and in a manner to be determined in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion.



PRIVACY AND PUBLICITY: Sponsor will collect personal information from Entrants, and this information may be used for the purposes of administering the Promotion, publicizing the Promotion, and other promotional purposes that benefit the Sponsor. You are providing your information to Sponsor and not to Facebook.   Unless prohibited by law, participation in the Promotion constitutes each Entrant’s consent for Sponsor to use the Entrant’s name (or username), age, hometown, and state of residence for Promotion or promotional purposes in any media now known or later developed, without payment or consideration to the Entrant. If you do not wish to receive future offers, notices or other mailings from sponsor, please complete the form at:   Be sure to provide your name, email and specific information about the website or subscription(s) that you no longer wish to receive.  Please allow a few days for your request to be processed. If you “opt out” of receiving further promotional materials or notices, the only communications you will receive from us will be about transactions that you initiate.  By opting-out, residual information may nonetheless remain in our database and other records, which may not be permanently deleted. Sponsor is committed to protecting personal information they collect about you.  Information collected from Participants is subject to Sponsor’s Privacy Policy:

LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY. Neither Sponsor nor any other Releasee shall be responsible for non-conforming, lost, late, stolen, misdirected, illegible, or incomplete entries. Neither Sponsor nor any other Releasee shall be responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by Sponsor, Releasees, Entrants, tampering, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Promotion, and neither Sponsor nor any Releasee shall assume responsibility for any error, omission, defect, theft, destruction, or unauthorized access to the materials related to the Contest, or for any damage to the Entrant’s computer related to or resulting from participating in the Promotion. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to disqualify any individual found to be tampering with the entry process, the voting process, or the operation of the Promotion; to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; or to be acting in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner; or with intent or apparent intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, embarrass, harm, or harass, in any way, any other person. If for any reason the Promotion is not capable of running as planned by reason of, but not limited to, business or market circumstances, force majeure, public health concerns, tampering, unauthorized intervention, actions by entrants, fraud, or any other causes which, Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion, deems could corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Promotion, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Promotion or any portion thereof by posting a notice on the websites. If the Promotion or any portion of the Promotion is terminated before the end of the Promotion Period or the Voting Period, Sponsor will select winner from all eligible entries received as of the termination date of the Promotion.

Participant agrees that Facebook, Sponsor and its agencies and each party’s respective affiliates, officers, directors, agents, and employees (collectively, the “Indemnitees”) will have no liability or responsibility for any claim arising in connection with participation in the Promotion or the awarding of prizes. Winners hereby release and hold harmless  Indemnitees  from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted against any of the Indemnitees due to or arising out acceptance  or use of any prize, or use of Participants name, likeness or photograph.  Without limiting the foregoing, all prizes are provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. Some jurisdictions may not allow the limitations or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages or exclusion of implied warranties, so some of the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you.  Check your local laws for any restrictions or limitations regarding these limitations or exclusions. Any attempt by a participant or any other individual to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the promotion is in violation of criminal and civil laws, and should any such attempt be made, sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.

This Promotion will be administered in the State of Virginia, and by participating, all Entrants hereby agree that the laws of the State of Virginia will apply exclusively to the Promotion and that any dispute with respect to this Promotion will be resolved in either the federal or state courts located in the State of Virginia.



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Stop By the Booth at Family Reunion & WIN!

We at are so excited for this weekend’s Keller Williams Family Reunion! If you’re going to be there too, make sure you stop by booth #458 and say hi – you could win CASH!

That’s right – we’re giving away a $250 gift card!

We’re also participating in this year’s scavenger hunt, so be sure to come by to get scanned.

As if all of that wasn’t enough, we’re also giving out great knowledge for free. Attend this year’s Product Concept Lab on Sunday from 2:00-3:00PM to hear our tech expert, Joe Sesso, tell you all the ways you can protect, preserve, and maximize your online reputation to gain success in real estate.  Not only will Joe be doling out secrets of online success, we’ll also be giving away a $50 gift card during his session. Don’t miss out!

If you can’t get to Dallas, don’t worry – you can still be part of the action. We will be all over social media with the updates. Like us on Facebook here and follow us on Twitter here to stay connected. Also be sure to follow the official hashtag, #KWFR!

See you there!

Build a Brokerage to Love in 2013

Building a strong brokerage can take a lot of hard work. You are constantly learning to navigate the newest technology, honing your time management skills, and trying to maintain a life of balance, all while implementing the intentional love and care every business needs to succeed. With all of that in mind, how do you love your clients, love your employees, and love your job? We’ve put together the top five ways to show the love in your brokerage and be successful this year.


  1. Lead Generation – When it comes to leads, the emphasis is more on proper lead tracking and conversion.  Brokers, you may have a lot of leads that are hitting your quantity goals, but are they quality leads? That is, are they being assigned to an agent and are they being followed up with?  Tracking leads and potential clients will strongly impact your brokerage this year.
  2. Contact Relationship Management – Lead generation directly relates to contact relationship management, but contact relationship management also includes past clients as well as leads. If your CRM is set up correctly, it will be your bread and butter; it contains specific details about your contacts and the options to manage them and your properties. This is crucial to keep your brokerage growing strong.
  3. Geo Targeting – Using available data to target certain geographical areas (related to a certain agent’s niche or an entire broker’s location) could help you get quality LOCAL clients. Not only could this give you a great local reputation, but it will also strengthen your online reputation by the way of feature listing exposure on (Get more details on listing exposure here.) On top of that, real estate portals also offer the option to purchase ads in specific zip codes ! See if yours is available with and Buyer Connect.
  4. Sales Training – The agents at your brokerage need to be excellent at sales if you want them to bring you excellent results. With that said, training must be maintained and offered regularly. If that isn’t something that the brokerage is going to offer, assist your agents by letting them know about other free resources (like webinars or local trade shows, for example). The more resources you give your agents to grow the more likely your business will grow with them. Secrets of Top Selling Agents offer FREE WEBINARS every month! This month, Chris Smith presents iPad Apps and Strategies for Real Estate — register here. 
  5. Web Strategy – We briefly mentioned online reputation regarding geo targeting. But what about your social media, advertising, and online testimonials? All of it needs to have an integrated, consistent strategy. Be sure that your brands across the web have the same message and you are monitoring it to the best of your ability, even if you need someone else to do it.  Branding yourself online has become a full time job. If you don’t have time to look into your media and web strategy, can help with Social Impact. Learn more about it here.