Real Estate Technology & Tools

Who do you typically turn to first when considering the purchase of a new piece of technology for your real estate business? If you're like a lot of agents, you'll pick the brains of other agents to find out what works and what's not worth your money.


But the choices – there are so many of them! When you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, grab a cup of coffee and dig into the following pages. Let your colleagues walk you through those choices and help you decide on how and where to spend your money.


Feel free to check back daily because we add hundreds of new posts every day. This is the place to find everything an agent needs to know about tech and tools to help you run a lean, mean real estate machine.

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By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 65
Those of you who know me know how much I enjoy photo editing.  I'll throw together a crazy picture of someone and pop it into the comment section of their blog post on a whim.  I've been asked many times how I make the pictures.  I've been asked many times to do a tutorial video. Making a video h...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 24
Last month I wrote a post, Personal Photos Create Personal Connections, in which I shared a before and after picture of a vintage photo I had restored for a client. Several people have asked how I edited the photo.  I've often thought about making a tutorial video on photo editing, but didn't kno...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor, Laguna Beach & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(HOM Sotheby's Intl Realty, 949-510-2395)
Comments 23
Call Me, Email Me, Tweet Me, Message Me...   Call meText meEmail meTweet meFacebook meMessage meLine mePin meInstagram meSnapchat me Heck....send out a carrier pigeon. I actually think the pigeon might land near a Starbucks and before you know it I'll be trending. #karenfiddlercarrierpigeon When ...
By John Mosier, Prescott's Patriot REALTOR & Land Man 928 533-8142
(High Country Realty - Prescott - AZ)
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Is there a Way to Search for most Recent Posts on a Particular Topic? I have been recently been searching for a new CRM. I entered "CRM Wordpress" in the searchbox. The results gave me a few posts in Active Rain mostly from 2010.  Things change fast in our business. I am NOT interested in what wa...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 43
Throwback Thursdays- We've Come a Long Way Baby! In my first years in the real estate business, technology was almost nonexistent. In Clarksville TN agents cooperated in a Multiple Listing Service where we submitted our listings to our Board office to publish in a weekly book. But this only start...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 45
Over the past few months I have slowly been working through the items on my social media to-do list. A few items have been culled, some profiles have been updated, and a few new "projects" have either been started or are getting close to that stage. For the most part, I am pleased with my progre...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
Comments 0
Sharon Tara's Active Rain Entry, NH home stager photo editing - how to use the clone tool, is pertinent to the Real Estate industry. Scroll down for the reblog. Those of you who know me know how much I enjoy photo editing.  I'll throw together a crazy picture of someone and pop it into the commen...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 38
YouTube Thursdays - Oct 30, 2014 - “Fall Back” with Video    YouTube Thursdays reminds you to make your emails visually appealing with a short video -offering value. What better right now, than a reminder to “Fall Back” on Sunday, November 2?    It’s a quick and easy reason to contact your SOI - ...
By Lori Ballen, CVO, Chief Visionary Officer / Ballen Companies
(The Ballen Companies, TBG, TBM, ASAN)
Comments 1
WordPress Security Issues and Tips It is natural that you will start to learn the lingo of building a website and the extra settings you can tweak, but chances are you might experience security issues. The Internet is full of hackers and people who are trying to get into your system. Given that ...
By Richard Woodward NMLS#217454, Service Beyond Expectations! Your Texas Lender
(Interlinc Mortgage Services, LLC #205696)
Comments 2
Business Owners and Realtors.  Online reveiws are a very important way for you to build your business.  I just discovered a cool program that automates the process of collecting customer testimonials and sharing them on your social media channels and on my website... all on autopilot. I've only b...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 64
Click or call. It's a choice we often have. ~ Shop on-line or call a bricks and mortar store ~ Arrange a flight on-line or contact a travel agent (yes, they still exist, and yes, they can add value) ~ Make a restaurant reservation at Open Table or call directly Our prospects are faced with these ...
Today I am introducing Houseline. I decided to do it here, because I love this community and owe it the best of what I have to offer. We created Houseline to equip real estate agents with the technology needed to compete, and to win, against the big real estate portals in the mobile marketplace....
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 34
Blowing Up My Email, Agents Please Be Judicial My email inbox fills up every day with dozens, sometimes hundreds of emails from agents that are marketing their listings to me. It makes no difference whether the agents know me or not, whether I have ever sold any of their listings or they have sol...
By Craig Daniels, Technology Instructor/Project Consultant
(Tech Training for You!)
Comments 20
In this post, we will take a look at the difference between the high resolution photos that we take with our cameras as compared to the optimized copy that we should be using when we are working with web presentations. Having high resolution images is great for certain types of presentations such...
By Jenn Hart, Richmond, VA, REALTOR®, 804-317-7997
(Jefferson Properties)
Comments 29
A few weeks ago, after the murder of Beverly Carter, there was lots of chatter about realtor safety, and someone on Active Rain blogged a list of apps for personal safety. I wish I could remember who penned that blog so I could give them a shout out, but alas I don't recall the author.  I did, ho...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 3
There has been lots of talk about real estate agent's safety off-late, after recent incidents. There is an app that can save your life! Here is a re-blog from Jenn Hart. A few weeks ago, after the murder of Beverly Carter, there was lots of chatter about realtor safety, and someone on Active Rain...
By Rene Fabre, New Media Marketing
(First American Title)
Comments 9
Sometimes I'm an early adopter, sometimes not. I've posted before about creating videos and my personal go to app is Corel Video Studio Pro X7 because it's a program I know really well and though the learning curve was a little steep, it offers a lot of great tools that were worth the time to lea...
By Kevin Vitali, Helping Massachusetts Home Buyers and Home Sellers
(EXIT Realty- Massachusetts Short Sales & Residential Sales)
Comments 11
The following tutorial will show you how to use multiple flash with Photoshop Layer Mask.  This kitchen photograph taken in Methuen Massachusetts was particularly difficult to light effectively with strobes.  Because I am trying to show the entire room there are really no where to hide the strobe...
By Lori Ballen, CVO, Chief Visionary Officer / Ballen Companies
(The Ballen Companies, TBG, TBM, ASAN)
Comments 0
WordPress IDX Plugins and How to Use Them Read more about Getting Started with Wordpress Here This plugin deserves its own chapter, simply because it’s the essence of a real estate website. Here we will look at how to use them in addition to some of the best plugins available. By using shortcodes...
By Mark Arlow Home Selling Team Savannah, Pooler & Richmond Hill, Richmond Hill, Pooler and Savannah Real Estate
(Keller Williams)
Comments 45
About a month ago I made the much overdue and procrastinated commitment to start video blogging.   My plan: to make specific property marketing videos, community videos, event videos, agent drip campaign videos and even team training videos (like Buyer and Seller presentations). To video blog abo...