Chatbot inventor offers behind-the-scenes look at tech

Austin, Texas-based inventor Michael Butcher designed a bot originally intended to help restaurants, auto mechanics and nail salons follow up with leads — but it turned into something more when he was asked by a real estate agent friend to develop an iteration that would help pre-qualify buyer and seller leads. Here, Butcher gives us an in-depth look at his brainchild, Nextbot.io.

What ‘Game of Thrones’ can teach you about power moves

What can you learn from the major players in the “Game of Thrones” universe that’ll inform your next negotiation, marketing strategy or professional planning? Let’s take a look at some of the biggest power moves in the Seven Kingdoms. (WARNING: Spoilers for the first seven seasons ahead.)

Lesson Learned: It’s all about relationships

In this weekly column, real estate agents across the nation share stories of the lessons they’ve learned during their time in the industry. This week, eXp regional leader and co-leader of Legacy Builders Global of eXp Realty, Tara Furges Houston.

Dear Marketing Mastermind: How can media make you the go-to local expert?

In this monthly advice column, the Marketing Mastermind answers three burning questions. This month’s topic: leveraging the media. Find out how effective media outreach can make you the bonafide real estate aficionado in your area from PR expert Christina Daves.

Lesson Learned: You gotta have faith

In this weekly column, real estate agents across the nation share stories of the lessons they’ve learned during their time in the industry. This week, Virginia team leader Gina Tufano.

What Kim Kardashian can teach you about social media

With 60 million-plus Twitter followers and 132 million Instagram followers, every move Kim Kardashian makes is captured, catalogued and commented on by her fans. What can you learn from this social media queen to improve your own feed? Find out here.

Lesson Learned: Don’t let ego get in the way of learning

In this weekly column, real estate agents across the nation share stories of the lessons they’ve learned during their time in the industry. This week, coach, trainer and Florida Realtors faculty member Angela Territo.

How real estate agents can use bridge loans to close more deals

If you work in a hot market, you might need to create additional opportunities to help your clients compete — and for a variety of difficult buyer scenarios, bridge loans might be the perfect answer, creating more options and more leverage to get your clients back in the running during a complicated negotiation.

How real estate agents can use bridge loans to close more deals

If you work in a hot market, you might need to create additional opportunities to help your clients compete — and for a variety of difficult buyer scenarios, bridge loans might be the perfect answer, creating more options and more leverage to get your clients back in the running during a complicated negotiation.

What ‘The Big Lebowski’ can teach you about blogging

How can the Coen Brothers’ most beloved protagonist help you write your real estate blog and market your business more effectively? Here are five big takeaways.