Amazon acquires Wi-Fi startup Eero, furthering smart home ambitions

Amazon dived even further into the smart home technology pool Monday when it revealed that it was scooping up a home Wi-Fi startup. Presumably, Amazon could also use the Eero acquisition to keep tabs on the web browsing habits of all customers who use …

3 major technologies driving real estate innovation today

Housing markets are heating back up with new home sales reaching their highest level since the financial crisis and market crash of 2008. Trulia’s Housing Economist, Ralph McLaughlin, determined the hot 2016 markets to watch accounting for key factors such as: affordability, job growth and vacancy rates …

Why people thought I was at my desk while I was backpacking in New Zealand

New Zealand is incredible, but Wi-Fi in New Zealand is not so incredible. Knowing this, I left our brokerage social media in the hands of various apps and automated web-based services for almost three weeks while I was on vacation 8,476 miles away. The…

So your tech failed you — figure it out

I can’t call myself a digital native because that term is reserved for people who are the same age as my adult children. I’ll just say that I have had internet access in my home since the 1980s, and I fully appreciate the difference between a 300 baud dial-up modem and a 1,400 baud dial-up modem because that is all we had back then. Technical problems and issues are as old as the technology, and often, I have had to be my own tech support …

4 little-known ways to save time at the office

There’s nothing I love more than saving time, especially when it comes to using the Internet. The Web has become an important part of every agent’s life, and using it efficiently can limit stress, save money and most importantly — cut down on your tim…

Find free Wi-Fi locations on the fly using WifiMapper

Real estate agents often have to drop everything to perform time-sensitive tasks, such as whipping together offers or firing off emails to inquiries from leads. That means they can spend a lot of time in coffee shops. The most alluring of the pack prov…

What real estate agents should know about identity theft

There are things you can do to prevent crooks from getting at your information in specific ways, such as thwarting “dumpster divers” by shredding documents such as mortgage preapproval docs before trashing them. There are other avenues the crook can ta…

For real estate agents, working from home is more than just convenient — it’s good business

Real estate agents and brokers still like to argue about whether we work more effectively out of our homes or at a real estate brokerage office. Some say they’re most productive in an office environment. Buyers and sellers may perceive …